In my profession I sit for much of the day. In addition, when I come home I also sit a lot. I am not always sitting on the most ergonomic chairs and my back pays the price. So when I heard about a simple device that will help me sit better I had to try it out.
- Sit pain-free for extended periods of time
- Improve your posture
- Simple to use yet extremely effective
- Better results than expensive chairs – at a fraction of the cost!
There certainly is some interesting design that has gone into the BackJoy. According to the BackJoy website:
“BackJoy is definitely not just a simple cushion. There is a great deal of science and engineering that has gone into its revolutionary design. It was built to be simple to use – but that’s where the simplicity stops. It is a technological breakthrough that will improve your posture, eliminate your back pain, and change the way you feel after sitting for extended periods of time”
Their are two versions of BackJoy, the BackJoy core, and the BackJoy core with Memory foam. The only difference between the two is the Memory foam.
Both versions of the BackJoy are made out of plastic, with rather rough edges. I noticed as I would sit on a soft chair (one that compresses when I sit) that the BackJoy would scrape against the back of the chair. Over time this could cause the material on the chair to prematurely wear away. This will be especially bad for fabric, leather, and vinyl chairs and couches. To help reduce this premature wear you may want to consider sitting on the BackJoy then scooting it back against the back of your chair. This way it does not rub when you sit down. However, you would have to scoot in and out every time you want to stand up or sit down.
One handy design feature is the handle on the front of the BackJoy. This makes it easy to carry around and I am glad it is included. The BackJoy I got also came with a bag, but I never used it. Because of the rough edges I mentioned above it catches on edges of the bag and is difficult to get in and out.
Before I get into how it works I want to make a few comments about the ordering process. Ordering a product should be easy, without any tricks or traps. Unfortunately, the BackJoy ordering process is filled with both.
Once you decide how many products you want, you are subjected to multiple upsells with no way to change your mind if you click the wrong button. These offers include additional Backjoys, upgrading to Memory foam, and other nonsense. To make matters worse their is no confirmation of your order before the final purchase. When I order things I like to play around with options to see where I can get savings. When I was ordering the BackJoy I wanted to try out different options to see how much the total price would be. So I chose a few of the options thinking I would be able to see the total before I agreed to the purchase. Unfortunately, the end came too quickly and before I knew it the order was placed. When I called BackJoy to cancel the order I was told it takes at least an hour before it is “in the system” and that would have to call back. By the time the hour had passed I had completely forgotten about the order and was getting ready to go home. The next day I got an email that my order had shipped. I called BackJoy back to find out what to do and they said I had 30 days after receipt to return the items. That is when I decided to keep them for now and do this review.
So how does it work? Not so good if you ask me. I got the BackJoy Core with Memory foam. For my test I used the BackJoy core with Memory foam for an entire week. Then I went for a week without it. While it was comfortable to sit on I cannot honestly say that my back felt any better. The memory foam was comfortable to sit on, but considering the cost of the BackJoy, I think I could get a Memory foam pad for much cheaper.
I also recommend against using this while driving. Because the BackJoy has a curved bottom it causes you to be unstable and when you turn corners in the car you whole body tips. This could be very dangerous.
One other difficulty I had was sitting still. When I sit, I like to shift positions every so often to keep the blood flowing in all the right directions, and to find a more comfortable position. With the BackJoy this is very difficult to do. The BackJoy requires you to be sitting straight up and all the way back in the chair. If you are like me and you slide down in your chair, or you recline, then you will also have a difficult time with the BackJoy.
BackJoy offers a 30 day money back guarantee, and a Limited Lifetime Warranty. I would say that these are really good terms. If the BackJoy actually helped my back I would really feel comfortable keeping it. It is really great to see a company that sticks behind its products.
I know that speaking to customer service reps is not always a pleasure, but when I talked to the BackJoy reps they were always courteous, easy to understand, and didn’t give me any hassle when I wanted to return the items. This goes a long way in leaving a good impression with me.
While the BackJoy did not work for me, you may experience better results. With their generous return policy and warranty I would not worry about ordering one just to try it out. If you have back problems and you sit a lot then I do recommend you try out the BackJoy and see if it helps you.
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