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Finding the right saddle for your body type, riding style, and bike is no easy matter.
If you don’t know what saddle is best for you, we’d advise you to skip the reviews and go straight to the Buying Guide. Once you’ve read that, you’ll probably have a better idea of some suitable options.
For these of you who already know the kind of bike seat you want, then read on…
The list of the 10 seats we feature covers a wide range of styles and budgets. We feature saddles for cruisers, road racing bikes and everything in between. So, hopefully, we’ll have the best bicycle seat for you somewhere amongst them.
Now let’s get to it and see what’s currently available on the market.
- Top 10 Best Bicycle Seats On The Market 2021 Reviews
- 1 Brooks England Cambium All Weather Bike Seat
- 2 Fizik Arione Open Performance Bike Saddle
- 3 Sunlite Cloud-9 Bicycle Suspension Cruiser Saddle, Cruiser Gel, Tri-Color Black
- 4 Planet Bike Men’s A.R.S. Anatomic Relief Bicycle Saddle
- 5 Speed Medium Saddle
- 6 Brooks England B17 Bike Saddle – Handmade Leather Bike Seat
- 7 Schwinn Comfort Bike Saddle
- 8 Outerdo Bike Saddle Mountain Bike Seat
- 9 Bell Comfort Bike Seats
- 10 Brooks Saddles B67 Bicycle Saddle (Men’s)
- Best Bicycle Seat Buying Guide
- Our Final Thoughts On The Best Bicycle Seat
Top 10 Best Bicycle Seats On The Market 2021 Reviews
1 Brooks England Cambium All Weather Bike Seat
Brooks has a long history of bike seat manufacturing. Actually, that’s not quite right. Brooks has the longest history in bike seat manufacturing. There now, that’s better.
Brook’s were founded in 1866 and began as a company making horse saddles. Following a rather painful experience of its founder, trying to ride one of the hard, wooden-seated bicycles of the day, that changed.
In 1882 John Brooks designed the first-ever bicycle saddle. The first patent for a bike saddle was filed in the same year and the rest, as they say, is history. They’ve been making bike saddles ever since and still at their original site in the UK.
So, how have Brooks got on with the Cambium All Weather Bike Seat?
Let’s find out…
Firstly, this is a bit of a departure for Brooks as it’s not made from leather. The Cambium All Weather Bike Seat is made from natural rubber which has an added layer of organic cotton canvas to add structural strength. This is finished with a weatherproof nylon cover.
The combined use of materials makes for a saddle that allows a degree of give. It mimics the cyclist’s movements to aid with comfort. The materials also make for a hard-wearing and all-weather saddle. You’d expect nothing less from Brooks.
So, who is it for?
This kind of long-nosed saddle is going to be best for road bikes. It will probably be most suited to cyclists looking for comfort rather than speed. Its 450gms weight makes it far too heavy for a racing saddle.
If you’re prepared to carry the extra weight penalty this is a great saddle for commuters, bike packers, tourers, or possibly even for fixie riders looking for an easier ride.
We like the customized options when purchasing…
There are three different sizes available. The C15 is for people with smaller sit bones and the C19 for people with larger sit bones. There are also either cutout or non-cutout versions.
Check out our description of the benefits of each in the Buying Guide.
- Strong and sturdy.
- Mimics movement.
- Good choice of sizes.
2 Fizik Arione Open Performance Bike Saddle
Lay your hands, backside or feet on a high-quality road bike and Fizik will probably be there.
This Italian company manufactures bar tape, shoes, and saddles. All of their products are firmly aimed at the premium sector of the market.
Incredibly, despite just 20 years in the business, and their premium prices, they are the biggest manufacturer of quality bar tape shoes and saddles. This is a true testament to their quality.
This one’s for serious road bike enthusiasts…
The Fizik Arione Open Performance Bike Saddle, like all their products, is aimed at the serious road bike enthusiast. This saddle has a long nose with a narrow rear width. It comes in two sizes.
The saddle is constructed from a carbon-reinforced nylon shell that offers high levels of durability and comfort for the rider. Additionally, the seat is covered in a Microtel top later for added comfort. The seat has a cutaway to reduce pressure on soft tissue.
For yet more comfort, the rear of the saddle features wing flex technology. This enables the rear of the saddle, where your thighs and the seat meet, to move as you naturally shift your weight.
Road bike users will love it…
This kind of long-nosed saddle will always find most favor with road bike users. What’s more, because of the small width at the rear, it’s going to suite a more aggressive rider with narrow sit bones.
More aggressive riders ride in a forward position and put most of their pressure on the pedals. This kind of rider will pedal at a high cadence and require minimal support at the rear of the saddle. Most of their riding will place their backside more in the middle of the saddle.
Designed for ‘snake’ stylers…
This kind of riding style requires a good level of fitness and flexibility. Frequently, though not always, the riders are lighter, stronger, and frankly younger. Fizik refers to this kind of rider as having a ‘snake’ like style.
If you’re less flexible, ride less aggressively, with less power and therefore put more weight on your sit bones, this would be a poor saddle choice. In this instance the Antares saddle, still part of their Open Performance range, would be far more suitable for you.
Finishing off, we’ve left weight till last…
The seat weighs 205gms. This is not heavy but it’s not as light as some. However, for an out and out racing saddle it’s still probably light enough, just!
Despite being around 50gms to 100gms heavier than a high-performance saddle, it’s still a great choice.
The fact that it offers more comfort and durability go strongly in its favor. For a rider putting in a lot of training miles, or someone racing needing a little extra comfort, this saddle makes an awful lot of sense.
- Beautifully made.
- Good comfort for a performance saddle.
- Perfect for flexible riders.
- High level of durability.
- Good value.
- Not suitable for less flexible riders.
- Not suitable for riders with wide sit bones.
3 Sunlite Cloud-9 Bicycle Suspension Cruiser Saddle, Cruiser Gel, Tri-Color Black
There’s more padding to this than the script from a TV reality show.
This has dual-density foam padding. And what’s more, there’s loads of the stuff. However, it’s worth noting that despite the product description, there’s no gel in the seat.
We’re not sure why they’ve done this but you can be sure that it’s manufactured from multi-layer foam, and that’s all.
As well as lots of foam, the pursuit of comfort doesn’t stop there. Oh no. The Sunlite Cloud-9 bicycle seat also has thick spring to cushion your ride.
Like you’re floating on air…
The two spring coils help to soak up the bumps in the road. Together with the super-padding, you’ll feel like you’re floating on air. This is a very comfortable saddle for those around-town rides.
But definitely not air-light…
With all the padding and springs comes a lot of weight too. The Sunlite Cloud-9 Bicycle Suspension Cruiser Saddle weighs a rather hefty 3lbs. It also stands a not insubstantial 6.3” high.
The saddle has a cloth cover which is a bit disappointing. This makes it unsuitable to use in any rainy kind of conditions. It also places a rather large question mark over its potential longevity.
There are plenty of other coverings the seat could have had. Allowing a saddle to absorb water into the foam body seems like a poor idea to us.
Best for cruiser bikes…
There’s no doubt that this is a seat for people with cruiser bikes. But it would also go nicely with a traditional town bike or a hybrid. This is designed to be used for short distances where the cyclist is most probably cycling at a leisurely pace.
Unlike a road bike saddle, this seat will see the cyclist putting most of their weight on the saddle. This is because they will be sitting in much more of an upright position.
Additionally, less power will be put through the pedals and the feet will be placed only slightly ahead of the body.
This kind of movement and position, therefore, allows for a much wider seat. This is because the leg movement does not interfere with the seat.
- Well sprung.
- Thick padding.
- Perfect for cruiser bikes.
- It’s heavy.
- It’s not waterproof.
4 Planet Bike Men’s A.R.S. Anatomic Relief Bicycle Saddle
Planet Bike sells saddles and a wide range of bike accessories.
They don’t have a particularly large or exciting range of products. However, they have some good merchandise for sale at a very fair price.
Better still, they have a clear corporate message, dedicated towards a cleaner planet, and they donate 1% of revenue to environmental groups.
So far, they’ve donated over $2,000,000…
Well done guys and girls. You undoubtedly have our attention so now let’s see what you’ve got.
Planet Bike Men’s A.R.S. Anatomic Relief Bicycle Saddle is named this way because of the cutaway in the center of the seat. This is a common feature in a lot of road saddles. Its purpose is to give relief for soft tissue and is aimed specifically at men. We think you get the idea.
The seat is well padded for a long-nosed saddle. This has a lot of soft foam padding and a flexible base. When riding, the rear of the seat has a lot of give and will move according to the change of your position.
The seat is finished with a top layer of Lycra. This is tear-resistant which gives it plenty of longevity. But just as important it’s also water-resistant. This means if you take it out on a rainy day, you are assured the internal integrity of the saddle will stay intact.
So, who is this for?
This seat is designed for people like commuters, hybrid or all-round bike riders. The seat would work well on flat-bar bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids bikes, road bikes or city bikes. Generally, on any bike where long distances aren’t going to be covered.
Cyclists using this saddle are likely to adopt a slightly forward position on the saddle. Not as aggressive as on a road bike set up for racing, but not as laid-back as on a cruiser.
This is suited where pressure is still maintained at the rear with occasional periods of aggressive cycling.
It’s a definite all-rounder…
Finally, the seat weighs approximately 1lb so it won’t be too heavy for your commuter bike, and, we think it’s one of the best bicycle seat options for men.
- Has cutaway.
- Thick padding.
- Good all-round saddle.
- Not suitable for long distances.
5 Speed Medium Saddle
This is an interesting one.
Speed Medium Saddle is one of the most popular selling bike saddles and we can certainly see the appeal. Compared to the previous saddle for Planet Bike, this one is positioned for the more serious cyclist.
It still has some soft padding, not as much as the Planet Bike saddle, but not to the point of virtually none like the Fizik saddle. It’s got enough padding for more upright positions but not too much as to interfere with longer rides.
The weight is also reasonably low…
Weighing just 379gms we feel that’s competitive for this kind of saddle. Also competitive is the price. There’s no doubt about it, this is an affordable saddle.
The outer shell of the saddle is covered in a strong microfiber cover. It’s soft but also durable. Though more importantly, it’s water-resistant. Perfect for those rainy commutes to work or rides out on the trails.
So, who is this for?
This is another bit of an all-rounder. However, unlike the Planet Bike saddle, you may find it comfortable even on longer journeys.
The Speed Medium Saddle supports a more aggressive and forward riding position than the Planet Bike saddle. With less padding, there is less to interfere with your pedal strokes.
This will work well on commuter bikes, tourers, city bikes, and mountain bikes. If you like to ride a little harder, longer and faster, the Speed Medium Saddle is a great choice of bike seat.
One final thing to be aware of is that this saddle only comes in one size…
At 145mm wide it’s best-suited to average and larger framed cyclists. However, if you have narrow hips, and therefore narrow sit bones, it might be a little too wide.
This could cause unnecessary chafing of the thighs on longer rides.
- Light for a padded saddle.
- Only one size.
6 Brooks England B17 Bike Saddle – Handmade Leather Bike Seat
What a thing of beauty!
We’re completely blown away by the craftsmanship and quality of this saddle. It looks so amazing it’s a shame to leave it on your bike locked away in your garage.
Buy one for your gran or grandad for their birthday. Don’t worry if they don’t have a bike. They’ll love it anyway.
There’s an Apple Green color option… interesting…
The saddle is made from the finest tanned leather with an excellent choice of colors. With seven colorways to choose from, you should easily be able to find a Brooks England B17 saddle to match your bike. There’s even an Apple Green one, which is a real surprise.
There’s also an extensive selection of different shapes and sizes. Whatever your particular need the Brooks England B17 will likely have you covered.
This is a strong and durable saddle… but it’s also comfortable too…
Being leather, it affords good levels of ventilation. It also offers excellent freedom of thigh movement. But there’s one more thing it does that no other non-leather saddle can do.
Check this out: The great thing about a leather saddle is that they mold to your shape and contours over time. Much like a good pair of leather shoes or gloves.
As well as its ability to mold to your shape, a leather saddle also has a smooth surface. This allows you to glide across it as you ride and change positions. Consequently, a leather saddle can provide genuinely unparalleled levels of comfort.
But is it for you?
These can be used on road bikes, city bikes or fixies. Though frankly, they could be used on any bike. For long distances, they are supremely comfortable, so make a lot of sense for tourers or bike packers.
Got a vintage road bike?
They weigh 530gms, so they are unlikely to find their way onto a modern road racing bike. Not only is the weight too high but an old-styled saddle on a carbon framed aero bike, for instance, is going to look very strange indeed.
However, put this saddle on a vintage road bike and it will be a match made in heaven.
- This saddle looks incredible.
- Comfortable for endurance riding.
- Saddle will mold to your shape.
- Good choice of colors, sizes, and shapes.
- Not suitable for modern road bikes.
7 Schwinn Comfort Bike Saddle
We always like to see Schwinn on our list for anything bike related.
Schwinn invented the cruiser bike in the 1930s. In 1933, during the peak of the great depression, Schwinn introduced the first of their affordable, sturdy bikes on to the market.
Subsequently, just a year later, with a slight redesign, the first cruiser was born.
The cruiser was designed to mirror the design of motorcycles of the day. In fact, some of the first cruisers had fake gas tanks. Made as cost-conscious and comfortable alternatives to motorcycles and other forms of mortised transport, they soon became a hit.
With such an esteemed brand, it’s therefore appropriate to review at least one Schwinn saddle. So, the question is, just how good is it?
It’s pretty good actually…
This is the wide cruiser quilted saddle, though there are a lot of alternatives to choose from. Within the same range, there are a few different saddle shapes, including super-wide or noseless saddles.
You can also choose from a variety of different padded materials, including; foam, double foam, gel, double gel, and memory foam. There is also a good choice of seven different colorways.
Whatever your physical need, body shade or bike color, we’d say that Schwinn is almost certain to have a suitable seat for your cruiser.
Great padding on this one…
Whichever padding you choose it’s thick and comfortable. When this is combined with their dual coil spring shock-absorber, you’re all but guaranteed of having a smooth ride.
The build quality and the finishing of this saddle is excellent. It’s built on a legacy surrounding hard-working and sturdy bikes. With its thick, water-resistant cover, this is a seat that will be around for a long time.
Want it? If you ride shorter, more leisurely distances, it’s for you…
This is predominantly a cruiser saddle through and through. Hardly a surprise. But it can also be used for town bikes or hybrids. Essentially it will be fine for any cyclist looking for a comfortable ride over a short distance.
The Schwinn Comfort Bike Saddle is suitable for anyone who is going to ride in an upright position. This kind of stance is adopted by more leisurely cyclists. People who are in less of a hurry and are less concerned about speed and power.
It’s a great saddle for an easy ride.
- Excellent choice of padding.
- Good color choice.
- Comfortable for short journeys.
- It’s heavy.
- Not suitable for long distances.
8 Outerdo Bike Saddle Mountain Bike Seat
The OUTERDO Bike Saddle Mountain Bike Seat offers plenty of versatility for a mountain bike saddle. It’s comfortable but relatively lightweight.
The good news is that it’s also affordable…
The saddle is made of a non-tearable PU leather material that is fully waterproof. Whatever dirt or water you throw at this saddle it will take in its stride. Also important for a mountain bike saddle is that it’s nice and easy to wash and clean after a ride.
The PU leather is quite thick but like any PU leather, it will wear over time…
You may get quite a few years or more from this saddle but the synthetic covering may peel at some point. After saying that, this does appear to be better made, with much thicker levels of PU leather than we’ve seen on a lot of saddles.
The OUTERDO Bike Saddle has high-density memory foam padding to absorb the bumps. It has just the right amount for most mountain biker’s needs. Although it won’t be suitable for bikers at the extremes, it will be perfect for the majority of riders.
The big benefit of this saddle is that it remains comfortable for most riding styles. Regardless of if you spend more time in an upright position or in a more aggressive position, the saddle works fine.
The nose also strikes a happy balance of being neither too long or narrow. This, therefore, allows the rider to move around and change direction quickly, as well as adopting a speedy racing profile.
So, is it for you?
This could just as easily be used on a hybrid or a road bike as a mountain bike. The design and shape make it universally suitable for a wide range of bikes. However, because of the thick padding, it couldn’t be used comfortably for long rides on a road bike or tourer.
The saddle weighs 330gms which is good considering the low price. If you can live with a little extra weight the dollar saving will be well worth it.
For an inexpensive option, the OUTERDO Bike Saddle is a good choice.
- Easy to clean.
- Suitable for a wide range of riders.
- Good value.
- PU leather coating.
9 Bell Comfort Bike Seats
The Bell Comfort Bike seats come in a small range of different styles.
The Comfort Sport has a lot of memory foam padding. There’s a full 2” of foam. Now that’s a lot by any standard.
The Sport’s version we’re reviewing has a cutaway in the middle to give some relief for soft tissue. However, if you don’t need this, there are a couple of wider seats to choose from without a channel.
The Comfort Storage saddle is definitely our favorite…
One of the options we love is the Comfort Storage saddle. This wide saddle has enough room to wrap a security lock under the base. Even better is the waterproof storage area under the seat.
The storage area is like something you find under a scooter or small motorcycle. It not very big, the truth is it’s quite small, but it is lockable. It’s big enough to store your keys and your phone. Or maybe a cheese sandwich if you’d prefer.
The Bell Comfort Saddle is waterproof and also hardwearing so you won’t have an issue in using it in the rain. Although this is not a light saddle, it is undoubtedly light on the pocket. It’s very affordable which more than makes up for its 2lbs in weight.
So, who is it for?
Their wider saddles are perfect for either cruisers or city bikes. Their narrow saddles are more likely to find their way on to hybrids, flat bar road bikes, and city bikes. Both styles of saddles are designed for shorter distance riding.
The low cost of these saddles makes them ideal for the budget-conscious rider.
- Storage Saddle option available.
- Suitable for shorter rides only.
10 Brooks Saddles B67 Bicycle Saddle (Men’s)
This saddle looks absolutely amazing.
Like the previous Brooks leather saddle we reviewed earlier, the workmanship on this is exceptional. Make no mistake, this is a handmade saddle, still made in a factory in England, still using traditional techniques honed over 100 years.
The history behind this company is phenomenal…
The history behind this seat is equally impressive. The B67 is the updated version of the B66. This was first launched in 1927. This is all so cool.
The B67 is a handmade leather saddle. The very best quality vegetable-tanned leather is used. The color choice is a little limited but they all look gorgeous. You can choose between Antique Brown, Black, Honey or Tan.
This is a sprung saddle with the springs attached to a modern rail. The good news is that this means you’ll have no problem attaching it to any bike. It will fit older bikes too.
You can’t beat leather for longevity…
Leather seats get more comfortable with age. This is because they mold to your body. The Brooks saddle is no exception to this and will provide ever-increasing levels of comfort with time.
Commonly, once someone has bought a leather saddle and broken it in, nothing can persuade them to part with it. The saddle will be stripped off any old bike and taken with them. It’s a saddle for life.
Want it? Read this first…
The B67 Brooks saddle is an obvious choice for anyone using or building a vintage bike. This does come with the caveat that it’s not a vintage racing bike. Generally speaking, if the handlebars are higher than the seat, this will be fine.
This will fit on your century-old build, but could equally find its way on to your city bike, cruiser or hybrid. If you’re looking for a lot of comfort and don’t mind paying a premium price, the B67 is unlikely to let you down.
Unlike saddles, with a lot of padding, the B67 can be used for riding longer distances…
The leather seat doesn’t interfere with your natural pedal strokes. Consequently, long journeys on city bikes and hybrids are possible.
- Handmade craftsmanship.
- They are beautiful.
- It becomes more comfortable with time.
Best Bicycle Seat Buying Guide
Finding the right saddle is a combination of science, trial and error, luck, and black magic.
We can give you a few tips on what is likely to be the best for your circumstances. However, there are so many variables to each person’s bike, riding position and body shape, it’s hard to get it right every time.
The following are the most important points to consider though before purchase.
A wider saddle is more suited to a more upright cycling position. We often see wider saddles fitted on cruiser bikes, city bikes, and hybrids. A wide saddle is often combined with a lot of padding and even springs.
These kinds of saddles are perfect for shorter distances but don’t work well over long distances. The width can chaff the thighs after a long ride. This can be a very painful experience.
Wider saddles are typically used where the rider uses an upright riding position…
If you need a more sporting saddle, for your road bike, commuter or gravel bike, the width of the saddle should be purchased according to your sit bones.
There are various ways to measure this but generally, the larger your frame, the wider your sit bones are likely to be.
Most good saddle manufacturers make saddles with different widths. Just be careful not to get a saddle too large. Too narrow will put too much pressure on your backside. Too wide can cause chaffing.
Longer nose lengths on a saddle are associated with a more aggressive and forward-positioned rider.
The more aggressive the angle of the rider, and the more power they put out, the less pressure they apply on the seat and the more forward they’ll ride on the saddle.
Long, thin-nosed saddles are perfect for road bikes because they allow you to put more power into the pedals without impeding the natural movement of the legs.
These saddles are also suitable for racing mountain bikes and triathlete bikes…
A medium nose length saddle is used when less power is put through the pedals and a slightly leaned-forward body position is adopted.
These kinds of saddles are likely to have some padding to better support the backside. You’ll find this kind of saddle on commuter bikes, hybrids, tourers, and some mountain bikes.
Inexperienced cyclists look at a long-nosed, thin and unpadded saddle as being an instrument of torture. But truly nothing could be further from the truth.
In a road race, saddle padding would seriously impede the natural movement of the legs and some nasty chaffing would almost certainly occur.
Now that would be painful…
The fact is that on a racing saddle, there is very little need for padding. This is because the position adopted on a racing bike puts very little pressure on the backside. Most of the pressure is on the pedals, with minimal pressure through the handlebars and saddle.
On the other hand, well-padded saddles are perfect for short distances when riding in an upright position. This is because most of the weight is being put through the backside and the saddle. Some padding in the saddle in these circumstances is important.
Well-padded saddles, sometimes also combined with springs, work well on cruiser bikes, urban bikes and hybrids.
Where padding is less thick, and possibly fitted on a narrower and longer nosed saddle, it will be suitable for multi-purpose use. Though not best advised for very long rides it will work well on a variety of different bikes.
This includes; flat bar road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, commuters, and city bikes.
This is definitely the most versatile saddle type.
For male riders, and most of these saddles are geared towards males, a lot of the longer nosed saddles will have a cutaway.
The cutaway provides help to alleviate pressure for the soft tissue of a man’s anatomy. Without a cutaway, it can cause a numbing in the gentleman’s parts.
Not everyone needs a cutaway. There is a large percentage of cyclists who never experience this numbing sensation. But if you do, it’s probably time to get yourself a cutaway saddle.
While You’re Here
For other fantastic reviews of bicycle accessories, head on over to our reviews of the Best Mountain Bike Saddles, the Best Bicycle Tires for Gravel Riding, the Best Bike Tubes, the Best Bike Chain Degreasers, the Best Bike Helmets, the Best Handlebar Tapes, the Best Bike Trailers, the Best Bike Locks, and the Best Mountain Bike Gloves currently available.