Theragun vs Hypervolt: In-Depth Comparison of 8 Aspects! (2024)

By Naila Syifa
Published March 2024

Theragun vs Hypervolt

Hypervolt from Hyperice and Theragun from Therabody are two well-known massage guns popular among athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Both come in a range of models with different features and price points, catering to a wide variety of users with different needs and budgets.

If you're trying to decide between the two, or which specific model from Theragun or Hypervolt to choose, here are 8 aspects to consider before making a purchase!

Key Takeaways

Generally, Theragun is more powerful and feature-rich, while Hypervolt is more affordable with a longer-lasting battery and quieter operation.
Theragun is better suited for professional athletes or someone who needs intensive, deep-tissue massage and features beyond the main massage function. Meanwhile, Hypervolt is more recommended for people on a budget who want a massage gun that can simply do the job.

Theragun vs Hypervolt

Overview of Theragun

Theragun Prime

Theragun Prime

Dr. Jason Wersland developed Theragun as a solution for his own pain after a motorcycle accident, and it has since become a popular percussive massage gun model under Therabody.

Theragun comes in 7 different models, each with varying unique features and price points to cater to different users' needs and budgets.

  • Theragun Relief is the most affordable model, offering gentle and soothing massage suitable for everyday aches. It also has the simplest design with one-button operation, making it the easiest to use.
  • Theragun Mini is the most portable model. It has a lightweight and compact design but doesn't compromise on power and features, making it an excellent option for on-the-go recovery.
  • Theragun Sense goes beyond physical recovery by incorporating a guided breathwork feature for relaxation and stress relief. It is perfect for users who want to take a holistic approach to their wellness and recovery.
  • Theragun Prime is a mid-range full-sized model offering powerful massage in a simple design. It offers only the most original and essential features, providing a balance between performance and affordability.
  • Theragun Elite is a high-end model offering powerful massage with premium features such as an OLED screen, Bluetooth connectivity, a force meter, a quiet motor, and more.
  • Theragun Pro is a professional-grade massage gun. Its 16mm amplitude is perfect for deep tissue massage and with a stall force of 60 lbs, it can deliver the strongest massage of all Theragun models, all without missing the premium features found in the Theragun Elite.
  • Theragun Pro Plus is a multi-therapy device. Aside from a powerful percussive massage, it also features guided breathwork, near-infrared LED light therapy, heat therapy, vibration therapy, and cold therapy options for a complete recovery experience.

Theragun Comparison

Overview of Hypervolt

Hypervolt 2

Hypervolt 2

Hyperice, the parent company of Hypervolt, is a well-known brand in the sports recovery and movement enhancement industry.

Hypervolt is a percussive massage gun that delivers high quality at a reasonable price point. It comes in 3 different models, each with varying features and price points to cater to different users' needs and budgets.

  • Hypervolt Go 2 is the most affordable model perfect for entry-level users who want to try out percussive massage therapy. It is also the most portable model, offering a lightweight and compact design perfect for on-the-go recovery.
  • Hypervolt 2, an upgrade to the first-generation base model Hypervolt, is a mid-range model that offers a powerful percussive massage with advanced customization features like Bluetooth connectivity to the app and more attachment heads.
  • Hypervolt 2 Pro is the most premium model of the three, offering the most powerful percussive massage in the Hypervolt lineup plus more features and a design upgrade.

Hypervolt Plus was also available as a premium model, but the item is now discontinued and no longer available for purchase on the Hyperice official website. We won't be discussing it further in this article.

Hypervolt Comparison

Comparison Aspect: #1 Price

Hypervolt Go 2

Hypervolt Go 2

Theragun is generally more expensive than Hypervolt, catering to users with a higher budget and willingness to invest more in a premium percussive massage gun.

Theragun Pro and Theragun Pro Plus are the two most expensive models in the Theragun lineup, retailing at US$599. Meanwhile, the most expensive Hypervolt, the Hypervolt 2 Pro, costs only US$329.

The mid-range Hypervolt 2 is priced at US$199, it is the same price as the entry-level Theragun Mini model. The mid-range Theragun Prime, on the other hand, is $100 more expensive than Hypervolt 2, retailing at US$299.

Theragun Sense is also priced at US$299 while Theragun Elite is priced at US$399, making it the second most expensive model in the Theragun lineup.

The most affordable Theragun model is Theragun Relief, which retails at US$149. It is, however, still more expensive than the most affordable Hypervolt model, the Hypervolt Go 2, which retails at US$129.

The affordability of Hypervolt models makes it a more accessible option for users on a budget or new users who don't want to spend too much to try percussive massage therapy.

Comparison Aspect: #2 Design

Theragun Relief

Theragun Relief

Grip & Comfort

Theragun models boast a patented multi-grip Theragun Triangle design that allows you to hold the device in different ways, so you can easily reach different parts of your body without straining your hands, wrists, or arms.

Theragun claims that such a design enables users to reach 80% of their body including back and shoulder by themselves, so you can do the massage session yourself without having to rely on someone else's help. This unique design is what sets Theragun apart from other massage guns in the market, including Hypervolt.

The high-end Theragun Pro model even features a rotating arm, which allows you to adjust the arm to 4 different angles. With this feature, you can reach even the trickiest spots on your body with ease.

Theragun PRO (5th Gen)

Rotating Arm in Theragun PRO (5th Gen)

Meanwhile, Hypervolt has a drill-shaped design, similar to most other massage guns on the market. It may be more comfortable to hold than the rest due to its high-quality materials and pill-shaped ergonomic grip, but it is still not winning to Theragun in terms of flexibility and comfort.

Hypervolt 2

Hypervolt 2

Display & Control

What gives Theragun another advantage over Hypervolt in terms of design is the addition of a display to some of its models. Theragun Sense and Theragun Pro Plus feature an LCD, while Theragun Elite and Theragun Pro feature an OLED screen.

A display provides easier access and control to information and settings like pressure and speed. It even allows some models to display visual animations for guided massage sessions, which we will explore in detail in the #5 Additional Features section.

Theragun PRO Plus (6th Gen)

Theragun PRO Plus (6th Gen)

Hypervolt, on the other hand, doesn't feature a display on any of its models. Hypervolt 2 and Hypervolt Go 2 have a single multifunction button that you can hold down for 3 seconds to power on/off and press to toggle between different speed levels. Three LED indicators then will show the current speed level.

The most advanced Hypervolt 2 Pro features a digital dial at most. You can rotate the digital dial to adjust the speed level, which is still more convenient than having to press the button multiple times to cycle through the speed levels, but it still falls short of the display features of some Theragun models.

Hypervolt 2 Pro

Digital Dial in Hypervolt 2 Pro

Portability

A lightweight massage gun is beneficial as it makes it easier to hold and maneuver the device during a massage session. Nobody wants to sprain their hands or arms from holding a heavy device for too long, right? Furthermore, you may want to bring your massage gun to the gym or on your travels, so portability is an important aspect to consider.

In general, Theragun is larger and heavier than Hypervolt. Theragun Pro Plus even weighs 3.63 lbs (1.65 kg), probably one of the heaviest on the market. Meanwhile, the heaviest Hypervolt model, the Hypervolt 2 Pro, weighs only 2.6 lbs (1.1 kg).

The mid-range Theragun Prime weighs 2.1 lbs (0.95 kg), while its counterpart Hypervolt 2 is more lightweight at 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg).

However, Theragun has the lightest model. Theragun Mini weighs only 1 lb (0.45 kg) and it is also very compact at 5.55 x 4.92 x 1.93 inches, making it the most portable option between the two brands.

Hypervolt Go 2, on the other hand, weighs 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg) with dimensions of 6.7 x 7.3 x 2 inches. It is still very portable but not as lightweight and compact as the Theragun Mini.

Read also: Theragun Mini vs Hypervolt Go 2

Theragun Mini (2nd Gen)

Theragun Mini (2nd Gen)

Color & Aesthetic

I personally think that the Theragun Mini has the best aesthetic. Its triangular design looks pleasing to the eye and it even comes in 3 color variants to match your style: Black, White, and Desert Rose.

Another model with an appealing visual appearance is Theragun Sense, which features a sleek gold touch with Black and White color options. Theragun Relief is also available in unique Navy and Sand color options, while the rest of Theragun models come in a standard black color.

On the other hand, Hypervolt models look much less appealing. Its drill-like shape and standard black color make it look like a power tool rather than a massage device. Fortunately, the Hypervolt Go 2 is also available in white, while Hypervolt 2 is also available in grey, so you have a few more color options to choose from.

Comparison Aspect: #3 Power & Performance

Theragun Elite (5th Gen)

Theragun Elite (5th Gen)

The power and performance of a massage gun are influenced by various factors, including amplitude, force, motor, and speed. Amplitude is the distance that the massage gun head travels back and forth during a single cycle, while force refers to the amount of pressure that the massage gun can apply to the body.

In general, Theragun is more powerful than Hypervolt. Theragun Pro and Pro Plus combine a deep 16 mm amplitude with 60 lbs stall force, making it perfect for deep-tissue massage and long-lasting relief. Such an amplitude is one of the highest in the industry, one that Therabody claims to be reaching 60% deeper into muscle tissue than average massage guns.

Depending on the model, Theragun offers either a 3-speed or 5-speed built-in setting, all of which fall within a range of 1750-2400 PPM (percussions per minute). You can also further customize the speed settings on some Theragun models through the app, which offers more precise control over the intensity of your massage session.

Hypervolt 2

Hypervolt 2

Hypervolt 2 Pro, on the other hand, has a 14 mm amplitude. This is also deep enough with only a 2 mm difference with Theragun's highest amplitude. Some models, like Hypervolt Go 2 and Hypervolt 2, even offer 3 speed levels up to 3200 PPM, which is higher than Theragun's highest speed setting.

However, Hypervolt models fall short in terms of force, with the Hypervolt 2 Pro only providing an estimation of 30-35 lbs of stall force. Without a powerful force, a high amplitude and speed don't necessarily translate to a strong massage.

In conclusion, Hypervolt models deliver a milder and gentler massage experience compared to Theragun models, which are more intense and powerful. However, the intensity of Theragun models may be too strong or even "aggressive" for some users. In this case, Hypervolt becomes a more viable alternative that can offer a satisfying massage experience for most average users.

Read also: Theragun Pro vs Hypervolt 2 Pro

Comparison Aspect: #4 Noise Level

Theragun PRO (5th Gen)

Theragun PRO (5th Gen)

The power and performance of a massage gun are related to their noise level as well. Generally, the more powerful the device, the louder the noise it produces. With that in mind, Theragun is generally more noisy than Hypervolt due to its higher amplitude and stall force.

Most Theragun models have a noise level of 60-69 dB depending on the model and the speed setting, while Hypervolt models don't exceed 66 dB, making Hypervolt generally a quieter option.

However, despite these differences, the noise that both brands produce is still relatively decent compared to other massage guns in the market. This is because Theragun and Hypervolt are equipped with QuietForce and QuietGlide technology respectively, which helps reduce the noise level during operation without compromising on the power and performance of the device. You can still talk or listen to music while using either a Theragun or Hypervolt without being disturbed too much by the noise.

Comparison Aspect: #5 Additional Features

Hypervolt

Hypervolt

In terms of additional features offered besides the device's main function to provide percussive massage therapy, both Theragun and Hypervolt pack a punch with features that can enhance your massage experience.

Most models from both brands are Bluetooth-enabled, so you can connect the massage guns to their respective apps to access guided routines and other in-app features. We'll explore this further in the next #6 Companion App section.

Theragun PRO (5th Gen)

Theragun PRO (5th Gen)

All Hypervolt models, except the entry-level Hypervolt Go 2, are equipped with a Pressure Sensor, which measures in 3 levels how much pressure is being applied, indicated by the 3 LED lights on the device below the operation button. It gives you real-time feedback on whether you're massaging too lightly or too aggressively.

This feature is equivalent to the Force Meter feature in Theragun, which monitors the pressure you apply during the massage session. The difference with the Pressure Sensor in Hypervolt is that the Force Meter in Theragun is measured into 5 levels, giving you more detailed feedback. Additionally, as some Theragun models feature a display, the Force Meter is showcased on the display instead of LED lights.

Theragun Sense

Breathwork in Theragun Sense

Theragun models also have much more advanced features. For example, the Theragun Sense and Theragun Pro Plus feature in-device guided breathwork routine. The device will provide haptic vibration cues to guide you through the breathing exercises, making it easier to focus on your breath and relax your body to relieve tension and stress.

What makes it even more impressive is the built-in biometric sensor in both massage guns, so you can follow the guided breathwork while also monitoring your heart rate. The goal is to have a lower heart rate reading than before the breathwork or other massage routines, indicating that you have achieved a state of relaxation.

In addition, some Theragun models like Theragun Sense, Theragun Pro, and Theragun Pro Plus offer in-device visual guided routines. With this feature, you can follow guided massage routines displayed on the device's screen, making it easier to perform massage techniques on specific areas of the body.

Read also: Theragun Pro Plus vs Theragun Pro

Theragun Sense

Visual Guided Routines in Theragun Sense

Theragun Elite also has a display, but is missing out on the in-device visual guided routines feature. Instead, it makes up for it with its ability to store up to 3 presets in the device. Preset is a combination of speed, time, and force tailored to your needs and preferences, making it easier to switch between them during your massage session.

Theragun Pro Plus further raises the bar with its multi-therapy capabilities. Other than the percussive massage and breathwork features, it also offers near-infrared LED light therapy, vibration therapy, heat therapy, and optional cold therapy with the extra attachments it comes with. It is a comprehensive therapy device that offers a variety of benefits beyond just percussive massage.

Theragun PRO Plus (6th Gen)

Theragun PRO Plus (6th Gen)

All of these additional features make Theragun generally smarter and more feature-rich compared to Hypervolt, which focuses more on providing a simple and straightforward percussive massage experience.

Comparison Aspect: #6 Companion App

Therabody App

Therabody App

Theragun comes with the Therabody app while Hypervolt comes with the Hyeprice app, two of which offer automated control and other various features to help you get the most out of your massage gun.

When a Bluetooth-enabled Theragun device is connected to the Therabody app, you'll be able to remotely control the device's speed and monitor the Force Meter. Some Theragun models, including Theragun Mini, Prime, Elite, Pro, and Pro Plus even support customizable speed, so you can adjust the speed to anywhere between 1750-2400 PPM for more precise control over your massage session.

You can also browse a library of guided routines and select the one that best suits your needs. The app will guide you through the step-by-step process by showing a 3D visualization you can follow and setting the timer for each step.

Therabody App

Therabody App

The app will also automatically control the device's settings and recommend which attachment to use and how to grip the device depending on which areas of the body you're treating. It is a really great companion app that makes using Theragun a breeze, perfect for those who are new to massage guns.

Certain model that supports in-device visual guided routines, such as Theragun Sense and Theragun Pro, even allows you to download the routines from the app to your device. That means, you can access your favorite guided routines right from the massage gun without having to use your phone.

Therabody App

Therabody App

Theragun models that are not Bluetooth-enabled also offer access to the guided routines in the Therabody app, but that means you'll have to manually follow the routine and adjust the settings by yourself.

However, all Therabody app users will also be able to access other features like TheraMind, a sound therapy feature that offers a collection of soothing sounds to help you relax during your massage session, and integration with Apple Health and Google Fit, so you can receive routines recommendations based on your real-time needs.

Hyperice App

Hyperice App

Hyperice app is similar to the Therabody app in many ways. When a Bluetooth-enabled Hypervolt is connected, you can follow along visual guided routines for warmup, recovery, or maintenance. The app will automatically adjust the device's speed for you so you can focus on the massage session.

However, the Hyperice app features a way simpler interface that misses out on some of the advanced features that the Therabody app offers, such as customizable speed settings and Force Meter.

However, with the Hyperice app, you can access exclusive content from the world's best athletes, trainers, and physiotherapists, which can provide valuable insights and tips to further optimize your routine. Hyperice can also be integrated with Strava and Apple Health, so you can track your progress and get personalized routine recommendations based on your activity data.

Comparison Aspect: #7 Attachment Heads

Theragun Attachments

Theragun Attachments

Both Theragun and Hypervolt offer a range of interchangeable attachment heads, allowing you to customize the massage experience according to your needs and preferences.

Theragun attachments are made with a specialized closed-cell foam material that is durable and hygienic, designed to easily glide over skin without absorbing lotions, sweat, or oils. There are 7 different attachments available for Theragun models.

  • Dampener. For low-impact treatment on tender or bony areas.
  • Standard Ball. For targeted high-impact treatment on both large and small muscle groups.
  • Thumb. Designed to mimic a human thumb and is recommended for the lower back and trigger points.
  • Cone. For smaller muscle groups and pinpoint muscle treatment.
  • Wedge. For scraping shoulder blades and IT band.
  • Supersoft. For particularly sore areas that need an ultra-gentle and soft touch.
  • Micro-Point. Features a spikey surface to provide increased stimulation.

Read also: Theragun Attachments Guide: How & What To Use

Hypervolt Attachments

Hypervolt Attachments

Hypervolt attachments, on the other hand, come only in 5 variants. Fewer attachment heads mean less flexibility in customization, but the 5 options are still sufficient for most users.

  • Cushion. Features the softest material dedicated to sensitive areas and tender spots.
  • Ball. For general use on larger muscle groups.
  • Flat. For smaller and more dense muscle groups.
  • Bullet. Has the smallest surface, suitable for deeper, intense pressure to pinpoint problem areas and release trigger points.
  • Fork. For use around the spine and to target specific muscle groups.

Comparison Aspect: #8 Battery & Charging

Hypervolt 2

Hypervolt 2

All Hypervolt massage guns boast a long-lasting battery life of up to 3 hours (180 minutes), one of the best in the market. Meanwhile, Theragun models have varying battery life depending on the model, ranging from 2 hours (120 minutes) to 2,5 hours (150 minutes). This makes Hypervolt a better option for users who prioritize longer battery life.

When it comes to charging, however, Theragun may be leading. While Hypervolt uses Hyperice's proprietary 4' charging cable, most Theragun models use the more convenient USB-C cable for charging, which is more widely available and compatible with most devices. Some Theragun models are also wireless charging enabled, so you can charge it simply by placing it on the Wireless Charging Stand available for separate purchase.

However, one Hypervolt model, the Hypervolt 2 Pro, has a distinct advantage with its removable battery. The battery doubles as the handle which you can eject and charge separately. That means, when the battery runs out, you can simply swap it with a fully charged spare battery and continue with your massage session without having to wait for a recharge. This is a very attractive feature for users who require longer massage sessions, if you're often on the go, or if you're sharing the massage gun with someone else.

Which One Should You Choose?

Theragun Relief

Theragun Relief

Theragun and Hypervolt have their own strengths and weaknesses, and the choice ultimately comes down to your personal preferences and needs.

If you prioritize powerful massage combined with advanced features and ergonomic design, we highly recommend Theragun. Meanwhile, if you prioritize affordability and battery life, or if you want a massage gun that can simply get the job done, Hypervolt is a great option to consider.

After you decide between both brands, you also have to decide which specific model of Theragun or Hypervolt best fits your needs.

In the table below, we have provided a comprehensive comparison of every Theragun and Hypervolt model. You should carefully consider which aspects are most important to you and make your decision based on that.

Theragun vs Hypervolt

Final Thoughts

Theragun PRO Plus (6th Gen)

Theragun PRO Plus (6th Gen)

Overall, Theragun is a more advanced and feature-rich massage gun brand compared to Hypervolt, with a wider range of customizable settings, a more advanced companion app, and additional therapy capabilities. However, with great features comes a higher price point, so Hypervolt may be a better option for those who prioritize affordability, simplicity, and longer battery life, or for those who prefer a more straightforward percussive massage experience.

If you like to read more about massage guns, check out our other relevant guides here:

How To Use Your Massage Gun: The Ultimate Guide To Percussive Therapy

What Does a Massage Gun Do? What are the Benefits of Massage Guns?

Do Massage Guns Work? Are They Good For You?

The Best Massage Guns

The 3 Best Deep Tissue Massage Guns

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The 3 Best Mini Massage Guns

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