Looking for the best inversion table? Read our in-depth inversion table reviews, comparison charts and top picks for 2017 to help you make the right buying decision.
Inversion Therapy has been around for centuries, and the invention of inversion table has brought it to mainstream culture. If you are looking for one, then you are at the right place. We have reviewed the top models out there and narrowed down our search to the top 5.
If you are looking for the absolute best in terms of quality, comfort and durability then, Teeter Inversion Table (EP-960 Ltd.), is the one you should get.
But, if you are on a budget then the Exerpeutic Inversion Table with Comfort Foam Backrest, will be a good buy. It gets all the basics right but lacks any fancy features.
Inversion tables are highly recommended by doctors if you are suffering from chronic back pain. Studies have shown that with regular use, you can eliminate the need for a back surgery altogether. But the important question is, which table you should get. If you are low on your budget you can have a different alternative to cure your back, you can get a good quality foam roller.
After testing out different tables, and consulting with multiple users, we have picked the top 5. They rank in high in metrics like safety and user convenience.
Best Inversion Table for Back Pain
Teeter Inversion Table: It is an absolute beast and gives you the best inversion possible. This is for those of you, who settle for nothing but the best.
Ironman IFT 4000 with Infrared Therapy: If you suffer from acute back pain, then buying this is recommended. It pairs classic inversion with heat therapy to ease the pressure on your muscles and spine.
Best Inversion Table for Beginners
Exerpeutic Inversion Table: If you are unsure about inversion and want to test things out, then this proves to be a good buy. However, you pay what you get for and this will require an upgrade for regular use.
Best Inversion Tables for 2017
In-Depth Inversion Table Reviews
#1 Recommendation: Teeter Inversion Table (EP-960 Ltd.)
This is a star-studded inversion table with the top of the line features that make inversion easier and safe. With all the bells and whistlesTeeter EP-960 sits at the No. 1 slot. Here is more –
If you have purchased an inversion table before, you must remember how big a nightmare assembly was. You don’t have to worry about that with the Teeter Hang Ups. It comes with a DVD manual that helps you get started and also gives a step by step from assembly to exercises. The whole process also takes less than 15 minutes.
However, if you have severe back pain, we would recommend taking someone’s help, as the components are on the heavier side.
Built Like a Tank!
You are going to be in an inverted position when you’ll be exercising on this. Therefore, you need to feel safe and secure. First up, the ankle cups which basically hold your body, are secured by triple lock technology and there is zero movement even at full inversion.
They are also quite comfortable and the added padding makes sure that your ankle and knees have no added pressure.
Next, the frame is built of high-grade heat tested steel. So when you step onto it, there is absolutely no movement, and the frame stays still. Secondly, the performance stays consistent for years and you don’t have to worry about maintenance.
In terms of build and durability, no other inversion table comes close to the Teeter EP-960 Ltd. and being the only UL Certified (3rd Party Safety Verification) inversion table in the market reflects that.
The EP-960 Ltd. scores high in user convenience too with a lot of useful features. Beginners can take advantage of controlled inversion, which basically locks the table at 20, 40 or 60 degrees.
The ankle lock is easily accessible and you don’t have to bend all the way to secure it. To invert you simply have to rotate your arms and the table moves effortlessly.
Next, the contoured bed is intelligently designed to accommodate multiple stretching exercises. You can also make use of longer handles to stretch your muscles while inversion. Longer handles separate the EP-960 Ltd. from EP-960. Overall, longer handles increase the versatility of the inversion table and add to the security too.
Finally, with the push-button release, you can move from full inversion easily. (Helpful for beginners).
The Teeter Hang Ups EP-960 Ltd. is on the heavier side and isn’t that portable. You can fold it up, but moving this from one place to another is going to take time and effort.
At the price, the Teeter EP-960 Ltd. is not for everyone. But, if you are willing to spend on quality, comfort, and precision, this will prove to be an investment for a lifetime. If you are looking for a solution for your back pain, this is hands’ down the best you can get. (It is cleared by FDA after all).
#2 Recommendation: Ironman IFT 4000 Infrared Therapy Inversion Table
If you are on the lookout for ‘something more’ in your inversion table, then this might just be what you are looking for. It blends heat therapy with classic inversion to create the ultimate machine for back pain. Here’s more –
The Ironman 4000 brings Infrared heat therapy to its inversion table. It uses ‘Carbon Fiber Far Infrared Technology’ which transfers heat to the innermost muscles of your back. Pairing this up with inversion helps if you are suffering from acute back pain.
The temperature can be controlled via a remote and you can start with lower temperature settings, and gradually progress.
The Infrared read rays help in blood circulation and muscle relaxation, and overall adds utility to your inversion table.
Comfort and Build
The Ironman 4000 uses a 2.5-inch-thick, foam-based bed. It is by far the most comfortable bed and provides ample support for your back and neck. The heating element is also embedded inside the bed, but there is no discomfort because of that.
The ankle rest is not as comfortable as the Teeter Hang Ups up still you won’t feel any added pressure.
The frame is also constructed of high gauge steel. There is absolutely no movement when you are inverting and the grip helps you do your regular stretching exercises with ease.
Overall, the Ironman 400 IFT is built to last and you can expect the same performance for years.
Just like the Teeter Ep-960, the IFT 4000 is another heavy inversion table. This restricts the portability and plus you cannot fold this. Long story short, this will require a permanent spot in your home.
Secondly, users have reported that the heating element starts to malfunction after regular use. While testing we found no issues but after some time (say 24 months) you might have to replace it. Replacement, however, doesn’t take much time and seamlessly integrates with the table.
If you are suffering from acute pain and looking for an all-around solution under 300 bucks, then this is a great buy. It combines comfort and durability, to give a sweet package to the user.
Inversion Table at a Budget
If you are looking for your first inversion table but don’t want to spend a fortune on it, then we have a recommendation for you. Buying a budget model makes sense if you are unsure about inversion and want to test the water first.
There are two inversion tables right now, which fall into the budget category –
#3 Recommendation: Exerpeutic Inversion Table with Comfort Foam Backrest (best value for money)
#4 Recommendation: Invertio Premium Folding Inversion Table
We decided to put them head to head, and tested them and here are the results –
Build and Durability
The Invertio Inversion table looks pretty with its glossy finish, but in terms of build, the clear winner is the Exerpeutic Inversion Table. It uses 1.5-inch steel which makes the frame quite sturdy. In comparison, the steel used by Invertio is flimsy and there may be slip issues while inverting.
Other components like grip handles and ankle lock are better designed in the Exerpeutic Inversion Table. The ankle lock felt more secure and there was considerably less pressure (on the ankles) at full inversion.
In terms of durability, the Exerpeutic table again performs better with its powdered coating, but both of these models are not built to last a lifetime. If you are going to use them regularly, you will have to upgrade to a newer model.
In terms of comfort, we found the Invertio Inversion table to be a bit more comfortable. It has a wider bed and better quality foam is used.
Having said that the difference is a minute, and in terms of relieving the pain they both get the job done.
The Exerpuetic has a strap for controlled inversion, which again helps the beginner just starting out. Locking your ankles also feel a lot easier in the Exerpeutic Inversion Table with its extended handle.
The clear winner is the Exerpeutic inversion Table. It has a better build, feels a lot safer and takes lesser space. If you need to start out with inversion, this is the best budget buy.
Having said that, you will have to upgrade after some time as durability is the biggest letdown.
#5 Recommendation: Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion Table
If you have a heavy body frame and need an inversion table that is able to support your body without causing any injury, then the Gravity 4000 is the right pick. It is able to do so with rugged construction and performance also stays consistent. Here is our review –
Weight Capacity and Build
The Ironman Gravity 4000 is quite similar to the Ironman 4000 IFT. The latter features a modified design and Infrared Technology. Coming back to the Gravity 4000, it has leading weight capacity among Inversion Tables.
There are other tables out there who claim to have a weight capacity of 350 pounds but after regular use, they begin the crack up. This isn’t the case with the 4000 and is tested to give the same performance at weights above 300 pounds. It can also be adjusted up to a height of 6 foot 6 inches.
We have no complaints with the build and everything about the frame is rock solid. We tested this out with a 340-pound man, and there we zero slips throughout the inversion.
The bed is also double stitched and will stand the test of time.
First up, the ankle lock is quite easy to secure and provide reasonable cushioning and support for your feet. Coming to the handles, they are longer and equipped with an ergonomic grip. Stretching on this is a breeze and the longer handles make inversion easier, especially for beginners.
The lumbar pillow (removable) can be used if you have added strain to your lower back.
Overall, comfort is also taken care of in the Ironman Gravity 4000.
Unlike the Ironman IFT, this can be folded. However, even at that position, it has a large footprint. Moving this around is not easy due to heavyweight.
Secondly, assembly takes time and it is recommended to take an experts’ help for precision.
If you are weighing over 300 pounds and suffering from back pain, then this is the best inversion table you can get. However, if you weigh less than that going for Ironman IFT (LINK THIS) is recommended.
Ultimate Buyers Guide to Inversion Table
Buying an inversion table isn’t an easy choice to make. Your primary goal is to get something that can relieve some of that dreadful pain. Before we get into what all things you should consider and how we went about making our recommendations, here is a brief on what are the benefits of inversion therapy and why buying an inversion table makes sense if you have chronic pain.
Benefits of Inversion Table
Inversion Therapy has been around for centuries and human beings have used multiple inversion techniques over the years. An inversion table is trusted by physicians and doctors, who believe that when the head is lower than the feet, then it automatically decompresses the spine, and pressure is released. This, in turn, is what relieves you of the pain. Here are some other benefits –
When the body is at an angle the natural action of gravity is reversed and your spine is decompressed. It also releases the pressure on the discs and nerve endings. All of this helps in relieving pain.
Lymph System Waste
Our lymph system accumulates a lot of waste from our body and this leads to an excess of lactic acid. However, if you are upside down, you are altering the natural flow and this helps in clearing out the excess of lactic acid. The release of lactic acid and other waste also relieves you from pain.
Blood is circulated to every organ of our body and sometimes blood flow is against gravity. With time this compresses our organs and builds up excessive pressure. Again hanging upside down releases that, and this also helps in better blood flow. Excessive pressure near organs also leads to pain and when pressure is released, you get relief from pain too.
Usually, people who have a high impact workout, experience pain in their muscles after a workout. Lying upside down on an inversion table, elongates and stretches the muscles, and relieves you from excessive pain.
It is debatable, but some fitness trainers believe that doing abdominal workouts in an inverted position can give you better results. This is because your muscles are being worked up more due to an inverted position. However, we would advise consulting your doctor and trainer, before you workout in an inverted position.
This is majorly the top benefits of inversion therapy that you get with an inversion table. Now lets’ move on to how we made our recommendations.
How to Choose an Inversion Table?
Before getting into the technicalities you need to consider your budget. With a higher price you get a lot of benefits, that’ll help you in the longer run. With a budget model, you compromise on some convenience and comfort features, but if you are not sure about the inversion therapy and want to test things out, then going for a budget model makes sense. Now lets’ talk about all the features that you need to pay attention too.
If you are going to exercise and use the table multiple times, them comfort needs to be at a forefront We have made sure in our recommendations that comfort doesn’t take a back seat.
Now, most tables rely on foam to provide the padding but few companies have taken some innovative approaches. Our top recommendation (Teeter EP-960 Ltd.) uses an innovative countered bed that also uses acupressure nodes to maximize the comfort.
The next feature consider is safety. Since you’ll be an inverted position, you don’t want any mishaps to happen. Inversion tables secure your ankles and knees. Since your ankles will be a lot of pressure when you are inverted, having decent padding is extremely crucial.
Also, the tables should not skid as it can lead to fatal injury. We have made sure that our recommendations have no slip issues.
Next up, you need to consider durability. Since you will be using the machine a lot you want it to stand the test of time. A durable table will use premium materials and high gauge steel. A durable build, however, comes at a cost.
Also, if you have a heavier body, you need to pay attention to the weight-bearing capabilities of the table. Excessive weight and height can cause problems while exercising on a smaller table.
Finally, user convenience is another criterion that you need to consider. First up, when the inversion table gets delivered, you’ll have to assemble it. The table should be easy to assemble and should come with clear instructions. Our recommendations won’t give you a hard time while assembling.
Next, a table with longer handles makes inversion easier and you are able to get a better grip.
Finally, some tables like Ironmaster and Teeter tables and have a handle that connects to the ankle lock and you don’t have to go all the way down to secure them.
This is basically everything you need to consider while buying an inversion table. If you have any doubts or want to know more about our recommendations, then you can comment below.