Steelcase Think vs Leap – Steelcase Chairs Comparison

If you want a new office chair with tons of amazing features, ergonomic design, and comfortable, Steelcase office chairs must be on your radar. However, Steelcase produces several great office chairs, like the Think and the Leap, which we will compare now and help you see which one is a better chair for you.

They are two very popular chairs from Steelcase with a lot of things in common but they also have some obvious differences. We’ll go through all of them in our Steelcase Think vs Leap office chair comparison.

Let’s check it out.

Steelcase Think vs Steelcase Leap Chair Comparison

Short overview

Steelcase Think

Steelcase Think

Steelcase Think is one of the finer Steelcase chairs on the market, and with a couple of great features and an ergonomic design, it promises to be a great chair for working 8+ hours.

Steelcase Leap Chair Black

Steelcase Leap

With softer seat and superior back rest comfort, Steelcase Leap is an even better option for those who can afford it. Even though it’s quite expensive, the Leap is one of the best office chairs you can find right now.

Adjustability Features

Steelcase chairs are generally known for having a lot of features that make your time spent on any of their office chairs more comfortable and enjoyable. That is the case with these two also: the Think and the Leap. Anybody that spends more than 8 hours a day working or studying wants their chair to have a lot of features and in that department, these two don’t disappoint.

Steelcase Think

Let’s start with the Steelcase Think. The Think is a chair designed to adapt to your movements and contour to your specific body shape. The technology that is most deserving of that is the Integrated LiveBack Technology. That revolutionary technology has been implemented in various Steelcase chairs for more than 20 years, including the Gesture and Steelcase Amia. When you sit on the Think, you immediately feel the difference that the LiveBack Technology brings to the table, especially after a couple of hours spent on it.

The armrests are completely adjustable, as you can adjust their pivot, depth, height, and width, to find your perfect position and rest your arms whenever you need to, and they are one of the adjustability highlights of the Think. You can also adjust the level of the chair’s recline by leaning your body backward, and when you find the perfect position, lock it. That makes it much more enjoyable to watch a movie than sitting straight.

Other adjustment options include the standard seat height and depth adjustment as well as a lumbar adjustment that, unlike other adjustability options, doesn’t work as smoothly as you would want it to.

Steelcase Leap also has an integrated LiveBack Technology in its backrest to give you the most back support whenever you need it without having to adjust the chair’s parts to your body shape; it does that for you. Unlike the Think, the Leap has excellent lumbar support that can be easily and smoothly adjusted. But, their similarity is the fully adjustable armrests, which means that you can adjust their width, height, depth, and pivot, just like on the Steelcase Think. However, those 4D adjustable armrests are an add-on, so they will come at an additional cost.

Steelcase Leap

The Leap also has an ability to adjust the seat depth and has a wider range of adjustments compared to the Think; the Think’s seat depth can be adjusted from 15.5″ to 18″, while the range on the Steelcase Leap is 15.75″ to 18.75″. There is also a difference in the height-adjustment range between these two; on the Think, you can adjust the height from 16.5″ to 21.5″, while the Leap’s highest point is 20.5″ and the lowest is 15.5″. These few differences may make a difference for shorter people, because the Steelcase Leap, with these adjustment features, is one of the best options for shorter people.

The reclining mechanism, or the option to adjust the recline the chair is far superior on the Leap, as it gives you more options to find the perfect recline level for you. On the Leap it is controlled by two knobs, whereas on the Think you get only one to control the reclining level. 


Arguably the most important factor you should look into before purchasing an expensive office chair, comfort can be a factor that is a matter of personal preference. Some people like soft seats, while others prefer firmer and stiffer seats.

Both of these chairs are extremely comfortable, but the Leap has an edge here. It’s actually one of the most comfortable chairs we have ever tested. The backrest on the Leap, because of its ingenious design and padding, will provide you with comfort for more than 10+ hours a day, even with a thinner seat. However, that thinner seat is softer than the firmer and stiffer seat that the Think has. So, for people that like softer seats, there are far better options than the Steelcase Think.

The backrest is also a big difference between these two Steelcase office chairs. While the Think has a mesh backrest, the one found on the Leap is padded, and we find it more comfortable. All of this informations doesn’t mean that the Think is not a comfortable chair.

On the contrary, it’s very comfortable, but for the people that enjoy mesh backrests and firmer seats. And, the price difference between the Leap and Think can be felt in the comfort department.

Build quality

You shouldn’t have to worry about build quality with almost every Steelcase chair. Steelcase is kind of a synonym for build quality in the office chairs world and the 12-year warranty they offer with both the Think and the Leap should ensure you have confidence in the build quality and durability with any of these chairs.

Both are sturdy and well-made to last your years, all that with heavy usage. The high-end materials used to make them will ensure that you won’t be disappointed in their durability and build quality.


Steelcase Think V2

  • Height: 37.25″ to 42″
  • Wight Limit: 400 lbs
  • Seat Width: 20.25″
  • Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Headrest (Add-On)
  • 4D Adjustable Armrests (Add-On)
  • 3D Knit or Leather Backrest

Steelcase Leap

Steelcase Leap V2 Blue
  • Height: 38.5″ to 43.5″
  • Wight Limit: 400 lbs
  • Seat Width: 19.25″
  • Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Adjustable Back Tension
  • 4D Adjustable Armrests (Add-On)
  • Aluminum base


Chair design, another factor that is all a matter of personal preference. But, we have to say that both of these look exceptional. There are design differences between them, however. The Steelcase Think has a minimalist design, and we feel many minimalists will prefer the Think’s design over the Leap’s design.

Leap, on the other hand, has a more curved, modern design. It’s also narrower than the Think. The massive difference is the design of the backrest; the Think has one made from 3D knit (there is also a leather option, but the one with 3D knit is much more popular), that is more square, while the one on the Leap is more rounded and kind-of distanced from the seat.

This is all a personal choice, but be sure that no matter which one of these you choose, they will fit amazingly in your home office.

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Assembly process

With many high-end office chairs, they come almost fully assembled, and that is the case with the Think and the Leap. Both of these come almost completely assembled; a huge time and nerve saver, and a warm welcome compared to those budget chairs that take a long time to assemble. When the chairs arrive in a huge box, you will be able to use them in less than 5 mins.

Steelcase Think vs Leap Conclusion

We firmly believe that no matter which Steelcase chair you choose for your home office, you can’t go wrong with anyone. There are of course differences between them as there are between these two. The Think is for those who like a chair with a mesh back and a firmer seat, and the Leap is for those who prefer a softer seat and more adjustability features.

There is also a difference in the price, as the Think is less expensive than the Leap. If you are on a budget, the Think is the chair for you, and if the budget is not a problem for you, you will not regret choosing the Steelcase Leap, as it is one of the best office chairs available right now.

Feel free to check out how the Think compares to the Steelcase Gesture here.