In a Nutshell:

Not the prettiest activity stool on the market, but it gets the job done and is attractively priced, to boot! AmazonBasics Adjustable Activity Office Tilt Stool is recommended for anyone under 220 pounds on a budget, who’s looking for a low-cost way to experiment with alternative office seating.

Value for the Money
Comfort
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

3.9/5
* Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect. ** While aesthetics is a matter of taste, Aesthetic Flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.

Benefits

  • Incredibly low priced
  • Offered by a great company
  • Useful height adjustment range
  • Ergonomically excellent

Drawbacks

  • Style may not be for everyone
  • Modest weight limit
  • Not built to last

Are you dissatisfied with your current office chair? Has that dissatisfaction led you to explore alternative office seating options? 

If so, you may have been surprised to find so many options in this corner of the market, which may have led to some analysis paralysis.

If you know you want alternative office seating but are unsure where to start, your best bet is to buy a value-priced option. This will allow you to test the waters and ensure it’s right for you before investing in a pricey, high-end seat.

The AmazonBasics Adjustable Activity Office Tilt Stool is a great option for this. It’s not the prettiest or most comfortable stool on the market, but it is attractively priced and capable, and it’s a superb way to explore the world of unconventional office seating.

In the following sections, we’ll tell you everything this little stool gets right and quickly point out the model’s shortcomings so you can decide for yourself if it’s the model you’ve been looking for. Let’s take a closer look, starting now, if that sounds good to you!

Key Features of the AmazonBasics Activity Office Tilt Stool

This little stool is a case study of function over form. The AmazonBasics Adjustable Activity Office Tilt Stool is certainly not an ugly product. Still, it’s clear that the designers placed more emphasis on its core functionality and paid relatively little attention to matters of aesthetics, as they did with other AmazonBasics chairs.

The good news is that it has an unobtrusive look, so it essentially fades into the background of whatever room you put it in unless you order a color that stands out in contrast to your prevailing décor scheme.

Speaking of colors, you do have some flexibility on that front. You can order your activity stool upholstered in black, grey, or orange.

The orange is a bit of a surprise. It’s not exactly a mainstream color, but it guarantees that the stool will stand out in the room you place it in. We’re not completely sold on it, but the option is there if you decide you’ve just got to have an orange-capped stool.

Chair Specifications

Before we go any further, let’s pause to review the basic stats defining this model. Here they are:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 13.6” x 13.6” x 21.9”
  • Stool Weight: 19.84 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 220 pounds
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 18.5” to 28”
A large image of AmazonBasics Activity Office Tilt Stool in black

When reviewing these numbers, a few things jump out at us. First, it’s small and light enough that it’s simple to pick this stool up and tote it where you want it. So, if you have a job that requires you to move from one place to another over the course of a given day, it’s easy enough to pick this little guy up and bring it with you.

The second, a bit of a disappointment, is the maximum supported user weight. Most alternative seating options sold today have a 250-pound weight limit, which we feel is too modest. This stool doesn’t even quite rise to that level, which limits its market appeal. Still, it’s a decent option if you weigh less than 220 pounds and are on a budget.

Black Color, Curved base AmazonBasics Office Tilt Stool

Third, the height adjustment range is good and surprisingly generous, spanning nearly ten inches. That makes it a fairly versatile piece of furniture, capable of being used with every standard-sized desk on the market and rising high enough to be useful when paired with a drafting table and even most standing desks.

While we were underwhelmed by the maximum supported weight, this aspect of the chair’s design is genuinely impressive. Kudos to Amazon for delivering such a versatile product!

The other thing that deserves a brief mention here, albeit something that’s not captured by the stats outlined above, is the base. It’s beveled, which gives you a broader range of motion when shifting about while sitting on the stool.

That’s a two-edged sword, though, because the shape of the base means that until you’ve fully acclimated to owning one of these, you’re likely to knock it over when you stand up to move around. It’s a small thing, and on balance, we like the design of the base, but it does take a bit of getting used to.

Adjustability and Comfort

There’s only one adjustable feature on offer, and we’ve already mentioned it. It’s got an impressive height adjustment range. The user manual/instruction booklet is short for this very reason. Nobody will ever buy one of these for its massive adjustability; it’s just not there.

Nobody will gravitate to this stool on the grounds of comfort, either. While it does sport a modest amount of conventional block foam padding with PU upholstery covering it, there’s not enough padding to make it a comfortable seating option if you spend 8+ hours sitting on the stool and working on your computer. It’s not designed and optimized for that.

We can’t say we love that it’s upholstered in PU, either. PU has two problems, but only one matters for this stool.

The first problem (which doesn’t bother us much in this case) is that PU isn’t breathable. The longer you sit on it, the hotter you’ll get. Since this chair wasn’t designed for extended periods of sitting anyway, that’s not an issue.

The second issue is that PU isn’t as durable as an upholstery option. Even if you’re incredibly careful, you can expect it to start peeling and cracking after a year and a half of light to moderate daily use. If you have pets, you can expect it to last about five minutes after your pet discovers the new piece of furniture.

An image showing height adjustable feature of AmazonBasics Activity Office Tilt Stool

That’s not the end of the world, especially given the shockingly low price of the stool, but it is something to be mindful of.

So, if it’s not very adjustable and not blessed with abundant comfort, why buy it? It’s ergonomically excellent for two reasons, and sitting on the stool gives you an excellent low-intensity workout.

Since the AmazonBasics Activity Office Tilt stool moves as you move while you’re sitting on it, it keeps your spine properly aligned at all times. If you suffer from chronic back pain caused primarily by spinal compression, this stool will help alleviate that pain.

An image of AmazonBasics Adjustable Activity Office Tilt Stool showing wide range of motion

It’s also great for improving circulation in your legs. As we mentioned, sitting on one of these gives you a steady, low-intensity core workout that will help you burn more calories and tone your muscles.

If one of your goals is better health and fitness, but you don’t have the time to go to a gym, this handy stool can be valuable in your in-office fitness routine.

The other thing to remember is this: This type of stool wasn’t designed to accommodate or properly support power users who spend endless hours a day sitting in one spot. It’s optimized for people with active jobs who sit for short periods and then get up and move around.

If that describes your typical workday, or if you can restructure your day to do that, you’ll get a lot of use out of this stool. If not, you’ll be disappointed in your purchase.

Assembly is Super Simple

Most office furniture sold today comes unassembled, and the AmazonBasics Activity Office Tilt Stool is no exception. The good news is that the assembly process is straightforward and will take you all five minutes.

Given this, it’s no great surprise that the stool doesn’t come with an expert assembly option, and honestly, even if it did, we couldn’t recommend it in good conscience. Given how expensive those options are, the assembly option would cost more than the stool itself. It just wouldn’t be worth it for something that takes no more than a few minutes to put together.

Color Variations of AmazonBasics Adjustable Office Stool

A small image of AmazonBasics Adjustable Activity Office Tilt Stool in black color
Black
A small image of AmazonBasics Adjustable Activity Office Tilt Stool in grey color
Grey
A small image of AmazonBasics Adjustable Activity Office Tilt Stool in orange color
Orange

AmazonBasics Office Stool Pros and Cons

Since this is a very basic stool, there’s not a lot to talk about here, but in no particular order, here’s what we like best about the AmazonBasics Activity Stool:

  • It’s incredibly low-priced
  • Offered by a great company with a proven track record of post-sales service and support
  • It’s got a tremendously useful height adjustment range
  • It’s ergonomically excellent.

On the other hand:

  • It’s not a great-looking piece of furniture
  • It only supports a very modest amount of user weight
  • It’s not built to last

AmazonBasics Adjustable Activity Office Tilt Stool Review Conclusion

Overall, we feel that the pros outweigh the cons here, but we’ll quickly point out that even if you fall in love with this little stool, it’s not the last one you’ll ever own. The AmazonBasics Adjustable Activity Office Tilt Stool is a ‘starter stool.’ It’s a great option for anyone on a budget and anyone who’s not 100% sold on unconventional office seating and looking for a cheap way to experiment with it.

On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.

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