Welcome to our review of the 5 Best Yoga Wheels. We researched many top-rated yoga wheels, taking into account the need to provide some variety, but making sure we included only high-quality options. Our reviews highlight the basics and provide an overview (including pros and cons) of each. Hopefully this frees up some of your time so you can focus on doing other things you love!
Yoga wheels aren’t just for yoga. Physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists sometimes recommend yoga wheels for back pain.
A quick word to the wise. Many online review sites claim to have personally tested the product. Our methodology is a little different. We provide the following information so you don’t have to spend your time reviewing tons of products.
We summarize the product’s features and functions. We read real product reviews by verified purchasers and share what they have to say. Finally, we provide additional information at the end of our review, which goes over the benefits of using the product and how to choose one that’s right for you.
Let’s look at a the 5 best yoga wheels and see which one best fits your needs. Here they are in no particular order:
- Purity Wave Cork Yoga Wheel
- Body Wheel Yoga Wheel
- Acumobility Yoga Wheel
- Solofit Yoga Wheel
- UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel Set
The Purity Wave Cork Yoga Wheel is a top seller and tops in terms of aesthetics. Waltzing into yoga class with this one will make you the envy of your classmates. Its 12.5″ x 5.1″ frame is padded with a comfortable cork material.
What Users Say
Users commented on the good workmanship and sturdy construction. There were no instances of the wheel giving when used by heavier yogis. Practitioners felt securely supported by it during use, especially when doing tenuous positions like back bends. It comes with a free, user friendly booklet with suggestions on how to use the yoga wheel.
The padding stayed in place during use and provided sufficient comfort for holding positions for an extended period of time. Its padding consists of a rubber material covered by a thin layer of cork. It’s the perfect thickness to provide comfort without too much “squishiness”.While some expressed concern about the durability of the cork over time, one reviewer said hers was still going strong after a year of use.
While this looks like a wooden yoga wheel, this model is made from a highly durable plastic. A few users mentioned being disappointed by that. In a few cases the cork cover created a noticeable, uneven seam where both ends attached. This was distracting for some of the users.
Despite a couple of minor downsides, we selected the Purity Wave Cork Yoga Wheel as one of our tops because of its beautiful look, durability, and sturdiness.
The Body Wheel Yoga Wheel really wowed us with its variety of vibrant colors and unique look. Unlike many in its class, this yoga wheel is not made of plastic. It’s made of a high-grade foam which resists wear and tear (like the material used for yoga blocks). Depending on your body size and personal preference, it comes in three sizes- 9″, 12″, or 15″.
We like that this wheel is lighter than the rest, making it easier to tote back and forth to class. Cut outs on the sides can be used as a handle for ease of carrying.
What Users Say
Some users liked its larger width, saying it felt more stable; while others disliked the wider model. One user disliked the width because it didn’t fit between her shoulders. The Body Wheel Yoga Wheel can work for a person of any size. You just need to select the size that will accommodate your height.
Someone who is already flexible can do well with the 12″, but for those who still have a way to go with their flexibility, the 15′ is recommended. For taller yogi’s, the 15″ diameter is recommended. A massage therapist sings it’s praises, saying it’s the best yoga wheel she has found for stretching.
The Acumobility Yoga Wheel (or back roller) was designed by a chiropractor to “enhance spinal extension, mobility and flexibility.” This yoga wheel was created to treat back problems, not for yoga practice use. Still, it functions the same way, with the user stretching their body across along the wheel. The Acumobility has the added benefit of massaging nubs that hit knotted muscles and trigger points.
Users sing its praises, with only a few detractors who claimed the padding bumps hurt a little too much.
Fans of the Acumobility Yoga Wheel say the massaging nubs start out a little hard and may take some getting used to. Its recommended you use a towel or yoga mat in between the padding and your body until you get used to the pressure. According to regular users, the nubs soften some with use.
Acumobility users commented on the width- that it created a more stable wheel than your standard size does. The manufacturer designed this with a gap between the middle bumps. It’s intended to accommodate your spine so the nubs will hit trigger points along each side of it.
The Solofit Yoga Wheel is a bit of a misnomer. It’s more of a rounded trapezoid, also known as a “dharma yoga wheel”. Regardless, it still does the trick for stretching and working on increased flexibility.
We liked this model a ton just for the mere versatility. It’s narrow enough to double as a yoga block. The manufacturer claims it can also be used for balance training by putting your feel on either side and bearing weight. In addition to its versatility, the quality seems to be high.
What Users Say
Users were pleased with its sturdiness.
Users who had failed with a yoga wheel, due to poor flexibility, said the Solofit Yoga Wheel was a better option for them. This style is probably best for beginners for this reason.
This may not be the most useful yoga “wheel” for long periods of restorative yoga because, as one user said, the padding begins to feel uncomfortable after an extended period of time. The padding is non-skid which ensures a secure support when the practitioner is doing challenging poses.
Finally, in terms of pros, the Solofit is very reasonably priced, so it’s a great option for those who count their pennies.
The UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel Set is a set of three separate yoga wheels. The benefit of having a set of wheels is the ability to use different sizes on different parts of the body. It also allows you to progress to a larger size as your flexibility and balance improves. Being able to select the size allows for more versatility in yoga practice and other workouts. It’s worth pointing out that, if you prefer a single yoga wheel, UpCircleSeven does offer singles.
The foam cover measures 8 mm thick, which provides plenty of cushion for comfort for staying in one position for an extended period of time. Users with heavier body weight stated the UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel Set easily supported their weight.
What Users Say
Many users had purchased these, not for yoga practice, but for stretching due to spinal issues. User after user praised the effectiveness of this set for elongating the spine and stretching tight muscles.
Most users raved about the quality and apparent durability of these yoga wheels; however, a few users claimed the foam was peeling when they opened their purchases. This small minority commended the manufacturer for customer service and ease of return.
How to Select a Yoga Wheel
So, now you have 5 vetted yoga wheels to consider. How do you decide which will work best for you?
You need to consider the purpose you’re buying one- is it therapeutic, to address back pain; or are you planning to use it for yoga practice? You wouldn’t to spend long periods of time atop the bump pattern on the Acumobility, which is designed to relieve muscular pain; and a standard yoga wheel isn’t going to do much to massage tense muscles.
How limber are you? What is your balance like? If you are just starting out and the muscles haven’t had time to elongate, then it makes more sense to get a yoga wheel with a smaller diameter. This also holds true for someone who doesn’t have great balance. A non-circular shape will feel more stable than a large circular design.
How to Use a Yoga Wheel
If you under the care of a health care practitioner for a back condition, he or she will be able to prescribe specific exercises, depending on your own individual needs.
If you are simply interested in stretching tight muscles, check out one or two of these YouTube videos:
Below are some yoga wheel exercises for use during your yoga practice.
Yoga Wheel Exercises
Some of the models we reviewed come with either written or web-based material on yoga wheel exercises. We discovered that YouTube has a slew of videos that provide yoga wheel exercise ideas. Some of those we liked include:
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is an ancient Eastern practice that has the support of modern science. Yogis have intuitively known for ages that yoga is beneficial for physical and mental health.
Like the practice of mindfulness, yoga slows the mind. Research shows that it helps people who suffer from anxiety and depression. If you feel like you might be suffering from depression, we have a quiz you can take here.
Those who don’t struggle with clinical symptoms of anxiety and depression can still benefit from overall stress relief. Studies show that regular yoga practice can be part of an overall healthy lifestyle through minimizing the negative effects of stress. (Check out another of our articles on stress relief strategies here.)
Yoga benefits the body in a myriad of ways. The American Osteopathic Association recommends yoga practice for increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, and cardio and circulatory health.
We hope these reviews have included some valuable information for those of you who are planning to add a yoga wheel to your fitness or therapeutic routine. Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your feedback.
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