Theragun Pro is the high-end massage gun of the Therabody brand. The manufacturer writes on its website that the Theragun Pro is the massage tool that professionals trust. The massage gun is supposed to optimize muscle recovery, release tension and relieve discomfort. Whether this works, I would like to examine in the following review. For this purpose, I bought the gun and tested it extensively.
Scope of Delivery and Attachments
The Theragun Pro comes in a rather large, white cardboard box.
It contains a carrying bag and various accessories. To go into detail about each accessory would exceed the scope of this article. Therefore, you can find an overview of the scope of delivery here:
- 1 x Theragun Pro
- 1 x Standard Ball Attachment
- 1 x Supersoft™ Attachment
- 1 x Dampener Attachment
- 1 x Thumb Attachment
- 1 x Wedge Attachment
- 1 x Cone Attachment
- 1 x Carry Bag
- 1 x Attachment Bag
- 1 x Charger
- 1 x Replacement Battery
- 1 x Manual
As you can see, the scope of delivery of the Theragun Pro is extraordinarily large. Not only is everything included that you need to use the gun, but also accessories that are simply “nice-to-have”.
I would like to take a special look at the attachments:
The standard ball attachment is an attachment that is included with most massage guns. It can be used universally, i.e. for smaller and larger muscle groups.
The Supersoft™ attachment is a very special attachment from Therabody. It has a particularly soft surface made of foam. This makes it ideal for use on sensitive areas, but also near bones.
The dampener attachment also cushions the shocks of the massage gun. This attachment can also be used near bones. In addition, the attachment is suitable for almost all muscle groups.
The thumb attachment is designed to resemble human thumbs. Thus, it is mainly used for the massage of trigger points as well as the lower back.
The wedge attachment is shaped like a spatula. This allows the attachment to be used for scraping movements. These are intended to promote blood circulation and relieve tension. Due to its unique shape, the wedge attachment can be used especially on the shoulder blades and IT bands.
The cone attachment is cone-shaped and has a rather small tip. This allows (small) muscles to be targeted. For example, this attachment is also used on the hands or feet.
All the attachments of the Theragun Pro are very high quality. I particularly liked the fact that the attachments are usually made of rubber. This makes them feel a lot better than plastic ones.
The Theragun Pro has 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
Thus, the number of power levels on the Pro is on average for most massage guns. The massage speed, on the other hand, even covers a very small range. The 1,750 rpm on the first level already feels very intense, and the 2,400 rpm on the fifth level doesn’t offer too much of an increase.
Therefore, I cannot recommend the pistol for relaxation. This is also not the Theragun Pro’s field of application. Rather, the pistol is designed to relieve tension, reduce sore muscles and alleviate discomfort. And that is exactly what the massage gun is very well suited for. My practical test has confirmed this several times.
Especially in the regeneration of muscles, the deep massages have helped me a lot. On the one hand, the 16 mm amplitude contributes to this. This is the distance the massage head travels per stroke. With the Pro, this is much longer than with most other massagers.
On the other hand, the motor of the Theragun Pro has a lot of power. Admittedly, there is no indication of the motor’s power again. However, it should be able to act with a stall force of up to 60 lbs. This was also clearly noticeable in my test.
Usability and Handling
I divide the rating in this category into usability and handling. I would like to start with the usability:
The massage gun is operated via a large button as well as several small buttons. By holding the large button, the massage gun starts. Two of the four buttons (“+” and “–“) can be used to switch through the speed levels. Using the other two buttons (“<” and “>“), preset massage programs can be called up. This operation requires a bit of training but is quite self-explanatory afterward.
Alternatively, the Theragun Pro can also be controlled via an app. This can be easily downloaded from the Apple or Android app store. The app is connected via Bluetooth. The only thing that bothered me was that you have to create an account with Therabody.
The handling is not quite as good as the usability. On the one hand, this is due to the very high weight of the massage gun. This is about 2.91 lbs (1,319 g) with battery but without attachments. With the standard ball attachment, the weight is even 2.97 lbs (1,345 g). This feels very heavy. Accordingly, holding the Theragun Pro becomes quite strenuous during longer use.
The handle, on the other hand, is quite narrow. This makes it very easy to grip around.
Furthermore, the Theragun pro has an adjustable arm. This can improve the handling quite a bit. The arm can thus be adjusted to massage different muscle groups. Adjusting the arm is easy via a button. This is pressed in so that the arm can be moved into certain positions.
The Theragun Pro is delivered with two batteries. This is a really special feature. Most other massage guns contain only one battery. Since two batteries are supplied, one can be charged while the gun can be operated with the second.
Changing the battery is child’s play. The battery is simply inserted with the help of a plug-in system: The inserted battery can be released at the push of a button. It can then be pulled out. The new battery is simply inserted. You actually feel as if you were reloading a gun.
The runtime of one battery lasts about 150 minutes, according to the description. I can roughly confirm that. Of course, there are smaller differences depending on the power level. If both batteries are used, the runtime is sufficient for about 5 hours. This means that the gun can be used by a physiotherapist, for example, throughout the day.
As long as the Theragun Pro is switched on, the current battery status is shown on the OLED display.
The batteries are recharged via the charging station. This is connected to a power outlet via a power supply unit. The battery is then plugged in. Charging takes only a few hours.
The Theragun Pro is 55% quieter than its predecessor, according to Therabody. It is also said to be quieter than the average of other massagers. The reason for this is said to be the QuietForce Technology, which is used in the motor.
Accordingly, I examined this feature in detail during my test. I measured the volume of the massage gun from a distance of 40 cm. I obtained 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 probably already tell from the values, the Theragun Pro is anything but quiet. Most of the other devices in my massage gun test produced quieter noises at all levels, even at higher impact rates. Accordingly, I have to disagree with the product description here and deduct points in this review category. In particular, I would not recommend using the device in quiet environments, such as in the office.
Material and Quality
The material of the Theragun Pro is mostly plastic. I find that quite a pity in this price range since metal looks more valuable. Nevertheless, the Pro makes a very high-quality impression from Therabody. This is not least due to the high weight. Accordingly, there are no deductions from me here.
The whole thing looks different when it comes to the workmanship. At first glance, the massage gun appears to have a high-quality finish. All edges are very clear and clean. The gaps are also small. However, there is lubricant on the massage head. This also quickly got on the fingers when replacing the attachment, which was very unpleasant. Better attention should be paid to this during production.
The smell, on the other hand, was noticed positively. The Theragun Pro did not smell like plasticizers or similar, which is often the case with cheap guns from Asia. Instead, the massage gun just smelled “new”, but was almost odorless.
Purely from a price-performance point of view, the Theragun Pro is, of course, not to be recommended. After all, it is one of the most expensive devices on the market. At the time of my test, the price online was around $400 to $600. This means it costs at least twice to three times as much as most other brands of pistols. Still, it has apparent weaknesses that don’t justify the price, in my opinion.
Conclusion – Theragun Pro Review
The Theragun Pro is one of the most expensive massage guns on the market. Nevertheless, it only managed to land slightly above average on my test. This is mainly due to the following reasons:
- The gun is very loud.
- The percussion range is quite low. For use for pure relaxation, the jolts feel a bit too strong as a result.
- The very high price already mentioned is simply too high for many private individuals.
However, the Theragun Pro is probably the best choice for professional use in physiotherapists’ practices or similar. Here, the gun scores with its great strength: the very powerful motor combined with the large stroke length and the replaceable batteries.
This makes the massage guns perfect for treating severe tension and pain. But also trigger points can be massaged very well.
On the other hand, the gun can be used for a whole day without any problems. Finally, two batteries are included, and one can be charged while the other is in use.
These two features greatly benefit its use in practice. All the pros and cons can be found in the following lists:
Scope of Delivery and Attachments - 10/10
Functionality - 9/10
Usability and Handling - 9/10
Power Supply - 10/10
Noise - 7/10
Material and Quality - 9/10
- 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
FAQ & Troubleshooting
The Theragun Pro serial number is located inside the massage gun. You can find it by removing the battery.
The Theragun Pro warranty period is typically two years.
- Make sure that the massage gun is turned off.
- Hold the Theragun Pro with one hand and pull off the attachment with the other hand. You may need to rotate the attachment slightly to do this.
- Plug the attachment you want to use onto the massage gun.
Below the arm is a button. Press this into the massage gun, and you can move the arm of the Theragun Pro.
Usually, you should be able to move the arm by pressing the associated button on the bottom of the Theragun Pro into the massage gun. If this does not work, you should check if the button is stuck or jammed. Also, make sure the button is pushed all the way in while adjusting the arm.
You should also make sure that the arm can be moved in the desired direction or if it is already in the last position in that direction.
If all this does not help, you can contact support.
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