After several hours of research, I managed to elect the 6 best bar stools on the online market. Some brands clearly stand out from the competition, offering original and comfortable stools.
If I only had to choose one model from this selection to fit out a small bar area in my living room, it would be the Woltu BH30ws-2 . It is equipped with a footrest, a backrest adjustable in height and the seat is padded for good comfort.
The best cheap bar stools
First of all, it should be noted that bar stools are sold online generally in sets of two or four. Stools sold in lots are cheaper than single pieces, which is why I have only selected sets of two, but you can still find these models by the piece if you wish.
Woltu BH30ws-2 : the best cheap
The Woltu BH30ws-2 is a set of two bar stools. This model is equipped with a padded seat and has a faux leather covering. It is adjustable in height and is available in 9 different colors! The total height is 84-106 cm: it can be adjusted to around 60-82 cm using the lever. The seat is swivel and you have a small footrest to be able to rest your legs.
Woltu is a German brand specializing in household furniture and car seat covers. This brand likes to play on mixtures of tones, materials and volumes. You will therefore find among the products it offers classic models and colors such as white and black, but also more original models such as two-color models.
The materials that are most often used by Woltu are steel and wood. Some of their bar stools have armrests, others do not. The first model that I present to you here, is a model that includes armrests on each side of the seat. The style is quite elegant, the 35 x 38 cm seat being in imitation leather and the foot in chromed steel.
The coating, however, according to users, is quite fragile and sensitive to scratches. Be careful therefore, that your cat does not make its claws on it under penalty of finding your seat reduced to shreds…
According to users, it is a bar stool that is comfortable, stable and very easy to assemble. In a living room, a kitchen, a bar, near a counter, it can easily find utility while being decorative. Bar stools are seats that bring a touch of conviviality to a room: they are both functional and decorative elements that will certainly not go unnoticed!
Langria : a minimalist bar stool
The Manhattan Langria bar stool is a faux leather model with a chrome leg. The seat can rotate 360 degrees and the height is adjustable from 62 to 84 cm. You have a small footrest again, but as far as this model is concerned, there is no armrest, and the backrest is content with the bare minimum. This stool still offers good value for money, and it’s the cheapest of my selection!
Langria is an American brand specializing in furniture and household items. It diversifies its products in the beauty department and offers articles to facilitate the daily life of users. Let us take a closer look at the Manhattan bar stool, which only bears its name for style because it does not come from America…
It stands out from the competition by a fairly firm seat and a minimalist look: it is not a seat that will be very comfortable if you want to sit there for long hours, but for a drink or a bite to eat at the counter, this will be more than enough, except for people who need support to maintain their back!
The red color will bring a touch of pep to your interior, and will not fail to bring out your bar. Other colors are also available! The chrome finishes bring a brilliant touch to the whole. Ideal for a cocktail bar or in a workspace to enjoy a small aperitif with colleagues!
This model has obtained SGS certification for its safety: it is stable and can support a maximum load of 120 kg. The base that keeps the stool on the floor has a rubber protection to prevent scratches.
As for the assembly, all the necessary tools are provided with the assembly manual, but note however – even if the assembly is not complicated in itself – that the manual is in English…
Woltu BS9108 : a duo that defies the competition
The Woltu BS9108 bar stool is available in sets of 2 and in different colors. Installed in a cafeteria, an open kitchen, a living room, around a counter, etc. this model can easily find its place in a modern interior! It is aesthetic, practical and of good quality overall.
The chromed metal structure provides good stability on the ground. The foot is notably equipped with a non-slip rubber coating to keep your seat in place and thus avoid any incident. Your floor will also be protected from scratches!
As for the assembly, again, nothing very complicated: the only problem is that the manual is not in French, even if the manual is illustrated. According to the users who got down to the assembly, it does not take much time, a few minutes will be enough for each stool.
Once assembled, you can enjoy a comfortable seat thanks to its padding and its imitation leather covering. The dimensions of the seat are 44 x 38 cm so that you can enjoy a comfortable space.
The backrest is 32 cm high and your seat can be adjusted from 92 to 114 cm using the lever. You can also rotate 360 degrees and place your legs on the chrome steel footrest. This footrest, identical to that of the Woltu BH30ws-2 , is however quite narrow.
In summary, the only drawbacks noted are the footrest which is a bit narrow, and the assembly instructions which are not available in French. According to some users, the coating is also a bit fragile. Otherwise, it is a seat that offers a wide range of colors, beautiful finishes and that will suit as well for a bar, a lounge, a kitchen …
The best mid-range bar stools
Among the mid-range models, I offer bar stools fixed on four legs, which are equipped with a comfortable backrest and seat. They also have a footrest so you can rest your legs. Their design is sleek but elegant. They will certainly be able to find a special place in a kitchen or living room!
Woltu Set of 2 : the best mid-range
The Woltu Lot of 2 is a new set of two presented by the German brand Woltu which I already told you about in the first section. This seat offers a footrest and a total height of 96.5 cm! The maximum load of this stool is 100 kg.
The association of solid wood with the seat in imitation leather offers a visually aesthetic rendering in Scandinavian style. The four light wooden legs provide good stability for this seat. This Woltu stool is easy to assemble: no tools are required. You can also easily clean the seat. The feet of this model are less messy than chrome bases which easily show fingerprints.
The 24 cm high backrest is made of plastic and is not adjustable. This fixed model with four legs nevertheless offers better safety than a model with adjustable legs. The backrest, on the other hand, is a bit fragile, which is a shame … According to some users, the seat of approximately 38.5 x 33 cm is also a bit small!
The Woltu BH45ws-2 is ideal for an open kitchen, with its mixture of materials. The German brand is not short of ideas! Their creative and authentic design can integrate a large number of interiors.
The chromed steel circle will allow you to rest your legs, while giving an extra touch of elegance to the whole. The rounded corners and edges are also safer than pointed corners.
By cons, there is no manual in French for assembly, but do not panic, the diagram is clear enough to allow easy assembly. Finally, note that this model is available in 4 colors: black, white, gray and multicolored patchwork!
vidaXL 2 : a modern industrial style
The vidaXL 2 stool is a steel model which clearly differs from previous models in style. Entirely black, it is equipped with four legs, and looks more like a large chair than the other models. It is simple to assemble, but it is not necessarily easy to maintain because it quickly marks fingerprints.
You have to have a small size to climb on this stool: the dimensions are 43 x 43 x 101 cm (W x D x H) and the seat is barely 31 cm wide. The backrest height is comfortable with a height of 25 cm. The total height of the seat, from the ground, is 76 cm.
The only drawback noted by users is that the seat is a bit narrow and not very comfortable if you want to sit there for a long time. In this case, I advise you to install small chair cushions.
Its simple design appeals to many users: it is a minimalist stool, neat, and which offers good stability. On the other hand, do not lean completely against the backrest, because you risk slipping …
During installation, you have the option of not mounting the files if you consider that they are not necessary for your use.
This model also incorporates a footrest for good comfort (and to hold you back if you manage to slide …). It is a stool less comfortable than the others in this selection, but it is a solid and design model. An economical choice, moreover, since again, this model is delivered in sets of two!
The best high-end bar stools
In this high-end section, I invite you to discover a set of two bar stools from a brand recognized in the sale of furniture online. These stools offer a nice design and materials that are both solid and aesthetic.
vidaXL Set of 2 : the best high-end
The vidaXL stools are made of synthetic leather for a high-end effect and for more resistance. They are adjustable in height and have an armrest on each side of the seat. The black and brown style of this vidaXL model is timeless: the seat is covered with high quality synthetic leather (19% leather) and its curved wooden frame gives it a unique look!
The chromed iron structure reinforces the general structure and brings good stability to the whole. You also have a footrest for your comfort, and you can adjust your seat from 61.5 to 83.5 cm. The height of the backrest is 27 cm, and the seat has a width of 42 cm (the depth of the seat is 40 cm). The height of the armrests is 20 cm so that you are comfortably seated.
The leather and the backrest are flexible and soft to the touch. The seat is swivel so you can sit at the bar while being free to move. These are spacious seats. The adjustment mechanism makes it easy to adjust the height of this stool so that it can be adjusted to the height of a bar or a worktop.
Users particularly appreciate its design, the ease of assembly, and the comfort that these seats provide. The only drawback noted by users is the fragility of this model which is unfortunately sensitive to scratches. So handle with care when mounting and when using them.
How to choose your bar stool?
A bar stool can be an essential element if you have a bar or counter in your kitchen, living room, etc. It is an element of functional and decorative furniture, which contributes to the conviviality of a living room.
Stools, for the sake of comfort, are often designed with care: they are generally designed with a comfortable seat, a footrest, an adjustable height and a backrest for people who need good support for their backs .
In the guide that follows, you will find all the main characteristics to consider when finding an ideal stool. The main selection criteria are the height of the stool, the foot, the seat and the type of material used, as well as the design.
Dimensions and height adjustment
Measures are important when it comes to a stool: each person must be able to adjust the seat to the height of their counter or table to be able to be installed comfortably. The size of an ideal counter should allow you to lengthen your legs or rest them on a footrest.
For more stability, you can obviously opt for a fixed model fitted with four feet, but watch carefully that the height of the stool corresponds well to the dimensions of your furniture. You can also have models that are equipped with an armrest for better comfort.
So calculate the height of your tray, your table, your small bar or counter. A space of approximately 30 cm is recommended for greater freedom of movement (for the comfort of your legs too), although a smaller gap may be enough if you want to lean on the bar.
A stool can be fitted with one or four legs. Stools that have only one leg often have a rounded or square shape. Ideally, the base should be non-slip: it is always better for your safety and that of your floor.
The importance of having a backrest on your seat can quickly take on its full meaning if it is for a prolonged sitting. You will indeed be better installed on a model that has a backrest, especially if you suffer from back problems. On the other hand, a backless model will be practical and space-saving for a short-term seat.
The manufacturers try to stand out with an original design: you can have Scandinavian style stools, vintage, contemporary, and different types of materials such as stainless steel, wood or rattan for example.
The structure can be made of metal, plastic or wood. The most resistant materials are chrome steel, wrought iron, oak and beech.
The seat is often designed in imitation leather or synthetic fiber. The padding is more or less thick depending on the model. On some seats, however, it will be necessary to install a small cushion to make the seat comfortable.
As for style, it is above all a question of taste, from vintage to modern glossy white lacquer, you will find it for all styles: flashy colors, caramel, black, multicolored patchwork, etc.
A bar stool usually requires little maintenance. However, it is important when cleaning it to use non-chemicals: soapy water and rinsing will often be enough to remove stains from your seat.
Some materials are more striking than others, and more or less sensitive to fingerprints: these will therefore have to be washed more often…
For leather seats, Marseille soap and a damp cloth can remove stains on the surface.
The hooks under the feet are recommended for your safety, and that of your parquet or tiling!
In conclusion, which bar stool to choose?
A bar stool is quite trendy furniture, which is why manufacturers are increasingly diversifying their offer. So which stool should you choose?
In my opinion, the brands Woltu and vidaXL are reliable brands you can turn to. For a small budget, I would choose the Woltu BH30ws-2 which offers everything you would expect from a bar stool: a nice design, a swivel axis, armrests, a comfortable padded seat, and above all an adjustable height .
In the same line, for a slightly higher price, I also recommend the Woltu Lot of 2 , a fixed model with four legs, which is not adjustable, but which offers very good stability and a clean design that s ‘will easily match with different types of interiors.
Then vidaXL is another sign that stands out in my two models: the stool vidaXL 2 in midrange, and vidaXL Set of 2 bar stools in upscale. Both seats have an original design.
The vidaXL 2 has a very simple style and is fixed on four legs, while the second set includes a swivel seat, which combines two main materials: leather and wood for a more refined design. This seat is also easier to clean than the first one, which allows fingerprints to appear more easily. On the other hand, watch out for scratches…
Songmics Set of 2 : the Songmics bar stool offers an adjustable height, a padded seat, and a crown-shaped backrest. The fabric used is breathable and the seat is swivel. The black color is plain and sober.
SoBuy 2X FST50-DG Set of 2 : if you are looking for a padded stool with a soft surface, I recommend this bar stool. It is equipped with a backrest and a footrest. It is a very stable model which rests on four feet.
Songmics Set of 2 : this model offers an adjustable height, a PU covering, a 360-degree rotating seat, a backrest, and a small footrest. Its smooth imitation leather surface is easy to maintain.
Langria Sh a nghai : the Langria Shanghai bar stools offer a very original design with a backrest, a faux leather seat, an adjustable height, a chrome footrest, and a 360 ° swivel seat. In short, everything you need to enjoy a good time with your guests over a drink at the counter! This seat offers a total height adjustable between 88 and 109 cm and can support a maximum load of 120 kg.
VidaXL Bicycle Pedals : it is certainly the most original model cited so far with a leather covering and bicycle pedals for a design that certainly stands out from all its competitors!
VidaXL : if you want to install bar stools in your garden, I recommend this model. Made of acacia wood, it is solid and fordable, which is very practical for outdoor use!