Best Massage Guns UK for 2021, For Every Budget

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Best Massage Guns UK for 2021, For Every Budget

Percussive massage guns or Massage Guns in the UK have boomed over the last few years. Not because its a new gadget that everyone must have. But because it does what it needs to, very well! Massage therapy —Used to be a foam stick or tube rolled across your muscles to relive pain and tension sound brutal ( and yes it was) made people look into other ways to help. Which is why the Massage gun was born!

massage guns are designed to reach deep into your tired muscles, speed up recovery and get you back to training at your best. A quick scroll of #recovery on Instagram will show you a roster of athletes pummeling their muscles in the name of better performance. And though it may look and sound brutal, these massage guns are designed to reach deep into your tired muscles, speed up recovery and get you back to training at your best. In the age of softly-softly self-care, this is the physiological version of tough love.

You can use massage guns before training, to prime your muscles for a session, or post-workout to ward off any potential DOMS. You’ll recover quicker, boost your circulation and lymphatic drainage, increase your flexibility and extend your range of motion – ultimately improving your performance across the board.

“Theragun Percussive Therapy has a variety of benefits from aiding in preventing body aches and pains, greatly reducing muscle tension in seconds, increasing mobility and range of motion, increasing blood flow to the area to reduce soreness, tightness and pain,” explains Dr Jason Wersland, chiropractor and Therabody founder. “It can assist with accelerating the repair and growth of tissues.”

Plus, it’s super easy to use. Just point the gun at your fleshy target – around an inch away from your skin over whichever muscle you’re trying to loosen or warm up – and hit the trigger for instant relief. Move slowly up and down the length of the muscle for around 30 seconds – if you find a particularly sore spot (or ‘trigger point’), spend a little more time on it. And try not to wince.

Ideally, your purchasing priorities should focus around noise, battery life and quality. Generally, a higher price tag will indicate a more reliable product and, when fully charged, a decent massage should go for a few days to a week without a charge, based off around 15 minutes’ use per day.

Ready to banish your foam roller for good? Below, we’ve picked four of the best massage guns money can buy. Allow us to drill into the details.

Theragun Elite - White 4th Gen

If you can afford a splurge, this serious bit of gear will give you a solid return on your investment. It digs much deeper into muscle than the average gun, delivering longer lasting effects, and its triangular handle improves reach and control. The five speeds can be customised in the app, which walks you through warm-up and cool-down massages and warns you if you’re applying too much force. It’s noisy, but that’s a minor niggle.

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Theragun Elite - White - All-New 4th Generation Percussive Therapy Deep Tissue Muscle Treatment Massage Gun

RENPho Massage Gun

For just shy of £100, this lean, mean machine is a great value buy. You get five heads for your buck, all of which massage to excellent effect, pain-free. Choose from five speeds, but expect the handle to vibrate like mad at full power. The six-hour battery life is top-class and we like that it comes with a USB charging cable for on-the-go refuels. The carry case is handy and the instructions are largely useful, but the translation from Chinese is dodgy in parts.

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Massage Gun, RENPHO Massage Gun Deep Tissue Powerful up to 3200rpm Handheld Percussion Muscle Massager with 2500mAh Battery and Type-C Charging for Muscle Pain Relief Recovery, Black

Theragun PRO Massage Gun

Theragun’s top-of-the-range gun is for hardcore athletes only - nobody else could justify spending this much dollar, or enjoy the feel of its mighty power. Its smart design features an adjustable arm for reaching all muscles and a triangular handle for consistently good grip. The five speeds can be tweaked in the app, which is helpful but heavily Americanised, and there are six heads to try. You get a charger and a carry case and the battery lasts for five hours, split between two batteries. It’s noticeably quiet, too.

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Theragun PRO - All-New Percussive Therapy Deep Tissue Muscle Treatment Massage Gun

Pulseroll Massage Gun

This massaging beast laughs in the face of knots, making light work of teasing out every one. Its six heads offer welcome versatility and it will power away for five hours before needing a recharge. It couldn’t be simpler to use, with four speeds including a very high setting, but it’s big and quite heavy. There’s a charger and carry case provided but lugging it about is a pain, making it best suited to professional gyms where it can stay put.

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Pulseroll Percussion Handheld Deep Tissue Muscle Mini Massage Gun 4 Speeds with 4 Heads & Carry Case Set, Black

Theragun Mini Massage Gun

It’s small, but oof, it’s punchy, so don’t dismiss it straight-up. It banishes soreness in an instant, leaving your muscles feeling suitably chilled-out after a heavy fitness session. Compact with three speeds, it makes the ideal gym or track buddy, but fire it up fully before you leave home as the charger doesn’t fit inside the travel pouch. Gripping the chunky handle takes some getting used to, and you’ll struggle to cover your back, but it’s a winner for pocket-friendly power.

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Theragun Mini - (Product) RED - Percussive Therapy Deep Tissue Muscle Treatment Massage Gun

Snailax Massage Gun

On a budget? There’s no need to miss out on the gun fun. Though not much of a looker, this beginner’s machine is impressively effective for its affordable price tag. It offers five speeds and four heads, all of which fit inside the carry case, along with the charger. It’s bulky and feels a bit plasticky, but it’s remarkably quiet, meaning you won’t raise eyebrows in the locker room.

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Snailax Massage Gun for Sore Muscles, Handheld Back Massager with 4 Massage Heads, Deep Tissue Muscle Massager Relive Body Aches Quiet Portable Sport Drill for Athletes

Wahl Deep Tissue Massager

If relaxing aching muscles is the name of your game, try this slightly less manic gun. Its variable speed dial lets you control the intensity, reaching a very high speed if you wish, and its extra-long handle lets you cover your back single-handedly. There are five heads to play with, including one that mimics fingers, and it boasts a decent battery life of over three hours. Its unusual length makes it a faff to store and there’s no case provided, but for a gentler option, it feels like a steal.

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Wahl Massager Cordless Deep Tissue Massager, Back Massager, Neck Massager, Shoulder Massager, Body Massager, Leg Massager, Percussion, Cordless Massage