The Hyperice HyperVolt is one of the first and most well-known percussive massage devices.
It's now one of many massage guns on the market, and the technology has developed rapidly in recent years. There are now many high quality percussive massage devices to choose from, some offering more features for less money.
Popular alternatives include the Theragun, Opove, ExoGun, and our very own AlphaGun X.
However, the HyperVolt remains both one of the most popular expensive devices - so it's worth looking at it in detail before exploring the alternatives.
In this HyperVolt review, I'm going to cover:
1. What the features of the HyperVolt are
2. What's good about the HyperVolt
3. What's bad about it
4. Finally how it compares to the AlphaGun X, which is at least $120 cheaper, but has more speeds and more massage heads.
What's good about the HyperVolt?
The HyperVolt is one of the original percussive massage guns. It's a big brand and the build quality of their devices is very good.
Both the HyperVolt and the HyperVolt Plus pack a powerful 3,200 max RPM and a stall force of 50lb. Weighing about 2.5lb, it's the average weight for a massager.
All versions of the HyperVolt have 3 speed settings which start at 2,000 RPM, rising to 2,600 and finally 3,200 RPM.
Although there are massage guns with more speeds and smaller increments - and therefore offer a more customised massage - 3 speed settings is more than the basic Theragun offers, for example.
The HyperVolt has 5 massage heads that are designed to target various parts of the body. This is slightly more than most devices - even some of the most expensive have only 3 or 4 heads.
With up to 3 hours of battery life, relatively quiet (60 dB) brushless motor and carry case, the HyperVolt is a well-designed, durable, and portable percussive massage device.
The latest version of the HyperVolt now comes with Bluetooth, a feature rare among massage devices. The new 'Hypervolt with Bluetooth' device is identical to previous versions - the only difference is that it now comes with an interactive smartphone app that:
1. gives suggestions to guide your use of the device
2. provides timed routines that adjust between the 3 speed settings automatically
This is clever, but the device is already easy to use and most users will know what speed setting is comfortable for them, so can make manual adjustments. Some users may even have preferred more speed settings instead of an app.
The Hypervolt costs $349 and the Hypervolt Plus costs $399. For this you get the device, charger, heads and accessories, but the carry case will cost you an extra $49.
Overall it's a good all-round performer, a well built device.
What's Bad About the HyperVolt?
The first potential negative with the HyperVolt is the high price tag - it starts at $349 for the basic model and up to $399 for the HyperVolt Plus. This is in the same range as another leading massager, the Theragun, which costs as much as $599.
Crucially though, the HyperVolt's range of speeds and massage heads are limited, especially considering the high price.
The HyperVolt has only 3 speed settings, and the lowest setting still has quite a high RPM. There are two potential problems with this:
1. The HyperVolt effectively only has 3 massage programs - there are now alternatives with 10 times as many speeds.
2. The speed settings do not increase gradually, but in steep increments. For example, if your body is very sore, the lowest setting of the HyperVolt might feel too powerful - and there's a big jump in RPM between each setting as there are only 3.
With more speeds, you could start at a lower intensity for very sore or painful muscles and move up more gradually. Compared to some alternatives, this means the HyperVolt may not offer such a highly customizable massage.
In fact, the HyperVolt has fewer speeds than most of the other devices we compared:
There's also the price to consider; the HyperVolt is $349 and that's the price for the basic model with no carry case (which costs $49 extra).
The HyperVolt is, of course, a high quality device and a well known brand - so you would expect it to have a high price point.
The Top Alternatives
We can't talk about HyperVolt alternatives without mentioning the Theragun.
It sells for even more than the HyperVolt though, and while it's a very good device it still shares some of the drawbacks of the HyperVolt: high price, limited range of massage heads and limited speed settings.
The Opove and ExoGun are both popular low-price alternatives. The Opove is a very similar looking device to the HyperVolt, with the same basic features, including 3 speeds, but only 30lb of stall force and only 4 massage heads. The Opove costs $199.
The ExoGun has a few advantages over the HyperVolt. It has basically the same features, but 6 speed settings instead of 3 and costs only $199 - $100 less than the basic HyperVolt even when it's on sale at $299.
Finally, there's the AlphaGun X. The AlphaGun is similar to the HyperVolt in design, and both have a powerful brushless motor, quiet-glide technology, strong outer casing and a carrying case. The basic features are the same.
But in addition to that, the AlphaGun X has 30 speed settings instead of 3, up to 5 hours battery life (instead of 3), 8 massage heads (instead of 5) and is cheaper than any of the alternatives discussed so far - its $179.
Unlike many massage devices in the same price range, the AlphaGun X is shipped from the US and delivery is free.
The AlphaGun X has the same stall force (50lb) and a slightly higher RPM of 3,500, so overall the power level is very similar.
Compare the HyperVolt and AlphaGun and others here.
However, the combination of 10x the number of speeds and more massage heads makes the AlphaGun X capable of a much wider range of massage programs - e.g. for different body parts, for when you're very sore, if you only want a very gentle massage, etc.
Not only does it have a much lower minimum speed (of 1,000 RPM), but you'll be able to increase the intensity much more gradually between the Alpha's 30 speeds compared to the HyperVolt's 3.
Finally, the AlphaGun is currently on sale at $179 (reduced from $299), making it $120 cheaper than the HyperVolt, even when its on sale.
Key reasons to consider the AlphaGun instead:
1. The AlphaGun is $120 cheaper than the HyperVolt. The AlphaGun X comes with more speeds, heads and battery life and costs $120 less than the HyperIce HyperVolt.
2. The AlphaGun has 8 massage heads while the HyperVolt has 5. Massage heads come in different shapes and sizes and are designed for different parts of the body - in addition to many more speeds, more heads means the AlphaGun is more adaptable and tailored to your whole body.
3. The AlphaGun has also has 30 speed settings compared to the HyperVolt's 3. The Alpha has an LCD screen where you can select between 30 speeds from very gentle to intense, making it significantly more customizable - gentle when you're particularly sore, intense when required and at very gradual increases in between.
4. The AlphaGun has a 3,500 RPM motor. The max speed of the AlphaGun X is slightly higher than the HyperVolt's 3,200 max RPM and the minimum speed is much lower - so it has a wider range of speed (massage intensity) settings.
Essentially, the AlphaGun offers very similar features to the HyperVolt, but for $120 less and with extra features including more speed settings and more massage heads.
The AlphaGun X also comes with a free carry case.
Both have a 30 day money back guarantee and a one year warranty.
Four key reasons to try the AlphaGun instead:
1. It's cheaper at $179 compared to $299+ for the HyperVolt
2. The Alpha has more massage heads: 8 compared to 5 with the Hypervolt
3. The AlphaGun has a digital control panel and 10x as many speed settings
4. The AlphaGun has a 3,500 RPM motor - the higher max speed than the HyperVolt
5. The AlphaGun is shipped free and usually delivered in about 3-7 days.
So, for a limited time you can get a powerful and versatile massage gun for $120 less by choosing the AlphaGun X.