Comfort Cube is a lightweight, pocket-sized desk gadget with an ergonomic design that promises to help you relax, relieve stress, and remain focused using six main functions: click, flip, glide, spin, roll, and breathe.
Specifically, whether you’re at work, in class, or at home, you’ll find:
- Three clicker buttons,
- Two sliced buttons,
- A switch with silent operation and click sounds,
- Three mechanical gears and a clickable ball,
- An indentation that works like a worry stone,
- A joystick with 360° motion, and
- A circular dial.
Certainly, this seems like a lot of features for the money. When it comes down to it, though, does Comfort Cube really represent “stress relief reinvented”? Is it a “game-changer,” as promised on their website?
Let’s start off by talking about Comfort Cube’s price. Then, we’ll delve it to competing desk gadgets and wrap things up by discussing fidgeting and concentration in general.
How Much Does Comfort Cube Cost?
Comfort Cube is available in 11 color combinations (black/green, black/black, black/red, gray/black, white/blue, white/black, white/pink, white/green, white/yellow, dark gray/black, and gray/red) and priced as follows:
- 1 Cube: $29
- 2 Cubes: $50
- 3 Cubes: $60
The single cube option comes with a $4.95 shipping fee while ordering two or more devices provides free shipping.
According to the Terms posted on their site, a 14-day refund policy is available on all purchases, but only in instances where an incorrect order is caused by a fulfillment mistake, if the carrier did not deliver your order, or your order is defective. Even then, it could be subject to a 30 percent restocking fee.
To request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 877-919-9286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are Comfort Cube’s customers reporting a lot of value at these prices?
Are There Any Online Customer Reviews for Comfort Cube?
On HighYa.com, 14 Comfort Cube customers had provided their feedback at the time of our research, giving the device an average rating of 1.2 stars.
There, most complaints seemed to revolve around being overcharged (ex: ordering one and receiving three), as well as less-than-stellar customer support experiences (usually related to obtaining a refund, even in light of the strict no-refunds policy per their Terms).
Pro tip: When we attempted to check out on the Comfort Cube website, the ordering page automatically defaulted to three devices, even though we initially clicked on the single cube option. Based on this experience, we’d recommend triple checking your quantity before pressing the order button.
For the company as a whole, we also encountered six negative reviews, four closed complaints (only one of which the manufacturer responded to), and an F rating on the Better Business Bureau’s website, as of 6/20/17. Many of these mirrored the feedback we read on HighYa.
Are There Other Fidgeting Devices Like Comfort Cube?
If you’re in the market for a pocket-sized desk gadget, there’s probably never been a better time to buy than now, as there are perhaps hundreds of different options available.
Referencing only cube-shaped designs, browsing Google results for ‘fidget cube’ returned options that were functionally identical to Comfort Cube, including a wide variety of color combinations and fidgeting features. From a price perspective, some could be found for as little as $0.99 on sites like eBay, while more mainstream retailers offered them for anywhere between $8 and $20.
If you’re willing to move beyond a cube-centric design, your options will vastly expand and include some options with as many as 12 sides, along with spinners, chain toys, and various shapes. These are so popular that you’ll almost certainly find an option or two at local retailers with a toys section.
Similarly to the cubed fidget toys, these alternates features a wide variety of prices, from $1 to $15+.
Where does this leave you with Comfort Cube? We’ll wrap things up in a second, but let’s first address the usefulness of devices like these.
Have Devices Like Comfort Cube Been Shown to Improve Attention & Performance, While Reducing Stress?
While we didn’t encounter any specific results searching the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed for “fidgeting benefits,” we did come across several articles from reputable sources indicating that fidgeting may provide some tangible, real-world advantages.
For example, a 2015 Huffington Post article discusses a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that found “shifting, shaking and moving in your seat may help reduce the connection between sitting and mortality. Long periods of sitting each day, a mainstay of office life, are associated with several adverse health effects, including earlier death.”
Another Psychology Today article from 2016 outlined a joint study between the Universities of Missouri and Texas-Arlington, which found “people who fidget—making small, frequent movements with their arms, hand, legs, or feet—may be strengthening their heart health by keeping their blood flow going strong while sitting.”
A third, more recent, example is from a 2017 Forbes article, which mentioned several potential benefits, including:
- That fidgeting “may occupy parts of your brain that otherwise would distract the rest of your brain with random thoughts,”
- It could help “prevent your mind from being occupied by obsessive and unhealthy thoughts,”
- That it’s “part of the thinking and expression process,” and even
- That it "may be a way of maintaining some physical activity to counteract our increasingly sedentary lives."
Is all of this proven beyond a shadow of a doubt? Returning to the Forbes article, author Bruce Y. Lee leaves us with the following summarization: "Fidgeting science is not the strongest, but initial observations suggest that fidgeting has a purpose and potential benefits."
Does this mean you should go ahead and place your Comfort Cube order?
Our Bottom Line About Comfort Cube
The fact of the matter is that Comfort Cube is up against hundreds—if not thousands—of functionally similar fidgeting device competitors, which are available online, at your corner gas station, and just about everywhere in between nowadays. Many of these could also be found for as little as $1.
In the end, we’re only here to report the information learned during our research—not to tell you how to spend your hard-earned money.
However, as consumers ourselves, it might be difficult to look past the fact that Comfort Cube is priced meaningfully higher than many of its competitors. Furthermore, the Terms on their site indicate no refunds are available (unless defective, damaged, etc.)—and even if one is approved, you could lose 30 percent of your money in restocking fees.
Finally, based on the (albeit limited) online customer feedback, Comfort Cube as a company and as a product didn’t seem to have the highest reputation at the time of our research.
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