Best Bar Stools Reviewed & Rated for Quality
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Materials used is important, probably the most important, because this will ultimately dictate the longevity of the product. Furniture (typically) is used for supporting objects, usually bodies. For this reason, the product needs to be strong, durable and resistant to wear and tear. Sometimes it even should be waterproof especially when being used with small children who don’t have the balance or dexterity to move and control liquids at the same time. The construction of the product, as well, needs to be considered because even with the best materials if the construction (stitching, quality of nails, placement of support brackets, etc.) isn’t done correctly or well, the quality of the materials won’t matter (as it will fall apart regardless). When purchasing this type of product consider material that is either hard (like wood) if possible because this is easier to clean up especially with children. If cushioning is a must then the foam within the product should be high quality to avoid faster breakdown of the padding. The material used to cover the foam should be waterproof and be made of higher thread count in order to provide a tougher surface. Because people will be sliding on and off of these products (due to their height) the material will break down faster than with a standard seat. Finally, make sure that the product has tighter fastens where the nails or screws are nailed in/screwed in so that the sliding off and on movement doesn’t wiggle either free causing the seat to break. Especially with this kind of product, due to it’s height, as the fall will be further than it would be with standard seats.
Durability goes hand in hand with the materials used. Because this product is being used for sitting on the durability is very important. This product isn’t an inexpensive one. Quality bar stools require a little extra spending and therefore if this product breaks down easily it will, once again, cost a bit to replace it. The wood used should be real wood and not particle board (particle board being real wood but broken down into tiny chips and put back together to form a weaker material). Wood is naturally porous which makes the product easier to dent and chip but it is stronger in regards to the fact that screws and nails will stay in place better than with cheaper materials. The fabrics being used should be high quality and durable. Higher thread count, as mentioned above, tend to be tougher, however, are a little firmer in feel which may not be as comfortable. The material, as well, should be waterproof as mentioned above. The foam used should be a denser, better quality foam. Foam, because it is springy and light, will break down easier than most materials. When this happens the seat will get closer and closer to the underlying material (wood or metal) and lose its comfort. The foam should be high quality and dense in order to prolong this. Finally, the construction of the product is important. If the screw holes or nail holes are too wide for the nail or screw then the seat will be less secure and start to wobble. Wobbling is not only dangerous but will also encourage that hole to become even bigger and will eventually cause the nail or screw to fall out and the seat to break down. Consider its construction as well before purchasing this product.
The style of the seat will define your individual style. Buying something only for its durability will leave the buyer, more than likely, with a product they are unhappy with. The size of the product as well will make a difference because depending on the space (and as islands are usually included for a space-saving alternative) the width and length of the stool is going to matter. If this is purchased and it doesn’t fit in the space then it will need to be returned. Let’s hope the company has a good return policy (discussed more below in the warranty section). There are hydraulic options that are ideal for different body types but are also a little more versatile in that they can be moved without fear that the product will be too tall/too short. Those renting may want to consider this alternative as renting usually includes moving more frequently and potentially ending up temporarily with different counter types. There are also numerous styles available including more traditional and classic to modern, contemporary and industrial. The space the product is going into should reflect the style of the product being purchased in order to be happy with the product.
The manufacturer of the product should be a reliable one with a good return policy, warranty policy, and customer service. They should be around for over 10 years, this is so that the buyer will know that the company is sound and there is less of a chance that the company won’t be there in a year in case of a need to return the product. It should have a good reputation for making a superior product as well. Any company will have their kinks and flaws but it is important that the company has worked through them in order to have provided a better and upgraded product. This product is holding the weight of the buyer’s body in order to support it while in rest if this product fails the person on it could potentially get very hurt. The product needs to be made of quality materials and be supported by a good company. This is very important. Finally, though this is not necessarily the top priority, the location of the manufacturer can be beneficial as they would have a better idea of the demographics of the general population and potentially provide a product that is better suited for that demographic. Choosing a product made by a reliable company will only help in the long run and should always be considered when buying this type of product.
Warranty and return policy is important because this will dictate whether the buyer will end up with a product that works for them. If the product is poorly made, returning the product for a better one is desirable. Even if the product is quality but the buyer ended up with a defective one or a broken part, the warranty and return policy will help with this. It would be a bad situation if the buyer bought this product, spent the money and then ended up with something that doesn’t work. The return policy and warranty also reflect the quality of the company that the product is coming from as well. If the company seems to be a little questionable in regards to returns and warranty claims then the buyer should seriously consider if they want to buy from the company. This could save the buyer a whole lot of trouble and frustration in the long run.
Top 10 Picks
1. Chantal Beige Linen
These are our editors choice because they are not only attractive but priced well. They are well made and made of quality materials. They are also attractive in design. Those who purchased this product liked the quality of materials, their good construction, and their beautiful color. They didn't like that the legs were easily chipped (though they could easily be repaired with a wood pen).
This product is made of a multitude of beautiful materials but the highlight is the beautiful, rich, brown leather.
This product seems to be incredibly well made. Outside of some knicks due to the softwood, this product is quality and will last a while.
Cost and Value
This product comes in a set of two. Based on prices in the general market, this product is pretty decently priced. They are highly rated by consumers, are attractive in design and are made of quality materials. For these reasons, this product is worth the cost.
2. Rivet Malida Mid-Century
This product is a more modern piece. It is also highly rated with consumers which is why it made our Top 3 products. It sits at about 41 inches high and comes in three beautiful colors. This product will brighten any room and looks like you paid a lot more than you did for them. They are made of a polyester fabric which is both durable and easy to clean. It also has a full back for those looking for something a little more supportive.
Beautiful in design
This is an extremely attractive product. It looks like something that might be found in a more modern, upper-scale home. It comes in three gorgeous colors, two of which offer a pop of color to any room.
This product has a very strong and hard based ideal for people who may fidget a bit when sitting. With this base, the seat will withstand years of wear.
Cost and Value
This product sits a little higher in price due to its durability and beautiful design. Considering it is less expensive than designer furniture but still less expensive, this product is worth the cost.
3. Winsome Wood Marta
This product is our best value item because they are not only highly rated but also inexpensive in price. They are ideal for smaller spaces as they, themselves, are thinner. They are comfortable however backless which can be uncomfortable long term. Additionally, they are well constructed. One issue that reviewers stated is that chemicals used to construct this product are banned in California who have very high standards for chemical use. It is approved everywhere else, though.
Solid walnut legs
This product is made of a solid walnut wood that chips less easily than comparable products on the market today.
Despite that they are backless, the cushioning on this product is very comfortable.
Cost and Value
This product is quite inexpensive in price, especially considering they come in 2 packs. In addition to the price tag, this comes fully assembled making installation very easy. Unbox and place, it is really that easy. For these reasons, this is worth the cost.
4. OASIS Swivel
This is a very modern looking product. It offers a full back for better comfort and a cushioned seat. The product also has a hydraulic air life which brings the product from 24 inches to 33 inches, making it more accommodating depending on the table it is being used for. It also comes in a set of 2 and is really well-priced.
This product is very attractive in design, offering a more modern and stylish design. They are also made of beautifully upholstered leatherette which means no animals were harmed in making this product.
Hydraulic air life design
This product has a hydraulic press that allows the product to change height. This is ideal for those who are renting as this would allow the chair to change locations without having to be replaced due to new/different height requirements.
Cost and Value
Considering how modern and stylish this product is, it is surprisingly inexpensive. Especially since it comes in a set of two. They are highly rated by consumers outside of some one-off comments about the level of the seats, this is worth the cost.
5. Roundhill Swivel
This is easily a minimalist chair. Offering a more simple design, full-back and beautiful cushioned leather. They come in three different colors including a bright red ideal for a pop of color. They do have a note that the colors might be a little different in person which is something to take note of. The hydraulic jack raises the seat from 24 to 30 inches making them versatile.
This product can fully swivel around making the chair easier to maneuver around in.
Added foot support
This product has an added foot support which offers higher levels of comfort as well as easy on knees and ankles.
Cost and Value
This product also comes in a set of two which makes the product actually quite inexpensive in price. The product also has numerous positive consumer reviews and quite modern and minimalist in design. For these reasons, the product is worth the cost.
6. Winsome Wood Saddle
This standard looking seat is well-made and also heavier in weight giving the chair both a quality appearance but also feel. It offers a curved seat which shapes the seat better and comes in both 24 inch and 29 inch variations. It also is offered in three different colors. It does require some assembly but according to reviews, is very easy to assemble.
This product has a saddle seat which is more comfortable on the bottom.
This product is made of a solid wood material that doesn't chip or crack like other similar products on the market. It is also heavier in weight, further proving the products quality.
Cost and Value
This product comes on its own (as opposed to a set of 2) but is still quite inexpensive in cost. This product was our runner-up for best value. It is well-made and comfortable, with both a saddle seat and footrest for optimal positioning of the knees and ankles. For these reasons, this product is worth the cost.
7. DREAM 2 Swivel
This unique product offers a more futuristic/contemporary design and shape. It comes in five different colors and also come in sets of two. They offer a hydraulic press and footrest for comfort and versatility. They are made of a leatherette material and offer a fully 360 swivel range. They are both versatile and attractive in design.
This product has an ultra-reflective chrome based that adds to the overall attractive design of this contemporary product.
This product has a full back, as well as a footrest for optimal comfort. Additionally, it has a synthetic foam filling to add extra cushion to both the seat and the back of the chair.
Cost and Value
This product comes in a set of two and together are quite inexpensive in price. They are contemporary and attractive in design, comfortable and easy to assemble. Overall, this product is worth the cost.
8. Ashley Pinnadel Swivel
This product is a little more rustic in design, offering a more country or industrial design. It offers a 360-degree swivel and is made of real wood. It has a nailhead trim, giving it its rustic look and is easy to clean. It also made by a popular brand with a good return policy and quick shipping.
This product could easily look good in an open-concept industrial apartment or a country home. Especially with its faux-leather seat and a nailhead trim.
This comes from a well-known and respected retailer who are known for their great customer service and friendly staff. Which will make potential returns easier.
Cost and Value
This product is a little more expensive especially considering it is a single chair rather than two pack like others in this article. The retailer is well-known and locally based. It is also made of quality materials and attractive in design. For these reasons, this product is worth the cost.
9. Office Star Bristow
This modern stool is industrial design and attractive. It is heavy in weight and is backless. It stands at 26 inches high and is highly rated by reviewers. It is versatile in that it could look good in really any space
This product is unique in that it comes in a four-pack (as opposed to the single and double packs with the rest of the chairs in this article).
This product comes in all sorts of colors making them easily individualized depending on the person or the space they are being used in.
Cost and Value
This chair looks like it was taken right out of an upper-scale designer magazine. It comes in a four pack as well which really justifies the price of this product which is already quite inexpensive in price. This product is ideal for anyone looking for four chairs and is on a budget.
10. Davis Fabric Swivel
This product is a more plush and upper-class looking product that would be ideal for a family home. It comes in two different colors and has the swivel function common in the products in this article. It is attractive in design and offers a footstep, ideal for those with knee problems. It is easy to assemble and reviewers found arrived without any nicks or dents.
Which is extremely durable and environmentally friendly. This chair is ideal for those with children.
This product has a higher backrest which is ideal for those looking for a little more support when they are sitting.
Cost and Value
This product is a little more expensive in price especially considering it only comes in a single. It is attractive in design, well built and great for children due to its durable base. For these reasons, this product is worth the cost.