In a Nutshell:

An attractive, robust design filled with well-implemented ergonomic features, and backed by Steelcase’s impressive warranty. Steelcase Amia Office Chair is recommended for anyone looking for a great mesh office chair, or anyone who wants most of the features of our top picks, without having to pay full price.

Value for the Money
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

* 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.


  • Top-quality genuine leather
  • Comfortable padding
  • Ergonomic support
  • Live Lumbar technology
  • 10-Year Warranty


  • Heavy
  • Limited recline position
  • Lacks a headrest
Steelcase Amia Task Chair

Recommended For: Anyone looking for a great mesh office chair, or anyone who wants most of the features of our top picks, without having to pay full price.

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​Does your current office chair leave a little (or a lot) to be desired? Have you been searching for a replacement, only to be frustrated by the chairs you’re finding available?

Do you have some money to spend and find yourself looking beyond the bargain bin for your next office chair and a quality product built to last?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’ll like what you read in this review.

The Steelcase Amia Office Chair is a wonder of engineering and design. It’s an older model and the direct predecessor to the Steelcase Leap, arguably the best office chair on the market today. Hints of that chair’s ancestry can be found in the Amia.

Even better, the company has worked hard to keep its chair up to date. While it’s slightly less capable than the Leap, it’s also more modestly priced, and to this day, the Amia remains one of the best office chairs on the market and the Steelcase chair lineup.

If you’re intrigued and curious to know more, read on! In the following sections, we’ll outline everything this remarkable design has to offer and clue you in on its few shortcomings so you’ll have all the information you need to decide for yourself if this is the chair you’ve been searching for.

Key Features of the Steelcase Amia Office Chair

An unassuming design, the Steelcase Amia Office Chair is not an ugly chair, but it’s clear that award-winning designer Thomas Overthun was much more interested in function than form. At first glance, this looks like a perfectly ordinary task chair, which means that it easily blends into its surroundings. It fits easily into most home or office settings, regardless of your prevailing color and décor scheme.


That’s made even easier because Steelcase offers the Amia in a broad range of color and finish options. You can order yours with either fabric, mesh, or leather upholstery, and depending on which of those you choose, your color options are as follows.

A side image of Steelcase Amia Chair in Grey color

All fabric options can be ordered in standard or sewn configurations (or you can specify mesh). You can also order your Amia in leather, though if you opt for leather upholstery, your color choices are limited to black or mahogany.

Note that this isn’t bonded leather or inferior-quality upholstery. It’s top-quality genuine grain leather. While that’s still not an overly pet-friendly or breathable option, it’s far better than the leather upholstery offered on most of the leather-clad office chairs on the market today.


It gets even better, though. You can order your Amia in your choice of the following finish options:

  • Platinum
  • Black
  • Marble
  • Any of those, with or without an upholstered seatback.

All that, and we haven’t even gotten to the actual features of the chair!

Before we get to the basic stats that drive and define the model, we should also say a few words about Leap’s design philosophy. That philosophy was a direct outgrowth of the success of Amia’s design and coupled with an in-depth study of ergonomics.

The four guiding principles of the Leap’s design were based on the following four discoveries:

  • The human spine does not move as a single unit.
  • Each individual’s spinal motion is unique.
  • Each person’s upper and lower back require different amounts and types of support.
  • Each person’s vision and reach have an impact on their posture.

All those elements were accounted for in a slightly less refined state in the Amia.

Chair Specifications

An image of Steelcase Amia Task Chair from Front in Black color.

Now, as to the chair’s basic stats; here they are:

  • Chair Dimensions: 23” x 27” x 39” to 44”
  • Chair Weight: 64.2 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 300 pounds
  • Seat Width: 19.25.”
  • Seat Depth: 15.5” to 18.5”
  • Seat to Floor Height Adjustment Range: 16” to 21”

These stats paint Amia as a well-rounded, versatile chair. Its weight limit allows it to serve the vast majority of the market, as some 95% of users will fall below that weight range, though if you are a big and tall user, you’ll probably gravitate to some other chair.

The seat depth jumps out at us because only a handful of office chairs on the market today offer a seat depth adjustment. This puts the Amia in select company and, again, is a mark of the model’s enormous versatility.

Similarly, the chair’s seat height starts at just 16”, making it a great choice for petite users, but it extends well into big and tall territory, which means it’s adjustable enough to serve taller users as well. As we mentioned in our Steelcase Amia task chair review, though, if you’re big and tall, the 300-pound weight limit will likely make this model a nonstarter.

Note: Steelcase offers several products bearing the Amia name: the Amia armless chair, the Amia Stool, and the Amia Stool with Arms. While all of those are exceptional products, this review focuses on the classic Amia, the task chair with armrests. For full details on the variants, we refer you to the company’s website.

10-Year Warranty

The last thing we have to say before we take a closer look at the specific features this chair offers is that it is backed by Steelcase’s impressive ten-year warranty. So often, if you buy a less expensive piece of furniture, it starts showing its age after about a year and begins falling apart.

That’s not at all the case with this chair. The Amia was built to last. While it may not last you a lifetime, you can count on at least a decade of reliable, tireless service from this amazing little chair!


We’ve already mentioned a few of Amia’s adjustable features in passing, so let’s start this section of our Steelcase Amia review by summarizing. This is an amazingly adjustable chair, exactly what you’d expect in a piece of world-class office furniture. The adjustable features include:

A Features image of Steelcase Amia Ergonomic Office Chair
  • The seat height, adjustable in a range between 16” to 21”; making it a suitable office chair for a short person.
  • The seat depth, adjustable in a range between 15.8” to 18.5”
  • The armrests can pivot in, toward the center of the seat, or out away from it, by up to 30 degrees
  • The armrests can also be independently width adjusted in a range between 13” to 19.5”
  • On top of that, the armrests can be independently height adjusted in a range between 7.5” and 11.25”
  • The height of the lumbar support can be adjusted in a range between 6.25” and 10”

While it’s possible to find chairs that are just as or more adjustable than the Amia, one of two things will be true about them: They’ll either cost you more money or the features won’t be nearly as well implemented as they are here.

Although many people gravitate toward this model because of its sheer adjustability, that’s actually not the most remarkable feature of the Amia’s design. Its proprietary “Live Lumbar” technology would make this model stand out from the crowd.

Live Lumbar Technology

Lurking beneath the unassuming seatback of the chair, you’ll find an innovative slatted design, which allows the chair to dynamically shift and adjust, providing optimal ergonomic support as you shift and move while sitting in the chair.

It’s superb. Although the technology is called ‘Live Lumbar,’ it actually provides next-level whole back support that will enable you to spend even extended periods sitting in the chair, and it definitely enhances its comfort.

See our roundup review of the top ergonomic office chairs for back pain for alternative options. For hip-related pain, check this article.

Comfortable Padding

In terms of comfort, the Amia uses moderate amounts of conventional block foam with the upholstery of your choice stretched over it. The padding isn’t what we’d call generous, but it’s not far from that, either. It’s important to remember, though, that this is a task chair. As such, it wasn’t really designed or optimized for power users who spend 8-10 hours a day (or longer) sitting in it.

You can do that with this chair and still be reasonably comfortable by the end of the day, but if that’s how you plan on using the chair daily, you’re better off with some other model. As good as it is, the Amia was really optimized for light to moderate daily use with periods of heavy use in a pinch.

No Assembly Required!

While the vast majority of office furniture being sold today will arrive at your door in a giant box and in several pieces, leaving you to take the time to put it together before you can use it, the Amia bucks this trend. It’s a custom-made creation; when you order one, it will arrive fully assembled and ready to use. Just tell the delivery guys where you want it and have a seat!

Steelcase Amia Ergonomic Office Chair Color Variants

Pros and Cons of the Steelcase Amia Task Chair

The Steelcase Amia Office Chair is a superb design that will last you for years. We love everything about it. Anything we’d recommend changing about it would make it an executive office chair with a headrest, but honestly, if that’s what you’re looking for, the Amia isn’t the chair you want anyway.

Final Thoughts on Steelcase Amia Chair Review 

Although this design has been on the market for years, the Steelcase Amia Task Chair is still one of the best general-purpose office chairs out there. It’s comfortable, highly adjustable, and amazingly versatile. If you weigh 300 pounds or less and need a chair for light to moderate daily use that can even be used heavily in a pinch, then this chair belongs to your shortlist of options to consider. We highly recommend it.

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