Amazon Basics Padded Swivel Review
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Amazon Basics Padded Swivel
|Price||Check Price at Amazon||$329 List||$175 List|
$174.99 at Amazon
$91.29 at Amazon
$44.98 at Amazon
|Pros||Acceptable performance for the price, well-written instructions||Great value, durable, comfortable||Inexpensive, relatively comfortable, and adjustable||Inexpensive, good-looking, user-friendly instructions||Decent performance for the price, mesh backrest|
|Cons||Lower tier adjustability||Looks aren't universally appealing||Durability could be better||Limited adjustability, poor material, seat compresses||Wobbly, back tensioner is difficult to release|
|Bottom Line||The price is attractive and it provides okay performance for the price point||Pairs exceptional comfort and durability, at a price you just can't beat||This is our favorite budget-friendly chair for the money||This model is best for short work sessions as it prioritizes price and aesthetics over long-term comfort and durability||You'll want to consider if the affordable price of this model is worth its lower-tier performance|
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|Ease of Assembly (5%)|
|Specs||Amazon Basics Padde...||DXRacer Racing Series||Modway Articulate E...||Amazon Basics Class...||Furmax Office Mesh|
|Seat pan adjustment||No||No||No||No||No|
|Adjustable lumbar support||No||Yes; a movable pad||Yes; the backrest moves up and down||No||No|
|Lumbar support||No||Yes; a removable movable pad||Yes||No||Yes|
|Tilt limiter||Yes; only locks in the upright position||Yes; only locks in the upright position||Yes; locks you into a position||No||Yes; only locks in the upright position|
|Armrest width adjustment||No||Option available||No||No||No|
|Armrest depth adjustment||No||Yes||No||No||No|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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