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Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair Review

The Duramont is a decent option for short periods of sitting but there are better options when sitting for 8+ hours
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Price:   $290 List | $250 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to assembly, fairly inexpensive
Cons:  Limited adjustability, integrated headrest
Manufacturer:   Duramont
By Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Oct 4, 2019
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#11 of 13
  • Comfort - 50% 6
  • Adjustability - 35% 5
  • Durability - 10% 6
  • Ease of Assembly - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable is an overall fairly unimpressive office chair that scored in the lower portion of the group. It does have support all the way up your back and an integrated headrest, it seems decently durable, and is quite easy to assemble, all at one of the lowest prices of the group. It can't really compete with the top-tier chairs when it comes to comfort and adjustability but the Duramont is a good option if you are shopping on a tight budget and are only going to be spending a few hours a day in the chair.


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Pros Easy to assembly, fairly inexpensiveExtremely comfortable, tons of adjustability, sturdy constructionSuper easy to assemble, very adjustableAppears quite durable, very adjustableAppears well-built, comfortable
Cons Limited adjustability, integrated headrestPriceyCould be a lot more comfortable, design isn’t universalExceptionally expensive, harder to assembleCould have more adjustable features, pricey
Bottom Line The Duramont is a decent option for short periods of sitting but there are better options when sitting for 8+ hoursIf you want an office chair that is the absolute best of the best, then the Leap is for youThis chair distinguished itself on its looks rather than its ratingsThis chair is one of the top performers but its exorbitantly expensive price tag is a bit of a turn offThe Think does well but it could do quite a bit better
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Rating Categories Ergonomic Adjustable Steelcase Leap Herman Miller Sayl Herman Miller Embody Steelcase Think
Comfort (50%)
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Specs Ergonomic Adjustable Steelcase Leap Herman Miller Sayl Herman Miller Embody Steelcase Think

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Duramont stands out from many of the other chairs in the group by having one of the highest back supports and by having a headrest. Opinions were split on how comfortable these are, since you have to sit all the way back in this chair and the fit is a little better for taller people.

Performance Comparison


The Duramont chair is far from our favorite.
The Duramont chair is far from our favorite.

Likes


The Duramont was generally rated above average by our panel of judges in terms of comfort, particularly with its seat and backrest. There is ample padding on the backrest and the seat, with most users comfortable sitting in the Duramont for at least 4-5 hours. This chair feels great if you usually sit back in your chair, as it supports your entire back. The Duramont Ergonomic has the majority of the different adjustable features that all the best chairs had.

The Ergonomic Adjustable chair from Duramont offers a decent amount of adjustability.
The Ergonomic Adjustable chair from Duramont offers a decent amount of adjustability.

We particularly liked that the reclining tension knob is very easy to reach and gives you a wide range of adjustment that makes it easy to dial it in your personal preferences. This chair does have adjustable lumbar support and a tilt limiter for when you recline the chair.

The Duramont does let you adjust the intensity of the lumbar support.
The Duramont does let you adjust the intensity of the lumbar support.

In terms of construction, we didn't identify any areas of major concern, though we definitely don't think it has quite the sturdy construction and quality control of the top-tier models. We don't think the mesh on the backrest will sag over time and the seat cushion seems quite durable. We only found a very small number of negative reviews — most had different issues and we didn't identify any overwhelmingly common issues.

The setup process isn't too bad for this product but it does require a non-trivial amount of assembly, which took us 25-35 minutes to accomplish. The Duramont includes plenty of documentation with easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of pictures.

Dislikes


We found opinions on this chair's comfort to be far from universal. Taller testers liked the deeper seat and full backrest but shorter testers were not overly fond of the seat depth, with some struggling to reach the floor. It also doesn't feel that comfortable if you sit forward of the backrest at all. This problem is also exacerbated by the lack of a seat pan depth adjustment, so you are completely out of luck if you aren't happy with the stock setting.

This chair has both a high backrest and an integrated headrest.
This chair has both a high backrest and an integrated headrest.

Our judges also weren't impressed with the armrests on this chair. They felt they were too stiff and hard to adjust to find a comfortable position. You can easily adjust their vertical position but you can't move them forward and back without loosening the screws and repositioning them. Even then, you only have a range of about an inch.

The amount of armrest adjustability is a bit limited.
The amount of armrest adjustability is a bit limited.

We did think it is a little hard to adjust the headrest and this seemed to us like one area where the chair might start to wear out after extended use. The warranty on the Duramont is a little lacking, only covering a 90-day term compared to the 10-12 year warranty for the top products.

The fit on this chair seems geared towards larger individuals.
The fit on this chair seems geared towards larger individuals.

Value


The Duramont didn't strike us as an amazing value, more of a "you get what you pay for" kind of chair. It pairs one of the lowest price tags with one of the lowest scores.

The Duramont is fairly cheap but also didn't score very well.
The Duramont is fairly cheap but also didn't score very well.

Conclusion


If you are one taller side and the Duramont fits your budget, then, by all means, go for it. It isn't our preferred option for sitting in 40+ hours a week but most of our taller judges had no issues using it for a full workday. You can do better if you are willing to spend a bit more — and there are some comparably priced chairs that we vastly preferred — but we didn't take a huge dislike to the Duramont.


Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman