Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair Review
Pros: Easy to assembly, fairly inexpensive
Cons: Limited adjustability, integrated headrest
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Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair
|Price||$330 List||$929 List||$785 List||$1,595 List||$699 List|
|Pros||Easy to assembly, fairly inexpensive||Extremely comfortable, tons of adjustability, sturdy construction||Super easy to assemble, very adjustable||Appears quite durable, very adjustable||Appears well-built, comfortable|
|Cons||Limited adjustability, integrated headrest||Pricey||Could be a lot more comfortable, design isn't universal||Exceptionally expensive, harder to assemble||Could 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+ hours||This chair is the absolute best of the best thanks to its incredible comfort, adjustability, and construction||This chair distinguished itself on its looks rather than its ratings||This chair is one of the top performers but its exorbitantly expensive price tag is a bit of a turn off||The Think does well but it could do quite a bit better|
|Rating Categories||Ergonomic Adjustable||Steelcase Leap||Herman Miller Sayl||Herman Miller Embody||Steelcase Think|
|Ease Of Assembly (5%)|
|Specs||Ergonomic Adjustable||Steelcase Leap||Herman Miller Sayl||Herman Miller Embody||Steelcase Think|
|Seat pan adjustment||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Adjustable lumbar support||Yes||Yes||Option available||Yes; You can adjust the amount, but not the location||Yes|
|Lumbar support||Yes||Yes||Option available||Yes||Yes|
|Tilt limiter||Yes; Locks you into a position||Yes; 5 stop points||Yes; 3 stop points||Yes; 4 stop points||Yes; 4 stop points|
|Armrest width adjustment||~1" with screws underneath||Option available||Option available as a third-party upgrade||Yes||Option available|
|Swivel armrests||No||Option available||Option available as a third-party upgrade||No||Option available|
|Armrest depth adjustment||No||Option available||Option available as a third-party upgrade||No||Option available|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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