The Slendertone Abdominal Toning Belt is a battery-powered fitness device that emits electric signals designed to tone your abs by causing the muscles to tense and flex. If used daily for 20 to 30 minutes -- in combination with a healthy diet and other forms of physical exercise -- the manufacturer claims you will see results in eight weeks. Models are available for men and women; both include a controller with four programs, three AAA batteries, three gel pads and a travel pouch.
Based on the reviews we've found, the Slendertone works -- as long as you have realistic expectations. As one user points out in his Amazon review, this device isn't intended for folks who are grossly overweight and looking for an easy weight-loss solution, but rather for relatively fit users who simply want to tone their abs. Other reviewers say you can't expect results after one or two days; you have to use the Slendertone every day for several months. No reputable source we found claims that Slendertone will help you to lose weight; that requires diet and exercise.
Reviewers say there are a couple of drawbacks to the Slendertone. In a test conducted by the British newspaper Daily Mail, a test subject says the Slendertone Abdominal Toning Belt is very uncomfortable to use. We also found several complaints from users who say the product simply doesn't work, as well as grumbles about the steep cost of replacement gel pads (*Est. $30).
1. Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
This British newspaper asks three test subjects to try out three different types of electronic toning equipment, two of them made by Slendertone. One tester finds that the Slendertone Abdominal Toning Belt is very uncomfortable to wear, saying "one thing it did help me do was run more, as any alternative to the belt was preferable!"
Review: Electric Toning Equipment: Tried and Tested, Charlotte Harding
Most of the users participating in this thread have good things to say about the Slendertone Abdominal Toning Belt; one owner points out that "you have to do the required sessions for the number of times per week, and the pads do need replacing."
Review: Slendertone Belt, Contributors to MoneySavingExpert.com
3. KYW (Philadelphia)
Reporter Stephanie Stahl talks with a local personal trainer who endorses the Slendertone belt. She also talks with physician, who says devices that use electrical stimulation have little benefit, and with a mother who says she experienced some positive results with the belt. Stahl's conclusion: Slendertone might help you lose weight, but so will regular exercise.
Review: Health: A Workout Free Way To Tone Your Abs, Stephanie Stahl, Sept. 25, 2007
Many of the users posting here are pleased with the Slendertone Abdominal Toning Belt, saying this product works best if you don't expect miracles. Others complain about disappointing results, defective units out of the box, or the cost of replacing the gel pads (Est. $30) -- on top of the $150 retail price of the belt itself.
Review: Slendertone Abdominal Toning System, Contributors to HSN.com
Most of the three dozen or so owners posting here are pleased with the Slendertone Abdominal Toning Belt, though there are a few complaints about ineffectiveness. One reviewer points out that Slendertone isn't appropriate for folks who are extremely overweight, but may benefit users who are already in fairly good shape and want to strengthen their abs.
Review: Slendertone Men's Flex Abdominal Toning System Belt, Contributors to Amazon.com