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The 11 Best Abs Rollers And Wheels For Any Budget

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The humble abs roller punches well above its weight. In fact, pound-for-pound, we’d wager it’s one of the most effective pieces of gym kit money can buy. It’s an all-in-one core workout. Typically lightweight, durable and, best of all, economical, an abs roller makes a fine addition to any home gym.

That’s not to say this kit is just for beginners. Everyone from newbies to advanced athletes could benefit from a spin on an abs wheel. Fundamentally, an abs roller is designed to be used for abs roll-outs, where you kneel (ideally on an exercise mat) and use the wheel to reach forwards until your torso is just off the floor, then reverse to the start.

The Best Abs Roller Exercise

A well-executed abs roll-out fires up the upper and lower rectus abdominis, plus the external and internal obliques – muscles that run down the side of the ribcage. It simultaneously strengthens the muscles around the spine that help resist hyperextension, providing a huge cross-over benefit for any activity from running and squatting to keeping yourself propped up at your desk all day.

Now when we say “well-executed”, we mean with your glutes engaged to create a slight posterior tilt in your pelvis (so your lower back is slightly rounded, rather than arched). When performed poorly or at too great a volume, you risk straining your stomach muscles or landing flat on your face. So build up gradually, take plenty of rest and make sure you’re always in control of the movement.

Abs Roller And Wheel Buying Guide

It’s a wheel with handles – what more is there to say? Not much more, in truth, although the difference in price is a general indication of durability. There are a few minor deviations in design to look out for. Some are designed to be relatively stable so you just focus on rolling in and out. Others have instability built in with rounded edges or a narrow wheel, meaning you and your core have to work harder to maintain form.

Finally, you’ll notice some abs rollers break the mould entirely by coming as two individual wheels or connected to a wide bar, for a greater variety of abs roll-out options. Here we’ve rounded up the leading abs rollers and wheels on the market, highlighting our favourites.

The Best Abs Rollers

Sports Research Abdominal Exercise Wheel

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1. Sports Research Abdominal Exercise Wheel

Best all-round abs roller

Specifications

Weight: Not given
Dimensions: 11in x 8.2in x 5.1in / 28cm x 21cm x 13cm

Reasons to buy

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Solidly constructed
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Suitable for all levels
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Includes thick knee pad 

Reasons to avoid

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Thin handles can dig into palms

This solidly constructed abs wheel, made from a non-slip rubber wheel and single piece stainless steel handle bar, ticks all the boxes. A reasonable price, a simple design and durable materials make this abs roller a fine pick for everyone from beginners to advanced gym-goers. The bar can be removed for easy storage and it also comes with a thick knee pad so you can get rolling on any surface.


Decathlon Ab Wheel

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2. Decathlon Ab Wheel

Best value abs roller

Specifications

Weight: 1.19lb / 0.54kg
Dimensions: 11.4in x 7.4in x 7.4in / 29cm x 19cm x 19cm

Reasons to buy

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Unrivalled price 
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Versatile design 
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Easy to store and transport

Reasons to avoid

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Lightweight materials may break 

An utter steal, this two-in-one abs roller comes with two narrow wheels that can be set apart for increased stability or pressed together to make the exercise harder. It can be disassembled for easy storage and transport, and the ever-so-slightly more expensive blue version is made from 47% recycled plastic.


Homeasy Ab Roller

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3. Homeasy Ab Roller

Best abs roller for beginners

Specifications

Weight: 2.4lb / 1.1kg
Dimensions: 14.5in x 12.5in x 1.9in / 37cm x 32cm x 5cm

Reasons to buy

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Superb value
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Adjustable configuration for all levels
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Collapses for easy storage

Reasons to avoid

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Foam grips can break down with regular use

Homeasy’s low-cost abs roller features three robust, anti-slip wheels that can be used interchangeably depending on the exerciser’s roll-out proficiency. Use all three wheels together for a stable, beginner-friendly ride, or use two or one to increase the instability – and therefore difficulty – with each repetition. It comes with a thick knee mat for support and can be dismantled for easy storage and use on your travels.


Adidas ab wheel

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4. Adidas Ab Wheel

Best budget abs roller

Specifications

Weight: 1.1lb / 0.5kg
Dimensions: 11.4in x 7in x 7in / 29cm x 18cm x 18cm

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Lightweight and portable

Reasons to avoid

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Feels cheap

Compact and extra lightweight, this abs wheel will do the job for most on a budget. The narrow rubberised wheel provides plenty of grip on most surfaces, as well as instability so you can carve left and right with each roll-out. However, its padded foam handles might start to break down after extended use.


SKLZ Core Wheels

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5. SKLZ Core Wheels

Most versatile abs roller

Specifications

Weight: 0.6lb / 0.3kg
Dimensions: 9.4in x 5.9in x 9.4in / 24cm x 15cm x 24cm

Reasons to buy

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Versatile design
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Compact and lightweight
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Includes training guide for exercise pointers

Reasons to avoid

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Not ideal for beginners

This pair of one-handed abs rollers breaks from tradition, doubling the benefit for your core and upper-body muscles. Keep the rollers together for the easiest version of the exercise or keep them wider apart for a greater test of your shoulder stability. If that’s too easy use one at a time or with your arms in an L-shape – one arm forwards and the other to the side. The SKLZ rollers can also be used to target your chest with flyes and press-up variations, and come with a handy training guide.


Avus Ab Wheel

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6. Avus Ab Wheel

Most durable abs roller for advanced exercisers

Specifications

Weight: Not given
Dimensions: Length 16in / 41cm

Reasons to buy

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Built to last
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Provides added instability 
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Suitable for advanced exercisers

Reasons to avoid

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At more expensive end of scale

This abs wheel from revered strength training equipment specialists Rogue is built to last. It has a nickel-plated steel shaft, durable rubber tyre tread for improved grip on most surfaces, and sealed bearings for a smooth and consistent ride. Slightly rounded edges also create instability and a tougher core challenge, making it suited to more advanced abs roll-out aficionados.


Vinsguir Ab Roller

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7. Vinsguir Ab Roller

Most durable abs roller for beginners

Specifications

Weight: 1.4lb / 0.65kg
Dimensions: Length 12in / 30cm

Reasons to buy

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Wide, stable wheel
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Beginner-friendly 
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Includes mat to protect knees

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of instability for advanced exercisers 

While the Avus roller is designed to create instability, this more beginner-friendly model has a flat wheel, meaning it won’t deviate left and right. EVA rubber cotton handles provide a comfortable grip, while a robust stainless steel shaft means it can bear a maximum load of 200kg – and it even comes with a thick pad to save your knees. How thoughtful.


Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro

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8. Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro

Best abs roller for beginners who need assistance

Specifications

Weight: 5.5lb / 2.5kg
Dimensions: 16.5in x 7.8in x 7.8in / 42cm x 20cm x 20cm

Reasons to buy

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Innovative internal engine
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Ergonomic handles
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Includes foam knee pad 

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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Not very portable 

Invented by a US Navy Seal, no less, the Ab Carver Pro houses an internal kinetic engine to provide added resistance and assistance with each roll. The carbon steel spring engine coils up as you extend and helps spring you back as you return. Think of it like doing arm curls with resistance bands rather than dumbbells. The ergonomic handles are also removable for easy storage and transport.


Watson Gym Ab Wheel

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9. Watson Gym Ab Wheel

Most heavy-duty abs roller

Specifications

Weight: Not given
Dimensions: 13.5in x 13.7in / 34.5cm x 35cm

Reasons to buy

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Robust and hard-wearing materials
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Chunky ergonomic handles

Reasons to avoid

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More affordable options available

The most heavy-duty abs wheel in the world, supposedly, is pretty heavy on your wallet too. The Watson Gym roller looks like it could double as a spare tyre for your car. It has been designed to bear up to 150kg, and its meaty 5cm thick knurled handles won’t dig into your palms like skinnier ones can so you can focus on digging into your core instead.


Lifeline Power Wheel

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10. Lifeline Power Wheel

Best multi-functional abs roller

Specifications

Weight: 2.4lb / 1.1kg
Dimensions: 16.9in x 16.5in x 4.3in / 43cm x 42cm x 11cm

Reasons to buy

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Innovative design
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Add variety to your core workout

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky to store
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Narrow handles can dig into palms

Singled out as the world’s best core trainer in an independent review by the University of California, Berkeley, the Lifeline Power Wheel flips the model upside down. You can use its shoulder-wide padded handles for standard abs roll-outs, or strap your feet in with your hands on the floor for advanced core moves like pikes, inverted tucks and jackknives. Inspired.


Aedcbaide Multifunctional Abdominal Wheel

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11. Aedcbaide Multifunctional Abdominal Wheel

Best advanced abs roller

Specifications

Weight: 5.2lb / 2.4kg
Dimensions: 12.9in x 12.9in x 2.7in / 33cm x 33cm x 7cm

Reasons to buy

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Built for 360° directional movement 
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Change the angle to target full core area
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Includes knee mat and resistance band

Reasons to avoid

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Wheels could break down

This ingenious roller has torn up the abs wheel rulebook. Its triangular, solid metal body allows for a variety of hand positions for an improved, ergonomic ride, while three universal wheels underneath allow its user to include multidirectional movement with each roll for a more functional core challenge. Despite these advances, it feels overcomplicated and the wheels could be prone to breaking down under regular long-term use.

Sam Rider is an experienced freelance journalist, specialising in health, fitness and wellness. For over a decade he's reported on Olympic Games, CrossFit Games and World Cups, and quizzed luminaries of elite sport, nutrition and strength and conditioning. Sam is also a REPS level 3 qualified personal trainer, online coach and founder of Your Daily Fix (opens in new tab). Sam is also Coach’s designated reviewer of massage guns and fitness mirrors.