I started with a Lil Mynx so I am biased...but it was the best bang for my buck and I didn't want to start with a lesser quality pole such as the Carmen Electra or the Peekaboo.
I needed something that I would feel secure on to learn inversions and spins...and since I liked spinning fast I wanted the pole to be sure and hold me.
My pole cost about $300 after taxes and I chose the basic stainless steel and a flat-ceiling mount. This type of pole requires a mount and it is a sturdy white PVC and has the option of sliding in a little hook that makes it look like a plant hanger when you aren't using your pole.
These pole also come in a variety of colors and can also be custom painted...I have been in the manufacturer's place and have seen flames designs of all colors, a pole that looked like bamboo wood as well as pink and red for a more feminine look.
They come with both static or spinning features or both; are easy to install (I installed mine in about 10 minutes); can be used on both flat and vaulted ceilings (a vaulted ceiling mount is needed); can be used on a variety of floor surfaces (a floor pad is needed for wood, concrete or other non-carpeted surfaces); affordable and great customer service.
Here is a short video on how it is installed:
Some of the cons of this brand of pole:
- a lower weight limit than the x-pole or a stationary pole
-harder to store as it comes in one piece as opposed to multi-pieces
-it is portable but harder to transport in a small vehicle as it comes in an 8 foot piece (expands up to 10' and higher on other models)
And is it really worth $300??? Here is a visual review (pretty awesome tricks you can learn to do on the pole) of this brand: