How to Choose a TENS Unit For Your Needs

If you ask people what the best TENS unit is, all of them will give you different answers. Everyone is different, and as such, the best TENS unit for you will depend on your specific needs.

Here are some suggestions for TENS units that are best for certain uses.

Choosing The Right Tens Unit For You

Full Control

Not all TENS units allow for in-depth customization. So if you're a person who likes to have full control you should choose a TENS unit that comes with those capabilities.

Some of the things you should be able to customize are channels, intensity, time, mode, and program.

People respond better to different settings, so you'll be able to get even better pain relief by being able to dial in the exact settings that work well for you.

If customization is important to you, we recommend the TENS 7000. You can read our full review here.


If using a TENS unit at home isn't enough for you, then you need a wireless TENS device. A wireless TENS unit will give you the mobility you need.

Wireless TENS units are small, discrete, and battery powered. This makes them really effective for use away from home. You can use them at work, on the road, or while doing physical activities without anyone noticing them.

The drawback is that they typically aren't as powerful as regular TENS devices and don't have as many customization options. You can read our review of the best wireless TENS units here.


If you're on a tight budget and don't have a lot of money to spend but still want to use TENS for pain management, you're in luck. There are plenty of cheap but still effective units available, some of them even starting from as low as $20.

Here are three models that will give you pain relief without breaking the bank. In fact, all three of these models are under $50.

  • TENS 7000
  • TruMedic PL-009 - The full review of this affordable tens device can be read here
  • Omron Pain Relief Pro

High Roller

If the price isn't a concern or if you just want the best TENS unit on the market, then we recommend the T24AB2 Healthmateforever Tens Unit & Muscle Stimulator. You can read more about Healthmateforever here.

This is a top of the line TENS unit. It is completely touchscreen, a large backlit LCD display, rechargeable battery, and can control up to 8 pads simultaneously.

This is an ideal device for those who truly want the best pain relief that money can buy. You won't be able to find pain relief much better than this.


What if you want more than just a TENS unit? You'll want a TENS unit with electronic muscle stimulation capabilities.

EMS targets your muscles, rather than the nerve cells like a TENS unit does. This makes it excellent at relieving muscle soreness and retraining weakened muscles. (for a detailed discussion of the differences between TENS and EMS, check out this post)

Rather than buying two separate devices, you can save money by buying a multi-purpose device. Here are the TENS/EMS models we recommend.


Side By Side TENS Units Comparison

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