Wood & Metal - Ergonomic Chairs
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Tue Jan 15 00:00:00 MST 2013sparehead Rating:4.0
Pros: -very low cost -decent medium weight vinyl -tall back makes a comfortable headrest -comfortable armrests are positioned right -appears to have an all steel frame (though I didn't open the seat or back to confirm) -has vibration motors and one heating element -I find the chair comfortable which is a relief as I bought without sitting in it first Cons: -loose tolerances in the moving parts -There is so much play in the slide locking mechanism that whenever you shift your weight front to back the chair shifts noticeably and makes a "clack" noise. -The slide mechanism appears to be fixed to the seat base with a single long wood/metal screw on each side. It hasn't broken in the first two weeks of use but I'm concerned those screws will eventually bend or work free of whatever they screw into. Between the sloppy locking mechanism and the screws holding in the front of the slide bars I'm guessing this is where the chair will break, and probably sooner if used by very heavy folks. -Two of the massage motors are located by your head which is just annoying, especially if you get headaches. Fortunately they can be turned off. -Turning on the massage/heat always starts with a cycling system going between pairs of massage motors about every second which I find irritating. From there you can to manually set the pairs you want on and turn the timer from the default 10 minutes up to 20 or 30 minutes. 30 Minutes is the maximum "on" time but it can be increased manually before the timer hits 0. -The heating element covers the lumbar area only. Summary: I'm going with 4 stars as it hasn't broken and I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. I'd need to wait and see if the slide mechanism will break before I'd actually recommend this chair. If it holds up I think the chair is a great value. I believe the chair should hold up for at least a couple years and in that only time will tell. Any longer than that at this price is just a bonus. I'll end up repairing it if it does break, but I know many people will either be unable or unwilling to do so. It also remains unclear how involved that repair will be if needed. With this concern in mind, If you're very heavy I'd avoid this chair and probably all the similar chairs and go with something more sturdy.
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