In late 2010, I was in need of a new chair for my home office. It took quite a bit of researching to finally decide to go with this chair. I'd ordered all kinds of stuff online before, but never a chair. That's something I really prefer to try out live and in person. Problem was that I just wasn't falling in love with any of the chairs I tried out. Well, none that cost less than $700. For better or worse, my chair budget was $200. When I came across this chair, I was immediately impressed with its overall look. It's got the plush, comfy looking leather, it's got the highback without being too over the top, and was very moderately priced. Kind of a budget luxury sports sedan vibe going on. So I bit the bullet and submitted my order.
The chair arrived and was a cinch to put together. Sweet. It's a chair, so it should be. But I'm always happy when simple items include simple assembly. It just makes sense, doesn't it? Put the chair in my office, sat down, and smiled. Super comfy. It was a good match. And that's saying a lot because I typically prefer fabric or mesh chairs and without arms. There just didn't seem to be a less morbid way to write that last thing :D So my new chair experience had begun.
A few months into the relationship, I noticed I didn't always get the support I felt I deserved. It wasn't letting me down, but it did seem okay with knocking me down a notch from time to time. I'm 6'2" and already would have preferred it have just a tad more height available. So when I'd sit down and notice things in my view were a little higher than usual, my first thought was just that someone else had used the chair and didn't adjust it to the way the found it. That would not be shocking. But that wasn't the case. At least no one fessed up. No worries, life goes on. Then after I had been working at my desk for a while, my wife asked why I was sitting lower. I knew it! The chair WAS letting me down. It's okay, relationships have bumps along the way. This too shall pass.
Took the chair apart, re-inspected all connections, fittings, and so forth, then re-assembled it. Felt good as new. For a while. Then the old issues started creeping back into the picture. Fast forward several months to today and it has reached the point where it will hold the adjusted height about 5-10% of the time. The rest of the time, it's low-rider city.
It would be easy to defend it with something like, "Well, it was only $180." But that's not okay. It was ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY DOLLARS. And in less than a year, performing worse than several $50 chairs I've used. For $180 I do expect a home office chair to capably last for more than a couple years. Otherwise, I'd just get a decent, new $100 every year. Is it possible that the chair I got was a one-off, that 99 out of 100 chairs just like it never experience these issues? Absolutely possible. The thing is, this chair and my experiences with the chair indicate it has these issues. If you decide to buy one, hopefully the honeymoon goes on and on and on ...