Best Drum Throne For Back Problems
The problem of back pain as a result of drumming is an issue that many of us have experienced at some point or other. Whether or not you suffer from such issues, investing in a proper drum throne is not only an investment for your drumming. But investment for your health. After all, what is the point of diminishing your bank account on drumming equipment when your stool is cheap af.
It does not matter what level you are in your drumming career. I always recommend purchasing a decent drum throne from the start. This will not only improve your playing experience. But will lengthen the time you’re able to play and practice. Thus, you will become a better drummer as a result. Many drummers are unaware of the importance of posture in playing drums successfully.
If you are going to fork out the extra money for one piece of drum gear, it is the throne that I recommend going for first. If you opt for cheaper drum thrones under 100 dollars etc, then you’ll find that they’ll break and you will land up spending more on replacing your drum thrones. So why not just buy a decent product from the outset.
Best Drum Throne For Back Pain
Below are some of my favorite thrones for drums that I have tried and used in the past. Whilst this is my personal opinion, you’ll find that many drummers agree with the similar choices I have outlined below.
1) DW Heavy Duty Workshop Air-Lift Throne
Seriously, this is the most comfortable drum throne I have ever used. I’m absolutely smitten with mine and there is no going back. I must admit, I was very reluctant to spend the money when it came to this throne. That is because it is one of the most expensive out there. But, I am so glad that I did because I received the most well-made and ergonomic throne I’ve come to experience.
In all honesty, the DW Heavy-Duty throne allows me to drum longer than ever before. And, not only longer but pain-free. I can’t stress enough how this is an investment to your drumming career and your health. This is the only throne you’ll ever need.
The DW sports an air-lift system which allows you to easily and quickly adjust the height of your throne. If on-the-fly adjustability is what you are after then look no further. Due to the air-lift feature, the throne has somewhat of a slight bounce to it. But a lot of drummers, including myself, love this feature as it reduces unwanted stress on your back and allows you to get into the groove. It has the most solid base, most comfortable seat with double foam. And if you want, you can get the extra backrest which is available separately. I definitely say get the backrest as it takes this throne to a whole new level of comfortability.
2) Roc-N-Soc Nitro Drum Stool
I don’t think there is any arguing at all that the Roc-N-Soc throne is one of the best. Not only that, but it is one of the most popular, all-around, drum thrones for posture, ergonomics, and pain. This throne ticks all the boxes when it comes to the characteristics I mentioned above.
Firstly, this is one of the most ergonomically designed thrones on the market. This is because the seat itself has been made into a comfortable contoured shape with sufficient cushioning and molding to your body. Secondly, it has the ability to be height adjusted from 18 inches all the way to 24 inches. Thus, finding your perfect drumming position will be a breeze. Most importantly, the throne allows you to spin freely which will ultimately put less pressure on your back and spine. And if that wasn’t enough, a shock absorber with nitrogen gas has been added to further defend against any unwanted movement when drumming.
Finally, when it comes to quality, you’ll be hardpressed to find a better option. You also have a choice between three colors being black, blue or red. I almost failed to mention that you can get an additional backrest if this is something you want. I have one and I quite enjoy it. It should be mentioned that this same throne is offered with a round seat instead of the tractor/motorcycle style featured above.
3) Gibraltar Bike Seat Cordura
This is quite a similar throne to the Roc-N-Soc when it comes to looks. However, there are some subtle differences. Whilst the Roc-N-Soc is my number one choice. This is a close second if you’re a Gibraltar fan. Which most drummers will be more familiar with. The shape of the seats is very similar. However, I’d say that the Gibraltar lacks somewhat when it comes to padding. But, that is only when compared to the Roc-N-Soc. It is still an exceptionally comfortable and ergonomic drum throne. Which sports some pretty cool features.
This stool is rock solid when it comes to stability and is very quick to set up due to the lock having a memory function. This particular model comes with a backrest that is included. This is a good option but if ergonomics and helping your back is of the utmost importance then I would probably give this one a skip. Gibraltar makes an oversize motorcycle style version which doesn’t have a backrest but is more comfortable and has a better-padded seat.
4) Mapex Thick Cushion – Best Drum Throne Under 100
If you are looking for an ergonomic and comfortable drum throne without breaking the bank. Then look no further than the Mapex double-thick cushioned drum throne. This throne for drums is under 100 dollars and provides the comfort and stability you need to get started. The double cushioning means that this seat is extra comfortable. However, there are no more features provided to make it further ergonomic. And thus, fails to deliver when compared to some of the other stools featured on this list. But if you don’t want to spend a lot then this is a good option for you.
5) Tama Ergo-Rider
As far as I am aware, this is one of the priciest thrones on the market. Having said that, you most definitely get what you pay for with this throne. Most drum thrones and stools have a three-legged tripod base, However, this Tama along with the DW above come with 4 for extra stability. The feet of this throne is extra-large and covered in rubber. Further increasing stability and comfort.
Furthermore, the Tama stool is one of the most stable on the market. Not only from the four-legged base. But also the bracing which is doubled along with a lock for the seat with anti-wobbling ability. The seat is very comfortable and a backrest is included I believe. Whilst I do not own this throne, I have tried it multiple times and I have been extremely impressed each time. I just couldn;y justify spending the extra when my DW air-lift does the same job.
A drummer friend of mine has one of these and swears by them. He has suffered from severe lower back pain as a result of drumming for over 40 years. And he absolutely swears by this Tama throne. You certainly won’t be disappointed if you do decide to go for this product.
6) Pork Pie Round Drum Stool
I simply had to add this extra stool in because I recently tried one and loved the experience. I specifically chose to mention the round drum stool as I’ve mentioned quite a lot of tractor/motorcycle seats above. And, the Pork Pie comes in this option too. However,m the round stool is exceptionally comfortable and one of the thickest pieces of padding and seat I’ve yet to come across.
Furthermore, the stability on this stool is close to being unmatched by any other throne on the market. That is because the Pork Pie has been designed for larger people. And it is made in the USA, proudly by an American himself. Whilst these are specially designed for heavier people in mind, they’re definitely able to suit people of all sizes, height, and weights.
What To Look For In A Drum Throne
When it comes to buying the best drum throne for back pain, there are some characteristics to look out for. These will help you in making the best choice.
All of the characteristics I’m going to mention are important when it comes to drum thrones. However, if I had to pick one, I’d say that comfort is probably the most important one. You’ll be sitting at the drumkit for extended periods of time. Therefore, you’ll want a throne that has sufficient padding and cushioning. You’ll also want to consider the shape and size and the throne.
Some thrones have round shapes whilst others are triangular. It really boils down to what your preference is. However, when it comes to my preference, I always go for the thrones that come with seats which are contoured. The contoured shapes are the best for back pain due to the fact that they somewhat mold to your bum.
Which adds comfort and allows you to play for longer as you run less risk of drummers fatigue. If you think about it, office works will make use of ergonomic chairs to work longer and comfortably. So why should it be any different for us drummers?
Many drummers think that adjustability refers only to the height of the throne. However, there are more adjustments that some drum thrones are capable of. For example, some cheaper thrones are only height adjustable. Whilst more expensive models can tilt at different angles etc.
Whatever your choice, make sure that the drum throne you choose is at least height adjustable. This is important because you’ll want to find the best position for your height. A shorter person will usually have a lower seat and a taller person a higher seat.
Some thrones have the ability to be adjusted on the fly. Which in gig scenarios might be something you’ll want to consider. However, I don’t know many drummers that will be constantly adjusting the height of their throne during a show. So for that reason, I don’t think quick adjustability needs to be a factor a drummer should take into consideration.
Capacity & Stability
Drum thrones are designed so that the majority of people can use them. However, some of us are bigger and heavier than the others. That is why you’ll want to consider a stool that is able to withstand your particular weight.
Along with weight capacity comes stability which is yet another important factor to look out for. Even if you’re the smallest and shortest person, you’ll definitely want to consider stability when it comes to buying a drum throne.
If your throne is unstable and moves around whilst playing, then you can cause further back or even spine issues as a result of unwanted movement. Cheaper drum thrones tend to move around in this way which is why I would avoid them at all costs.
Lastly, I forgot to add that you’ll want a throne that has the ability to spin a bit. This is because a throne that stays in one place without any movement can put unwanted stress on your lower back.
Just to point out, spinning is different from unwanted movement. Spinning can be adjusted and controlled with a proper throne. Whilst cheap models will move and you can’t do anything about it.
Backrest vs No Backrest
There is much debate surrounding the use of a backrest on your drum throne. It is common to see a lot of drummers not using a backrest. Some say that an absent backrest forces you to use proper posture.
Whilst others argue that a backrest provides ergonomic benefits. I tend to agree with the latter. I like using a backrest and believe an ergonomic drum throne will come with one.
Having said that, there are plenty of ergonomic and comfortable drum stools that do not have a backrest. I think it is safe to say that this will come down to personal preference.