Massage guns, or percussive therapy devices, help relax and sooth sore muscles, whether you’re an athlete or just hunching over a desk all day. 

Theraguns (made by Therabody) tend to be the best massage guns. We’ve tested a bunch of the newest models, and several of the more affordable alternatives available. Our favorites are below, along with what we learned speaking to a physical therapist and athletic trainer to see what exactly these devices are doing.

Updated April 2021: We’ve added Therabody’s three Wave Series roller devices, plus the SKG F5, an alternative massager with heat. 

Medea Giordano is the lead reviewer for this guide. Jess Grey and Julian Chokkattu also tested some devices.

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