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If you’ve been checking out some percussion massagers, you’ll probably have seen that most will list the sound decibels that they operate at. That’s because the sound level is something you want to take into consideration when buying. Some can be VERY loud, to the point of being uncomfortable. Luckily in 2020 percussion massagers that are too loud are few and far between, but they’re not exactly a thing of the past JUST yet. So you definitely want to be aware of what kind of sound you’re comfortable with – especially if you are sensitive to certain noise levels. In this article we’re going to compare the sound decibels of popular massage guns so that you can see which is the quietest percussion massager.
Quietest Percussion Massager Comparison
We’ve listed the quietest massage guns in order from the least noise output (at the top) to the most. These are some of the most popular on the market at the time of writing, but if there are any you’d like included please get in touch!
Sound in Decibels
Timtam Power Massager Pro
10 - 20 dB
Timtam All New Power Massager
Opove M3 Pro
25 - 55 dB
50 - 60 dB
50 - 60 dB
60 - 75 dB
70 - 75 dB
And the winner is…
As you can see from the above comparison table, the Timtam Power Massager Pro is just 10 dB at its lowest speed and 20 dB at it’s highest. That’s equivalent to the sound of whispering from 5 feet away (VERY quiet for a powerful massager like this).
The Pro version is not a cheap product though, so if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable (but still very quiet) Timtam’s standard model, the All New Power Massager, clocks in at just 25 dB – AND half the price.
Coming in at 3rd place is the Opove M3 Pro (currently one of the bestsellers on the market), also at a very affordable price, and with plenty of 5 star customer reviews. Its sound ranges from 35-55 dB. It’s available on Amazon.
Let’s take a closer look at the top 3:
1. Timtam Power Massager Pro
The Timtam Power Massager is not only the quietest on this list, but along with the Theragun, is also the most powerful (we compared the two here). That makes them both equally expensive too, and maybe more for the professional user (or someone who is willing to invest in the best of the best). The Theragun might be one of the most powerful, but although they’ve reduced the noise output from previous models, it’s still loud at up to 75 dB. It’s certainly no match for the Timtam which hits a max of only 20 dB.
Just 5 minutes with the Powermassager Pro is equivalent to 30 minutes foam rolling or with a masseuse, so this massage gun is a real game changer. It weighs in at just 2lbs, comes with a free carrying case, and interchangeable tips for varied focus and pressure. It delivers 2800 strokes per minute, 3 different speeds, and has a 30mm stroke length for a really DEEP massage. The 175 degree articulating head can be used to reach any part of the body easily without having to stretch. Battery time is 60 minutes per charge – not the longest, but usually the more powerful the machine, the less usage time you get. It has an automatic heated tip to deliver heat into the muscles for even faster recovery times (a nice extra that few other massage guns offer).
For more info check it out on the official Timtam website
2. Timtam All New Power Massager
The All New Power Massager is the more popular of the two Timtam’s, mainly because it’s the more affordable (it’s half the price). Although either is suitable for personal AND pro users including athletes, coaches and physios, the All New version is more accessible to everyone. At 25 dB it’s still super quiet, and weighs just 2.2lbs.
The Timtam has a 90 degree articulating head for easy access to all areas of the body, a 26 mm stroke length, and delivers 2500 strokes per minute. Battery time is quite short at 40 minutes, but because this massager works fast, you should still get in a few good massages between charges. It also comes with one speed and one tip (although you can buy more separately). A free carry case is included for portability.
See podcaster and BJJ Black Belt Joe Rogan talk about the Timtam massagers with MMA coach and BJJ Black Belt Firas Zahabi:
If you need more info, we’ve reviewed the Timtam.
3. Opove M3 Pro
The Opove is currently one of the top sellers on the market, and even though it’s a little louder than the Timtams, it’s also cheaper. While the Timtam’s (especially the Pro) is for the professional athletes and fitness buffs, the Opove is more for the everyday gym user. It’s also for anyone who wants to treat muscle issues like stiffness, pain, knots or issues like sciatica etc. It’s definitely NOT as powerful, but it’s probably more than enough for the majority of users – see customer reviews on Amazon for more details.
The Opove is lightweight (2.2lbs), quiet, and has 3 speed settings that deliver up to 3200 percussions per minute. Stroke length is 12mm. Its rechargeable battery lasts for about 3 hours per charge, which should easily power through a week’s worth of workouts. It has an automatic shut off function at 10 minutes to prevent injury – 10 minutes is enough for most people but you can switch it on for another round if you’re massaging different areas. The anti drop shell means that even if you drop it from around 2m (or 6.6ft) it should still be okay (it can happen!) A free carry case is included plus 4 attachment heads.
For more info on this product read our Opove M3 Pro review.
Have a look at what to expect from different sound levels on the following decibel scale:
Older models were as loud as a helicopter!
The earliest percussion massage guns operated at up to 100 decibels, and sometimes slightly more. For example, the Theragun G2PRO (the predecessor to the G3PRO listed above) maxed out at a whopping 107 decibels. That’s comparable to the sound of a helicopter, or a jackhammer – both of which are rarely used without ear protection.
Can you imagine using a massager THAT LOUD on your neck or shoulders? You’d definitely need to at least wear ear plugs. And you probably wouldn’t want to use it in company as the sound would probably be pretty annoying (not to mention painful for yourself). Luckily, the motor sound of many earlier models have now been drastically scaled back for more comfortable (and safer) usage. Nowadays 85 dB seems to be loudest. That’s still pretty loud, but now you’ve got options for much quieter percussion massagers so you can shop around.
Benefits of buying the quietest percussion massager
The main benefit of investing in one of the quietest massage guns is comfort for yourself. Who wants to hear a sound like a jackhammer in their ear while trying to relax with a good massage after a long day or a hard workout? A quiet massager is more enjoyable to use and you won’t be rushing to get finished just to stop the ringing in your ears.
No need to massage in solitude
Percussion massagers are a great way to get a massage anywhere at a time and place of your choosing, and with the right one you shouldn’t have to hide behind a closed door while using it! Use your massage gun at the gym straight after your workout, at the office to combat muscle stiffness, or even use it in bed while your partner is sleeping. The quietest percussion massager won’t cause a disturbance seeing as it’s barely audible.
It’s well worth shopping around to find the quietest percussion massager, especially if you intend to use it in a public place (or even in front of the TV). And of course for your own ease of use, it’s just a better experience all round if your massager is quiet. Although the Timtam percussion massagers are the quietest on the market, there are plenty of other options available that might not be AS quiet, but still operate at a comfortably low sound level.
The following are a few options on Amazon: