Whether you have a home bar or simply want an extra place to sit at the kitchen island, a stylish set of bar stools can make your space both more functional and enjoyable. However, with so many styles and options on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by choice (and price tag). To help you narrow your search, we rounded up some of our favorite stools—all under $500—that offer style, durability and comfort.

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a stool is how often and by whom it will be used. If you know that your kids are going to be hopping up on these chairs regularly, for example, look for sturdy materials like leather or fabric that will stand up to wear and tear. Also, if you’re dealing with pint-sized marinara handprints, opt for a kid-friendly design that will allow you to clean up spills easily.

This sleek and stylish option by Williams Sonoma is fully bar stoolscustomizable to suit your decor aesthetic, with over 70 leather and fabric options to choose from (including vegan leather, textured pebbled and combo with clear protective topcoat). The kiln-dried oak legs come in four wood finishes as well. Online reviewers say this stool is durable, easy to assemble and looks great in their kitchens.

If you’re looking for a more minimal and budget-friendly option, this steel-frame stool by Williams Sonoma is simple and timeless. This backless design easily fits beneath your kitchen island or can be stacked for storage when not in use. It’s also easy to clean and will withstand the elements (and the occasional backyard burger).

While the sleek lines of this stool may feel contemporary, it’s actually made with midcentury-inspired inspiration in mind. That’s why it’s a classic addition to any room. Plus, it has a footrest that’s great for relaxing after a long day of work or school.

The best part about this sleek and minimalist design is that it can be matched with either modern or traditional furniture—making it ideal for a mix-and-match kitchen. The sleek leather seats are also available in six shades, so you can find the right color to match your decor.

Fashion meets engineering in this design, which features sleek brass with a leather cover. Slip the leather off for an all-brass look that’s modern and sophisticated, or leave it on to create a more traditional aesthetic.

If you’re not ready to invest in an expensive set of stools just yet, this versatile and stylish option by rio can be adjusted to your desired height by turning the lever under the seat. This set comes with two stools, so you can accommodate different heights in your family or guests. Plus, online reviews say this stool is comfortable and stable.