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Why Do Office Task Chairs Cost So Much in 2022? (6 Key Factors)

July 28th, 2020 | 17 min. read

Why Do Office Task Chairs Cost So Much in 2022? (6 Key Factors)

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Have you ever wondered why some office chairs are more expensive than others? From durability to ergonomic features, there are several different factors that impact the cost of an office task chair 


If you’re in the market for office chairs, you may be tempted to buy the cheapest option. However, it's worth mentioning that more expensive office chairs can provide more customization options and ergonomic features.


Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we believe some expensive task chairs are worth the money. Still, we understand that what’s right for someone else may not be the best option for you. 


In this article, we'll list the reasons you may want to consider a more expensive task chair, and even provide you with examples of some of our favorite options. 


Why Do Office Task Chairs Cost So Much? 

1. Seat Comfort 

Just as you prioritize comfort when you sleep, you should prioritize comfort for your workday – particularly if you’re someone who sits in an office chair for hours on end.  


High-end office chairs usually have a seat cushion that’s made from commercial-grade foam. This foam is similar to memory foam and adjusts to your natural form for a truly custom seating experience.   


For instance, the Steelcase Series 2 has a dynamic seat cushion that uses adaptive seat bolstering to provide instant comfort and conform to every user's unique shape. 


While these chairs are more expensive, you’ll have a chair that provides you with all-day comfort while you carry out necessary tasks. In addition, the seat cushions won’t break down or compress over time.  


Low-budget office chairs may be comfortable at first, but the seat cushion will likely wear out in the first couple of months.  


2. Research and Development  

The best ergonomic task chairs are backed by years of research and development. 


These chairs are usually more expensive because the cost of research and development is built into the final product. Plus, you’re paying for a chair that’s designed to save your body from pain and stress. 


For example, the Steelcase Gesture was inspired by a global study that focused on the postures of over 2,000 people in six continents


In this study, Steelcase discovered there were nine new postures that were not being properly addressed by other office chairs on the market.  


In response, they spent years developing the Gesture, which was specifically designed to support the modern workplace’s interactions with technology, as well as a greater range of postures and users.  


3. Build Quality 

No one wants an office chair that’s wobbly or breaks easily. Regardless of what your budget is, you want a chair that’s made with quality materials and stands the test of time.  


Some office chairs cost more because they’re made of materials such as wood, aluminum, or high-end plastic. They have more fabric and finish options, as well as flexible mesh backs for better airflow.


These ergonomic chairs are specifically designed to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, which is why they’re so much more expensive than other task chairs on the market. 


As a Steelcase product, the Series 1 is made out of quality materials and can even support users weighing up to 400 pounds. It's also tested more than 80 times at higher weight capacities to exceed BIFMA testing standards.


To cut down on costs, low-budget office chairs are made of cheap plastic. They have flimsy mechanisms, almost no padding, and very few adjustments.  


4. Adjustments  

People want the ability to adjust their chairs to a desired level of comfort – and with higher-quality office chairs, you can do just that.  


Some ergonomic chairs cost more because they allow for more adjustments. The more adjustments a chair has, the more expensive it’ll be.


With these expensive office chairs, you can freely adjust the seat height, back, depth, tension, and lumbar support, so it’s tailored to your body and sitting preferences.  


You’ll also have access to other adjustments, which will cost you more money because the chair will require more parts. These optional features may be beneficial if you’re in need of any additional support. 


For example, the Steelcase Leap comes with standard adjustments such as a seat depth, seat height, and upper back force. You can also choose from optional features such as a height-adjustable lumbar or adjustable arms.


Cheaper office chairs come standard with one or two adjustments, but that’s it. You also won’t be able to add features to get the level of support you need.  


5. Warranty 

When it’s time to buy an office chair, you should always consider the warranty, what it covers, and, more importantly, what it doesn’t cover. 


The more expensive the chair, the better the warranty. Expensive office chairs are built to last and made of high-quality materials, which is why they come with extended warranties that cover almost everything.  


Higher-end office chairs usually come with 10-year, 12-year, or even lifetime warranties that cover repairs and replacements for mechanisms, cylinders, fabrics, and more.  


For instance, the Think is covered by Steelcase's limited global warranty. Structural elements are covered for the lifetime of the owner, while textiles are covered anywhere from five to 12 years. 


Low-budget office chairs either come with a limited warranty or no warranty at all. If these chairs are warrantied, it’s only for a few years, and not all parts are covered.  


6. Customization Options 

Everyone deserves an office task chair that’s individually tailored to their needs. Fortunately, with some office chairs, the customization options are seemingly endless.  


More expensive office chairs are highly customizable. These chairs cost more because they’re available in a plethora of colors, bases, frame finishes, and back style options.   


In addition, they have literally thousands of fabric, vinyl, leather, and mesh upholstery options to choose from.  


For example, the Steelcase Amia has five upholstery options, including fabric, fabric with soil-retardant treatment, 3D knit material, leather, and vinyl, as well as three frame finishes and two outer back options. 


Cheaper office chairs come straight out of a catalog, so they’re usually limited to one or two fabric options and no more than that.  


Are Expensive Office Task Chairs Worth It? 

While you may be tempted to buy a cheaper office chair and call it a day, it’s worth mentioning that expensive office chairs are more affordable than you think they are.  


In fact, you can actually save money by investing in a more expensive office chair that lasts a decade or longer, as compared to buying a $200 chair you have to replace every few years.  


Additionally, these chairs have more customization options and better adjustments than lower-budget chairs do. They also come with better warranties that cover practically everything.   


If you have the extra money to spend on a more expensive office chair, it’ll be worth it for not only your bank account but also yourself and your employees.   

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