In a Nutshell:
A basic, comfortable office chair with a handful of well-implemented ergonomic features. Flash Furniture Microfiber High-Back Chair is recommended for anyone who is 250 pounds or less, in the market for a chair designed for heavy daily use.
Value for the Money
Are you in the market for a new office chair? Are you looking for something comfortable and versatile that’s capable of standing up to the rigors of heavy daily use?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, and you’re willing to veer from the major national brands, you’re going to like what you read in this review.
Flash Furniture isn’t a big-name brand, but they make consistently good office furniture. We’ve written about this company extensively and reviewed a number of their products. Their products are so outstanding that the company regularly steals spots on our roundup reviews from the bigger, more established national brands.
The Flash Furniture Microfiber High-Back Chair is an excellent example of their work. It’s a basic design that doesn’t try to do too much, and it covers the basics really well, and you won’t be disappointed.
In the sections that follow, we’ll outline everything this model gets right, and we won’t shy away from talking about the chair’s shortcomings, so you’ll have all the information you need to decide if this is the model you’ve been looking for to replace your current chair.
If that sounds good to you, let’s dive in and take a closer look!
An Overview of the Flash Furniture Microfiber High-Back Chair
Big, comfy, and inviting. Those are the first words that entered our minds when we saw the chair for the first time. Even better, it absolutely lives up to the expectations those words establish. It’s not a flashy or showy design, but it’s sumptuously padded and inviting, which is high praise for an office chair.
Even better, Flash offers this model in a modest selection of colors, including black, brown, grey, grape and navy, which makes it easy for the chair to blend seamlessly into your home or office, whatever your décor scheme might be.
Before we wade into the specific features this chair brings to the table, let’s press pause for a moment and do a quick review of the core stats that define this model. They are:
We like these numbers. They blend together in the chair to make it a versatile piece of furniture that appeals to a broad swath of the market. Its minimum seat height is just shy of big and tall territory, and the seat height increases to cover at least part of that territory.
It’s a good pairing with the 250-pound weight limit that makes this model a good fit for all but the very shortest and very heaviest and tallest of users.
While Flash doesn’t offer a chair that’s optimized for shorter users, if you’re looking for something bigger and more robust offered by the same company, the one you want is the Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7. It’s got a similar appearance but swaps out the plastic base for heavy steel and is capable of supporting up to five hundred pounds of weight.
Still, this model is capable of accommodating some 95% of the market, which makes it a chair designed for the masses.
Features of the Flash Furniture High Back Microfiber Office Chair
Adjustability and Comfort
We’ll start with comfort. Although this model doesn’t do anything fancy in the comfort department, you’ll find it to be a superb chair for heavy daily use. The microfiber material isn’t the most breathable option the company could have gone with, but it’s heads and shoulders better than bonded leather or PU in that department, and it’s augmented by generous amounts of block foam padding.
Granted, the experience isn’t as delightful as memory foam, but it will definitely impress. In addition to that, the Flash Furniture Go-725 High Back Microfiber Office Chair sports a trio of well-implemented ergonomic features that further enhance its comfort.
First, and in our view, the best feature of the bunch, there’s the superb lumbar support offered. It’s not adjustable in any way, but it will help alleviate the pain in your aching back if you suffer from chronic lower back pain, and if you don’t, it will go a long ways toward seeing that you don’t develop that issue.
Waterfall-Edge Style Seat
Second, the well-designed waterfall-edge style seat, which will help to improve the circulation in your lower extremities and is another feature that helps to make this a great chair for heavy daily use.
Head & Neck Support
Finally, there’s the very good head and neck support, which is especially comfortable if you recline back in the chair to take a break during the middle of the workday. Although the armrests are fixed in their positions and are not ergonomically designed, they deserve at least a brief mention because they’re clad in microfiber too, and very well padded.
Those features provide a lot of synergy and make this chair wonderfully comfortable. Honestly, you may forget you’re sitting in a chair that utilizes block foam for its padding. Kudos to Flash Furniture for doing an excellent job on the comfort front.
In terms of adjustability, the chair is somewhat less impressive. Sure, it’s got the basics covered. You can tilt and lock swivel and raise and lower the seat, but if you’re looking for a chair that gives you more than the basic options, this model isn’t going to be for you.
Assembly Is Required, But There’s A Way Around It
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that just like 95% of the office furniture on the market today, this chair doesn’t come assembled. It’s going to arrive at your doorstep in a sizeable box, and you’re going to have to pull and sort the pieces then put it together.
The production quality is on the high side of average, and the instructions are clear and straightforward, so those things aren’t going to be an issue or complicate your life, but there is one aspect of putting this chair together that will prove to be a challenge.
This model has arms that attach to both the seat and the seatback, which means you’re going to have to hold all three pieces in position while you try and figure out how to attach the fasteners. That’s a whole lot easier if you have an extra pair of hands available on the day the chair arrives, but it is possible if you’re doing the assembly solo.
Expect to spend about 35-40 minutes on the assembly if you’re by yourself, and about 15-20 minutes if you have that aforementioned extra pair of hands.
Note too that if you like, you can pay extra for expert assembly, which of course, makes that part of the process entirely hands-free. You’ll pay a premium for the service, but all you’ll have to do is sit down when the assemblyman is finished.
Normally, we’re hesitant to recommend the service, but in this case, you can get it free, or nearly so because this chair is frequently found on sale for nearly half off. At that price, you can afford to pay the extra for the expert assembly and still save some money, which is fantastic, and we recommend it if you can catch a sale.
Flash Furniture Microfiber High-Back Chair Color Variants
Pros and Cons of Flash Furniture High Back Microfiber Office Chair
The biggest negative some people will find in this chair is its relative lack of adjustability. Again, if you want more than the basics, this chair will leave you wanting.
We like it as is. It’s an uncomplicated design that focuses on the basic features an office chair should have and executes them really well. That, combined with its overall level of comfort, makes it a tremendous value in our book.
Final Thoughts on Flash Furniture Go-725 High Back Microfiber Office Chair
Flash makes consistently good furniture. Although we personally like the Hercules 24/7 better, that chair is admittedly a niche product designed for giants. This chair is designed for regular-sized and tallish folk who weigh up to 250 pounds, which covers the vast majority of the market.
If you’re not looking for anything fancy and just want a really good, basic office chair with a few ergonomic features and an emphasis on comfort, Flash Furniture Microfiber High-Back Chair belongs on your shortlist. We recommend it, especially for people who are looking for a chair designed to stand up to the rigors of heavy daily use.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES:
- Flash Furniture, Official Brand Website.
- 4 Ways to Eliminate Back and Neck Pain at Work, Entrepreneur.
- Lower Back Pain? This Is the Right Way to Sit at Your Office Desk, MuscleCare.
- How to Make Your Microfiber Couch Look Brand New, One Good Thing.
- Microfiber Upholstery Pros & Cons, Apartment Therapy.