Vibration Machine Reviews - Best Buy Ratings
3G Cardio® AVT™ 6.0 Vibration Machine with New iPad App
NOTES: A new #1 for our site. For the first time, a brand other than Power Plate® has claimed our top spot. We applaud 3G Cardio® for their ingenuity (and for saving us money). While many other companies have not caught on to... technology; 3G Cardio® has delivered us all a beautiful and very useful iPad app. Even if you do not own an iPad, you can buy one for $399 and have about 1 million times the functions as a typical built in electronics display. We wish more fitness companies would spare us the cost of their 1980s era display and get with the times. Thank you 3G Cardio® and all others please take notice.
PROS: We will put it to you simple, you can either buy a Power Plate® Pro5™ for $9995 or you can buy a 3G Cardio® 6.0 for $4999 and get about the same Hertz, Amplitude, Platform Size and oh yeah, 24 built in programs and a free iPad App! The 3G Cardio 6.0 has a large oversized platform, 50Hertz capability, commercial warranty, upper and lower programs displays and will work for just about any user of any size. We love the strength of the vertical vibrations as not all machines are created equally. There are many vertical vibration machines that do produce higher frequency but do not produce enough upward (Amplitude) force. Some of these other machines feel like you are standing on an electric toothbrush, they simply do not have enough power. The 3G Cardio® 6.0 has more than enough upward force to challenge even elite athletes!CONS: We have seen many vibration machines using touch screen controls for their electronics and it would be nice if 3G Cardio® could do the same. We have heard this feedback from others as well so we took the question directly to 3G and asked them why they don't use a touch screen control. The answer was 'cost'. If 3G Cardio® were to use a touch screen it could add upwards of $1000 - $1500 to the msrp. Instead of going this route, 3G Cardio® chose to create the iPad app that everyone could use for free. Makes good sense to us. The only other issue is that we are not big fans of the 'nylon' handstraps that 3G Cardio® but then again, as one retailer pointed out, go buy a set of $10 stretch bands and quit complaining :-)
Power Plate® My7™ Vibration Machine
NOTES: For the first time, the Power Plate My 7 is no longer our top pick. While we love the Power Plate® My7™ upper console and 1000 built in programs, we can no longer consider it a great value. It simply does not make sense to spend several thousand dollars on electronics when you can have it for free on an iPad app - See 3G Cardio® brand.
[New Review and Rating for 2014]
PROS: The Power Plate® My7™ delivers a very sleek, beautifully constructed vertically based motion vibration machine. Weighing nearly 300lbs, the Power Plate® My7™ will stand up to the heaviest of users and delivery a very consistent level of vertical vibration. The Power Plate® My7™ also uses a proprietary set of hand cables referred to as proMotion™. These hand straps work with an adjustable amount of tension much like a set of stretch bands and improve upon the traditional 'nylon' straps which most other vibration machine use.
CONS: While we are big fans of the Power Plate® My7™, we ultimately feel as though the bankruptcy and recent acquisition of Power Plate North America has put a damper on the progress of their vibration machines and their reputation. With the surge of 3G Cardio and their 2nd generation iPad App, we feel that paying $2000 - $3000 more for the My7™ does not make sense. We have also been made aware from Power Plate retailers that some electronics issues have been popping up with the My7™ and that parts availability and repairs have not been as timely as retailers would like. We know that Power Plate will remain strong and we certainly hope that they will get back on track in 2014. We will also be the first to admit that we hold Power Plate to a higher standard than many other companies. They were one of the first vibration machines to launch in the US market back in 2002 and without them; the vibration machine industry would not be the same.
Power Plate® Pro 6 with ProMotion™ Vibration Machine
PROS: In our opinion, the Pro 6 (and My7) have easily the best system for allowing a user to achieve a full range of upper body strength exercises. It is important to state that still the best way to work the upper body is by using the vibration plate platform itself but it is still nice to have a little something extra on the side. The Power Plate® Pro 6™ Vibration machine has a very heavy duty frame and smooth feel and able to handle any type of work load environment.
CONS: You will pay a fair amount of extra money to have cabled resistance bands on the side. As with the other Power Plate® machines, there is a lack of customizable programs available. Same as the Pro5™ and Pro5 AIRdaptive™, a great machine if the required purpose and setting justifies it.
3G Cardio® AVT™ 5.0 Vibration Machine with New iPad App
PROS: When we take into account all the main criteria which determines the quality, performance, feel and function, the 3G Cardio® AVT 5.0™ is our overall favorite at the mid-level price point. While there are better quality machines, we have not found a brand or model that offer more for the same price point. With an impressive overall weight (222lbs), large flexible vibration platform, adjustable 30-50 Hertz frequency, good upper and middle level customizable program consoles, an embedded high density rubber non-slip surface platform, this vibration plate offers quite a bit more bang for the buck. Very good quality, great feel and smartly designed upper handles (like the Power Plate® My 7™), the 5.0 AVT™ received very high marks in all categories.
CONS: While we were not able to find any medium to major concerns, we were not crazy about the removable mat that comes with the unit. We were hoping this removable mat would be a bit higher quality like the Power Plate® mats. Also, this model offers a multitude of different built in programs; it took a little while to learn how to customize the settings.
Power Plate® My5™ Vibration Machine
CONS: There is a very noticeable lack of programming and customization. Two large price increases in the last 14 months has driven up the price. Lacking a middle cross bar like the 3G Cardio AVT™ machine and the Power Plate My7™, it would be nice to have a newer design. All in all, there is not too much negative to say about this model.
Power Plate® Pro 5™ Vibration Machine
PROS: The Pro 5™ boasts and impressively large size platform, physically heavy frame and an impressive 50Hz maximum frequency range. This Pro 5™ is suitable for any type of club, 'paid-for-membership' or vertical market environment. This is the first model in the Power Plate® line up which offers a commercial warranty. With two very powerful motors, this machine will offer a challenge for even the most experienced athlete. Comparing this to other vibration plates in the same price point, the Pro 5™ is still a good choice with its overall quality and feel.
CONS: It is always important to keep in mind where you will be using a vibration plate machine. The Pro 5™ is intended for a commercial environment and may not be the best value in a home setting. At this price, we would like to see a more updated electronics package and better designed handle bars. Overall price is a bit hard to swallow.
WAVE® AirReflex™ Vibration Machine
CONS: When you get to this level of vibration machines, it is obviously hard to find much wrong with a design. Realistically, there should be nothing wrong with a machine when you spend $8995.00. All we would say is do your research, find out what is best for your environment and understand you own needs before you buy.
WAVE® ProElite™ Vibration Machine
CONS: Once again, when you get to this level of vibration machines, it is obviously hard to find much wrong with a design. Realistically, there should be nothing wrong with a machine when you spend $11,900.00. All we would say is do your research, find out what is best for your environment and understand you own needs. Keep in mind, if you want a high-end vibration plate and want fancy touch screen electronics this would be a good choice. On the other hand if you want a high end vibration plate and don't really care too much about the programs and electronics, consider the Power Plate® Pro5 AIR™.
Power Plate® Pro 5 AIRdaptive™ Vibration Machine
PROS: The Power Plate ® Pro 5 AIRdaptive™ adjustable air bladder assists in creating a less stable platform helping to activate even more stabilizer and fast twitch muscle tissue. This concept is perhaps most beneficial to a smaller population of people, specifically elite athletes and in some therapeutic environments. This model is probably the single most effective vibration plate in stimulating and activating a multitude of muscle fibers but with the high price tag, again it is hard to rate this as a top machine for both quality and value. If this review site was only for professional studios and training centers, the Pro5 AIRdaptive ™ would be one of our top picks.
CONS: The Power Plate® Pro 5 Air™ is basically made of the same mold as the Pro 5 but adds an air bladder to the underside of the vibration plate platform. Again, this is a very well designed plate and useful in the appropriate environments but not really meant for the mainstream common folk like you and me. This is a vibration training plate that you would expect to see if a professional sports facility, training studio or health club. Once again, the overall price is very high for a home environment.
WAVE® Contour Plus™ Vibration Machine
CONS: While this is a good machine and it has a good overall feel, the one aspect that we would like to see changed is the variation on the frequency of vibration. We would like to see more than just a High/Low setting which would allow a user to create more individualized programs and settings. While we are ok with the handles on the Wave® Contour™ Vibration Machine because of the $4800.00 price point, we can nitpick a bit more for the higher priced Contour Plus™ Vibration Machine. We would like a more ergonomically correct upper handle bar like some of the other vibration plates in this price point.
3G Cardio® AVT™ 3.0 Vibration Machine
??Cons: It is always tricky to point out the negatives on a machine that is a third the price of some of the other top brands but here you go. While this does offer more "power" than any other brand in the same price point we still want...more power. When you get into the +$3000 range you will experience a more powerful thrust under your feet and that is where you really get ALL of the benefit you have read about. We would also like to see a larger platform but again, at a MAP price of $1999 who can complain?
Power Plate Pro® 5 AIRdaptive HP™ Vibration Machine
CONS: The Power Plate® Pro 5 AIRdaptive HP™ is basically the same exact machine as the Power Plate Pro® 5 AIRdaptive sans the upright column - so why is it more expensive? We are sure that there is a good reason but we don't see it. While we have no problem with the overall quality and performance level, it should not cost as much as it does. Sorry Power Plate, while we love you a bunch, it is hard to swallow the high price tag. This vibration machine is definitely designed for an extremely specific user but for everyone else, and if you want to stick with the high end Power Plate® Vibration Machines, look at the Power Plate® My 7™ or Pro 6. More for less money!
WAVE® Contour™ Vibration Machine
CONS: While we do like this machine, especially for the listed price, we would like to see a better parts warranty and a little higher physical weight but for $1800.00 we should not complain too much. We are also not real big fans of only having a 'High/Low' amplitude setting. This is equivalent to doing a strength workout with either a 5lb dumbbell or 100lb dumbbell. To Wave's® defense, there are many other machines on the market that do the same thing for much more money.
BH® Advanced body platform ABP™ Vibration Machine
Cons: While we did not find too many negatives with this machine we still are a bit concerned with the overall physical weight (128lbs) and the lack of programming but again, at $1999.00 it is still a good buy. We felt it had a decent overall feel and design but for a more avid exercise enthusiast and if you want to stick with the BH Fitness® brand name, we would maybe suggest moving up to the Vibroboost™ Vibration Plate.
BH® VibroBoost™ Vibration Machine
CONS: We would like to see the BH Fitness® Vibroboost™ reach a frequency level of 50Hz but 45Hz is still better than most. We would like a better designed upper handle bar. Their Vibration Platform is a little bit stiff and the overall physical weight is a little low as we would like to see it weigh over 200lbs. Still, for the price it is a good machine and rates well with us.
FitVibe® Excel Pro™ Vibration Machine
CONS: The major holdback for FitVibe® Excel Pro™ is the overall price. We would also like to see more ergonomically correct upper handles. We do worry about local service and support in the US as this company is heavily based overseas.
NitroFit® Personal™ Vibration Machine
CONS: It's not ideal for very wide stance exercises due to the smaller vibration platform but again, still a better buy than other machines in this price point.
NitroFit® Deluxe™ Vibration Machine
CONS: We would like to see a bit more 'ergonomically' correct designed upright handles on this model. Not the most 'intuitively' programmable display but still better than most other machines at this price point. We would have rated this machine a top pick if the MSRP was closer to $2000.00.
DKN® XG-5 Pro™ Vibration Machine
LifeSpan® VP1000 Vibration Machine™
CONS: The Life Span® VP1000™ Vibration Machine has a rather light frame and with a smaller vibration platform it can become a bit unstable. We would like to see a more powerful pivotal vibration movement; we did not feel that the motion was as powerful as the Nitro Fit® Personal ™ Vibration Machine for the same exact price.
DKN® XG-3™ Vibration Machine
PROS: We like the price point of the XG3™ and we are also fans of the vertical vibration plate style they use. The DKN Technology ® XG3™ also includes (4) built in programs.
CONS: While we are big fans of the DKN Technology® Vibration Machines, there will be one common theme in our reviews and one overall complaint. While DKN® offers 4 different vibration machines, the XG3™, XG5 Pro™ and XG10™ are all pretty much the same machine but with different motors. The overall feel of the DKN is not too bad but the rectangular shaped platform is somewhat limiting for many exercises such as sit-ups, calf and Achilles stretches and massage positions. We wish that DKN® would have made a "deeper" plate to allow a user to perform a better range of exercises.
PowerVibe® ZenPro™ Vibration Machine
CONS: While we never want to spoil anyone's party again we are not huge fans of this machine. With far too much competition above and below this price point we were left wanting more. We were not satisfied with the actual size of the vibration machine platform, the low unit weight and the upper console programming. At around this same price point, we felt that the BH Fitness® ADP™ Vibration Machine offered more bang for the buck at $1995.00).
DKN® XG-10™ Vibration Machine
CONS: With the overall platform size of the XG10™ Vibration Machine and the actual physical weight of this machine, it is hard to justify to price point. If you like the look and style of DKN® and want to stick with their product line, we would recommend the DKN Technology® XG3™ or XG5 Pro™ over this model. While we are big fans of the DKN Technology® Vibration Plates there will be one common theme in our reviews and one overall complaint. While DKN® offers 4 different vibration plates, the XG3™, XG5 Pro™ and XG10™ are all pretty much the same machine but with different motors. The overall feel of the DKN is not too bad but the rectangular shaped platform is somewhat limiting for many exercises such as sit-ups, calf and Achilles stretches and massage positions. We wish that DKN® would have made a "deeper" plate to allow a user to perform a better range of exercises. We would also like to see a higher physical weight of the DKN® Vibration Plates so that the units would be more stable from front to back.
Power Plate® My3™ Vibration Machine
CONS: While we are big fans of Power Plate® Vibration Machines and we do also understand the need for a lower price Power Plate®, the Power Plate® My3™ does not offer the best feel or value. Due to the smaller vibration plate surface, the overall feel and stability of this vibration plate is not very good. The smaller plate creates a condensed strong vibration that many users immediately feel overwhelming and with the smaller footprint, the vibration plate is not very stable and can easily tip over if a person was to lean back to do a squat exercise. Also, with the ability to only use a "high and "low" setting the Power Plate® My3™ substantially limits the ability of the user to find their comfort zone. At a price point of $2699.00 we strongly recommend purchasing a different machine. If you are a fan of Power Plate® we would suggest moving up to the Power Plate® My5™, it will be well worth the money.
PowerVibe® Motion 1™ Vibration Machine
CONS: Our biggest drawback again is the front cross bar. We feed somewhat crowded on the machine while trying to perform certain exercises like 'bent-over-rows' and hamstring stretches. This is a big deal for us and our opinion is that there may be better machines in the market at around the same price point, like the Nitro Fit® Deluxe™ which also boasts higher intensity settings. Once again, the overall look and design leaves us feeling like we need something more up to date looking.
PowerVibe® Pro Home™ Vibration Machine
CONS: As we have stated many times, one of the major concerns of these types of vibration machine platforms is that in order to activate and stimulate a person's muscle fiber, a fair amount of power and strength must be generated from the vibration machine platform and in this case, we simply did not feel it. Much like the Nordic Track/ProForm Activator V3 ($550.00) the Pro Home™ did not meet our requirements for a quality machine. While we like the vertical motion, you may be better off switching to a pivotal vibration machine like the Nitro Fit® Personal™ ($999.00)
DKN® V Power™ Vibration Machine
CONS: While we do like the company DKN Technology ® we are not too crazy about the V-Power™ model. While we do very much like the price and the vibration style (vertical), the overall size and physical weight (75lbs) is not very good. We do applaud DKN's effort to produce a lower price machine but at the same point we have to review for overall quality and design. We are concerned about the overall stability of the machine and the possibility of tipping over while trying to perform certain exercises. To give DKN® their fair shake, this is also a problem on the Power Plate® My3™ which sells for more than twice the price. We would strongly suggest moving up to the XG-3™ or higher models if your budget allows.
NordicTrack / Proform® Activator V3™ Vibration Machine
CONS: When we take a look at the Activator V3™ Vibration Plate it is interesting and somewhat common for an entry level machine to have the exact same 'pros' and 'cons' and in this case it is no different. The negatives for the Nordic Track® Activator V3™ are the overall weight (68lbs), the warranty (90 Days) and low overall frequency level (maximum 35) but again, for a $550 vibration plate we can't really expect too much. The one major concern is the overall strength of the plate, vibration machines must be able to create a strong vibration in order to activate the big core muscles and we really did not feel that on this machine.
PowerVibe® Pro 2™ Vibration Machine
CONS: We are concerned about the low overall weight (99lbs) and the overall stability of the machine. We also were not fans of the middle cross bar as it made us feel a bit crowded while on the unit. With some much new competition on the market today it is hard to get excited about the Power Vibe® Pro 2™ vibration machine, we were not crazy about the overall feel and the outdated look and design. We try not to get too wrapped up in the 'look' of a machine but in this case we couldn't let it slide.
NordicTrack / Proform® V7 Vibration™ Vibration Machine
CONS: We understand the need for companies to make more affordable products but we have a hard time giving a good grade for this machine. Vibration machines need to generate enough power to force muscles to react and we simply do not feel the effects on this vibration machine. We would like to see a bit more powerful vibration. At the same price you could buy the Nitro Fit Personal Vibration Machine which has a much stronger vibration level.