I received the stools about 5 days after I ordered them. Pretty fast for the size of the package. I was surprised at how lightweight they were and worried that they might not be of solid construction. However, they are very sturdy --as long as you plan on using them on a hard floor. I had set them up in the living room on the carpet and they were really rickety to sit on. DO NOT GET THESE FOR A CARPTETED ROOM! Once behind the kitchen counter on the hardwood floor, though, they were excellent The stools raise and lower smoothly and quickly. The ease of assembly was amazing. It is a 3-step process and the stools arrived with steps 1 and 2 already done in the box. You simply just plop the seat and column into the base and it's done! The chrome is high quality and there were no nicks or scratches. I am not sure how strong the footrest is, and I am not going to test it by stepping off of it with all of my weight to get off the stool. It looks solid and is one piece welded into a collar around the column. The welds are done so well that without closer review you would think it is one molded piece of metalwork. Finally, the black seat is actually a glittery black --much like a Metallic Midnight Black that you would find on a new car. It just happens to go even better with the black Granite countertop in my kitchen, with all of the minute specks of Quartz and Mica embedded in it. The stools are about as comfortable as a chunk of plastic could be, but if you're like me you are not looking for comfort. You want an image. Anyways, how long do you plan to sit in one of these? These stools are the finishing touch for a very chic and classy kitchen bar. Overall, a very nice product at a reasonable price.