Battle of the massage guns

Kim Jong By Kim Jong - August 5th, 2021
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If you’re the average person, you could probably do with a good massage. Maybe you’ve got built-up muscle tension from sitting down all day or you feel stiff following a bout of exercise. If your fascia tissues are stiff, you’ll likely experience tightness, muscular imbalances, and even soreness. A massage gun is a great way to battle these problems! Xiaomi’s Yunmai ECO SE massage gun offers a superior experience at an affordable price point! The question is, are cheaper massage guns an effective therapy device, or should you splash out?

Let’s see how the Xiaomi Therapy Device stacks up against leading therapy device company, Hyperice. The Hypervolt Go is Hyperice’s cheapest device, but it’s still double the price of Xiaomi’s Massage Gun. Regardless of where they sit on the price scale, these devices are designed to achieve the same goal. Massage guns are fantastic for targeting your Fascia: a system of connective tissues that wrap around your muscles, tendons, and bones. Did you know that most back complaints stem from this part of our body? In this article, we’ll take a look at two different massage guns, at two different price points and consider how effective they are at easing your aches and pains.

Xiaomi Yunmai SE Massage Gun

The Xiaomi Yunmai ECO SE Massage Gun promises to assist self-myofascial release, helping to relieve muscle soreness, aches, and stiffness. In true Xiaomi style, the Yunmai SE presents an affordable option at less than $200! With a sleek and minimal matte design, it has a nice aesthetic that even looks good amongst premium devices.

The Yunmai SE works by carrying out a high-frequency vibration that deeply stimulates the fascia, brushes out muscular knots, and eases tension and muscular stiffness. It delivers 1800-3200 revolutions per minute, with the vibration frequency and intensity easily adjustable. At the highest speed that vibrates at 3200 rpm (out of five-speed settings), the SE has enough power to stimulate muscle groups up to 10 mm deep, which can quickly neutralise lactic acid produced after sport or exercise, and prevent muscle spasms. This is powerful enough to perform at the level of premium devices! Despite its power, the Yunmai SE is surprisingly quiet with a brushless motor that only reaches 45dB at max speed.

A picture of the Yunmai Xiaomi ECO SE in use.
A demonstration of how the Yunmai Xiaomi ECO SE relieves muscular pain.

It’s not all about power though. To effectively treat different body parts, you need the right head attachments. The Yunmai SE comes with four silicone heads, including a round head for massaging the back, arms, thighs, calves, and other large muscles; a “U” shaped head for massaging the neck and both sides of the spine; a “bullet” type head, suitable for targeting deep tissues such as meridians, joints, the palms of the hands and feet; and, finally, a flat head for relaxing different muscular areas of the body. You pretty much get all the head attachments you could possibly need! What makes them even better is that they’re silicone, meaning they’ll feel smooth against your skin as opposed to rough like some cheap massage guns do (think sandpaper on the skin!).

Another perk the Yunmai SE has going for it is a long battery. With a huge 2900mAh battery, you’ll never be interrupted in the middle of a massage. If you were to use this massage gun for only 10-minutes a day, it would last you approximately 84 days on a single charge. Impressive! As with everything we know about the Yunmai SE Massage Gun so far.

Hyperice Hypervolt Go

The premium option we’re looking at is the Hyperice Hypervolt Go Massage Gun. Hyperice is a leading company in therapy devices and their gear is widely used by athletes. In fact, Hyperice is the official recovery technology partner of the NBA, meaning their massage guns are the go-to device for NBA basketball players. Hyperice Massage Guns come at a premium price (which may very well be worth it). But perhaps what you want to know, is how necessary is it really to splash out? Let’s take a look at what the Hyperice Hypervolt Go has to offer.

While Hyperice doesn’t provide any specific numbers about the power it produces, the Hypervolt Go’s 60-watt motor is reported to be 30% weaker than that of the Hypervolt Plus. Even so, the Hypervolt Go still has some power and is said to be capable of some muscle-punching force. At the highest speed, you’ll experience up to 3200 percussions per minute (the same max as the Yunmai SE). Unlike the Yunmai SE which has five speeds, however, the Hypervolt Go only has three-speed settings. Sure, five speeds aren’t entirely necessary, but more options do mean you can better cater to your needs. If you prefer a lighter touch, you might even find the Hypervolt Go to be a bit much without lower speeds to adjust to. While the Hypervolt Go is quite capable of maintaining whisper-quiet sounds, at max speed, it’s slightly louder than the Yunmai SE at 55dB.

The Hyperice Hypervolt Go utilising its flat head to aid with muscular pain.
The Hyperice Hypervolt Go flat head is perfect for smaller surface areas and use on more dense muscle groups.
The Hyperice Hypervolt Go utilising its bullet head to aid with muscular pain.
The Hyperice Hypervolt Go bullet head is designed for pinpoint muscle treatment and smaller muscle groups.

When it comes to the head attachments, Hypervolt Go includes two of them: a flat head which is ideal for bigger areas (like your chest, back, or quads), while the bullet head attachment is ideal for areas such as your shoulders and hips, as well as to target specific trigger points or knots. This is two fewer head attachments than the Yunmai SE, but at least you’re getting the essentials: you can use the flat head all over and the bullet head for specific triggers or knots. This leaves out a “U” shaped head which is great for massaging your neck and spine, as well as a round head that can provide a bit more oomph to certain areas. If these attachments won’t be of use to you, then the Hypervolt Go will do fine to keep you satisfied.

The Hypervolt Go has a slightly smaller battery than the Yunmai SE. The 2350mAh battery would give you approximately 2.5 hours of non-stop use on a single charge. Not bad! If you’re not using it on full-speed the entire time, you can probably even get a bit longer.


When weighing up two devices with such different price points, it’s reasonable to assume you’re sacrificing quality on the cheaper alternative. Xiaomi tends to have quite a knack for delivering top-notch products at very affordable prices, and they’ve done it again here! The design and build of Xiaomi’s Yunmai SE is of impressive quality - much better than a lot of cheap massage guns you’ll find on the market. Plus, the device has so much variety across the different attachment heads, speeds, and even massage modes so you can really cater to your needs.

At double the price, you get less versatility with the Hyperice Hypervolt Go as it comes with fewer attachment heads and fewer speed options. If we were to consider Hyperice’s true equivalent massage gun in terms of features, we’d be looking at the Hypervolt. Perhaps that one would come out on top with superior technology but be ready to shell out an extra $300+. If you’ve got the big bucks to splash out, then go for it, but if you simply want a solid massage gun that will iron out your kinks, the Xiaomi Yunmai SE Massage is a great choice! You get amazing value for money with a large battery, powerful motor, 4 different massage heads, and 5 variable speed settings.

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Kim Jong

The one from NZ, not NK.

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