10 Best Kneeling Chairs for 2022


Hans Christian Mengshoel first came up with the principle of a knee chair over forty years ago. Since then there have been a lot of new variations and styles. Doing a search in Google or Amazon may be overwhelming due to the numerous choices, especially since quite a few brands look similar.

If you are looking for some guidance, you’ve come to the right place. Over the last three months, we’ve been testing 10 of the most popular kneeling chairs on the market. I learned a lot through the testing process and will share as much information with you as possible. I will also provide some information about each chair so that you can quickly decide whether it may be a good fit for you.


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  1. Varier Thatsit Balans – 74/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  2. Varier Variable Balans – 64/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  3. Jobri Jazzy – 58/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  4. Boss B248 – 50/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  5. Office Star KCM1425 – 47/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  6. Office Star KCW773 – 41/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  7. Sleekform Atlanta – 34/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  8. Dragonn DNC312 – 30/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  9. 1420 – 27/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  10. Flash WL-SB-101-GG  – 27/100 Rated Kneeling Chair
  11. Why trust The Breakroom Blog?
  12. What is our testing process?
  13. How did we pick the best kneeling chair for 2022?
  14. What did I learn about kneeling chairs?

What is a kneeling chair?

In the 1970s, Hans Christian Mengshoel worked with Norwegian designers Oddvin Rykken, Peter Opsvik and Svein Gusrud. They developed the first kneeling chair, known as the Balans. The Balans was an immediate success and the kneeling chair category was born. There are now a lot of models and designs to choose from.

Kneeling chairs put your legs at a more open angle. Your body weight is shared between your shins and your butt. Kneeling chairs have a frame design that allows for a padded seat and knee pads that allow you to stay in a more upright position. It is important to note that the knee pads are not actually meant for the knees. The correct position is to place your shins on the pads.

Kneeling chairs were developed to help people with lower back or tailbone pain. The kneeling position is meant to reduce lower back strain and the angle of the seat helps to keep your back in a natural arch. They can also help to introduce a bit more movement into the work day.

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1. Varier Thatsit™ Balans® – 74/100 Rating

Thatsit™ Balans® Price: $839.99 + Free Shipping (Buy on BTOD)
Read the full Thatsit™ Balans® Kneeling chair review >>

Thatsit™ Balans® Pros and Cons

Pros:

High end build quality from Scandinavia
Strong warranty
Good knee/shin comfort
Good seat comfort
Wide range of motion
Adjustable backrest
Adjustable knee pads
Environmentally friendly

Cons:

High price point
Low sitting mobility
Poor portability
No seat height adjustment

Varier Thatsit™ Balans® Summary

What we liked

The top chair on our list is going to be the Thatsit™ Balans® by Varier. This sled based kneeling chair has the best build quality out of all the chairs we tested, and it also features the most bells and whistles. The base is made from wood, specifically plywood in a lacquered ash finish. The curve of the base and flexibility of the wood allows for a wide range of motion while you are sitting. You can easily lean in one direction and the base will flex. You can also rock back and forth to stay active while you work. This is a huge advantage compared to the rigid designs of x-based and 5-star models that keep you locked in one position.

The Thatsit™ Balans® also has a backrest, which is rare for kneeling chairs. The backrest is well padded and is “t” shaped, allowing you to lean back and rest your arms. The backrest is height adjustable as well as depth adjustable, allowing many different people to find a comfortable position. The seat, backrest and knee pads all have good quality padding. It is not overly thick and does not bottom out after short periods of time.

The chair comes in three different upholstery options, with a wide range of colors. The upholstery is good quality and built to last. The final feature that sets this chair apart is that the knee pads are independently adjustable, which made the knee pads on the Thatsit™ Balans® the most comfortable knee pads I tested.

What we didn’t like

Even though this is the top chair on our list, it does have some downsides. The first road block for most people will be the price. $839.99 is not going to be in everyone’s price range. If you like the idea of the Thatsit™ Balans® but want something a lot less expensive, I’d recommend the next item on our list, the Variable Balans®. It has a lot of the same functionality but costs over $400 less.

The next downside is that the Thatsit™ Balans® is not going to be as mobile as other chairs on this list. You can shimmy and slide the sled base, but it does not move as well as most of the models with wheels. The final downside is that there is no seat height adjustment on the Thatsit™ Balans®, which is a feature almost all the other chairs have.

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2. Varier Variable Balans® – 64/100 Rating

Varier Variable Balans®
Variable Balans® Price: $398.99 + Free Shipping (Buy on BTOD)
Read the full Variable Balans® Kneeling chair review >>

Variable Balans® Pros and Cons

Pros:

High end build quality from Scandinavia
Strong warranty
Good knee/shin comfort
Good seat comfort
Wide range of motion
Good portability
Environmentally friendly

Cons:

Low sitting mobility
No adjustability
May need backrest addition for longer hours

Varier Variable Balans Summary

What we liked

The next chair on our list is the original kneeling chair, the Variable Balans® by Varier. It was invented in 1979 and is the most recognizable kneeling chair in the world. There are many copycats out there but none of them match the quality of the Scandinavian made Variable Balans®. It is like the Thatsit™ Balans® but it is a more basic version. It does not feature the backrest or adjustable knee pads. It does have the same high-quality beech plywood sled base though. This gives it the same flexibility as the Thatsit™ Balans®.

It also has a rocking ability, but the range is actually larger than the Thatsit™ Balans® because you are not restricted by a backrest stopper. The Variable Balans® has good quality padding and upholstery. The padding does not bottom out and provides good support for numerous hours. You can choose between a polyester, wool or leather upholstery.

There are a wide range of colors to choose from. You also have the option to add a backrest. It is not a t shape, like the Thatsit™ Balans®, but it still gives you a lot of the functionality for a fraction of the price.

What we didn’t like

The two major drawbacks to the Variable Balans® are the low sitting mobility and the lack of adjustments. The chair is not completely immobile when you are sitting but it does take some swiveling and wiggling to move the chair into a comfortable typing position. Most of the chairs with wheels were much easier to move for those small micro adjustments to get comfortable with your keyboard.

The Variable Balans® is the only chair on our list that does not have any adjustments. The flexible wood frame helps a lot to fit different people, but the lack of adjustments means that you cannot customize the chair to your preferred position.

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3. Jobri BetterPosture® Jazzy – 58/100 Rating

Jobri BetterPosture® Jazzy
Jobri Jazzy Price: $299.00 + Free Shipping (Buy on Amazon)
Read the full Jobri BetterPosture® Jazzy Kneeling chair review >>

Jobri BetterPosture® Jazzy Pros and Cons

Pros:

Strong warranty
Great sitting mobility
Pneumatic seat height adjustment
Adjustable backrest

Cons:

Knee/shin pads may not be comfortable
Very limited range of motion
Poor portability

Jobri BetterPosture® Jazzy Summary

What we liked

The next item on our list is a product that most resembles a normal office chair. The BetterPosture® Jazzy by Jobri features a 5-star base with good quality casters. This is the most mobile kneeling chair I have tested. This chair was great for micro adjustments and allowed me to roll to different sections of my desk with ease. It has pneumatic seat height adjustment and offers a seat height range that is much taller than the other chairs on this list.

Another thing that puts the Jazzy in rare territory is its backrest. The Jazzy and Thatsit™ Balans® are the only two chairs I tested with backrests. The backrest on the Jazzy is really small. It connects to the seat with a J bar and has a plastic covering. The look and padding remind me of a lower quality chair you’d find at a big box store. But, the backrest is depth and height adjustable. These functions made it a nice tool for helping to extend the amount of time I could be comfortable in the chair at one time. The seat is large and has decent padding. It is high density foam and doesn’t bottom out right away.

What we didn’t like

The biggest things to be concerned about with the Jobri Jazzy are the lack of motion it allows while you are sitting and that the knee pads may not be comfortable. The only motion you are going to have is the seat swivel function. This will help you to turn in your chair to do tasks easier, but you will still be locked into the same kneeling position.

The metal frame will not flex to allow you to move and fidget with your legs. I thought the knee padding was fine but the shape and size of the frame for the knee pads made it feel like my legs were sliding slightly off the sides.

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4. Boss B248 – 50/100 Rating

Boss B248 Kneeling Chair
Boss B248 Price: $89.13 + Free Shipping (Buy on Amazon)
Read the full Boss B248 Kneeling chair review >>

Boss B248 Pros and Cons

Pros:

Strong warranty
Pneumatic seat height adjustment
Good portability

Cons:

Low end build quality
No range of motion
Not good for extended periods

Boss B248 Summary

What we liked

The B248 knee chair by Boss is a product that surprised me. It has a low-end build quality, but it has a good warranty and all the parts do their job well enough to put together a decent little kneeling chair. The B248 has a metal x shaped base with four casters. The casters give the B248 mobility while you are sitting in the chair.

The padding on the seat and knee pads is not very thick but it holds its position well and provides better support than some of the models with much thicker padding.

It also features pneumatic seat height adjustment, which makes the adjustment process much easier on the B248 than competing models with x bases. I think the B248 provides some of the best value you can find for under $100 in the kneeling chair category.

What we didn’t like

The things to look out for on the B248 are the low-end parts and the lack of any motion while you are seated. The parts all function well for now but they are not built to last. The B248 comes with a nice warranty but you may need to use it more than you’d like.

The bigger problem, in my opinion, is that you can’t move your legs and be active like you can on sled-based models. You are not even able to swivel, like the Jazzy allows. Having to stay in the same position all the time made me want to switch chairs after about 60 minutes.

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5. Office Star KCM1425 – 47/100 Rating

Office Star KCM1425 Kneeling Chair
KCM1425 Price: $129.49 + Free Shipping (Buy on Amazon)

Office Star KCM1425 Pros and Cons

Pros:

Strong warranty
Good sitting mobility
Pneumatic seat height adjustment

Cons:

Low end build quality
Poor knee/shin comfort
Very limited range of motion
200 lbs. weight limit
May not be comfortable for long hours

Office Star KCM1425 Summary

What we liked

After the Jobri Jazzy, the KCM1425 is the next closest kneeling chair to a standard office chair. It has a 5-star base with wheels that function smoothly. This is one of the better options for chair mobility while you are seated. The KCM1425 has a pneumatic cylinder that is controlled with a lever under the seat. This adjusts much easier than the hand screw models on x bases. The seat is large with an adequate amount of padding but the fabric is thin and stretchy, so it is probably not the best option for durability.

What we didn’t like

My main concerns that I want you to look out for are the low-end build quality, poor shin comfort and limited range of motion. The low-quality parts are covered by a nice warranty, so you will be able to get replacement parts if something goes wrong. If you do not want to replace parts, then this will be a bigger concern for you.

My shins were uncomfortable mainly due to the seat angle. It is almost flat, so it is tough to get your shins up against the support pads. I found my shins hovering slightly above the pads quite often while using the KCM1425. When I purposefully leaned forward to press my shins against the pads, they had the feeling like they were sliding off the sides.

My final concern is something that comes with the 5-star base design. Your range of motion is limited to seat swivel. People looking for a more active kneeling chair should look for a sled-based model.

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6. Office Star KCW773 – 41/100 Rating

Office Star KCW773 Kneeling Chair
KCW773 Price: $158.99 + Free Shipping (Buy on Amazon)

Read the full Office Star KCW773 Kneeling chair review >>

Office Star KCW773 Pros and Cons

Pros:

Hand crank seat height adjustment
Good portability
Thick, memory foam padding

Cons:

Low end build quality
Knee/shin padding may not be comfortable
No range of motion
200 lbs. weight limit
Not be comfortable for long hours

Office Star KCW773 Summary

What we liked

The KCW773 is one of the few models I tested that features a wood frame. The wood x frame comes in a couple different finishes. It also features four wheels and seat height adjustment. The casters are lower quality but move well enough to give the chair some mobility. You can roll around your desk to perform different tasks.

The seat height adjustment is controlled by turning a screw on the cylinder in between the frame. The feature that may attract the most people is the thick padding. It is high density foam which makes it a good option for people looking for a lot of cushion.

What we didn’t like

There are some downsides with the KCW773. The low-quality parts can be replaced if needed under the strong warranty from Office Star but there will be some people that don’t want to deal with replacement parts.

The KCW773 is not going to let you move your body around while you are working. It locks you in place because the wood x frame does not flex like the sled-based models. Not being able to move around made it tough to stay in the chair for long periods.

The knee cushions are thick but eventually, they bottom out. I also found them to be quite warm because your legs sink into the foam so far.

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. Sleekform Atlanta – 34/100 Rating

SLEEKFORM Faux Leather Kneeling Chair
Sleekform Atlanta Price: $159.99+ Free Shipping (Buy on Amazon)
Read the full Sleekform Kneeling chair review >>

Sleekform Atlanta Pros and Cons

Pros:

Good sitting mobility
Hand crank seat height adjustment
Good portability

Cons:

Low end build
30 day warranty
Knee pads may be uncomfortable
Seat may not be comfortable
No range of motion
Not good for long hours

What we liked

The Sleekform kneeling chair is going to be an attractive option for people looking for a low-cost product that has thick cushions. The cushions are very thick, but the foam is not dense, so they do compress quite a bit. The cushions are wrapped in a vinyl upholstery. The vinyl is smooth to the touch and easy to clean.

The Sleekform chair has an x base design with 4 casters. The casters are not the best quality, but they still roll smoothly, which gives the chair nice mobility.

It has seat height adjustment that is controlled by hand screwing a cylinder under seat. This takes more time than the pneumatic options and you can’t do it while sitting, but it is still a nice feature to have.

What we didn’t like

With an overall score in the 30s, there are going to be some things to look out for on the Sleekform. I am concerned with the low-end parts that are only backed by a 30-day warranty. The replacement cost is not very high but you are still rolling the dice that nothing will go wrong with the chair.

The Sleekform also lacks any range of motion while you are sitting. This is another x base model with a metal frame that does not bend, so you are locked in one position.

The final thing I want to touch on is that the thick padding may actually be a downside for some. The thick padding compresses quite a bit and bottoms out after a while. It also starts to almost engulf you. Combine that factor with the vinyl upholstery and it made for a pretty warm experience.

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. Dragonn DNC312 – 30/100 Rating

Dragonn DNC312 Kneeling Chair
DNC312 Price: $99.00 + Free Shipping (Buy on Amazon)

Dragonn DNC312 Pros and Cons

Pros:

Hand crank seat height adjustment
Good portability

Cons:

Low end build quality
30-day warranty period
Knee/shin padding may not be comfortable
Seat may not be comfortable
No range of motion
Not be comfortable for long hours

Dragonn DNC312 Summary

What we liked

The Dragonn DNC312 is low-cost kneeling chair with really thick padding. It features a metal x shaped base and a set of four caster wheels. The casters function nicely, providing you with good sitting mobility while you are working.

The padding is thick on both the seat and knee pads, but it is not a high-density foam, so it starts to sink down pretty quickly. The pads have a vinyl upholstery, which is going to be easier to clean than most of the other models on this list.

What we didn’t like

The low-quality parts and 30-day warranty are a red flag because you get such a limited time of guaranteed use. The thick padding may be a downside for some. I felt that the knee pads sunk down a bit too fast and they were also warm on my legs. The lack of any range of motion will also be an issue for people that want to use the chair for long hours.

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. Flash WL-1420-GG / Office Star KCM1420 / BetterPosture® Jobri F1420 – 27/100 Rating

Flash WL-1420-GG / Office Star KCM1420 / BetterPosture® Jobri F1420
1420 Price: $109.87 + Free Shipping (Buy on Amazon)
Read the full 1420 Kneeling chair review >>

1420 Pros and Cons

Pros:

Strong warranty
Hand crank seat height adjustment

Cons:

Low end build quality
Poor sitting mobility
Uncomfortable knee/shin padding
Uncomfortable seat
No range of motion
200 lbs. weight limit
Not comfortable for long hours

1420 Summary

What we liked

The 1420 is one of the most common kneeling chairs. It is sold by several different manufacturers, including Flash Furniture, Office Star Products and BetterPosture®. It features an x shaped metal base with hand crank seat height adjustment. It has four wheels and two separate knee pads. There are two chairs I tested that I would not recommend buying. Unfortunately, the 1420 is one of those models.

What we didn’t like

The 1420 is on the low-end for build quality. The first one I ordered arrived defective. I could not get the frame assembled because the screw holes did not line up correctly. The second one I ordered had a similar problem, but I was able to force the screw through. The frame and knee pads are noticeably crooked.

The seat and knee pads have a small amount of padding and low-quality fabric. I only found the seat and knee pads to be comfortable for about 20-30 minutes at a time.

The x shaped base does not allow for any motion while sitting in the chair and the casters are such poor quality that they have almost no mobility.

The casters are not only low quality, but they attach to the frame at an angle that only lets them roll in one direction at a time. The casters are not allowed to swivel properly. I found myself dragging the wheels more often than rolling them. For these reasons, I would look for an alternative product.

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. Flash WL-SB-101-GG – 27/100 Rating

Flash WL-SB-101-GG Kneeling Chair Review
WL-SB-101-GG Price: $129.28 + Free Shipping (Buy on Amazon)

Flash WL-SB-101-GG Pros and Cons

Pros:

3 seat height/angle options

Cons:

Low end build quality
Short warranty
Poor sitting mobility
Uncomfortable knee/shin padding
Uncomfortable seat
No range of motion
Not comfortable for long hours

Flash WL-SB-101-GG Summary

What we liked

The last item on our list is the WL-SB-101-GG. The WL-SB-101-GG by Flash Furniture has a wood x shaped base with 4 casters. There are three different height options. You simply lift the seat and move it up or down until the frame slides into a new slot. I referenced above that there are two products on this list that I do not recommend buying. The WL-SB-101-GG is one of those products.

What we didn’t like

The build quality on the WL-SB-101-GG is low-end and this is another product that I had problems with from the start. After using the chair for about 10 minutes, I noticed that the seat was tilting front to back. I thought this was a natural function of the chair until I realized that the screws were just coming loose. The entire frame is connected to the seat with a few screws and a thin piece of wood. I had Flash send a replacement and I have not had the same problem since.

The WL-SB-101-GG has the same mobility issues as the 1420 chair but not quite as bad. The casters screw into the frame at an angle but it is not so pronounced that they can never swivel. The casters don’t always swivel but it did not feel like I was always dragging the wheels, like on the 1420.

The WL-SB-101-GG is another chair that locks you into one position, with no range of motion. This is made worse on the WL-SB-101-GG because the padding is almost non-existent, and the fabric is not comfortable to the touch. If you need a low-priced option, then I think there are better products on this list for a similar price to the WL-SB-101-GG.

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Simply put, we are experts. We have been selling office furniture for 12 years and have seen the sit to stand desk market grow from the beginning. We are not a company that is simply dedicated to writing reviews on emerging markets in hopes of making a quick buck. Office furniture is our life and we have gained extensive knowledge about the products within our space. We know what to look for and what to avoid. Our goal is to share this knowledge so that customers are better informed when making their buying decision.

One thing that really separates The Breakroom Blog from almost every other review site is that we bring in all the products that we review. We do not do forensic reviews or reviews based on what other customers have said about the product. We order the product for ourselves so that we know how it performs. Some of the products we sell on BTOD.com, but many of them we do not. Regardless, we have tested every product we have reviewed.

We placed orders for all the chairs on this list. When the chairs arrived, we evaluated their packaging and noted any concerns we had. If there was damage, it was documented and then we followed up on the process to get replacements to see how that went. After unpackaging the chairs, we assembled them and looked for any possible pain points. Any potential problems were recorded.

After getting the chairs assembled, we began testing them. My first step with every chair was to bring it to the middle of our office to get a general reaction from everyone here. I would then leave it out there for a week or so to let people try it out. I would get feedback from anyone that tried it to see what they liked and what they didn’t.

I also put a good chunk of time into each chair on this list. If the chair had adjustments, I would use the chair at various heights and angles. I paid close attention to things like padding comfort and the amount of time I could remain in each chair before being uncomfortable. I also looked at things like range of motion and chair mobility. After I spent enough time in a chair to feel comfortable to give an opinion on it, I moved to a new model.

When I got through testing all the chairs, I began to rank and score them. It was easy since I had them all in my office with me and I had a lot of experience using each model.  I could just organize them in order from best to worst for each category and then assign a numerical value to each.

Our scoring formula consists of six different categories. Each category ranges from 1-100 and each is weighted equally when factoring the overall score. The categories chosen are what we feel to be the most important factors when shopping for a kneeling chair. The six different categories are as follows:

Build Quality

For the build quality category, we look at all the individual components. This will include things like the frame, adjustment mechanism, padding, fabric and casters. Chairs with the most low-end components will receive the lowest build quality scores. The chairs with the highest scores will be composed of the highest-end parts and will have the best adjustment systems.

Warranty

The warranty scores will be dependent on the length of coverage and the amount of exclusions. Some manufacturers will exclude or limit warranties on specific components of the chair. A common thing for manufacturers to limit is the coverage period on fabric and foam. Manufacturers with the most exclusions and shortest warranty lengths will find themselves with the lowest scores.

Mobility

Your ability to move the chair around while sitting in it determined the mobility score. I found the biggest limiting factors to be low quality casters with poor frame designs. These models received the lowest scores. Models with 5-star bases and good quality casters received the highest scores.

Seat Comfort

For the seat comfort, I looked at things like size, shape, padding and fabric quality. If any of these factors are subpar, then the seat could be uncomfortable. I also took note of how long I could sit on the seat before getting uncomfortable.

Knee/Shin Comfort

The knee and shin comfort score is based on similar factors to the seat score. Things like padding, fabric, size and longevity went into consideration. I also looked at the angle that the pads lined up on your legs and whether the knee pads are adjustable. Models that placed the weight on your knees received lower scores and the knee pads with the best padding and positioning received the highest scores.

Range of Motion

Range of motion is going to refer to your ability to move your body to increase your activity while you work. Some knee chairs lock you in place and do not allow for any movement, while others are quite flexible and really allow you to be active. I found chair with the rocking design to be best suited for motion, so they received the highest scores.

Adjustability

The final category that we focused on was adjustability. We looked for things like seat height and angle adjustment, knee pad adjustment and chair swivel. We also looked at the way that units adjusted. For example, a chair with seat height adjustment would score better than one without it. But, a chair with pneumatic seat height adjustment will score better than one with manual hand screw adjustment. The products with the most adjustments that were easy to perform scored the highest.

Testing these products really taught me a lot about knee chairs. Being able to go back and forth between the different models to compare specific aspects was extremely helpful. During this process there were some things I learned that may be helpful for you while shopping for a kneeling chair.

There are 3 basic kneeling chair designs

All the kneeling chairs I researched fell under one of the three following categories: sled based, x base with casters or 5-star base with casters. The sled-based models are made from wood and feature individual knee pads. The sled-based design allows you to rock back and forth, just like a typical rocking chair. The wood frames flex, so they allow for a wide range of motion on top of the rocking ability. The one big downside to the sled-based model is that they have lower sitting mobility than the other designs.

Sled base design
Sled base design

The x-based models function like a pair of scissors. Instead of your hand controlling one end to make the x open or shut, the movement is done by a cylinder, placed toward the middle of the x. The cylinder will make the x larger or smaller, which is what allows the chair to have seat height adjustment. The seat height adjustment will either be a manual hand crank screw or a pneumatic lift with a lever. The frames on these models may be composed of steel or wood and every model I tested with this design featured four casters. There were two placed on the front of the frame and two on the back.

X base design
X base design

The 5-star models have bases that are designed just like a normal office chair. They have five wheels and are better quality than the ones I used on the x base models. This gave them the best mobility while sitting in the chairs. They feature a pneumatic cylinder for easy height adjustment and the frame has a metal bar that extends below the seat to hold the knee pads. The chairs can swivel but otherwise they do not offer any more range of motion.

5 star base design
5 star base design
Movement is crucial for comfort

I found that being able to move in the chair was necessary for me to be comfortable for longer than 30-60 minutes. I don’t mean moving the chair around in my desk space. I will discuss that next. I mean being able to move my legs around while sitting in the chair.

The x base and 5-star base models are very rigid in their designs. The frames do not flex so you are locked into the same position for the entire time you are in the chair. I found the x base and 5-star base models to be more restrictive than normal office chairs because a normal office chair at least allows you to tap your legs up and down or move them side to side.

The flexible wood frame design on the sled-based models allow for a lot of movement while you are sitting in them. This is the biggest reason why I was more comfortable when using the sled-based models compared to the x base and 5 -star base models.

Mobility

When I talk about chair mobility, I am referring to your ability to move the chair around while you are sitting on it. I found chair mobility to be the most important for small adjustments that you need to make to get into the optimal typing position at your desk. All the models I tested had some form of mobility.

The 5-star base models were the most mobile while the overall category of x base models were the next mobile. Sled based models were overall the least mobile.

With that being said, the sled-based models still have some mobility. Instead of rolling, you will need to slide and swivel the chair into position. I found that holding onto my desk to get leverage helped in this regard.

There were a couple exceptions to the rule. Two of the x base chairs that I tested had low quality wheels and a really poor frame design choice for mounting the casters. This made them almost unusable.

Soreness when starting out

I think it is normal to experience some soreness and maybe some pain when switching from a normal office chair to a kneeling chair. There are a couple options with backrests, but most do not have one. None of the models I tested have armrests.

You may feel some fatigue or soreness in your shoulders or arms as they adjust to the new posture. It is also important to keep in mind that the new leg angle will change the muscles that are being used in your back, stomach and legs. Those areas may also feel sore.

For me, it took a couple weeks for my shins to adjust. I think the best thing to do is to work your way slowly into using it more and more. If you feel some soreness or pain, then back off a bit and start using it more in a few days.

Not for the big or tall

Unfortunately, kneeling chairs are not going to be a good option for big and tall people. All the chairs I tested had weight limits of 200 or 250 pounds. Most have seat height adjustment, but the ranges are not going to be adequate for tall people. We have a couple people in our office that are 6’2” and 6’3” and they didn’t feel comfortable in the kneelers.

Final Thoughts

My biggest takeaway after getting the chance to test a lot of different kneeling chairs is that, in most cases, you get what you pay for. If a kneeling chair is less than $100, then it is not reasonable to expect it to be a world beater in terms of performance or comfort. It may have some nice features or attractive options, but it will also have considerable downsides.

It should come as no surprise that the two highest priced products on our list are the two highest ranked options. They feature the best builds and offer the most functionality. Is it worth the price jump for your situation though? That is the ultimate question you need to answer.

If you are looking for a kneeling chair to use for many hours a day, then I would highly recommend one of the products at the top end of the list. If you would just like another seating option to mix into your day periodically, then one of the lower cost options from the middle portion of the list may work for you.

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