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

This chair failed to impress where it counts and lacks adjustability and comfort
SPACE Seating 5700E Air Grid Back Professional Manager's Chair
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Price:   $250 List | $178.19 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to assembly, relatively durable
Cons:  Lacks adjustability, mediocre comfort level
Manufacturer:   Office Star
By Hayley Thomas, David Wise, and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 25, 2021
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RANKED
#14 of 14
  • 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.

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Pros Easy to assembly, relatively durableExtremely comfortable, tons of adjustability, sturdy constructionGreat value, durable, comfortableInexpensive, relatively comfortable, and adjustableEasy to assembly, fairly inexpensive
Cons Lacks adjustability, mediocre comfort levelPriceyLooks aren't universally appealingDurability could be betterLimited adjustability, integrated headrest
Bottom Line This chair failed to impress where it counts and lacks adjustability and comfortThe absolute best of the best, thanks to its incredible comfort, adjustability, and constructionPairs exceptional comfort and durability, at a price you just can't beatA surprisingly comfortable office chair that can't compete with top tier products, but boasts an especially comfortable priceA 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 Modway Articulate E... Duramont Ergonomic...
Comfort (50%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Adjustability (35%)
4.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Durability (10%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
6.0
Ease Of Assembly (5%)
8.0
10.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Specs SPACE Seating 5700E... Steelcase Leap DXRacer Racing Series Modway Articulate E... Duramont Ergonomic...
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
Recline lever No No Yes 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
Tension knob Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The SPACE Seating Air Grid is about average in terms of comfort.
The SPACE Seating Air Grid is about average in terms of comfort.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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. 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.

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.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 the SPACE received a relatively favorable reaction.
The backrest on the SPACE received a relatively favorable reaction.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

We weren't terribly impressed with the amount of adjustability on...
We weren't terribly impressed with the amount of adjustability on this chair.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Adjustability


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.

The lumbar support also failed to impress.
The lumbar support also failed to impress.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 only had minimal adjustability.
The armrests only had minimal adjustability.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

This chair does seem fairly durable.
This chair does seem fairly durable.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Durability


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.

The SPACE Seating does require a fair bit of assembly, but has clear...
The SPACE Seating does require a fair bit of assembly, but has clear directions.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

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 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.

The 5700E is far from our favorite chair.
The 5700E is far from our favorite chair.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Hayley Thomas, David Wise, and Austin Palmer

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