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SPACE Seating 5700E Air Grid Back Professional Manager's Chair Review

This chair failed to impress where it counts
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Price:   $385 List | $175 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to assembly, seems relatively durable
Cons:  Lacks adjustability, mediocre comfort level
Manufacturer:   Office Star
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Nov 29, 2018
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  • Comfort - 50% 5
  • Adjustability - 35% 4
  • Durability - 10% 7
  • Ease of Assembly - 5% 8

Our Verdict

Finishing right at the back of the group, we weren't exactly thrilled with the performance of the SPACE Seating 5700E. This chair has an exceptionally limited set of adjustability and wasn't all that comfortable. It does seem fairly durable and is one of the easier models to assemble. It is also on the less expensive side, but there are far better chairs that retail for slightly less that we found to be far better.


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Pros Easy to assembly, seems relatively durableExtremely comfortable, tons of adjustability, sturdy constructionSuper easy to assemble, very adjustableAppears quite durable, very adjustableAppears well-built, comfortable
Cons Lacks adjustability, mediocre comfort levelPriceyCould be a lot more comfortable, design isn’t universalExceptionally expensive, harder to assembleCould have more adjustable features, pricey
Bottom Line This chair failed to impress where it countsIf 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 SPACE Seating... Steelcase Leap Herman Miller Sayl Herman Miller Embody Steelcase Think
Comfort (50%)
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Specs SPACE Seating... Steelcase Leap Herman Miller Sayl Herman Miller Embody Steelcase Think

Our Analysis and Test Results

This chair scored a few points less than the Alera Elusion Series. While the SPACE Seating 5700E usually retails for about $40 less than the Alera at its commonly discounted price, the 5700E is less comfortable and less adjustable.

The 5700E is far from our favorite chair.
The 5700E is far from our favorite chair.

Performance Comparison


To decide which of these pieces of office furniture are really worth sitting in, we compared a ton of different chairs, then picked out the ones that appeared to have a shot at winning an award and bought them all. We rated, ranked, and scored their performance in four different weighted rating categories, with the SPACE Seating's results outlined below.

The SPACE Seating Air Grid is about average in terms of comfort.
The SPACE Seating Air Grid is about average in terms of comfort.

Comfort


Accounting for half of the 5700E's total score, our group of comfort tests carries the most weight when it comes to how this chair did overall. We had a group of testers rate and score how comfortable they thought the backrest, seat, and armrests are on this product, as well as their overall impressions and how happy they would be to sit in the 5700E for a full day. This chair didn't do amazingly well, meriting a 5 out of 10.

Half of our testers were not huge fans of the seat on this chair.
Half of our testers were not huge fans of the seat on this chair.

Starting off with the seat, this office chair received a mixed reception from our judges, with half of them rating it alright and half of them rating well below average. It did a little better when we scored its backrest and armrests, with most of our judges rating the SPACE Seating at least average or above and only a single judge scoring it well below average.

The backrest on this chair received a relatively favorable reaction.
The backrest on this chair received a relatively favorable reaction.

However, not a single one of our judges were thrilled with the idea of sitting in this chair for a full day, with most of them only really happy with 5-6 hours and one or two judges only content with an hour or two.

We weren't terribly impressed with the amount of adjustability on this chair.
We weren't terribly impressed with the amount of adjustability on this chair.

Adjustability


Next, we looked at the different adjustable features available on each chair. This accounts for 35% of the total score for each office chair and is based on the range of motion allowed in the backrest, armrest, reclining motion, and seat. The Space Seating again scored quite poorly, meriting a 4 out of 10 for its limited adjustability.

The lumbar support also failed to impress.
The lumbar support also failed to impress.

This chair only has minimal lumbar support and it isn't adjustable to match your height. The armrests are about average, only allowing you to move them up or down.

The armrests also only had minimal adjustability.
The armrests also only had minimal adjustability.

You can't adjust the depth of the seat and the chair overall seems designed for a larger person, with some of our more petite testers barely able to reach the ground with their feet flat on the shortest setting.

You do have a reasonable range of adjustment when it comes to setting the resistance to reclining and it isn't too much effort to get this chair set up to where you are meeting common ergonomic guidelines at most desks.

This chair does seem fairly durable.
This chair does seem fairly durable.

Durability


Next, we moved on to looking at how sturdy the SPACE Seating is and how long of a warranty is included with the chair. The 5700E did a bit better, earning a 7 out of 10 in this metric, which accounts for 10% of the total score.

We didn't find any major signs of damage after months and months of testing, though we could see where some of the backrests might be prone to stretching out and the armrests didn't feel as sturdy as the rest of the chair. We extensively looked through other user reviews online and found the most common complaint was the backrest or seat cushion falling apart, though it wasn't a giant group.

This office chair does have a solid warranty, with a lifetime warranty on parts and a 3-year warranty on foam and fabric, though leather is excluded from both of them.

Unfortunately  the SPACE Seating does require a fair bit of assembly.
Unfortunately, the SPACE Seating does require a fair bit of assembly.

Ease of Assembly


For the last 5% of the score, we assessed how much of a pain it was to initially assemble the chair. The SPACE Seating finished out with a strong showing, receiving an 8 out of 10. The hardware was clearly labeled and the directions were okay to follow. You had pictures in one section and written directions in another making it slightly difficult to keep your place when assembling.

Value


While this chair is relatively expensive, there are better options that give you more bang for the buck.

Conclusion


Overall, we weren't fans of this chair. It scored overall poorly and there are other more comfortable options out there that cost the same. It is quite hard to recommend a chair that not a single one of our judges would want to sit in for a full workday.


David Wise and Austin Palmer