Machines sorted by Overall Rating
The criteria used for the comparison chart was based upon information provided by manufacturers as well as customer satisfaction and critiquing by actual users of the machines from blogs to personal experience from those users that I personally spoke to. Reliability was based on numerous factors including longevity, and condition that shipped machine was received by customers. Construction information took into account the materials used for construction of the machine. Plastic components were the lowest rated and stainless steel the highest rated. The quality heading took many factors into consideration, among them user friendliness in design, assembly, overall appearance and feel of the machine and overall design. Performance was judged by the operation of the machine and how well it performed compared to its claims. The supporting manuals, videos (if any), literature, telephone customer support, as well performance lead to the customer satisfaction rating. The final overall rating was based on the average of all the criteria. As I said earlier, I will let you decide which machine is best suited for you. But in case you were still curious to know which machines my friends and family have purchased, I have compiled a short list below and have tried to categorize the people involved so you can find an appropriate match to you.
I get many people emailing me everyday asking if I could recommend a machine for them. It’s very difficult for me to do this as people have many different reasons for choosing to buy a machine in the first place. Some are looking for weight loss, others are looking for a machine to help with their diabetes, osteoporosis or arthritis issues. Yet others are looking for a machine to help with their lymphatic drainage because they want to de-tox. And yet others are looking for a way to tone their bodies or to maintain their health. So its very difficult for me to suggest one machine over the other, plus everyone has a different budget. Some of my readers balk at spending more than $500 on a machine, and others think nothing of spending $10000 for a machine, though I have to say most people are in the middle somewhere and can justify spending around $2000 on a machine that’s actually good for their overall health.
So I created this buyers comparison chart with the intention of letting shoppers choose for themselves based on whats important to them. My job in creating the buyers guide comparison chart was to look at some of the factors that the average consumer may not be aware of. A great number of the machines available today may look very similar to one another because many of the external cosmetic components are made by companies that sell their products to anyone. It is the internal components that make a very large difference in the operation of the machine and its usability and its ability to accomplish the task of what it was selected for. There are ‘Premium’ oscillating mechanical systems which were invented and patented by VibraPro, there is the ‘duo-sync’ patented drive system from PowerPlate, there is the ‘Helio’ drive invented by a European firm and used exclusively in the Pro-ellixe and many more amazing inventions. These are the core internal parts that make a great machine or the lack of which make a dud of a machine. From the outside they may look the same, but buyer beware. I’ve spoken with countless gym owners that bought cheaper machines and have paid the price from the burnt out internal electronics in the no name machines they chose. The proper operation of a vibration machine is very dependent upon the electronics that drive them and cheaper brand electronics will fail under heavy and sometimes under regular use. I want people to be aware of these limitations in no name products. Stick to the top 3 brand names: Pro-ellixe, Power Plate and VibraPro, as these companies use only the best internal components and are pioneers in designing new drive and electronic systems that are used exclusively in their branded machines. They do not sell the fancy trademarked components to other companies, so if you see some other company touting ‘Premium’ oscillation or ‘Helio’ drive, they are not telling you the truth. They are using imitation cheaper drive systems.
Build quality – This looks at how well the machine is built. Do pieces fit together out of the box. Cheaper units are notorious for needing drills and other tools to make the holes line up and often are missing bolts or screws and use cheap screws that strip when trying to put it together. These are things that wont show up in the glossy photos of the machines on their websites, so be careful, unless you are very handy with tools.
Component quality – This category looks at the quality of the internal components. Tiny microprocessors and similar parts are made by numerous manufacturers and quality ones can be considerably more expensive than inferior ones, so this is the first place no name manufacturers of machines will scrimp to save on costs. Motor and drive systems fall into this category and obviously these are major components in vibration machines. Again this is an area where no name machine manufacturers will save a lot of production costs because after all consumers don’t see what’ inside the machines.
Weight loss / muscle strength / bone density / rehab – These categories look at the usability of a machine for that specific purpose. For example the dual motion machines are great for a number of purposes, where as an oscillating machine is generally good for lymphatic drainage increase but fairly useless for building muscle strength. Decide which uses are important to you and see which machines score high in their respective categories.
Overall rating - Looks at all the criteria and averages out the results. Keep in mind that dual motion machines have an advantage here as their inherent design lets them easily score high in many categories so they will automatically get very high rankings.
I gave typical school grading marks for all categories as we are familiar with the difference between an A and a D, plus a lot of you complained about the smiley faces from my previous comparison table.
I have found a really good comparison guide video on the internet that clearly explains the different styles of machines. I recommend you view it at Whole Body Vibration Machine Buyers Guide.
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