Backapp Hipp Stool
What is it?
It is a revolutionary chair that works in tandem with the user to deliver a dynamic open hip sitting experience. The dynamic ergonomic design requires the sitter to exercise certain elements of balancing, maintaining a degree of sedentary activity of which the user will be largely unaware. Designed in Norway and built-in Sweden, the Back App Hipp utilizes the same technology as the Smart, but with a differently shaped soft seat top.
Who does it help?
It is designed to help two groups:
1) Those with back injuries and non-specific back discomfort. It is designed to help by working and possibly strengthening the muscles around the spine and enhancing the user’s balancing ability, also known as the ‘balance motor’.
2) Those who sit for prolonged periods and are looking to maintain spinal health and prevent injury.
The degree to which the user is required to balance It is easily controllable by turning a ball in the base, the user determines the motion range of the chair. The design of backapp chair features a damping mechanism, which will ensure soft gradual movement even at maximum setting. The sitting height has a range of 560-820mm, adjustable with the actuator handle in the seat support.
It has a pleasingly modern and minimalist design, featuring a simple black central pole on a broad base. The seat top is available in a choice of three colours: white, red and black.
throughout its build, the features components sourced with sustainability in mind. It is almost entirely crafted from recycled plastics. At under 5kg in weight, the Backapp Hipp has been constructed with the minimum material possible in order to reduce its environmental footprint.
With a five year guarantee given as standard, longevity is a key characteristic of the chair. Moreover, should any components start to wear in due course, easy replaceability is built in.
When the chair does come to the end of its life , all the components are readily recycled.
Warranty: 5 years
Product Weight: 6kg
Base Diameter: 680mm
Weight Limit: 110kg
Overall height: 26.2” - 35.1”
Overall width: 23.75”
Sitting height: 21.4” - 30.3”
Selecting Your Options
There are 3 main seat colours including Red, Black and White
Backapp chairs take 3-5 weeks to deliver. For more information on our delivery policy, please see our terms and conditions.
On non-bespoke items, you have 14 days from the receipt of goods ordered to return items for a full refund, excluding carriage and installation. The cost of returning goods to us is to be at your own expense. Please see our terms and conditions for more details on delivery and returns.
The Backappcomes with a 5-year warranty. Please see our terms and conditions for more details on the warranty.
There are no large, independent, gold standard RCTs on the long-term benefits of any chair brand that we know of. In the absence of the gold standard, we look to what information is available.
Backapp is one of the few manufacturers who have attempted to evaluate the effectiveness of its stools and have produced 5-10 field studies on its stools. Please note, however, that these studies have been relatively small and there are also few details on how well controlled these studies were and so you have to bear this in mind when evaluating the results.
Out of the workplace studies that have taken place, most studies have reported a positive effect of Backapp sitting on low back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. Not surprisingly, this reduction in musculoskeletal pain has been associated with an increase in productivity. Some preliminary findings also suggest that sitting on the backapp may help with lowering fatigue levels in the day
Unverified reports are reviews and case studies that we have found online. Whilst unverified commendations do not have the same scientific rigour and credibility as research, they are can still offer some early insights into what equipment may be worth exploring in more depth.
What conditions does the Backapp help?From the reviews available online, it appears that most users leaving feedback have purchased the back app to help with low back pain. The back pain has ranged from chronic nonspecific low back pain and slipped discs to simple back stiffness. Many of the users have found the Backapp
stool helped them work with noticeably less pain. Some users noted that they found the movement of the stool the most helpful feature.
How much has a Backapp helped? Most feedback given highlights significant changes in pain levels which could mean they could work longer whilst for others it was the only chair, they could get comfortable on.
How difficult is it to use a Backapp for work and hobbies? The Backapp is easy to use and adjust to suit individual preference. The balance ball is adjusted with a simple twist, then place the chair under the desk in the position you would like it to remain. The swivel top enables you to sit down and ‘swivel in’ to position.
It being a stool, users who are accustomed to a seat with a backrest may find the experience a little unfamiliar initially. Certain techniques, for instance alternating sitting and standing for brief periods, will help this to pass.
What work/hobbies is the Backapp best for? The Backapp Hip appears to mostly have been used for people working on computers at a desk. Several musicians have also reported that the stool can be helpful when playing. The stool has been used by some medical professionals, but we have not seen much feedback in this group.
Does the Backapp fit everyone? They are designed to suit a broad range of sizes and shapes, with a maximum user weight of 11Okg. The seat top is 400mm wide and 353mm deep and is made of pliable but durable polypropylene which gives flexibility under the thighs and around the rear rim, meaning it can cater for a wide spectrum of user variability.
How long does it take to get used to sitting in a Backapp? For those users who are accustomed only to a standard office chair, it is quite likely that they will need some adjustment time before they feel entirely at home with the Backapp. Consequently, it is recommended that an incremental approach is taken initially, building up one’s use until total comfort is achieved. We have found transitions taking as little as 1 week all the way up to 6 months.
Is it comfortable to sit without a backrest at a workstation? With the majority of users, it’s a matter of acclimatisation. Some become accustomed to it extremely quickly whilst for others they may need the option to move to a backrest from time to time
Do Backapp stools improve health? Some studies have been carried out which indicate improvements in comfort and a concomitant rise in productivity. There should be an awareness though that these studies have been small and usually funded by the manufacturer, so there is more work to be done in this field. In reviews online, users suffering from back pain have reported an improvement in their symptoms, produced by the movement inherent in the chair’s design.
How long is the chair warranty? The chair’s warranty guarantees it for 5 years, assuming a usage of around 8 hours per day.
What is the weight limit on the Backapp Hipp? The weight limit for users of the Backapp Hipp is 113kg.
What is the difference between the Backapp models? The key difference as far as user experience is in the nature of the seat top. The Hip features a cushioned top which can be covered in one of four fabrics. The Hipp is constructed from soft recycled plastic, moulded to accommodate the pelvis and underthigh.
Which types of professionals have used the BackApp chairs? Office workers, architects, designers.
Who invented the backapp? Dr Freddy Johnsen, who, having undergone two unsuccessful spinal surgeries, wanted to tackle his ongoing discomfort with a revolutionary approach to sitting. His resulting inventions have gone on to sell more than 60,000 units.
Do I need Backapp Hip? If you need easy transportability, then yes. The Hip facilitate ease of movement from one workstation to another, or into a storage position. However, Backapp chairs are not heavy (the Hipp is around 5kg) so can be lifted into position if preferable.