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The Hyperice Hypervolt is Hyperice's latest piece of recovery equipment and it came out of absolute nowhere.
A couple of years ago, the only people who knew of percussion massagers were those that worked in physical therapy and chiropractic work that used heavy, expensive, plug into the wall units. Although these are still available and work extremely well, they're not very practical for the typical consumer.
The previous versions of portable percussion massagers haven't been very practical for typical consumers either. The reason, noise. Every percussion massage gun we've tested and used up this point has had one glaring flaw, and that is the noise they produce.
If you weren't aware, the Theragun and TimTam are based on a jigsaw. In fact, the early versions were jigsaws, but with a way to attach round heads. The latest versions have been cleaned up a bit, but they're every bit a jigsaw as the previous versions with a bit more refinement.
The Hyperice Hypervolt, however, is not that way. It uses a completely different motor and because of that, it's still effective, yet MUCH quieter than it's competitors.
Before we get into a review of the actual gun, I think it's important to discuss the effectiveness of vibration therapy.
Does vibration therapy work? Well, I don't think it's enough to say, “I feel good after I use it.” Should you use it if it does that? Sure, feeling good is important, but I don't think it's enough to say it works.
Thankfully, there are multiple studies that point to the effectiveness of vibration therapy.
In a study “To Compare the Effect of Vibration Therapy and Massage in Prevention of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)” the result was that muscle soreness was reported to be significantly less for experimental (vibration and massage) group (p=0.000) as compared to control group at 24, 48, and 72 hours of post-exercise.
For me, this coupled with the fact that I feel great after using them is enough to continue their use until proven otherwise.
Now, back to the Hypervolt.
Put simply, the Hypervolt made by Hyperice is the best price point option massage gun available on the market today. Period.
Every Hypervolt comes with multiple attachments to interchange, a long-lasting battery life, and three-speed options to fit the application it's being used for.
The Hyperice Hypervolt has four different head attachments. A ball, a flat-head, a spear pointed head, and a U-shaped head attachment. These attachments are all very easy to interchange. When first using an attachment, simply push the attachment opening allotted for the different heads.
If you are wanting to change from the flat-head to the spear attachment, simply pull out the flat head and push the spearhead in. This process is super easy and convenient.
The battery used for the Hyperice is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, similar but quite a bit larger than what is found in your phone. The specific battery for the Hyperice allows a person up to a stated three hours of use which in our experience seems pretty close. We got a little bit less, but we also used it at the top speed most of the time.
One feature that I really like that the Hyperice features where many others don't is the battery life display. Although it isn't as precise as what your phone shows, the 4 led lights are more than enough to decide when to put the Hypervolt on the charger.
Our previous pick, the TimTam Power Massager had no battery life indicator and would die rather suddenly. This is less than ideal, especially when working with clients.
The Hypervolt has four green lights and one red light. The green lights fade away as the battery power becomes lower.
Not only is the Hyperice able to do all of this, the device is also relatively light weighing in at 2.5 pounds. It's light enough to work on yourself with one hand, but substantial enough that you don't feel like you're able to push against it with much force.
Another great feature of the Hyperice Hypervolt that separates it from competitors is that it has multiple speed options. Most other percussion massagers go all out as soon as you press the trigger, the Hypervolt doesn't even have a trigger. Rather than having to hold down the trigger, you simply press the power button on the back of the device and it's ready for use. If you want more power, you press the button again. It's that simple.
At its max speed, the Hyperice can deliver up to 3,200 percussions per minute. It definitely does feel different from the jigsaw counterparts. Rather than a hard percussion, it's more of a vibration which I and the people I've used it on have actually preferred. For reference, the Theragun produces 2,400 percussions per minute. Quite a bit less than the Hyperice which is why the Hyperice feels more like a vibration than percussion.
On top of that, the Hyperice has an led light system on the back of the unit to display exactly what speed you are at.
Once the switch of the device is turned on, the battery lights will turn on. Not only do the lights on the back of the Hyperice turn on, but there is a light that turns on when the device is turned on at the bottom of the grip.
The battery portion of the device features a rubber coating that provides a sure grip so that it doesn't slip out of your hand.
The Hyperice has multiple features that you cannot find on other massage guns.
Another feature that causes the Hypervolt to stand out from its competition is the accessory heads. Most companies (pretty much all) require you to purchase the heads separately from the unit despite the heads being very cheap to make.
The Hypervolt comes with four different heads and I don't see the need for any additional at this time.
Although all of these features are great, far and away the biggest benefit for the Hypervolt is that it is unbelievably quieter than its jigsaw competitors. Hyperice leans on their Quiet Glide technology for that which literally allows you to carry on a conversation while massaging. That's not just a marketing phrase, it actually works in that way.
Finally, the Hypervolt looks like a professional tool. It's sleek black and silver build along with the fit and function look like a gen 5 product, not a first iteration. Hyperice has absolutely hit it out of the park with the Hypervolt.
Overall, the Hyperice by Hypervolt is the best option when looking at different massage guns available on the market today. With its multiple speed options, four different head attachments, and great price point, we highly recommend the Hypervolt.
In my opinion, the Hyperice is the best price point option when it comes to percussion guns. With that being said, there are some things that would be a great addition to the device.
One feature that would make this device even better is a rotating head. The TimTam is able to move 90 degrees and it would be great if the Hyperice could do the same. Another percussion gun called the TheraGun, has four different locking points within a 90-degree radius.
Another feature to add to the Hyperice would be a carrying unit for the device and the attachments. Both the TimTam and the Thera Gun having carrying cases and adding one to the Hyperice would be awesome.
Finally, producing the Hyperice with multiple color options would take it to the next level. I love the classic gray and black look, but I would also like to have other options when making a purchase.
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