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Innova ITX9600 is an affordable but high-quality inversion table suitable for a wide range of users. The table lets you go into a fully inverted position, or you can lock the maximum inversion angle easily and quickly using one of several preset positions. Exercise will make you feel comfortable and secure thanks to a sturdy steel frame, sufficiently long handles, and a cushioned, comfortable backrest with a height-adjustable headrest. The table is lightweight, easily portable, and foldable, making it much easier to store than its competitors.
The Innova ITX9600 inversion table represents a great opportunity to enjoy inversion therapy at a reasonable price.
- Comfortable backrest and headrest
- Height-adjustable headrest
- Foldable for easier storage
- Light and portable
- Table stability
- Very favorable price
- Mechanism for maximum inversion angle setting
- Quality and manufacturing of some welds and components
- The ankle holder provides a lower level of comfort for attached ankles
- Limited options for the ankle holder
The packaging contains the dimensions 51.18 x 22.24 x 5.12 in. (130 x 56.5 x 14 cm) and 59.20 lbs (26.85 kg). The instructions recommend 2 people setting it up. But going by personal experience, you can do it yourself.
Most of the package comes in protective foil to prevent damage and scratches.
On top of this, some components have extra cardboard packaging. In a nutshell, don't worry about the delivery guys being rowdy.
That being said, we didn't like the way the backrest and the headrest were put together.
The protective foil caught itself between the backrest and its frame.
Completely removing it is a hassle.
First, you unscrew the backrest from its frame.Then, you remove the foil another time, and then screw the backrest in again.
This makes the folding take longer than it should. You can also unfoil it (is unfoiling a word?) by doing this: Cut the plastic with a knife around the backrest frame, so that it is not visible. Be careful about not getting the edges.
This solution won't appeal to all of you. But it is much faster than dismantling and refastening the backrest to its frame. The same goes for unfoiling (!!!) the cover foil from the headrest. It is a lot easier though.
The package isn't heavily padded; only a few small pieces of polystyrene exist on the sides. Other lining or protective material doesn't exist. The packaging strikes just the right compromise between protection and portability.
This means that it's not completely privy towards minor scratches, but the rest of your the product would be fine and dandy.
If you're an IKEA connoisseur, you'll be familiar with this. Because that's how the Innova ITX9600 is. Completely unfolded, the assembly takes place in 5 steps.
- Fold the base frame.
- Mount the handles to the base frame.
- Mount the backrest to the frame. Adjust the headrest height,
- Assemble the height adjustment tube. and ankle holder Install the enlisted plastic covers. Connect the user height adjustment tube with the backrest.
For your convenience, refer to the animation as follows:
We timed the assembly and completed it within 28 minutes and 30 seconds. If you're doing it yourself, you'll take approximately 35 minutes. Faster if you're an IKEA connoisseur ;). The instruction manual is very articulate. On top of this, there are graphic illustrations provided as well.
Screws, nuts, and washers packaged according to each step of installation. The ready-made fastener distribution helps a ton as well. This makes selecting the screws, nuts, and washers. This helps you pick the right items for every step with no room for doubt. Seriously, it helps a lot.
The spanners present in the package help as well. While they're not a craftman's wet dream, they fulfill their purpose well. Tightening some of the screws was a pain though. You need to hold the bolt with one spanner and use the other to tighten the nut.
While this is standard, some parts of the metal base frame are in danger of being scratched. We also have other reservations about the need to assemble the base frame itself and the ankle holder.
Certain inversion tables are delivered with a pre-assembled base frame or ankle holder, factory style. This means quicker, easier assembly. While the lowered price is the price you have to pay (pun intended) for the additional assembly- we still don't think the process is tedious.
A huge advantage of the Innova is its low weight compared to competing products. The ITX9600 weighs only 52 lbs (23.6 kg), Even children can set this up.
We measured the dimensions of this inversion table in three different positions while testing. The values below are when the headrest was set to the highest possible height.
Position no. 1: Inversion table is ready for exercise
Position no. 2: The user is in the horizontal position
Position no. 3: The user is in full inversion
Dimensions of the table aren't all that matter though. So does the space around it.Innova says it leaves an extra space of 3 ft. (91.4 cm) from the front and the rear, as well as 2 ft. (61 cm) from the right and left sides.
In our trials, we found it easy to exercise comfortably with 4 - 5 in. (10.2 - 12.7 cm) of space besides the aforementioned dimensions. Another important factor is backrest size. The Innova ITX9600 features an irregularly-shaped backrest. This means two separate backrest widths.
The backrest width at the top is 17.32 in. (44 cm) and at the widest part is 18.5 in. (47 cm). The length of the backrest measures 31.5 in. (80 cm). If you set the headrest to the highest level, then you get a 46.06 in. (117 cm) body support area including the backrest.
As a result, both backrest and headrest, provide sufficient support for the body during exercise.
This applies to people ranging from less than 5'0" to more than 6'5". A range not provided by most inversion tables. This combination of the right values and dimensions make the Innova ITX9600 a very light and compact inversion table.
This means you don't have to have an entire massage studio to enjoy inversion therapy. Your hallway and ceiling height will do ;)
Foldability & Storage
A feature required in a high-quality inversion table is being able to fold it quick. With no difficulty. When folded, Innova takes up far less space than when not. This makes storage much easier. When folded, the table is also much easier to handle. Carrying it to another room is a breeze.
To fold the Innova ITX9600 into the storage position, you pull the safety pin at the top of the base frame first. (This is the metal pin that secures the table in the exercise position.) After which you fold the base frame and reinsert the safety pin to secure the table in the storage position.
To make it as small as possible, set the user height adjustment tube to the shortest possible user height. You can see the storage position of the Innova in the picture below. When the front of the backrest faces the wall, it stands stable. No danger of falling, sliding, or moving.
That being said: DO NOT store this inversion table in the opposite position. That is, the front of the backrest facing away from the wall. The table is not stable at all, and there's a good chance you'll fall head first.
The overall dimensions of the device in this storage position depend on the headrest height as well as the height the user sets. The maximum height is 75.59 in. (197 cm) when the headrest is set to the highest level.
The lowest level, is 1.79 in. (5 cm) lower. The table width is 27.76 in. (70.5 cm). The device takes up just 18.31 in. (46.5 cm) of space when near a wall.
Less than 27.56 in. (70 cm) in the exercise position. As you can tell from above, it's easy to see how well the table would fit into the corner of a room or into a gap next to a cabinet.
While evaluating the material quality of the ITX9600, you need to be aware of the cost of this device. The inversion table being so inexpensive, the craftmanship won't rival Michelangelo's. As a result, the quality of the rear of backrest and headrest are lacking. The parts are not upholstered, and the fabric is fastened with metal staples instead. Staples that aren't evenly distributed either. This results in a finishing with much to be desired.
The quality of welding on the metal structure under the backrest and the ankle holder could be improved too. For the safety ankle holder, we noted that the foam rollers that pad your feet during exercise were made from regular foam. Nothing special.
However, the metal structure in the handles is solid. You can do all kinds of exercises (within reason) without worry. Furthermore, the handles are coated with soft foam that feel good on your hands.
Also, we love the steel from. Firmly and steady, it is also varnished surprisingly well. The manufacturing and quality of some parts are not the strong suit of the Innova ITX 9600. However, it is very well priced despite its superficial flaws.
The Innova ITX9600 is designed for a user whose weight does not exceed 300 lbs (136 kg) and whose height is in the range of 4 ft. 10 in. (147 cm) to 6 ft. 6 in. (198 cm).
To feel comfortable with inversion therapy, you have to "fit" to the inversion table. In this respect, the width of the device between the metal fasteners by which the backrest is attached to the base frame of the inversion table is particularly decisive. The width of this part of this product is 18.7 in. (47.5 cm). If you have a more robust figure, we'd rather you take a look at IRONMAN's inversion table - specifically the IRONMAN Gravity 4000.
The maximum inversion angle you want to achieve during exercise can is done by a retention mechanism. Placed on the right side of the table under the handle, you can set an angle of 15, 30, 45, 60, or 85 degrees. Set the angle by inserting and lightly screwing the metal pin into the position you want.
If you don't insert the metal pin you to reach a full inversion position. Which is 90 degrees. The backrest, stopped by the metal frame structure won't let you invert any further.
The mechanics are excellent. The setting of this pitch literally takes only a few seconds. An advantage when compared to the safety strap used by other brands.
Keeping the maximum rollover angle controlled is especially important if you're new to inversion therapy. Start with a small inclination angle. Increase the angle inclination progressively. Don't go hard until you're used to it.
Ankle Holding System
Whether you set an inversion angle of 15 or 90 degrees, you have to have your ankles properly attached to the inversion table.
To mount the ankles, you use a part of the table called the ankle holder. This holder should not just be strong enough, it should go easy on your legs as well.
For the Innova, this holder consists of a wide range of components. The most important being footpads, foam rollers, U-shaped holders. In addition to a fixation mechanism that you can adjust into several positions.
We believe that the foam rollers could be, at least, made out of a better material, or could be slightly larger. Furthermore, the U-shaped holders could be more padded to provide more exercise comfort. However, the biggest weakness of the ankle holder is the fixation mechanism. Individual positions for locking the ankles in the holder are relatively far apart, so finding the optimal position may not always be easy.
Overall, we rate the ankle holding system of this Innova as average, and it is the weakest of all aspects of this Innova. Though the ankle holder offers an acceptable level of comfort, some users may have trouble finding their optimal setting.
The ITX9600 is not equipped with any extra features, such as a lower back support. Or a heating belt with a massage function. Understandable, given the price of the product.
The table is equipped with user height adjustment. And an ankle quick-release mechanism. The headrest can be adjusted to three positions, which we really liked. Low, middle, and high.
However, there is no quick release option present. You need to unscrew both screws, set the headrest position, and then screw the screws back in.
We also enjoyed the previously mentioned maximum inversion angle mechanism. Adjustment is easy and fast. Just select the desired rollover angle and fix this position by inserting and lightly screwing in the metal pin.
Safety & Stability
The stability really does deserve applause. With a solid steel base frame, the table is incredibly stable, even if you are in complete inversion. If you want to increase the stability of your device, you can place a non-slip floor or carpet under the device.
You won't feel safe during inversion therapy with this table, that's for sure. The ankle holders also help tremendously.
And they provide you with perfect support and exercise security. Increased safety while training is also provided via long handles and a safety mechanism for setting the maximum rollover angle.
We talked about our a couple of reservations about the ankle holders that this inversion table (does not) provide you with. Let's take a closer look.
We would welcome the foam rollers with open arms (and legs) if only they were made with better material. The U-shaped holders don't have very decent padding either. You feel safe, but not very comfortable, at greater or full inversion by the ankles.
IRONMAN and Teeter are much better equipped in this regard. They offer better comfort for your ankles and legs at a larger angle too. You will definitely not complain for a lack of comfort when you lie down on the backrest and rest your head against the headrest, though. Both the backrest and the headrest have very comfortable padding while providing sufficient body support during exercise. Lying on this inversion table is really very comfortable.
A trouble-free adjustment of user height with the adjustment knob or an easy and quick adjustment of the angle of inversion with the help of a metal pin completes the overall user comfort this Innova provides.
You're already familiar with the stability, safety, and comfort that the Innova ITX9600 offers. You also know about the ankle holders, backrest, and handles that it comes equipped with.
You also know about the quality of the materials used, and about the dimensions of the table in different positions. Let us now take a look at the most important thing - the way you exercise on this table and what inversion therapy on the ITX9600 table is actually like.
Exercising on the Innova has impressed us, surprisingly. You can move to the inversion position by moving your hand(s) slightly upwards and behind your head. The table responds immediately to a change in body mass distribution and the tilt angle is altered. The table responds quickly and predictably.
From the low price, we didn't have high expectations. Predicting uncertain exercise routines. Non-stable tables. Inversion angles too difficult to regulate. However, the opposite proved to be true. The table stands firm and is stable at any degree of inversion. Despite its low weight of the table, it feels reassuringly secure.
As soon as you reach the desired degree of inversion that you have set, the table stops. You can thus comfortably relax on the Innova in a given position, breathe calmly, and enjoy your therapy without worry.
In practice, it has been shown that the metal pin for adjusting the angle of inclination is very practical and adds to your certainty, improving the overall experience of exercise. Particularly at the begining of inversion therapy, you concentrate mainly on your own feelings and the degree of inversion is regulated continuously, so the limited possibilities for setting the desired inversion angle are not a major obstacle.
As for the exercise, the missing accessories and the average comfort of the ankles are possible shortcomings. However, lower leg discomfort is only felt at steeper angles of inversion. Additional features and accessories (such as a lumbar support) are not required for everyone and are not required to exercise, especially when the table is equipped with a soft and comfortable backrest like this Innova has.
During our testing, we found that, despite some shortcomings, we can safely evaluate the Innova‘s exercise routine very positively.
The manufacturer of this inversion table is Innova Products Inc. This company is engaged in the production of health and fitness products. The product portfolio of this company includes treadmills, indoor cycling bikes, fitness benches, workout machines, and, of course, inversion tables. In addition to the tested ITX9600 model, Innova offers the ITX9700, ITX9800, and ITM5900 models. The ITM4800, which is one of the best-selling inversion tables on the market, is also available.
The product price is really very favorable. This Innova ITX9600 is one of the most affordable inversion tables on the market. However, the lower product quality is showcased in the poor workmanship of some welds, as well as in the quality of the used materials for some components. Overall, however, you will get great value for your money.