Release valves can often cause a problem depending on the location of them, especially if they are a side or top loading types. If someone is buying a hyperbaric chamber that has the belts and buckles, most of them are side loading and have the release valves in different positions than top loading or the combo top and side loading types.
The release valves can be near the top or near the feet. This also effects the sound, also with the oxygen concentrator. On most of the non buckle types, the release valves are at where the head is and some are near the top and very pointy. The biggest complaint is when you don't lift it up and the release valves can scratch you. Plastic ones definitely don't hurt as much as the metal ones. Sooner or later the person in it will instinctively have their arm up as a guard so it doesn't come down and hit them.
Know the location of the release valves and by trying both types of chamber types with the different release valve locations, most people have a preference of one type over the other.
Most of the release valves on the more expensive models are metal, usually the commercial type you would find in a hyperbaric clinic, and you probably won't find as many of the belted/ buckle types either.
The cheaper type of chambers usually are the ones with the valve stems that go out first. Check to see if they are turned down into the floor or or up into the chamber. There is no difference in performance in stainless steal versus plastic ones, its mainly looks and noise issue and the scratching issues with people that are not careful.
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