If you have large hands, the larger 5cm diameter of the Hypervolt massage gun won’t cause you any issues. It may even be more comfortable. But anyone with average or smaller hands may find grip issues. The T shape makes it easy to use compared to most massage guns.
The Theragun has a more unique shape. The multiple angles on the handle and the adjustable head allow you to reach those tricky upper back spots – particularly around the shoulder blades where knots always seem to hide.
The average for the Hypervolt is around 60 decibels (54 to 64 depending on speed). The average for the Theragun is 70 (again 65 to 75).
A quick note on the decibel system. The volume you hear at 70 decibels is twice as loud as something at 60.
This puts the Theragun around the level of a household vacuum cleaner. The Hypervolt is closer to a quiet-ish restaurant or a conversation with people using their “indoor voices.”
Battery Life & Charging
What we love about the Theragun is that it comes with two batteries. They last for 75 minutes each, but you can have the spare charged up and ready to go.
Most sessions won’t go beyond 15 minutes anyway. Still, if you’re sharing with your entire indoor soccer team, it’s helpful to have a backup.
The Hypervolt comes with one (also removable) battery. It’s a powerhouse with a 2-hour lifespan before you need to charge.
Both massage guns have the same stall force – 60 pounds.
The difference here is in the heads. The Theragun comes with 6 heads:
- Large ball – large muscle groups like back or glutes
- Standard ball – general use
- Wedge – shoulder blades
- Thumb – lower back and trigger point therapy
- Cone – pinpoint treatment
The Hypervolt comes with 5 attachments:
- Ball – large areas
- Flat – multipurpose (also a favorite for pecs)
- Bullet – Trigger point therapy and targeting smaller areas
- Fork – Tight target areas
- Cushion – gentle massage and tissue warmup
The other major difference is the Theragun has two speeds: fast and slow. The Hypervolt has three. Some people like the middle speed as something to work up to the quicker percussions.
It’s not meant to be a relaxing, enjoyable experience. You’re working the lactic acid (among other chemicals) out of your muscles to push faster recovery. However, everyone’s body is different, and what feels right to you might hurt someone else.
While an ideal world would get you the best item for you, the cost can be an important factor. (Unless you use a recovery lounge that offers both massage guns so you can pick your preference.)
Looking for where to buy a Hypervolt or Theragun in Canada?
We have both available in our recovery lounge for you to try out. Since they’re so different, we recommend testing both before purchasing one for your home.
At the time of writing, the Theragun G3Pro led the Hypervolt by over 300 dollars.
Hypervolt Cost: CAD 450
Thergun G3Pro Cost: CAD 760
If you don’t happen to live in Mississauga, you can also get both on Amazon.ca.
Did we mention that we’re also offering a 7-day free pass to our recovery lounge? If you haven’t tried using a massage gun yet, why do your own preference test on the hypervolt vs. theragun for free?