After a hard workout, there’s nothing in the world that feels better than massaging your poor, achy muscles with a foam roller. It speeds up your recovery time, increases your blood flow, and most importantly, feels freegin’ magical. In order to pinpoint the best foam rollers for back and neck muscles, there are quite a few things you should consider.
First, you want to think about how firm you want it to be. Are you someone who likes your back rubs to be light and breezy? Or are you someone who doesn't consider it a “real massage” until you’re contorting your face in pain and screaming out for it to stop? If you prefer a lighter touch, you’ll want a low to medium density material like polyethylene or regular EVA foam. If you’re more of the self-sadist type, you’ll want high-density EPP or thicker EVA foam.
Size is another consideration. The best foam rollers typically range anywhere from about 1 to 3 feet in length. To get a full body back massage, you’ll usually want the 3-foot version (36 inches). However, if it’s something you're going to want to tote to the gym or keep in your car, you may be willing to sacrifice length for portability.
Other considerations include durability (will it lose its shape over time?), weight capacity (most will withstand up to 500 pounds), and whether you want it to bee smooth or textured. Here is a list of the best foam rollers for back muscles, for each type of person.