I prefer and use Balanced Body equipment and have for over 10 years. The quality is exceptional and they continually add new features by listening to their customers. Things like the Jumpus Maximus jumpboard, the infinity footbar and the tower reformer combination. They also incorporate several spring tensions and adjustability so you can fit all shapes and sizes, kids to professional athletes. I couldn’t work without my Balanced Body equipment.
Gratz equipment is very close to the original (I have been on Eve’s reformer before in Santa Fe at Core Dynamics that Joe made for her). Heavy springs don’t allow you to cheat and you get results quickly. Men do well on this equipment I find. I am also a fan of Basil. These options can be more pricey, but are excellent quality. I have also worked on Balanced Body, Peak and Stott. I was taught on Stott when I first began, however I would not purchase it for myself or if I had my own studio.
I have used and trained clients on Gratz, Balanced Body, and Peak apparatus. For my personal workouts, I prefer Gratz. The apparatus provides challenging workouts true to the classical method. For teaching clients, Balanced Body is a versatile tool. Balanced Body apparatus offers innumerable modifications various spring tensions, foot bar adjustments and many accessories) to accommodate all special populations and individual needs.