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*Updated again* Shopping for chairs when you're fat ain't easy. I would avoid this chair.
on July 12, 2012
I purchased this chair for its weight capacity first and foremost. The features were a second thought. I've been using a broken recliner to do my work primarily and the need for a real office chair became clear as I developed leg pain and swelling from not having a proper seat. I am a very large guy. I am 6'1" and weight 400+. I was drawn to this chair primarily for its weight capacity, the features weren't significant to my purchase so I am not taking them into account. However, they all appear to be working and functional.
I ordered the chair on the 4th and it arrived on the 12th. I'm not thrilled with the vendor for the long shipping time but it was worth the wait. Since my purchase, Amazon had it back in stock and I would have much preferred to purchase direct from Amazon than the participating vendor for shipping reasons alone. It did however come mostly assembled in a large box. It was in 4 pieces and I was very happy to see this. There was an assembled base with attached castors. Additionally, the back was assembled and the piston was separately boxed. It was honestly under 5 minutes to piece together. Just insert the piston, remove it's protective cap and place the seat on it and then remove the bolt from the back plate, slide it into the slit on the seat and reinsert the stopping bolt. Done. Sitting in it right now.
The chair feels plenty sturdy. As I mentioned, I am large, so this is a huge factor. So far it feels very study, moreso than my office chair at work (considering purchasing another Safeco chair for the office now).
My rating is based on chair alone, not long shipping as that's the vendors issue and not applicable to the product itself. The one downside to the product and why it received 4 stars is that the back does not sit high enough. I saw other reviewers complain about it being too short for their long legs. I presume those buyers are more Tall than Big. In my case, as mentioned, I am 6'1" with plenty of padding so the height is just right for me. In fact, I just lowered it a bit. Granted, I've always enjoyed a lower sitting chair but I digress. Back to the 4 stars. The height adjustment on the back is very low. Right now it's pressing against my pudge and about ~4 inches below optimal support level at the center/curve of my spine. This is also as high as it goes. This is a significant drawback but again, I am taller and this is to be expected when buying furniture sight unseen.
My recommendation is this. I am 450 lbs but very dense and not as fluffy as some folks that weight 300. If you're over 6', I would be cautious with this chair. It's worth the risk but probably not any taller. If you're over 350lbs, I would also be wary. I overlap the sides a bit but not discomfortably so. If I were any fluffier than I am, this would likely be uncomfortable. For your reference, I wear a Mens size 50 jean.
I hope this helps other buyers. Overall I am happy and buying a chair online is a huge gamble. For the price, I think the padding could be a little better as I don't forsee this being very comfortable in the long-term but it's sturdy and comfortable enough for now. Additionally, for the money, I think they could have made the back plate longer do a higher adjustment. This is disappointing but I'm a forward sitter for the most part anyways so it's not an impediment. The curve of the back does slide into the curvature of my spine when I lean back in a resting position (further back than upright). So it's acceptable for my intentions. I have a recliner here for when I want to lounger.
P.S. I know I'm fat. That's why I bought a Big&Tall chair. This review is for other fat people, not Tall people and not normal people. There are much better chairs for the money if you fall into those categories. For large people, that need the weight capacity of this chair, it's not only acceptable, it's a welcome reprieve to not be constantly worried about breaking the chair.
Written on 7/12/12. Please feel free to follow up for a review down the road. I'll try to update at 6 months and 12 months but who knows, so feel free to reach out for an update. If something goes significantly wrong, I will update this immediately.
Looking for a new chair and forgot my review, figured I'd provide an update.
I've had this chair and clocked hundreds of working and leisure hours on it over the last 19 months. I'm not quite as happy with it now as when I had bought it. This chair has become very uncomfortable for periods of extended use. It's very firm and hurts my lower back after a few hours. The back quickly began slipping and became almost entirely useless, which exacerbates the lower back pain.
This chair will be fine for some folks, but it's not comfortable for long periods of use. It has held up very well though. I don't know of anything mechanically wrong with it. I've lowered my rating from 4 stars to 3 stars. It would be 2 stars due to the discomfort but going with 3 for build quality, if not comfort.
It's been 19 months. The piston in this chair gave out apparently within the last month. It no longer stays elevated and upon sitting, it just sinks down, making this even tougher on the spine.
Unfortunately, this happened right before a 90 hour work week, most of which was on this chair. I now have backpain and need an MRI. It's only usable with a foam pillow now.
I've removed a star. It hasn't even held up for 2 years, had it, I would give it 3 stars. There might be a warranty but I doubt it. It's also not good enough to pursue so I just docked a star and wanted to post this update. I'd avoid this chair and probably this manufacturer. Don't get me wrong, I've seen worse and it does hard time in my home office but it's never been comfortable and now it's broken in under 2 years.