In a Nutshell:
Surprisingly comfortable, versatile little chair, offered for a song. Aurora Petite Mesh Office Chair is recommended for any shorter, smaller person on a budget, looking for a decent office chair.
Value for the Money
Are you relatively small in stature?
Has that fact left you frustrated on your quest to find the right office chair for you?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, you’ll be pleased to read our in-depth review of the Aurora Petite Mesh Office Chair, sold by cubicles.com. It’s a chair built with petite folks in mind!
If you’ve been looking for the right office chair for any length of time at all, you know the unfortunate truth. Most office chairs are built for people taller than you. The problem with that is the fact a chair that doesn’t fit you well is going to wreak havoc on your back and/or legs. Here’s why:
If the chair you’re using is too wide, then in order to get lumbar and mid-back support, you have to sit so far back that your feet don’t touch the floor, which will cause your legs to cramp if you spend any amount of time in the chair at all.
On the other hand, if you sit far enough forward that you can keep your feet on the floor, then you’re losing any back support the chair might provide. Neither are happy situations.
There’s good news though! You don’t have to settle for a chair that’s anything less than a perfect fit for you, and the Aurora petite might be just what you’re looking for.
Although this model only received a modest final ranking, if you look at the breakdown of that ranking, you’ll see that the biggest hits came from the fact that it’s not the most attractive chair you can find and that it’s offered by a relatively unknown brand.
In terms of value (bang for your buck) and basic functionality, it’s a solid contender, and if those things matter more to you than post-sales support and looks, this could be the chair you’ve been searching for.
In the sections that follow, we’ll cover everything the Aurora has to offer and make sure you know about its various limitations, so you’ll have everything you need to decide for yourself. If that sounds good to you, let’s jump right in and see what the Aurora can do!
An Overview of the Aurora Petite Mesh Office Chair
The most common reaction people seem to have the first time they see the Aurora Petite Mesh Office Chair is, “How cute!” And it’s true; it’s a fun, stylish hybrid design that utilizes a mix of mesh in the seatback and fabric upholstery stretched over block foam padding in the seat. Even better, the Aurora is offered in a variety of colors, so ordering one that will blend in seamlessly with your existing home or office décor is a snap.
The colors you can choose from include:
Of course, stylish design and fun colors don’t make for a great chair, so next, let’s take a look at the chair dimensions and the specifications this model brings to the table:
Not only is the chair itself delightfully compact, but also, look at the seat width, depth, and the height adjustment range. All three are geared specifically to cater to shorter, smaller people, as is the maximum supported weight limit.
These things, however, also serve as limitations for the chair, defining this model as a niche product. If you’re not petite, this chair is almost sure to be too small for you, so it pays to take careful measurements or try this model out if you can find one in a showroom somewhere, so you can be sure it fits you like a glove.
Features of Aurora Petite Mesh Office Chair
Adjustability and Comfort
As cute and stylish as this model is, it’s unfortunately not all that adjustable. In fact, the only thing you can adjust is the seat to floor height range. The Aurora Petite Low Back Mesh Office Chair doesn’t offer a tilt and lock or recline feature although it does rock back and forth slightly.
In a similar vein, it only brings one ergonomic feature to the table, namely, solid lumbar support. It’s a powerful feature, to be sure but we found this to be underwhelming.
It would have been incredibly easy to also offer ergonomically sculpted (and possibly adjustable) armrests and/or a waterfall style seat. Then again, at the price the Aurora is being sold at, we can’t count too many points off for the absence of those features.
The padding in the seat is adequate but not outstanding, and that, combined with the fact that cubicles.com opted to use a nylon base both mark this chair as one being best suited for light to moderate daily use.
Although the mesh seatback lends itself well to heavy daily usage, the rest of the chair simply doesn’t. So, if you’re looking for something you can use for 8+ hours every day, this model isn’t the one you want.
Does Not Come Assembled
As is the case with almost all furniture offered for sale in the value segment of the market, the Aurora Petite Office Chair does not come assembled. It will arrive at your doorstep in several pieces in a box.
Fortunately, the assembly process isn’t complicated and is made easier by virtue of the fact that since it’s a smallish chair, to begin with, each of the individual pieces are also smaller and thus, easier to handle.
Expect the assembly process to take about 20-30 minutes, and if you have an assistant to lend a hand (or two), you can likely cut that in half.
Pros and Cons of Aurora Petite Mesh Office Chair
We’d say here in our Aurora Petite Mesh Office Chair review that for the money, we like just about everything about this chair.
Sure, it’s not terribly adjustable, not overly comfortable, and the company opted to use low-end materials in its construction. All true, but those were conscious design decisions made to keep the price as low as possible.
In that, cubicles.com succeeded wildly, and if you start adding more ergonomic features and adjustability, or use better materials, then the price will necessarily increase, so we don’t have any issues with the feature set on offer here.
On the flip side, it’s an incredibly cute chair, and well-designed for the segment of the market it targets. There’s a lot to be said for that.
To summarize, here are the biggest pros and cons the chair has to offer:
Aurora Petite Low Back Mesh Chair Review Conclusion
So where does that leave us?
Well, in our view, the limitations of the Aurora Petite Mesh Office Chair are canceled out by its low price, which means we have to look elsewhere to come to a conclusion about this model.
Given that this is a niche product that was specifically designed for short people, we provisionally recommend it. If you’re petite, and if you don’t weigh more than 250 pounds, and you don’t need a chair that’s bristling with ergonomic features, this is a good option.
If the above doesn’t describe you, then this model won’t be a good fit.
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