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Sore Muscles? Here Are the Best Massage Guns on Amazon

Browse our picks and find the right recovery tool for working hard, having fun and making your own workout history.

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The highs of working out often come with the lows: fatigue, muscle soreness and tightness. Luckily, your post-workout doesn't have to feel this way. Massage guns have gained massive popularity in the past few years, and for good reason — they're affordable, portable and provide (almost) instant relief after an intense workout. From the most advanced to the entry-level, here are the best massage guns you can buy on Amazon.

A Quick Download on DOMS

Believe it or not, that achy feeling you experience days after a hard – or brand-new – workout has a name. Delayed-Onset Muscle Syndrome, or DOMS, is the pain experienced after training. These aches typically show up 12 to 24 hours after a workout, peaking about three days after the initial activity and easing up thereafter. While some wear these DOMS as a badge of honor, they can sideline us from our favorite fitness routines, leaving us to deal with tender muscles, a decreased range of motion and other symptoms.

Percussive massage guns can be a great way to defend against the dreaded DOMS, particularly with post-workout recovery routines. Massage guns work by increasing blood flow to the targeted area, stimulating the muscles through rapid tapping and deep penetration, similar to the Swedish massage technique of tapotement.

Which Head Attachment for Which Modality?

One of the perks of percussive massage guns is their plethora of head attachments that suit multiple recovery needs and routines. You can cater each attachment to a specific need, from larger heads covering wider surface areas to smaller attachments for precise, fine-tuning therapy. While there’s no wrong answer when it comes to getting that deep-tissue treatment – and each brand offers its own individual package of attachments – here are five common head styles to look for when choosing your massage gun.

  • Cushioned – Great for novice users just getting used to percussive therapy. It can also be a great option for sensitive areas, such as the neck.
  • Ball/Round – Less rigid than other options, this attachment style can be a great warmup tool, combining the benefits of large surface coverage without the precision of narrower tools.
  • Flat – A true workhorse, the flat head can be great for attacking large muscle areas, like the thighs and calves, in less time. Plenty of vibration and little give; expect to see some serious action with the flat attachment.
  • Fork/Spine – An attachment style more catered to a specific area, the fork attachment can be perfect for spinal percussive therapy, working both sides of the spinal column at once. Some brands offer an arched head that works in a similar fashion, without the gap in-between the two narrow prongs.
  • Bullet/Thumb – If you want to really dig into those knots and aches, this is the head to choose. A narrow design allows for optimal precision, but this pinpoint treatment can be a little much, especially for inexperienced users. It’s best to start slow and work your way up to this attachment style.

    How We Tested

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    We’ve had our hands on a number of the top picks below, highlighting key features like amplitude, stall force and general ergonomics. We also noted the included attachment options as well as the ease of storage because let’s face it, a massage gun and companion heads can begin to take up some shelf space if not packed up neatly in a tote. Whether the needs entailed general relief after a long day’s work or more specialized treatment after more strenuous CrossFit workouts, these guns were holstered to show their worth.

    Now, let’s get up to speed and dive into the best massage guns from the A-to-Z retailer.

    BEST OVERALL MASSAGE GUN ON AMAZON
    Renpho R3 Active Massage Gun
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    BEST UPGRADE MASSAGE GUN ON AMAZON
    Lifepro Sonic X
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    BEST BUDGET MASSAGE GUN ON AMAZON
    Kelices Percussion Massager
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    MOST ERGONOMIC MASSAGE GUN ON AMAZON
    Therabody Theragun Elite
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    BEST THERAGUN ALTERNATIVE ON AMAZON
    Bob and Brad D6 Pro
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    BEST MASSAGE GUN ON AMAZON FOR BEGINNERS
    Flyby F1 Pro
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    BEST MASSAGE GUN ON AMAZON FOR VARIABLE SPEEDS
    Toloco EM26
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    MOST READABLE LED SCREEN ON AMAZON
    Fusion Black Pro
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    BEST MASSAGE GUN ON AMAZON FOR BACK AND SPINE RELIEF
    Brazyn Talon Massager
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    MOST QUIET MASSAGE GUN ON AMAZON
    Sportneer Deep Tissue Percussion Muscle Massage Gun
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    MOST LEGIBLE BATTERY LIFE INDICATOR ON AMAZON
    Dacorm Y8 Pro Max
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    MOST PORTABLE MASSAGE GUN ON AMAZON
    Yunmai Cosy Care Mini
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