Foam rollers can be a great way to relieve soreness in the legs and back after a rigorous run or lifting session and can even help rehab injured muscles. How do they work? The rollers are focused on improving circulation and myofascial release, or loosening the fascia that surround the muscle fibers and attach to the tendons and bone. This will not only help improve your comfort but also your flexibility, mobility and overall balance while you run, jump, squat and more. To help you find the best roller foam possible, we’ve rounded up our favorite options on the market. From grid styles to smooth rollers, they’re all made of high-density foam to give you firm compression and support.
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1. TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller
This grid roller features a multi-dimensional design for precise relief: firm nubs to emulate fingertips, a tubular section to emulate the feel of kneading fingers and a low and flat surface designed to feel like pressure being applied with palm of the hand.
Pros: Meanwhile, the roller is a made of a high-density EVA foam and features a hollow design for unmatched durability. It’s also able to hold up to 500 pound of weight.
Cons: Some users may prefer a longer style for rolling through larger areas like the back (this one is only available as a 13 inch-long roller).
2. LuxFit Foam Roller
Luxfit’s roller is made with molded polypropylene foam to effectively roll out kinks and knots.
Pros: This roller comes in three different sizes: 12, 18, 24 and 36 inches. It doesn’t lose its shape after use.
Cons: Some users may find this roller to be too hard for their liking.
3. AmazonBasics Foam Roller
Amazon Basic’s foam roller features high-density polyethylene foam with molded edges for optimal firmness and support. This style is available in seven different solid-colored to speckled versions for a fun pop of color to your workout, if you so desire.
Pros: This roller also comes in four different lengths — 12, 18, 24 and 36 inches — and is easy to clean thanks to its even surface.
Cons: Some users may find this design tends to slip on some surfaces like tile and hardwood floors.