SPACE Seating 5700E Air Grid Back Professional Manager's Chair Review
Pros: Easy to assembly, seems relatively durable
Cons: Lacks adjustability, mediocre comfort level
Manufacturer: Office Star
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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