Ease of Use
This is the ultimate rule: get in and get out of the equipment without experiencing discomfort or instability. When you pass this, then, you can check this one in particular.
Weight and Height Capacity
Check the product specification if the tether strap, ankle support, and the whole back inversion table are designed to hold your weight. Also, make sure that the whole equipment stands safely tall for full recline, with the backrest long enough to support your height. Most back inversion tables are capable of supporting 6 ½ feet of full body hanging. Buy bigger models if you are taller than that when your whole arms are stretched upwards.
Recline and Inversion
Upon consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, you can have a clear idea of the exact inversion and reclining capacity that you truly need. This way, you can avoid buying unnecessarily fully inverting equipment that is also more expensive at times.
Another important aspect to look at is the control mechanism that will allow users to determine and set the degree of reclining easier, even when the user is on the device. This way, each session of back inversion table therapy will be more manageable and safer.
Those that can recline up to 90 degrees might be enough while the control should be adjustable, at least, by 10 degrees, with a starting setting on 10 or 20 degrees.
Comfort pertains to the whole table: the back support, the head rest, the ankle strap, the leg strap (if available) or leg support, and the handles. For sure, you wouldn’t like to use a back inversion table that is as hard as a rock (which defeats the purpose of back therapy and muscle relaxation altogether).
The backrest should be at least made of vinyl or nylon if not cushioned with foam. The ankle locks/straps should be well-padded to avoid painful friction with your feet. If you are not sure what to buy for, try the inversion table and feel it just like when you are buying an actual bed.
The last thing you want to have in your place is a bulky, non-foldable back inversion table that will take up a space as large as your dining table’s. There are many brands that offer foldable models that can easily fit in closets and under the bed. These are lightweight yet sturdy and compact, just perfect for home use.
Foldable and dismountable back inversion tables are more expensive, but they are totally worth the higher price.
A combination of titanium and strong steel are the best materials for any back inversion table. They do not break easily and stand longer against the elements and external damage. Ultimately, the manufacturer will still be the best determinant in putting these materials to good use, perhaps under developed technologies that underwent a series of trials and testing.
Back Inversion Tables: Safety Features
Is there a locking system aside from the regular ankle straps? Some patented locking systems have double straps or patented molded materials.
Are the foot stabilizers the non-skid type? You wouldn’t like the device to spin while you are spinning in it.
Are the handles powder-coated to avoid grip slips? The device should be packed with features that all aim to eliminate the risks of accidents and discomfort.