In a Nutshell:

The Alera Etros Series Petite is surprisingly comfortable, versatile little chair, offered for a song. Recommended for anyone interested in a low-cost, highly adjustable mixed mesh/fabric office chair. It’s designed for petite users, but versatile enough to appeal to a broad swath of the market.

Value for the Money
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

* Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect. ** While aesthetics is a matter of taste, Aesthetic Flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.


  • Good design
  • Affordable price
  • Comfortable and adjustable
  • Easy to assemble


  • Little post-sales support
  • Uses low-end materials
  • Low maximum supported weight
Alera Etros Series Petite ALEET4017 Mesh Chair

Recommended For: Anyone interested in a low-cost, highly adjustable mixed mesh/fabric office chair. It’s designed for petite users, but versatile enough to appeal to a broad swath of the market.

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Are you on the short side? Below average height? Has that fact proved frustrating as you search for a decent office chair? 

If so, you’re going to enjoy reading about the Alera Etros Series Petite Aleet4017.

It was built with shorter people in mind but is also versatile enough to be used by people of many different shapes and sizes. This makes it a great addition to any busy household where many people will likely use the chair.

We’ll be quick to point out that it’s not a perfect chair, but it is a very good one and a strong enough contender that it was mentioned in our recent roundup review of the best office chairs for petite users.

In the following sections, we’ll review everything the Aleet 4017 can do and explain its weaknesses. This will give you all the information you need to decide if this is the model you’ve been searching for. If that sounds good to you, let’s get right to it!

​Alera Etros Series Black Mesh Mid-Back Petite Chair Key Features

Unobtrusive. That’s the first word that’s likely to enter your mind when you see the Alera Etros Series Petite Aleet 4017 for the first time, and although it doesn’t sound like it, that’s a compliment.

One of the most significant drawbacks of mesh office chairs is that they tend to be less attractive than their fabric or leather-upholstered counterparts. In response to that reality, Alera and a few other companies have begun experimenting with hybrid chairs that offer a mix of upholstery, typically mesh on the seatback and fabric or leather on the seat.

It’s a good compromise. If you’ve ever owned a leather chair, you know how quickly your back can wind up covered in a sheet of sweat by merely sitting in the chair. Leather’s not breathable.

The Aleet is the best of all worlds in that regard. The mesh seatback might not be much to look at, but it’s delightfully breathable and sturdy.  The fabric upholstery covering the seat is attractive, and its presence allows for the use of block foam padding to make the chair more comfortable.

Granted, this chair won’t win any beauty contests, but the simple truth is that most people buy office furniture for function, not for form, and as we said, Aleet’s design is unobtrusive. It’s solid black, so it tends to mesh well with a wide variety of home décor schemes. Since the use of mesh is limited to the seatback itself, it doesn’t detract too much from the chair’s conventional design and aesthetic.

​Chair Specifications

Right side view of the Alera Etros Series Black Mesh Mid-Back Petite Chair

Let’s start by taking a look at the chair’s basic stats:

  • Chair Dimensions: 28.3” x 23.8” x 32.5” to 36.5”
  • Chair Weight: 52 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds
  • Seat to Floor Height: 17.5” to 21.5”
  • Seat Depth: Adjustable! 16 1/8” to 17 ¾”
  • Seat Width: It’s tapered, 16” wide where it meets the seat back, widening to 20” at the edge of the seat

There are a couple of interesting things to discuss here. First, given the chair’s weight, you might wonder how on earth this model could be well-suited to a petite person. Remember that while it was designed with shorter folks in mind, it was also meant to be highly versatile. The total weight reflects that.

Additionally, check out the seat depth at its smallest setting and the seat-to-floor height at its lowest setting. Both values align with those of an office chair designed for petite users. In the next section, we’ll discuss other features that make this a solid choice for petite users.


There’s a lot to like here; a surprising amount, really, given the modest price of the chair. We were stunned, for instance, to find a chair this inexpensive that offered an adjustable seat depth (from 16 1/8” to 17 ¾”). We haven’t seen anything else that comes close.

Front view of the Alera Etros Series Petite Mid-Back Multifunction Mesh Chair

Sure, you can find plenty of chairs that offer both features, but typically, you have to pay several hundred dollars to get them. This is the least expensive chair we’ve found that provides both. Kudos to Alera!

In addition, it bears mentioning again that the seat-to-floor height range starts at 17.5” and goes all the way to 21.5”. That, coupled with the seat depth adjustment, makes the chair shine and useful for various body shapes and sizes.

​Ergonomic Features

In addition, it has an excellent lumbar support system. It is even moderately adjustable (up or down by about 2”), but unfortunately, that’s the only ergonomic feature you’ll find in the chair. 

We would love to have seen ergonomically designed armrests, which would have been a huge addition, given that the arms are already height and width adjustable, and perhaps even a waterfall-style seat. Still, alas, the chair offers neither of those.

Armrests of the ALEET4017 Mesh Chair
Three-lever multifunction mechanism of the Alera Etros Series Petite ALEET4017
Seat height adjustment Knob of the ALEET4017 Mesh Chair

The seat is sculpted and generously padded, with durable fabric covering nearly 4” block foam. That, plus the excellent lumbar support and the mesh seatback, all combine to make this chair suitable for heavy daily usage, but unfortunately, there’s a catch.

Max Supported Weight

The Alera Etros Series Black Mesh Mid-Back Petite Chair only supports a maximum of 250 pounds of user weight. Mostly, that comes down to the fact that the company used low-end materials in its construction to keep the price low. 

Illustration on the recline range, armrests adjustment, and seat heigh adjustment of the Alera Etros Series Petite ALEET4017 Mesh Chair

The chair is much better suited to light or moderate daily usage. If you try to use it for long periods every day, especially if you’re close to the maximum recommended weight limit, it’ll start breaking down much faster than you’d like.

Recline Function

One final thing to mention here is that the Aleet 4017 also features a tilt and lock mechanism, with a recline range that ​starts at 90 degrees and goes to a max. of 135 degrees. That’s not quite an industry standard, but it’s a range that a great many chairs offer the feature use, so again, kudos to Alera.

Does Not Come Assembled

While it’s true that the Alera Etros Series Petite Mid-Back Multifunction Mesh Chair doesn’t come assembled, this is another aspect of the chair that Alera did well at implementing. Most unassembled chairs take up to an hour to assemble, but the Aleet can be assembled in mere minutes, and even better, without tools! 

It’s a small thing since you’ll only have to assemble the thing once, but it significantly reduces the “PIA factor,” which we count very much in favor of the design. Again, job well done, Alera!

Pros & Cons of the Alera Etros Series Petite

By this point, you might be scratching your head a bit.  After all, we’ve mostly sung the praises of this design, so how on earth did it wind up with the relatively modest final rating we gave it?

Illustration on the adjustable Alera Etros Series Black Mid-Back Multifunction Mesh Chair

The answer lies in two areas: 

First, we deducted a bit for the chair’s aesthetic. While it features a conventional and unobtrusive design, the simple fact is that mesh-based office chairs just don’t look as good as those covered with fabric or leather. 

The Aleet walks an interesting line between the two, so it scored higher than a pure mesh chair would have, but it certainly wouldn’t be hard to find a better-looking office chair.

Second, although Alera got a lot right with the design and Alera office chairs are generally solid, the fact is that they’re a small, relatively unknown brand, and you won’t get much post-sales support.  

If the company had comparable brand heft to Serta or Herman Miller, this could easily be one of the finest chairs on the market today.

Given the above, the low-end materials used in the chair’s construction, and the relatively low maximum supported weight, we felt the lower rating to be entirely justified.

However, those are the only significant drawbacks of the chair. If none of those are deal breakers for you, this model is worth your consideration.

Alera Etros Series Petite Chair Review Conclusion

We like the Alera Etros Series Petite chair more than its modest final score might indicate. It’s a solid chair, offered at an exceptional price by a relatively unknown company. Given its limitations, we regard it as a niche product. If you’re in the market segment targeted by the chair’s manufacturer, we recommend it. You’ll find a better value with something else if you’re not.

Here, in our view, is the target market of the Aleet 4017:

  • A short person, in the neighborhood of 5’1” or thereabouts, who…
  • Weighs less than 250 pounds and…
  • Lives in a household with others who will probably use the chair too, and…
  • Those other potential users also weigh less than 250 pounds.

The more these apply to you, the happier you’ll be with this chair!

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