5 Stars By Marcos A. Fret on 2018-04-17
Keeps my back straight and comfortable padding.
4 Stars By John Chancellor on 2017-09-08
Nice Office Chair
There are a lot of things to like about the Essentials Mesh Task Chair. It is well packed and the individual pieces are appropriately labeled where necessary. The arm rests are individually labeled. The hardware is packed on a separate card and is separated by each size. An Allen wrench is included. You do not need any separate tools to assemble the chair. There is one spare screw for each size.
The chair is very easy to assemble. There is an instruction sheet with very clear, easy to follow instruction. It is nearly impossible to assemble the chair incorrectly.
The arm rests are independently adjustable. So, you can raise the height to the arm rest to the best level for each arm. There are adjustment buttons under each arm rest, so it is quick and easy. The height of the chair seat is also easy to adjust, there is a lever under the chair what is easily accessible while you are sitting in the chair.
There is a knob under the chair that allows you to adjust the ease/degree that the chair will tilt back.
There are five wheels on the chair and they are about 1.75” wide so the roll very nicely, even on a carpeted floor.
The back is a nice mesh that provides excellent air flow to the back. The chair back is ergonomically designed for good posture and comfort.
I found one major problem. When assembling the chair, there was a bit of a problem between the back assembly and the bottom section. The back-assembly frame extends about 5/8” into the space of the bottom assembly frame. Since the screw holes are pre-drilled, there is no way to move either piece. It appears that the back-assembly frame might be designed to fit under the bottom assembly frame but the back-assembly frame is 3” wide and the insert area is only 2.5” wide. This appears to be a mistake in design or perhaps the design was changed and there is one part from the new design and one part from the old design. The result is that I had to insert the back-assembly under the bottom-assembly frame and the bottom-assembly frame does not fit flush with the chair.
This is not quite as large as my old chair – it is more in the class of a steno or office chair than an executive chair.
Other than the design/assembly issue, this would be a five star chair.
4 Stars By JVT on 2017-09-22
Comfortable, adjustable chair for doing crafts at a counter height bench, though no adjustable lumbar support for back
I've been using the chair for a couple of weeks to do crafts at a long bench that is counter height. It is comfortable, with a padded seat and mesh back. I'm able to move around very easily from one spot to another along the bench on a tile floor. (I have not tried the chair on carpet.) The adjustable arms, height, and foot ring features work well, though realistically, once I find positions that work for me, I rarely adjust again.
The one feature missing for me and thus reduces my rating to 4* instead of 5* is an adjustable lumbar on the back of the chair. I have had to put a small pillow behind my back to get the posture I want and be completely comfortable.
Assembly was straightforward, taking me about 25 minutes including unwrapping the individual pieces. I went slowly, just to ensure I was doing it properly; I am sure more confident people would take less time. I was pleasantly surprised that spare bolts were included! Though the assembly step instructions were clear (all pictures, no words), for someone who has never assembled any furniture, larger pictures might help highlight things like "up", "front", "left", "right" that might be missed if you don't know to look for them.
Unfortunately, two pieces arrived damaged on my chair: the plastic part of the knob that is used to adjust the foot ring was broken and the plastic on the back of the back was cracked. Neither of these things interfered with proper assembly or the use of the chair, so I didn't bother contacting the manufacturer (note: there is a warranty). These slight damages did not factor into my 4* rating.
2 Stars By ekerry on 2017-09-13
Not a good example of an ergonomic chair
I assembled this chair, tried it and have some serious reservations.
Poor packaging - parts had been rub-damaged in transit and a box partially opened by tape that didn't hold. It looked like it was just jammed in the box from the factory without adequate protection from damage.
Assembly, I found that the bracket which bolts the seat back rest to the seat overlapped the bracket for the seat post. The kit came with longer screws to overcome this problem but it really was not designed well. It seems to be more of what left over parts could be cobbled together to make a chair. Because of this overlap, the seat back tips forward too much. Yes I checked the assembly instructions and followed the assembly order. Short of cutting the back seat bracket with a saw, there is no way to get the bracket to fit flush.
Sitting in the chair, the lowest position is a little too high for someone 5-8. For anyone shorter this would mean most likely your feet will dangle which is bad ergonomically.
Quality, I found the screws heads (phillips) attaching the arm rest to the bracket were stripped. Not really good quality control from the factory, Also found the castors do not firmly attach to the base. Unlike other chairs that have a definite click, these were only press fit and could be removed without much effort. I can't trust that the castors will not fall out if lifting the chair.
Comfort, the chair back is much too upright almost a right angle to the seat. This leaves no lumbar support since the chair back only contacts the mid and upper back. With no way to adjust this would would be uncomfortable in the long run.
For the same price point, you can find a much better quality chair in your local office supply store that is truly ergonomic.
4 Stars By Alain B. Burrese on 2017-10-10
Nice basic chair
The Essentials Mesh Task Chair is a nice rolling chair for your computer desk, etc. Inside the box are pieces easily labeled along with assembly instructions and an Allen Wrench. You do not need any additional tools to assemble. There are also a couple of spares. Once assembled, it is a nice chair. Please see the pictures of the assembled chair and the instructions and spare screws.
All of the wheels work fine as I roll to and from my desk, and the up and down plunger works as it is supposed to in order to adjust the height of the chair. The arm rests also adjust in height.
While it was easy to assemble, one thing did mess me up for a few minutes and caused a few extra minutes for the process. Please see the picture I've included of the bottom of the chair.
After attaching the bottom and tightened the screws, I went to put the back on, the piece overlaps the bottom piece. (see picture) However, it looks like the bottom piece is made for the back piece to go under it. So I unscrewed the bottom some to see if the back piece would slide under the other. It doesn't. While it looks like it is made for a piece to slide under, the back piece is too wide. I tightened the bottom again and then just overlapped the back piece over the bottom piece and tightened the screws well.
Overall, nice basic chair.
4 Stars By lizellis on 2017-09-12
Very comfortable task stool
To avoid confusion, I'd like to note that there are two different items available on this page. One of them is the Essentials Mesh Task Chair and the other, which I am reviewing, is the Essentials Mesh Task Stool.
The height on both is adjustable but the stool can be raised several inches higher than the chair. It's ideal for bar tables, most kitchen islands or height adjustable sit stand desks. We have a tall wrought iron table on our sun porch and this stool is the perfect height for it.
My husband put it together and he noted that thanks to the well-written instructions and the organization of the included hardware, the process went smoothly and quickly.
The stool is comfortable even for long periods of time; the seat is nicely padded and the back is supportive and well ventilated. The height and arm adjustments are fluid and instantaneous. The task stool can swivel in a complete circle, glides smoothly on its five wheels and makes no noise at all. And because I'm not tall enough for my legs to reach the ground, I'm happy to have the height adjustable footrest.
4 Stars By Bryan Cass on 2017-09-08
Inexpensive and quality task chair
This is a good, basic task chair for short-term use. I say short-term because it really only has a couple adjustments to fit you: adjustable arm height, adjustable seat height, tilt tension, and upright lock. That's what I expect from an "Essentials" chair though, so that's OK.
The seat cushion is moderately firm and comfortable. The seat material is moderately rough and may be irritating if used for prolonged periods. I show in the attached pictures the surprising height range from low to high. This chair is designed for up to 250 lbs and for use about 40 hrs per week. If you need a chair to handle more weight and/or more hours, consider one of their more heavy-duty models like the model 241 or 242 for up to 250 lbs, and models 247 and 247-VAM for up to 400 lbs. This chair has a basic 2-year warranty on materials and mechanisms.
Note that there there is no lumbar or other chair back adjustment on this model. There is also no "forward-tilt" for those that like to sit that way. Otherwise, I would consider this chair for occasional or periodic use as a 'task' chair rather than an all-day office chair. For that, look for a model with more ergonomic adjustments and more heavy-duty materials.
4 Stars By K. McGee on 2017-10-12
Sturdy and Comfortable
My husband put this together in less than an hour and probably closer to 30 minutes.
He is 6'3" and I'm just under 5'5" but we were able to adjust this chair so that both of us could be comfortable. I think the foot rail is a bit better for those with longer legs. For me, I could hook my toes and the front part of my feet on it but if I was comfortably high enough to work at a counter then the heels of my feet didn't quite reach the rail.
I thought this chair was fairly well made. It seemed sturdy and balanced. I didn't think I would like the arms but I found I did use them. I also thought the back was supportive for the most part although my husband said he wished the back came up just a few inches so I would guess it just depends on how tall you are and what you find most comfortable.
Overall, I would recommend this chair.
Thank you to BTA-MALL and the maker/vendor for giving me a chance to try this out.
5 Stars By Hedera Femme on 2017-09-22
There were a few minor cosmetic things and a little weird thing during assembly, but none of that was enough to take a star off, because this chair is SO comfortable!
*The cover to the back is kind of loose and doesn't look amazing, but it's not that bad.
*When attaching the back part to the seat, the attachment point for the bottom support (the rod thing that connects to the wheels) gets in the way of the flat part that holds the screws, making the front two screws not able to go as deep because the flat part is elevated because of a design issue. I don't *think* it will be an issue, but the design needs some modifications.
The rest is all great!
*Adjustable arm rests
*Fully adjustable chair (up and down, reclining or locking to prevent rocking)
*Very soft, comfortable seat
*GREAT lumbar support
*Seat back breathes, which adds to the comfort
5 Stars By Chris W. on 2017-09-21
Nice chair, remember it is a drafting chair.
This is an excellent chair all around. You must remember it is a drafting chair which means it is going to be higher than a regular chair. I am 6'2" tall and I could put my feet on the ground. Any shorter than that and you may have an issue.
The chair was easy to put together. Everything you need is included in the box. All holes lined up and everything fit as it should. My only reservation is the metal foot stool thing on the bottom, I feel as if it could have been more sturdy.
Comfort wise this chair is pretty nice. I fit in it well and it is comfortable and I am in the 250 range. The armrests are adjustable and the back is nice and comfy. All in all, you get a lot of chair for the buck. A decent chair isnt cheap and this one actually lands on the low end of cost which is nice.