Hypervolt vs Hypervolt Plus
Massage guns can be a great addition to any healthcare regime. They allow your muscles to repair faster, more efficiently after hard physical exercise, increase blood flow, and help to ease tight, achy knots.
If you’re looking at massage guns, you can’t go too far wrong with the Hypervolt, which is genuinely world class. In fact, the Hypervolt was one of the top selling massage guns of 2020 and is set to be just as popular in 2021.
However, there are a couple of different models – the Hypervolt Bluetooth and the upgraded PLUS model.
Which one should you go with?
It’s tempting to immediately tell you that, if you have a little extra cash to splash around, you should go for the PLUS. Better is better, after all, right? Well, maybe. Or maybe you can get everything you need from the cheaper model, the baby brother Hypervolt.
If the Hypervolt can do everything you need it to, why waste money on a more expensive version, after all?
Let’s look into it.
Why choose Hypervolt?
They are both incredibly lightweight, at between 2.5 and 3lbs. apiece. This makes it far easier to use them in spots that would usually be awkward to hit, as you can finagle the head without having to take too much load into your wrist in mechanically insecure positions.
Both are cordless, powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that give approximately 2 hours of usage per charge, which really opens up their broader utility.
They also both use Hyperice’s patented Quiet Glide Technology which enables you to use the device anywhere, without disturbing others. This is particularly important if you’ll be using it in the home or workspace (which, realistically, most users will be).
This is one of the main areas of distinction, for me – many cheaper, lesser quality models make a lot of noise, making it an uncomfortable process when using them around others.
You also get a lot of utility in the machines’ settings. There are 3 adjustable speed settings of up to 3200 percussions per minute, which should be more than enough to get into even the toughest muscles and joints. There are five head attachments with each:
- Flat and rubble gas, both suitable for all parts of the body
- Ball, suitable for larger muscle groups
- Fork, suitable for the spine
- Bullet, suitable for deeper tissue and trigger point work
Hypervolt vs Hypervolt Plus – The Key Differences
Those are the similarities. But what exactly are the differences? What do you get added with the plus, and how much extra should it set you back?
Other than this, the two models are different colors. The standard Hypervolt comes in silver, where the Plus comes in matte black. I actually much prefer the matte black version, but really, this isn’t very significant.
The power levels are quite a bit different. The standard gives you 60 watts, where the Plus gives you 50% extra power with 90 watts. The Plus also lasts for 150 minutes on one charge, a half hour less than the standard’s 180 (due to this discrepancy in power output).
Finally, there’s usually around a fifty-dollar difference in price, with the Plus going up to around $400.
That’s kind of it – there are no other major differences that I could find. Essentially, with the Plus, you’re paying an extra fifty dollars for the extra power, you’ll have to charge it more often, and the color is different.
Benefits Of A Hypervolt Massage Gun
Massages in general bring a great many benefits, both in a broader health setting and specifically with regards athleticism and post-training recovery. These benefits can be gained most effectively by making use of a trained, licensed, experienced masseuse on a regular or semi-regular basis.
However, you can’t visit a masseuse every day. Life gets in the way, and let’s face it, they’re not cheap. It’s far easier to put something in place at home, with no ongoing costs, that can do a decent job, giving you the same benefits.
On a day-to-day basis, these benefits can be gained in small part from foam rolling and trigger point work. Or, on a day-to-day basis, they can be gained to a far greater degree from massage guns, which goes a long way to explaining their newfound popularity.
A massage gun can:
- Warm up muscles before a workout, improving mobility and decreasing risk of injury
- Speed up recovery and muscle repair after training, reducing incidents and severity of delayed onset of muscular soreness (DOMS)
- Relieve muscular stiffness and decrease muscle spasms
- Relieve stress
- Improve blood flow and circulation
- Help with muscle problems related to nerve damage from a wide range of health concerns such as arthritis, MS, and so on.
- Break up scar tissue
Which One Should You Choose?
Is the Plus worth it?
I would say no.
60 watts is more than powerful enough for most users. I lift weights, maintain an active lifestyle and have far above average muscle mass (plus a little extra padding). If anyone were to need the extra power, it would be someone in my position, as that extra power might be useful in breaking through strong outer muscle to the deeper tissue.
I found the standard Hypervolt to be fantastic. It gave me a great massage every time, reached as deep as I needed it to, with all the power I needed it to. At these kinds of power levels, the head attachment is a far bigger determinant – put the bullet head on either and you’ll get as deep as you need to go or use the ball head for any amount of broad muscle mass.
If you tend to travel or want to use the Hypervolt at the gym or office, or anywhere without a ready energy supply, the standard version will be much better. It will give you an extra half hour, which can make all the difference in the world. In most other situations, the standard one will do – it’s a fine option, and it will save you fifty dollars.
If you have some serious issues with muscle knots and you do need a really strong, deep massage, that extra 30 watts may make its presence known, however. If you like, want, or need a particularly aggressive massage experience, the Hypervolt Plus will be the way to go. Both are good models (very good, in fact), but that extra punch may come in handy.
And if you’ve got the money to spend, why not? Most of us will never need 180 minutes of uninterrupted massage, anyway.
I would personally go with the standard, but I can absolutely see the Plus being relevant in a few situations like these.