Teeter Hang Ups manufactures the most reliable inversion tables available on the market today. They don’t come as cheap as some other brands, but through extensive testing and quality manufacturing you get plenty of bang for your buck.
In this article we will analyze Teeter’s safety standards and also introduce you to the two key models in the Teeter inversion table lineup.
The single most important concern when purchasing an inversion table, way before comfort or ease of use comes into play, is safety. On an inversion table, you are practically helpless, often hanging upside down with only the construction quality of the table between you and crashing down on your head. Safety therefore is crucial.
This equipment is designed to help you relax and release tension in your muscles. If you don’t feel safe, you will always be tense and get very little value from using the equipment. Therefore the high safety factor of Teeter inversion tables is an important consideration.
Teeter Hang Ups inversion tables adhere to the UL1647 testing standard. In order to be UL1647 certified, the product must be able to hold at least 4 times the manufacturer’s rated body weight. This means that only the most safe, sturdy and durable products have any chance to enjoy this certification. As of right now, Teeter remains the only inversion table in the world that is UL1647 tested.
This quality of construction also means that a Teeter Hang Ups inversion table will very likely outlast the competition.
While many table brands need to be assembled from scratch by the user, Teeter inversion tables come largely pre-assembled. A Teeter table can be assembled in as little as 13 minutes, while most other brands average around an hour for assembly. To further aid the assembly process, Teeter includes a DVD that walks you through the process from start to finish. This is a lot more helpful than printed instructions, which often leave a lot to be desired.
Teeter has brought many innovations and unique features to the market.
In their EP-560 and EP-960 models, you get the new ComforTrak bed, which is unlike anything available on any other brand of inversion table. These beds allow you to add and remove acupressure nodes and a lumbar bridge for additional lower back support at will, thanks to a smart slotted design. The bed also flexes and moves with your body, enabling a greater range of motion and more effective stretching.
These tables also feature an Ergo-Embrace ankle clamp system, which is arguably the most comfortable on the market. The EP-950/960 models have taken this one step further with a comfortable and easy to use ratchet clamping system, including an easy to reach lever for locking and unlocking the ankle supports.
So, what Teeter inversion table should you get? Let’s look at the two models you should consider.
This model, released in 2012, features the innovative ComforTrak bed which we already mentioned above. It is also the model you’re likely to have seen advertised on TV.
The smooth surface of the ComforTrak bed allows easy movement to help you decompress your spine and joints. It features a range of slots for the acupressure nodes and lumbar bridge, as well as an adjustable pillow that you can set to accommodate your height perfectly.
You get Ergo-Embrace ankle cups, which are more comfortable than the padded bar design on the previous EP-550 model.
The secure lock-out feature makes it possible to safely do inverted exercises, such as crunches, while fully inverted. The table supports a maximum weight of 300 pounds, and a maximum height of 6’6″. This is a fantastic inversion table, with the one drawback that you have to bend down quite low to secure the ankle clamps.
The EP-950 and EP-960
The EP-950 was the previous flagship model of Teeter’s EP series of inversion tables. It offers you 4 unique features that are well worth the extra investment. First there are the larger, padded handles. Next, the EZ Angle tether strap helps you to easily preset the table to angles of 20, 40 or 60 degrees. Traction handles have been added to aid you in doing a more effective stretching routine.
Finally, and most significantly for those who have trouble bending over, this model features a new ankle lock system that can be reached and locked with ease. It is also the most comfortable ankle lock system in the series.
The EP-950 has been updated to the new EP-960 model, which now includes the slotted ComforTrak bed, with slots for acupressure and lumbar bridge accessories.
If your budget can handle it, you won’t regret purchasing a Teeter Hang Ups inversion table. Both of the above models will do the job, but the additonal features on the EP-950 and EP-960 are well worth considering.