Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair Review
Pros: Easy to assembly, fairly inexpensive
Cons: Limited adjustability, integrated headrest
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Duramont was rated just below average compared to the other models in our test suite. We took a look at the comfort of the backrest, seat, and armrests to determine the overall score for this metric. The backrest and seat are equipped with ample padding, making this chair comfortable to sit in for four to five hours. When sitting correctly, this chair supports your entire back. But if you do not sit back in the Duramont, the support it offers is obsolete.
Taller testers liked the deeper seat and full backrest, but shorter testers were not fond of the seat depth, with some struggling to reach the floor.
The Duramont comes with a back tilt limiter, headrest, adjustable lumbar support, and a recline lever. While it provides most of the adjustability features that the higher-performing models offer, it simply does not do them as well. We particularly liked that the reclining tension knob is straightforward 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.
Our biggest gripes are that the lumbar support only moves a small amount, and the headrest is uncomfortable. Our judges also weren't impressed with the armrests. They felt 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 didn't identify any areas of major concern in terms of construction, though it doesn't appear to have 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 user experiences during our online research — most had different issues, and we didn't identify any overwhelmingly common issues.
Ease of Assembly
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 documentation with easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of pictures.
The Duramont didn't strike us as an amazing value, but 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 on the taller side and the Duramont fits your budget, then, by all means, go for it. It isn't our preferred option for a 40 plus hour work week, but most of our taller judges had no issues using it for a full workday. It stands out from many of the other chairs in the group by offering one of the highest back supports and a headrest. Generally speaking, the comfort of this chair depends highly on your height. We found that our taller testers enjoyed their experience more than our shorter ones. 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 our opinion of this office chair is average, just like its overall score.
— Hayley Thomas, Austin Palmer, and David Wise
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