The next biggest question I’ve had beyond, if this belt is a scam (which I wrote about yesterday) is how does The Flex Belt stack up against other ab belts?
There are a few infomercials and ads running right now for several different ab belts. Most notably they are: Contour Abs, Slendertone and Sport Elec Ab Belt.
Each of these belts uses more or less the exact same type of EMS, albeit they may not offer the same intensity.
I’ll say straight out that I have not used any of these other ab belts, I’ve only ever used the Flex Belt so all my points in this post are based on research and facts I was able to gather online.
Intensity LevelsThe first place The Flex Belt stands out against all the others is that it offers 1-150 levels of intensity for adjusting the EMS. The next closest is 100 in the Contour abs belt. Why does this matter? Well for a couple of reason. The higher the maximum intensity levels the harder you can train your abs. Also if you have a layer of belly fat you need the EMS to penetrate through to contract your abs then you may need to start at a pretty high intensity level. If this is the case and you choose a belt that has fewer levels to go through then you’ll limit the overall success you can achieve with the device.
ProgramsNext up is the built in programs that you choose to train on. Programs basically mix up how the EMS stimulation turns on and off and for how long. The FLex Belt has 10 different training programs built into it. This is 4 more then any other device with the Contour and Slendertone belt each having 6 programs and the Sport Elec at 4. The benefit of having more training levels is simple. More variation of workouts means you can keep your abs confused as to what workout is coming next. You’ll get better results.
Design and UseI don’t think the design and fit of an abdominal toning device is what we think of prior to buying, but let me tell you it matters. You’re going to be wearing this thing for 30-40 minutes five days a week it should be comfortable. Both the Contour Abs and Sport Elec belts are a bit “clunkier” if I can say that about a device like this. You wouldn’t easily be able to wear it under your shirt or sweater. While both the Slendertone and Flex Belt are pretty low profile. You should be able to easily put these devices on and wear a T-shirt or sweater over top of them.
In terms of using the belts. They basically all function more or less the same way. You put the belt on, turn it on, choose a program and set you intensity level. One noticeable draw back to the Sport Elec device is you need to apply “contact gel” to your stomach prior to putting the belt on. This helps create a good connection between your stomach and the gel pads, but it is sort of messy.
The other thing I noted when looking at the other belts is that the Flex Belts wired remote is easily visible while wearing the device. The other companies each have a controller that is either affixed to the front of the belt or is facing upwards.
Finally, I really like the rechargeable battery that is built into the Flex Belt. I haven’t had to go out and buy replacement batteries and I’m glad for that. I hate the waste.
It always comes down to price right? The Flex Belt is the most expensive. Even if you take advantage of the coupon offers available you’re going to pay a bit more. The contour belt sells for $179.80 at the time I wrote this if you buy it from their official website. The Slendertone belt varies in price since they have more then one model from about $100 bucks to $149 and the Sport Elec sells for $79.
I know for most of us Price is going to play a factor no matter what. No judgement here. $79 to $179 is a big difference. However if you’re comparing the Slendertone, Contour and Flex belts there isn’t as big a jump.
I saw spring for the Flexbelt, but hey I’m biased.