Costco, the purveyor of all things bulk, is perhaps one of the most popular weekend shopping destinations of families everywhere. From a years supply of creamy peanut butter to high fashion, they sell it all. Many associate the Costco name with quality, and by and large that is usually the case. While the price leader may offer them at a very competitive and enticing price, whatever you do, don’t buy a Costco massage gun.
Over the last year or so, we’ve come across a few different seasonal models at the mega warehouse. From the PrecisionPower Handheld Massager, the Massimo Massage Gun, or even the Sharper Image Massage Gun (full review here), they’ve all been less than stellar.
UPDATE 01/2021: Just to reinforce our argument, Massimo has just issued a recall on all of their massage guns sold at Costco due to fire hazard!
If you think cheaply made, underpowered and/or loud are adjectives that are synonymous with a good deal, by all means buy one already.
On the other hand, if you’re truly looking for a quality massage gun at a bargain price, here are 5 alternatives to buying a Costco massage gun that won’t leave you with buyer’s remorse.
Vybe Percussion Massage Gun
Vybe has multiple massage guns that range in price and performance. The Vybe Percussion Massage Gun has the deepest percussion and strongest pressure from the Vybe collection. The Vybe is a well built with very powerful percussion vibration, giving you 500-2,400 strokes per minute depending on the speed you select. While similar massagers feel like they are vibrating, this one feels like real percussion.
This massage gun offers 6 variable speeds and is trigger-activated with an ergonomic handle. It’s also very lightweight at just 3.53 pounds!
The Vybe Percussion has three attachments for large muscles, small muscles, and hard-to-reach trigger points. You’ll also get 2 rechargeable lithium batteries and a carrying case, all for under $100.
LifePro Massage Guns
LifePro has an entire collection of massage guns that, from our experience, have all been top notch. With 8 different models all coming in under $150, you’re guaranteed to find one that outperforms the so-so offerings from Costco.
If you’re on the fence about buying from LifePro, check the online reviews and you’ll quickly find thousands of highly satisfied customers.
What else is there to love? Besides a wide variety of model choices, every massage gun comes with a huge assortment of massage head attachments, above average battery life, and an attractive carrying case.
Oh, and did we mention that every single item LifePro sells is backed by a LIFETIME warranty? Can’t beat that!
What Buyers Say: “As a Physical Therapist, I love these massage guns! They’re light weight, quiet, and amazingly easy to use!”
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PlayMakar MVP Massage Gun
Endorsed by several professional football and hockey players, the PlayMakar MVP is a solid choice.
Overall the MVP offers just the right balance of features, quality, and price to make it a no-brainer. We particularly like the touch sensitive controls to select your desired speed setting.
Not only is the PlayMakar MVP an attractive massage gun, but versatile as well. Inside the box, you will find a total of 6 attachments that are both comfortable to use and effective on tight muscles.
For those that like to support U.S. based companies, you’ll be happy to hear that PlayMakar is based in the great state of Texas.
An excellent 2-year warranty is also included in case you have any issues with it. That’s peace of mind!
See our in-depth review here.
What Buyers Say: “I use this thing on my legs and my back (my weakest areas) all the time to either warm them up or get rid of all that tension from heavy weights. For real, this thing is a lifesaver. And as a plus, it’s actually pretty dang quiet.”
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The addsfit MAX is easily one of our top recommendations, but don’t just take our word for it. Those that buy it can’t stop raving about it based on all the reviews around the internet. A direct competitor to the much more expensive Hyperice Hypervolt, the MAX comes in at about half the price. In our opinion, it’s a MUCH better choice.
We like the addsfit MAX for its smooth operation and minimal noise levels. With a 9 speed variable motor, you’re guaranteed to soothe those achy muscles.
The MAX does come with an attractive form fitting case with 5 different, ultra comfortable silicon attachment heads. See our full review here.
What Buyers Say: “It works great! I bought one for myself and one for my parents, and they love it too!”
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iReliev Massage Gun
The iReliev massage gun hits all the right notes when it comes to buying a massage gun. It’s backed by a 2 year warranty, the price is more than reasonable at $129.95, and offers comparable performance to much more expensive massage guns. What more could you ask for?
The build quality of the iReliev is exceptional and it really does feel great in the hand thanks to it weighing in under 2lbs. The one-piece body design looks great in an all black soft-touch plastic finish.
If you are still ticking boxes of all the best features, go ahead and mark off performance too. The iReliev may look like the Sharper Image massage gun above, but it’s a much better performer. The iReliev has a 3 speed motor that has more than enough power to satisfy your massage needs. Not only is it powerful, but very quiet as well. We love the smooth low-volume hum of the motor.
Overall, the iReliev is the total package. You can’t go wrong with this one.
What buyers say: “I have used iReliev TENS units for years now, and decided to try this massager. This thing is a life saver! Do yourself (and your spouse) a favor and get one.”
Get $10 off with promo code MGF10 applied at checkout.
The RENPHO C3 may be a very low priced option, but it offers exceptional value in both performance and accessories. Thousands of reviewers can’t be wrong, this is genuinely a great massage gun.
Ok, so what do you get with the RENPHO C3? First, it comes equipped with a 20 speed brushless motor that is not only powerful, but relatively quiet too. With that many speeds, you can easily dial in your comfort level depending on what you need.
As for the battery life, it’s on par with the rest of them. You should be able to squeeze out about 5-6 hours of total massage time. That’s enough to last you a work or more without having to charge it.
Now for the accessories, you’ll be super pleased to know that RENPHO gives you 6 massage heads including our favorite, the cushion head. It’s a bit more forgiving and is particularly nice to use on already exhausted, sore muscles.
What Buyers Say: “Great product and even better customer service. When I received this product I was completely surprised at how quiet it is and how well it works.”
Vigorous Innovations Pro Mini Massage Gun
Looking for a powerful massage gun in a portable package? If so, then look no further than the VI Pro Mini.
Not only do we love the portability of this massage gun, but the overall quality too. The VI Pro Mini is built like a tank but quiet as a mouse.
Included in the box is a total of 6 massage heads, two of which have a metal tip that can used in conjunction with massage lotion/oil. It’s a really neat addition and could potentially take your massage experience to the next level. We find using it after applying a menthol-based pain relieving cream is the perfect antidote to invigorate exhausted muscles.
What Buyers Say: “We love this! It’s really powerful, with varying speeds to change the pressure to your liking. It’s great for some quick deep relief of muscle tightness.”
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So there you have it. The next time you’re at Costco, avoid the convincing salesman pawning off those budget Costco massage guns knowing you have a much better alternative waiting for you at home. Take it from us, you’ll be happy you did.