20 inches - Compatible with regular desk height 28-30."
Max User Weight
Built to last with a 3-year warranty
Upholstery Curated Amongst The Best
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I purchased a Thatsit Balans chair in November of 2022. As a long time user of kneeling chairs, I was hopeful that this upgrade was going to be exactly what I needed to support my time at the computer station. I have regarded this chair as the "Cadillac" of kneeling chairs for years and finally saved up enough money to commit to the purchase.
Unfortunately, the chair has caused nothing but problems since it arrived. I gave it a fair chance by using it consistently for the last two months, assuming that the initial issues with comfort were just something I had to get used to. But the chair is just not suitable for me. It doesn't fit! I am about 160cm tall and if I adjust the knee rests to suit the length of my legs the chair does not tilt forward to put you into the proper kneeling position because the balance point has changed. I have had this chair in every possible configuration and even had a physiotherapist that specializes in desk ergonomics help me find the right adjustment, but it just doesn't work. I would go as far as to say that this chair is simply not suitable for people my height. I should mention that I find the seat pan too flat and uncomfortable as well.
I am really disappointed with this chair and I am reminded of how much I regret this purchase every time I sit at my desk. The less expansive kneeling chairs that I have been using for the last 10 years have performed much better than this chair ever will. I don't like to post negative reviews but I want other people with short stature to be aware that this chair may not work for you and that the Philzen team will, unfortunately, not accept returns!
This chair is well worth the price! I'm 6ft2 and work from home since the pandemic began. I was previously using a Dragonn brand kneeling chair, that was just too small (too narrow and too much pressure on the knees; the padding also deteriorated from regular daily use). I also had the tendency to lean forward after long hours. This chair is superior in every way; it's much wider, with improved and adjustable seat depth. My legs sit more open and there's less strain on the hip flexors. Rocking back and forth helps maintain comfort and movement through the day, and finally the backrest is incredibly comfortable and ensures a great posture. Absolutely love this chair; it's likely the best ergonomic kneeling chair you can buy. Phil was also great in answering questions and providing insight, which helped me choose this chair over the other options from Varier.
Paul D. M.
I was using a standard kneeling chair for the last 2 years. I recently switched to the Varier Thatsit Balans chair and have zero back pain and zero discomfort. The chair allows me to easily rock forward or back and create small movements while working. I am 100% happy with this purchase. The Phil Zen team also did an amazing job shipping and keeping me informed. Communication was so great.
Thanks to everyone on the team.
Very happy with my purchase of the Thatsit chair. The office chair that I was using at home was giving me hip and knee pain to the point that I actually avoided working at my desk. I was nervous about spending such a large amount of money on an office chair, but after having used it, I am very happy with my purchase. The chair is very comfortable, sturdy with good padding, and I love that it rocks. I was debating between the Variable Balans kneeling chair and the Thatsit chair, but am glad I got this one, as the backrest allows for more seating options which is great for working for longer periods of time. The chair is a bit of a hassle to build, but is doable. Customer service was great - got my chair within 1 week of ordering (live in Toronto). The box got beat up in transit (no damage to the chair parts) as a result a piece of hardware was not in the box and had fallen out during transit. I contacted Phil about the missing piece and got sent a replacement piece within a week, no hassle. Would recommend this chair to anyone who's current chair is causing them pain and would recommend Phil Zen as a reliable online store.
I'm an artist, so I spend most of my time at my desk hunched over a tablet or sketchbook.
After my dinky little office chair no longer wanted to stay at the height I set it, I decided to get a more comfortable chair. In doing so, I came across kneeling chairs.
After spending a whole morning watching videos on various brands, I settled on the Thatsit. It's only been a couple of days, but I don't regret it. Once you realize you won't fall off, it's pretty comfy.
Do yourself a favor and watch the video on assembly. The book instructions are adequate, but a visual is more practical. It certainly would have saved me much frustration if I did so from the start.
I've noticed that the way I sit in the chair is heavily dependent on what I'm doing. As I write this review I'm sitting with my feet propped up on the knee pads. When I'm working, the kneeling position is best. And for resting, sitting back with feet on the floor is my default. I really love the versatility and ease of movement. I also love the adjustable features, especially the knee pads. I'm 5'8" (173cm) and I have long legs, so the ability to adjust was lovely.
I gave it four stars because of the price. No one I know would spend this much on a non traditional chair, and even I balked at the price. However, I like the chair well enough. Would I but another one? Probably not, but I don't regret this purchase.
I love it!
I do love my Thatsit chair. I love the multiple positions that come naturally while using it. If I am concentrating on an important email, I lean forward and use the knee/shin pads. If I am scrolling through my list of projects, I my have my feet up on a footstool. I stretch my back multiple times a day, leaning back over the curved backrest, arms raised, and drop my head behind me. I will never go back to a static chair. It did take some practice learning to get in and out of the chair safely as it sits in front of my desk. It is easy to stand then get tripped up when you try to snake your foot out between the knee rests. It's a learning curve.
Remote work game-changer!
Great chair! It really helps with my posture and it is quite versatile. I use it everywhere in the house.
This chair is everything I hoped it would be. My only regret is not getting it sooner! It's made a huge difference for my neck and back.
Love the chair, easy to put together and comfortable. Fabric isn't as nice as I was expecting.
A little odd at first. Shipped very quickly. Needed something else to help my posture. Came from a fat lush leather chair, the kind we think we want so badly. This new chair flexes, takes up very little space. Very easy to assemble. This chair is a piece of art! So glad I bought it, I'm relieved there's a solid warranty. It's a steep price. Quality doesn't come cheap as they say.
The seat is too hard. I can only sit on that seat for about an hour before my butt is really tired. The Seat adjustment device located under the seat is made out of plastic (Cheap). Should be made out of the some stronger material material like aluminum.
The chair is great for when you are typing and focusing on getting work done, but it is not as great if you are taking a 30 minute break and trying to lean back and relax. I very much enjoy that the chair moves with me and that I am not stagnantly sitting all day long. I love that the chair was sustainably made and I plan on keeping it forever!
Assembled easily, seems durable, and appreciate the multiple positions it supports.
I’m starting to develop a knee pain when using this chair.
Worth the wait, customer service is amazing. The chair is beautiful. Still getting the hang of it which is an odd sentence I know, but it’s a unique sitting experience. I work 8 hr shifts at home in front of a computer and I switch between the chair and standing. Haven’t touched my old chair since. Also pretty easy to clean. I have three dogs so that’s a major plus in my house.
Most comfortable chair ever!!
Thanks I'm really happy with the chair!
It took a tragically long time to arrive, the assembly was a bit frustrating because the instructions don't explicitly state which side you need to start with, I wish the seat fabric would fully zip off for washing without requiring the whole chair be disassembled, and the yellow fabric attracts and shows lint. But it's super comfortable and very sturdy quality, so I do like it over all.
A perfect chair in which I find myself rocking and occasionally resting (both possible thanks to the backrest) throughout the day.
chair is great & thank you
I'll get another one for my brother
David G M.
Philippe was helpful & highly professional. I had some assembly questions which he responded to quickly. I recommend Phil Zen and will purchase from them again.
Highly recommend...life changing experience for long work hours in seated position. Physical and mental improvement in quality of life through the work day.
In my mid 40’s now it was time to get more seating options than my usual executive chair, initially I was interested in the standard Balans kneeling chair but after studying the various options on PhilZen and researching on the internet I decided on the Thatsit chair which is a slightly larger stronger build of the Balans with greater adjustability in the knees thicker padding and the key feature is the adjustable back, which I now agree with other reviewers is essential for longer sessions or for all day comfort, the back on the Thatsit makes it easy to stretch and shift into many more alternate sitting positions than on the standard Balans.
I love this chair — I love the color, the ability to move while “seated,” and the variety of movement possible.
Customer Service has been excellent, start to finish.
I have been using this chair for about three months now and I absolutely love it! I sit for long hours because of my job, which in the past gave me back pain. Thatsit Balans Best Kneeling Chair with it's active sitting concept has been a total game changer for me: I no longer get back pain and I feel overall more energised as my whole body feels activated wile sitting. Although this is my first kneeling chair I didn't take long to adjust, but I have a strong core to begin with, so that probably helped.
One feature I particularly love is the adjustability of this chair - I am on a shorter side and could set it up to fit me perfectly.
The chair was delivered quicker than I expected and the customer service was excellent.
The only criticism I have is that the chair is rather difficult to assemble and the instruction sheet is kind of confusing. Maybe a more detailed instruction in english would help.
I've had my chair for two months now and honestly couldn't be happier! It's made my work from home set up so much better (even if the kneeling position did take a bit to get used to). Well worth the investment!
This chair has helped with my lower back problems. I was skeptical about how useful the chair (including the built in back) would be but it has me sitting at the correct posture and the adjustments to the back offer a great amount of flexibility depending on what I am working on. I am also surprised at how much I use the rocking aspect which keeps me moving. Highly recommended chair. I’ll also add that Phil from Phil Zen Design was fantastic at answering questions pre purchase and kept me updated throughout processing of the order and delivery of the chair. Will definitely shop there again.
It helps me not to crouching
I ordered Varier thatsit balance chair. The shipment was fast and Phil was very kind and helpful. But the assembling was very difficult. I am very happy with the chair. It helps me not to crouching.
Friendly, Speedy, and Helpful Service!
My wife was looking for a more ergonomic task chair. The Phil Zen Design website provided information extremely helpful to her decision. Ordering was easy (with clear indications on what options were in stock), and even during the shipping slowdowns related to the pandemic, Phil Zen Design was able to get the chair out the door and delivered to our home within three business days. We also received regular and friendly updates on the process from the moment we ordered. Everything about the experience was great, and we would be delighted to work with Phil Zen Design again in the future.
I've been very happy with my new Varier…
I've been very happy with my new Varier Thatsit Balans chair. It took some time to arrive, but Phil Zen was helpful with updates regarding timing. I was able to order the color I like best at a good price. Would recommend this chair and Phil Zen to anyone who is interested in a very ergonomic chair!
Great product and customer service
Great customer service and fast shipping. High-quality chair (makes working from home much easier). I am very pleased with my purchase and would definitely shop here again.
I will start by saying thank you
I will begin by saying thank you to everyone over at Phil Zen Design. The entire process of researching, ordering, tracking our shipment, receiving and then assembling two new Thatsit Balans far exceeded all expectations. From customer service answering all my questions and providing guidance to best meet my wife’s and my own needs for our offices; through all the shipment updates and notifications; and then delivering well ahead of schedule, this has been an exceptional experience. So much so, that I have referred friends and family, and all buy again in the future,
I ordered a chair in October from Phil Zen. Due to Covid the shipping was very backed up! I just got my chair 12/11/2020. Phil contacted me by phone and helped keep track of order and also helped to calm me down that the chair would show! He really went above and beyond for me.
Beautiful and comfortable chair
Really communicative and helpful team. Beautiful and comfortable chair. Very pleased. Will do business with them again for sure.
I have low back issues, and was not sure if I would like this chair as I couldn't sit in it prior to purchasing it. But based on other's reviews, I took a chance. After having it for a few days now, I love it. I find it very difficult to slouch in it, so it really helps me to sit with the correct posture. The cushion is a little firm, but I think that helps by making me move around a bit instead of sitting in the same position too long. I highly recommend this chair. The only negative about this chair is how long it took to arrive (I ordered a color other than black).
Ordering from Phil Zen was a good experience. Phil offered competitive prices and had good communication on my order. He responded quickly with any question that I had.
Phil Zen delivered flawlessly, our Varier Balans Thatsit chair was priced competitively, we were able to use Phil Zen's partner Sezzle to break up the payments, Phil Zen sent regular shipment and delivery updates on Facebook Messenger by our request, delivery was well within the 5-7 days promised for in-stock items, delivered to our doorstep by UPS in a flatpack, assembly was easy.
Its a beautiful chair
Its a beautiful chair, everything I had wanted. The customer service at PhilZen is great!
Best kneeling chair!
Kneeling chairs are not for everyone and have some limitations like no height adjustment, limited lateral movements, but Thatsit has numerous benefits that are rare to find on a kneeling chair, ie adjustable backrest, adjustable knee pads and a flexible wood sled base, true comfortable padding and fabric, extensive movement and high end built quality. Many try to imitate tha Varier patent, but only with poor design ie the need to add a cross bar to stabilize the wood frame so it doesn't break, whereas the whole movement on this chair comes from it's flexible frame. Bottom line, If you are in the market for the highest-end kneeling chair available, then the is is your chair!
it’s worth it!
After experiencing intermittent back pain from sitting for long period at a desk, I decided to find a chair that eliminated it. After much reseach, I came upon Varier and the Thatsit model in particular. I must say that Next Position have been fantastic through the whole ordering process. I wanted to buy a custom Thatsit with one of the optional fabrics, a synthetic suede that is especially hard-wearing yet nice to the touch. Not a problem!
Once the chair arrived a few weeks later (custom fabrics are always going to be a special order from the factory). Assembly was a bit tricky but not impossible. The chair once assembled though was fantastic! Within two weeks or so any and all back pain disappeared. I can only thank the Thatsit chair for that. After a year of daily use the custom-order suede (Dinamica) fabric simply shows no wear of any sort as expected, and I don’t believe it should for at least another 4 years or so.
If you’re looking for the most versatile Varier chair with a backrest to occasionally lean back fully, you cannot go wrong with the Thatsit. I highly recommend it. It may cost a bit, but trust me it’s a very high quality chair that will serve you for decades. And in any case, when it comes to your back, it’s worth it.