The Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 Inversion Table is an upgraded version of the EP-560 Ltd and Sport models, with some major improvements to the handles and ankle lock system.
In this inversion table review, we discover what’s been upgraded, and make some important comparisons with the EP-960.
We’ll also be finding out more about the rotation control for anyone that’s new to inversion therapy, and finding out more about the unique customization options.
Design and safety features
As the lowest priced inversion table in the Teeter EP collection to offer their Extended Handle Ankle Lock System, it’s no surprise that the EP-950 is one of their bestselling designs.
It also features a robust Medical-Grade Steel A-Frame, created by the double U-Frame sections, and enforced with locking cross-support bars for added strength, stability, and peace of mind once inverted.
EZ-Stretch Traction Handles have also been fitted on either side of the frame to provide a clear guide to your current inversion angle, as well as providing additional stretching and decompression options.
Unfortunately by choosing the EP-950 over the EP-960 Ltd, you do lose out on the stretch handle that was also built into the earlier EP-560 models.
There’s also a wide range of settings for different user heights, from 4’8″ to 6’6″.
A scratch-resistant powder coating helps complete the aesthetic appeal, and improves durability.
Before you consider buying any inversion table, it’s worth taking the time to consult with a licensed physician on whether or not this form of therapy could be beneficial to you.
Although the Teeter EP-950 includes a number of important safety features, you should still take the time to check that inversion isn’t going to aggravate any pre-existing health issues.
Teeter have actually put together a full colour document of all restrictions on use, which includes basics such as nobody over the height limit (6’6″), but also anyone with high blood pressure or heart disorders.
You can review the list yourself here.
If you’re given the all clear to pursue inversion therapy as a solution for your back pain or muscle stiffness, it’s also worth knowing about the safety features Teeter have built in to the EP-950.
Perhaps the most important of these is the Roller Hinges.
These have three positions to choose from, each of which has an effective on the responsiveness of the ComforTrak Bed rotation.
The setting furthest from the roller is the least responsive, while the setting closer to the roller will see the table rotate with less effort.
If you’re new to inversion therapy and don’t want to reach the full 180 degree inversion right away, there’s also an EZ-Angle tether strap that joins the U-Frame to the underside of the back support. This can limit your inversion to a pre-set angle of 20, 40, or 60 degrees. By detaching the EZ Angle Tether, the full 180 degree inversion range is available.
As with the other Teeter inversion tables we’ve reviewed, the EP-950 comes fitted with tough, non-skid corner feet to prevent the frame from slipping on hard floors.
This particular model has also been classified by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. as UL 60601-1 compliant.
Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 – Features Summary
- Premium inversion therapy table for reducing back pain, improving posture, and more
- Patented Flex Technology lets you move as you move to encourage a greater range of motion
- Smooth, low-friction surface for optimal stretch
- Ratchet ankle lock system
- EZ Angle tether strap lets you preset rotation angles at 20, 40, or 60 degrees
Comfort and cushioning
Something you’ll notice fairly quickly about Teeter inversion tables is that they don’t have the same padded back support as on most other designs.
Instead, they use what’s known as Ergonomic Flex Technology cushioning, which is strong enough to support you through the inversion, yet flexible enough to fit the contours of your body.
This flexibility is also a huge help if you want to take advantage of the EZ-Stretch Traction Handles, as the ergonomic shape and wide surface area assist with stability.
In terms of ankle comfort, we’re still seeing the same high quality molded heel holders that we saw on the EP-560 and EP-550 models. This is no bad thing, as the shape of the cushioning helps to evenly distribute your bodyweight, reducing the possibility of any pinch points or discomfort.
The detachable pillow that’s become such a key feature of Teeter inversion tables is also available on the EP-950, which can be moved around to cater for different user heights.
If you’re looking for some additional cushioning throughout the length of the back support, Teeter have also developed a Vibration Cushion for inversion tables in the EP series.
This also a vibration massage option, with e Infrared heaters positioned near the upper back providing many of the benefits of tables in Ironman’s IFT collection.
How to assemble the Teeter Hang Ups EP-950
As with other tables from Teeter, the EP-950 arrives mostly pre-assembled. This includes the Table Bed, A-Frame, and the Main Shaft with Ankle System.
An in-depth user manual walks you through the six remaining steps, which require very little in the way of assembly, such as lifting the Table Bed onto the A-Frame.
This is really the only lifting required, but weighing in at over 70 lbs means you may want someone to assist you, depending on your level of mobility and back pain.
The full parts list, diagrams, and textual explanations in the user manual are accompanied by a DVD that shows you how to get the most from the EP-950, and includes five healthy back routines.
Each routine is 10 to 15 minutes in duration, which is generally the maximum recommended time for an inversion therapy session.
A 20 to 30 minute assembly time is recommended, but you’ll also want to set aside a certain amount of time for trial and error when finding the ideal Roller Hinge and height settings.
Folding and storage
One of the main benefits of the Teeter inversion collection is that the tables offer a folding design with a smaller footprint than competing designs.
Although the EP-950 doesn’t fold completely flat, two U-Frame sections that make up the overall A-Frame can be pulled together to make for easier freestanding storage.
Having the ankle holders fold to directly above the Roller Hinges is a major advantage of models like the Ironman Gravity 4000, but does result in an increase in height.
If you’re looking for a table that needs to be folded and moved around between sessions, it’s worth remembering the EP-950 is middle of the market when it comes to frame weight.
Heavier than the lower priced inversion tables from Innova Fitness and the Ironman Gravity collection, but lighter than Ironman’s ATIS product range.
Before buying any new inversion table, even from a company with as much experience as Teeter, it’s worth doing as much research as possible into customer reviews.
Hopefully our own review has provided you with everything you need to know from a features perspective, but it’s still useful to look at a wider sample audience to gain a perspective on customer service and health benefits.
As we expected, the Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 has hundreds of reviews on Amazon, with a large percentage (90%+) rating it either 4 or 5 stars.
However, it’s also important to draw attention to any negative points from the lower rated reviews. There’s always going to be the occasional issue with any fitness product, but what’s important is identifying whether it’s a fundamental design fault or unrelated to the quality and effectiveness of the product, such as box damage during shipping.
But reading through hundreds of reviews looking for this information can be incredibly time consuming, which is why we put together the following lists of pros and cons, based on customer review feedback.
- Low friction, high durability wipe-clean back support surface for enhanced durability and ease of movement
- Part of the only collection of inversion tables to offer accessories
- Contoured ankle supports create a closer, more comfortable fit
- Quick and easy to setup, with most of the table arriving pre-assembled
- Flexible back support adapts to your back better than many inversion tables that offer 1 inch foam padding
- Rigid frame design has excellent stability
- Folding frame reduces its footprint without the need for disassembly
- The combination of height and roller hinge settings helps you find the perfect rotation speed for your body type
- Adjustable pillow adds an extra element of comfort and support to your head and neck
- A few people with knee pain reported the overextension in the knee at steeper inversion angles was painful, although this is a sign that inversion therapy isn’t the right choice of solution, and not due to the design of the EP-950
- Reading through the remaining negative reviews, they seem to be attributed to a small number of one-off instances, such as damage to packaging during transit or unable to get in contact with customer service.
- A couple of reviews also mentioned it was too heavy for people with back problems. At 74 lbs it’s certainly not the lightest inversion table we’ve reviewed, and if you’re looking for a lighter frame design you might want to read our review of the Ironman Gravity 1000 (46 lb product weight)
What’s covered by the warranty?
- 5 years manufacturer’s warranty