We Tried It: BestOffice Ergonomic Gaming Chair With Footrest

3.0 rating

Today, I’ll be sharing my review of the BestOffice Ergonomic Gaming Chair with Footrest.

BestOffice is a company that sells office chairs, gaming chairs, desks, shelves, and trash cans for offices, meeting rooms, and more. BestOffice makes it a point to provide both affordable yet durable products that will last a long time but won’t set you back a lot if you need to buy a new replacement. Their selection of chairs has many ergonomic features, and their ergonomic gaming chair options are firm yet cushy while providing support to your back.

But does BestOffice’s Ergonomic Gaming Chair with Footrest compete with other popular gaming chairs of today? Read on and you’ll find out.

Arrival and unpackaging

This chair was ordered through Amazon and it arrived after around 5 days. I felt that this process was very secure because I was able to track the chair’s location through the delivery service and see when it would be delivered. This was very convenient for me. The BestOffice Ergonomic Gaming Chair was dropped off in a large box at my doorstep, and it looked to be in good shape with no damage. As it was in a big box, it was a bit cumbersome to get inside over the door stoop, but overall I didn’t have a problem. In general, I was very happy with the delivery service.

When I opened the box, I was very pleased to see that everything was packaged very professionally with styrofoam and plastic. More jagged parts of the chair were properly protected as to not damage the chair’s PU leather material. The included footrest was already attached to the chair for easy storage underneath its seat while in the box. Screws were in a plastic package with an Allen wrench, and an instruction booklet was included for the assembly of this BestOffice gaming chair. There was no packaging that appeared to be “cheap,” it was all thick styrofoam, plastic, and cardboard, and I felt that this packaging was done very well. The chair itself was not damaged in any way, nor had any of its parts broken through the box.

Assembly of the BestOffice Ergonomic Gaming Chair

The BestOffice chair was not difficult to put together. As far as assembly went, it took about 45 minutes to an hour. Thanks to the included instruction booklet, the process was very easy, and all of the screws and other tools, including an Allen wrench, that I needed to assemble it had been included in the box. My spouse helped me put it together to speed up the process, but I don’t think it would have taken very long to put it together by myself.

First, we set up the wheel base and gas cylinder. The five wheels had to be attached to the wheel base, but they snapped in easily. From there, we attached the reclining and seat-adjusting mechanism to the seat base and attached the armrests. The armrests were a bit of a hassle to attach but it was due to them being bulky. After that, we attached the seat back and the lumbar pillow and headrest. We didn’t struggle too badly putting the chair together, and the instructions were very clear, which made it much easier.

Features of this chair

The BestOffice Ergonomic Gaming Chair is a high back chair with a bucket-style seat, which is a very common style for gaming chairs. It is marketed both for gaming or use as an office chair. It features:

  • Armrests: Fixed
  • Back: tilt up to 155° with lock
  • Seat: adjustable in height
  • Rocking chair: No
  • Lumbar support: Yes, with strap
  • Headrest cushion: Yes, with strap
  • Footrest: Yes, with a pull-out mechanism
  • Maximum load: 250 lbs

I think that the features of the BestOffice chair are very convenient and easy to use. The levers for adjusting the seat height and reclining seat back are located under the chair, making it very easy to slip your hand down to adjust them, even while gaming or working. The seat back reclines a bit stiffly, but once I got used to it, it wasn’t an issue. Adjusting the lumbar pillow and headrest are just as simple considering they’re attached to the chair with an elastic band. These bands allow for very easy adjustment.

The only feature that I wish this chair had is adjustable armrests, considering the fixed armrests frequently get in the way of me being able to sit as close to my desk as I’d like to. Not only this, but it would make the chair more suitable for taller users.

Another point I’d like to touch on is the footrest, which pulls out to a length that would be more suitable for shorter people. If you’re 5’5” or shorter, this chair will be most ideal for you if you intend to use the footrest. Because the footrest doesn’t pull out very far, especially if you’re taller, your legs will end up resting on it around the knee area or possibly even higher, rather than your feet.

Build Quality

The build quality of this chair is pretty decent; it’s not the absolute best quality, but it isn’t bad either. It’s a very lightweight chair, so for the first few times I sat down in it, it took a little getting used to, especially because the reclining seat back is very reactive. Despite the slight decrease in quality, the BestOffice chair has proven to be pretty sturdy. Its first impression doesn’t exactly exude that, but after sitting in it for a while, it starts to feel better, and after a few times of sitting in the chair for an extended period, I stopped feeling like I was going to break it. The farther back I reclined, the more unstable I felt, but I think that’s to be expected with more lightweight reclining chairs because of the weight distribution.

The material: The BestOffice chair’s material is PU leather, which is synthetic leather. The colorway of this particular model is black and white, which fits in with a lot of gaming setups and looks good in pretty much any room because of the neutral colors. The stitching was pretty well done, except for one small spot on the seat where some thread was sticking out. I was able to fix that with a quick snip with some scissors, and the thread sticking out didn’t seem to have any negative effect on the chair. The leather zips on and off of the chair’s seat and back, so if you need to clean it, you can.

Lumbar support pillow
Headrest pillow

The cushions: The included lumbar pillow and headrest pillow are both firm yet squishy, and they also match the sleek black and white design of the chair. The lumbar pillow fastens onto the chair underneath it, but there’s enough room to adjust the straps without having to fiddle with it too much. The headrest has an elastic band that stretches over the chair’s back, and it stays on pretty well. Like the seat and back, the material on the cushions can be taken off for cleaning.

The base: The 5-wheel base of this chair is made from lightweight metal, which makes it feel sturdy and adds some weight to the base, thus enabling you to recline pretty far back in the chair without it tipping. I didn’t find any broken pieces on the base, and the wheels snapped in very easily. The wheels are a bit loud on hard floors, but they roll smoothly.

The armrests: The fixed armrests are made out of hard, durable plastic, and have a nice feel to them. If you’re shorter, they might get in the way of your arm when you move to adjust the height or the reclining mechanism, but if you’re taller you shouldn’t have this problem, although you may find that the armrests are a bit low.

The footrest: The footrest is pretty short, and for that reason, it will be a bit less comfortable for people with long legs to use it. It doesn’t extend far out enough for you to actually put your feet on it. For me, it sat right around my knees. Luckily though, you can flip the footrest and slide it back underneath the seat, and it doesn’t get in the way if you don’t use it. I ended up using it because it wasn’t uncomfortable for me, and overall it is of good quality and stands up to a good amount of weight.

BestOffice Ergonomic Gaming Chair’s : comfort and ergonomy

The BestOffice Ergonomic Gaming Chair with Footrest is pretty comfortable to sit in. It has a very good amount of cushioning, but the chair is a bit more firm than I’d like, personally. Nevertheless, it’s a great chair for relieving pressure from your hips, back, and neck, and it’s very easy to spend hours sitting in this chair while gaming or working.

BestOffice describes this chair as being ergonomic, and I agree with them. The chair has very nice ergonomic features for relieving back pain. The lumbar support pillow adds to the comfort of this chair and relieves pressure from the lower parts of my back very well. With it being adjustable, it’s good for removing pressure from your back regardless of your height, and it’s nice that it’s removable in case you don’t want to use it. I didn’t need to do much adjusting as the pillow sat in a good spot against my back, but I did try to adjust it to see if it would be difficult, and it wasn’t hard to do at all, so you should have no trouble with it.

The actual seat back provides a good amount of support to the neck, shoulders, and spine. It’s not overly padded, but it’s not hard either. The headrest is shaped perfectly and sits against the neck very well. It’s squishier than the lumbar pillow and feels great especially when you recline with it.

As far as the seat itself goes, it’s firmer than what I would like, but still very easy to sit in without feeling much joint pain. The padding is plenty, but it’s a firmer type of memory foam. The firmness lends a hand in relieving pressure from the buttocks, hips, and back, and I found that I was able to sit in the chair all day without suffering from my usual aches. My hips and back don’t hurt, and I feel supported rather than uncomfortable. The BestOffice chair is great for relieving leg pain, and my spouse has also sat in the chair and noticed that their usual joint and body pain had decreased significantly as opposed to sitting in a hard chair or on the bed. 

Verdict

Overall, the BestOffice Ergonomic Gaming Chair with Footrest is an excellent chair for gaming, working, or relaxing in front of the TV. Its metal wheel base and firm cushioning provide a good amount of durability and comfort. The built-in footrest is a bit short, especially for taller users, but is still comfortable, especially when reclining.

The price of the chair is quite nice, coming in at around $99 on Amazon, and for all the features you get like the lumbar pillow, headrest pillows, and footrest, that truly is a bargain.

It provides a good amount of value for its comfort and convenience.

The only things I don’t quite like about the chair are that it doesn’t have adjustable armrests and that the footrest is more of a leg rest because it doesn’t extend far enough for you to use with your feet. It’s not a dealbreaker for me, but it may be for others.

All the same, I do recommend the BestOffice Ergonomic Gaming Chair because it’s lightweight, durable, and does a good job at relieving pressure from your joints while remaining comfortable. It’s an affordable option and is ideal for hours spent working in front of a computer, playing games with friends, and its reclining feature makes it great for lounging around, too.

Our rating : 3/5

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Good for multiple uses
  • Firm seat padding
  • Adjustable headrest and lumbar pillow

Cons

  • Loud wheels
  • Takes a bit of getting used to at first
  • Low fixed armrests not suitable for taller people
  • Short footrest

Jordan Lent

Jordan is a freelance writer, music producer, sound engineer, and avid gamer. When he's not sitting in a chair, he's probably spending time with his spouse, cuddling with his pets, or watching King of the Hill.

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