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Working out which adapt chair will meet the user’s needs

One of the most difficult first steps to take once you have your user’s measurements is to decide on which model will be best suited for their needs. This article will focus on some simple factors that can help you reason through this process. If you would prefer, we can make some recommendations. Simply send us your measurements and the main issues the client is having, as well as what you are trying to achieve with the chair and we can make some recommendations.

Step 1: Remedial or Preventative?

The first key consideration is what you are trying to achieve. Most commonly customers are looking for remedial chairs to deal with existing musculoskeletal injuries. The recommended chairs for this purpose include the Adapt 200, 500, 600, and 700. Increasingly however, customers are also purchasing chairs to prevent musculoskeletal problems from happening in the first place, and we call these preventative chairs. The preventative ranges include: Ergofit, Zento, and Zento Smart.

Step 2: Which Remedial Chair?

Ninety percent of companies and assessors request the Adapt 500 and 600. Very petite users who find that the smallest 500 and 600 chairs are too big will normally select from the Adapt 200 range, whilst users who are larger than the largest templates in the 500 and 600 range will select the Adapt 700.

You can use the table below to ensure that the range that will fit your user has all the necessary features.

FEATURE ADAPT 200 ADAPT 500 ADAPT 600 ADAPT 700
Seat Height Adjustment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Backrest Height Adjustment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forward Seat Tilt No No Yes No
Lumbar Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Available in full range of fabrics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seat Depth Adjustment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free float mechanism Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional Headrest Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional Armrests Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional coccyx cutout Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional Coccyx relief zone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional Inflatable Thigh Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional memory foam in seat Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional stitched seat Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to modify seat pan width Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to modify seat pan depth Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to modify backrest height Yes No Yes Yes
Option to modify backrest width Yes No Yes Yes
Option to add memory foam to backrest Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to add triple vertical air cell to backrest Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to have Ergocore in seat pan Yes Yes Yes No
Optional to add triple lumbar cell Yes No Yes -
Options to add v-track No No Yes No
Option to have a split seat Yes Yes Yes No
Option to have sacral support cell Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optional to add triple reactive lumbar cell Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to have XXL Seat No Yes Yes Yes
Available in a full range of castors Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to have foam sculpting on backrest Yes No Yes Yes
Option to have Footring Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to have footplate Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to have sacral cell Yes Yes Yes Yes
Option to have Reactive vertical cell Yes No Yes Yes
Option to have split seat Yes No Yes No
Option to have wave seat Yes Yes Yes No

 

Step 2B Which Preventative Chair?

If you are looking for a preventative chair, the next step is to decide which model is going to best suit the user’s needs.

The Ergochair is the entrance level option that is priced under £400. The reason why these chairs have become so popular as preventative office chairs is because they come in 3 backrest sizes and 3 seat pan sizes. This means that the chair can pretty much cater to the whole office in terms of typical users’ size, and most companies end up getting a mixture of sizes to ensure best fit. The Zento is the next level up from the Ergofit. The chair only comes in one size but it has been built with a large range of adjustments, which means it can fit a large number of users. The chair also has a forward seat tilt which is great for tilting the pelvis forward in order to facilitate a more upright posture. Finally, the next step up from the Zento is the Zento Smart which has all the features of the Zento and also has an Ergoflo seat cell, dual-extension seat-slide, aluminium base, and an option for a neck rest. To help you get a better sense of the differences and similarities between these chairs please see the product comparison table below.

FEATURE Ergofit Zento Zento Smart
Seat Height Adjustment Yes Yes Yes
Backrest Height Adjustment Yes Yes Yes
Independent Back Angle Adjustment No Yes Yes
Forward Seat Tilt No Yes Yes
Lumbar Support Yes Yes Yes

Available in full range of fabrics

Yes Yes Yes
Seat Depth Adjustment Yes Yes Yes
Free float mechanism Yes Yes Yes
Optional Headrest Yes No Yes
Optional Armrests Yes Yes Yes
Optional coccyx cutout Yes No No
Optional Inflatable Sacral Support Yes No No
Optional Air Cell Seat Yes No No


3) Step 3 Choosing Your Basic Adaptions
: Once you have selected your ideal model you need to consider which key options you want to ensure the chair fits the user’s needs. For more details, please click on Ergochair basic adaptations. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL ADAPTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON ALL CHAIRS. WE HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE CHAIR COMPATABILITY ON EACH OF THE ADAPTATIONS.

4) Step 4 Choosing Your Advanced Adaptations: Most people can get everything they need from the chair using the basic adaptations. However, if your user’s needs are more complex you can consider the advanced options. For more information, please click on the advanced Ergochair adaptations.

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