The Ariel

13 customer reviews

$375.00$440.00

Softer, comfortable seat for all-day active sitting. Our best seller, for good reason.

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Affordable

Less expensive than most active chairs or “ergonomic” office chairs, our design is an economical solution to preventing back pain and improving posture.

MD Designed

Designed by a physician and researcher with decades of experience.

Try for 60 days

Enjoy a 60 day trial period to fully experience our chairs. If active sitting isn’t for you, just send us back the chair for a full refund – completely hassle-free.

RETHINK SITTING

The healthiest way to sit.

The office chair you are sitting in is terribly designed. Modern chairs encourage poor posture and inactivity.

1. Relieve Back Pain

Active sitting keeps your core strengthened and body aligned. We are designed to move, and when you stay in motion, your back appreciates it.

2. Improve Posture

Posture is your body’s response to gravity. QOR360 chairs are designed to allow your hips and spine to tip, gently aligning into a natural, comfortable position.

3. Sit Healthy

Research shows that sitting is as bad for our health as smoking. People sit more than ever (Americans, on average, sit for 11 hours per day!) and it’s literally killing us. Active sitting keeps your body in motion, and helps prevent sitting disease.

"I’ve finally found something that leads to a sense of wellness, security, and freedom. Not only do I use this chair for normal sitting but am using it in movement exercises that I can conclusively say are restoring my functionality in a way that I never thought I would be able to."

DR. RICHARD RODRIGUEZ MD

"I love this chair. I was having shoulder issues in my previous chair from leaning and not being in an active position. This also contributed to some hip and ham string issues. With your chair I can still sit to take a load off but it keeps me upright, no slouching."

SEFTON HIRSCH

BOSTON GLOBE

It’s a different kind of chair, invented by a former surgeon.

Former surgeon Turner Osler is trying to save the world from the traditional chair by creating a design that includes a rocking seat that feels more like walking than sitting. -Billy Baker

MEDIUM.COM

Your Office Chair Is Hurting You

But also, forget standing desks. Try ‘active sitting,’ according to a trauma surgeon who wants to cure sitting disease. -Ashley Abramson

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Goodbye, Back Pain? This Office Chair Was Designed by a Trauma Surgeon

For decades, American workers have tried trendy office chairs hoping to alleviate the agony of sitting. Is the new ‘Active Stool’ the one? -Magdalena Puniewska

TECH SPECS

Customize your chair.

Choose from three different seat coverings, two different sizes, and whether or not you want to add wheels to your chair.

SEAT MATERIAL

Performance Leather (Vegan)

If you want to make a statement, here’s how. Elegant, buttery soft to the touch but nearly indestructible, our performance leather is stronger and far more durable than animal hide. And, unlike traditional leather, performance leather requires no upkeep. Maybe this is why Mercedes uses performance leather in their cars?

Available in Red or Black.

Fabric

Corporate and understated, our upholstered Ariel fits easily into any office decor. But while it may seem undistinguished, beneath the seat is a radical sitting technology hiding in plain sight. Hand-stitched and with a thin layer of foam on the underside for breathability, we pay attention to detail.

Available in Gray.

SIZE

Short

(17-21 inches), for shorter folks

Tall

(20-28 inches), for average and tall folks

How to measure

How to measure:
Deciding the correct height of your QOR360 chair is very important to maintain proper posture when sitting. Our chairs are adjustable, but come in to overall sizes: Tall (20″ – 28″) and Short (17″-21″). To decide whether you need a tall, or short chair, stand in whatever shoes you will be wearing when sitting and measure from the ground to the top of your patella (knee cap). This measurement is roughly the height at which you’ll want to be sitting. So, if the height of your patella is above 21″ you’ll need a tall chair, but if your patella is less than 20″ your better suited for a Short chair. There’s some overlap in our chair’s heights, so if you find yourself between sizes, it’s a good idea to choose the larger size.

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WHEELS OR FEET

Wheels

Chair feet are also included when you purchase wheels. We recommend starting with chair feet and then graduating to wheels when you are ready. If your chair has wheels, warn any friends that are new to active sitting that they are in for a different experience of sitting if they try out your QOR360 chair.

No Wheels

Comes with easy to install chair feet.

Features that make your currrent chair jealous...

MD Designed

Designed by a physician and researcher with decades of experience.

Adjustable

Made with highest quality gas cylinder on the market, easily adjust height.

Transportable

Convenient handle for carrying and only 15 lbs.

Strong

Our chairs are tested to hold up to 250 pounds.

Stylish

2020 A’Design Furniture Award Winner.

Easy Assembly

Assembly can be done in 90 seconds without any tools.

Space Saver

One of the smallest chair footprints on the market.

Sustainable

Made with less material than most modern office chairs.

Unboxing & Review

Unbox an Ariel and learn more about our approach to active sitting.

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Seriously easy assembly

Assemble our Ariel chair in 90 seconds without having to use any tools.

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Optimal workstation posture

Proper, comfortable posture will likely require adjusting the position of your work station. Here are some tips we developed working with specialists.

Love from happy sitters.

I received an email from my friend Larry Goldfarb, a well known Feldenkrais teacher/practitioner and Trainer in this method, he mentioned this new concept of sitting and mentioned he was using one of their chairs. Now imagine I was sitting on my solid oak stool at my computer in no real comfort but living with this as normal. Well I decided to take the hint and leap of faith and ordered a Ariel for my self. I have been using this wonderful chair for a little over a month now and what a wonder it is! I am so impressed with the engineering that has gone into this chair. It takes a little time to get accustomed to the sitting dynamics, but once you do, it gives a sense of freedom that is truly unique. I can’t imagine being with out this chair. If you are considering the purchase of one of these great chairs, just do it. You won’t be disappointed. Dave Worth PT GCFP

David Worth

I live with a bleeding disorder that has led to arthritis in most joints in my body. I’ve had injuries from normal every day actions, including sitting down. Over the years, I have moved from the gamut of options in Western medicine to a more fluid journey into alternative methods of health preservation. I’ve tried many sitting devices to maintain neutral posture but have invariably been disappointed or hurt. I was recommended this chair by my rolfer whose opinion I really value. Combining the principals of structural integration and the mechanics of this chair, I’ve finally found something that leads to a sense of wellness, security, and freedom. Not only do I use this chair for normal sitting but am using it in movement exercises that I can conclusively say are restoring my functionality in a way that I never thought I would be able to. I hope to be able to adapt the principles of this chair and structural integration to help others like me who live with chronic pain some day.

Richard Rodriguez, MD

I have sat on yoga balls, zero gravity recliners, stools, standing – and this is the first chair I’ve simply sat on and had it balance me. Best. Chair. Ever.

Doug

This chair is brilliant. Brilliantly simple. Really really expensive ergo chairs have managed to feel about there same as cheap crap office chairs to me, and standing desks add variety but don’t seem to add actual change in how I feel day to day. This is the first chair to have the balance and motion off a yoga ball without the high randomness and the pressure pushing at your backside. I can feel a difference after sitting on it at the office for four weeks now and I purchased a second for use at home. I’m also finally getting actual use out of an adjustable standing desk at work. The adjustable height desk is so much a part of there experience of this chair I adapted my home desk surface onto an adjustable height frame. Great chair. Thank you.

Douglas Munsinger

I love my new chair! My colleagues have all taken turns coming down to my office to try it. I’m a runner and have been struggling with some hip stiffness that’s affecting my back. Even after just a few days of using it, my IT band and psoas tightness is lessened. I was especially pleased with how easy it was to assemble, and in the overall quality of construction, especially at so affordable a price.

Loraine

Better than advertised. As someone who practiced clinical medicine for many years but who transitioned to a phase in my career where I am at a desk quite a bit I was worried about the adverse effects of sitting so much. In emergency departments and clinics there were always rolling stools to sit on, but usually you’re so busy you don’t sit too much. The Ariel reminds me of those stools, but far better. I am very pleased with the way I can move, and adjust subconsciously while I type, video conference or read. Takes just a few days to get used to it, then you will never go back. I highly recommend it.

TJ Wright, MD, MPH

This chair has made a huge difference in my comfort and productivity in working at home. I recently sat in my office chair at work, and could not get comfortable or sit for a long period, which tells me this chair is really changing how I sit and engage.

Mikael Bristow

ABSolutely love this chair! I work from home and have had this chair for a few years. This IS my office chair despite me thinking I would have to switch back and forth with my old office chair:) No more back pain, better balance and tighter abs. Love it!

Rita

I wish I had found this chair earlier in my life! I’m at my home-office desk for 6-8 hours a day and found that this chair relieves pressure on my both my knees and lower back. It’s easy to adjust and after getting use to the “active sitting” I completely understand why it’s better for posture. Also, the sales and customer service team has been incredible to work with – very quick to respond to questions and helpful all the way through the process.

Judie Brower

MD Designed

Meet Dr. Turner Osler

Turner is the CEO and Founder of QOR360. Dr. Osler is an academic trauma surgeon turned research epidemiologist who has published over 300 peer-reviewed medical papers and book chapters. As a physician who’s suffered from a tyranny of conventional chairs for most of his life, Dr. Osler’s quest for a healthier way to sit led him to develop The Eccentric Bicylinder, a shape that is central to QOR360’s ergonomic, healthy, and active seating products.

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Additional information

Weight 18 lbs
Dimensions 18.5 × 18 × 10 in
Height

Short 17" – 21", Tall 20" – 28"

Material

Fabric $375, Red Performance Leather $425, Black Performance Leather $425

Wheels

Yes – Add $15, No

Seat Height

Short: 17" to 21", Tall: 20" to 28"

Seat Width

13"

Seat Depth

9"

Star Base Width

18.5"

13 reviews for The Ariel

  1. David Worth (verified owner)

    I received an email from my friend Larry Goldfarb, a well known Feldenkrais teacher/practitioner and Trainer in this method, he mentioned this new concept of sitting and mentioned he was using one of their chairs. Now imagine I was sitting on my solid oak stool at my computer in no real comfort but living with this as normal. Well I decided to take the hint and leap of faith and ordered a Ariel for my self. I have been using this wonderful chair for a little over a month now and what a wonder it is! I am so impressed with the engineering that has gone into this chair. It takes a little time to get accustomed to the sitting dynamics, but once you do, it gives a sense of freedom that is truly unique. I can’t imagine being with out this chair. If you are considering the purchase of one of these great chairs, just do it. You won’t be disappointed. Dave Worth PT GCFP

  2. Richard Rodriguez, MD (verified owner)

    I live with a bleeding disorder that has led to arthritis in most joints in my body. I’ve had injuries from normal every day actions, including sitting down. Over the years, I have moved from the gamut of options in Western medicine to a more fluid journey into alternative methods of health preservation. I’ve tried many sitting devices to maintain neutral posture but have invariably been disappointed or hurt. I was recommended this chair by my rolfer whose opinion I really value. Combining the principals of structural integration and the mechanics of this chair, I’ve finally found something that leads to a sense of wellness, security, and freedom. Not only do I use this chair for normal sitting but am using it in movement exercises that I can conclusively say are restoring my functionality in a way that I never thought I would be able to. I hope to be able to adapt the principles of this chair and structural integration to help others like me who live with chronic pain some day.

  3. Doug

    I have sat on yoga balls, zero gravity recliners, stools, standing – and this is the first chair I’ve simply sat on and had it balance me. Best. Chair. Ever.

  4. Douglas Munsinger (verified owner)

    This chair is brilliant. Brilliantly simple. Really really expensive ergo chairs have managed to feel about there same as cheap crap office chairs to me, and standing desks add variety but don’t seem to add actual change in how I feel day to day. This is the first chair to have the balance and motion off a yoga ball without the high randomness and the pressure pushing at your backside. I can feel a difference after sitting on it at the office for four weeks now and I purchased a second for use at home. I’m also finally getting actual use out of an adjustable standing desk at work. The adjustable height desk is so much a part of there experience of this chair I adapted my home desk surface onto an adjustable height frame. Great chair. Thank you.

  5. Loraine (verified owner)

    I love my new chair! My colleagues have all taken turns coming down to my office to try it. I’m a runner and have been struggling with some hip stiffness that’s affecting my back. Even after just a few days of using it, my IT band and psoas tightness is lessened. I was especially pleased with how easy it was to assemble, and in the overall quality of construction, especially at so affordable a price.

  6. TJ Wright, MD, MPH (verified owner)

    Better than advertised. As someone who practiced clinical medicine for many years but who transitioned to a phase in my career where I am at a desk quite a bit I was worried about the adverse effects of sitting so much. In emergency departments and clinics there were always rolling stools to sit on, but usually you’re so busy you don’t sit too much. The Ariel reminds me of those stools, but far better. I am very pleased with the way I can move, and adjust subconsciously while I type, video conference or read. Takes just a few days to get used to it, then you will never go back. I highly recommend it.

  7. Mikael Bristow (verified owner)

    This chair has made a huge difference in my comfort and productivity in working at home. I recently sat in my office chair at work, and could not get comfortable or sit for a long period, which tells me this chair is really changing how I sit and engage.

  8. Rita (verified owner)

    ABSolutely love this chair! I work from home and have had this chair for a few years. This IS my office chair despite me thinking I would have to switch back and forth with my old office chair:) No more back pain, better balance and tighter abs. Love it!

  9. Judie Brower

    I wish I had found this chair earlier in my life! I’m at my home-office desk for 6-8 hours a day and found that this chair relieves pressure on my both my knees and lower back. It’s easy to adjust and after getting use to the “active sitting” I completely understand why it’s better for posture. Also, the sales and customer service team has been incredible to work with – very quick to respond to questions and helpful all the way through the process.

  10. Josh Baumgard (verified owner)

    This funky bizarre chair took a few weeks to get used to. My ass kept tingling from the pressure but man does it transform your core. Most people dont realize their back pain is back weakness and this chair helps strengthen those weak muscles. My only possible complaint is i wish there was somehow an ability to add an arm rest. Fantastic office chair

  11. Kailey Newkirk (verified owner)

    I absolutely love the QOR360 Ariel chair. It’s just the right amount of support and padding (for the bum), while also keeping the core/back gently engaged. I have lower back arthritis, and it keeps me mobile, as sitting for long periods can make me stiff and achy.

    The seat of the chair is intentionally a bit wobbly, but that is part of the magic. It kind of forces you to have some semblance of posture while seated/stand-leaning. (Not so much that you feel like you’re doing work, but enough that it keeps your abs/back awake.) I mention this because the wobble can be a bit of a surprise if you just plop yourself down onto it without knowing how it works.

    QOR’s customer service is also outstanding. I submitted a question about my order to the online ticket system, and I received a personal phone call back minutes later. They were helpful and friendly, and I’ll definitely choose their products again. Thanks!

  12. Jason Stockwell

    I got a QOR360 during the COVID pandemic because I was at my computer all the time for work, and I was not happy with the way my body was feeling. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical when I first saw the QOR360 because it had no back to it, but I decided to try it after seeing how the chair worked and reading the reviews. I have been super-pleased with the chair! My posture has really improved – no slumping, I feel like my back has strengthened, and I very much enjoy the constant motion of the seat. QOR360 keeps my joints active and my circulation flowing when sitting for long periods of time. I won’t be going back to standard chairs!

  13. Susan Dudish-Poulsen

    I received my Ariel in 2020 as a birthday gift from my husband. If I had written this review during the first 10 months of having the Ariel, it would be a 5 Star review. I used it for at least 6 hours a day. My back pain disappeared. I woke up feeling great every day. My posture was greatly improved. However, after 10 months of use, the foam padding no longer gives the same support as when new. I developed iliac crest pain. Nothing had changed except the density of the cushion. Sadly, there is no option to purchase a new insert for the Ariel. QOR360’s recommendation was to put a cushion on top of it. I expect more than 10 months of use from a $375 chair. I expect to not have to jury-rig the seat. I switched back to my regular chair, and my hip pain is gone. My Ariel is now used to hold folders and books in my office. I hope QOR360 will come up with a cushion replacement option or a seat replacement option. Until then, I can no longer recommend this chair.

    • John

      Hello Susan,

      I’m thrilled to hear our chair cured your back pain and improved your posture, but sorry you seem to be having trouble with it after 10 months. We would be happy to fix this for you. Just send us and email at [email protected] and we will take care of it!

      John

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