This paper presents a comparative study on the design, modelling, electromagnetic analysis based on finite-element software, fabrication and experiment on rectangular flat (148 g) and C-shaped (148 g) levitationprototypes based on steel plates. No mechanical restrainer has been used in the transverse direction for the levitation. This aspect of the work is an improvement over existing work reported in the published literature. The entire set-up has been designed, fabricated, analytically investigated and experimentally evaluated and verified. The finite-element model (FEM) has been derived using standard commercial package(s). The analytical model has been obtained using specific permeance concepts following Robert Pohl’s method. Excellent correlationbetween the predicted and experimental results is a highlight of the work. The stability against transverse mechanical perturbation has also been investigated. Control system design and implementation is successfully done.