What could be better than coming home to the best hand held massager your money can buy? Besides a real masseuse, of course. Although, we must stay in realistic terms here and that’s not going to happen.
But a fabulous hand held massager is definitely doable. And we found 8 of the best hand held massagers in every budget.
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Paloqueth Wand Massager
First of all, what’s nice about the Paloqueth Wand Massager is that it’s 12.6 inches long which makes it easy to maneuver. Another thing that makes this massager easy to maneuver is it has no cord. So, wherever you need treatment, in the middle of your back or over your shoulder, this wand will deliver. And, this also means you will have the ultimate freedom to easily move around your home or travel.
And because this massager is cordless, that doesn’t mean you have to purchase expensive batteries. The massager has a lithium battery which is conveniently rechargeable via USB cable. And, it will leave you with a whopping 2 hours of massage treatment. Although, there are reports that the massager can last for up to 4 hours.
The Paloqueth Wand Massager comes with one removable attachment. This attachment is a soft and cushion-like nodule that sits on top of a bendable neck . The nodule is 1 5/8″ in diameter and 2 1/4″ long.
The massager is very easy to use. You simply press the button to turn it on and continuously press the button to achieve your desired speed. There are 10 speed levels that will deliver various types of pulsating vibrations.
And the most burning question is, does it work? And, is it powerful? Well, the general consensus with satisfied customers is it’s surprisingly powerful for being a budget massager. Everyone also seems to agree that this massager is extremely light weight. And, there is a ton of feedback detailing how well it relaxes the muscles.
On the other hand, there are a few customers that claim this product is of low quality or it just simply didn’t work.
However, it was a few people in the big scheme of things.
iHausPlus Double Head Electric Massager
iHausPlus offers a targeted and intense pulsating-type of massage. The double nodules rapidly move in and out at an impressive pace of up to 3,350 pulses per minute.
The iHausPlus Double Head Electric Massager is easy to use by simply sliding the on/off button. And then simply use the slider to control the variable speed settings.
There are 3 easily interchangeable head attachments. One is a set of plain nodules, another is a set of nodules with mini-clustered nodules attached and a then there is a third set of nodules with prongs.
The massager has a long ergonomic handle that will enable you to reach just about anywhere you need. However, this massager is powered through a cord and you will need to be plugged into the wall. The cord is roughly 72″ long, so the good news is, there is enough wiggle room to ensure sanity.
Now, the massager is 16 x 6 inches and weighs roughly 3 pounds. And 3 pounds can get cumbersome after awhile. So, if you’re weak-wristed or have low muscle strength, you may want to go with a lighter option. However, the extra weight will allow you to put your desired pressure on whichever particular muscle you are working on. Therefore, you will need to weigh the benefits with this particular massager.
So, how well does the iHausPlus Double Head Electric Massager work? If you’re looking to really get into the muscle to loosen things up, this would be the best hand held massager for you. With the double nodules and the powerful thumping action, it packs a powerful punch and really delivers. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more soothing and relaxing, the weight of this machine may be a turnoff.
That being said, there are very few complaints with this massager. Of the complaints that came in, the users stated that the massager is too bulky or too heavy. So, definitely weigh your options before purchasing this.
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Naipo Handheld Percussion Massager
Heat and massage? Yes, please! The Naipo Massager is the only one on our “best hand held massager” list that has heat. And surprisingly, it’s in the budget range.
The Naipo Handheld Percussion Massager delivers a penetrating massage with infrared heat to get down deep into the tissue. And the heat will allow the blood to circulate while relaxing the muscle.
This hand held massager also offers percussion massage. Percussion massage is more of a thumping type movement where the nodule pulsates up and down.
There are three interchangeable nodules. One is a large round nodule, the other is more of a cone shaped nodule and the third nodule features prongs.
The Naipo Massager has a long ergonomic non-slip handle which allows for easy maneuvering. It is also fairly lightweight at roughly 2 pounds. However, it only works with a cord so you will need to be plugged in when using. However, the cord is six feet long so you have a bit of room to work with.
This massager is very easy to use. Just plug it in and adjust the intensity via the multi-phase speed dial. And then you can adjust the heat via the heat control button.
So, does it do the job? Most users are extremely happy. They state that the massager really is a deep tissue massager. Users also love the fact that it’s lightweight and easily maneuverable. Not to mention the heat function, which is another very loved feature.
What some users don’t like about the Naipo Handheld Percussion Massager is that it doesn’t produce enough heat. Other users have stated that the device is too bulky and heavy. However, this device weighs only around 2 pounds and there isn’t much lighter options on the market.
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ELECITIZON Cordless Electric HandHeld Massager
This hand held massager has 6 different interchangeable massage heads with a maximum power of 4,000 revs per minute. The battery capacity will allow you to enjoy a high speed massage for approximately 80 minutes while the low speed will allow for 120 minutes.
Now, in case you’re enjoying the massage too much, there is an automatic stop after 15 minutes.
And with the intensity adjustments, you can go from a relaxing massage to a deep tissue massage or to a deep kneading massage with a push of a button. There are six different levels of massage intensity.
The ELECITIZON Cordless Electric Massager is 17″ long, 5″ wide and 3″ thick. And with a long ergonomic handle, this massager enables you to easily reach anywhere. The weight of the massager is just below 2 pounds at 1.9 pounds. Which makes this fairly light and which also makes it easy to maneuver.
Now, the big question is, does it work? The majority of the users say yes, it’s very powerful. Users also state that it’s comfortable to handle, easy to maneuver and carries a good battery capacity.
Less than 5% of users stated that the ELECITIZON Handheld Massager is not very powerful. Also, some users complained that it is big and heavy.
So, if you’re looking for something extremely lightweight, you may want to look at another one of our options. However, for a powerful cordless massager, 1.9 pounds is about as light as you’re going to get.
FITTOP Portable Percussion Massager
Our second option for best hand held massager for the mid-range budget is this portable, cordless gem from FITTOP.
The FITTOP Portable Percussion Massager offers 5 different vibrating massage speeds which are capable of delivering acupressure, shiatsu and deep tissue massage.
Portable and cordless, this hand held massager is perfect for those on the go. It even has a travel lock button to keep the device from accidentally turning on and expending all of its power.
And, to make life much less complicated, it has a memory button to save your favorite type of massage.
The FITTOP is extremely lightweight and relatively small. At 14.1 ounces, it is 10.5″ tall, 3.4″ wide and 2.3″ thick.
The rechargeable built-in Li-ion battery will give you 200 minutes of massage. And will also recharge extremely fast.
The massager is also waterproof. So, literally, feel free to take this just about anywhere.
And finally, this hand held massager is built with a quiet motor. And, therefore, it makes for a very soothing and relaxing massage.
So, what is the consensus with the community? The massager is pleasurable and works as expected. The different speeds, however, have surprisingly different effects. The slower the speed, the deeper the massage. The high the speed, the more intense the massage.
The few users who are disappointed, however, noted that the massager had very little power.
The final consensus is, this massager is great for those who are looking for a more relaxing and targeted massage. And, it’s especially good for those pesky knots.
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Thumper E501 NA Sport Percussive Massager
This hand held massager is for those looking for a hard hitting massage. And not only hard hitting, but deep hitting. The Thumper Sport Percussive Massager will impressively penetrate the muscle at 5mm.
And with variable speeds of 20 and 40 pulses per second, you can select a percussion speed from 1 to 5. And, the switch is like a dimmer switch so you can set speeds in between. For instance, you can set the speed to 4.5.
There are two different interchangeable heads. One head is made of hard plastic while the other head is softer. So, depending on the level of sensation you’re looking for, you will be able to find it with these interchangeable pieces.
Now, the Thumper is not the largest massager on the market but it is quite big and bulky. The device is 16″ long, 5″ wide and 6″ thick and weighing in at 3 pounds.
However, the bulkiness of the Thumper will allow you to take control of the pressure by allowing the weight and the gravity of the machine to do the work.
And, if you’re wondering exactly what type of massage the Thumper gives, look no further than the name. This machine thumps. The two nodules will rapidly rise and lower at approximately 1/4 of an inch.
The Thumper is a pretty heavy duty machine. But, if you’re looking for an even more powerful machine, you may want to check out the Thumper Maxi Pro. This is a professional grade machine that is used by doctors, chiropractors and massage therapists.
But, if you don’t need that much power, the Thumper Sport will still be able to get down deep into the muscles. And most users seem to be happy.
However, there are a few users that think the attachment nodules are too rounded and there are some users who say this device isn’t heavy enough. However, there are other users that say it’s too heavy.
So, again, if you want a super heavy device, you may have to upgrade to the Thumper Maxi Pro. If you’re looking for something lightweight, this probably isn’t your best choice for best hand held massager. However, if you want something strong and sturdy, the Thumper Sport is a great option.
Also, if you’re looking for a neck massage, it is advised that you do not use this device on your neck.
Pure-Wave CM7 Cordless Neck & Shoulder Massager
This is our pick for overall best hand held massager in the higher-end budget range. The Pure-Wave Cordless Neck & Shoulder Massager has it all and then some.
Combining percussion with vibration, the Pure-Wave comes with 5 interchangeable attachments. This includes a facial attachment for rejuvenating the skin, relieving TMJ or for a simple temple massage to relieve headaches or migraines.
The Pure-Wave also features a 6-Head Attachment which will allow penetration for large muscle groups. There is also a Point Stick which will allow for targeted penetration and an Air-Cushion Stick which provides a softer contact surface.
This hand held massager reaches a percussion speed of 3,700 reps per minute, with the facial micro-vibrations reaching a speed of up to 10,000 reps per minute. And there is a variable speed dial to adjust the intensity of the percussion or vibration.
The Pure-Wave massager is cordless. So, a free and easy lifestyle coincide very well. And the slim design makes this perfect for traveling. The massager is roughly 1.75 pounds, 16.5″ long, 3.5″ wide and 2.75″ thick. Which means this device is also lightweight and is easy to maneuver.
Also included is a Body Massage Oil Stick which is ideal for massaging essential oils into hard to reach spots.
So, what are people saying about this massager? Users love how easy this massager is to use and that it has many attachments. They also love the facial element and how light the device is.
Few people have noted that the machine doesn’t “thump” enough for them and the vibrations decreased with applied pressure. On the other hand, there are a few people who claim this device is too strong for them.
All in all, the consensus shows this to be a reliable, multi-functional and healing hand held massager. The majority also loves how easy and lightweight this device is.
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Brookstone Max 2 Cordless Dual-Node Percussion Massager
There’s plenty of reason this hand held massager is king of all massagers. The Brookstone Max 2 delivers the most complete and realistic massage out of all the hand held massagers we tested.
First of all, the Max 2 is a cordless and rechargeable hand held massager that is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery. And not only can you use this without a cord, you can also use it with a cord. So, if you lose power, you just plug it in and you can continue massaging. However, the charge will last for several hours so you have plenty of time before it runs out. You also won’t have to deal with any fading as the charge wears down.
And because this massager is cordless, it’s going to allow freedom and the ability to easily maneuver the device.
The Max 2 has a 5-speed motor which delivers 1,750 to 2,550 RMS of massage power. And, with 5 different speed intensities, you have your option of 3 different deep tissue massage programs. One is a pulsating massage that delivers short blasts of percussion massage. Another is an energizing massage that delivers circulation waves. The third is a soothing massage which delivers deep and rolling penetration.
And the massage nodules make this all possible. Not only do they move up and down, they also move side to side. And the nodes kneed deep to reach down into the tissue.
And, to hold you accountable, the Max 2 has an automatic shutoff after 20 minutes.
Now, this device is quite big and bulky. It also can be uncomfortable for longterm use if only one person is using the device. Therefore, the Max 2 is most ideal if two people are participating. Because at roughly 5 pounds, it is a bit cumbersome if you are using one hand to control the massager. Also, the device is 19.7″ long, 5.9″ wide and 5.9″ thick. So, it takes some real skill to maneuver on your own.
Overall, the Max 2 is rated very high amongst its users. Most notably, the quality, the durability and the power. The worst complaint about this massager is the customer received a dud. And this just sounds like the luck of the draw and something that seldom happens.
In the end, this is the one massager that will have you never looking at massagers the same. It’s amazing and the best hand held massager – period.