The Noblewell Ergonomic chair has tons of adjustable features. The brand offers two modes- a mid back chair and an office chair with a headrest. Both units have mesh backrests and cushioned seats. And at first glance, they look stylish and handsome.
The Noblewell office chair with headrest looks a lot like the Ergo2 chair while the Noblewell mid-back chair is like a black and white version of the Modway Articulate chair.
And these chairs are very very cheap, both models retail at less than 150 dollars. And if you will be able to catch them on sale, you might also be able to get one under a hundred dollars.
While the cost is very tempting, the user reviews are not. So let’s see if we are missing out on something.
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How comfortable/ uncomfortable are these affordable chairs
Below is a comparison of the specs and features of the two Noblewell ergonomic office chairs.
|Model||Features||Seat-width||Max load||Seat height range|
|NWOC2B Ergonomic Office Chair Mid Back Mesh Computer Desk Chair||360 degree swivel, tilt and lock system, 6 inch cushion, adjustable seat depth, adjustable arms ( inward and outward only)||26”||331 lbs||18 -22.5”|
|NWOC1 Ergonomic Office Chair High Back Mesh Computer Chair||Adjustable headrest, adjustable lumbar support, tilt limiter, height adjustable arms, 90-135 degrees tilt adjustment, mesh backrest and cushioned seat, 360 degrees swivel||23”||300 lbs||18-21”|
It has tons of adjustable features that you can see in mid-price chairs or more expensive ones. Looking at the specs and features of both units and comparing them to the cost, you can say that this is a lot of chairs for a small amount.
Sounds too good to be true? Yes, it is.
This is perhaps one of the few ergonomic chairs that will have tons of cons and very few pros.
Let’s start with comfort.
Is it comfortable?
Comfort-wise, you might think that it’s the real value of your money. Take the mid-back chair for instance. The cushion is a bit thicker. And the combination of the mesh backrest and a cushioned seat can appeal to more people, combining a mix of airy comfort and cushy seating.
But this is the only thing that we find comfortable with this unit. And we’ll have to pop that bubble of content later. Let’s deal with the other features first.
The arms of the Noblewell mid-back chair have very little range. It does not go high enough or low enough for both tall and petite users. It can be okay for those who stand 5’6” to 5’7”, but the arms are not adjustable. You can only move it in and out. So it’s either it fits you or it doesn’t.
Though it offers tons of customization options like a recline, tilt, and swivel so that you can change positions within the day. We feel that the chair is not properly designed. Yes, it does have the bells and the whistles at first glance, but it feels like they were not fused properly. It feels like someone was in a hurry when making the chair.
If you sit on it for the entire day, your hips, shoulders, and back will be sore. And the seat range is minimal too. It might cater only to those with average size, not even to those who are slightly short or slightly tall.
But even for an average-sized user, the proportions seem to be a bit weird. The height of the arms doesn’t seem to go well with the height of the seat, even if you can adjust the seat height.
The mid-back chair has a weight capacity of 300 lbs. But it does feel a quite light duty. If you are near 300 or even 200 lbs, you will feel unsafe in this chair.
The office chair with the headrest has additional features such as, yeah the headrest. The addition of the headrest will make it seem like it could be comfortable for taller or at least slightly taller folks. But we find it more uncomfortable compared to a mid-back chair, but it’s also the more expensive one.
The seat of the Noblewell mid-back chair feels a bit comfortable for the first few months. But that of the unit with the headrest feels like it is turned way too forward. And you’ll feel this even in the first few weeks of sitting on the chair. So yes it is very uncomfortable.
Though the arms can be adjusted up and down, it seems that they are not aligned. The left-arm does not seem to match the measurement of the right arm. So as we have mentioned before, there is a big problem with the design of the chair. And we thought it’s just with a cheaper unit, but it seems both models are hurriedly made.
It does tilt back to a good range, but it doesn’t feel stable and the chair cannot hold its post. You can hear a pop if you try to lock the tilt, more so, if you are on the heavy side. The chair might fall all over after a few weeks of using it in a reclined position.
And also, when you are the chair to its max height, it wobbles a lot.
And oh, if you think that the headrest is an extra treat, It’s not. It is instead an extra liability. It is virtually useless. It pops out of place and doesn’t feel comfy at all.
And in the cleaning department, this chair might be troublesome to clean if small morsels of food get in between the mesh. The mesh holes are quite deep, so you might need a good suction vacuum to get those crumbs of chips out of the chair.
How flimsy is it?
Another letdown is that this is a very flimsy char. For the price, we reckon it will last 1-2 years max. But some parts are likely to break in a few months or need replacement in less than 3 months. The chair feels bumpy especially if you are 200 lbs.
The cushion also sags easily, especially the unit with the headrest, you’ll be able to feel the hard material underneath after only a few weeks of sitting on it.
So even if these chairs are very very cheap, they are very very flimsy as well.
How about the After Sales?
And the other nay is the customer service. It takes forever for these people to respond. Though there could be a lot of backlog from several complaints that accounts for the delay. But still, it will be frustrating if you ask for a replacement or a refund. Customer service will advise you to hover through their website to process the refund request, which is ridiculous because you are already on the phone with them.
Should you buy it if you are on a very tight budget?
Even for 100- 150 bucks, we still don’t see ourselves buying any of these two chairs for the reasons mentioned above.
Though we can think of a more possible use, should you happen to buy one already? Your kids are around 5’4” or 5’5” may be able to use them, provided they are around 150 lbs or less than. They are less likely to sit for several hours
It shouldn’t be used by anyone who needs to sit for 4-5 hours straight. So it still might work for short-term use, such as a task chair, where you only sit for 1-2 hours.
But what if you are on a tight budget?
We’ve picked 3 decently comfortable chairs for under 150 bucks
Flash Furniture Swivel chair
This is a non-obtrusive very simple mesh back chair with a soft cushion. It has a low price and does not have many adjustable features. Though it has flip-up arms so you can push it back if the arms are not in line with your height requirements.
It has very basic adjustment options- seat height, 360-degree swivel, and a tilt function. The lumbar support is stationary, but for some reason, it feels supportive for the back and we find it very comfortable to use for 3-4 hours.
The cushion is also soft and feels like it will last longer than that of Noblewell chairs.
HBADA office task chair
Like the Flash Furniture, these are also flip arms. But we like the mesh material of this chair better. It feels more flexible and quite comfy for the back.
So despite the lack of adjustment options, many will still find it comfortable. It has an S-shaped back so your back will not feel sore even after sitting for 3-4 hours.
It also offers a tilt function and the seat can be adjusted. It also has the same range as the Noblewell, only that the proportions are better.
But like the Noblewell, this is not for the tall and heavy users. But those who are of shorter and average height and dimensions will find this quite comfortable.
Modway Edge mesh chair
A slightly higher up the rank by a few dollars is the elegant all-white Modway Edge mesh chair.
We chose this also because it looks edgy and it is a handsome looking chair, like the first impression of the Noblewell chairs.
But compared to the Nobelwell, this looks more durable up close.
It has an adjustable seat, flip-up arms, and has a foot ring for added comfort. We find the back, despite the lack of adjustable lumbar support, very comfy. Like the HBADA, the back is mesh and the seat is a soft cushion material, only that the mesh material is more flexible. So it can lend a decent amount of support for the back for a few hours of work.
One of the main cons, however, has something to do with the seat. It is decently comfy, but the faux leather may require more maintenance and upkeep.
What went wrong with the Noblewell chairs
So what went wrong with this affordable office chair? It’s such a waste because it has tons of adjustable features.
It seems that everything is not properly aligned. Almost everything is flimsy and some parts, like the gas lift, feel like they can only last for less than 6 months.
Perhaps the brand wanted to put a lot of bells and whistles but wanted to keep a very low price. And in doing so, everything was in disarray and construction was very poor.
If you can see our top alternatives, they do not have tons of adjustable features, just the basic ones. But they do feel comfortable and are decently supportive of the back. You can feel that they are aligned and in proper proportion.
So you may not don’t need tons of adjustment options. You may do with a few but the chair has to be properly designed.