Branded Office Chairs Part 5: Neutral Posture Top 3 – 5000, 6000 & 8000 Ranges

This week we turn to Neutral Posture in our look at leading branded chairs from top manufacturers. Although not as well known as some brands Neutral Posture produces some excellent ergonomic chairs. It's particularly good at making chairs to fit pretty much any size of user. Far too many chairs are made to fit average sized users. These simply don't work for anyone whose build falls outside the size range of such chairs .

So if you are short built or very tall or maybe weigh over 300 lbs Neutral Posture is highly likely to have a chair that's right for you.

Let's start by taking a look at it 5000 series.

5000 Range
Neutral Posture's 5000 range chairs are great for short built users.

Neutral Posture 5000 chair

Neutral Posture 5400 Model In Grey

They will work well for both male and female users from 4 feet 8 inches up to around 5 feet 7 inches tall.

The chairs will safely support users weighing between 90 and 275 lbs.

These chairs come with a comprehensive range of options to help you get the right chair for your needs.

There are 6 different models in the 5000 series mostly offering different sizes of seat including some offering contoured seat pads for those who prefer a molded seat to a flat one.

Arms are height and width adjustable ensuring a good fit for any user. These can be further enhanced with gel pads on the supports and even a swing arm option if you need the arms out of the way for a particular task.

Next up is the 6000 series.

6000 Range
The 6000 is ideal for both male and female users between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Neutral Posture 6000 chair

Model 6500 In Grey

The chairs can cater for a wide range of different user weights starting at 90 lbs and going up to 500 lbs.

As with the 5000 series there are 6 models to choose from each has broadly similar features and is highly adjustable. Most of the variation is in seat pad size and style.

There is also an optional headrest which can very useful if you like to recline a lot in your chair.

Another clever idea built into the right hand armrest is a slide out guide which explains how to adjust the various settings. And the options of gel topped arm pads and swing arms are both available to order.

Let's move on to the 8000 series

8000 Range
The 8000 range covers a broadly similar user profile to the 6000 and includes 6 models in total.

Neutral Posture 8000 chair

8600 Chair With Headrest

It's intended for male and female users between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing between 90 and 500 lbs.

However where it differs is in the styling of the back. It’s more sculpted so when you sit in the chair the back molds round your back rather than the flatter squarer surface of the 6000 range.

So if you prefer your chair back to wrap around your body this will make a good choice.

It also takes the optional headrest and works very well with it because the combination of the high back and headrest means that you get great support.

And these headrests include a lot of adjustability with a 9 inch height range as well as a 5 inch front to back adjustment too.

You can vary the angle of the rest and even the resistance too.

Summary

  • A 5000 series chair is great for short built users 4 feet 8 inches tall and upwards
  • 5000 series chairs can support users between 90 and 275 lbs
  • 6000 range chairs are designed for users between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall
  • 6000 series chairs can support users between 90 and 500lbs
  • 8000 series chairs have sculpted backs and otherwise similar capabilities to the 6000 range
  • All Neutral Posture chairs have very comprehensive adjustments for great user comfort.

Further information
Here's where you can find full reviews of these ranges:

And here are links to the four previous articles in this series:

  1. Herman Miller top 3 branded office chairs
  2. Steelcase top 3 branded office chairs
  3. Humanscale top 3 branded office chairs
  4. HÅG top 3 branded office chairs

 

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Humanscale Finally Launches The Diffrient World Chair

Diffrient World Chair

Diffrient World Chair

Humanscale has at last launched its latest office seating creation the Diffrient World chair.

Designed by Neils Diffrient after whom the chair is named, it represents his latest ideas on comfortable eco-friendly seating.

He previously designed Humanscale’s Freedom and Liberty models which continue to remain popular ergonomic chairs appealing to a wide range of users.

It’s taken a lot longer than first expected for the Diffrient World to appear.

Why was the launch delayed so long?
It’s been two years since Humanscale first announced the impending launch of the Diffrient World. Whenever a product is developed from scratch, as this one was you can never be 100% certain that everything will turn out as originally planned.

What you expect to work sometimes doesn't and so it’s a case of modifying and changing things to take care of potential problems. Although Humanscale hasn’t gone into detail on the challenges it’s had it wasn't going to go to market with a product that wasn't totally right.

And when you offer an industry beating 15 year warranty on your products, almost right is not enough. So praise to Humanscale for ironing out the glitches first. Let’s take a look at what’s new about the chair.

What’s different about the Diffrient World chair?
The chair is designed to do the thinking for you. Apart from setting the height and the seat length to suit your body everything else is automated. It becomes a case if sit and go.

Simplicity is at the core of the chair. In total there are only 8 components helping to keep costs down. Not only that it only weighs 27 pounds for easy maneuverability. This is a far less than conventional office chairs.

The added benefit is that over 95% of the chair is recyclable when it does eventually need to be replaced.

The chair is suitable for users from 5’ 0” to 6’ 4” tall and weighing between 100 and 300lbs.

Where to find out more about the Diffrient World
Here’s where you find a full review of the Diffrient World chair explaining all about it.

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How To Buy A Quality Office Chair Online: Simple Ground Rules For Getting Things Right

Zappos has built a whole Internet business around selling shoes to online customers and offering outstanding customer service. Clearly, there is no opportunity to try on their shoes prior to purchase and yet it hasn't stymied the amazing growth they have achieved. So, if it makes sense to buy shoes this way, office chairs shouldn’t be any different.

Is it practical to buy an office chair online?
Office chairs are sold in huge quantities online every year and it’s becoming a more and more popular as people realize it’s an easy and convenient way to buy a new task chair. Unfortunately, a significant amount of the chairs sold online are far from the best choice for those buying them.

People allow themselves to become blinded by price and so often end up buying something completely unsuitable for their needs. And whilst price is important it’s vital to get the specification right and sift the good from the bad first.

How do you narrow down the list of potential chairs to look at?
I'm assuming that you spend a lot of time working in an office chair. In which case you need something that is well built, comfortable and ergonomically designed to support your body healthily.

You'll need to set some sort of budget and bear in mind that good ergonomic chairs start around the $300 mark. Consequently, you need to appreciate that you're really making an investment in something that’s going to last you for many years. By setting a realistic budget this greatly reduces the overall possibilities and is the first filter you should apply. Then it’s time to apply other guidelines.

What rules do I need to apply for buying online?
Research is the next stage in our procedure. I would suggest you spend time reading reviews of chairs that fall within your budget range. Take note of any comments about potential issues, maybe a particular model is best suited for tall users, so if you are short built it likely won't be suitable.

Also take a look at what existing users say about any of the chairs you are interested in. They might comment about them in forums , or leave valuable feedback of their experience on websites selling the product. Often, something you hadn’t considered could be significant and better quality sites will sometimes point this out, because they ultimately want satisfied customers.

How do I choose the right web site to buy from?
While the best websites offer a good choice of quality seats to choose from, you won't find them trying to bamboozle you with hundreds of chairs. So, avoid the sort of sites which having a long scrolling page with model after model. This catchall approach will just waste your time and confuse you.

Instead look at sites whose stated aim is to present you with a tightly focused range from a maximum of 5 or 6 manufacturers. This makes a lot of sense because it’s likely they will be selling good quantities of their supplier’s chairs. It means they very likely have a good working relationship with them and so if a problem arises can get a quick response and resolve it.

What are the risks of buying an office chair online?
Potentially the biggest problem is that despite your careful research the chair you’ve chosen isn't the right one for you. And you will only know this for sure when you’ve sat in it for at least a week. So, even if you had bought offline you would be faced with the same situation.

It’s vitally important to make sure the site you plan to buy from offers a return period in case your chair is unsuitable. Good sites will generally allow you 30 days to return the product for whatever reason. This gives you plenty of time in which to satisfy yourself you made the right choice.

You need to read the small print carefully as you may have to bear the shipping cost of returning the product. This isn't unreasonable as you are almost always getting a very good discount. This sort of price pre Internet would only have been offered for a purchase of 20 or more chairs.

Occasionally you may suffer damage in transit, although this is relatively rare because suppliers take good care to package high priced items carefully. It’s just too costly for them to have items broken in shipping.

Let’s summarize the key points for successful online office chair buying

  • Don't fixate on price first. It only matters once you’ve found the product you want.
  • Set a realistic budget, at least $300
  • Read reviews and feedback to get a feel for what others say about potential chairs
  • Avoid sites with hundreds of chairs on long scrolling pages, concentrate on specialists offering tightly focused products.
  • Always insist on a 30-day return period, so you can be sure it’s right for you.

By applying these simple rules you stand an excellent chance of getting things right first time and having a Zappos experience instead of a nightmare. Here's where you can find a quick summary of some quality ergonomic office chairs worth close examination.

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