Theragun PRO 4th vs 5th Generation

In this Theragun PRO 4th vs 5th generation review, we will compare the widely popular high-end device of market leader Therabody with its recently released successor.

Both featuring the triangle ergonomic handle and an adjustable arm, you can hardly tell the two models apart. But what changes were made on the inside, and most importantly, do they make it worth it to invest in the fifth generation of the Theragun PRO over the previous version?

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

Theragun PRO (4th Gen)

Theragun PRO 4th Generation Massage Gun

Theragun PRO (5th Gen)

Theragun PRO 5th Generation Massage Gun

Amplitude

16 mm

16 mm

Stall Force

60 lbs

60.0 lbs

Battery Life

Up to 2.5 hours

Up to 2.5 hours

Working Noise

Up to 65 dB(A)

Up to 60 dB(A)

Attachments

6

6

Comparison: Theragun PRO 4th vs 5th Generation

Amplitude

The Theragun PRO of the fourth and fifth generation both come with an amplitude of 16 mm. This makes them are great choice for percussive deep-tissue treatment instead of the more surface-level massage experience offered by most competing devices on the market.

Winner: Draw

16 mm

16 mm

Force

The QX150 Professional motor inside the fourth generation Theragun PRO and the EQ150 Professional motor inside the fifth generation Theragun PRO both only reach their limits at 60 lbs of resistance. Therefore, they are powerful enough for even the most demanding users.

Winner: Draw

60.0 lbs

60.0 lbs

Frequency & Speed Levels

Starting at 1,750 percussions per minute (ppm), both version can go up to 2,400 ppm on the higher end. In total, there are five built-in speed levels, all available at the push of a button:

  • 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

In addition, the fourth generation Theragun PRO comes with three preset routines. Its successor has 18 routines preinstalled, four of them visually guided via the OLED screen. When you connect your Theragun PRO to the Therabody app, even more customization is possible (see below).

Winner: Draw

1750 to 2400 ppm, 5 levels

1750 to 2400 ppm, 5 levels

Connectivity

The fifth generation Theragun PRO and Theragun mini, as well as the fourth generation Theragun PRO, Elite and Prime, are all Bluetooth-enabled. Using this feature allows you to easily follow warm-up and recovery routines developed by professionals, track your progress, and more.

Winner: Draw

Yes

Yes

Theragun PRO (5th generation) Video Review

Battery

Both the fourth and fifth generation of the Theragun PRO are equipped with a battery with a capacity of around 2.5 hours. With the average treatment session not taking longer than a few minutes, this means both models should last you for several days on a single charge.

However, the fourth generation Theragun PRO ships with an additional battery, increasing the total battery life to 5 hours and allowing you to charge one battery while using the other. Speaking of charging, the new Theragun PRO now supports USB-C instead of conventional charging.

Winner: Theragun PRO 4th Gen

Up to 2.5 hours (x2)

Up to 2.5 hours

Noise

Despite having the same stall force and maximum frequency, the fifth generation Theragun PRO operates at around 60 decibels (dB) on the highest speed setting as opposed to 65 dB for its predecessor. That said, neither should get you in trouble for using them in the locker room.

Winner: Theragun PRO 5th Gen

Up to65 dB(A)

Up to 60 dB(A)

Unboxing the Theragun PRO (5th generation)

Attachments & Accessories

To allow you to personalize the treatment to your exact needs, six interchangeable head attachments are included with both versions. The Cone attachment was replaced in favour of the Micro-Point attachment. Other than that, the attachments for both models are as follows:

  • SuperSoft: For especially sensitive or sore areas, and areas near bones or joints
  • Dampener: Perfect for overall use
  • Standard Ball: Perfect for overall use on large and small muscle groups
  • Wedge: Perfect for shoulder blades and IT Bands
  • Thumb: Used mostly for trigger points and the lower back
  • Micro-Point: Provides increased stimulation throughout treatment

A pouch allows you to keep all your massage heads in one place. As for the device itself, the new Theragun PRO can be stored in a soft case, while the older version is protected by a more sturdy hard case.

Winner: Draw

6 massage heads

6 massage heads

Weight & Dimensions

In the final round of this Theragun PRO 4th vs 5th generation comparison, we will have a quick look at the weight and dimensions of the two devices. Therabody managed to shave a tiny bit of weight from the new variant, in terms of size, however, both are identical.

Winner: Theragun PRO 5th Gen

2.9 lbs, 10 x 3.0 x 7.1 in

2.8 lbs, 10 x 3.0 x 7.1 in

Conclusion: Theragun PRO 4th vs 5th Generation

A high amplitude suitable for percussive therapy, a motor powerful enough even for the most demanding users, a wide range of speed settings and lots of routines available via the Therabody app – the Theragun PRO (5th Gen) has everything professional athletes and those looking to become one could ask for.

But comparing it to its predecessor, it becomes clear that so does the Theragun PRO (4th Gen). In fact, if you are a physical therapist or want to share the device with your teammates, you are better off with the older version and its two batteries, instead of buying an additional one for the already more expensive newer model.

The lower noise level and improved OLED display of the fifth generation Theragun PRO are certainly nice to have. But if your choice is between these two models, there is no doubt that the now attractively priced Theragun PRO of the fourth generation is better value for the money.

Theragun PRO (4th Gen)

Theragun PRO 4th Generation Massage Gun

Theragun PRO (5th Gen)

Theragun PRO 5th Generation Massage Gun

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