Lumbar Express from Telebrands is a self-inflating pillow for your lower back that they promise is portable and will give you relief from aches and pains anywhere you sit. They state Lumbar Express uses no batteries or pumps and you can take it with you to use in the car, home, or office.
How Lumbar Express Works
Lumbar Express is a pillow of unknown dimensions that claims to self-inflate. To use Lumbar Express, they instruct you to open the valve and let the air come in; then, seal the valve and place on your office chair, car, or wherever you want to feel more comfortable sitting.
They claim Lumbar Express will give you relieve from soreness and that it’s easy to store. When you’re done sitting, they state you can deflate, roll it up, and stick in your purse or bag.
Are Lumbar Pillows Effective For Back Pain?
A pillow for your lower back area (like Lumbar Express) to use when sitting or driving can help alleviate back pain, but it is not the primary solution for the problem. If you are experiencing back pain, it’s a good idea to work on your posture, adjust your sleeping position (sleeping on your side with your knees pulled up is often recommended) and lose some weight. For more information read Muscle Related Low Back Pain (NYU) and 11 Ways to Avoid Back Pain (WebMD) and treatment recommendations from Medline Plus.
Lumbar Express Will Cost You:
At least $16.99 ($10 plus $6.99 in S&H); you can add a second Lumbar Express at checkout for another $6.99 in fees.
Telebrands products like Lumbar Support come with a 30-day guarantee, but there is some fine print. First, you won’t get back any shipping fees and second you must include a detailed explanation as to why you are returning it or they could refuse your request.
Bottom Line: Is Lumbar Express a Rip-Off?
Lumbar Express from Telebrands is a good idea for a lower back pillow because it claims to be portable and inflatable. However, we couldn’t find any reliable reviews of Lumbar Express and Telebrands customer service had no information on the product.
Telebrands, the inventors of the “As Seen On TV” logo that everyone uses, have been in business over 30 years, selling hundreds of different products. Currently, however, their rating with the Better Business Bureau has soured to an F rating, due to thousands of complaints.
In August 2014, the State of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Telebrands for “aggressively upselling products through its automated phone system and websites, failing to provide means for consumers to opt out of the ordering process, shipping and billing for products not ordered by consumers, and using misleading advertisements.” The case is still pending and Telebrands vigorously denies the allegations.
Let us know your experience with Lumbar Express and/or Telebrands. Did it inflate and deflate as promised or did it let you down?