We wrote about the Webble Active Footrest by BriteObjects last year. Since then we’ve received quite a few inquires about its purpose and effectiveness. We’re happy to announce the Webble is now market ready and on sale. We’ve been using one for about a month so if you’ve got happy feet and want to know if Webble can make them even happier, check out our review after the jump.
First lets explain what the Webble is since there’s been confusion. It’s a footrest on wheels. That’s the gist of it. How it works, the patented technology inside it, and health benefits are variables that make it more than an ordinary footrest and one that not only looks good but delivers on its promise.
At the core of the idea is the concept of wellness. Webble bases much of its inspiration from decades of research into the physiological benefits of increased leg activity while seated. I work hours on end seated, sometimes without moving my legs. The Webble strangly encourages me to constantly shift them around. To clarify, we’re not talking about restless leg syndrome nor is this a treatment for it. This is about giving your legs something to do. The Webble sits on four wheels allowing smooth movement from almost any direction, given the limitations of the human hip. There are also springs inside to let your feet bounce up and down. The cushion is made of a dense foam or cellulose material, covered in mesh netting.
What we liked
- I hadn’t realized it before but sitting with my feet flat and slightly elevated made sitting for hours a little more comfortable. I even noticed a little less strain in my lower back.
- The Webble is very well built. Sturdy plastic with an awesome cushioning system.
- The wheels move oh so silky on both smooth and carpeted surfaces. The springs have just enough tension in them for a little bounce.
- The weight seems to be evenly distributed. It never felt like it wanted to flip over from all the bouncing and moving I was doing.
- Big or little feet. This is one size fits all. I wear a size 11 (yes those are my shoes) and my office mates range from a 6 womens – 13 mens (U.S. sizes).
- Very sleek. After all this is a design blog. Love the way it looks.
What could be improved
- It’s inevitable for a footrest to get quite dirty. Shoes track all kinds of nasty grit and grime. There doesn’t seem to be an easy way to clean the foam cushion with the netting over it. One would have to dismantle the Webble to properly spot clean it.
- It’s a bit noisy on hardwood and concrete floors.
Priced at $199 and available in 3 colors (red, black, silver), the Webble isn’t exactly cheap. It may be hard to convince consumers to spend that kind of money on a footrest. It’s key to remember this is a product that follows the “try it” ethos. You’d be surprise how much you’ll like it. Several of my office mates tried it and found it “fun and relaxing”. Even the office dogs liked it. If any of you do purchase one, please let us know what you think.
On a side note, huge congratulations to BriteObjects on finally launching the Webble. It’s always awesome to see concepts make it to market. Good luck guys!