Pilates Reformer for Sale: 3 Smart Reasons to Buy Yours Unused
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned fitness enthusiast, investing in a pilates reformer is a great way to stay fit and healthy.
Pilates reformers are low-impact exercise machines with proven benefits that include providing a full body workout for all levels of experience by:
- Improving the core and posture
- Enhancing joint, spinal, and scapular flexibility
- Improving balance, coordination, and agility
Anyone can safely practice exercising with a pilates reformer. The equipment is designed to accommodate people of all body types, size, and physical condition. As such, it doesn’t matter whether you’re young, elderly, pregnant, or even physically challenged.
Given the benefits and accessibility of pilates reformers, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular.
Other than settling on which type of reformer you’d like to use, one crucial decision must be made: whether to buy a new or used model.
Unlike commercial gym machines like treadmills and cross-trainers, reformers are low-tech equipment. They come with springs, as opposed to motors, and they have relatively light loads on well-built frames.
Therefore, a well-manufactured model can easily last decades, which is why it can be quite tempting to get one second-hand.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with finding a pilates reformer for sale that’s been used—you might get yourself a deal that’s too good to pass up.
But it’s important to consider the risks and disadvantages associated with purchasing a second-hand machine as well as to understand why it makes sense to buy yourself a new one.
1 - New Pilates Reformers Come With Warranty
Buying a pilates reformer from a reputable seller almost always guarantees you’ll get a warranty that will cover any defects or damage present in the machine.
A warranty ensures that you don’t spend extra money fixing or replacing the equipment if any of its parts stop working or don’t function as expected.
Unfortunately, buying a second-hand reformer leaves you exposed, as there are zero guarantees it’ll come with warranty.
That’s because most leading pilates equipment manufacturers don’t allow the passing of warranty from the original to the second-hand buyer. Instead, they typically offer it to the client listed on the original invoice.
In fact, the non-transferability of a warranty is one of the reasons for the immediate depreciation of a reformer when it’s first purchased.
On the plus side, reformers typically hold their value well after this first depreciation. However, the equipment must be in good condition, and the manufacturer must still carry parts.
Remember, buying a reformer straight from the shop guarantees you receive brand-new equipment that’s in perfect working condition. But if you’re convinced that a second-hand machine will give you the best bang for your buck, ensure you:
- Check for complete smoothness of its runners
- Confirm the ride is smooth when extending the reformer’s carriage to its full length
- Examine the outer sheaths of the ropes to ensure they aren’t broken through (though they might be fluffed up a bit)
- Gauge how secure the outside of the frame and the foot-bar are (check that there aren’t breakages at the seams or around the bolts)
- Assess the upholstery to ensure it’s not damaged or cracking
Issues in any of these areas will need to be addressed before you can use a second-hand reformer. Therefore, don’t be shy about removing their cost from your offer price.
Eventually, you might find it’s better to simply buy your equipment new as opposed to grappling with fixing a second-hand one.
2 - Spare Parts and Accessories Are Available for New Reformers
Well-manufactured reformers can last for years while still looking great.
Nevertheless, parts or accessories that wear down with use must still be replaced. This is why it’s important to consider the age of a reformer’s springs, for instance, if you’re seriously considering buying second-hand equipment.
Replace springs older than two years so you’re assured they won’t fail and cause an accident during exercise.
Given the need to keep your equipment’s parts and accessories in top condition, closely investigate machines that come at a discounted price or are otherwise too good to be true. Perhaps you’re getting a whopping 50% discount or more on a second-hand reformer because the:
- Machine’s spare parts are no longer available
- Manufacturer has announced substantial upgrades to the model
- New/upgraded model’s key parts aren’t compatible with the current model
The good news is that you can determine whether you’re getting a true bargain by doing a quick online search or calling the manufacturer. If the parts and accessories are still available, you’ll enjoy peace of mind.
You might even decide to grab these parts while they’re still on the market.
With a new pilates reformer, however, you won’t have to scramble to stock up on parts that are out of production. Instead, you’ll enjoy the assurance that you can source replacement parts directly from the manufacturer on an as-needed basis.
This way, you not only keep the machine in top condition but also ensure the safety of everyone who comes in contact with it.
3 - New Reformers Have Shipping Costs Factored In
When buying a new pilates reformer, it typically arrives on a single or double pallet with some assembly required. Depending on the manufacturer, you might even get delivery or shipping costs included in the purchase price.
For instance, you may be eligible for free shipping when you purchase a new pilates reformer, such as the Aluminum Pilates Reformer with Tower by Elina Pilates. In fact, you can count on free shipping when you buy Elina products stocked by Vaissal Pilates.
Free shipping isn’t available when buying all-in-one exercise machines by Lagree, such as the Mini Exercise Equipment (Miniformer). However, this isn’t a deal breaker as you can factor the associated shipping costs into your budget.
If you’re considering buying from a second-hand seller, keep in mind that they rarely include the cost of delivery in the price they’re asking.
Without physically seeing and inspecting the equipment, you won’t know what conditions it’s in or how much it weighs. Consequently, you might have to pay for a dedicated courier delivery if it won’t fit in your car.
Depending on the parameters used by various couriers, you might even end up paying extra for shipping based on the reformer’s weight and size. Incidentally, reformers can be quite bulky, with some weighing well over 200 pounds.
Second-Hand Reformers Aren’t Always Worth the Hassle
One of the main disadvantages of buying a reformer second-hand is the chance that you’re unlikely to hear from the seller after the transaction. Unfortunately, this also means you can’t ask them for advice or support, let alone get any kind of warranty coverage.
And if you do hear from the seller, they usually won’t be able to provide useful advice on how to use the pilates reformer safely and effectively unless they’re professionally trained. You’re therefore on your own when it comes to figuring out how to use the equipment.
When you buy your machine new, on the other hand, you benefit from both support and manufacturer advice. For example, The Lagree Method is recommended for those using Lagree equipment and accessories.
Ultimately, getting yourself a new pilates reformer is worth the investment. You not only get access to bundled shipping services and replacement parts, but also tips, support, and professional advice from the manufacturer.
There’s no better way to enjoy a safer, more effective workout to help you achieve your fitness goals without risking your health and safety.
The best part? You get the absolute best prices for your pilates reformer when you buy from Vaissal Pilates. The table below compares the main features of two of our top-selling products.
|Elina Aluminum Pilates Reformer with Tower||Miniformer Pro|
|Base dimensions (LxW)||90.6” by 23.2” (for HL2/3/4)||102” by 24”|
|Number of springs||5 (reformer) + 8 (tower)||5|
Why are we so confident? Our Price Match Guarantee ensures you’ll be refunded the difference if you can find another online store with a lower price within six months of purchasing your machine.
So, why wait? Take advantage of our unbeatable prices and get exercising with one of our brand new pilates reformers today.
Prepare to be pleasantly surprised, just like Debby was, when you order your reformer from us:
"The quality and craftsmanship far exceeded my expectations. It’s very high quality, works smoothly, and holds up well. The materials and apparatus are sturdy and well made. A beautiful piece of equipment. I LOVE it!"
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