The 8 Best Posture Correctors of 2022

We’ll take a quick guess and say that you are probably hunched over your computer or craning your neck down towards your phone while you read this.

We all know that sitting up straight is essential for good posture — but why does it have to be so damn hard? Luckily, there are plenty of options available to help you correct your posture, from back braces to stick-on vibrating sensors.

Posture correcting devices can help relieve back tension by offering immediate support or training the back, shoulder, and neck muscles to maintain an upright position over time. “Proper posture is standing tall with your head held high, shoulders down and back, shoulders and hips are parallel to the floor, and your middle ear in line with your shoulder, hips, and ankles from the side view,” shares Dr. Christina Markar, a board-certified chiropractor in the Tri-State area. Finding the right product to help you achieve healthy alignment means considering how much support you need and what kind of device works best for your lifestyle and activity level.

Our testers spent hours trying out 23 of the most popular posture correctors on the market, rating each device on effectiveness, comfort, adjustability, and value. Read on to discover which products lived up to the hype and which of our 10 favorite posture correctors is right for you.

Things to Consider When Buying a Posture Corrector

Size and Adjustability

Many of the posture correctors on the market are available with degrees of adjustability, although not every option does. In order to find the right device for you — and depending on whether you’re looking for a brace or stick-on or shoulder-hugging model — it can be important to measure your height or the circumference of your chest and stomach. Some devices come in a variety of sizes, while others rely on Velcro and sliding straps to tighten to your correct fit.

Finding a device that fits your body correctly is incredibly important for the effectiveness of your posture corrector. If you’re looking for a brace, it should feel snug around your stomach or chest without constricting your breathing. Straps that loop around your shoulders should gently pull your upper body back to reverse hunched posture. No device should be too uncomfortable or painful, although some soreness can be tolerated as your posture begins to shift and activate previously underused muscles.

Device Type

With so many different types of posture correctors to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide exactly which one is right for you. It mostly comes down to personal preference, whether you prefer a device that physically holds you in the correct position or sends you signals to train you to sit upright on your own. Dr. Markar recommends choosing one that you won’t rely on forever. “You don’t want to be wearing one 24/7 and become dependent on it,” she says. “Rather, you want one that trains your body to truly correct the issues so you become independent from it.” The device that’s best for you might depend on your height, age, weight, and physical ability. Luckily, with so many options available, there are posture-correcting devices out there for almost anyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are posture correctors safe?

    As with any health advice, it’s important to check in with your medical provider to ensure that a posture corrector is suitable for you. If a posture-correcting device is causing ongoing pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about other options that might better help support and relieve tension.

  • Do posture correctors work?

    The short answer is yes — but only if you use them properly. Certain brace-like products usually necessitate exercises to go along with the added support. If you rely too much on the support, you might start to feel reliant on the brace over time, rather than developing the back, shoulder, and core strength necessary to support your posture yourself.

  • How long should you wear a posture corrector?

    The answer to this question depends on both the type of posture corrector you use and your personal ability and comfort. While stick-on devices like the Upright Go models can be worn longer since you’re consciously improving your own posture to avoid the vibrations, brace-type correctors can cause discomfort. Speak with your doctor about how long each day you should be wearing your posture-correcting device.

How We Tested

We had our team of testers try out 22 of the most popular posture-correcting devices on the market. First, they selected one of the posture correctors provided, giving us feedback about how easy or difficult it was to put on their device. Our testers then wore their chosen product for an hour while going about their daily work tasks. After the hour of testing was up, they reported back to us with their thoughts on the effectiveness, comfort, adjustability, and overall value of the device they tried out. They rated each of these attributes on a scale from 1 to 5, plus gave detailed notes on their experience with the posture correcting device they chose. The testers then had the opportunity to try out another device and repeat the same process.

What Is People Tested?

We created the PEOPLE Tested seal of approval to help you find the very best products for your life. We use our unique methodology to test products in three labs across the country and with our network of home testers to determine their effectiveness, durability, ease of use, and so much more. Based on the results, we rate and recommend products so you can find the right one for your needs.

But we don’t stop there: We also regularly re-review the categories in which we’ve awarded the PEOPLE Tested seal of approval — because the best product of today might not be the best of tomorrow. And by the way, companies can hate buy our recommendation: Their products must earn it, fair and square.

In short, PEOPLE Tested provides recommendations you can trust — every day, every purchase.

Want more product recommendations? Check out all of our PEOPLE Tested content