Massage guns have grown popular in recent years for their ability to help reduce muscle soreness and tension. On test here we have the Hypervolt GO. It’s positioned as a lightweight, portable option for use on the move.
At 669g it’s lighter than many competitors and has a battery life of 150mins. That’s far from range-topping, but we think it’s a decent length of time considering its size and weight. Speaking of which, the shape and size of this thing makes it a breeze to use, which is handy when trying to get to hard-to-reach spots.
The device comes with two attachments, a flat disk and a pointy bullet, and can be used at three speeds up to 3,200 percussions per minute. This delivers a good range of choice, allowing you to customise to an intensity that suits you best. That being said, other massage guns on the market do offer more settings and attachments.
In practice, we found the top setting delivered a significant amount of power and we subsequently experienced a noticeable reduction in muscle soreness and a boost in recovery after use.
Hyperice claims the Hypervolt GO is ‘almost mute’, but we wouldn’t quite go that far. At the lowest setting (45-50 decibels), you can easily hear the TV over the top of it. At top speed, however, it does start to feel quite disruptive (55-65 decibels).
The brand’s app helps you get the most out of your device and is easy to use. You can search for routines by muscle group, by category or via personalised recommendations after connecting with Garmin, Strava or Apple Health, which is a nice touch.
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The Theragun Mini comes in a little cheaper than the Hypervolt Go, but goes after the same lightweight market. With a claimed weight of 635g, it’s lighter than the latter, but not by much.
It comes with three speed settings (1,750, 2,100, and 2,400 percussions per minute), which aren’t quite as powerful as the Hypervolt Go, but the claimed battery life is just as long at 150 minutes. There’s also only one attachment.
However, the Theragun Mini does meet its goal of being portable, and comes with the clout and respect of one of the sector’s best massage gun manufacturers.