In a Nutshell:
ErgoErgo Stool is a low-cost, quirky fun alternative to conventional office seating. It is recommended for anyone 225 pounds or less who’s on a budget and looking for a fun alternative to their current office chair.
Value for the Money
Is your current office chair leaving you feeling underwhelmed? Are you on a budget and looking for a fun, playful alternative to conventional office seating? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then the ergoErgo stool might be exactly what you’ve been looking for!
We’ll be quick to admit that these colorful, innovative stools aren’t for everyone, but if they tickle your fancy when you read more about them in the sections below, they’re a fantastic, surprisingly versatile addition to any home or office.
If you’re curious to know more, let’s take a closer look, starting now.
An Overview of the ergoErgo Active Sitting Stool
At first glance, the ergoErgo looks like someone cross-bred a stool and an Ottoman, then added a slinky or one of those centipede child’s toys for good measure. It definitely has a fun, child-like aesthetic, and that might not be for everyone. If your home or office is filled with formal décor, the little ergoErgo is definitely going to stick out, but if your home is more casual, it’ll fit right in.
Before we go any further here in our ergoErgo Stool review, we should note that there are actually three model variants to choose from if you decide to order one. You can get the child-sized version, which stands 15.5” high, the standard version which stands 20.5” high, or the Plus-sized version, which also stands 20.5” high but has a wider seating area.
Both the child-sized and regular versions of the stool will support a maximum of 225 pounds of user weight, while the plus-sized version of the stool will support a maximum of 250 pounds of user weight.
You can order your ergoErgo in a variety of colors.
The modest weight limit is problematic and, in our view, is the main limitation of this stool. Most of the alternative office seating products on the market today support at least 250-pounds, and we regard even that as a bit on the light side. We’d love to see a future iteration of this stool with a 300+ pound weight limit, which would make it useful to the vast majority of the market, but we’re not sure how well that would work given the stool’s design.
It’s made of tough, recycled plastic and filled with air. That puts hard limits on how much weight it can ultimately support, and from our vantage point, there doesn’t seem to be a good way of improving or increasing that value. In any case, the modest weight limit will no doubt be a deal-breaker for a segment of the market.
Features of the ergoErgo Stool
There’s really nothing to say on the adjustability front. The stool is as tall as it is. There’s no changing it. If you want one of these stools, you’ll need to take a careful measurement of your legs and the height of your desk to make sure it’s a good fit.
Comfort-wise, there’s not much more to talk about than there was on the adjustability front. Since you’re essentially sitting on a cushion of air, it’s fairly comfy, but not extravagantly so. There’s no padding, but the plastic surface is textured to help keep you from sliding off of the thing.
Reading both of the paragraphs above in this section of our ergoErgo review, you might be wondering why anyone would buy one of these? The simple answer comes down to this: It’s one of the lowest-priced alternative seating options on the market. It’s fun and playful, and it’s a surprisingly good active seating stool!
Simply sitting on one of these will automatically help to improve your posture because if you slouch or sit improperly, you’re going to unbalance the stool, which is going to send you scrambling to regain your balance.
If you have poor sitting habits now, after about a week (or less) of sitting on one of these, you’ll be cured of that. It’s delightfully lightweight (weighing less than ten pounds), so it’s nothing to pick up and haul to another room with you if you want, and when you’re sitting on the stool, it moves with you as you move.
Lean forward; the stool leans too. Lean to the side, the stool follows right along. It’s cool, and although you’ll barely notice it as you’re sitting there going about your day, it’ll give your core a great, low-intensity workout, in addition to helping alleviate your pain if you suffer from chronic back pain, especially if it’s caused by spinal compression.
Those are the things that really make the ergoErgo compelling.
No Assembly Required
The ergoErgo Active Sitting Stool comes ready to use. Take it out of the box, put it where you want it, and sit down. That’s all there is to it.
Color Variants of ErgoErgo
Pros and Cons of the ergoErgo Active Sitting Stool
As you can see, this little stool isn’t going to be for everyone. The two biggest reasons you’ll shy away from it are its modest weight limit, and its fun, playful design.
If you like fun and playful, this little stool will probably fit in beautifully in either your home or office. If you’re not a fan, then you’ll probably pass the ergoErgo by without a second thought.
The only improvement we’d like to see is an increase to the maximum supported weight, but as we said earlier, it’s unclear how that would even be possible given the materials and construction constraints.
Final Thoughts: ergoErgo Stool Review
The ergoErgo stool is good but falls short of greatness. Its modest weight limit and peculiar aesthetic limit its appeal, and the fact that it’s not adjustable in any way limits its appeal further.
Nonetheless, if you are:
This colorful, unique stool deserves your attention! On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.
References & Resources
- ErgoErgo, Official Brand Website.
- Key Features and Buying Guide for Active Sitting Stools, Uncaged Ergonomics.
- Alternative Office Chairs: A Scientific Approach to Seating, India Study Channel.
- Students Respond Positively to Alternative Seating Options, Olathe Public Schools.
- Your Office Chair: Dangers and Alternatives, Launch Workplaces.