This week we take a moment to review the latest self-massage gun by Hyperice: The Hypervolt!
Item: The Hypervolt Power Massager
Price: $349 USD
It’s been a couple of years now since the first self-massage gun hit the functional fitness market. Since then, we have seen a number of brands come out with their own versions of the device. These range from G2Pro’s TheraGun, to the Pleno Massage Gun, to the TimTam Power Massager.
Another brand that has entered the market is Hyperice, with their Hypervolt massage gun.
Just like the items mentioned above, the Hypervolt is a percussion self-massage tool. It is designed to hammer down on the surface of your body, sending pulses of pressure deep into your muscle tissue. The Hypervolt essentially mimics the pressure that you would receive during a deep-tissue massage. And it is this type of massage that is ideal for recovery after intense workouts that you often perform during CrossFit/functional fitness training.
According to their website, the Hypervolt is:
“A super quiet, cordless state-of-the-art vibration massage device that helps to relax sore and stiff muscles to improve mobility, circulation, range of motion and improves the overall health of the body’s soft tissue.”
- Helps relieve muscle soreness and stiffness
- Improves range of motion
- Promotes circulation
- Accelerates warmup and recovery
- Lightweight, easy-to-use for self-myofascial release
- Powerful high-torque motor featuring Quiet Glide™ technology
- 3 speed settings deliver up to 3200 percussions per minute
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (Up to 3 hours of use per charge)
- 4 x interchangeable head attachments (Fork, Bullet, Flat and Round Heads)
- Lightweight (2.5 lbs), ergonomic design
- 1 Year Warranty
I’ve been using the Hyperice Hypervolt since I got my hands on it earlier this year. Below are my thoughts on the device, and how it compares to some other massage guns on the market.
It works!: It is safe to say the Hypervolt lives up to what it promises. It’s an effective self-massage tool that provides deep tissue relief. I used the gun regularly after my daily workouts and found it to be a great way to loosen up tight muscles, and improve my recovery. It is a lot easier to use than many other tools like foam rollers and lacrosse balls, and also more effective.
Look and Feel: Unlike the TheraGun and TimTam, which kind of look like glorified power tools, the Hypervolt has a slick and attractive design. It almost looks like a futuristic laser device, and feels very comfortable to use. It is also relatively light (weighing just 2.5 pounds), making it easy to use with just one hand.
Loudness: The biggest complaint I had while using the TimTam and TheraGun, was the level of noise they produce. Both guns are designed from jigsaw power tools, so naturally they were going to be noisy. However, the Hypervolt is significantly quieter. So quiet you can easily use it while watching TV, or even having a conversation with someone, without being distracted.
Speed Settings: It really does seem like a no-brainer when it comes to a device like this. However, the Hypervolt is the only massage gun that i’ve come across that actually has speed settings. Unlike the TimTam and TheraGun which only offer one speed, the Hypervolt offers three speed settings that you can adjust easily at the back of the gun.
Price: The Hyperice Hypervolt is by far the cheapest massage gun on the market. Selling for just $349 USD, it is easily more affordable than the TheraGun and TimTam.
Battery Life: The Hypervolt has a battery life of up to three hours. This is a lot more than some of its rival brands, including the TimTam, which begins to die off after just 20 minutes of use. It also has a ‘battery life’ display on the back so you can see how much battery life you have at any given time.
No Carry Bag: One of the main criticisms of the Hypervolt is the fact that it comes with no carry bag. Unlike the TheraGun and TimTam which are purchased with carrying cases, the Hyervolt only comes with the padded cardboard case you buy it with. It just makes it a little harder to protect which carrying around. And also increases the chances of you damaging it.
Lack of Colours/Styles: At the time of writing the Hypervolt is only available in one style and colour. It would be great to have a few options for buyers out there.
Overall I don’t have too many bad things to say about the Hyperice Hypervolt. I think it is a very effective self-massage tool that is easy to use.
Compared to some of the other self-massage guns on the market, I think it is the clear leader and my preference. Not only is it more affordable than the TimTam and TheraGun, but is also better looking, has a better battery life, is much quieter and offers more speed settings.
If you are looking for a self-massaging gun, the Hyperice Hypervolt would be our recommendation.