By now we know that spending all day in front of a computer can have a detrimental effect on your physical health without a proper setup. Eyes can become strained by blue light, the lower back can become weakened by poor posture and legs can lose muscle tone from sitting all day. Then there’s your hands and wrists, which can suffer from chronic pain and carpal tunnel from prolonged typing and use of a mouse. Thankfully, there are several products that help address all these issues, including a wrist rest which can be used in conjunction with a keyboard and a mouse.
Carpal tunnel is characterized by numbness, tingling and weakness in the hands and wrists and can be caused by prolonged and repetitive use of the hands and wrists. Avoiding carpal tunnel requires taking frequent breaks from typing, using a relaxed form when touching keys, investing in an ergonomically-friendly keyboard and mouse, and providing proper support for the wrists.
This support can come from a wrist rest, which holds the wrists and hands in a neutral position while typing and using a mouse. Not only are wrist rests beneficial for wrists and hands, but they have also been shown to help alleviate tension in the neck and shoulders that can be caused by prolonged computer use.
If you’re ready to wave goodbye to pain and improve your office setup, check out our top picks for the best wrist rests below.
1. Gimars Enlarged Gel Memory Foam Set
Give both wrists a break whether you are typing or using your mouse with the memory foam set from Gimars. The recently upgraded set is made with a smooth and breathable material that provides a comfortable place for users to rest their wrists while working or gaming. The wrist rests have a small amount of bounce and won’t lose shape or develop indents over time. Comfortable to use for hours and in a length that is appropriate for both laptops and full-size keyboards, both the keyboard wrist rest and mouse wrist rest have a nonskid bottom to keep the units in place while being used. We also like that the wrist rest for the mouse can be used for either left or right-handed customers.
2. HyperX Wrist Rest
BEST ALL-DAY USE
At 4 inches deep, the HyperX Wrist Rest is slightly wider than most wrist rests, providing more coverage for added comfort. The uniform design of the HyperX makes it easy for users to adjust their hand position throughout the day while always receiving a comfortable level of support from the ergonomically designed wrist rest. A layer of cool gel on top of the memory foam helps to keep hands and wrists feeling comfortable even after all-day use. Anti-fray stitching provides durability and longevity to the wrist rest, which is designed with an antiskid bottom to ensure the HyperX stays in place.
3. VicTsing Keyboard and Mouse Wrist Rest Pads
BEST CURVED DESIGN
For a wrist rest that is large enough to fit standard keyboards and laptops and includes a matching wrist rest for mouse users, we like the set from VicTsing. The keyboard wrist rest has a slight curve to accommodate 10-key keyboards and is made with a memory foam core that retains its shape even after extensive use. The wrist rests are designed to keep users’ wrists in the ideal ergonomic position to help relieve pain that can be caused by typing and using a mouse. We also like that both wrist rests are made using eco-friendly materials that are waterproof, meaning they won’t be ruined by any accidental spills at your desk. We can’t say the same for your keyboard, but at least your wrist rests won’t need to be replaced.
4. Razer Ergonomic Wrist Rest Pro
BEST COOLING OPTION
Whether you are spending hours on the computer working, gaming, completing schoolwork, or simply corresponding with friends, your wrists can heat up after prolonged periods of typing and surfing. That’s why we like the Razer Ergonomic Wrist Rest Pro, which is made with a cooling, gel-infused cushion that also features memory foam. Whether you have spent all day working on a spreadsheet or completing the next level in your game, the cooling gel is wrapped in heat transfer fabric that will reduce the chance of heat building up. The Razer is designed on an incline for added ergonomic comfort and nonslip rubber feet help to keep the wrist pad in place.
5. Glorious Gaming Wrist Pad
BEST SIZE OPTIONS
Not all wrist rests are created equal and the makers of the Glorious PC Gaming wrist pads know that. That’s why they have created a wrist pad that is available in several lengths and heights to perfectly accommodate each desk set up. The company makes a supportive wrist rest that features dual locked anti-fraying stitching around the edge for added longevity. A nonskid rubber base helps keep the wrist rest in place and the unit can be hand washed when necessary. When it comes to finding the correct size, the wrist pad is available in three lengths, including compact, full-sized, and standard keyboard. Customers can also choose between a slim wrist rest and a regular width depending on whether they use a regular-sized keyboard at an angle or have a flat, mechanical keyboard.
6. Lingsfire Memory Foam Mouse Wrist Rest
BEST FOR MOUSE
Wrists need a rest when typing but also when using a mouse. We like the Lingsfire Memory Foam Mouse Wrist Rest, which is made using memory foam, silica gel and ABS. The cradle design of the wrist rest helps to reduce wrist fatigue and ensures the wrist remains in proper ergonomic alignment during prolonged periods of use. The rest wrist is filled with a slow rebound sponge that helps the unit retain its shape and provide support even after hours of use. The wrist rest provides ample support and has a nonskid base that keeps the unit in place.
7. Creatiee Premium Memory Cotton Desktop Keyboard Arm Rest
For users who need more coverage than simply their wrists, we like the Creatiee Premium Memory Cotton Desktop Keyboard Arm Rest. Measuring 80 cm x 20 cm, the oversized wrist rest is wide enough to protect the users’ forearms and elbows as well as their wrists, making this a great option for laptop users. Made with a soft and breathable cotton top and available in six colors, Creatiee is absorbent and provides a warm and comfortable place to rest while typing.