Today, I will be comparing the two most popular options from Concept Seating: 3150HR and 3142. While both models are highly recommended for customers in need of premium 24 hour seating, they are quite a bit different. Depending on your needs, each could provide a good fit depending on your body type and sitting posture. It’s important when making a large investment in this type of seating to understand the pros and cons of each chair. After reading through my comparison, I hope you’ll have a good idea which product will be the best fit.
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Concept Seating 3142 vs 3150HR
Concept Seating 3150HR
Concept Seating 3142
|Overall Dimensions||21-26″W x 18-21″D x 43.5-47.5″H||21-26″W x 18-21″D x 43.5-47.5″H|
|Seat Size||21″W x 18″-21″D||20.5”W x 19”D|
|Back Height (Top of Headrest)||27″-31.5″||31″|
|Arm Height Range||7 Positions – 3.5” Travel||7 Positions – 3.5” Travel|
|Arm Width Range||2.5” Each Arm (22”-27”W)||2.5” Each Arm (22”-27”W)|
|Base Diameter||28” Wide||28″ Wide|
|Chair Weight||103 lbs.||103 lbs.|
|Weight Rating||550 lbs.||550 lbs.|
|Seat Height Adjustment||Yes||Yes|
|Seat Depth Adjustment||Yes||No|
|Back Height Adjustment||Yes||No|
|Multi Position Tilt Lock||5 Position Tilt Lock||7 Position Tilt Lock|
|Inflatable Lumbar Support||Yes||Yes|
|Cut Away Sides||No||Yes|
|7-Leg Steel Base||Yes||Yes|
|Steel Plated Frame||Yes||Yes|
|2:1 Recline Ratio||Yes||No|
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The 3150HR and 3142 are within five percent of each other on price at the base level. The articulating headrest, found on the 3150HR, is what makes the base model slightly more expensive. If you are in need of a slightly wider seat design the 3150HR is available in a 23” wide option. Both models are available in an assortment of upholstery options that include fabric, faux leather and top grain leather.
What is Different About 3150HR vs. 3142?
The seat design is a significant difference between these two concept seating products. The 3150HR utilizes a 2:1 recline mechanism which allows the seat and back to adjust at a slightly different ratio. In order for this function to work, it requires the seat and back to be separate. The 3142 is a bucket design that connects the seat and back together. This allows the 3142 seat and back to move in unison.
Seat Depth Adjustment
The 3150HR comes standard with a sliding seat pan which allows for seat depth adjustment. The 3142 has a bucket design that connects the seat and back so this function is not possible with its current setup. Having an adjustable seat depth option is important for proper ergonomics and will allow the chair to be adjusted to fit you more comfortably.
Both products offer a multi-position tilt lock function, which is an important function for dispatch and call center users. The 3150HR offers a five-position tilt lock and the 3142 offers a seven-position tilt lock.
As I had mentioned earlier, both chairs offer significantly different seat designs which will directly impact their recline motion. The 3150HR has a synchro-tilt mechanism that creates a more natural recline, moving the back and seat at a 2 to 1 ratio. This helps keep your feet flat on the floor as you recline back, without making you feel like you will slide out of the chair. The 3142’s bucket design has a 1 to 1 tilt function found on less adjustable chairs; this type of motion will lift your feet from the floor as you recline back in the chair. This motion tends to require the use of a footrest if you’re shorter..
The 3150HR comes with one of the most versatile headrests we have seen on all office chairs. The 3150HR headrest has the ability to create a neck roll (fits in the crutch of the neck); a true headrest that is flush with the back or will flip back completely out of the way. This is a good option for situations when you are having to share a chair with others.t The 3142 comes with a built-in headrest that is not adjustable.
Back Height Adjustment
The 3150HR takes full advantage of the separate back and seat design from an adjustability standpoint. The seatback includes a ratchet height adjustment mechanism. This mechanism has five adjustments with 3” of travel. Because the 3142 has a connected seat and back design, the back height does not have a separate height adjustment.
Cut Away Sides
The 3142 has a unique back design that incorporates cutaway sides. This design allows extra room if you have to wear duty belts. This feature is not available on the 3150HR.
What is the Same on the 3150HR and 3142 Chairs?
Inflatable Lumbar Support
The Concept Seating products all offer inflatable lumbar support systems that can easily be pumped up with the bulb system. Rotate the release valve to decrease the amount of air within the sack.
7-Leg Steel Base
Certainly not designed to win a beauty pageant, all Concept Seating chairs come standard with their signature seven-star steel base. This allows for up to 20% easier movement compared to five-star competitors and metal strength that has been tested to a 10,000 lbs. dynamic load. It’s a beast and chances that this base will fail in the field are slim to none.
Ergo Air Suspension System
With the use of a dymetrol material, all Concept Seating chairs come standard with the Ergo Air Suspension System. Designed to improve blood flow and increase oxygen levels to muscles in your lower extremities, the EAS system is only found on Concept Seating products. The Ergo Air Suspension System is designed to conform to the shape of each user and almost instantly returns to the original form when the user gets out of the chair.
A ten gauge steel frame means that these chairs will remain sturdy for years to come.
Concept Seating chairs come standard with a beefy safety caster that includes a two-point stem, shock absorber and special bore construction for smooth movement. Once the chair is sat in, the brake is released with the casters and allows the chair to roll freely. A closed design reduces the amount of dirt that typically gets into the caster, which in turn prolongs their lifetime.
Because Concept Seating frames and seating suspension systems are designed to last a long time, they have created an easy way to replace the upholstery covers. You can quickly replace your existing cover and make the chair look brand new again with a replacement cover. Covers are held in place by a hook and loop system. Most covers can be replaced in only a matter of minutes.
Both of these models from Concept Seating are a cut above the rest, in my opinion. We have 100’s in the field and have had great success with customer satisfaction on comfort and overall durability. The 3150HR will offer more adjustments and likely suit the needs of multi-shift areas better than 3142. The 3142 has two additional tilt lock positions and cutaway sides that work well if you are wearing duty belts. Its bucket design will lift your feet from the floor when reclined and force you to sit lower in the chair to eliminate this. I feel confident recommending the 3150HR to most of our customers because of how adjustable it is, and almost always recommend it over the 3142. Hopefully, this comparison has illustrated the main differences between these two products and made it easier for you to select the best chair for your needs.