As a follow-up to my foam roller post the other day, I want to do a shopping post!
Here are the foam rollers I considered buying, and why I did (or did not) choose them for my home gym. First, I think the mantra “different strokes for different folks” is going to apply here. We all have different bodies and different issues and different pain thresholds. What works for me is not going to be what works for my husband, momma, dad, or neighbor. BUT. I can do some legwork for you and make your googling a little easier, right?
LuxFit Premium High Density Roller – Not going to lie, people. I bought this because it was the #1 rated foam roller on Amazon and I am a sucker for the ratings. However, I did put a little more thought into it than just the rating. First, the price. Can’t beat the price on Amazon. Next, there are three sizes available – 12″, 18″ and 36″ lengths. Not being an experienced foam roller, I went for the middle size. I am really glad I did. I am not a big person, and I am pretty sure the 12″ would have been too small for me to maneuver on well. I like that I can shift from one side of my back to the other easily, without falling off the end of the roller. Similarly, I think the 36″ would have been too big for me – again though, just based on my frame.
LuxFit Foam Roller (hollow and bumpy style) – this one looks way cooler than the one above, but it is more expensive. Plus, I was reading about how rolling can be painful at first, and I was nervous that the bumps might make the process even more painful. If you are an experienced roller looking for some added pressure, this could be for you!
TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller – This is the #2 seller on Amazon, and it looks really awesome. However, it was 3x as expensive as the one I bought, and because I wasn’t sure I was going to love foam rolling, it seemed prudent to be budget friendly. Also, some of the reviews noted that their roller had cracked or broken because the roller isn’t one piece.
AmazonBasics High Density Foam Roller – Guys, this could be my foam roller’s twin. They look the same and are the same price. Mostly, I didn’t order it because it was the #3 seller.
Master of Muscle Foam Roller – How cool looking is this guy? I almost bought this one because of the claims that it is like your own personal massage therapist (Um, YES!!!!) but the 13″ length gave me pause. This might be a good one to take along to the gym or when traveling, but in the end, wanted a roller that was a big longer.
I hope this helps you shop for a foam roller that meets your needs. If you have one you love that I haven’t mentioned, please post!