Jobri BetterPosture Saddle Chair Review

Jobri BetterPosture Saddle Chair
  • Value
  • Comfort
  • Aesthetic Flexibility*
  • Brand Reliability**
3.5

Summary

A basic, fully functional saddle-style ergonomic office stool. Jobri BetterPosture Saddle Chair is recommended for anyone with an active job who does as much sitting as standing and moving about. Especially good for leg circulation, hip pain, and improved posture.

* 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 décor schemes.
** 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.

Are you dissatisfied with your current office chair? Do you suffer from leg pain, poor circulation in your legs, or hip pain? Are you interested in considering alternative office seating solutions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you’re going to like what you see in this product review!

The Jobri BetterPosture saddle chair isn’t for everyone, but for the right person, it can be a game changer. In the sections that follow, we’ll outline everything this great little stool can do and how it can help make you feel better and improve your posture.

It may be the case that by the end, you decide this isn’t the solution you’ve been looking for, and that’s okay. Alternative office seating isn’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to think outside the box and consider the possibility of saying goodbye to the conventional office chair, this model will pleasantly surprise you. Let’s jump right in and see what it can do!

An Overview of the Jobri BetterPosture Saddle Chair

You may have seen, heard about, or used Jobri products. They’re not one of the industry’s Titans, but they have been around a good while, and they make consistently good products, with this being a fine example of their work.

Aesthetically, there’s not much to say about this stool. It is what it is. Neither especially attractive nor ugly. It’s got a smallish footprint and is unassuming so that it will blend seamlessly into the background in most home and office settings.

In terms of basic stats, here’s what you’re looking at with the Jobri BetterPosture Saddle Chair:

A side pose of Jobri Betterposture Saddle Chair in red color.
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 25” x 14” x 28”
  • Stool Weight: 17.5 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 21” to 28”

One thing you’ll notice about ergonomic stools is that the vast majority of them on the market today don’t support a ton of weight, with 250 pounds being pretty standard. Some companies do make bariatric saddle-style stools that are capable of supporting a good bit more, so if you’re bigger and taller, don’t get discouraged that this one isn’t right for you.

Also, note the impressive seat height adjustment range. While office chairs tend to use gas lifts with a four-inch range, stools tend to be more adjustable, which means you can use them at a standard desk, a drafting table, or even a standing desk if you like.

The one drawback we’ll mention at this point in our Jobri Saddle Chair review is the stool’s upholstery. It’s covered in PU, which looks nice enough but isn’t very durable. After about a year of heavy daily use, it will start peeling and cracking. You can stretch that out to two if you only use it lightly to moderately every day, but much beyond that and the upholstery is going to start showing its age, even with meticulous care.

The good news on that front is that there’s not a lot of upholstery to contend with, so it’s easy enough to simply have the seat re-upholstered when it starts getting a little ragged, assuming the base is still in good shape. That’s a quick, easy, inexpensive way to vastly extend its useful life.

Features of the Jobri BetterPosture Ergonomic Saddle Chair

Adjustability and Comfort

In terms of adjustability, the only thing to talk about here in our Jobri BetterPosture Saddle Chair review is the height adjustment feature. Since there’s no seatback or anything else in the way of extras, there’s just not much to adjust. That too is fairly typical of this type of office seat.

Comfort-wise, if you’ve never tried an ergonomic stool, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The seat is sufficiently padded to provide a comfortable perch for short to medium-duration stints.

The important thing to remember, though, is that ergonomic stools weren’t really designed for power users who spend 8+ hours at their desks. They’re designed for people with fairly active jobs that see them sitting for short periods, then up and moving about for a time.

If that’s not the kind of job you have, and given that this stool doesn’t offer any sort of back support, it’s probably not the solution you’re looking for.

A back side image of Jobri Betterposture Saddle Chair in black color.

Benefits of Using A Stool

On the other hand, it’s really good at several different things, including:

  • Fostering good posture - It’s almost impossible to sit incorrectly in one of these
  • Improving blood flow and circulation in your legs – Stools like these are a great choice for anyone who suffers from sciatica or other chronic leg pain, or who has poor circulation generally. This type of seating is also great for people who are recovering from surgery but want to get back in the game a little more quickly.
  • The shape and design of the seat make this a superb choice for anyone who suffers from hip pain, including hip pain caused by arthritis.

Does Not Come Assembled

Very few pieces of office furniture sold today come pre-assembled, and the Jobri stool is no exception. The good news is that it will take you longer to unbox the stool than it will to put it together. You snap the casters into place, attach the seat, and you’re good to go. It’s fast and easy.

Pros and Cons of Jobri Saddle Chair

The biggest negative associated with unconventional office seating is that it’s not something most people are interested in. Most people want an actual office chair, and they won’t seriously consider anything else.

An image of Tilting Seat in black color.

There’s nothing wrong with that; everybody has their own tastes and preferences, but office stools are very much a niche product.

In terms of this stool, in particular, the only two things we’d like to see are these:

  •  A ruggedized frame capable of supporting more user weight, but again, there are stools out there like that, so it’s not much of a knock, really.
  • And better upholstery. This, in our view, is a genuine weakness. The frame will certainly last longer than the upholstery, and it wouldn’t take much to significantly upgrade the stool on that front.

It’s a simple product, and it’s very good at what it does.

Final Thoughts on Jobri Saddle Chair Review

We like the Jobri BetterPosture saddle chair, but we readily admit that it’s not for everyone. In our view, the ideal user will be someone who:

  • Weighs less than 250 pounds
  • Has an active job that sees them up and moving around as often as they’re sitting for a typical day
  • Suffers from poor leg circulation, sciatica or other leg pain, hip pain or arthritis, and is looking for a seating solution to help them be more productive
  • And someone who doesn’t mind looking beyond the conventional office chair to try other solutions.

The more of those that apply to you, the happier you’ll be with this stool. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.


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