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Amazon Basics Classic Puresoft
$74.27 at Amazon
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|Bottom Line||With this model, you get what you pay for, which isn't much||Our favorite year after year, this is one of the highest performing chairs on the market||This chair boasts both comfort and high-quality features, though there is room for improvement in terms of providing additional adjustment options||It's not fancy, but this is our favorite budget-friendly chair for the money||This chair provides acceptable performance, especially for its price, but if you're after all-day comfort, we would recommend purchasing a premium model|
|Rating Categories||Amazon Basics Class...||Steelcase Leap||Steelcase Series 2||Modway Articulate E...||Furmax Office Mesh|
|Ease of Assembly (5%)|
|Specs||Amazon Basics Class...||Steelcase Leap||Steelcase Series 2||Modway Articulate E...||Furmax Office Mesh|
|Seat Pan Adjustment?||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Adjustable Lumbar Support?||No||Yes||Option available||Yes; the backrest moves up and down||No|
|Tilt Limiter?||No||Yes; 5 stop points||Semi; Upright back lock, Full recline with weight activated tention + boost, Full recline with weight activated tention||Yes; locks you into a position||Yes; only locks in the upright position|
|Armrest Width Adjustment?||No||Option available||Option available||No||No|
|Swivel Armrests?||No||Option available||Option available||No||No|
|Armrest Depth Adjustment?||No||Option available||Option available||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Amazon Basics Classic PureSoft is a simple office chair that attracts consumers' attention for its low price. We'd recommend this for smaller folks, so if you have a teenager who needs to sit at their desk to do homework, this could be a great option.
If you work sitting down, you understand the importance of a comfortable office chair. Our test team assessed the comfort of each chair as we evaluated the backrests, seat, and armrests. This chair disappointed most of our testers compared to the rest. However, this seemed appropriate, given the modest price.
The Puresoft will not provide the all-day comfort that most office workers seek. Our testers noted back pain arising in as little as half an hour. The seat and backrest offer minimal padding. The padding compressed in about 20 minutes, resulting in unsupported posture and discomfort. Additionally, the backrest also provided little to no lumbar support. The lack of support quickly created some lower and mid back pain. The overall frame size is best suited for smaller individuals due to the seat width and armrests. The chair feels constricted for larger individuals. The armrests are short and narrow, exacerbating the constricted feeling noted above.
Adjustability in an office chair allows you to find an ergonomic and supported sitting position for the workday. The Puresoft offers some adjustments, limited to seat height and tension control. The seat height provides a 5-inch range with a standard lift allowing our shorter 5'4" testers to reach the ground. The lumbar support is a nonadjustable, discreet bump on the lumbar area of the backrest. The chair omits a lock-out feature but leverages a tension knob that modulates the resistance of the rocking function. However, this feature has two main drawbacks. The knob is very difficult to access while sitting, and each rotation produces a nominal amount of tension.
Although our test team didn't experience any durability issues, we scoured through hundreds of reviews to find those that had. The majority of 1-2 star consumer reviews reported things like ripped faux leather, busted seams, defeated hydraulics, compressed foam, and broken castor wheels. For the price point and popularity of this model, we expected to see themes of durability issues. Fortunately, numerous reviews also state the chair has lasted more than a year without an issue.
Ease of Assembly
Amazon Basics often provides user-friendly instructions with clear text and illustrations, and those for the PureSoft were no different. The instructions are very concise, and the images are helpful. However, the assembly itself was somewhat challenging. Our most common problem was the misaligned inserts that required some finagling. The backrest and seat are attached to the armrest, making the misaligned inserts even more challenging. That said, one person set up this chair in 30 minutes with only a short period of frustration.
Should You Buy the Amazon Basics Classic PureSoft?
If you are looking for an affordable chair for short seated sessions once in a while, this model is a fine choice. However, upgrading to a more adjustable and comfortable chair will be worth it if you plan on all-day sessions multiple times a week.
What Other Office Chairs Should You Consider?
If you are looking for a comfortable and budget-friendly chair, consider the Modway Articulate Ergonomic Mesh. For those with more flexibility in their budget, we recommend the Steelcase Leap.