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How Much Should You Pay For A Vibration Machine?

08th July 2013 in Pearl Diver Newsby Sarah Husband
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Vibration machines cost anything from a few hundred dollars to in excess of twenty thousand dollars. Why is there such a large difference in price, and does choosing a more expensive machine automatically mean it’s going to perform better than a less expensive one?

In other words – Do you really get what you pay for?
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For the most part, “Yes” you do but there are quite a few exceptions to watch out for if you really want to spend wisely, particularly in the $1000 – $3000 price range.

Pay A Little
At the low end of the price scale you find low-acceleration, home-use, mass-produced vibration machines; what some may call ‘massage machines’ as that is about all they are good for.

Pay A Lot
At the high end of the price scale you find high-acceleration, commercial-use, made-to-order vibration machines. These are considered ‘training machines’ and many have research-backed evidence to support their claims of body strengthening and improved sporting performance.

So the first trend you will notice is G-force or Acceleration. Generally speaking:

The more money you spend, the more G-force you get.

There is one notable exception to this rule. If you didn’t know How To Choose A Vibration Machine you could potentially spend many thousands of dollars for what is actually just a low-powered ‘massage’ machine. Pay a lot and get a little.

Conversely it is not possible to pay a little and get a lot. There are no high-performance machines available for under $2000; machines which are capable of producing:
★ More than 10G of Acceleration, and
★ Vibration Frequencies in the range of 20-45Hz

In our Whole Body Vibration Buyers Guide, 41 vibration machines covering the entire range of prices were professionally tested by independent engineering companies to determine maximum performance ability. This graph shows the average G-force scores found in each price category:

 

“The more you spend, the more G-force you get” appears to be true.

However, this next graph shows the individual G-force scores of each machine and now the (good and bad) exceptions start to stand out:
The machines with faded bars were not capable of producing between 20-45Hz. more

Firstly you might notice that our Hypervibe Performance machine (the tallest green bar) is the stand-out in the $1000 – $3000 price category. It has a G-force score comparable with machines that cost up to five times as much. In relative terms you actually can pay a little and get a lot!

If you were to take that tallest green bar away however what would be left? Twenty of the remaining twenty one green bars are all approximately equal in height to the blue “under $1000” bars. This means that in all of those twenty machines you really are paying a lot to get a little.

When you also consider that of the twenty two machines in the $1000 – $3000 category, the Hypervibe Performance machine was the only one capable of:
★ More than 10G of Acceleration, and
★ Vibration Frequencies in the range of 20-45Hz

It should make you think carefully before buying a home-use machine, particularly if you are after high-performance health benefits!

Home vs Commercial Use
Is it worth venturing into the $10,000 – $20,000 price range? Will it give you access to significantly greater health benefits than a sub-$3000 Hypervibe machine? For the most part, “No”.

The main benefits offered by highly expensive commercial-use machines are increased:
★ Machine Size
★ Durability

Commercial machines are often made-to-order using heavier, more expensive material capable of withstanding the heavy traffic expected in a gym or vibration training studio.

If you want a machine so the family can get in-shape at home it is not necessary to spend more than $3,000 to own a solid, highly effective vibration training machine that will bless you with health benefits for many years to come.