1. A big chair fold away arms for easy entry.
2. High quality leather that is soft and durable.
3. Steel reinforced components.
The Thorough Review:
The Mayline 6446AGL is our most popular Big and Tall Office chair for a) Big and Tall users, and b) Dispatch centers. It is very popular for the former because of the size of the chair – it is big and capable. The seat is wide and thick, using a high density foam that ensures the foam will withstand longer use by anyone. The back is tall too, which provides a a chair that can be used by a wider range of people.
The components that make up this chair are high quality and durable – for example, the chair has a steel reinforced plate on the bottom for support and longevity, and the chair comes with an oversize metal base as well. The foam is what we call High Density Foam – thicker and more durable than standard foam.
There are a few critical features that make this chair very nice – aside from the component makeup and durability. One is the pivot arm feature. The arms are capped in leather, and pivot upward out of the way for two reasons: 1. More space means more comfort and 2. It makes it easy to get in and out of the chair. The arms, although they pivot and are connected by a single point to the back of the chair, are durable and sturdy enough to put weight and support on, too. Another great feature of this chair is the inflatable lumbar support. While a very underrated feature, inflatable lumbar means the user can adjust the lower back pressure to exactly where they feel comfortable. It’s a very specific means of lumbar support.
Overall, a great chair. It’s really worth the additional dollars – instead of buying multiple chairs that keep breaking and aren’t comfortable for around $125 dollars, it’s a wise choice to invest in the durable and comfortable Mayline 6446AGL Big and Tall Office Chair.
Durability: Very, very durable. Steel reinforced plating means weight rating of up to 450 lbs.
Adjust-ability: It features two things that set it apart from other chairs – inflatable air lumbar and pivot arms that fold up.
It’s plush, and the top-grain leather is soft. However, it is not a “super soft sink into” type chair, since it is built more for long term comfort and durability.
Overall Rating (Not an average):
It’s one of SitBetter’s more popular chairs for a reason. Big, durable, comfortable – worth the price.
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So you don’t have much money to buy a Aeron, or Leap chair, or some other “name” chair…50% of the cost of those chairs is the brand. You’re paying for the brand – not to say that these chairs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, but simply saying that if you cannot afford them, there ARE options out there to get yourself a comfortable chair at a comfortable price.
Now before you think this is a rag on high priced chairs, let me say this: The majority are actually very comfortable, and do justify their price tag. The majority. But let’s face it, this isn’t exactly the best time to part with $1000.000 for a chair. (Idea: You know all those banks that went broke, well, I know for a fact they spent lots o’ cash on pricey chairs…maybe you can pick one up on Craigslist for free…)
Anyways, here few resources we put together on the site here to answer your call -See our recommended chairs for back pain here; also see our entire selection of ergonomic chairs here (you can use the advanced browse to narrow your options…)-. Most chairs from Office Star, Matrex series, are also relatively comfortable. If you are looking for a good leather chair that is relatively ergonomic, look at the Mayline 9414. It’s got some nice ergo features, including an inflatable lumbar, and the leather is nice. Mayline is a very reputable company too, albeit shipping it takes longer than we like.
Other, less expensive options to give you back pain relief can come in the form of some accessories. Asprin, for one. We like Aleve (registered trademark of a large, wealthy company). Bayer is good too, though cause it gives you heart health as well. The ticker is important. But take a look at products from companies like ObusForme, which are independent back support cushions. Companies like these manufacturer products focused on providing support for the back. They do the research. We try the stuff out, which is why we endorse it. These cushions are made to fit the backrest of any chair, and could be the solution your lumbar needs.
So these are less expensive options for your current chair, which could end up being the solution you need. Also remember to stretch often and move around often. Cool? Cool.
This is my painful area when sitting down. Doesn’t flare up all the time, but sometimes. So I have to be real careful as to what chairs I choose. I normally need an adjustable lumbar support, that pushes into my lumbar region, into the concave of my lower back.
What do I do to prevent recurring back pain? I get up and stretch a little bit more than normal. People may think I’m strange, but I’d rather be strange than hurting. Also, I have a keyboard tray and monitor arm, as well as the aforementioned chair with adjustable active lumbar support. (It is actually mesh back, but that is really a personal preference.) For me, the deal breaker is lumbar support. If you have upper back issues, that’s a different story. For some chairs that I have tried out and do recommend, check out our back pain page…Tried and true.
FYI, I have not tried the inflatable lumbar supports, such as in the MAY9414AG, however, we have had clients that do love it. (We are getting a sample in this week, so I will be trying it soon.) Check out our editors review on it next week.
Rock on, sit right.