by | Oct 21, 2022 | Reviews, School, Z

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2022 @ 3:18 pm.

What are the best stools for classrooms? To find out, we asked the teachers among our parent readers for their favorites. Then we did six more hours of research, comparing quality and durability. Which were the best budget-friendly? What about stools for kids who fidget? Here are the best bets.

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Finding the Best Classroom Stools: Our Research

Let’s talk stools for a classroom.

Whether you are outfitting an entire classroom or setting up a homeschool room, kid-sized stools are an essential piece of furniture. We asked the teachers among our parent readers for their thoughts on this topic . . . and then spent more time researching their recommendations.

Along the way, we heard feedback that stools that stack/nest is important feature—and surprisingly, not all stools pitched for classrooms have this feature.

Some stools require assembly, which can be a hassle if you are ordering two dozen. 

Finally, we noticed some stools are designed to help kids who fidget be more comfortable. We even tried out a few models in this category with actual kids to see what worked best.

Here are the best bets:

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Best Lighweight

Great for 2nd to 5th graders
Love these colorful stools that are easy to stack. Also nice: arrive fully assembled.
$69.99 ($14.00 / Count)

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Best Budget-Friendly

Comfortable and lightweight
Sturdy and easy to stack, these stools offer a good bang for the buck. Best feature: angled legs that keep them from tipping over.

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Best Steel Stools

Love the colors
These painted steel stools are tops for durability, according to our research. And they are easy to clean and stack.
$141.71 ($28.34 / Count)

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Best for Fidgeters

Kids love them
Easy to assemble and adjust, we like the small footprint of these clever stools. Great for wiggly students!
$52.99

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We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

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We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

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