We weighed their advantages and disadvantages to help you decide which option is best for you.
Vita Vibe B48 Vs B48-W
- Easy to assemble and store
- Height adjustable
- Does not require maintenance
- Anti-microbial powder coat finish
- Slightly unstable when you put too much weight on it
- Cold to touch
- Easy to assemble
- Height adjustable
- Needs occasional maintenance
- May split over time
- Prone to bending
- Slightly unstable
Fully Adjustable Height
Both the B48 and the B48-W can be used by kids and adults because the barres’ height can be adjusted.
You can set it anywhere between 6″ and 46″ above the floor’s surface.
I commend Vita Vibe, the brains behind these barres, for its forward-looking mindset. Both models have a modular design that offers numerous possibilities.
You can purchase additional horizontal barres and you instantly have a double barre. You can also order longer barres if you need more space than these 4-footers.
The crossbar material is the main difference between the B48 and the B48-W.
The B48 is made from aluminum with a powder-coat finish that has anti-microbial properties, making it ideal for dance studios where there are multiple users. Both models’ frames also use the same material.
On the other hand, B48-W’s crossbar is made from Ash, a light-colored hardwood. This strong wood is the same material used in making tool handles and baseball bats. It is sanded smooth so you don’t have to worry about its texture.
- Both have sure-grip rubber feet for increased stability.
- Both have clamps for easy adjustment.
Design And Specifications
Despite the difference in composition, the B48 and the B48-W both have 1-1/2″diameter crossbars that are perfect for a child or adult grip.
You may think that wood is heavie,r but they actually have the same weight of 9 lbs. Some people think that this lightness sacrifices stability. However, you have to remember that they are made to be gently held or leaned on and not to take your full weight.
Their foot barres have a width of 28″.
Both have high-quality components that are well-made, but you have the assurance of a 10-year warranty, so you don’t have to worry about losing your money if they break.
Are they easy to assemble?
Yes. Both can be set up quickly. There are also very clear assembly instructions.
Can they be folded for storage?
No. But similar to their easy assembly, storage is also not a problem. You just need to loosen the clamp knob and pivot the foot to make it parallel with the horizontal barre for easy storage.
Is the B48-W ready to use or should I put a finish on the wood barre first?
It is smooth and ready to use. Putting a finish will just make it sticky. It will also mean additional maintenance because you will need to re-finish it once it wears out.
How high can the barres be set?
The maximum height is 46″.
What is the length of the horizontal barres?
Both are 4 feet long. They feature a modular design so you can change them with longer ones if you want additional space.
What are the main similarities and differences between the aluminum and wood versions?
Both the B48 and the B48-W are easy to assemble and store. They are also lightweight and portable.
As expected from freestanding barres, they are stable as long as you do not put your full weight on them.
While the B48 does not need maintenance because of its powder-coat barre finish, the B48-W requires occasional maintenance, specifically in cleaning and preserving the wood.
B48 is also more long lasting because B48-W is prone to bending and can split over time.
Another portable single barre that you can consider is the Softtouch 4.5 feet. It can support more weight but its height can only be adjusted between 31″ to 49″.
If you’re not sure what portable ballet barre is best for you, you can check out our comparison here.
Vita Vibe B48 Vs B48-W: Conclusion
Both the B48 and the B48-W are good quality ballet barres. What to choose all boils down to your personal preference.
If you want a traditional look and feel, you should go for the wood version.
On the other hand, the aluminum barre does not require maintenance and is sure to look and feel the same over time. It is also hygienic because of its anti-microbial powder coat finish.
Either way, these Vita Vibe single barres are highly recommended.