The Best Exercise Ball

The Best Exercise Ball

Our pick

TheraBand Pro Series SCP Exercise Ball

TheraBand Pro Series SCP Exercise Ball

The best exercise ball for most people

This pro-recommended ball tied for the sturdiest seat and retained air the best of everything we tested, and comes in sizes suitable for people 4′8″ to 6′5″ and even taller.

Buying Options

$47* from Walmart

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $46.

The TheraBand Pro Series SCP Exercise Ball required the most time and energy to inflate of all the balls we tested, but the effort paid off with an extra-supportive seat. It’s made of a thick and weighty PVC that’s slick enough to facilitate movement but sticky enough to provide a safety-enhancing grip. And, compared with some other models we tested (all of which come in sizes for people 4′8″ to 6′5″ tall), it’s available in an additional, larger size, making it suitable for taller or longer-legged users.

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Runner-up

Power Systems VersaBall Stability Ball

Power Systems VersaBall Stability Ball

Just as sturdy, second-best seal

As sturdy as our pick and sold in as many sizes, this model is a solid choice for most people (and recommended if our pick is unavailable).

Buying Options

$42 from Amazon
(75 cm)

If our top pick is unavailable, we recommend the Power Systems VersaBall Stability Ball, which tied for the sturdiest, most-supportive seat among all the balls we tested. In our testing, this ball required the second-most time and effort to inflate, which speaks to its quality. It too is made of a thick and weighty PVC that strikes the right balance between slick and sticky, and it also comes in sizes that accommodate people from 4′8″ to 6′5″ and even taller.

Budget pick

GoFit Pro Stability Ball

GoFit Pro Stability Ball

Comes with a pump

This ball comes with everything you need to start using it, although we recommend an alternative inflation tool.

Buying Options

$30* from Amazon
(75 cm)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

If you don’t have access to an inflation tool and would appreciate having exercise illustrations printed on the ball, we recommend the GoFit Pro Stability Ball as a budget option. Compared with all the other models we tested, the GoFit Pro Stability Ball is made of the weightiest PVC, but it has thinner walls than our pick and runner-up, making it a slightly less supportive seat. Unlike our pick and runner-up, this less-expensive model comes packaged with a hand/foot pump, which you may find frustrating but nevertheless can work to fully inflate the ball if you don’t have access to another tool, such as a bike pump.

Everything we recommend

Our pick

TheraBand Pro Series SCP Exercise Ball

TheraBand Pro Series SCP Exercise Ball

The best exercise ball for most people

This pro-recommended ball tied for the sturdiest seat and retained air the best of everything we tested, and comes in sizes suitable for people 4′8″ to 6′5″ and even taller.

Buying Options

$47* from Walmart

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $46.

Runner-up

Power Systems VersaBall Stability Ball

Power Systems VersaBall Stability Ball

Just as sturdy, second-best seal

As sturdy as our pick and sold in as many sizes, this model is a solid choice for most people (and recommended if our pick is unavailable).

Buying Options

$42 from Amazon
(75 cm)

Budget pick

GoFit Pro Stability Ball

GoFit Pro Stability Ball

Comes with a pump

This ball comes with everything you need to start using it, although we recommend an alternative inflation tool.

Buying Options

$30* from Amazon
(75 cm)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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