Top 8 Best Creeper Seats
By | Last updated: September 9, 2020
Travis Birdsall/

It’s unfortunate the word ‘creeper’ has a different connotation in the Internet era. Anyone saying “Do you want to see my new creeper?” or “I crushed my old creeper and put it in the dumpster,” will likely receive a visit from the gendarmes in short order. At the very least, the FBI will be watching your texts for a couple of weeks.

But we know the difference. These seats are a permutation of the flat creepers that have rolled along garage floors for decades. Ages ago, some bright spark figured a chair on wheels, set just high enough to tackle lug nuts or a set of brakes, would be a good idea. They were right. We’ve selected eight of the things off Amazon.

Just don’t text your buddy about them, alright?

1. Editor's Choice: Craftsman Adjustable Height Rolling Creeper Stool with Storage Tray

We’ve addressed the whole Craftsman/Sears bankruptcy schmozzle in the past but it’s worth repeating. No, one can’t walk into an old-fashioned stuffy department store and pick up one of these things. Yes, the Craftsman brand still exists and it’s fine to go ahead and buy something bearing its name.

This is the most traditional of creeper seats – a simple round padded stool with a tray underneath it for tools and assorted detritus. The seat is adjustable foe height, as you’d expect, along with swiveling around a full 360 degrees (so feel free to pretend you’re a kid at a soda counter in the ’50s).

Pros/Dead simple, has a tray
Cons/Ambitious pricing for a basic unit
Bottom Line/It is okay to buy Craftsman stuff

2. Torin Red Rolling Creeper Seat

This option bubbles up to the surface of our list thanks to the brand’s presence in your author’s garage for the better part of a decade. A Torin flat creeper was deployed to fix horrible old vehicles and prepare derby cars until the base got wet and the thing split in half. A metal spine instead of a board would have helped immensely.

Here we find a seat that is square in shape, making good use of the space underneath by providing a segmented tray and keeping your tools within reach. This is a budget choice and its price point likely explains why my own Torin creeper was made of cheaper materials. However, it held its shape until I dunked the thing in a river, so I cannot complain.

Pros/Very affordable
Cons/Likely built to a price
Bottom Line/Cheap way to get yer butt off the floor

3. AmazonBasics Rolling Creeper

Again we find an option from the mighty Amazon machine. This time, unlike other AmazonBasics items we’ve profiled in this series, it isn’t emblazoned with the brand’s logo. That is a definite plus. Offered in red and black, you best believe your author would select the loud color.

Its ad copy claims this seat is pneumatic for easy height adjustments but the pictures don’t seem to support that assertion. Customers have no complaints, with 87 percent of respondents giving this thing a 4- or 5-star rating. Most say it simply is what it is: a cheap way to keep yourself off a cold concrete floor.

Pros/You probably spent more on coffee and smokes this week
Cons/Is it really height adjustable?
Bottom Line/Get the red one

4. TANKSTORM Tool Box Built-In Creeper Seat

When a company puts the words ‘tank’ and ‘storm’ right in their brand name, you know they’re marketing to a specific audience. This creeper seat takes the under-butt storage to a new level, incorporating a small toolbox instead of a simple plastic shelf.

Three drawers stand ready to accept a variety of tools that can measure over a foot in length (translation: your ratchets will fit but not your breaker bar). The whole thing is rated for 350 lbs but it isn’t immediately clear if that includes tools or just the operator alone. A trio of round holders are great for spray cans or, um, beverages.

Pros/Three trays of tool storage
Cons/Nearly a hundred bucks
Bottom Line/Cuts down on trips to the tool box

5. Traxion ProGear Mobile Rolling Seat

Taking the concept of creeper seats and ratcheting it up several notches is this option from a company called Traxion. It bears a seating perch designed to look like the chairs found in racing cars instead of a simple flat surface on which to park your keester.

Here’s a bonus – the large Gear Tray spins so you can easily access tools and parts, which sure beats fumbling around for the right item (though you know the size of a socket by feel, right?). The lack of a fifth caster wheel on a round base gives your author pause in terms of stability.

Pros/Looks cool, spinny boi tray
Cons/Only four casters
Bottom Line/Costly but cool

6. Pro-Lift Foldable Z Creeper

This is a unique solution to a question that few people have asked. In one configuration, this item is a flat creeper that permits the user to roll themselves under a car. In the other, it deploys into a seat like everything else on this list.

It’s a different take on an old concept, to be sure. The frame is said to be made of steel, though your author wonders about those extra two casters getting in the way when this thing is folded into use as a seat instead of a lie-down unit.

Pros/Neat concept, bears a lot of weight
Cons/Is heavier than a normal creeper seat
Bottom Line/You'll likely be the only person to have one

7. Powerbuilt Roller Seat

Thanks to a square steel frame and durable plastic body, the seller of this creeper seat claims users won’t feel flex or sagging when they sit and roll. It’s unclear if they’re talking about the seat or the user themselves. We suspect the former but ya never know.

They have a point, as the frame of this thing is solid on two sides, a design decision that surely makes for a more robust unit. Its wheels are made of rubber which is unique in this arena. Also contained in the seat is a pair of pull-out trays that feature molded-in cupholders.

Pros/Strong design, rubber wheels
Cons/Don't drink n' fix
Bottom Line/Attention to detail makes the difference

8. OEM Tools Cushioned Creeper Seat

Calling your company OEM in the automotive sphere is kinda like when shady bedsheet companies started calling themselves ‘1000 Count’ when their product was actually 250 count skin-chafing hell. This is much less dire when talking about simple creeper seats, of course.

Virtually identical in terms of features and layout to the Torin seat listed above, this option has a segmented tray underneath a square seat. The seat is non-adjustable but does have a weight capacity of 330lbs, so go ahead and order that extra burger at lunch.

Pros/It's the only green one here
Cons/OEM ... but technically not OEM
Bottom Line/Marketing never sleeps

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[Main Photo Credit: Travis Birdsall/ Product images provided by the manufacturer.]

5 Comments on “Wheely Good Idea – Best Garage Seats...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The seat I got from Harbor Freight looks almost identical to that Amazon Basics one. Can’t believe I waited so long to get such a useful tool.

    An unmentioned benefit: when it begins to rain, at once you can just grab the seat with all the tools, and go inside.

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    Wires got crossed somewhere, because the OEM creeper pictured does not match the description, nor is any such (matches the Torin, except green) seat available (per Amazon). There is, however, a unique seat design from OEM available in your choice of red, blue or green.

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    A seat like this is incredibly handy when doing paint correction or detailing on a vehicle, but you probably will need it to sit lower than you may think at first – so think something like #2, #3, #5 or #7 instead of something like #1. (Keep the fasteners tight on the casters – the geometry is always working against you.)

    Be aware that if you are doing brake or suspension work, you’re probably going to end up sitting down at ground level anyway.

    Life tip: An exposed aggregate concrete driveway may look great, but is terrible for jacks [very unpleasant noise with with a steel-wheeled floor jack], seats and creepers. Now-obvious life tip: If you fill your garage with woodworking tools (seemed like a good idea at the time), you will forever be working on cars out in the weather. [Still on the bucket list: Smooth-finish garage floor with a two-post lift.]

    Got myself a nice all-steel floor creeper (with tilting headrest) years ago and have hardly ever used it. Throw a moving blanket under the vehicle, use a good worklight (and wear eye protection), get your parts changed out and get out of there (the vehicle is heavy and your skull is thin). A knit cap like the “Carhartt Men’s Acrylic Watch Hat A18” can also be helpful in cushioning your head on the driveway/garage floor (or if you bump it against the bottom of the car, but maybe that’s just me).

    • 0 avatar

      Related things to throw in the shopping cart:
      • A magnetic parts tray (or four)
      • A magnetic pickup tool (consider one of the ‘kits’ that also includes an inspection mirror)
      • “Tresalto Auto Trim Removal Tool Set” (blue) and the softer/thinner “KLTECH 4Pcs Auto Door Clip Panel Trim Removal Tool Kits” (orange)
      • Fender covers (magnets are good, hooks are better)

  • avatar

    Good one. How about an article on garage storage cabinets, ranging from budget to dream? Outfitting a new garage in the near future. [email protected]

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