Theragun Sense vs Elite: Which has the best value?
By Naila Syifa
Updated October 2023
Theragun Sense has recently been released and is marketed as a more affordable option than the Theragun Elite, which is an older-generation model that has been known for offering the best value for the price.
But the right massage gun for you will depend on your specific needs and budget. So which one offers the best value for you? Let's compare the two models and find out.
|Specs||Theragun Sense||Theragun Elite|
|Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon|
|Dimensions||210 x 160 x 65 mm||240 x 170 x 74 mm|
|Weight||0.72 kg||1 kg|
|Screen||Yes, LCD||Yes, OLED|
|Amplitude||12 mm||16 mm|
|Maximum PPM||2400 PPM||2400 PPM|
|Battery Life||120 min||120 min|
The Theragun Elite has a 16mm amplitude for a more intense massage, while the Theragun Sense has a 12mm amplitude. The Elite model also has a quieter motor, but it doesn't have the Breathwork feature that the Sense model offers. Theragun Sense also supports USB-C charging, while Theragun Elite supports an older proprietary power adapter for charging.
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Theragun Sense is priced at US$299, a more affordable price point compared to the Theragun Elite which is priced at US$399. If you're budget-sensitive, then the Theragun Sense might be the better choice for you. However, you may also want to consider Theragun Relief which is available at a significantly lower price of US$149.
The Theragun Sense and Theragun Elite both provide a strong percussive massage at a maximum speed of 2,400 percussions per minute (PPM). However, the Theragun Elite has a deeper amplitude of 16 mm, while the Theragun Sense has a moderate amplitude of 12 mm for a less intense massage.
Therabody app is available for both devices, enabling device customization and step-by-step guided routines to help you use your massage gun more effectively. In the app, TheraMind sound therapy feature is also available, allowing you to create a more immersive and relaxing massage experience.
One advantage that the Theragun Sense model offers is the guided breathwork routines. The device provides haptic vibration cues to help you breathe in and out at the right pace, helping you relax and get the most out of your massage. The Sense model even comes with a built-in biometric sensor, so you can track your heart rate during your massage or relaxation.
Theragun Elite also comes with an advantage unavailable in the Theragun Sense model. It has a QuietForce Technology with Active Torque Control, which ensures a quiet motor operation while still delivering powerful percussive therapy.
#3 Design & Display
With a patented Theragun Triangle design that allows for multiple grip options, both the Theragun Sense and Theragun Elite are ergonomically designed for ease of use. Both have a similar shape and size, but the Elite model is slightly larger and heavier at 1 kg compared to the Theragun Sense which weighs only 0.72 kg.
In terms of display, Theragun Elite has a slight advantage. Compared to Theragun Sense which features an LCD screen, the Theragun Elite features an OLED screen with superior quality. With the screen on both devices, you can easily manage massage speed and force.
Another advantage that the Theragun Elite offers is its 5 closed-cell foam attachments, which include a Dampener for use in tender or bony areas, a Standard Ball for all-over body massage, a Thumb for trigger points and knots, a Wedge for shoulder blades and IT bands, and Cone for pinpoint muscle treatment.
Theragun Sense, on the other hand, also comes with 4 attachments, including a Dampener, a Standard Ball, and a Thumb that are also available with the Elite model, but it has a unique Micro-Point attachment which can be used to help increase circulation and stimulate recovery.
#4 Battery & Charging
Both the Theragun Sense and Theragun Elite have a decent battery life of up to 120 minutes of use per charge, but the Sense model has a slight advantage when it comes to charging. It charges with a USB-C charging port that offers wider compatibility and faster charging time, while the Elite model charges with a proprietary charging port that is only compatible with the device.
However, it is also important to take note that the Theragun Elite is wireless charging enabled. It is compatible with a wireless charging stand that is available to purchase at US$79.
Theragun Sense vs Theragun Elite
Both Theragun Sense and Theragun Elite offer high-quality percussive massage therapy that can help relieve sore muscles, improve circulation, and provide a relaxing massage experience.
Theragun Elite has some advantages with its deeper amplitude, quieter operation, OLED screen, and more attachment options. On the other hand, the Theragun Sense is more affordable and it stands out with its breathwork feature and USB-C support.
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