In a Nutshell:
The LaZBoy Delano is a solid design and a gorgeous chair offered by one of the industry greats. It is recommended for taller users who weigh up to 350 pounds and are looking for a chair for light to moderate daily use.
Value for the Money
Are you a bigger and/or taller user? Are you in the market for a new office chair that’s rugged and robust enough to properly support you?
If you answered yes to the questions above and you’re especially interested in an office chair with a stately, refined aesthetic, then you’re going to love what you read in this—our LaZBoy Delano review.
Just about everyone reading this who lives in the United States will be familiar with the LaZBoy brand. They’ve been in the furniture industry for decades, and the odds are good that you own some of their living room or other furniture.
What you may not know is that they also make a small line of office furniture, and it’s as well designed as the other furnishings they sell. They do indeed, and this is an excellent example of their work.
In the sections that follow, we’ll step you through everything this chair has to offer, and we won’t be bashful when it comes to defining its weaknesses and limitations. That way, you’ll have all the information you need to decide for yourself if this is the chair you’ve been looking for or if your search must continue.
If that sounds good to you, read on, and let’s take a closer look.
An Overview of The Delano Big & Tall Executive Office Chair
The LaZBoy 45833A is a great-looking chair that evokes a sense of the Old World. There’s a certain elegance to the design that many, if not most, people will absolutely love.
If you decide you want one, you’ll be able to order yours in either black or brown, with either a mahogany or weathered grey wood finish. And yes, you read that correctly, this chair has solid wood chair arms, which is something of a rarity in the office furniture world.
Based on aesthetics alone, we’d call this a very strong component of our LaZBoy Delano review, and if aesthetics matter to you, we think you’d agree.
Of course, looks will only get an office chair so far, and in order to understand what this model truly has to offer, we need hard numbers. With that in mind, here’s a quick overview of the numbers that define the chair:
Most of these numbers are excellent, but we do have one concern here.
As you can see, this chair isn’t a lightweight. It’s a substantial piece of furniture and heavy enough that when you touch it, sit in it, or move it around, it will offer a feeling of solidity and stability, but it’s not so heavy that it’s a chore to move it around.
The seat dimensions are a good pairing with the supported weight limit, as is the height adjustment range, but note that the height adjustment range absolutely marks this chair as being one that’s meant for taller users with long legs. In fact, if you’re shorter than, say, 5’5”, this chair, even on its lowest setting, may be too big for you.
We are a little underwhelmed with the maximum supported weight, which we regard as decent for a big and tall chair but certainly not best in class. It’s fairly easy to find a chair that supports significantly more weight, so if this one isn’t enough for you, at the end of this review, we’ll recommend a good substitute.
Our only real disappointment with the core numbers is the warranty. This chair is made in China, and the production quality isn’t as high as we like it to be.
The one-year warranty is a reflection of this, but we have found this chair to be more durable than the modest warranty might suggest. It’s still not on par with much of the company’s other furniture, but it’s better than you’d expect from a chair with a one-year warranty. It’s not the end of the world, but the warranty is a little underwhelming.
The Delano Big And Tall Executive Chair Is Delightfully Comfortable And Reasonably Adjustable
If comfort is important to you (and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be comfortable?), then you’ll love this segment of our LaZBoy Delano review. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the old-school look of this chair, you’ll absolutely love the level of comfort it offers.
LaZBoy knows a lot about building comfortable furniture, and the Delano executive chair boasts a multi-layered comfort system that features layers of memory foam for the ultimate seating comfort.
Our only complaint is the upholstery.
Make no mistake, the upholstery is beautiful, and even better, it’s bonded leather, which we regard as a step up from PU in terms of both durability and longevity.
Unfortunately, it’s also not at all breathable, so although the chair is amazingly comfortable, the more time you spend sitting in it, the hotter and less comfortable you’re certain to get—memory foam or not. We would love to see a variant of this chair with fabric upholstery, which would make it much better for high-intensity daily use in our view.
In terms of adjustability, it’s got the basics covered, but this component is somewhat less impressive. The arms are padded but not ergonomically sculpted and not adjustable in any way. You can adjust the seat height, as we mentioned earlier, and the tilt angle (to a maximum of about fifteen degrees).
And although the lumbar support is not adjustable in any way, it is contoured.
That’s both good and bad. On the plus side, assuming the chair fits you like a glove, the lumbar support feature is excellent.
Unfortunately, everyone’s body shape is different, and if the chair isn’t a perfect fit for you, the offered lumbar support will leave you feeling underwhelmed. This is definitely a chair you’ll want to try before you buy!
The Delano Office Chair Does Not Come Assembled
Our LaZBoy Delano review is a little shorter than some of our other office chair reviews because we skipped the section on “extras” since this chair doesn’t offer any.
It probably won’t come as a great surprise, but if you decide you want one of these, on the day your chair arrives, it will come in a giant box and in several pieces, so you’ll need to spend a few minutes unpacking, sorting pieces and putting the thing together before you can sit down in it for the first time.
The good news is that the production quality of the chair is pretty high, and all the pieces fit together neatly, which means you won’t lose time fighting with pieces that don’t feel as though they were meant to go together.
From start to finish, you can expect the build to take fifteen to twenty minutes, and you can cut that nearly in half if you’ve got a helper on standby on the day the chair arrives.
Variants of La-Z-Boy 45833A
Pros And Cons of Lazboy 45833A
This is an excellent chair by any reckoning, and it’s offered by a company that has a stellar reputation in the furniture industry, even if they’re not as well known for their office furniture. We like almost everything about it, but from a technical point of view, it does have a couple of limitations to be mindful of.
The biggest one is the upholstery. We love the bonded leather, and it’s a great pairing with the real wood armrests, but as we mentioned earlier, it’s not breathable.
Because it’s not breathable, you’re probably not going to want to spend the whole day in this chair, which means that they probably went a little overboard with the multi-layered memory foam padding.
That kind of padding really belongs in a chair that’s designed for heavy daily use, but the upholstery works against it. If this model had breathable fabric upholstery, we feel that it would be a better fit with the amazing comfort the chair offers.
The other potential shortcoming is the fact that it only supports 350 pounds of user weight.
At first glance, that seems pretty good, but remember that this is marketed as a big and tall chair. While there’s no formal standard of supported weight, the overall average of the market is 300 pounds for conventional furniture (that is to say, furniture not sold as “Big and Tall”).
So this chair only supports fifty pounds more than what most non-big-and-tall furniture supports. Not great.
The last potential drawback to bring to your attention is that not everybody is going to like the aesthetic.
We think it’s great. We love that old-school, refined look, but if you’re buying a chair for an office space that’s super casual, it’s just not going to be a good fit, and that’s definitely something to bear in mind.
LaZBoy Delano Review Conclusion
We really like this Delano ergonomic executive chair, but we don’t quite love it. It’s a superb choice for anybody who loves the aesthetic and is looking for a wonderfully comfortable office chair for light to moderate daily use. Unfortunately, despite the fact that it’s super comfy, it’s not a great fit for users who want something for heavy daily use. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.
Other Options To Consider
If you like this chair but it’s just not a great fit for you, here are a couple of other options you may want to consider:
It goes without saying that Flash Furniture isn’t as well known as LaZBoy. That said, if you’re willing to take a chance on this chair, you’ll be impressed. It is a solid steel behemoth, and although it uses conventional block foam for padding (a big step down from memory foam), there’s enough of it to offer a comfortable seating experience.
Even better, there’s a fabric-clad version of this chair, which makes it an ideal candidate for heavy daily use. This chair is a beast. It can handle just about anything you can throw at it.
There’s a whole line of products to consider here, with the top-end models being capable of supporting a comparable amount of weight to the LaZBoy we just talked about.
What’s cool about these chairs, though, is the fact that they’re incredibly high-tech.
It may seem strange to describe an office chair as high-tech, but these definitely belong on your shortlist of options to consider if you’re a technophile. A chair that offers heating, cooling, and massage functions? Oh yeah—you can have all that, and more.
We’ll be quick to point out that these chairs won’t be for everyone, but for the right user, nothing else is even going to come close. Well worth a look.
References & Resources:
- La-Z-Boy, Official Brand Website.
- The Changing Face of Office Ergonomics, Research Gate.
- Working in a Sitting Position – Good Body Position, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
- Proper Sitting Posture for Typing, MyHealth Alberta.