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Steelcase Gesture vs. Amia: Which Office Chair is the Best Fit for You?

Steelcase Gesture vs. Amia: Which Office Chair is the Best Fit for You?

Is it time to choose a new office task chair for yourself? If so, you may need help deciding what you're looking for in an office chair. Do you want an office chair you can precisely fine-tune to your comfort? Or maybe you want a comfortable office chair with ergonomic features at a more affordable price? 

There are so many different types of office seating. For instance, Steelcase has six popular office task chairs. Two of these chairs include Steelcase Gesture and Steelcase Amia. Both options are classic, comfortable chairs with many ergonomic features, but one chair offers more adjustments than the other.

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we know it's not easy to find office seating that works for every single employee. That's why we help you find seating that supports how your people move so everyone can be comfortable at work.

In this article, we'll examine Steelcase Gesture and Steelcase Amia and how each chair compares in key categories like pricing, customization options, and ergonomic adjustments. By the end of this article, you'll be one step closer to finding an office task chair that offers all-day comfort. 

Steelcase Gesture vs. Steelcase Amia: At a Glance

Steelcase Gesture

Steelcase Gesture

Steelcase Gesture is the first office chair designed to support a greater range of technologies, postures and user sizes. Gesture accommodates and is designed to encourage active sitting and posture change with a timeless and lasting aesthetic design that adds an element of sophistication to any workspace. 

Gesture was designed based on the extensive research of the Global Research Study, involving more than 2,000 participants over six continents. The study showed that changes in technology and behavior have led to new, unhealthy postures that are not adequately supported by current seating solutions.

Steelcase Amia

Steelcase Amia office task chairThe Steelcase Design Studio designed the Steelcase Amia task chair in collaboration with industrial designer Thomas Overthun of IDEO. The team set out to create a beautiful, quietly intelligent chair - hence, the Amia was born. 

Whether it's in the conference room, personal workstation or home office, Amia is a hardworking, versatile ergonomic office chair that adds an element of sophistication to any workspace. Amia is designed to handle long hours of serious sitting and looks chic while doing it.

Steelcase Gesture vs. Steelcase Amia: An In-Depth Comparison

1. Specifications

  Steelcase Gesture Steelcase Amia
Overall Height 39 1/4? to 44 1/4? 37 1/4? to 42 1/2?
Overall Depth 21? to 23 5/8?  21 3/4? to 24 3/4? 
Overall Width 22 3/8? to 34 5/8? 26 2/3?
Seat Depth 18 1/4?  15 1/2? to 18 1/2?
Functional Seat Depth 15 3/4? to 18 1/2? 15 1/2? to 18 1/2?
Seat Width 20? 19 1/4?
Seat Height from Floor 16? to 21?  16? to 21?
Back Width 16 3/4? 18 9/10?
Back Height from Seat 24 1/15? 21 1/4?
Back Lumbar Height 9 1/4?  6 1/4? to 10?
Width Between Arms 10 1/4? to 22 1/2? 13? to 19 1/2?
Arm to Floor 23 3/8? to 32 2/3? 22? to 31 1/2? 
Arm Height from Seat 7 1/2? to 11 1/2? 7 1/4? to 11 1/4?
Seat Pan Angle 1 degree -3 degrees to 3 degrees
Angle Between Seat and Back 98 degrees to 116 degrees 99 degrees to 122 degrees
Weight Limit 400 pounds 400 pounds

2. Ergonomic Adjustments

All Steelcase office task chairs have intuitive controls, extensive back recline range, seat height adjustment, seat depth adjustment, height-adjustable arm options, back tension adjustment, upright back lock, and adjustable lumbar options. 

Steelcase Gesture

Steelcase Gesture Back Support

Back Support

Steelcase Gesture Manual Adjustment Mechanism

Manual Adjustment Mechanism

Steelcase Gesture Seat Ergonomics

Seat Ergonomics

Steelcase Gesture Recline Adjustments
Recline Adjustments
Steelcase Gesture Arm Ergonomics
Arm Ergonomics
Steelcase Gesture Adjustable Headrest
Adjustable Headrest

Designed with 3D LiveBack® Technology, Gesture's contoured backrest conforms to each individual's spine to provide the highest degree of flexibility and support as you shift your posture from upright to reclined, bend side-to-side and rotate your torso. 

The built-in, automatic Core Equalizer provides just the right amount of lumbar support in any recline angle. The Manual Synchro Tilt Mechanism allows the seat and back to work in harmony to support you in the ideal vision and reach zone. 

Manual adjustments allow the user to dial in the tension or amount of resistance you feel on your back for a personalized fit. Arms stay parallel to the ground as you recline, keeping you connected to your work and technology. 

Gesture is the first office chair designed to support interactions with the most adjustable 360• arms. These arms mimic the human arm and adjust through a full range of motion, allowing users to be supported when engaging with people, work and technology. 

The Back Recline of 98° to 125° is highly customizable. Gesture reclines farther than any other Steelcase task chair. Adaptive Bolstering is a strong, yet pliable foam with intentional coring in the seat foam to help distribute user weight and create pressure-free comfort.

The Passive Seat Edge allows the front edge of the seat to flex, relieving pressure points under your thighs. The Optional Headrest mimics the natural motion of the head and neck. The headrest adjusts vertically, tilts and rotates 90 degrees to provide comfort and support in upright and reclined postures. 

Additionally, Gesture offers the most intuitive adjustments. All adjustments are centrally located in one spot underneath the seat on the right-hand side within arm's reach so you can find the adjustments easily. All adjustments respond quickly, so you know what the adjustments do.

Steelcase Amia

Steelcase Amia Back Support

Back Support

Steelcase Amia Adjustment Labels

Adjustment Labels

Steelcase Amia Lumbar Support

Lumbar Support

Steelcase Amia Seat Ergonomics
Seat Ergonomics
Steelcase Amia Recline Adjustments
Recline Adjustments
Steelcase Amia Arm Ergonomics
Arm Ergonomics

Steelcase Amia's LiveLumbar™ System has a height-adjustable spring force in the lumbar region to actively support the lower back. LiveLumbar is a system of flexors that move with your back for consistent, dynamic support. Two handles on the backrest let you slide the LiveLumbar to the ideal position for you.

Like Gesture, Amia has a Manual Synchro Tilt Mechanism. The Back Lock locks the backrest in an upright position and unlocks it, allowing for full-range motion. The Back Tension Knob adjusts tension to your preference to maintain your back's natural curve. The Back Recline has a standard recline of 98° to 116°.

The Adjustable Seat Depth accommodates different body shapes for long-term comfort. 4D Adjustable Arms move independently in four dimensions to adjust to your preferred height, width, depth and pivot. The wide range of adjustability with Amia's arms support your arms naturally. 

Also, Amia offers Adaptive Bolstering and a Passive Seat Edge. Amia Air has these features, as well as Air LiveBack® Technology that works through an innovative geometric pattern that flexes in two dimensions to encourage movement. Amia and Amia Air do not offer an optional headrest. 

3. Size Considerations

Steelcase Gesture

Steelcase Gesture is designed to support users up to 400 pounds. As already mentioned, the Gesture chair has 360• arms and an extended tension range, and a wider-than-average seat with adaptive bolstering for users of all sizes to feel like the seat is contouring around them. 

Steelcase Amia

Similar to Gesture, Steelcase Amia has a standard weight capacity of 400 pounds to support people of all different shapes and sizes. Amia Air also supports users up to 400 pounds. Both Amia and Amia Air offer generous contouring to accommodate the average to the larger-sized user. 

4. Customization Options

Steelcase office seating offers a wide range of chair material options, including vinyl, upholstery, mesh, and leather. Steelcase Gesture is available in upholstery and leather, while Steelcase Amia offers upholstery, mesh and leather. For both chairs, a task chair and stool version are available. 

Steelcase Gesture

Steelcase Gesture task chair
Gesture Chair
Steelcase Gesture with Headrest
Gesture Chair with Headrest
Steelcase Gesture Stool
Gesture Stool
Steelcase Gesture task chair with shell back
Gesture Chair with Shell Back
Steelcase Gesture task chair with wrapped back
Chair with Wrapped Back
Steelcase Gesture stool with shell back
Stool with Wrapped Back

As illustrated in the graphic above, Steelcase Gesture is available as a task chair or stool. Also, you can choose to add an optional headrest or coat hanger. Gesture provides a variety of design options, from surface materials to fixed arm and stool height, allowing customized comfort and aesthetics.

Gesture has over 95 chair material options, including a wide range of fabrics and five different types of leather. You can either choose a fabric wrap around the back of the chair, or a shell back that is fully exposed to showcase the unique back support system. 

Furthermore, Gesture has three frame finish options (Black, Seagull and Merle), and a polished aluminum base option. Steelcase Gesture is available without arms, with fixed arms, or with 360• arms, and either wheels for carpet or hard floors. 

Steelcase Amia

Steelcase Amia Chair

Amia Chair

Steelcase Amia Stool Fully Adjustable Arms

Amia Stool

Steelcase Amia Air Chair

Amia Air Chair

Steelcase Amia Air Stool

Amia Air Stool

As you'll see above, Amia is available as a task chair and stool. The Amia Air version is also available as an office chair and stool. Amia has a solid-looking build, with a squarish, smooth backrest, flatter seat pad, and thicker armrests. The back hides the advanced lumbar technology, providing a streamlined look.

Steelcase Amia has over 80 material options, such as fabric and leather. Amia is available with a sewn cushion, an upholstered outer back in leather and fabric, and fully upholstered leather arm caps. For additional choices, Amia Air offers a 3D MicroKnit back. 

On top of that, Amia offers three frame finish options (Platinum, Merle, and Black). Amia Air offers four frame finishes (Platinum, Merle, Black, and Seagull). Both Amia and Amia Air are available without arms, with height-adjustable arms, or with 4D arms.  

5. Pricing

Some office task chairs are costly, and Steelcase's selection of office seating is no exception. Factors that determine the final cost of an office task chair include adjustability, fabric selections, build quality, and warranty. 

You can buy a similar-looking office chair for far less money, but you'll miss out on high-quality materials and impressive ergonomic features. Plus, most Steelcase chairs have a lifespan of about twenty years, so you're investing in an office chair that you will likely never have to replace. 

Steelcase Gesture

To date, Gesture is Steelcase's most expensive task chair. The most basic version of Gesture (with standard selections like no headrest, an upholstered wrap back, fabric upholstery, no additional lumbar and wheels for carpet) costs $1222.75. 

As with any task chair, additional upgrades will impact the final cost of your Gesture chair. Some of these optional upgrades include the stool version, headrest, shell back, leather upholstery, additional lumbar support and wheels for hard floors. The more upgrades you add, the more it will cost. 

Steelcase Amia

Steelcase Amia is less expensive than Gesture by several hundred dollars. For example, Amia with fabric upholstery costs $865.79. The Amia Air chair with a 3D MicroKnit back is slightly cheaper at $742.88. Standard features include the task chair version, fabric upholstery, 4D Adjustable Arms and carpet wheels.

Any upgrades you choose (like the stool version, leather upholstery, height-adjustable only arms and wheels for hard floors) will influence the final price of your Amia task chair. Amia Air's additional upgrades include the 3D MicroKnit back and an armless version. 

6. Warranty

Gesture, Amia, and Amia Air chairs are covered by Steelcase's limited lifetime warranty. The frame of each chair is warranted for the lifetime of the original owner. Chair mechanisms, lumbar mechanisms, headrests, pneumatic cylinders, foam, arm caps, casters and glides are covered for a period of 12 years. 

This warranty is valid from the date of delivery, regardless of shift usage (so it is rated for 24-7 usage). Steelcase will repair or replace your chair with a comparable product, at its option and free of charge. If repair or replacement is not commercially practicable, Steelcase will provide a refund or credit. 

Steelcase Gesture vs. Steelcase Amia: Which Office Task Chair is the Best Fit for You? 

At the end of the day, Steelcase Gesture and Steelcase Amia are classic, comfortable office chairs with many ergonomic features. However, Gesture has more adjustments than Amia. Ultimately, your choice of an office chair will depend on the adjustments you need and how much money you're willing to spend.

Out of all Steelcase chairs, Gesture has the broadest range of adjustments (but it is also the most expensive chair). It's an excellent choice if you prefer a chair with a deep recline, or you want a broader range of adjustments for a custom fit. Plus, it's great if you change postures frequently.

Steelcase Amia is a simple, high-quality, fully adjustable office chair. Amia doesn't offer as many ergonomic features as Gesture, but it has a classic style. Amia does not offer an optional headrest. If you want a comfortable chair with adjustments at a more affordable price, Amia is a great option for you.

Should you choose Steelcase Gesture or Steelcase Amia? If you're still on the hunt for an office task chair, that's alright. For now, check out our guide to the best office task chairs. If you've made your decision (or you want to see the adjustments in action), sign up for the Chair Test Drive Program today.

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