This chair is one of the original Norwegian designs from 1979, and still a classic. You will pay around $400 for this kneeling chair, making it the most expensive one reviewed here. What do you get for your money? The Varier Variable Balans is made of natural ash and polyester fabric. (The fabric comes from 100% recycled plastics, so there’s also an environmental incentive to choosing this model.) Although it can of course be used in any office setting, it’s a popular choice for living rooms and home offices because of its beautiful modern Scandinavian look.
This model looks a bit like a rocking chair, and does allow for some rocking motion as you sit. Dynamic or active sitting can help prevent some of the back pain and other problems that arise from sitting still for too long. You may be surprised by the lack of adjustment options – there’s no way to raise or lower the seat – but this chair works for a surprising range of body types even without the ability to customize the height and angles. It’s rated for weights up to 240 pounds.
With this chair you also have the option of buying a backrest, which is sold separately. Although you’re not really supposed to lean backwards on a kneeling chair, a backrest lets you take a break now and then without getting up.
One of the biggest differences between the Varier and other ergonomic kneeling chairs is the configuration of the knee rests. Most kneeling chairs have one large knee rest, while this model has two smaller ones. If you prefer to sit with your knees close together at least some of the time, this may not be an advantage.
Overall, this is one of those simple but effective designs that was destined to become a classic. If your budget allows, the Varier Variable Balans can be a great feature in your office or living space.