9 Best Massage Guns In Australia 2021

Massage Guns Australia

So, it’s the start of the year 2021. You’re looking to kick off the new year with a brand new massage gun to help with those pesky muscle aches. You have a look online for a massage gun to help ease the pain. The problem is, with so many shapes, sizes and options available, sorting through the best massage gun for you can be quite time consuming and frankly overwhelming. Not to mention, half the brands you look at aren’t based in Australia meaning that you could be waiting months or weeks for it to arrive only to find out that you don’t like it and need to ship the product back to wherever it came from.  Fortunately, to save you the time and effort, we have composed this article to help break down the top 9 best massage guns in Australia.

 A lot has changed since we wrote our first article around the top massage guns in Australia. At the time of writing there were merely a handful of options to choose from with the Kmart massage gun being the only offering by a noteworthy Australian retailer. With the recent release of the Homedics massage gun, retailers such as The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, and Target all have massage guns available. Even Aldi have released a massage gun as part of their special buys and Rebel sport have also produced their own massage gun with Celsius. In Australia, we now have access to recovery equipment like never before and it’s a refreshing change.  

There are also many online retailers, some who have been selling for years and others who are new to the industry. Companies like Therabody who sell the Theragun, The Good Gun, Hydragun, Strike Recovery and mussage are making serious waves.  The online retailers offer a far greater breadth of option with each company having their own unique quirks and product offerings which give the customer a greater choice than ever. The only setback with the online retailers might be that you cannot try before you buy but with most companies providing a 30 day money back guarantee, this risk is somewhat mitigated.

We would like to fully disclose that we do sell our own massage gun. To save you the suspense, we do plan on putting ours at the top as we are strong believers in what we offer. We wrote this article as we believe we are the best informed to write it. We sample products from every Australian massage gun retailer and have extensive knowledge in a niche market. Each retailer has done an awesome job of finding a unique product offering that makes them stand out in their own way. If you would like to disregard our review of our own massage gun, then hopefully you can use this article to make an informed decision to purchase from one of the other offerings in the market. 

What to look for in a massage gun? 

There is so much to sift through when looking for a massage gun. For a customer to know what defines a good massage gun, you must first ask what you use it for. Is it simply used for relaxation and a general muscle tightness? Do you use it pre- and post-exercise for improved performance and recovery? Or are you a pro athlete who needs it to push the boundaries of what’s humanly possible? These questions are very important, especially as the price point can range anywhere from $89 - $900. What you get at each price point is also not entirely linear. There are plenty of models which offer the same output as another and there could be hundreds of dollars in difference.  

The first and most important point is battery life. To be fair, most massage guns have a good battery life. Industry standard usually sits around 3 working hours and considering that you will probably use it for no more than 5 minutes at a time, this is more than enough. Just have a quick check of the specs around this before purchasing.

Another area to consider is noise output. A lot of massage guns on the market are quite loud which can be quite frustrating depending on where you use it. If you’re planning on only using at the gym this is probably less important but if you’re using it in a household or quiet area it can be quite annoying to have a massage gun blaring out noise. Industry standard for decibel output is around 55-60db.  

The internals are a very important area to consider when purchasing. It can be the difference between a deep impact and one which barely gets into the muscle at all. From what we have seen there are big variances in the output that many massage guns offer. The problem is that unless it’s a company like Theragun, it's hard to obtain reliable information. To lift the lid a little, it’s best to ask three main questions as you’ll generally find the most consistent results here. Does it have a brushless motor? A brushless motor will generally last longer and offer less noise output. What are the revolutions per minute? (how many times the massage head goes in and out per minute). What is the amplitude? (how deep the product goes). Whilst the wattage is certainly important, the inconsistency reported between each brand means that using this as a guide to what’s the most powerful is near impossible. It’s best to look at the product in action through videos or reviews and make a judgement call based on all the information available to you.

  

The Best Massage Guns In Australia

We have put these into a ranking system however this is just a guide and should not determine which massage gun you decide to buy. You need to find the one that will suit your needs the best and offer you the most value. Here are our top 9 best massage guns in Australia. 

The criteria for assessment is based on value for money. 

 

1. Mussage 1.0 Massage Gun

The mussage 1.0 massage gun really is the best value for money massage gun available in Australia. It’s perfect for anyone who’s new to exercise and recovery and even better for those who are at an advanced level of training training. It sells for $179 and has everything you could ever want out of a massage gun such as a quiet output, 20 speed levels, LED screen and up to 6 working hours of battery. If you’re new to buying a massage gun, this is the one to start with. It also comes with a 1 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee so if you don’t like it, you can return free of charge which is great for those customers who might otherwise purchase from a retail outlet.

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Pros  

  • Very quiet 50db of noise output 
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life depending on usage velocity 
  • 20 speed levels allowing you to tailor the force for each muscle 
  • 4 attachments 
  • Only $179 
  • Carry case included 
  • Brushless motor 

Cons 

  • No 360 degree handle 
  • No mobile integration 

 

2. Theragun Pro by Therabody

Theragun Pro Massage Gun

When it comes to massage guns the absolute gold standard is the Theragun Pro by Therabody. They have dominated the massage gun market for years and inspired most companies to release their own massage gun. The Theragun Pro is hands down the best massage gun available on the market. There aren’t many that even come close. Featuring a 360 degree handle, 5 hours of battery life, OLED screen, and a rotating arm, the Theragun Pro sets the standard. It comes with a 2 year warranty delivered from a brand you can trust. The only downside is the price point but we still think it’s good value for money if you’re wanting to push the limits or experience the best that the industry has to offer. 

Pros 

  • Reaches deeper than other massage guns
  • 360 degree handle 
  • Best quality brand on the market 
  • 6 attachments 
  • 2 rechargeable batteries 
  • Smart App integration 
  • Carry case included 

Cons 

  • Priced at $899 

 

3. Aldi Crane Massage Gun

Aldi Massage Gun

Now we might be jumping the gun a little bit here, but Aldi are releasing a new massage gun as part of the January 2021 Special Buys. We have not tried this product out yet as it hasn’t been released, but from all the information we have available to us, it could well be the best value massage gun available on the market. Aldi have planned to release their new version of the massage gun for just $89 which is definitely the cheapest we have ever seen. It includes an LED luminated handle, Idle stoppage, 5 massage heads and a 3 year warranty which is huge considering that many customers may be worried with the reliability. We could go into the details but we have already written a full review. If you want to read it then – click here.

Pros 

  • LED luminated handle 
  • Idle battery stoppage after 15 seconds 
  • 5 massage heads 
  • Comes with a carry case 
  • 3 year warranty 
  • Only $89 

 

Cons  

  • Lack of information on battery, noise, and internals 
  • Only 3 speed levels 
  • No 360 degree handle  
  • No mobile integration 

 

4. Hydragun

Hydragun

The Hydragun has definitely made plenty of waves in the last 6 months. They have gained appraisal from athletes within Australia and around the world and offer a product which certainly delivers. Their massage gun offers 6 speed settings, brushless motor, Up to 7 hours of battery life and 6 attachments including 2 steel heads meaning you get all the basics and more. It also comes with a 1.5 year warranty meaning you have peace of mind with your purchase and has a price of $399 with very little in the way of discounts meaning it does sit toward the higher end. 

Pros 

  • 4 standard + 2 steel attachments 
  • Brushless motor 
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life depending on usage velocity 
  • 1.5 year warranty 
  • Backed by top athletes 
  • 6 speed levels 
  • Comes with a carry case 

Cons 

  • No LED screen 
  • No 360 degree handle 
  • No mobile integration 

 

5. The Good Gun

The Good Gun

Besides a hilarious brand story (trust me, you want to follow their Instagram) The Good Gun have produced an excellent new massage gun for release. It solves the one big problem that most massage guns have and that is being able to reach your back. They have added a handle which allows you to reach most areas meaning that you don’t need your partner or friend to come along and assist on those hard-to-reach spots around your back. This is really groundbreaking for the industry and seems to have been met with lots of good customer response. The price point for what you get is also good with the RRP set at $370 which has a potential to be lower through discounts. The only downside is a relatively low power output according to the specs. When we tried it for ourselves, it didn’t seem too bad but we have felt stronger from other brands. 

Pros 

  • Back reaching handle 
  • 6 Massage heads 
  • Rotating massage head 
  • Comes with a carry case 
  • 5 hour battery life on lowest speed setting 
  • 1 year warranty 
  • Light weight – only 1kg 

Cons 

  • Lower power than industry standard with an 18W motor and only 2500 RPM 
  • No mobile integration 
  • Only 4 speed levels 
  • Bulky design making it hard to transport 

 

6. Stryke Pro Massage Gun

Stryke Pro Massage Gun

Styke Recovery were one of the original massage gun companies who arrived in the industry early. They have a proven track record of offering a quality product and have a few key features which differentiate their Stryke Pro massage gun. It offers a 360 degree handle, a really deep 16mm amplitude (depth of movement in and out), up to 3.5 hours of battery, charging stand, and a brushless motor. The big area to point to here is the 16mm impact. Industry standard generally sits around 10mm so this is great for those who really want to get in deep. They also offer a 1 year warranty and even have a number on their website in case there are any issues. It starts at $490, however this is generally discounted to $440 so it is towards the higher end. 

Pros 

  • 16mm depth of impact 
  • 360 degree handle 
  • Charging stand 
  • Adjustable head 
  • Brushless motor 
  • 4 attachments 
  • Comes with a carry case 
  • Up to 3.5 hours of battery 

Cons 

  • Relatively loud noise output – 65db 
  • Only 3 speed levels 
  • No LED screen 
  • No mobile integration 

 

7. mussage Ninja Massage Gun

mussage Ninja Massage Gun

The mussage Ninja massage gun has been an instant favourite at the entry level price range. It’s the second edition release from mussage and there is plenty of good to talk about. It is one of the quietest massage guns available offering only 35db of noise output. It also features 10 speed settings, LED screen, up to 3 hours of battery life, compact design and 6 massage gun heads. It sells for just $119 and really is at a great price point for those who like to use massage guns for leisure recovery or have sensitive muscles. 

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Pros 

  • Only 35db of noise output 
  • 10 speed settings 
  • LED screen 
  • Up to 3 hours of battery life depending on usage velocity 
  • 6 attachments 
  • Comes with a carry case 
  • Compact design 

Cons 

  • Motor is not quite as powerful as some of the others on the market 
  • No 360 degree handle 
  • No mobile integration  

 

8. Homedics Massage Gun 

Homedics Massage gun

Homedics have been in the recovery and massage industry for quite some time. They have specialised in massage chairs and massage equipment which has brought plenty of relief to Australians. With this strong background they have quickly brought their Homedics massage gun to market through Australia’s leading retailers including Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Bing Lee and Target. This makes it one of the most accessible massage guns available. We were expecting a lot from Homedics but in our opinion it didn’t deliver  even for just $99. With Aldi releasing their massage gun for $89, a new standard has been set for what a customer expects at this price point.  It only offers 1 hour of battery life which is well below industry standard, 3 massage heads and a moderate motor. We have done a full review of the Homedics massage gun so if you’d like to read more then – click here. To be fair though, for $99 you can’t exactly go wrong. You also have the added benefit of trying the product before buying and easy accessibility for returns. 

Pros 

  • Only $99 
  • Reputable brand 
  • Sold at all leading retailers meaning that if there are any issues or you want to try before buying, you have that option 

Cons 

  • Only 3 massage heads 
  • Only 3 speed settings 
  • 1 hour battery life 
  • No carry case 
  • No LED screen 
  • No mobile integration 
  • No 360 degree handle 

 

9. Celsius Massage Gun - Rebel Sport 

Celsius Massage Gun

The Celsius Massage gun sold exclusively by Rebel Sport represents a new move from Rebel into the massage gun industry. Whilst they have sold the Theragun, this new model is sold exclusively in what seems to be a deal made between the two companies. This is great for Australian consumers as we are able to have easy access to recovery equipment by simply walking into your nearest Westfield. We are able to try out the product before purchasing which is a huge advantage compared to online retailers. This model is good for entry level users who really just want to try out a massage gun for leisure. It comes with 3 massage gun heads and offers everything you’d expect out of an entry level massage gun. There were a few major drawbacks though; It only comes with 3 massage heads which is below industry standard, the power output wasn’t as strong as we’d expect and reading some of the reviews online there are some quality issues (we didn’t experience any). That being said, a company which is the size of Rebel will be able to simply replace the product if there are any issues and the price point is only $150. 

 

Pros 

  • Only $150 
  • Sold at a leading Australian retailer – Rebel Sport 
  • Low noise output 

Cons 

  • Only 3 speed levels 
  • Only 3 Attachments 
  • No LED screen 
  • No 360 degree handle 
  • No mobile integration 
  • Motor is not quite as powerful as some of the others on the market 

Can massage guns help you lose weight?

Massage guns do not directly help you to lose weight. They do help with reducing delayed onset muscle soreness, improving flexibility, and increasing blood flow. This means that you can spend more time focussing on your weight loss goals instead of delaying them through extended recovery times.

Are massage guns worth it?

Massage guns are worth purchasing if you do physical activity a few times a week or if you experience general muscle pain. They are an excellent way to speed up your recovery whilst also helping you to perform at your peak. The bigger question is likely which massage gun is right for you. This often depends on your budget, how often you train and what you plan on using it for.

Can massage guns help with back pain?

Generally, massage guns are great for reducing pain. As backs are such a sensitive area, its always worthwhile to consult your doctor before pursuing massage gun therapy for back pain. Anecdotal evidence suggests that massage guns can help with back pain however this hasn’t been researched in great detail as of yet.