I couldn't garden without this kneeler now that I must do most of my work from a seated position (most often very low to the ground) and I use the side supports to help myself get up.
Bought the bench because I am having problems getting up and down. I am not a large person but the pad is not wide enough for my knees so I am kneeling on the frame -- not comfortable!. After only using this a short period of time, and taking good care of it, the entire pad assembly broke, so now it is worthless.
I bought the kneeler to replace another which tended to collapse when used on a slight slope. This product solved the problem. I've used it for many garden chores. Very stable and comfortable.
I purchased the Garden Bench/Kneeler because I liked the idea of having support when getting up from a kneeling position. Since I received it a couple of weeks ago I have used it many times for doing time-consuming tasks on shorter perennials. It has really saved my back! A little instruction as to how to fold it back up might be a nice thing, as my husband had to figure that out for me.
I HAD HURT MY BACK AND HAVE TROUBLE BENDING AND CLEANING MY GARDEN. WITH THE KNEELER I CAN, I DO NOT HAVE TO BEND OVER. ALSO SITTING ON THE SEAT I CAN REST OR DEADHEAD. IT HAS REALLY HELPED ME WITH WHAT I REALLY LOVE TO DO. GARDENING!!
The handy tool pouch that comes with the bench is the bonus. Easy to use sitting or kneeling.
I bought this for my 80 year old sister who is an avid gardener. She loves it with the kneeling part low to ground in order to use the supports to help her return to standing. It was a Christmas present and she loves it. She even lets my brother-in-law use it as well!
I have trouble getting up from my knees, and the bench turned upside down gives me the leverage I need. I actually use it in the house, doing housework. It is a lifesaver for someone with limited agility.
The concept of this product is wonderful. I bought it to aid with my gardening while dealing with arthritis in my back/knees/hips. It helps to get up/down while weeding on my knees, there are always weeds to pull! My criticism is the padding that comes apart from the center piece of wood, the wood split. The wood looked like a cheap grade of pine, almost like a balsa wood. I communicated with Gardeners Edge who blew me off. Because I had purchased it in March, used it in May/June the 30 days to return were past. My fix was to use duct tape to wrap the foam around the kneeling/seat frame. It worked except as the tape moved, it would leave me with sticky knees! I guess my only option is to purchase a new one each year and tape it before the wood splits!
Gardeners Edge responds: We're greatly disappointed to hear about our lack of customer service. We will be sending a free replacement out shortly.
When kneeling, it is nice to have handles to help you get up. Use caution when used as a bench as it can tip over backwards. I make sure nothing is behind me in case I go over so I will have a soft landing. I use mostly as a bench, but also as a kneeler.
Comfortable and very nice to use ONCE you can get it open. The springs are very stiff!!
I am 68 yrs old and I can't kneel down without going thru a lot of pain when I get up. I have arthritis in both of my knees and not much of my cartilage is left. With the kneeler I can get up with very little pain. I use it in my garden and for chores around the house. I am very pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone with bad knees.
I really like being able to kneel and use the handles to stand when finished. Also, sitting to work in the garden is helpful. Perhaps a wider seat (obviously a personal problem!) would help; and I found it difficult to close the handles. With the tool pouch, I am very happy to have my cellphone, water bottle and hand tools within reach!!!
I love to garden and the kneeler has let me continue to work in the garden. It is well built and strong. The cushion is just right for your knees and conviently turns over to make a stable bench.
Having had hip replacement surgery, I bought it to enable me to weed in my garden. In the open position, legs down, it is fine, and enables me to kneel and then stand again. However, the kneeling pad is a bit hard after a while, and it is very difficult, and most times impossible, for me to fold down the legs. As a result, I keep it in the open position, as a seat, and it cannot be stored as I would like. I would probably not have bought it, if I had been aware of these two problems.
I had total knee replacement,and thought my gardening days were over. I bought a garden kneeler. It changed how I could garden. I can sit and weed, plant and harvest wiih ease. I have learned how to kneel again, using an additional garden pad. I am a large woman, and the kneeler is built so well, I have total confidence in it. I bought one for my daughter!
This bench suits all ages in our garden. My bad knees appreciate the cushioned pad to kneel on when weeding and the side supports for getting up. Everyone uses it as a bench, especially when working on the water barrel gardens. We have two. Durable product. Good construction.
We (my wife and I are both 75 years old) have used the bench as a sit on and a kneel on and find it to be great. The kneel position is especially useful when we have to get up on our feet because the side "handles" provide us with the help we need to get up.
Excellent product-- Well constructed-- Performs as advertised.