Here at BTOD.com, we have a lot of experience sitting in and selling heavy duty/intensive use office chairs. Not only can we give our honest opinions, we can also pass along the experience our customers have using these in the field. Today I will be reviewing a chair that has proven to stand up to the intense work environments, all while holding 400 lbs. Not only is the Flash Furniture GO-2149-LEA-GG chair durable, it is also offered at a very reasonable price. Below I will be discussing the details of this chair and hopefully it can help chair shoppers make an informed decision on the chair that works for them.
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Overall Size: 30″W x 34″D x 44-48″H
Back Size: 23″W x 25″H
Seat Size: 24″W x 22″D x 20-24″H
Arm Height: 26.375″H
Weight: 64 lbs
$304.49 + Free Shipping
· Contemporary 24/7 Multi-Shift Use Office Chair
· 400 lb. Weight Capacity
· High Back Design with Headrest
· Pressurized Lumbar Support Knob
· Tilt Lock Mechanism
· Tilt Tension Adjustment Knob
· 4” Thick Foam Padded Seat
· Contoured Seat offers plush comfort
· 24” Wide Seat
· Waterfall Seat promotes healthy blood flow
· Swivel Seat
· Pneumatic Seat Height Adjustment
· Black LeatherSoft Upholstery
· LeatherSoft is leather and polyurethane for added Softness and Durability
· Height Adjustable Padded Arms
· Heavy Duty Chrome Base
· Dual Wheel Casters
· CA117 Fire Retardant Foam
The BTOD-GO-2149-LEA-GG chair is upholstered in “LeatherSoft” which is a leather combined with polyurethane for added softness and durability. Black stitching holds the upholstery together and the threads are very neat without any loose strands. From my experience this material is above average for a chair in its price range.
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Delivery And Assembly
This chair will typically ship out of the warehouse within 48 hours. Transit time can be 1-3 business days depending on where the chair is being shipped. The great news is that this really large chair ships FedEx ground, so it will be brought into the office or suite.
Assembly of this chair was very easy. It took 15 minutes to assemble and all of the necessary tools were included. It is recommended when attaching the back and seat to get another set of hands.
Everything on this chair is covered for two years. If something does not work or a part breaks, Flash will send out replacement parts to the end user. This warranty does not cover wear and tear or abuse.
I was very impressed with the overall quality of the faux leather and the stitching. It was then that I realized just how large the 24” wide seat is. Like my OFM avenger chair review, I could just tell this chair would be too wide/large for the average person to use on a regular basis. I am a little bigger than average. When I sat down I was very comfortable, except for the arms which were a little wide for me; something to be expected on such a large chair. The overall sitting experience was very comfortable and the cushions offered my whole body support. The backrest was tall enough to make full contact with the top of my shoulders. The adjustable arms were also a plus because large chairs in this price range will typically have a fixed arm with no adjustability.
What I like?
It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to the armrests on most office chairs. This chair does however offer some of the best arm caps I have ever used. These arms are one of kind and they slope inward or contour to the shape of the forearm. Not only that, but the arms pads are gigantic while being soft to the touch. The arm rest made contact with my wrist and went all the way back to my elbow.
This chair does offer an adjustable lumbar support with the twist of a knob. The lumbar does not stick out of the back as far as more expensive chairs, but it does offer just enough lower back support. Similar chairs such as the OFM Avenger chair don’t offer any adjustable lumbar support.
Inexpensive chairs typically have a “contoured” lumbar support, this means the back is shaped like the natural curve of the human spine. Chairs with contoured lumbar support offer limited support and must hit the back in the exact spot or it will not serve any purpose.
The 24” seat width is the best part about this chair. This chair was designed to hold a lot of weight while offering plenty of room. I still had a couple inches to spare on each side of the seat. The 22” seat depth also offers plenty of space for taller individuals. Having such a deep seat allows users to move all of the way to the back of the chair while still offering support for the thigh area.
Not only does this chair have a really deep seat, it also includes one of the best waterfall seats I have sat in. The angle at which the front of the seat pad drops isn’t as drastic as other chairs, yet still offers support consistent support.
I know this may sound like a very trivial upside to this chair, but it is worth mentioning. Each major part was labeled with “front” on it. This may seem obvious after the chair is assembled, but when building the chair, going back and forth between the instructions can lead to confusion. Which way the parts are supposed to be facing can require some figuring out and this helped a lot. Without those markings, assembly time would more than likely increase by a few minutes.
This chair offers one of the best values for any chair on the market, let alone a big and tall 24/7 chair. For $300 this very large chair can be used up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all while holding up to 400 lbs. Yes, the warranty is only for two years, but as long as the chair is not abused it should last longer. We have had some of these chairs out in the field for close to three years and have not had more than a handful of warranty requests. It speaks volumes that this chair does not break down in some of the harshest environments.
What I don’t like?
Lack of Adjustable Back
This chair does lack the proper adjustability which can help multiple users fit in the chair with correct ergonomics. I would have at least liked to see the back be adjustable up and down. Then again, adding this option would quickly increase its price. Having an adjustable back would allow the cushioned headrest and lumbar support to move up and down. That would mean those points of contact can fit the various heights of different users better.
I don’t know if this was done on purpose, but the seat is angled opposite of the back so that it meets the back at the opposite angle making a “V” shape. What that does is it keeps the user from slouching or sliding down the seat. Instead the seat and back almost traps the body in the recline position.
No matter how this chair is set up or adjusted, the back will always be angled backwards or at an angle over 90 degrees. This means if the user is sitting straight up and down the back will not make full contact with the entire back/shoulders.
I hate to keep bringing up chrome bases, but I keep seeing them on most inexpensive chairs. In my previous articles I had mentioned how I do not like the look of the chrome and over time they tend to get cloudy and scuffed very easily. This isn’t to say chrome bases are not sturdy because they are, but I would be happier to see just a black plastic base over the chrome any day.
Hard To Reach Adjustment Handle
The only adjustment handle on this chair was placed in one of the most inconvenient spots possible. I had to reach over the armrest – or- between the armrest and back. This made unlocking/locking the back tilt from a sitting position very difficult. I am taller, but I could only imagine how hard it would be to make adjustments for a shorter individual. Now this is not a deal breaker for the chair, but it does create an annoyance.
Overall the value of the chair is like no other on the market. Getting a chair at this price, that can support 400 pounds and be used for three shifts, is no small feat. Sure, this chair may not work for everyone because of its size, but the price is within reach for most and offers a lot of value. Getting the adjustable lumbar support and adjustable arms are just extra added value. Hopefully these details can help any potential users to make an informed decision on what chair works best for them.