First, I am not going to edit this and am setting aside this evening to just write while I think of everything that has happened over the last several years selling vibration machines. I have people in almost every conversation ask if linear or pivotal is the best. I tell them both are good and people either like one type or the other and I can usually pick which one it is based on what people have told me on my quiz. I have tweaked the quiz over the last two years and so far have not had any returns.
There are situations where I won't recommend a linear type vibration and other times I won't recommend a pivotal type. This can depend if someone has a bad back or weak knees or they simply just want to work out and lose weight. Other people want to build bone mass and a one type of vibration is better for this depending on how degenerated the bones are.
I have also found that some of the machines create more EMF while others create minimal EMF. Some have AC motors and some, brushless dc motors that are very quiet. Many people over the last two years have complained that they like their machine and it is really helping them but it is so dang noisy. Certain motors are quiet and you can watch TV in the room without the other person having to turn up the volume and others, it creates complaints because the neighbor below in the apartment start beating on the roof and calling the apartment leasing office and next thing you know you have a note under the door asking you to stop.
The DC motors are the quietest and the sonic models are super silent. Not everyone can afford a Theravibe for 18 grand. Another reason many people return them is that the amplitudes are not high enough. Some of them go only up to 2mm, some go up to 3 to 5 mm, and others, 10 mm when standing on the edge. But, those are the teeter totters. Many will go to 10mm high but when you actually stand on the cheap ones they still get the 10mm amplitude but it the ones people complain about start making a funny noise and get motor gets hot and the automatic shut off comes on and all the sudden, 5 minutes into their workout, they have to wait 20 minutes for the thing to cool down.
The machines are rated at different weight classes. So, if a machine is rated at 300 pounds, does this mean a 300 pound person can stand on the edges getting 10 amplitude or does that mean the machine is rated with an evenly distributed 300 pounds. There are plastic made and solid steel machines and the people that are light weight do not really need a solid steel one. Having steel seems only beneficial to those that require a sturdier machine to hold extra weight. Usually the steel machines have better bearings and components that the plastic ones do not have. There are a few very well built plastic models out there. Teeter totters seem to fall into the exception as the weight is canceled out in its "walking motions" unlike the linear that is more weight bearing on the frame.
The cheaper teeter totter models usually have the complaints with the motors and noise, not the frames, unlike the linear models. When people stand too close to the edge on the teeter totters, the complaints usually don't happen right when they get it but a year later. In motors, their are copper windings and over time they can degenerate and if you study brush and brushless motors you will see how they can burn out so quickly when they are exerted too much or get too hot too quick. Even if they don't burn out and break, they can lose power and not deliver the G forces like you had when you first bought it.
These are the little things that I HAD TO PERSONALLY figure out since so many companies wouldn't be up front with me. Even if they did know the answer its not like the sales person actually did tests on them. They are just usually answering phones and reading specs off some sheet. I don't know anyone who has done the research I have and many companies don't seem to like what I am doing. But, I don't publicly broadcast the brands that failed me because I am not out to do that. I will help recommend a machine but will not talk bad about any company. If people start asking me what I don't like about this or that company, I usually will end the conversation as I structured this site to be positive.
About linear models, I have prefer the models that you can change the amplitude. How can they just put one amplitude level that is good for all people. Having too much can feel like a jack hammer and too low just seems like a vibrating foot massager. I can see why someone would get on a linear that has too much amplitude and call it a jack hammer. Some linear models have amplitude settings so you can get the amplitude just right with the frequency. A 5 mm amplitude, for example, at 30 hz, feels different than one moving at 2mm at 30 hz.
Most people that get benefits from their machines have bought models with higher amplitudes on the linear models and the teeter totter models that don't "bottom out" when standing near the edges giving the person higher amplitudes. I have found that the DC motor pivotal machines tend to hold up the best. The AC models hold up to as long as they have enough "constant, not peak" horsepower" in the motor. Please study input versus output horsepower also so you don't get scammed. I will say that the better motors aren't significantly louder when they are turned up to higher frequencies and standing near the edge. A smooth pivoting of the plate is what I always look for, not just if the plate will pivot.
The majority of the complaints come from the models that are lower in hp and that are the models that most people find at home shows where they will probably never see the dealer again. Please know that I ONLY work with manufactures that have been in business for at least 5 years who are unlikely to be fly by night and start up a different company selling a new brand every year. What really makes me mad is that companies are giving big warranties when they go out of business the warranty is no good. These are just importers working out of their garage. There is nothing wrong with that but at least I want to see someone be in business for a long enough time and get feedback from customers who have bought from them over the years. If I get too many complaints I will take their model off my site even if I like their product. Customer service is just as important as getting a good deal and a good product.
When there is actually good machines out there that I have tested it makes it hard for people to believe me when every manufacture is saying they have the best one and trash talking all the other models. What is really funny is when competing companies who even share the same manufacturer under different labels trash talk each other. I don't sell the knock offs anyway so I don't get caught up in all that. Linear companies are trashing the teeters saying that they can hurt the hips and the teeter companies are saying linear ones are like jack hammers. They say it hurts your hips while they say it resembles walking. Linear companies say theirs are made for linear beings and that g forces are always against gravity. They bring up topics that don't really apply. I have heard both sides of the fence trash talk each other and most of it is so general that you can't say they are right or wrong. People call companies and want to get actual comparisons and all they get is answers in favor of that company. This is what I can't stand. This is why I had to do my own research. It was more of a personal quest at first. Now it has evolved in a business and I use my knowledge of all the research I did and all the customer feedback when I started the site. It is nice when people don't look at me like I am trying to sell them my own product but rather like the mechanic who has inside information on what is right about each machine for people.
I know which machines have the AC motors as big as soda can that are being represented as commercial. And people can't open the machine up and tamper with it as it will void the warranty so no one ever finds out.
Honestly, I don't care if a wbv machine has a motor that has a million horsepower and will hold 1000 pounds if it is going to create EMF that I won't tolerate. I did call mechanical engineers out of the phone book and asked the difference between AC and DC motors and did not just hear it from a manufacturer that was telling me that DC motors were better and more expensive. Quality of the motors is not just about power and durability.
The safety of that motor is my first concern.
Many of the machines have very thin plates and they don't feel so good. Many people will want to exercise barefoot will have to put a towel or a mat on the plate. This usually happens with cheap linear models and haven't had a problem with the teeter totters. Cheap plates create to much friction between your feet and the plate. There are also shoes you can wear that you can use instead of a mat.
Most people that have called me and have bought a wbv machine usually want a machine first for lymphatic drainage and bone density issues. Many people will go on the net and read slick marketing sites and research a salesperson's writings that are intended to push you to their product. Many people that are looking to build bone density, for example, don't understand the principle of lymphatic movement and how the bones are soft inside and the inner bones need nutrients. There are blood vessels going inside the bones. If the system is so sluggish the blood is full of blood toxins and all that is absorbed is toxins and it's not a good thing. You can also take a sample of blood exposed to high EMF under a microscope and blood that has had EMF blocked or transmuted and you will see the difference.
Another thing about linear models, especially the commercial models, you might want to be on the first floor or if you have people below you, a concrete floor to prevent shaking the floor. Unless 4 people and up are using the machine, commercial grade is not necessary. Unless you want a solid feel to the frame, the motors that cost more usually are built better to handle more volume. A commercial 2hp motor and a residential 2hp motor can range in price from a few hundred to a few thousand. Just because it can hold your weight doesn't mean it will do it for a decade.
At first, I felt I had to decide if I should sell the linear models or the pivotal teeter totter models. Each manufacturer made me feel theirs was the best when getting off the phone and then after calling another company, I felt theirs was better. The companies seem to do a great job of comparing their machine to the competitors when they use the buzz words like jack hammer or a teeter totter not giving linear g forces and losing it's vibration at the hip. Some call them half body vibration and some whole body vibration. Now, there are vibrating handle bars and they call them total body vibration. I am tired of the slick marketing. I know which is the best one for me and can use the information I have researched over the last 2 1/2 years and use the complaints and positive testimonials and apply them with the answers people give me on my quiz. It is hard to pick out one from all the linear and pivotal models out there. I will first help decide which type is better and then talk about the components and engineering of the model I recommend. I will NOT talk about other brand's components and trash talk them like a sleazy used car salesman. I have spent my own money dissecting these machines and calling electrical and mechanical engineers to get the real story on why some of them are breaking down and why some make so much noise. I have bought EMF meters to measure each machines EMF and even had people stand next to the high EMF types that I would never even stand next to. I have seen pictures of what the EMF does after standing next to one. It is not a pretty site.
If you need help picking out a whole body vibration machine, I will read over your answers on the questionnaire and give you my opinion as if I were picking one out for myself based on those answers. If I feel confident on a recommendation I will tell you which model I recommend. If not, I might have other questions and will call you if requested. Buying the wrong machine is not a fun thing.
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My connective tissue and joints are sensitive to vertical impact:
My sense of balance and equilibrium while in motion is:
Are you concerned with your weight?
Do you suffer from back pain?
I'm interested in WBV to improve my health (lymph workouts).
I'm interested in WBV as a low-effort form of fat burning or cardio exercise.
In an average week I exercise:
Are you sensitive to EMF or RF frequencies?
Noise: I want my WBV machine to be...
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I plan to use my WBV machine for:
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What size shoes do you wear?
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