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Amazon Basics Padded Swivel Review

The price is attractive and it provides okay performance for the price point
Amazon Basics Padded Swivel
Credit: Amazon
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Price:   $104 List | $84.24 at Amazon
Pros:  Acceptable performance for the price, well-written instructions
Cons:  Lower tier adjustability
Manufacturer:   Amazon
By Buck Yedor ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 10, 2022
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RANKED
#13 of 14
  • Comfort - 50% 3.0
  • Adjustability - 35% 3.0
  • Durability - 10% 3.0
  • Ease of Assembly - 5% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Amazon Basics Padded Swivel is a tempting buy at such a rock bottom price, though its performance is not comparable to the premium models in our fleet. While it earns lower scores across the board, keep in mind that it is being compared to the best of the best. The seat cushion offers minimal support; almost immediately, we found ourselves sinking down onto the wood and metal underneath. The assembly is fairly straightforward, but with minimal lumbar support and adjustability, we would look elsewhere if hoping to purchase a new office chair that provides all-day comfort. If you need a chair for occasional use, you may find value in this model.

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Pros Acceptable performance for the price, well-written instructionsGreat value, durable, comfortableHigh adjustability, adjustable lumbar support, comfortable backrestInexpensive, relatively comfortable, and adjustableDecent performance for the price, mesh backrest
Cons Lower tier adjustabilityLooks aren't universally appealingThin plastic lumbar support, seat cushion foam prone to flatteningDurability could be betterWobbly, back tensioner is difficult to release
Bottom Line The price is attractive and it provides okay performance for the price pointPairs exceptional comfort and durability, at a price you just can't beatA decent chair in the mid-range arena; it offers above-average performance for comfort and ease of use and an excellent price pointThis is our favorite budget-friendly chair for the moneyYou'll want to consider if the affordable price of this model is worth its lower-tier performance
Rating Categories Amazon Basics Padde... DXRacer Racing Series Hon Ignition 2.0 Task Modway Articulate E... Furmax Office Mesh
Comfort (50%)
3.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
3.0
Adjustability (35%)
3.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
3.0
Durability (10%)
3.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
3.0
Ease of Assembly (5%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Amazon Basics Padde... DXRacer Racing Series Hon Ignition 2.0 Task Modway Articulate E... Furmax Office Mesh
Seat pan adjustment No No Yes No No
Adjustable lumbar support No Yes; a movable pad Yes Yes; the backrest moves up and down No
Lumbar support No Yes; a removable movable pad Yes Yes Yes
Recline lever No Yes No Yes No
Tilt limiter Yes; only locks in the upright position Yes; only locks in the upright position Yes; 3 stop points Yes; locks you into a position Yes; only locks in the upright position
Armrest width adjustment No Option available Yes No No
Swivel armrests No Yes No No No
Armrest depth adjustment No Yes No No No
Tension knob Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Amazon Basics Padded Swivel is a budget option that falls short of a higher tier of performance. While its comfort and adjustability do not compare to the premium options in our fleet, it's a decent choice if you're after an affordable office chair for occasional use.

Performance Comparison


Amazon Basics Padded Swivel office chair - the padded swivel is a budget-friendly model that scores lower than...
The Padded Swivel is a budget-friendly model that scores lower than the premium options in our fleet.
Credit: Laura Casner

Comfort


After spending some time in this chair, our testers found themselves sinking through the seat cushion onto the wood and metal supports below. Couple that with minimal lumbar support and this is not a chair that you can expect all-day comfort from. For short stints in your home office, or as a budget option to equip a conference room with, you might find value in this chair.

Amazon Basics Padded Swivel office chair - the seat cushion offers little support and allows you to sink onto...
The seat cushion offers little support and allows you to sink onto the wood and metal structure beneath.
Credit: Laura Casner

Adjustability


This chair offers little in the way of adjustability. With only a small bump that touches your back — which acts as lumbar support — it is in no way adjustable. While you can lock this chair into an upright position, there are no other means of adjustability, such as an adjustable back tilt. The armrests are fixed in place and quite narrow. They are also attached to the backrest, so when you lean back, the armrests go with it. You can adjust the backrest low enough to somewhat accommodate shorter people, but taller folks will find the height adjustment lacking.

Amazon Basics Padded Swivel office chair - the narrow armrests are attached to the backrest; when you lean...
The narrow armrests are attached to the backrest; when you lean back, they all move back as a unit.
Credit: Laura Casner

Durability


Our test team experienced durability issues, as did other users. In many cases, there are reported instances of parts breaking, seams splitting open, the chair being unstable, and screws falling out. The seat cushion quickly lost its loft and there are reports of the seat fabric tearing. However, it's hard to beat the price point.

Amazon Basics Padded Swivel office chair - the wheels are flimsy and there are reports of them breaking during...
The wheels are flimsy and there are reports of them breaking during use.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Assembly


If Amazon got one thing right with this chair, it's the clear and well-written instructions. The instructions include pictures even going as far as to show you which direction to turn the screws as you install them.

Amazon Basics Padded Swivel office chair - the tensioner knob is difficult to reach and operate while sitting...
The tensioner knob is difficult to reach and operate while sitting down.
Credit: Laura Casner

Once you move from the instructions to the actual assembly, we experienced issues. While assembly is not inherently difficult, it is time-consuming. Many of the screw holes are misaligned and take some finagling to accommodate the screws. The backrest takes a surprising amount of force to unroll and makes a startling popping sound when you push it into place.

Value


The Padded Swivel is incredibly affordable; however, if you're after an option for all-day comfort, we would recommend you look elsewhere. For shorter periods of time or a few hours here in there in your home office, the chair might just be the ticket.

Conclusion


Priced reasonably, the Amazon Basics Padded Swivel is an intriguing option. When compared to the premium options in our fleet, this chair does not compare, as can be expected. It provides a lower tier of comfort and lacks lumbar support. It features minimal adjustability and a sub-par backrest. However, the price point is acceptable for the level of performance it provides.

Amazon Basics Padded Swivel office chair - the backrest only extends up to the shoulder blades; many users...
The backrest only extends up to the shoulder blades; many users found this did not offer enough support.
Credit: Laura Casner

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