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The Teeter Hang Ups EP-550 Inversion Table represents an valuable bridge between the high priced motorized inversion tables on the market, and the lower priced models that are not of the same quality.
When you buy with Teeter you can generally be assured of a high quality inversion table, and for the most part good service. This table is no different – in comparison to other, non Teeter models, you feel very safe and secure. The table does not rattle upon rotation and nor does it jerk awkwardly as you move backwards. Traits like these are invaluable when purchasing an inversion table – not only can it be extremely irritating, it can be very disconcerting when you are trying to relax backwards if the table does not feel completely secure.
And with the 550, (and other Teeter models, for that matter) you will feel secure. This is also to an extent a drawback of the 550 – it is somewhat less portable than other, lighter inversion tables due to its size and build. It depends on your personal preference, but in my experience it is better to go for security rather than portability. That said, there are few inversion tables that are portable enough to move around a lot.
Not only will you feel secure, Teeter tables have a reputation for lasting. And so they should, they do also come with a 5 year warranty which is great for your peace of mind – especially as they cost so much. The shaft is sturdy and made with triple plated chrome, which is strong and scratch resistant. The 560 and other models do not have this.
Teeter boast that all there tables are very easy to assemble – and that this table can be assembled in just 13 minutes. This is, for the most part, inaccurate. Even with prior experience in setting up inversion tables, you would have to work very quickly to set it up in 13 minutes. As far as inversion tables go, the 550 isn’t particularly hard to set up, but customers do sometimes have trouble. Fortunately, the 550 comes with an instructional DVD which is well worth watching before you attempt to set up. The tools provided by Teeter are a little shabby but they can get the job done – We generally advise using your own tools if you have them. The Teeter does fold down with relative ease, though for the most part you will probably find it will be left out – so make sure you have room for it, and make sure aesthetically you don’t prefer the 560 or other similar models, such as the 950.
The 550 and other Teeter models have a flexible plastic mold surface, which broadens the scope of exercises you can use the table for. Not only this, it does provide greater comfort. If you’re suffering from a back problem, this flexibility does help – you can move and adjust your body so there is a greater concentration on the right area when decompressing your spine.
As with most other inversion tables, there is a weight capacity of 300 lbs and a height capacity of 6 ft 6. Very few tables cater for greater height, but if you’re over 300 lbs you’ll have to look at some of the Ironman tables.
You don’t get the acupressure nodes or the lumbar bridge that come with the 560 (which is 10 dollars more), but you can buy the vibrating infrared heat cover. If this sounds appealing to you, you might want to first check out Ironmans IFT series, the 1000 and 4000, as they come with infrared heat technology as standard.
As can be expected from Teeter, an excellent inversion table that you will be more than happy with. If you’re sold on the Teeter brand, be sure to check out the other models – if you’re willing to spend so much on your table it might be worth going that little bit extra for a few extra features.
You can see the Teeter Hang Ups EP-550 in action in the video below.