In a Nutshell:
The Boss Double Plush Mid-Back Chair is a bit of a hidden gem in the world of value-priced furniture. Basic functionality only, but a surprisingly good chair. Recommended for anyone 250 pounds or less who’s on a tight budget.
Value for the Money
Are you in a pinch and in need of a decent, very basic office chair that doesn’t cost a ton of money? Are you looking for something offered by a brand with at least a little name recognition and experience behind them?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you’re going to both like what you read in this review and breathe a sigh of relief.
Boss Office Products may not have the brand heft or name recognition of the bigger, nationally recognized brands, but they’re not complete unknowns, either. They’ve been in the office furniture business for many years, and although they deal in low-cost imports, their products are a cut above what you usually expect to see in the budget-priced furniture market.
It is important, however, to set your expectations appropriately. The Boss Double Plush Mid-Back chair isn’t an award-winning, stunning chair. It’s not going to win any beauty contests, and it’s not going to wow you with a stellar list of highly adjustable features.
What it will do is provide you with a comfortable chair to sit in and give you the benefit of a couple of basic ergonomic features. It’s designed and optimized for light to moderate use, and as long as you keep those facts in mind, you’ll find this to be a pretty capable little chair.
Are you interested in learning more? If so, read on, and we’ll tell you all about what the Boss Mid Back can do, and where it comes up a bit short.
An Overview of the Boss Double Plush Mid Back Executive Chair
Function over form. That’s the first phrase that’s likely to spring to mind when you see the Boss Double Plush Mid-Back chair for the first time. It’s clear that the designers weren’t interested in taking any chances where aesthetics were concerned. This model looks exactly like what it is. A reasonably comfortable office chair.
It’s not ugly by any means, but it’s not going to wow you with its elegant design, either. It’s designed to get the job done and otherwise, to fade into the background. The good thing about that is the fact that it fades quietly into the background of whatever room you put it in.
The chair is offered in either black and silver or brown and pewter, so it will work in just about any home or office.
Before we look at the basic statistics that define the model, we have to press pause to say a few words about the upholstery. It’s not leather, and it’s not PU. It’s “Leather Plus,” which is a mixture of bonded leather and PU.
It’s still not great upholstery, but it is a cut above conventional PU. While it’s a little more durable than PU, it’s not incredibly more durable, so while you can expect the upholstery to hold up a bit better than its peers, it’s still not designed to last for years on end.
You can expect about two years of useful life out of the upholstery if you take good care of it and only use the chair lightly to moderately every day. About half that time if you insist on buying this chair for heavy daily use.
Another thing we were a bit surprised and impressed by is this: PU and bonded leather both suffer from breathability problems. The longer you sit in them, the hotter and sweatier you’ll get, which is another reason why we only recommend this chair for light to moderate use.
Having said that, it’s clear that Boss knows the office furniture market because they took the time to build breathable mesh side pockets on the seat and seatback.
It doesn’t completely solve the upholstery’s breathability issues, but it does help, which again, makes this model a step above what you generally find in the budget furniture market. Kudos to Boss for little touches like these that help set their chair apart in a very crowded market!
Now, let’s have a closer look at those stats and see exactly what we’re dealing with:
The first thing that jumps out at us here is the seat height adjustment range. 18” to 22” is the standard big and tall range, but the chair only supports a maximum of 250 pounds of user weight.
So – it’s fine for taller people with light to medium builds, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is a true big and tall model. It isn’t, and if you exceed the recommended weight limit, you’re going to crack the nylon base in short order.
The Boss Office Products Double Plush Mid Back Executive Office Chair utilizes conventional block foam for padding, and there’s enough to make the chair comfortable for sitting in it for up to six hours (again, light to moderate daily use).
If you go much beyond that though, you’ll start to get increasingly uncomfortable, both because there’s not a tremendous amount of padding, and the lack of breathability of the upholstery will start to get the better of you. You could use it for long periods in a pinch, but it’s certainly not optimized for that.
Comfort isn’t all about padding though and enhancing the block foam, you’ll find two well-implemented ergonomic features: excellent lumbar support and a waterfall-edge style seat that helps improve the circulation in your lower extremities.
Typically, you see waterfall-edge style seats on chairs that are designed to be used for 8+ hours every day, so it’s not an optimal fit on this design, but it does help support the idea that if you needed to use this model for a full, uninterrupted workday in the chair, you could make it work.
Unfortunately, the lumbar support is not adjustable in any way, but since Boss is practically giving this chair away, that didn’t really surprise us, and we certainly didn’t count it against them.
Where adjustability is concerned, this chair sticks strictly to the basics. You get the standard 360-degree swivel, tilt and lock with a 120-degree maximum angle of recline, and a height adjustment lever. That’s it.
If you’re looking for a chair that offers tons of adjustable features, you’re going to have to bump up the price bracket you’re looking in.
A final note in this section: Although the armrests are reasonably well padded, they’re not adjustable in any way, and they’re not ergonomically sculpted. Again, at this price point, we weren’t expecting them to be. We’re not knocking the chair for that, just making the observation.
Assembly is Required
The Boss Double Plush Mid Back Executive chair does not come assembled. That puts the Boss in good company because most office chairs don’t come assembled.
Boss does better than most of their competitors where instructions are concerned, and although the company uses low-end materials in their products, the production quality is higher than you’d expect for a budget-priced chair, so you shouldn’t have any particular trouble with the assembly process.
One thing to note though is the fact that the chair arms attach to both the seat and the seatback, so when you’re connecting them, you’ll probably wind up grunting, swearing and wishing you had an extra pair of hands.
From start to finish, expect the assembly to take about half an hour. You can cut that to about twenty minutes if you have an assistant handy and oddly enough, you can pay extra for an expert assembly option.
Despite the possibility of a bit of grunting and swearing if you’re putting the chair together by yourself, we can’t say we recommend paying extra for expert assembly.
The fee for that service is nearly half the price of the chair! Better to beg a friend than spend that kind of money in our book.
Pros & Cons of the Boss Double Plush Mid Back Executive Chair
As we said at the start, this isn’t a stellar, award-winning chair. It is a pretty decent chair, though, and it offers solid value for the money. Here are the things you’ll like best about the Boss chair:
And here are the biggest weaknesses of the design:
On the whole, we think the positives far outweigh the negatives, and as long as you don’t try to use this chair in ways it simply wasn’t optimized for, it won’t disappoint.
Boss Double Plush Mid-Back Chair Review Conclusion
The Boss Double Plush Mid-Back Chair is delightfully low-priced, basic office chair. If you weight 250 pounds or less and are looking for a chair for light to moderate daily use, and if you’re on a tight budget, this is a great option for you. It won’t last more than a couple of years, but given its price, it’s easy enough to dispose of it once it starts showing its age and replace it. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.
REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
- Boss Double Plush Mid-Back Chair User Manual.
- Boss Office Products, Official Brand Website.
- Why Are Office Chairs So Expensive?, Medium.
- Pros & Cons: Real and Faux Leather Furniture, World of Interiors.
- Ergonomics 101: What This Latest Office Trend is All About, Xenium.