Each year we take the top muscle stimulation products in the industry and our reviewers put them through their paces to see how they stack up against one another. Our group of anonymous reviewers tries out each stimulator and then gives us their feed back about which ones are a good buy and which ones you should say goodbye to. This year in addition to our anonymous reviewers we also conducted a standardized scientific analysis of the top 20 Muscle Stimulators and Tens devices in the market. The result is are no-nonsense conclusions and comparisons that hopefully make it easy for you to find the best value. We did an extensive 22-point analysis that considers the stimulator's contraction quality, handling, portability, control, ease of use, and other key areas. Musclestimreview.com uses the same EMS and TENS analysis software that the manufacturers use to scientifically test the performance of each muscle stimulator. All of the units that we tested are FDA 510K OTC CLEARED. This also means that these units are available to the public "Over the Counter" without a prescription. The FDA has established specific Guidance Documents and Recognized Consensus Standards for certain devices such as EMS and TENS Units. When the FDA has established specific guidance for a particular device, and a manufacturer submits a 510(k) for their device under that Product Code; it’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to make sure that they address all of the relevant sections in that document that apply to their device. We collaborated with one the top testing labs in the United States to verify all of the necessary safety standards. The bottom line for you is a simple review that cuts through manufacturing hype to tell users what level of quality,comfort,saftey and value they can really get out of each muscle stimulator reviewed. Check back each month as we will update our reviews. Next month we will rate Marc Pro and Icy Hot Smart Relief
#1 RX8000 by StimRX 1-800-573-8171 This was a review favorite for it's power, ease of use, price and quality. We give it a 5 star rating
#2 Mettler Sys*Stim 208A at Braceshop.com (866) 325-8045 We found this unit easy to operate with knobs to control stimulation intensity and frequency. It is small and portable and includes a digital timer. The negatives are it doesn't have a battery alternative to use untethered to an ac cord. This unit only offers 2 channels connecting to 4 electrodes. Other units in this price range and lower offer 4 – 8 channels. More channels allow you to stim more muscles at the same time. There are no additional items included with this purchase such as electrodes or an ab belt. Overall this a solid unit that gets high marks for ease of use. However it is a distant 2nd due to price, warranty and lack of additional items.
#3 Premium Sport Electrostimulator by Globus
One of the first units I saw heavily advertised was by a company called GLOBUS. These were very clean looking units that seemed to be a little expensive but good. At $769 the price far out weighed the benefits. You can find the same features on other units at a much lower price. They had two units that were capable of 4 channels at the same time, which was important for me so I could maximize my time and work multiple parts at once. They had plenty of programs to choose from but no independent knobs to control things on the fly.
#4 FLEX GO by Slendertone – 800-551-2443 The Slendertone parent company spends the most on advertising and marketing. The brand recognition was strong among our reviewers. Check out our comparison to see how you think the quality and features compare to that of the other electronic muscle stimulator systems.The Slendertone Ab belt is available for $199.80, but doesn’t offer nearly the quality of construction and performance or ease of operation of the other muscle stimulator systems. We also found the Slendertone stimulator to be limited to the abdominal area only. Another area of concern is that Slendertone uses only 3 AAA batteries as a power source. For this reason Slendertone was tested as the weakest muscle stimulator in our review. Very easy to use (but limited in power) good customer support, easy to find in big box stores like Walmart and Target.
#5 CONTOUR ABS – by Contour – 866-666-5614
The contour ab belt is a well known product in the EMS industry. It uses 4 AAA batteries as opposed to 3 AAA batteries as in the Slendertone belt but if you are looking for true power and effectiveness the ab belts that connect directly to a muscle stimulator provides the most power and results. They offer a 1 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee. As for the sizing it claims to fit most. This may be a problem for those who are not of average size. At the time of this review Contour Abs was sold out of product. We called their 800 number and we were told they were unable to fill orders.