In general, most inversion chairs look pretty much the same, so you may be hard-pressed to notice any major differences in one brand from the next. We only reviewed inversion chairs that we thought were good options but here are some things you should look for in an inversion chair.
Sturdiness, Durability & Safety
A good inversion chair is well-made. When you sit on an inversion chair, you should never wonder or worry about it not holding up. Keep in mind that if you’ve never used an inversion chair, they take a little getting used to, but you should feel balanced and safe (the chair should not wobble).
High-quality inversion chairs have heavy-duty steel frames and rubber floor protectors that keep the chair from sliding around. While a good inversion chair has padded ankle supports to help you stay safely (and comfortably) in position, look for a chair with lap belts if you want a little added security.
For optimal safety, remember to select a chair with the appropriate weight capacity for your needs.
Whether you plan to use your inversion chair a few times a week or a few times a month, it needs to be comfortable. An uncomfortable chair will keep you from loosening up and relaxing, and if you can’t stand to use the chair, you’re less likely to use it, and it ends up being a waste of money.
Adequate cushioning on the seat and backrest are essential for comfort, but it’s also important to look for a chair that is adjustable. If you use a chair that can’t be adjusted to fit your height, you are more likely to feel discomfort and not reap the benefits of an inversion chair.
Remember, a good inversion chair should relieve pain not cause more.
Ease of Use
The inversion chair you choose should be easy to use, especially when you are by yourself. Before you use your inversion chair, read the manual and any other material that’s included and watching a few videos on how to use the chair can be helpful, too.
When trying out your chair for the first time, it’s a good idea to have someone else around just in case you encounter any issues or need some help getting in and out of your chair.
As with any piece of fitness equipment, don’t use the chair when you’re not feeling well, experiencing debilitating pain, or don’t feel confident to use the equipment on your own.
In addition to being easy to use, the setup should be quick and uncomplicated.
As we mentioned earlier, be prepared to pay at least $200 for a good inversion chair. While most inversion tables cost less, you are paying for quality and features in a chair that isn’t in a table.
While it’s possible to find an inversion chair that costs significantly more than $200, be cautious about purchasing one that’s less than $200. If the price seems a little too good to be true, it probably is and isn’t a high-quality or safe inversion chair.
If you want a healthier back and body overall, you need to be prepared to invest a little money into the best inversion chair.
Some inversion chairs fold up, and others do not so it’s important to make sure you’ve got enough space for one (regardless of whether or not it folds up for storage).
If you plan on using the chair on a regular basis, folding up the chair after each use may be a little inconveniencing, especially if you have all the adjustments “just right.” If you don’t want to worry about the setup, make sure you have adequate space before purchasing a chair.
Having the inversion chair set up all the time is likely to get more use than one that’s stored away.
Studies show that inversion therapy is most beneficial at 60-degree angles or more. To get the most from your inversion chair, make sure that the chair is flexible and can move to an angle of at least 60 degrees.
While a good inversion chair should offer a variety of angles, it should also be easy to adjust and start out with small angles. Inversion therapy is safest and works best when you slowly increase your inversion angle; too much at once can be uncomfortable.
Add-Ons & Extra Features
A good inversion chair doesn’t need an extra “bells and whistles.” Since it’s different than other types of fitness equipment, you aren’t likely to find (or need) add-ons like water bottle holders or fitness monitors.
If you do want to monitor your heart rate and other health stats while using an inversion chairs, a wearable device is a great and comfortable option.
The “extras” you should look for and consider is safety straps (such as lap belts), or padded arm/hand rests. Some inversion chairs convert to an inversion table so if you’re interested in that feature, read the inversion chair reviews carefully.
As we mentioned earlier, weight capacity is an important feature to consider when shopping for an inversion chair. Even if you are on a weight loss journey, the best inversion chair for you should be able to safely and accommodate your current weight (not your weight goal).
Selecting an inversion chair with a larger weight capacity is also a great idea for households where the chair might be used by more than one person. The larger the weight capacity, the sturdier and more durable the inversion chair.
When checking out inversion chair reviews, don’t forget to see if there’s warranty on the chair. For more people, an inversion chair is a worthy financial investment, but even things can go wrong with the best inversion chair.
Whether you run into a mechanical error or you simply don’t like how the chair works or feels after using it for a few months, you want to have the option to replace or return the chair. A good inversion chair should have a warranty of at least a year.
Read the warranty details before purchasing the chair and make sure you understand everything or that the warranty seems fair. You may have the option to purchase an extended warranty for a small additional fee.
Like most fitness equipment that you purchase online or even in a store, you will probably have to assemble some parts of your inversion chair. If you have the option to have it assembled for you, it may be worth the extra cost, but if not, it shouldn’t be too difficult if you need to assemble it yourself.
Before you decide which inversion chair to purchase, see how much assembly is required, if there are tools included, and if the directions are clear; you can often download an instructional manual without purchasing the chair.
When you purchase a chair that needs assembling always have the manual ready, count and identify all the parts before putting the chair together. Having someone help you is a good idea, too.
Once your chair is all set up and ready to try out, don’t toss out the packaging or the manual as you never know if you will need to use them as a reference or if you need to return your chair.
Before you select your inversion chair, it’s always a good idea to make sure there’s 24/7 customer support available. Whether you have questions about assembling your chair, how to use the chair, or needs some troubleshooting advice, customer support is essential.
If you’re spending the money on a good inversion chair, you deserve to have adequate support whenever it’s most convenient for you.