Product Review: Steelcase Leap
We’ve heard so much about the Steelcase Leap, we’ve been waiting a long time to get our hands on one to review for ourselves. The review model we got goes for around $850 on Amazon…which is a fair price to pay if it does in fact increase productivity by 17.8% as their research claims.
Our Summary: Workified Score – 8.5
We loved this chair, and in our comparisons…it beat out most of the competition in our “Best Office Chair Showdown” article. It’s not the sexiest chair we’ve seen in terms of visual appeal, but the moment you sit on it, you quickly realize a great amount of thought and craft went into designing and building this chair. This was easily one of the most comfortable chairs we’ve experienced, and it has a very good blend of adjustability, without being overly complicated.
Steelcase made every effort to make their Leap chair environmentally friendly. From the materials and processes used to create the chair…to the cardboard box it came in (see picture). Kudos to Steelcase for their dedication to environmental sustainability.
As you can see, the pivot/tile mechanism is in the center of the chair, but it doesn’t rock back and forth like cheap office chairs. It feels more like a knee-tilt in that when you recline back, the seat pan glides forward a bit to match a natural reclining motion.
This is one of the more comfortable and padded chairs we’ve tested here at Workified. Although highly cushioned and padded, it still offers great breathability and ergonomic support.
The arms can be positioned every way imaginable, and we love how they hid the chair instructions directly under the pivotable arm pads. Arms can telescope forward and back, move sideways, and adjust up and down so you can find a natural position that comfortably supports the wrists, forearms, shoulders and neck.
Leap’s slatted back helps move with the spine while also allowing airflow and more breathability. The Leap chair’s back changes shape to support the entire spine. This can reduce the chance of lower back sag and a hunched posture. There is also a height adjustable lumbar support that slides up and down.
This is one of our favorite features of the chair. The knob allows the user to adjust the lumbar support tension with a simple turn.