Looking for office chairs, in the mid-range of the office seating category, can be a slippery slope. The goal for most is to find the best value and avoid the lemon. Picked as our best value for 2019, The Vera chair is one of the best options for the price. With a ton of great adjustment functions, the Vera is a fully loaded ergonomic chair for less than half the price of our best overall pick. Is it the right fit for your needs? Let’s find out.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
– Specs / Features / Pricing
– Return Policy and Warranty
– Shipping and Assembly
– Build Quality
– Scope of Users
– Seat Comfort
– Back Support
– Armrest Comfort
– Ergonomics Adjustments
– Upholstery Options
– Mechanism Options
– Wheel/Caster Options
– What I Like
– What I Don’t Like
– Bottom Line
Country of Origin
Seat Height: 18.25” – 23”
Seat Depth: 18” – 19.5” D
Seat Width: 20”
Arm Height: 7.25” – 10”
Arm Width: 14.75” – 19”
Back Height/Width: 22.25” H / 16”-17″ W
Overall: 28” D x 28” W x 38.9” – 43.4” H
Weight Rating: 275 lbs.
Seat height adjustment
Seat depth adjustment
4D arms with height, width, depth and pivot adjustments
Four position tilt lock
Most comfortable backrest tested
275 lbs. weight capacity
The Eurotech Vera chair can be returned within 30 days of purchase. It requires the original packaging and the customer is responsible for the return shipping costs.
The warranty covers the parts of the Vera chair. These include the casters, base, mechanism, frame, and armrests. The foam and upholstery of the Vera Chair are covered for a period of five years. It’s warranted for normal use in a forty-hour work week with a 275 lbs. capacity.
Eurotech has one of the better warranties available for mid-range office seating companies. Eurotech warrants to the original purchaser that all parts will be free from material defects. Eurotech will repair, and replace at its discretion, any unaltered components.
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The Vera Chair ships via UPS in a large box. When we received our chair the box was manageable, but it weighed approximately 50 lbs. Because UPS delivered, they brought the box into our office. They would bring the box to your front door if it were being shipped to a residence.
A common theme for chairs that ship from China is they arrive RTA (ready to assemble). This means that you will need to assemble the chair when it arrives. The Vera Chair was straightforward to assemble and took me about ten minutes to put together. All the hardware went into the chair with ease which helped to speed the assembly process up. For those that haven’t assembled a lot of office furniture, it could take as long as 30 minutes to complete the assembly. The parts are heavy, and you may want to consider help while building the chair.
With a score of 59 out of 100, the Vera is middle of the road for build quality. Considering the chair retails for close to $400, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For that price, we can’t really expect for it to score where a $1000 Herman Miller Aeron chair would.
Looking at the components of the chair, from the ground up, the caster and base of the chair are well built. The chair comes standard with a hard caster that is designed for use on low pile carpet. For a chair at this price point, the mechanism on the Vera chair is well done. While it may not have been designed specifically for this chair, it has a clean look and goes well with the chair.
The underside of the seat pan is well done for a chair at this price point. The molded plastic components create a sleek and clean look for the sliding seat mechanism. The upholstery from the seat pad tuck in nicely to the seat frame for a complete look.
The armrests are made from molded nylon that helps to keep the chair weight down, but the arm strength high. The backrest is clean, apart from the bottom portion where the upholstery is pulled tight. Here you could see a bit of the seam in the mesh backrests upholstery but would be hard to see unless closely inspected as I had done.
Scope of Users
The Vera Chair scored a 59 out of 100 for the scope of users, which after testing a handful of Chinese made chairs, wasn’t that surprising. One of the most common themes with this type of chair was the lack of attention paid to the 5th to 95th percentile.
Looking first at the seat height, the Vera seat started at 18.25” and went up to 23”. For proper fitment of the 5th percentile, the seat height should start at a minimum of 16” tall. Missing this mark by over 2” isn’t ideal for users that are under 5’3”. If you’re around this height, we’d recommend looking at a footrest to ensure your feet sit flat on the floor. This is especially true when you recline back in the chair. We have two women in the office that are about 5’3” and they fit, but it is close and if they were shorter it wouldn’t be a good fit.
We found the same issue carried over to the armrests, with them sitting too high of the seat for shorter users. The same women fit in the chair, but if you’re 5’2 or shorter, you’ll want to look for a different option in the list.
On the other side of the token, average height to moderately tall users can rejoice! This chair is great for those who are above 5’6” and up to about 6’5. Depending on your build, the chair could potentially pose issues within the back height and seat depth, once you’re beyond the 6’5” mark.
The Vera chair did very well in seat comfort testing. With a score of 82 out of 100, it landed squarely in the top five. Taking an average of nine different users from our office, anything that scores over 80 is considered excellent for most people. For a lot of office chair shoppers, this is one of the most important categories to consider. It also happens to be one of the features you can find on a chair for a reasonable price. As three of the top five chairs in seat comfort are available for under $500.
Comparing the Vera chair to chairs like the Steelcase Leap and Gesture, the first thing I noticed was the additional cushioning. The Vera had a thicker seat pad and provided a different sit than both of those chairs. The initial feel is a bit firmer, but as you sit in the chair, you start to sink down a bit more. Overall, I had no issues sitting in the chair for extended periods of time. All day sitting was very comfortable and because of the bit firmer cushion, I believe it will hold up well over time.
There weren’t a lot of chairs that had the same impact, office wide, that the Vera chair did. When it first arrived, the initial opinion was that it looked nice. Then everyone began to do the five-second sit test and it all changed. Scoring a whopping 88 out of 100 for back support/comfort, the next closest chair, the Leap chair was six points behind. Not bad for a chair that retails for $600 less than the closest competitor.
The immediate opinion of the Vera chair didn’t subside either, with everyone getting their chance to sit in the Vera for an extended period. When the scoring time came, it was the clear-cut winner in the category. Interestingly, a handful of visitors to our office sat in 10-15 chairs, and everyone said something about the back on the Vera chair.
So, what is the secret sauce in the Vera backrest? To be 100% honest, I’m not completely sure what it is. It has a unique feel to it when you lean back, almost as if you’re floating in the chair’s backrest. It provides really good support throughout the entire back and moves with you as you shift around. There isn’t an area that is overly pronounced, so you don’t get the feeling of something jabbing into your lower back.
The design and way the mesh upholstery was pulled/attached to the backrest eliminated any awkward pressure points within the frame. Users from 5’3” up to 6’3” noted their shoulder blades didn’t hit any portion of the backrest frame.
Having sat extensively in this chair, I can tell you that the back provides good support over long periods of time. Coming from two of the most expensive chairs in the list, to this Vera, I honestly wasn’t disappointed.
Armrest comfort is the last category that we use everyone from our office to get an accurate score. Like seat and back comfort, armrest comfort is a subjective part of the chair. Each person is asked to look at two specific areas of the arms. The first is the overall comfort of the arms when rested on the pads. Secondly, they are to look at the adjustment range and score based on the ability to find a proper ergonomic fit.
Scoring a 78 out of 100, put the Vera chair in the top four overall. The armrests on the Vera chair are four-dimensional. They have height, width, depth and pivoting adjustments. The overall range is good, so all the testers in our office were able to adjust the arms comfortably.
The arms on the Vera are a bit on the firm side, especially when compared to the three chairs ahead of it in the rankings. While my experience sitting in the chair and using the arms was good, it took a little bit to get used to compared to those other chairs. From an investment standpoint, firm armrests tend to hold up better. So, if you’ve had issues with your arm pads breaking over time, the Vera chair could be a better option.
The minimum height range on Vera’s arm is a bit on the high side for shorter users. The testers from our office, that are close to 5’3” tall, are borderline for fit. If you’re under 5’3” and looking for the perfect ergonomic fit, you may want to look for arms that go a bit lower.
Vera has almost all the adjustments you could think of for an ergonomic chair. Eurotech was able to accomplish this without having to use an ugly mechanism with a lot of knobs and a lever. When you first look at the Vera, you might think it is only a simple task chair.
The seat depth on the Vera is a nice feature to have and provided about 1.5” depth adjustment. While not the largest range available, it can make a big difference in the chairs ability to fit shorter or longer legs. The Vera also comes standard with 4D arms and four position tilt lock.
There are only two areas where the Vera could improve upon for ergonomic adjustments. Both are found within the backrest design of the chair. While it has the highest back score, it doesn’t include a lumbar support adjustment or back height adjustment. Being able to fine tune the backrest would allow for a more custom fit on the Vera.
The Vera comes standard in a black seat, with six mesh back color options. The mesh backrest is available in Satellite, Piano, Bittersweet Red, Marigold, Lime Punch and Dandelion.
Eurotech has kept the buying process simple, which can be a good thing. While the Vera is only available with one mechanism option, it is loaded with ergonomic adjustments.
The Vera is only available in the standing chair height.
Vera comes standard with a hard-plastic carpet caster that is designed for use on low pile carpet. Soft casters are also available for an additional charge that is designed for use on tile, wood and other hard surfaces.
Eurotech Seating has always put a heavy emphasis on the environment with their seating. The Vera chair includes the Greenguard certification.
What I Like
Comfortable Seat Pad
Passing the five-second sit test is important for people testing chairs in a showroom. The real test comes with hours of continuous sitting. After spending over a week of this type of sitting, I really like the seat pad on the Vera chair. While initially, it sits a bit firmer than some of the high-end alternatives, I found it to be very supportive for longer periods of sitting.
The seat pad had a nice shape to it is as well. The waterfall front on the seat pad provided proper circulation for blood flow in my legs. There were certain times, during my testing, that I forgot I was sitting in the Vera. This is a good thing because less comfortable chairs tend to remind you that you’re still in them.
The hands-down winner in the backrest comfort score was the Vera chair’s comfortable backrest; this was a surprise to everyone. Even though it didn’t include an adjustable lumbar system, there was plenty of support through the entire back.
When you lean back into the backrest, there is a floating like sensation that we didn’t get with any of the other chairs. The mesh tends to flex and provide support in all the required areas throughout your back.
Including almost every ergonomic adjustment you could need, the Vera chair is a fully loaded ergonomic chair. It includes a seat slider, 4D armrests and four position tilt lock for custom comfort.
Affordable Price Point
Picked as our best value, the $400 price tag on the Vera chair is a good price for everything that comes standard with this chair. When compared to chairs that are twice the price, the Vera comes with a solid warranty and is one of the most comfortable chairs we tested. The Vera chair is a good alternative for those who don’t want to spend $1000 for a new office chair.
Clean Mechanism Design
Sure, some might prefer the over the top look of some highly adjustable ergonomic chairs. I, on the other hand, like to have my chair blend in with the rest of the office. Even though Vera has most ergonomic adjustments, the sleek mechanism design helps to hide it. This design has the Vera looking more like a sleek task chair than an ergonomic machine. If you want something to streamline the commercial office space, the Vera is a great option.
For a mid-market office seating brand, Eurotech has always provided a solid warranty. Having sold their products for over thirteen years, I can vouch for Eurotech standing behind their products. So long as you hold onto your proof of purchase and don’t abuse the products, they will cover the parts of the chair for life. The foam and upholstery of the chair is covered for a period of five years.
What I Don’t Like
Minimum Seat and Arm Heights
A few small tweaks to the Eurotech Vera and it could have been even closer to the likes of the Steelcase and Herman Miller chairs. Two of those are linked to the seat height and arm height adjustment ranges.
With a minimum seat height of just over 18” tall, users that are under 5’3” and 5’4” will have issues sitting comfortably in the Vera. This can be solved by adding a footrest, but that requires some to have to make an additional purchase.
The armrests on the Vera chair have the same problem, with a minimum height of 7.25 off the seat, users around the same height will have fit issues. This isn’t something that can be fixed, unfortunately, so you’ll want to measure your current set up to verify fit before purchasing the Vera chair.
Middle of the Road Build Quality
Considering the Vera is a mid-market office chair, it really doesn’t come as a surprise that the chair is middle of the road for build quality. At $400, it is a really good value, but the fact that it is made in China can’t be ignored. If the chair were being made in Taiwan or Mexico, we believe the build quality would be a bit higher. To keep the price down, it makes sense that it is currently manufactured in China.
Arm Pads Firmness
For a chair that ranked as one of the most comfortable in our list, the arm pads are surprisingly firm. Even so, our office scored them with a 78 out of 100. What does this tell me? That arm firmness isn’t a deal breaker for overall comfort when looking at arm pads. Proper fit is even more important.
I tend to agree because my experience sitting in the Vera was about the same. The arms were on the firm side, but after a couple of hours, I was used to them. If you need soft arms, the Vera isn’t a good fit. One positive of firm arm pads is they tend to hold up better than the softer materials used on other chairs. If you find that the arms of your chair get beat up for hitting your desk, the Vera might be a good option.
Mesh Upholstery Abrasive To Some Clothing Material
One of the common problems listed with mesh upholstered chairs is how they can be abrasive with certain types of clothing. That was the case with the Vera chair as well and if you wear fuzzy types of clothing, it tends to stick to the backrest. If you wear tighter woven materials, we haven’t found it to be an issue.
Being listed as the best value out of the top 21 office chairs isn’t a small feat. There are a lot of good options available, but none offered quite as much as the Vera, at such a competitive price point.
If you’re looking for a comfortable office chair, the Vera chair ranked in the top four in all three comfort categories. It was even able to take the number one spot for back support/comfort from chairs that were twice as much money. With plenty of ergonomic adjustments, most users should have no issues getting comfortable in the Vera.
Of course, being sold for $400 vs $1000 means that the Vera chair does have some shortcomings compared to top-end models. If you’re looking for the best build quality, the Vera isn’t it. You’ll also find that its warranty is quite a bit shorter for the foam and upholstery than brands like Steelcase or Herman Miller.
Additional Office Chair Resources
- Herman Miller Aeron Chair (Review / Rating / Pricing)
- Steelcase Leap v2 Ergonomic Office Chair (Review / Rating / Pricing)
- Humanscale Diffrient Smart Chair (Review / Rating / Pricing)
- 5 Reasons Ergonomic Chairs Will Improve Your Back Pain
- 6 Common Problems With Mesh Office Chairs
- 9 Most Common Problems With The Raynor Ergohuman Chair