The 7 Best Exercise Balls to Buy in 2018

Round out your workouts with one of these picks

No home gym is complete without an exercise ball—also known as a yoga, Swiss, balance or Pilates ball. The inflatable plastic balls are a multitasking must-have. Not only can you use them in workouts to strengthen and tone your core, but they can also help you with stretching exercises and will make to-go moves (like planks) even more challenging.

However, they’re not just for workouts. Exercise balls can also double as desk chairs and some women even sit or rock on the balls during labor as a way to ease contraction pains. Here, some of the top exercise balls on the market.

Best Overall: URBNFit Exercise Ball

High-quality exercise balls will hold up to years of use. One favorite is the URBNFit exercise ball. Made from high-quality PVC, the ball has a non-slip surface and is burst resistant up to 2,000 pounds. It also comes with a quick inflation pump as well as extra plugs and a workout guide. The URBNFit ball is available in multiple diameter sizes (45cm, 44cm, 65cm, 75cm and 85 cm) and comes in the following colors: black, blue, green, pink, purple, red, silver, and white.

Many exercise balls made from PVC have a strong and offensive odor, but reviewers say that this ball has no smell when it comes out of the box. People also say that the ball is made from thick, sturdy material and that the pump is easy to use, allowing the ball to inflate quickly.

Best for Beginners: Live Infinitely Exercise Ball

If this is your first time using an exercise ball, the affordable Live Infinitely exercise ball is a great place to start. The ball is made from BPA- and latex-free PVS material and supports over 2,200 pounds. It comes with a hand pump, extra air plugs, and valve remover tool, and has a one-year unlimited warranty. But perhaps what makes this ball stand out most is the fact that the purchase includes access to online exercise guides to help beginners learn how to properly incorporate the ball into their workouts.

Reviewers say that the Live Infinitely exercise ball has helped improve their workouts and some even use it as an office chair. The ball is available in five colors: blue, green, black, purple, and silver.

Best Anti-Burst: Trideer Exercise Ball

If you’re worried about your exercise ball being able to withstand your workouts, go for the Trideer ball. Made from extra-thick, eco-friendly and hypo-allergenic material, it’s one of the highest density exercise balls available and can resist up to 2,200 pounds of pressure. A quick-inflation foot pump is included with the ball, as are two additional air stoppers. Pick from a range of colors, including a pretty mint green and aqua blue.

People who own the Trideer exercise ball say that is extremely sturdy and that the non-slip surface means that the ball stays put while you exercise, even on wooden floors. The exercise ball comes with a 30-day no-hassle return period as well as a 12-month warranty.

Best for the Office: Vivora Luno

People who replace their office chair with an exercise ball often say that the switch improves their posture and helps ease back pain associated with sitting all day. If you’re looking to swap your chair for an exercise ball, try the Vivora Luno ball. The ball chair features a handle, which makes for easier carrying, as well as well as a non-slip grip that keeps you stable and safe while working. The premium anti-burst PVC ball comes with your choice of a chenille, suede leatherette or olefin cover, which makes for comfortable sitting—even if you’re wearing shorts or a skirt. The ball works well in the office, but can also be used for yoga, Pilates, and other exercises.

People who own the Vivora Luno exercise ball say that using it in place of an office chair keeps their core strong and has forced them to sit with better posture. The ball is available in multiple neutral colors, from charcoal to marble.

Best Mini: PreBody Pilates Mini Exercise Ball

Large, sit-on-top exercise balls aren’t the only option. Mini exercise balls—which are often used for Pilates and yoga—strengthen the core, improve balance and increase flexibility. The PreBody Pilates Mini Exercise Ball is made from a burst-resistant, low-odor PVC material that’s free of common phthalates. In addition to toning workouts, the ball can be used for back rehabilitation.

People who use the PreBody Pilates Mini Exercise Ball say that the small size makes it perfect for travel (deflate it before packing and then inflate the ball once you get to your destination). One reviewer even uses the small ball as a back support while sitting.

Best Set: UR Superior Fitness Exercise Ball

Get more out of your balance ball-based workout by choosing a product that comes with more than just the ball, such as the UR Superior Fitness Exercise Ball. Not only does the purchase include a 65cm PVC exercise ball, but you also get resistance bands and a stability ring (to hold the ball in place), which can be used to extend and get more out of your exercises. For example, you can sit on the ball and use the resistance bands for arm exercises.

Reviewers say that the ball is well made and that the stabilizing ring can also reduce the chance of tumbling off the ball. The included exercise poster provides workout inspiration for newbies and gym rats alike.

Best for Kids: Gaiam Kids Balance Ball

Kids will go crazy over a ball of their own, and a child-sized exercise ball also gives your tot the chance to “work out” with you, helping them to burn off some energy while you burn calories. The 45cm Gaiam Kids Balance Ball is best for children ages 5 to 8 and has a 300-pound weight limit. The ball comes with an easy inflation pump and is available in blue, orange and gray.

Reviewers say that the Gaiam ball is durable and holds up to lots of bouncing. Parents also say that the balls make great chairs for kids since they won’t leave any scratches on the floor.

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