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The Hawaii Chair Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

Bottom Line


  • May improve blood circulation


  • Expensive
  • Not realistic for office use
  • Does not live up to fitness claims
Our Analysis
Linda Dahlstrom, a health editor for MSNBC.com, tests the Hawaii Chair in her office and is unable to perform even the most basic tasks due to the violent motion of the chair. She also consults with an in-house fitness expert, who negates the fitness claims made by the Hawaii Chair. Personal trainer Karen Wendler reviews the Hawaii Chair on Examiner.com and says there are several much cheaper fitness solutions that will offer better results than the Hawaii Chair.

Our Sources

Linda Dahlstrom, June 5, 2008

Linda Dahlstrom, a health editor for MSNBC.com, tests the Hawaii Chair at the office to see if it offers a decent workout. She finds the chair motion to be so jarring that she is unable to type or hold a phone and talk. Dahlstrom also interviews fitness expert Jay Blahnik, who says the chair won't tone ab muscles but may improve the circulation of someone who limited mobility.

Karen Wendler, March 6, 2009

Karen Wendler, a certified personal trainer, discusses whether the Hawaii Chair is a legitimate piece of workout equipment, although she does not conduct a hands-on test. She says the chair could be beneficial for those with mobility problems who are looking to stimulate blood circulation, but the Hawaii Chair doesn't offer any exercise benefits.

Ellen DeGeneres, Oct. 21, 2010

Talk show host Ellen Degeneres tests the Hawaii Chair in front of a studio audience. Setting the chair on high speed, she attempts to pour a glass of water and do other office tasks. Slipping and sliding all over the place, Ellen asks an audience member to sit on another Hawaii chair and test it with her. As they both are bounced around in their chairs, Ellen discusses the so-called benefits of the chair to the audience's amusement.

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