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Balance Board Comparison Reviews

What’s a balance board?

A balance board is an unstable platform that consists of a typically rounded base and a deck similar to that of a skateboard or a snowboard. It allows balancing movement on different planes of motion and is most often used for balance training. There are a few types of balance boards. Rockers are single direction boards that move side to side, while wobble boards allow for 360 omnidirectional motion. Roller boards are the most extreme versions of balance boards, which require a high skill level to use.

The balance board is not a new concept in the world of health and fitness. A quick search on Amazon will reveal a multitude of offerings; from balance disks to balance pads and wobble boards and roller boards, these exercise tools cater to a wide spectrum of users and range in difficulty. At the least challenging end, balance boards are used in a rehabilitative capacity to treat ankle sprains and knee injuries, but can also be used to help TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivors. At the more extreme end, they are marketed as training tools for skateboarders, surfers, and snowboarders, and require practice to master effectively. In recent years, these boards have begun their migration from the gym to the office, to be used in conjunction with standing desks to improve your posture and core stability and help you bring more movement into your work day.

How Do Standing Desk Balance Boards Differ From Balance Trainers?

Although designed after the balance trainers, office balance boards differ distinctly from their progenitors. The lower degree of instability is one of the obvious differences, as you need a firmer surface to be able to focus on your work. Also, the bigger deck size is meant to provide users with enough floor space to be able to assume various positions as well as move around. Another big difference between office balance boards and physical therapy tools and fitness boards is a more attractive, professional look of the former.

Not meant for balance training or exercising, a standing desk balance board has just the right dimensions and the degree of tilt to make it easy for anyone to master. And if you’re having balance issues, such a balance board is a safe way to slightly improve your balance daily while you’re working at your standing desk, without feeling pressure in your joints and feet.

While you certainly could make your own DIY balance board, first let’s take a look at what’s available to us on the market.

Looking For The Best Standing Desk Balance Board?

Below, you will find the summary for each product we’ve reviewed. To read the full review, just click on the product name. To compare product features side by side, click “Add to Comparison Table”, then ‘Go’ in the bottom right corner.


1. FluidStance’s The Plane Balance Board

FluidStance The Plane wobble board

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Review Rating: 5 stars
Price: $199 street price; $189 list price
Size: 24.5″ L x 12″ W x 2.5″H
Weight Limit: under 200 lbs
Construction: US-made high-molecular HDPE (high-density polyethylene), recycled low-emitting rubber
Colors: Nimbus (Black with White spots), Cumulus (White with Black spots), Storm (Black), Cloud (White)
Warranty: Lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

Summary: The Plane is our champion in this category. Compact but sturdy. Agile but not too extreme. This board is a real find in terms of budget, style, and motion. While it keeps your ankles in a neutral, strain-free position, you’ll be able to pivot, fidget, and balance at your standing desk, kitchen counter, or even in front of your TV. Built to last, The Plane is also environmentally-friendly, as it was made almost entirely out of recycled materials, and can be recycled in case it wears out.

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2. FluidStance’s The Level Balance Board

The Level Balance Board

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Review Rating: 4.5 stars
Price: $289-$389, depending on material
Size: 26.5″ L x 12.2″ W x 2.5″H
Weight Limit: 250 lbs
Construction: Natural wood, bamboo, military grade die-cast aluminum. Made in USA.
Colors: Light Wood, Dark Wood, Bamboo
Warranty: Lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

Summary: The Level may just be the most coveted of all balance boards thanks to its high-quality production and modern design. It’s a happy medium in terms of difficulty—so anyone who’s looking to increase their physical activity can do so without losing productivity. While there are some minor issues and a couple precautions, the board is worth the splurge, as it beats the competition on almost all fronts including reduced environmental impact.

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3. Vew-Do Zone Standup Balance Board

Vew-Do Zone Fitness Standup Balance Board

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Review Rating: 4 stars
Price: $179.95-$189.95 street price
Size: 33″ x 13.5″
Weight Limit: 450 lbs
Construction: Made in USA from sustainable wood, EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam topsheet (optional)
Colors: Sand (natural wood), Chocolate (brown wood), Aqua, Blue with Lime EVA top, Tan with Royal EVA top, Mahogany with Black EVA top
Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in workmanship or materials.

Summary: Snowboarding deck experts at Vew-Do are now offering a balance board for standing desks—the Zone Standup Balance Board—that features interchangeable bases to cover all your balancing needs. This balance board is great for both the office and gym. Its motion is not as fluid as The Level’s (and it’s not as aesthetically striking), but the various configurations make it an excellent value. If you’re looking for a versatile balance board equally capable during serious training or casual balancing, this board is the best one you’ll find. Opt for a wood grain finish (without an EVA topsheet), and you can even match the color of your desktop.

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4. BackApp 360 Balance Board

BackApp 360 ergonomic balance board

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Review Rating: 3.5 stars
Price: $121 street price
Size: 20” L x 14.2” W x 2″ H
Weight Limit: 250 lbs
Construction: Plastic, rubber
Colors: Light grey, Dark grey
Warranty: 2-year warranty against construction fault and broken parts.

Summary: BackApp 360 has come out of the workshop of the Swedish designers of BackApp Europe, who have previously created a BackApp 2.0 Active Ergonomic Chair. It stands on a balancing rubber ring and a red knob that can be adjusted to increase or lower the level of instability in the board, making it accessible to users of all proficiency levels. The mechanism isn’t without flaws, however, as the red knob has a tendency to skip threads if set out too far. And a small deck size could pose a problem to taller individuals.

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5. Steppie Balance Board

Steppie balance board

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Review Rating: 3 stars
Price: $91.99 street price, $144.16 list price
Size: 22.4” L X 14.5” W X 2.1” H
Weight Limit: 440 lbs
Construction: Plastic
Colors: Two-tone grey
Warranty: 1-year warranty

Summary: Steppie is a solid budget balance board that would appeal mostly to the individuals struggling with their balance as well as those who are looking for a platform that wouldn’t become a distraction at work. Made entirely out of sturdy two-tone plastic, the board only rocks side to side, providing a firm surface to stand on when you’re not moving. And although it doesn’t allow complete freedom of motion like The Level, it can support up to 440 lbs and has a bigger deck size than its fellow Scandinavian competitor BackApp 360.

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Pono Ola ‘Pono Board’

Pono Board in grey

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Review Rating: 0 stars
Price: $140 street price
Size: 29.5” L x 14.5” W x 3.5″ H
Weight Limit: 250 lbs
Construction: Bamboo, PVC (poly vinyl)
Colors: Cool Grey, Lotus Mint
Warranty: N/A

Summary: Pono Board is a different take on a wobble board. It features four inflatable balls at its corners, and allows for micro movements that displace your weight rather than seesaw movements that tend to be more distracting. Our full review of this product is coming soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive it the moment it’s published along with our other office fitness product reviews.

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Indo Original FLO GF Balance Board

Indo Board Original GF

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Review Rating: 0 stars
Price:$119.00-$134.95 street price
Size: 29.5” L x 14.5” W x 3.5″ H
Weight Limit: <250lbs
Construction: Wood
Colors: Natural (wood), Blue, Art (Off-White), Robert August (Pink, Red, Yellow artwork), Doodle (multicolor artwork), Wave (Blue and White), Bamboo Beach (Yellow, Green, and Blue artwork), Ying Yang (Blue and Yellow artwork)
Warranty: Warranty against manufacturing defects and flaws.

Summary: Indo Original FLO GF Balance Board is marketed as the best balance board for a standing desk. Pitching itself against The Level, the makers of the board claim it beats the competition in both price and availability. We are currently working on a full review, so if you really don’t want to miss it, subscribe to our free newsletter.

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Fitterfirst Active Office Board

Fitterfirst Active First Office Board

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Review Rating: 0 stars
Price: $99.95 street price
Size: 24″ x 12″ x 4″
Weight Limit:
Construction: Canadian wood, foam, Velcro. Made in Canada.
Colors: Dark Brown
Warranty: 60-day money back guarantee

Summary: Fitterfirst offers an adjustable standing desk platform in a completely different package. The Canadian wood deck lends its decorative flair to the office, while the adjustable foam pads attached to the back of the board lined with Velcro strips allow you to control the level of instability and hence the difficulty. We have the Active Office Board in our labs. Stay tuned for its full review by subscribing to our newsletter.

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Gymba Board

Gymba Balance Board

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Review Rating: 0 stars
Price:$109 street price; $168 list price
Size: 18.3″ W x 12″ D x 2.16″ H
Weight Limit: 300 lbs
Construction: Plastic, rubber
Colors: Grey, other colors may be available
Warranty: 5 years

Summary: Our full review of Gymba Board is coming soon. In the meantime, the link above will get you to our short overview of this product. This little rocker type balance board stands out not only because of its smaller size but also the grooved surface that can relieve tension in feet further by adding massage to the mix. See our full review of Gymba once it goes live by signing up for our newsletter.

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Gaiam Evolve Balance Board

Gaiam Evolve Balance Board

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Review Rating: 0 stars
Price:$79.98 street price
Size: 27″L x 12″W x 3.65″H
Weight Limit: 300 lbs
Construction: PU (polyurethane), PVC (poly vinyl), TPR (thermoplastic rubber)
Colors: Two-Tone Grey
Warranty: N/A

Summary: Gaiam tried their hand in the production of balance chairs and cushions, and are now offering a balance board made out of PU, PVC, and TRP. We are interested to test it and see whether its attractive price is a rare deal (office balance boards aren’t cheap) or a waste of money. Our full review of this product is coming soon (get the basic info on this board above). Sign up for our newsletter not to miss it.

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Looking for Cheap Balance Boards?

Standing desk balance boards aren’t cheap, so check out our comprehensive round-up of Rocker Board Reviews and Balance Trainer Reviews. Or if you are looking for more comfort to go with your balance board, check out our Standing Mat Reviews or explore a new category of Calculated Terrain Standing Mats.

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