Top Wobble Boards
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A wobble board typically is circular with one centered item on the base to allow for a great deal of movement in all directions, making it more challenging than a rocker board. The most common design is one like the FluidStance boards, where the bottom of the board is simply curved to create a balance point.
But there are more unique designs, like the Fitterfirst with its adjustable balance elements and the Pono Board with four cushy PVC balls for legs.
How Is A Wobble Board Different?
Different types of balance boards are best for different activities. The best type for you depends on your skill level and how you want to use it. We generally break them into four categories:
Rocker board – A rocker board typically has a flat top surface with a semicircle base. This allows for a great amount of tilt, but limits movement to one plane: forward and backward. (See our expert reviews of the Top-Rated Rocker Boards.)
Wobble board – As we defined above, a wobble board typically is circular with one centered item on the base to allow for a great deal of movement in all directions, making it more challenging than a rocker board.
Balance trainer – A balance trainer is the most challenging type of balance board. It typically is a flat top surface that rests on a separate balancing device, like a cylinder (though many that we’ve reviewed come with a wobble cushion to ease the learning curve). These are also called roller boards. (See our expert reviews of the Top-Rated Balance Trainers.)
Ergonomic balance board – This type of balance board is clearly the best when it comes to working at a standing desk because it allows for a great deal of movement without distracting the user’s focus, and remains inherently stable if the user needs to pause for concentration. It is the user that causes the board to move, as opposed to inherent instability causing the user to pay constant attention to staying balanced. (See our iMovR Gymba review as an example of this kind of board.)
If you’re interested in exercising with your balance board, we’ve put together a list of our favorite balance board exercises.
Should You Use A Wobble Board at Your Standing Desk?
Maybe, but you should pick your board carefully if you do. Many balance boards that provide more of a challenge or a workout aren’t best for a work environment because they will reduce your typing and mouse accuracy, as well as your concentration. The brain can only take on so many things and if it’s constantly expending effort to keep your body balanced, it will take a toll on your other cognitive tasks. This is where balance trainers, rocker boards and wobble boards we’ve reviewed fall short for work use.
For more info on how to chose your wobble board, read our guide on picking the right balance board for your needs.
If you’re interested in using your board while at a standing desk, we have a roundup that is specifically geared toward balance boards for standing desks. It covers the common issues and things to look out for when picking a balance board for use at a standing desk.
The Best Wobble Boards
The Plane Cloud is The Level balance board’s little brother. Priced at $60 less, this fully recycled and recyclable product seems like the brand’s best attempt at a more affordable design. Just like the other products in the FluidStance collection, The Plane Cloud comes with a convex base, which creates a pivot point that allows for omnidirectional movement. Unlike other boards, this one comes in a more utilitarian package that is equally stylish and environmentally friendly. It only falls behind our favorites in the category because of its standard functionality.
The Level by FluidStance has fluid 360-degree motion, stylish deck, eco-friendly high-quality design, and a bunch of certifications, (including Mayo Clinic’s NEAT certification). It neatly beats out most would-be competitors and only falls behind those that have more innovative movement. It is definitely worth the price if you appreciate aesthetic appeal, good quality, and believe caring for the environment is a good cause. It’s best for those who will use the board in shoes since the hard wood surface will be slippery in socks and hurt your feet overtime if you don’t wear shoes.
The FluidStance Plane is the same as the Plane Cloud other than a cheaper price and different top surface. And that harder top surface is a deal-breaker for us. To cut to the chase, we see almost no reason to pick the Plane over the Plane Cloud.
Fitter First Active Office Board is one of the best balance boards that we’ve reviewed this year. Its sturdy construction, adjustable design, and affordable price put it in line with the top ranked decks out there.
Pono Board is a great balance board for beginners. You don’t have to worry about extreme rocking or wobbling at all. And if you plan on using your board with socks or dress shoes, a grip sand version will keep your feet safely planted on the platform. You can change the level of bounce by deflating the PVC ball legs on the board, but don’t expect any challenge if you’re proficient with your balance.
The Swedish designers behind the innovative BackApp Chair have expanded their collection to include the BackApp 360 Balance Board. This ergonomic accessory is fully adjustable and encourages movement in all directions – just take care not to unscrew the ‘magic ball’ too far!
Unlike many other office balance boards, the Indo Board Standing Desk Balance Board comes in a wide array of designs and colors. You can also choose between deck shapes, but the cushion is not the most elegant solution design-wise (it has to be removed from under the board when not in use; you risk voiding your warranty if you fail to do so).
The UpLift E7 Motion Board is nothing special, but it does prevent some common problems we see with less imaginative balance boards. The surfaces are conducive to using without shoes and its motion is not so aggressive that it hampers your ability to work. However, it’s visually mundane and doesn’t really have any features that distinguish it from the lot of other balance boards already out there. It works better on solid wood floors than on carpeting, at least as far as twisting motion goes.
Balance boards can be a fantastic add-on accessory for standing desk users because they add dynamic movement to your static standing posture, but many are just not well designed to use while actually working at your desk, as you can see with the UpLift Motion-X Balance Board. There’s nothing particularly special about this board and it requires multiple additional accessory add-ons of its own to avoid some common issues. When adding in those costs you might as well upgrade to a true ergonomic balance board designed specifically for use at a standing desk.
Made from PU, PVC, and TPR, it features an ergonomic shape that keeps the ankles neutral, a non-slip surface, and a generously sized 27″ deck that could accommodate the taller users. As much as Gaiam’s ideas seem to be in a more or less correct direction, their execution, to put it generously, has not been flawless.