SPACE Seating 5700E Air Grid Back Professional Manager's Chair Review
Pros: Easy to assembly, relatively durable
Cons: Lacks adjustability, mediocre comfort level
Manufacturer: Office Star
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|Cons||Lacks adjustability, mediocre comfort level||Pricey||Looks aren't universally appealing||Durability could be better||Limited adjustability, integrated headrest|
|Bottom Line||This chair failed to impress where it counts and lacks adjustability and comfort||The absolute best of the best, thanks to its incredible comfort, adjustability, and construction||Pairs exceptional comfort and durability, at a price you just can't beat||A surprisingly comfortable office chair that can't compete with top tier products, but boasts an especially comfortable price||A decent option for short periods of sitting but there are better options when sitting for eight or more hours|
|Rating Categories||SPACE Seating 5700E...||Steelcase Leap||DXRacer Racing Series||Articulate Ergonomi...||Ergonomic Adjustable|
|Ease Of Assembly (5%)|
|Specs||SPACE Seating 5700E...||Steelcase Leap||DXRacer Racing Series||Articulate Ergonomi...||Ergonomic Adjustable|
|Seat pan adjustment||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Adjustable lumbar support||No||Yes||Yes; a movable pad||Yes; the backrest moves up and down||Yes|
|Lumbar support||Yes; a slight protrusion||Yes||Yes; a removable movable pad||Yes||Yes|
|Tilt limiter||Yes; only locks in the upright position||Yes; 5 stop points||Yes; only locks in the upright position||Yes; locks you into a position||Yes; locks you into a position|
|Armrest width adjustment||No||Option available||Option available||No||~1" with screws underneath|
|Swivel armrests||No||Option available||Yes||No||No|
|Armrest depth adjustment||No||Option available||Yes||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
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. We also noted their overall impressions and how happy they would be to sit in the 5700E for a full day. This chair didn't do very well and scored below average.
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.
However, not a single one of our judges was thrilled with the idea of sitting in this chair for a full day, with most of them only really happy with five to six hours and one or two judges only content with an hour or two.
Next, we looked at the different adjustable features available on each chair. This metric is based on the range of motion allowed in the backrest, armrest, reclining motion, and seat. The Space Seating again scored quite poorly for its limited adjustability.
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.
You can't adjust the depth of the seat and the chair overall seems designed for a larger person, with some of our 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 to meet common ergonomic guidelines.
Next, we moved on to looking at how sturdy the SPACE Seating is. The 5700E did a bit better, earning slightly above average. 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 examined other user experiences and found the most common complaint was the backrest or seat cushion falling apart, though it wasn't a giant group.
Ease of Assembly
Assembling your furniture can put a damper on the excitement of getting new furniture, which is why we chose ease of assembly as our final metric. The hardware was clearly labeled and the directions were okay to follow. You are presented with pictures in one section and written directions in another, which can make it slightly difficult to keep your place when assembling. However, the SPACE Seating finished out with a strong in this category.
While this chair is relatively expensive, there are better options that give you more bang for the buck.
Overall, we weren't fans of this chair. It scored poorly in most of our metrics and there are other more comfortable options out there that cost the same. It is difficult to recommend a chair that not a single one of our judges would want to sit in for a full workday.
— Hayley Thomas, David Wise, and Austin Palmer