Porta-lite Delta II

Porta-lite Delta II

The Porta-lite Delta II massage table has been on the market a good few years now and has stood the test of time with many therapists around the country. It is also a table I personally own, use the most and recommend to my colleagues and students.

To sum it up quickly, It is a very well built, strong, very comfortable lightweight massage table. I would go as far to say it is a super lightweight table.

The Delta comes in 3 different sizes. The delta I is 25 inches wide and is made for smaller height therapists or for those therapists who want an even lighter table than the delta II and are willing to give up a few inches width to save more weight. Although not much difference to the Delta I, the Delta II is the one I am reviewing and it comes in a 28 and 30 inch option.

I use the 30 inch option to give my clients even more room. But I am tall myself and I treat lots of larger size athletes. For most therapists the 28 inch would be a better fit as it is lighter than the 30 inch and will cater for the majority of the population.

I genuinely think this is by far the best massage table on the market. I’ve owned it since 2012 and it is the one table I have held onto the longest. It gets 20+ treatments a week and is still going strong.

Although it is specifically designed as a professional lightweight massage table for mobile work, it is also an excellent choice for any purpose as the strength, reliability and comfort factors equally make this massage table what it is.

There are a number of different aspects that make up the build quality of a massage table. These include the foam, leather and aluminium etc. To make it as easy as possible to compare all the different massage tables, I have rated the build quality and each aspect of this model individually below.

If you have any question or I can cover anything else please ask me anything in the comments section below.

Steve

 

Porta-lite Delta II Professional Ligtweight Massage Table

Porta-lite Delta II Professional Ligtweight Massage Table
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Weight

10/10

    Build Quality

    10/10

      Strength & Stability

      10/10

        Foam

        10/10

          Leather

          10/10

            Face Cushion

            10/10

              Height Adjustability

              10/10

                Pros

                • - Very Light at only 11.3Kg's
                • - Foam is very comfortable
                • - PU leather very durable & soft
                • - Very easy to heigh adjust
                • - Very strong aluminium frame
                • - Plush Ergonomic Face cushion

                Cons

                • - Aluminium tables cost more

                • Melissa

                  Got one of these for Christmas. Great massage table and the carry case is particularly useful with all its extra pockets

                • Rebecca

                  Hi Stephen. Thanks for putting this site together. It helped a lot during my research phase. I ended up buying this massage table last week and just wanted to come back and say I agree 100% with your review. I have been using it a week now and it is fabulous.

                • Connie

                  Hi Stephen. I’m studying at the Western School in Scotland. Our school owner negotiated a discount on the Portaite Delta based on all our class of 30 buying one each. We were given a discount code to use at checkout on the massage warehouse website. I’m not supposed to give it out to anyone outside our course but if will help a fellow therapist save a few quid the coupon code is “WesternDelta” (without the quotation marks). It is £30 off. This is a really excellent massage table, everyone in our course uses it.

                • Venetia

                  I wanted a very lightweight massage table like the delta but I wanted it to have a lifting back rest section for seated treatments. I ended up buying the delta anyway because I found a great workaround on a diagram from one of the retailers.

                  http://www.massagewarehouse.co.uk/images/pdf/Massage%20Warehouse%20Guide%20How%20to%20Choose%20a%20Massage%20Table.pdf

                  In the diagram you see the delta is combined with a wedge back rest bolster. I use this combination for those treatments I want my client propped up.

                  Delta is a great table, very light for me at only 5’3. Thanks for reviewing it Stephen xx

                • Sofya

                  Hello

                  How cane I buy the massage table
                  Porta – light II
                  28 inch .

                  Thank you

                  • Stephen

                    Hi Sofya,
                    Thanks for dropping by!
                    I don’t want to recommend any individual retailers on this site. It’s a not for profit project and I don’t want anyone thinking I get commission from a retailer.
                    Just google search the product name (Porta-lite Delta II) and there should be a number of retailers to choose from.
                    Take care, Steve.

                • Mark

                  Thanks for the advice Stephen. I recently bought it and agree with everything you say. It’s an excellent massage table. I don’t know how it is so light. Keep up the good work, Mark.

                • Scott

                  Hi Stephen,
                  I’m a client, purchasing a table for my home – I’m between the Porta-Lite Delta II and the Body Pro Delux. Does the porta lite have the feature that the Body pro does that enables it to be used on the floor? also, can you tell a big difference between 6cm of foam (Pora Lite) and 8cm (body pro)?
                  Thanks very much for your time
                  Scott

                  • Stephen

                    Hi Scott, thanks for your comment! No, the deluxe massage table has shiatsu release but the delta does not. Most massage tables including the delta can be easily converted to a shiatsu table by simply replacing the nuts where the cables are locked into the legs with wing nuts.
                    The foam on the delta is higher density so even though the BodyPro Deluxe is very very comfortable, the Delta is more so. If you are just the client the BodyPro may be a better choice as one of the big advantages of the Delta is how light it is which is more a benefit to the therapist carrying it. Hope this helps!

                    • Scott

                      Great thanks very much for that Stephen – appreciate the info and this site, well done!

                      • Stephen

                        Glad I could help :)

                • Charlie

                  Hello,
                  I understand the benefits of a cradle over a face hole but am still hesitating to buy a table without one. I’m concerned about those clients that prefer a face hole to a cradle. I wondered if you could offer any advice on this.
                  Many thanks.

                  • Stephen

                    Hey Charlie, thanks for stopping by! I have yet to meet a client that prefers a breath hole to a face cradle! I’m curious, have you?

                    Breath holes are for convenience, face cradles are for comfort in my opinion. It certainly helps to have both in some situations but I would always choose the face cradle over the breath hole and anytime I’ve switched a client to a new table that has a face cradle where they previously only experienced the breath hole, they always prefer it.

                    Curious to hear your thoughts on it :)

                    ps-not talking about the cheap tables on the market here-those face cradles are just hard and nasty! I’m talking about the tables that have the plush and thick face cushions.

                    • Charlie

                      Hello,

                      Thank you for your reply – it is wonderful that you are sharing your knowledge, thank you.

                      I personally haven’t met a client who prefers a hole to a cradle (as a student I have only practised with a hole) but I did read while researching tables that clients may have that preference. I feel reassured by your comments as having looked back at what it was I read, I can actually only find one or two references to this (eg: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B014PVV1XO/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewopt_kywd?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent&pageNumber=1&filterByKeyword=hole)

                      I’m choosing between the BodyPro tables and the Porta-lite Delta II and just wanted to make sure (as I am starting out) that I am getting the right one! Budget is an issue which makes the BodyPro’s attractive but I understand all the plus points for the Porta-lite.

                      Would I be right that the situations you refer to in which a face hole may be helpful are those where space is limited? Are there other situations? Also, I notice some clients seem most comfortable with their arms laying up by the sides of their head, and it would seem this is not an option with a cradle.

                      Thank you again,
                      Charlie

                      • Stephen

                        Hey Charlie, no problem, glad I can help in any way!

                        You are right when saying space might force the therapists to use a table with just a breath hole. The other reason would be when the therapist wants to carry as little weight possible. The head piece is stored inside the table when folded. It doesn’t weigh much, about 700g, but perhaps they can use the space for their couch overs etc if there table case does not have pockets.

                        I’ve only ever come across therapist who do this when they use the tube in London for example as it can be a pain in the ass with carrying a massage table on the tube!

                        Also I agree, it’s very comfortable for the client to have an arm shelf or arm sling and they can rest their arms alternatively between that and having them down the sides.

                        Training colleges often have old beds and are limited by space so they have couches without face cradles. Up until maybe 5 years ago most tables only came with the built in breath hole. So a lot of student therapists are only used to these types of massage tables and might miss out on the extra comfort and access the face cradle provides.

                        Hope this helps!

                        S.

                        • Charlie

                          All very helpful advice. Thank you so much.
                          Charlie

                • Alice Kate Bithrey

                  I would just like to say I have this couch the 30″ wide variety in cream. I have been using it for exactly one year and it’s had no more than 8people on it a week . A few have been chunky gentlemen but not super heavy and the couch is designed to handle it. Everyone seems very comfortable on it and when I first purchased it clients which regularly attended massage therapists swore it was the most comfortable they had laid upon. However a year down the line it’s dipped quite considerably at the torso end. I’ve turned the couch a few times but the webbing underneath has allowed it to sag a bit which I’m very disappointed by. I think I will have to purchase another couch for my clinic room and keep the portalite for events til it does. I was hoping it would last be a couple of years as it’s not a cheap purchase.

                • MassageWarehouse

                  Thanks

                • Muriel Riba

                  Hello Stephen,

                  I find your website very very useful. I just finished the first year of physiotherapy and also qualified as a sports massage therapist. I need to buy a massage table to start working a bit during the weekends and I’m tempted to buy the Porta-Lite Delta II as I need a light portable table (I would get the BodyPro Deluxe Active but it’s 2 Kg heavier). I saw the Porta-Lite Delta I, which is actually lighter than the II and a bit cheaper. Is it also a very good massage table or should I go for the II?

                  Thanks for your help!

                  • Stephen

                    Hi Muriel, Thanks for your comment and question! In terms of quality and comfort, both Delta’s are identical. The main design difference is that the Delta 2 has higher end arches so it is easier for anyone with bigger legs to get their knees under the massage table when on a stool for seated treatments. The only real difference is the width. The Delta 1 is lighter because it is 3 inches narrower than the Delta II. May I ask, what treatment table width were you training on at UNI? If you are comfortable with that, then you can stick with the same width. The wider Delta II will of course be more comfortable for more patients but will it be worth the weight increase for you? Your height will also factor into the decision. How tall are you?

                    • Muriel Riba

                      Hi Stephen, thanks so much for replying to my question. I ended up buying the BodyPro Deluxe Active as I didn’t think I could justify spending more than £300 for the Delta, and from your review it seems that it’s a pretty decent table (plus I found it for £150!). I’m going to be studying full time for 2 more years so I thought that I could start with the BodyPro table for the occasional work in my area.
                      The table we used during the course is a fixed one so not convenient.
                      I’m 173 cm tall, so hopefully the BodyPro Active Deluxe should be fine?
                      Many thanks again!

                • Karen Hebden

                  Hi Stephen,

                  I have recently started Level 3 Diploma in Body Massage, a new fork in the road that is my life.
                  I’m looking for recommendations for massage table, have just read your write up, thank you, I’ve yet to decide whether I am going to work from home or mobile, as a lone worker would you say working at home or in your clients home is better?
                  I’m also going to volunteer at my local Hospice, as they supported myself and my late husband throughout his battle with cancer.
                  Would there be a specific chair/stool you could recommend?
                  Karen

                  • Stephen

                    Hi Karen,

                    Thanks for your message :). And welcome to the therapist family!!

                    Working from home is better for time, you don;t have to use your time travelling between clients. But mobile work offers variety, change of scenery and also opens more doors. I would offer both and see where faith takes you? You can then see which one you prefer and adjust if necessary.

                    So great you are working at the hospice, that makes such a huge difference to people. A folding stool is the most portable option and easiest to carry. They are quite comfortable but the rolling stools are more comfortable but not as portable. many therapists with cars do bring the rolling stools with them so I would probably do that. If you want to keep your posture in check while working choose the saddle type ergonomic stool but if you have a petite frame these ergo style stools can be quite big and push your hips too far apart. Normal rolling stool is maybe the safest bet. what do you think?