PSA, yogis. It’s time to take your yoga practice up a notch by purchasing a new item for your at-home flows: Say hello to the yoga wheel. What is a yoga wheel, exactly? “A yoga wheel is a hollow cylinder made of plastic or wood and sometimes covered in cork or rubber,” explains Kristin McGee, a Peloton yoga instructor. “It can be used to assist in deeper stretching, precarious balances, advanced yoga poses, and core work.”
Got that down? Great, because rest assured you’re gonna want to get your hands on a yoga wheel ASAP. That’s why Women’s Health rounded up the 10 best yoga wheels that you can buy online right now. You’re welcome.
And before you pick a yoga wheel to add to your cart, you should probably learn a little bit more about how to use one, first. “I use a yoga wheel for assisted chest opening poses, such as fish pose or wheel pose,” McGee says. “I also love to place my hands or elbows on it and come into a deeper child’s pose.” Pro tip: You can place it under your feet and roll it up and back for core work and handstand prep, McGee notes. “I often try to place just one foot on it in a plank and then roll it forward and back. Killer ab work,” she explains. Place the yoga wheel under your back foot during lunges or under your front foot for a hamstring stretch.
TLDR; this yoga tool has all kinds of uses.
Alright, now that you know just about everything when it comes to yoga wheels, it’s time to see which one is just right for you. Keep reading for the absolute best 10 yoga wheels you can buy online right now. Your bod will thank you for the upgrade.
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Best Overall Yoga Wheel
Chirp Plexus Wheel 3-Pack
“I love the Plexus Yoga Wheel because of the center groove in it and soft rubbery cushion,” McGee says. And it turns out, she’s not alone. This yoga wheel has nearly 4,000 positive reviews on Amazon, and users love its ability to stretch out spine and back muscles. Plus, unlike most yoga wheels, this one has a dip down the middle to give your spine space to decompress.
Reviewer rave: “I was in pain for about a month straight thanks to being cooped up in the house, and it was getting worse by the day. After seeing tons of Facebook ads for this thing, I decided it was worth a shot. The first use was tender, as I had a lot of tension and knots to work out, but I was able to pop my back for the first time in several weeks. Now I use it several times a week for general stretches and to help knead knots, and it’s wonderful. I bought the medium size, and seriously considering buying the small as well for more targeted pressure in the low back. Highly recommend!” —Kelly, amazon.com
Most Durable Yoga Wheel
UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel
Not only does this yoga wheel have over 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon, but it also comes with a handy guide that tells you exactly how to use this specific tool, especially in terms of handling back pain. It’s also one of the strongest yoga wheels out there, and it can hold up to 550 pounds of body weight. (Which is a major plus.)
Reviewer rave: “I have chronic back pain. Pain every second for the last 17 years. I have had three surgeries, tons of physical therapy, and tried countless gadgets promising pain relief…without relief. I received this yoga wheel and I immediately did a backbend. I got up and 90% of my pain was gone!! I now use it two to three times a day and my back hasn’t felt this good in 17 years!!! I feel like I have a new life! I am so happy that I purchased this!” —A.Moran, amazon.com
Best Cork Yoga Wheel
Aozora Yoga Wheel 13″
This extra-thick cork foam yoga wheel will totally comfort your pesky aches and pains. It holds about 500 pounds of weight and it’s about 13-inches wide in diameter, which is pretty darn big for a yoga wheel! Plus, it’s got an aesthetically pleasing design. (Always a plus!)
Reviewer rave: “This thing is freaking amazing. I don’t have a good backbend and I’m always looking for new ways to comfortably open my chest and upper back. This is easy to use, doesn’t slip and slide, and is super sturdy. Bonus: The rim of the cork part is actually a pretty purple color, which looks black in the photos so I didn’t know it when ordering ahead of time. Nice touch.” —Leah, amazon.com
Best Yoga Wheel Set
Seven Sparta Yoga Wheel Set 3-Pack
With this set you’re literally getting three differently-sized yoga wheels in one package. Each yoga wheel targets a different part of your bod and gives you an ache-relieving stretch, all while helping you gradually adjust to the difficulty of certain poses and yoga flows.
Reviewer rave: “These wheels—at least the two I have successfully used—are great! I have very specific back pain and with the first use of the large wheel I could feel (and hear) things sliding (popping) back where they belonged. Is there soreness after? Yes. Does it pass? Yes. Do the wheels work? Absolutely yes!” —Echo57, amazon.com
Best Budget Yoga Wheel
Asoulin Yoga Wheel for Back Pain & Stretching
Yep, this yoga wheel is only 27 dollars. (Which is pretty cheap compared to other wheels on the market!) It holds up to 330 pounds of weight, and it’s coated with extra thick TPE foam for added comfort.
Reviewer rave: “My back and neck tend to get tight from sitting in front of a computer screen all day and this helps massage my spine while providing support during stretches. Usually, I would lay in a block to provide the stretch I needed in the back of my neck, but this gets a much deeper stretch.” —Nyla, amazon.com
Best Yoga Wheel Kit
Overmont 5-in-1 Set
This 5-in-1 kit pulls out all the stops: The is wheel foam-covered, holds up to 550 pounds, and is super durable. And yep, this affordable set also includes two yoga blocks, one strap, and a yoga ring, which you can use to help make certain poses more accessible similar to a towel or strap but with the bonus of being about to hook your hands or feet onto it. Woohoo!
Reviewer rave: “Amazing for mobility and lower back pain / stiffness. Now that we have been working from home for 4+ months and the level of gym time, walk time etc. has been reduced, this helps so much. I’ve used it daily for about five min and within only a week, I feel a huge difference. It is not only pushing me to be more flexible, which also reduced back stiffness and pain, but it also massages as you roll. Can’t ask for more.” —DanAsh, amazon.com
Best Yoga Wheel For Deep Tissue Release
Acumobility Ultimate Back Roller
ICYMI, this yoga wheel looks a little different. Why? It’s covered in therapeutic bumps that help get all the trigger points in your back and bod. Plus, this yoga wheel is *extra* strong, as it holds up to 1,000 pounds of weight.
Reviewer rave: “Let me tell you, I could not be happier with this product! Those bumps find every knot and kink in my back. I use it on my yoga mat (my son tried it on the bare floor and it kind of rolled out from under him). A few rolls and my back goes, ‘pop! pop! pop!’ and I feel like a new person. Finally! Relief!” —H, amazon.com
Best Mini Yoga Wheel
Shogun Sports Yoga Wheel
This six-inch mini yoga wheel is perfect for people low on space or who want to start small. It can support up to 500 pounds and is covered with soft, water-resistant padding. Plus, the width is tiny enough to fit perfectly in-between your shoulder blades and it has over 1,400 reviews on Amazon.
Reviewer rave: “This Yoga Wheel is amazing! I have issues with my shoulders due to a chiropractor mistake and have been looking for anything that helps the tightness in my upper back. And this does just that! Also, if anyone is worried about weight, I’m in the lower 200s and this doesn’t even make a squeak or move when my full weight is on it.” —Lynn, amazon.com
Best Non-Slip Yoga Wheel
Shinyever 5-in-1 Yoga Wheel Set
Not only do these wheels come in tons of different colors to match your at-home fitness space, but they’re also partnered with other yoga gear, too, such as yoga blocks, a strap, and a stretch ring. And yes, the yoga wheel’s non-slip surface means you can glide on it even if you’re dripping in sweat. TLDR; this is a great gear set for beginners and pros alike.
Reviewer rave: “This is a very well-made set of yoga gear. I am currently pregnant, [and] I really needed yoga blocks during my prenatal yoga. That helps me so much…The wheel really helped my hubby’s back.” —Ulambayar Dorjnyam, amazon.com
Best Thick Cork Yoga Wheel
Natural Cork Back Roller With Spinal Groove
Yes, this cork wheel is pretty darn big at 10 inches in diameter. It’s got a super-thick coating for holding up lots of weight, and the base is an extra-wide width of six inches to maximize all of your body-stretching needs. And yep, this yoga wheel has a groove design to help realign your spine.
Reviewer rave: “Chirp is good for a stretch and some cracks, but these babies are life-changing. I am flexible and like deep pressure and am intuitively good with massage, so these tools allow me to work on myself using my own body weight for pressure instead of my weak hands. I cannot believe how loose my muscles feel today, it’s truly incredible.” —Rachelina, amazon.com
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