If there's one thing I learned over the years about working from home it's that your chair matters much more than you'd expect it would. I've been through several different chairs over the past few years, and the Autonomous ErgoChair Pro may just be the best one I've tried so far. At first, I had a simple "task chair" which was no match for my long days of work, and then I upgraded to a nice leather chair after that which has done the job for the past few years.
One thing my previous chair lacked was lumbar support and that's something I really needed with my temperamental back these days. I was intrigued, but a little scared about the ErgoChair if I am honest, but I decided to give it a shot and see what all the hype was about. After using it for a few months I can confidently say that I am very happy with the change, and I can see this chair being a great option for many years to come.
Autonomous ErgoChair: A Quick Glance
Want to know about this chair without having to read everything below? Here are some of the pros and cons we've found during our testing.
- Very supportive
- Several adjustable pieces to make it comfortable for everyone
- Easy to assemble
- Lots of handles so you can easily forget which is which
- Headrest moves too easily
Autonomous ErgoChair: What I like
Getting a new piece of furniture is always exciting, until you realize you have to actually assemble it. As soon as I started unboxing the chair I was immediately impressed. While there are tons of adjustments and stuff that the chair itself offers, the process of putting it together was a quick and easy one, and actually took less time than my previous chair which didn't have all the fancy extras.
Once it was assembled I started playing around with all the different levers and adjustments to make the chair feel the most comfortable for me. It took a while to get used to what everything did, and a few times I had to refer back to the manual to understand it better. Luckily, once you get the chair set up one time it pretty much always stays like that and you don't have to constantly adjust it to make it more comfortable to sit in.
The cushion that you sit on is very comfortable, and after having used the chair for a few months already I still see no signs of wear or any deformed sections. The back is a breathable mesh material which is great for the warmer climate where I live.
After some minor adjustments, I was able to find a position for the lumbar support which really feels great, and overall I feel great when sitting in this chair. Sometimes I still forget which handles do what, but luckily I don't have to adjust them much at all. It has a 330-pound weight capacity, which is a lot more than similar options from competitors.
Autonomous ErgoChair: What I didn't like
While there is a lot to like about this chair, there were actually a few things that bothered me as well. The first one was the armrests. They can be adjusted in a couple of different positions, but aside from the height, you can't lock them once you find a comfortable spot. The tops of the arms move forwards and back, as well as in and out. That means every time you touch them, they have the option to move, and they do so frequently. For the most part, it wasn't a deal-breaker, but definitely an annoyance.
The second thing that I found to be a bit annoying was the headrest. It feels like it's set back too far so when you try and lean on it you end up leaning back in the chair making the whole thing move. I haven't really been able to find a comfortable height for it yet either, and even if I did it wouldn't stay there long since it moves way too easily. You can adjust it up and down in height, and then the front can be adjusted to different angles to match your comfort. For some, this may be great but for me, it ended up being more of a bother than an addition to the chair.
Aside from these minor complaints, I really like the rest of what the chair has to offer.
Autonomous ErgoChair: Should you buy?
If you're in the market for a new chair, I would definitely recommend the ErgoChair from Autonomous. It's not the cheapest chair out there, but also very far from the most expensive. It's well designed, easy to assemble, and offers lots of customizations to make it comfortable for you to use daily.
Whether you have a bad back or have a job that keeps you at a desk for long hours, this chair is comfortable, supportive, and durable enough to support your needs. It supports a lot of weight, so if you're a bigger person, this is definitely a great option to consider.
On the fence? Autonomous offers a 30-day trial of the chair so you can always get your money back if you don't love using it after a few days, but be sure to give your body a chance to adjust to the new chair before making any decisions about it.