This is a solid work position that allows you to sit for long periods of time, free from fatigue and strain. Saddle chairs are particularly beneficial in doctors, dentists, healthcare settings, laboratories, design studios, hairdressers and beauty salons.
You tend to sit a little higher in a saddle chair which tilts the pelvis forwards and opens up the knee to torso angle to 135°. Some saddle chairs have a split seat design that reduces pressure on the perineum and helps temperature control in the genital area.
When standing or sitting poorly there is an increased amount of tension in the lower back which can lead to spasms and pain. Saddle sitting will reduce the tension and tilt your pelvis forwards, allowing your spine to return to its natural ‘S-shape’.
Working from a saddle position means you can lean in all directions, unhindered, and to a far greater degree than with a traditional chair. What is often an overlooked and underrated part of any office, more than the computer setup or any other equipment, might be one of the most important.
Sure, cool new PCs, tablets, smartphones, monitors are sexier and more fun to shop for. You’ll not only minimize potential back issues but work (or play) sessions will be more comfortable for longer.
The Had also has an ergonomic mesh back, but note that according to the feedback on Amazon, it’s not suitable for anyone over 6-foot tall. This kind of features are only normally found on more expensive office chairs, and the Durant is an appealing prospect with a $70 discount.
The end result is a lot of comfortable sitting, without having to do any thinking about tension settings and so forth. Bear in mind, however, that the pricier models are the leather and polished aluminum offerings.
Furthermore, the back is made of a mesh material to let the air through and provide better breathability, which is always good for those longer sitting sessions. You can adjust the Markus for height, tilt, and the back can be locked in place, or it can be reclined.
It’s a smart-looking office chair sporting features that you’d expect from a premium model, in terms of comfort and having a number of adjustable elements. Furthermore, you can adjust the lumbar support, seat pan depth, and the armrests too, giving plenty of opportunity to get the Branch Ergonomic Chair feeling just right.
However, the good news is that Branch has been listening to buyers, and the Ergonomic Chair now incorporates an “additional layer of cushioning” between the mesh back and lumbar support. Overall, the Branch Ergonomic Chair represents a great value proposition, and the company’s customer support seems like a valuable strength, too.
Another one from Human scale, this is a lightweight and minimalist task chair which is designed to use the laws of physics and user’s body weight to adapt itself to the correct position for good posture. Different World is a slightly more affordable option than the Freedom chair which we covered above, and you can order it direct from Human scale.
There’s all manner of clever tech in here, and you can purchase the Gesture direct from Steel case (but as mentioned it’s not cheap). The Mira 2 is a similar design to the Cell ewe covered above, and another great option in the Herman Miller range (pitched at around the same cost, as well, though it’s just a touch more expensive).
The stool or chair needs to be practical for work, ergonomically comfortable, highly adjustable, and can be easily maneuvered. If you’re looking for best quality saddle chair, it’s hard to go past the HAG Cisco chair.
Full disclosure, this is kind of a hybrid of an ergonomic chair and a saddle stool. That’s why it was famously endorsed by Joe Roman, a guy who spends over 10 hours + seated each day.
If you want to read more about the finer details of this chair, check out our HAG Cisco review. Used by hair stylists, tattoo artists, dog groomers, the Frame adjustable saddle chair is our favorite all round choice.
Its height can be set to up to 29.5” which is notably higher than most other saddle chairs, making it one of the best choices for tall people. The seat and the backrest are both comfortably padded and covered with high-quality leather that’s great in both cold and hot weather.
All that is placed on top of a sturdy aluminum base and legs that can withstand up to 350 pounds of weight. The heavy-duty nylon wheels too are of great quality and can effortlessly and quietly move the chair on most indoor surfaces.
The 5 heavy-duty nylon casters are sturdy and noiseless enough even at maximum weight pressure. While the seat can be set high enough for taller people, it’s not big enough for wider folks.
This high quality Norwegian ergonomic stool will get you sitting correctly while engaging your core. In fact, the Mayo Clinic have tested it- reporting that you will burn 18% more calories while using this stool.
It is also soft and comfortable to sit in, plus it’s specifically designed with smooth and rounded edges to further enable your movement with the chair. There doesn’t seem to be any customers dissatisfied with this Varied chair other than the few that simply aren’t used to saddle stools.
The materials and Norwegian design of this saddle stool make it exceptionally durable and long-lasting. Its rounded edges are designed to give your body maximum freedom to move around.
Sally Eagerest Multi adjuster Split Saddle Stool Upper limb support. The Sally split saddle stool has a unique design that supports the hands and upper bodies of professionals while they’re doing repetitive tasks that require precision.
It is designed to redistribute the pressure that builds up in your buttocks and to strengthen your core muscles. This chair is recommended for surgeons, dentists, tattoo artists, and other professionals who often put their upper limbs under stress.
Customers love how this chair was designed, the base is made of black aluminum, and you can choose to receive it with a chrome finish. The only downside customers report is the high risk of damaging the Eagerest handles which could happen quickly if you use them for support when getting out of the chair.
Just like Sally the saddle chair, the Human tool chair was also designed in Finland and aims to give office workers a daily ergonomic experience. This saddle chair works with a swinging motion that is supposed to relax your back but also keep you in an upright position.
The saddle swings in all directions and engages your core and muscles as you try to stay upright. The Human tool is mostly used by yoga practitioners, office workers, and people that work around high counters.
The Dr Lomilomi hydraulic massage stool wins top honors in our dental category. The seat is very well-designed and offers great back and spine support even for prolonged sitting sessions.
Kane well Twin Adjustable Saddle Stool Designed to relieve the stress on your pressure points for extra comfort. The split also helps for a great airflow under and around the seat, making it ideal for hot summer days.
And while the padding is minimal due to the split nature of the seat, the leather upholstery is of excellent quality. Those that aren’t used to split saddles can find the seat to lack padding but that’s normal for this type of chair.
The rolling saddle chair is a budget option for people that need to improve their sitting posture. The seat can be tilted to allow the user a sitting angle of 135 degrees which follows the S-shaped curvature of your spine.
It’s used by a pretty versatile crowd such as lab scientists, dentists, college students, and office workers. The Cisco ergonomic saddle style chair was designed for people that need extra softness added to their sitting experience.
The seat height can be adjusted from 23’’ up to 33’’ from the floor and the manufacturer recommends pairing it with a standing desk. The Master massage ergonomic stool is lightweight and should prove helpful for daily use.
It is recommended for massage therapists and tattoo artists to help them ease the strain that comes from staying in one position for too long. This model is highly customizable, so upon purchase, you’ll get to choose the base color, upholstery, pole height, and which type of casters you’d prefer.
The Perch saddle stool comes with rubberized casters that can be rolled over tile, ceramic and wooden floors without damaging them. This chair is a good choice for people who need to sit upright but also need to lean into a backrest now and then.
The Perch stool was made in the US with high-quality materials that come with a 12-year warranty and cylinders that have a lifetime guarantee. Job BetterPosture’s saddle chair shines with its ergonomic “waterfall effect” seat design.
The base and legs of the chair are exceptionally durable even though that’s slightly undermined by the lackluster wheels. Master Massage Ergonomic Swivel Saddle Stool The seat of this Master Massage saddle stool is 2.5” wide and is padded with an exclusive small cell foam for extra comfort.
For a heavyweight option, Master Massage’s saddle stool can withstand up to 550 pounds of weight while still providing excellent comfort with its padded seat. The cushion of this stool is made out of soft and comfortable foam, as well as thick PVC leather.
The metal base and frame make it very sturdy while the comfortable seat is a pleasure to use even for prolonged sitting sessions. Not all saddle chairs were created equal, and you’ll really have to look at the fine details to figure out which style works best for your professional needs.
The Mica Dental chair is fully adjustable and offers improved lumbar support. The seat is cushioned with molded foam plus the upholstery is made of waterproof, oil-resistant, and scratch-resistant PU leather.
The Spa Luke rolling stool is extremely attractive and boasts a PVC vinyl upholstery that is very easy to clean. It has 3 adjustment levers that are easy to use and let you control the seat tilt, backrest position, and the height of the chair.
Although it takes some time to get used to, the seat is designed to offer comfort and give you a more natural posture. The only downside to the Spa Luke chair is the hard plastic wheels that tend to be stiff.
Some customers have noticed that the anatomic design of the seat wouldn’t be recommended for males since the center of the saddle is way too high to be comfortable. The Blurrier salon chair was made to provide extra comfort on a busy day.
The castor wheels are rubberized to protect hard floors and the seat is height adjustable. The split seat is preferred by people that feel too warm when sitting for too long and wish to stay cool longer.
The width of the split seat can be further adjusted to relieve any pressure on your pelvic area or prostate. When choosing the bestsaddlechair, keep in mind that your legs will play a huge role in supporting you, and giving you balance.
The less contoured designs will fit the wider population and are more forgiving if you mess up on sizing. More contoured saddle chairs will do a better job at supporting you, but if you choose an incorrect size they will be very uncomfortable.
Saddle chairs may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they do offer a lot of benefits to people with sitting professions. Hopefully, this quick list and guide have helped you find a good option for your home or office.