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Steelcase Gesture vs. Series 1: What is the Best Office Task Chair?


Steelcase Gesture vs. Series 1: What is the Best Office Task Chair?

So what are you looking for in an office chair? Choosing an office task chair can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. It all depends on what you want. Do you want a beautiful, comfortable chair with a broad range of adjustments? Or do you want a chair with adjustments at a more affordable price?

There are so many different types of office seating available to you. As an example, Steelcase has a wide selection of comfortable, ergonomic task chairs, including Steelcase Gesture and Steelcase Series 1. While both of these chairs are comfortable, they are also very different. 

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.

This comprehensive article will compare Steelcase Gesture and Steelcase Series 1 in key categories like price, ergonomic adjustments, design options, and more. By the end of this blog, you'll be one step closer to finding an office task chair with the ergonomic adjustments you need to be highly engaged at work.

Steelcase Gesture vs. Steelcase Series 1: 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 Series 1

Steelcase Series 1

Steelcase Series 1 offers best-in-class ergonomic essentials at an excellent value. It delivers on what's important (performance, style and choice). It retains everything that's valued in a chair, making it attainable for everyone. 

Comparing Steelcase Gesture vs. Steelcase Series 1

1. Specifications

  Steelcase Gesture Steelcase Series 1
Overall Height 39 1/4? to 44 1/4? 39 1/4? to 44 1/4?
Overall Depth 21? to 23 5/8?  21? to 23 5/8? 
Overall Width 22 3/8? to 34 5/8? 22 3/8? to 34 5/8?
Seat Depth 18 1/4?  18 1/4? 
Functional Seat Depth 15 3/4? to 18 1/2? 15 3/4? to 18 1/2?
Seat Width 20? 20?
Seat Height from Floor 16? to 21?  16? to 21? 
Back Width 16 3/4? 16 3/4?
Back Height from Seat 24 1/15? 24 1/15?
Back Lumbar Height 9 1/4?  9 1/4? 
Width Between Arms 10 1/4? to 22 1/2? 10 1/4? to 22 1/2?
Arm to Floor 23 3/8? to 32 2/3? 23 3/8? to 32 2/3? 
Arm Height from Seat 7 1/2? to 11 1/2? 7 1/2? to 11 1/2?
Seat Pan Angle 1 degree 1 degree
Angle Between Seat and Back 98 degrees to 116 degrees 98 degrees to 116 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

Adjustment Labels

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®, Steelcase Gesture has a contoured backrest that conforms to your spine to provide the highest degree of flexibility. The backrest supports you as you shift your posture from upright to reclined, bend side-to-side and rotate your torso. 

Gesture's back and seat are a synchronized system, connected by the Core Equalizer. It adapts to each user with the appropriate amount of lumbar support, regardless of the angle of recline. The Optional Headrest adjusts vertically, tilts and rotates 90 degrees in upright and reclined postures. 

Also, Gesture has adjustable 360• arms that mimic the human arm and adjust through a full range of motion. The cantilever design of the arms makes it easy to find the ideal spot to place your arms. The arms remain stationary during recline so you can maintain proper arm support while reclined. 

All Gesture seat controls are easily discoverable and easy to reach from a seat position on both sides of the chair. The adjustments are centrally located in one spot underneath the seat on the right-hand side within arm's reach. The seat depth adjusts without lifting your body out of the chair. 

Gesture's seat cushion has Adaptive Bolstering, a strong foam with intentional coring 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. However, Gesture's seat cushion is quite firm. 

Additionally, Gesture reclines farther than any other Steelcase chair (it has a deep recline of 98° to 125°). The Back Tension with Variable Back Stop allows you to fully adjust the force required to sit upright or recline with only three and a half turns. The Variable Back Stop locks in four different recline positions.

Steelcase Series 1

Steelcase Series 1 Back Support

Back Support

Steelcase Series 1 Adjustment Mechanism

Adjustment Mechanism

Steelcase Series 1 Lumbar Support

Lumbar Support

Steelcase Series 1 Seat Ergonomics
Seat Ergonomics
Steelcase Series 1 Recline Adjustments
Recline Adjustments
Steelcase Series 1 Arm Ergonomics
Arm Ergonomics

Steelcase Series 1 has a LiveBack Flexor System that allows the chair back to change shape and mimic the user's spine as it moves throughout the day. It contours to fix a user's spine through a system of flexors tucked neatly inside the backrest, offering continuous lower back support as you move in your chair. 

Also, Series 1's Weight-Activated Synchro Tilt Mechanism with tension boost allows for quick, intuitive seat adjustments. The Back Recline has a full recline of 100° to 124° with automatic adjustments, plus two recline controls.

Series 1 has 4D Adjustable Arms that move independently in four dimensions to adjust to your preferred height, width, depth and pivot. Like Gesture, Series 1 offers adaptive bolstering, a passive seat edge and an optional headrest.

3. Size Considerations

Steelcase Gesture

Steelcase Gesture is designed to support users up to 400 pounds. As already mentioned above, 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 Series 1

Like Gesture, Series 1 has a standard weight capacity of 400 pounds to support users of many shapes and sizes. It also offers adaptive bolstering to conform to the user's shape, providing dynamic support that can adapt to the body as postures change.

4. Customization Options

All Steelcase office seating offers a variety of chair material options, including vinyl, upholstery, mesh, and leather. Steelcase Gesture comes in upholstery and leather, while Steelcase Series 1 is only available in mesh. Both options are available as a standard task chair or stool. 

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, 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.

Steelcase 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. 

Plus, 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 Series 1

Steelcase Series 1 Chair
Series 1 Chair
Steelcase Series 1 Stool
Series 1 Stool
Steelcase Series 1 Chair Headrest
Series 1 with Headrest
Steelcase Series 1 Chair Armless
Series 1 Armless Chair
Steelcase Series 1 Chair Coat Hanger
Series 1 with Coat Hanger
Steelcase Series 1 Chair Aluminum Base
Series 1 with Aluminum Base

As illustrated above, Steelcase Series 1 is available as a task chair or stool. Also, you can choose to add an optional headrest, coat hanger or both. Series 1 has two frame finish options (Black and Seagull), as well as a polished aluminum base option, and wheels for either carpet or hard floors. 

Series 1 has 11 mix-and-match knit, flexor and lumbar colors (and a wide range of shell and finish options). It is only available in mesh upholstery. 4D Adjustable Arms are standard, but you can also choose from height-adjustable only arms or an armless Series 1 chair. 

5. Pricing

Some office seating will cost you a pretty penny, and Steelcase office chairs are no exception. A few of the factors that influence the final cost of an office task chair include adjustability, customization options, build quality, and warranty. 

It's important for you to know you can buy a similar-looking office chair for less money. However, you'll miss out on quality materials and ergonomic features. Most Steelcase task 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

By far, 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 around $1200. 

As with any task chair, any additional upgrades will impact the final cost of the 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 Series 1

Steelcase Series 1 is significantly cheaper than Gesture. For instance, the standard version of Series 1 (with 4D Adjustable Arms, casters for carpet and no headrest) sells for $529.78. Without the adjustable lumbar support or arms, the Series 1 chair will cost you $483. 

For Series 1, standard features include the task chair version, 4D Adjustable Arms, wheels for carpet and no headrest. Steelcase Series 1 has a list of optional upgrades that include a stool version, height-adjustable only arms, wheels for hard floors and a headrest. 

6. Warranty

Gesture and Series 1 are both 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 Series 1: What is the Best Office Task Chair for You?

In all honesty, Steelcase Gesture and Steelcase Series 1 are both comfortable, ergonomic task chairs. However, they are also quite different. Gesture has way more adjustments than Series 1. If you're trying to choose between the two, your final decision will depend on the adjustments you need and your budget.

If you prioritize ergonomics and comfort, Gesture is a great fit. Out of all Steelcase chairs, Gesture has the broadest range of adjustments (but it is also the most expensive option). Plus, it's great if you suffer from back pain, change postures frequently, switch between different devices or sit in unusual positions. 

Series 1 has a simple design that offers long-term comfort. It is only available with mesh upholstery, and it doesn't offer as many ergonomic features as Gesture. If you're interested in trying out high-performance seating (but you don't want to break the bank on a char like Gesture), Series 1 is an excellent choice.

Can't decide between Steelcase Gesture or Steelcase Series 1? If you're not sure, that's alright. For now, take a look at our guide to the best office task chairs. If you've read this article and you're ready to make a purchase (or you want to take these chairs for a spin), sign up for the Chair Test Drive Program today.

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