“Oh, my aching knees/back!”
Have you ever groaned these words after a hard day’s work in the garden? Most of us probably have!
It’s no secret that gardening involves working in the ground, and bending or kneeling to reach said ground can be a strain on your knees, back and hips.
This issue can impact gardeners of any background or age. But if you’re living with a disability or you’re a senior, the physical strain of gardening could be extra challenging.
PS: For more suggestions on adaptive gardening solutions, don’t miss our post on 15 Best Gardening Tools for Seniors!
Taking advantage of a gardening stool can relieve many of those aches, pains and difficulties.
What’s more, several of the best options out there are lightweight or have wheels, making them accessible to any gardener.
In this article, we’ll cover our favorite gardening seats and stools in detail. We’ll also take a closer look at a few key features so you can go about your shopping with confidence.
So why don’t you have a seat, (ha ha!) and let’s get started!
Our 10 Favorite Gardening Stools for 2021
1. Besdertech Folding Stool
This clever stool from Besdertech uses a telescoping mechanism to offer nine height settings, ranging all the way from 2.4 to 18 inches.
Needless to say, whatever the garden task at hand calls for, you should be able to find a comfortable setting!
If you’re worried that the opening/collapsing process will be annoying or difficult, set your mind at ease. All it takes is a simple twist and pull combination to set your stool to the exact height you want.
The only downside to the telescoping mechanism is that the individual height settings can be vulnerable to breaking. In that event, you won’t be able to lock the seat at that particular height anymore. All the other settings should continue to work, though.
Do you have limited storage space in your garage or garden shed? When completely collapsed, the stool is only 2.5 inches tall, so it should fit in almost any storage space you have.
Weighing in at just under 2 pounds, you won’t have to struggle with lugging a heavy or awkward stool from place to place. What’s more, the handy carrying strap is long enough to sling over your elbow if your hands are full.
2. Handy Laundry Folding Stool
Is your garden large, or do you have multiple beds scattered around your property? If so, you’ll likely appreciate this lightweight, portable stool from Handy Laundry.
With multiple hinges on the corners, edges and top, this stool folds down almost completely flat, so storage is a breeze.
The hinges operate smoothly, so you can open or close the stool with just one hand. Also, the collapsing mechanism transforms the top panels into a convenient carrying handle.
And when you need to move your stool elsewhere, the 1.1-pound weight shouldn’t slow you down too much.
Thanks to the 9-inch height, the ground is within easy reach.
But if you’re looking for a gardening seat that can do double duty as an outdoor step-stool, look elsewhere. Although this stool’s lightweight plastic is ideal for transport, it may buckle under your weight if you step on it, especially on uneven outdoor ground.
3. OPILY Camping Stool
Opily offers this stool in two sizes, medium and large. The medium size is ideal for children and youth, and most adults will probably find the large size to be more comfortable.
The size difference is fairly significant, so if you choose to go with this stool, be sure to purchase the right one!
All the details in this review pertain to the large size.
You’re probably familiar with standard folding camp chairs: Canvas fabric, collapsible frame, lightweight construction and a high back. (And sometimes a cupholder!)
This Opily option offers several of these same features in stool form. Although you’ll have to do without a high back and cupholder, you have the same sturdy fabric seat, lightweight materials and easy-fold frame.
This gardening stool stands 13.5 inches high when unfolded, making it a middle-of-the-road height option. Whether you’re short, tall or somewhere in between, you should be able to reach the ground with relative ease.
When it’s time to move to another area of the garden, the stool frame folds inwards, allowing for easy, one-handed transport.
The upper weight capacity for this gardening stool is 320 pounds, which is pretty surprising given the small, simple design.
But we do have one gripe: We wish Opily had added a locking mechanism to hold the stool in the unfolded position.
4. California Picnic Garden Tool Set Organizer
Talk about your all-in-one!
Not only does this gardening seat from California Picnic offer a comfy place to sit, but you also get an assortment of garden hand tools included! What’s more, you have multiple handy storage pockets built right into your gardening stool.
So the extras are great, but what about the stool itself? Fortunately, there’s good news there too!
One really nice feature is the addition of back support, which makes this option more of a gardening seat rather than a true stool.
But with the seat standing at 12 inches tall, you also get the easy ground access that a traditional stool offers.
A center hinge allows the frame to fold flat for storage. This lets you easily slide your collapsed seat into that narrow space along the wall of your shed or garage.
Even though the included tools are a nice bonus, they definitely lack the quality to be your go-to every day. While they can be good back-up tools, you’ll want to invest in a better set.
5. Simplay3 Heavy-Duty Work/Garden Seat
Despite a deceptively simple shape, this little gardening stool offers a handy 3-in-1 design that’s perfect for a variety of outdoor jobs.
Depending on which way you place the block-style stool, you can have a 9-inch, 12-inch or 15-inch seat.
Adjusting the height setting couldn’t be easier! If your day’s plans include both weeding the garden and pruning rose bushes, just flip the stool to the proper height for each job.
Weighing in at 4 pounds, carrying your stool from place to place shouldn’t present too much of a challenge. Also, Simplay3 added deep, molded handles, so you can get a firm grip on your stool even if your hands are wet or muddy.
The plastic may be lightweight, but don’t be fooled: It’s also strong enough to support up to 300 pounds.
One downside is that the seating area on the 15-inch height option is a little on the small side, potentially making it uncomfortable for some gardeners.
6. Sun Joe Safety Garden/Home Stool
Are you looking for a gardening stool that sits low to the ground and offers exceptional stability? This option from Sun Joe could be the perfect solution!
Standing just under 8 inches tall, this is probably as close to the ground as you’ll get while sitting on a gardening stool. So you can look forward to easily reaching your plants without having to bend at the waist.
However, this low profile may present a problem if you’re tall or have problems standing up from a low position.
Even though this stool is as simple as they come, the upper weight capacity is an astounding 500 pounds! Wow!
For a nice upgrade in the comfort department, the seat has a rubberized surface that is a little more forgiving than hard plastic.
What’s more, the entire lower edge has contact with the ground at all times. This design makes for incredible stability, and you stand a minimal risk of tipping as long as you’re working in a fairly level area.
As an added bonus, you also have the option of flipping this hollow stool over to use it as a deep carrying tray.
7. Vertex Premium Garden Rolling Work Seat
Sure, most gardening stools are pretty easy to pick up and move from one site to another. But why carry something when you could just push it?
This rolling stool from Vertex features a molded nylon frame and polypropylene wheels and seat area. Thanks to these heavy-duty materials, this stool supports up to 220 pounds.
Not only are these materials strong, but they’re also lightweight. This stool weighs just shy of 7 pounds, so you won’t have to battle with excess weight as you move to a different work area.
With their elongated shape, the rollers have a unique rocking capability that reduces your need to reach or bend at the waist. The goal of this design is less strain on the muscles and joints in your upper body.
Rollers are a smart addition, but they do have one downside. Even though this stool glides effortlessly over flat surfaces like concrete, you’ll have to use a little more effort to roll over grass or uneven terrain.
Do you like your gardening stool a bit on the low side, or maybe you prefer a taller height? No problem! Choose between one of four height settings at 11, 12, 13 or 14 inches tall.
The padded seat cover gives you some additional comfort during those long-haul garden projects. And with the handy attached pockets, you can always keep small tools within easy reach.
With its comfortable design and rollers, this option is tops the list of our favorite gardening stools for seniors or those with disabilities.
8. Vertex Deluxe Garden Rocker
Does this option look slightly familiar? As another Vertex product, this gardening stool is essentially the non-rolling version of the option we just covered above.
Let me just say, Vertex obviously likes to go with unorthodox shapes! The rolling stool had elongated wheels, and this one has a rounded bottom.
Why the unusual designs? Just like the rocking roller version, this stool aims to reduce the need for reaching and bending while gardening.
Rounded lower edges allow you to tilt your stool towards your work site, keeping your upper body straighter and more relaxed while you’re hard work.
Even though the rounded bottom makes this stool on the constant brink of tipping over, there’s no need to worry! While you do need to ensure that you sit down firmly initially, the bottom is just flat enough to create a stable base.
From there, you can lean forwards or side to side to reach whatever plants or piece of ground you’re working with.
But you need to be careful how far backward you lean or you could end up on the ground!
Four height settings from 12 inches to 16 inches let you choose the one that’s most comfortable for you. The foam cushion provides some extra padding, and it also has an attached handle for easy transport.
On the subject of transport, this stool weighs in at 3 pounds, so moving it from place to place is a snap. But don’t be fooled by the lightweight material: this stool can support up to 220 pounds.
9. Ultra-Light Wearable Garden Stool
Let’s just state the obvious right off the bat: This one looks a little strange. But there is a creative method to the madness!
Based on the stools that Korean farmers have used for many years, the basic idea is that you fasten this stool around your body and wear it while you work.
This allows you to effortlessly move your gardening seat with you from place to place while also keeping your hands free.
The black straps you see in the photo fit around your hips and fasten with Velcro around your waist. This holds the red seat portion snugly against your backside. (Kind of like a stinger on a bee!)
When you reach your work site, just sit down on your attached stool. After you finish your task, stand up, walk to the next area and repeat the process.
When they bill this stool as ultra-lightweight, they’re not kidding. The seat portion has a foam core that weighs less than 1 pound!
Besides just being light, the foam also keeps you comfortable while you work and provides a firm seating base. A leather-like cover enhances the comfort factor and also protects the foam core from moisture damage.
Unusual? Absolutely. Convenient? Once you get the hang of it, yes!
But don’t be surprised if it takes a couple of tries to figure out the right way to position this stool and sit down on it correctly. Practicing indoors may not be a bad idea!
10. Kitadin Garden Kneeler and Bench Stool
If you appreciate a two-in-one deal, this hybrid of a gardening seat and a kneeler might be a good option.
The seat has a thick layer of foam padding that provides superior comfort. If your garden task calls for kneeling down, just flip the frame over to cushion your knees while you work.
When used as a seat, this stool stands 23.6 inches tall, and the generous height can be helpful if you have difficulty standing up from a low position.
One downside is that there is no height adjustability, and reaching the ground from such a tall seat might be a challenge for some people.
The steel frame weighs 6 pounds, so it’s just a bit heavier than some of the other options on this list. With the strong material comes a high upper weight limit of 330 pounds.
Two fabric panels attach to the frame’s sides with Velcro, so you can remove one or both if you want. Each panel contains three pockets that are perfect for storing small items while you work.
As a bonus, you also get a set of three hand tools included with your seat.
How to Choose a Gardening Stool
Choosing a gardening stool seems to be a pretty straightforward task, right? Just pick one and sit on it!
If you choose a stool without doing a bit of research first, you could wind up with a piece of garden equipment that you don’t like, don’t use and just takes up space.
Here are 5 points to think about that can help you choose the best gardening stool for your needs.
Think about your garden layout and the primary tasks you work on.
- Do you have an in-ground garden or raised beds?
- Can you bend at the waist easily enough to reach the ground from a high seated position?
- Do you prefer to sit while doing jobs like pruning or cutting bouquets?
- Is it difficult for you to get back into a standing position from a low seat?
Every gardener has a unique background and preference for the height they prefer to sit at.
Fortunately, you can find a gardening stool at almost any height you want. Even better, many stools offer a height adjustability feature that lets you tailor the height to the job at hand.
You may even want to do a little experimentation before you settle on a gardening stool. Take a box or another item of similar height out the garden, and see if you’re comfortable working at that height.
If your gardening stool isn’t easy or convenient to use, you probably just won’t use it.
Since outdoor work usually takes you all over the garden or lawn, the ability to move your stool with ease is a key consideration.
Stools that feature lightweight materials and built-in handles are the simplest to grab to go.
A rolling stool might be the ideal choice if you have decreased strength or a disability that makes carrying an object difficult.
If you want a little extra maneuverability, a garden scooter may be an even better option.
Where do you store your gardening supplies between uses?
Do you have a dedicated tool shed, or maybe just a corner of the garage? Perhaps you have to keep your gear in the basement or another storage area.
Especially if you’re working with a tight space, a gardening stool that folds compactly helps you maximize that precious storage real estate.
On the other hand, a bulky or block-type stool can take up a fair amount of space or even present a trip hazard.
Not all gardening stools are created equal. Some manufactures might choose to forgo sturdy designs or materials in favor of saving money or offering a lightweight product.
This could open up the possibility of leaving you with a stool that can’t support much weight and ends up broken.
Fortunately, there are plenty of gardening seats and stools out there that cleverly combine strength and convenience.
Pay close attention to the upper weight capacity of the stool you’re considering. Additionally, stools with simple one-piece or block-like shapes will typically be able to support the most weight.
Why does material matter? Well, let’s take a look at how a gardening stool’s material can effect your care and use habits.
If your garden is a bit of a trek from your house, you may find it easier to simply leave your stool there between uses. Or maybe you just don’t want the worry of damage or rust if you forget to bring your gardening stool in for the night.
If I just described you, you’re probably best off choosing a stool made from plastic, nylon or polypropylene. These materials are easy to care for and hold up well in the elements.
Canvas fabric and metal are also tough materials, but you’ll have to care for them properly for maximum longevity.
For example, make sure to store these stools indoors between uses and keep them as dry as possible.
Think about the times when you’ve been uncomfortable or even in pain while working in the garden. It’s probably safe to say that you rushed through your task or cut your to-do list short for the day.
That’s no fun. You want to enjoy your garden!
Choosing a comfortable, well-designed gardening stool can make a big difference in how you approach your outdoor tasks.
You have several options to choose from, so be sure to pay attention to the details like height, weight capacity and product weight.
Then, get outdoors and enjoy your outdoor work safely and more comfortably!
Did you find this article helpful? Are there any specific features that you consider must-haves, or any that you ended up not using? Do you have any other questions or suggestions?
Let us know in the comments!