Innova Fitness ITX9600 Review

Editor rating

4/5 on January 6, 2016

User's rating

796 reviews

PROS

Comfortable 2-inch padded backrest & headrest

Longer grip handles

Safety pin feature

Heavy duty steel holds up to 300lbs

One of the most affordable

CONS

Ankle padding (see details below)

You might not have tried inversion before and are looking for the best inversion table brand only to find out that the best brand is very expensive. Inversion tables are perhaps one of the most practical instruments we can invest on for our overall health. However, a price tag of $300 to $400 do not always appeal for starters.

If you’re just starting with inversion and would like to own a quality product for half the price of the high-end brand, the Innova ITX9600 is the inversion table for you.

The Innova Fitness ITX9600 may be attractive because of its price, but it doesn’t only win for its affordability. This inversion table has extra comfort and security features not common in the expensive models in the market today.

2 Inches Memory Foam Padded Backrest Support

The padded backrest is what truly sets the Innova ITX9600 apart from the other top-of-the-line inversion tables. As compared to Teeter, which is the pioneer manufacturer of inversion tables, ITX9600’s table is not only cushioned by 2-inch memory foam, it features a padded headrest/backrest for a more comfortable neck and head support while lying on the table.

Some people who are suffering from sciatic nerve problems often experience pain after lying on a hard, flat surface. If you have neck or upper back problems, you will greatly benefit from the comfort the padded backrest offers. Older people or those who have sensitive backs don’t always prefer lying on a hard surface, and the padded backrest works well in ensuring comfort.

​Foam Roller Ankle Support for Comfort

The padded ankle slots are easily adjustable and are made out of thick foam rollers for a comfortable ankle grip while inverting.

Ankle support is especially useful during inversion because it holds most of your weight. The padded ankle slots are easily adjustable and are made out of thick foam rollers for a comfortable ankle grip while inverting. The ankle support is almost as good as Teeter Hangups and works best if you weigh less than 200lbs and have no joint or ankle problem.

There are cases of people feeling uncomfortable with the ankle cushions, with requests for even more padding around the ankles. This is a common problem for those who have arthritis, bad or weak joints or are overweight.

The ITX9600 presents thick foam rollers with a release pin to lock easily and release the ankle support. The foam rollers are placed an inch above the ankle joints to securely lock your foot in place. The ankle support is easy to use. You just slip in your foot and adjust the ankle lock. To release, simply pull the release pin.

Many people see the ITX9600’s ankle support to be almost as good as Teeter’s. There are only a few people who complain about the ankle holders, but most of them either suffer from bad ankles or weigh more than 200 pounds. The ankle holders will hold most of your weight, so the ankle support is perhaps one of the most important things to consider. If you have arthritis or joint problems, it is important that you consult your physician first before using inversion tables. Inversion is typically uncomfortable in the ankles for those who are heavier, especially if you go past 40 degrees on tables that have thin ankle foam rollers.

Ergonomic Non-slip Grip Handles

The touch foam handlebars are perfectly situated, longer and have a good size for gripping. It should take you minimal effort to pull back up by slightly bending forward while gripping the handles. The touch foam material has a non-slip finish that works even for those with sweaty hands.

Ease of Assembly and Tools Provided

The table is easy to assemble. It should take you only about an hour to set it up. The instruction manual is easy to understand, and the steps are well-outlined and easy to follow for the regular user.

Assembly tools are provided with your purchase. However, the quality of the tools is cheap and for one-time use only. This may affect your assembly time, so I recommend that you use your own 13mm wrench to assemble this table.

Guaranteed Heavy Duty Steel Frame Tubing

ITX9600 is made with sturdy heavy duty tubular steel frame. The frame has a scratch-resistant powder-coated finish that increases its durability. To keep the steel’s quality, it is recommended that you store it indoors after using. Just like any other material made of steel, if it gets wet, it can rust over time.​

Up to 300lbs Table Capacity

This table can accommodate anyone who's 4'10 to 6'5 in height and up to 300lbs in weight.

The Innova Fitness ITX9600 supports up to 300 pounds of user weight. Anyone who’s 4’10 to 6’5 in height and up to 300 pounds in weight can use this inversion table safely without problems.

I do not recommend this inversion table if you weigh more than 300 pounds. Although the material is sturdy and made of heavy duty steel frames, it is made specifically for certain height range and may break and cause accidents if used by someone over the specified limit.

The inversion table weighs 54 pounds. You should consider the weight of the table and your weight combined and make sure that you use this table on a strong, flat surface to avoid accidents.

Notable Features

  • The grip is longer than most inversion tables in the market which makes it easier for you to get back up.
  • The 2-inch foam padding makes it more comfortable and the headrest friendly for those who have a bad neck.
  • The one year warranty is decent for its affordable price.

Verified Buyer Scores and Ratings

The Innova ITX9600 Deluxe Inversion Table holds an impressive average rating of 4.5 stars over 5. Out of the whole 796 verified buyer reviews, 724 gave it 5 stars, 173 gave it 4 stars, 32 gave it 3 stars, 17 gave it 2 stars and finally 23 gave it 1 star. Here are some common features most of these buyers liked about the product:

Up to 170 Degrees Inversion Angle

Unlike other top inversion table models, this does not support full inversion. The maximum angle this table holds is 170 degrees and is mostly preferred by those who want tables that aren’t designed for full inversion. If you experience headaches, mild motion sickness or panic during full inversion, this table is for you.

If you think your case is severe, always consult your physician before using this table.

The 170-degree angle will still reap the spinal decompression benefits that you can get when you fully hang upside-down. The only difference would be for pro users who use these tables for ab exercises like upside-down crunches or pull-ups.

For starters, small angle inversion is the best way to go. If you’re uncomfortable with an almost full inversion, you can limit your angle to at least 20 degrees using the metal pin stopper.

Easy Angle Control and Safety Limits

Other inversion tables would allow you to put an angle limit using straps. The Innova ITX9600 enables you to limit your angles using a four-position metal pin, which most people prefer to be more secure than a strap. For small angle inversion, the initial limit is 20-degrees while the maximum limit is 80-degrees beyond parallel.

The angle limit is most useful if you’re just starting out and would want to start at small angles. Those who are experiencing motion sickness that worsens during high angle inversions also benefit from limiting the inversion angle to a certain degree.

One Year Warranty

If you find material or workmanship defects when the item is purchased, you can contact the manufacturer to take advantage of your warranty. Inversion tables can’t escape wear and tear, especially with regular use. If you encounter problems with your table within the one-year coverage, you can expect professional repair from an Innova specialist. Call the manufacturer support number that you can find in the manual to ask if your issue is covered by their warranty.

The warranty is non-transferrable and can be availed by the signed purchaser. If you’re planning to give this table as a gift, you must inform the receiver to contact you should they encounter problems with the table’s parts or would want to have the table repaired within the one-year coverage.

You can contact their support to avail the warranty.

Supports up to 6’6 in height

This inversion table can accommodate users from 4’10 to 6’6 in height. Anyone below 4’10 can’t use this inversion table. This inversion table has the standard height limit for most inversion tables in the market.

The simple mechanism behind an inversion table is that it balances on a fulcrum, and you can easily adjust your angle using small arm movements.

Adjust the table to your height so you can easily make angle adjustments using hand movements. The inversion table won’t be as useful when you’re shorter than 4’10 because the length of the table can’t go that far to be perfectly balanced on the fulcrum as you swing your arms.

If you’re over 6’6, I don’t recommend that you use this table. It’s crucial to comply with their height limits to avoid head injuries. If you’re over the height limit, there’s an enormous chance that your head will hit the floor during full inversion. I recommend that you use inversion tables outdoors. Use your table where there are enough leg room and the ceiling accommodates your height while inverting to avoid hitting the ceiling. Typical low ceiling homes are of course higher than 6’6, but if you plan to use this in the basement gym, attic or garage, make sure you have enough space to avoid serious injuries.

Cons

While certainly not applicable to the majority, one problem a few users encountered with the Innova ITX9600 Deluxe Inversion Table concerns the ankle padding or holders. One user advised a way to avoid this issue. If you have joint pains, consult your physician first before using Inversion tables. Since the ankle rollers hold most of the weight, it can be painful to those with bad joints especially if they go past 40 degrees.

Another issue most users encounter with Innova ITX9600 Deluxe Inversion Table is the supplied tools have cheap quality. I recommend that you use your own 13mm wrench to save your time in assembling this table.

Verdict

While the cons are found to be a common complaint of a few users against the Innova ITX9600 Deluxe Inversion Table, it appears to be not the same for all because the padding comfort level mostly depends on the joint health of the user. The provided assembly tools also don’t seem to be a major issue for most buyers.

Still, what makes this good is it’s easily resolvable so while you may contact the manufacturer to give your complaint or see if it’s covered by their warranty, you can follow the advice given above to resolve your problem.

Overall, though, this inversion table still garnered more raves than complaints and were well loved because of its above-stated features that give users much assurance and convenience when inverting. Innova ITX9600 is the best table for anyone who’s just starting with inversion therapy. The heavy duty steel tubing and the safety pin feature that’s being used instead of the strap is a huge plus for those who has safety issues with using an inversion table. The comfortable padded backrest makes it easy on the back and more comfortable to use. The affordable price tag is also good for starters and anyone who wants a decent inversion table without sacrificing both quality and comfort.

MY SAY:

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR STARTERS!

Innova ITX9600 is the best table for anyone who’s just starting with inversion therapy and who wants to start with an inversion table that ensures comfort, durability, is secure and has a low price tag.

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