BEST FOR DURABILITY: TRIGGER POINT GRID ROLLER, £43.51
Don’t be lured by cheaper foam rollers – they’ll get softer over time and soon negate any benefits. This PT-approved product – designed to mimic a massage therapist’s hand – is on the pricier side, but you get what you pay for. Plus, it’s weight-tested to support up to 225kg.
BEST FOR RUNNERS: HYPERICE VYPER 2.0, £189
The roller of choice for elite athletes, this one has three vibration speeds to tackle even the sorest of muscles. At just 14 inches in length, it’s the ideal size for targeting harder-to-reach areas such as in between your shoulders. Its intense vibrations make light work of tight IT bands, quads and calves – ideal for runners.
BEST FOR FITNESS JUNKIES: JAXJOX FOAMROLLER CONNECT, £99.95
Connect this roller to an app and it will tell you the optimal duration and intensity at which to roll to recover from activities like running, cycling and strength work. It vibrates at five different intensity levels, ideal for all muscle groups, and will even keep a record of how much time you spend using it, to help you keep on top of your gains.
BEST FOR BEGINNERS: ADDADAY NONAGON, £29 (was £35)
A good all-rounder for anyone just starting out in the gym, this nine-sided roller is perfect for larger muscle groups such as calves and quads. Unlike some other rollers, it has a solid core to guarantee longevity, and is compact enough to fit into a bag and release tension on trigger points such as the glutes and shoulders.
BEST FOR YOUR HOME GYM: PHYSICAL COMPANY PERFORMANCE ROLLER, £19.99
If your fitness accessories tend to sit at the back of a cupboard gathering dust, this foam roller is one to try. Wave your smartphone near the roller and you’ll be shown a library of exercises and instructions. It’s also a few centimetres longer than standard rollers, making it a good choice if you’re looking to ease tension in your back.
BEST FOR DUAL ACTION: LULULEMON DOUBLE ROLLER, £48
Lululemon’s cult product offers two rollers in one. Pull out the interior roller and you’ll find a more hardcore-looking iteration with a harder, firmer surface. This is a top choice for those looking for a full-body stretch that also wins on the style front.
BEST FOR THE INJURY PRONE: RUMBLEROLLER, £40.55
This extra-hard foam tube is covered in flexible but firm bumps designed to mimic the thumbs of a physiotherapist. Not for the faint-hearted, it guarantees a deeper massage sensation and will reach trigger points to aid mobility and ease sore muscles. It’s available in three sizes.
BEST FOR SHARED SPACES: THERABODY WAVE ROLLER, £125
If you live in a flat but want to reap the benefits of a vibrating roller, Theragun’s option is made of EVA foam to dampen the sound without reducing the impact. Its wave grooves guarantee a decent grip while rolling and you can control the intensity via the companion smartphone app. You get three hours of rolling from a single charge.
BEST FOR SORE FEET: PHYSIOROOM FOOT MASSAGE ROLLER, £5.99
Whether you’re dealing with run-induced plantar fasciitis, tendonitis or just everyday soreness, this affordable solution provides real relief in just a few minutes. Keep it under your desk and use throughout the day – you’ll soon wonder how you lived without it.
BEST FOR THE SPA VIBES: MOJI HEATED ROLLER, £98.93
Forget cryotherapy, this clever roller can be zapped in the microwave, helping you to incorporate a little deep heat therapy into your rest days. Once warmed through, the roller will stay toasty for around 30 minutes – more than enough time to deal with any niggles.
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