Theragun mini vs Prime

In this Theragun mini vs Prime review, we will compare Therabody’s lightweight and small, yet surprisingly powerful massage gun with one of its bigger brothers.

Is the Theragun mini, used by professional golfer Collin Morikawa and tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, also the right massager for you? Or should you invest in the Theragun Prime, a full-fledged percussive therapy device?

This side-by-side comparison will help you find out.

Theragun mini

Theragun mini Massage Gun, Black

Theragun Prime

Stall Force

20.0 lbs

30.0 lbs

Battery Life

Up to 2.5 hours

Up to 2 hours

Adjustable Speed

1750 to 2400 ppm, 3 levels

1750 to 2400 ppm, 5 levels

Working Noise

65 dB

65 dB

Attachments

1

4

Colors

Comparison: Theragun mini vs Prime

Amplitude

As the leader in the market for percussive therapy, Therabody is known for the high amplitude of its massage guns. So while the Theragun mini may lose to the Theragun Prime in this aspect, it still has the highest amplitude of all mini massage guns we have come across so far.

Winner: Theragun Prime

12 mm

16 mm

Force

As one would expect, the bigger Theragun Prime is also the more powerful of the two devices. The motor inside the Theragun mini can deal with up to 20 lbs of pressure, while the Prime reaches its limit at around 30 lbs.

Winner: Theragun Prime

20.0 lbs

30.0 lbs

Frequency & Speed Levels

All four Therabody massage guns are able to generate 1,750 up to 2,400 percussions per minute (ppm). But while you are limited to three different speed levels with the Theragun mini, all of its three bigger brothers come with five levels:

  • Level 1: 1750 ppm
  • Level 2: 1900 ppm
  • Level 3: 2100 ppm
  • Level 4: 2200 ppm
  • Level 5: 2400 ppm

Winner: Theragun Prime

1750 to 2400 ppm, 3 levels

1750 to 2400 ppm, 5 levels

Connectivity

Additionally, the Theragun PRO, Elite, and Prime are able to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This allows you to further customize the massage experience and also makes it very easy for you to follow the recovery routines created by Therabody and professional athletes.

Winner: Theragun Prime

No

Yes

Battery

Being more powerful in addition to the connectivity feature, the Theragun Prime comes up short against its smaller competitor in this category. The Theragun mini runs for up to 2.5 hours on one charge, which should be enough to get you through several days of relaxing massages.

Winner: Theragun mini

Up to 2.5 hours

Up to 2 hours

Watch Collin Morikawa use the Theragun mini

Noise

Especially when compared to the previous generation, Theraguns have become a lot quieter. At around 65 decibels (dB), both devices are just a bit louder than an electric toothbrush and therefore suitable for the office or other public places.

Winner: Draw

Around 65 dB

Around 65 dB

Attachments & Accessoires

With just one massage head, the Theragun mini does not offer many options for personalization. That said, the attachment is ideal for smaller muscles like your neck, shoulders, or arms.

The Theragun Prime on the other hand comes with a total of four interchangeable attachments:

  • Cone: Used mostly for pinpoint muscle treatment, including the hands and feet
  • Dampener: Used mostly for tender or bony areas. Perfect for overall use
  • Standard Ball: Perfect for overall use on large and small muscle groups
  • Thumb: Used mostly for trigger points and the lower back

A soft case ensures that the Theragun mini does not get damaged inside of your bag. Unfortunately, the Theragun Prime does not come with a carrying case.

Winner: Theragun Prime

1 massage head

4 massage heads

Weight & Dimensions

No surprise in the final round of our Theragun mini vs Prime comparison, since the Theragun mini is obviously both the lighter and smaller of the two massage guns. That said, at just 2.2 lbs, the Theragun Prime also won’t make your gym bag much heavier.

Winner: Theragun mini

1.4 lbs, 5.4 x 4.3 x 1.6 in

2.2 lbs, 8.9 x 6.3 x 2.9 in

Conclusion: Theragun mini vs Prime

The Theragun mini came out on top exactly where it should have – battery life, weight, and dimensions. It is one of the best small massage guns on the market and ideal for a relaxing self-massage on the go or after a long day in front of the computer.

With an impressive amplitude of 12 mm and a stall force of 20 lbs, it is powerful enough for PGA Tour professional Collin Morikawa to use for a quick sweep across his forearms between holes. Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova is also known to be a fan of the small, yet powerful device.

If you consider yourself an athlete or in need of a more intense massage experience though, you might want to view the Theragun mini as an add-on to a bigger massage gun like the Theragun Prime – just like the two athletes mentioned above do.

At a stall force of 30 lbs, it is 50 percent more powerful than its smaller brother and does offer a lot more options for personalization with more speed levels, its connectivity feature, and the additional massage heads, all the while still being priced very competitively.

Theragun mini

Theragun mini Massage Gun, Black

Theragun Prime


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Theragun mini strong enough?

With a stall force of 20 lbs, the Theragun mini is among the strongest small massage guns on the market. However, it obviously can’t compete with bigger and more expensive devices such as the Theragun Prime, which has a stall force of 30 lbs.


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