The Hyperice HyperVolt (including the HyperVolt 2, the Pro and the Go) 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 massagers to choose from, some even offering more features for less money.
Popular alternatives include the Theragun, Opove, ExoGun, and our very own AlphaGun X.
However, the HyperVolt remains one of the most popular and 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. How it compares to the AlphaGun X, which is $150 cheaper, but has more speeds, more massage heads and some other extra features too.
What's good about the HyperVolt?
The 'HyperVolt 2' is the latest version of the original percussive massage gun. It's a big brand and the build quality of their devices is very good.
There are three versions of the HyperVolt:
the HyperVolt 2 ($299)
the HyperVolt 2 Pro ($399)
and the HyperVolt Go ($199).
All three versions of the HyperVolt pack a powerful 3,000 max RPM. Weighing between 1.5 (the Go) and 1.8lb (regular HyperVolt 2 and the Pro), they are slightly lighter than the average weight for a massager.
Although Hyperice no longer state the stall force of their devices, the HyperVolt 2 and HyperVolt Go are estimated to boast about 25lb of stall force and the HyperVolt 2 Pro about 35lb. This is lower than older versions of the HyperVolt, and also many alternatives.
The HyperVolt 2 and Go both have 3 speed settings, which start at 1,800 RPM, rising to 2,400 and finally 3,000 RPM. This is lower than many devices we compared too.
For an extra $100, the $399 HyperVolt 2 Pro has 5 speeds within the same range of 1,800-3,000 RPM.
The basic HyperVolt 2 and Pro both have 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.
The HyperVolt Go has 2 heads - a flat head and a bullet head.
All three versions have about 3 hours of battery life. This is more than some premium devices, such as the Theragun. The HyperVolt is also relatively quiet (about 60-65dB).
The latest versions of the HyperVolt now come with Bluetooth, a feature rare among massage devices.
This means you can use an interactive smartphone app that:
1. gives suggestions to guide your use of the device
2. provides timed routines that adjust between the 3-5 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 their own manual adjustments. Although some users may have preferred more speed settings instead, the app is still useful.
The basic HyperVolt 2 costs $299 and has 3 speeds, 5 heads, 3 hours battery life, about 25lb stall force, and emits about 60-65dB of noise when in use.
For an extra $100, The HyperVolt 2 Pro offers 2 extra speeds and 10lb more stall force. It has the same number of heads, same battery life, same noise level, same weight - all other features are the same as the regular HyperVolt 2.
The HyperVolt Go is slightly lighter (by 0.3lb), making it more portable, and is the cheapest at $199 - but tradeoff for extra portability is that it lacks some of the power and accessories of the other versions.
The carry case costs and extra $49, making the basic HyperVolt 2 $348 with the case included.
The HyperVolt massagers are all well designed, popular, and portable massage devices. Overall, the HyperVolt is a good all-round performer.
What's Bad About the HyperVolt 2?
The first potential negative with the HyperVolt 2 is the high price tag - the core range starts at $299 for the basic model, and up to $399 for the latest HyperVolt 2 Pro. This is in the same range as another leading massager, the Theragun, which costs between $299 and $599.
Crucially though, the HyperVolt's range of speeds and massage heads are limited, especially considering the high price.
The HyperVolt has only 3-5 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 3/5 massage programs - there are now alternatives with up to 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 or 5 in total.
If it had 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 a 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 2 starts at $299, 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 massager, it still shares some of the drawbacks of the HyperVolt devices: high price ($299-599), limited range of massage heads (up to 4) and limited speed settings (5 in total).
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, a comparable 30lb of stall force and 4 massage heads. The Opove costs less than the HyperVolt at $199.
The ExoGun has some advantages over the HyperVolt. It has the same basic features again, but 6 speed settings instead of 3 and costs $199 - $100 less than the basic HyperVolt.
Then there's the Hydragun. For the same price as the HyperVolt 2, at $299, the Hydragun offers more heads (7), more speeds (6) and a free carry case. It also has a slightly higher stall force of 30lb compared to 25lb.
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. Most of 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 currently on sale for $149.
Unlike many massage devices in the same price range, the AlphaGun X is shipped from the US and delivery is free. Delivery usually takes 3-7 days.
The AlphaGun X has a higher stall force (50lb) and a slightly higher RPM of 3,500, so overall the power level is very similar.
The AlphaGun is slightly heavier at 2.5lb vs 1.8lb - but this is about the average weight for a massage gun.
Compare the HyperVolt and AlphaGun and others here.
However, the combination of up to 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 $149 (reduced from $299), making it $150 cheaper than the basic HyperVolt 2 and $250 cheaper than the HyperVolt 2 Pro.
Unlike the HyperVolt, this price includes a carry case.
Key reasons to consider the AlphaGun instead:
1. The AlphaGun is $150 cheaper than the HyperVolt. The AlphaGun X comes with more speeds, heads and battery life and costs $150 less than the HyperVolt 2 (and the AlphaGun comes with a free case).
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 3,000 max RPM and the minimum speed is much lower - so it has a wider range of speed (massage intensity) settings.
The AlphaGun offers very similar features to the HyperVolt, but for $150 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:
1. It's cheaper at $149 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 from Chicago and usually delivered in about 3-7 days.
So, for a limited time you can get a powerful and versatile massage gun for $150 less by choosing the AlphaGun X.