REVIEW – I used to spend quite a bit of time working from home in a former job. The job I am at now requires that I go into the office, but that still does not keep me from wanting a comfortable home office chair. My current office chair is a super nice chair from a store called Relax the Back. I can’t complain about the ergonomics, but I can complain that the chair is not very breathable. My office has a window that faces the southwest and it can get quite warm in there during the summer. I have been wanting an office chair with mesh material for more breathability. When the mesh office chair from Bonzy came up for review I jumped at the opportunity. Let’s see how well it meets my needs.
What is it?
Just like the title says, this is a home reclining office chair. It has a mesh back and seat for more breathability.
- Seat Area Size: 19.5″ W x 19.5″ D
- Backrest Size: 18.5″ W x 27.6″ H
- Backrest Tilt Angle: from 90° to 135°
- Seat Height: Adjustable from 19.1″ to 22.1″
- Padded armrest and breathable mesh material
- Max weight capacity of 300 pounds
What’s in the box?
As you can see from the picture above, this chair does require some assembly. In the box, the following items were included:
- Package of screws and washers. It also had an Allen key that fit all of the screws.
- Five castor wheels
- Shock used to raise and lower chair
- Two Armrests
- A mechanism to raise and lower the seat
- Chair base
- Not shown – one-page build instructions
The Bonzy reclining office chair came in a rather heavy box weight 18 kg. Opening it up revealed a plethora of parts that took me about a half-hour to assemble. I was able to put everything together by myself, but I did ask for help to mount the seat of the chair with the armrests and backrest already mounted onto the shock. I am pretty sure I could have done it myself, but why not ask for help if it was available. Right below this paragraph, you can see a YouTube video demonstrating the chair build.
The next picture below shows you the detail of the bottom of the chair. There are three screws and washers for each of the armrests. Four screws and washers to mount the raising/lowering mechanism to the bottom of the chair. Three screws and two sets of washers for each screw to mount the back of the chair to the mechanism.
Below is a closeup picture of the screws and washers mounting the arms. You can see that you can adjust the arm in or out. I wish there had been a mechanism for this. I set it as far in as possible which worked fine for me. If you are a larger person and wanted it further out, you would have to break out the Allen wrench to adjust it.
Below is a closeup of the screws and washers used to mount the backrest onto the raising/lowering mechanism. You can see these are adjustable also. I set the back as far into the seat as possible. Once again, I wish the chair had mechanisms to do this without breaking out an Allen key. I found the build quality to be excellent. I loved how they even thought of including spare screws and washer.
Design and features
The above two pictures show you the chair from the front and the side. You can adjust the chair up and down by pushing the lever up or down on the right bottom of the chair. The knob in the bottom front controls how far back the back seat can recline. You can raise and lower the armrests by pushing the silver button on each armrest. The top headrest is adjustable by rolling it forward or back. You cannot adjust the height on the headrest. That is not a big deal for me, because when I am working, I never have my head leaning that far back. You can see from the front picture there is some nice lumbar support built into the backrest.
The chair raises smoothly up and down. I am five feet seven inches tall and about 165 lbs. My husband is five feet ten inches tall and around 250 lbs. We both found the chair to be very comfortable. I noticed on the Bonzy website a review from a six-foot three-inch person claimed the chair was too small for him. I wish I were able to tilt the armrests left and or right. I prefer to tilt them in on my current chair so they support my arms right in front of the keyboard. I also wish there was a mechanism to adjust how close the backrest sits against the bottom of the chair. The wheels all roll very smoothly and the back of the seat reclines nicely with just the right amount of pressure. I have sat on seats where the back will go back with very little pressure. This chair only reclines when you want it to.
What I like
- I find the price of the chair to be very fair for the build quality and comfort. It only costs $169 and there are coupons right now to get another ten dollars off.
- I love the mesh material. It is very breathable and very supportive without being too soft.
- Smooth-rolling wheels
- great lumbar support
- Love how the chair reclines with just the right amount of resistance
What needs to be improved
- I wish there was a bit more adjustability. Need to be able to tilt armrests in and out and move the seat back in and out.
If you are looking for a mesh office chair with great support at a good price, I totally recommend this chair. If you are the kind of person that configures your chair and then leaves it alone you should be good to go with this chair. If you require more adjustability throughout the day, then you may want to look elsewhere.