A good chair for your setup doesn’t have to break the bank [Review]


Silybon ergonomic office chair★★★★☆
My Silybon ergonomic office chair is solid after 6 months of use.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

Looking for a better office chair? You don’t have to spend several hundred dollars or more. I’ve found the Silybon Ergonomic Office Chair does a good job for about $110 after a discount.

With a history of back trouble, I was a little nervous about the purchase. But it’s a good, comfortable chair paired with a standing desk, so my back is fine.

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Silybon Ergonomic Office Chair review

Back when I moved to a condo and re-established my improved computer setup there, I reviewed some items. Like an inexpensive but good-quality standing desk. But I left out my then-new chair. I just never got to it. But it remains a good investment, so here we go.

About 85% of the Silybon chair’s Amazon reviews are 4 or 5 stars. Its overall rating is 4.4 based on 1,395 reviews. That’s reassuring and more or less explains why I chose it.

I bought the Silybon Ergonomic Office Chair, along with loads of other furnishings, when I got ready to move back in October 2023. One of the many, many boxes held the chair. It, like so many things for sale on Amazon, came all the way from China, at least originally.

Spend $750 to $1,000? Nah.

Silybon Ergonomic Office Chair for setup
This chair and the option to stand occasionally with the motorized desk has kept my back from troubling me.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

Unwilling to throw down $750 or more on something like a Herman Miller office chair (often seen in our setups coverage), I took a wild stab at a much-cheaper option that looked OK. I paid $159.98 for the Silybon Ergonomic Office Chair. Recently, I saw it at that price with an additional $50 coupon to click on, which would bring it down to a low $110 or so.

I realize there are better bets out there to effectively guarantee yourself great seating that will last a long time, but so far my choice is holding up. 

To my relief, the chair has remained in good working order without needing adjustments since I bought it in early October 2023. That’s six months of me dropping into it, leaning back a lot, rocking, standing up abruptly and so forth.

Reasonably good build quality and materials

Of course, something like this doesn’t arrive assembled. It came in a pretty flat box. Once I had all the parts out, it took me maybe an hour to put it all together. The instructions were clear. It came with tools. One person can do it without help, although it would be a little easier with two people.

The chair is like many others you can buy on the cheap: nylon/cotton mesh over padding (2.8 inches thick in the seat) and a mostly plastic frame with some metal parts. It includes a choice of feet or rolling casters.

I chose the casters, and I’m glad I did. They roll nicely on the rug I have in the office under the desk and chair. But the chair is perfectly stable, too. And it rocks up to 30 degrees (or not), which I like.

Ergonomic and comfortable design

Silybon Ergonomic Offic Chair lumbar
The lumbar support against the seat back raises and lowers to suit you.
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The chair is ergonomically designed to support the back, hip and hands. The lumbar support seems on-point. I found I could slide that plastic piece up or down about 1.5 inches to find the most support.

I found it easy to adjust the seat height in the usual way, using a lever under the seat. The seat also provides 360-degree free rotation. Silybon says the seat and its effective rotation should last for 10 years.

I noticed I could pull the armrests up and out of the way, too. For me, that allows for more comfortable guitar playing while seated in the chair. But I’m sure there are other reasons for the feature, like keeping the arms from bumping a desk or table.

The breathable mesh on the chair is quite comfortable. Airflow keeps things cool. The chair is designed to support 300 pounds in daily use (thankfully I’m well below that!). The seat’s nearly 3-inch-thick padding is good for hours of comfort, but eight hours on end starts to aggravate the rear end.

Silybon Ergonomic Office Chair: Nab the $50 off coupon

You can get the chair in four color variations: black mesh/black frame; black mesh/white frame; dark gray mesh/white frame; and light blue mesh/white frame. Mine has medium-gray mesh, but I don’t see that option on Amazon currently.

The chair comes with a three-year warranty.

You can pick up the Silybon Ergonomic Office Chair at Amazon for $159.98. Select the $50 off coupon box to make that price $109.98.

Where to buy: Amazon

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Silybon Ergonomic Office Chair

This home office task chair is made from breathable mesh and other materials. It swivels, rocks and provides adjustable lumbar support. It also offers flip-up arms and adjustable height.

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05/26/2024 03:19 am GMT



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