There are numerous brands of ab belts to choose from, however we feel that the majority of consumers choose from one of three particular devices: The Flex Belt, The Contour Abs Belt or the Slendertone System Abs.
On this page we’re going to do a feature to feature comparison of these three belts to show you where the differences are in hopes to help you make a purchase decision.
We’ll be comparing:
-The Size & Fit of the Belt
-Features including intensity levels and workout programs
-Proof of results
-Battery life and use
-Warranty and Guarantee
Fit and Size
Each of the belts in question is worn the exact same way, around the mid section just above the hips. The Gel pads that are on the inside of each belt should be touching your stomach in the area just above your abdominals. The fit for each of these devices is quite snug, and they all use a form of velcro to connect at the back. Each belt is a one size fits all, so if you have a large waist you might find that the belt be able to fit you.
Where there is a difference is in how bulky the belt is and if it could be worn underneath clothing or not. This makes it possible to wear the belt at work or around the office without everyone knowing you have an electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) belt on.
The Slendertone System Abs and The Flex Belt both fit easily underneath a sweater, while the Contour Abs belt is a bit bulkier and isn’t easily concealed underneath clothing.
The Flex Belt and Slendertone System Abs Earn the Nod here over the Contour Belt
Intensity Levels and Workout Programs
Intensity levels in an ab belt refer to the strength of the EMS signal and how hard it causes your abdominals to flex. The higher the intensity level the harder your abs are working. Most people will start at a low intensity level and work their way up as they improve. The higher the number of intensity levels the further you can theoretically progress using that device.
Workout programs refer to patterns of EMS signals. An example might be a simple workout program would have EMS signals on for 5 seconds then off for 5 seconds. The more variety you can give your abs in the form of workout programs the better results you can generally achieve.
The Flex Belt leads the way here with intensity levels ranging from 1 to 150 and 10 built in workout programs. Both the Slendertone and Contour belts range from 1 – 99 or 100 respectively.
In terms of built in workout programs that vary the duration and pattern of EMS signals being sent to your abs the Flex Belt has 10 different programs while Slendertone offers 7.
The Flex Belt comes out on top in a comparison of Intensity Levels and Workout Programs
Gel pads are used to cover a larger surface area then just the small electrode on the inside of the belt that emits the EMS signals. By apply a gel pad over top of the electrode the EMS signal goes out to a much wider surface area and hits more of the nerve endings under the skin causing a more effective ab contraction.
Both the Slendertone System Abs and Flex Belt use a 3 Gel Pad system on the inside of the belt, while the Contour Abs belt has 4 gel pads. In theory the 4 Gel pad system can potentially provide more EMS to your abs then the 3 gel pad system.
The Contour Abs Belt edges out The Flex Belt here with 4 Gel pads instead of 3
Proof of Results
Slendertone and The Flex Belt are the only two devices I’ve seen that have a clinical study to back up their claims that users can increase abdominal strength and endurance using their devices 30 minutes a day five days a week. While the Contour belt is based on the same EMS technology, they have not conducted a clinical study to prove their claims.
Both The Flex Belt and Slendertone System Abs have clinical studies and proof of results.
While it’s not the end of the world we’re not a fan of the AAA batteries that the Contour Abs belt takes. The Flex Belt and the Slendertone Belt both have rechargeable batteries that are simply plugged into the wall when they’re dead and recharged in a few hours. This is simply more a convenience thing, but it also produces less waste if you’re not having to buy new batteries all the time.
The Flex Belt with it’s rechargeable battery makes it the better choice.
Warranty and Guarantee
Both The Flex Belt and Slendertone Belt come with a 60 day money back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied with how the belt works then simply contact the company for a full refund. The Contour belt offers a similar guarantee however it’s only for 30 days instead of 60.
For warranty both the Slendertone and Flex Belt come with a 2 year warranty, the Contour includes a 1 year warranty.
You’re able to test The Flex Belt for 30 days longer then the Contour Abs belt plus you get a year longer warranty.
Of all the belts the Sledertone is actually the least expensive coming in just under $150. The Contour Abs belt is next at just under $180 (after taking into account an instant web only discount offer). The Flex Belt is the most expensive costing $199.99. However we’ve secured some exclusive Flex belt coupon codes that provide you with $25 off your purchase bringing the belt to $174.99.
The Flex Belt offers the highest intensity levels, greatest number of built in workout programs. Comes with a rechargeable battery and LCD remote and can easily be worn underneath your shits and sweaters. While I’m not saying you won’t get results if you opt to try the Slendertone System Abs belt or The Contour Abs system I feel that with the discounted coupon price on The Flex Belt it’s the best product for the money right now.