At the moment writing this review, Autonomous has a lineup of 5 different office chairs and the Autonomous ErgoStool is the last one I tested. This is also the cheapest option as it costs less than $100. How is it compared to other Autonomous chairs? Let’s find out in the review.
Unboxing & Setup
|Dimensions||13″L x 13″W x 25″ – 35″H|
|Seat dimensions||13″L x 13″W|
|Seat height||adjustable 25″ – 35″|
|Range of motion||30 degrees|
|Materials||Nylon plastic frame, polyester fabric with molded foam interior|
|Colors||Black, Navy Blue, Cool Gray, Evergreen|
|Weight capacity||264 lbs|
|Item weight||22 lbs|
|Shipping dimensions||53”L x 37.5”W x 33”H|
Design & Performance
Out of the box, the ErgoStool comes in 3 parts and it is very straightforward to put them together. The whole assembly process took just 1 minute. Its design is totally different from any office chair that I’ve used before. It is actually a balance stool with no backrest. The design is not unique as I’ve seen many similar stools on the market and most of them are in the $90-$100 price range.
The stool has very good build quality. It feels sturdy and I can easily move it around by lifting only the seat. The base is quite heavy and it has a non-slip surface on the bottom. Therefore, you can rock, tip, twist, lean and swivel the ErgoStool without worrying it could fall down. When you need to sit still, it can become fairly stable.
The problem with other ergonomic office chairs is that they are too comfortable. So, I can work all days on those chairs without standing up and of course, that’s not a good habit. I used a motorized standing desk but rarely made the switch to the standing position. The ErgoStool has a well-padded seat but my 2 feet are on the ground most of the time to make it stable; Only a very small part of my bottom sits on the stool, so it is really not comfortable for hours of sitting. In fact, I often have to stand up after every 20-30 minutes to stretch. Even when I sit on the chair, my whole body moves around more often.
The height of the stool is adjustable and you can use the lowest height level for sitting on a normal desk. However, I think the stool is more suitable for a standing desk because you should sit a little higher near to the standing position. This would encourage you to make the switch more often, keep your body active, and strengthen your back and core.
The ErgoStool is a nice product to have in a home office. It is not comfortable enough to use for a whole long day and absolutely can’t replace an ergonomic office chair. However, it is great for shorter working sessions, for a meeting room, or for hairdressers, musicians, or anyone who need to switch between sitting and standing frequently. You can use the promo code R-twdesk to save from $10 to $150 during checkout on Autonomous.
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