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The Swopper stool offers a unique sitting experience. It provides a completely different approach to the way you sit and at first sight may well seem a little odd. So what is this slightly strange looking seat all about?
What exactly is the Swopper stool?
At the heart of the Swopper design is a spring loaded height adjustable upright. Unlike other types of seat this enables you to enjoy a degree of springiness as you sit, helping to eliminate any feeling of harshness. And just in case you might think that you'll be bouncing around all over the place this is adjustable to suit your own body weight. So you decide how much bounce to use.
Additionally the stool is designed to be used at an angle. This is one of its design benefits because it lets you sit with a much more open angle between your upper body and legs.
Opening up your sitting angle is a much healthier way to work than the typical right angled sitting experience of an office chair.
Why is the Swopper a healthier way of sitting?
One of the problems with most conventional office seats is they don't tend to allow sufficient body movement particularly in the lower back and legs. Over time this weakens your muscle structure.
The great thing about a Swopper stool is the way it opens up your sitting angle. This helps to keep your body much more active as you sit. In fact it is a dynamic way of sitting. The spring built into the upright provides a very welcome cushioning effect. This improves sitting comfort as well as keeping muscles exercised and on the move.
The open angle sitting position places your back in a proper healthy posture.
As well as the springing effect the stool also moves from side to side as you transfer the direction of your body weight. This makes sure muscles are kept active as you sit, giving them vital exercise so they don't tire or stiffen up.
This subtle muscle movement also helps to keep your spine joints lubricated and improve muscle strength and tone. It's almost like a mini workout as you sit.
In case you're thinking sitting like this is unstable, it's actually very stable. This is because the base combined with your legs form a solid anchor even when you move quickly from side to side or forwards and back. As the seat swivels it's easy to get a wide range of movement around your workspace
What are the different Swopper options and adjustments?
The Swopper stool comes in 2 choices of frame color, Anthracite (charcoal grey) and Titanium (silver grey) with matching spring. There is a huge range of seat upholstery options with over 115 fabrics and 15 leather finishes to choose from.
The standard base comes with glide feet and this is suitable for use with a normal workstation. There is an alternative wheeled base (Anthracite only). This has rollers built into the base and would be useful where you have a large corner type workstation and need to move around it frequently.
All stools can be adjusted for sideways movement via a simple adjuster at the base of the Swopper. Simply place the stool upside down and turn the adjuster on the base towards the plus sign for more sideways movement or minus for less movement. To begin with it's best to restrict sideways movement as you get used to it. Then increase it for more movement as you get accustomed to this new way of working.
To adjust spring tension you place the stool back on its base. Then using the wheel adjuster at the bottom of the upright stem turn it to set it to exactly what is most comfortable for you. It has a weight guide printed on the side so you can quickly see any changes you make.
The stool is designed for user weighing up to 290lbs. It has a 5 year warranty, although some parts like the seat foam, structural components and non-moving parts have a lifetime warranty.
As we mentioned last week, we're thrilled to get to know Aeris' Muvman sit-stand chair. Stay tuned for our full review, but for now check out this video review comparing the Swopper with Muvman.
If you are a fan of the Swopper but are looking for something taller for your adjustable-height desk, the Muvman sit-stand chair is a great option.