Are you ready to take a leap and upgrade your office task chair? Whether you need a chair that promotes natural movements or a healthier way to sit, the Steelcase Leap easily adjusts to fit you and how you work

Inspired by four key discoveries in a year-long study, the Steelcase Leap provides a perfect fit with an exceptional range of adjustments, as well as personalized support for various body shapes and sizes.

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we have 140 years of industry experience in helping clients find everything they need for their office, including office task chairs. 

If you're looking for an unbiased review of the Steelcase Leap, look no further. We've compiled product data and our expertise in one convenient spot, so you can decide if the Leap is the perfect office task chair for you. 

Specs of the steelcase leap

Steelcase Leap

Before we dive into the key features, pros and cons, let's break down the specifications of the standard Leap: 

  •       Overall Depth - 21.75” – 24.75”
  •       Overall Width - 27”
  •       Overall Height - 38.5” – 43.5”
  •       Seat Height - 15.5” – 20.5”
  •       Seat Width - 19.25”

Key Features of the steelcase Leap

LiveBack Technology

As a Steelcase product, the Leap is specifically designed to encourage movement and posture variation throughout the day, which is achieved through LiveBack Technology

Using this technology, the Leap chair's back flexes and conforms to support the unique shape of every user. It also provides stable support to encourage unrestricted movement to reduce stress on your spine. 

Natural Glide Mechanism

Studies show that changes in posture help you stay comfortable and more attentive during the day. The patented Natural Glide mechanism enables you to comfortably recline in the Leap without straining your eyes or neck.  

With the Natural Glide mechanism, the Leap chair's seat glides forward as you recline, to provide the best recline position for your body without moving you away from your work. 

Passive Seat Edge Angle

The Passive Seat Edge Angle provides lower back firmness control, as well as an adjustable lumbar for proper lower back support. This features allows the front edge of the seat to flex, to relieve pressure behind the user's thighs. 

Pros of the steelcase Leap

Comfort

Your body is unique – and every employee in your company has a different body type, too. Your employees need chairs that easily adjust to fit them, their seating preferences, and how they work. 

The Leap has an unmatched ergonomic shape, to help users stay attentive, comfortable and focused without compromising exceptional comfort or support. 

Adjustability

 

When it comes to adjustability, the Leap is unlike any other. It adapts to your natural movements and how you work throughout the day, to encourage better breathing and increased blood flow. 

With an exceptional range of ergonomic adjustments, the Leap offers full support for various body shapes and sizes: 

  • Seat Depth – To ensure long term comfort, the seat depth adjusts within a 3” range to accommodate employees of different heights.
  • Seat Height – With a curve-shaped adjustment mechanism, the Leap chair adjusts within a 5” range to fit various heights. A 7” range is also available as an option.  
  • Height-Adjustable Lumbar – The height-adjustable lumbar adjusts 5” to fit the curve of your lower back and provide additional support.
  • Upper Back Force – The upper back force controls the amount of resistance you feel as you recline. In five complete turns, you can have a slow recline, a fast recline, or lock the chair in place, so it is unable to move.
  • Variable Back Stop – The variable backstop sets the angle of recline to one of five positions.
  • Adjustable Arms – The adjustable arms adjust 4 ½” overall to provide forearm support and align your arms, shoulders, and neck as you work. The arm caps can pivot 30˚ in and out to accommodate individual user preferences. 

Build Quality

Durability is a staple of all Steelcase products. With a maximum weight limit of 400 pounds, the Leap is designed for a long life. In fact, it's not unusual for us to see a 20-year-old Leap chair in a client workspace. 

According to BIFMA testing standards, roughly 20 tests are required for task seating. However, Steelcase conducts more than 80 additional tests at higher weight capacities to ensure the highest quality standards. 

Cons of the steelcase Leap

Price

The Leap starts in the $700s, which is a steep price for any office chair. Although you can buy a chair that looks the same for less money, it'll lack the ergonomic qualities that set the Leap apart from competitors. 

Even though the Leap isn't an option for everyone, it has a lifespan of 20 years. Instead of buying a $200 chair you have to replace every few years, you can buy a more expensive office chair that lasts a decade or longer.

Lack of a Back-Height Adjustment

Despite how adjustable it is, the Leap does not have a back-height adjustment and may not be the best option for employees above the 95th percentile. 

Seat Padding

The Leap may be comfortable, but the seat cushion has less padding than other task chairs. The padding is firm, solid and can be uncomfortable after several hours of use. 

Weight

Weighing nearly 50 pounds, the Leap is made out of steel and is heavier than other office chairs on the market. While it is difficult to move from room to room, it can withstand almost any use. 

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steelcase leap Warranty Information

Steelcase offers a limited global warranty on all products, including the Leap chair. Structural elements, such as the seat and armrests, are covered for life. 

The mechanisms, arm caps, foam padding, cylinders and casters are covered for 12 years. Depending on the type of upholstery, textiles are covered anywhere from five to 12 years. 

Steelcase Leap

steelcase Leap Customization Options

The Leap is available in a variety of customizable options, including a stool version, the WorkLounge, and the Leap Plus

The Leap Plus offers the same benefits and features of the standard Leap, although it's larger and can support users weighing up to 500 pounds.

Both versions of the Leap offer a wide range of material and finish options to choose from: 

  • Upholstery Options – The Leap is available with standard or sewn upholstery in Steelcase and Designtex fabrics, leather, vinyl, or a custom 3D knit material of your choice. 
  • Arm Options - The Leap comes with fully adjustable arms, height-adjustable arms, or no arms at all.
  • Frame Finish Options – The Leap has four frame finish options: black, platinum, midnight (solar black), or polished aluminum.

Is the Steelcase Leap Right for You?

Ultimately, the office chair you choose should depend on your individual needs if you're buying for yourself, or the needs of your employees if you're buying for an entire company. 

With more features than the Series 1, Series 2, Amia or Think, the Steelcase Leap offers a wide range of ergonomic adjustments, to deliver full support for a variety of body shapes and sizes. 

However, if you or an employee fall in above the 5th or 95th percentile, you may want to consider an office chair with more adjustability, such as the Gesture

If you're unable to justify the high price tag, you should consider its adjustments and customization options. Equipped with the Steelcase lifetime warranty, the Leap could easily be the last office chair you ever buy.

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Caitlin Schauster

Written by Caitlin Schauster