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Updated 25-03-2021 – Lucy Walters

10 Best TENS Machine in 2021

Elle TENS Maternity TENS 550x380

Elle TENS Maternity TENS

Medfit Mums To Be TENS 550x380

Medfit Mums To Be TENS

Elle TENS 2 550x380

Elle TENS 2

ProductBest forRatings
Elle TENS Maternity TENS
Elle TENS Maternity TENS
Best product9.6
Elle TENS 2
Elle TENS 2
Premium product9.5
Medfit Mums To Be Tens
Medfit Mums To Be TENS
Value product9.4
Elle TENS Plus 3-in-1
Elle TENS Plus 3-in-1
Best for long-term general use9.5
ObiTENS Plus
ObiTENS Plus
Best versatile TENS machine9.2
Obi TENS
Obi TENS
Best easy-to-use features9.1
TensCare Perfect mamaTENS
TensCare Perfect mamaTENS
Best lightweight device9
TensCare mamaTENS
TensCare MamaTENS
Best clip-on feature9
TensCare Perfect Mama+
TensCare Perfect Mama+
Best for labour and breastfeeding9
Nature Gates Maternity TENS
Nature Gates Maternity TENS
Best stylish design8.5

Best TEN Machine UK

If you’re an expectant parent, chances are, you’ve heard all about labour and how painful it can be. Yes, all of those labour pain anecdotes you’ve heard are not exaggerated. Labour is one of the most physically painful life experiences out there. 

But don’t let that scare you. Thanks to modern technology, there are a lot of ways of going around labour pains, and no, they aren’t all drugs. It’s not water therapy, too (although that also works sometimes).

It’s what’s known as the TENS machine, or short for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It’s a handheld and battery-operated device connected by leads to flat pads that rest on your back. The machine supposedly sends electric pulses through your skin towards your muscles and tissues to prevent pain signals from reaching your brain.

Previously, TENS machines were only available in hospitals. Nowadays, however, they are available commercially either to purchase or to rent. 

 

Things to Consider Before Buying a Tens Machine

This part of our buyer’s guide usually details what to look for when buying certain products. However, with TENS machines, and with all other medical-related devices, we cannot list a general buying guide for a tens machine for use in labour, as your pregnancy and circumstances are always unique from others.

For this reason, it is always best that you consult with your healthcare practitioner first before purchasing the product. They can give you the best advice regarding what to look for, based on your individual circumstances and pregnancy status.

But before you go, bookmark this page so when you’ve been given the ‘’GO’’ signal by your doctor or midwife to purchase a TENS in preparation for your labour pains, you can come back and check out our list of the ten best TENS machines for labour.

Elle TENS Maternity TENS
Key features:
  • Pre-set modes
  • User-friendly buttons
  • Optimax technology
  • Large display screen
Specifications:
Batteries: 2 x AA
Pads: Four large pads
Leads: Two
Best product

Elle TENS is a brand manufactured by the UK company, Body Clock Health Care.

The Elle TENS Maternity TENS is the first generation TENS machine under the Elle TENS range.

It features an attractive purple and white gadget with a fairly large displays screen that shows vital information, such as the mode you are on, battery status, and more.

The gadget has easy-to-understand and user-friendly buttons with dedicated functions, saving you unnecessary stress from having to figure out what button does which while you are experiencing labour pains. Also, the Elle TENS machine comes with pre-set modes, making it simple for you to use at the onset of your labour pains.

It also comes with a neck lanyard, keeping your hands free to do other things in preparation for delivery. 

One standout feature of this TENS machine is its Optimax button, allowing you to adjust the depth of the pulses, according to your comfort. This is very useful in the final stages of labour, when your pain gets worse, resulting in you needing extra power.

Its design, reasonable price point, user-friendliness, and features necessary for controlling labour pains make the Elle TENS Maternity TENS our number one pick for our list of the ten best TENS machines available in the UK for 2021.

Elle TENS 2
Key features:
  • Contraction timer
  • Orange-backlit screen
  • Pre-set modes
  • Optimax button
Specifications:
Batteries: 2 x AAA
Pads: Four large pads
Leads: Two + one spare
Premium product

The Elle TENS 2 is the second generation for the Elle TENS line and naturally comes more expensive than the original version.

In terms of similarities, the Elle TENS 2 has the same user-friendly buttons and pre-set modes for ease of use, and the Optimax button for that extra power when you need it.

The major difference is that the Elle TENS 2 has a contraction timer, which measures the last five contractions you’ve had, along with in-between contractions. Another difference is that the Elle TENS 2 has a new and improved screen. While the first generation Elle TENS has a basic LCD screen, the Elle TENS 2 comes with a bright orange backlight for added visibility, and an improved user interface for ease of understanding what you see on the screen and accommodate new information, such as your contractions.

If you want the features of the first generation Elle TENS and don’t mind spending more, then perhaps go for the new and improved second-generation version instead.

Medfit Mums To Be TENS
Key features:
  • Pre-set programmes
  • Boost button
  • Four-mode TENS
  • Toning programmes
Specifications:
Batteries: 1 x 9 volts
Pads: Four electrodes
Leads: Two
Value product

Medfit is an online retailer of a wide range of TENS machines for various medical conditions. The Mums to Be TENS is Medfit’s dedicated TENS machine for expectant mums in labour.

The Mums To Be TENS machine is a relatively inexpensive TENS machine that is packed with so many features. Like the Elle TENS machines, the Mums To Be has pre-set programmes for ease of use and a boost button for extra power.

The standout feature of this TENS machine is its four-mode capability. The first mode is the maternity mode, tailored specifically for use in labour. The second is the pelvic floor stimulation mode, which is designed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles post-delivery. A special vaginal probe is required to use this second mode. The third mode is for EMS stimulation, which essentially strengthens and tones various muscles. The fourth mode is for general pain relief.

If you want a budget TENS machine that can be used even after birth, the Medfit Mums To Be could very well be one of your top contenders.

Elle TENS Plus 3-in-1
Key features:
  • 3-in-1 machine
  • Four TENS modes
  • Four pelvic modes
  • Contraction timer
Specifications:
Batteries: 2 x AA
Pads: Four pads
Leads: Two + one spare
Best for long-term general use

The Elle TENS 3 is the third generation of the Elle TENS line for labour pains. Other than the upgraded look from a purple device to a matte pink one, the Elle TENS Plus has more added features, which make it useful beyond the labour stage.

The Elle TENS Plus has three functions. It can be used to manage pain during labour, at which stage, the TENS Plus also has the same contraction timer like the Elle TENS 2. The second function is for pelvic floor training, which is especially useful after giving birth, or for other pelvic floor or bladder related issues. The third function is that it can be used to manage general pain.

In terms of the stimulation that you get, the Elle TENS Plus has four TENS modes to you’re your pain-control preference. There is the Constant mode, delivering continuous pulses, the burst mode that delivers on and off pulses regularly, the massage mode with a decreasing and increasing pulse cycle much like a massage, and the mixed-mode, which is a mix of different pulse deliveries and frequencies.

Finally, in terms of the pelvic floor training function, the Elle TENS Plus also does this in four programme modes to manage four specific concerns: urge incontinence, stress incontinence, mixed incontinence, and aftercare.

ObiTENS Plus
Key features:
  • Pre-set modes
  • Contraction timer
  • Versatile device
  • Suitable for post-natal pain
Specifications:
Batteries: 2 x AAA
Pads: Four pads
Leads: Two
Best versatile TENS machine

ObiTENS is another brand from Body Clock Health Care, the same UK company that produces the Elle TENS range. 

While the Elle TENS line features a sophisticated-looking device with lots of buttons and widescreen, the ObiTENS is the more straightforward TENS machine version. It features a narrow remote-control like device with a backlit LCD screen and minimal function keys.

Like the rest of the TENS machines on this list, it has the pre-set modes for ease of use and a boost button to up the power of the TENS machine.

The ObiTENS Plus has a contraction timer which helps you keep track of your contractions during the later stages of labour. It also has dual-channel functionality, which means you can deliver pain control with either two or four pads. 

Another great feature of the ObiTENS is that it can be used past the labour stage. It is suitable for use for relieving pain in various areas of your body post labour and delivery, such as your shoulders and back. It can also be used to alleviate period pain.

Obi TENS
Key features:
  • Boost mode
  • Versatile device
  • Dual-channel function
  • Suitable post delivery
Specifications:
Batteries: 2 x AAA
Pads: Four pads
Leads: Two + one spare
Best easy-to-use features

The Obi TENS should not be confused with the Obi TENS Plus. Just like the Elle TENS range, the Obi TENS is the first generation version of the Obi TENS line.

The Obi TENS has all the basic features of the ObiTENS Plus, like the boost mode for increasing power during actual contractions, the dual-channel function, and its suitability for use for all sorts of pain relief after you’ve given birth and beyond.

Again, like the Plus, the Obi TENS also has two pre-set modes, one to use during contractions, and one to use in between contractions.

The main difference is that the ObiTENS does not have the contraction timer like the Plus does, it has a simpler design and fewer function buttons compared to the Plus, and the screen is a simple LCD without backlight, unlike the Plus.

TensCare Perfect mamaTENS
Key features:
  • Pre-set programmes
  • Boost button
  • Large, backlit LCD screen
  • Lightweight device
Specifications:
Batteries: 2 x AA
Pads: Two pads
Leads: Two lead wires
Best lightweight device

TensCare Limited is a UK-based company specialising in the manufacture and distribution of TENS machines for various medical conditions.

The TensCare Perfect mamaTENS is a slim-designed TENS device that comes in a bright teal colour. Like the previous TENS machines on this list, it has pre-set programmes to make it easy to use when those labour pains start to kick in. It also a boost button that gives an extra boost on the TENS machine’s power, as your labour progresses. 

It has a large backlit LCD screen to help you clearly identify the current programme and intensity you are currently using.

The best feature of this TENS device is its lightweight and compact design so you can comfortably move it around with you or store it on the front pocket of your hospital bag prior in preparation for labour delivery.

If you prefer a lightweight device over any other features, you can’t go wrong with the 75 g Perfect mamaTENS from TensCare.

TensCare MamaTENS
Key features:
  • Pre-set programmes
  • Ramp control facility
  • Built-in clip
  • Lightweight
Specifications:
Batteries: 2 x AA
Pads: Two pads
Leads: Two lead wires
Best clip-on feature

The TensCare MamaTENS is the first generation version of the TensCare Perfect mamaTENS. It has all the basic features of the Perfect mamaTENS, from the pre-set programmes to the boos button feature. One of the pre-set programmes has the ramp control facility, which specifically targets your pain gates, essentially ramping up the pain relief in coordination with the boost feature, specifically helpful during the later stages of labour.  

The difference is that the MamaTENS does not have the backlight that comes with the Perfect mamaTENS and has a bulkier appearance to it. 

The notable feature of the TensCare is its built-in clip, which you can hook on to your shirt or pocket, so you don’t have to be holding it all the time. It also comes in a hand carry case for ease of portability, especially when heading to the hospital from home.

TensCare Perfect Mama+
Key features:
  • Monitors contraction times
  • Monitors labour
  • Provides labour log
  • Unique breast electrode
Specifications:
Batteries: 2 x AA
Pads: Eight in total
Leads: Two lead wires
Best for labour and breastfeeding

You guessed it right. The TensCare Perfect Mama+ is the third generation and the latest version of the TensCare maternity TENS line. It has all the features of its TENS predecessors, but this time, it comes in a bright peach design as opposed the older teal models. 

In addition to the features of the two older versions, the TensCare Perfect Mama+ can monitor your contraction and labour times, and display your labour log. This is very helpful during those times that you are at home waiting for the perfect time to go to the birthing unit (i.e., when your contractions are more frequent and closer to each other). 

The best feature of the Perfect Mama+, however, is the addition of breast electrodes, which can be safely attached around your breasts after your delivery, to help initiate lactation. A few mothers struggle with this during the first few days after birth, so this is definitely an attractive feature.

Nature Gates Maternity TENS
Key features:
  • Memory function
  • Dual-channel function
  • Six modes
  • Stylish flip design
Specifications:
Batteries: 2 x AA
Pads: Four pads
Leads: Two lead wires
Best stylish design

Nature Gate is a UK-based distributor of various TENS machines for various medical conditions including labour pains.

If the design is important to you, the Nature Gates Maternity TENS may appeal to you the most. It comes in a compact and stylish flip design, resembling a slim flip phone. It comes with a relatively full LCD screen so you can clearly see important information such as setting modes, channel modes, as well as power and frequency used. 

It also comes with a battery indicator, so you know well in advance when your battery is about to die out, allowing you to change it to ensure optimum pain relief during your labour contractions.

It has six operating modes tailored to help alleviate the specific types of pain women typically experience during their labour contractions.

 

Again, it has the pre-set programme mode standard to all TENS machines on this list. It also has a memory function, which automatically remembers the last programme you were on and starts from there.

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