Executive Chair: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big executive chair test 2020, where we present you all the executive chairs we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the web.

In this way we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best executive chair for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy an executive chair.

The most important facts in brief

  • In contrast to a conventional office chair, an executive chair is characterised by greater comfort and better quality.
  • Before you decide on a particular armchair, you should definitely test it before you buy.
  • The functionality, equipment, workmanship and comfort are the most important purchase criteria you should consider.

Chef’s chair test: Favourites of the editorial team

  • The best executive chair in price ratio
  • The best executive chair with extra thick upholstery
  • The best executive chair with extendable footrest

The best executive chair in price ratio

The best executive chair with extra thick upholstery

The best executive chair with extendable footrest

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy an executive chair

What is an executive chair and what are its advantages compared to a conventional office chair?

An executive chair can be classified in the segment of office chairs or swivel chairs. The difference to a conventional office chair is that an executive chair is usually of higher quality than a simple swivel chair and has several functions.
Since this chair is often found in the upper executive suite, the name “executive chair” has become a synonym for high-quality office chairs over time.
The advantages of an executive chair compared to other variants of office chairs, or even a simple chair without a swivel function, are mainly in the mobility that results from the use of the chair.

The average person sits for 11.5 hours a day. This places an enormous strain on the back when there is a lack of movement or when sitting in a rigid position for long periods of time.

Many executive chairs offer an adjustable seating position, a rocker mechanism and lumbar support. A high-quality executive chair can therefore undoubtedly meet ergonomic requirements better than a conventional, cheap office chair.

How much is an executive chair?

The higher the price of an executive chair, the more adjustment options and functions it usually offers. High-quality executive chairs, for example, allow the armrests to be adjusted in three axes, whereas cheaper models allow either only height adjustment or none at all.
Likewise, the price of office furniture also depends to a large extent on the material used for its upholstery. On average, one can say that the price of an executive chair is between 50 and 300 euros.

What functions should the ideal executive chair have?

In order to meet the guidelines for an ergonomic seating position, an executive chair must meet a number of requirements. This is especially important to prevent or alleviate back pain, if it already exists.
As described above, high-quality swivel chairs usually have adjustable armrests. In addition, an executive chair should definitely allow the seat height and seat inclination to be adjusted to allow an ideal fit to the back and body height.

Furthermore, a good swivel chair should allow the height of the backrest to be adjusted in order to support the back individually in the necessary places.

The armchair should also be in the ideal middle position between high sitting comfort and effective support function. Because upholstery that is too soft does not contribute to the ergonomic support of the back. But even too hard upholstery is not able to adapt to the body shape of the person sitting and is therefore not a good choice either.
Which degree of firmness of the armchair is best for you depends primarily on your weight. If you are rather heavy so you have a weight from approx. 90 kg we rather recommend an executive chair which is harder upholstered, because your body would quickly sink in with a softer upholstery. If you are a rather thin person, i.e. you weigh more than 50 kg, we recommend a softer upholstery.
The following table gives you a small overview:

Where can you buy an executive chair?

You can usually buy an executive chair in any major furniture store. Sometimes even large supermarkets offer this office furniture as special offers. However, you will probably find the largest selection of executive chairs on the Internet, as more and more online shops are positioning themselves in the furniture segment.
According to the research of our editorial staff, most of the executive chairs are currently sold via the following online shops:

amazon.com
ebay.com
otto.com
Scooter
Ikea
Poco domain
Höffner

Decision: What types of executive chairs are there, and which one is right for you?

Basically one can distinguish between 3 types of executive chairs:

  • Executive chair with genuine leather cover
  • Executive chair with leatherette cover
  • Executive chair with fabric cover

Because of the different areas of application and your own preferences, a particular executive chair is best suited to you. This, and the fact that not every executive chair is the same, results in different advantages and disadvantages in use.

We would therefore like to introduce you to the different types in the following section and help you find out which executive chair is the right one for you. To do this, we will introduce the types mentioned above in more detail and clearly present their advantages and disadvantages.

What distinguishes an executive chair with genuine leather upholstery and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Executive chairs with genuine leather covers are particularly distinguished by their durability. Real leather also offers a high level of comfort and radiates a certain aesthetic appeal. Although imitation leather may look very real to the layperson, there are a few clear characteristics that distinguish real leather from imitation leather. The feel and smell of genuine leather are unmistakable, as is the texture of the surface.

Advantages

Durable
Comfort
Aesthetics
Temperature-regulating

Disadvantages

High price
Increased need for care

With the purchase it should be paid attention to the fact that they correspond data of the manufacturer also the truth, because unfortunately many try to lead the buyer astray. Real leather also offers positive temperature regulation by warming in winter and cooling in summer.

The disadvantages of genuine leather are on the one hand the significantly higher price, and on the other hand the increased need for care. Real leather must be treated with care products to ensure maximum durability. In this case, however, genuine leather covers last for a very long time.

What distinguishes an executive chair with artificial leather upholstery and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Imitation leather covers are used in the vast majority of cases for executive chairs between 100-300 euros – they are therefore considerably less expensive than the real leather models.

Another advantage is the simple care of imitation leather – the surface can be easily wiped with a damp cloth and does not require any special cleaning agents. At the same time, imitation leather is also much more susceptible to damage, so the imitation leather coating can burst open quickly, or rubs on more quickly than real leather.

Advantages

Cheaper purchase
Easy to clean

Disadvantages

No breathability
Less robust
Irritant to skin

Another negative aspect is the surface of imitation leather, which feels uncomfortable on prolonged contact with the skin and is not breathable, so sitting for long periods of time can quickly lead to sweat stains. In some cases different materials are used in a model, but only one is mentioned in the general description. Therefore you should always look very carefully for them and in case of doubt just ask.

What distinguishes an executive chair with fabric cover and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A fabric cover is a good alternative to the imitation leather cover, as both are in about the same price category. However, executive chairs upholstered in fabric are much less common than those upholstered in imitation leather or genuine leather.

Fabric upholstery is characterised by its colour diversity and individuality – unlike imitation leather and genuine leather, not only black, white and brown tones are used. Fabric covers offer a pleasant, comfortable surface that also absorbs sweat.

Advantages

Individual
Sweat is absorbed
Pleasant surface

Disadvantages

Susceptible to stains
Colour may change colour
Intensive care for animals

However, the colour of fabric covers can change after long and intensive use. Furthermore, a fabric cover is very susceptible to stains of all kinds, which are often difficult or even impossible to remove.

When buying an executive chair with fabric upholstery, it should also be noted that both people and animal hairs get caught in fabric very quickly – especially in a household with several animals this can lead to an unpleasant problem.

Purchase criteria: With these criteria you can compare and rate executive chairs

In the following section we will show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate executive chairs. This will make it easier for you to decide which office chair is best suited for you.

In summary, these are:

  • Functionality & Equipment
  • Processing & Material
  • Komfort

Functionality & Equipment

Specific features of an executive chair are in particular the thick upholstery of the seat and backrest. In addition, executive chairs are usually always offered with armrests.

Executive chairs are also characterised by the high backrest, their upholstered neck section and the thick support for the thighs.

For gamers there are also some very sporty models on the market that are more suitable for home use. These sporty executive chairs usually have thinner upholstery than more classic models.

The design is more like the sports seat of a racing car. This is particularly evident in the backrest, which is narrower and more curved in the sporty executive chair than in the classic version.

In the following table again a small overview for you:

Processing & Material

When processing an executive chair, the principle usually applies that the higher the price the better the processing. However, even a relatively inexpensive executive chair can be an appropriate option for the desired use.

The material of an executive chair, as with most other chairs, is either artificial leather, real leather or a fabric cover, for example microfibre.

Komfort

Most executive chairs offer a very high level of comfort at the workplace due to their high degree of mobility, i.e. the rocker mechanism, the soft upholstery and the existing armrests, and are also ergonomic.

Did you know that more and more people are complaining about back pain?
In sedentary jobs, the average worker often spends 7.5 hours or more in a chair. While the first few hours may still be enough, by the time they are halfway through, they try to shift their weight forwards or to one side. We sit crooked and tense, which can cause acute and chronic back pain.
It is therefore important that you choose a chair that is well adapted to your back and, above all, that you can adjust the height so that you can support yourself well with your arms and legs.

We particularly recommend that you buy an executive chair if you work in your own office or home office. Freelancers who work from home often sit for hours on the sofa or kitchen chair to work. This can cause considerable damage and in the long run lead to back problems.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about executive chairs

How can I repair an executive chair myself?

First of all it must be determined why exactly the chair has a defect and whether it can be repaired at all. A common defect of office chairs is the failure of the gas pressure spring. You can see this by the fact that the swivel chair will sag as soon as you sit on it.

If this happens, however, the chair is not a case for the dustbin, but can be repaired relatively easily from home.

Usually there is a lever mechanism under the seat, which operates a small valve at the upper end of the gas spring (height adjustment). Dust can quickly accumulate in this valve, which hardens in combination with the grease of the chair. This can cause the valve to no longer function properly.

To solve this problem, you should first remove the seat of your executive chair and put the chair in the highest position. From there, you can clean the valve with either a compressed air spray or a multifunctional spray, such as WD40, by operating the valve very often either in parallel or after spraying.

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