Review Of Neutral Posture 8000 Series Seating

The 8000 series of office chairs from Neutral Posture is the last of three in one of its most popular model ranges, the others being the 5000 and 6000 series.

Who will the 8000 Series be best for?

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Neutral Posture 8500 Chair

The 8000 series makes a great choice for male and female users who are between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing between 90 and 500 pounds and who like a high chair back with a more sculpted shape which also has the capability of taking an adjustable headrest if required.

Other smaller built users will find the 5000 series to be the best choice.

There are 6 different versions in the 8000 range, each catering for different body shapes they are all based on the same basic components with differences being mainly in seat size and shape as well as some minor variations in adjustment dimensions.

Each individual model has highly flexible adjustability settings and these may seem a little confusing at first, however a set of short videos help explain a logical sequence the user should follow when adjusting their chair.

A neat feature built into every model is a set of instructions found in the right hand armrest via a pull out pictorial guide covering the chair's adjustments just in case you forget how to change a setting.

These chairs come with two different seat mechanisms known as multi-function and knee tilt. The multi-function is the best one to select because it includes sliding seat adjustment which is vital for setting the seat depth to the individual user's leg length. For some reason there is an on cost for the knee tilt even though it has less functionality making multi-function the obvious choice as it offers superior user comfort.

Technical Details And Features

All models have the following standard features:

  • Sliding seat adjustment allowing precise leg length setting (multi-function mech)
  • Forward Tilt-stop allows override of chair's forward incline function (multi-function mech)
  • Tilt tension adjustment for personal user weight setting
  • Floating or fixed seat angle allows users to sit how they want
  • Back angle and height adjustability perfect positioning for back and spine support
  • Inflatable lumbar support for lower back support enhancement
  • 6 different seat sizes each designed for different body types
  • Height and width adjustable arms for proper arm support
  • 360° swivel arm support for perfect arm positioning whatever the task
  • Upholstered chair back face with durable plastic outer shell

Optional extras also include:

  • Arm rests with gel padding, oversized if needed and fold down arms for close desk work (swing)
  • Thoracic back support giving extra spinal support and relieving shoulder and neck pain
  • Fring™ clip on foot support for alternative support and massage for tired feet
  • NeXtep® step up when using higher seat and stool versions
  • Upholstery to outside of chair back shell
  • Brushed or polished aluminum chair bases
  • Wide choice of alternative casters, hard floor, brake, chrome etc.
  • 6 different sizes of pneumatic gas lift for differing work situations

As can be seen from the wide range of options available the 8000 series offers a huge range of ways to tailor a chair to your exact requirements. This can all start to look a bit complicated so I have created some video tutorials showing how to specify and select the different options.

Warranty

8000 series chairs are covered by a lifetime single shift warranty and this is based on 8 hours use 5 days a week. What this actually covers is the chair's components for a period of 10 years, with the exception of the fabric upholstery which is covered for 3 years and the inflatable lumbar which has 5 years cover.

Overall Assessment

Overall Neutral Posture's 8000 series is a well built product with a high degree of adjustability enabling users who take the time to set it up properly to achieve excellent working comfort. People who don't like having to make a lot of initial adjustments may find they are happier with one of the self adjusting chairs offered by a number of manufacturers these days, although these might lack the fine tuning which can be achieved with a chair like the 8000.

If you decided to go for this chair you need to put it together as it ships kd. Fortunately it's a very simple with no need for tools some easy to follow instructions as well as a short video.

Whilst these chairs aren't cheap when you consider that they should last for 10 years or more their overall cost over their expected life cycle represents excellent value.

Where To Buy Online

This online seating specialist carries the popular 6000 range and offers very competitive pricing which also includes free shipping.