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For serious yogis, an at-home practice means a wide range of props and accessories, ranging from bolsters to blankets. But perhaps one of the most popular is the yoga wheel because its versatility makes it more than just a prop. It’s an easy way to stretch and relieve muscle tension in your shoulders, back, and spine, and it helps to enhance your backbending and lengthening techniques.  From beginners to the most advanced yogis, here’s how a yoga wheel enhances any type of workout routine.

  • Size: One of the main things to consider before purchasing a yoga wheel is its size. The average wheel has a 12-inch diameter. If you’re shortly or generally less flexible, a smaller wheel may be of benefit to you. If you’re taller or looking for a deeper stretch, look for a larger wheel. Some manufacturers sell sets with multiple wheels of varying sizes, so you can use the one that speaks to you during your practice.
  • Texture: Many yoga wheels come with grooves or bumps to give you a different stretching experience. Though these can look tempting if you’re buying your first wheel, they can also be incredibly intense. If you still want to try one out, place a towel on top of the wheel for your first few sessions.
  • Material: Yoga wheels help increase the mobility of your spine by imitating the curvature of your body, which is perfect for warming up or cooling down. This is especially important if you’re just starting out in a yoga practice (or any new workout routine)—after all, you’re stretching, so make sure to listen to your body. Keep an eye out for padded, strong materials with a high weight limit—many yoga wheels can support 500 or even 1,000 pounds.

Our Picks for the Best Yoga Wheels on Amazon

Top Pick Overall: Plexus Chirp Wheel

Plexus Chirp Wheel

This option is heavily padded and free of PVC. It’s available in a 12-inch diameter for gentle pressure, a 10-inch diameter for medium pressure, or a 6-inch diameter for deep tissue massages. Chirp

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Runner Up: UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel

Sturdy Design

Comes in multiple sizes and colors, and is made of eco-friendly material. It can hold up to 550 pounds and is sweat-resistant. UpCircleSeven

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Budget Pick: REEHUT Yoga Wheel

Three Color Choices

Though this model supports only up to 330 pounds, it makes up for it with a non-slip grip and a light weight of less than three pounds. It’s available in black, purple, or pink.
REEHUT

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Highest Weight Limit: Acumobility Ultimate Back Roller

Travel-Friendly

This compact option measures 11 inches by 7.5 inches, making it easy to pack in a duffel or throw in the car. The textured design keeps pressure away from the spinal cord and supports 1,000 pounds.
Acumobility

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