A comparison table would be an extremely useful tool in your quest for the right inversion table, because it provides you with a nice, condensed and concise snapshot of the specifications and major selling points of a number of competing inversion tables, so you can tell at a glance which ones offer the exact combination of features you’re looking for at a price you can afford. Further, you’ll be able to see how various tables stack up when compared to each other.
You can sort the data in the comparison chart below by clicking on any of the column headers. Also, be sure to use the search box to filter the data by typing in a particular brand name. Click on any model name to read my detailed review, or click the price range to check the exact prices for the models you’re interested in.
If you have any doubts regarding the meaning of some of the feature headings, check out the “Feature Definitions” below the table, where everything is explained in detail.
If you use this table, I’d love to get your feedback on how user friendly and helpful it was, so that I can continue to refine and improve it!
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Rating – This value reflects the aggregate customer ratings I found at various online portals like Amazon, Walmart, and so on, including some sporting goods stores that had a given model in their inventory. I’ve tweaked every rating just a bit so that it includes my personal observations included in every model that I’ve tested and reviewed.
Weight Capacity – Mostly, this is going to depend on the quality of the materials used in construction of the device, and the weight capacity can vary by as much as a hundred pounds. Low-end devices tend to have a lower maximum weight capacity.
Height Range – Check and follow the manufacturer’s recommend height range to ensure safe operation, and don’t be misled by the scale on the height adjusting shaft, as it could be a few inches longer. A few spare inches are needed for proper balancing of the inversion table.
Assembled Size/Weight – This is very important! You’ve got to closely check the assembled dimensions, because these tables generally have a fairly large footprint and will take up quite a lot of space. You want to be sure that you’ve actually got enough space for the table you’re interested in before you make a purchase! Bear in mind the height too, especially if you have a room with a low ceiling like some garages or basements.
Storage Size – Inversion machines are generally bulky and hard to store. This is a common “sore spot” seen in almost every make and model available. Here, you want to make sure that the dimensions of the folded table will fit under your bed, behind a closet door, or wherever else you intend to store it when you’re not using it. Of course, this won’t matter if you’re planning to leave it up all the time, so some people will find this metric to be unimportant, but for those who need it, it’s extremely important.
Angle Locking – Usually, inversion tables are fitted with a strap or bar that limits the maximum angle of inversion. This allows for easy control of how steep you want to tilt. However, these solutions won’t prevent you from turning back, so they’re useless if you’d like to use the machine for inverted exercises. Fortunately, some machines are equipped with a braking mechanism that can be used to stop the inversion at virtually any angle, and keep it there, allowing for ab toning and other inverted or partially inverted exercises.
NOTE: Most (but not all) inversion tables have the ability to lock out in full inversion and can be used for the most intense crunches, sit ups, and the like. Check out my reviews to be sure the device you’re interested in is capable of locking out in full inversion if you think you might need that feature.