Big and tall chairs are made in various shapes, sizes and serve various functions. The OFM 810LX Avenger chair falls into one of those categories where the chair does not have a great number of ergonomic chair adjustments but can hold a substantial amount of weight very well. We have one of these in our showroom, so I decided to sit in it for a week. Here is what I found.
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OFM Avenger Big and Tall Chair Review
- OFM Inc. History
- 2019 Pricing
- Delivery and Assembly
- Initial Impressions
- What I Like?
- What I Don’t Like?
- Final Thoughts
OFM Inc History
OFM Inc. is based out of North Carolina with multiple warehouses around the United States and growing still to this day. They specialize in supplying affordable furniture with quick delivery times. They try to ship orders out in 24 hours, which has been their main goal since their company was started in 1995. They are one of the pioneers of this practice and that is why they are still going strong today.
Overall Size: 30”W x 32”D x 44.75-49”H
Seat Size: 23.75″W x 21.5”D x 19-23.5”H
Back Size: 23.75”W x 28.5”H
Weight: 69 lbs.
Weight Capacity: 500 lbs.
OFM 810LX 2019 Pricing
$468.99 + Free Shipping
500 lbs. Weight Capacity
5″ thick extra-wide padded seat
28″ 5-star base with chrome finish
High-back chair gives full-body support
Soft, supple, bonded leather stitched & tufted for plush comfort
3/4″ thick bonded leather-padded arms with chrome accent
Gas lift seat height adjustment
Seat swivels 360 degrees
Greenguard Certified for Children & Schools
Meets or exceeds ANSI/BIFMA standards
OFM Avenger Upholstery
The OFM Avenger chair is upholstered in bonded leather which comes in either black or brown. Also visible is the thick stitching which is white on the black chair and tan stitching on the brown chair.
Delivery And Assembly
The Avenger chair will be shipped via FedEx Ground typically within 48 hours. Transit time can take anywhere from 1-5 business days depending on where the chair is being sent.
The Avenger chair is harder to assemble than the typical office chair. The seat and back are not connected when you first receive the chair. During assembly, this means you must balance the heavy back while trying to insert the bracket into the seat. When we built the chair, it only took 15 minutes, but I did need assistance from another person. Once those are attached the chair can be dropped onto the cylinder. The last step is to bolt in the fixed arms.
Tip: I recommend having two people help build this chair. The back and seat together weigh around 50 lbs.
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810LX Avenger Warranty
The Avenger chair comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The cylinder is covered for seven years. The upholstery, padding and parts are covered for two years. The limited lifetime portion means the chair is warranted against defects for the life of the product; however, there are exclusions. They do not cover normal wear and tear that is to be expected with normal use. This type of exclusion is always up for interpretation and any warranty decisions will ultimately be up to OFM. The OFM will send the necessary parts to the end user if something were to fail or stop working correctly.
When I first sat down in the chair, I thought “wow, the cushions are actually cushiony.” My next thought was “this chair is really large!” When I say large, I mean that in a good way because the chair cradles/engulfs the body and almost wraps around the user. I was worried about the lack of ergonomic adjustments on the chair. I am used to sitting in chairs that can be adjusted to fit each individual user, but this chair only has the ability to lock the back from rocking and the seat will go up and down. Below I will go more into detail about my experience with the OFM Avenger chair.
What I like about this chair?
I was extremely impressed with the actual comfort of the cushions and arm padding on the chair. From my past experience, big cushions do not always mean a softer sit. Cushions on some chairs will just deflate when sat on. This can be bad in the long run because the only support offered by the seat is the seat pan under the cushions. What good is a chair that does not offer a cushion that actually acts as a cushion?
The Avenger chair offers more than enough room when it comes to seat width and seat depth. I was able to sit all of the way back in the chair and the front of the seat almost reached to the back of my knees. That means a lot more ergonomic support. In my previous review about the Concept Seating 3142 chair, I had mentioned that the seat depth is not deep enough and creates an uncomfortable sit for taller individuals.
The seat width is also very large which is perfect for a big and tall chair. I am larger than the average person and I had 2-3 inches of space leftover on each side of me. 23” inches of seat width is very generous, especially at the price the chair is offered.
This chair height is truly meant for the tall and offers a seat height of 19-23.5”. I had recently worked with a local customer who was 6’ 8” and when he sat in the chair it fit him perfectly at the chairs highest point. The chair was able to support his whole body including his back and shoulders.
Big and tall chairs go through a lot of abuse during a work shift, so that means that some chairs are purposely built with minimal adjustments. The more adjustments a chair has the more that can go wrong over time. The Avenger chair only has two basic adjustments; the seat- height adjustment and the locking back tilt. Yes, I would like to see more adjustments, but that would also increase the price of the chair. The price of the chair is within reach for most people at $500. If we were to start adding more to the chair the price would quickly skyrocket.
There are two kinds of big and tall chairs on the market. One of the chairs (like the Avenger) is made to be large and hold a lot of weight with limited ergonomic adjustments. The second type of big and tall chair is one that can hold a lot of weight, while also allowing the user to sit ergonomically. The second type of chair is more expensive and for good reasons. A good example of that is the concept seating 3150HR chair which has every ergonomic adjustment available; seat depth, adjustable arms, adjustable back and multiple tilt lock positions.
The Avenger chair is one of the few chairs that have a headrest I can use. When I lean back in the chair the headrest falls just under my head cradling my neck. Why have a headrest if you have to sit in an awkward position to use it?
What I don’t like?
Overall Chair Size
Yes, I have considered this is a big and tall chair, but this chair is extra-large! This chair is not meant to be sat in ergonomically so typing and other desk work can be a pain if you are not the correct width or height for this chair. With that being said, this chair does one thing really well and that is holding a lot of weight.
I have seen a lot of chair bases in my day working with office furniture. One thing I am not a fan of is cheap looking chrome bases. Don’t get me wrong this is a gigantic and solid base, but it is not aesthetically appealing. I understand why this type of base was used and more than likely it was to keep the cost of the chair down. Typically, more expensive chairs will have an industrial finish on the base or something to make it more appealing.
As I have mentioned in my other chair reviews, back angles are really important for a healthy ergonomic posture. When the chair back is locked in the furthest upright position, the back is still angled towards the back of the chair. This can cause the person using the chair to slowly sink down because they are not sitting straight up.
This chair has absolutely no ergonomic features; however, that is to be expected with most big and tall chairs. The chair was made to have the curvature for lumbar support, but it is not pronounced enough to actually give support to the lower back.
The fixed arms do not allow any flexibility, so any sort of desk work can be troublesome. When I was using the armrests I had to spread my arms out into an unnatural position. It was as if I was in a constant shrugging motion with my shoulders just to use the arms. After an hour, I could tell there was stiffness starting to develop around the neck/shoulders area and my arms were getting tired. Office chair arms are supposed to help create a resting position for your arms so you can type for long hours.
The OFM Avenger chair is truly a heavy-duty office chair that can handle the everyday abuse it may take. The chair is not meant for everyone, but rather for those that need the extra seat room or are very tall. This chair does not have any ergonomic features, so that is something to keep in mind when choosing the best office chair for each situation. Overall, this is a great value for the price and is a tank of a chair. Hopefully, this article can help someone make an informed decision on the next big and tall office chair to purchase.
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