Going to the barber is an enjoyable experience as much as it’s about good grooming habits. The best barbers take care of their clients’ comfort as much as they take care of their hair.
Of course, a good chair goes a long way toward creating a luxurious positive experience. But chairs wear out over time, the style changes, and local competition may move in and step up the barber chair game. Sometimes you just need to upgrade.
This guide will help you choose from some of the best barber chairs on the market. These chairs will keep your customers happy and make your job easier in the process. Plus, the stylish design choices aren’t only comfortable, they’ll add a polished edge to your shop that will draw in new customers from the street, too.
|Artist Hand Hydraulic Barber Chair|
|Weight Limit: 330 lbs|
|Recline: Fully Reclining|
|Simple but functional design, minimalist, comfortable.|
|Artist Hand All-Purpose Reclining Barber Chair|
|Weight Limit: 440 lbs|
|Recline: 145 degree|
|Highly functional, quality materials, comfortable.|
|BarberPub Heavy Duty Metal Vintage Barber Chair|
|Weight Limit: 400 lbs|
|Recline: 140 degree|
|Versatile, high quality, comfortable, and beautiful.|
Top 10 Barber Chairs Comparison Table
|Product Name||Recline||Weight Limit||Price|
|Artist Hand All-Purpose Reclining Barber Chair||145 degree||440 lbs||Check Price|
|DIR Heavy Duty Barber Chair – Excelsior||45 degree||580 lbs||Check Price|
|Esright Adjustable Backwash Chair||Adjustable footrest, no recline||350 lbs||Check Price|
|BarberPub Heavy Duty Metal Vintage Barber Chair||140 degree||400 lbs||Check Price|
|Artist Hand Heavy Duty Hydraulic Reclining Barber Chair||135 degree||440 lbs||Check Price|
|BarberPub Classic Hydraulic Barber Chair||140 degree||330 lbs||Check Price|
|DIR Heavy Duty Barber Chair – Vanquish||45 degree||580 lbs||Check Price|
|Artist Hand Hydraulic Barber Chair||Fully Reclining, unspecified degree||330 lbs||Check Price|
|BarberPub All-Purpose Hydraulic Barber Chair||135 degree||330 lbs||Check Price|
|Danyel Beauty All-Purpose Hydraulic Recline Barber Chair||Fully Reclining, unspecified degree||Unspecified||Check Price|
10 Best Barber Chairs: Detaild Review
Editor’s Rating: 4.5/5.0
The Artist Hand All-Purpose Reclining Barber Chair is a premium barber chair that offers all the functionality of the highest priced chairs without costing an arm and leg.
This chair features durable black PVC leather, stainless steel, and high density foam cushions to give you a long functioning life.
It also swivels a full 360 degrees and reclines 145 degrees, so you have full range of motion to shampoo, cut, and style. You can also adjust the height of the chair about 4 inches, with an easy to use hydraulic lift system.
With one of the higher weight limits of the chairs on this list, you can also be confident that this chair will be comfortable for all of your customers.
The biggest con with this barber chair is that it is kind of chunky in appearance and doesn’t look as comfortable as it is. It also arrives in two boxes, which can be confusing if you’re ordering multiple chairs at once.
|Material: PVC leather, stainless steel armrest|
|Product dimension: 43*28*39/43inches|
|Seat size: 19.68×20.87×5.9”|
|Comfortable for your customers|
|Arrives in 2 boxes|
Editor’s Rating: 4.5/5.0
The DIR Heavy Duty Barber Chair – Excelsior is one of the best barber chairs out there. Not only is this chair beautiful to look at, it’s extremely comfortable and durable enough to support an incredible 580 lbs.
The padded cushions, armrest, and calf rest ensure that this chair is about as comfortable as it gets. All the cushioning is provided by high density memory foam, and the cover is a high-quality vinyl. Combined, the two materials offer plenty of cushion and support, so your clients are comfortable the whole time you work.
It also has a full 360 degree swivel to give you full access as you cut and style your clients’ hair.
The headrest on this chair is also fully adjustable, and removable if you need even more space to properly cut and shape.
Unfortunately, while this barber chair can recline it can only go back about 45 degrees, so it’s not suitable for shampooing.
However, the appearance of this chair makes up for that lack in versatility. With the Excelsior in your shop you’re sure to attract customers. The beautiful design also adds a feeling of exclusivity and luxury to your salon that a simpler design would not provide.
This barber chair is definitely made from premium materials and with an exclusive look, and DIR expects you to pay for it. This is the second most expensive chair on this list, and a bit pricey for what you get. It’s worth it if you’re looking to create a luxurious look, but doesn’t offer enough functional features to justify the cost.
|Product dimension: 47.2 x 28 x 42.9 inches|
|High quality materials|
|Beautiful, luxurious look|
|High weight capacity|
|Doesn’t fully recline|
Editor’s Rating: 4.4/5.0
For something a little different, the Esright Adjustable Backwash Chair isn’t meant for you to cut and style your client’s hair, it’s just designed for shampooing. However, it’s still a great option for your shop or salon since you can save money on reclining barber chairs by having a couple of these instead.
While using the Esright Adjustable Backwash Chair as a shampooing station rather than bringing your shampooing station to the chair means your clients will have to move between the two chairs, having a dedicated shampooing station can make the whole process more comfortable for you and your clients.
The adjustable footrest on this shampooing station also guarantees you’ll be able to make your customers’ comfortable as you shampoo.
The bowl is made of durable high-density plastic with a long functional life. It will also stand up to heavy use without scuffing or losing its glossy appearance.
Of the PU Leather covering is reinforced and saddle stitched to preserve the cushioning and the overall appearance of the seat.
The anti-leakage hoses will prevent unnecessary spills, keeping your floors dry and preventing accidents.
|Product dimensions: 41.3 x 15.4 x 23 inches|
|Seat dimension: 19.3”L x20.9”W x3.1”D|
|Back dimension: 16.1”L x20.9″W x3.1”D|
|Sink dimension: 20.7”L x12.4”W x8”D|
|Durable materials and design|
|Safety anti-leakage hoses|
|Clients must move to and from the shampooing station|
|The backrest and bowl are not adjustable.|
Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5.0
The BarberPub Heavy Duty Metal Vintage Barber Chair offers a great medium between design features and price. It’s a beautiful retro-styled barber chair that offers an ergonomic design, high weight capacity, easy clean-up, and full rotation and recline options.
Overall this barber chair got our best rating because it combines appearance and functionality without a sky high price. While it is a more expensive option than some of the chairs on this list, the features of the chair are well worth the extra cost.
High density foam and PU Leather provide plenty of low-back and neck support, keeping your customers comfortable by catering to those high stress areas specifically. Plus, the hydraulic lift has a 400 lbs weight capacity, so even your largest customers will be comfortable and so will you.
The PU leather cushion covers are also waterproof and stain resistant. The chair will maintain its attractive appearance for years while saving you time in cleanup between clients.
This barber chair also offers an impressive recline, going a full 140 degrees to give you the ultimate flexibility when it comes to shampooing and client comfort.
|Overall Dimension: 26.7″(W) x 65.7″(D) x 40.9″(H)–47.2″(H)|
|Seat Dimensions: 20.4″(W) x 18.8″(D)|
|Back Size: 18.8″(W) x 19.6″(H)|
|Easy to Clean|
|Different color options have different prices|
|146 lbs shipping weight|
Editor’s Rating: 4.7/5.0
The Artist Hand Heavy Duty Hydraulic Reclining Barber Chair was a close second for best overall pick. The main reason we rated the BarberPub Heavy Duty Metal Vintage Barber Chair higher is that the Artist Hand Heavy Duty Reclining Barber Chair doesn’t stand out from the crowd, while BarberPub’s Vintage chair does.
Otherwise this barber chair is of incredibly similar quality, has a similar balance between features and price. It’s slightly less attractive overall but may fit better into a sleek modern salon.
The high-density sponge cushions provide plenty of support for your customers, and the hydraulic lift will support up to 440 lbs with ease.
This chair does look good. It has a chrome finish on all exposed metal, and the cushion covers come in either black or red. Both options are attractive, although the red cushion covers feel a bit more retro than the sleek modern black.
The attached footrest is a classic design and offers superior comfort. However, the full footrest design may make it tricky for some customers to get in and out of this chair.
360-degree swivel and 135-degree recline features give you full access. This chair also features an easy lock system for even greater control as you make small adjustments to chair position.
The hydraulic lift is rated for 6 inches of adjustable height, although some users note that the lift does not provide that much adjustment.
|Product Size: 45.5″(D)x26.75″(W)x41.25″/43.7″(H)|
|Seat Dimensions: 19.7″(W) x 17.3″(D)|
|Seat Height (adjustable): 19″-26″|
|Large, very comfortable design|
|High weight capacity lift|
|Easy to Clean|
|Hydraulic lift may not adjust as much as advertised|
|176 lbs shipping weight|
Editor’s Rating: 4.4/5.0
The BarberPub Classic Hydraulic Barber Chair is a more minimalist design than the chairs we’ve presented on this list so far. It’s really designed as a functional chair without the frills and extras that add cost to a chair without necessarily adding utility for the barber.
That said, this chair still has all the functional features we’ve come to expect from a great barber chair.
The 23-inch base diameter makes sure this is a sturdy chair despite being a little smaller than some of the other options on this list. It has 360-degree swivel, and 140-degree recline functions, and won’t rock or turn out of control as you move it.
The black bi-cast leather is comfortable to sit in and easy to wipe down between clients. It also won’t show much wear and tear over time, so this chair will maintain it’s sleek like-new appearance for the long haul.
High Density foam cushions provide the support your clients need. At first glance the open-back design doesn’t look as supportive as the full backed options on this list, and it isn’t. But, the BarberPub Classic Hydraulic Barber Chair still offers more than enough support to keep clients comfortable during their trim.
With a supported weight limit of 330 lbs, the hydraulic lift can handle almost all clients, and saves your back from stooping or making height adjustments manually.
The last feature on this chair, the footrest/calf rest, also gives you some added flexibility. It’s removable, which makes this chair a good option for taller customers who don’t need to want the extra support.
|Product dimensions: 22”x37”x24”|
|Inside seat dimension: 20″*18″ (Long*Depth)|
|Height of the chair back: 18″|
|Distance between two side arms: 25″|
|Functional and durable|
|No headrest, slightly less back support|
Editor’s Rating: 4.3/5.0
The DIR Vanquish is unquestionably the height of barber chair fashion. It’s perfect for up-scale salons and barber shops, or for barber shops that really value a retro 1950’s era (or older) look. This chair would even fit in to themed shops, tattoo parlors, or barbers who want to embrace their inner Sweeny Todd (without the homicide of course).
That said, the iconic look the Vanquish is known for comes with a similarly exclusive price tag. This chair is made with nothing but the best in materials and is sure to draw in curious customers and leave them feeling pampered. However, like the Excelsior that appeared earlier on this list, the Vanquish is one of the most expensive barber chairs on the market.
DIR offers a 1-year warranty on this chair, so you do have peace of mind should the chair arrive damaged. Otherwise, the materials and design are such that you shouldn’t run into functional problems with the chair.
The cushions are made from high-density memory foam and covered with a similarly high-quality vinyl that is durable, easy to clean, and stain resistant.
This chair comes with padded armrests, reversable footrest, padded calf rest, and a padded removable headrest. DIR has carefully designed the chair so that is it as comfortable and supportive as it is attractive.
The hydraulic lift on the Vanquish can lift 580 lbs., making it and the Excelsior the two highest weight capacity chairs on this list.
However, it has a limited recline function of only 45-degrees. The recline on this chair is more about making sure your clients are comfortable than it is a functional option. You’ll need a separate shampoo station.
|Product weight: 135 lbs.|
|Product dimension: DIR does not list specific dimensions for this chair|
|Easy to care for|
|High Weight Capacity|
Editor’s Rating: 4.3/5.0
The Artist Hand Hydraulic Barber Chair is another minimalist but highly functional option that won our pick for best bargain thanks to its combination of features and highly affordable price. This chair is a perfect option for barber shops that need a lot of chairs, are just getting started, or who would prefer to focus on great service over bling and frills.
A23-inch diameter base makes sure this chair stays put and stable as it swivels it’s full 360-degrees or reclines. Although Artist Hand doesn’t list a recline degree on this particular barber chair, you can expect that it reclines similarly to other Artist Hand chairs, approximately 130 degrees.
The cushions are made from high-density sponge and double reinforced saddle stitched PVC leather for extra durability. The armrest is stainless steel and designed to keep your clients comfortable while you work. While this chair is more streamlined and simpler than many on this list, it still provides all the support you could ask for.
Capable of supporting 330 lbs. the hydraulic lift gives you a full 5 inches of adjustable height, although some customers have noticed that the pump lever is a little too close to the base to use comfortably.
Overall the biggest bonus this chair has is its price. The features are fairly standard as is the design and profile of the chair. But it offers a lot of bang for your buck and will let you upgrade all your chairs at once.
|Product dimension: 32.48″ x 23.62″ x 33.83″|
|Seat size: 20″(L) x 20″(W)|
|Clean, modern design|
|Hydraulic lever is inconvenient|
Editor’s Rating: 4.2/5.0
TheBarberPub All-Purpose Hydraulic Barber Chair is another great minimalist option with a slightly different profile and appearance to better fit in with your salon’s décor.
This chair has a 23 inch base to ensure stability, along with 360-degree swivel and reclines 135 degrees. You can trust that this chair will keep your clients comfortable and secure while you move the chair to get all those tricky angles.
The cushions on this chair are covered and protected by bi-cast leather. Not only is bi-cast leather durable and comfortable, it’s also largely waterproof, stain resistant, and easy to wipe down and keep looking pristine.
Combine the bi-cast leather covers with the adjustable headrest and high-density foam cushions and this barber chair is comfortable and customizable to a wide range of client heights and weights.
6 inches of height adjustment make this one of the more adjustable barber chairs on this list. The hydraulic pump is triggered by an easy to use lever bar at the base of the chair. The lift can operate under up to 330 lbs of weight.
|Package size: 21’’ x 25’’ x 15’’|
|Net/Gross Weight: 64 / 69 Lbs|
|Material: Steel Frame/Faux Leather|
|Large height adjustment|
|Features are pretty basic, not eye catching|
Editor’s Rating: 4.1/5.0
The Danyel Beauty All-Purpose Hydraulic Recline Barber Chair is a slightly different take on a purpose-built barber chair. Its sleek black exterior offers a full backrest and headrest for additional support, along with the standard footrest and hydraulic pump.
For a fairly slimmed down design, the Danyel Beauty Barber Chair offers one bonus that many of the chairs on this list do not. It has a one year warranty on the base and the hydraulic pump. The hydraulic pump is one of the highest wear and tear items on a barber chair.
Adjustable height is also one of the most important features to help reduce back pain and fatigue through the day, so having a warranty on the pump gives you added peace of mind.
This chair also features high-density small-cell foam cushioning. Small-cell cushioning is important in a foam cushion since it reduced the amount the cushion will settle and shrink with time and use.
One downside of the Danyel Beauty Barber Chair is that they aren’t very specific with what this barber chair can do. It swivels and reclines, but neither degree is provided. The cushions are faux leather, but whether that is PVC leather or bi-cast leather is not specified.
That said, Danyel Beauty has a high reputation for quality products, and they are willing to stand behind those products. That dedication earns them a place on this list, despite the sparse detail for this particular chair.
|Product weight: 59 lbs|
|Product dimension: Danyel Beauty does not list specific dimensions for this chair|
|Pump and base warranty|
|Functional design with swivel and recline features|
|Fully supportive back rest|
|Product description is vague|
Each of the 10 barber chairs on this list offer high functionality, easy to maintain faux leather seating, and hydraulic pumps to keep you on your feet and comfortable longer. From our Best Bargain chairs to some of the premium chairs on the market, there is something on this list for every salon.
- Top 10 Barber Chairs Comparison Table
- 10 Best Barber Chairs: Detaild Review
- 1. Artist Hand All-Purpose Reclining Barber Chair (Best Value)
- 2. DIR Heavy Duty Barber Chair – Excelsior
- 3. Esright Adjustable Backwash Chair
- 4. BarberPub Heavy Duty Metal Vintage Barber Chair (Top Pick)
- 5. Artist Hand Heavy Duty Hydraulic Reclining Barber Chair
- 6. BarberPub Classic Hydraulic Barber Chair
- 7. DIR Heavy Duty Barber Chair – Vanquish
- 8. Artist Hand Hydraulic Barber Chair (Best Budget)
- 9. BarberPub All-Purpose Hydraulic Barber Chair
- 10. Danyel Beauty All-Purpose Hydraulic Recline Barber Chair