The vibration machines in this price range are usually 1 to 2 amps and 200 Watt (input) power. These have about 1/3 horsepower and are great for circulation and light lymphatic drainage. These can be fine for very light people but heavier people will find these bog down when leaning on their heels. Most machines in this category are sold on Ebay and most of the companies selling these rarely post a phone number. The high speed on these machines feels more like a $199 dollar foot massager at Brookestone. The machines in this range (which I do not have reviews on my site) are the Crazy Fit and Confidence.
$999 to $1599 range:
These are a step above the budget brands and are good for circulation in the legs and for lighter people it they usually have enough amperage to give a little more pop than the budget brands. These still are too weak for heavier people (over 200 pounds). The machines in this price range usually have 1/2 to 3/4 horsepower. The machines produce more of a push. The G force is more spread out over the entire acceleration as the motor is not strong enough to push through the weight of a heavy person on their heels. The models in this range are the 300 watt spirals and most of the machines I see at home and garden shows. They are good enough to make you feel good in the morning when you wake up but don't really have any therapeutic effects I've found. Standing on the tippy edge on the plates in this range sometimes causes bog down.
$1599 to $2199
These are the start of a high quality residential vibration machine. These usually have enough power for lymphatic drainage but they do not have enough amperage and power for bone density and high acceleration training. Machines like the Forever Fit 2N1 is a good example of a machine in this range. They are good but they just lack what a light commercial machine offers. Many people get machines that retail in this price range but always feel like they need more power. The tilt tables and bearings in this range may need to be replaced more often as they can get noisy.
$2199 to $2899
These are the light commercial machines that people will find in a chiropractic clinic or a small personal training studio. These have enough power for the heaviest people standing on their heels without bogging down. The machines toward the high end of this price range have have super high amperage (over 4 amps) and can be run all day without having to wait for cool down.
At the low speeds these machines are powerful enough to work from motor power and not just momentum from the moving plate. The Vmax Pulser, Hypervibe, Zaaz 20K, and VibePlate are good examples of machines in this range.
These are the commercial grade machines. They are able to handle abuse. The VivoVibe 460 is a good example of a machine in this range. There is no plastic skirt. The buttons on the control panel prevent any liquid from spilling inside the buttons. The machines in this range are often up to 500 pounds. The Vibraflex and Hypergravity machines are other examples. They are able to be run 24 hours a day constantly and can lift around 500 pounds unlike the light commercial machines that usually lift up to 350 pounds.
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