The Kinn Chair is the most expensive office chair by Autonomous but it is still considered an affordable option in the market with the price tag of just over $400. How is this chair different from all office chairs I’ve used before? Let’s find out in this review.
Unboxing & Assembly Video
|Dimensions||28″L x 28″W x 40″ – 44″H|
|Seat dimensions||19″L x 19″W|
|Seat height||17″ – 21″|
|Back dimensions||20″W x 23″H|
|Armrest’s height||7″ – 11″|
|Materials||TPE back & seat, ABS plastic frame|
|Weight capacity||350 lbs|
|Item weight||35.3 lbs|
Design & Performance
The product comes unassembled out of the box but it took me just about 5-6 minutes to put all the parts together. You will just need a screwdriver as an allen wrench is already included. The whole assembly process is straightforward and you even don’t need to read the guide. I only had some problems when trying to slide the back into the seat. Fortunately, they are just a little stiff when fitting together; With a little force, the back finally went all the way in and all the holes line up perfectly, then I could tighten them with bolts and screws. I’ve read some online reviews and found out that many people were not so lucky and had to return their chairs. I hope Autonomous would improve quality control of these parts so that the assembly process could be smoother.
In terms of look, I’m not really impressed with the Black Frame, Naked Grey TPE version. It looks kind of cheap and boring since almost the whole exterior is made of black plastic. If you look at the product images on Autonomous website, you will absolutely love its sleek and modern design. In real life, I actually prefer the look of the ErgoChair 2. Having said that, the Kinn Chair feels quite sturdy and I think I could use it for years to come.
While the Ergochair 2 uses thick fabric cushion and mesh back, the Kinn Chair uses TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) which is the combination of rubber and plastic. I thought that thick memory foam seat was the most comfortable but I totally changed my mind after trying the TPE seat. In fact, there is an array of 62 TPE springs underneath to improve the comfort. Many users have claimed the Kinn Chair delivers the same comfort as found on high-end chairs from Herman Miller. I’m very surprised with performance of the seat; There is little difference in terms of softness when comparing to a thick foam seat; It can be slightly harder at first but I got used to it in no time and now I can work a whole day on the chair. The TPE seat is stronger, lighter, and lasts 10 times longer. Moreover, there are a lot of cutouts on the seat pad, so I no longer feel the heat on my bottom. No other fabric could feel this cool and breathable.
Another advantage of the chair is its backrest. The difference between a mesh and TPE backrest is so obvious that I can’t switch back to the mesh one now. The mesh back is kind of hard and only supports my back on the spine. On the other hand, the TPE backrest is wrapping around my back and distributes support evenly. If you have back pain and have to work all day on your desk, I’d highly recommend you to try out the Kinn Chair with TPE backrest. The back is flexible yet still provides great lumbar support with its curve. Its design is somewhat similar to the Herman Miller Embody chair (which costs $1,600) as it is inspired by human’s central spine and flexible ribs; As the result, it can adapt to your movement and provide unprecedented comfort.
A concern with the Kinn Chair is that it doesn’t have a dedicated headrest. In fact, the top of the TPE backrest is wrapped to the back to create an adaptive headrest, however, it is not really comfortable. This is not a problem for most of us because our heads tend to lean forward when working. The ErgoChair 2 has a headrest but I barely touch it during a whole working day. However, I know many people often use their office chairs in reclined positions to rest or have a quick nap; In those situations, a chair with headrest would be much more convenient.
Apart from the naked TPE version, Autonomous is also selling a version with mesh back and fabric upholstery for the same price. Under the hood, both are equipped with the TPE spring seat and back, however, I prefer the naked TPE version because it looks way cooler and feels more comfortable. If you like the mesh back and fabric seat, you should buy the ErgoChair 2 to save some money.
The adjustments on the Kinn Chair is quite simple and intuitive. On the right, you can turn the crank to adjust tension of the backrest, pull a slider to adjust the seat forward/backward, and use the lever to change seat’s height. On the left side, there is just one lever to position the backrest or make it flexible; I often unlock the backrest so that I could recline whenever I want and I always receive adequate support on my back. You can also adjust the height and position of the two armrests.
- Streamlined ergonomic design
- Super breathable and comfortable seat
- Excellent back support
- Easy adjustments
- Reasonable price
- No headrest
- Seat can be firm for some users
A few years ago, I used a cheap office chair that cost less than $100 and had some pains on my back and leg. An ergonomic office chair like the Kinn Chair is a worthy investment and your body will thank you for it. I spend 7-8 hours in front of my desk, so the Kinn Chair really helps improve my sitting posture and reduce strains on my back, neck, and shoulders. Since it delivers premium features at an affordable price, we at TechWalls highly recommend it. Autonomous is offering a 30-day trial with free return shipping, so you can be 100% confident purchasing the Kinn Chair. You can use the promo code R-twdesk to save from $15 to $200 during checkout on Autonomous.
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