Devoko Office Chairs Review


Are you on a tight budget? Do you need a basic, functional, reasonably comfortable office chair right this second? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you may be interested in one of the chairs that Devoko offers.

We’ll say upfront that most people aren’t going to be interested in the Devoko Office Chairs. The market for budget-priced furniture is a crowded place, and these days, you can find some surprisingly good deals for not very much money.

The one big thing Devoko has going for it is price. These are some of the cheapest office chairs you’ll find anywhere, and that’s the problem.

Made from the lowest quality materials and offering a limited set of features, you can buy a much better office chair for not much more money if you do even a modest amount of searching.

On the other hand, sometimes, and in some cases, you need a chair right now. You don’t care what it looks like, and you’re not going to need it for long (because you’ll soon get something better anyway), but right now – you need a chair. In those cases, Devoko is a great option.

In the sections that follow, we’ll tell you about the various models the company offers so you can decide for yourself if one of these is right for you. Before we do that though, let’s start by taking a top-level view of the brand as a whole.

Devoko Office Chairs Comparison Table

Devoko Computer Desk Chair

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Computer Desk Chair

RATING

Summary

This is the best office chair Devoko makes. It doesn’t have a ton of features, but it’s cheap and functional.

Price

$$

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Devoko Drafting Chair

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Drafting Chair

RATING

Summary

Functionally similar to the computer desk chair, but with a slightly different slant to the design.

Price

$$

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Devoko Modern Conference Chair

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Modern Conference Chair

RATING

Summary

A surprisingly good, versatile chair. Limited feature set, but better quality than the rest of the Devoko line

Price

$$

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Devoko Desk Chair with Headrest

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Desk Chair with Headrest

RATING

Summary

A reasonably comfortable desk chair, but narrowly focused toward smaller users.

Price

$

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Devoko Mid-Back Desk Chair

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Mid-Back Desk Chair

RATING

Summary

This is the same chair as the “desk chair with headrest,” minus the headrest. It’s ten bucks cheaper, and few people would benefit from a headrest on a mid-back chair anyway. Get this one instead.

Price

$

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Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair

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Ergonomic Gaming Chair

RATING

Summary

A passable, but not great gaming chair. It reclines to “napping position” but skips the Ottoman, which gives you an idea of what you’re getting here. This is a gaming chair designed by a team that doesn’t understand gaming chairs.

Price

$$

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Devoko Kneeling Chair

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Kneeling Chair

RATING

Summary

Definitely a niche product, but a decent quality kneeling ergonomic chair.

Price

$$$

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Devoko Office Chairs

A snall image of Devoko Computer Desk Chair in Black

Computer Desk Chair

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Drafting Chair

Best Ergonomic
Classic

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Modern Conference Chair

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Desk Chair with Headrest

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Mid-Back Desk Chair

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Ergonomic Gaming Chair

A snall image of Devoko Kneeling Chair in Black

Kneeling Chair

Price

$$

$$

$$

$

$

$$

$$$$

Overall Rating

2.87

2.87

3.25

3.42

3.5

3.17

4.25

Product Dimensions

22” x 22” 48.5”

19.7” x 18.3” x 50”

24” x 23” x 38.5” to 42”

19.5” x 18.5” x 45.5” to 48”

19.5” x 18.5” x 41.5” to 45”

19.8” x 20.5” x 46.6” to 50.5”

26” x 18.5” x 21” to 28”

Chair Weight

31.6 pounds

30.7 pounds

28.2 pounds

38.5 pounds

38.5 pounds

45.5 pounds

24 pounds

Max. Supported Weight

250 pounds

280 pounds

280 pounds

280 pounds

280 pounds

300 pounds

250 pounds

Tilt / Recline Range

NA (Slightly rocks back and forth)

NA

NA (Slightly rocks back and forth)

NA (Slightly rocks back and forth)

NA (Slightly rocks back and forth)

90 to 180 degrees

NA

Seat Width

22”

18.3”

18.5”

18.5”

18.5”

20.5”

16”

Seat Height

16.5” to 20.5”

21.5” to 30.5”

17” to 20.5”

17.5” to 21”

17.5” to 21”

16.1” to 20”

16” to 20”

Seat Depth

22”

19.7”

21”

19.5”

19.5”

19.5”

12”

*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 décor schemes.
**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.

Devoko Office Chairs In More Detail

It’s possible to find budget-priced furniture that offers a one-year warranty. Those companies are the exception, but they’re out there. Devoko isn’t one of those companies. Their furniture comes with a 30-day warranty, which gives you some idea of where it resides on the quality scale.

As with most furniture sold in the value segment of the market, if you buy one of these chairs when it arrives at your doorstep, it will come in a box, unassembled.

The production quality is higher than the quality of the materials, so assembly is easier than you might expect, and on average, if you’re doing it solo, it should take you about thirty minutes. If you have an assistant who can lend you an extra pair of hands, you can shave ten minutes or so off of that.

All of the chairs offer basic ergonomic supports, but they’re not especially well-implemented, and none of them are adjustable. Given the modest price of the office chairs in the product lineup, that’s not much of a surprise, but it’s worth mentioning.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the specific models the company has for sale.

Devoko Computer Desk Chair

Devoko Computer Desk Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

2.87

Summary

This is the best office chair Devoko makes. It doesn’t have a ton of features, but it’s cheap and functional. Recommended for anyone on a super tight budget or anyone with an immediate need.

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Devoko Computer Desk Chair

While Devoko doesn’t have a “flagship model” per se, this chair could reasonably be considered to hold that position. It’s the best chair the company has on offer, and the most feature rich.

The Devoko Computer Desk Chair cannot recline, but it does rock back and forth slightly, and the arms of the chair flip up which makes it easier to store under your desk when you’re not using it. It’s also useful for some musicians or other artists.

The base is nylon, which isn’t nearly as strong or durable as aluminum or steel, so don’t expect this chair to last or to stand up well to the rigors of heavy daily use. The seat back is mesh, and the seat itself is breathable cloth that’s reasonably well padded and comfortable. This model also features a modestly padded PU-upholstered headrest. It’s not adjustable, so be sure to check the chair’s measurements against your own to verify that the two of you will be a good fit!

Devoko Drafting Chair

Devoko Drafting Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

2.87

Summary

Functionally similar to the computer desk chair, but with a slightly different slant to the design. Its bar height and adjustable foot rest make this an even better chair for musicians than the computer desk chair, but it’s a decent pick for anyone on a very tight budget.

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Devoko Drafting Chair

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This chair is functionally similar to the computer desk chair we described above here in our Devoko Office Chair review, but there are a few design differences to make a note of. In no particular order, these are:

  • This is a mid-back design, so no headrest is on offer here.
  • It sits higher and has a wider seat height adjustment range
  • It doesn’t rock, but swaps this out with a height adjustable footrest, in the form of a ring.

Like the computer desk chair, it keeps the flip-up arms, which makes this a great drafting chair and an ideal choice for musicians. The Devoko Office Drafting Chair also features the same mesh seat back and breathable cloth seat cushion, with an adequate, but not an exceptional amount of block foam padding.

It’s not an ideal chair for spending several consecutive hours sitting in, and it won’t stand up well to heavy daily use, but given its astonishingly low price, it’s a simple matter to replace it when it invariably wears out.

Devoko Modern Conference Chair

Devoko Modern Conference Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.25

Summary

A surprisingly good, versatile chair. Limited feature set, but better quality than the rest of the Devoko line. Recommended for anyone on a budget.

This is a simple chair, but of much better quality than you’d expect. Its base is stainless steel, rather than nylon, which makes it significantly more rugged and durable. Although it’s sparsely padded, it’s upholstered with bonded leather.

A side image of Devoko Modern Conference Chair showing its recline angle in black

Bonded leather is real leather, but it’s made from scraps that have been fused together, which makes it less durable and less supple than grain leather. The relative lack of padding makes it unsuitable for long-term sitting, but if you only plan to use the chair a few hours a day (light duty), then it will serve you well.

Given the above, the modern conference chair is a strange mix of features. On the one hand, the stainless-steel base makes it more capable of withstanding the rigors of heavier daily use. On the other, the lack of padding and the bonded leather upholstery both work directly against that (the bonded leather because it will start showing its age quickly with heavy daily use).

Even though some of its features work at cross purposes with the others, this is still one of the best chairs in the Devoko lineup, and the best ergonomic design the company has, owing mostly to the S-shaped design of the seatback, which follows the natural curve of your spine.

If they had included even a bit more padding, this model would be one of the best in the value segment of the market. As it stands, it’s above average but falls short of greatness.


Devoko Desk Chair with Headrest

Devoko Desk Chair with Headrest

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.42

Summary

A reasonably comfortable desk chair, but narrowly focused toward smaller users. 

Recommended for shorter people who can make use of the headrest. This would have been a better model if the company had made the back higher.

A larger image of Devoko Desk Chair With Headrest in deep black

Devoko Desk Chair with Headrest

A large front image of Devoko Desk Chair With Headrest in deep black

This is a strange design. It’s a chair that features a short (mid-back) seat back but also comes with a headrest.

Since the seat back is so short, only shorter people will be able to make use of the headrest. Taller users will simply wind up leaving it off, giving them the same chair as the “mid-back desk chair” we’ll talk about below.

So basically, Devoko took the mid-back desk chair and tossed a moderately padded mesh headrest on it and called it a new model. Aside from that addition, it’s the exact same chair as the one we’ll talk about next.

Our best guess is that in response to customer complaints about the shortcomings of the company’s product offerings, they “redesigned” this chair to make it more feature rich. Unfortunately, they picked a poor model to add a headrest to, and instead of doing it right, opted for the shortcut. That’s the only explanation that makes sense to us. No one who understands furniture would make that kind of change.

In any case, headrest notwithstanding, it’s a decent mid-back chair with fixed-position arms and an adaptive lumbar support band running along the back of the seat back. The idea is that the more weight you put against the seat back, the more the support band supports you.

It’s a good idea and when well implemented can be super effective. Here, the implementation is adequate but not exceptional. It’s better than nothing, but we can’t call this a great ergonomic design.

Devoko Mid-Back Desk Chair

Devoko Mid-Back Desk Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.5

Summary

A reasonably comfortable desk chair, but narrowly focused toward smaller users. Recommended for anyone on a budget looking for a functional, cheap mid-back chair.

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Devoko Mid-Back Desk Chair

As mentioned, this is exactly the same chair as the “Desk Chair with Headrest” described above, with the exception that this chair doesn’t have an attached headrest, nor should it. It is, after all, a mid-back chair, so the addition of a headrest would only be of benefit to very short people.

This chair has all the same features as the one we just described, including the lumbar support band. It’s ten bucks cheaper too. So, unless you’ve compared your own measurements to the chair’s and could benefit from the addition of the headrest if you’re trying to decide between the two models, this is the one we’d recommend.

Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair

Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.17

Summary

A passable, but not great gaming chair. It reclines to “napping position” but skips the Ottoman, which gives you an idea of what you’re getting here. This is a gaming chair designed by a team that doesn’t understand gaming chairs. Recommended for anyone who needs a light duty gaming chair and can’t afford to put much into it.

As with most of the chairs in the Devoko lineup, you can get a significantly better gaming chair for not much more money. Even so, this one’s not horrible, so if you need something in a pinch, this one will at least get the job done.

An image of Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair showing recline angle in black and blue color

The sad thing is, with just a bit more effort, this could have been a decent gaming chair. Although the Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair utilizes a nylon base, it’s reinforced and rated for up to 300 pounds of user weight.

Had the company opted for an aluminum base, paired with the stylish racing-style seat, they would have had the makings of a hit. Unfortunately, the chair seems to have been designed by a group that doesn’t understand furniture or gamers.

For instance, it reclines an impressive 180 degrees, so it lays flat. The company even calls this “napping position,” but good luck napping in it since there’s no Ottoman. Sure, you could rig up your own, but you shouldn’t have to. If you spend just a few more bucks, you can get the same basic chair with an Ottoman and an aluminum base.

Sadly, this is par for the course with Devoko. Most of their products seem…unfinished, and some feature downright strange design decisions, like this one and the conspicuous absence of an Ottoman for a chair that lays flat. Or a headrest on a mid-back chair. Or a chair with a rugged, durable stainless-steel base, paired with limited padding so the features work against each other (one making the chair better suited for heavy use, and the other making it poorly suited to heavy use).

If you absolutely have to have a gaming chair right now, and you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this one will (barely) get the job done, but honestly, you’re better off saving just a bit more cash and getting something that’s substantially higher quality.

On the upside, it’s a decent looking chair and is offered in five different color configurations:

An image of Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair in a Gaming Enviroment in deep black color

Devoko Kneeling Chair

Devoko Kneeling Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.25

Summary

Definitely a niche product, but a decent quality kneeling ergonomic chair. Recommended for anyone in the market for a reasonably priced ergonomic kneeling chair

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Devoko Kneeling Chair

Although this is not the company’s “flagship model,” it is the most expensive office chair they currently have for sale. We were pleasantly surprised by this model. It’s lightweight and more durable than you might expect, although it has a relatively disappointing maximum supported weight.

Kneeling chairs are a niche product, used by a very small slice of the chair buying public. While it’s the company’s best chair overall, it’s so narrowly targeted that few people will bother giving it a second look.

An image of Devoko Kneeling Chair showing different recline position

The frame is hollow aluminum tubing, and the cushions are PU-coated bonded leather. They’re reasonably comfortable, but of course, as with all bonded leather upholstery, it’ll start showing its age a lot sooner than you’d prefer.

If you’re in the market for a decent kneeling chair, this one’s recommended, but there aren’t many potential buyers for a product like this.

Pros and Cons of Devoko Office Chairs

The chairs that make up Devoko’s lineup have two things going for them: Except for the kneeling chair, they don’t cost a lot of money, and they’re not too difficult to put together. On the other side of the equation:

A large front image of Devoko Computer Desk Chair in black
  • Materials quality is quite low
  • The chairs aren’t terribly durable (they’re fine for light duty, but will quickly fall apart under heavy daily, or even moderate usage)
  • The company didn’t spend a lot of time on aesthetics
  • The feature set tends to be minimalist

In short, this furniture is about as basic as it gets. That’s not always a bad thing, but the budget segment of the market is a crowded place, and there are some surprisingly high-quality products for sale for not much money. Because of that, chairs like this tend to be purchased only in the direst of situations when people need something immediately, and just for a short period. 

Think in terms of people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by storms, and just need a few basics to get them by until the insurance rep can write them a check to replace their stuff. College students who are just starting out. Starving artists who need something to get them by in the short term. That kind of thing.

It’s not that it’s bad furniture; it isn’t. It’s just that with so much significantly better furniture readily available, chairs like these only make sense in certain very specific circumstances and situations.

Devoko Office Chairs Review Conclusion

For just slightly more money you can get a significantly better chair than any of the models Devoko offers, and on that basis, we can’t recommend the brand. There are just too many other companies offering higher-quality products at the budget end of the market.

Having said that, we’ve all been in situations where we absolutely needed simple, functional furniture immediately and money was tight.

If you find yourself in such a situation, the Devoko Office Chairs are well worth considering. They won’t hold up for long to heavy, or even moderate use, but they’re delightfully inexpensive, reasonably comfortable and fairly easy to put together.

Note: The kneeling chair is the notable exception in the Devoko line, and we do recommend that specific model to anyone interested in acquiring such a chair.


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donna atwood - October 3, 2019 Reply

how do I get the drafting chair to go up when I am sitting on it

    Chair Institute - October 7, 2019 Reply

    Hi Donna, and thank you for writing in!

    Unfortunately, there’s no good way to get the height of the chair to adjust while you’re sitting in it and putting all your weight on it, because your weight is working against the gas lift. You’ll need to lift yourself off of the seat slightly (just enough to take your weight off of it), then engage the height adjustment lever, and, with your hand still on the lever, holding it in the engaged position, move the chair to its desired height, then release the lever and settle your weight back in the seat. At that point, you’re all set!

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