The 5 Best Inversion Tables of 2022 Guide
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In the below list you will find what the majority consider to be the best inversion table options currently available.
All of the inversion tables below have been chosen due to their popularity with buyers and due to their impressive features and specifications. The tables below are also very well rated with excellent reviews to help guide you in making the best decision for you.
For those simply wishing to “test the water” with inversion therapy there are a few low priced options listed that are great for beginners or for those with a limited budget.
For those more familiar with inversion therapy there are the best high end inversion tables that have some great additional features.
Regardless of your prior experience with inversion therapy, all of the inversion tables listed on this page are a very good choice.
If you are unfamiliar with any of the features listed on the inversion tables on our site for eg. what is a tether strap angle limitation system? have a look at our inversion table features page here to find out about all the features found on modern inversion tables.
You may also wish to check out some of our other more specialist inversion tables lists such as the best inversion table for larger users, highlighting some of the best higher weight capacity inversion tables that are great for heavier and taller folk.
Or the best inversion table with heat and/or massage function list, ideal if you desire the added soothing luxury of heat and massage while you invert!
If you happen to land on this site and you are based in the UK some of the inversion tables here may not be available for shipping. You can however visit Inversion Tables UK to view UK inversion tables.
The best 3 ‘high end’ Inversion Tables
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The best 2 low priced Inversion Tables (under $150)
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The Best ‘high end’ Inversion Tables
You will notice the best top of the range inversion tables are usually made by either Teeter or Ironman Fitness.
You will also notice that every inversion table from these two brands is always highly rated.
Whether you are are beginner or a more seasoned inversion therapy practitioner, an inversion table from the Teeter or Ironman range is one of the best choices you can opt for!
Teeter Fitspine X3 Inversion Table
From the Teeter FitSpine inversion table range the X3 is in our opinion the best ‘all rounder’ from the Teeter range.
Following on from the excellent EP-560 and EP-970 inversion tables from Teeter the FitSpine range of inversion tables are a more modern design that have the same great features
We will explain the differences between the 4 Fit Spine Teeter inversion table models shortly after looking at the main highlights of the X3 inversion table.
Specifications and Features:
- Max weight capacity: 300 lbs
- User height adjustment: 4’8″ – 6’6″
- FlexTech bed with 8 pt suspension system
- Folding design
- Folded dimensions: 20 x 28.8 x 66″
- Extra long side handles
- Ergonomic Ergo Embrace ankle supports
- Patented easy to reach ankle lock lever
- Tether strap angle limitation system
- Side traction Handles
- Lower rear stretch bar
- User guide & DVD included
- Acupressure nodes included
- 5 year full warranty
When it comes to making inversion tables Teeter are a company with years of experience.
Teeter inversion tables have been designed to near perfection and have been UL (Underwriter Laboratories) Certified for quality.
When tested against inversion tables from other brands Teeter inversion tables exceeded in endurance, rotation control and they were found to be the easiest to assemble!
Teeter inversion tables are also FDA registered as a 510 (k) medical device.
The X3 Fit Spine Teeter inversion table features Teeters patented FlexTech backrest, as do the all of the other Fitspine models.
The main benefit of this style of plastic backrest is that it allows for more effective spinal decompression.
Where as padded and fabric inversion table beds allow the body to sink into them creating friction, the smooth surface of Teeter backrests enhances the stretch of the whole body and makes it less effort to slide down the backrest and decompress the spine.
This plastic style backrest also provides more stretching options than other inversion table beds, providing stretch grips on either side of the small black padded headrest, as well as one above at the top of the bed.
The numerous ridges on the backrest also allow for a range of accessories to be added to the backrest such as the lumbar bridge and acupressure nodes (included with all of the X range from Teeter). You can find out more about some of the additional Teeter accessories here, all of which are available separately.
Other features on the X3 include extra long side handles for additional help when inverting and reverting and a raised rear floor bar (pictured right) for stretching and stability while inverted.
On the X3 Fit Spine inversion table you also have the EZ reach extended ankle lock lever for strain free ankle locking and additional traction handles for further stretching options and oscillated decompression movement. *These features are not available on the X1 and X2 models.
The main difference between the X3 and the upgraded Teeter Fit Spine LX9 is the boarding platform and arched frame for easier mounting and dismounting from the table.
What makes the Teeter Fit Spine X3 Inversion table a better option than others?
It is clear to see that Teeter really know what they are doing when creating excellent inversion table products and they have years of experience.
It is often due to the high quality that many opt for a Teeter table over lesser known brands.
The full 5 year warranty that is available with all Teeter inversion tables also makes Teeter a very trustworthy and safe brand to consider.
The X3 is packed with very useful features that are rarely found on other models. The option to add lumbar support and acupressure nodes makes the Teeter inversion experience far more expandable than if you were to opt for a more standard inversion table from another brand.
Teeter inversion tables are always very highly rated and we would always recommend taking a look at the buyer reviews at the retailer to see how positive they all are!
You may also wish to take a look at the slightly cheaper X1 and X2 models from the FitSpine range via the retailer. Both are also excellent options but less feature packed when compared to the X3 and LX9.
Many consider the Teeter X3 inversion table to be one of the best inversion tables around.
The precise rotational movement of the table and ease of assembly are certainly massive positives, as is the comfort provided.
In addition to this the Teeter range allow for lots of additional stretching and allow for very easy and efficient spinal decompression.
Overall, the Teeter Fit Spine X3 is a very functional, high quality and comfortable inversion table that the vast majority absolutely love. A near perfect inversion table that is ideal for beginners and for those who are more experienced with inversion therapy.
Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion table
The Ironman 4000 inversion table is listed as the highest weight capacity inversion table available and is able to hold a maximum weight limit of 350 lbs.
However, as you will see in our post the best inversion tables for larger people there are a couple of inversion tables available that feature larger weight capacities.
Despite this the Ironman gravity 4000 is still an excellent inversion table that is feature packed, functional and very comfortable.
Specifications and Features:
- Max weight capacity: 350 lbs
- User height adjustment: 4’9″ – 6’6″
- Open Dimensions: 49 x 26 x 65″ (L x W x H)
- Folded dimensions: 26 x 17 x 80″ (L x W x H)
- Item Weight: 76 lbs
- Folding design
- Ergonomic ankle supports
- Patented ankle lock lever (easy to reach)
- Thick padded memory foam backrest
- Lumbar pillow included
- Tether strap inversion angle limiter
- Extra long side safety handles
- 1 year warranty for frame, 90 days all other components
Many consider the Ironman Gravity 4000 to be one of the best padded inversion tables currently available. It is also one of the most popular choices.
The thick vinyl covered memory foam padded backrest is clearly the main highlight of this large and sturdy inversion table.
You simply have to view a couple of the product images to see how high quality and comfortable it looks, especially when compared to some other padded inversion tables on the market.
Also included is a padded lumbar support pillow, a feature rarely found on other inversion tables that can provide some nice lower back relief while the table is in use.
The other main highlight is the above average weight capacity of 350 lbs. Since the majority of inversion table tend to have average weight capacities of 300 lbs, the Ironman 4000 is a great choice if you are in need of a slightly more sturdy inversion table model.
Other features of this durable inversion table include the fairly standard long side bars to assist in inverting and returning to the upright position.
The inversion table also has a tether strap angle limitation system, a fabric strap that can be set to a certain length to limit the angle at which the backrest inverts.
One last great feature is the extra long ankle lock lever, a feature that makes securing your ankles into the dual molded ankle cup holders an easy and effortless task. You can securely lock your ankles in place without placing any strain upon your back or spine by simply pressing the palm activated lever.
On visiting the retailer there is an option to add a waterproof PVC equipment mat to the inversion table package.
The 79 x 35.4″ mat may be a good option if you need to reduce noise and protect floors while using the inversion table.
However, since the table already features plastic floor stabilizers this mat may not really be too necessary.
Also in our experience, using an inversion table doesn’t cause much wear on floors or create much noise, so the mat may not be of too much use for some users.
Why opt for the Ironman Gravity 4000 inversion table?
The Ironman Gravity 4000 is a very high quality inversion table that is a good choice for a range of users regardless of their body type.
The extra weight capacity makes this table a nice choice for anyone on the heavier side or for anyone looking for a little more stability and durability from an inversion table.
As has been mentioned there are a couple of other inversion tables with higher weight capacities, however these options are significantly more expensive than the Gravity 4000 from Ironman.
The comfort provided by the memory foam backrest is also something many buyers are very quick to mention.
While it is true that the Gravity 4000 inversion table does not have quite as many stand out features as an inversion table from Teeter, it is a very solid and no nonsense inversion table.
Some individuals have even compared this Ironman inversion table to the Teeter range of tables and stated this is a better option overall. Others however, are likely to disagree.
If you are looking for a highly customizable inversion table that offers a range of extra stretching options, you may be better off with a Teeter inversion table.
On the other hand if you are after a strong and high quality inversion table that is fairly low in cost, the Ironman 4000 is one of the best padded inversion tables on the market.
Overall this inversion table is very good value for money and as you will see in the buyer reviews on the product page, there is nothing but positivity from the large majority of users and reviewers.
Exerpeutic 975 SL Inversion table
The Exerpeutic 975SL is an inversion table with a lot going for it!
The high 350 lbs weight capacity combined with the 2.3 inch thick memory foam backrest really make this good looking inversion table stand out from the crowd.
In addition to this, the 975SL inversion table features an excellent inversion angle limitation device that can be adjusted effortlessly while the table is in use!
Specifications and Features:
- Max weight capacity: 350 lbs
- User height adjustment: 4’9″ – 6’6″
- Dimensions Open: 75.6 x 31 x 58.3″ (L x W x H)
- Dimensions Folded: 39.5 x 32 x 74.5″ (H x W x D)
- Item Weight: 74.1 lbs
- Assembly required
- Folding design
- Nylon & memory foam padded backrest
- Optional lumbar support pillow
- Ergonomic Airsoft ankle supports
- Palm activated ratchet lever
- iControl disk brake inversion limiter
- Lower rear bar stretch handles
- Long side safety handles
- Non slip feet
- 1 year limited warranty (manufacturer)
In many respects the Exerpeutic 975SL is a fairly similar inversion table to the Ironman 4000 (featured just above).
The strong and sturdy design makes it a great choice for heavier users thanks to the 350 lbs weight capacity.
While the 2.3 inch memory foam padded backrest and lumbar support pillow provide exceptional comfort while using the inversion table.
Just like many other high end inversion tables the Exerpeutic 975SL inversion table features an extra long palm activated ankle lock lever. A great design feature that reduces the need to bend while positioning your ankles into the table.
The table also features a dual ratchet lock mechanism, this holds the ankles in place in a far more secure fashion making it a safer option over some other inversion tables.
The main highlight of this particular inversion table has to be the Exerpeutic patented iControl disk brake system, allowing for complete control over the angle of inversion.
Unlike inversion angle limitation devices on other inversion tables, the iControl brake system can be used while inverting, allowing the user to adjust the inversion angle within seconds without leaving the table.
This really is a great feature, especially if you like to gradually build up to full inversion during a session and prevent a overwhelming rush of blood to the head.
The brake lever can be locked and unlocked to hold and release the backrest position at infinite angles from upright through to full inversion.
This Exerpeutic inversion table also features Airsoft ankle holders.
One complaint many have when using an inversion table with molded plastic ankle holders is how uncomfortable they can be on certain models.
With the Airsoft ankle holders however the holders fit more comfortably to the shape and contours of your legs and ankles and provide additional cushioning.
The last thing to mention is the lower stretch handles at the rear of the table.
These feature on the majority of tables from the Exerpeutic range and are a nice addition that provide additional stability while inverting and more leverage when stretching out the full length of the body.
Why choose the Exerpeutic 975 SL inversion table?
The Exerpeutic SL is an excellent choice for the larger user, much like the Ironman 4000!
The comfort provided is great and the addition of the lumbar support cushion is a very nice touch.
However, the main reason to opt for the 975 SL over other models has to be due to the features.
The disk brake system is perfect for beginners to inversion therapy and is also perfect for more experienced users who like to vary the angle of inversion.
The fact the brake system can be used on the go, makes this angle limitation system far superior to other systems such as the tether strap (where you need to dismount the table in order to adjust).
The comfortable Airsoft ankle holders are also a good reason to consider this table over other inversion tables.
The Exerpeutic 975SL has been designed really well in order to provide excellent comfort, safety and convenience to the user.
Another bonus is that the Exerpeutic 975SL inversion table is very straightforward to assemble, with many users praising how easy the assembly instructions are to follow.
Overall this Exerpeutic inversion table is certainly one of the better options available if you are looking for a high quality and well built inversion table.
The Best Cheap Inversion Table if on a budget (less than $150)
If you are not completely sold on inversion therapy at present. You may wish to opt for a more basic inversion table for a lower price to see if inversion is a good choice for you.
Due to the difference in price the inversion table options below are not as feature packed as the high end tables above.
However, they are all still very well rated by buyers and certainly effective if you require a simple and straightforward inversion table to use for inversion therapy.
Innova ITX9600 Inversion table
Innova make a wide variety of inversion tables and every table from them often has nice added touches and features.
Out of all the Innova tables the ITX9600 inversion table is clearly the most popular choice and it is also one of the cheapest and well rated.
If you are looking to save a bit of cash, many agree this is one of the best low priced inversion tables available.
Specifications and Features:
- Max weight capacity: 300 lbs
- User height adjustment: 4’10” – 6’6″
- Dimensions: 52 x 28 x 59″
- Item Weight: 54 lbs
- Assembly required
- Folding design
- Padded backrest
- Ergonomic reversible ankle supports
- Adjustable headrest and footrest
- Pin inversion angle limiter (15, 30, 45, 60, 85 degrees)
- Long side safety handles
- True balance system for easy inverting
Considering how low in price the Innova ITX 9600 inversion table is, it has a lot of very nice features.
Firstly the padded backrest, which is always a good addition for providing a little extra comfort.
The Innova ITX9600 also features an adjustable padded headrest. This feature not only provides user comfort but also allow the user to adjust the table to suit there body length and proportions better.
You can also adjust the length of the footrest to further suit your body proportions.
Rather than opting for the commonly found tether strap inversion angle limitation system, Innova inversion tables feature a pin limitation system on the frame of the table.
The pin system allows you to accurately choose which angle your inversion session is limited to by simply placing the selector pin in one of the marked angle holes.
Using the pin system you can select angular increments of 15, 30, 45, 60 or 85 degrees. There is also a holder for 90 degrees which allows for full inversion (as you can see in the image above).
Due to its ease of use the pin selection limitation device is a very convenient safety feature which is ideal for those wishing not to invert fully.
The ITX 9600 also features a reversible ankle holding system. The ankle holders on this model consist of molded plastic U-shaped cups and foam rollers.
Depending on the users comfort preference they can choose to have the rollers at the front of the ankles or at the back as seen in the picture to the right.
As is standard with many other inversion tables, this Innova model has dual long side safety handles for assistance and stability while inverting.
Is the Innova ITX9600 the best budget inversion table?
At the time of writing it is safe to say this inversion table is the one of the best in terms of value for money.
Taking into consideration how adjustable this table is and the extra features it possesses, there are not many inversion tables that match it in price or functionality.
The vast amount of positive reviews it has gained from buyers are a true testament to how good this is as an entry level inversion therapy table.
If you like the look of this inversion table, it may also be worth checking out other Innova inversion tables once you visit the retailer.
While we do consider this to be the best all round inversion table from Innova (and the best value). There are other inversion tables in the range that have additional extras such as heat and lumbar pads, they are slightly more expensive however.
Overall this is a very good inversion table (especially for beginners) that is very well rated and well priced!
Specifications and Features:
- Max weight capacity: 250 lbs
- User height adjustment: 5’1” – 6’6″
- Memory style foam backrest
- Item Weight: 55 lbs
- Assembly required
- Folding design
- Standard ankle lock system
- Long side safety handles
- 4 position rear bar for angle limitation
- Square steel frame
The Body Vision IT9550 inversion table is a fairly standard inversion table.
Aside from the foam padded backrest many of the other features are as you would expect with most inversion tables.
Unlike most inversion tables the Body Vision table does not feature a tether strap angle limitation system and instead opts for a more solid rear adjustment bar.
The rear adjustment bar allows users to select one of 3 angles to recline to (20/40/60), you can also invert to 90 degrees if you wish to not be restricted.
As with all inversion tables you can adjust the height of the inversion table to match your stature and adjust the ankle holders to fit your legs using spring pin selectors.
The ankle holders on this model are foam padded rollers on both the front and back.
The side handles are extra long and allow for additional support and assistance when inverting and returning to the upright position.
There are 3 color options available for this model.
Why opt for the Body Vision inversion table?
The Body Vision inversion table is a very basic model and therefore is a good choice if you are a beginner or someone who doesn’t want to spend too much on a higher end inversion table.
Considering the price and high ratings this inversion table is a great entry level inversion table that is fairly good in quality.
Since the Body Vision inversion table is so well priced it has attracted a great deal of attention from buyers and is quite a popular inversion table.
Many buyers despite being new to inversion therapy have found this inversion table very easy to assemble and very straightforward to use.
Most also complement how comfortable the table is to use thanks to the thin layer of padding.
Overall the reviews and ratings for this inexpensive inversion table are very good.
The only thing for the consumer to decide, is if you would prefer to pay extra to get a model with more features.
It is also worth noting that the 250 lbs weight capacity is lower than most other inversion tables. The height settings are also in a smaller range.
Although there are not a great many inversion tables to choose from on the market, there are some that will suit some better than others.
So what key points should you consider when looking for the best inversion table to suit your own needs?
For more experienced inversion therapy enthusiasts the cost of an inversion table may not be an issue.
If you already have experience using a more basic inversion table then you are likely to be willing to pay a bit more to get an upgraded table with extra features.
However, those who are new to inversion therapy may be a little apprehensive to spend too much in the event that they find inversion is not a good fit for them.
As with many consumer products, the more you spend on an inversion table the more features it is likely to have, it is also likely to be better in quality.
This however, doesn’t mean that opting for a cheaper inversion table is a bad idea as there are some excellent low priced options available as you can see in our ‘best choice’ list above. Just be sure to opt for an inversion table with relatively high buyer ratings (such as the 3 above) to be sure you are getting one of the better low end tables.
The main thing to consider is if you feel it will be more cost effective in the long run to ‘shell out’ for a higher end inversion table. After all if you do choose a more basic ‘budget’ option for $100 you may feel like upgrading to a better table after a couple of years.
When considering the price of an inversion table, also take into consideration the additional features it has to offer and whether these features are worth the extra cost.
Basic and Additional Features:
Do you need an inversion table with a comfortable padded backrest? Or would an extra long ankle lever benefit you?
Ultimately the ability to invert is what everyone is looking for from an inversion table, so are additional features really necessary?
For someone who has an issue with bending over too far a extra long ankle lever may be a great addition, however for others it may seem a little pointless.
Having a heated pad on the table backrest is something that is loved by some users, but on the other hand other users find it a real hassle having to wait while the pad heats up and choose not to use the feature.
Overall what features you require comes down to personal preference and if you feel a certain feature is a benefit to you personally.
Newcomers to inversion therapy may find the inversion angle limitation system is something they want to pay more attention to, so they have more control over how much they invert while getting used to the table.
For me personally, I prefer inversion tables with additional stretching bars and handles to get an extra stretch while inverted, a feature that others may overlook.
We would recommend having a quick look at our inversion table features guide to familiarize yourself with some of the additional features on offer, and decide if they may be a nice idea for you.
If you do decide the additional features are not particularly beneficial, then you could probably save a bit of cash and opt for a more simple ‘no thrills’ inversion table.
Weight Capacity and Height Adjust-ability:
The weight capacity is a very important aspect to consider.
Since you are inverting upside down you want an inversion table that can easily support your full weight without buckling under pressure.
Many inversion tables are able to hold up to 300 lbs in weight, however there are some that can hold greater amounts of weight as you can see here!
Every inversion table listed on our website has the weight capacity clearly shown on the product page and you should never risk using a table if you are heavier than the recommended weight capacity.
Luckily you will find most manufacturers are very honest when it comes to maximum load specifications as the last thing they want is anyone being injured from one of their products.
Much like the weight capacities, the height adjustment specifications for each inversion table are also very easy to find on our website product pages.
On average the majority of inversion tables are suitable for users between the heights of 4 ft 10″ – 6 ft 6″.
If you are over 6 ft 6 in height there are not many options available to you, however the Health Gear ITM 7.5 inversion table can accommodate taller users up to 7 ft in height.
For those under 4 ft 10″, Teeter inversion tables have a minimum height restriction of 4 ft 8″. Other inversion tables from the Exerpeutic and Ironman range also cater for those who are 4 ft 9″ and above.
Inversion tables are fairly bulky pieces of equipment so it is a good idea to check the dimensions to ensure you have adequate space.
In general most inversion tables have a width of around 28 – 30 inches. However they do vary so be sure to make note of the dimensions of the table you are considering.
Width wise an area of 35 inches minimum (roughly 3 – 4 ft) should be fine.
The height you set the inversion table bed to, will determine how much space you need length wise overall due to the swinging nature of the backboard and leg bar.
Therefore if you are taller you will also need more space to accommodate the overall length when using the table. If you are shorter side you can get away with a little less space lengthwise.
You will also need to consider the clearance space needed when you rotate the table horizontally and ensure your ceiling is not too low.
At a bare minimum an area of 3 x 7 ft x 7 (W x L x H) should be fine. However a space of 3 x 8 x 8 ft may be less restrictive if you have the table set over the 6 ft range.
Ease of assembly:
This is a fairly minor point as anyone trying to assemble an inversion table should get there eventually.
However if you are not particularly handy it may be best to read the buyer reviews on some inversion tables to gauge how easy others consider them to be to assemble.
Inversion tables from the Teeter range for example are very easy to assemble. But some of the lesser known brands may be a little more tricky.
Overall this is something that you shouldn’t worry about too much as most inversion tables are fairly straightforward to piece together with a bit of effort.
Buyer reviews are one of the most valuable resources when it comes to getting the best inversion table for your needs. You will often find buyer reviews provide much more insight and information about the inversion table than you will find on the manufacturers product page.
Buyer reviews are also a great way to gauge how each of the inversion tables features enhance the overall inversion experience. On the contrary you can also quickly learn if any of the features on a particular inversion table could be improved.
One example of this you will see is with the ankle supports on certain tables. If the ankle supports are not very comfortable you will soon know it after reading a few reviews. On the other hand, if the ankle supports are really well made and designed for optimal comfort, you will likely read a number of reviews highlighting them as a positive reason to opt for that particular inversion table.
You will generally find most inversion tables are very highly rated overall and should have no trouble finding an inversion table that many agree is a great purchase.
It is however also worth reading some of the bad reviews just to double check if there is anything that stands out. Some bad reviews may highlight you to some design issue that may put you off that particular inversion table, whereas as others, for example, may simply state that the delivery was late and will not be a useful criticism of the table itself.
You will however find that with the more reputable brands of inversion tables there is very little negativity to be found in the buyer reviews. It is also worth mentioning that we only choose to list the best rated inversion tables on this website, so if an inversion table has below average buyer reviews you will not find it here.
Choosing a Reputable Brand:
This point is fairly closely linked with the buyer reviews as you will often find the brands that are considered to be the best are usually the best rated and most popular. There are around 5 brand names that we would consider to be the best / most popular – Teeter, Ironman, Exerpeutic, Innova and Health Gear. We will take a look at each of these brands in more detail below. You can also follow the links to find out more info on each brand and view their inversion tables.
You will also notice that these 5 brands tend to dominate the inversion table niche and this is quite good for the consumer. These brands have naturally gained a lot of popularity over the years and have therefore proven their worth. They have also made their inversion tables better and better over the years and generally have a range of different table models to choose from, from more basic designs to advanced inversion table models with better features.
This isn’t to say that other lesser known brands are not worth your while, however, the brands listed are generally the best rated and the most established. Their inversion table models also have a lot of buyer reviews to read which allows you to get a much better overview before committing to a purchase.
If you want to be on the safe side when choosing a great inversion table, you cannot go far wrong with the 6 best options listed higher up on the page.
In fact the vast majority of all inversion tables listed in our website shop area are all very well rated by buyers so it really comes down to your own individual preference.
You can read up on the features of each individual table and check out all of the buyer reviews on each of the product pages to ensure you get a high quality, effective inversion table!
Teeter Inversion tables:
Teeter were established in 1981 and for the last few decades they have been constantly tweaking their inversion table models to make them some of the best in the business.
Teeter inversion tables have a lot to offer. They always have plenty of additional features and are very well made. You will also notice that they are always very highly rated by buyers.
Teeter inversion tables are listed as FDA registered 510 (k) medical devices and are also UL (Underwriter Laboratories) certified. The 3rd party UL certification was granted as Teeter inversion tables were shown to outperform other top inversion table brands in tests conduced by Dynamark Engineering in 2010.
In these UL safety requirement standards tests Teeter inversion tables were proven to be much better in quality and the best in performance when compared with 4 other brands. They were also tested for strength, endurance and were found to be the most easy to assemble.
Overall Teeter are a company that specialize in inversion products and are therefore one of the “go to” companies when consumers need a top end inversion table. Their inversion tables always receive excellent reviews and the high quality of Teeter inversion tables is often something that is highlighted.
The only downside some folk have with Teeter is that their inversion tables are more expensive than some other brands. However, others argue that you get what you pay for and fully feel that Teeter inversion tables are worth the extra cost.
Best model: Teeter EP-960 LTD
The EP-960 LTD from Teeter is generally considered their best inversion table at present, however Teeter have recently released the upgraded X-series inversion tables so these may soon take the place as the best Teeter inversion tables.
The Teeter EP-960 inversion table has already been covered on this page here, as it is first in our top 3 best inversion tables.
Ironman Fitness Inversion tables:
Ironman Fitness make a wide range of fitness and sporting equipment however one of their main focuses has always been on making inversion tables.
The great thing about the Ironman range of inversion tables is there are plenty to choose from. No matter what your budget or what features you are looking for in an inversion table the Ironman range should have the perfect inversion table for you.
Ironman inversion tables are often very easy to notice due to their large high quality backrests, which on many models are well padded and some offer a heat function also.
The buyer reviews on Ironman inversion tables are also very good and this makes them a very close competitor to Teeter. Some even claim that Ironman inversion tables are better than Teeter inversion tables.
Overall Ironman inversion tables are a great choice if you need a robust option. They also tend to be a bit more affordable than other high end inversion tables.
Best Ironman model: Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion table
This inversion table has already been featured above as our second best high end inversion table. Overall it is a great inversion table at a fairly low price and has a very solid 350 lbs weight capacity.
Exerpeutic Inversion tables:
Exerpeutic inversion tables are not quite as popular as the leading two brands above, however their buyer review ratings are on a similar level.
Much like the Ironman range Exerpeutic have a wide variety of inversion tables to choose from at different prices. They also have a budget option if you are a little strapped for cash.
The best thing about Exerpeutic inversion tables is that they are very complete tables with most features covered. They generally have large backrests and other outstanding features such as the Airsoft ankle holders. The higher end Exerpeutic inversion tables also have a disk brake system which allows for easy angle limitation adjustment even when using the table.
Exerpeutic make a wide range of sporting equipment from exercise bikes to treadmills and most of their products often gain 5 star reviews from buyers making them a perfect brand to opt for.
If you want a feature packed and high quality inversion table at a fairly reasonable price the Exerpeutic range is certainly worth a look.
Best Exerpeutic model: Exerpeutic 975 SL Inversion table
The 975 SL is the top end model from Exerpeutic and is therefore the most feature packed. You can read more about the 957 SL here further up the page as it is featured in our best 3 high end inversion table list.
Innova Fitness Inversion tables:
Innova inversion tables are a good choice if you are looking to spend under $200.
Although Innova inversion tables are not quite as good as many of the top end inversion tables from the 3 brands listed above they are a good choice for beginners who are looking for a more basic entry level inversion table.
Also the most basic inversion table from Innova (linked below) is one of the most popular inversion tables and has thousands of very positive reviews on Amazon.
Overall Innova tables do have some nice features for the price and also have very positive ratings from the majority who buy them.
Best Innova Inversion table: Innova ITX9600 Inversion table
This Innova inversion table is the most basic model, however it is also the most popular and very well rated. This no nonsense table doesn’t have a huge amount of features, however considering the retail price is often very low it is certainly one of the best budget inversion tables available.
You can read more about the Innova Fitness ITX9600 inversion table above as it is featured as our best low priced inversion table.
There are certain questions that come up time and time again with regards inversion tables.
On this page we will cover some of the most common question that are asked by those interested in inversion therapy or by those looking to buy an inversion table.
If you have a certain inversion table in mind that you are considering purchasing, it is also worth checking the product page on the retailers site. In many cases you will find others have queried the same things and other buyers or the seller will have given a specific answer for that particular table.
This page will be continually added to and updated should any other questions spring to mind.
How long should I invert for?
This answer varies depending on how comfortable or experienced you are using an inversion table.
For beginners it is recommended that you start off with sessions that last up to 2 minutes in length. When starting out you will also likely want to use the inversion table at a restricted angle (more on this in the next section).
As you get more comfortable with the feeling of being inverted you can increase the time on the inversion table to 5 minutes and perhaps do this a couple of times a day.
On average most users seem to use their inversion table for about 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Often for a couple of times a day.
5 minutes is plenty of time to allow for decompression and realignment but you can invert for a little longer if you wish. Just be sure to return to an upright position if you start to feel a little uneasy.
Overall there is no ridged answer that applies to this question, however it is considered a better option to do short periods of inversion on a regular basis (eg a couple of times a day) rather than longer less frequent sessions.
What angle should I invert at?
This (like the question above) has no definitive answer and should be determined by your levels of experience.
When you are just starting out with inversion therapy, set the inversion limitation device to a fairly low angle, perhaps below 30 degrees just to be on the safe side while you gain confidence.
If you have a tether strap inversion table that doesn’t have angular markings simply set the strap length to a shorter adjustment and manually rotate the backboard with your hands (while not on the table) to check where the angle restriction will kick in. You can compare the angle to the image to the right to get a rough estimate.
As you grow in confidence and the uncomfortable feeling of being inverted passes over time, you can increase the angle gradually for the next few sessions up to a maximum of 60 degrees. Until you feel ready to invert at 90 degrees with no angle restriction in place.
You obviously do not have to invert fully if you feel uncomfortable doing so and can still get a very beneficial decompressing stretch even while inverting at angles around 60 degrees.
How do you adjust the height on an inversion table?
If you have never used an inversion table before, it may be hard to work out how to adjust it just from looking at product images, especially if they are not zoomed in.
This is a question often seen from people looking to buy an inversion table. However adjusting the height is a very simple process, as you will see once the inversion table is in front of you!
Almost every inversion table I have come across has the same height adjustment device at the bottom of the backrest (pictured).
As you can see in the image to the right there is a height adjustment scale (the black strip) running along the front bar of the table. On the side of this bar are also a row of corresponding circular selector holes.
The thin metal bar protruding horizontally from the bar above is the spring pin adjuster. To adjust the height you simply pull on the spherical piece of black plastic at the end of the spring pin.
Once the pin has been pulled out of the current selector hole it is in, you can then move the footrest connector bar (the bar with the height scale on it) up or down until the height you require is in line with the overlapping piece of metal bar (the square bar above, just below the backrest).
You can then release the spring pin so it springs back into the nearest selector hole.
If this still does not make sense to you, I can assure you that once you have an inversion table in front of you it will become fairly obvious and you will probably be surprised just how straightforward it is.
Am I too heavy for the inversion table I want?
The majority of inversion tables on the market cater for those who weigh under 300 lbs. 300 lbs is generally the maximum weight capacity found on most inversion tables.
There are however a few of exceptions that can hold more weight (350 – 400 lbs), you can find them in our blog post – the best inversion tables for larger people.
If you do happen to exceed the maximum weight capacity of the inversion table you are considering, do not buy it.
It is also recommended that if you are extremely obese that you avoid inversion entirely as you can see in our inversion health and safety guidance.
I am too tall for most inversion tables! What options do I have?
Most inversion tables are suitable for anyone under 6 ft 6″ in height, so are there any inversion tables suitable for anyone over this height?
Take a look at this blog post to find what inversion tables are suitable for anyone over 6 ft 6″. Unfortunately there are not many to choose from.
Can I use an inversion table when I am Pregnant?
The answer to this question is a straightforward NO! It is simply not worth risking your health or the health of your baby.
Inversion table manufacturers will often state this in their documentation and you will also get the same answer if you search on the internet so it is not at all recommended.
Is it normal to feel lightheaded, dizzy or feel pressure in my head while inverting?
It is fairly common for most people to feel a little odd when they start inversion therapy especially if you invert too quickly. Even if you have been practicing inversion for some time you may still feel a little odd afterwards on occasion.
The majority of the time the strange feelings are bought on by the rush of blood to the head which causes increased pressure. It is for this reason that those with high blood pressure and visual health problems are advised not to use an inversion table. You may also feel a build up of pressure in your throat which can occasionally make it hard to swallow while inverted.
If you are encountering any of these problems try lowering the inversion angle to allow your body to get more used to the feeling before increasing the angle.
Also while laying horizontally on the table use the side bars to gently rock yourself back and forth for a few minutes to allow the blood to gradually move to the upper regions of the body. This should hopefully stop any feeling of nausea and dizziness as well as help with the uncomfortable pressure in the head.
As has already been advised, if you are a beginner ensure that you start at lower angles to familiarize yourself with the inversion table and the initial pressures inversion can cause. Also remember using an inversion table for just a couple of minutes, a couple of times a day is fine, should you find the pressure too overwhelming and uncomfortable over longer duration’s.
How much space do I need to use an inversion table?
The majority of inversion table frames tend to measure around 28 inches in width, therefore width-wise an area of 35 inches minimum (roughly 3 – 4 ft) would be advisable.
With the length of an inversion table however you have to take into consideration that the space needed will be far greater than just the length of the base! Due to the swinging nature of the backboard and leg bar.
If you are on the tall side you will also need more space to accommodate the length.
At a bare minimum you need around 3 x 7 ft x 7 (W x L x H) of space. Probably more like 7.5 – 8 ft (L & H) if you have the table set over the 6 ft range.
If you are on the shorter side you could get away with a little less space lengthwise.
One thing to note, a lot of the FAQ’s online quite often state that having 6 ft of clearance space for the length and height of the table is fine.
I however disagree. For example, setting my table up at a height of 5 ft 9″ brings the total length to approximately 6 ft 4 inches when the backboard is positioned horizontally!
Although every inversion table has different dimensions, as a general guide I would suggest an area of around 4 ft x 8 ft x 8 ft (W x L x H) to ensure there is plenty of space no matter what height you set the table to.
My inversion table ankle holders are uncomfortable, what can i do?
On certain inversion tables it is not uncommon for users to complain about uncomfortable ankle holders. It is often inversion tables with the cup shaped molded plastic ankle supports like the one pictured that receive the most negativity.
Personally I have never had an issue with ankle holders of this style and this is mainly because I wear shoes or trainers with fairly thick socks. In addition to this, wearing pants is also a more comfortable solution over shorts as it gives you an extra layer of padding.
You will also find wearing trainers with a thick lace or Velcro area will provide extra comfort and padding.
If you are still uncomfortable it has been suggested by some inversion table users that you could wrap small towels around the ankles to provide further padding. However, buying thicker socks is probably an easier option which is a lot less hassle and should do the trick.
If you are looking for an upgrade in the ankle support area due to uncomfortable ankle supports on your inversion table you may wish to take a look at the Exerpeutic inversion tables. With the Exerpeutic range you have the option of having Airsoft ankle supports that mold and adjust to your ankles.
Teeter inversion tables also feature very good ankle supports that are unlikely to cause discomfort.
Is it difficult to return to an upright position?
This is a question often asked by beginners as if you have never used an inversion table before it may seem that this is a lot of effort.
Anyone who has used a inversion table before will often answer no to this question as it is fairly easy to return to the upright position even when fully inverted.
It is however important that you set your inversion table to the correct height setting. This will allow you to effectively control the inversion table backboard simply by moving your arms above your head to invert and back to your waist to return upright. When the inversion table is set to the wrong height you will either invert really quickly, if it is set too short for you. Or it will be a lot of effort to invert and revert if the table is set at a greater length to you body.
So provided you set the inversion table to the correct height for your body you should have no issue at all returning to the upright position. You will also have the help of the side handles when returning upright and you can often use these to pull yourself up if needs be. Most inversion tables feature extra long side handles so in summary this question isn’t really something to worry about.
Can you use an inversion table to do ab exercises (Sit ups, crunches etc)?
If you are looking for an inversion table that does allow you to do sit ups, a table that features secure lock out in full inversion is preferable such as the Teeter range of inversion tables (pictured).
When doing exercises on an inversion table you ultimately need an inversion table that will hold in place securely when inverted at 90 degrees. If you sit up or raise your upper body at a lesser angle there is often a danger you will swing forward along with the backrest.
In full lock out on an inversion table the backrest leans against the crossbar on the front of the frame past the 90 degree angle (as you can see in the smaller picture on the right) this provides stability and balance and counteracts the force when you lift your upper region.
If you are after an inversion table specifically to do sit ups we would recommend looking at the FAQ’s for that particular model as many ask this question for each model. The majority you will often find are fine however most brands do not advertise or highlight that their inversion tables can be used for this.
If you want to be completely sure the Teeter inversion tables are probably the safest options and actually highlight their inversion tables functionality in this area.
Could you get stuck on an inversion table while upside down?
This is something I doubt regular inversion table users really think about.
It has never been something i have really considered, although it is a valid question, especially if you have never used an inversion table before.
From the general design of inversion tables I do not really see how you could get stuck while inverted, although it may be possible. I guess there may also be a slight chance you could get your ankles stuck in the unlikely event of the ratchet lever failing?
Generally speaking if you set up the inversion table correctly and use it sensibly you shouldn’t have much to worry about.
A lot of inversion tables possess numerous safety features and tables from the more reputable brands are often put through rigorous testing before release.
The most dangerous thing to do would probably be to use a table that is not suitable for your weight capacity. While most recommended weight capacities are probably a little conservative, they are there for a reason!
If you are looking for an inversion table to buy and are worried about the risk of injury, it is a good idea to have a look at the buyer reviews from other customers. This will likely give you a quick overview of how safe the table is considered to be and alert you to any problems others may have had.
Also have a look at the average star ratings given by buyers, obviously if a table has mostly 5 star reviews you can be fairly certain it’s of a good quality.