The top 10 best kneeling chairs and kneeling stools in 2017.
We cover the best kneeling chairs for the office, best kneeling stools for those on a tight budget, the best luxury kneeling chairs and the best wooden kneeling stools – all included in this summary kneeling chair review.
Best budget kneeling chairs 2017:
If you’re on the hunt for the best budget kneeling chair the Flash Furniture wooden kneeling chair offers an attractive blend of affordability and quality. The lower end of the kneeling chair market is a little saturated with cheaply made, shoddily constructed chairs that aren’t built to last. We love Flash Furniture’s wooden offering as the lovely wooden frame exudes a more premium feel and the comfy seat and knee cushioning is much more comfortable than that found on other budget kneeling chair models.
If wood’s not really your thing the Boss Office Kneeling Chair; cheaper still is certainly another contender to consider if you’re on a real right budget and looking for the best budget kneeling stool. Personally we love the wood construction of the Flash Furniture and think its worth the few dollars extra but the aggressively low price point of the simple Boss Office kneeling chair can’t be ignored – there’s really not much in it; it comes down to personal tastes and whether you think you’d prefer your kneeling stool to be made out of wood or metal…
Best kneeling chair for the less mobile
This nifty and great value kneeling chair model from Flash Furniture adds sturdy handles, the benefit of this? Eased rising and seating for users with particular back pain or those with mobility impairments but still in need of ergonomic seating. We should note, all for a fantastic price of sub-$100. Although the handles are handy for those with mobility impairments it doesn’t feature a back support meaning it’s sadly not likely suitable for all – we would recommend considering this point carefully in relation to personal needs before committing; if you think back support would be beneficial perhaps consider some of our alternative prize winners in this 2017 kneeling chair roundup; they may be better suited.
Best premium kneeling chair 2017
Price: Yes… Er… Not so cheap.
Enter the luxury option in kneeling chairs; the ‘price less important’ product to maximise postural benefits; Varier chairs. They are the originals – developed by Peter Opsvik in Norway in 1979; like with many things sometimes the original is also the best. Simply put; they’re not cheap, far from it, but they are differentiated from cheaper alternatives in many areas, build quality one of them, being made from a beautiful solid ash wood. Their unique runners system also allows the chair to move with your body movements. When users lean forward to work at a desk or table, or simple reading the paper or a book the pelvis tilts forwards. This helps keeps the spine in its upright, neutral and strong position with optimum posture and the body in balance. This gentle working of the core strengthens core muscles over time and helps to prevent tension in the shoulders and back. The open, positive posture created by varier kneeling chairs helps to enable deep breathing and its said that the opening of the leg angle aids from the hip aids with full body blood circulation. Need a break from your work or a stretch? Rock backwards and the backrest offers support, inviting mobility and a dynamism to sitting in what would otherwise be long, stationary, seated hours.
The more affordable little brother of its bigger brother; with backrest. Despite this it still gives your body the freedom to find its own equilibrium; keeping your back neutral and abdominal muscles working constantly. In doing so it helps eradicate tension in the back and shoulders when seated, this ‘active sitting approach’ as Varier describe it aids whole body blood circulation and blood oxygen levels which its said aids concentration and productivity which all makes sense. As does one little trick we’ve noticed; if you buy this base version of the big daddy above plus the optional backrest you’re left with a very similar product, just with several hundred dollars extra in your pocket compared to buying the above.
Price: $200-300, depending on colour
At the lower end of the premium kneeling chair market and only more recently released are the well placed Jazzy Kneeling chair range – combining beautiful brushed aluminum bases and hydraulic, gas height adjustment for elegant appeal and luxury functionality. Comfort is delivered through premium visco elastic memory foam in seat and knee pad to help the user comfortably work towards optimum ergonomic positioning and improved posture.
Best wooden kneeling chair
At Fantastigift we love wooden furniture for its lovely aesthetic value… We’ve already touched on one particularly budget, but fantastic value, wooden offering from Flash Furniture and also now the exquisite ash wood kneeling chairs from Varier above. Our top spot in 2017 though for wooden kneeling chair of the year though goes to another Flash Furniture model; similar to the above but with the addition of a very useful reclining back. Why do we love it? Well its on sale today for not a huge amount more than its backless relative, due only to a massive markdown at present compared to its usual RRP. If you’re in the market for a wooden kneeling chair or kneeling stool this model really is hard to beat for its incredible value for money.
Best Kneeling Chair for office
We think the Sleekform Ergonomic kneeling stool is the perfect kneeling chair for the office for a series of reasons: firstly, it’s built to last from a sturdy metal construction. Second, it’s subtle and understated – nothing flashy, just a plain black design that’ll fit in well in almost any office environment. Third, it’s highly adjustable – to suit all body shapes and sizes. Fourth; it’s got double thickness seat and knee padding, this may not sound that amazing but believe us – if you’re a typical 9-5 office worker this extra padding will make a world of difference to overall comfort and enjoyment of kneeling chairs than offered by some of the cheaper kneeling stools on the market the padding of which, as with cheap conventional office chairs, leaves something to be desired. No risk of that here though with the Sleekform, it really is a fantastic kneeling chair for the office and should definitely be considered.
There’s not much in it between the SleekForm and the Office Star ‘Work Smart’ money wise or functionality wise – it’s really a matter of preference. Unlike the plain black design of the Sleekform the Office Star is finished in a classy almost mahogany like appearance to its frame, we love it. Comfort wise, for extended periods seated as with the Sleekform its well equipped – with a thick pad of memory foam to keep your bum (and knees) nice and comfortable. As with most kneeling stools its also supplied with coasters for easy turning and swivelling, to talk to colleagues and so on.
Best alternative to kneeling chairs for improving posture…
Okay we admit a kneeling chair or kneeling stool can’t always be carried around with us – many are not particularly portable at all. This doesn’t mean posture can’t be improved in conventional chairs though… There are alternatives in the form of back support belts which strap around the lower lumbar of the back and the knee to bring your back into neutral alignment and prevent slouching effortlessly. For long term sufferers of back pain from poor posture or just chronic slouchers looking to avoid back problems in later life this may be just the ticket to improved ergonomic posture in all chairs, at an affordable price. It’s not a kneeling chair but it is a great alternative with many benefits… Check it out as a wild card alternative!