So often at Ergoprise we are asked to help recommend a chair for an individual. The request is usually followed with the statement, “I can only spend between $200-$499” so I doubt that the chair will be ergonomic. I quickly reassure the person that we carry affordable, true ergonomic chairs.
The term ergonomic is not regulated and is often listed on a label so the user thinks it is valid. Here is an easy understanding for the definition of the phrase ergonomic; the equipment works for the person, as opposed to the person contorting their body to fit the equipment.
In the case for a chair, it is very important to have certain components that are provided as part of the offering. I consider the decision of choosing options for the chair similar to the experience of visiting a car or home showroom. Would it be nice to have all the bells & whistles; most definitely, yes. However, are all of the options necessary? The answer is no.
When considering what to opt for in a chair, one must address if he or she is in discomfort. If so we recommend that the person seeks an examination from a health care provider (physician, chiropractor, physical or occupational therapist). There are five specific features I always recommend for a chair, regardless of the budget. #1 An Adjustable Back, this can be achieved by either a mechanism that has a ratchet back or an independent lever or paddle that allows the back to be adjusted. It is quite important to have the back supported (this includes the cervical, thoracic & lumbar regions). #2 Height adjustable arms, often on many chairs the arms do not go low enough. #3 Width Adjustable Arms, on many chairs (both inexpensive & expensive) the arms do not have the ability to be width adjustable. It is really important that arms are as close to body. Specifically for petite individuals, since most arms are too wide for their frame. #4 Seat Depth Adjustment (also referred to as a seat slider). If one has the back of their knees pressed against the front edge of the chair it can cause pain and restrict circulation. Conversely if the knees are several inches away from the edge of the seat, the lower back is not being supported. The seat depth adjuster/seat slider allows the individual to adjust the seat to his or her correct location. A good rule to measure if the seat depth is correct, an individual should have 2-4 fingers spaced from the front edge of the chair to the back of the knees. #5 The Weight Limit of the chair. If you weigh more than 250 lbs. this should be dispelled when deciding upon the chair. Most chairs are weight rated to 250 lbs. If one purchases a chair that is not equipped to hold their weight, the chair can break and the individual can become hurt. The warranty of the chair will be voided should the user weigh more than what it is rated.
Below please find some chairs that meet our five point criteria and are within the range of $230- $499.
Eurotech Apollo MFHB9SL High Back Task Chair with Headrest Seating with a mission… breathable black mesh synchro-tilt backrest, molded foam waterfall seat are combined with adjustability for out-of-this-world comfort and state-of-the-art control. Tilt Tension Control, Center Tilt, Tilt Lock, Back-Angle Adjustment, Seat Height Adjustment, Waterfall Seat,
Forward Seat Tilt, Back Height Adjustment, Seat Depth Adjustment, Width Adjustable Arms and Height Adjustment Arms. Weight Capacity 250 lbs. The chair costs $279 (shipping waived in the 48 continuations states). It is also available in a fabric seat from $307 to $327.
Allseating Presto Highback With its rugged construction, contoured back and 4” thick seat, the Presto delivers the magic combination of versatility, durability and functionality. The Value Plus Mechanism includes seat height adjustment, forward seat angle adjustment, seat depth adjustment, tension control, back height adjustment, infinite tilt lock, back angle adjustment. We recommend the height & width adjustable T arm. In a grade 1 fabric this chair costs $400 (shipping waived in the 48 continuations states).
Via Riva Act2 Mid Back Mesh Chair features a sculpted mesh back with an adjustable lumbar support standard. Sleek contours are designed to support your body in comfort over a long work day. The mesh back is a soft mesh that is not abrasive to your clothes and gives with the curves of your back for a custom fit. We suggest the Syncro Control
Mechanical Functions: Swivels 360°, Ratchet back height adjustment, Gas cylinder seat height adjustment, Sliding seat. Back recline tension adjustment, Weight capacity 300 lbs. We recommend the full functional arm. In a grade 1 fabric this chair costs $422 (shipping waived in the 48 continuations states)
Should you have questions about chairs please do not hesitate to contact us at 877-907-8688, [email protected] or via live chat. Please feel free to complete our chair questionnaire and we can help take the guess work out of searching for the chair that fits your requirements.
Ergoprise: is a certified, woman-owned, multi-brand provider of high quality office, mobile, and industrial ergonomic tools located in Austin, Texas. Through our showroom, website, and sales team we offer a broad range of ergonomic products that have been selected to provide individuals with a comfortable working environment that delivers an excellent return on investment.