Autonomous ErgoChair 2 - $294-324
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a Manbearpig review:
I personally have this chair, AMA.
TL;DR - get this if you’re wanting a new chair. Best in class for the money. Comfy, cool/breathable, and highly adjustable to fit your body.
As many of you know, I have an office job for my main money maker. Absolutely nothing tech related, but am sitting there at least 7-8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and even more when I get home from work and hang out with all you lovely fools. Especially now with all the WFH shenanigans, this means on a real bender of a day I can be spending 20+ hours in an office chair sometimes.
Backstory - My chair at work is a piece of shit probably $40 walmart chair that is worn out. Chair at home was nicer, but again old and not super great. Typical executive plushy leather high back, nothing too ergo friendly. I was sick of my back hurting from prolonged sitting, and constantly having to adjust positions to get comfortable.
No more I said. No more. Time to find something that is far better. Then began the research. As with most things I look to purchase, I spent hours upon hours looking for options and trying to figure out what was the best available at still a decent price point. Screw ‘racing/gamer’ chairs. they are 100% a waste of money and not ergonomic at all. I knew this already so anything like that was out of the question. Should be for you too. I asked around for some suggestions, most people said Herman Miller Leap or Steelcase Gesture/Leap. Lets look at those. 2 seconds later closed the pages. They start around $800, totally out of budget here. If you’re lucky and live near a larger city, they can be found at massive discounts from warehouse resellers that sell used office equipment, but I unfortunately did not. The hunt continues…
The Chair - Ok, lets start looking at some top lists of ergonomic chairs. This starts pointing out some commonalities. 1) there’s almost always Herman Miller & Steelcase on every one. 2) Budget ones really do look like cheap budget remakes 3) ErgoChair 2
The ErgoChair 2 began showing up on most lists I was looking at for a highly rated option for this type of chair, other than the previously mentioned 2 brands. Deep dive time. Every review I was looking at was raving about this thing. Fairly budget friendly, yet has many of the niche features only high end chairs have. Basically nothing else at that price ($349ish is the normal retail) even compares. Tons of adjustment points, nice material, a headrest (which I did want, some don’t, it is removable).
Gripes - There were 2 common gripes people had with the chair.:
- First, the headrest adjustment is a bit weird. Most adjustments have a lever or knob, but the headrest is basically friction. up/down you have to pull hard as it ratchets through plastic notches and is extremely loud. Same with the tilt up/down of the headrest. After I received mine earlier this week, I 100% agree. Not the end of the world, it works, and I find you don’t need to adjust often once you find the sweet spot.
- Second, the arm rests. While they are adjustable for height with a simple pull of a lever and slide (like the headrest should also have), the tops also adjust slightly forward/back and in/out. Great you say, except there is ZERO locking mechanism for this. Either full forward or full back usually stays in place, but I find the in/out to go all over. After a few days of use now, I’m used to it, but some kind of simple lock, again, would have been a huge improvement.
- Third. This is just my own gripe, I didn’t see it around as much as the first 2. The wheels. They are generic plastic office chair wheels. I just feel for the price, they could have at least thrown in some roller blade style wheels, even if they were a cheaper made version (I know you can get some for $20-25 on amazon). I have hardwood floors at home, so will likely be getting some. That said, they do roll fairly good compared to many cheap chairs, and for that shitty office carpet at most companies, wouldn’t be a big deal.
- kind of fourth? Shipping. These things take about a month to ship out. Granted, might be currently Covid related, but it was hard to wait that long. Oh, also on that, the damn box weighs 67 pounds. It’s hefty.
any other options? - As previously mentioned, both Herman Miller & Steelcase make amazing chairs, if you are willing to spend the money. I wasn’t prepared to dump that kind of cash at an office chair, or possibly 2. Think of how many EasyStores that is! I’ll admit, in the $300-400 range, there really is not much else comparable to the ErgoChair even. Not with the same feature set, most are typical e-girl gamer chairs. There was one option I was ready to purchase - the Wau Desk Chair, commonly known as the ‘chair from Silicon Valley’. At my time of research, it was on sale for around $350 which is what first caught my eye. That is, until I went to checkout and shipping was in the $220+ range, as they ship from Scandinavia.
Conclusion - I purchased the Evergreen model, because I both kind of liked the look best, and it was/is currently cheapest by $30 (that $30 savings can go towards roller blade wheels! shit!), I’m on day 3 of use. It was a bit weird the first day, but as I sat in it more and fine tuned the many adjustments, it started becoming more and more comfortable. As I sit here now typing this, chair is full upright and back hasn’t been hurting nearly as much. When I want to lean back to be on voice chat or watch youtube, it’s still comfy as hell (headrest is very nice for this). I will likely be buying a 2nd one to bring to the work office, well, should be ever return to work.
Feel free to ask my anything here or on discord if you’re interested. Like/follow on instagram to keep up with other Serverbuilds.net shenanigans. Also just for full disclosure, by using the referral link or code above, you get $25 & I also get a $20 credit. It’s a win-win. My credits will go towards another of these, or possibly try a different model for at work and also review it. Anything beyond that, maybe a raffle or giveaway, who knows, but I don’t need more than 2
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