Today I will be reviewing a standing chair from Safco Products. We have been an authorized dealer of Safco Products for a number of years now. Their recent push into the active seating market has opened the door to a number of new products for us to sell. One of them is the Twixt®. The Twixt® has a new take on the wobble base and offers one of the largest seats I have seen on a standing chair. I thought the Twixt® looked like an interesting product so I ordered one to test and include on our list of best standing chairs. While the Twixt® has some nice features, it is far from perfect. Here is my experience with the Twixt®.
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The Twixt® is made by Safco Products Company and was designed by Thomas Walser from Switzerland. Walser has designed other chairs for companies like Topstar. Safco has been in business for close to 50 years. They are based in Minnesota and focus on providing organization and comfort enhancing products for the office environment. Recently, Safco has been expanding their product offering by acquiring companies like Mayline and Focal Upright. They currently offer thousands of items.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
– Specs / Features / Pricing
– Return Policy and Warranty
– Shipping and Assembly
– Build Quality
– Seat Comfort
– Range of Motion
– Making Adjustments
– What I Like
– What I Don’t Like
– Bottom Line
Country of Origin
Seating Surface Size: 15.5” Diameter
Seat Height Range: 17-22” or 22-31.75”
Base Dimensions: 14” Diameter
Weight Capacity: 250 lbs.
Chair Weight: 14 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 19 lbs.
Box Dimensions: 18.5” x 10.25” x 16”
Flexible ring under base to provide wobble motion
Pneumatic height adjustment with ring underneath seat
Built-in handle under seat for easy portability
Polyester mesh upholstered seat with 360° Swivel
2019 Price – $115.79
The base, lower portion of the post and seat pan are black. The upper portion of the post is silver. The seat is available in the following four color options: black, blue, green or orange.
Safco sells the Twixt® through a network of authorized dealers that have different return policies. Some may charge a restocking fee or return shipping costs, some may charge both and others may charge neither. If you are concerned about the possibility of needing to return your chair, then I would contact a few different dealers to see what their return policies are. Always make sure to hold on to the original packaging because this will be a requirement to return a chair to Safco.
Safco covers the Twixt® with a limited lifetime warranty. This warranty applies to the original purchaser of the chair and has a few exceptions. The seat height adjustment mechanism and the gas cylinder are covered for 10 years. The mesh upholstery and seat padding are covered for five years. This warranty coverage is among the best in the active seating category.
Safco ships the Twixt® via UPS or FedEx ground within two to three days of your order being placed. It will then arrive a few days later. The item arrives in a small, cube-shaped box that weighs just under 20 lbs. The box is very easy to carry by myself. The Twixt® comes ready to assemble with each individual part having its own packaging inside the box. There is very little chance for damage on the Twixt® due to shipping.
The Twixt® requires a little assembly. The item arrives in three parts: the seat, cylinder and base. The assembly is as simple as placing the cylinder in the base and then putting the seat on top of the cylinder. Once you sit on the Twixt®, the components will lock into place and the unit is ready for use. The entire process only took me a couple minutes.
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The Twixt® is made in Taiwan with lower quality parts and components; this allowed Safco to keep the price on the lower end of the spectrum. The base is constructed of aluminum, with a thermoplastic ring on the bottom. The thermoplastic ring flexes, similar to rubber, which is where the wobble movement comes from.
Something that caught me really off guard is how loud the thermoplastic ring is when the chair is used on hard surfaces. Anytime you move, there is a loud screeching or squealing type of sound. It is so noticeable that I do not think that this would be practical to use on hard surfaces. The noise is very distracting and would almost certainly be a nuisance to people around you.
The steel piston operates smoothly without any awkward noises but I did notice that there is already quite a bit of grease build up toward the top of the cylinder. An excessive amount of grease is typically a sign of a lower quality product. The seat height adjustment mechanism and the ring used to make the adjustments are made from steel. The seat pan is made from polypropylene and features standard foam cushioning. The upholstery is a polyester mesh that is porous and coarse to the touch.
The Twixt® has great mobility for a handful of reasons. The first reason is the chair’s weight. It weighs less than 15 pounds. This means that almost anyone will be able to lift the chair to move it. The second reason that makes the chair so mobile is the built-in handle underneath the seat. There is a notch formed into the polypropylene seat pan that goes all the way around the underside of the seat. This gives you something to hold onto when lifting the chair, unlike models like the Aeris BmbH Swopper and Move. The final factor that contributes to the mobility of the Twixt® is its small footprint. It is not bulky or awkward to carry. The small footprint also makes the Twixt® easy to store in a closet, under your desk or off to the side to create more space.
The Twixt®’s seat is round and the top of the seat has a convex shape. The seat is lightly padded with standard foam and upholstered with a polyester mesh. The mesh has pronounced holes which can be a problem when it comes to cleaning. Dirt and debris can get trapped under the mesh which is often times tough to deal with. The mesh is also coarse to the touch. It is not comfortable on the skin and could be abrasive to clothing. The seat padding is thicker in the center of the seat than on the edges. This creates the convex shape. While the seat is larger than most standing chairs I have seen, I did not find it to be comfortable for very long.
Range of Motion
The Twixt® is meant to function like a wobble stool. Instead of having a base with a pronounced rounded base, like the Focal Pivot or Wobble Stool, the Twixt® has a rounded thermoplastic ring around the bottom of the base. The ring can flex which allows the base to tilt. The problem is that the amount that the chair tilts is very small and it takes considerable effort to do so. I found the range of motion to be very limited. This made it difficult to use the chair in a perching or leaning position. When I used it perching, it felt like I was tilting the chair further than it was supposed to. The force to keep it tilted forward, combined with the mesh upholstery, would pull my pants up. This made the chair uncomfortable to use when perching, even for short periods of time.
Adjusting the Twixt®
The Twixt® is similar to most standing chairs since it only has one adjustment, the seat height. The adjustment is controlled with a steel ring under the seat. You can press and hold the ring to unlock the pneumatic cylinder. When you hold the ring, the seat will automatically raise because of the force from the pneumatic cylinder. You can release the ring to lock the seat at any new height you’d like. To lower the seat, use your weight to push the seat down, while holding down the adjustment ring. The Twixt® comes in two cylinder options. The standard Twixt® has a seat height range of 17-22”, which is the range for a normal office chair. The extended height version has a seat height range of 22-31.75”. While there are two different height options, the tallest height is on the low end of the standing chairs I have tested. On the flip side, this is the only standing chair I have tested that is available in a version to use at normal desk height.
There are two popular ways of thinking when it comes to sitting ergonomics. The first is that your knees, elbows and back should be at 90°. You should have proper lumbar support and the ability to easily move around your desk without changing your position. This means that your chair needs arms, a backrest with lumbar support and casters. The second way of thinking is fairly new but growing in popularity. It focuses more on incorporating movement to avoid feeling stiff or sore. The Twixt® follows these principles. It doesn’t have arms, a backrest or casters. Instead, you are meant to move around, change positions and get up out of the chair to go to other sections of your desk or office. Unfortunately, the limited range of motion and seat design make it difficult to move around while working or use the Twixt® at various heights.
The base on the Twixt® is not as stable as products like the Swopper or Muvman but it still feels solid when it is flat on the ground. The limited range of motion also contributes to the stability because you can’t lean as easily as products like the Pivot. I do not think the chair is as stable when you try to perch or lean though. Tilting the chair far enough for a perching position felt like I was pushing the chair further than it was supposed to be.
What Do I Like?
One of the most attractive features on the Twixt® is the warranty that Safco provides. The Twixt® has one of the lowest price points in the standing chair category but comes with one of the best warranties out there. This adds a good amount of value to the chair.
The Twixt® is really easy to move around your office and can be shared for numerous different applications. I think this is really important for a chair like the Twixt® that is not meant to be sat in for prolonged hours at a time. Having a chair that is easy to move and store makes it a good option as a complimentary chair.
Seat is large
The seat is a circle with a 15.5” diameter. This is not large by office chair standards but it is large by standing chair standards. The Twixt®’s seat is among the largest seats available on standing chairs and it lacks a contour that can be a turn off for some people.
What Don’t I Like?
Seat is uncomfortable
I like the size and shape of the seat but I still find it to be uncomfortable. The padding is decent in the middle but the edges are not soft and the coarse mesh upholstery does not help with the comfort. I thought it was okay for less than an hour at a time but anything longer was uncomfortable.
Limited range of motion
The most disappointing feature for me is the limited range of motion that the chair provides. I like the idea behind the flexible bottom of the base but it just doesn’t provide the same experience that the other standing chairs do. I think the Twixt® is closer to a regular office stool than an active stool.
Was not comfortable perching or leaning
The seat design and lack of motion make it very hard to perch or lean. The seat is convex but it is not naturally tilted forward, like the Muvman, to help the chair adapt to leaning positions. I think the best way to use the chair is at lower heights so that you can sit fully on the seat and avoid over tilting the base.
Noisy on hard surfaces
I am still surprised by how loud the Twixt® is on hard surfaces. It is really distracting. This is really unfortunate because it really cuts down the number of people that will be able to use the Twixt®.
The Twixt® was an interesting chair to test and I learned a lot by comparing it to other standing chairs. There are some things I like about the chair. The price point is tough to beat, especially when it comes with an industry leading warranty. The chair is really easy to move around the office and the large, round seat makes the chair more suitable for a wider range of body types.
The biggest problems that I have with the Twixt® are that it provides very little movement and it is uncomfortable to use in standing positions. I think this chair can be useful for a number of different applications but it should be treated more like a normal office stool than an active chair. If you are looking for a versatile office stool that has a bit more movement than a normal stool, then the Twixt® may be a good option for you. If you are looking for a product to keep you active throughout the day, then I would look for alternative options.