You should take into account your current and desired skill levels when purchasing a wheel. Some are specifically designed for beginners and are easier to operate but don't offer a high room for growth. If you are a beginner, the more advanced wheels may be too expensive for your needs.
The motor drives the rotation of the wheel and will determine how much clay you can work with, or center. Professionals will often look for a wheel with at least 50 lbs of centering ability, but beginners can work with much less.
The wheel head will determine the size of the pieces you can produce. 11 inches is usually good for beginners, but you will want to move up to 14 inches if you plan on making bigger pieces.
If you want to be able to transport the wheel make sure to check if it is easily portable or not. Some wheels can be very heavy and impossible to move without tools.
Most wheels come with a workspace attached which allows you to hold tools and water.
Splash pans help to contain messes from use of the wheel. It may be a good idea to pick up an extra splash pan so you don't need to spend a lot of time cleaning.
Some wheels are designed to be used on a countertop, and require a legs set if you want to be able to use it in a seated position.
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