Offers support and comfort
Extra depth in the seat of the chair
Fully adjustable back and seat
GREENGUARD certified (has been tested for more than 10,000 chemicals)
No instructions for using the adjustment levers
Only comes in black
Office Star FreeFlex Seat Adjustable Office Chair
We purchased the Office Star Pro-Line II ProGrid High Back Managers Chair so our reviewer could put it to the test in her office. Keep reading for our full product review
An office chair is more than just a place to sit—it provides all of the foundational support you need to get through your entire day. While there are lots of office chairs to choose from, an ergonomic chair, or one that’s designed for efficiency, support, and comfort in the workplace, is important—especially if you’re sitting for long periods of time. We tested out the Office Star Pro-Line II ProGrid High Back Managers Chair to see if it could hold up to long office hours. Read on for our verdict.
Setup Process: A little frustrating
Putting the chair together was a one-person job that only took about 30 minutes, but it was a little frustrating. Although there was a large diagram, the instructions were all written without accompanying pictures for each step, so we had to read through some of the steps a few times to figure out which parts went where.
After putting the chair together, we also noticed some stains were left behind from the grease the manufacturer uses to oil up the mechanisms. Luckily, we weren’t wearing our favorite pants or a white top, so we weren’t too upset, but keep that in mind when you tackle the chair’s setup.
Design: Basic, but functional
If you close your eyes and picture your standard office chair, the image you conjure up will probably look just like Office Star ProGrid High Back Managers Chair. With an all-black body and black cushion, there’s nothing that stands out about it. While that might be a point against the chair for some people, if you’re looking for something that blends in, the ProGrid will do just that.
The back is made from a breathable mesh that offers comfort, while also providing back and lumbar support to help you maintain good posture while you work. Speaking of backs, the chair is available in two options: high back (which we chose) and mid back.
After a few days of use, we noticed that some minor back pain and tension we had been experiencing significantly improved.
The Office Star ProGrid is also GREENGUARD certified, which means that it’s been tested for more than 10,000 chemical emissions. The manufacturer explains that the chair is made with safer and fewer harsh chemicals, which reduces your overall exposure to substances that can be harmful to both your health and the environment. This isn’t even something we knew we needed when choosing an office chair, but now that we know, it’s definitely an added bonus that gives the ProGrid a leg up over its competition.
Comfort: Your back will thank you
When we first sat in the chair after putting it together, it didn’t blow us away, but after adjusting the back and seat tilt, it felt like the chair was made for us. The seat, which has plenty of cushion, also has a sliding adjustment that you can use to move it to exactly the right spot.
While the chair felt comfortable right away, the major payoff came later. After a few days of use, we noticed that some minor back pain and tension we had been experiencing significantly improved. Before switching our chair, we didn’t connect the back pain to our previous office chair, but this improvement also greatly improved our quality of life. That alone is worth the price.
Adjustability: Make it your own
As far as adjustability goes, the ProGrid is pretty advanced. It has pressurized control levels underneath the seat that allow you to fine-tune the seat height, seat depth, and seat tilt.
You can also adjust both the height and the width of the armrests to find your perfect fit, which can help relieve any shoulder strain. You can easily adjust the height of the armrests by pressing a button that sits right underneath each armrest while adjusting the width is a little more complicated.
While we were impressed with all of the chair’s features, we weren’t impressed with the fact that there weren’t any instructions.
Each armrest is held in place by a knob that you can loosen to slide the armrests in and out until you find your perfect fit. The knobs are located where the armrests connect to chair, under the seat, so it’s not
While we were impressed with all of the chair’s features, we weren’t impressed with the fact that there weren’t any instructions for what each lever was for or how to use it. We even extensively searched the internet and the manufacturer doesn’t even offer a user manual, so we were left to figure it out on our own.
Price: More than fair
With an MSRP of roughly $295, the Office Star ProGrid Managers Chair falls around a mid-range price point. While it may seem a little steep if you’re used to getting chairs under $100, the ergonomic design—which is comfortable and supportive—is well worth the price tag. Plus, if you snag the chair at an online retailer like Amazon, you can often find it for less than $200.
Office Star Pro-Line II ProGrid High Back Managers Chair vs. TOPSKY Mesh Computer Office Chair Ergonomic Design Chair
In a battle of ergonomic office chairs, the Office Star ProGrid and the TOPSKY Mesh Computer Chair (view on Amazon) go head to head. They have similar features, but with a lower price point—$130—and even more support, the TOPSKY may come out ahead. In addition to the chair being fully adjustable, the TOPSKY also offers an adjustable headrest and an adjustable lumbar support cushion. That being said, the TOPSKY isn’t as durable, with a maximum weight capacity of 230 pounds, compared to the Office Star, which can handle 250 pounds.
Your back and wallet will be happy.
The Office Star ProGrid High Back Managers Chair combines support and comfort at just the right price. Plus, thanks to its classic design, it’ll have no trouble blending in well with any office scheme.
- Product Name FreeFlex Seat Adjustable Office Chair
- Product Brand Office Star
- MPN 92892-30
- Price $296.47
- Weight 51 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 26 x 42 x 29 in.
- Back Height 22.25 in.
- Weight capacity 250 lbs.
- Material Eco-leather and nylon
- Warranty Lifetime limited