Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table review

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Thank you for stopping by to check out this Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table review. Teeter has been in the inversion table business for many years, and they continue to design high-quality products.  I encourage you to keep reading as we take an in-depth look at this innovative inversion table from Teeter.

Many people use an inversion table as a noninvasive, no drugs involved way to treat back pain.  I fall into this group as I own and use my Teeter X1 inversion table regularly.  I have a long history of back problems (most of my adult life) and find that using an inversion table regularly really helps.

The general idea behind inversion therapy is to use gravity in your favor.  By hanging upside down, this helps to relieve pressure on the discs in your back, allowing them to rehydrate, and recover.

I recommend speaking with your doctor if you have specific questions about whether using an inversion table is right for you.

With all of that said, let’s take a look at the FitSpine X1 Inversion Table from Teeter. Here is an overview and the specs.

Product: Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table
Rating: 93 out of 100
Company: Teeter
Dimensions: (Open) 81” L x 29” W x 87” H (Closed) 58” H x 29” W x 61” H
Product weight: About 59 pounds
User height: 4’8” to 6’6”
Weight limit: 300 pounds
Summary: The FitSpine X1 is the entry-level inversion table model from Teeter and offers a lot of value for the price.

Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table Features


You might not give much thought to the backrest of an inversion table, but I want to take some time to explain why this particular design is so excellent. The FlexTech backrest is unique for several reasons.

The design includes handgrips, so you can stretch side to side and have something to hold onto for a deeper stretch in your upper back.  Stretching out your upper back is a very nice advantage the FitSpine X1 offers over other inversion tables on the market.

As the FlexTech name suggests, the backrest is also very flexible and is designed to move with you.  So if you decide to stretch from side to side, the table bed will flex with your movements, compared to other tables that don’t move at all.

In addition to being flexible, the backrest is very breathable and easy to clean.  So, if you are like me and hop on your inversion table after a workout, the backrest will not cause you to sweat more.  A lot of inversion tables on the market are made with memory foam, and I find they are not very breathable.

To finish out the backrest, he included lumbar bridge helps if you are looking for extra stretch in your lower back.  Teeter also includes acupressure nodes, which are great for pressure point relief on tight knots.  You can put these nodes whenever you need extra pain relief.

Ankle locking system

The ankle locking system consists of the locking/release handle, the ankle cushions, and the footbed.  I will explain the different parts that make up the system and tell you why this whole mechanism is so important.

First off, I deal with sciatic nerve pain, also known as sciatica. I have had points in my life when I could not bend over to put on my shoes.  So the locking/release handle on an inversion table is essential for someone like me.  A long handle requires less bending over, which if you can’t bend over due to back pain, is vital.  A shorter handle requires you to bend over farther, pretty simple. The handle on FitSpine X1 is of the short variety, so I took some points off on my review due to that.

Moving on, the ankle cushions on the X1 are very comfortable and fit nicely around the front and back of your lower leg right above your ankles.  You want your ankles to be comfortable when you are hanging upside down, and these definitely work well.

Last but not least is the footbed (or Ankle Comfort Dial as they call it), is what you step onto when you are getting ready to use your inversion table.  Teeter has designed this so you can adjust the height up or down so that you can get just the right fit.  An adjustable footbed is a rarity with inversion tables, and one more step that sets Teeter apart.

I put a lot of stock into the ankle locking mechanism as a whole.  After all, you want to feel safe and secure when you are hanging upside down, and Teeter has you covered.

User height adjustment

Adjusting the user height is pretty easy by using the height markings that are on the main shaft of the inversion table.  Getting this adjustment right can take a time or two, but once you have it set, you are good to go.  Typically you want to set the main shaft to one inch more than your height as this ensures proper rotation.

Finding the right setting can also depend on your center of gravity, meaning your height and weight both play a factor.  You may need to take a few practice runs, but at the end of the day, you should be able to rotate in and out of inversion by moving your arms, so take the time to get this adjustment right.

Inversion angle adjustment

I believe the inversion angle adjustment on an inversion table is an essential aspect, and I will tell you why.  Okay, here I go again on a little rant, or rather my real-life experience with inversion tables.

There are different ways that inversion tables are designed when it comes to adjusting the inversion angle. First, we have a push pin or preset angle selector, and then there is the tether strap.  Let’s talk about the positives and negatives of both.Teeter X1 Inversion Table pictured Inverted at 60 degrees

Pushpin systems have preset inversion angles. You simply select the desired angle you want and put a pin in that slot.  This works great for most people. It’s pretty much foolproof.  Depending on the inversion table, the preset angle will be increments of 15 or 20 degrees. For instance, you may have the option of 15, 30, 45, 60 degrees, or you may have 20, 40, 60 degrees, etc.  These are great, but you are limited to these specific angles.

With a tether strap, you are not limited to preset angles.  The FitSpine X1 uses a tether strap, and I will tell you why I prefer this method.  When I was recovering from a pretty severe back injury in 2016, I was not able to stand fully upright for months. I could not lay down flat on my back, so using my inversion table was not an option for a while.

After several months of working with my chiropractor, I was finally able to lay down flat and use my inversion table to help speed up my recovery.  When I started using the inversion table, I was only able to invert at a very shallow angle, like 15 degrees.  As I slowly progressed, I was able to increase my inversion angle gradually.

I was not able to make the jump from 15 to 30 degrees all at once, but rather 15 degrees to maybe 20 degrees or so.  This is where the tether strap comes in very handy. Not only to have more control over your inversion angle but in cases like mine, you can make small incremental changes to the angle.

Okay, I know that was long-winded, but I really wanted to hammer that point home for those people who are using an inversion table for recovery.  I think this is something that is very important to consider when buying an inversion table.  For most people, push pins are probably just fine, but the tether strap is more customizable.

Assembling the Teeter FitSpine X1

Yep, you guessed it; there is some assembly required. You know what though; Teeter has made this process pretty darn efficient and easy. The table comes mostly assembled, and Teeter includes a DVD and a 3D interactive app that helps make the process smooth.

I recommend that you build the table in the room you plan to use it, that way you don’t have to haul your inversion table around your house. Inversion tables are awkward to move, and if you are recovering from a back injury, you don’t need the added stress.

Storing your inversion table

Speaking from experience, storing an inversion table can be a challenge.  I used to put my table under the bed, but that required me to remove the backrest, get my wife to help lift one side of the bed while I tried to slide the inversion table underneath.  Nah, now I just fold it up and lean it against the wall.  That works well when I want to use my table, which is pretty much every day.

As I mentioned before, if you are recovering from a back injury, lifting your bed is not a great idea, so just fold it up and lean it in the corner.


Super-secret inversion table tip…wear shoes and socks when you are inverting.  I have tried going barefoot or using a rolled-up towel around my ankles.  Don’t do it. Take the time to put shoes and socks on you will thank me.

Other features

Teeter inversion tables are FDA registered as a 510(k) Medical Device for, sciatica, back pain, herniated discs, to name a few.  The Teeter FitSpine X1 also comes with a few extras such as a Healthy Back & Core Guide, Healthy Back, and Body Routines.

Teeter FitSpine Warranty

The Teeter FitSpine X1 is covered by a five-year warranty.


  • FlexTech backrest is flexible, breathable and comfortable
  • Tether strap inversion angle adjustment allows you to customize your inversion angle
  • Ankle cushions are very secure and comfortable
  • Adjustable footbed (Ankle Comfort Dial)
  • Acupressure nodes are included
  • A lumbar bridge is included
  • Five-year warranty


  • Inversion tables can be awkward to move
  • It does have a shorter locking/release handle
  • Does not come with EZ-Angle Tether

Final Thoughts on the Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table

Teeter’s FitSpine X1 is a well-made inversion table and will be a great fit for a lot of people. When comparing it with alternatives, including the more feature-rich X3 and LX9, the only standout negative is the X1’s shorter release handle. If this is not a concern for you and you’re looking for a well-featured, entry-level inversion table, then go for it.

If you are looking for a high-quality, inversion table that offers a lot of value for the price, I encourage you to take a good hard look at the X1. I own a Teeter myself and have been very happy with it for many years.

For more information or to purchase a Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table, please click the image below.  I also recommend you consider purchasing the EZ-Angle Tether as an add on if you decide to purchase this table.  This tether strap has preset marks for 20, 40 and 60 degrees.
Teeter FitSpine X1

If you are interested in more great options from Teeter, you can check out my other inversion table reviews herehere and here.  If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, and I will get back to you soon.

Feel free to contact me directly as well.

Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table
  • Comfort - 95%
  • Functionality - 90%
  • Design - 93%

24 thoughts on “Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table review”

  1. Wow, awesome review you have here. Its the first time I’m hearing of an inversion table. You know, I do have occasional back pain but I feel it is due to work and stress. I feelnif I should get one of these, it’ll be great…an and fun too. I like that the Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table has a great deal of warranty. I’ll check up with my doctor and see if this is good for me. I’ll be back here upon approval. Thanks for the hint.

  2. Dear Steve,

    I have recently come across some ads and posts about Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table. As you know very well there are many products and programs which under-delivers. So I always prefer to do some homework before making my purchase.

    While doing some research online I came across your insightful and helpful review. I got great insights from your review which saved me a lot of time.

    I am a full-time blogger working from home and I spend 12+ hours a day in front of my computer. I struggle with back pain occasionally but the pain can’t be explained (You know very well). So Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table got my attention and interest.

    The video you embedded, the features, the pros and cons you shared are very helpful in my decision making. This is on my list. You left no stone up-turned in explaining how it all works.

    Much Success,


    • Hi Paul, thanks for your comment. Like you, I spend way too many hours sitting behind a desk.  I use my inversion table first thing when I get home from work. After sitting a good part of the day and then more sitting on the commute home, this is a good time for me to invert.  

      Please let me know if you have any questions.  

  3. I would really love one of these Steve as I have serious back pain every day

    I will start saving some money and have bookmarked this site to come back when I’m ok to purchase

    I also have a friend who suffers from sciatica so she will enjoy visiting here to learn more about this awesome product

    Thank you

    • Hi Vicki, sorry to hear about your back pain, I can definitely sympathize.  Please let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help.

  4. Hi Steve,  What an interesting read full of “the good stuff “. My brother was involved in a traffic accident and you can be sure I will be giving him your link. He requires this kind of in depth review of anything he purchases. You and he are a good fit!  One thing he would want to know is “What’s it like hanging upside down?”  Also is there a best time limit?  Thanks for the info. Cheers 

    • Hi Jill, thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear about your brother, I hope it’s not too serious.  I enjoy my time hanging upside down, I find it therapeutic.  I invert for about 3-5 minutes at least 5 days per week, if not more. For someone just starting out, they would want to start gradually and increase the length of time as they progress.  Please let me know if you have any questions (or if your brother does).  

  5. Hi,

    Great review for Teeter Fitspine X1 Inversion Table. As I work online, I need to work by sitting along. Thats why I was facing back pain from last 1 year.Few times I went doctor who prescribes painkillers but no improvement. I heard about this inversion table from one of my friends. So I was looking at where and how I will get information.But today after reading your review I got my all answer from here. I really impressed with this review. I will say I am gonna place an order for this inversion table today. Thanks a lot for this great review.

    • I am glad to hear you liked the review, thank you.  Yes, inversion is great for people who sit a lot, and I am right there with you.  I do get up and walk around frequently, but using an inversion table has been excellent for me as well.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by.

  6. WOW!!! Your article is excellent, about the Teeter FitSpine X1, considering the job everybody does, the product is essential for mankind.

    Many people use an inversion table as a noninvasive, no drugs involved way to treat back pain.  This is great, for body fitness and especially back pain treatments it is advisable to for this product, and lovingly it has a warranty of 5 years. 

    I will have to recommend this to a brother that suffers from back pain, thanks for this helpful article.

  7. Hi Steve,

    You just gave another good product to cure my old problem on my back for many years, and I can’t wait to share every one in my family with the same issue. This product is also good for many symptoms too, how amazing is that! 

    I feel like it’s an invention that helps you to recover from some pain caused by wrong gestures of your body or bad habits. A good condition of health goes a long way!

    I did have a question for Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table. Since it’s big and heavy, where do you install this in the house? It feels like it becomes an obstacle no matter where I will put in my apartment too! Or you could recommend other smaller products from Teeter with the same curing result?

    Can’t wait to try this,


    • Hi Matt, thanks for your comment.  I agree with you, an inversion table can be kind of an obstacle, especially in a small space.  I built my Teeter inversion table in my office at home since that is where use it.  I just fold the table up and lean it against the wall when I am not using it.

      I do recommend you build it in the room where you will be using it since then you don’t have to haul it around.  As I mentioned in my review, I used to try to hide my inversion table under the bed, but that really became a hassle, especially when I was recovering from a pretty severe back injury a few years back.

      I can understand your concern having an inversion table in your apartment, but honestly, when I fold mine in half and lean it against the wall, it’s not too bad. Please let me know if you have any more questions.  Thanks again.

  8. Very detailed review, my goodness. I love how you break the content up into different sections, that makes it really easy to read. My uncle suffers from back pain and I have been doing some research on what can help. An inversion table sounds like a great option. I will definitely forward him your article. Is Teeter the best brand out there, or are there others to choose from?

    • Hi Shaun, thanks for stopping by. Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate it. As for different brands, there are certainly others out there. I think what sets Teeter apart is their innovative design and attention to detail. There are specific things I believe are important on an inversion table and Teeter offers a lot of great features. I have owned a Teeter for a number of years and I love it. The flexible, breathable backrest is a great feature, as well as the tether strap and ankle locking system. Well, no point in me repeating the entire review, but as you can tell, I am a fan of Teeter inversion tables. Let me know if you have any more questions, I am happy to help.

  9. Great review on the Teeter FitSpine X1 Inversion Table. I particularly like that this is a way to ease back pain without drugs or invasive surgery. My girlfriend was in a car accident, and hurt her neck. She had neck surgery, and has had trouble with it ever since. I think it is smart to try the non invasive, drugless therapies first, such as this inversion table, to see what results you get, before going under the knife. As an old nutrition doctor said, you can’t take back a surgery. In addition, surgeries leave scars which are interference fields. These interference fields block nerve, and energy flows to organs, and glands in the body. I advise anyone to try the inversion table first. Tom

    • Thanks, Tom, I appreciate your kind comment. I agree, if there is a drug-free way to treat pain, that is the best option. I have been through a lot with back problems, even a failed surgery and one thing that has helped me over the years is using my inversion table. Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help if I can.

  10. Wow, seriously I come across your article so accidentally because I was searching for something that could help with my back pain, but I had no idea what inversion table is nad I never heard of this product before. It was really interesting to read about it. Your review is great, you explained everything about this product, all features it has, angles you can hang and most important that you have listed PROS and CONS. I think is great that you included a YouTube video too. Sorry for asking, maybe you told this in your post and I just missed it, but how long you would recommend to hang on this inversion table and how many times per week?

    • Hi Marius, thanks for stopping by. I try to be very thorough in my reviews, and I am glad you enjoyed reading this. As for length of time, if you are just starting out, you should stick to a shorter time period, like maybe one minute, to just get used to the feel of hanging upside down. As you progress you can increase your length of time. I currently invert regularly, which for me is at least 5 days per week. I invert for anywhere between 3 and 5 minutes, depending on my mood.

      Another key factor if you are new to inverting is start off with a shallow angle, like 15 degrees or so. Again, you want to get used to the sensation of inverting at first. As you are more comfortable, you can increase your angle and the length of time. I always recommend checking with your doctor before you start using an inversion table to make sure you are okay to do so.

      So, if you are just starting out, take it slow. As you progress and get more comfortable, you can increase your angle and length of time.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read this review, I am glad you found it helpful.

  11. Hi Steve,

    Thanks for this excellent and thorough review of the teeter. The gym I used to go to had one and I was able to use it a few times. I really liked it and I felt like it helped my lower back a ton. I always have some type of lower back pain so it was great. Sadly, they got rid of it soon after and never got another one. I have been thinking about getting one for my house. I know it works and after reading this I know much more about it to help me make a decision. Thanks again!

    • Thanks for stopping by Dan. I am glad you enjoyed the review. Sorry, your gym got rid of the inversion table. If you have any questions, please let me know, I am happy to help.

  12. Very nice site and very thorough review on this equipment. Broken up nicely and easy to read. I actually have a bad lower back from sports injury and get injections etc to relieve the pain. I’ve been thinking about giving one of these a try!


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