Powrx Active Home Review
We've tried quite a few models from Powrx now, and the compact Active Home falls right in the middle of their wide range. So does it come somewhere in the middle when it comes to a rating?|
No. It actually holds up the mid-range very well. The Active Home may look quite stylish, but don't be fooled by its pretty exterior - it does deliver quite a strenuous workout.
The big plus working in its favour is that it's a vertical vibration plate. If you're not familiar with what we mean by that you can click here to find out. Or briefly, this type of plate vibrates up and down to work your muscles, as opposed to an oscillating plate that wobbles side to side. In our opinion, vertical is a better option.
The plate is a little on the small side that could exclude some of the exercise positions you could do on models with larger platforms - see below. But let's not forget this is actually marketed as a compact model with the benefit it doesn't need a lot of space in your home.
And one more slight downer is the handles could be longer and have more curves, again for giving you more hand holds and grips for exercising.
But apart from those two minor gripes, we think this is a great machine. We've mentioned the vertical vibration, but it also has a good frequency range and the option to select a high amplitude (3-4mm) or low (1-2mm). This provides a good variation for people of all abilities. If you're new to using a plate, the lower frequencies and amplitude will give your body a nice and easy introduction. But once you've been at it for a while, or you're already a vibro-veteran, you can ramp it up and really give your muscles something to think about.
If you're not familiar with terms such as amplitude and frequency, please see our guide for help.
The console is a doddle to use and you don't need a degree in science to use it - it's all pretty self-explanatory.
Our view: |
The Active Home is great plate that has just a few minor limitations. Yes, the plate is a little small which would limit some of the positions you could use, and perhaps larger handles would be good. But for a machine that won't take up too much space in your home, it will give you a good workout. And thanks to the range of frequency and amplitude settings, it's great for both beginners and experienced vibration trainers.
It's very easy to use and doesn't baffle you with too many buttons and fancy terms. It also happens to look good without setting you back too much. This in our view, puts it up there with the top plates under £1,000.
Vertically vibrating plate - great for fast results.
4 pre-set programmes for ease of use.
Two settings for amplitude (low and high)
Well-laid out console.
Large LED readout.
Plate is small - but it is a compact machine.
It's quite light at 43kg - but again it's a compact machine and will be a positive for some.
No control panel on the base of the column.
Model name: POWRX Active Home
Dimensions: (W) 63 cm x (L) 70 cm x (H) 142 cm
Platform: 58 cm x 46 cm
Max user weight: 120 kg, 18st 12lbs
Programmes: Manual, 4 pre-set
Timer: 30, 45 or 60 secs
Vibration type: Vertical
Product weight: 43 kg
Display: LED display
Motor: AC Motor, 200 W
Consoles : 1
Vibration Frequency: 25 Hz to 50 Hz (in 5 Hz increments)
Amplitude: Low 1-2 mm High 3-4 mm
Guarantee: 2 years (domestic use only)
Powrx Active Home:|
Star rating: 80%
Best Price: £ 899 from Powrx.co.uk
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