In a Nutshell:

The Nouhaus Posture is a good chair that falls just shy of greatness. A good mix of features, this one should be considered a combination of an office chair and task chair. Recommended for users weighing up to 240 pounds who want a combination office/task chair with good lumbar support.

Value for the Money
Comfort
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

4.1/5
* 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. ** 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 or office décor schemes.

Benefits

  • Good value for money
  • Solid design with excellent, easy-to-use lumbar support
  • Stylish addition to any home

Drawbacks

  • Upholstered in PU material
  • Only supports a modest 240 pounds
Nouhaus Posture Ergonomic Office Chair

Recommended For: Users weighing up to 240 pounds who want a combination office/task chair with good lumbar support.

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Is your current office chair on its last legs? Are you looking for a replacement? If so, you will be intrigued by what you read in this⁠—our Nouhaus Posture review.

Nouhaus isn’t one of the giants in the industry, but they are a well-respected company and have a reputation for making stylish, comfortable chairs. This one is no exception. That said, as you’ll see when we get into the particulars, this model won’t be a good fit for everyone. Even if it’s not, other Nouhaus models might be.

Is it the right chair for you, though?

In the sections that follow, we’ll step you through everything the Nouhaus Posture chair has to offer, so you’ll have the full details at your fingertips and can decide for yourself if this is your next office chair. If that sounds good to you, read on, and let’s take a closer look.

An Overview of the Nouhaus Posture Ergonomic Office Chair

This is a fairly strong component of our Nouhaus Posture review. Though, as you will see, this section underscores a couple of the chair’s weaknesses and limitations.

Some office chairs are designed such that they beg to be noticed. They have such a striking aesthetic that they just pop, dominating the room they’re in⁠—not because of their imposing size but rather because they have such a unique look.

This isn’t one of those chairs. The design team stuck mostly to convention here, creating a good-looking chair styled along mid-century modern lines⁠—attractive but in an understated, unassuming way, which makes it easy to blend the chair in with whatever else you have in the room you plan on putting it in.

Even better, if you decide you want one, you’ll be able to order yours in either flat white, flat black, or flat taupe, which makes color matching a snap in most cases.

There’s more to a good office chair than a stylish exterior, however, so let’s take a look at this model by the numbers and see what makes it tick:

  • Product Dimensions: 26.77” L x 27.55” W x 43.3–47.04” H
  • Chair Weight: 40.75 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 240 pounds
  • Seat Depth: 19.1”
  • Seat Width: 21.8”
  • Seat Height Range: 18.7” to 22.4”
  • Warranty: 3 years (Can be extended to 5 years)

Overall, these are good numbers, but there are a couple of disconnects and weaknesses to talk about.

Nouhaus Posture Ergonomic Office Chair black variant and its dimensions

First, we love the seat height range, but typically, anything over 18” or 18.5” is considered venturing into big and tall territory. That’s fine, but check out the maximum supported weight. 

On average, furniture (office or otherwise) supports about 300 pounds of user weight. This chair falls well short of that mark, which narrows its appeal. Based on the seat height range and the disappointing weight limit, this chair is a good fit for those who are tallish but lightly to moderately built.

While that may describe a fair portion of the market, it somewhat limits the chair’s appeal.

The Nouhaus Posture Office Chair Is Delightfully Comfortable and Reasonably Adjustable

We’d regard this as being the strongest component of our Nouhaus Posture review overall. There’s a lot to like here, but there are also a couple of limitations to point out.

Nouhaus Posture with black PU upholstery, nylon base, padded armrests, and thick seat cushion

Many office chairs utilize conventional block foam padding, which is the lowest common denominator in the world of padding. With sufficient quantities, that’s fine and can provide a relatively comfortable seating experience.

Nouhaus goes a step beyond that, using open-cell foam padding in this design. It is delightfully comfortable, but there’s a catch, and this is another of those points of weakness we hinted at above.

The chair is upholstered in PU.

We understand the reason Nouhaus chose it. PU is inexpensive. It looks good, and it’s easy to clean.

That said, it’s also hot because it’s not breathable. So if you’re looking for a chair you’ll be comfortable in for several hours of each day, this is almost certainly not the model you want. The more time you spend in it, the hotter and less comfortable you’ll become—excellent padding or not.

Nouhaus Posture Chair's black PU upholstery over open-cell foam cushion

It’s much better suited for light or moderate use⁠—say, no more than 4 hours or so each day.

In addition to that, PU doesn’t age well. Even if you’re incredibly careful with it, you can expect that it will start to show its age after about 18 months, which is only about half of the warranty period.

If we use the warranty period as a proxy for the useful life of the chair, you’ll need to pay to have it reupholstered at around the halfway point in the chair’s life. That’s actually not the worst thing, though, because when the time comes, you can have it reupholstered in fabric and, in the end, get a chair better suited to longer-term seating.

The other potential problem, though, is the fact that while the base is five-point and reinforced, it’s made of nylon.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with nylon bases, but no matter what a company’s marketing department tells you, they’re not as rugged or durable as steel bases.

Nouhaus Posture Office Chair's five-point nylon base and black caster wheels

In addition to that, this chair relies heavily on plastic components. This was a conscious design decision by the Nouhaus design team that sought to keep the final price of the chair low. The problem, however, is that plastic components don’t stand up well to the rigors of heavy use.

On the other hand, this chair offers excellent and easy-to-use lumbar support in the form of Nouhaus’ “Click5” system, which makes it a simple matter to customize the level of lumbar support you want. It’s a good feature, but it’d be even better on a chair that could stand up to heavy daily use. Even so, we’re thrilled to see it included here.

It definitely makes a difference and adds value to the design.

Nouhaus Posture Chair with black PU upholstery, flipped-up arms, and five-level lumbar support

In addition to that, the Nouhaus Posture ergonomic offers a ReclineRock feature, which makes the chair more comfortable, especially for shorter seating periods.

Finally, although this model doesn’t feature height-adjustable armrests, which we feel would strengthen the chair, the armrests are ergonomically designed and padded.

They can also be flipped up if and as needed to get them out of the way entirely, essentially giving you an office chair and a task chair in a single package.

Extras

This will be a short section because there’s really not much to talk about here. We’re calling the heavy-duty gas lift an extra, but it feels a bit out of place here. If the chair had a ruggedized frame and a steel base, we could see the value in adding it. But given its modest weight limit, we can’t see that a heavy-duty lift really adds anything to the equation.

Nouhaus Posture Ergonomic Office Chair with black PU upholstery, nylon base, padded armrests, and thick seat cushion

In theory, you can call the ReclineRock feature an extra too. But since that is directly tied to the overall comfort of the chair, we feel like it belongs in the last section rather than this one.

Does Not Come Assembled

As is the case with most office chairs, if you decide you want one of these, you’ll have some work to do when the box arrives at your door. The good news is that the production quality is quite high, and even though many of the pieces are plastic, everything fits together seamlessly.

Working by yourself, the process from unboxing to sitting down should take no more than 15-20 minutes, and if you’ve got an extra pair of hands-on standby when the chair arrives, it’ll go even faster.

Pros and Cons of Nouhaus Posture Ergonomic Office Chair

For the money, this is a good chair. It’s a solid design with excellent, easy-to-use lumbar support, and it will be a stylish addition to any home.

On the other hand, it’s got two weaknesses potential buyers need to be aware of. First, it’s upholstered in PU, which makes it uncomfortably hot if you plan on spending extended periods of time sitting in it.

Second, it only supports a modest 240 pounds of user weight.

That second point either won’t matter to you at all (if you weigh less than 240), or it will be an absolute dealbreaker.

Nouhaus Posture Review Conclusion

We like the Nouhaus Posture, but we don’t love it. It’s a great chair for anyone of light to medium build, especially if you’re on the taller side, and it’s a solid choice for anyone who is only looking for a chair for light to moderate daily use (say, about four hours a day max). In light of that, we give it a provisional recommendation.

Other Options To Consider

If the chair we just talked about doesn’t meet your needs, here are a couple of other options to consider:

Flash Furniture HERCULES Series 24/7 Office Chair

Recommended For: Anyone who spends several hours a day in their chair. This thing is virtually indestructible.

This chair is a monster—solid steel construction⁠, capable of supporting nearly twice the weight of the chair we just talked about⁠, and upholstered with durable, breathable fabric, which will allow you to sit in it for extended periods of time without discomfort. It’s an amazing piece of furniture that will serve you well.

Granted, it’s only got basic lumbar support, so it’s not as ergonomically friendly as the Nouhaus, but in terms of durability and longevity, this one is a wonder.

Steelcase Series 2 Office Chair

Recommended For: Users weighing up to 240 pounds who want a combination office/task chair with good lumbar support.



A pricey model, it’s worth every penny. This is basically the chair that the Nouhaus wants to be. It’s amazingly adjustable and comes with a warranty that puts the warranties offered by most other companies to shame. Steelcase is the final word in office chairs.


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