Office Chairs : Ratings of Sources

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Office Chairs: Ratings of Sources

1. TheWirecutter.com The Best Office Chair , Kyle Vanhemert and Michael Zhao, Dec. 14, 2016
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This comparison of several popular office chairs from Steelcase, Herman Miller, Ikea, Knoll and Humanscale bases its recommendations on months of real-world testing. The reviewer notes pros and cons for each, taking price into consideration. Still, recommendations focus on a small pool of high-end chairs, with just one lower-budget choice thrown into the mix.
2. SmartFurniture.com Top 10 Office Chairs of 2016, Editors of SmartFurniture.com, As of January 2017
Credibility:
SmartFurniture.com bases its recommendations on customer satisfaction ratings. Accompanying blurbs note commonly mentioned pros and cons for each chair, as well as the return rate and what percentage of customers would recommend the chair to a friend. Picks are uniformly high-end, however, and Herman Miller and Steelcase largely dominate the list. The site also has a helpful collection of owner reviews that list pros and cons and rate chairs on a five-star scale.
3. PC Gamer Best PC Gaming Chairs, Tim Clark, Nov. 14, 2016
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Clark makes three recommendations for budget, midrange and high-end buyers after months of real world testing. His reviews are detailed and even-handed, including both pros and cons, but it's unclear what other models were tested.
4. Amazon.com Desk Chairs, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2017
Credibility:
Amazon.com is one of a buyer's best resources for real-world reviews of office chairs. Reviews are often quite detailed and evenhanded. Expensive chairs usually have fewer reviews than cheaper ones. This is an especially useful site for real-world tests of durability as owners often come back after months or years to report on how their chair has held up.
5. GearPatrol.com The 13 Best Office Chairs, Peter Saltsman, Not Dated
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This roundup covers a wide range of office chairs at several price points, from under $200 to nearly $1,500. Blurbs about each chair are informative, but uniformly positive. There is no comparison between models and there does not appear to be any real-world testing involved in the recommendations.
6. DigitalTrends.com Sit Down and Relax in Our Favorite Office Chairs, Brandon Widder, May 18, 2016
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This roundup crowns one chair (the Herman Miller Embody) as "the best" and eight others as "the rest." Recommendations include a variety of price points. Again, blurbs are informative but do not note any cons or include any mention of real-world testing.
7. GadgetReview.com Best Office Chair 2016 -- The No Bulls#*t Guide to Sitting, Christen Costa, Dec. 30, 2016
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This guide ranks nine popular office chairs at a variety of price points and includes a handy comparison chart and buying guide. Blurbs are informative but uniformly positive; they also don't appear to involve first-hand testing, and don't directly compare models.
8. NationalBusinessFurniture.com Office Chairs, Contributors to NationalBusinessFurniture.com, As of January 2017
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National Business Furniture has several reviews for the office chairs it stocks. Reviewers rate each product on a 1- to 5-star scale. Reviews are not quite as detailed as those on Amazon, however.