In a Nutshell:

The Varier Move Ergonomic Stool is a superb piece of unconventional office furniture and a great alternative to a standard office chair for some people. Recommended for anyone who’s dissatisfied with conventional office furniture and who doesn’t need something designed for sitting for extended periods.

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

Overall Rating

4.1/5
* 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

  • Ideal for active sitting
  • Helps alleviate pains
  • Promotes good posture
  • High-quality

Drawbacks

  • Expensive
  • 250-pound weight limit
Varier Move Ergonomic Stool
4.1

Recommended For: Anyone who’s dissatisfied with conventional office furniture and who doesn’t need something designed for sitting for extended periods.

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Has your current office chair been underwhelming? Does it not deliver the kind of seating experience you were hoping for?

Do you find conventional office furniture frustrating? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you will be intrigued by our Varier Move review.

We’ll quickly say that this type of office seating isn’t for everyone; it is unconventional, after all! For the right person, though, the Varier Move stool could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

In the following sections, we’ll tell you about the Varier Move chair and what it can do for you. We won’t pull any punches, though, and will also let you know about its limitations, so you’ll have all the information you need right at your fingertips to decide if it’s a good fit for you, the kind of work you’re doing, and how you plan to use it. If that sounds good to you, let’s dive right in and see what the Move offers!

Key Features of the Varier Move Tilting Saddle Stool

At first glance, this looks like a stool with a bicycle seat on it, and as such, you might be surprised to learn that it’s a type of office furniture. First impressions, however, can be deceiving. The Move stool is a powerful form of alternative seating designed and developed by Per Oie in 1985. To this day, it still sets the standard in the world of ergonomic office stools.

Chair Specifications

Light Grey Revive Fabric With Natural Ash Base Variants of  Varier Move Ergonomic Stool

In terms of basic stats, here’s what the Move looks like:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 17” x 16.5” x 9”
  • Stool Weight: 15.05 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 22” to 32”

Based on these stats, the Varier Move ergonomic stool is a versatile piece of furniture, but it’s clearly not for everyone. With a maximum weight limit of 250 pounds, it isn’t suitable for big and tall users despite having a maximum height that could theoretically accommodate them. If you meet the stool’s weight limit, though, you’ll find a lot to like about it as we dig more deeply into its capabilities.

We’ll discuss the stool’s ergonomic capabilities in the next section, but to keep with high-level observations, let’s focus on aesthetics.

Available Colors

Aesthetics

Once you get past the idea of sitting on a stool instead of a conventional office chair, you’ll find it reasonably attractive, well put together, and made of high-quality materials.

The base is beechwood, which was harvested in Europe and lacquered. The stool itself is well padded and comfortable, upholstered in a variety of fabrics and colors, and available with leather upholstery if you prefer.

Upholstery Options

Here’s a quick overview of the upholstery options you can select from:

Black Revive Fabric With Black Ash Base Variants of Varier Move Ergonomic Stool
  • Revive: 100% recycled polyester for those looking for a budget option.
  • Fame: 88% New Zealand Wool, blended with 12% Polyamide.
  • Leather: High-quality, supple semi-aniline with a light finish.
  • Breeze Fusion: 88% New Zealand Wool combined with 12% Polyamide (more breathable than Fame).
  • Halingdal: 70% New Zealand Wool, blended with 30% Viscost.
  • Dinamica: 88% polyester blended with 12% polyurethane.
  • Steelcut Trio 3: 95% New Zealand Wool, blended with 5% Nylon.
  • Dolce: 100% Rayon (another less expensive upholstery option).

Adjustability

There’s surprisingly little to discuss here. While the stool is incredibly adjustable, the only thing a person sitting in it has to do is flip the gas lift lever to adjust the seat height or move. Simply shifting your weight while sitting on the stool allows it to pivot and move with you, providing exceptional ergonomic support at every step. 

In that regard, it’s the most versatile type of office seating you’ll ever own. It essentially becomes an extension of you, providing exactly the support you need, exactly when you need it. 

It’s difficult to express how valuable this is. It’s one of those things that has to be experienced firsthand to be fully appreciated. But if you have an active job that sees you up and down all day, and even when you’re sitting, you’re stretching and moving regularly, one day in the Move stool, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one.

Accessories

As with other Varier products, this one has a small number of accessories available, although since this is, at the root, a stool, your options are more limited. You can choose from soft tape and glow rings. The soft tape will be of particular interest to anyone planning to use the stool on a hardwood floor, linoleum, or tile surface, while the glow rings will only interest those who want to give their new favorite office seat a bit of a high-tech look.

Assembly Is Required

Black Revive Fabric With Natural Ash Base Varier Move Stool

The vast majority of office furniture sold today doesn’t come assembled, and the move is no exception. The good news here, though, is that there’s not much to the process of assembling a stool. It will likely take you longer to get the pieces out of the box than it will to get them put together.

Combine that with the high production quality and clear instructions, and the table is set for a smooth assembly process. You won’t even need an extra pair of hands. In fact, this is one of those rare cases where having a second person assist might actually slow the process down a bit.

Pros and Cons of the Varier Move Stool

Like all other unconventional forms of office seating, the Varier Move Standing desk chair is almost entirely self-selecting. You either want one, or you don’t. If you don’t, nothing in this Varier Move review is likely to change your mind. It’s just not going to be a good fit for you.

The Move stool has much to offer if you want to explore other options and move away from the standard office chair. Specifically, the ideal user will be someone who:

  • Doesn’t plan to sit at a desk for eight hours a day. Move stool users tend to be active, sitting for short periods and then getting up to do other things before returning to their stool for more sitting-type work.
  • Suffer from lower back or leg pain and are interested in any seating that will allow them to remain productive. If you have pain in your hip region, see our office chairs for hip pain review.
  • Weigh 250 pounds or less.

The more of those bullet points that apply to you, the more you’ll love the Move.

The only other thing to discuss is the price. Many people will balk at shelling out hundreds of dollars on a stool. Yes, it’s an amazing piece of office furniture. Yes, it’s worth every penny. Even so, its price will put some people off or make it out of reach entirely.

Varier Move Review – Final Thoughts

We like the Varier Move stool. It’s very good at what it does, but the simple truth is that you either want one or you don’t. If you’re interested in unconventional office seating and are looking for an ergonomic stool in particular, the Move is unquestionably the one you want. Nothing else even comes close. 

In this market segment, there’s Varier and everyone else. No other company has the design chops or the post-sales support track record to compare.

For those people, we recommend the Move without reservation. For everyone else, while you might find it interesting, and while it would probably serve you well if you’re not 100% sure, you’re better off continuing your search.

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