Teeter Fitspine X3 vs LX9 Inversion Table Review

If you are looking for an excellent inversion table, you have come to the right place.  Today I am going to compare the Teeter Fitspine X3 vs. LX9 inversion tables.  These unique models from Teeter offer a lot of great features and a ton of value.  There are many similarities and a few differences, between the two models, so I will take a deep dive and help you decide which one is right for you.

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I recommend you check with your doctor as well before you take the plunge and buy an inversion table.

I own a Teeter inversion table and use it frequently, given my history of back problems. I am very familiar with using an inversion table to recover from a back injury, and I find that Teeter inversion tables are a great option.  Let’s take a look at the two latest models from Teeter.

Features of the Fitspine X3 and LX9

Backrest

One of the features I really like with Teeter inversion tables is the backrest design. Both the FitSpine X3 and FitSpine LX9 inversion tables offer the Flextech table bed which is designed to flex as you move. If you decide you need to stretch out one side of your body, the table is flexible and will move with you, which makes for a really nice experience.

The bed is very comfortable and breathable, which is another important aspect when shopping for an inversion table. I have used other tables with a flat, somewhat padded bed, and they are just not the same in my eyes.

The backrest has integrated handgrips, built-in so you can grab ahold so you can twist and stretch as you need to.

Both of these models also come with acupressure nodes and a lumbar bridge.

The acupressure nodes allow you to customize the backrest for trigger point release on areas that are extra tight.  You can put the nodes wherever you need them, or completely remove them from the table if you want to.

The lumbar bridge helps to stretch out your low back, and again, you can place it where you need it most.

I love the flexibility, and breathability offered on these Fitspine inversion table beds. The backrest may be an overlooked part of the inversion table, but Teeter has put a lot of thought into it for you.

Ankle locking system

This is what holds you in place as you are inverted and it is a critical component of an inversion table.  Both the Fitspine X3 and LX9 come with the EZ-Reach Ankle System. This mechanism is one of the best in the business as far as I am concerned and is comprised of the locking/release handle, the ankle cushions, and the footbed.

First the locking/release handle.  This is what locks your lower legs securely in place, and also releases you when you are finished inverting.  What I love about this handle is its length.  The extended handle means less bending over to lock or release yourself.  I will explain why this is so important.

When I was recovering from a back injury several years ago, I was not able to bend over very far.  In fact, my wife and kids helped me get dressed in the morning! Putting my shoes and socks on was a pipe dream for me at that point. I was using an inversion table as part of my recovery. The table I own has a long handle, and that was a key factor in why I chose this inversion table.  So, this is something to keep in mind, but I really think the long handle is critical.

In addition to the handle length is the micro-adjustments so you can get the snug fit you need.  You don’t want the cushions to be too tight, but you want to be firmly secured.

Okay, moving on, the ankle cushions on the X3 and LX9 are molded to fit snug and secure around the lower part of your leg just above your ankles.  These pads are contoured and well-padded for a great fit.

Finally, the footbed is a very unique design in that it is height adjustable.  This is the piece that you step on when you are getting ready to lock yourself in.  You can rotate the footbed up or down, depending on your height, or for the fit you desire. Again, this is something not a lot of people may think about, but it is a fantastic added feature from Teeter.

When you are hanging upside down, you want to feel secure, and Teeter has you covered in that department!

Inversion angle adjustment

When it comes to setting the inversion table angle there are typically two different types of mechanisms; a pushpin system with pre-set angles, or a tether strap.  The Fitspine X3 and LX9 both employ the tether strap design.  I will break down the pushpin vs. the strap and give you my real-life example of which I prefer and why.LX9 Inversion Table

First, the pushpin style offers you a foolproof way to set the inversion angle. These devices usually have increments of 15 or 20 degrees, so 15, 30, 45 degrees, etc., or 20, 40, 60-degree angles.  These are great for most people but was not right for me.  Let me explain.

When I was recovering from spinal stenosis in 2016, after months of treatment, I was finally able to use my inversion table.  I started out with a very shallow angle, like 15 degrees.  Then, I was able to increase the angle in small increments.  So I would go from 15 degrees to about 17 or 18 degrees then gradually increase as time went on.  I was not able to make a 15 or 20-degree jump at one time.  For me, the tether strap was the answer.

The tether straps on the Fitspine models do have preset markings on them, for easy adjustments, but also allow you to set the angle at any angle you want.  You are not limited to the pre-set angles of some tables.  For me, the strap was a necessity and is something to consider when you buy an inversion table.

Assembly

Both the Fitspine X3 and LX9 do require some assembly, but the nice thing is that most of the major components are already put together for you.  Building your inversion table is pretty simple and straightforward.  Teeter even has an app that can help you with the construction process.

I do recommend having someone help you build the table, as these units are cumbersome and the parts are kind of heavy, so a helper is nice to have. A helper is especially important if you are recovering from a back injury, no need to make your condition worse by maneuvering awkward, heavy parts.

I would also suggest you build the table in the room you plan on using it, this again helps from having to move the completely built table after you assemble it.

Traction handles

Both models come equipped with EZ-Stretch traction handles. These handles allow for a deeper stretch at a lower inversion angle and are great, for beginners.

Fitspine Inversion Table Warranty

Both the Fitspine X3 and LX 9 come with a full 5-year warranty.


Differences: Fitspine X3 vs. Fitspine LX9

Stretch Max Handles

Available on the LX9, these extra-long handles will help you up from inversion if you need it. The handles can also be useful to hold onto if you want additional stretching and decompression options.  These can be really helpful when you are becoming more familiar with inversion.

Storage caddy

The LX9 comes with this added feature.  It’s great for holding your water bottle, cell phone, or accessories like the acupressure nodes, while you invert.

Boarding platform

One more feature that is available on the LX9 only is the boarding platform.  This provides a non-slip surface that is easier for getting on and off the inversion table.

 


Storing your inversion table

Based on my experience, storing an inversion table is not always as simple as sliding it under the bed.  What I do is fold it up and lean it against the wall.  I have tried to store my table under my bed, but that requires removing the backrest, lifting up one side of the bed, and then pushing the frame and backrest under the bed.  No thank you.  This is especially difficult if you are dealing with a back injury.  My recommendation, is to store the table in the same room you are using it, and just lean it again the wall.

Inversion table tip

I recommend wearing a pair of shoes when you are inverting, this will really help to improve the experience.  I have tried going barefoot, and it doesn’t work as well as with shoes.

Wear shoes when you invert


Conclusion: Teeter Fitspine X3 vs. LX9

I hope you have enjoyed this review and found some beneficial information.  Of course, the choice is ultimately yours, but I think unless you really want or need the added accessories of the LX9, then the X3 is a great choice.

My recommendation

The function and design of these two tables are very similar, so for the money, I think the X3 is the way to go. The reason I recommend the X3 is the flexible backrest, and the great ankle locking system with extended locking/release handle.  I think this is a great value for the money.  The X3 will last you for many years to come.

Click here to read my complete Teeter FitSpine X3 review.

 

If you want the extras, then, by all means, go for it and buy the LX9. Click here to read my comprehensive Teeter FitSpine LX9 review.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them

You really can’t go wrong no matter which choice you choose, Teeter inversion tables are well-built, and I love using mine.

Which model do you prefer?

What features do you find most appealing on these inversion tables?

below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  Feel free to contact me directly as well.

Steve

BuildingStrongerBodies.com


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28 thoughts on “Teeter Fitspine X3 vs LX9 Inversion Table Review”

  1. Hi Steve,

    I really enjoyed this and yes, I found beneficial information here. It is amazing to see how this equipment helped you in your recovery journey; I think it can also help a lot of people I know too. I love your recommendation but I’ll get them to choose one anyway. However, are these two the only types of inversion table available in the market or are these the best you recommend?

    Cheers,

    Sammy.

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    • Hi Sammy, thanks for your comment.  I have definitely benefited from using my inversion table and I hope other people can too.  

      Teeter is not the only inversion table on the market, there are many others as well.  I just really like Teeter inversion tables, I think they have a great product and I can explain why.  

      The backrest is flexible and moves with you, which is important when you are stretching side to side.  Acupressure nodes are included with both of these tables and you can easily place them wherever you want them. 

      I love the ankle locking system for a couple of different reasons.  Frist the ankle cushions are comfortable and provide a secure hold.  You want to feel like you are firmly in place when you are hanging upside down.  Second, is the long handle, which requires less bending over.  When someone is dealing with back problems, bending over can be a challenge, I have been there!

      One more great feature of these Teeter inversion tables is the tether strap inversion angle adjustment.  With the strap, you have unlimited angles to set your inversion.  Other tables on the market have pre-set angles which are easy to set, but you are limited to 20, 40, 60 degrees, etc.  With the tether strap, you can set the angle anywhere you want.  

      Teeter also has a great warranty and they have been making inversion table for a very long time.  Teeter is a trusted name in the industry.  

      So, yes, there are other tables on the market, but I think Teeter is one of the best.  

      Hopefully, this answered your question, sorry it was a long answer!  Please let me know if you have any other questions, I am happy to help.

      Thanks for stopping by today!

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  2. Inversion tables are good products to treat back pain. And, I must admit that you’ve listed two very good inversion tables. It’s a little bit difficult to see the difference, the FitSpine LX9 has some added features like the ability to hold your gadget on the table. However because I’m thrift friendly, I’d rather purchase the FitSpine X3 and save more money. I think that’s a financially wise decision.  Thanks for writing Steve, warm regards.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Louis.  I agree with you, on both points.  My experience with back pain is that an inversion table has helped me out.  

      I also agree that unless you really want the loading platform and the water bottle holder on the LX9, I think the X3 is the more sensible option. I can see the platform coming in handy for people who have really bad back problems, I have been there myself.  But, I think the X3 is a better value and recommend the FitSpine X3.  The tables themselves are very similar as you mentioned.

      The Teeter FitSpine X3 is a great inversion table and offers a lot of value.  

      Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.  Please let me know if you have any questions, or need any information, I am happy to help.

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  3. Great article and wonderful writeup about the Teeter Fitspine X3 vs. LX9 inversion. You did a good job comparing the two inversion tables. Even though I recently had the idea of what inversion tables are, your article really shed more light on it and especially these two. Thanks for sharing such info, I definitely know where to look whenever I’m buying. 

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    • Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.  I am glad you found value in this review.  I believe these two inversion tables are excellent and either one is a great choice.  Unless you need the extra features, I recommend the X3 as it is less expensive and I think it offers good value for the money.  

      Please let me know if you have any questions, or need any help.  Thanks again!

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  4. Both Fitspine are almost similar and I find the equipment quite easy to use. My questions is “what part of the body asides the back that this equipment builds”. Does it work on the stomach , abs or arm. Also another feature I would to know is the price range.

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    • Hello and thank you for your comment. Yes, both Teeter models, the FitSpine X3 and FitSpine LX9 are very similar in the features they offer.  I think both of these models are great, but recommend the X3 due to the value it offers at a better price.  Unless you want to extra features offered with the LX9, the X3 is a great way to go.

      I use my Teeter inversion table strictly for my back problems, mainly sciatic nerve pain from a blown disc.  I know some people do use inversion tables as part of a work out routine, for abs.  I have personally never tried that so, I can not speak to the effectiveness of using an inversion table for any other types of workouts.  

      As for prices, you can check the link here for the latest price on Teeter’s website.

      Thanks for stopping by today.  Please let me know if you have any more questions, I am happy to help 🙂

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  5. I’ve been searching for inversion table that will be suitable for my uncle. Based on your review, I think the Teeter Fitspine x3 will be enough for him due to budget constraint. I’m a little curious as to why you better using shoes when using this table? Is it because you will feel more ease? Thank you for your information.

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    • Hello and thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate your comment!  

      The Teeter FitSpine X3 is a great model and offers a lot of value for the price point.  I think your uncle would be happy with this particular table.  The X3 and FitSpine LX9 are very similar, with the latter having a few more bells and whistles.  I believe the X3 is a great table and that is an excellent choice.

      As for wearing shoes, in my experience inversion tables are just way more comfortable when you wear shoes.  I have tried using an inversion table with just my bare feet or wearing only socks.  I even used to try to put a towel around the ankle cushions, as a way to offer more padding. This was with a different brand of inversion table, many years ago.

      Even now with my Teeter inversion table, I wear shoes, and I believe the instructions advise this as well.  It just provides a more secure fit. You definitely want to feel comfortable and secure when you are hanging upside down.

      Thanks again for your comment.  If you have any further questions, please let me know, I am happy to help!

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  6. Great review!
    My first question was about storing the unit when not in use, and I am glad that you answered it. I have very limited space and do not really have a piece of wall to lean it up against.

    Which unit do you think is smaller or more compact for storage?

    Also, how much assembly is required? What I am asking is whether it is like “build your own furniture” assembly or is it just a few pieces that need to be put together? Just wondering and thank you in advance?

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    • Hi Irma, thanks for your comment! Storing an inversion table can be challenging for sure. I lean mine up against the wall, but if you have limited space, that can be an issue. The FitSpine X3 would be the better option as you wouldn’t have to worry about the boarding platform when you store it. Given that, I think the X3 would ultimately have a smaller footprint.

      As for assembly, I know exactly what you are talking about with building furniture, what a pain! One of the great features of Teeter inversion tables is they come mostly assembled, so it’s pretty easy to finish the job. I do recommend having someone help you though as these tables are awkward to move by yourself, and especially if you have back problems. Teeter says you can build the table in as little as 13 minutes, so that is not too bad.

      If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, I am happy to help.

      Thanks again for stopping by and have a great day!

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  7. When i was first told about inversion tables and how they help to eradicate pain that are related to the spine, I was immediately hooked and I though I need to see them. I see here that you have done some comparison between this two inversion tables but they are both from teeter, is teeter the only company that creates inversion tables, is it the best in the market?

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    • Hi John, thanks for your comment. Teeter is not the only game in town, but I believe they are the best available on the market.  I own and use my Teeter regularly. Some of the features that set Teeter apart are the FlexTech backrest, the EZ Angle tether strap, and the long locking/release handle.  There are certainly other models out there, but I believe in Teeter products.

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  8. Thank you for such a detailed and personal review of this tilt table. I think these products can be of great benefit to people suffering from back problems. Very interesting to read how they have helped you with your recovery. Do you think they could have a role in preventing future problems too?

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    • I use my inversion table regularly as part of my maintenance program.  I believe to get the continued benefits of inversion, you need to keep doing it.  Hopefully, that answers your question.  Thanks, for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  9. Hello there, thanks for sharing this wonderful post. We all know as aging creeps in the pain that follows in our back is so inevitable as well. I’m currently beginning to have some back pain and I guess its from sitting too much at work and I’ll love to get these equipment to help stretch my back. Going by this review you have made, I’ll just go for the X3 and I don’t really need the extra feature in the lx9. Best regards.

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    • Hi Dane, thanks for your comment.  I sit a lot during the day too and look forward to coming home so I can use my inversion table.  I think the X3 is a solid choice.  Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help.

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  10. Right now I am starting to learn more about inversion tables and these are really awesome. How great they could be as a form of relaxation and to get my thoughts collected. It could also be used to maintain my balance while ensuring that I really have a good back rest. This is awesome to know of and since I’m just starting out, the X3 suggested is more than enough for me.  How long should I invert to start out? I will surely take this to heart. Thanks

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    • Hi Shelley, thanks for your comment.  If you have never used an inversion table before, I recommend starting out slowly and you can increase your length of time as you progress.  I say start out for about 30 seconds or so, just to get the feel of it. As you get more comfortable, you can go longer.  

      I think the X3 is a great model for a lot of people, it’s a little bit less expensive and has everything you need. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks again.

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  11. Hi Steve I love the bells and whistles that go with the LX9. Having a caddy for the mobile phone or drink bottle may seem trivial but if you are going to spend some time on it, the inconvenience of being inverted and having to disconnect to answer the phone would bug me – I know 1st world problem right?

    As my football playing days catch up with me, the inversion table seems like a great idea. I imagine it would help with your core strength as well. How long do you spend on it per session?

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    • Hi Peter, thank you for your comment.  Yes, I definitely agree with you on first world problems.  As for length of time you should spend on an inversion table.  If you are new to inverting, you can start out slow, allow your body a chance to get used to it.  Maybe 30 seconds to 1 minute at a time.  Also, you should start out with a shallow angle, like 15 degrees, again just to get used to using an inversion table.

      As you get more comfortable using an inversion table, you can increase the angle and the length of time you are inverted.  I use a 60-degree angle and I invert for about 4-5 minutes per day.  

      Some people use the inversion table for core exercises, I just like to hang there and let my muscles relax so my spine can recuperate.  

      Thanks for stopping by.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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  12. Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the comparison for Teeter Fitspine X3 vs LX9, and it’s very helping. When you mentioned you recovered from your spinal stenosis by doing some treatments with Teeter Fitspine tables, who could be the best promoter than you? All of your words sound ground-to-earth and convincing, and I would like to share with my uncle who has the same back injury. I do have a question for it, where do you always put this inversion table at home? Since it’s big, any place in our apartment might get more crowded with it? Or there is a smaller version? 

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    • Hi Matt, thank you for your comment.  I use my inversion table regularly and I feel it helps me tremendously.  I am sorry to hear about your uncle, hopefully he can get some pain relief as well.  

      As for setting the table up, I know that inversion tables are an awkward size.  I keep mine in my bedroom and lean it up against the wall when I am not using it.  It is not too bad doing it this way.  I understand that some people have space limitations and that is one reason I encourage people to assemble the unit in the room they plan on using it, that way they don’t have to move it.  

      Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  13. My husband and I are either purchasing the LX9 or X3. We don’t care so much about the caddy but he is 6’3” and we thought a benefit would be the longer handle because of his height, not sure if the pad would be be beneficial or not. So looking at the accessories available, by buying the extended handle as an add on, wouldn’t it bring the total close to the LX9 if we were to go with the X3? I’ve really tried to do a lot of research and they are exactly the same except for the three added accessories not being on the X3.

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    • Hi Heather, thanks for your comment. Are you asking about the locking/release handle, the part that locks your lower legs into the inversion table? If so, then the X3 comes with the longer EZ-Reach handle. The FitSpine X1 comes with a shorter handle, but the X3 and LX9 have the longer one.

      If your husband is 6’3″, yes the longer handle is nice because it requires less bending over to get in and out of the inversion table. Let me know if that answers your question. Have a great day.

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  14. Thank you for your response, the handles on the side of the bed as well, the Stretch Max Handles, these are longer (included) on the LX9? We thought that would be a benefit for him. We ordered the LX9 and will be picking it up today. Any pointers or advice as we will be putting it together. Thank you Heather

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    • Yes, you are correct, the LX9 includes the Stretch Max handles. My best advice for assembling the table is to build it in the room where you plan on using it, this is especially true when you have a back injury. Inversion tables can be cumbersome to move, as they are heavy and awkwardly shaped. Teeter also has the BILT app that you can download and that will help walk you through the process. I hope you enjoy your new inversion table. I wish you the best.

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