Inversion Table Reviews: 5 things you should look for
If you’re in the market for an inversion table — especially if it’s your first time buying one — then you already know that it can be easy to drown in what we call feature overload. This is the complete confusion when every manufacturer under the sun is touting every purported benefit of their products. This leaves users more confused than educated.
That’s why we decided to let you know which 5 things you should be looking for when buying an inversion table.
However, we’ve only used these as examples of the fantastic line of products offered in both the Ironman and Teeter range, respectively.
The criteria discussed here will apply to any inversion table worth its salts.
1. Ease of Construction
Ease of construction is important because, firstly, you may have problems with mobility in the first place. Many of our readers have restricted movement and simply can’t handle complicated construction involving heavy parts.
Likewise, a more straightforward construction is going to make any user more comfortable.
You’d hardly want to use a table that took 5 hours to put together and involves 200 separately attached components, would you?
Ideally, a table should not only be straightforward to build, but also require no more than an hour to put together. The Teeter EP-560 can easily be put together in under 60 minutes.
The Ironman Gravity 4000 (possibly the most popular table on the market right now) can be constructed in about half that.
Both of these estimates are acceptable, and both products come with clear instructions on how to assemble them. If you can put together Ikea furniture, you can build one of these!
2. Good Frame with Wide Range of Motion
This is extremely important for getting the best possible use out of your table. Ideally, you’ll want a table that can maneuver up to 180 degrees (a half-circle, in other words). This allows for versatility in how therapy is applied, and also for experimentation so that you can discover which angle works best you during sessions.
You’ll also want to make sure the frame is extremely strong and is rated to whatever your body weight is. A non-skid mechanism helps, too.
For example, the Gravity 4000 has tough rubber non-skid floor stabilizers and supports up to 350 pounds (as well as a 180-degree range of motion). These are all desirable features which will make a genuine and significant difference during use.
3. Pad Comfort
Most tables will make an effort to provide an enjoyable experience, but it’s best to look at the most recognizable brands for an example of what you should be looking for. Again, going back to the Gravity 4000; you’ll find that it has a memory-foam nylon backrest which will not only make longer sessions more bearable, but will also provide security and longevity that you won’t find in cheaper made products.
4. Ease of Use
If your going to be using an inversion table unsupervised, you want it to be as easy to use as possible to actually use. It should be secure while still allowing you to adjust the angle, and your ankles should be firmly locked-in without causing pain or discomfort.
A good table will provide an easy way to lock and unlock your ankles; for example the Gravity 4000 has a Palm Activated system to easily get into and out of the table. While that system is patented by Ironman, you should always make sure competitors have provided a straightforward method that will make beginning and ending your sessions as simple as possible.
Likewise, a good table should provide reliable safety handles. While the added security of the handles alone is nice, some tables (such as the EP-560) go even further by allowing you to “grip-and-stretch”.
This essentially means you can control additional stretching and decompression using the handles. Not a must-have feature by any means, but a nice touch nonetheless.
Lastly, we have portability and storage. When you’re adding a fairly hefty piece of furniture like an inversion table to your home, it’s good to know whether or not you’ll be able to store it out of the way, or even if you’ll be able to move it without great discomfort.
Whether you buy the best inversion table or the worst, you’re going to have an extremely difficult time finding a product that doesn’t have a considerable real-estate footprint.
The good news, though, is that many tables can easily fold up for storage. While you’ll have a hard time fitting them behind the couch, you’ll still notice a significant reduction in their required floor space.
The Gravity 4000 and EP-560 both fold up without any trouble. Due to their sturdy frames, they’re not the lightest thing in the world to move, but if you can do some heavy lifting you should be fine. Otherwise, you’ll need to keep it stationary at all times.
Again, we’re just using these tables as examples, being that they’re two of the most popular products on the market.
In conclusion, these 5 qualities are all definite must-haves when you’re looking to buy a quality inversion table. Ironman and Teeter are both incredibly popular ranges, and produce the most reliable consumer-level tables on the market.
If you’re still unsure on which table you should purchase, have a look at some of our other articles where we take a more in-depth look at specific models and give you the good and bad feedback.
If you are interested in a table that ticks all of the above boxes: