Mentions of fitness equipment trigger images of weights, treadmills, kettlebells, medicine balls. Foam rollers don’t exactly spring to mind – but this humble piece of sponge is not to be underestimated.
Foam rollers are essentially the cheapest way to get a deep tissue massage and are great for recovering and healing your muscles. They’re also a really versatile piece of gym equipment that can be used from in everything from calming yoga to full on abs attack.
The best foam roller is one that is built with comfort and longevity in mind and we’ve hunted out ones that users and reviewers love
321 STRONG Foam Roller
This mat is 12.75” x 5.25”, and is very lightweight for the padding it offers. It has a solid core with triple-grid 3D massage zones. The divots in the material are designed to emulate the fingers, palms, and thumbs of a professional massage therapist.
The medium-density roller can penetrate soft tissue to comfort tired muscles. But because it is in the middle tier of thickness, it is also great for beginners. And while not a substitution for legitimate medical treatments or proper workout form, it is promoted as being effective at treating lower back injuries, sciatica, and plantar fasciitis.
This mat can be great for runners, CrossFit fans, yoga practitioners, and sports therapy experts. It includes a bonus eBook and comes in multiple color variations.
LuxFit Speckled Foam Roller for Muscles
LuxFit’s offering here isn’t just built for comfort – it adds a splash of style. The unique speckled design helps it stand out among countless other foam rollers, many of which can look the same. If you’re adding this to a gym, yoga facility, or physical therapy clinic, it will stand out.
Designed for comfort and muscle recovery, it has a molded polypropylene coating and will not use shape after heavy use. It’s even designed to repel liquids, and comes in four sizes. These include one foot, one-and-a-half feet, two feet, and three feet.
This model also comes with a full 3-year limited warranty, and an instructional online video to help users learn to use this roller.
TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller
Made by TriggerPoint, this roller is made from a patented foam design to offer multi-density padding over a rigid and hollow core. This allows it to provide the right balance of support and give, while also helping ensure it keeps its shape even after long-term use.
Measuring in at 13” x 5.5”, it has a 500-pound weight limit to support a wide variety of body types and work for almost anyone. It also comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. There’s also a full library of foam rolling practices from TriggerPoint experts included with this mat.
Yes4All Premium EPP Foam Roller
We already showed a model that was in the mid-range and geared more toward beginners. But this model from Yes4All is a mid-range model that is geared more toward experts and long-term roller users. It is designed with high-density expanded polypropylene (EPP).
It’s 3-feet long and a half-foot in diameter, weighing in at only 16-ounces but able to support up to 300-pounds. The professional level of quality makes this roller great for physical therapy, yoga practitioners, and even basic stretching exercises before workouts. This model comes with a 1-year warranty.
Prosource Fit High-Density Extra-Firm Roller
Designed with high-density material for maximum support, this firm foam roller can support various body types – all without losing its shape or diminishing in firmness. It’s commonly used on areas like the backs of legs, the lower back, and the glutes.
This tool can be used either before or after a workout. The high-density design helps it provide support for people who have just finished a workout and are recovering, as well as those who are warming up to do an intense workout regimen.
It is a low-maintenance model made from non-toxic polypropylene material and is 3-feet long and a half-foot in diameter. It’s easy to store away at the gym or the physical therapy room, or even under the bed or in the closet at home.
OPTP Pro-Roller Soft-Density
Since we discussed high-density models, it is good to cover at least one soft-density model. This roller is built for self-massaging during light activity like basic stretching, amateur yoga, and slow-paced recovery motions.
It has a cross-linked, closed-cell foam construction which adds to its ability to provide comfort even without being as thick as some other models on the market. It also comes in multiple sizes, and is great for those who want a roller with a little more give to it.