If you come across these chairs, we recommend that you save your money and go for one of the choices above.
Steelcase Series 1 for $ 491: I would love to like Series 1, especially after having had such a good experience with Hand movement. My biggest problem is with the armrest – the tops slide back and forth and from side to side, which could be a good thing, except that I managed to squeeze my arm every time I moved. There is no way to lock them in place, so while my trunk felt supported, my arms were not. The seat is also quite curved, which can feel like you are trapped in one position while working all day.
FlexiSpot Sit2Go 2-in-1 fitness chair for $ 330: This seems like a good idea as it allows you to get some exercise while sitting at a desk. I felt virtuous as I stomped away while checking my email. The problem is just that it is not very comfortable. (I could not ride it all day.) It also just feels like a cheap, low-resistance exercise bike, so you get the worst of both worlds. You will also need a standing desk to accommodate it.
Poppin Task Chair for $ 399: This is as simple as office chairs come. There are not many parts of it you can adjust, but the back does an OK job of adjusting with the spine. The upholstered seat is fine in terms of comfort, but the mesh material on the backrest makes it breathable. Unfortunately, the wheels do not roll smoothly and are quite loud. It’s also puzzling why Poppin costs as much as it does when you get so much more with our best choice being a little cheaper.
Flexispot Soutien for $ 290: The thick foam padding is very poor at handling heat, so you will feel sweaty in this chair over time. The mesh backrest helps a bit and it is reasonably sumptuous and comfortable. However, it feels unnecessarily large and the lumbar support slides around too easily when you move.
Teknion Around Chair for $ 675: I’m still struggling to see Why this chair costs as much as it does. It feels incredibly similar to the Poppin Task Chair above (which is almost half the price), but the wheels on the Teknion are even worse. They are annoyingly loud and feel cheap.