Massage Chair vs Massage Gun- Which Is Better?

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  1. What is a Massage Gun
  2. The Problems With Massage Chairs
  3. Comparison Between Massage Guns and Massage Chairs
  4. Conclusion

What is a Massage Gun

A massage gun is a hand-held tool that utilizes percussive therapy to provide users with a deep-tissue massage. This helps to stimulate blood flow into muscles, promote muscle recovery and relieve muscle soreness after a long workout.

Besides their use in sports performance, massage guns are also ideal for those who just want a relaxing massage to unwind after a long and tiring day at the office, for those who have sore necks, shoulders and backs after sitting down at the desk for long hours, or for those who suffer from physical injuries and require pain relief.

In order to use a massage gun, simply press the button to turn it on, and press it against your muscles for a stimulating, deep-tissue massage.

HYDRAGUN comes with a single button, and 6 different speed settings

The Problem With Massage Chairs

Massage chairs have been around for decades. In fact, the first electric massage chair was invented by Nobuo Fujimoto in 1954. It was pieced together by various materials such as wood, balls and chains.

Fujiiryoki Massage Chair - The first massage chair invented in 1954

Massage chairs have come a long way since then. The top end massage chairs are often jam-packed with features, ranging from body monitors and biosensors, lights, aromatherapy to surround-sound systems.

However, they suffer from two major drawbacks. Firstly, they come with a hefty price tag. The cheapest massage chairs usually start around $2000 while the more expensive ones can cost upward of $10000.

Secondly, most massage chairs are bulky pieces of furniture. As housing prices start to skyrocket in various densely packed cities around the world, homes are getting smaller and smaller. This means that there is often a lack of space to place the massage chairs. They may also not complement the aesthetic feel of the space that they are placed in.

Comparison Between Massage Guns And Massage Chairs

Let’s do a more comprehensive comparison between both products.

Massage Chair
200-900 AUD
2000-10000 AUD
Size & Weight
Small & Light Device, 1 kg
Huge & Bulky, 50-100 kg
Can be taken to gyms, on trips
Static Furniture, Cannot be moved easily, must be connected to power outlet
Ease of Use
Requires you to hold the gun and target specific muscle groups. Certain body parts such as the upper and lower back muscles may be a little harder to reach.
Easy to use, set a massage program, sit back and relax to enjoy a full body massage.
Massage Type
Rolling, Kneading, Percussion, Vibration
Target Muscles
Any part
More focused on rear part of body


Massage chairs can easily cost at least ten times as much as the price of massage guns. Unless you think that you are truly going to frequently make good use of your massage chair, purchasing one may end up being a bad purchase decision that is filled with buyer’s remorse.

Massage guns on the other hand, are much more inexpensive, and require far less upfront investment.

Size & Weight

Massage chairs are huge pieces of furniture that will often stand out and fill up huge spaces within the house. Based on anecdotes from my own friends, I found that people who bought massage chairs usually stop using them after a short period of time. Yet these devices are too expensive to throw away, so they end up being placed in a corner of the house, and being huge eyesores for everyone living in the house.

Massage Chairs are huge and are usually unsuitable for smaller homes

On the other hand, massage guns are small and portable enough to be carried with you anywhere you go. Going on a romantic staycation with your partner? The massage gun can be an ideal device to help you & your partner give each other a relaxing massage together. The massage gun can also be brought to the gym to help out with warmup and cooldown exercises, before you start hitting those weights or cardio exercises.

Ease of Use

Massage guns are fairly straightforward to use. They typically come with a single button, 5-6 different speed settings, and 6 different heads that you can choose from to target different muscle groups. However, they require the user to constantly hold the massage gun against their muscles.

Massage Guns require you to hold them against your muscles

On the other hand, massage chairs allow for their users to “sit back, relax and enjoy”. Users can even take a short nap in the comfort of the chair.

Massage Type

Percussive therapy massage guns can only provide one type of massage - percussion. Percussion consists of blows to the tissue. It acts as a powerful stimulant for both the skin and underlying structures. Effects of percussion include stimulation of the organs through reflex centers and the spinal cord.

Massage chairs are more versatile in this respect. Most massage chairs can provide various massage types, including rolling, kneading, percussion and vibration, providing their users with a more complete and varied massage experience.

Target Muscles

Massage guns can be targeted at any muscles on the body, including the upper thighs, biceps, triceps, glutes and chest muscles. If your hands are aching and cramping up from long hours writing or using the computer, or if you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, you can even use the bullet head to massage them.

Massage chairs, on the other hand, may not be able to provide effective massages especially for muscles that belong to the frontal parts of the human body, such as the chest and the front delts.


If you are looking for a more inexpensive and effective solution of treating your sore & aching muscles, or relieving pain from physical injuries, then getting yourself a massage gun might be your best bet.

However, if you live in a large house, have more money to spare, and are looking for a more luxurious experience to completely relax and unwind, then getting a massage chair instead may not be such a bad idea.

Gary B.
Senior Editor

Disclaimer - This article is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you are suffering from severe medical conditions, please seek consultation with a medical professional.

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