SONGMICS Office Chair Review

Are you on the hunt for a decent quality office or gaming chair, but don’t have a lot of money to spend?

Have you been underwhelmed by the chairs your search has turned up so far? 

If so, we think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by the chairs featured in our SONGMICS office chairs review.

About the SONGMICS Brand

Haven’t heard of SONGMICS before?  We’d be surprised if you had.  They’re a small, off-brand outfit that sells a variety of household products of Chinese manufacture, including a range of chairs that fall into three distinct categories:

  • Executive Office Chairs
  • Office Chairs
  • Gaming Chairs

Their office furniture is targeted at the value segment of the market, which means that it has limitations

While you’ll find all the chairs in this company’s product line to be quite comfortable and surprisingly feature-rich, to keep their costs low, SONGMICS has had to make the standard trade off commonly found in budget-priced furniture:  they trade popular features for low-cost materials and marginal production quality.

This is not new or surprising and is a limitation that people on a budget are quite accustomed to seeing.  While the furniture looks nice and is wonderfully functional, it doesn’t tend to hold up well under the strain of heavy daily usage and tends to start showing its age very quickly.

The upshot is, of course, that it’s offered for a song, so even if it wears out more quickly than you’d like, it’s nothing to replace it in 2-3 years. Let’s face it; if you find yourself in need of a decent office chair right now, and you don’t have a lot of money to work with, its longevity isn’t usually a big concern.

On balance, we have found SONGMICS office furniture to be a cut above what you normally see in the value segment of the market.  It’s not perfect, but we think you’ll be impressed.

In the sections that follow, we’ll introduce you to each of the chairs the company offers and tell you what they get right and what they don’t do so well.  Before we get into particulars though, let’s start by taking a top-level view of all the chairs the company sells, then drill down a bit more deeply.

If that sounds good to you, let’s get right to it!

SONGMICS Brand Models and Variants

Before we start looking at individual models, let’s talk about the features that all the SONGMICS Office Chairs share in common.

Quality

We mentioned at the start that they’re made from lower-quality materials and that the production quality is also on the low side.  Here, the real story though is the production quality.  Granted, it’s not world-class and compared to the quality of well-known, well-established brands; it’s still a bit lacking.

Even so, the quality is better than you might expect and is reflected in the fact that all of the chairs SONGMICS sells come with a 30-month warranty, which is virtually unheard of in the value segment of the market.

Extras

Second, the company offers two extra casters with all its office chairs.  That’s another perk you seldom see where low-cost chairs and is a big deal as the casters are one of the more common points of failure in low-end furniture.  Having ready replacements on hand is huge and will significantly extend the life of the chair you buy.

Granted, this won’t do anything about the fact that the upholstery will start showing its age quickly, but you can mitigate that by only using it lightly or moderately.

Assembly Required

The final thing to say here is that if you purchase a chair from SONGMICS, it will arrive at your doorstep unassembled.  These chairs are a bit on the heavy side, and you’d be well-served by having an assistant lend you a hand as you put your chair together.

If you’re doing it solo, expect the process to take about an hour.  With help, it’ll probably take 30-45 minutes.  There is some minor variance depending on which model you select, but the time frame mentioned above is an excellent rule of thumb.

Now, let’s take a look at the individual models!

SONGMICS Executive Office Chairs

Top Rated

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PRODUCT DIMENSIONS

32.3” x 25.6” x 15”

CHAIR WEIGHT

43.6 pounds

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Best Reclining Ergonomic Chair

A UOBG71B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG71B

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PRODUCT DIMENSIONS

33.5” x 26.2” x 14”

CHAIR WEIGHT

55.6 pounds

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Best Non-Reclining Ergonomic Chair

A UOBG76B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG76B

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PRODUCT DIMENSIONS

29” x 26” x 17.1”

CHAIR WEIGHT

42.9 pounds

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Best Buy Executive Office Chair

A UOBG21B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG21B

RATING

PRICE

$$

PRODUCT DIMENSIONS

30.2” x 26.5” x 44.1” to 48.1”

CHAIR WEIGHT

42 pounds

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Also Good

A UOBG55BK Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG55BK

RATING

PRICE

$$

PRODUCT DIMENSIONS

30.1” x 26.5” x 44.1” to 48.1”

CHAIR WEIGHT

42.5 pounds

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Good Value

A UOBG62B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG62B

RATING

PRICE

$

PRODUCT DIMENSIONS

32.4” x 26.2” x 46.9” to 50.75”

CHAIR WEIGHT

42.8 pounds

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SONGMICS Executive Office Chairs

Best Reclining Ergonomic Chair

Best Non -Reclining Ergonomic Chair

Best Value Executive Chair

UOBG94BK Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG94BK

UOBG71B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG71B

UOBG76B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG76B

UOBG21B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG21B

UOBG55BK Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG55BK

UOBG62B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBG62B

Rating

3.62

3.56

3.56

3.50

3.56

3.0

Price

$$$

$$$

$$$

$$

$$

$

Product Dimensions

32.3” x 25.6” x 15”

33.5” x 26.2” x 14”

29” x 26” x 17.1”

30.2” x 26.5” x 44.1” to 48.1”

30.1” x 26.5” x 44.1” to 48.1”

32.4” x 26.2” x 46.9” to 50.75”

Chair Weight

43.6 pounds

55.6 pounds

42.9 pounds

42 pounds

42.5 pounds

42.8 pounds

Max. Supported Weight

330 pounds

330 pounds

330 pounds

330 pounds

330 pounds

330 pounds

Tilt/Recline Range

90 to 110 degrees

90 to 120 degrees

90 to 135 degrees

90 to 100 degrees

90 to 110 degrees

90 to 110 degrees

Seat Width

16.5”

19.7”

19.9”

19.5”

21.25”

21.9”

Seat Height

16.5” – 19.5”

17.75” to 21.5”

17.75” to 21.5”

17.75” to 21.5”

17.75” to 21.5”

17.75” to 21.5”

Seat Depth

19.5”

19.3”

19.3”

20.5”

21.1”

20.5”

*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.
**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.

SONGMICS Executive Chairs In More Detail

UOBG94BK

UOBG94BK Executive Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.6

Summary


The UOBG94BK is a really awesome chair for the money, providing a comfortable sitting experience and a good look. The company even throws in some nice extras!


Recommended for anyone looking for a good budget executive chair.

Although SONGMICS doesn’t refer to this model in these terms, this is essentially their flagship model.  It’s an almost shockingly good chair for the money. 

Although the padding is conventional block foam, the cushion is more than 6” thick and supported by springs.  Not only does this help the block foam retain its shape longer, but it gives the effect of sitting on a comfortable mattress, rather than a chair.  We hadn’t expected to see such niceties in a chair at this price.

In addition to that, you’ll find a full range of ergonomic features, well-padded armrests, and a rocking/recline feature.  To round things out, the arms flip up to make it easier to slide the chair under your desk when not in use, or for those occasions when you’d rather sit in an armless chair.

Feature details of SONGMICS Executive Chair - UOBG94BK

And as mentioned above, the company provides extra casters with your purchase, as these tend to be one of the more common points of failure in chairs offered at the lower end of the price spectrum.

The upholstery is bonded leather covered in polyurethane, making it waterproof (or at the very least, water resistant).  Bonded leather is real leather, which is a plus, but it’s formed by fusing leather scraps together. 

As such, it tends to lack the suppleness, strength, and durability of grain leather.  Expect it to start showing its age quickly, despite the manufacturer’s claims of “high tensile strength.”

On the whole, though, we’re impressed with the SONGMICS Executive Chair.  It offers superb value for the money, and as long as you don’t use it heavily on a daily basis, it will serve you well.


UOBG71B

SONGMICS Executive Chairs - UOBG71B

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.5

Summary


The UOBG71B is probably the best ergonomic design SONGMICS makes, plus it pulls double duty as a recliner. A fantastic option for those looking to emphasize ergonomic features.


Recommended for anyone on a budget. But if you’re more worried about your head and neck, then you want the 76B, rather than this one.

SONGMICS Executive Chair - UOBG71B

SONGMICS Executive Chairs - UOBG71B

This chair, and its close cousin, the UOBG76B, which we’ll talk about just below, are, in our view, the two best ergonomic chairs that SONGMICS offers. 

Not only are they well padded, but they’ve got adjustable lumbar supports, with this model featuring an extra lumbar support pillow, in addition to a hideaway ottoman, allowing it to pull double duty as a recliner.

SONGMICS Executive Chair - UOBG71B

This chair is a bit bigger than the flagship model and sits higher off the ground, so is a good fit for bigger, taller users.

Even better, where most of SONGMIC’s products utilize a low-quality nylon base that’s prone to breakage with heavy daily use, this one features a chrome-plated steel base, so is better able to stand the rigors of protracted use, as well as being better able to accommodate bigger, taller users.

Unfortunately, the upholstery quality in this chair is still standard PU, and as such, it won’t age well.  Even so, for the money, this chair is honestly amazing. 

The only thing that puzzles us when comparing this one to the UOBG76B is this:  We would have put the headrest pillow on this model, since it’s a recliner, and put the lumbar support pillow on the UOBG76B. 

It’s a small thing, and we don’t think it’ll wind up being a deal breaker for anyone but thought it to be worth mentioning.

 SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair: High Quality Five-Star Casters

High Quality Five-Star Casters

SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair: Pull-out Footrest

Pull-out Footrest

SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair: Adjustable Lumbar Support

Adjustable Lumbar Support

While it’s not as well cushioned as the company’s flagship model, it still offers a delightful sitting experience.  You won’t be disappointed!

UOBG76B

SONGMICS Executive Chairs - UOBG76B

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.5

Summary


The UOBG76B is very similar to the 71B model, except that this one doesn’t come with the hideaway ottoman and trades the adjustable lumbar support pillow for an adjustable headrest.


Recommended for anyone on a budget. Note if you’re more worried about the lumbar region of your back, you want the 71B.

This model is functionally similar to the UOBG71B, but there are a few differences, including:

  • The chrome-plated steel base is gone, replaced by the standard nylon base, making the chair less durable
  • The hideaway ottoman is gone, too.  The SONGMICS Office Executive Desk Chair rocks and reclines nominally, but you can’t use it as a recliner.  That’s disappointing because the chair reclines to a maximum of 135 degrees, so if you rig up your own ottoman, you technically could use it as a recliner.  It just takes a bit of applied creativity!
  • SONGMICS replaced the lumbar support pillow with an extra pillow on the headrest for added head and neck support.
SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair: Remium Nylon Casters

Remium Nylon Casters

SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair: Exceptional PU Fabric

Exceptional PU Fabric

SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair: Adjustable Lumbar Support

Adjustable Lumbar Support

Everything else is the same, although we’d caution prospective buyers to stay well beneath the maximum recommended user weight of 330 pounds, given the weaker base, a warning that applies to most of the chairs the company makes.


UOBG21B

SONGMICS Executive Chairs - UOBG21B

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.5

Summary


The UOBG21B is a good looking, well-priced basic ergonomic Executive office chair.  


Recommended for anyone looking for a good, no-frills ergonomic Executive Office Chair.

A solid, unassuming design that blends in well with most home décor schemes.  While the other chairs we’ve talked about to this point have some “extra” feature that makes them stand out (extra pillows, hideaway ottomans, springs in the seat cushions, and the like), this one focuses only on the basics.

SONGMICS Executive Chair - Specifications
SONGMICS Executive Chair - Height Adjustment

It’s well-padded and offers a full range of ergonomic support features, but it steers clear of anything “extra” in a bid to keep the price as low as possible.

We approve.  It’s a great, no-frills model, so if you’re looking for a good chair that has the basics covered, this one will be of particular interest to you.


UOBG55BK

SONGMICS Executive Chairs - UOBG55BK

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.5

Summary


The UOBG55BK is second-best ergonomic chair in the SONGMICS lineup. Built on the same frame as the UOBG21B but sports a key ergonomic difference and a couple of other minor enhancements besides.


Recommended for anyone looking for a cheaper ergonomic executive chair, with an aesthetic that differs from the UOBG71B /UOBG76B.

SONGMICS Executive Office Chair UOBG55BK

SONGMICS Executive Chairs - UOBG55BK

These two chairs are the same except for their color.  It’s the only SONGMICS Office Chair offered in either brown or black. So, if you’re looking for some other color besides black, then the BR variant of this model is going to grab your attention.

Headrest, Armrest and Rear Wheel of SONGMICS Executive Chair - UOBG55BK

At first glance, you might think that these chairs are virtually identical to the UOBG21B.  Although built on the same frame, these two models sport some crucial differences, which include:

  • An “S-shaped” seatback design that follows the natural contours of your body.  This is the most significant difference between these models and the UOBG21B, and it makes this duo the second-best ergonomic chair in the SONGMICS lineup.  Inspired by massage chairs, the design of the seatback makes for an unexpectedly comfortable sitting experience.
  • These two models bring back the flip-up arms, and slightly different styling if you’re not a fan of the aesthetic of the UOBG21B.
  • These two also sport a marginally wider and deeper seat than the UOBG21B, which makes them a slightly better fit for bigger users.

Aside from those changes, however, they’re functionally the same chair as the UOBG21B and offer almost all the same overall dimensions.

The company claims that they’re “as comfortable as lying in bed,” and to SONGMIC’s credit, the S-shaped seat back is a bit more comfortable than the upright seatbacks found in most other office chairs. 

That said, they lack the plush padding and spring supports that the flagship model has. So, in our view, they’re not quite that comfortable.  They are delightfully well-padded, however, so even if you’ve got to spend a considerable amount of time in one of these, it will offer a comfortable sitting experience.

SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBG55BK - Specifications
SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBG55BK - Tilt Mechanism

Again though, be aware that the low-quality upholstery isn’t going to stand up well to heavy daily use, which is the major limitation of all the projects SONGMICS offers.

Note:  You may see the UOBG55BK listed as the UOBG51B.  These are, in fact, the same chair.  Apparently, the confusion stems from the fact that some vendors have pulled the brown variant’s model number and appended the “B” designator to the end of it.

UOBG62B

SONGMICS Executive Chairs - UOBG62B

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.0

Summary


The UOBG62B is SONGMICS’ least expensive executive chair. Features the racing-style seat found in their gaming chairs, and as such, doesn’t blend quite as seamlessly with most home décor schemes. 


Recommended for anyone looking for a good, low-priced ergonomic Executive Office Chair.

This model is a bit of an oddity in the Executive Office Chair portion of the SONGMICs lineup.  First, it trades the traditional office style seat for a racing seat of the kind the company uses in their gaming chairs.

Second, unlike most of the other chairs that SONGMICs offers, this one only has one spare caster included with your purchase, rather than two.

SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBG62B - Polymer Foam
SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBG62B - Tilt Function
SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBG62B - Movable Angle

The former may be a deal breaker for some, in that the racing-style seat won’t mesh as well or blend as seamlessly with most home décor schemes, while the second is a minor point that shouldn’t give anyone pause.

In any case, the chair is generously padded, rocks slightly, and offers flip-up arms that make it easier for it to fit under your desk when not in use, or if you feel like using a chair with no armrests.

Like the other chairs the company offers, it sports a full range of ergonomic design features that make it unexpectedly comfortable and helps you maintain better posture while you’re sitting at your desk.


SONGMICS Office Chairs

Best Ergonomic Office Chair

UOBN89BK Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBN89BK

RATING

PRICE

$

PRODUCT DIMENSIONS

25.9” x 26.5” x 49.1” to 51.9”

CHAIR WEIGHT

42.7 pounds

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Best Reclining Ergonomic Chair

UOBN86B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBN86B

RATING

PRICE

$

PRODUCT DIMENSIONS

25.25” x 21.5” x 46.1” to 49.75”

CHAIR WEIGHT

33 pounds

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SONGMICS
Office Chairs

Best Ergonomic Office Chair

Best Reclining Ergonomic Chair

UOBN89BK Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBN89BK

UOBN86B Model of SONGMICS Thick Executive Office Chair

UOBN86B

Rating

3.06

3.43

Price

$

$

Product Dimensions

25.9” x 26.5” x 49.1” to 51.9”

25.25” x 21.5” x 46.1” to 49.75”

Chair Weight

42.7 pounds

33 pounds

Max. Supported Weight

330 pounds

330 pounds

Tilt/Recline Range

90 to 120 degrees (three lockable settings)

90 to 110 degrees

Seat Width

20.9”

20.1”

Seat Height

17.5” to 20.9”

17.75” to 21.5”

Seat Depth

19.5”

19.5”

SONGMICS Office Chairs In More Detail

If for whatever reason, you don’t want or need an Executive office chair, SONGMICS makes a pair of low-priced office chairs that are well worth considering.  We’ll cover both in this section.

UOBN89BK

SONGMICS Mesh Office Chair - UOBN89BK

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.0

Summary


The UOBN89BK is an odd-looking chair, but more comfortable than you might expect, with excellent, adjustable/adaptive ergonomic features.


Recommended for anyone on a budget, who needs an exceptional ergonomic chair.

SONGMICS Executive Chair - UOBN89BK

SONGMICS Mesh Office Chair - UOBN89BK

This is an all mesh chair, but despite its lack of padding, it is surprisingly comfortable, thanks to an excellent set of features, including adaptive lumbar support.

Unlike most other ergonomic office chairs, this model’s lumbar support region is independently designed and adjusts based on the amount of weight pressing against it to provide excellent support.

SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBN89BK - Specifications
SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBN89BK - Tilt Function

It also sports an articulated headrest that allows you to adjust the angle for optimal comfort and height-adjustable armrests that can be locked into any of seven distinct height positions ranging from 23.9” to 27.5” high.

Like most of the other chairs in the SONGMICS lineup, the chair sports a nylon base, so prospective buyers are advised to stay well under the company’s advertised 330-pound maximum supported weight limit.  Unlike most of the Executive chairs, this one only comes with one spare caster, but that’s a small sacrifice to help keep the price down.

An Image of SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBN89BK - Heavy Duty Base & Quiet Wheels

Heavy Duty Base & Quiet Wheels

An Image of SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBN89BK - Top-Notch Material

Top-Notch Material

An Image of SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBN89BK - Resilient Lumbar Support

Resilient Lumbar Support

It may look a little funny, but this chair is all business, and much more comfortable (and breathable, courtesy of the mesh seat and seat back) than you might expect!

UOBN86B

SONGMICS Mesh Office Chair - UOBN86B

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.4

Summary


This UOBN86B is a much more conventionally-styled chair than the UOBN89BK, this model is a good mix of mesh and cloth upholstery, providing excellent ergonomic support and surprising comfort.


Recommended for anyone on a budget, who needs a good ergonomic chair.

SONGMICS Executive Chairs - UOBN86B

SONGMICS Mesh Office Chair - UOBN86B

This model sacrifices some in terms of the quality of its ergonomic features to provide more conventional styling that will more easily fit into most home décor schemes.

Make no mistake, the ergonomic features on display in this model, including the S-shaped seatback design are excellent, but they’re not as strong or as well-implemented as the ergonomic features offered in the UOBN89BK.

SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBN86B - Specifications
SONGMICS Executive Chair: UOBN86B - Height Adjustment