When Jason Wersland, founder of the TheraGun, was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with back pain and a herniated disc, he came up with a convenient way of dealing with the pain using percussive massage therapy through the recovery tool: the Theragun. When he decided to create the Theragun, he wanted it to have a unique look and not something similar to other kitchen appliances or power tools. Moreover, he was looking for something that had a different noise. According to Jason, the recovery tool works by tricking the nervous system, and you can place your order to have it for only $599. So, what makes it the best recovery tool on the market?
When you are looking for a recovery tool, you need something that will not weigh your body down and leave you feeling more fatigued, yet you were seeking some relaxation. The Theragun offers a natural feel in your hands through the well thought-out design that incorporates strategically-placed on and off button. Besides the logically-placed button, the handle of the tool is also user-friendly with the ergonomics enabling you not to have an awkward hold. Further, it has an adjustable arm for a full-body reach especially to those areas that are hard to get.
While the G2PRO has four preset angles, the G3PRO has two additional attachments enabling the user to gain a 90% reach of the entire body thereby facilitating a quick full body recovery. The two additional attachments are the Wedge and Thumb; the Wedge is for scraping while targeting the shoulder blades while the Thumb is designed to focus on the lower back and you can use it for trigger point therapy.
Comparing the designs of the Theragun and the Hypervolt will have you going for the Theragun. The HyperVolt is quite chunky, and the power buttons are not strategically located as in the Theragun. In the HyperVolt you have to use both hands because you first have to flip the switch at the base of the handle and then power it using the button found where the air vents are.
The noise level of the TheraGun can be a bit disturbing especially with the G2PRO, and although the manufacturers claim that the G3PRO has reduced the noise levels by 50%, tests beg to differ. Although it is not as loud as using a power drill, it will still attract attention since it sounds like someone is vacuuming, even when on the lowest setting. As for the Hypervolt, the noise levels though noticeable are not as high and when on the lowest settings, you can barely tell that the tool is being used. Still, the manufacturers branded it as “whisper quiet” which it is not but compared to the Theragun its noise levels are a bit more acceptable.
The Theragun G3PRO has an expected lifespan of 75 minutes which is an upgrade from the G2PRO that lasted for about 45 minutes. However, according to tests done, once the battery reaches 50%, you only have 20 seconds more to use it before it shuts down. The feature is a means of conserving energy, but the good thing is that it comes with two batteries, so all you have to do is swap once you notice it has gone to slightly less than 50%. The two batteries afford the Theragun a significant advantage over the Hypervolt which only has one battery; therefore once it dies, you will have to wait for it to charge before you can continue with your massage. Still, compared to the Theragun, the Hypervolt maintains its battery power for longer, and you may not even have to wait for a charging session. According to the tests, once you use the Theragun for 25 minutes, the battery drops by 16%, and after 45 minutes it is almost 50%. The Hypervolt, on the other hand, did not lose its power for the entire 45 minutes.
The Theragun has added a second speed function to G3PRO to enable users to adjust speeds such that they use slower speeds for the tender areas and an increased rate in the problem areas for faster recovery. The lower speed is at 1750RPMs while the quicker rate is 2400RPMs.
The Theragun is portable, weighing only slightly less than 3 pounds, making it easier to carry with you to whichever place you choose, even the office.