What We Like
Easy and quick assembly
Comfortable and supportive
Attractive, modern design
What We Don't Like
Doesn’t have capability to tilt back
Takes up more space than you’d expect
Noticeable that it’s made with fake leather
If you’re in the market for a sturdy office chair that’s also stylish, consider the Sweetwater Task Chair from Langley Street, a Wayfair-exclusive label that specializes in mid-century furniture and home décor. Solidly built yet sleek, this chair combines form and function at a very reasonable price. To see if it lived up to its reputation—it has hundreds of five-star reviews on Wayfair—we sent it home with one of our trusted reviewers who assembled it himself and used it for hours on end to evaluate its assembly process, comfort level, design, and more.
Setup Process: Quick to assemble yourself
This chair arrives with all the necessary parts and tools needed for a DIY assembly. Overall, our reviewer felt that the process was incredibly easy: “You just pop the wheels in—which did take some forceful pressing—and set the seat on top of the base,” he explained. All in all, he said, it only took “a few minutes.”
Materials: Right for the price
This chair is made from a combination of wood, faux leather, and silver-finished metal. Our tester noted that he could tell that the leather was fake, but that everything else was "as expected" given the chair's very reasonable price point.
This chair arrives with all the necessary parts and tools needed for a DIY assembly.
Design: Sleek look but could be more adjustable
Aesthetically, this chair has clean lines and a mid-century feel. Its frame also comes in three colors—black, white, and red—so whether you prefer a neutral or a pop of color, there’s an option that will fit in with your office design. Langley Street does note that the wood grain look will vary from chair to chair because it's actually real wood.
In terms of construction, this chair has five double-caster wheels for easy mobility. The seat ranges from 17 to 22 inches above the floor and the height is adjustable using a patented gas lever. It’s built to accommodate up to 200 pounds. Our tester, who is 6-foot-1, said that the maximum height was “quite good” and that it was “plenty high” for him. However, he wished that it also had the capability to tilt backward: “It’s easy to sit up straight,” he explained, “but sometimes you want to slouch and have the chair go with you.” In terms of the space it takes up, the chair is 24 x 20 inches (width x depth). When asked about the chair’s size, our tester did note that it “takes up more space than you’d expect.”
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Aesthetically, this chair has clean lines and a mid-century feel.
Comfort: Easy to sit in and has decent support
The chair features a curved seat and an open back. And despite not being able to lean back, our reviewer thought it was comfortable overall. “Really, it feels like it’s halfway between an armchair and a desk chair,” he said. “It’s easy to sit up straight and it feels like it had decent lower back support.”
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Price: A wallet-friendly pick
At less than $150, this office chair sits firmly in the budget-friendly range. Although there are cheaper options on the market, the materials and thoughtful design of the Sweetwater make it a value-driven purchase. Plus, it has a one-year warranty (which adds a bit of value, too).
Competition: Langley Street Sweetwater Task Chair vs. George Oliver Walburn Task Chair
George Oliver, another Wayfair-exclusive label, offers a chair in a similar style for just a little more: the Walburn Task Chair. In terms of commonalities, both chairs can swivel but not tilt backward, are height-adjustable (with very similar ranges), and have one-year warranties. There are a few subtle but noteworthy differences, though: Both chairs are made from wood, faux leather, and silver-coated metal, but wood in the Walburn is manufactured instead of solid. Stylistically, the Walburn’s armrests curl into its backrest, while the Sweetwater doesn’t have this detail. Also, even though both chairs have caster wheels, the Walbum’s are nylon-coated to prevent it from scratching your floor. Lastly, the Walburn’s cushions are padded with stain- and water-resistant polyvinyl chloride—so if you ever spill your morning coffee on your chair, you’re covered!
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- Product Name Sweetwater Task Chair
- Product Brand Langley Street
- Price $115.99
- Weight 22.4 lbs.
- Color White, Red, Black
- Frame Material Solid wood, chrome
- Base Material Silver-finished metal
- Back Material Solid wood, faux leather
- Minimum Seat Height 17 in.
- Maximum Seat Height 22 in.
- Seat Dimensions 19 x 18 in.
- Warranty 1 year
- Model Number LGLY5154