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We thought we would write this blog post in order to get some further information out there about our experiences since we started selling Salli in 2011. Some of it may be controversial, but we actually think this information needs to be out there.


Firstly, we can confidently say I think that the Salli models with active sitting (such as the hugely popular Salli Sway) are the best saddle chair on the market today for several reasons (and not just because we sell them!)

Active sitting.

The value of this simple addition to the saddle chair can not be overestimated. It adds a surprising degree of comfort in addition to keeping blood flowing to the spine, exercising core muscles and preventing stiffness.

The divided saddle design.

This patented design does what it says, removes pressure in this area which is especially important for men. It also helps isolate pressure on the sit bones which reduces pressure on your butt and thighs, reducing the likelihood of numbness and enabling you to sit for long periods of time.

The front gap

This is possibly the biggest revolution in saddle sitting. We are going to be blunt here, but we have no idea why other saddle seat designs think its a good idea to crush someones manhood with a pommel or raised section at the front. We are  unsure of its purpose in a sitting application where you are not hanging on for dear life over rough terrain, maybe we are missing something. And it doesnt just effect men either, however the benefit is of course more enhanced!

The gap also makes it easier and more comfortable to rotate your pelvis forward which is one of the main mechanisms by which good neutral spinal shape is achieved.

We have lost count of the number of times we discuss saddle stools with customers who say their existing saddle seat gives them great pain or gives then groin numbness (which in one case was still evident 3 hours later!). It is a serious issue, and yes, obviously a marketing advantage for the Salli.

Let's not beat around the bush here, pain and numbness is never a good thing! 

Salli gap benefits

Research and Development

Salli have been producing and refining their designs in Finland since 1990. While some other brands do the same R&D, many others do not. The reason you buy a saddle seat is to achieve a physiological benefit.  Just because it has "saddle" in the name and is a bit curvy means nothing - we are looking at you Mr $89 saddle seat promoted to hairdressers and tattoo artists on eBay!


I have seen saddle seats promoted as "desk height". We can only assume they mean "standard desk height" which is around 700-750mm. For most people using a saddle seat at a standard desk is a waste of money or a recipe for pain. There is no way you can be saddle sitting correctly and working at a standard height desk without hunching over unless you are 150cm tall or less.

If you dont raise you desk to elbow height then you are wasting you money - simple. I have actually refused to sell Sallis to people who tell me they can't or won't raise thier desk height to suit them. It is a waste of everybodys time.

So there it is. Our rant on the saddle stool market based on our years of experience. 

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18 reviews
Excellent service

David was very helpful throughout the whole process

Great investment

The idea of being able to adjust the width of this saddle chair intrigued me and after some research I decided to try it. I found the chair was initially a little hard and my bottom would get sore, but after a few days of use I no longer noticed it. I have tried out a few different width settings now and I've found one suitable for me, being female and short. I feel it was a valuable purchase!

Thanks for the great review Julia. Sounds like after a short adjustment period (very normal) you are well on your way to happy healthy sitting! It keeps getting better too - enjoy!
Great Product

Very easy to install and now my Salli Saddle looks as good as new.

Thanks Ritesh, that's great to hear.
Excellent Chair

I purchased my Salli Swingfit 4 years after graduating dentistry as I was having some upper and lower back issues and could feel that my posture was poor at work. My only regret is not having purchased the chair sooner to prevent these issues from arising in the first place! It is a very comfortable chair and of high quality. Since purchasing the chair I have also fallen pregnant and I think working pregnant would have been even more uncomfortable if I did not have this chair and I have been able to work up until almost full term without any issues. I highly recommend the Salli products and I have also been impressed with the customer service and with how quickly my chair arrived. Thanks Salli Team and David!

Awww thanks for the review and kind words! We have heard from several pregnant ladies that it has really helped them due to the sitting position. Glad you found us - better late than never!
Salli Frankenbomber
Salli saved my career

I have a bad back fracture line l4 l5 cervical spondylitis . I had a lot of trouble as you would assume and looked at my options. Used the bambach chair ,a very well built chair but extremely heavy and cumbersome. I got a salli the very basic version in 2012 and have said goodbye to lower back troubles. This new on I just got has the new wheels i a treat to use. i will be ordering the new wheels for the older chair as well . Highly recommend to anyone working dentist technicians .

Fantastic to hear Gaurav! Thanks for the amazing review. When we tell people Salli can change your life it is stories like yours that confirm it - and makes us feel fantastic about what we do.