Smart Office Chairs vs Ergonomic Office Chairs
If your typical workday involves any time spent in the office, you understand the importance of having a quality, supportive office chair. A comfortable and supportive office chair can improve your focus, prevent muscle aches and pains, and make the day fly by. An uncomfortable office chair, on the other hand, can leave you with a sore back, inflamed muscles, and a desire to be free from your desk as soon as possible.
The most popular type of office chair (and most common) is the ergonomic type; but the introduction of the smart office chair has brought about a sense of choice for the serious workaholic. We debate which chair is better.
Smart Office Chair Overview
A smart office chair may sometimes be referred to as an autonomous office chair – for good reason. This chair carries all the bells and whistles featured in an ergonomic office chair 9trhiunk adjustable back rests, seat height and arm rest height) – with a little extra. See, a smart office chair reacts to the user and adjusts to make a more comfortable seating experience for anyone who uses it.
Smart office chairs monitor a user’s posture and provide feedback where necessary. Sensors in the seat swabs register the posture. If a user sits in a poor position, then the chair makes him or her aware of this. A vibration indicates when you are sitting for too long in a physically aggravating position. This feedback contributes to increasing users’ awareness of their seated posture. Ultimately, this means users go home fitter.
The Smart label fixed to the seat allows users to view their current posture or see how they have been sitting over the last hour. The software gives access to each chair’s data for longer periods. Based on this information, practical advice can be provided to the user. That opens up a world of possibilities, both for users and for facility services managers.
Ergonomic Office Chair Overview
An ergonomic office chair is the long standing and trusted healthy office seating option. The word “ergonomics” itself is derived from the Greek “ergos,” meaning work, and “nomos,” meaning natural law. By definition, the science of ergonomics studies the relationship between the capabilities of the human body and workplace designs, with the goal of improving the fit between human beings and their physical surroundings. In the case of office furniture, ergonomic scientists are busy making sure your personal workspace is designed to keep you maximally comforted, energized, and properly aligned, thereby preventing painful office-related injuries which strain the musculoskeletal structure and cause short-term or long-term damage. A good ergonomic office chair should feature the following:
- Adjustable height mechanism
- Adjustable arm rests
- Adjustable tilt options (allowing for varying sitting positions)
- Full swivel (for a full range of motion which prevents strain)
- Lumbar support
- Chair back with some ‘give’ in it, allowing you to lean back and alleviate pressure to the legs and back
- Accessories such as a lumbar cushion, neck pillow, or gel seat cushion
Ergonomic Office Chair vs Smart Office Chair
There are a few considerations to make before buying either of these options:
Price – typically, smart office chairs would cost between 10%-30% more than a quality ergonomic office chair. This is because of the research and development put into its manufacture, as well as the cost of importing (these chairs are not manufactured everywhere). Factor in the technology used in making a smart chair exactly that – “smart” – and you can expect quite a price tag on a smart chair.
Availability – Remember that not all office chairs are able to be created locally. The technology needed to manufacture and distribute a smart office chair is usually limited to one central point, so you will likely need to wait longer for your furniture to arrive (something to remember if you are on a deadline) and also remember the additional cost thereof.
Function vs Cost – yes, a chair that adapts to users’ habits and adjusts itself to ensure your seating and posture is at its best all day, every day is nice, it is not essential. If you are simply upgrading from a swivel chair or typist chair setup, there is no need to go “all out” on a smart chair – but rather upgrading to an affordable but high-quality ergonomic chair should do the trick.
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