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The Best Foot Rests on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered the best standing deskslaptop stations, under-desk ellipticals and cycles, and mats for standing desks, here we’re zeroing on the best foot rest cushions on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best foot rest cushions

“I’m short (5’2”) and was stuck with an office chair that wouldn’t go low enough to the ground for my feet to reach the floor properly. I had been using a large footstool from my living room, but it was just too large to be practical or comfortable. My knees were starting to suffer from the extreme discomfort of it all, not to mention being in need of some fidgety stretching. Being able to flip this footrest over and roll it back and forth provides that extra help to relieve some tension in the joints. I’m used to hard plastic footrests, so I was leery about this one. I was happy to find the density of the foam to be spot-on with what I needed. I have since acquired an office chair that lets my feet go flat on the floor, but that has only added to the effectiveness of the Smart N Comfy. I am quite pleased with this product.”

“This is such a comfortable foot rest! Where I work, the keyboard sits slightly higher than the typical computer desk height, so I have to sit in my chair at the highest setting to type comfortably. This footrest has been just perfect for my needs. The rounded top is super soft, unlike so many options that are hard plastic and make crossing your ankles or even just resting your foot on its side super uncomfortable. Yet it holds its shape so that you don’t feel like your feet are propped on a pillow — I tried that and hated it because the pillow constantly changed shape/height. The little rubber nubs on the flat base have just the right amount of grip, so that when the weight of your foot/feet is applied, the footrest holds its position, but when you want it to move, it slides easily.”

“I am very short, and this is EXACTLY what I needed to sit in my TV chair without my feet dangling! The half-round shape is similar to a foam exercise piece I got from my physical therapist (just larger and upholstered), so I flipped it over and voila: a rocking footrest. Now while I watch TV I can rock it forward and back, flexing and extending my ankles. This is good for increasing range of motion, and also for combating edema. I liked it so much I bought a second one to use outside on my deck.”

“I love this so much I bought a second one (home office and work office). I have short legs and a crazy long torso. This was just the right height to give me a comfortable place to put my legs, preventing me from crossing them or sitting on my feet. I can raise my chair up so my wrists and back are better aligned. My knees are much happier. I flip between the stationary and rocking sides. Very useful for fidgeters.”

“These are the best inventions for bad backs. They are light, foam, and sit nicely on the floor with a gripper so they don’t go flying on wood floors. If you are under 5’6” like me, you’ll find that today’s chairs are at least an inch higher off the ground than last century’s. And sofas, too, and table. If you work at a desk, and it’s high, and your chair is high, and you are 5’3” tall, you are in for some bad lower back pain eventually. These are great for under you dining table, your desk, your sofa, your outdoor chairs … and I’ve even taken mine to the movies when I’ve had a lot of back pain. Another simple, easy and affordable solution for a big problem.”

“This is PRECISELY what I needed! I just received it today, and I loved it so much, I just purchased another one for home use. I am tall, so dangling feet is not the issue here, but I was hoping that resting my feet on this while anchored to my desk for hours at a time would relieve pressure on my lumbar spine, and sure enough, it works beautifully! I choose to turn it over, curved side down, so that I can rock gently when I want to. For as long as I am in an office job, I do not ever want to be without this. Now I can concentrate on my work, not my aching lower back. Bravo, InteVision.”

Best adjustable foot rests

“From the first day I could tell that it was helping give my feet some relief. I have plantar fascitis and toes-up and heels-down helps keep my arch support and Achilles heel stretched and relieves some pain. I spend a lot of time at my desk and most of that time my toes have been pointed downward. I like that this support is heavy, moderately adjustable, and stays firmly where I want it to be. I’m comfortable using it with shoes on as well as barefoot.”

“Love this thing, For the price and what you get in terms of quality, it’s the best out there. [It’s] not some cheap flimsy looking one like the r