What is The Teeter Difference?
“All Inversion Tables the same.” At least that’s what some of our competitors state to convince back pain sufferers to purchase their low cost Inversion Tables instead of a Teeter. But are all Inversion Tables the same? Let’s see what sets Teeter apart from the competition.
Teeter Offers the ONLY Inversion Tables Cleared by the FDA
Teeter Inversion Tables have been listed with the FDA as Class 1 medical devices for decades. A 2016 review of new information and studies resulted in FDA clearance for an expanded list of back pain conditions indicated for Teeter Inversion Tables and a range of Teeter decompression devices.
What does that mean for you? When it comes to your health, you should be sure that a product is going to provide the benefits you expect it to make. An objective, third-party review by an organization like the FDA is a reliable way to verify the benefits that Teeter can provide. Our FDA-cleared Class 1 medical devices are designed to decompress the spine and stretch supporting muscles, indicated for the following conditions:
Back Pain, Sciatica, Spinal Degenerative Joint Disease, Spinal Curvature due to Tight Muscles, Muscle Tension, Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Facet Syndrome & Muscle Spasm
Unlike a vast number of consumer products, there are no adequate government regulations for inversion equipment that mandate essential manufacturing standards. Just as the star rating system indicates the protection your car provides, the UL Mark is the only reliable and independent way to verify the safety and quality of an inversion table.
With no regulations, manufacturers could build inversion tables with inferior materials and cost-cutting techniques. Such techniques include using components made from thinner tubing, cheaper materials and with less of a support structure; seriously compromising quality and user-safety. The resulting product failures (and the seriousness of resulting injuries) prompted the creation of new UL standard requirements. For this reason, users should look for the UL mark for their own protection.
The disparity in product quality among inversion tables was clearly illustrated in the 2010 report published by a product testing firm that specializes in mechanical analysis and forensic engineering. Modeled after the UL 1647 safety standard, the tests were conducted on a selection of widely-distributed inversion table models. In endurance and strength tests, ALL competing models experienced catastrophic failure resulting from torn or broken metal, falling far short of the UL standard. Only Teeter met UL’s safety requirements as seen below:
UL 1647 requires that an inversion table can endure 30,000 simulated user cycles performed under maximum rated body weight without failure. Key weight bearing components tested were the ankle closure, foot platform and rotation from upright to full inversion.
After loading the Teeter to its rated user weight, it remained structurally sound, exceeding the cycle standard by 133% before the test was stopped for time. For comparison, all four competing brands experienced catastrophic failure resulting from torn or broken metal at just 12% or less of the UL 1647 Standard of 30,000 cycles!
Testing to 30,000 cycles may seem excessive, but years of use must be simulated to ensure that you safely invert for years to come! The minimum cycles for one user would assume 2 cycles per user per day, but many people rotate their inversion table far more than twice in a session, especially if they enjoy oscillation or intermittent traction to relieve lower back pain. Using an average daily use of 10 cycles means that every competitor’s inversion table tested would fail after less than 1 year, according to report data!
Not only must an Inversion Table endure many uses, it must also withstand excessive weight. Simply shifting your weight while inverted can temporarily produce far more force than your original body-weight can. Therefore, UL requires that an Inversion Table must hold a minimum of 4 times the manufacturer’s rated body weight (a “4-times safety factor”).
In the fully inverted position, weight was applied to determine the maximum static load each inversion table could withstand before failure. Unbelievably, one competitor actually failed under a load of only 18% of the UL requirement and the strongest competitor failed at only 40%! All fell far short of the 4-times safety factor.
By comparison, Teeter held a load of 120% – that is 4.8 times the rated maximum user weight of 300 lbs. and more than 3 1/2 times the strength of the strongest competitor. The low failure load of the competing tables is especially concerning because the inversion table bounces during full inversion with exercise, causing a potential increased load of 2-3 times the user weight.
What Does the UL Certification Mean for You?
Teeter proudly displays the UL 1647 Certification on all of our Inversion Tables like our popular EP-560 Ltd. as a guarantee of quality and safety to our customers. The results from the Dynamark testing emphasize the importance of finding an Inversion Table that is built to last.
Any company can claim that an inversion table is “high quality” or “safe,” but what does that really mean? How do you know the true quality and reliability of the product you are buying unless it is independently tested and certified? The UL Mark provides you with peace of mind, knowing that every product bearing this symbol has been tested and certified for safety and quality. Teeter offers the only inversion tables listed to UL 1647.