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Best Massager

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There are many causes of muscle and tissue pain, including sitting too much, pushing yourself too hard during exercise, or not having a good mattress for the postural support your body needs. A good handheld massager is ideal for helping you relax, relieve tension, or deliver deep-tissue massage to enhance blood flow to your muscles. Here are the best massagers to use at home.

Best overall

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Theragun Mini

A percussion massager

The Theragun Mini is good for deep tissue massage and to gain relief from muscle soreness and tension. It’s simple to use with an on/off button and three speeds to create a custom massage experience. The unique design is compact and easy to keep a hold of.

Best for fitness use

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Thumper Sport Percussive Massager

Loosen up

The Thumper Massager Sport is specifically designed for fitness fans who might be dealing with muscle soreness and tension after an intense workout. But it’ll work wonders for relieving everyday tension and pain too. It’s also a good massager to use to warm up muscles and other parts of the body before starting a strenuous workout.

Best heat therapy massager

Best handheld massagers: HoMedics Percussion Pro Heat

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HoMedics Percussion Action Massager with Heat

Combination of heat and massage

The HoMedics Percussion Pro massager penetrates deep muscle and tissue.  handheld devices. The design of this handheld device makes it easy to hold while tackling those harder to reach areas of your back, neck, and shoulders. You can add heat to boost the recovery of tight or sore muscles. This massager includes two different massage heads.

Best portable massager

Best handheld massagers: Renpho Rechargeable Handheld Massager

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Renpho Rechargeable Hand Held Deep Massager

On the go massage

The Renpho Rechargeable handheld massager comes with five different massage heads, each designed to provide a different massage technique for various parts of your body. It is superb at relaxing tight muscles, especially those in the upper back, and is good for people who are used to receiving a sports massage. The Renpho massager is cordless and will run for 140 minutes on a full charge.

Best cordless massager

Best handheld massagers_Mighty Bliss Deep Tissue Back and Body Massager

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Mighty Bliss Deep Tissue Back and Body Massager

No bulky cords

The Mighty Bliss handheld massager is good for relieving pain and tension in your neck, upper back, and shoulders. It comes with six, interchangeable massage heads to tackle deep tissue or joint pain. This massager is also cordless. It takes about an hour to charge but then runs for two hours before needing to be recharged.

Best head massager

Best handheld massagers: Kikkerland scalp massager AR18-A

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Kikkerland Scalp Massager

A fun and unique massage experience

The Kikkerland massager is designed to work only on your scalp. It’s a simple device that barely weighs more than a pound, so your arms won’t get tired while using it. There are nodes on the end of each massagers 'fingers' to gently massage and soothe your scalp. This is both relaxing and helps stimulate blood flow.

Choosing the best handheld massager for you

When it comes to figuring out which is the best handheld massager for you, there are some things to consider.

Versatility and focus areas

Some massagers are only good for one or two areas of the body, while others can work just about any muscle group they come across. Additionally, some massagers are very gentle and only work skin deep, while others are more powerful and can work deep tissues. Mechanical devices will often provide various speed and massage settings so you can customize your sessions.

Typically, the more powerful massagers that provide deep tissue massages are filled with more mechanical parts. This often makes them heavier so it might be difficult to hold them for long periods. They also tend to be more expensive. Massagers that are built for simple relaxation will usually just use vibration or non-mechanical means in order to soothe and relax your skin and muscles. These devices are typically lighter and inexpensive so you won’t strain your hands or arms as quickly.

Heat settings

Heating abilities provide greater versatility to regular massages. They can help relieve pain in sore muscles to help them heal better as well as improve blood circulation in your body to reduce tension. This is not a necessary feature but it can definitely help you relax more.

Power

Some handheld massagers need to be plugged into an outlet in order to work while others are battery-operated. Corded massagers tend to have more power and often cost less than battery-operated units. Conversely, battery-powered massagers are usually less powerful but cost more. They also give you more freedom to move around during a session since you won't have to be right next to an outlet in order to use them.