Vibration Plate Buying Guide

With so many vibration plate brands and types on the market today, it can be tricky knowing where to start. We created this vibration plate buying guide to help answer those burning questions. We also have a very friendly team of fitness experts on the phone or live chat if you more questions.

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Setting Your Budget

Oscillation Vibration Plates

The fitness market has been flooded with low quality ‘crazy fit’ style vibration plates in recent years. At this budget, the vibration plates offer an oscillation (wobble) vibration only which limits users to a standing or squatting position. The weight of the machine and maximum user weight (approx. 120KG) points to their low grade oscillation motors that simply won’t cope with regular use.

Reputable fitness and high street brands do not stock these products; instead they refer to them as ‘toys’. If you are looking to buy a credible piece of fitness equipment to help you lose weight, tone or build strength, we strongly recommend that you save a little longer to invest in a better machine.

At this price, you will be able to afford a higher grade oscillation vibration plate. Some may include a dual motor, as featured in the JTX 6000 and JTX Salon Fit. These machines are used in the same way as both oscillation and tri-plane vibration plates; enabling you to hold positions upright or with knees bent, and then use more dynamic movements for a full body vibration workout.

You might notice a second console on the column of these machines, allowing you to enjoy floor work without having to reach for the start button. The vibrations are not as powerful as a professional tri-plane plate but they’re a great choice for the home user if you want to add some toning exercises and stretches to your workout. That said if you have been using a tri-plane type plate in your local gym then even good oscillation plates such as the JTX 6000 or JTX Salon Fit S2 will not be what you are looking for! If you haven’t used a power plate and want to have a go at vibration plate on a budget, then they can be a good choice. Similarly, if you have been using an oscillation plate and are looking to upgrade or have used one in a salon then the 6000 or Salon Fit S2 are great choices. It is confusing, but the two styles of plate are very different. If you are unsure we strongly recommend you contact us for more advice.

This budget will allow you to invest in a commercial grade oscillation plate with a powerful dual motor. The JTX Salon Fit S2 can be found in homes and beauty salons across the UK and has been a firm favourite for customers looking to achieve inch lose and reduce cellulite whilst getting a full body work out. As mentioned above though, this is not a substitute for a power plate style, tri-plane vibration plate. It is a confusing market as there are two such distinct styles of vibration. If you are unsure what you need we recommend that you contact us for more advice.

Tri-Plane Vibration Plates

Entry level Tri-Plane Vibration Plates are small which will limit the amount of exercises you can comfortably perform on your vibration plate. The power of the vibrations (Hz) will be lower with less flexibility which again, will limit the options for your workout. You will also notice that these machines have smaller single motors which are not built for regular, long term use.

At this budget, you can find vibration plates with no column. Whilst these are great for tucking under your bed when not in use, we would not recommend this style of vibration plate for beginners or anyone that might need the support that the handles on a traditional style vibration plate provide.

You can expect a great quality home vibration plate for this budget with a good range of vibration (Hz), a powerful dual motor and a good size workout area, suitable for home use. Build quality will be substantially better than the entry level models: look for 3 year home use warranties, 160kg maximum user weight and a 75kg machine weight.

If your budget stretches to £1,500, you can invest in a fantastic commercial grade vibration plate. Seen in gyms throughout the UK, they offer full body toning, weight loss and strength training.

Size really does matter when it comes to doing floor exercises on a vibration plate. At this price, you can expect a workout area of 70 x 80 cm. Whether its sit-ups for toning your core, press-ups to build upper body strength or you are just a larger build, you’ll have all the space you need for a comfortable and effective workout.

You should expect commercial-use warranties, powerful dual motors, intense vibrations (50Hz) and a higher max user weight (180kg). These machines are built to last and will give you the best possible chance of smashing your fitness goals.

Choosing The Best Vibration Plate

Choosing the best vibration plate for your own personal goals is crucial. There are many makes and models on the market, all providing slightly different fitness benefits, power ratings and motor movements. The two main types:

Oscillation Vibration Plates

Best Vibration Plates for Weight Loss

Very popular in beauty salons; brand names include iFit, FlabeLos, Crazyfit and our very own JTX 6000 and JTX Salon Fit S2. These plates are great for weight loss goals, but limited for other vibration training objectives.

The oscillation – or see saw – movements can be set at a speed to suit your ability. They work simply by holding a position – either standing straight or with knees slightly bent – and letting the oscillations do the hard work. This focuses the workout on your legs, bottom and stomach.

A good quality machine should come with pre-set programmes and some (including our 6000 and Salon Fit) include a secondary vibration motor. The vibrations are not as powerful as a professional tri-plane plate but they’re a great choice for the home user if you want to add some toning exercises and stretches to your workout.

Oscillation vibration motion

Tri-Plane Vibration Plates

Best Vibration Plates for Toning, Weight Loss and Strength

If you have used a vibration plate in a gym or studio, you are most likely to have tried a ‘tri-plane’ plate. These professional vibration plates are best for toning muscles, building strength, weight loss and rehabilitation.

The powerful vibrations move across three planes; forward and back, side to side, and up and down. There is extensive research to back up their fitness and rehabilitation credentials (including NASA testing).

Workouts are carried out with a range of upright exercises like squats and lunges, as well as floor exercises such as sit ups and press ups – used properly, a full body workout can be achieved in just 15 minutes.

We sell the JTX Pro-10 and JTX Pro-50 in this category of vibration plate.

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Tri-Plane vibration motion

Before You Buy a Vibration Plate

This section should help you with features and issues to consider before purchasing a vibration plate. If you’re still unsure about anything, please get in touch with our expert team who should be able to help you make the right decision.

Make Sure You Have Enough Space

Although vibration plates are fairly compact, make sure that you have enough space around the base of the machine to comfortably carry out floor exercises. Remember that your vibration plate will also need to be plugged in so it will need to be positioned near a power socket. Vibration plates transmit vibrations to the floor so they need to be positioned on a solid floor.

Size of the Motor

This is important when choosing a tri-plane vibration plate. The frequency is how fast the plate can vibrate and it is measured in impulses per second. For example, at 50 hz the plate will move up and down 50 times in a second. The higher the frequency the harder the workout because of the force applied to your muscles and bones increases. We advise a lower frequency to start with and for working with injuries. Tri-plane plates can be used for stretching and massage by setting the machine on a low frequency (hz) setting)

Oscillation plates are measured in speed not hz as the vibration they offer is different. Most will have 100 speed settings so you can increase the speed as you gain experience.

Amplitude

Measured in mm, it refers to the peak to peak displacement of the vibration. A higher amplitude increases the extent of the movement and therefore the intensity of your training.

Size of Plate

Size really does matter when it comes to doing floor exercises on a Tri-Plane vibration plate: the bigger the plate the more exercises you can do and in more comfort. A bigger plate also requires a larger motor to operate properly, so a general rule is you'll have to spend more to get both.

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Money-back Guarantees

If you are buying fitness equipment over the internet make sure you have the right to change your mind once you have assembled the machine and tried it out. Most reputable companies have a 28 day money back guarantee as long as you return it in the original packaging and pay the collection costs (approx £75- £100). However, some companies have extremely steep costs to put off people who want to return their item. They may also restrict returns to within 7 days and, even worse, the machine must be unopened and unused – which makes their money back guarantee worthless. See our ‘no quibbles’ returns policy.

Retailer or Manufacturer Warranty

Often warranties are from the original manufacturer rather than the company you bought the machine from. Make sure it is clear who your warranty is with. It is also worth understanding whether your warranty is automatic or needs activating, and, if so how you activate it. If the warranty is with the manufacturer rather than the retailer it is worth checking they are in the UK and that you can actually contact them! One of the great things about buying from JTX Fitness is that we are the manufacturer and retailer so you know exactly who to call. You also have the confidence that you are covered as our warranties activate automatically on purchase.

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Vibration Plate Terminology

This type of plate vibrates on a pivotal point: as one side of the plate raises, the other side drops. If you stand with your feet apart on the platform, your body will be 'wobble'.

The powerful vibrations move across three planes; forward and back, side to side, and up and down. There is extensive research to back up their fitness and rehabilitation credentials (including NASA testing).

Measured in mm, it refers to the peak to peak displacement of the vibration. A higher amplitude increases the extent of the movement and therefore the intensity of your training.

This is important when choosing a vibration plate. The frequency is how fast the plate can vibrate and it is measured in impulses per second. For example, at 60 hz the plate will move up and down 60 times a second. The higher the frequency the harder the workout because of the force applied to your muscles and bones increases. We advise a lower frequency to start with and for working with injuries. Low frequency vibrations can be used for massage/stretching after an intense workout.

Vibration Plate FAQ

The term ‘vibration plate’ can describe a huge variety of machines with a varying degrees of power. As a general rule vibration plates with lower power ratings – for example, the JTX 6000, are quieter than vibration plates with higher power ratings such as the JTX Pro 50.

They all transmit vibration to the floor so it is worth thinking about where to put your machine. A solid concrete floor is always advisable if possible.

If the machine is going onto a wooden floor we suggest placing a mat or carpet off-cut underneath to reduce vibrations travelling through the floor boards. The JTX Pro 10 and JTX Pro 50 both come with a complementary noise reduction mat.

No it doesn’t, but the assembly is extremely straight forward. You will definitely benefit from two pairs of hands, especially on the larger vibration plates, but essentially the column just needs to be attached to the base. If you decide to buy a JTX Fitness vibration plate it will come with a step by step user guide to walk you through the process and if you get stuck you can always contact our team for help.

No, they’re very safe to use for all ages and abilities. However, we’re not medical professionals so we always recommend speaking to your GP or Physiotherapist if you are at all worried. We particularly recommend seeking advice if you’re recovering from an injury or have any existing medical conditions.

We would advise you to only use your vibration plate for a maximum of 20 minutes per day. It’s also important to have rest days at least twice a week.

MYes. All JTX Vibration Plates come with at least a 1 year home service warranty – the JTX Pro 10 and JTX Pro 50 come with outstanding 3 year warranties. The home repair warranty means that we will send an engineer to your home in the unlikely event of a fault developing.

Yes, we offer an interest free credit option on all machines over £600. You can spread the cost over 6 or 12 months with a 20 - 50% deposit. When you reach the checkout page simply select Pay4Later in the payment options box and once you confirm your order you will be redirected to Pay4Later’s online credit application form. Once you have completed the form you will get an instant decision.

More information is available on the Interest Free Finance page as well as the individual product pages.

Yes. We have designed two commercial quality machines that are built to withstand continuous daily use. Our JTX Salon Fit S2 is very popular in beauty salons – it’s a dual action oscillation (see-saw) and vibration plate, similar to the iFit and FlabeLos plates. Our Power Plate equivalent is the JTX Pro 50 tri plane vibration plate - widely used in gyms and vibration training studios.

We offer an outstanding commercial warranty on both of these machines. Please call us for details.

Yes. We have a showroom on the South Coast just outside of Brighton. All our machines can be tried and tested. Bring your trainers!

As every person is unique and has different fitness goals and abilities, it would be misleading to give a general answer. To see some of the more popular routines and positions, we have created many free vibration plate workout videos – each video includes a visual demonstration to help you perfect your technique. They also show you which muscles you will be using.<.p>

When you buy a JTX Vibration Plate our personal trainer will be happy to work with you to develop a personalised training plan. Just get in touch and tell us you need some help - its a free service available to all our customers.

For beginners we recommend a speed setting of 30 and performing a range of exercises for 30 seconds each – this gives you a full body workout. As you become more used to the vibrations you can increase the speed and intensity. We recommend no longer than 20 minutes a day, and have 2 days rest each week.

We can deliver your machine in 1-3 working days, depending on your location.

Yes. Each of our machines has a different weight limit ranging between 160kg and 180kgs. We have a handy comparison guide which should help you if this is a concern.

Yes the JTX Pro 10 is a great (cost-effective) alternative if you’re looking for a tri-plane vibration plate for your home. If you’re looking for something larger and similar to those found in gyms, then the JTX Pro 50 is our top of the range commercial-build machine. It performs in exactly the same way as a machine you'll have used in the gym but is priced more suitably for home use. It is still a lot of money but is fantastic value for the quality and specification you receive - Interest Free Finance is always available as an option if spreading the payments would help.