Vibration Machine Reviews

 
 

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  1. Something I’m curious about-

    Up until a month ago I never heard of such an animal as a vibration machines unless it had something to do with bodywork (massage)…or one of those “no-no websites.” A month ago I met a rep at a health expo who talked me into trying out a Powerstep machine. It was very interesting and it felt kinda odd but not bad. I was very uncomfortable looking like I was torqing in public but that’s my baggage!

    I have seen these machines for sale on the interwebs now along with a number of cheaper ‘vibration machines.’ The one I also alot of is the Crazy-fit. I noticed in a thread, a site admin said it basically sucked. What is really noticeable is that neither Power Step nor Crazy-fit are given a formal review. Are there any plans to do so in the future. Even if they rate a “2” out of “100” with “CON: The machine doesn’t even have a motor just lead weights in the base…and it’s radioactive…” it would still be nice to know where they stack up on the list. Even if one or both of them aren’t truly vibration machines, they are both sold as such and compete against all the ones in your list.

    Thoughts?

  2. What are your thoughts on the FreeMotion® Vertex™ Vibration Machine? Someone local is selling a used one for $1900 and I was wondering if its a good deal. I want something good but don’t want to spend more than $2,000.

  3. Have you reviewed the one Sears sells, Health Mark Osci Health Whole Body Vibration Machine $799
    I had ACL replacement and MCL repair surgery and need to re strengthen my leg muscles and my knee and core.
    WHere can I buy something that is actually affordable that works??

  4. Hello, as a retired old fart physician, it is really nice to see someone as knowledgeable as you are fielding questions from consumers and providing such valuable answers.

    I have poor balance, such as in walking tandem or heel to toe. I have just ordered a high quality balance board with an adjustable pivot height to be able to control degree of difficulty. Many have commented on the benefits of these balance boards for therapy to improve balance.

    How effective do you think a vibration plate would be to improve balance? Would not a pivotal platform work better for this purpose, as it would more closely mimic a balance board? You say that you basically like the idea of pivotal units but there just are not many studies on them to confirm their benefits.

    My wife has osteoporosis. We are both slim and not heavy weights. What would you recommend that we could both use? Cost is not an issue as long as we get a significant increase in features and benefits for the additional cost. If you were in my situation would you go with a pivotal unit for more help with balance? How impressed are you with improvement in bone density for those with osteoporosis using vibration therapy?

    By the way, I just saw an interview with Dr. Joan Vernikos, formerly with NASA, who did a lot of work with astronauts studying their bone loss due to lack of gravity. She mentioned the use of a “sway plate” with high frequency and low intensity. Do you have any idea what machine she may have been referring to? The “sway” suggests pivotal, does it not?

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • Hello David and thank you for the great questions. Improving balance, assuming that the issue is muscular and not neurological, can obviously be achieved through several different types of exercises and therapies, balance boards being one of them. While a full answer may need about an hour of talking I will do my best to relay this through text.

      While the majority of muscle tissue in your body is made of up fibers uncontrollable by the human brain (Fast twitch – slow twitch – stabilizer etc..) it comes down to your ability to affect and improve these small fibers. For the purpose of this answer we will refer to these types of muscle fibers as IMT (Involuntary muscle tissue) – technically not the right word but for most people it will make sense)

      So, how do you work IMT? For most people, it is achieved through a process known as Progression of Muscle Fatigue. If you pick up a dumbbell and start doing bicep curls, eventually your arm will start to get tired. If your brain tells your arm to keep going, eventually you will fatigue the core muscle tissue and your bicep will begin to shake. The shaking is the next step in the Progression of Muscle Fatigue. As you core fiber begins to fail, other fibers begin to assist the arm. As your arm begins to ‘shake’, fibers such as stabilizer and fast twitch may join the party. As you continue to do a curl and failure begins to set it, the motion of the curl will no longer possible and a stale mate will occur, no more upward motion. As your brain keeps saying ‘go’ but the bicep muscle cannot ‘go’ any more the activation of “slow twitch” muscle fibers begins and soon complete failure of the muscle. This is obviously a very simplified answer but should convey the idea that it takes a heck of a lot of effort to move beyond the core muscle tissue and into the IMT.

      The reality is that most people, especially after the age of 40 never move past the first stage of Progression of Muscle Fatigue. Most people do not work out hard enough, or long enough to affect the IMT, or they have prior injuries that prevent them from tapping into this type of muscle tissue. This means that more than 50% of muscle tissues and fibers are not being touched during a workout. A good vertical vibration machine will have the Hertz and Amplitude ability to activate almost ALL of the IMT instantly! There is no Progression of Muscle Fatigue occurring because it happens instantly, not over time. Pivotal motion vibration machine do not have the right combination of Hertz and amplitude to force these types of muscle tissue to activate.

      “Would not a pivotal platform work better for this purpose, as it would more closely mimic a balance board?”

      My answer: NO. The reason a balance board helps with balance is because it is a free moving platform controlled by the user. In other words, the motion of the board is user defined. It is this motion that creates the muscular benefit as stated above. Small, fine muscle fibers react quickly to control the motion of the balance board. A pivotal vibration plate moves like a teeter totter and has a predetermined, mechanical range of motion, unaffected by the user. The “teeter totter” motion will not react to the users attempt to redirect or stabilize the platform. Therefore, it becomes the “motion” of the vibration machine that will ultimately determine which muscle fibers come into play.

      With that said, while the balance board and vibration plates are in the same family, they would be used for very different purposes. Balance boards are typically used to improve ankle strength, repair and recovery from injury and to improve…balance:) If a person has balance issues related to a neurological disorder, injury etc.., the balance board would be better to help retrain the brain and the specific muscles. If the loss of balance was due to muscular atrophy of the IMT then a vertical motion vibration machine would be a better bet as it would affect the stabilizer, fast twitch, slow twitch muscle tissue at a much higher rate. Your question about pivotal vibration machines being better would not necessarily be true due to the fact that the higher amplitude, lower hertz ability would not as effectively target the IMT as well. The higher amplitude causes an actual ‘movement’ in the joints which brings us back to the “progression of muscle fatigue” effect not to mention the higher amounts of force on the actual joint.

      Lastly, to answer you question about bone density, both pivotal and vertical vibration machines will be extremely beneficial in the improvement of bone density. Any type of force which causes a compacting of the bones cells will improve bone density. What it comes down to is what other benefits you need or want and also the comfort of the workout. Again, I do like pivotal machines and they have their place in this world but for bone density AND balance, I really do feel as though a vertical style vibration machine will give you more of what you are after. If you have been using the balance board and it is working for you then absolutely stay with it!

  5. excellent and clear responses ….very balanced …I am 71 years old 120lbs 5’2″ healthy ….want to be stronger….no limitations ….. which vertical vibration machine should i consider… space and cost and safety are important

    Jackie

    • Hello Jackie – Thank you for the post! I would suggest looking at the 3G Cardio AVT 3.0 – the Power Vibe Zen Pro or the DKN Xg3. These all are nice machines and would fit the bill. You can also try out one of the BH Vibration Machines as well. Spend at least $2000 and you will come out just fine!

      • Just read a Huffington Post piece that discredits most claims re benefits from vibration exercise except for minimal improvement with osteoporosis .They downplay the benefits of improved circulation and portray this benefit as a potential danger..ie …..clot formation ….brain injury ….back injury …. knee injury hormonal disruption….organ failure ……yet it says that there are no legitimate studies that show benefits over the past 35 years since vibrational platforms have been in use . Where are the studies that show harmful effects? People with blood dyscrasias… unstable inflammed or artificial joints….advanced osteoporosis…. retinal pathology….. advanced arteriosclerosis….substantiated with lab work/MRI and credible physicians I agree are not ideal candidates for unguided exercise . These individuals should have professional trainers /physiotherapists to guide their exercise.
        My take on using a vibration platform is that it should not be a passive activity and must include ergonomically correct postures and muscle excersise within a time frame recommended by the manufacturer and your own body feedback mehanisms which includes common sense. The outcomes will include stronger bones ….toned muscles/tendons ….improved circulation albeit for short periods only ….better balance …. a feeling of well being and maybe improvement with bladder leakage as well as increased muscle strength/ energy if weights / resistance/yoga postures are incorporated with the vibration exercise.Your comments please ….am I misreading the info ?

  6. Hello !!! I have a problem and I want some answers….I just began to go to the gym and I paid for some sessions with the vibration machine called ” Fitvibe”. I’ve already done 3 and My instructor is always getting me on 55-60hz. I asked some other instructors and they told me that on the Power plate machine everything over 35hz can be dangerous for the whole body… Does this means that also with the Fitvibe a have to lower the frequency? I don’ t know if the motion in Fitvibe is vertical or not. Can the 55 hz be harmfully for my body or for my head ?? Please answer me whatever you know about that because I am anxious…thank you in advance!!!

    • Hello and thank you for the post! To be honest, it is really hard to answer your question without having a TON more information about you and your fitness related needs. In order to answer your question, I would want to talk with you for a while to understand your goals, history and any health related concerns. With all this said, I can give you some basic answers. First off, for anyone out there who is trying to figure out the right “settings” for using a vibration machine, listen to your body! If you are using a machine and you are noticing any type of pain or stress that does not seem right, turn down the settings. I would think that 55 – 60hz may be a little high especially if you are new to vibration training. The big question is how do you feel during and after the workout and what exactly are the types of exercises the instructor is having you do?

      Using a vibration machine above 35 Hertz is not dangerous and in many cases is highly recommended for certain exercises. I don’t mean to confuse you even more but some vibration machines can produce a very high Hertz setting but are incapable of creating a strong enough amplitude…. this would be like standing on your electric toothbrush, it may tickle but it wont do much else! Again, without having more information I would pay special attention to how YOU feel during and after. I would also ask questions to the instructor and if you don’t like or understand their answer, keep asking questions. I think that we often assume our trainer, doctor, surgeon, teacher etc.. is always right and we just assume they will be doing the right thing but ALWAYS ask questions if you are unsure!

  7. I would first like to thank you for how much help you and your website are. You help a lot of people.
    I’m 61,5’6″, thin and have osteopoenia. I was going to buy the Nitrofit Personal because I have poor balance and have read studies showing that the pivotal action machines are the ones that help with balance in addition to improving bone strength. However, I don’t want to take the chance that its pivotal action could be hard on my joints, esp. since I have had occasional knee pain in the past. Of the less expensive vertical machines in the $2000 range (eg.the 3G Cardio 3.0, or DKN® XG3) are there any that would be more helpful than the others with balance? By the way, I don’t plan on doing lots of dif. exercises so the size or shape of the plate isn’t that important. Thanks for any advice.

    • Hi Susan, Thank you for your letter and as always, we appreciate your time to write into our site. I will be a little careful when I answer this because there are a lot of great machines out there but you are correct, what you will need is a machine that can produce a good amount of Hertz without overdoing it on the amplitude (upward force). Based on the fact that you have been diagnosed with Ostepoenia, you will definitely want to talk with your doctor first to find out what type of exertion your body can handle. I think that between the 3G Cardio 3.0 vibration machine and the DKN XG3 vibration machine, both would ultimately work for you. We do like the 3G Cardio 3.0 because it has a larger platform which will make a big difference and the 3G Cardio will be able to create a bit stronger feel. The DKN vibration machine is a well built machine but we feel as though it is lacking a little bit with the upward force it can create. While many machines can create too much upward force, some machines like the DKN vibration plate and the Power Vibe vibration plates don’t create enough. The 3G Cardio vibration plate will give you enough upward force that it can significantly help with maintaining or improving bone density but it will not over do it.

  8. Do you have any information on Rock Solid RS3000. They say they are triangular oscillation but I didn’t see anything on your site regarding that. Also, since they are on all the deal sites, I thought there would be more feedback. Thoughts?
    RS3000 – includes 2 year warranty For home, gym, spa or fitness studio use – $2048.95
    For home, gym, spa or fitness studio use. Includes a 2 year warranty. Features/Specifications:

    *Motor Power 500W

    *Power Voltage – 110V 15A

    *Speed Range – 30 Levels

    *Different Program Levels – 3 Types

    *Frequency – 0-30Hertz

    *Amplitude – 1-12mm

    *User Weight Max – 150KGs / 330LBs

    *Max Daily Recommended Use – 60 minutes (please consult your
    physician for own recommendation)

    *ROHS Compliant

    • Google “Crazy Fit Massage” and you will see many, many machines that all look the same, just a different name. The bottom line is that the Rock Solid 3000 or Crazy Fit Massage will not do what you think they will do. In fact, they are not really even vibration machines, they are fast moving teeter totters that will put an enormous amount of stress on your joints. I am actually surprised to see that they are selling the Rock Solid 3000 for that high of a price…

      In that price point look at 3G Cardio – Power Vibe – BH – any of these brands will do 100 times more than the “Crazy Fit” style machines.

  9. I have been seriously looking for WBV machine for some time and the information available can be confusing, inconsistent, contradictory etc. I had been debating the purchase of a Hypergravity unit vs Sonci Life vs Turbo Sonic. When I came upon your site I learned of a brand I hadn’t heard about previously – 3G Cardio AVT 5.0.

    I feel comfortable that I can readily use a linear machine and the machines I’m considering are linear.

    In your reviews it appears that you are focused on mechanical linear devices; is there a reason you haven’t considered any of the sonic units? I would also appreciate your thoughts pros/cons of a sonic unit vs mechanical linear devices.

    Thanks in advance
    Richard

    • Thank you for your email. To answer your question, we have not reviewed the ‘Sonic’ vibration machines because we have not tried them before. They appear to be well built and have good specifications. As we viewed their product online, the only real question we have would be about their upward vibration amplitude level. In the video posted on their website, you can clearly see the women using the Sonic vibration machine is being ‘moved’ up and down. This is a little unusual in that most ‘vertical’ vibration machines do not cause a person to have their whole entire body moved up and down. I would worry that there is too much amplitude and upward force. For this same reason, we are not always big fans of ‘pivotal’ or ‘oscillating’ massages because of the significant amount of upward force. With all this said, we feel that you should always try out a vibration machine before you buy it or…. make sure the company selling it to you has at least a 30 day money back guarantee. We are not saying anything negative about the Sonic vibration machine, just to try it before you buy it and make sure it does not generate too much upward force.

      You had mentioned the 3G Cardio 5.0 Vibration Machine and we are big fans of this unit. The 3G Cardio brand has really good specs / feel / performance etc… and can be purchased for around $3999 or less. (We do not sell any products on this website) 3G Cardio is not the only brand we have reviewed highly, there are many good vertical vibration machines on the market so do your research and if possible, try one out in a store.

      Typically when you see vibration machines for $7500 and up, they are meant for full commercial use so I would also be aware what you are buying and where it will ultimately end up. If you only need a pick up truck to drive to work and back, you would not buy a Caterpillar 797 Dump Truck:)

  10. What is the difference between a vibrating machine and one that ocillates. Is one better than the others? What do most of the machines on your website do- vibrate or occillate?
    thanks for a reply.

    JM

    • Thank you for your question. Pivotal (or oscillating) vibration moves much like a “teeter totter” and creates a very high upward force on the body. If you were to put your foot on a pivotal vibration machine and then a vertical vibration machine and watch the movement of your knee you would notice quite a difference between the two. With the vertical vibration machines, you would not see any type of up/down movement but it would be very clear there was a vibration occurring. With the pivotal vibration machine, you would notice an obvious up/down movement of the knee and it is this ‘movement’ that is a concern. The pivotal vibration machines can create such a high amplitude (up/down motion) that it actually causes the knee to flex or move up and down. With that much upward force behind the movement and such a high amplitude it can generate a significant amount of stress on the body and the joints. The reality is that the majority of legitimate research you will read online is in relation to ‘vertical’ style vibration machines and most of the pivotal style vibration machines will simply ‘borrow’ the results of the research and claim it is as their own. While we feel that pivotal vibration machines have their place in this world, and they can be beneficial for some it is still hard to get any type of stretch and massage benefits from them. The amplitude is too high and the hertz (speed/frequency) is simply too low or slow. The bottom line is that I would not believe what is online – I would strongly suggest visiting your local specialty fitness retailer and try out their machines. You may be shocked at what you experience!

  11. I would like to ask a couple questions. I bought the My5 but it does not have more than a 60 second run. Is this normal? The only other one I was able to actually try could be programmed to 12 minutes and had preprogrammed things.

    Also, the My5 does not seem to have a shut off anywhere? Is that normal also? for it to just run and run?

    Thank you

  12. I am so confused. I am going to be 60, am approximately 100 pounds overweight.
    Except for being overweight, I am really not in bad health. My knee has been
    bothering me, but I attribute it to the fact I work at my computer at home for long
    hours. I am not diabetic or have any heart conditions. I have some breathing
    issues because of carrying the weight around, but nothing medical. I am looking for
    something to help with circulation, getting toned, motivation for losing weight and
    losing weight. I tried the ZAAZ15 and 20 at the mall today. I have to admit, I did
    the 10 minutes on there, listened to the sales pitch and then told them I wanted to
    thing about it. They were asking 2200 and being a single grandmother, I am leary of
    that output without being more sure. I was amazed that my right knee was not
    aching, no lower back pain. My sister and I walked the mall – very large mall – and
    no pain. For the first time in months I was able to get up and down from chairs
    easier and my knee was not aching….no ibuprofen today at all. We ended up back at
    the kiosk and I was on for another 10 minutes taking to them. They told me that
    they could to a better price on the 15. The only difference of the two is the step
    counter and calorie counter, which I never trust on equipment anyway. I note you
    made an observation of the platform handles limiting exercise space. Can you
    recommend any other one that is in the 2000.00 price range that matches the criteria
    you prefer, vertical, 45 Hz? Thank you so much…

    • Hello and thank you for your questions. I would absolutely say that the brand and model to consider is the 3G Cardio 3.0 vibration machine. You can get one of these machines for $1999.00. (we do not sell them nor will we recommend where to buy as that would be against our policy) It is a vertical motion vibration plate that can achieve 50Hz and fit your budget and fitness goals!

      I would not recommend buying a ‘pivotal’ or ‘oscillating’ vibration machine because these types of machines have too high of an amplitude and generate too much upward force and may ultimately do more harm that good for your specific needs. The rule that we follow is that if you can visibly see your knee joint moving up and down, it is simply to much force and can be bad on your joints. If you try a vertical motion vibration machine you will not be able to see your knee moving up and down. Vertical based vibration machines generate a higher Hertz and lower amplitude motion which in turn will give you all the benefits you have read about online. There are over 100 brands of vibration machines on the market today and unfortunately many of these brands are deceitful in their advertising and of sub par quality and people need to be really careful to not fall for the hype.

      What I would be curious to hear is if you were to simply ‘walk’ for 15 minutes, would you knee start feeling better? I am aware that you mentioned the machine you tried at the mall made your knee feel better and I am intrigued by that. Vibration machines, no matter the style are known for being an instant gratification exercise. What I mean by this is that most people can feel the effects of a vibration plate almost immediately and that is a great thing! The only issue with this is determining what is the best machine for you in the long run.

      Here is my suggestion: I would strongly suggest trying a vertical style vibration machine. Go into a local retail store, try one out (preferably more than once) and compare. We obviously prefer a vertical vibration style but the ultimate goal is to find the machine that works best for you.

      Good vertical style vibration plate brands are: Power Plate – 3G Cardio – Powervibe – DKN – BH Fitness (There are some others but you will be able to find at least one of these brands in your local market)

      Lastly and most important, whatever model or style you choose, make sure you have at least a 30 day money back guarantee. Any reputable retailer will have this return opportunity because the last thing you want is an expensive machine that does not work for you.

      • Hello and thank you for such a quick reply. My knee I believe stiffens because I am at my computer for long hours working. After being on the machine in the mall, while I found it very “pounding” my knee was better. I could step down off the machine without pain and feeling 100. I was able to walk the mall and sit and get up without having to basically hoist my knee. I slept without taking ibuprofen last night and got up this morning with relatively no knee pain.

        I can not tell you how helpful I found your site. I spent some time this morning comparing machines to the things you listed in your replies to people AND to the machines you listed above. I decided to go to a place here called 2nd Wind and try some out. They are big believers in the Power Plate machines. The guy there took me through different things and boy if I could afford the My7 I would have in a minute bought it. The minute I stepped onto the My5, there was a HUGE difference in the vibration style. So home and more of your site and realize the My5 was for me. They are running a huge sale this weekend because of their 21st anniversary and brand new delivered, set up and instructions was 2999, so I decided I was worth the extra money, especially after walking around from this machine. The vibration was so great.

        THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  13. Hello,
    I just sent you a message but forgot to give you details concerning our size.
    I am 5′ 95 lbs, husband is 6’1″, 185 lbs, Father is 5’9″, 160 lbs, Mother 4’10”, 85 lbs.
    Main concern about her is that she has had 3 bone breaks in the past 18 months
    (pelvic, wrist and compression fracture in back) so needing something that will be stable and she will be able to build bone density. Father needs to regain strength and build muscle. Husband and myself need to firm up and build muscle/strength. A bit confused about pivotal versus vertical, oscillating? It sounds like you prefer vertical.
    Thank-you!

    • Hi Jill,

      Thank you for your question. Pivotal vibration moves much like a “teeter totter” and creates a very high upward force on the body which can create too much force. If you were to put your foot on a pivotal vibration machine and then a vertical vibration machine and watch the movement of your knee you would notice quite a difference between the two. With the vertical vibration machines, you would not see any type of up/down movement but it would be very clear there was a vibration occurring. With the pivotal vibration machine, you would notice an obvious up/down movement of the knee and it is this ‘movement’ that is a concern. The pivotal vibration machines create such a high amplitude (up/down motion) that it actually causes the knee to flex or move up and down. With that much force behind the movement and such a high amplitude it is a significant amount of stress on the body and the joints. The reality is that the majority of legitimate research you will read online is in relation to vertical style vibration machines and most of the pivotal style vibration machines will simply ‘steal’ the results of the research and claim it is as their own. While we feel that pivotal vibration machines have their place in this world, and they can be very beneficial for some it is still hard to get any type of stretch and massage benefits from them. The amplitude is too high and the hertz (speed/frequency) is simply too low or slow. The bottom line is that I would not believe what is online – I would strongly suggest visiting your local specialty fitness retailer and try out their machines. You may be shocked at what you experience!

    • Hi Sandra,

      Thank you for your question. Here is your answer: If you like the Hypervibe then you should consider the Nitro Fit Deluxe for $500 less. It is actually the same machine with different cosmetics. Both the Hypervibe and the Nitrofit are “pivotal” vibration machines and not “vertical” so make sure that is what you want. I know there is a lot of bad information online and it is sometimes hard to really tell the difference between what is right and what is wrong but it is actually very simple: The main difference between pivotal vibration and vertical vibration is that pivotal vibration will be somewhat limiting and harder on your joints. Pivotal vibration will cause more stress on the joints because the amplitude is much greater and created much more impact. Also, pivotal vibration will not have the same “stretching” and “massage” benefits that a vertical vibration machine will have. The rule of thumb is that if you can get into a squat position and hold it for 10 seconds, you are capable of using a vertical vibration machine. If you cannot hold a squat position then the pivotal may be right for you. I would also try out the two different styles so you are aware of what you are buying.

    • Hello and thank you for your email. To be perfectly honest, we have never tested that model or heard of that brand…until now. We would love to hear from you and what you find out. Please let us know if you decide to make the purchase and what your experience is with that brand.

      Thank you.

  14. Funny you do not like the rectangular platforms of the DKN’s. I have the Xg5. Something you overlook: This is not an oscillating machine. It is linear. If you want, you can sit/lay SIDEWAYS. Lots of room that way. You need to think outside the box. Or, rectangle, as it were.

    • Hi Martin,

      Thank you for your reply and your comments. We do actually like the feel of the DKN, it is very smooth and well built. To clarify, the only real concern we had was the actual ‘depth’ of the platform. Of course you can do all the same exercises on the DKN – http://www.dknfitness.com – which you can do on the Power Plate and 3G Cardio machines but with the lack of depth it becomes a bit more limiting, especially for people over 200lbs or over 6’0 tall. If the DKN had the exact same feel, quality and price, but with a deeper platform it would be one of our highest rated machines. Also, the fact that it is a ‘vertical’ or ‘linear’ based vibration plate is a huge plus.

    • Hi Deb,

      Thank you for your email. I have actually never tried this the Zaaz vibration plate. We will not give an opinion until we have had a chance to try one but it appears to be similar to many other brands on the market. In looking at the design, my first concern is the handles on the side would prevent a person from laying sideways on the unit to do massage and stretching exercises. We are not big fans of machines that limit the ‘available’ working space. Again, I am not saying this is a bad unit, I would just make sure that you can do any and all exercises that you are capable of. Also, much of this has to do with what ‘your’ situation is. What are your fitness goals or health concerns?

  15. I am researching WBV and would like to know what machine you recommend. Primarily I am looking into the machine because I am tall and thin and have osteopenia…the precursor to osteoporosis and am wondering if this will really help improve my bone density. My husband may also try it for weight loss, my children ages 16 through 25 would like to try it for strength and flexibility as they are all dancers and/or athletes. Which machine would you recommend our home use? Thanks

    • Hello and thank you for your email. First off, vibration machines are highly recommended for maintaining and improving bone density. there are several great studies that have proven the positive effects! Plain and simple, any vertical based vibration machine that can produce at least 3mm of amplitude and at least 45 Hertz will be sufficient. You will need to watch out for all the false hype from machines that lack the power to generate enough upward force. You will be fine with any of the better quality vertical vibration machines such as Power Plate, 3G Cardio, BH, The Wave, DKN etc. I noticed that The Wave Contour was being discontinued and the had a great price at around $1900. http://www.wavexercise.com/products.html

      This will be sold out soon so next in line would be the 3G Cardio 3.0 Vibration Machine or check out BH Fitness. If you can spend a little more, consider Power Plate http://www.powerplate.com (My 5) or 3G Cardio http://www.3gcardio.com (AVT 5.0). Again, for your needs any of the top rated brands will do great. Thank you and sorry for the late reply.

  16. Hi,
    What kind of machine would you recommend for home use by my family? My dad, a 53 year old who works out for 30 minutes a day and is very healthy, would use it the most. Also in the family is: my 49 year old mum, 18 year old brother, 16 year old brother, and two 13 year old sisters. Everyone is quite athletic and healthy. Thank you!

    • Hello Christina,

      Thank you for the email. It is great to hear that your entire family is active and healthy! Based on the fact that a vibration machine in your home will get a fair amount of use you will want to purchase a good quality machine and one that is powerful enough that it can challenge each member of your family. We would also recommend a “vertical” style vibration machine as this type of motion will offer a more challenging work out and offer much more variety. The best quality and value will be Power Plate (My5) or the 3G Cardio AVT 5.0. Either one of these machines will be perfect for you and your family. Please let us know if we can help you any further. Thank you.

    • I have never been on the Theraplate vibration machine but I would be a bit nervous to buy a vibration machine that only weighs 50lbs (depending on the model) A good motor alone can weigh close to that weight. I also see a lot of big claims on the website but nothing to back it up. “200 peer reviewed studies”, where are they?
      It also seems that TheraPlate is really meant for animals and that is great! I would just caution that horses and people are built very differently but there machines look exactly the same. I also do not see any specifications, Frequency (Hz) and amplitude ability, force, programs, electronics…. I can’t give the go ahead with what I am seeing online and have a hard time seeing the advantage of this machine over other units for the same price.

      • Thanks for your reply. I called them and they gave me the hertz (0 to 75) high range. But when I asked if their machines were Pivitol, Sine-wave or Lineal, he said none of those. It’s “Circular”. Huh? Yeah, I don’t see any studies using “Circular”. Count me out. I’ll stay with proven machines. Thanks for your helpful website.

  17. Hello,
    My husband and I saw these vibration machines at the state fair in Orange County last summer. My husband wanted to buy one of the machines but I had a bad feeling about spending that much money there. Is it safe to buy from them? We are considering getting one this year when the fair comes back. I read the about us section on your site that explains your background as store owners. What is the advantage of buying at a store? It seems like the machines at the fair are a good deal and most of the machines on this site are expensive. Whats the difference?

    • Hi Sherry,

      Funny thing is that I was talking with some of the other fitness store owners around the US and it appears the Flea Market plague is growing. I actually had the chance to ‘shop’ my local flea market and hear the sales pitch from on of the people selling vibration machines there and let me tell you it was scary! One of the vendors was selling a $799 vibration machine (which you can buy on Amazon for $299!) and stating that is was as good as a $5000 Power Plate Vibration Machine. Incredible. When I stood on this machine, I swear I feel more vibration coming from my electric toothbrush. Don’t buy from one of these places! They can say whatever they want and will most likely have very little idea of what they are talking about. The other huge factor is that vibration machines are not a “one size fits all” and you need an expert to show you not only how to use them but which one will be best for your needs.

      Depending on how you will use the vibtration machines (Strength-stretch-massage-balance-core) will determine which machine you will need. Also, do you know if you want a pivotal or vertical based motion… Again, the main problem is that you have individuals who essentially ‘work’ the trade fair/flea market circuits and sell anything they can get their hands on. In most cases that is fine but without the proper knowledge, selling you the wrong vibration machine may not be a good thing. By the way, if it is a good and reputable brand, it will not be sold at state fairs and flea markets. If you stick to our review list you will end up doing well. Sorry to burst your bubble but when someone is selling a $799 machine which they simply bought from Amazon for $299 it is hard to give them any credit. They would just be ripping you off.

  18. I’m here doing research before purchasing. It’s all so confusing. I am partially paralyzed on my right side from a broken neck almost 40 years ago. I have balance issues. I’m weak and need to build strength. I read about how there should be two motors, and a large base. I have no idea how to choose a machine. I will be willing to look at a mid-range priced model, but will never be an athlete so perhaps a lower priced model will do? The handles will be important for my safety. What about the noise level? I’ve heard that some machines are noisy. I’ll be trying to get my insurance company to pay for this so need a recommendation for mid-price and maybe lower priced models.

    • Hi Morris,

      Thank you for the comment. It is very confusing looking online because there are so many companies making vibration machines now. The popularity has exploded beyond imagination! First off, you will need to look for ‘made up’ specs and terms from some of the untrustworthy sites. Obviously we will not name names here but when you do your research, look for specifications like “Hertz”, “Frequency”, “Amplitude”, “Vibration Platform Size”, “Warranty” etc.. If you are on a website reading about “gigawatts” and “copper wiring interference” then these are going to be made up terms and you should avoid these machines. Unfortunately some companies make up specs to make themselves look better.

      The bottom line is that in order to buy a good vibration machine, you will need to spend at least $2000.00. To put this into perspective, a motor in one of these mid level machines could cost $400 alone so how can a $400 vibration machine do anything worthwhile. The biggest challenge is to find a machine that is powerful enough to actually do something for you. We also feel that it really does not matter if a vibration machine has 1 or 2 motors because that alone will not tell you much. If a unit with 1 motor is an commercial AC motor then that may be plenty to effectively power the platform. Most of the time, vibration machines with really large platforms may need 2 motors simply because the unit needs more power. It may be a silly analogy but the car you drive only has 1 motor so again, that would not be a specification that will determine that overall quality of a machine.

      Lower level price – Nitro Fit Personal ($999) – Pivotal motion
      Mid Level – BH Avanced Body Platform – ($1999) – Vertical motion
      Upper Level – 3G Cardio AVT 5.0 – ($3999) – Vertical

      These three machines will give you enough power to do what you need. At the lower level price point, be aware that the Nitro Fit Personal is a Pivotal motion vibration machine and the others are vertical.

  19. I understand the free motion vertex is made by power plate, or is at least the same platform. Have you tried it yet? We are looking to get one for home use, 5 users ranging from 8-42 years, 80-220 lbs. Which one would you choose?

    • Hi Tara,

      Thank you for the question regarding the Free Motion Vertex. To answer you questions, Free Motion would be a competing company to Power Plate so Power Plate would not be the manufacturer of the Free Motion product. It is possible that the same Asian factory produces each machine but they would be difficult to determine.

      The hardest part about rating this machine is that even on the Free Motion website, they do not list any details about the machine such as Hertz or Amplitude ability. I would like to know warranty, vibration platform size and much, much more before I would feel comfortable giving a recommendation. For the life of me, I cannot understand why they would have had a product made and offered on their website with no specifications. Based on the limited information they do list such as price, physical weight and overall size it seems as though there are going to be better values on the market. You can get a very nice machine for much less money if you look at “Wave” – “Power Plate” or 3G Cardio. Any of these brands will be able to give you what you need for less money. With the age range of potential users, I would suggest looking for a machine that can delivery up to 50Hz frequency. Evidence suggests that much of the internal benefit which occurs in our bodies happens most efficiently at around a speed/frequency of 45Hz.

  20. My husband is suffering of Parkinson disease. Which machine you will suggest to buy (not too much expensive one) ? Thanks you for answering.

    • Hello and thank you for your email. First off, we would strongly suggest using a vertical based vibration plate as opposed to a pivotal or “teeter totter” based vibration machine. Secondly, we have read some interesting studies regarding “whole body vibration and Parkinson” and there appears to be some positive effects. If nothing more, it will help to either maintain or improve your husbands muscular strength, improve circulation etc.. So with this said, to get an effective machine you will have to spend a few bucks. Buying a cheap $400 machine will not buy you enough quality to make any difference. The lowest priced, vertical vibration machine with ‘good’ quality will be the BH® Advanced body platform ABP™ Vibration Machine ($1999). If you absolutely cannot spend this much money, then your other choice would be to move into a pivotal style vibration machine. At $999 the Nitro Fit Personal Vibration Machine is a very good buy and good quality. I would rather see you use a vertical vibration machine but again, depending on budget, the Nitro Fit Personal would be the next best buy. Both companies are very well respected and offer fantastic customer support. Thank you.

  21. Amazon has this one listed for a cool 299, price drop from 999.00 the reviews on amazon are mostly good however most of them have never used a vibration machine before.. so that’s not saying much…

    Thanks

    • Hi Jessica – Thank you for your email regarding Amazon and vibration machines. I did not see any machine listed in your post so if you could resend or describe which ever vibration machine you are referring to, I would be happy to give you our opinion. thank you.

    • Hi Laura,

      Thank you for the email. We would be happy to recommend a machine for home use. Can you answer a few questions for us first?

      -How many people in your home would potentially use this machine?
      -How tall is the tallest person, how heavy is the heaviest?
      -Any health concerns? Knees, Hips, Ankles etc..?
      -Max price point?
      -Overall health range; poor – average – good – great?

      Thank you,

      VMR.com

  22. To our knowledge the 3G Cardio products do not have a class 1 or class 2 FDA medical classification. It is rumored that they are going through the “paper work” to acquire this classification.

    Regarding your question about the TZone VT 15 – VT 20, we have not reviewed this product as of today but it appears to be a “pivotal” style vibration which moves like a teeter totter. The 3G Cardio brand, much like the Power Plate and DKN move in a vertical based motion which will be significantly different than a “pivotal” based vibration motion.

    While we are fans of the pivotal vibration motion, the majority of research studies available online will be based on “vertical” vibration motion. Ultimately it depends on what your fitness goals are but as a whole, the vertical vibration machines will be able to offer a greater amount of variety to a wider range of users. We hope this helps with your understanding. Thank you.

  23. does 3gCardio AVT5 have class 1 or class 2 FDA medical classification?

    How doess a VT15 or VT20 whole body vibration unit compare with the 3gCardio units? Do they vibrate on the same plane–i.e. same type of vibration motion?

    • Hello and thank you for visiting our website. One of the closest guarded secrets in the fitness industry is where a “Brand Name” is manufactured and is sometimes very hard to determine. The fact is that the majority of the reviewed products on this site are either made in China or Taiwan. Very few fitness products are manufactured in the USA. It really is a catch 22 because people want to buy products made in the USA but they would not be willing to pay the much, much higher price that would be required. The reality is that a $3000 vibration machine which is manufactured in China or Taiwan would jump to $5000 or higher if it was made in the USA. It is unfortunate but this is the world we live in.

      I hope this helps and please feel free to respond with any additional questions.

  24. The Hypervibe and Nitro Fit are made in the exact same factory as each other and ‘yes’ the Hypervibe does use a stronger motor but….. you will not need the stronger motor. Years ago, Nitro Fit came out with their new model and it had the stronger motor in it. The stronger motor made it possible to create a vibration level that would have actually been dangerous to a user so they decided to not use the stronger motor (which is what is used in the Hypervibe). Now, before anyone takes this out of context, obviously a person can simply not take the setting so high on the Hypervibe and there will be no danger. Nitro Fit simply did not want the extra cost of an unnecessarily strong motor so they chose not to use it. At the end of the day, they are equal machines and it should come down to price. Who is willing to offer the best deal: Nitro Fit Deluxe or Hypervibe Performance Vibration Machine?

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