Here’s our pick of the best massage guns to boost your post-workout recovery…

Any athlete or coach worth their salt will tell you regular stretches and good recovery are critical to achieving peak fitness. But you don’t have to be a world-beating elite to reap the benefits of smart post-workout rituals.

If you’re pushing your body to the limits, your muscles will let you know about it. If you’re doing that regularly you’ll need to develop a tried-and tested recovery routine. One option would be to shell out £50 a week for a sports massage. Another would be to spend hours balancing on a foam roller.

On the other hand, percussive therapy tools, such as the best sports massage guns, offer a convenient alternative for teasing out your tight bits, delivering rapid DIY treatments that are like sports rub-downs from the comfort of your own home.

Best massage guns 2023

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Theragun Elite

$399 / £375,

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Features: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Restorative power: 4.5/5
OVERALL: 4.5/5

This latest generation Theragun Elite is the smartest massage gun we’ve used. Its pummelling head has a 16mm amplitude that gets deep into muscles and sees off knots and tight spots with 40 percussions per second and up to 40lb of force.

With older models it wasn’t easy to know when you were using them right, but the new Elite now comes with an OLED screen, a force sensor, and syncs to a smartphone app that tells you if you’re applying the right pressure. It also serves up real-time move-by-move app guides for everything from easing tight hamstrings to unstiffening shoulders.

And while older Theraguns made it sound like you were taking a pneumatic drill to your quads, the Elite is much, much quieter. It’s more customisable, too: it comes with five built-in speeds, but you can also use the app to set the percussions per minute anywhere within the 1,750-2,400 range.

You get 120-minute massage time on a single charge and just two minutes’ attention to each muscle group can help stifle post-workout soreness.

Related: Good Vibrations: 5 Benefits Of Using A Theragun

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HyperIce HyperVolt 2 Pro

$399 / £379,

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Features: 3.5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Restorative power: 4/5

The quietest percussive massage gun going, the HyperVolt 2 Pro is heavier than the Theragun Elite but still easy enough to wield effectively.

Its 90-watt high-torque motor hits speeds up to 3,200 RPM, and five interchangeable heads cover everything from working the bulk of your quads to the smaller, more sensitive muscles.

You can sync to the Hyperice app for automated speed control, and the three-hour battery life beats most.

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Pulseroll Pro


$236 / £224.99,

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Features: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Restorative power: 4/5

With quiet-noise technology and four-hour battery life, Pulseroll’s massage gun is super lightweight, making it easily stowed in your gym bag or backpack (although it does come with its own carrying case).

Six attaching massage heads make it easy to target any sore point.

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Compex Fixx 1.0 Massager


$310 / £249.99,

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Features: 3/5
Ease of use: 3.5/5
Restorative power: 4/5

Compex’s first ever deep-tissue massage gun doesn’t pack the app and coaching smarts of Theragun’s top models, but this simplified tool does come with three speeds – 25, 33 and 46 strokes per second – for tending to different muscles, and three different arm positions that help you reach the trickier body parts.

You also get 90 minutes of massage time on a single charge.

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Theragun Mini


$199 / £174,

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Features: 3/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Restorative power: 3/5

At 650g, the mini is a more portable – and wallet-friendly – option that’s better suited to being stuck in a gym bag, taken to finish lines or even the office.

That 12mm amplitude pummelling head won’t go quite as deep into your muscles as the bigger models but you still get 150 minutes of massage time, three preset speeds, and it means you get onto your recovery quickly, no matter where you are.

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Nordic Lifting Fuego X9


$208.99 / £155,

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Features: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Restorative power: 4/5

Versatility is the name of the game with Nordic Lifting’s Fuego X9 massage gun. Not only does it have five interchangeable heads for targeting any muscle group, it also boasts four massage modes (uniform, wave, climb and heated) and five massage speeds.

Whether you’re getting into deep tissue with the round head, tending your Achilles with the spinal head or massaging sore muscles with the heated flat head, you can set your speed from 1,600rpm to 3,200rpm in roughly 400rpm increments.

Its brushless motor guarantees a quiet massage and on the lowest level you can expect to get 5 hours use from a single charge. The Fuego is available in three colours, comes in a neat travel case and has a two-year warranty.

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