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10 Best Exercise Balls of 2024 [Tested and Reviewed]

10 Best Exercise Balls of 2024 [Tested and Reviewed]

Sitting at a desk all day isn’t good for your health. But with the right equipment, you can squeeze some balance and strength work into your workday. Exercise balls are an excellent alternative to chairs that are also great during pregnancy and for soothing babies. With plenty of exercise balls available from top brands including Gymnic, Trideer, and GoFit, how do you decide which is the best option for you?

We’ve vetted 10 popular exercise balls from top-selling manufacturers to help you decide. In this article, we’ll reveal how each model performed on three key points of comparison: slip resistance, high elasticity, and pleasance of touch. Then, our ranking of the exercise balls will help you find the best ball for your needs.


We define the best exercise ball as a product that’s convenient to use both for training and as a chair, and feels good on the skin. Along with tips from our personal trainer, we’ll break down the testing we performed so you can compare the options before making a purchase.

Last updated 01/25/2024
Gentry Washburn
Expert
Personal Trainer
Gentry Washburn

I am the manager and head personal trainer for a local fitness facility. I graduated from college with my bachelor's in Exercise Science and have been in the industry for the past 5 years since. I am super passionate about fitness and how our bodies work!

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Yui Maeno
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Personal Trainer; Head of Fitness & Baby at mybest
Yui Maeno

In addition to her work at mybest, Yui Maeno is active as a personal trainer and powerlifter. Previously, she worked at a major fitness club and was involved in various health-related activities, such as personal training and teaching classes. Currently, at mybest, she is in charge of fitness products, such as protein powders and exercise balls.

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How We Tested the Products

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We gathered the 10 bestselling Exercise Balls and put them through rigorous testing.
  1. Slip Resistance

    1
    Slip Resistance

    We set the standard for products that satisfy users as being slip-resistant, so even if you train with bare skin, the positions of your elbows and the soles of your feet do not shift.

  2. Elasticity

    2
    Elasticity

    As a criterion for high elasticity that greatly satisfies users, we set the standard as a product that maintains its shape under the load of 165 pounds, the average weight of an American woman.

  3. Feeling Against Skin

    3
    Feeling Against Skin

    To assess the surface quality of the balls, we set the standard as exercise balls that testers have rated as feeling good against the skin, even when training with bare skin. 

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Table of Contents

What Are the Benefits of Using an Exercise Ball?

Increase Strength by Challenging Your Core to Balance Your Entire Body

Increase Strength by Challenging Your Core to Balance Your Entire Body

Yes, you’re still sitting when you use an exercise ball. But the instability and bounciness of this fitness equipment challenge you to sit upright, giving your core a workout. So using an exercise ball instead of a chair at your desk can help improve both your strength and balance.


Even just a little movement on the ball can yield results. Don’t want to get sweaty when you’ve got a work call coming up? An exercise ball will help you keep your core engaged while not resulting in a full-on sweat session. Plus, they’re inexpensive and don’t require any assembly, and they’re a fun alternative to a desk chair for people who want to keep their body engaged without disrupting their workday.

Gentry Washburn
Personal TrainerGentry Washburn

Exercise balls are effective options for people who aren’t looking for an intense workout. They’re safe for elderly people as long as users can maintain their balance. This fitness equipment is also great during pregnancy when the body’s center of gravity changes. The balls help distribute body weight and can reduce neck strain.


But we don’t recommend exercise balls for people with back and spinal pain. Trying to maintain balance on a ball could aggravate the conditions.

Should I Sit on an Exercise Ball All Day?

Limit Sitting to up to 2 Hours! Longer Periods May Result in Bad Form

Limit Sitting to up to 2 Hours! Longer Periods May Result in Bad Form

It’s tempting to think that since exercise balls give your core a good workout, the longer you sit on one, the better. But less is more when it comes to maintaining proper form. We recommend you sit on an exercise ball for up to 2 hours at a time, which is long enough to help improve your posture and reduce the strain on your back.


Sitting for more than 2 hours at once can tire your muscles, and lead to bad form and back pain, which defeats the purpose of using an exercise ball. Beginners to using exercise balls may initially experience discomfort, even during short sessions. So we recommend you start out using one for brief intervals and gradually increase the duration of your sessions.

Yui Maeno
Personal Trainer; Head of Fitness & Baby at mybestYui Maeno

If you feel tired while sitting on an exercise ball, please stand up and take a break or stretch on the ball. When using an exercise ball as a chair, it's convenient to have a regular chair nearby so you can easily switch seats.

How to Choose Exercise Balls

Here are the points to keep in mind when choosing the best Exercise Balls.

1

Find the Right Size for Your Height

Your Knees Should Form a 90-degree Angle When You’re Sitting Down on an Exercise Ball

Your Knees Should Form a 90-degree Angle When You’re Sitting Down on an Exercise Ball

Exercise balls come in a range of sizes, and it’s important to choose one that’s appropriate for your height. Look for an exercise ball that’s high enough so when you sit on it, your knees can comfortably bend at a 90-degree angle. If you can’t test the exercise ball yourself, we’ve provided recommendations below for the size to look for based on your height.


<Height and Appropriate Size>

  • Under 4'9": 18 inches
  • 5' to 5'5": 22 inches
  • 5'6" to 5'11": 26 inches
  • 6'0" to 6'3": 30 inches
Yui Maeno
Personal Trainer; Head of Fitness & Baby at mybestYui Maeno

If you use an exercise ball that’s the wrong size for your height, you may strain the muscles in your back and core. That’s why it’s important to check what size ball is right for you depending on your height.

2

Look for a Ball That Helps You Maintain Good Posture and Has Good Bounce

Exercise Balls That Depress 3.93 Inches or Less When You Sit On Them Are More Stable

Exercise Balls That Depress 3.93 Inches or Less When You Sit On Them Are More Stable

It’s important to look for an exercise ball that both helps you maintain proper posture and has the right amount of give. Using an exercise ball that’s stiff can cause you to wobble, compromise good posture, and even lead to injury.


To test for the proper amount of elasticity, we placed a weight equivalent to the average weight of an American woman—165 pounds—on the exercise balls we tested. We found that the balls that depressed less than 3.93 inches provided enough give. That level of elasticity allowed users to maintain good posture both when sitting on the exercise ball and while working out on it.


But when exercise balls sank 3.93 inches or more, it was challenging to stabilize the body and maintain proper posture, making it hard for users to sit on them for an extended period of time. Instability also increases the risk of injury, so be sure to look for an exercise ball with a sufficient amount of elasticity.

Gentry Washburn
Personal TrainerGentry Washburn

The best exercise ball sinks a little when you sit on it. Avoid models that are so rigid they don’t have any give when you sit on them. Also stay away from exercise balls that sink too much when you sit on them, as they increase your risk of falling or tiring out your muscles.

3

Consider the Comfort Level of an Exercise Ball’s Surface

A Textured Surface With Few Protrusions Feels Comfortable on Bare Skin

A Textured Surface With Few Protrusions Feels Comfortable on Bare Skin

Exercise balls with rough or textured surfaces and fewer protrusions don’t stick to the skin and provide a better experience for users.


During our vetting, balls with a rough surface earned positive feedback from our tester, who commented, "I had a good impression because it feels nice to the touch and doesn't leave a sticky residue."


On the other hand, exercise balls with a smooth surface tend to stick to the skin when you sweat. And balls with lots of bumps can irritate the skin during use. One tester had a negative experience with a smooth surface, noting that, "I'm concerned about the stickiness on my skin while in use."


Since exercise balls can be used both as a seat and for working out, we recommend choosing one with a rough surface that feels good on the skin. That way you’ll use it longer. Check our rankings before making a purchase to see if an exercise ball has a “rough surface” and “few protrusions.”

4

Check the Load Capacity to Avoid Damaging Your Exercise Ball

If You’re Using It for Training, Look For a Ball That Can Support More Than Your Weight

If You’re Using It for Training, Look For a Ball That Can Support More Than Your Weight

Exercise balls come in a range of sizes and load capacities. Planning to work out on your exercise ball? Look for a model with a load capacity that exceeds your weight. That said, if you plan to bounce on the ball as part of your training, opt for an exercise ball with the load capacity to support twice your body weight.


If you choose an exercise ball that can’t support your weight, you run the risk that the ball could burst when you’re using it and lead to injury. So it’s important to check the load capacity of an exercise ball and ensure that it can handle your weight and the type of exercises you’re planning on using it for before making a purchase.

Yui Maeno
Personal Trainer; Head of Fitness & Baby at mybestYui Maeno

I weigh 150 pounds and was bouncing on an exercise ball with a load capacity of 265 pounds, but it burst while I was bouncing on it. Even with non-burst specification products, if there is no set load capacity, the ball could rupture due to a load exceeding the body weight. So with safety in mind, avoid making a purchase without checking the load capacity.

5

Check for Included Accessories Like Air Pumps and Fabric Covers

Accessories make a big difference to the user experience of an exercise ball. If it comes with an air pump, you can start sitting on one within minutes of arrival. And a fabric cover can help your new fitness equipment blend into your decor. Here’s more on the accessories to look for before you buy an exercise ball.

Exercise Balls that Come With an Air Pump Can Be Inflated Immediately

Exercise Balls that Come With an Air Pump Can Be Inflated Immediately

Exercise balls arrive deflated, so it's essential to check whether an air pump is included with the purchase. You can inflate an exercise ball that comes with a pump right out of the box and start using it immediately.


But if an air pump isn’t included, you’ll need to purchase one separately. Note that it can be challenging to find out what air pump is compatible with your exercise ball. So if you’re looking to start using your exercise ball right away, opt for one that comes with an air pump.

A Fabric Cover Can Blend in With Your Decor

A Fabric Cover Can Blend in With Your Decor

Do you appreciate interior design? We recommend you opt for an exercise ball that comes with a fabric cover. These accessories change the look of your ball from a piece of fitness equipment to a mini chair. That helps it blend into your decor, so you don’t have to keep deflating your exercise ball and stowing it away after every use. 

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10 Best Exercise Balls Ranking

Here are the best Exercise Balls we found after testing them. We ranked them after weighting each of our testing specs.
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Ledraplastic

Gymnic Plus

Ledraplastic Gymnic Plus 1枚目
4.88

mybest's Top Choice: Highly Elastic and Not Slippery, This Ball is Versatile and Easy to Use

5.00
5.00
4.62

25.6 in.

‎1 lb.

270 lb.

unknown

3.93 in.

2

Trideer

Exercise Ball Extra Thick Anti Burst Yoga Ball

Trideer Exercise Ball Extra Thick Anti Burst Yoga Ball 1枚目
4.70

Feel Good on the Skin With No Uncomfortable Bumps

4.80
4.65
4.65

23-26 in.

2.2 lb.

330 lb.

PVC

4.92 in.

2

Cap Barbell

Fitness Stability Ball

Cap Barbell Fitness Stability Ball 1枚目
4.70

The Surface Isn’t Sticky, or Slippery, Even During Training

4.97
4.65
4.47

25.6 in.

1.98 lb.

unknown

Neoprene

5.11 in.

4

THERABAND

PRO Series SCP Exercise BallSCP65

THERABAND PRO Series SCP Exercise Ball 1枚目
4.67

The Surface Material Feels Good on the Skin, but the Ball May Slip When Sweaty

4.85
4.65
4.50

26 in.

2.9 lb.

1000 lb.

PVC

5.31 in.

5

Power Systems

ProElite Stability Ball80072

Power Systems ProElite Stability Ball 1枚目
4.63

Highly Elastic and Easy to Maintain Posture, But Can Feel Uncomfortable on the Skin

4.82
5.00
4.11

25.6 in.

3.5 lb.

1130 lb.

PVC

(Option)

3.54 in.

6

GoFit

Guide Ball - Pro Grade Stability Ball

GoFit Guide Ball - Pro Grade Stability Ball 1枚目
4.39

Doesn’t Slip Easily During Training, But Is Rough on the Skin

4.67
4.29
4.23

25.6 in.

3.0 lb.

2000 lb.

unknown

6.29 in.

7

Athletic Works

Yoga BallCL3410N

Athletic Works Yoga Ball 1枚目
4.31

Doesn’t Get Sticky When You Sweat, But It Has Low Elasticity

4.91
4.29
3.81

25.6 in.

2.3 lb.

unknown

PVC

6.29 in.

8

Black Mountain Products

2000 Lbs. Static Strength Stability Ball with Pump

Black Mountain Products 2000 Lbs. Static Strength Stability Ball with Pump 1枚目
4.27

Doesn’t Slip, But It Lacks Elasticity and Feels Unpleasant

4.87
3.93
4.11

25.6 in.

1.78 lb.

2000 lb.

unknown

6.69 in,

9

All in Motion

Stability Ball082-02-7128

All in Motion Stability Ball 1枚目
4.25

Smooth to the Touch, But Gets Low Marks for Elasticity

4.91
3.57
4.65

25.6 in.

2.3 lb.

300 lb.

PVC

7.79 in.

10

Vivora

LunoV002-BW65-NAT

Vivora Luno 1枚目
4.14

It’s Slip-Resistant and Easy to Train With, but the Resilience Is Unsatisfactory

5.00
3.57
4.14

25.6 in.

4 lb.

unknown

Synthetic leather

8.26 in.

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No.1
Top Choice Exercise Balls
No.1 in Slip resistance
No.1 in Elasticity

LedraplasticGymnic Plus

mybest Score
4.88
Slip resistance
5.00
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Elasticity
5.00
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Feel on skin
4.62
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Lowest price
$56.95
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.3.93 in.
Weight limit
270 lb.
Air pump
Cover included

mybest's Top Choice: Highly Elastic and Not Slippery, This Ball is Versatile and Easy to Use

What we loved

  • Highly resistant to slipping
  • Perfect elasticity makes it easy to maintain posture during use
  • Comfortable against bare skin

What we didn't love

  • Nothing in particular.

Ledraplastic's "Gymnic Plus" tops our list as the best exercise ball for beginners and experienced users alike. Even if it gets punctured, it's designed to slowly release air, reducing the risk of injury.


During our testing, which involved planking and hip lifts using the ball, the testers’ elbows and feet stayed in place, which demonstrated the ball's resistance to slipping, even during workouts. Then when we placed a 165-pound weight on it to test for elasticity, the ball only sank 3.93 inches, indicating sufficient resilience. A tester sitting on the ball observed that it was easy to maintain core stability and proper posture.


In addition, this ball’s surface was rough with evenly spaced horizontal lines, which provided enough traction so that it wasn’t slippery, even when covered in sweat. Testers also found that this ball felt comfortable against bare skin, noting that: "It doesn't stick to the skin and is comfortable to use" and "The protrusions are not too pronounced, so there was no discomfort during training."


We highly recommend this exercise ball for all kinds of users. It’s easy to handle and the surface material feels good against the skin.

Diameter25.6 in.
Weight‎1 lb.
Materialunknown
Anti-burst type
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No.2
No.1 in Feel on skin

TrideerExercise Ball Extra Thick Anti Burst Yoga Ball

mybest Score
4.70
Slip resistance
4.80
|
Elasticity
4.65
|
Feel on skin
4.65
Lowest price
$28.99
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.4.92 in.
Weight limit
330 lb.
Air pump
Cover included

Feel Good on the Skin With No Uncomfortable Bumps

What we loved

  • High slip resistance
  • Great stability and can be used as a chair
  • Made from non-toxic materials

What we didn't love

  • Nothing in particular.

The "Exercise Ball Extra Thick Anti Burst Yoga Ball" from Trideer is different from other options on the market because it’s made from non-toxic PVC, and doesn’t contain chemicals like BPAs or heavy metals.


The surface of the ball is rough, with elevated and evenly spaced horizontal lines. The tester who used the exercise ball on their bare skin gave this ball high marks, noting that "it felt good on the skin" and "it felt nice and fit the skin well."


This ball also got high marks for performance. No tester encountered slippage when they performed planks with their elbows on the ball. They also reported that the ball wasn’t slippery, even when testers put their whole body weight on it. When this model was tested with a 165-pound weight, it sank 4.92 inches. It was relatively resilient, so you can still use it as a chair.


If you’re chiefly interested in working out, we recommend this exercise ball, as it’s gentle on the skin yet stays in place when you’re training your upper body with planks and other exercises.

Diameter23-26 in.
Weight2.2 lb.
MaterialPVC
Anti-burst type
No.2

Cap BarbellFitness Stability Ball

mybest Score
4.70
Slip resistance
4.97
|
Elasticity
4.65
|
Feel on skin
4.47
Lowest price
$9.99
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.5.11 in.
Weight limit
unknown
Air pump
Cover included

The Surface Isn’t Sticky, or Slippery, Even During Training

What we loved

  • Great slip resistance
  • Evenly textured surface feels good on the skin
  • Comes with an air pump

What we didn't love

  • Elasticity could be better

On the hunt for a durable exercise ball? Cap Barbell's "Fitness Stability Ball" is an anti-burst product, which means it can stand up to some heavy usage. This exercise ball also comes with an air pump so that you can blow it up right out of the box.


When we tested for slip resistance by doing planks and hip lifts, just one out of five of the testers had either an elbow or a foot slip off, giving this ball good marks overall. The surface is rough, with elevated and evenly spaced horizontal lines, so users were comfortable using it against their skin.


The testers gave this ball high marks, noting that "it doesn't feel sticky and feels good against the skin" and "it was good that the surface wasn’t too rough." When we placed a 165-pound weight on the ball, it sank by 5.11 inches. That’s more than the 3.93 inches we recommend, but this ball was still reasonably elastic.


Overall, this ball is less likely to stick to your skin, so we recommend it for people who sweat a lot and often train in light clothing.

Diameter25.6 in.
Weight1.98 lb.
MaterialNeoprene
Anti-burst type
No.4

THERABANDPRO Series SCP Exercise BallSCP65

mybest Score
4.67
Slip resistance
4.85
|
Elasticity
4.65
|
Feel on skin
4.50
Lowest price
$30.31
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.5.31 in.
Weight limit
1000 lb.
Air pump
Cover included

The Surface Material Feels Good on the Skin, but the Ball May Slip When Sweaty

What we loved

  • High load capacity makes it suitable for most weight types
  • Great slip resistance
  • Surface is comfortable to the touch

What we didn't love

  • Softer elasticity can be a challenge to use

The "PRO Series SCP Exercise Ball" from THERABAND comes in a vivid green color. Its load capacity is approximately 1,000 pounds, so it’s suitable for people with larger frames.


The surface is somewhere between smooth and rough, and hasevenly spaced horizontal protrusions that won’t irritate the skin during training. Testers gave this ball high marks, noting that "it wasn't too sticky, and it did not make my skin overly slippery" and "I didn’t feel any discomfort from the surface bumps."


When we tested the resilience with the 165-pound weight, the ball sank by 5.31 inches. That’s more than 3.93 inches we recommend you look for, but it was less prone to sinking than some other models we tested. If you want to increase the intensity of your workout with a challenging balance while maintaining good posture, this exercise ball is for you.


In the slip resistance test, testers noted 0.19-inch slippage on the plank and 0.78-inch slippage during the hip lift. One participant also found their elbow and the sole of their foot slipped. While this ball generally isn’t slippery, it might slide when used with sweaty hands. So when you’re training with bare skin, it’s a good idea to keep a towel handy to wipe sweat off the ball.

Diameter26 in.
Weight2.9 lb.
MaterialPVC
Anti-burst type
No.5
No.1 in Elasticity

Power SystemsProElite Stability Ball80072

mybest Score
4.63
Slip resistance
4.82
|
Elasticity
5.00
|
Feel on skin
4.11
Lowest price
$102.77
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.3.54 in.
Weight limit
1130 lb.
Air pump
(Option)
Cover included

Highly Elastic and Easy to Maintain Posture, But Can Feel Uncomfortable on the Skin

What we loved

  • Very slip resistant
  • High elasticity
  • Great for beginners looking to work on their posture

What we didn't love

  • Surface bumps make it uncomfortable to use during training

The "ProElite Stability Ball" from Power Systems is made of thick PVC material that helps it keep its shape.


In the slip-resistance test, testers observed a slide of 0.39 inches during the plank and 0.78 inches on the hip lift. One tester’s elbow and sole of the foot slipped. However, since no other testers encountered the same issue with slippage, training with bare skin shouldn’t be a problem with this ball.


When we put the 165-pound weight on it, we found that it only sank 3.54 inches. Even if you bounce on it, this ball doesn't sink too much, making it easier for beginners to maintain a correct posture.


On the other hand, the ball’s surface is covered in bumps, which generated negative feedback from the tester, including, "The rough protrusions on the surface were bothersome, and I couldn't focus on the training." Our verdict? This ball’s resilience makes it perfect for those who plan to use it as a chair.

Diameter25.6 in.
Weight3.5 lb.
MaterialPVC
Anti-burst type
No.6

GoFitGuide Ball - Pro Grade Stability Ball

mybest Score
4.39
Slip resistance
4.67
|
Elasticity
4.29
|
Feel on skin
4.23
Lowest price
$29.99
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.6.29 in.
Weight limit
2000 lb.
Air pump
Cover included

Doesn’t Slip Easily During Training, But Is Rough on the Skin

What we loved

  • Good slip resistance
  • Includes a workout DVD and air pump

What we didn't love

  • Surface texture was too rough
  • Not elastic enough

Need some inspiration to work out? The "Guide Ball - Pro Grade Stability Ball" from GoFit comes with images of exercises you can do with the ball printed on its surface. Plus, it arrives with an air pump and a workout DVD, so it’s easy for beginners to get started.


In terms of its performance, during the test for slip resistance, we observed one tester slip 0.59 inches when doing a plank and two testers slip 0.78 inches during a hip lift. Other than that, though, the other testers were able to perform the exercises without slipping.


The surface has a rough texture, however. The testers didn’t like the surface texture, saying, "I felt uncomfortable when the fine unevenness touched my skin" and "I didn't like the feeling of my skin sticking to the surface." The testers also found it slippery, another drawback. And when we tested the ball with the 165-pound weight, it sank by 6.29 inches, which demonstrated that it’s not very elastic.


If you’re looking for an exercise ball for working out and like a little friction against your skin, this could be the option for you.

Diameter25.6 in.
Weight3.0 lb.
Materialunknown
Anti-burst type
No.7

Athletic WorksYoga BallCL3410N

mybest Score
4.31
Slip resistance
4.91
|
Elasticity
4.29
|
Feel on skin
3.81
Lowest price
$13.98
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.6.29 in.
Weight limit
unknown
Air pump
Cover included

Doesn’t Get Sticky When You Sweat, But It Has Low Elasticity

What we loved

  • Suitable for people with smaller frames
  • Great slip resistance
  • Includes an air pump

What we didn't love

  • Surface texture can be hit or miss
  • Lower elasticity makes it hard to maintain posture

The "Yoga Ball" from Athletic Works features embossed illustrations on its surface, showcasing exercises using the ball. It also comes with an air pump, so you don’t have to buy one separately.


In terms of performance, during the slip-resistance check, two testers observed slippage of 0.19 to 0.39 inches in the elbow position on the plank. However, none of the other testers experienced slippage by the elbows or soles of the feet. The surface is rough, and we received positive comments from testers, including: "My skin didn't stick to the surface, making it comfortable to use."


But testers also said that "the fine protrusions on the surface made it feel unpleasant to the touch." They pointed out that the bumps were located irregularly on the surface, which felt uncomfortable against the skin. And when we checked for resilience with the 165-pound weight, this exercise ball sank 6.29 inches, indicating little bounce.


With its low elasticity, this ball isn’t suitable for people of average weight. However, if you weigh less than 165 pounds and cover your skin with clothing when you work out, this option might work for you.

Diameter25.6 in.
Weight2.3 lb.
MaterialPVC
Anti-burst type
No.8

Black Mountain Products2000 Lbs. Static Strength Stability Ball with Pump

mybest Score
4.27
Slip resistance
4.87
|
Elasticity
3.93
|
Feel on skin
4.11
Lowest price
$18.73
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.6.69 in,
Weight limit
2000 lb.
Air pump
Cover included

Doesn’t Slip, But It Lacks Elasticity and Feels Unpleasant

What we loved

  • High load capacity means everyone can use it

What we didn't love

  • Not very resilient due to low elasticty
  • Can get sticky with sweat

The "2000 Lbs. Static Strength Stability Ball with Pump" by Black Mountain Products comes with an exercise guide. And since it has a load capacity of 2,000 pounds, it can be used by everyone from children to adults.


When we tested it for slip resistance, one tester moved 0.19 inches at the elbow during the plank, and two testers’ feet had shifted by 0.27-0.39 inches during the hip lift. However, the other testers were able to train without slipping.


This ball has a mostly smooth surface with some evenly spaced horizontal lines. But some users might find the surface smoothness a disadvantage during workouts, as the ball can get sticky with sweat. The testers provided negative feedback, noting that "the surface material sticks to the skin when sweaty" and "the sticky feel to the skin is bothersome."


In addition, when we tested this model with the 165-pound weight, it sank by 6.69 inches. Because of this low level of resilience, the ball would be challenging to use both as a chair and as fitness equipment.


At the very least, people who sweat heavily during workouts should make sure to wear clothing that covers the skin to avoid direct contact with the surface of this ball.

Diameter25.6 in.
Weight1.78 lb.
Materialunknown
Anti-burst type
No.9
No.1 in Feel on skin

All in MotionStability Ball082-02-7128

mybest Score
4.25
Slip resistance
4.91
|
Elasticity
3.57
|
Feel on skin
4.65
Lowest price
$15.99
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.7.79 in.
Weight limit
300 lb.
Air pump
Cover included

Smooth to the Touch, But Gets Low Marks for Elasticity

What we loved

  • Surface texture is pleasant to the touch

What we didn't love

  • Hard to maintain posture during use due to low elasticity

The "Stability Ball" from All in Motion is designed with anti-burst technology for durabilityIt also comes with an air pump, so you can start using it soon after you receive it.


When it came to performance, during the slip-resistance test, we noticed one tester’s elbows shifted by 0.59 inches during the plank exercise. But none of the tester’s feet slipped during the hip lift exercise, allowing them to work out seamlessly.


The ball’s surface is mostly smooth, with evenly spaced vertical protrusions. Testers gave this ball high marks, noting that "it was easy to use with a smooth feel," and "the surface was non-sticky and felt silky smooth."


That said, when we added 165 pounds of weight to this ball, it sank 7.79 inches, earning it a low score for elasticity. When users sit on this ball, it’s hard to maintain good posture because the ball sinks so easily.


So while this ball’s surface isn’t slippery and feels good against the skin, its lack of resilience is a major strike against it.

Diameter25.6 in.
Weight2.3 lb.
MaterialPVC
Anti-burst type
No.10
No.1 in Slip resistance
Rough surface
Few protrusions
Depth of sinkage when a 75kg weight is placed.8.26 in.
Weight limit
unknown
Air pump
Cover included

It’s Slip-Resistant and Easy to Train With, but the Resilience Is Unsatisfactory

What we loved

  • High slip resistance
  • Stylish appearance with many colors to choose from

What we didn't love

  • Lacks sufficient elasticity to help hold posture

If aesthetics are important to you, Vivora's "Luno" exercise ball comes with a fabric cover. You can pick from gray, beige, and blue, making this option easy to incorporate even for those who are particular about their interior decor.


When we tested for slip resistance, this option performed well. Testers didn’t encounter any slipping of the elbows or the feet during planks and hip lifts. The surface of the ball garnered some negative comments, however, such as "the touch was rough, and my skin was uncomfortable during training" and "I was bothered by the fact that the seams of the fabric were raised."


During the resilience test with the 165-pound weight, this ball was the lowest performer on our list, sinking 8.26 inches. If you sit on this ball, it will deflate by about half, so you’ll have a hard time maintaining good posture. But this chair is more about looks than function. We recommend removing the cover during training and putting it back on when using it as a chair.

Diameter25.6 in.
Weight4 lb.
MaterialSynthetic leather
Anti-burst type

How We Tested the Exercise Balls

Exercise Balls Evaluation

At mybest, we define the best exercise ball as a product that’s convenient to use both for training and as a chair, and feels good on the skin.


In order to find the best product, we collected 10 top-selling exercise balls from popular manufacturers and the newest products on Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc. We thoroughly vetted these products based on the following three criteria.

  • Slip Resistance
  • Elasticity
  • Feeling Against Skin

Products we tested

  1. All in MotionStability Ball082-02-7128
  2. Athletic WorksYoga BallCL3410N
  3. Black Mountain Products2000 Lbs. Static Strength Stability Ball with Pump
  4. Cap BarbellFitness Stability Ball
  5. GoFitGuide Ball - Pro Grade Stability Ball
  6. LedraplasticGymnic Plus
  7. Power SystemsProElite Stability Ball80072
  8. THERABANDPRO Series SCP Exercise BallSCP65
  9. TrideerExercise Ball Extra Thick Anti Burst Yoga Ball
  10. VivoraLunoV002-BW65-NAT
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Slip Resistance

Slip Resistance

We set the standard for products that satisfy users as being slip-resistant, so even if you train with bare skin, the positions of your elbows and the soles of your feet do not shift.

Scoring Method

The testers conducted two types of training and checked whether the positions of the elbows and soles of the feet were misaligned before and after the training. The ones with absolutely no misalignment were recommended and scored.

Test Conditions

    • Testers: Men and women who exercise regularly

    • Measurement Method: Mark the positions of your elbow and the sole of the foot before and after training, and then measured how many inches they shifted from the mark.

    • Measurement Equipment: Tape measure

    • Training Implemented: Planks and hip lifts

    • Floor Material: Flooring

  • Yoga Mat Material: PVC 
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Elasticity

Elasticity

As a criterion for high elasticity that greatly satisfies users, we set the standard as a product that maintains its shape under the load of 165 pounds, the average weight of an American woman.

Scoring Method

We tested how many inches a 26.5-inch diameter exercise ball would sink when a weight equivalent to the average weight of an American woman was placed on it. We rated them, recommending those that are less likely to sink even with the weight on.

Test Conditions

    • Weight: 165 pounds

    • Measurement Method: Measure how many inches the ball sank from the original diameter of 26.5 in.

    • Floor Material: Flooring

  • Measurement Equipment: Measuring tape
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Feeling Against Skin

Feeling Against Skin

To assess the surface quality of the balls, we set the standard as exercise balls that testers have rated as feeling good against the skin, even when training with bare skin. 

Scoring Method

The testers conducted two types of exercises and evaluated the feel of each, and we scored the recommendation level for each product.

Test Conditions

    • Testers: Men and women who exercise regularly

  • Training Conducted: Plank and hip lift

What We Checked

  • The feel on the skin from elbow to hand.

  • The feel on the sole of the foot

What Is the Correct Way to Sit On an Exercise Ball?

Sit down, and stretch your head towards the ceiling, and press your hips down.

Sit down, and stretch your head towards the ceiling, and press your hips down.

Sit on the exercise ball, push your hips down into the ball, and straighten your back by imagining a string is pulling your head towards the ceiling. Spread your legs about shoulder-width apart when sitting to help you maintain balance.

Yui Maeno
Personal Trainer; Head of Fitness & Baby at mybestYui Maeno

For a harder workout, challenge your inner thighs more by sitting with your legs closed.

What Are Some Exercise Methods Using an Exercise Ball?

There are various training methods using exercise balls. Here are two methods for training the core and abdominal area to try.

How to Do Crunches

How to Do Crunches

Crunches mainly stimulate the rectus abdominis muscle, which runs from the sternum to just below the navel.


<Procedure>
  • Spread your legs hip- or shoulder-width apart and sit on the exercise ball. Then lay your body back onto the ball.
  • Fix your gaze on your navel and raise your torso while rounding your pelvis towards your face.
Yui Maeno
Personal Trainer; Head of Fitness & Baby at mybestYui Maeno

When doing crunches, contract your stomach muscles to keep your waist from bending. Beginners might fall off the exercise ball, so make sure to move any furniture around you before starting.

How to Do a Hip Lift

How to Do a Hip Lift

Hip lifts stimulate muscles in the thighs, buttocks, and around the waist.


<Procedure>

  • Place your feet on the exercise ball and lay flat on the ground, facing up.
  • Place your palms on the ground and spread them out, then lift your buttocks up without taking your feet off the ball. 
Yui Maeno
Personal Trainer; Head of Fitness & Baby at mybestYui Maeno

When lifting your buttocks, make sure not to arch your back. When your body arches backward, it not only strains your lower back but makes it harder to challenge your muscles.

Top 5 Exercise Balls

No. 1: LedraplasticGymnic Plus

No. 2: TrideerExercise Ball Extra Thick Anti Burst Yoga Ball

No. 2: Cap BarbellFitness Stability Ball

No. 4: THERABANDPRO Series SCP Exercise BallSCP65

No. 5: Power SystemsProElite Stability Ball80072

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