Innova ITX9600 Inversion Table Review

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3.5

Innova ITX9600 Inversion Table

Innova ITX9600 Inversion Table

Verywell Health / Simone Scully

What we like
  • Affordable price

  • Sturdy and durable

  • Ergonomic handholds

  • Comfortable and adjustable headrest

  • Easy for beginners

What we don't like
  • Time-consuming assembly

  • Ankle holder can dig into leg

  • Short ankle lock handle

  • Bulky even when folded

  • Heavy and difficult to move alone

Bottom Line

The Innova ITX9600 is a safe, durable, and relatively comfortable inversion table that’s ideal for beginners or people looking for non-medicated back pain relief at a reasonable price.

3.5

Innova ITX9600 Inversion Table

Innova ITX9600 Inversion Table

Verywell Health / Simone Scully

We purchased the Innova ITX9600 Inversion Table so our reviewer could test and assess it. Keep reading for our full product review.

If you suffer from low back pain or sciatica, you’re probably well aware that finding relief can be difficult, even with pain medication, massage, exercise, heat pads, and frequent trips to the chiropractor. 

That’s where inversion tables, like the Innova ITX9600 come in: they’re a non-medicated form of pain relief that is theorized to work by flipping your body upside down to relieve some of the pressure from the bones, joints, and discs in your lower back. The idea is that the inversion creates a traction force through the spine, decompressing the discs and joint spaces. 

Some tables on the market come with a lot of bells and whistles, but at the end of the day, the most important feature of a good inversion table is safety: you want to feel safe and secure so that you don’t fall or collapse out of the table while using it—and on this, the Innova ITX9600 delivers. It’s durable, well-designed, easy to use, and comfortable. 

It also delivers on price. Inversion tables aren’t meant to be used for long periods of time—in fact, most physical therapists recommend that you start with just 30 seconds to a couple of minutes each day and not any longer. That’s why the idea of spending over $200 (and maybe even $1000) on an inversion table is a difficult pill to swallow for a lot of people. But with the Innova ITX9600, you don’t need to spend that much—just $120—and you’ll still get all the benefits you’d get on a flashier model.

Innova ITX9600

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Packaging & Assembly

The Innova ITX9600 is well packaged in a large cardboard box for delivery, but that box is heavy (over 55 pounds) and bulky. As a result, it might be hard for you to lift and bring inside without a second person, especially if you already have back pain. I definitely couldn’t lift it alone and needed my husband’s help to get it in our front door. 

Inside the box, everything came wrapped in plastic, foam, or cardboard to protect it from scratches or bumps during shipping. All the bolts, nuts, and screws were in a blister pack that was clearly organized for each step on the instructions (no need to dump all the screws on the floor and try to sort or guess what screw is the right size for each step like some product assemblies). Plus, it came with all the right tools you need to put it together, so you don’t need to dig for your crescent wrench, screwdriver, or Allen wrench in your garage toolbox. 

At the beginning of the instruction manual, there’s a clear diagram of which pieces you’ll need at each step—which I found myself referring back to at several points during assembly. Otherwise, each step of the instructions is pretty clear and easy to follow, but assembly does take quite a while. It took my husband and I just shy of two hours to put it together. The instruction manual also has a QR code to help you find an instruction video to help with assembly, should you need it. 

Testing Insight

As you put it together, it’s very clear that each component is sturdy, durable, and well designed—which helps you feel confident that the table will hold you safely and securely once you use it.

Design

The Innova ITX9600 is made with durable (and heavy) steel that is designed to hold up to frequent use. It can hold a max weight of 300 pounds, which is pretty good—though there are models on the market that can support up to 350 pounds. You really don’t want to push the limits and cause the table to collapse mid-inversion, so if you’re near the maximum weight, you might want to consider a table with a higher weight limit. 

The table itself is padded and pretty comfortable to lay against, and it's nice to not have any cumbersome straps on your shoulders. The movable lumbar pad is comfortable, gently supporting the curve of your back as you lie against the table and easing some of the pressure on your spine. 

 Innova ITX9600

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The ankle holders aren’t that well padded though, which can be a little uncomfortable. I struggled a little to find a comfortable setting for the ankle holder because the setting that made me feel secure also dug into my ankle a little (the setting above that felt too loose). My husband didn’t have this issue when he tried it, though, so it depends on your leg and ankle size. Still, a little more padding might help in this area.

The Innova is pretty easy to collapse, but it doesn’t lie completely flat. You can lean the collapsed table against a wall or move it into a closet, but be warned that the table still has a pretty large footprint which might not be ideal if you don’t have a lot of space in your home for storage or if you want to put the table out of sight of young children. 

Testing Insight

The handles are a nice feature for beginners who might be a little nervous and want something to hold onto as you tilt, and they help control the speed of your inversion.

Ease of Use

The Innova ITX9600 is a pretty easy inversion table to use. There are no complicated straps like with other models on the market, and using it feels pretty intuitive.

Your first step is to adjust the height for your body by moving the ankle hold and footrest. This is easily done by removing the pin underneath the center bar and sliding it up and down to the right height, which is conveniently noted on the bar. 

Next, you’ll want to set the Angle Selector Pin, which determines the slope of the inversion. To do this, you’ll drop the pin in and then screw it in for safety so that it can’t fall out. The ITX9600 has a lot of different inversion angle options: If you’re a beginner, you’ll want to start at the lowest setting (15 degrees) so your head is below the angle of your heart, but the pressure in your neck and head is less; but many users prefer 30 degrees for their back pain relief. In theory, you can go all the way to 90 degrees, but I don’t know why you’d want to. By 45 degrees, you’ll feel a lot of pressure in your head and eyes, and it’s definitely not comfortable. 

Innova ITX9600

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When you get on the table, you just step onto the foothold and push the ankle holders in until you hear the pin lock—a comforting sign that lets you know you’re secure. However, unlike other models on the market, this table doesn’t come with a long ankle lock handle, so you’ll have to bend down to secure your ankles (or get someone to help) which is a little more difficult. 

Once you’re secure, you might need to slide the lumbar pillow up or down to fit the curve of your spine comfortably. Then, you lift one arm above your head and lean back until the table comes to its inversion. There are ergonomic handles on both sides too, which I found comforting to hold onto with my other arm, but you definitely don’t have to hold them if you don’t want to.

 Innova ITX9600

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Potential Hazards

You shouldn’t use the inversion table alone. It’s always recommended that you have a spotter to make sure you’re in securely before you start and to help you get upright again if you should need help for any reason. 

If you have small children and pets (like I do), you’re going to want to clear them out of the room before using it (which is easier said than done with a toddler with separation anxiety). It is easy for a dog, cat, or small child to get hurt if they were to crawl under the table while you use it. 

If you have kids, you’ll also want to collapse the table down after use because there are lots of ways for little kids to hurt themselves even when you’re not using it (and my son definitely thought the table was a fort and wanted to play underneath it when I first set it up—which is a big no-no.) The steel frame is pretty hard—a head bump on the frame would definitely leave a bruise—and the pin angle slot system has a series of holes for the pin to go in that are exactly toddler-sized and could cause some pretty severe pinching injuries.

Innova ITX9600

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You’ll want to make sure you don’t put your hand or fingers inside the Protective Cover for the Angle Selector pin too while you’re inverting, and if you have very long hair, you might want to tie it back to make sure your hair doesn’t get caught in the equipment. 

Be sure you’ve placed the pin in the right slot before you get on the table (my husband almost forgot when he tried it), and securely tighten the ankle holder before leaning back against the table so that you don’t fall. 

If you have a previous ankle injury, you’ll want to check with a doctor before you try using the table because the ankle holders do put pressure on your ankles while you invert, which could aggravate some existing injuries. 

In general, though, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor before you use an inversion table to make sure inversion therapy is a good idea for you. 

While inversion tables can be used safely at home, there are risks for elderly or less coordinated patients, as well as people with specific conditions. Patients with a history of glaucoma, heart disease, or high blood pressure, for example, shouldn’t try inversion therapy without explicit consent from their healthcare providers. Inversion tables should also not be used if you’re pregnant. 

 Innova ITX9600

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Price

Inversion tables can easily run over $200 (some cost more than $1000), so compared to other ones on the market, this one feels like a steal at $120. But if you’re worried—like I was at first—that the lower price would mean a table that is less safe, don’t worry.  That was definitely not true. This table is durable, the ankle holders are secure, and it feels very safe. True, it doesn’t come with extra features, like a back warmer, but if you’re looking to get a little relief for your back pain without spending too much, the Innova ITX9600 Inversion Table is worth it. 

Innova ITX9600

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Final Verdict

Overall, the Innova ITX9600 is a good purchase. It’s affordably priced without sacrificing quality or safety, so you don’t have to worry you’re going to fall mid-inversion. It’s easy to use (even for inversion table beginners), and it’s relatively comfortable. The only real drawbacks are that it doesn’t have a long ankle lock handle, which means you’ll have to bend down to strap your ankles in, and it’s not super easy to store when not in use because of its large footprint (even collapsed) and heavy weight.

Specs

  • Product Name ITX9600
  • Product Brand Innova
  • Price $119.99
  • Weight 52 lbs.
  • Product Dimensions 46 x 63 x 28 in.
  • Assembly Required Yes
  • Features Durable steel frame, pin angle slot system, comfort lumbar pad, adjustable headrest
  • Compatible User Heights 4ft 10in. to 6ft 6in.
  • Max User Weight 300 lbs
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