The Innova Fitness ITX9300 Inversion Table is an upgrade over the earlier ITX9250, yet still priced towards the lower end of their collection.
In this review we’re going to be taking a close look at the design and safety features, as well as considering how well it compares to models from Innova’s own collection, as well as inversion tables from some other industry leaders.
Design and safety features
Whether you’re just getting started with inversion therapy or have included it as part of your back health program for years, it’s important to find a table that’s comfortable.
Inversion sessions aren’t typically much longer than a few minutes, but depending on the inversion ankle these can be anything up to 25 minutes+.
That’s why Innova have increased the cushioning by providing you with a fully padded back rest and combining this with the contoured foam leg rollers.
It’s important to mention that in terms of thickness, this foam is closer to the Ironman Gravity 1000 (1 inch) than it is their 4000 model (2.5 inches). It’s also not memory-foam, and won’t provide infrared heat therapy like Ironman’s IFT collection.
However, it’s still an encouraging improvement over the ITX9250, and provides sufficient support throughout the inversion range to feel safe at all times.
The back support also offers a wide range of height settings (5ft-1in to 6ft-3-ins), making it suitable for family environments if needed.
As with any inversion table, two of the most important factors when deciding which model to buy are safety and stability.
With this in mind Innova have developed a Safety Bar System, where you can place a bar at any one of three positions to limit the inversion range. When completely removed you can invert the full 180 degrees.
If you do want to take advantage of the complete 180 degree inversion, full length coated safety handles provide a useful way to return yourself to an upright position at the end of your session.
As with their earlier ITX9250 inversion table, this model features a 4-point, pod-style base frame for improved stability.
Unfortunately you don’t have the same ratchet ankle holder system as on the Ironman Gravity 3000 and 4000 models, meaning you should be prepared to reach down lower to lock and release your ankles.
Although this is quite a subtle difference, it’s still worth bearing in mind if you want an inversion table that puts minimum strain on your lower back.
Innova Fitness ITX9300 – Features Summary
- Padded foam backrest for comfortable inverting
- Exclusive 3-position safety bar for more secure inverting compared to old strap style inversion tables
- 4-point, pod-style base frame extra safety and stability on even and uneven surfaces
- Foam leg rollers and Soft Touch handlebars for added comfort
- Folds up for easy storage
- 250 lbs weight capacity
- Accommodates users 5ft-1in to 6ft- 3in
Benefits of inversion therapy tables
Inversion tables are often considered a safe and cost effective solution to back pain, that when combined with a wider recovery program can lead to dramatic improvements in mobility, back health, and overall quality of life.
While in many cases this is certainly true, with just a few minutes of use each day, you can actually experience a much broader range of health benefits.
- Relief from pain and stiffness
- Improvement in posture
- Helps relieve back pressure on discs by elongating the spine
- Increases blood circulation throughout the body
- Relieves muscle aches and stress
But inversion therapy does come with a warning. It’s not generally recommended for anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease, or certain eye conditions such as glaucoma.
Comparison with the Ironman Gravity 1000
Whether or not the Innova Fitness ITX9300 is the best inversion table for you will come down to a number of factors. One of which is price.
Innova are well known for producing some of the lowest priced inversion tables in the industry, with many of their products (including the ITX9300) being priced in the $100 to $200 range.
But Ironman also have their own inversion tables at a similar price point, in a collection known as ‘Gravity’.
The lowest priced table in the Gravity collection is their 1000 model, usually costing around $150. Despite being a slightly higher price than the ITX9300, you do benefit from a number of improvements.
Firstly, you have an extra seven inches in the height settings, making the Gravity model better suited to taller and shorter users.
The ITX9300 has a range of 5ft-1in to 6ft-3in, while the Gravity 1000 has settings ranging from 4ft-9in to 6ft-6in.
Secondly, the weight capacity is increased from 250 lbs up to 300 lbs, with a wider back support providing more cushioning for anyone that wants to take advantage of this higher weight limit.
Note: Innova Fitness do step up the weight capacity to 300 lbs on the next model in the collection, the ITX9600. Usually priced around $125, this is often $25 less than the Gravity 1000.
One final difference we wanted to mention was with how you limit the inversion angle.
Whereas the Innova ITX9300 offers you a choice of three fixed positions via the safety bar, the Gravity 1000 is a lot more flexible.
This is because you adjust the length of a safety strap that joins the back support to the front of the double U-frame, rather than being limited to preset positions.
Despite taking slightly longer to adjust than the safety bar, we still feel this added flexibility is a major advantage.
Comparison with the Innova Fitness ITX9250
Being an upgrade over the earlier ITX9250 model, we thought we should compare the two inversion tables to see what the differences really are.
Now there’s something we should mention here before getting your expectations up about some innovative new features or a fold flat design. When comparing these two tables, the ITX9300 was actually cheaper than the ITX9250, despite being the upgraded model.
So it’s certainly worth checking to see how much discount is currently available on Amazon, as the fact that you get more for less makes it a much easier decision.
For the most part you’re getting a very similar inversion table by choosing the ITX9300. The only difference we found was that the back support was now fully padded, instead of constructed with an airflow mesh.
Apart from that (and the colour) everything else is identical. That goes for the dimensions, weight capacity (250 lbs), range of safety bar positions, and the inclusion of a base bar for stretching at full inversion.
Later models certainly see more significant improvements, but if you’re on a limited budget then you can usually pick up each of these tables for around $110.
Ease of assembly and folding options
You may think inversion tables are easier to put together than ellipticals or treadmills due to their smaller size. Unfortunately the opposite is often closer to the truth.
That’s because treadmill manufacturers are often able to build a lot of the machine (running deck, cushioning systems, motor, etc.) in the factory before shipping it to you. With so much pre-assembled, you’re often only left with connecting the console and bolting the uprights to the main running deck.
Innova Fitness have tried to do the same with their ITX9300, but you should still set aside 45 to 60 minutes if you want to be sure of getting everything setup in a single session.
Assembly instructions in the user manual are easy to follow, and they even provide you with all the tools you’ll need to do it.
If space is at a premium, you’ll also benefit from the lightweight, collapsible frame design that folds almost completely flat for easy storage.
When you’re researching inversion tables, something you’ll probably notice fairly quickly is just how many products have a large number of reviews.
Due to their inexpensive nature, popularity, and effectiveness, these reviews often combine to provide a high average rating. This is certainly the case with the Innova Fitness ITX9300.
Not only do you have dozens of highly rated reviews, but the rating distribution is even more impressive than inversion tables costing hundreds of dollars more, with the vast majority rating this table at 4 or 5 stars.
But despite all the praise, it’s still important to weigh up any points mentioned in negative reviews as well, just in case their health or living situation is similar to your own.
That’s why in order to remain unbiased in our own review, we’ve provided detailed lists of the pros and cons that were mentioned most frequently throughout the customer reviews on Amazon.
- Quick and easy to assemble
- Has a smaller footprint and requires less space when folded compared to many higher priced designs
- Safety bar stop offers an extra level of security over a strap design, which some models have issues with due to slipping
- Lightweight enough to fold and move if necessary
- Many customers have reported that it required only a few minutes use each day for them to see good results
- More cost efficient than expensive surgery or chiropractic adjustment sessions
- All the tools you need for assembly are provided
- Ergonomically cushioned ankle holders are comfortable to use and hold you securely in place
- Lack of in-depth ‘how-to-use’ guide or instructional DVDs like you would get with the higher priced inversion tables from Teeter Hang Ups
- No lumbar pillow
- No improvement in weight capacity over the earlier ITX9250 model
- Reduced height range compared to the Ironman and Teeter Hang Ups models, although this is reflected in the price
What’s covered by the warranty?
- Frame: 1 year