Although gaming stools with gas height adjustment swivel mechanisms have been available for many years, they have somewhat of a poor reputation, predominantly due to the unreliability of the gas lifters when they were first fitted to casino chairs in the early 1990’s. At that time, malfunctioning and leaking gas lifters were commonplace and they were soon replaced by the more traditional non-adjustable fixed-height swivel mechanisms.
While there is little doubt that any stool or chair fitted with a gas lifter is more comfortable than one without, it is only in the last few years that gas lifters have regained popularity as improved designs have contributed to fewer failures and greater reliability.
In fact, modern gas lifters now rival traditional fixed-height swivel mechanisms in terms of both price and reliability!
There are 2 broad categories of gas lifters suitable for gaming stools, i.e.