Top positive review
A large solid comfortable chair!
6 February 2018
I bought this chair to replace an expensive, albeit worn-out, office chair. Having sat for a while in great discomfort on this old chair, I became slightly paranoid about finding the 'perfect' chair. Unfortunately I was unable to find a local outlet to test chairs (Amazon cause/effect!) so was finally forced to bite the bullet and buy online. I was guided by previous reviews, where this chair comes consistently top of the rankings. And with good cause.
Admittedly I have used this chair for less than a week, but it is one of the most comfortable office chairs I have ever used, and I have high hopes that it will be durable. Construction seems solid, and it was easy to put together on my own. The key is to leave all the screws loose, and only tighten once all is in place - holes lined up perfectly. Even the heavy back was easy to put on, once I read the instructions properly, and laid it flat, starting with the upper of the two screws. It took me less than half an hour to assemble, even allowing for my cursory reading of the instructions and reversing a couple of errors / arms on backwards etc.
As previous reviewers have said, it is a large chair. I chose it specifically because I am long in the upper leg, so wanted a deep seat, which it has. It has a large/wide seat and consequently the arms are fairly widely spaced. This is fine for me, but I imagine a more petite person might find it too wide - check your needs and measurements. In my usual upright working position, my back does not rest against the chair back, although sitting back the chair supports my back nicely. I have added a lumbar support cushion which makes it damn near perfect fit when sitting forward at the desk. I guess you could argue that the 'perfect' chair wouldn't need any additional cushions - I think this is simply tailoring it to my particular preferred posture.
The arms rotate upwards, so they are either in the 'in use' position, or tucked up alongside the seat back, enabling the chair to be tucked under the desk. In the 'down' position there is no problem getting close to the desk - you'd have to be pretty tiny and sitting right back on the seat for there to be any conflict there. In which case your legs would probably be sticking straight out anyway! I had thought the arms were 'adjustable' into various positions - this is not the case.
The tilt mechanism is just that - the whole seat + back tilt backwards, with a knob to control the resistance. It is not possible to alter the angle of the back independently, nor to lock in the tilted position. There is a control to prevent the tilt, or to release it - two options.
The only downside i've found so far is that the wheels are fairly free, meaning I'm slightly fearful it will wheel away from me whilst I'm in the process of sitting down. Hanging onto the arms solves that. On the plus side, it's going to be a winner in office chair races!
Delivery was prompt and problem free.
I debated between 4 and 5 stars, but really the price swung it. Whilst there might be more perfect chairs out there, I doubt any of them come in for under £90. Would I have paid £160 (listed) price for it? I would probably still be out there reading reviews!