Steelcase Think Review
Pros: Well built, comfortable, adjustable seat
Cons: Not as comfortable for smaller folks, subpar tilt resistance
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|Pros||Well built, comfortable, adjustable seat||Extremely comfortable, tons of adjustability, sturdy construction||Incredibly easy to assemble, very adjustable||Great value, durable, comfortable||Inexpensive, relatively comfortable, and adjustable|
|Cons||Not as comfortable for smaller folks, subpar tilt resistance||Pricey||Design isn't universal||Looks aren't universally appealing||Durability could be better|
|Bottom Line||With its highly adjustable armrests and seat, this option offers comfort for taller folks||Our favorite chair that we have tested to date, this is by far the highest performing chair on the market||This chair distinguished itself on its looks, but still provides a high level of performance||Pairs exceptional comfort and durability, at a price you just can't beat||This is our favorite budget-friendly chair for the money|
|Rating Categories||Steelcase Think||Steelcase Leap||Herman Miller Sayl||DXRacer Racing Series||Modway Articulate E...|
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|Specs||Steelcase Think||Steelcase Leap||Herman Miller Sayl||DXRacer Racing Series||Modway Articulate E...|
|Seat pan adjustment||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Adjustable lumbar support||Yes||Yes||Option available||Yes; a movable pad||Yes; the backrest moves up and down|
|Lumbar support||Yes||Yes||Option available||Yes; a removable movable pad||Yes|
|Tilt limiter||Yes; 4 stop points||Yes; 5 stop points||Yes; 3 stop points||Yes; only locks in the upright position||Yes; locks you into a position|
|Armrest width adjustment||Option available||Option available||Option available as a third-party upgrade||Option available||No|
|Swivel armrests||Option available||Option available||Option available as a third-party upgrade||Yes||No|
|Armrest depth adjustment||Option available||Option available||Option available as a third-party upgrade||Yes||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We dubbed comfort our most important metric and the Think does well here, providing comfort for eight to ten hour days. It scores just below our highest scorer in this metric, tying it with a few of its competitors.
On paper, the Think checks all the boxes. It has adjustable lumbar support, tilt stop, and firm cushions, but it just doesn't measure up to some of the more expensive options in our test suite. However, for its price, it provides exceptional performance.
The first click of the tilt resistance on the backrest is too far back. This encourages the user to sit upright, but negatively affects the overall comfort and makes it difficult to relax and get you slouch on when posture becomes less of a priority. The aggressive lumbar support is great for those who have an aggressive curvature in their back, but it is not particularly versatile, even though its location is adjustable.
The seat, similar to the rest of the chair, is somewhat average. The cushion is firm and supportive, but if you are looking for a soft cushion, you may want to explore other options.
The stable armrests are rather large. This is just fine for taller people, though shorter found it a little less accomodating. In fact, our shorter testers reported less overall comfort when compared to taller testers.
After our comfort assessments, we moved on to rating and ranking the adjustability. Again we focused on how much movement the backrest, armrests, and seat offer, as well as the back tilt. It scored reasonably well and hovered just above average.
The Think gets off to a great start with a uniquely adjustable seat and completely customizable armrests. We are used to adjustable lumbar support and general height, but the adjustable pan depth is a cool feature we didn't experience on most of the chairs in our test suite. We also found ourselves ranting and raving about the high level of armrest adjustability. You can move these puppies up, down, forward, backward, inward, and outward. On top of all that, they swivel.
The seat and armrests are stellar as far as the adjustability they offer but the back of the seat is another story. We were disappointed at the lack of a reclining resistance adjustment — particularly because we found the four stock settings to be quite flimsy and a little too easy to recline with. There is no in-between. You are either fully lounging in the reclined position or sitting up so straight that you could balance a glass of water on your head.
The lumbar support is easily adjustable as far as its placement. However, the level of support is not. Despite that, it is still quite easy to get the Think set up for most people, so you are conforming to ergonomic seating guidelines and best practices.
Our durability metric accounts for a very small portion of the overall score, but these chairs can be pricey, so it still something we find to be important. In this category, we paid special attention to how much wear and tear the chairs experienced during our hands-on time with them, as well as any bits that may be vulnerable to breaking in the future. We took a deep dive into user experience research, seeking common complaints or issues. We are happy to announce that the Think performed exceptionally well in this category.
We didn't notice any signs of damage throughout our testing process. The only potential problem we could see is that there is a significant overhang when the armrests are tilted all the way in. This makes them more susceptible to being broken if weighted heavily. However, we haven't found any mention of this happening, so it seems like this chair is sturdy enough to handle whatever you throw at it in normal use.
Ease of Assembly
Once these chairs are set up, they are good to go, but assembling furniture can be a very frustrating process. We ranked each chair on how long it took us to assemble, post unboxing, as well as how clear the instructions are.
The Think delivers another stellar performance in this category. This chair shows up pretty much completely built, rendering directions unnecessary and earning it top marks for this category.
The Think offers pretty great value for the price tag. It falls smack dab in the middle of the most and least expensive options in our test suite and doesn't fall too far behind our top performers in its overall score. It is important to note that our shorter testers found this chair was not as comfortable as our taller testers, which can weigh heavily on the overall value.
The Steelcase Think is an office chair that offers average comfort and adjustability at an affordable price. While it may not be highly adjustable, it is straightforward to assemble. It is made up of durable materials, ensuring that even though the price tag comes cheap, it is not cheaply made. The Think is a solid chair. Its comfort level depends heavily on the size of the user and their preference for lumbar support. If you are the kind of person that enjoys aggressive lumbar support and happens to be a bit taller, this chair is a great option at a fair price.
— Hayley Thomas, David Wise, and Austin Palmer
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