Do you suffer from poor circulation in your legs? What about hip pain, whether caused by arthritis or something else?

Is your chronic pain keeping you from being as productive as you once were, and are you frustrated by the fact that your current office chair isn’t helping as much as you’d hoped?

If you answered yes to those questions, you’ll love our review of the Salli saddle-style office stools. 

About the Salli Brand

Haven’t you heard of Salli? Unless you work in the medical profession, we’d be surprised if you had. They’re a small company based in Finland, but they’re giants in their field with a well-deserved reputation for excellence.

Salli makes various products, from its world-famous saddle-style stools to innovative ergonomic desks and paddle boats. We’ll focus on the saddle chairs only for this review, but if you’re ready to consider alternatives to conventional office seating, you’ll love the products this company makes. 

Not only are they of exceptionally high quality, but the sky’s the limit in customizing them so they fit both you and the way you work perfectly.

Although the company makes a wide range of stools, four define the brand. The other stools are minor variations of the design themes established by the “Big Four.” As such, we’ll talk about them first and then provide details on the subtle differences that make their minor variations important and compelling.

We’ll quickly say that Salli Saddle Chairs aren’t for everyone. Still, as you read this review and learn more about their products, we think you’ll agree: If you’re in the market for an alternative to conventional office seating, these stool chairs belong on your short list of considerations.

Before we get into the details of their main products, let’s start with a broad overview of the Big Four:

 
 
 
 
Primary Rating:
4.4
Primary Rating:
4.2
Primary Rating:
4.1
Primary Rating:
4.0
Value:
4.8
Value:
4.3
Value:
4.0
Value:
3.8
Comfort:
4.3
Comfort:
4.0
Comfort:
3.8
Comfort:
3.7
Aesthetic Flexibility*:
4.0
Aesthetic Flexibility*:
4.0
Aesthetic Flexibility*:
4.0
Aesthetic Flexibility*:
4.0
Brand Reliability:
4.5
Brand Reliability:
4.5
Brand Reliability:
4.5
Brand Reliability:
4.5
Overall Dimensions:
24” x 24” x 22.5” to 30”
Overall Dimensions:
25” x 25” x 22.5” to 30”
Overall Dimensions:
25” x 25” x 22.5” to 30”
Overall Dimensions:
22” x 22” x 22.5” to 30”
Total Weight:
30 pounds
Total Weight:
30 pounds
Total Weight:
25 pounds
Total Weight:
16.5 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
330 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
260 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
260 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
260 pounds
Seat Height:
22.5” to 30”
Seat Height:
22.5” to 30”
Seat Height:
22.5” to 30”
Seat Height:
22.5” to 30”
Recommended for:
Anyone who can afford one, but it’s of particular value in offices or households where multiple people will be using the stool. Also provides the strongest ergonomic and therapeutic benefit for people who suffer from arthritis pain, leg pain, and poor circulation.
Recommended for:
Anyone. It’s pricey, but worth it.
Recommended for:
This is the model most preferred by women the world over.
Recommended for:
While not as robust or full-featured, this variant still provides powerful ergonomic benefits. Best suited to women, smaller adults and children.
Primary Rating:
4.4
Value:
4.8
Comfort:
4.3
Aesthetic Flexibility*:
4.0
Brand Reliability:
4.5
Overall Dimensions:
24” x 24” x 22.5” to 30”
Total Weight:
30 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
330 pounds
Seat Height:
22.5” to 30”
Recommended for:
Anyone who can afford one, but it’s of particular value in offices or households where multiple people will be using the stool. Also provides the strongest ergonomic and therapeutic benefit for people who suffer from arthritis pain, leg pain, and poor circulation.
Primary Rating:
4.2
Value:
4.3
Comfort:
4.0
Aesthetic Flexibility*:
4.0
Brand Reliability:
4.5
Overall Dimensions:
25” x 25” x 22.5” to 30”
Total Weight:
30 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
260 pounds
Seat Height:
22.5” to 30”
Recommended for:
Anyone. It’s pricey, but worth it.
Primary Rating:
4.1
Value:
4.0
Comfort:
3.8
Aesthetic Flexibility*:
4.0
Brand Reliability:
4.5
Overall Dimensions:
25” x 25” x 22.5” to 30”
Total Weight:
25 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
260 pounds
Seat Height:
22.5” to 30”
Recommended for:
This is the model most preferred by women the world over.
Primary Rating:
4.0
Value:
3.8
Comfort:
3.7
Aesthetic Flexibility*:
4.0
Brand Reliability:
4.5
Overall Dimensions:
22” x 22” x 22.5” to 30”
Total Weight:
16.5 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
260 pounds
Seat Height:
22.5” to 30”
Recommended for:
While not as robust or full-featured, this variant still provides powerful ergonomic benefits. Best suited to women, smaller adults and children.

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.
** Brand Reliability: This metric 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.

A Closer Look: Salli Saddle Chairs

Salli Multi Adjuster

Salli MultiAdjuster Ergonomic Saddle Seat
4.4

Recommended For: Anyone who can afford one, but it’s of particular value in offices or households where multiple people will be using the stool.

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The Salli Multiadjuster Chair isn’t officially labeled as such but can rightly be considered Salli’s flagship model. While all the company’s stools are ergonomically designed and surprisingly comfortable, the Multi Adjuster takes things to the next level.

Salli Saddle Chairs Salli Multi Adjuster Front View - Chair Institute

This version features an anatomical split seat and includes an adjustment mechanism to control the width between the split. This is essentially the saddle-stool “version” of a seat width adjustment and is an amazing innovation.

In addition to enhancing the chair’s ergonomic value, the ability to control the width of the split makes this model ideal for offices where more than one person will be using the stool. It’s also great for people who suffer from hip arthritis, as it allows you to create greater separation and gently but steadily stretch the muscles and joints in your lower body. 

It is a bit more expensive than the company’s other models but worth the extra money. It is one of the most ergonomically powerful stools on the market today.

Salli Twin

Salli Twin Saddle Seat
4.2

Recommended For: Anyone. It’s pricey, but worth it.

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This is an update to the company’s original design. The Salli Twin Saddle Chair provides all the same great ergonomic benefits as the original but has an anatomically split seat for greater comfort. It is also compatible with all of the company’s extras and add-ons.

Salli Classic

Salli Classic Saddle Seat
4.1

Recommended For: This is the model most preferred by women the world over.

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This is the company’s original design and is preferred by Salli’s female customers. The one-piece design is sheer simplicity and provides exceptional ergonomic support. The Salli Classic Saddle chair has one drawback; however, that may be a deal breaker for some users.

As the company’s oldest design, the Salli Classic predates all of the company’s accessories. Unfortunately, none of the accessories offered later are compatible with this chair.

Salli Light

Salli Light Basic Saddle Chair
4.0

Recommended For: While not as robust or full-featured, this variant still provides powerful ergonomic benefits. Best suited to women, smaller adults, and children.

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The Salli Light Swing is a trimmed-down, more mobile version of the company’s classic design. As with the original chair, it isn’t compatible with the company’s various accessories. While it can be modified to suit larger folk, its true purpose and ultimately best fit are smaller adults (especially women, who tend to favor the classic design) and children.

Minor Variants

Salli Care MultiAdjuster

This is a more lightly built variant of the standard Multi Adjuster, which supports slightly less weight than the main design. If you weigh less than 260 pounds, are interested in the Multi Adjuster, and want to save money on the purchase, this one will work well for you.

Note that Salli Care chairs are the sustainable and affordable versions of their premium chairs. The difference with Salli Care chairs:

  • The seat is made up of four pieces of leather that are left over from the production of other chair models.
  • Plastic Base
  • Only available in black color

Other Salli Care chairs available:

Salli Swing

While the standard Salli Stools feature a stationary saddle-style seat, the seat on the “Swing” variants (this one and the SwingFit) has been redesigned to rock and tilt, giving you a much broader range of movement, which works beautifully in tandem with the chair’s rolling casters.

Salli Swing Saddle Seat
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Salli Strong

A ruggedized version of the classic chair that can support up to 330 pounds of user weight.

Salli Strong Saddle Chair
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Salli TripleFit

A lighter-weight version of the multi-adjust chair, ideal for smaller adults and children.

Salli TripleFIt

Salli Sway

This chair and its cousin, the SwayFit, are variants of the Swing chair. Like the Swing, it offers a tilting and swaying seat, but the range of movement isn’t as impressive as on the Swing. If you like that functionality and want to save money, this more budget-friendly option still gives you access to the feature.

Front Image View of Salli Sway

Brewer 135DSS

This variant will not interest anyone outside the medical profession. It has been designed and optimized for dental, medical, and veterinary technicians.

Front Image View of Brewer 135DSS

Salli Job

This is a simple, scaled-down variant of the Twin design, ideal for job shops, assembly lines, workshops, etc. It is the company’s most budget-friendly model but is also its least capable. It is best suited for people who only need a seat for short periods and are up and moving about.

Front Image View of Salli Job

Customizing Your Chair

When you buy one of these, Salli gives you tremendous freedom when selecting the particulars. Among other things, you can customize:

  • The base
  • The casters
  • The type of gas lift you want (and its height adjustment range)
  • And you can add various “enhancements” if you know you’ll want them (these are covered in a later section of this Salli Saddle Chair review)

With that in mind, treat the seat height adjustment range in the overview table as merely a guideline. It’s there to give you a general guide, but the range can be custom-tailored to your specific needs because the company offers four different gas lift options.

Upholstery Options

Whichever model you ultimately select, the company offers a variety of upholstery options, allowing you to select from:

  • Scandinavian A1 or A2 quality bovine leather
  • Disinfectable artificial leather
  • Antistatic ESD fabric and ESD artificial leather

If you opt for leather upholstery, you can select from any of the following colors:

  • Orange
  • Green
  • Sea Blue
  • White
  • Ferrari
  • Forest
  • Navy Blue
  • Pearl Grey
  • Black
  • Piquet Red
  • Vintage Brown
  • Purple
  • Stone Grey
  • Piquet Black
  • Wine
  • Saddle
  • Violet
  • Vintage Graphite

If you opt for artificial leather, you can choose from among the following colors:

  • White
  • Ocean Blue
  • Bone
  • Azurite
  • Ash
  • Hibiscus
  • Sea Green
  • Black

If you select ESD fabric, the following color options are available:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Red
  • Grey

You can also order seat covers, either black (100% cotton) or dark blue (spark-protected pile fabric, 100% polyester).

If that wasn’t enough, if you like, the company can upholster your chair with your own, unique material if you have something you’d like to use.

Accessories and Extras

One of the coolest things about the Salli Brand is that they’ve worked hard to provide more than “just” an ergonomic stool. There are several extras you can order to really customize whichever variant you gravitate to.

Some of these extras are things you’d expect: replacement gas lifts, replacement casters, seat slipcovers and a replacement for the base.

These are all excellent, and they allow you to make piecemeal replacements for the various components of your Salli Chair. So, if you’re happy with your purchase, you’ll never actually have to buy a new one. You can just replace components as they wear out and keep right on using your new favorite stool. 

This is one of the many things the company gets right, and it’s a detail we love. Why this isn’t a standard practice for every company in the industry, we’re not sure, but it’s fantastic!

Those types of accessories, however, are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The accessories below will allow you to dramatically increase your chair’s versatility and function, depending on what your needs are.

Here’s a quick overview of your options and possibilities:

Salli Armrests

Salli Armrests Image of Salli Saddle Chairs

These come in a variety of shapes and styles depending on how you work and what you need them for, but it all comes down to the same basic idea. Stools like these don’t usually have armrests, and that can be limiting depending on the type of work you do. 

It’s not a problem if you have a Salli Stool, though; just browse the possibilities and order your own custom-fitting arms!

Salli Back Stretch

This accessory supposedly allows you to do some in-chair stretching exercises to help prevent fatigue and muscle strain while you’re working. A happy side effect, however, is that it also works as a decent seatback. 

That’s huge because one of the biggest and most often cited reasons people tend to shy away from this type of office seating is the conspicuous absence of any back support.

Adding the feature will cost you a little more, but that’s entirely within the realm of possibility for Salli owners!

Salli Elbow Table

A Salli Elbow Table of Salli Saddle Chair

This is, in our view, flat-out amazing. It obviously won’t be something everyone needs. Still, if you work in a highly fluid, rapidly changing environment, having a small but functional desktop space attached to your chair is a tremendous boon.

Even better, you can detach it quickly and easily, so if you can work at a proper desk for part of the day, you can leave it off and then attach the elbow table as your needs change throughout the day. Of the various accessories offered, this one is our favorite.

The Company’s Philosophy and Other Products

Most of the company’s products are designed to conceptualize the office of the future and make it real today. As such, the ergonomic desks and work tables they sell are designed to blend seamlessly and be an excellent companion to the seating solutions they sell.

While reviewing their office desks and tables is beyond the scope of this article, we wanted to mention those products at least here. If you venture to the company’s website, we heartily recommend checking them out. Any of them would make an excellent companion for your Salli stool. When the day comes that you need a new office desk, any of the models you find on the company’s site would be an excellent option.

Post Sales Service and Support

For such a small company, Salli offers unbelievably good support both before and after the sale. They’ve got you covered if you have a special request regarding your stool’s upholstery. Once you’ve made your purchase, if there’s a problem, they’ll quickly handle it.

The only potential wrinkle is that they are a European company, so there are a few more hoops to jump through to get in touch and get replacement parts since they have to be shipped in from Europe, but those are minor issues in the greater scheme of things.

When all is said and done, Salli makes you feel taken care of, and isn’t that what you want from any company you do business with?

Pros & Cons of Salli Saddle Chair

We can’t think of a single negative association with the brand. They’re an exceptional company that makes well-designed, long-lasting, incredibly durable products. Even better, they offer an unmatched level of customization and provide world-class post-sales service and support.

The only potential downsides don’t have anything to do with the company per se but are worth giving brief mentions to nonetheless:

First, these are expensive products. Then again, they’re of European manufacture, built to last, and come with outstanding warranties, averaging 10 years (this varies depending on exactly what you buy). Sure, you’ll pay a premium, but you get a quality product. Given the modular construction of the stools, if a component finally wears out, you can replace it and keep using your new favorite stool.

Second, as with all unconventional office seating, these stools are almost entirely self-selecting products. You’re either willing to take a chance on or actively in the market for some alternative seating solution, or you’re not.

If you aren’t, then it won’t matter how many glowing things we say about them; you’re just not going to be interested in getting one of these stools. If you are, Salli belongs on your short list of brands to consider. This may well be the last office stool you’ll ever buy.

Salli Saddle Chairs Review Conclusion

We recommend the Salli Saddle Chairs without reservation to anyone interested in unconventional office seating, but note that these stool chairs will be of particular value to people who suffer from the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip Pain (whether caused by arthritis or something else)
  • Sciatica
  • Other forms of leg pain
  • And poor blood circulation in the legs

These stools are also an excellent option for anyone recovering from a surgical procedure. They’re great products offered by an outstanding company.

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