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The 7 Best Massage Guns You Can Buy In Australia (2024)
— 4 June 2024

The 7 Best Massage Guns You Can Buy In Australia (2024)

— 4 June 2024
Medically Reviewed by: Jono Castano  | 
Garry Lu
WORDS BY
Garry Lu

From cold plunges to gimmick diets, trends are a dime a dozen in the world of fitness. But there is one that appears to be sticking around for the long run: the percussive massage gun. And now more than ever, it’s important to know about the best massage guns available in Australia.


Do massage guns actually work?

While scepticism was understandable a few years ago when massage guns weren’t nearly as popular, it’s now widely accepted that a good massage gun is great for recovery before and after workouts). Some of the more powerful iterations can even be great for pain management.

In 2020, The Journal of Sports Science Medicine published a study validating massage guns as efficient tools to increase your range of motion. You’ll want to choose an effective massage gun, however, which is why we’ve put together this buyer’s guide to take you through all types (from the best mini massage gun to the best premium massage gun).

NOTE: This does not qualify as health advice. While this article has been reviewed by prolific fitness expert Jono Castano, anyone with pre-existing health issues who’s thinking about using massage guns seriously should consult an exercise physiologist / exercise therapist or medical professional beforehand.

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BH Approved: The Best Overall Massage Gun
You Can Buy In Australia

Hydragun Massage Gun

Excellent

95/100

SCORE

PROS

  • Six-speed design
  • Lightweight aerospace-grade aluminium chassis (1.04 kilo)
  • Quietest massage gun on the market
  • Great battery life
  • Compelling price point
  • Used by Olympians

CONS

  • Lowest sensitivity can still be quite aggressive
$399 at hydragun.com.au

The Hydragun has quickly emerged as one of the best massage guns on the market thanks to its six-speed performance (max: 3,200PPM) and attractive price point (a premium product without the premium price tag).

What really separates it from the pack, however, is the noise — or lack thereof. Its high-torque brushless motor is rated at 30-50dB.

With seven possible attachment heads, and powered by the proprietary SmoothDrive motor technology, the Hydragun’s 2,600mAh battery battery means it can also last six hours on a single charge. If that doesn’t say “workhorse,” we don’t know what does.

Since the initial arrival of Hydragun’s flagship, the Hydragun Mini has been launched to meet the demand for a more compact and portable offering. Although when it comes to small-format massage guns, for our money, it has to be the Theragun Mini 2.0 (see: below).


The Other Best Massage Guns In Australia (2024)

Best Premium Massage Gun: Theragun Pro — 5th Generation

SPECIFICATIONS
Speed: 1,750-2,400 PPM
Noise: 52–67dB
Speed Settings: 5
Battery: Up to 2.5 hours
Weight: 2.6 kg

This fifth-generation pro model from Therabody comes with an OLED display, up to 2.5 hours of battery (with a spare replaceable battery), six different head attachments, and five different speed settings for a customisable experience.

The real reason you should pay for the Theragun Pro, however, is the ergonomic design and grip, which helps you reach those hard-to-target spots.

Bonus: Bluetooth capabilities connect the Theragun to an app that can control speed; and features several programs for your preferred deep tissue massage.


Most Comfortable Massage Gun: Hypervolt 2 Pro

SPECIFICATIONS
Speed: 1,700-2,700 PPM
Noise: 53–64dB
Speed Settings: 5
Battery: Up to 3 hours
Weight: 1.2 kg

While you’ve also got the Hypervolt GO and Hypervolt 2, in our minds, the refined Hypervolt 2 Pro represents the best balance of value and performance within the current Hyperice line.

As the brand’s strongest percussive device, and being almost unbelievably lightweight at just 2.6 pounds, it offers deep-penetrating relief to stiff muscles like nothing before with its brushless high-torque 90W motor.

What sets it apart from the competition is Hyperice’s patented Pressure Sensor Technology™, which showcases how much pressure is being applied. Bluetooth connectivity to the official Hyperice App (for automated speed control) also available.


Best Temperature-Controlled Massage Gun: Wahl Heat & Ice Massage Gun

Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS
Speed: Up to 3,200 PPM
Noise: 45dB
Speed Settings: 5
Battery: Up to 6 hours
Weight: 0.7 kg

Pushing the mid-range is the Wahl Heat & Ice Massage Gun, available in Australia via Shaver Shop, and representing a nice alternative to the mid-tier Theragun options with its ergonomic, adjustable handle.

As you will have gathered, the major selling point here is the eponymous heat and ice function on the rear of the device, designed to further soothe stiff joints and relax the muscles; giving you the most out of personal percussive therapy.

For a budget option, however, check out the Renpho R3 Massage Gun w/ Heat ($189), which is a close-ish second in this department.


Most Powerful Massage Gun: Achedaway Pro

Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS
Amplitude: 16 millimetres (with 18-pound stall force)
Speed: 1,700-2,800 PPM
Noise: 40–60dB
Speed Settings: 5
Battery: Up to 4 hours
Weight: 1.2 kg

If you’re looking for power, look no further: the Achedaway Pro is the Mac Daddy of powerful massage guns.

With a 16mm amplitude, it delivers 60% deeper percussiveness than your usual 10mm amplitude) devices thanks to its excellent structure and high torque motor. The battery life isn’t half bad either, considering what it generates.

Well worth your money.


Best Portable Massage Gun: Theragun Mini 2.0

A close up of a theragun mini
SPECIFICATIONS
Speed: 1,750-2,400 PPM
Noise: 59–63dB
Speed Settings: 3
Battery: Up to 2 hours
Weight: 0.45 kg

For a while, Theragun was pretty much synonymous with massage guns the same way Band-Aid has become interchangeable with adhesive bandages; and the second-generation Theragun Mini is just one reason why.

Portability is unquestionable for this small format massage gun, which is obviously the least expensive option from Theragun, though still manages a new proprietary brushless motor with the same QuietForce technology used in the Pro. And that two-hour battery life isn’t that far off your standard models, either.

In our experience, this is the best massage gun for travel. We’ve taken it interstate before and cannot overstate the value of having one in the hotel room after a long day on the road.


Best Budget Massage Gun: Renpho Power

SPECIFICATIONS
Speed: 1,800-3,200 PPM
Noise: Under 55dB
Speed Settings: 6
Battery: Up to 4 hours
Weight: 0.77 kg

There really isn’t much to say about this one. It performs relatively well compared to the rest of this list (especially in regards to battery life and whisper-quiet noise output); and certainly performs far better than it should, considering the price.


How Boss Hunting determined this list of the best massage guns in Australia

The Boss Hunting office is fortunate enough to receive and test countless consumer-geared devices, including massage guns.

This list has been composed after hours worth of hands-on time with some of the best-in-market products from the likes of Hydragun, Renpho, and yes, Therabody.

With the exception of the Wahl Heat & Ice Massage Gun, each entrant has been personally assessed by the team.

The Testing Criteria

Design

Granted, the majority of massage guns are virtually identical, but there are a few standouts when it comes to form fact, offering better ergonomics and improved flexibility. A great example of this is the Theragun Pro: with a multi-grip that allows it to be used from several different angles, it targets all muscle groups in a more efficient manner. When testing massage guns, we always consider the design’s functionality.

Speed

A higher max speed generally means more power (which indicates higher amplitude). This is pertinent to the depth of the massage and how efficiently it can pummel your muscles. Massage guns with low amplitude probably won’t reach deep into the muscle to have enough of an effect.

There are, however, exceptions, e.g. while the Achedaway Pro doesn’t have as high of a maximum PPM as some devices, with a 16mm amplitude that delivers 60% deeper percussiveness than said rivals, it’s considered the most powerful massage gun available.

Battery Life

Pretty self-explanatory. Nobody likes a three-pump chump.

Attachment Heads

We considered how many attachment heads each of these massage guns came with and whether they were varied enough to legitimately provide value. The more attachment heads, the more versatility the massage gun offers for your needs.

Extra Features

We also considered the additional bells and whistles of these massage guns. The Theragun, for one, derives a lot of its value from Bluetooth connectivity and its companion app where users can action different massage programs. Other features include easy-to-read displays, speed settings, and carry cases.

Noise

It’s not a top priority, but decibels were also a consideration. Some massage guns are rated for a range of noise levels while other manufacturers only list the max volume. Because let’s face it: who wants to hear a jackhammer while they’re trying to unwind post-workout?


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Garry Lu
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After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]