In a Nutshell:
The Office Factor Big and Tall Black Executive Office Chair is a big, handsome, comfortable office chair equipped with basic ergonomic features. Recommended for anyone from 5’1” to about 6’2” and weighing up to 500 pounds.
Value for the Money
Has the office chair you’re currently using seen better days? Have you been frustrated and underwhelmed by the chairs you’ve looked at as possible replacements to this point? If so, you’re going to be intrigued by our review of the Office Factor Big and Tall Black Executive Office Chair.
As the name indicates, this chair isn’t for just anyone, but if you’re looking for something big, sturdy, comfortable and capable of supporting a generous amount of user weight, this one belongs on your shortlist of options to consider.
In the sections that follow, we’ll cover every aspect of this model in detail so you’ll have everything you need to decide for yourself if Office Factor’s offering is the one you’ve been searching for.
An Overview of the Office Factor Big and Tall Leather Executive Chair
Big, comfortable, and inviting. Those are the first words that are likely to come to mind when you see the Office Factor Big and Tall Black Executive Office chair for the first time. Even better, when you take a seat in the chair, it lives up to its initial impression.
Office Factor isn’t one of the industry giants, but they’ve been in the office furniture business for a while, and they do make good products. This chair is an excellent example of their work. Before we get into the particulars though, let’s start by reviewing the basic stats that define the model. Here they are:
The big thing that jumps out at us here is that this chair doesn’t quite live up to its name as a Big and Tall model. It’s got the big component nailed down, with a generous 500-pound weight limit, but check out the seat height adjustment range.
Typically, big and tall chairs start at 18” and go to at least 22.” This one starts well below that and only moves partway into big and tall territory. If you’re much taller than 6’1” or 6’2” the seat isn’t going to rise to a sufficient height for you.
Adjustability and Comfort
Let’s start with the adjustability since it’s the topic with the least to talk about. This chair only offers the basics where adjustability is concerned. It swivels, it tilts and locks (although the range isn’t as impressive as you find on most other chairs), and you can move the seat up and down. That’s it. For most people, that’s sufficient, but if you’re looking for something more on the adjustability front, this isn’t the chair you want.
Comfort is the reason you’re going to want this chair, and where comfort is concerned, there’s a lot to like. First and foremost, it doesn’t use conventional block foam for padding, but rather, memory foam.
The difference is like the difference between flying coach on a little puddle jumper airplane that was assembled in half an hour by a sketchy carnival barker versus flying Super Deluxe Platinum First Class on a luxury jetliner. The chair is simply a joy to sit in, although that is blunted ever so slightly by the upholstery which we’ll talk about in a moment.
In addition to that, the Office Factor Big and Tall Leather Executive Chair sports a trio of well-implemented ergonomic features: Very good head and neck support, a well-designed waterfall-edge style seat, and exceptional lumbar support.
Not only are these the ‘big three’ of ergonomic features, but they also further enhance the comfort offered by the chair. Unfortunately, none of its ergonomic features are adjustable in any way, but that’s not terribly uncommon at this price range and is certainly not a deal-breaker.
Now, let’s talk about that upholstery. It’s bonded leather. That means it’s real leather, but it was created by fusing leather scraps together, which means it’s not as strong or as supple as genuine grain leather.
There are two issues here: First, bonded leather isn’t terribly durable and will start to show its age rather quickly. After about a year of heavy daily use, it will start peeling and cracking. If you only use the chair lightly to moderately every day, you can probably squeeze two years of useful life out of it, but after that, it’s going to start looking a bit ragged.
The second issue is that leather of any type (bonded leather included) isn’t breathable. The more time you spend in it, the hotter and sweatier you’re going to get, which is why we recommend this chair for light to moderate daily use. If it was clad in a breathable fabric, the upholstery would last longer, and it would be better suited to the rigors of heavy daily use. Granted, it wouldn’t be as pretty, but it would be more functional.
If there’s a silver lining to be found, it is that Office Factor offers this chair in your choice of black or grey leather. Both are neutral colors, which makes it easy for the chair to blend seamlessly into just about any home or office environment.
Assembly Can Be a Challenge
Although the Office Factor New Big and Tall Black Executive Office chair comes with decent assembly instructions, there are two things that complicate the assembly process. First, it’s a really big piece of furniture, which means if you’re putting it together solo, there are going to be a few instances where you’ll struggle to hold individual pieces in place until you can fasten them properly.
This is further complicated by the fact that the production quality isn’t world-class, which means that some of the screw holes don’t align perfectly, requiring the occasional wrestling bout.
Second, the fasteners could stand to be a few millimeters longer. If you’re a do it yourselfer, you may have slightly longer, compatible fasteners lying about, and if you do, using them will simplify your life. You can put the chair together using the default fasteners they send, but it will involve a bit of struggle.
On the whole, if you try putting the chair together solo, expect it to take the better part of an hour. You can cut that more or less in half if you have an assistant close at hand on the day the chair arrives. If you’d rather outsource the duty, this chair does come with an expert assembly option. You’ll pay a premium for it, but this is a case where we’d recommend at least considering it.
Pros & Cons of the Office Factor New Big and Tall Executive Office Chair
Here are the things we think you’ll like best about the Office Factor Big and Tall:
On the flip side, it does have some shortcomings, which include:
In our view, the pros handily outweigh the cons, but the cons are definitely things to be mindful of when evaluating this chair for possible purchase.
Final Thoughts – Office Factor Big and Tall Black Executive Office Chair
Although the Office Factor Big and Tall Black Executive Office Chair isn’t a perfect chair, it is a very good one, and for the right user, it could be absolutely fantastic. In our view, the ideal user for this chair is someone who:
The more of those points that apply to you, the happier you’ll be with this chair. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.
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