In this review, we will be looking at one of the best-selling kneeling chairs currently available. It is imported from China and sold by a number of US manufacturers. It has several different model numbers, but each manufacturer seems to share the “1420” portion of the model number. I believe its popularity stems from its low price point and because it is so easily accessible on sites like Amazon, Walmart.com and Wayfair. Unfortunately, I did not have a good experience with this product. Problems started for me from assembly and continued while I used the chair. This review will cover my entire experience with the 1420 kneeling chair and why I would recommend looking for alternative products.
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The 1420 kneeling chair is made in China by Anji Uhome Furniture Co.,Ltd. Their facility is located in Huzhou City and they ship from ports in Shanghai or Ningbo. They have been manufacturing seating products for 10 years. They have recliners, task chairs, kneeling chairs, executive chairs, dining chairs and more. They sell their chairs in large quantities to US manufacturers.
The US manufacturers that buy the products then sell them to their dealer network. The most prominent US manufacturers that sell the 1420 chair are Flash Furniture, Jobri and Office Star. They each have different model numbers and offer different warranties and return policies, but the chairs are the same. Flash Furniture uses model number WL-1420-GG. Jobri uses model number BP1420. Office Star uses model number KCM1420.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
– Specs / Features / Pricing
– Return Policy and Warranty
– Shipping and Assembly
– Build Quality
– Mobility While Seated
– Making Adjustments
– Seat, Knee and Shin Comfort
– What I Like
– What I Don’t Like
– Bottom Line
Country of Origin
Overall Dimensions: 29″D x 19″W x 21.25-41″H
Seat Size: 17.25”W x 12.25”D
Height from Back of Seat: 21.25-28″H
Height from Front of Seat: 19.25-22″H
Knee Pad Size: 7”W x 10.5”D
Height from Back of Knee Pad: 12-15″H
Height from Front of Knee Pad: 15-19.5″H
Base Dimensions: 26.25”D x 19.5”W
Weight Capacity: 200 lbs.
Chair Weight: 16 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs.
Shipping Box Dimensions: 26L x 19W x 8H
Black finish metal frame
Dual wheel casters
Hand screw seat height/angle adjustment
Price – $85.19
There are dozens of companies selling the 1420 kneeling chair online. I have found that the lowest prices tend to come from sellers that are sourcing from Office Star under the model number KCM1420. The prices change quite often but the current lowest price I can find is $85.19 from Amazon.
The 1420 is available in black only. Both the frame and fabric are black.
Since the 1420 is sold by so many different companies, the return policy will depend on the company you make your purchase through. You’ll want to make sure to check the return policy from the company you are buying from so you know what to expect if you need to make a return.
The warranty on the 1420 will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The warranty details for Flash Furniture, Jobri and Office Star are below. Office Star has the best warranty out of the bunch, so you will get a bit more value by purchasing from a company that is sourcing this product from them.
The non-moving metal parts are warranted for five years. The cylinder, control mechanism, base and casters are warranted for two years. All other items are warranted for one year.
The seat, back, 5-star base, frame and mechanism are covered for five years. There are two years of coverage on the fabric.
The non-moving metal parts are warranted for 15 years. The component and moving parts are warranted for five years. The upholstery comes with three years of coverage.
The 1420 ships via FedEx or UPS ground within a few days of placing your order. It will then arrive a few days after shipping. It arrives in a small box that weighs about 20 pounds. It was easy for me to carry on my own, so I do not think you will need to have another person available to help. The chair is tightly packaged with each part in its own plastic bag. There is no foam or cardboard inserts to protect the product and keep them from rubbing together. There was quite a bit a scratching on our base when it arrived, which could have been caused during shipping.
Assembly on the 1420 was a challenge. You need to place the two frame pieces together to form an x. You then need to run two bars in between the frames. I could not get the holes to align for the bars to slide through. No matter what I tried, it wasn’t going to work. I ordered a replacement frame. The new frame still did not line-up correctly, but it was close enough for me to force the bars through. To complete the assembly, you will need a Philips head screwdriver so that you can attach the knee pads and seat. I would estimate that it will take about 20 minutes for most people to assemble the 1420 kneeling chair if everything goes smoothly.
The 1420 is on the low end of the spectrum for build quality. It received the lowest build quality score out of the 10 kneeling chairs I have tested. It has a metal x shaped base with four caster wheels. The frame is steel and finished with a black powder coat paint finish. It has nylon casters and polyurethane foam. There are a lot of reasons why I scored this chair so low for build quality. The first is the frame. I received two different frames. Both had numerous scratches, and both had assembly holes that did not align properly. Once I did get a frame assembled, it was noticeably crooked. You can also see a few areas that have incomplete welds. These frame issues are not something we typically see on commercial quality furniture.
The second issue I have with the build quality is that the casters function poorly. This is due to the design of the frame. The spot that you screw the casters in, places them at an angle that does not allow them to roll side to side. They will only roll front to back. The way that the casters are assembled makes it so that if one caster is tuned back and the other is forward, then the chair will be crooked. This is not something that I found on similarly designed products, like the Sleekform and Dragonn.
My final problem with the build quality is that the foam and fabric is really low end. The foam bottoms out really quickly. The fabric is coarser than most competing models. The stitches are also crooked in areas and the fabric is not always pulled tight, so there are wrinkles.
Mobility While Seated
The mobility on the 1420 is a huge disappointment. This is a unit with four wheels and it has some of the poorest sitting mobility out of all the chairs I tested. This is all due to the poor design that was discussed above. The only consistent movement is front to back. It can be tedious to try to move to the side slightly when you can only move front to back. It the casters become crooked, then you cannot roll at all. You also cannot roll if you get the chair to a certain height. This is because the angle changes enough to make the caster dig into the floor instead of roll.
The 1420 received the lowest mobility score out of the kneeling chairs tested. It scored the same as the Variable Balans, which has a sled base with no wheels. I found it frustrating to use the 1420 because moving side to side meant that I had to drag the wheels or go back and forth until I was able to move to the side.
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The 1420 has decent portability. You cannot reliably roll it from location to location because of the issues discussed above. But, it weighs around 15 pounds and has a small profile. I was able to carry it pretty easily by holding it from the back of the seat.
Range of Motion
There is no range of motion on the 1420. The metal x frame does not allow for any movement. There is no rocking motion or flexing with the frame. Once you sit down, you will remain in the same position until you get up. I find a lack of range of motion to be one of the biggest hindrances to kneeling chairs. Not being able to move your legs at all can become uncomfortable pretty quickly.
Adjusting the 1420
The 1420 knee chair only features height adjustment. The height is controlled with a hand screw. Turning the screw will either raise or lower the seat. The adjustment is really helpful, but it does take a bit of time. For me to adjust the seat height from the tallest height to the lowest height, took me about 40 seconds, which was 84 hand turns. This moves the seat about 7”. It is important to keep in mind that as you raise the seat, the angle will become more pronounced, which will put more weight onto your shins.
The seat on the 1420 is a rectangle shape. It is smaller than the seats you would typically find on a normal office chair, but it still has a decent amount of space. Being able to change the seat angle is helpful to ensure you are at the angle that is most comfortable for you. Unfortunately, the lack of padding and low-end fabric makes the seat uncomfortable after a short amount of time. After about 30 minutes, my butt started to get uncomfortable. There is just not enough padding to stay comfortable for anything longer than short stints.
The padding has the same advantages and disadvantages as the seat. There is plenty of space for your shins and the ability to change the angle helps to ensure proper positioning. But, the padding is simply inadequate. The lack of padding on the knee pads was more noticeable than the seat. My shins began getting uncomfortable after 10-15 minutes using this chair.
Kneeling chairs were designed to help with limiting back and tailbone pain, while improving breathing and blood flow. They go about this by opening your hip and leg angle with an angled seat and knee pads. To maximize the benefit, original kneeling chairs were designed with flexible sled bases. This allowed people to rock back and forth and also shift their weight and move their legs, without getting up from the chair. This helped to increase movement and burn energy.
The 1420 accomplishes the first step no problem. The adjustable seat angle gives you the ability to use the chair in multiple positions so that you can change your posture to put more or less weight on your shins. Unfortunately, the 1420 does not check the second box, because it does not provide any range of motion. For that reason, the 1420 is not the best kneeling chair for ergonomics.
What Do I Like?
The 1420 has a strong warranty, regardless of the manufacturer you source the chair from. This helps to ensure that you have working parts, which is good because you will likely need them.
Seat height/angle adjustment
The seat height adjustment is helpful for a couple reasons. It makes sure you can be at the most comfortable position for you. It also means that you can adjust the chair to your desk, which is not always the case with kneeling chairs.
What Don’t I Like?
Low end build quality
The low-end parts and what seem like a lack of quality control contribute to issues throughout the chair. From the difficult assembly to the scratched paint to the poor caster design to the lack of padding; everything on the chair is low quality.
Poor sitting mobility
The casters were the most frustrating thing with the 1420. Having four casters, but not being able to use them effectively was the frustrating part. If the mounting hole was slightly lower on the frame, this would not be a problem and the casters would function much better.
Uncomfortable seat and knee/shin padding
The padding was uncomfortable on both the seat and knee pads. Having it bottom out within the first half hour was disappointing.
No range of motion
As I said earlier, I think that a kneeling chair that lacks a range of motion is one of the biggest hindrances you can have. Even if the padding is high quality and comfortable enough for long hours, the inability to move while you are sitting would make it difficult to sit in the chair for longer than 30 minutes.
Since we started really focusing on product reviews, I have reviewed around 75 different products. Most products, even when inferior to the competition, have positive aspects that you can highlight to show that the product still may be a good option for some people. Very rarely have I reviewed a product where I could not find a reason to purchase it and had to recommend not buying it. The 1420 is one of those products. Unfortunately, the 1420 doesn’t do anything better than the competition and it is priced higher than some of its competitors. The 1420 scored poorly in almost every category it was tested for and it was a poor experience while using the chair. For this reason, we have chosen not to sell this product on BTOD.com. If you are looking for a low-priced kneeling chair option with a similar design, then I would recommend the Boss B248 or the Office Star KCW773.