Are you looking to experience the benefits of a percussive therapy gun, but not sure which product you need? In this article, we are going to compare the features and benefits of two popular therapy guns, Theragun PRO and Theragun Elite.
Below is a table that allows you to quickly and easily compare the specs for the two products. If you scroll past the table, you can explore Theragun PRO and Theragun Elite in-depth.
Theragun PRO vs. Theragun Elite Comparison Table
|Speed||5 settings||5 settings|
|Amplitude||16 mm||16 mm|
|Force||60 pounds||40 pounds|
|Battery||2 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (150 minutes of battery life, swap out while charging)||12V internal lithium-ion battery (120 minutes run-time, 80 minutes charging time)|
|Interface||OLED screen||OLED screen|
|Smart Features||Therabody app||Therabody app|
|Dimensions||10 in x 7.1 in x 3 in||9.5 in x 6.7 in x 2.8 in|
|Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
If you found your way here, you probably already know a bit about the brand that manufactures these products, Therabody. But just in case you don’t, here is a bit of background to catch you up.
Chiropractor Dr. Jason Wersland founded this company after getting into a motorcycle accident in 2007. He could not find a product on the market that was adequate for treating his pain, so he came up with one of his own.
Originally, the company was called “Theragun,” just like its line of products. But in 2020, the company changed the name to “Therabody.” You will still hear the company called “Theragun” sometimes, as not everyone realizes yet the name has changed.
While there have been other companies manufacturing therapy guns, Theragun remains one of the most well-known product lines out there.
The current line of Theragun percussion therapy guns includes the PRO, the Elite, the Prime and the Mini.
Today, we will be comparing the PRO and the Elite. You can also read our comparison of the Elite and the Prime.
Theragun Elite: A Premium Therapy Gun
The Elite is the “elevated, premium” therapy gun that Theragun markets as being “ultra-quiet.” It is more expensive than the Prime model, but less expensive than the PRO model.
Theragun PRO: A Professional-Grade Therapy Gun
While Elite is marketed toward a general consumer base, PRO is a commercial-grade product marketed toward professionals as well as anyone looking for a professional-level device.
The price difference between PRO and Elite is around double that of the difference between Elite and Prime, as of the time of this writing.
To help you figure out whether to spend extra on PRO or go with the Elite, let’s do a side-by-side comparison, starting with overall construction.
How Do Dimensions, Weight, Construction and Design Compare?
Let’s talk about the basic designs of the two therapy guns, starting with their dimensions and weights:
- Elite: 9.5 in x 6.7 in x 2.8 in
(24.0 cm x 17.0 cm x 7.4 cm)
- PRO: 10 in x 7.1 in x 3 in
(25.5 cm x 18.0 cm x 7.6 cm)
So, the PRO is the larger of the two devices. It is also heavier, weighing in at 2.9 pounds, as compared to the 2.2 pounds that the Elite weighs.
The overall shape and appearance of both guns is similar. Both feature an ergonomic multi-grip, allowing you to reposition the gun in your hand as needed to minimize strain.
But there is a big difference between the grips. The Elite grip is locked in one fixed position. But the PRO grip can rotate into four different positions.
So, there are tradeoffs with either product. The increased heft of the PRO is a drawback, but the rotating arm is an advantage over the Elite.
For this reason, it is hard to call either product objectively superior in this category.
Instead, you should consider your individual needs when choosing between the two.
If it is hard for you to lift and hold a heavier, larger object for a long period of time, the Elite might be a better option even with the fixed grip position.
But if you do not have a problem with a bigger, heavier item, and instead have a hard time getting the right angle of approach with a fixed grip, the PRO would make more sense to purchase.
Among the most notable differences between these two therapy guns are their power sources. The Elite features a single 12V internal lithium-ion battery. The device can run for around 120 minutes on a charge, and it takes 80 minutes to recharge the battery. The battery is built-in.
By contrast, the PRO features a pair of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. You only need one to power the device. Runtime is 150 minutes. You can charge one while you are using the other, so hypothetically, you should never run out of charge completely no matter how long you want to continuously use the device. You should always be able to have a fresh battery ready to go.
Now, this is kind of a big deal, because while researching replacement batteries, we noticed something. It was easy for us to find a PRO replacement battery in the Theragun store. But we could not find an Elite replacement battery.
So, we did a little extra digging, checking to see whether Theragun has clarified the matter. We found a couple of responses to questions on Amazon that shed some light.
One user asked, “What kind of battery does this need?” A representative at Theragun answered, “The Theragun Elite has the battery built into the device so you only need to plug in the power adapter/charger to recharge.”
Another user asked, “Can you replace the batteries on the Elite and Prime models?” The same support person answered, “The batteries on both the Theragun Elite and Theragun Prime are both built into the device. Both of these devices come standard with a 1yr warranty to cover any possible changes in how the device performs. Also, if you buy via our direct site we offer an extended pro care option to extend that warranty.”
So, the representative does not state explicitly that the battery in the Elite cannot be replaced, but it is certainly implied.
If you want the freedom and assurance of being able to replace your batteries, definitely go with the PRO.
The PRO also is a better choice if you expect to use the device for more than 120 minutes at a time.
That could easily be the case in a professional setting—or a home setting, if your pain is frequent or long-lasting.
Amplitude, Force, Depth, and Speeds
First, let’s talk about speeds:
- Elite: 5 built-in speeds (1750, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2400 percussions per minute) and app-controlled customizable speed range (any speed between 1750-2400 percussions per minute).
- PRO: 5 built-in speeds (1750, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2400 percussions per minute) and app-controlled customizable speed range (any speed between 1750-2400 percussions per minute).
So, whether you pick the Elite or the PRO, you have the same built-in speed options, and the same ability to customize if you wish.
The amplitude for both devices is 16 millimeters. The company says this provides 60% deeper penetration compared to “average massagers.”
Force is where a difference comes in. The Theragun Elite applies up to 40 pounds of force, but the Theragun Pro can apply up to 60 pounds of force.
Which is Quieter, Theragun Elite or Theragun PRO?
One of the primary concerns of any customer purchasing a percussive therapy gun is how noisy it will be.
It was not unusual for the volume levels of previous generation therapy guns to exceed 100 decibels. For reference, that is comparable to the volume of industrial machinery in a factory.
Thankfully, therapy guns are much quieter than they used to be. But how quiet are the products we are comparing today?
On a previous occasion, the company told us that the Theragun Elite produces under 65 decibels.
Weirdly enough, we were not able to get a response today regarding the exact decibels that the PRO model puts out.
A support agent named Jose said, “We don’t have this information directly from Therabody but I do show that the Theragun PRO should be around 60-70 dB as per the information that was provided to us by our customers.”
That means we also cannot be sure which of the two percussive therapy guns is quieter than the other, or if they are identical in this regard.
But we can at least say that they are within the same general range. And in both cases, you can expect the sound level to be around what you get running an electric toothbrush.
Ease-of-Use Comparison for Theragun Elite vs. Theragun PRO
Now, let’s talk about ease-of-use. Both products feature an OLED monitor with a force meter (which you can contrast with the LED indicator lights that are on the Prime model).
So, with respect to this category, PRO and Elite are the same.
Comparing Smart Features of Theragun PRO and Theragun Elite
PRO and Elite both are Bluetooth® enabled, so, you can connect them to the Therabody app.
The app lets you:
- Change the speed
- Choose presets
- View recommendations
Not only that, but you can integrate the app with Google Fit or Apple Health for additional recommendations.
So, with respect to smart features, PRO and Elite are also equivalent.
Attachments, Parts, and Accessories
The PRO offers more in the way of attachments than the Elite.
If you order the Elite, you will get 5 closed-cell foam attachments: the dampener, the standard ball, the wedge, the thumb and the cone.
If you buy the PRO, you will get 6 attachments. These include all of the closed-cell foam attachments that come with the Elite, plus one called Supersoft™.
Unlike the rest of the attachments, Supersoft™ is not made of closed-cell foam. The company simply describes it as “An ultra-gentle option for especially sensitive or sore areas, and areas near bones or joints.”
How much value does the Supersoft™ attachment add? That depends on whether it is something you need.
If you are a professional, it makes sense to have an attachment like this, as some clients may find the other attachments “too much” on sensitive tissue. You want to make sure you have the best chance of accommodating their needs.
If you are buying the device for personal use, you will need to think about your own body and whether this attachment sounds like something you would use or not.
If you buy the Elite, you can always grab the Supersoft™ attachment separately as well. So, it should not be your only deciding factor in choosing the PRO over the Elite.
Here is a full list of all components that come with your purchase when you get Elite:
- Protective Carrying Case
- 5 Attachments
- Standard Ball
- Power Adapter
Here is a full list of all components that come with your purchase when you get PRO:
- Protective Carrying Case
- 6 Attachments with Travel Pouch
- Standard Ball
- 2 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries
- Lithium-ion Battery Charger
How Do the Warranties Compare?
The Elite is backed by a 1-year limited warranty. The PRO, on the other hand, is backed by a 2-year limited warranty.
If you want the maximum protection for your purchase, it makes sense to get the PRO.
Plus, since the batteries in that model are replaceable, it doesn’t actually need as much protection as the Elite.
For that reason, we wish that Therabody would consider a 2-year warranty for the Elite as well. But for now, that just isn’t the case.
What Are Customers Saying About Theragun PRO and Theragun Elite?
Customers are effusive with their praise of the Elite and the PRO. They report that both of these therapy guns are significantly quieter than those of the prior generation of devices, and that they do well to loosen up muscles and provide soothing relief.
As far as complaints go, a few customers mentioned attachments sometimes break. The only complaint we noticed specific to one of the devices was that the PRO can be a bit heavy and hard to use on oneself. But this is not a surprise given its larger dimensions and higher weight.
Pricing and Value: Which Product Offers More Bang for Your Buck?
You will spend significantly more money buying the Theragun PRO than the Theragun Elite. Considering cost on its own, the Elite is obviously a better choice.
But what about value? We would say that the major difference between the devices in terms of value is the batteries.
If you want to be able to run the therapy gun continuously for more than two hours, the PRO is absolutely worth the extra cost, and delivers the best value.
That is also true if you are concerned about having the option of putting in new batteries should the old ones fail.
Which Theragun Massage Therapy Gun Should You Buy?
So, now we have gone over how the Theragun Elite and Theragun PRO compare with respect to volume level, batteries, dimensions, ease-of-use, and more. But which one should you consider getting?
There is no way to just recommend one or the other for every user, since individual needs will determine which product offers the better value. But below are some recommendations to help you make your decision.
The Theragun PRO may be right for you if …
- You are a professional who will be using the Theragun on others. If this is the case, the extra functionality of the PRO should be very useful, and its increased weight and size in comparison to the Elite may not make it hard to use.
- You find the battery life of the Elite prohibitive, because you are planning to use the device for extended sessions (whether on others or on yourself).
- You want the higher amount of force the PRO can provide.
- You want the option to be able to replace the batteries should they ever fail.
- You would like the longer protection period that comes with the PRO’s superior warranty.
- You want the Supersoft™ attachment for sensitive spots.
- You have the budget for the more expensive purchase.
The Theragun Elite may be right for you if …
- You do not need continuous runtime that exceeds the 120-minute battery life of the Elite.
- You are not worried about needing to replace the battery and/or like the convenience of the battery being built-in.
- You do not need more than 40 pounds of force.
- You would find the PRO unwieldy due to its weight and size, and would prefer a slightly smaller and more lightweight device.
- You do not need Supersoft™, or would like to buy it as an add-on.
- You do not have the budget for the Theragun PRO.
Ready to purchase the Elite or PRO? Click the links above to get either of these high-quality percussive therapy guns. Enjoy the soothing benefits of Theragun!