Today we will make a showdown between 3 office chairs: Markus from IKEA, Union & Scale FlexFit Dexley Mesh Task Chair from Staples or the DPS 3D Insight Gaming Chair with Adjustable Headrest from Costco
Each of the chairs is quite popular, so you can find them easily. So how do they compare to each other?
Let’s start with Union & Scale FlexFit Dexley Mesh Task Chair from Staples first: It costs $199 which makes it second least expensive chair in this showdown ( Markus wins that one). The height of backrest is adjustable by using handle located on its bottom (can be hard to reach if you want to change when sitting). Tilt angle can also be locked when not adjusting. The seat depth and seat height are adjustable. There are metal parts in the backrest, arms and metal base. It has nylon casters which can be upgraded to polyurethane ones for extra cost.
It is a lightweight chair with the weight of 34 lbs (15,5 kg). The max user weight is 300 lbs (136 kg)
Union & Scale FlexFit Dexley Mesh Task Chair is offered in five colors: black with black arms, black with gray arms, blue mesh and gray mesh for $99 and one more color: red mesh with black arms for $109.
Let’s look at the Union & Scale FlexFit Dexley Mesh Task Chair when compared to Markus from IKEA: Markus wins that one by having adjustable seat depth when sitting down on it while Union & Scale has it only when adjusting the backrest. Markus does not have adjustable seat height where Union & Scale has both functions.
So why would you spend more money on Dexley? That is a good question, but according to many customers it looks better, higher quality chair than Union & Scale one so if aesthetics is important for you then go with Dexley. However, for some people it is hard to justify spending 200+ dollars on an office chair that they sit on 8 hours per day while working in their home office.
Let’s look at Union & Scale FlexFit Dexley Mesh Task Chair when compared to the DPS 3D Insight Gaming Chair with Adjustable Headrest from Costco : This is a fair comparison as DPS chair costs the same price at the moment ($199). So there are few reasons to consider the DPS 3D
– the chair has adjustable headrest which is important for people who spend long hours working in front of their computers
– it looks pretty cool with its futuristic design featuring carbon fiber pattern (you can still get magnus arms at ikea)
-The weight of DPS chair is 46 lbs (20,9 kg) which is a lot more than Union & Scale FlexFit Dexley Mesh Task Chair.
Finally, let’s look at the features of the cheapest contender – Markus from IKEA. It is a picture of previous model – Marcus. In this shootout we will focus on more recent Markus which costs $169 and has different color options: black or gray steel base with black mesh backrest.
The weight of Markus is 27 lbs (12 kg). The height of backrest is adjustable by pulling handle located on its bottom with your feet (can be hard to reach if you want to change when sitting down) and pushing it up. Tilt angle can also be locked when not adjusting. Seat depth and height both are adjustable, however there is no side-to-side adjustment for seat. There are metal parts in arms and base. Nylon casters can be upgraded to polyurethane ones for extra cost.
The biggest difference from Markus compared to its contenders is that it has no mesh or fabric on seat, so this chair would not be good if you spend long hours sitting on it because it will get hot down there, also if your clothes are thin – you can see through them what is not very convenient. It looks pretty sturdy though!
So which office chair should you buy? If aesthetics of your home or office furniture matters then Dexley wins that one by far with 5 different colors to choose from (compared to 2 for Union & Scale FlexFit Dexley Mesh Task Chair ). However there is a price to pay which is +$120 compared to Union & Scale FlexFit Dexley Mesh Task Chair .
If price is more important for you and if you like the design of Markus from IKEA then this one wins that struggle by a mile! It just costs around $40 more than DPS 3D Insight Gaming Chair with Adjustable Headrest from Costco. The cheapest contender – Markus from IKEA has a weight of 27 lbs (12 kg) which is pretty light. A huge difference in comparison to 46 lbs of the most expensive contender – DPS chair. If this chair will be used by people who have back/knee problems or it will be used on an area of your house not carpeted, then getting casters which are compatible with hardwoods is a good idea.