I wanted to bring you a side by side comparison of the Innova Fitness ITX9600 and Ironman Gravity 4000 inversion tables. One is nearly half the price of the other while delivering very high quality, solid built parts. I think at the end of this comparison you will be able to decide which model is the right choice for you with a clear understanding of why.
I’m going to run this comparison like my reviews and compare each unit on construction, ankle support, incline options, assembly, and warranty. I’ll have links to individual reviews if you’d like to read additional information like dimensions and accessories available for each.
Innova Fitness ITX9600 Construction
The Innova Fitness ITX9600 Heavy Duty Deluxe Inversion Therapy Table has a 1.5-inch heavy duty square tube steel frame that comes with each side pre-assembled from the factory with pivot bar and hinge assembly already applied. The only part of concern here might be the nylon spacer bushings installed in this assembly that the pivot pin rides in. I’ve read a couple of reviews where people claimed that nylon bushing arrived broken. [toc]I did contact Innova service by email to ask for a copy of their owner’s manual and was pleasantly surprised that they responded within 10 minutes to my email. This makes me feel confident with their customer support in the unlikely event you might have a problem.
The rest of their frame construction is similar with solid tube steel used in the main back support frame assembly. Innova Fitness includes a 1-inch-thick foam padded two-piece backrest. The unit does fold for storage with a frame mounted hinge system.
Ironman Gravity 4000 Construction
Both the front and back leg assemblies are made from 1 piece round edge 2”x1” tube steel for extra heavy duty side to side support. That’s why the Ironman 4000 is the only standard decompression table with a 350 lbs. weight rating. The Ironman requires a little more assembly since you will need to put both the legs and side hinge assemblies together at home. The upside is you will have a much heavier steel on steel pivot bar assembly with no nylon bushings.
The Gravity 4000 features a heavy duty square tube steel main frame assembly from ankle support to head all the way through the backrest assembly. You will be laying on a 2-1/2-inch memory foam backrest for added comfort. One side not is that this thicker memory foam can be hot in warm weather if you remain inverted for any length of time.
Ankle Support System
Innova Fitness ITX9600 Ankle Support
The Innova ITX9600 features a cuff style rear ankle support which wraps around your heel area for added comfort. The front ankle support is a round foam cushion design that is controlled by a pull-pin lock that latches a T-bar slide assembly used to move the front ankle support snuggly against the front of your ankle-foot area.
The fact that Innova uses a comfort rear cuff system is really a plus for such a budget priced decompression table.
Ironman Gravity 4000 Ankle Support
Ironman uses a high end ankle support system in their Gravity 4000 when compare to other models in its price range. If you suffer from low back pain, you will appreciate the easy to reach palm activated one hand push button and pivot ratchet style ankle support system.
If that feature alone was not enough, you are sure to love the fact that Ironman gives you both front and rear mounted comfort cuff ankle support pads. I personally own a Gravity 4000 and can comfortably recline into full incline and suspend without shoes, hanging by just my ankles very comfortably. I weigh in at 180 lbs and I’m 6’-0” tall and love this unit.
Spotter Side Note
I was approached about decompression therapy today and was surprised when the person I was talking to commented that they thought you had to have a spotter to use an incline table. I have never had a spotter since the day I set my unit up, unless you count my pug Rocky. We have a regular routine every morning and every night. I invert and he comes around so I can scratch his back and head. This has become part of my stretching routine, but it goes to show how easy inversion is to use and how much good anyone can get from regular decompression therapy. My wife will tell you the same story because our spoiled dog expects the same treatment from her.
So don’t be afraid to use an incline table alone so long as you are not dealing with any blood pressure problems, sinus, or headaches. It’s all about common sense, when you invert you will have more blood flow to your brain, so don’t flip yourself right into total up and down incline but rather recline back gradually and let your body adjust and decompress slowly.
Innova Fitness ITX9600 Options
The ITX9600 uses a 4-position positive inversion angle limit system. This is not a Lock-out device but rather a pin operated assembly that you set to either 20 degrees, 40 degrees, 60 degrees, or 80 degrees before getting on the table. With that in mind understand that the Innova ITX9600 will not go into full 90-degree inversion. Because this unit will not achieve full incline and has no breaking feature a lock-out type workout will not be possible.
The Innova table is designed for users weighing up to 300 lbs. who are between 5’-1” and 6’-6” tall. It’s common to have to set the height adjuster one or two settings higher or lower in order to reach perfect balance, so consider this if your height is close to either limit.
Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion Options
Ironman uses a detachable tether safety strap which is easily set to limit your incline angle anywhere up to about 80 degrees. From there you simply unlatch the tether if you plan to use full inversion like I did for a while this morning. Like most units designed for full incline you will need to set your control bar to the hole closest to the pivot pin for full inversion or the arc will try and pull you back up in full incline. This will allow for full inversion lock-out if you are interested in performing exercises like my model to the right.
As I mentioned above, the Ironman 4000 has the heaviest weight rating of any standard incline table at 350 lbs. It is designed for users between 4’-10” and 6’-6” and again might need to be adjusted up or down to find your perfect balance point. I set my unit 2” taller than my actual height to achieve zero balance. Once at zero balance, I simply raise one or both hands over my head and this shifts my weight enough to cause my table to easily drift back into whatever degree of incline I choose.
One extra nice feature of the Gravity 4000 table is the included adjustable and removable lumbar pad. I find it helps me maintain the arch in my back during inversion which takes some strain off my back when inverted.
Do you have questions on inversion table terminology?
Assembly & Storage
Innova Fitness ITX9600 Assembly
As mentioned above, the Innova ITX9600 comes partially assembled with both sides of the leg system and hinge assembly put together at the factory. I would plan on about 1 hour for assembly time but I did find the owners and assembly manual easy to follow and understand.
When it comes to storage the front leg assembly pivots back after releasing the pin lock and you can look for a folded size of 28” ide by 72” tall and 16” deep if you lay it down for storage.
Ironman Gravity 4000 Assembly
The Ironman table has more pieces but assembly is pretty straight forward and I felt the assembly instructions were very clear as I put my unit together. I would also allow at least 1 hour for assembly time.
When it comes to folding and storage my first comment is that this is a heavy duty unit. That means it weighs 75 lbs. assembled and is very bulky to move around. You can fold it up for storage and its folded dimensions are 32” wide at the included stretch handles mounted on the pivot bar by 80” long and 17” deep when folded.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of inversion therapy?
The warranty for both units is basically the same. Both offer a one-year warranty on the frame assembly and 90 days on all other parts. Both have a great customer service response time by email.
So now you’ve read the good and the bad about each unit. What I eluded to in the beginning was the $100 difference in their cost. Have you learned enough to decide which unit will be the right choice to get you enjoying the benefits of inversion decompression therapy or would you like some additional information on each unit?
I think the Innova Fitness is an excellent value at under $130 and would be a well-built solid investment for anyone looking to begin a decompression routine based on simple 20-80 degree relaxing incline.
If on the other hand you are looking for a unit that will work for a user up to 350 lbs., or maybe you plan on using the full incline lock-out option, then keep in mind there is a reason the Ironman Gravity 4000 is the bestselling incline therapy unit on the internet at just over $200.
I’m going to give you two more ways to learn more about either unit here. First are links to my in-depth reviews of each model and below them are links to the two lowest price sites on the internet for each model. I’ve done all the work for you so that you can make a confident decision here and begin enjoying the benefits of decompression therapy soon.
Get todays lowest price on the Innova Fitness ITX9600
Get todays lowest price on the ironman Gravity 4000
Check out all of our Inversion Table Reviews here