Friday Feb 03, 2023

Why We Love the HON Ignition 2.0 Office Chair – The New York Times


But I didn’t always know that—or at least I didn’t want to admit it. For a long time, I didn’t have the money to afford a nice, ergonomically friendly chair like the ones Wirecutter recommends. And once I got older and actually had the money, I didn’t want to spend it. I was cheap. I told myself that expensive office chairs were a frivolous luxury. A chair’s a chair, right? Yet I was wrong. Very wrong.

Budget pick

HON Ignition 2.0

The Ignition 2.0 is one of the most comfortable chairs we’ve tested retailing for less than $500, and it has many of the adjustments generally reserved for more expensive chairs.

Buying Options

*At the time of publishing, the price was $343.

As recently as 2019, I bought a $100 no-name chair from Wayfair, mostly because the price fit my idea of what was worth spending, and because I liked the vibrant orange color of the mesh fabric back. A year later, the color still looked great, but the armrests had literally fallen apart, and my back was an achy mess.

When I started testing office chairs as an editor for our guide on them, the HON Ignition 2.0 was a clear standout both for its reserved, great-with-anything looks and its huge range of adjustability. Whereas other budget chairs I tested, like the Fully Desk Chair, may make bolder aesthetic statements or use higher-end materials, the Ignition 2.0’s straightforward setup and ergonomic consistency make it more attractive in the end.

  • The Best Office Chair

    The impressively supportive, adjustable, and durable Steelcase Gesture is still our pick for the best office chair for most people, as it has been since 2015.

The Ignition 2.0 not only provides great lumbar support (assuming you select the model that includes it) but also lets you adjust the seat depth, seat height, armrest height, and armrest width. For me, a 6-foot-1 dude, it was easy to get into a position that directly improved my posture and, by extension, my comfort over long workdays. My 5-foot-6 partner had no issues configuring it for her body, either. And the seat cushion is thick and resilient: After being sat on every day for nearly two years, it still feels almost like new.

Despite its nearly all-plastic construction, this chair has decent heft and feels sturdily built. Compared with the cheap office chairs I’ve owned and even more expensive chairs we’ve tested, the Ignition 2.0’s arms feel less wobbly, and the chair makes less creaking or flex noises when I move around in my seat. The casters roll smoothly, too. These are little things, but they’re what set this chair apart from the anonymous competition you’ll find at your local Staples. They add up to an overwhelming impression of quality that makes this chair a pleasure to sit in every day.

Finally, even though the Ignition 2.0’s warranty is not as comprehensive as the full lifetime warranties you get from higher-end brands like Herman Miller and Steelcase, this chair does come with a …….


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