I was approached a few months ago by CSN Stores about doing a product review. I had noticed the reviews around the blogosphere and was curious to check out the products. A number of book bloggers had selected book cases to review and many had given the products favourable reviews.
I had always considered the prices at CSN Stores a little steep (with the shipping to Canada) compared to what I could find locally. I had recently moved so I thought maybe I should splurge on a good reading chair or some awesome lamp for craftwork. However, when I realized how sore my neck and upper back were from being unsupported when reading, I decided to get a foam reading wedge.
As for price, I contacted a few local stores and generally a plain foam wedge (no cover) about the same size sells for about $40-50.
- CSN Stores — $99 with neck bolster & cover
- Sears — $75, with cover
- Chiropractor/Medical Supply stores — $50, with cover
- Mattress store — $44, just foam
- Bed Bath & Beyond — $40, with cover (much smaller)
- WalMart — $38.88, with cover
However, the thing that I liked about the reading wedge from CSN is that it has a removeable cover (with zipper) as well as a neck bolster with cover. This way, once my cat covers it in fur, I can just toss it in the wash.
I just wish it came in different colours than quilted white… it reminds me of toilet paper.
I have been keeping this on the couch and been using it for reading, playing on the laptop, and even writing in notebooks. I didn’t realize how badly I was straining my back trying to do all these “lap” activities hunched over.
I especially like that the small neck bolster can be detached (velcro) and I can place it anywhere I need it. As you can see, you can either arrange it low or high. Occasionally I even used the neck bolster on my lower back (at my computer chair) and under my knees (when sleeping)