The best massage guns to soothe sore muscles

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Girl with mass of curly hair sits on a lounge using a massage gun on her bicep.
Massage guns have come down in price and your aching muscles are grateful.

A massage gun can go a long way to help achy muscles and niggling pains.

They used to be expensive, but there are now several reasonably priced options.

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Before you buy a massage gun, there are a few things to consider.

Good battery life: most massage guns have a battery life of about three hours.

Noise: some massagers can be quite noisy. If you're planning to use it when the kids are asleep, or in a quiet space, this is worth considering.

Motor: a brushless motor will generally last longer, and be less noisy.

Here are some of the best options:

Theragun Pro, $899

Widely regarded as the best on the market, this has a 360-degree handle, five hours of battery life, OLED screen and a rotating arm.

It's quiet, has a brushless motor, and reaches 60% more deeply into the muscle than others on the market.

It has a super-soft attachment too, for especially sore or sensitive areas.

A girl with a mass of curly hair sits on a lounge while using the Theragun Pro, $899 massage gun on her bicep.
Theragun Pro, $899, is regarded as one of the best massage guns on the market. Photo: Therabody

Theragun Mini, $349

If the Theragun Pro is out of your budget and you need a small massage gun, this is ideal.

It fits in your pocket, has three settings, a brushless motor, and is super quiet.

Black Theragun Mini, $349 against a white background
The protable Theragun Mini, $349 could be the ticket. Photo: Therabody

Hydragun Massage Gun, $399

This claims to be the quietest massage gun on the market.

It has up to seven hours of battery life, six speed settings, six attachments and a brushless motor.

It also comes with a 1.5-year warranty.

A black Hydragun Massage Gun, $399 shaped like a pistol with a round head and red trim.

Stryke Pro Massage Gun, $390

One of the original massage guns, this has a 360-degree handle, a brushless motor, and about 3.5 hours of battery time.

It reaches deeply in to muscles (around 6mm more than most other massage guns, except the Theragun), so works well on people looking for a deep massage.

There's a one year warranty and it's on sale for $390 ($100 off).

A black Stryke Pro Massage Gun shaped like a staple gun, showing three different angle settings for the roller head.
You can save $100 on the Stryke Pro Massage Gun, $390. Photo: Stryke

Homedics Physio Massage Gun, $99

This is an entry level massage gun, that is a good option for the price.

It has three speed settings and three massage heads, and a battery life of an hour.

There's no carry case, unlike more expensive options, and it can be a bit noisy.

Black Homedics Physio Massage Gun with blue trim.
Homedics Physio Massage Gun, $99. Photo: The Good Guys

Celsius Percussion Gun, $149.99

This reasonably priced model is really quiet.

It has three massage heads, and three speeds, although the power output isn't as strong as some of the pricier models.

It's a good entry-level option, particularly if you're looking for a quiet model.

A silver Celsius Percussion Gun with black roller head, looking a little like a hair dryer.

The Good Gun Massage Gun, $275

This clever massage gun has an extra handle which allows you to easily massage your own back, without having to enlist the help of someone else.

It's reasonably priced for what you get, with six massage heads, a carry case, a five-hour battery life and a one year warranty.

It's light too; at just 1kg, it's easy to transport.

A black Good Gun Massage Gun with a curved handle.

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