When your work requires you to spend eight or more hours a day on an office chair, that takes a heavy toll on your back. So, office chairs manufacturers try to solve this issue by designing ergonomic office chairs that give your back support and provide you with a comfortable experience.
But, those ergonomic chairs can be very expensive. So, one of the best-known chair manufacturers in the world, Steelcase, has made an ergonomic chair that won’t drain your wallet and is comfortable enough for working or studying long hours.
We are of course talking about the Series 2, an updated version of the legendary Steelcase Series 1, and a worthy successor.
Let’s find out what makes this chair so great and if it’s the right chair for you.
Construction and build quality
We’ve said many times on our website that Steelcase is, along with Herman Miller, a brand name that is most synonymous with build quality and durability. You might think that, since the Series 2 is a far less expensive chair than their other models, the durability would suffer, but that isn’t the case at all.
Steelcase Series 2
With its ergonomic design and great build quality, the Series 2 is one of the best mid-ranged office chairs. It will give you back support throughout your working day, and, if you are switching from a budget office chair to Series 2, the difference will be massive.
The Steelcase Series 2 is a very light chair, but don’t let that fool you. It’s very durable and has a 400 lbs weight limit, something that is usually seen on more expensive office chairs.
The 12-year warranty that you get when you purchase a Series 2, should give you confidence in the quality of this chair. And, when comparing it to the older Series 1, you can feel the difference in the build quality, so props to Steelcase for improving that.
Since this is Steelcase’s attempt to make a mid-range ergonomic chair, you shouldn’t expect it to have a ton of adjustability features that high-end chairs like the Leap or Gesture have. But, Steelcase Series 2 has a pretty good number of adjustability features, and some of them are quite technologically advanced, all designed to give you the best experience for a lower price.
The most important feature of the Series 2 is Steelcase’s great Air LiveBack Technology. It’s doesn’t need you to manually adjust it but works automatically from the moment you sit on the chair. It’s implemented in the back of the chair as a wave pattern and it imitates your movement and posture changes while giving you support.
The next big adjustability feature found on the Series 2 is the Back Tilt Recline, which has three options: loose and tight recline and locked-recline. This recline locking is controlled by the knob found beneath the seat on the right side.
Lumbar support is also found on the Steelcase Series 2. It must be adjusted using two hands with the raising and lowering of the handles found on the back of the chair. It isn’t the smoothest process, but you can find the right position for your lower back.
There is also the standard seat height, adjusted by the lever placed beneath the chair’s right side, and the seat depth adjustment, controlled by the small lever, the first lever found just beneath the seat, also on the right side.
For an additional cost, you can get the 4D adjustable armrests, which let you adjust their depth, height, and pivot, which lets you find the perfect position for your arms to rest. The adjustable headrest is also an add-on, which isn’t necessary, but for those who are planning to spend most of their day on this chair, it’s a good addition. It’s adjusted by simply grabbing it with both hands and moving it up or down until you find the perfect position for your head.
- AirLive Back Technology
- Back Tilt Recline
- Adjustable lumbar support
- Seat height and depth adjustment
- 4D Adjustable Armrests
- Geometric Back Design
- Headrest adjustment
- Chair Dimensions – 22″ x 27″ x 42.5″
- Chair weight – 36 lbs.
- The weight limit is 400 lbs.
- Lumbar height adjustment – 3 3⁄4″.
- Arm width adjustment – 2 1⁄4″.
- Seat height adjustment – 5″
- Seat depth adjustment – 2 1⁄2″
With the ergonomic design and the adjustability features it has, it is safe to say that the Steelcase Series 2 is a chair that will provide you with support where you need it. And for those who are experiencing some sort of back problems while sitting on a budget chair, switching to the Series 2 will be a huge difference.
While the seat cushion is more on the firmer side, it encourages you to have a proper posture, which is especially important in reducing lower back pain. The adjustable lumbar support is a great thing to have on an office chair if you are experiencing lower back pain. The Air LiveTechnology implemented in the back does wonders when you move in the chair and provides you with support in almost any position you are in. Comparing the Series 2 to other chairs in this or similar price range, not to mention the budget ones, a difference is felt in the ergonomic design and the support it gives you.
Similar to how high-end chairs need very little to no assembly, the Series 2 also needs very little effort and time to assemble. There are just a couple of pieces you need to put together and after that, you are good to go.
Steelcase Series 1
HON Ignition 2.0
Steelcase has attempted to create a mid-range ergonomic chair that has some features that the higher-end chairs have, and they have definitely succeeded in that. If you prefer firmer seats and a chair that will correct your posture, the Steelcase Series 2 is a fantastic option at a relatively fair price.
In you are interested in seeing how the new Steelcase Series 2 performs against the older Series 1, click here.