The 6 Best Chi Machines for 2019

Chi machines are motor driven passive exercise machines. In fact, this machine creates a dynamic wave of sideways motion travelling up and down the spine at a fixed or variable oscillation frequency. Meanwhile, the original purpose of creating this sideways oscillation was to stimulate the area that is three finger widths below and two finger widths behind the navel. Indeed, the autonomic nervous system which is within the spinal column is being stimulated. As a result, breathing gets deeper demonstrating that the body is experiencing a stimulating form of exercise. 

Quick Answer: 6 Best Chi Machines for 2019

Table of Contents

6 Best Chi Machines Reviewed

Editor’s Choice

Surge of Chi Exerciser Mark 4

Comparison of 6 Best Chi Machines

Chi Machine

swings per minute

Handle

Motor (watts)

Features

Warranty

+ve User Feedback

Rating (max 5)

Exerciser 2000

120 - 160

No

36

2-year parts & labor; 60-day return

87%

4.9

Chi Vitalizer

90 - 150

Yes

40

Slight arc increases range of motion

2-year; 30-day return

85%

4.8

Daiwa Felicity

Yes

40

85%

4.5

Daiwa Felicity Swing

No

15

1-year

75%

4.3

Surge of Chi

80 - 160

Yes

45

heating pads, 12 vibration frequencies; 3 auto modes

2-year; 60-day return

100%

5.0

CY-106 Chi Swing

90 - 140

Yes

40

FDA listed

2-year parts;

1- year labor

78%

4.7

Exerciser 2000 Elite Circulation Machine

Chi machines
How to use machine

Features

  1. 1
    First, the Exerciser Elite is a passive motion circulation machine
  2. 2
    Next, the circulation machine has five speed settings - 120 to 160 swings or beats per second
  3. 3
    Also, it has a 16-minute digital timer with safety shut-off to stop the machine during the session
  4. 4
    In addition, it has wide cushioned ankle rest
  5. 5
    Finally, it comes with a 2-year parts and labor standard warranty as well as a 60-day money back guarantee

Specifications

  1. 1
    Weight: 15 pounds
  2. 2
    Dimensions: 13.5” deep, 15” wide, 9.5” high
  3. 3
    Power: 110 or 220 volts AC
  4. 4
    Heavy duty, high torque 36 watt DC motor
  5. 5
    Heavy duty construction

Benefits

  1. 1
    First, the exerciser elite creates a gentle, right to left movement, which cycles up through the whole body
  2. 2
    As a result, the passive exercise provided by the chi machine increases circulation, oxygenates blood, and helps move lymph fluid, which can be beneficial to the immune system
  3. 3
    Furthermore, studies show this kind of chi machine is beneficial to those who are unable to do regular aerobic exercises
  4. 4
    Finally, using this chi machine before exercising helps loosen muscles making it easier for you to exercise

Use

Most of all, it is easy to use. In fact, simply lie down and relax.

Pros

  • Swing
    First, it has one of the highest swings per minute.
  • Motor
    Also, it has a 36 watts motor.
  • Warranty
    Finally, it has an excellent 2-year parts & labor warranty. In addition, it comes with a 60-day return policy.

Cons

  • Handle
    Regrettably, it has no handle to carry machine.

Chi Vitalizer

Chi machines
How to use

Features

  1. 1
    First, the chi machine comes with thick padded cradles
  2. 2
    Next, the chi vitalizer machine has speeds from 90 to 150 swings or beats per minute. Consequently, you can tailor the speed to your size and weight
  3. 3
    Also, the variable speed remote controller has a 48 inches long cord, which makes it easy to control the machine from up to 4 feet away
  4. 4
    In addition, it has a 15-minute automatic timer
  5. 5
    Especially relevant, there is a slight arc movement at the ends to increase the range of motion your body experiences. As a result, more of your leg muscles are engaged so you get a more complete exercise.
  6. 6
    Also, there is a handle for moving
  7. 7
    Next, the 112 inches long power cord means you don’t need to use it next to a power outlet
  8. 8
    Also, chi vitalizer machine has a large stable base that prevents wobbling
  9. 9
    Finally, the chi machine comes with a limited 2-year warranty and a 30-day return policy

Specifications

  1. 1
    Weight: 20 pounds
  2. 2
    Dimensions: 16” wide, 14” deep, 11” high
  3. 3
    Power: 120 volts, 60 Hz AC
  4. 4
    Heavy duty commercial quality 40-watt motor

Benefits

  1. 1
    First, the chi machine helps relieve swollen ankles
  2. 2
    Next, you get better sleep
  3. 3
    Also, it improves circulation, which helps oxygenate cells to promote cell repair,
  4. 4
    In addition, it rejuvenates and increases your energy
  5. 5
    Moreover, it restores energy lost from fibromyalgia or lyme’s disease
  6. 6
    Most of all, it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, spinal column, and vertebrae to relieve back, neck and shoulder pain, muscle pain, and neuralgia. On the other hand, in case of severe muscle pain that doesn't go away deep tissue massagers may help.
  7. 7
    Next, it helps remove toxins that have accumulated in your body throughout the day
  8. 8
    Also, it strengthens your immune system, thereby increasing your body's ability to fight off infection and repair damaged cells
  9. 9
    In addition, it realigns the spine, relaxes back muscles, increases blood flow and oxygen to the spinal column
  10. 10
    And, the chi vitalizer machine helps decreases blood pressure
  11. 11
    Also, it helps relax your spine and nervous system, improve overall health and physiological function
  12. 12
    Next, it increases your metabolism
  13. 13
    And, maximize your athletic performance
  14. 14
    Finally, the chi machine massages your muscles

Use

  1. 1
    Most of all, it is easy to use. In fact, simply lie down and relax
  2. 2
    In fact, using it for 5 to 15 minutes a day affects blood and lymph flow to the same extent as a 30-minute walk
  3. 3
    So, start with a short period of time and at slow speed. Then monitor your results and increase the time and speed at your own pace.

Pros

  • Speed
    First, it has the second best range of speeds.
  • Handle
    Also, it has a handle making it easy to move.
  • Range of motion
    Next, it has a slight arc in cradle movement which increases the range of leg motion.
  • Warranty
    Finally, it has a 2-year warranty. In addition, it comes with a 30-day return policy.

Cons

  • Speed
    However, it's highest speed is not as high as some of the other machines.

Daiwa Felicity Original Chi Swing Machine

Chi machines
Illustration
Chi machines in action

Features

  1. 1
    First, the chi machine comes with thick vinyl padded cradles
  2. 2
    Next, the Super Deluxe Vitality Swing creates a wave-like motion from the ankles that moves up the legs and spine.
  3. 3
    Also, healthy swing machine comes with variable speed that is adjusted with a wired remote controller
  4. 4
    In addition, the healthy swing machine has a 15-minute auto timer

Specifications

  1. 1
    Weight: 15 pounds
  2. 2
    Dimensions: 11” long, 16” wide, and 15” high
  3. 3
    Extra heavy duty 40-watt motor

Benefits

  1. 1
    First, the Qi Machine can help increase circulation to the lower extremities for people who are sedentary
  2. 2
    Also, the healthy swing machine increases oxygen in blood
  3. 3
    Next, it is used for stress reduction, getting a restful sleep, increasing your energy, and overall revitalization.
  4. 4
    Also, the healthy swing machine loosens tight hips and spine
  5. 5
    And, it reduces leg swelling
  6. 6
    Furthermore, it improves lymphatic flow, boost metabolism
  7. 7
    Also, it provides a feeling of calmness and relaxation
  8. 8
    Finally, people with disabling injuries, chronic pain, or inability to exercise can use the chi machine

Use

  1. 1
    Most of all, the healthy swing machine is easy to use. In fact, just sit on the ground and place your feet on the comfortable ankle pads. Then, lie back in a relaxing position. Next, turn on the machine and control its speed using the convenient remote control.
  2. 2
    Most of all, focus on relaxing your muscles and breathing steadily as the wave-like motion of the legs moves up the body into the spine, the neck, and the shoulders.

Pros

  • Handle
    First, it has a handle making it easy to move.
  • Motor
    And, it has a 40 watts motor.

Cons

  • Warranty
    However, there is no description of the warranty.

Daiwa Felicity Swing Master Deluxe Model

passive machine

Features

  1. 1
    First, the chi machine comes with padded vinyl ankle cradles
  2. 2
    Next, the swing master creates a wave-like motion that travels from the ankles up the legs and spine
  3. 3
    Also, it comes with a 4.8 foot wired remote controller for adjusting speed
  4. 4
    In addition, it has a 15-minute auto timer
  5. 5
    Finally, it comes with a 1-year standard warranty

Specifications

  1. 1
    Weight: 9 pounds
  2. 2
    Dimensions: 9” long, 8” wide, and 11.5” high
  3. 3
    Power: 120 volts, 60 Hz AC
  4. 4
    Strong 15-watt motor

Benefits

  1. 1
    First, the Qi Machine helps increase circulation to the lower extremities for people who are sedentary
  2. 2
    Next, it relieves stress by relaxing the spine and nervous system
  3. 3
    Also, it helps achieve a state of deep relaxation, get a restful sleep, increase your energy, and overall revitalization
  4. 4
    In addition, it relaxes muscles by giving them a soothing massage
  5. 5
    Next, it improves lymphatic flow. In fact, chi swing machines stimulate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for clearing excess fluids from the body. Indeed, research has shown that chi swing devices are an effective at-home adjunct therapy for patients who have experienced a decline in their lymphatic system (condition referred to as lymphoedema). Furthermore, this condition can develop alongside other health problems and cause a buildup of fluids, usually in the legs and feet.
  6. 6
    Also, it helps you lose weight by increasing your metabolism
  7. 7
    Next, it improves your athletic performance
  8. 8
    In addition, it boosts your immune system to fight off infection
  9. 9
    Also, it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, spinal column and vertebrae to get rid of back pain, muscle aches and neuralgia
  10. 10
    Finally, the chi machine increases oxygen intake into your cells to boost cell repair

Use

  1. 1
    Most of all, it is easy to use. In fact, just sit on the ground and place your feet on the comfortable ankle pads. Lie back in a relaxing position. Turn on the machine and control its speed using the convenient remote control.
  2. 2
    Next, focus on relaxing your muscles and breathing steadily as the wave-like motion of the legs moves up the body into the spine, the neck, and the shoulders.

Pros

  • Warranty
    Most of all, it comes with a 1-year warranty.

Cons

  • Motor
    However, it has only a, low, 15 watts motor. As a result, it can't provide as much power as the other machines.
  • Handle
    And, it doesn't have a handle for easy movement.

Surge of Chi Exerciser Mark 4

passive exerciser

Features

Cradle
  1. 1
    First, for maximum comfort, the chi machine comes with well-padded leg cradles. Moreover, the cradles are covered with soft but hard-wearing leather. Also, the cradles are more comfortable on the ankles than hard plastic cradles.
  2. 2
    Next, the cradle can be adjusted for any body size
  3. 3
    Also, the cradle’s angle can be adjusted to the user's height & weight
  4. 4
    Incidentally, the cradle’s 1.75” side-to-side travel width has the greatest effect on the back
  5. 5
    Next, Far Infra Red heating units, integral to the cradle, emit gentle yet penetrating therapeutic warmth to ease muscle stiffness
  6. 6
    Also, the cradles move smoothly
  7. 7
    Next, the cradle has multiple speed settings ranging from 80 to 160 swings or beats per minute. Also, these settings are adjustable in increments of one.
Other Features
  1. 1
    Incidentally, the speed settings are changed with the tethered remote controller.
  2. 2
    Meanwhile, the remote controller has a digital timer that is used to set session time. In addition, the remote controller has a LCD display showing remaining session duration.
  3. 3
    Next, the cradles also vibrate to give a massage. Meanwhile, the user can select between 12 vibration frequencies.
  4. 4
    Especially relevant, the machine has three auto-modes, each with pre-programmed 15-minute sessions. Also, in each of the auto-mode sessions, cradle speed changes gradually and automatically.
  5. 5
    Firstly, auto-mode 1 changes both beat speed and vibration frequency at a rate of 12 times per minute. Indeed, the beat speed ranges from 83 to 119 beats per minute while the vibration frequency is selected from among 9 values
  6. 6
    Secondly, auto-mode 2 changes both beat speed and vibration frequency at a rate of 4 times per minute, and is more relaxing than auto-mode 1
  7. 7
    Thirdly, auto-mode 3 has only cradle vibrations and infra-red heat – the cradles do not swing side-to-side. Meanwhile, the vibration frequency changes at a rate of 4 times per minute.
  8. 8
    Lastly, manual mode uses any speed between 80 to 160 beats per minute with or without vibrations
  9. 9
    Finally, the chi machine comes with a 2-year standard warranty as well as a 60-day money back guarantee. Moreover, the warranty can be, optionally, extended for up to two additional years.

Specifications

  1. 1
    Weight: 15.6 pounds
  2. 2
    Dimensions: 15.5” long, 10.5” wide, 13.5” height
  3. 3
    A 45 watts heavy duty DC motor for long life and smooth ride, with advanced electronic programming

Pros

  • Speed - range
    First, it has the highest range of speeds among these group of machines.
  • Speed
    Next, it has the highest speed. And, it has the lowest speed in this group of machines.
  • Handle
    In addition, it comes with a handle, making it easy to move.
  • Motor
    Next, it has the highest 45 watts motor. Consequently, it provides the most power among the machines described here.
  • Cradles
    Also, the cradles have heating pads and 12 vibration frequencies.
  • Auto Programs
    In addition, it has three auto programs for workout sessions.
  • Warranty
    Finally, it comes with a 2-year warranty. Also, it has a 60-day return policy.

Cons

CY-106 Chi Swing OXY-TWIST Vitalizer

Passive Exerciser
CY-106 in action

Features

  1. 1
    First, the ergonomically designed ankle base is made from durable molded hard plastic. Next, the ankle support is a cushioned soft pad with synthetic leather cover. Moreover, the cover can be easily taken off for cleaning and does not easily tear.
  2. 2
    Incidentally, the ankle base swings about 2” left and right of the center
  3. 3
    Also, the ankle base moves laterally, with a simultaneous up and down motion. Consequently, you get an elliptical movement.
  4. 4
    In addition, the ankle base can naturally accommodate different body shapes and weights of users
  5. 5
    Next, it’s speed ranges from 90 to 140 beats per minute
  6. 6
    Also, the speed is adjusted using a 4-foot long corded remote controller. In addition, the controller can also turn on or off the machine.
  7. 7
    Next, the controller has an adjustable session timer. Meanwhile, the machine will run for 15 minutes before powering down.
  8. 8
    Also, the handle on the unit makes it easy to carry
  9. 9
    Especially relevant, it is FDA listed
  10. 10
    Finally, it comes with a 2-year warranty on parts and 1-year warranty on labor

Specifications

  1. 1
    Weight: 19 pounds
  2. 2
    Dimensions: 14” long, 10” wide, 14” height
  3. 3
    Power: 110 volts AC
  4. 4
    Strong 40 watts motor made from high quality plastic
  5. 5
    9 foot power cord

Benefits

  1. 1
    First, the chi machine improves blood circulation. In fact, it moves blood through the lower half of the body, while at higher speeds it moves blood through the upper half. Consequently, oxygen levels increase, which helps to oxygenate the spine and body.
  2. 2
    Next, it increases elimination of toxins from the lower half of the body, while high speeds eliminate them from the upper half
  3. 3
    Also, it enhances lymphatic drainage
  4. 4
    Next, it passively exercises back muscles. In fact, the swinging motion passively stretches the back
  5. 5
    Moreover, it relaxes muscles, relieves stress, and helps improve sleep
  6. 6
    In addition, the agitation helps constipation and helps to better digest food
  7. 7
    Finally, it improves overall immune function

Use

  1. 1
    First, it is not recommended you use the machine for more than 15 minutes a session
  2. 2
    Also, kneeling on the machine will cause injury

Pros

  • Handle
    First, it comes with a handle making it easy to move.
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    Next, it is on the FDA's list of approved medical products.
  • Warranty
    Finally, it has a 2-year parts and 1-year labor warranty.

Cons

  • Speed - range
    However, among the group of machines reviewed here, it's speed range lies in the middle.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do You Compare these Machines?

Use the factors below to evaluate the Chi machines.

Handle

First, a handle offers a convenient way to move the machine from the closet or another storage location to wherever on the floor it will be used. In fact, without the handle, both hands are likely to be needed to transport the machine. While this is not a problem for most, the elderly or others in similar state may find it hard to do.

Motor

Next, the motor helps swing the cradles side to side with the weight of the legs on the cradle. Consequently, the motor needs enough power for the heaviest person to use the machine. Generally, a 40-watt motor is more than adequate. On the other hand, a motor rated less than 25-watts may not provide enough juice for heavier users.

Power Supply Cable

Next, a chi machine with a long power supply cord enables its use away from the wall and furniture. On the other hand, a short cord will restrict the machine’s use closer to the wall where the furniture doesn’t get in the way.

Remote Controller

Incidentally, nearly all chi machines come with a tethered remote controller. As a result, the machine can be conveniently controlled while lying down on the floor. Also, the longer the tether the more convenient it is for you to use the remote.

Speed

Most of all, the speed of a chi machine is the rate at which the cradles swing side-to-side. For the most part, speeds of chi machines range from a low of 80 swings or beats per minute to a high of 160 swings per minute. Furthermore, the consensus is to start with a slower speed. Also, the slower speed helps many relax. While the fastest speeds can be invigorating. Meanwhile, the range of speeds allows the user to find the speed that’s most comfortable.

Warranty

Next, if the machine is going to used frequently over months or years, a warranty covering parts and labor provides good insurance. Moreover, a return policy is always a benefit, especially if the machine doesn’t work out as expected.

Weight

Finally, the weight of the machine will along with its physical dimensions determine whether the machine will stay stable as you use it. For example, a lighter machine may wobble at high speeds, especially with a heavier user.

What Do You Get from the Chi Exerciser?

Better Circulation

  1. 1
    First, low speeds improve blood flow through the lower half of the body, while higher speeds improve blood flow through the upper half
  2. 2
    Consequently, oxygen levels increase, which helps to oxygenate the spinal column and body
  3. 3
    Also, it helps decrease blood pressure
  4. 4
    In addition, oxygen intake by the cells increases to promote cell repair

Better Lymphatic System

  1. 1
    Next, the chi machine stimulates the lymphatic system, which is responsible for clearing excess fluids from the body. Indeed, research has shown that chi swing devices are an effective at-home adjunct therapy for patients who have experienced a decline in their lymphatic system (condition referred to as lymphoedema). Furthermore, this condition can develop alongside other health problems and cause a buildup of fluids, usually in the legs and feet.
  2. 2
    In addition, low speed increases elimination of toxins from the lower half of the body, while high speeds eliminate them from the upper half
  3. 3
    Also, the improved lymphatic flow is beneficial to the immune system, thereby increasing the body's ability to fight off infection and repair damaged cells

Others

  1. 1
    Moreover, you get better, more restful sleep
  2. 2
    Also, it rejuvenates and increases your energy
  3. 3
    And, the chi machine restores energy lost from fibromyalgia or lyme’s disease
  4. 4
    Furthermore, it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, spinal column, and vertebrae to relieve back, neck and shoulder pain, muscle pain, and neuralgia.
  5. 5
    Next, it passively exercises and stretches back muscles
  6. 6
    In addition, it realigns the spine
  7. 7
    And, it relaxes muscles, including back muscles, by giving them a soothing massage
  8. 8
    Also, it relieves stress by relaxing the spine and nervous system
  9. 9
    Furthermore, it improves overall health and physiological function
  10. 10
    Next, by increasing your metabolism it helps you lose weight
  11. 11
    And, used before a workout, it loosens muscles making it easier for you to exercise
  12. 12
    Also, it improves and maximizes your athletic performance
  13. 13
    Next, it loosens tight hips and spine
  14. 14
    In addition, it reduces leg swelling and swollen ankles
  15. 15
    Also, it provides a feeling of calmness and relaxation
  16. 16
    And, it helps achieve a state of deep relaxation and overall revitalization
  17. 17
    Most of all, the agitation helps constipation and improves the ability to digest food
  18. 18
    Finally, people with disabling injuries, chronic pain, or inability to exercise can use the machine as a substitute for exercise

Are there Measured Benefits of these Machines?

In a study, 145 yoga teachers and other health workers used the Surge of Chi Exerciser for 30 days. At the end of the study, 76 percent reported:

  1. 1
    First, a decrease in tension
  2. 2
    Also, improvements in back, neck, and shoulders
  3. 3
    Next, an increase in your energy
  4. 4
    Also, improved relaxation
  5. 5
    In addition, an increase in general mobility and flexibility
  6. 6
    Also, a reduction in pain and discomfort
  7. 7
    Finally, improvements in sleep patterns

Next, 70 percent reported the following mental health benefits:

  1. 1
    First, an increased clarity of thought and alertness
  2. 2
    Next, an improved ability to cope with stress
  3. 3
    Also, improved focus and concentration
  4. 4
    In addition, a calmer mind
  5. 5
    And, a more positive outlook

Finally, 50 percent reported the following emotional benefits:

  1. 1
    First, an improved emotional balance and stability
  2. 2
    Next, an increased sense of well-being
  3. 3
    Finally, feeling calmer and less stressed

Speed

While the available speed of the machine ranged from 80 to 160 swings per minute, the average top speed used was 135 swings per minute. Also, most participants preferred the slower speeds when they used the machine in manual mode. In addition, most reported it’s important to start with a slower speed. Furthermore, they reported slower speeds were better to get relaxed while the higher speeds were good for getting energized.

How Do You Use this Machine?

About the Author Lisa