Disclaimer: I got the product from the manufacturer free of charge in exchange for my honest and candid review. Any opinions expressed in the post are my own.
I've got 99 problems but the back pain ain't one after I've been using this yoga wheel from SURIN for about a month or so.
If you're by any chance not in the know, a yoga wheel is a circular-shaped yoga prop used for releasing tension, stretching, improving balance and building strength.
And it's the new black in the yoga community.
Today, I'm reviewing the SURIN yoga wheel and sharing my favorite yoga poses with this stellar yoga prop.
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SURIN Yoga wheel is made of ABS (frame on the bottom) and TPU (cushioning on the top).
Don't get scared of the terminology. These are just fancy words for different kinds of plastic.
I know what you might think. Plastic? That's gonna crack like a piece of toy under me.
Plastic might not sound too reliable, especially if this small wheel has to support your full body weight. But, in fact, it is one of the best synthetic materials nowadays.
For example, here are just some of the advantages of ABS material:
What does that mean to you?
It means that products made from ABS material can support substantial weight; they don't flex, are relatively cheap yet will serve you for ages. So you can roll over, sit and even stand on your SURIN yoga wheel without second thoughts that it will crack under you.
The outer part of the SURIN wheel (cushioning) is produced of TPU. This sort of rubber-like plastic will pad the spine and make the rolling on the prop more comfortable (let's say, bearable during the first time).
SURIN yoga wheel is one of the few in the market that uses TPU for the outer padding. Most of the yoga wheel you'll come across are made of TPE. Both materials are highly similar. Yet, TPU is considered more durable and highly resistant to scratches or any sort of wear and tear.
By the way, though I mention rubber, TPU is actually a synthetic one. So if you're allergic to latex or latex protein, you're safe as TPU rubber has nothing to do with latex.
Plastic is an excellent material. Yet, there's another side to its durability and low price.
And the first negative is the smell.
The yoga wheel gassed me upon opening the box. Though both TPU and ABS are safe and toxin-free, the vapors you'll smell from the new product is something to keep in mind. If you've got a sensitive nose, give the wheel one or two days to air out before trying it out.
Secondly, there are environmental concerns.
SURIN yoga wheel is definitely better for the planet than wheels made of a more traditional and cheaper PVC. TPU and ABS won't be releasing toxic fumes during degradation, but they are not "green" either. Their biodegradability is questionable, and there are eco-friendlier (though not as durable) options available.
Thanks to the sturdy frame, SURIN yoga wheel can support up to 500 pounds. That's more than enough for yogis of any body composition and weight. I have felt safe casually sitting on the wheel, and there wasn't even a slight sign of flexing.
To be fair, I'm not very heavy. So I asked my husband to try the yoga prop out. After ouch-ing for a few minutes (first time is always the hardest :), he did verify the wheel is safe to use for heavier weight.
The yoga wheel from SURIN comes in a standard size of 12.6 inches in diameter and 5.1 inches wide. Unless you're 5 feet tall or shorter, the measurements are just right for fitting the wheel in between shoulder blades and massaging those hard-to-reach trigger knots.
The diameter of the wheel can also help you to really get into the front body and improve backbends.
The cushioning is 6 mm. It's not the thickest one in the market, but it's decent to pad my bony parts as I recline over. However, if you have a really sensitive spine, you might want to look at other yoga wheels with thicker padding.
If you're a fan of minimalist design, you'll love this yoga prop. SURIN yoga wheel comes in black color with a small, hardly visible logo engraved on the top.
I love the combination of textures with a shiny black frame on the bottom and matte padding on the top.
However, both the shiny frame and matte foam vividly show fingertips after use. So be prepared to wipe the surface every time to keep your wheel in tip-top condition.
By the way, I haven't noticed any color bleed or foam crumbling from the prop onto the mat, as it sometimes happens with colorful and cork yoga wheels.
With any yoga wheel, it will take some practice to find comfort, stability, and ability to relax while you're arching over it. SURIN yoga wheel is no exception.
What definitely helps is the grippy and sticky-like surface. The SURIN yoga wheel doesn't slip on any surface, be it a yoga mat or sleek laminate.
It also doesn't absorb the perspiration. So you don't have to worry about a stinky smell building in your prop after several sweaty workouts.
What I found awesome about SURIN wheel is that it comes with a FREE round waterproof case.
It is a fantastic and well-thought free gift. Where else would you find a bag that would fit your round prop perfectly?
The carrier case has an additional side pocket for valuables and some extra space so you can pack a fresh set of clothes or a water bottle. There's also an adjustable strap for extra comfort.
The zips feel a bit flimsy and the material thin. Yet, since I'm not taking this yoga wheel out that often, I think the bag will serve me for a while.
Here's what I LIKED most about the SURIN yoga wheel:
Some other things that I WISH WERE IMPROVED:
I recommend this SURIN yoga wheel to everyone who needs a portable home 'chiropractor.' I had a passing acquaintance with yoga wheels before. But after using it daily for about a month, I feel stronger, flexible, and healthier than ever.
That said, you might want to look at some other types of yoga wheels if:
In this case, make sure to check out this full list of best yoga wheels for more options and alternatives.
A yoga wheel is one of the most versatile props ever. There are endless opportunities for experimentation and play. Here are my top favorite things to do with a yoga wheel besides backbends.
I won’t be original here to say that this is by far my most favorite use of a yoga wheel. Just drape yourself over the prop when you feel stiff or tired and focus on the areas that need some love. Plus, rocking back and forth feels super calming.
Abs exercises with a yoga wheel are a killer! It won’t take long to feel the burn and get some muscle definition. Moreover, you’re also building stability in your muscles with this core blast.
Don’t have a strap or a block within reach? A yoga wheel can temporary replace both.
Have you got any questions or opinion about this review or the brand? Let me know in the comments below!