Comparing The Best Posture Correctors

best posture correctorWe all know that good posture is important, but many of us aren’t really motivated to do anything about it. Well, here are two reasons right off the bat:

1) Posture breeds confidence; and
2) Changing your posture is a one-time thing.

You might have heard that posture is a key indicator of self-confidence. But did you know that many of our posture habits are formed early on in life? Those teenage days of rounded shoulders and head-hanging never truly leave our muscle memory–unless we pay attention to it.

Most posture correctors aim to do precisely this: they help you pay attention to good posture. I think of it as fixing a bad habit. And one of the best things I learned in psychology was that most habits can be changed in just a couple of weeks.

Here, I’ll talk about some of the things that make a good posture corrector stand out from the crowd. I review my top 4, then check out my Buyer’s Guide. There I discuss how to choose the best posture corrector and answer your FAQ.

  NameWeightDurationRating 
Posture Trainer
Upright GO Posture Trainer Review0.96 ouncesYou can wear this all day.5.0/5Check Price
Best Overall
Andego Back Posture Corrector Review4 ouncesEventually all day (30-40 minutes per day for the first week)4.7/5Check Price
Back Support
Flexguard Back Brace Posture Corrector Review11.2 ounces2 hours x 3-4 times per week4.4/5Check Price
Best Budget
TOMIYA Figure 8 Posture Corrector ReviewUnspecified15-20 minutes a day during the first week, then work up to 3 hours daily.4.4/5Check Price

Best Overall

My best pick is a simple design with a strong hold. I love how flexible it is to different body types and the fact that it doesn’t need any fancy equipment.

Best Overall!

Andego Back Posture Corrector Review

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Recommendation

This is my favorite budget posture corrector. It’s light, works as it’s supposed to, and you can wear it under your clothes.

Our Rating: 4.7/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
4 ounces
Duration
Eventually all day (30-40 minutes per day for the first week)
Comfort Rating
4.9
Special feature
Removable armpit pads for comfort
Style
Under Clothing

Who Should Buy

Anyone who wants some firm guidance with their posture, but doesn’t mind fiddling with the straps for a couple of days. It’s also slight enough to be worn under your clothes. You could probably get away with it in winter without anyone knowing, but of course–it’s not invisible!Click here for the Andego Back Posture Corrector Review

Review

The Andego posture correctors simple design is a comfort. I love how they handle some of the major posture corrector discomfort issues. For example, they include removable armpit pads (a common cause of irritation) and an adjustable clavicle brace.

Here is a video review of the product:

In fact, what I like most about this product is how well you can adjust it. If you’re willing to put in a little effort at set-up, Andego has come up with a really simple design that adjusts for different bodies. Most of the complaints I have read have been to do with this fact–that you need to fiddle to get it right. If you’re looking for a one-size-fits-all posture corrector, you will be sorely disappointed. This thing may not be ready to go out of the box, but it suits my unique posture needs and I respect that.

Pros
  • Very easily adjusted to unique posture problems
  • Light and comfortable to wear
  • Can be worn under clothing
  • Strong elastic for a firm fit
Cons
  • May take a week or two to get the fitting right
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Best Posture Trainer

My best trainer pick goes to Upright GO, who have come up with something pretty neat. Most posture correctors use the tension of straps to physically keep you in line, but not all. Some manufacturers are taking a more advanced approach to posture training. For the moment, more advanced also means more expensive (sorry wallet!). But I think this will be the direction of future posture correctors.

Posture Trainer!

Upright GO Posture Trainer Review

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Recommendation

My best overall winner goes to Upright GO, who have come up with something pretty neat. Originally created to help the designer’s mother with her back pain, this device takes a different approach to correcting posture.

Our Rating: 5.0/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
0.96 ounces
Duration
You can wear this all day.
Comfort Rating
4.8/5
Special feature
Strapless with bonus core program
Style

Who Should Buy

The strapless option has a big appeal for a few reasons. If you’re embarrassed to wear an over-the-clothes posture corrector at work, the Upright GO is a great substitute. It’s also ideal for anyone who likes a more ‘self-training’ approach to their health.

One thing to note is that there have been some complaints about the adhesives. If you get pretty hairy on the upper back, you may need to shave a small patch for the Upright GO. Otherwise, the device might fall off every now and then!Click here for the Upright GO Posture Trainer Review

Review

They call it a ‘posture trainer’ and that’s probably accurate. The trainer itself is a small strapless device that sits in the mid of your back. After you set it up to your specific body dimensions, it calculates your ideal posture. Then, whenever you’re slouching or hunched over, it gives a gentle vibration reminder.

The device has a few different settings, which I would recommend reading the instructions for. For example, it has different specifications for while you’re at work compared to when you’re at home. If you’re not big on following instructions, you may not get much out of this thing since it can be pretty sensitive. Then again, this is what makes it so accurate.

Here is an in-depth video review of the best posture corrector:

One last thing to mention about the Upright GO is its included core program. I quite like this, since so many back problems start with a weak core. It seems like these guys are really trying to attack the problem at its roots, and I appreciate that!

Pros
  • Strapless for invisible use.
  • Comes with a free app to calibrate your body dimensions.
  • A free core program is included with the app.
  • Uses an incredibly accurate posture sensor.
Cons
  • The adhesives may not stick very well.
  • The battery life lasts up to 8 hours, so not intended to be worn all day without charging.
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Best Full Back Support Brace

My best quality choice is a sturdier selection. This full support back brace may not be necessary for the average posture problems, but it’s great for more serious cases.

Back Support!

Flexguard Back Brace Posture Corrector Review

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Recommendation

People with previous back injuries or chronic pain will benefit most from the FlexGuard full back support.

Our Rating: 4.4/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
11.2 ounces
Duration
2 hours x 3-4 times per week
Comfort Rating
3/5
Special feature
Full spinal support
Style
Under Clothing

Who Should Buy

If you have larger shoulders and find that other posture correctors don’t give enough guidance, you might want to try this brace.Click here for the Flexguard Back Brace Posture Corrector Review

Review

The Flexguard posture corrector is actually a full support back brace. While it will definitely help your posture; if that’s all you are looking for, then it might be a little intense.

It’s more of a solution to treating and alleviating chronic back pain. If you’ve had back problems in the past and need some help strengthening the muscles, then this is a great option. Also, if you’ve tried some other posture correctors and found that they weren’t heavy-duty enough for you, then you might want to go with a full back support brace.

The benefits of full support is that it extends to your lumbar regions. Most posture correctors focus on your upper spine (where the majority of problems are). However, many people who experience lower back pain may need a longer support device.

On the other side of things, the full brace is pretty… full-on. It’s bulky, and many reviewers have complained that the sizing is off. For something that really needs to fit snugly and comfortably in order to work, you might want to try buying this in-store. Or, at least, try searching around to be sure that you’re getting the right sizing!

Lastly, you will definitely need to wear this brace over your clothes. And while you could try working out in it, it will restrict your movement severely.

Pros
  • Full spine and lumbar support
  • Heavy duty posture corrector
  • Alleviates chronic back pain
Cons
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Many reviewers complain about sizing
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Best Budget

TOMIYA wins my best at home option, for its Figure 8 Posture Corrector. A comfortable, simple design, the Figure 8 is perfect for wearing around the house (and if you’re game, at the office).

Best Budget!

TOMIYA Figure 8 Posture Corrector Review

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Recommendation

TOMIYA wins my best budget option, for its Figure 8 Posture Corrector. A comfortable, simple design, the Figure 8 is perfect for wearing around the house (and if you’re game, at the office).

Our Rating: 4.4/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
Unspecified
Duration
15-20 minutes a day during the first week, then work up to 3 hours daily.
Comfort Rating
4/5
Special feature
Backpack Figure 8 design for a nice firm hold.

Who Should Buy

Probably not something you want to wear around the office, but ideal for home-use. The Figure 8 model is also suited to mild exercise. So if you were looking for a posture corrector to wear while running, this is a good option.Click here for the TOMIYA Figure 8 Posture Corrector Review

Review

The TOMIYA Figure 8 has a bit more of a backpack feel to it. Unlike the Andego, which is pretty slim around the back and upper shoulders, TOMIYA have provided some more support with the top straps. While you can wear this underneath clothes, it wouldn’t be so comfortable and is recommended for over-clothe-use.

I personally like the thicker bands and the Figure 8 design. That’s because I have a slightly broader back and frame in general. I can understand that if you have a thinner frame, it may not be a snug fit. However, finding a posture corrector that fits bigger shoulders is tough to do–so thumbs-up for TOMIYA on this one.

TOMIYA’s Figure 8 Corrector is recommended for both men and women, and comes in a one-size-fits-all model. This is great for saving time on sizing, but it means you may not get the perfect fit. Some posture corrector reviews have mentioned that the Figure 8 is too tight around the arms, which may dig in if you have a skinny frame.

My final redeeming point: TOMIYA recommends their Figure 8 for light to mild physical activity.

Pros
  • Fits well with larger frames, which can be hard to find in other posture correctors.
  • A posture corrector you can wear during exercise
Cons
  • Can irritate under the arms if you have a skinnier frame
  • Not suited for under-clothes-use
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How To Choose The Best Posture Corrector

The Definitive Buyer’s Guide

posture corrector buyers guide

How To Choose The Best Posture Corrector

There are two good questions to ask upfront, when choosing a posture corrector:

1) Why are you using a posture corrector? And
2) When and where do you plan on using it?

Answers to the first question could be anything from wanting to boost your self-confidence with a better posture, to relieving chronic back pain. For serious posture issues and back pain, I would suggest a sturdier posture corrector or full support brace. These are typically worn over the clothes, and shouldn’t be worn as often as lighter posture correctors.

For general posture improvement, you can take your pick. The typical posture corrector will come with straps, and it will be about finding a device that is comfortable to your body and needs.

To extend on the second question: do you want to use the posture corrector just at home, or at the office? Now, maybe you couldn’t care less about how you look and will wear a full back brace to work all-day. But if you’re worried about wearing a posture corrector at the office, try finding a more discrete device. Strapless options are perfect for this, although they tend to be more expensive. For daily office use, many lightweight posture correctors can be worn under the clothes without sticking out too much.

Then again, if you just want to wear it at home, you may have a little more flexibility in product choice. Some of the sturdier models will give your back and shoulders more support, but are required to be worn over your clothes.

All this talk about how to pick one: but let’s go back to basics.

Question?

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What Is A Posture Corrector?

Posture correctors (sometimes called posture braces) are a relatively new approach to fixing back problems and posture. The idea is simple: keep your spine aligned with some gentle tension and support. Posture correctors adjust to bring your shoulders back in line with your spine. This serves two functions:
1) It takes some pressure off the muscles in your back which hold good posture; and
2) It reminds your body to keep your head up and relieves long-term shoulder and back pain.

Posture correctors are actually consider medical devices, due to how they can benefit your health. This ranges from alleviating cases of chronic back pain to generally improving mood and mindset. While many people wear a posture brace for the physical changes to their musculature and spine, that’s not the only reason.

So Why Should You Wear A Posture Corrector?

There is a bigger selling point for posture correctors than relieving back pain:

Confidence.

Having studied psychology, I can tell you that body language is more important than we might give credit for. By entering a room with your shoulders back, head up and standing tall, you will immediately make an impression. According to a 2017 study titled, ‘Job Talks and Interviews: How to Stand Out and Fit in’, presentation is a key success indicator. Specifically, they say that ’adopting good posture convey maturity and confidence’. Between two otherwise identical candidates, sadly, the sloucher is going to be walking home empty-handed.

You might have thought that you’re just simply not that guy or gal. You don’t walk with your head up because it’s not your thing. You’re more comfortable walking with your shoulders hunched. Or maybe you have an existing back problem, and don’t think you can make the change.

Fortunately, posture is mostly a matter of habit. It’s widely accepted that we can change a habit within just two weeks–posture is no different. Many of the posture problems we have were developed a long time ago. Say, back in high school when you didn’t have so much confidence. I used to have a fringe and wear my shorts way down over my knees, but I don’t do that anymore. Why should I keep slouching, too?

The point is, posture can be changed. Unfortunately, just being told to pull your shoulders back once a week probably won’t do it. This is where a posture corrector can step in and do some of the work for you.

Along with applying some tension to pull your shoulders and spine into place, it serves as a good reminder when you wear it. Whenever your body wants to slouch, the brace will keep you in place or remind you to correct. This also serves to promote muscle growth in areas which you may not reach in the gym. Some of the smaller muscles and tendons which keep good posture in the shoulders and back are impossible to hit on the bench press!

How Long Should I Wear My Posture Corrector?

This will vary, but generally speaking: as long as is comfortable. Depending on the person, you may be able to jump right in and wear it for a few hours at a time. If you plan on using the brace to fix existing back pain, then you may want to start slow. Some manufacturers recommend a fifteen minute break-in period. This means for the first few days only wearing it fifteen minutes at a time, and usually just once a day. Then, once your muscles start to get used to it, you can extend the time at will.

Like most things, I would lean on the side of caution. There’s no rush with this. It’s the same as getting a new gym routine. I want to go all out on the first day; then I kill myself and have no motivation to continue. Posture correctors are a long-term project, and I would recommend starting slow and letting your body adjust to the change. When you are ready, I would suggest investing in finding the best posture corrector for you. That way you can be confident in your choice.

*If you feel any pain while wearing the brace, take it off. The process shouldn’t be a painful one. You may feel a little uncomfortable or awkward at first–this is fine. But pain is no good when it comes to posture, since it probably means something is out of line.

Once you are comfortable with your posture corrector, most brands recommend wearing it 3-4 times a week for a few hours at a time. You can do this at home, at the office, or even while you work out. In fact, I’m starting to see more and more of these devices in the gym when I work out. Particularly for exercises like the barbell squat, posture is key and people are starting to use posture braces to help out. It’s great!

Faq

Do Posture Correctors Work?

To be answered in a separate post.

How To Make A Posture Corrector?

You might be surprised how many people ask me how to make their own posture corrector. While I’m sure it’s possible (I’ve actually seen some handy self-made ones online) my advice is to go with something that works. When it comes to posture, you don’t really want to be messing around with it. It may sound harmless, but pulling your shoulders into place with a homemade elastic band could actually do some damage. If you have posture problems, I suggest investing in a professionally made device.

Are Posture Correctors Any Good?

There is plenty of research out there which suggests that braces can definitely help to improve poor posture (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3554027/). However, it’s best to think of these devices as training assistants. They’re not miracle workers. It’s all about training your muscles to remember and handle good posture–so that you can eventually walk around without the brace.

How Long Should I Wear A Posture Corrector?

When it comes to daily use, it’s best not to wear it for much longer than a few hours each day. In the long-term, ideally you should be able to make significant changes to your posture within a couple of months. I would suggest using your posture corrector until you feel comfortable in good posture without it. This may take a couple of years, but it will be worth it!

Which Posture Corrector Is Best?

It depends on your specific needs. For office-use, you might want something strapless or that you can wear under your clothes. For more information on how to choose a posture corrector, click here.

How To Use A Posture Corrector?

Using a posture corrector is pretty simple, and no: you don’t need help putting them on. The main thing is to adjust your posture corrector to fit your specific body size. That will be the hardest part, then it’s a matter of wearing it regularly and letting your muscles adapt to the changes.

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