Seat height range: 18.25” - 22.5"
Seat depth: 18.5”
Seat width: 20.75”
Weight capacity: 242 lbs
Seat height range: 18.5” - 23.25”
Seat depth: 18.75”
Seat width: 21.25”
Weight capacity: 243 lbs
When you say IKEA office chairs, Markus often comes to the top of your mind. A lot has been saying how comfortable this cheap chair is and how it can be the next best cheap alternative to how well the Aeron reclines.
Such a big leap right, let’s see if there is some truth to it. And we also have a less famous IKEA chair that we’re trying to look into, the Matchspel. So let’s also try to compare these two affordable chairs against one another
How sublime is the recline function of the Markus?
We do have to agree on this one. You will be able to recline back sublimely and with the Markus. This is perhaps the best feature of this IKEA chair, one that is the most desired by most. Other parts of the chair are so-so or even substandard. Given the cheap price, it’s not surprising though. But the smooth recline did come in as a surprise.
Aside from the smooth recline experience, it also has a fairly large range for you to lay back. It’s something that you don’t normally see in an office chair made of cheap materials. The recline feels decent enough, it’s not rocky, it’s even bordering dreamy. This is a very accommodating feature if you’re going to sit in front of the desk for longer. This allows for micro movements so you’ll be able to last in the chair lounger.
Looking at the other features of the Markus, it’s just the same as almost any other cheap chair. Except for the recline, it’s not one that you can sit on for a longer period without having that too firm experience on the seat and backrest. The lumbar is fixed and feels nonexistent, and the arms are fixed and flimsy. It also feels a bit hard on the arms and elbows. And given the lesser adjustable components, if you don’t fit into the chair you probably never will. You will not be able to use the arms
The seat also borders on being and feels like it can decompress faster. So summing it all up, the recline is the only indulging feature here. But surprisingly, if you fit into the chair, you might be able to sit on it for a few hours considering you don’t have a pronounced need for lumbar support.
Is the Matchspel any better?
This IKEA chair is not as infamous as the Markus. So let’s see what it can offer and if it’s a better chair. These two units share the same mediocre feel, so you will not feel that indulgent dreamy support and soft cushioned chair.
It’s more ergonomic than Makrus in the sense that it has more adjustable features. It has an adjustable arm that can be moved up and down. These are also made of plastic like the Markus, but it feels less flimsy and more steady.
The mesh material is fairly okay, it feels a tad better than the market as it feels a bit smoother and does not catch on the skin.
You’ll also notice that the seat base is connected to the backrest in a rather different way compared to Markus. The seat base goes back to the bottom of the backrest so it’s unlike the Markus in which you can adjust the seat base forward and backward. This makes it feel like the bottom part of the backrest is more curved. Thus, if you have longer legs or you are slightly taller, you might find your knees going beyond the toes, which can be an uncomfortable experience. So slightly taller users will feel more supported and comfortable in the Markus. The Matchspelany seat is best for those who are petite and of average height.
The Matchspelany also shares the same mediocre or even less fair experience as the Markus, you will be able to tell that cheaper materials were used.
The lumbar support is more insignificant though compared to the Markus. If you did not feel the lower back support of the Markus, expect the Matchspelany to have less of it.
The cushion also feels pretty much the same in terms of firmness, but the Matchspelany has a thinner padding. And we see that it can flatten out more easily than that of the Markus or any other IKEA chairs.
Overall the Matchspelany is less comfortable than the Markus. It does not have that smooth recline and you will not be able to recline it as much. It can go back up to 25 percent only, so it will not offer such an indulgent recline as the Markus. But the recline function is not that bad, it feels decently steady and the tilt has the right amount of resistance.
So should you buy any of these chairs or not?
Technically speaking, we see the Makrus offering a better sitting experience than the Matchspelany. Despite the lack of adjustable arms, the Markus can be more comfortable, but still for a small group of people.
These chairs have shorter warranties too so the value for money is in question here. Considering the price it comes in very cheap, and can still offer better recline than other chairs with the same price. So you can still give it a go if you need a chair that can recline beautifully as the Aeron.