How we test

We test popular massage guns sold at leading UK retailers so you don't have to.

What do we assess?

We select popular massage guns from top UK retailers, gathering diverse panels of testers to evaluate them after rigorous exercise and determine their preferences. Each tester tries every massage gun.

Ease of use

How comfort are they to use and adjust?

Noise

Using a decibel meter to record noise levels.

Battery life

How long do they last at their highest setting?

Power

Do they pack the punch they describe?

Do massage guns really work?

Massage gun brands claim various benefits including enhanced blood flow, accelerated muscle recovery, improved flexibility, and stimulated lymphatic drainage.

While there is ongoing research, the long-term scientific advantages of massage guns remain inconclusive due to their novelty, requiring further investigation and debate.

However, it's certain that percussive therapy offered by massage guns offers immediate relief from muscle soreness and diminishes Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) by promoting blood circulation to targeted areas. Percussive therapy entails rapid, repetitive massage with vibrations.

A 2014 study from the National Library of Medicine in the USA confirmed that percussive therapy 'significantly' reduces DOMS at 24, 48 and 72 hours after exercise.

If you're seeking effective relief from post-workout muscle strain and want to alleviate soreness in the days following your exercise routine, investing in one of the top massage guns is highly recommended and certainly worthwhile.