Last updated: August 11, 2021

Welcome to our big kitchen chair test 2021. Here we present all the kitchen chairs we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best kitchen chair for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a kitchen chair.




The most important facts

  • Which kitchen chair is right for you depends on which table you combine it with. Ordinary dining tables have different requirements than counters or cooking islands, for example.
  • There are various differentiating features for kitchen chairs. But in this article we will divide them into two main categories. Namely, kitchen chairs with imitation leather upholstery and kitchen chairs with fabric upholstery.
  • Both categories come with advantages as well as disadvantages. These relate to points such as ease of care or robustness, among others.

The Best Kitchen Chair: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a kitchen chair

Do I combine the kitchen chairs with an ordinary dining table or with a cooking island?

Before you buy one or more kitchen chairs, you should first think about how you want to use them. Should they be ordinary kitchen chairs that are to be combined with a dining table of the same height or kitchen chairs that are to be used for raised surfaces such as a cooking island or counter?

Raised work surfaces such as cooking islands, counters or countertops place different demands on chairs than ordinary dining tables. So it may be that a bar stool turns out to be more suitable. (Image source: pixabay.com / DokaRyan)

For the latter, bar stools are better suited than kitchen chairs, which, even if height-adjustable, are usually still too low for a countertop. So the first decision is whether to choose a kitchen chair or a bar stool.

Is the kitchen chair suitable for adults as well as for children?

Once you have decided on kitchen chairs, there are a few things to consider. Especially before buying, it is not unimportant to think about who will use them. If you live with several small children in one household, you can consider getting kitchen chairs that are also suitable for small heights, i.e. kitchen chairs that can be adjusted in height. If you are looking for a kitchen chair for children, we have linked you to our article comparing the best high chairs. If the kitchen chairs are mainly used by adults, this aspect is probably rather negligible. However, there are other circumstances that could prove problematic if not considered. It can happen that a kitchen chair can't stand you. And not psychologically, but physically. This means that if you are rather heavy and do not pay attention to the maximum possible load capacity of the chair, it can collapse under you.

What are the alternatives to a kitchen chair?

To be honest, you can use just about anything with a seat and a suitable height as an alternative to a dining chair - including a tree stump. The question is, however, how comfortable it is in the end. The more realistic alternatives include conventional chairs (office chairs, garden chairs, etc.) or benches. As with chairs, there are also models of benches that are specifically designed for use in the dining room.

Decision: What types of kitchen chairs are there and which one is right for you?

On closer inspection, kitchen chairs can be distinguished on the basis of several features. However, we have come to the conclusion that the material of the chair cover in particular is of immense importance for prospective buyers when making their purchase decision. Thus, furniture stores often offer kitchen chairs with imitation leather or fabric covers.

  • Kitchen chair with imitation leather cover
  • Kitchen chair with fabric cover

There are not only noticeable differences between the two covers in terms of appearance, but also in terms of durability and care.

What distinguishes a kitchen chair with a leatherette cover and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

People have different preferences, also when it comes to kitchen chairs. However, there is no denying that the majority find leather and faux leather upholstery more attractive and chic. Moreover, imitation leather covers are often combined with chrome frames, so that a nobler and higher-quality feeling is often awakened in the viewer. But the differences are not only to be found in the look. A leatherette chair is also very uncomplicated to care for. This is particularly important for use in the kitchen or dining room.

Advantages
  • Visually appealing and classy
  • Cheaper than real leather
  • Easy to care for
Disadvantages
  • Not as robust as real leather
  • Not as breathable as real leather

Imagine you're cooking Bolognese sauce with spaghetti and after you've eaten you realise, to your annoyance, that you've spilt it on the chair. Kitchen chairs with imitation leather upholstery will cause you far less trouble than those with fabric upholstery. Simply wipe it with a damp cloth and the matter is settled.

What distinguishes a fabric kitchen chair and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Even if a fabric-covered kitchen chair is not considered as elegant in some eyes as, for example, one with a leather or faux leather cover, it also comes with certain advantages. For example, chairs with fabric covers are often cheaper to buy than those with imitation leather covers. This can be an important criterion if you are planning to buy not just one, but several chairs.

Advantages
  • Cheap
  • Comfortable
  • Pleasant in winter
Disadvantages
  • Harder to clean
  • Dust and dirt magnet
  • Often not as elegant looking

In addition, fabric covers can often feel more comfortable. Of course, this is again subjective, but the fabric cover keeps you warmer in winter than a cool imitation leather cover - it's not like car seats, which often come with seat heating.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate kitchen chairs

In the following section, we have filtered out a few features or purchase criteria for you, which you can use to make comparisons between the different kitchen chairs. These criteria are intended to make your purchase decision easier and more comprehensive:

  • Material
  • Features
  • Dimensions
  • Load capacity
  • Available in a set
  • Assembly

Material

Besides price and colour, the material is one of the most important criteria for buying kitchen chairs. As already presented in the decision section, a distinction is made between upholstery material and frame material. The cover material determines many other properties of the kitchen chair. Not only the appearance, but also the comfort, the feel and the care requirements.

Features

Although not as common in dining chairs as in bar stools or office chairs, these can also come with additional features. So before you buy, you can consider whether or not you prefer kitchen chairs with height adjustability, swivel function, armrests and castors. There are also chairs without upholstery or only with seat or back upholstery.

If you want to store several kitchen chairs or save space, you should make sure that they are either foldable or stackable. (Image source: pixabay.com / ulleo)

Moreover, there are features that you don't think about every day. This concerns above all the stowability. Are the chairs stackable or foldable?

Feature category Feature
Features in use Height adjustability, Swivel function, Armrests, Castors, Seat/back upholstery
Features for stowability Stackable, Foldable

Admittedly, this is of little importance to most people. After all, once the chairs are in place, they usually stay there. But it is certainly worth a mention.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the kitchen chair are an immensely important factor in the purchase decision. You should not only check the dimensions of the kitchen chairs, but also the dimensions of your dining table. You should make sure that the chairs are narrow enough to fit next to each other under the table. If the dining chairs are to be placed in a small room, it may also be useful to know the dimensions of the room.

Load capacity

Consideration of the maximum possible load of a chair should not be underestimated when making a purchase.

Of course, you will first think of your weight and that of the family members. But what happens if you have visitors and one of the guests weighs a bit more? Then it can quickly become uncomfortable - especially if the chair collapses under him.

Available as a set

When buying, quantity is of course always a decisive factor. Usually, when buying kitchen chairs, you often buy several and not just one. Sellers naturally take this into account and often offer chairs in sets of 2, 4 or even 6. Here, the price per piece usually also comes down, depending on the quantity you buy.

So availability in sets is particularly relevant for buyers who need several pieces.

Assembly

Assembling furniture can be a real headache, especially for people who are not very good at handicrafts. So you can take this aspect into account when buying. It should be added that kitchen chairs tend to belong to the category of furniture that is easier to assemble.

Facts worth knowing about kitchen chairs

How do I clean a kitchen chair with fabric cover?

Kitchen chairs with imitation leather upholstery have the advantage that they are very easy to clean. But how do you clean a fabric-covered chair properly? We will look at this question in more detail in the following section.

Cleaning kitchen chairs with fabric covers is somewhat more complicated than cleaning chairs with imitation leather covers. We have therefore put together a short guide and linked to a source that can help you with cleaning. (Image source: pixabay.com / congerdesign)
  1. If the seat cushion or cover of your kitchen chair is removable, take it off and follow the washing instructions on the label.
  2. The cleaning procedure may vary depending on the type of dirt or the cause of the dirt. You should click on the link under "Further reading: Sources and interesting links" and navigate to the relevant cause of dirt.
  3. Before cleaning more thoroughly, however, you should first remove the dust with the help of a soft brush.
  4. Once this is done, you can begin by applying a stain remover to a clean cloth (never directly to the upholstery!)
  5. After you have applied the stain remover, you must rinse the same area.
  6. After rinsing, you should clean the entire fabric cover so that the previously treated area does not stand out from the rest of the cover.

How can I build a kitchen chair myself?

You want to use your handicraft skills, save a little money and build your own kitchen chair? To help you do that, we've included a video here that teaches you how to build a chair yourself.

Image source: 123rf.com / Monika Mlynek

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