Theragun Elite vs Pro

The Theragun Elite and Theragun Pro are the two top-of-the-line massage guns from Therabody. If you can’t decide between the two devices, you’ve come to the right place. I will compare the Elite and the Pro in this article. In doing so, I will show their differences as well as similarities.

I will also tell you if it is worth spending more money and buying the Theragun Pro or if the Theragun Elite can actually do the same for a lower price. In doing so, I don’t just use data from the manufacturer. Instead, I have tested both massage guns myself so that I can report here from my own experiences.

 

Comparison – Theragun Elite vs. Pro

Criteria

Theragun Elite

Theragun Pro

My Rating

Motor Power

no information

no information

Speed Levels

5

5

RPM

1,750 - 2,400

1,750 - 2,400

Amplitude

16 mm

16 mm

Adjustable Arm

Noise (from 40 cm Distance)

61 dB - 68 dB

62 dB - 72 dB

Material

Plastic

Plastic

Battery Capacity

no information

no information

Battery Life

ca. 2 hours

ca. 2.5 hours

Battery changeable

Weight (without Attachment)

2.26 lbs (1,024 g)

2.91 lbs (1,319 g)

Scope of Delivery

  • Theragun Elite

  • Standard Ball Attachment

  • Dampener Attachment

  • Thumb Attachment

  • Cone Attachment

  • Wedge Attachment

  • Carry Bag

  • Charger

  • Manual

  • Theragun Pro

  • Standard Ball Attachment

  • Supersoft™ Attachment

  • Dampener Attachment

  • Thumb Attachment

  • Wedge Attachment

  • Cone Attachment

  • Carry Bag

  • Attachment Bag

  • Charger

  • Replacement Battery

  • Manual

Theragun Elite

Theragun Pro

My Rating

My Rating

Motor Power

no information

Motor Power

no information

Speed Levels

5

Speed Levels

5

RPM

1,750 - 2,400

RPM

1,750 - 2,400

Amplitude

16 mm

Amplitude

16 mm

Adjustable Arm

Adjustable Arm

Noise (from 40 cm Distance)

61 dB - 68 dB

Noise (from 40 cm Distance)

62 dB - 72 dB

Material

Plastic

Material

Plastic

Battery Capacity

no information

Battery Capacity

no information

Battery Life

ca. 2 hours

Battery Life

ca. 2.5 hours

Battery changeable

Battery changeable

Weight (without Attachment)

2.26 lbs (1,024 g)

Weight (without Attachment)

2.91 lbs (1,319 g)

Scope of Delivery

  • Theragun Elite

  • Standard Ball Attachment

  • Dampener Attachment

  • Thumb Attachment

  • Cone Attachment

  • Wedge Attachment

  • Carry Bag

  • Charger

  • Manual

Scope of Delivery

  • Theragun Pro

  • Standard Ball Attachment

  • Supersoft™ Attachment

  • Dampener Attachment

  • Thumb Attachment

  • Wedge Attachment

  • Cone Attachment

  • Carry Bag

  • Attachment Bag

  • Charger

  • Replacement Battery

  • Manual

 

Scope of Delivery and Attachments

I have shown you the scope of delivery in the comparison table above. There are clear differences between the Elite and the Pro. On the one hand, the differences concern the attachments. The Theragun Pro comes with one more attachment, the SuperSoft attachment for particularly sensitive areas.

On the other hand, the Pro comes with a replacement battery and a charging station. Since the battery in the Theragun Elite is not replaceable, the scope of delivery only includes a charging cable with a power supply. The battery is already integrated directly into the massage gun.

 

 

Functionality

In terms of functionality, the two massage guns have almost nothing in common. The devices have the following five power levels:

  • 1st Level: 1,750 rpm
  • 2nd Level: 1,900 rpm
  • 3rd Level: 2,100 rpm
  • 4th Level: 2,200 rpm
  • 5th Level: 2,400 rpm

Unfortunately, the frequency spectrum is quite low. Other massage guns are usually in the range of 1,500 to 3,200 strokes per minute. Nevertheless, the differences between the individual levels are clearly noticeable.

On a more positive note, both devices can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The Therabody app can then be used to set individual numbers of strokes in the range of 1,750 to 2,400. In addition, predefined massage programs can be called up.

The amplitude of 16 mm, as well as the powerful motors of the two massagers, ensure an intensive massage that can also reach the deep tissue. It should be mentioned here that the Pro has a slightly stronger motor than the Elite.

In addition, both massage guns from Therabody have a pressure sensor. This shows on the OLED display how hard you press on with the massage gun.

Usability

When it comes to usability, the two massage guns are not only similar but even identical.

Both the Theragun Elite and the Theragun pro have a large button. The massage gun can be switched on and off by holding this button. Around the button are four smaller buttons. Two of them (“+” and ““) can be used to switch through the different power levels. The other two buttons (“<” and “>“) can run preset programs.

This makes operation a bit more complex than with most other massage guns, but it’s child’s play after a short familiarization period.

 

 

Handling

The Theragun Elite and Pro also have nothing in common when it comes to handling. Unfortunately, both massagers have a very high weight. The Theragun Elite weighs 2.26 lbs (1,024 g) without the attachment, and the Theragun Pro even weighs 2.91 lbs (1,319 g). Although the Elite feels heavy, the Pro is still quite a bit heavier. Use is correspondingly strenuous during longer massages. The slim handle, which is very easy to grip, is only a small consolation.

At least the Theragun Pro has an adjustable arm. This at least improves the handling a bit. Finally, the massage gun can thus be adjusted for massaging different muscle groups.

 

Power Supply

As already mentioned, the Theragun Elite has a fixed battery for power supply. The Theragun Pro, on the other hand, has a replaceable battery and comes with a spare battery. This is a great advantage. After all, the entire massage gun does not have to be replaced if the battery is defective. In addition, the Pro can be operated with one battery while the other is charging.

Battery life, on the other hand, is quite similar for both massage guns, with the Pro running a bit longer.

Charging also works about the same. Only the charging method differs: the Theragun Elite is charged with a charging cable and power adapter. The Theragun Pro’s batteries, on the other hand, can be conveniently charged via the included charging station.

 

 

Noise

In my massage gun test, I measured the volume of both massage guns from a distance of 40 cm.

I determined the following noise levels for the Theragun Elite:

  • 1st Level: ~ 61 dB to 62 dB – similar to a loud conversation
  • 2nd Level: ~ 63 dB to 64 dB – similar to road traffic
  • 3rd Level: ~ 64 dB to 65 dB – similar to road traffic
  • 4th Level: ~ 64 dB to 65 dB – similar to road traffic
  • 5th Level: ~ 67 dB to 68 dB – similar to a vacuum cleaner

With the Theragun Pro, on the other hand, I got the following values:

  • 1st Level: ~ 47 dB to 48 dB – comparable with light rain
  • 2nd Level: ~ 50 dB to 51 dB – comparable with birdsong
  • 3rd Level: ~ 52 dB to 53 dB – comparable with a radio or TV
  • 4th Level: ~ 53 dB to 54 dB – comparable with a conversation
  • 5th Level: ~ 56 dB to 57 dB – comparable with a loud conversation

As you can see from the values, the Theragun Elite is slightly quieter than the Theragun Pro. However, this difference was hardly noticeable for me in my practical test. The reason for this is that both massage guns are simply very loud. This is especially noticeable at the highest levels. Here, the noise level is hardly bearable at close range. Therefore, both devices are rather less suitable for use for relaxation or in quieter environments.

 

Material and Quality

In terms of material and workmanship, both massage guns have absolutely nothing in common. Both the Theragun Elite and the Theragun Pro belong to the absolute upper class in terms of quality. The only thing that bothered me was that there was lubricant on the stroke. You can quickly smear yourself with it.

 

 

I can’t find anything negative about the smell either. Cheap massagers often smell like chemicals or rubber. The two models from Therabody, on the other hand, simply smelled “new”.

 

Price

I paid €329.99 for the Theragun Elite. That’s about the price it was available at when I made this product comparison (~$329). For the Theragun Pro, on the other hand, I paid a hefty €649. However, the massage gun is now available for around $400 to $600.

Overall, both Theraguns are very expensive massage guns, even if the Elite is slightly cheaper than the Pro. Evaluating the price alone, I can’t recommend either of them accordingly.

 

Conclusion – Theragun Elite vs Pro

Both Theragun Elite and Theragun Pro are very powerful massage guns from the Therabody brand. They have identically good usability, similar quality, and almost the same strengths and weaknesses. For example, both devices are very loud in operation.

In addition, there are the following differences:

  1. The Theragun Pro comes with one more attachment than the Theragun Elite. This is the SuperSoft attachment, which is suitable for massaging particularly sensitive areas.
  2. The battery of the Theragun Pro can be replaced by the user, while that of the Elite cannot.
  3. The motor of the Pro is more powerful than the one in the Elite. However, the Theragun Pro is also much heavier.
  4. The head of the Theragun Pro can be adjusted to four different positions. The Elite has a fixed head.

In summary, the Theragun Pro is slightly better than the Theragun Prime. However, it also costs a bit more. In the end, you have to decide which strengths and weaknesses are important for you and whether the Theragun Pro’s higher price is worth it for your needs.

 

Theragun Elite

  • 2 years warranty
  • very good handling
  • appears stable and valuable
  • well thought-out power levels
  • 5 attachments included
  • very well processed
  • with helpful app
  • app control possible
  • powerful motor
  • good battery life
  • high-quality carrying bag included
  • quite expensive
  • extremely loud on all levels
  • low frequency spectrum
  • lubricant on the massage head
  • battery not replaceable
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Theragun Pro

  • 2-year warranty
  • battery exchangeable
  • space-saving transportable
  • very good handling
  • appears stable and valuable
  • well thought out power levels
  • 6 attachments included
  • very well processed
  • with helpful app
  • app control possible
  • powerful motor
  • very good battery capacity
  • additional battery included
  • adjustable arm
  • very expensive
  • comparatively loud on all levels
  • low frequency spectrum
  • no pressure sensor
  • lubricant on massage head
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Marcel

Hi, I'm Marcel! Here at massage-gun-guide.com, I review different massage guns to find the best device on the market. All the massagers I have held in my own hands, so I can always report from my own experience. In addition, I clarify all myths and questions about massage guns. More about me.

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