In a Nutshell:
The Pipersong Meditation chair is a solid value that caters to a smallish, underserved segment of the market. It is recommended for users who weigh up to 250 pounds who are in the market for this type of chair (admittedly, a niche chair).
Value for the Money
Are you in the market for a new office chair that you can also use for meditation? Do you get fidgety over the course of the day and wish you could find a chair that would accommodate a range of seating positions?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you’re going to like what you read in this—our Pipersong chair review.
We’ll be the first to admit that this chair isn’t going to be for everyone. In fact, if ever there was a chair that cried out for classification as a niche product, this is probably it.
That said, if you’re a member of the niche that this chair is marketing to, then you already know it’s an underserved market. You just don’t find many good options that do what this chair can do, so the fact that it exists at all is pretty cool.
The big question is whether or not this chair is a good fit for you, and in the sections that follow, we’ll take you on a guided tour of everything the Pipersong has to offer, so you’ll have all the information you need to decide for yourself if this is the model you’ve been looking for.
If your interest is piqued, read on, and let’s take a closer look.
An Overview Of The Pipersong Meditation Chair
It’s an unusual sight. That’s the first thing that pops into most people’s minds when they see the chair for the first time. Even so, we regard this as a surprisingly strong component of our Pipersong chair review.
If you consider just the seat itself and not the modified “ottoman” that comes with it, it doesn’t look all that much different than the task stools you may have seen people at nail salons use.
The addition of the strange ottoman, however, gives it a distinctive look and really provides most of the innovative function of the chair.
The first question most people ask when they see it for the first time is, “Do I need a chair like this?”
In fairness, most people won’t. This was never meant to be a mass-market product but rather, a narrowly targeted niche product aimed at people who meditate on a regular basis and those who fidget in their office chairs a lot and are specifically looking for an office chair alternative that will accommodate how they want to sit while working.
If you’re not in that group, full stop. This chair will do absolutely nothing for you. If you are, read on and prepare to be impressed. And the next thing you should know is that if you decide you want one of these, you can order yours in either grey, tan, ivory, or black.
Unfortunately, even if you decide you want one of these, this model may not be right for you because it does have an important limitation to mention. To do that, though, and put it into its proper context, let’s take a look at the raw numbers that define the model. Here’s a quick overview:
These aren’t great numbers. They’re not awful, but there are a couple of problems here.
First, be aware that most of the furniture—office or otherwise—on the market today support about 300 pounds of user weight. This chair doesn’t meet that bar. In fact, while the seat itself supports up to 250 pounds, the ottoman only supports a maximum of 130, and the company warns away from sitting on it even if you weigh less than that.
Second, although the chair is padded with generous amounts of block foam, the seat is tiny—a 14.7” diameter circular seat.
Office chair seats are usually quite a lot bigger than this, and although there’s a fairly generous amount of padding, unless you’re tiny and have an ultra-small butt, parts of you are going to be hanging off the side. And if you need to spend any length of time at all sitting in the chair, that’s going to start getting uncomfortable in a hurry.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that the chair is clad in PU, which isn’t breathable. Again, that’s no big deal if you’re only spending 1-2 hours at a time in the chair, but if you’re planning on putting in a full day’s work, or honestly, even half a day, this chair is going to be murder.
So now we need to add a new caveat to the market this chair is targeting: people who don’t plan on using it very much during the course of a day (call it light daily use). This means that if you work from home or are looking for a chair you can spend 6-8 hours a day in, you’ll need a regular office chair, plus this one, which is starting to get expensive.
And this chair isn’t what we’d call cheap, to begin with.
See what we mean about it being kind of a niche product?
That said, assuming you are of light to medium build and rather long-legged (note the somewhat high seat height range), assuming you don’t plan on using the chair for extended periods of the day because you’ve got a regular office chair to use when you’re not in this one, and assuming you’re fidgety, or you’re in the market for a chair to meditate in, this is an awesome chair for you.
The Pipersong Meditation Chair Is Reasonably Comfortable And Moderately Adjustable
In our view, other Pipersong meditation chair reviews we’ve seen give the chair too much credit here.
We take a different approach, but we won’t be offering high praise in this section because we count the mobile ottoman as an “extra” and not an adjustment feature.
In terms of the classic kinds of adjustments you can make (comparing this chair with a regular office chair), about all you find on tap is the seat height adjustment range. There’s no proper lumbar support (though it does have a small seatback that can maybe work to provide you a little, depending on your body shape), no tilt and lock, or any of the other “usual” features.
On the other hand, as we mentioned earlier, it does boast a generous amount of high-density block foam padding, which makes up for the smallish seat size and lack of breathability—at least in the short run. Given the price they’re asking for this chair, this is honestly a little underwhelming, but the Pipersong makes up for it by offering that one glorious extra.
One Huge Extra On Tap
We’d call this the hands-down strongest component of our Pipersong chair review. If you decide you want one of these, this will be the reason you make the purchase.
The ottoman is amazing.
You can spin it all around the chair, and since it can support up to 130 pounds of weight, you can do everything but actually sit on it. That means you can contort yourself into any seating position you can dream up and position the ottoman such that it will support you.
If that’s your thing, then you’re going to love it, and this feature alone will make the chair more than worth the asking price.
Some Assembly Required
This probably won’t come as a shock to anyone reading, but if you decide you want one of these, it’s going to arrive at your door in a big box and in several pieces.
The good news is that the production quality is pretty high, so all of the pieces fit together as they should, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Even better, there are some very good assembly videos online if you’re more of a visual learner, so getting it ready for first use should be a simple matter and take no longer than 15-20 minutes, even if you’re doing it solo.
Variants of Pipersong Meditation Chair
Pros and Cons of Pipersong Meditation Chair
We like this chair, but we don’t love it. All of our issues with the design, however, can be written off by saying that “well, you’re not in the segment of the market this chair is aimed at.”
That’s true and completely fair, and in our view, that’s the problem. This isn’t just a niche product. It’s a super narrow niche product. We agree that this niche is underserved, and we’re thrilled that a chair like this exists, but the simple truth is, out of a hundred randomly selected people, only a handful are going to fit the target demographic for this chair.
Pipersong Chair Review Conclusion
We can only give the Pipersong a provisional recommendation. IF you weigh less than 250 pounds, IF you are a fidgety sitter, IF you don’t plan to use this chair more than just a couple of hours at a time and IF you have a good backup for the rest of the day, this chair absolutely belongs on your shortlist of options to consider.
The problem is—not many people are going to be able to check all of those boxes.
Other Options to Consider
If you’ve reached the end of this review and you’re not thrilled with this, here are a couple of other alternatives you may want to consider:
If you like the basic idea of the chair we just reviewed but it just won’t support enough user weight for you, check this one out.
Granted, it’s not as fancy and is only offered in two colors (black or red), but it will support up to 350 pounds of user weight and give you the same basic functionality while saving you a little money.
This option provides you with a different style of seating. It may not be exactly what you have in mind, but it does offer something new and different as compared with conventional office chair seating, and you can easily pair this with an ottoman to give yourself even more seating variations.
Reference & Resources
- Pipersong, Official Brand Website
- Meditation Poses: In Your Desk Chair, On the Floor, and More, Healthline.
- How to Sit When Learning Meditation, Very Well Mind.
- 9 Desk Stretches for People Who Sit All Day, Readers.