Theragun Prime 4th vs 5th Generation

In this Theragun Prime 4th vs 5th Generation review, we will compare the widely popular entry-level device of market leader Therabody with its recently released successor.

Both featuring the brand’s signature triangle ergonomic handle, only minor differences are visible on the outside. So does the performance of the fifth generation justify an investment in the newest edition, or should you rather stick with its predecessor?

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

Theragun Prime (4th Gen)

Theragun Prime Massage Gun, 4th Generation

Theragun Prime (5th Gen)

Theragun Prime Massage Gun, 5th Generation

Amplitude

16 mm

16 mm

Stall Force

30 lbs

30 lbs

Battery Life

Up to 2 hours

Up to 2 hours

Working Noise

Up to 65 dB(A)

Up to 65 dB(A)

Attachments

4

4

Comparison: Theragun Prime 4th vs 5th Generation

Amplitude

With an amplitude of 16 mm, the head attachment of the Theragun Prime reaches deep into the muscle tissue and makes it a great choice for percussive therapy. In fact, the stroke length of both versions is among the highest on the market.

Winner: Draw

16 mm

16 mm

Force

The Theragun Prime of the 4th and 5th generation are equipped with a brushless motor that can deal with up to 30 lbs of resistance before it begins to stall. Thus, both are powerful enough to help you recover from your daily grind.

Winner: Draw

30 lbs

30 lbs

Theragun Prime (4th Generation) Video Review

Frequency & Speed Levels

Starting at 1,750 percussions per minute (ppm), the upper limit for both models lies at 2,400 ppm. Five built-in speed settings allow you to adjust the intensity to your liking:

  • Level 1: 1,750 ppm
  • Level 2: 1,900 ppm
  • Level 3: 2,100 ppm
  • Level 4: 2,200 ppm
  • Level 5: 2,400 ppm

Using the app (see below), you can also set your own speed.

Winner: Draw

1750 – 2400 ppm, 5 levels

1750 – 2400 ppm, 5 levels

Connectivity

All of Therabody‘s massage guns of the 4th and 5th generation can be connected to the Therabody app on your smartphone. The app can then control the device speed for you, so you can focus on following the guided warm-up and recovery routines.

Winner: Draw

Yes

Yes

Introducing the Theragun Prime (5th Generation)

Battery

The Lithium-ion battery inside the 4th and 5th generation Theragun Prime stores enough power for up to 2 hours of usage, so both should last for several days on a single charge. However, the newer version now features USB-C and thus needs about 30 minutes less until fully charged.

Winner: Theragun Prime (5th Gen)

Up to 2 hours

Up to 2 hours

Noise

On the highest speed setting, both the older and the newer edition of the Theragun Prime operate at a noise level of around 65 decibels (dB). Thus, they are suitable for the locker room, but probably a little less so for a quiet office environment.

Winner: Draw

Up to 65 dB(A)

Up to 65 dB(A)

Theragun Prime (5th Generation) Unboxing

Attachments & Accessories

Four interchangeable head attachments each allow you to personalize the massage experience to your needs. The fifth generation now includes a Micro-Point attachment instead of a Cone attachment:

  • Dampener: 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
  • Micro-Point: Provides increased stimulation throughout treatment

Unlike its predecessor, the new Theragun Prime now also ships with a soft case.

Winner: Theragun Prime (5th Gen)

4 massage heads

4 massage heads / Soft case

Weight & Dimensions

In the final round of this Theragun Prime 4th vs 5th generation comparison, we will have a quick look at the weight and dimensions of the two devices. The former does take up a little less space in your gym bag, while the latter has the slightly lower weight.

Winner: Draw

2.2 lbs, 8.9 x 2.9 x 6.3 in

2.1 lbs, 8.79 x 8.25 x 2.9 in

Conclusion: Theragun Prime 4th vs 5th Generation

As evidenced by the amount of draws in this comparison, only minimal changes have been made to the Theragun Prime (5th Gen). Highlights include the updated battery resulting in 30 minutes less charging time, as well as the travel case for added protection during transport.

When it comes to amplitude, stall force, and most other categories, however, the Theragun Prime (4th Gen) has no trouble keeping up with its successor. If you already own the older version and were thinking of upgrading, one of the more advanced Theraguns probably makes more sense.

Theragun Prime (4th Gen)

Theragun Prime Massage Gun, 4th Generation

Theragun Prime (5th Gen)

Theragun Prime Massage Gun, 5th Generation

Frequently Asked Questions

How many generations of Theragun Prime are there?

As of May 2024, Los Angeles, California-based Therabody has released five generations of the Theragun Prime and Elite, and six generations of its flagship device, the Theragun PRO Plus.


Looking for an even more powerful massage gun? Find out how Therabody’s mid-level devices of the 4th and 5th generation stack up against each other in our comparison Theragun Elite 4th vs 5th Generation.

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