Best Bar Stools for a Kitchen Island from Amazon

 A round up of the best low budget modern traditional bar stools from Amazon to use around a kitchen island or peninsula.

Whatever it is about bar stools, they are insanely difficult to shop for. Or maybe I’m just more picky than what’s considered normal. (Very likely. 😆)

A couple of years ago, during our kitchen refresh, I snagged some cheap bar stools as a place holder to simply serve a purpose for our family until I could find the perfect ones.

They had to look like designer bar stools, be kid-friendly, durable, easy to clean, high quality, and couldn’t cost more than $100 each.

Favorite Adjustable Bar Stools

I saw these beautiful adjustable height swivel gold pub stools from Amazon shared by Chris Loves Julia, and that was it for me.

But 11 other bar stools from Amazon made my Top 12 bar stool favorites list. So I’m rounding them all up at the bottom of this blog post if you’re on the hunt too.

What Kind of Stool is Best for a Kitchen Island?

The kitchen island nowadays is not just a place for cooking; it’s a multifunctional feature that always seems to be the congregation spot when hosting gatherings.

If you have a kitchen island, I’m sure you already know the importance of having comfortable and stylish seating options.

High Back vs Backless

When comfort is a priority, a high-backed bar stool is the best option but it is bulkier and takes up more space. When saving space is a priority, go for backless.

Counter Height vs Bar Height

Bar height stools have seat heights approximately 28 inches high (or 28 – 32 inches as a rule) to fit under table tops with a standard height of 40 to 42 inches. Counter stools have seat heights of 24 to 27 inches high for tables that are 36 inches high.

Modern Traditional Bar Stools from Amazon

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These 12 Amazon bar stools suit a wide range of decorating styles from modern to traditional without the high end designer price tag.

TOP: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | MIDDLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | BOTTOM: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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  1. I love the options! We recently purchased the ones with the tufted back. They are comfortable and have 4 layers of scotch guard on them 😉

    On a blogging note- do you have a particular plugin that allows you to index the barstools in a row? Or are the image sizes small enough that you just keep adding them and they naturally make 3 in a row? Thanks!

    1. Haha! Yes! Scotch Guard is a must for us too. For your blogging question, I just use the plugin called WP Gallery Custom Links, and I can create a gallery of images that way with individual links to items. Make sure the links are no-follow though.

  2. With small kids I say metal (easy cleanup) and with a back safer for kids better for your back. ?

  3. Hey Lauren! Congrats on your gorg kitchen! In terms of barstool seating, we purchased 3 of the Sandstone tufted back stools from Target ~ 1 month ago and LOVE them! We sit in them every day, and it really brightens up the space/offers a nice fresh look when paired with reclaimed wood/rustic decor. I was originally looking at the iron/antique wood swivel stools, but my husband insisted we have chairs with backs on them… boy was he right! I will say the ONLY thing that might concern me with those stools in your space is the color of the wooden legs (warm) vs color of the reclaimed wood on your island (cool) – could clash

    1. Good to know, Erica! Thank you! They do look SUPER comfy. Do you have little ones? My only concern is keeping them clean with a 3 year-old, and she usually sits at the bar to eat her lunch. We have upholstered dining room chairs, but she doesn’t really sit in those.

      1. We don’t have little ones yet (hopefully soon!) but I did Scotchguard the heck out of them. We also have a HUGE black Lab whose hair manages to stick to everything, but the fabric has nice threadlike pattern which helps to hide dirt/hair (it’s not an opaque/flat linen color). Hope this helps! Can’t wait to see the beautiful results!