Good / The VIVA High Back Mesh Chair is unique since it comes with a headrest and a cool ergonomic design.
Bad / A lot of users claim that the seat is uncomfortable, that the headrest doesn’t stay locked, and a good amount of people seem to have problems with the chair not reclining.
Verdict / If you need a chair with a headrest, want a mesh back, and only plan on using this chair for a few hours a day, it’s not the worst purchase in the world. However, I think the Alera Chair would be a safer purchase around the same price point. If you want the best ergonomic solution that promises the same things that the VIVA chair does, but delivers, check out the ErgoHuman chair (quite pricey, though).
Intro to VIVA Office Ergonomic High Back Mesh Chair Review
The VIVA Office Ergonomic High Back Mesh Chair is a popular chair on Amazon that is sold quite a bit. The reason is that it’s one of the few mesh ergonomic type chairs with a headrest for an affordable price point. While we already listed some of the best ergonomic chairs with headrests in this article here, this review will focus on the merits of this VIVA chair.
The VIVA Office Ergonomic High Back Mesh Chair has a great price. It’s only $179, which means you’re not spending a huge investment when purchasing the chair.
I think that anything under $100 for a chair might feel expensive to someone who isn’t familiar with how expensive chairs can get, but cheap chairs under the $100 mark can’t and shouldn’t be used for more than an hour or so a day.
Once you get to the $150+ range, you should expect some better comfort and more use per day. So for $179, is the VIVA Office Ergonomic High Back Mesh Chair worth it?
The VIVA Office Ergonomic High Back Mesh Chair on paper seems like a comfortable chair. It has a headrest, a mesh design to keep you cool, and adjustable arms. You can also lean back in the chair and control your angle by locking, and the chair even features synchro tilt that lets you lean back freely. The weight capacity is 250 lbs which is decent, and the brand brags about easy assembly. So what could go wrong?
One thing I’ve noticed about chairs that brag about synchro-tilt functions and recline abilities is that more often than not, they don’t perform as expected. Especially if the chair is fairly cheap. And with the VIVA Office Ergonomic High Back Mesh Chair, this seems to be the case. People seemingly can’t agree whether the chair actually tilts or not.
Many users are complaining that the chair doesn’t, and some argue that it does. This leads me to believe that the chair might have some quality control issues, and I’ve experienced chairs not being able to tilt even when they are advertised with that feature. A lot of the time tilt functions get locked or messed up. I found this to be true with the HON Nucleus chair I had to return (and this chair was $400+!).
However, it does seem like the chair is supposed to have tilt functions since a few people have posted legitimate pictures showing the chair reclining.
A lot of people using the chair can’t find the right angle for the seat, in that it feels like it has too much of a downward slant to it. Overall, the seat doesn’t look too comfortable, but for the price, I wouldn’t expect it to have super high-density foam to give you comfort. Maybe expect the seat to be comfortable for a few hours at most?
Another thing to note about the chair is that a lot of people have found the headrest to be finicky. It doesn’t seem to stay in place and is prone to slipping down. For taller users, the headrest might only reach the “sweet spot” during full recline.
VIVA Office Ergonomic High Back Mesh Chair Review Conclusion
The VIVA Office Ergonomic High Back Mesh Chair is a unique offering on Amazon since it has ergonomic functions and a headrest. However, don’t expect the ergonomic functions provided with the chair to be a game changer since a lot of people seem to have some quality control issues with the chair and problems with refunds.
If you get the chair, you should expect a decent chair for a few hours a day, although you might have to fight with the headrest slipping down as well as a firm seat cushion. For the price point, I would instead recommend a safer purchase like the Alera Chair, since it has better reviews and similar ergonomic functions (no headrest, though).