Theragun PRO vs Elite vs Prime

In this review, we will compare the Theragun PRO with the Theragun Elite and the Theragun Prime. At first glance, they all look pretty similar. But on the inside, there are some huge differences.

Should you go for the Theragun PRO, the same device that world-famous athletes use? Or is the Theragun Elite or Theragun Prime a better fit for you? We put the 4th generation of Therabody’s percussive devices side by side to help you find the perfect massage gun for your needs.

Theragun PRO

Theragun Elite

Theragun Prime

Stall Force

60 lbs

40 lbs

30 lbs

Battery Life

Up to 2.5 hours

Up to 2 hours

Up to 2 hours

Adjustable Speed

1750 – 2400 ppm, 5 levels

1750 – 2400 ppm, 5 levels

1750 – 2400 ppm, 5 levels

Working Noise

65 dB

65 dB

65 dB

Attachments

6

5

4

Comparison: Theragun PRO vs Elite vs Prime

Amplitude

Let’s kick off the Theragun PRO vs Elite vs Prime comparison by looking at one of the most important features of a percussive therapy device – its amplitude. Here, a value of 12 mm or more is considered necessary for a deep-tissue massage.

Therabody founder Dr. Jason Wersland knows this better than anyone, being the creator of the first percussive massager on the market. That is why all three models come with an amplitude of 16 mm, more than enough even for muscular bodies.

Winner: Draw

16 mm

16 mm

16 mm

Force

All three Theraguns are powered by a proprietary brushless motor that delivers a powerful deep muscle treatment.

The 60 lbs of stall force it takes for the Theragun PRO to reach its limits is among the highest we have seen so far in this space. And while the Theragun Elite delivers up to 40 lbs, the entry-level Theragun Prime can deal with up to 30 lbs of pressure.

Winner: Theragun PRO

60 lbs

40 lbs

30 lbs

Frequency & Speed Levels

When it comes to the percussions per minute (ppm) and different speed levels, all three devices offer a range of 1750 to 2400 ppm and five levels. You can adjust and monitor the current speed and force of the Theragun PRO and Elite on an OLED screen, while the Theragun Prime comes with LED speed indicators.

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

Alternatively, you can also use the Therabody app to customize the frequency (see below).

Winner: Draw

1750 – 2400 ppm, 5 levels

1750 – 2400 ppm, 5 levels

1750 – 2400 ppm, 5 levels

Connectivity

With the introduction of the 4th generation of Therabody’s massage guns, the Theragun PRO, Elite, and Prime are all able to connect to your iOS and Android smartphone via Bluetooth. This allows you to run personalized wellness routines based on your behaviors and preferences. At the same time, the Therabody app also teaches you how to use your Theragun correctly.

Winner: Draw

Yes

Yes

Yes

Battery

Although it is the most powerful model of the three, the Theragun PRO wins this category with an impressive 2.5 hours of battery life compared with up to 2 hours for the other two competitors. Even better, there are two batteries included with the flagship version – meaning that you can enjoy up to 5 hours of percussive therapy before you need to find a plug socket.

All models of the 4th generation are safe to use with 220V and can therefore also be used outside the US. The lithium-ion batteries inside the Theragun PRO and Theragun Elite can even be charged wirelessly, a convenient feature that we have not come across in any other massage guns thus far. Please note that the wireless charging stand is sold separately.

Winner: Theragun PRO

Up to 2.5 hours

Up to 2 hours

Up to 2 hours

Noise

Despite all the power the Theragun devices generate, the noise they emit is surprisingly low, even more so when compared to the 3rd generation. The advanced sound insulation around the proprietary brushless motor with QuietForce Technology allows each of the three competitors in this Theragun PRO vs Elite vs Prime comparison to run at about 65 dB – comparable to an electric toothbrush.

Winner: Draw

65 dB

65 dB

65 dB

Attachments & Accessoires

All three massage guns come with several interchangeable attachments that make it easy for you to adjust the massage experience to your needs and the part of your body you are about to treat next. Therabody uses comfortable and easy-to-clean foam instead of hard plastic like most competitors as a material for their 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
  • Wedge (PRO & Elite only): Perfect for shoulder blades and IT bands
  • Supersoft (PRO only): Mostly used for sensitive areas, including bones

Both the Theragun PRO and Theragun Elite also come with a black protective carrying case. This way you can conveniently store your percussive device and all the accessories that come with it in one place. All three models obviously include a charger as well.

Winner: Theragun PRO

6 massage heads

5 massage heads

4 massage heads

Weight & Dimensions

Just like one would expect, the more powerful the massage gun and its battery, the heavier it is. But at a maximum of 2.9 lbs, you can definitely bring any of these Theraguns to the office or the gym without having to break a sweat. That said, if you are looking for the lightest and smallest device in this comparison, you should opt for the Theragun Prime.

Winner: Theragun Prime

2.9 lbs, 10 x 3.0 x 7.1 in

2.2 lbs, 9.5 x 2.9 x 6.7 in

2.2 lbs, 8.9 x 2.9 x 6.3 in

Conclusion: Theragun PRO vs Elite vs Prime

If you want the best of the best, the exact same massage gun that Cristiano Ronaldo, James Harden, and Max Verstappen use, then you need to invest in the Theragun PRO. It is considered the leading percussive therapy device in the world for a reason and impresses with pure strength, great battery life, a complete package of accessories, and an extended 2-year warranty.

For most of us, the Theragun Elite might be the better choice though. At just $100 more than the Theragun Prime, you get to enjoy a powerful deep muscle treatment with a very competitive stall force of 40 lbs and a battery life of up to 2 hours. And just like you would with the Theragun PRO, you receive a high-tech massage gun with an OLED screen, wireless charging, and a carrying case.

Still undecided? Maybe the color choices or the opportunity to support a charity will help. While the Theragun Prime is only available in black, the other two models are also available in white. Furthermore, both are also sold as Product Red editions – meaning you could treat yourself to a brand new percussive therapy device and help support the fight against HIV/AIDS on the way. Now if that isn’t a reason to buy!

Theragun PRO

Theragun PRO Massage Gun

Theragun Elite

Theragun Elite Massage Gun

Theragun Prime


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Theragun PRO and Elite?

The Theragun PRO has a stall force of about 60 lbs compared to 40 lbs for the Theragun Elite and is equipped with a better battery that runs up to 2.5 hours. It does also have a rotating arm and an ergonomic multi-grip that make it easier to reach all parts of your body.

What is the difference between Theragun Prime and Elite?

The Theragun Elite is more powerful with a stall force of about 40 lbs versus the 30 lbs for the Theragun Prime. Despite that, the battery life of up to 2 hours and the noise level remained the same for both devices. The Theragun Elite is also equipped with an OLED screen and wireless charging capabilities.

Should I get the Theragun Prime or Elite?

If you are looking for a more powerful device, you should get the Theragun Elite. Other than that both massage guns are pretty similar. So if 30 lbs of stall force are enough for your needs and you don’t need gimmicks like an OLED screen and wireless charging, go for the Theragun Prime.

Which is the best Theragun?

The best Theragun overall is the Theragun PRO. The stall force, battery life, and more are the best among all Therabody massage guns. It is used by physical therapists, chiropractors, and world-famous athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and is widely considered one of the best percussive therapy devices on the market.

Can you bring a Theragun on a plane?

Yes, it is possible to bring your Theragun on a plane. Note that due to the lithium-ion battery, the massage gun must not be checked luggage and instead be stored in your carry-on baggage only.


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