Humanscale Freedom Office Desk Chair Review

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Updated September 13, 2022

The Humanscale Freedom Chair boasts an impressive amount of features that would make any of their competitors step up their game out of necessity. It’s unfortunate that not all parts are metal, but they probably had to do this to keep prices down. Check out our best office chair list to see how it stacks up!

Why We Like It – Humanscale Freedom Office Desk

The Humanscale Freedom Chair features a robust selection of height adjustments all around the chair, great customer service opportunities, and great all-around support for your back, and, believe it or not, comes in a variety of colors. And on top of all this, it was designed by an award-winning designer. But, compare the Humanscale Freedom vs Liberty if you want to see how it measures up.

Pros
  • Solid Back Support
  • Designed by Niels Diffrient
  • Robust customer service
Cons
  • Not at parts are Metal
  • Expensive
  • Weight capacity could be better

Performance

The Humanscale Freedom Chair offers great lower back support, solid lumbar support, and a gel seat that is adaptable and comfortable. If you’re looking for more quality lumbar support, we suggest the Herman Miller Embody Office Chair. The gel on the Humanscale Freedom Chair reacts to each individual, thus giving a personalized experience every time. The back height adjustment is there, which is pretty much standard in office chairs now, and the height adjustment for the arms is an impressive 2.5” to 6”. The seat height is adjustable at 16” to 21”, which is again an impressive range.

Related: For lumbar support, take a look at the Hon Wave Big Tall Executive Chair.

Design

Like many of the leading Humanscale chairs, the Humanscale Office Chair’s frame colour comes in graphite and aluminum, or polished aluminum with either graphite or titanium trim. The chair was designed by Niels Diffrient, winner of the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt and a believer in the “form follows function” philosophy. What other related products can tout that kind of feature in their task chairs? Still, if you’re looking for a task chair and this doesn’t impress you, why not try the Steelcase Gesture Chair?

Value

The Humanscale Office Chair offers a robust “contact us” page on their website with offices in the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Oceania to email, call, but unfortunately no live chat. The Humanscale Desk Chair also includes free shipping, which is always a plus. On a final note, the weight capacity on the chair is 300 pounds. Not bad by any means, but not the highest we’ve seen either. It retails for $1,332.00, so try the Steelcase Leap Office Chair if you’re looking for something just slightly more budget-friendly.

Alternatively, for other chairs with a much lower price range and good ergonomic capabilities, check out our HON Exposure review, La-Z-Boy Trafford review, and our Homall Chair review.

Related: Also check out our Ikea Markus Chair Review Roundup.

Humanscale Freedom Office Desk Wrap Up

The Humanscale Freedom Headrest Desk Chair and the Freedom Task Desk Chair are a great addition to any home office or work office. They’re expensive, to be sure, and the lack of full metal features may make people question that. But that’s the price you have to pay for having a chair designed by an award-winning designer.

Yet, if you want to try something other than a traditional office chair, you’ll want to read our Jaxx Pivot bean bag chair.

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