Best foam rollers in 2020: for post workout muscle massage
Relieve muscle tightness and soreness after a workout with these top muscle massagers
Foam rolling has become quite the customary thing to do at the gym. Having the best foam roller is tipped to help relieve muscle tightness and soreness after a workout.
Foam rollers are used by fitness enthusiasts and athletes across the globe. The action of throwing your achy limbs over a bumpy tube has quickly become a very popular form of manual self-therapy for anyone remotely into fitness, overtaking other techniques such as self-massage and self-trigger point therapy.
The benefits? London PT and founder of Lunges in Leggings Matt Feczko says foam rolling “encourages better movement in the body’s fascia networks”, the biological fabric that holds us together.
“This myofascial release also helps improve range of motion to get you fitter, stronger and healthier,” he adds, accelerating recovery, saving time and significantly reducing the risk of injury.
Now that people are aware of the benefits, more of us are looking to get their very own roller for the home. But which are the best out there? Here’s our list to help you figure that out...
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Best foam rollers
1. Osteo Anisha Foam Roller
If you’re on the hunt for a foam roller that will look pretty around at home, look no further. The Osteo Anisha Foam Roller is stylishly designed so won’t look out of place wherever it’s left laying. Every purchase also comes with a free six-minute foam rolling routine in case you get lost for new moves.
Best for style
2. Meglio Grid
The Meglio Grid is quite a diverse product considering its low price. Thanks to its "Matrix" technology, it has three textured areas that focus on different massage methods across the body, right from quads to shoulders. What’s more, Meglio throws in a handy starter guide to help you use it correctly.
Best for beginners
3. Power Plate DualSphere Vibration Roller
Featuring a unique contoured shape that’s quite unusual for a foam roller, the DualSphere by Power Plate is not only ideal for targeting hard to reach areas including feet, neck and back, it also has an intense vibrating function. This is said to help boost circulation more than traditional designs.
It can also be used to address poor posture from extended sitting and computer use, making it a good intermediary training piece - especially if you're stuck at a desk all day long. The vibration will last for a good three hours between charges, too.
Best for hard to reach places
4. Lululemon Double Roller
What’s better than one foam roller? Two foam rollers, that’s what. Recognising this, Lululemon’s Double Roller is a 2-in-1 design. Its soft, ridged outer is for use on arms and legs, and the centre pushes out to reveal a second, smaller roller with sharper grooves for targeting deeper tissue. Aimed at those who want to apply different levels of pressure (depending on what’s aching the most), this is a stylish and creatively-designed foam roller that kills two birds with one stone.
Best for multitasking
5. Decathlon Domyos Massage and Mobility Roller
Designed for cross training mobility exercises, this large Domyos foam roller is made from a dense 3D sculpted foam, meaning it won’t lose its shape even after intensive and repeated use. It’s also a pretty affordable for a larger roller.
Best larger roller
6. Trigger Point Grid X
The Grid X is Trigger Point's firmest foam roller yet. So firm, in fact, the company claims it can support a load of up to 250kg. It’s suitable for just about anyone. Its super-firmness also means it is able to break through and soothe even the toughest trouble spots, relieving intense aches and pains in the process. Better still, it’s sweat proof and simple to clean.
Best for bearing heavy loads
7. JAXJOX Foam RollerConnect
JAXJOX’s connected foam roller takes muscle recovery to another level by adding five levels of vibration to help you recover faster. And you definitely feel the difference. The Foam RollerConnect can also connect to a smartphone or Apple Watch, to control the intensity setting and track your recovery activity. An active tech nerd’s dream.
Best for tech lovers
8. Myprotein’s foam roller
Made from high density EVA foam, Myprotein’s low weight roller promises to maintain its shape, even with frequent use. It’s also perfect for carrying between the home and the gym as - measuring just 45cm across and 15cm deep - it’ll fit in most gym bags.
Best for portability
9. Ten Health & Fitness Foam Roller
Ten Health & Fitness is a veteran when it comes to the London’s pilates scene. It bridges fitness and a more medical approach by focusing on form, posture and correct alignment throughout exercise.
As a believer in the importance of encouraging the flow of blood and nutrients to the muscles, the studio chain has made its very own foam roller. It is minimally designed to ensure it doesn’t look out of place, wherever it’s stored.You can't buy the roller online, so head to one of Ten's nine central London locations if you want to get one.
Best for minimal design
10. TRX Rocker
You probably won’t have seen a foam roller quite like this before. Setting a new standard, the TRX Rocker is the only roller we've used that doesn’t, erm, roll. It rocks instead. This, TRX says, is an effective technique for achieving hyper-focused muscle release and increased blood flow for better recovery. It comes in 13-inch and 26-inch versions.
Best for focused muscle release