The 10 Best Vibrating Foam Rollers
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Traditional foam rollers are helpful for improving flexibility, relieving sore muscles, increasing blood flow, enhancing range of mobility, and decreasing the chances of injury, but some people find they are just not enough. If you are in this group, one of these vibrating models may be exactly what you need. They could take your therapy sessions to a whole new level. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
November 30, 2020:
A vibrating foam roller is a great tool for self myofascial release, building flexibility, and so much more. Athletes, especially runners, have been known to swear by them, but like a good massage ball, even those who have a more sedentary lifestyle can benefit from using one. A word of caution, however. You may feel some discomfort as you work with tight muscles or even hit trigger points, but if you feel intense pain, you should back off. There are also some dos and don'ts that can make your self-therapy sessions more fruitful; most models come with instructional literature that explain these to help you get started. For instance, the LifePro SoarFX Surger includes access to an online video library that is designed to help you reach your fitness goals.
With that said, we've kept models from popular maker TriggerPoint as good choices at this time, which are the TriggerPoint Grid Vibe Plus and the TriggerPoint Charge Vibe. The Grid Vibe Plus was created specifically to mimic a massage therapist's hands, and it has a smaller diameter than many, which can provide a deep, targeted experience. The Charge Vibe is compact but powerful enough to stretch and squeeze muscles; it's also less expensive than many.
If you're already familiar with massage gear, including massage guns, then you probably won't be surprised to see that the Hyperice Vyper 2.0 still makes the cut. It is pricier than most and the subject of a lot of hype — too much, some would argue. It does vibrate quite strongly, however, so if you want something with plenty of power, it's definitely one to consider.
Finally, we added the Fitindex High-Intensity, in place of the Movemint model. We like that the former has the ability to shut off automatically, and that it can run for up to four hours per charge.
December 23, 2018:
As with any therapy device, our focus was on effectiveness at providing the intended results. Based on our research and numerous user reviews, we have determined that every one of the vibrating foam rollers on our list can help greatly minimize muscle soreness, reduce recovery time, relieve tight knots, and increase blood flow to help injuries heal faster. We made sure to include options with a variety of different patterns and in a range of sizes to suit every need.
Theragun Wave Roller The Theragun Wave Roller bills itself as a smart roller thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to pair it with your phone for creating customized routines. A carrying pouch and power adapter are included along with it, and it boasts five intensity settings that suit all kinds of users. theragun.com
TB12 Vibrating Pliability Roller If you're following the TB12 Method for lifelong fitness from legendary quarterback Tom Brady, you may want to add the TB12 Vibrating Pliability Roller to your toolkit. A tough, reliable choice, it has an ample load-bearing capacity of 330 pounds, the ability to vibrate at four speeds, and a light weight of 2.1 pounds for travel. tb12sports.com