The 10 Best Massagers of 2021

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager at Amazon

"Usable at home or on long car drives, its reverse-rotating nodes work to get through any kinks in your back or neck."

Best Budget: Koolsen Peanut Massage Ball Set at Amazon

"An affordable choice if you don't mind a manual massage, the non-toxic set easily fits into a gym bag or purse for on-the-go use."

Best for Feet: Renpho Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat at Amazon

"While some options only soothe your soles, this pick covers both feet entirely, targeting your heel, arch, midfoot, and forefoot."

Best Massage Gun: Theragun Pro at Amazon

"If you prioritize versatility, you’ll appreciate the six attachments and five speeds so no session will be the exact same."

Best for Neck and Shoulders: Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager at Amazon

"Perfect for treating your shoulders in addition to your back, neck, or thighs, it features both heat and Shiatsu functions."

Best Massage Chair: Real Relax Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair at Amazon

"Along with eight massage rollers, it includes a built-in heater, zero-gravity setting, and Bluetooth connectivity."

Best Massage Mat: Snailax Vibration Massage Mat with Heat at Amazon

"Sectioned by body region, the mat includes five massage zones, four heating pads, and three levels of intensity."

Best for Scalp: Maxsoft Hair Scalp Massager at Amazon

"Upgrade your shower routine with this manual pick, which simultaneously massages the scalp and promotes blood flow."

Best Portable: Renpho Rechargeable Handheld Massager at Amazon

"Ideal if you’re constantly on-the-go, the portable, cordless option features four percussion modes for customizable intensity."

Best for Hands: Lunix LX3 Electric Hand Massager at Amazon

"Gift your hands some "R&R" with the Lunix LX3, which has multiple intensities to choose from and a heat function."

Finding ways to help your body unwind and recover after a long day of work, workouts, and general life obligations can do wonders for your mental health. If meditation or yoga isn’t your preferred method of relaxation, there are multiple internal and external health benefits from massage therapy—which can help to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and improve quality of life.

You don’t need an in-house masseuse (or a spa appointment) to receive the benefits and can easily add a massager—from a gun to a mat—to your self-care routine for some instant relief. 

Ahead, the best massagers for all the areas of your body you want to target.

Best Overall: Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

If you’re prone to back or neck stiffness, Zyllion’s Shiatsu Massager uses reverse-rotating nodes to get through all the kinks. The nodes change direction every minute, so it’s sure to target every area. While the massager’s ideal for the back and neck, it can also be used on your arms, feet, and legs. For added relief, turn on the heat function for better circulation. 

The massager was designed with long car drives in mind as it includes straps to attach to a car seat and an adapter. One caveat is that it needs to be plugged in, so while it’s portable, you’ll need to be close to a wall plug. 

What Our Editors Say

"This heated back massager feels like heaven when your muscles are sore after an intense workout, or just from sitting at your desk for too long. I love the multiple massage modes and the ability to choose to add heat or not. The cushion doesn’t feel uncomfortable to sit against and delivers a deep-tissue massage, rather than just scratching the surface like so many other massagers. I initially bought this for my mom for her birthday and she liked it so much that I decided to get one for myself as well!" Isabella Broggini, Commerce Editor, Verywell Fit and Mind 

Best Budget: Koolsen Peanut Massage Ball Set

If you don’t mind a manual massage that involves some effort on your part, Koolsen’s Peanut Massage Ball Set proves a cost-effective choice. The portable, non-toxic set can easily fit into a gym bag or a purse, making it perfect for on-the-go use. 

If you’re sore from a particularly strenuous workout, simply use your body weight to soothe muscle knots or soreness. The massage balls can be used from head to toe, so you can target your neck, shoulder, chest, arms, or back. When they’re in need of cleaning, they just have to be rinsed with water. Available in multiple colors, it comes in a 3-pack.

Best for Feet: Renpho Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat

Sometimes, thick socks just don’t cut it in keeping your feet warm. And chances are, if your feet are cold, it won’t help if the rest of your body is warm. If you tend to experience poor circulation, which is more likely if you have a sedentary lifestyle, you’re sure to benefit from a heated foot massager.

While some foot massagers only soothe the soles of your feet, Renpho’s Shiatsu Foot Massager covers both feet entirely, targeting your heel, arch, midfoot, and forefoot. Choose from a 15 or 30-minute session and three intensity levels for knead and air intensity. If you’re only looking for some kneading and rolling, especially during the warmer months, you can choose to have the heating function off. 

If you plan on sharing the massager within the family, the piece features removable liners that can be cleaned after each use. The massager measures 9.8 x 16.8 x 15.3 inches, making it suitable to fit under most desks or in front of the couch. It’s accommodating of most foot sizes, up to a men’s size 12.  

Best Massage Gun: Theragun Pro

Theragun Pro

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One of the veteran products to kick off the massage gun trend, the Theragun Pro is a pioneer for a reason. If you prioritize versatility, you’ll appreciate the six various attachments and the five built-in speeds so no session will be the exact same. 

It’s complete with two batteries, with a total of 300 minutes of battery life, and weighs close to three pounds so you can take it with you on all of your stops throughout the day. It also boasts an amplitude that reaches 60% deeper into muscle compared to others on the market—so you can quickly bounce back from sore rest days.

Best for Neck and Shoulders: Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

While it may look like a scarf at first glance, it does much more than keeping your shoulders warm. Complete with three levels of intensity, Naipo’s Shiatsu Massager features both heat and Shiatsu kneading functions.

Primarily originating from Japan, the Shiatsu technique focuses on pressure points, aiming to restore balance in the body. While it’s ideal for shoulders, it can also be used on your back, neck, or thighs.

Best Massage Chair: Real Relax Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair

This massager may give your favorite lounge chair a run for its money—it’s a great choice if you enjoy multiple features in one, and don’t mind a little assembling. In addition to eight massage rollers, Real Relax’s Zero Gravity Massage Chair includes a built-in heater, zero-gravity setting, and Bluetooth connectivity. Customization is prioritized with this pick, which is complete with an adjustable reclining angle, six modes, and three levels of roller speed. 

No body region is left out with this massager, which has 50 airbags placed in the shoulder, arm, seat, and leg areas of the chair. Measuring 29.9 x 49 x 53 inches when upright, the chair is available in three color combos.

Best Massage Mat: Snailax Vibration Massage Mat with Heat

If you prefer a full-body massage, Snailax’s Vibration Massage Mat allows you to customize the experience by region of the body. Sectioned by leg and thigh, lower back, mid-back, and shoulder and upper back, the mat includes five massage zones, four heating pads, and three levels of intensity. Composed of polyester, it reaches a maximum temperature of 124°F. 

Complete with a remote, the mat measures 12 x 57 x 24 inches and is 1.57 inches thick. It can be propped up in a sitting position or laid down horizontally, so you can choose to lay it on the floor, the couch, the bed, or your favorite chair. The mat is also attached to a plush pillow so we won’t blame you if you fall asleep—and if you do, the mat automatically shuts off after 30 minutes for safety. It also easily folds up when it’s not in use, making it a great portable option for travel

Best for Scalp: Maxsoft Hair Scalp Massager

Upgrade your shower routine with Maxsoft’s Scalp Massager, which simultaneously massages the scalp and promotes blood flow—which is especially beneficial if you’re in the midst of growing out your hair. Designed with a convenient handle, the waterproof brush is gentle on the scalp and safe to use on wet hair, so no need to worry about tangling. 

Aside from the massage benefits? It exfoliates the scalp, helping manage dandruff, and fully works in your shampoo so you can get that post-salon, deep clean feeling.

What Our Editors Say

"I use this scalp massager every day in the shower after I condition my hair. Not only does it feel amazing on my scalp and instantly relaxes me, but it also increases blood flow to my scalp, which experts say helps with hair growth. I can’t attest to whether or not it has helped me with hair growth, but I can say that my hair looks healthier since I started using it! I love that the handle is easy to grip, even when your hands are slippery and soapy." Isabella Broggini, Commerce Editor, Verywell Fit and Mind 

Best Portable: Renpho Rechargeable Handheld Massager

If you’re constantly on-the-go, a portable massager may be your best bet. Renpho’s Handheld Massager features five various head-attachments, including round, one-point, three-intensive, three-point, and curved, so you can target different body areas. Its four percussion modes allow for customizable intensity based on your body’s needs or region. 

Lasting 140 minutes on a full charge, it’s complete with an extra-long, ridged silicone handle to prevent any slipping. Even better? It’s cordless so there’s no need to maneuver around with wires or be near an outlet. 

Best for Hands: Lunix LX3 Electric Hand Massager

Chances are you’re constantly using your hands. Whether you're constantly typing on a keyboard, using your phone, or regularly do manual labor, your hands are most likely in need of some rest and relaxation. The Lunix LX3 gives the relief your joints need by improving circulation. This massager is complete with six intensities, two vibration modes, and one heat function, which reaches up to 120°F in minutes.

With six massage modes, you can choose for the massager to localize on your wrist, fingers and palm, or full hand. Though you can only massage one hand at a time, this massager is compact and portable weighing only 2.3 pounds and boasting no cord. As a perk, the massager comes with a manual finger massager. 

Final Verdict

Portable, cordless, and complete with minimal noise and lengthy battery life, the Theragun Pro (view at Amazon) checks all of the boxes. The splurge-worthy pick makes it easy for you to squeeze in massage sessions no matter where you are without disturbing those around you. And whether or not you’ve spent all day on your feet, Renpho’s Shiatsu Foot Massager (view at Amazon) delivers a versatile experience that’s accommodating of most sizes. 

What to Look For in a Massager

Manual vs. Electric:

While manual massagers tend to be more affordable, an electric choice may be better suited for you if you prefer exerting less effort and want high impact. Electric picks may or may not be cordless, so consider where you’re likely to use a massager most. 

Battery:

Many options will have an auto-shutoff feature after a certain amount of time for your safety, especially if there’s a heat function. If you expect to use a massager for a while in between charges, you may prioritize generous battery life. 

Noise Control:

Consider your daily environments when choosing a massager. Manual pieces have little to no noise, making them ideal for office or gym use. Battery-operated massagers with motors are likely more suitable for usage at home. Meanwhile, if you’re looking to target areas near your ears, like your shoulders, a quieter piece may be more ideal.  

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Tori Zhou is a writer and Associate Health Commerce Editor at Verywell. She enjoys staying up-to-date on wellness trends and products, with a focus on holistic health. The Maxsoft Hair Scalp Massager (view on Amazon) is a shower essential of hers.

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