When choosing the best inversion table to suit you, careful consideration is needed and this is why we have created this brief inversion table buying guide. This is because you need to choose one suitable for all the needs you may have, as well as be effective and efficient enough.
Whether you want the inversion table to help you keep fit, or just want it for therapy purposes, always find a way to make the best out of the purchase.
Determining the best fit equipment for your needs may be intimidating, and it is for this reason why we have compiled a brief inversion table buying guide to help you make a wiser choice.
Inversion Table Overall Price/Budget
Price does matter a lot especially when buying workout/therapy equipment. You should always be prepared to spend more than expected when purchasing and setting up the equipment.
Most of this type of equipment takes up lots of space, meaning you may have to expand or clear up a room to be able to use it properly.
Inversion tables can be pricey, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should spend too much money on one. You can always find equipment that's affordable and within your budget.
Manual inversion tables are cheaper and can cost anywhere between $100 and $400, whereas motorized ones are the most expensive at over $1,000 upwards. Your budget and needs should always come first when deciding which equipment to buy.
Manual vs. Motor Driven Units
Manual conversion tables work a lot differently than motor driven ones. Motor driven units are the easiest to operate. They have a system controlled unit where you press a few buttons to adjust the whole unit’s angle and position. This is unlike manual units that have to be adjusted manually (which can be tiring for some people).
Manual units do have one advantage in that they require little to no maintenance at all, while motorized ones need to be serviced frequently since they have motorized parts.
Weigh up the two options wisely before deciding what unit to buy or use. Some people will find manual units good, while others will just prefer motorized ones.
Ease of Use and Comfort
Always choose a unit you are comfortable operating and using day in day out. The inversion table you choose to buy needs to be cushioned well, easy to adjust and stable too. For your own safety and ease of use, consider trying the unit first before making the order. It will be easier to decide which the right one is, and which is not. One of the main reasons why you are buying this unit is to find bodily relief, and the inversion table should give you just that, or even more.
Your safety should always come first when using an inversion table. A unit’s safety can be determined by its position, stability and rigidity, meaning its physical appearance and beauty shouldn’t be the main influence on why you buy it. You should always be assured of your safety whether the unit is given to you freely or comes at a cheaper price.
To be assured of your security, examine the unit’s pivots and supportive bearings. Its safety straps should be strong enough and the whole frame shouldn't wobble at all. You also need to check that the unit will support your weight. Manufacturers normally indicate the maximum weight supported by each unit, so be sure to check for that. If you don’t feel safe using a unit, do not buy it and look for a more durable and secure piece of equipment to buy.
Positioning and Operating Angles
When shopping for an inversion table, you will probably notice that some of them are very light in weight and compact, while others are quite heavy. Although heavier units are considered more stable and durable, they tend to take up more space.
Lightweight and compact inversion tables can be durable as well, and take up very little space, hence can be ideal for small homes or limited spaces. It is however your own responsibility to make sure that the unit you pick fits in its designated workout area, and that it is stable in all operational angles.
The inversion table you choose to buy should be able to rotate up to 180 degrees. The ability to swivel to this angle means you can use the unit for more intense and strenuous exercises should you wish. Units that cannot rotate to this angle are meant for moderate exercises, and unless this is what you want, go for the one that turns to 180 degrees.
We hope that this brief inversion table buying guide has made you more aware of the various options that are available when you come to purchase an inversion table.
Always remember to consult with your doctor before trying an inversion table.