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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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★ Reviews

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23 reviews
Great chair for improved posture

I'm a dental therapist, since using my Salli chair my posture has improved and back pain has all but resolved. I can't go back to a normal chair again. Postage was very fast. Assembly was super easy - no need for any tools.

Awesome! It will get better and better.
Salli Chair Replacement Covers set of 2

Really happy with the covers, saves buying a whole new chair

Thanks Lan. With the spare parts available there is never a need to replace a Salli, with the 3mm steel base construction they should last a lifetime!
Best investment!

Love my Salli chair and my back is better for using it!

Awesome! Great to hear, thanks for the fantastic review.
Great seat

I’m so happy I upgraded wheels and leather. Rolls like a dream. Comfortable to sit on and work from. I was worried it would take a while to break in but haven’t had any issues

You can't go past leather for a bit of luxury and those wheels, yep, they are fantastically smooth! Thanks for the great review and keep on 'Sitting Happy'!
Excellent service

David was very helpful throughout the whole process

Thanks William, glad it is working well for you.