Balance Board Reviews 2018

updated September 5, 2018

Fitness experts have known for decades how important balance, or proprioception, is to overall health and fitness. In recent years, everyday fitness enthusiasts have come to appreciate just how important balance training is to them. To meet the need, balance boards have begun flooding the market. 

In this article, we put the spotlight on the balance board market to reveal the 10 best products that are out there.

The Top 10 At A Glance

Best Balance Boards Up Close

Original Balance Trainer

The Indo Board is the leading market brand of rocker roller board, a step up in the challenge stakes when it comes to balance exercise. The challenge element comes from an unattached fulcrum. The deck of the Indo Board looks much like the base of a skateboard. It has a 30 inches by 18 inches platform on a 6.5 inch plastic roller. Unlike other models the roller on the Indo Board works equally well on laminated and carpeted flooring.

Indigo have a range of price points on their boards, with the Original being the most cost effective. It is among the most expensive board out there, but it comes from the most established and renowned company in the Balance Board market. 

The Balance board is an extremely well designed board that will be able to handle all sorts of tough treatment. The hardwood deck carries a non-slip coating and the plastic roller is almost impossible to break

PROS

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    Beautiful designs
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    Large deck
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    Instructional video
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    Superior craftsmanship
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    Can be used on carpet

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    Expensive
Rocker Board Balance Trainer

The Theraband Rocker Board is a flat based board in the form of a square which is three and a half inches thick. It provides the user with a 30-degree angle of deflection. It is made from heavy duty molded plastic and comes with a tactile surface to add underfoot comfort, meaning that you can exercise without shoes on with no problems. 

The Thera-Band rocker board is a good option for beginners as it allows you to work out through a single plane of instability at a time. It is a hard wearing board made from solid hardwood. The discs on the bottom of the base are made from rugged polyethylene. A slight negative with this board is that the grooves on the surface make hand placement on moves such as push ups a little uncomfortable. It is also not suitable for experienced balance board users.

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    Groove surface for better grip
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    Sturdy plastic construction

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    Grooved surface makes exercises like push ups uncomfortable
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    The Board width makes balancing too easy for advanced users.
Deluxe Balance Board

The Isokinetics Deluxe is an adjustable wobble board that can be set to two angles of instability; 10 and 15 degrees. The maximum platform height is three inches. This wobble has pivots that are not fully spherical, which makes the board less challenging at the top angle of instability. This makes it accessible for less experienced users. 

This board is made from very durable plastic polyurethane. It has a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. It is fitted with four holes to allow the user to fit resistance bands to add an extra dimension to the workout. The board is among the best priced on the market, giving you very good value for money. 

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    Adjustable to two settings
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    4 holes to fit resistance bands
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    High quality plastic construction
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    Durable 
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    Cost effective
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    Textured surface

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    The four resistance board holes can be uncomfortable to stand on
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    Because they base has a flat spot on it some people may not find it challenging enough to balance on this board.
Professional Balance Board

The Fitter First 20-Inch Wobble Board provides the user with three possible angles of instability. The angles are 10, 12 and 15 degrees. This is great for beginner to intermediate users as they are able to work their way up the progression ladder as their balance increases.

The fulcrum of the Fitter First board is constructed from a heavy duty plastic polyethylene material. The actual base itself has a twenty inch diameter and is made of hardwood birch, with a three quarter inch thickness. 

This Fitter First Board sits at about the mid-point price range of the balance board market. It is a very good option for beginner and intermediate users.

Balance Board Trainer

The Revolution 101 Balance Board is made an from 11-ply hardwood base that is topped with a grip surface that keeps your feet secure even when you are training in bare feet. It features rollers that are made from hard wearing plastic. Stoppers on the base of the board held to protect your flooring. This is a great board for those who are ready to advance from a beginner to an intermediate board, but will not provide the degree of difficulty that more advanced users will demand. 

The Revolution 101 Balance Board sits at about the midrange of the balance board market

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    A soft-track grip deck
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    Very strong 11-ply deck
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    Has stoppers

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    Doesn’t provide the degree of difficulty to challenge experienced users
Bongo Board

The Bongo Balance Board is a retro step back to the bongo boards that were all the rage back in the ‘50’s. In fact, the Bongo Board from Fitter First looks somewhat like a skateboard. They are made from Maplewood ply, making them hardy yet flexible. It has a 300 pound capacity. The undercarriage is made from polypropylene. 

The Bongo Board is supplied with a rubber bungee cord. It also has tapered edges which make balancing a little more challenging. This rocker roller is well priced, sitting at the lower price point of the market.

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    Skateboard shaped deck
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    Strong urethane roller
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    Safety bungee cord
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    Tapered edges
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    Well priced

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    You can’t perform 360 degree moves on this board
Sport Balance Board

Aduro Sport consists of a 14 inch diameter wobble board with a half circle base to provide the ideal of instability to allow you to work on your balance and proprioception. It is made from thick, reinforced plastic and features nodules on the surface to enhance your comfort, grip and footing. Weighing in at a little under two pounds this board has a 16-degree angle and can handle a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. It is compact and lightweight enough to easily fit into your carry bag to be used wherever you happen to be.

This fitness balance rocker board provides a stable work rehab and physical therapy for anyone who is working their way back from an injury. The board is competitively priced and comes with a full no-hassle guarantee.

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    14 inch diameter
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    16-degree angle of tilt
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    300 pound max user weight
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    Textured, non-slip surface

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    Surface not big enough for squats
Balance Board

The Strongboard balance board is a unique board that has revolutionized the industry by adding a spring component to balance work. It consists of a platform that sits atop quadruple compression springs. This effectively mimics a surfing motion. The board comes fully assembled and ready to go.

The top and bottom portions of the board are constructed from sturdy plastic propylene. It sits at the high end of the balance board market.

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    Offers exercise through a unique range of motion
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    Ideal for resistance training
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    Incorporates bodyweight resistance
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    Compact and sturdy

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    Not as challenging as most balance boards
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    Limited movement options
Fitness balance Board

The PI Fitness Balance Board is standard round board that measures 15.5 inches in diameter. It is made from durable hardwood and has a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. The underside of the board is made from hardened plastic. The board features an anti-skid surface that provides grip stability but is a little uncomfortable when doing moves that place your hands on the surface. The hard, smooth base of this board also makes it a little tricky to keep stationary on a smooth surface. Your best bet is to use the PI Fitness Balance Board on carpet.

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    Large base
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    Anti-skid surface

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    Not suitable for slippery floors
Wooden Balance Board

The Pro Fitness Balance Board is a circular based board that is made from durable hardwood and features a plastic base. A layer of rubber on the surface of the board prevents the user’s feet from slipping. At a diameter of 15.5 inches there is plenty of room to move on this board. It comes in a very good price point.

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    Well priced
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    Durable construction
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    Non slip coating

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    Base too flat

Conclusion

Balance boards have come into their own as a legitimate sub-market of the fitness industry in the last couple of years. The best overall balance board on the market is the original Indo Board with its beautiful designs, superior construction and large deck. Our runner up balance board is the Thera-Band rocker board with its grooved surface and top quality construction.

Our third favorite in the Balance Board market is the Isokinetics Deluxe board, which provides adjustment to two settings and comes with holes to for resistance bands. 

Balance Board Reviews 2018
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