The 8 Best TENS Units
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in October of 2018. If you've been to a chiropractor or physical therapist recently, then you might already be familiar with TENS units. Short for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, these machines give your nerves a short little zap of electricity. This is supposed to block your pain receptors from reporting to the brain, which is why they're frequently used for chronic joint or muscle pain. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
March 11, 2021:
It turns out that the AccuMed AP109 and CNXUS Mini were both highly similar to other models on our list, as well as tough to get your hands on, so we no longer recommend looking for either. Another change we made was moving the Omron Max Power PM3032 up a few spots. While this one has only two outputs on a single channel, its compact size makes it perfect for discreet use.
Many users prefer the sleek form factor and ease of use offered by the Magnetic Therapy Products Nursal, as well as its straightforward tactile controls that make it hard to accidentally raise the intensity too much. Alternatively, the Roscoe Medical TENS 7000 doesn't have the same in-depth mode options as others, but its impressive build quality and precise power and frequency controls make it a good choice for active athletes.
October 25, 2018:
Placed a strong emphasis on ease-of-use when ranking, considering that most users will likely be in pain when starting therapy. Included the Compex Wireless despite its hefty price tag due to the variety of purposes it can serve, as well as its potential benefits for competitive athletes.