But the price! It's costly. For that investment, it had better be worth it.
I wrote to the inventor, Casey Childs, who is also a skilled oil painter. After spending weeks contemplating, I realized that A Better Taboret seemed to have every feature I've wanted. It's the one piece of studio furniture I'd forever regret passing up. So I placed my order, which arrived today (they're custom-made, so turnaround is about a month).
First, a note on delivery. It arrived in absolutely perfect condition on a wood palette, surrounded by bubble wrap, a layer of heavy cardboard, another layer of foam padding, and then wrapped in plastic secured with three heavy straps. Wheels are not attached at arrival, so it takes muscle to tip the taboret on its side to attach them. The wheels are VERY heavy-duty, and will last. Two have locking mechanisms to stabilize the taboret.
For the most part, no assembly is required. You can customize details such as the size and positions of paint tube slots in three drawers, but you don't have to fool with any hinges or joints--it arrives pretty much ready to use.
That's when you start to notice the details. I haven't found a single flaw in the whole thing. Every possible detail has been considered, and the taboret is made with precision--nothing seems rushed or corner-cut. The door hinges are top-quality, drawers have a sturdy gliding track, the wood is premium quality, and even the tabletop glass palette is grey-backed--a small touch that only a painter would have remembered (oil painters know that a neutral grey surface helps mix more accurate colors).
Remember, equipment purchases for professional artists can be deducted as business expenses--so if you can budget for one, then don't hesitate. It will be impossible to find any disappointing attribute to this taboret.