Last Updated on May 4, 2021
The best handheld massager is a pretty hot topic in the year 2021. What with living in the age of coronavirus restrictions, social distancing and uncertainty over what the future may hold, people’s stress levels are at an all-time high. A massage would normally seem like a great way to alleviate some of this tension. However, unless you can somehow book a professional massage from Mr Tickle, a handheld massager is probably the more achievable option at the present time. Global circumstances have therefore placed handheld massagers back in vogue.
Fortunately, there are plenty of handheld massagers on the market to choose from. We’ve handpicked the best handheld massagers in 2021 and compared features, quality and the type of massage each product offers so you can make an informed purchase.
Feature1: 5 massager nodes for each body part.
Feature 2: Shuts down after 20 minutes to prevent overheating.
Feature1: 5 interchangeable head attachments for individual preferences.
Feature 2: 20 minutes maximum massage time to prevent overheating.
Feature1: 5 interchangeable attachments for a different massage experience.
Feature 2: Shuts down after 20 minutes to prevent overheating.
Feature1: 4 massager heads. Each allows for multi-angle massaging.
Feature 2: 7.4V, 2000mAh high-quality lithium battery.
Best Handheld Massagers On The UK Market Reviewed In 2021
The best handheld massager is the Handheld Deep Tissue Neck and Back Massager by Naipo. It is equipped with a powerful motor, delivering an intense massage which efficiently relieves tension and loosens knotted muscles. Furthermore, unlike some other handheld massagers for back and neck, this offering from Naipo doesn’t make a racket, so you won’t be unwittingly making other people hate you when you use it in public.
The electric back massager offers 5 modes, each resulting in a different massage experience. Each setting is designed to help with muscle recovery, leading to reduced soreness, fatigue and muscle pain, making this an excellent choice if you’re searching for a sports massager. The user can toggle between the 5 different settings in order to adjust the intensity of the massage, thus making it suitable for humans of all ages.
The Handheld Deep Tissue Neck and Back Massager includes 5 different massage nodes, each designed to work on different parts of the body. Despite the product name, the user’s shoulders, arms, abdomen, thighs and calves are also taken care of. Far from being a two trick pony, this massager actually offers full body relaxation while charmingly underselling itself in the process!
Among its numerous advantages, this product is cordless, portable, rechargeable and reliable. It can be used between 4 and 12 times between trips to the plug. It also has a built in 20 minute timer to prevent the device from overheating, so you needn’t worry about your relaxing massage suddenly becoming a deadly inferno! This percussion massager’s lightweight design makes it easy to use whether at home or away.
One of the best handheld massagers currently on sale. Possibly even the best.
- Powerful without being too loud
- 5 different modes and speeds, rather than ‘one size fits all’
- More versatile than the product name suggests
- Easy to use anywhere
- Low battery life compared with some competitor models
- Some Amazon users report it can be difficult to hold if the customer has trouble with their grip
The RENPHO Deep Tissue Massager provides pain relief for the whole body. It is a handheld percussion massager designed to alleviate back pain and muscle pain, as well as to provide soothing relaxation for the feet, calves, shoulders, neck, arms and legs. So if you suffer from chronic pain, or if you’re just aching all over following your first workout in months then this is one of the best purchases you may ever make.
As with the previous entry, RENPHO’s rival offering features a powerful motor (up to 3,600 pulses per minute) and also shuts down automatically after 20 minutes to stop the heat reaching unsafe levels.
This handheld massager’s cordless design means that it’s entirely portable. It can be used at home, taken to work or enjoyed pretty much anywhere, so fear not if your sore muscles decide to flare up when you’re out and about.
The device is rechargeable and can last up to 140 minutes on a single charge. It cannot be used while it’s charging, but quite why you’d want to give yourself a body massage whilst crouching over an electrical socket is anybody’s guess?
All in all, this product is a brilliant buy, whether it be for yourself or as a gift that your loved one would actually be happy to receive.
- Pain relief for the whole body including back pain and sore muscles
- Not short on power and inbuilt safety features
- Portable and cordless. Easy to transport and to use
- A fantastic gift idea. Certainly better than one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s scented candles, anyway
- Some users report that it’s too heavy and the head doesn’t rotate
- Others have reported problems with its reliability and say it breaks too easily
Our second entry from the good people at RENPHO and, perhaps unsurprisingly, a hand held massage tool possessing many similar qualities to the previous model. It too is cordless and rechargeable, making it easy to enjoy both at home and on the go. It also holds a charge of up to 140 minutes, runs at 3,600 pulses per minute and automatically shuts off after 20 minutes to prevent overheating.
For anyone panicking because they’ve suddenly remembered their upcoming anniversary, RENPHO also suggest this model as an ideal gift for a loved one.
The Handheld Rechargeable Cordless Massager provides a full body, deep tissue massage. It helps to relax and relieve pain all over the body including the feet, calves, shoulders, neck, back, arms and legs. You can also adjust your massage experience as you please because this handheld massager comes with 5 interchangeable head attachments.
With four modes and five speed settings, this gizmo has all the bases covered. As an added party piece, the handheld percussion massager applies infrared light to the area of the body being worked on to enhance the effect.
Quite nifty, eh?
- Suitable for use on all parts of the body
- Safe and powerful
- Four modes and five speeds. A highly versatile piece of kit
- Portable and cordless. Easy and convenient to use anywhere
- As with its sister massager, some have stated that it’s too heavy
- Others have said that it’s too noisy for their liking
The first handheld massager on our list specifically marketed as an aid to recovery from sporting fatigue and/or injury. Unlike many other muscle massagers on the market, this offering from HinCloud is more of a medical tool than a luxury. It is ideal for relieving pain during rehabilitation and convalescence from injury and surgery, also reducing inflammatory reactions. This model is a pretty handy alternative to a professional massage if you find that such treatment is currently unavailable.
Adjustability is definitely the trump card with this handheld massage machine. It comes with 6 speed and strength levels, allowing the user to apply the perfect amount of pressure to the affected area of the body. Furthermore, the HinCloud comes with 4 massage heads, tackling everything from muscular problems to improving blood circulation and providing all over body relaxation.
The replaceable massage heads also allow your body to experience a multi-angle massage. A useful feature when sporting physiotherapy is involved and the best results are of upmost importance.
The massager is equipped with a 2000mAh lithium battery. It is 7.4V and described by the manufacturer as ‘high quality’. Reassuring, as nothing punctures the relaxing sensation of a lower back massage quite like the sudden presence of battery acid. It lasts approximately 90 minutes, which isn’t as long as the previous entries on our list of massager reviews, but certainly not ‘live fast, die young’ territory by any stretch of the imagination.
To conclude, this would be one savvy purchase if you lead an active lifestyle. It could also be the perfect gift for the injury-prone sportsperson in your life. When is Juan Martin Del Potro’s birthday, again?
- Specifically tailored to aid recovery from sporting injury and/or surgery
- Fully adjustable with 6 speeds, 4 massage heads and multi-angle capability
- High quality lithium battery with decent running time
- Designed for rehabilitation rather than enjoyment. Shoppers looking for a luxury handheld massager may wish to search elsewhere
- Battery life not as long as some rival massagers
Laisetey’s handheld massager offers the best value in terms of speed settings. The new 2021 upgrade includes a whopping 20 of them! Each setting is specially designed to cater for specific fitness, physiotherapy and health care needs. The one button switching function makes it very easy to use, while the number of speed options increase the chances of there being at least one setting that’s perfect for each individual body.
The generous abundance of choice doesn’t end there, either. The 4/6/8 (as the name somewhat implies) comes with six customised massager heads and eight different tip attachments. The former virtually guarantees the customer will get a relaxing massage, while the latter, coupled with the clever handheld design, enables one to reach every muscle in the body, front and back.
As for the techy stuff, the 4/6/8 features futuristic LCD touchscreen control. From this, the speed, weight and power of the massage can be altered in incredibly easy fashion. Like other handheld massagers on this list, it’s equipped with a 2000mAh lithium battery.
However, this one lasts an astonishing 3-5 hours thanks to the inbuilt safety features which prevent over heating. Your lower back may love you forever for purchasing this model!
Finally, the 4/6/8 comes with a portable handbag, meaning you can take it everywhere you go and be enjoying massages wherever and whenever the need arises.
- Customisation options aplenty. 20 speed settings, 8 tip attachments and 6 massager heads
- Technologically advanced, simple to use and exceptional battery life
- Portable and convenient
- According to online reviews, the back of the massager has a tendency to keep popping out
- Some may find the number of customisation options overwhelming
The MG400 handheld massager from Hangsun rotates at 3,500 pulses per minute. Although this is 100 behind the two handheld massagers from RENPHO that appeared earlier in the list, it’s still by no means a slouch. Indeed it makes for a more gentle, soothing and precise massage, loosening tight muscles one by one. This particular handheld massager also offers wide range variable speed control, specially designed to cater to the user’s specific massage requirements.
In terms of design and customisation options, the MG400 is a dual head percussion massager. This makes it more effective and precise when it comes to tackling muscular aches and general stress. It also lends a charming new meaning to the phrase, “two heads are better than one”. This model includes three interchangeable massage nodes, allowing users to customise their massage experience to best suit them.
Although not cordless, the MG400 comes with a 98 inch extra long power cord, meaning that it’s simple to use while you’re vegging out on the sofa in front of a truly dreadful programme on ITV2. The handle sports an ergonomic design, making it easy to hold as you use it to massage yourself.
For any fellow Yorkshiremen reading this, we’re happy to report that the MG400 also comes with a 1 year guarantee.
- Dual head percussion massager. More effective than single head massagers
- Customisable with a wide range of speed settings and three interchangeable massage nodes
- Simple to use
- Comes with a 1 year guarantee
- Not as powerful as RENPHO competitor massagers
- Not cordless. Can only really be used within range of a plug socket
This particular hand massager machine has already received the nod of approval from Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show’.
“Wow, that’s amazing!”, they said.
Hardly the most in-depth review in the history of journalism, so it’s left to muggins here to explore Reviber’s Zen Physio model an a little more detail…
Marketed as a premium personal electric massager, this handheld offering from Reviber is a deep tissue massager which is equally brilliant at providing relief from pain and inducing general, all-over relaxation. It’s suitable for use on almost all areas of the anatomy, regarded especially highly as a fantastic handheld massager for the back.
Much like entry number 4 earlier on, the Zen Physio is a splendid choice for sickly sportspeople recovering from strains and injuries. With its powerful speed settings ranging from 3,400 to 6,000rpm, it works for both relaxation and for a targeted deep tissue massage. Reviber even say that the Zen Physio’s deep tissue massage targets muscles so precisely that it shortens recovery time more effectively than manual massaging.
Finally, this model comes with two interchangeable massage heads, each targeting different parts of the body according to what the owner wishes to use the massager for.
To conclude, Reviber’s Zen Physio may not be the best handheld massager at any one particular thing. However, out of all the handheld massagers on our list, it is a strong contender for the best all rounder.
- A great all rounder. Aids both relaxation and physical healing
- Has added brand value thanks to ‘The Gadget Show’ endorsement
- Speed range makes it incredibly versatile
- Interchangeable massage heads
- Has faced criticism online for being too heavy
- Despite its 5 year guarantee, reliability issues have been reported by some users
This effort from the fine folks at WELTEAYO is another that prides itself on offering an excellent deep tissue massage, especially as a deep tissue back massager. It is also ideal for tight muscles, soreness and overall recovery from strain or injury. As a handheld back massager it can be used by individuals and professionals alike, including therapists and chiropractors.
As you may have sussed, this model is another massager tailored towards athletes and the perverse sorts who actually enjoy exercising. To this end it succeeds brilliantly, working especially well as a handheld back massager. This percussion massager operates between 1,600 and 3,200ppm with an impressive 30 speed settings in between. Despite the 24V power, the brushless motor only reaches a maximum of 55dB, so you wouldn’t even hear it over the bizarre and unsettling primal screams of a nearby weightlifter.
Other plus points for the WELEAYO massager include the six replacement heads, which allow the device to work wonders on any part of your aching body. Also working in its favour is the fact that it’s cordless and suitable to use anywhere, easy to grip and has an inbuilt, 250mAh , rechargeable lithium battery. The battery can last up to 6 hours and takes roughly 5 hours to charge from flat.
- A professional piece of deep tissue massage kit. Of ideal use for athletes, chiropractors and physiotherapists
- Powerful without being too noisy
- Fully customisable with 30 speed settings and 6 replacement heads
- Cordless and rechargeable. Perfect for use at home or on the move
- Some online reviewers have called the product’s reliability into question
- Others have stated that the product is complicated to use and only comes with basic, inadequate instructions
Like an increasing number of massagers in this top ten, SIMBR’s Deep Tissue Massager is primarily aimed at people who lead a more active lifestyle. Surely a slob’s money is as good as anyone else’s? This massager is tailored for use all over the body for the purposes of both relaxation and rehabilitation, offering three different speed settings (between 1,600 and 2,500ppm) and three differently shaped, interchangeable heads (bullet shaped, round and U-shaped) in order to do the job.
Not unlike a lot of its target market, the SIMBR weighs only 0.45KG and fits easily into the accompanying travel case for effortless transportation. As well as being lightweight, the ergonomically designed grip minimises excessive vibration and makes the device easier to hold.
Although a powerful tool that can stroke into muscles 6mm deep, breaking up lactic acid and improving blood circulation along the way, its biaxial rotation structure means that this device is quite quiet, so no need to worry about it giving you tinnitus. In terms of other advantages, its lithium-ion battery can last between 2 and 5 hours of use on 3 hours’ charge. To save energy, it will automatically shut off 15 seconds after stoppage of use. This is a safety feature of SIMBR’s reassuringly titled, “anti-explosion and overheat protection system”.
- Multifunctional and suitable for all muscles
- Lightweight and portable
- Soothingly quiet
- Breaks up lactic acid and improves blood circulation
- Long battery life
- Limited choice of massager heads and speed settings
- Not as powerful as some rival massagers
Handheld Massager Buying Guide
Step 1 – What are you looking for in a handheld massager?
Before you dive head first into the vast myriad of massagers on the market, stop and ask yourself what you need or want from it.
As this article has already shown, different massagers are designed to do different things. There’s little point in buying one that’s unsuitable for your requirements.
Before flashing the cash, make a decision as to whether you want to use your handheld massager for the purposes of muscle rehabilitation, general relaxation or possibly both.
Step 2 – What is your budget?
Now you know roughly what you’re looking for it’s advisable that you work out how much you’re prepared/can afford to spend on your slice of handheld massage heaven. Much like human beings, all massagers have a price, and you’ll discover that they can range from cheap and cheerful to ‘bloody hell, how much?!’.
Once you’ve settled on a figure, you can then start browsing massagers that are in your price range. You can also begin to get an idea of precisely which make and model you fancy treating yourself to a massage with in the near future.
Step 3 – Shop around and read the customer reviews
You can now finally put all those years of internet shopping experience to use! It’s obviously a good idea to try the usual suspects like Amazon and Argos Online etc., but don’t forget to browse the high street retailers to see which massagers are knocking about there. You can even have a nosey for massagers on eBay if you’re happy to source your next massage from the second hand market.
Before you part with your hard-earned dough, remember to read some online customer reviews for the massagers you’re interested in. Don’t be reluctant to think again and shop for alternative massagers if you spot any red flags, such as consistent criticisms of the quality of the massage provided or the durability (or lack thereof) of the item.
Step 4 – Can you trust the product and the retailer/seller?
Once you’ve decided on which massage tool you definitely want, found the best price within your budget and are prepared to proceed with the purchase, take a final moment to double check that everything is in order.
This mainly applies to eBay purchases, as massagers purchased from high street retailers or Amazon are far less likely to be defective or a part of some elaborate, massage-based con. Be mindful of the accompanying picture(s) of the massage device you’re buying and the feedback rating of the seller. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if something doesn’t seem quite right.
Step 5 – Place your order!
You’re all set! Now it’s just a case of waiting for your massage tool to arrive and looking forward to said massage in the meantime!
Q: Are handheld massagers effective?
A: Handheld massagers are, by and large, pretty effective. They are rarely (if ever) as effective as professional massagers, but they are a great alternative for use in the comfort of your own home or if a professional is unavailable for whatever reason. Coronavirus, for example.
Of course the effectiveness of a handheld massager depends on both the quality of the product and the individual. One particular massager may work wonders for one person but be next to useless for another. It’s important to do your research before making a decision and we hope this article will help you to do that as an informed consumer.
Q: What is the best massager on the market?
A: The best handheld massager is difficult to reach a definitive consensus on, as it really depends on what the individual specifically wants from their massager and what sort of massage they desire. There are obviously plenty of massagers on the market and we’ve only covered ten of them.
However, based on our research, we’ve concluded that the best value for money is offered by Naipo’s Handheld Neck and Back Massager, the Deep Tissue Massager for Muscles, Back and Feet by RENPHO is the best budget option, and the best all rounder (in our book) is the Zen Physio by Reviber.
Q: What is the best muscle massager?
A: Out of all the massagers we’ve looked at, we believe that the handheld massager that specifically offers the best muscle massage is the Portable Muscle Massage Gun, Handheld Electric Body Massager by HinCloud.
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