Two widely popular massage guns in the market are the Theragun Prime and the Hyperice Hypervolt. Both are mid-tier massage guns that do a great job of accelerating warmup and recovery, improving flexibility and range of motion, and enhancing muscle performance, but they sit at different price points.
Does the more expensive Theragun Prime have enough additional features or better performance to justify its higher price? Does the Hyperice Hypervolt offer better value for money? In this article, we unpack both massage guns to answer those questions and help you make a better purchase decision.
Theragun Prime and Hyperice Hypervolt Comparison Chart
|Ergonomic triangle handle
|1759, 1900, 2100, 2200, and 2400 percussions per minute
|30Hz, 40 Hz, and 53Hz up to 3200 percussions per minute
Build & Design
The Theragun Prime has the edge in build quality and design with its premium feel and ergonomic triangle handle design
When it comes to build quality and design, the Theragun Prime does not disappoint. This 2.2-pound massage gun is made from high-quality materials that give it a very premium feel. Its patented ergonomic triangle design handle not only makes it look like a massage gun that belongs in a PT’s office but also makes it versatile in hitting different areas of your body. You can comfortably hit areas of your body that would be awkward or cause strain on your hands and arms with a traditional massage gun.
The Hyperice Hypervolt, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same premium feel the Theragun has. The Hypervolt is made from ABS plastic, aluminum, and nylon but has a lighter, plastic feel even though it weighs a little more than the Theragun Prime. It sports the traditional massage gun design that can be found on most massage guns in the market.
The Theragun Prime gives you a more powerful massage but the Hyperice Hypervolt performs more quietly
A massage gun’s performance can be measured in three main areas. The depth, or the amplitude, which is how far the massaging shaft extends and retracts from the machine, the speed or percussions per minute, and the force of those percussions. The Theragun Prime has an amplitude of 16mm which is 60% deeper than the average massage gun. This means deep tissue massage with the Prime is very effective. The Theragun Prime also has 5 built-in speeds ranging from 1750 to 2400 percussions per minute which can be seen on the LED indicators. You can also adjust the speed on your smartphone when you have the massage gun connected via Bluetooth. When it comes to force, the Theragun Prime delivers up to 30lbs of force without stalling. With that much power, you can get better circulation and tension release faster. The Theragun Prime also boasts of quiet performance with its brushless motor with QuietForce technology. However, when put to the test, the Theragun Prime is actually quite noisy.
The Hyperice Hypervolt comes with a high-torque 60W brushless motor that can deliver up to 3200 percussions per minute. The motor is designed with Hyperice’s patented QuietGlide technology that is more effective in keeping the noise down than that of the Theragun Prime. The Hypervolt comes with three built-in speeds, 30Hz, 40Hz, and 53Hz that can be adjusted on the massage gun or on your smartphone when it is connected via Bluetooth. The Hypervolt falls a little short when it comes to depth and force. You’re still going to get great massages with the Hypervolt, but you might have to push down on the machine to add pressure and get an effective deep tissue massage.
The Theragun Prime and Hyperice Hypervolt come with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for hours of cordless massaging
Battery life on a massage gun is very important. You wouldn’t want your massage gun to die on you in the middle of a massage. The Theragun Prime packs a 12V rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can deliver up to two hours of continuous use on a single charge. It will take around 80 minutes to fully charge your Theragun Prime.
The Hyperice Hypervolt, on the other hand, packs a 24V lithium-ion battery that gives you around 2-3 hours on a single charge depending on usage. You can charge the Hypervolt using its supplied wall charger or you can purchase the Hypervolt Charging Base for style and ease.
The Hyperice Hypervolt takes the lead when it comes to attachments with five unique attachments perfect for different parts of your body
The Theragun Prime comes with four attachments, a travel pouch, and a wall charger. The four attachments that go with the Prime are quite similar to each other but give you a great massage nonetheless.
The Hyperice Hypervolt comes with five different attachments, an attachment pouch, and a wall charger. The Hypervolt attachments are a lot more versatile. You get a flat attachment good for all-around massages, a ball attachment for targetting bigger muscle groups, a fork attachment for delicate areas, a layered cushion attachment that works well on your neck and traps, and a bullet attachment great for smaller muscles.
The Theragun Prime is perfect for those looking for a premium machine that gives you a powerful deep tissue massage while the Hypervolt is perfect for those looking for a quiet machine with a variety of attachments at a lower priceAmazon product
It’s difficult to pick a winner between the Theragun Prime and the Hyperice Hypervolt because these two massage guns cater to different people. Those who value premium build, a powerful deep tissue massage, and an ergonomic handle design should definitely get the Theragun Prime. But for those who need a quieter machine with versatile attachments and a lower price, the Hyperice Hypervolt will be a perfect choice.
Unfortunately, unlike other Theragun models, the Theragun Prime cannot be charged wirelessly.
Although the Theragun Prime is more powerful, the Hypervolt still has enough power to give you a great deep tissue massage.
Yes, Theragun has a few different attachments sold separately. You can even purchase the Theragun Duo Adapter set that lets you use two attachments at a time.
Both massage guns are very safe massage tools. If you are unsure about how to use them, you can look through their respective apps for routines and guides.