Review – Due to the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March 2020, almost overnight, millions of workers in the United States moved from cubicles and other office environments to remote work in dining tables and sofas and other non-ideal environments. This unprecedented surge in working from home has led to an explosive growth in home office equipment on the market. At the time of writing, I was still one of the employees who were sent to work from home. It took me more than a year to build my home office, so I would love to try the Flexispot Soutien Ergonomic office chair.
What’s in the box?
The Flexispot Soutien chair is housed in a very large cardboard box, which is actually not as heavy as it looks (although I suggest you ask a friend to help you carry or move it).
Flexispot Soutien needs to be assembled. The picture above depicts the components included in the box. The number of components in the photo may seem daunting, but the instructions are easy to follow, and the assembly of the parts is fairly intuitive, so the assembly only took about 20 minutes.
Flexispot Soutien includes two tools, a hex wrench (also known as “hex wrench”) and a small cross-head screwdriver. I think I actually only need a screwdriver to assemble the Soutien, so I am not sure why the hex wrench is included. It is possible that I actually do need a hex wrench, and my Soutien is about to fall apart under me, although I actually don’t expect this to happen because it is very simple to assemble. Although I can assemble it myself, it only takes a few steps to let my son help fix the parts, and I fix it with screws to make the process faster.
Design and features
The seat cushion, backrest, lumbar support and headrest of Flexispot Soutien are light gray, and the rest are black. I like this gray and black color scheme, not only because it happens to complement the gray and black decor of my home office, but also because this neutral color scheme can match the decor in many actual office environments.
Soutien’s design does not have a lot of thick cushions for backrests or headrests, which makes it slim and helps reduce the amount of space it takes up, making it ideal for offices with less available space. Nevertheless, this slim profile does not detract from Soutien’s comfort. Although the cushion is thinner than many office chairs, it is actually surprisingly comfortable.
The headrest, backrest and lumbar support of Flexispot Soutien are all made of “Italy imported chenille and K+R temperature-sensitive fiber”. This fabric allows a lot of ventilation, while providing firm support and providing adequate comfort. During my review of Soutien, there were a few days when the air conditioner in our home could not keep up with the outdoor temperature rising to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which caused my home office on the second floor to become like a sauna. Unlike my previous leather office chair that always made my back and legs sweat, Soutien’s strong and comfortable mesh fabric helped me keep cool, even though I was sitting in the office “sauna” and working all day.
Flexispot includes a small inconspicuous sign on the back of Soutien. I appreciate this because I don’t like the big and colorful logo on the product.
The fabric on the Soutien seat is soft with a little mesh texture.
Soutien’s headrest is made of the same lightweight, comfortable and breathable mesh fabric as its backrest. Like the backrest, the headrest adopts a hollow shape, reducing its thickness and weight.
Flexispot Soutien’s has an ergonomic contour shape that can be adjusted up and down a few inches to help you find a good position to support your head and neck. Once adjusted to the height of my neck, it is very comfortable.
Soutien’s “3D lumbar support” has a hollow profile shape, and its design style is similar to its headrest and backrest support.
The lumbar support has three discreet height adjustment positions, and I find that the middle position or “lock 2” position works best for me. Soutien’s adjustable wood support is another feature I have never used on an office chair before, which makes me wonder how I would feel comfortable without it.
The armrests of the Flexispot Soutien are highly adjustable. In fact, Flexispot refers to Soutien’s armrests as “4D” due to the adjustable number of armrests.
There is a button under each armrest, which allows the armrest to move up and down.
The photo above shows the 2.75 inches (70 mm) range of the armrest height adjustment.
The armrest also rotates inward and outward a total of 30 degrees, as shown in the picture above. The armrest has three discreet positions and they snap into each position fairly firmly, so once you set the armrest angle to the angle you like, it won’t rotate easily; it is semi-locked, which I like.
As shown in the picture above, the armrest slides 1.2 inches (30 mm) in and out. The armrest can freely slide in and out without a careful locking position to hold it in place.
As shown in the picture above, the armrest can slide 1.6 inches (40 mm) back and forth. I think I calculated 9 cautious lock positions for this action.
There are two handles under the seat, which can be easily accessed by just reaching the left or right side of the chair. The height of the seat can be adjusted by raising the right handle. The seat is located on the top of the Samhngsa 4 stage gas lift device that is TUV/BIFMA/SGS certified and tested over 10,000 cycles. There is also a knob on the right handle to adjust the flexibility of the backrest. Rotate the knob clockwise to tighten the backrest and make it firmer when pushed back, and turn it counterclockwise to reduce pressure and make the backrest more flexible and easier to push back. The seat position can be adjusted back and forth by lifting the left handle under the seat. There is also a knob on the left handle to adjust the angle of the backrest; loosen the knob, adjust the backrest to the angle you like, and then tighten the knob to lock it in place.
I really like the backrest/lumbar support combination of Flexispot Soutien. The backrest is super adjustable, but I can also set it to tilt back 45 degrees to allow myself to stretch and tilt a little bit. This is combined with the 3D lumbar support, I can easily and perfectly adjust to my lower back, this is a feature I appreciate very much; in the 25 years of working in the office, I have never had an office chair with an adjustable backrest, and I have never had much lumbar support, let alone the 3D contours of Soutien lumbar support.
This chair Sitting on five equidistant legs under the chair, they are star-shaped.
The wheels roll freely with little resistance. They don’t roll well on thick carpets in my home office, but they will be perfect on thinner carpets or hard floors. There is a small cushion above each wheel, which not only helps to protect the wheel, but also can be used like a footstool.
The headrest of Flexispot Soutien is as comfortable as a 3D lumbar support, and has its own 3D shape, a bit like a saddle, with a two-directional outline. The headrest is easy to adjust. Once I adjust it, it hugs my head perfectly and is very comfortable.
I found that Soutien’s seat fabric is a very serious dog hair magnet. I have two pugs, one of them likes to nap on my lap when I work. Before I stood up to rest, I put her on the floor for the first time, and I looked down and saw a lot of pug fur on the seat, as shown in the picture above. I had to use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment and some elbow grease to remove it. In addition, one of her paws must have put a small hook on the fabric, as shown in the picture above. I was a little surprised by this, and I hope this fabric can better help tie knots.
I mainly use Soutien to sit at my desk at work, but I also use it when I play games because I connect the Xbox to the same monitor I use for work. Soutien performs well in both roles, and its comfortable and breathable fabric is very useful when sitting for long periods of time.
what do I like
- The fabric is soft and breathable
- Multiple ergonomic adjustments for different body types, shapes and preferences
- Its style looks good in an office building or home office
What will i change
- Need more color options
- Add some discreet positions in the movement of the inward/outward armrests so that they don’t slide in and out so easily
- Make the fabric more resistant to knots
Whether for work or games, the Flexispot Soutien ergonomic office chair is a good chair for anyone who sits at the desk for a long time. Despite its slim design, it is very comfortable in all suitable places and has many ergonomic functions and adjustments that help to customize it for users. Some of the best features are its breathable mesh fabric, which helps keep users cool, and its 3D waist support, which can be adjusted to the user’s preferences. If you want to buy an office chair, the Flexispot Soutien ergonomic office chair is worthy of serious consideration.
Where to buy: Flexispot.com
source: The samples of this product are provided by Flexispot.