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12 Best Modern Swivel Bar Stools with Back + Adjustable + Arms

12 Best Modern Swivel Bar Stools with Back + Adjustable + Arms

A curated list of the best modern, unique and minimalist design kitchen counter bar stools, built with a back, arm rests and adjustable seat height — plus cheap/affordable options for on a budget shopping.

Surprisingly enough, there are a few things you’re going to want to look for when purchasing a bar stool. As you could have already guessed from the title of this list, the design aspects we focused on are as follows: 360 degree swivel joints, hydraulic, height-adjustable seats, and bar stools that are designed with some degree of arm and back support. Of course, as someone may note in the comments or reviews, stools with arm and back pieces could be defined as chairs…and these pieces basically are chairs, but with a longer, single leg supporting them. Nonetheless, in terms of functional design, that’s pretty much it. In terms of the overall make and aesthetic, we curated for — what in our opinion would be considered — the best modern and contemporary bar stools. Specially, these design principles translate to clean lines, minimal assets, and geometric shapes. As you’ll come to find in our selections, bar stools within the category of ‘modern furniture’ tend to favor rounded geometric designs over the more classic square aesthetic found in more classic chair motifs. Separately, for materials, we looked for bar stools made with a chromed steel base (for durability) and leather seat cushions (for comfort). If you agree with the overall qualities we curated for, let us know in the comments section below. And, if you fancy the wood, rustic look over the more modern, check out our curated list of the best rustic bar stools.

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Qualities we looked for overall:

+ Hardwood, steel or alternative metal frame for durability and stability.
+ Leather (PU, faux, or otherwise) cushioned seat for added comfort (preferred).
+ Features a spindle (a.k.a. stretcher) on the shaft for added support and optional footrest (preferred).
+ Designed with 360 degree swivel mechanism (preferred).
+ Low-rested back piece for back support (preferred).
+ Armrests for optional arm support (preferred).
+ Contoured or beveled seat for added comfort (preferred).
+ Height-adjustable seat (preferred).
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, featuring simple and minimal lines, colors and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Stands at 28 to 32 inches in height, optimal for kitchen counter or raised table heights.
+ Lightweight, portable design, between 8 and 15 pounds.
+ Multiple color options.
+ Well reviewed by customers (i.e., when reviews available via company or seller website).

Qualities we tried to avoid overall:

– Relatively high / low stools, over 40 inches and below 21 inches, respectively.
– Designed without a swivel joint.
– Cheap construction, made with plastic frame and braces.
– Non-reusable design (i.e., disposable, one-time use).
– Products with a high number of bad reviews.

Editor’s Top 5 Rated Selections

12 Best Modern Swivel Bar Stools with Back + Adjustable + Arms // In our opinion, these are a few of the best products we came across in our search, given the overall qualities that we were curating for in this collection. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Hardwood, steel or alternative metal frame for durability and stability.
+ Leather (PU, faux, or otherwise) cushioned seat for added comfort (preferred).
+ Features a spindle (a.k.a. stretcher) on the shaft for added support and optional footrest (preferred).
+ Designed with 360 degree swivel mechanism (preferred).
+ Low-rested back piece for back support (preferred).
+ Armrests for optional arm support (preferred).
+ Contoured or beveled seat for added comfort (preferred).
+ Height-adjustable seat (preferred).
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, featuring simple and minimal lines, colors and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Stands at 28 to 32 inches in height, optimal for kitchen counter or raised table heights.
+ Lightweight, portable design, between 8 and 15 pounds.

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Best Selling, Modern, Minimalist Design Bar Stool with Extra Padding, Adjustable Height, Arm Rests, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Black.
By: Adeco

Editor's Note

Starting off our list for the best modern bar stools with back and arm support is this best selling piece by contemporary furniture company, Adeco. Adeco crafts a variety of home and office furniture, specifically catered to modern and/or minimalist interior spaces. This particular bar stool is made with PU leather (i.e., vegan leather), a coated, bent plywood frame, and a chromed steel shaft and base. In terms of notable functionality, this bar stool features a 360 degree swivel plate and an adjustable seat height that’s controlled by a hydraulic piston. Given the make, price, and customer reviews we surveyed, we think this piece is a top pick.

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Modern, Minimalist Design Bar Stool with Extra Padding, Adjustable Height, Arm Rests, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Dark Brown, Set of 2.
By: BestOffice

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Modern, Minimalist Design Bar Stool with Extra Quilted PU Leather Padding, Adjustable Height, Arm Rests, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in White, Set of 2.
By: Apontus

Editor's Note

If you’re specifically looking for a bar stool that balances clean, minimalist design and comfort, we recommend this piece by Apontus. This modern bar stool is made with tufted PU leather upholstery for added cushioning and is designed with a 360 footrest that circles the shaft. Like the other bar stools on our list, it features a 360 degree swivel plate, armrests, and back support with a low sitting back rest. It’s also built with a hydraulic seat to easily adjust the height. Given the overall quality and the price tag for two, we think it’s a worthwhile choice.

Details

Modern, Minimalist Design Bar Stool with Tufted PU Leather Padding and Beechwood Accent, Adjustable Height, Arm Rests, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Black.
By: Flash Furniture

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Best Selling, Unique, Contemporary Design Bar Stool with Synthetic Leather Padding, Adjustable Height, Arm Rests, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Coffee Brown, Set of 2.
By: TMS

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12 Best Modern Swivel Bar Stools with Back + Adjustable + Arms, Featuring Some of The Coolest & Most Unique Contemporary Kitchen Counter Bar Stools for a Modern Home.

Favorites

12 Best Modern Swivel Bar Stools with Back + Adjustable + Arms // While combing through products, we found these gems. These are a few of our personal favorites — maybe we share the same taste. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Hardwood, steel or alternative metal frame for durability and stability.
+ Leather (PU, faux, or otherwise) cushioned seat for added comfort (preferred).
+ Features a spindle (a.k.a. stretcher) on the shaft for added support and optional footrest (preferred).
+ Designed with 360 degree swivel mechanism (preferred).
+ Low-rested back piece for back support (preferred).
+ Armrests for optional arm support (preferred).
+ Contoured or beveled seat for added comfort (preferred).
+ Height-adjustable seat (preferred).
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, featuring simple and minimal lines, colors and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Stands at 28 to 32 inches in height, optimal for kitchen counter or raised table heights.
+ Lightweight, portable design, between 8 and 15 pounds.

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Unique, Contemporary Design Bar Stool with Faux Leather, Plywood Frame, Adjustable Height, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Brown.
By: US Pride Furniture

Details

Modern, Minimalist Design Bar Stool with Cushioned Leatherette Upholstery, Adjustable Height, Low Arm Rests, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Black, Set of 2.
By: Roundhill Furniture

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Modern, Contemporary Design Bar Stool with Faux Leather, Beechwood Frame, Padded Armrests, Adjustable Height, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Black.
By: AC Pacific

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Modern, Unique Scoop Design Bar Stool with Vinyl Cushion, Adjustable Height, Low Arm Rests, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Black.
By: AC Pacific

Editor's Note

As you may have already noticed, for this best of ‘Favorites’ portion of our curated list, we focused on unique and interesting designs that standout from the rest. This clean, simple scoop-shaped bar stool by AC Pacific did just that. Designed with a matte black vinyl seat cushion and white, bentwood frame, this piece presents both a futuristic and classic aesthetic. In terms of functionality, it’s built with all the elements you’d want to look for in a bar stool: it’s designed with a full 360 degree swivel motion for easy maneuvering, adjustable seat height, and constructed with a sturdy, steel base.

Details

Modern, Retro Design Bar Stool with Cushioned Leatherette Upholstery, Adjustable Height, Arm Rests, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Red, Set of 2.
By: Asensefurniture Inc

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Continued, Part 3, 2 Budget Picks
12 Best Modern Swivel Bar Stools with Back + Adjustable + Arms, Featuring Some of The Coolest & Most Unique Contemporary Kitchen Counter Bar Stools for a Modern Home.

Budget Picks

12 Best Modern Swivel Bar Stools with Back + Adjustable + Arms // These are a few solid choices if you’re on a budget. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Features a spindle (a.k.a. stretcher) on the shaft for added support and optional footrest (preferred).
+ Designed with 360 degree swivel mechanism (preferred).
+ Low-rested back piece for back support (preferred).
+ Contoured or beveled seat for added comfort (preferred).
+ Height-adjustable seat (preferred).
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Stands at 28 to 32 inches in height, optimal for kitchen counter or raised table heights.

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Modern, Retro, Unique Tulip Design Bar Stool with ABS Material Seat, Adjustable Height, Low Arm Rests, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Red, Set of 2.
By: Asense

Editor's Note

To continue the theme of unique finds…if you’re looking for a bar stool that balances minimalism with a retro and futuristic look and feel…we can think of nothing better than this bar stool by Asense. The ‘tulip’ design is becoming rather popular is contemporary furniture design, as it both provides an almost enclosed sense of comfort and makes for a rather eye-catching piece. This seat is crafted of an ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic (i.e., a thermoplastic resin), while the shaft and base is made with chromed steel. Like our other product selections, this bar stool is built with a swivel joint and is height-adjustable. If you enjoy the piece, we recommend clicking through the view other furniture designs by Asense.

Details

Modern, Contemporary Design Bar Stool with PU Leather, Walnut Bentwood Frame, Armrests, Adjustable Height, 360 Degree Swivel and Footrest, in Black.
By: Costway

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