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Product Review: Amia Chair by Steelcase is the Best!

Product Review: Steelcase Chair by Amia

I like the idea of being able to go green in every room in my home, from the kitchen to the bathroom and everything in between. In my home office (more of a work area right now), part of that is going paperless whenever possible. I also repurposed a utility table to use as a desk. But the major green work solution? My gorgeous Amia chair by Steelcase.

A few months ago, I featured the Amia for its features on paper. It really looked to be the ultimate in sustainable design: Gold Cradle to Cradle certification for indoor air quality, 97% recyclable, it can contribute to your home’s LEED certification…the list goes on. But, I wondered, how would this chair stand up to real use?

Steelcase sent me a chair to use and review, and I couldn’t be more excited about that. I wanted to delay the review a bit so I could get to use the chair for a while and see how it really feels. I knew it would be a huge step up from the cheap rolling office chair I had bought a few years back that was literally falling apart. The entire back fell off every time I made a sudden move, and the mechanisms that made the chair move up and down worked occasionally, at best.

Functionality

From day 1, the Amia improved my work environment. My lower back didn’t hurt nearly as much at the end of the day. After a few weeks, it didn’t hurt at all (though my shoulders were still tense at the end of the day). Every part of the chair is adjustable, so you can make it fit your individual body, height and needs:

  • ARMS: You can slide the arms forward and back and rotate them for optimal comfort, and you can also adjust their height.
  • SEAT: In addition to adjusting seat height, you can adjust its depth, sliding it forward and backward to conform to your posture.
  • BACK: There is a LiveLumbar support cushion inside the back that can be moved up and down for extra support where you need it most. The entire back can also be leaned backward or positioned upright, and you can adjust the tension.
  • WHEELS: I opted for the standard carpet casters, but they rolled easily on both carpet and bare floor.

Product Review: Amia Chair by Steelcase

Style

If you’re looking for a work chair that is both functional and stylish, this is it. The Amia chair is minimal and clean. I choose the green fabric, but there are lots of other colors to choose from, so it isn’t tough to make it match your decor. I also chose the platinum frame since I’m not very fond of black. This is just enough to make it feel modern and unassuming — two qualities that can’t be ascribed to very many work chairs.

Though I may eventually change the fabric if when I get tired of the green, this may very well be the last work chair I ever own.

Verdict

If you’re in the market for a new work chair and you can afford to spend a couple hundred bucks, you will not be disappointed by the Amia. It is comfortable, adjustable in all the right places, and stylish enough to fit in with your office decor without sticking out like a sore thumb.

And did I mention it’s Green? It’s eco-qualities are too numerous to mention more than once, so see the “Why It’s Green” list below. The Amia gets an A+ in my book, and I resoundingly recommend it.

Why It’s Green:

  • All materials in the Amia chair were required to pass materials chemistry analysis by MBDC, an independent organization that tests each substance for safety to human and environmental health
  • Chair is 98% recyclable by weight and the use of inseparable mixed materials was avoided to make recycling easier
  • Amia earned the Gold Cradle to Cradle™ Product Certification from MBDC for using environmentally safe and renewable materials
  • Amia has Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification for protecting indoor air quality, so it may help contribute toward earning LEED credits for your home
  • Should you decide to resell, donate or recycle your Amia chair someday, the Steelcase Environmental Partnership program can help connect you with ways to do that

Price: $599-664 (aff)

About Author

I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.

9 Comments

  • che of teak furniture
    October 21, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Do you think this would be comfortable as a computer chair especially if I have to sit in front of the computer the whole day? It is so stylish and I think it would be perfect for home office use. What do you think?

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  • Tess
    October 21, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Im looking for a chair for my desk. Right now, I use a kitchen chair and all I can say is-ouch! Hey, I was wondering if you were still doing the Comment Club? Thanks Tess

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  • jennae
    October 21, 2008 at 8:46 am

    @ che I actually have been using it as my work chair since I got it (about 2 months ago), and it is exceptionally comfortable. I work from home, so I am sitting in it literally all day. It would be money well spent. Seriously 🙂

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  • Michele @ The Integrated Mother
    October 22, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I like the sleek design of this chair. It looks like it provides good back and bottom support. I like the green color that you chose, and will probably do the same when I get one. Bookmarking this post so that I remember to get it when I re-do my home office.

    Michele @ The Integrated Mothers last blog post..A word to my fellow introverted mamas

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  • DBX
    January 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Have had my Amia now for two weeks, and like it very much. A few drawbacks — the main one is that there’s not enough upper back support. It’s better than a Herman Miller Aeron in this regard, but not as good as the Steelcase Leap.

    Other than that, it’s very nice. The most interesting thing is the way it soundly beats the Aeron at its own game by vastly improving on the Aeron’s rocking concept. The arms and seat travel proportionally as you recline, so there’s less adjusting of armpads than with a Leap; the seat cushion is outstanding, the lower back support amazing, better than a Leap, and the back recline opens up a bit more from the seat cushion than an Aeron. If, on the other hand, you prefer the concept of a recliner, sort of an office La-Z-Boy, (i.e. arms in place, seat cushion slides forward, back goes well back), then get the Leap.

    Order from a commercial Steelcase dealer — Google “Steelcase Authorized Dealer” — if you can, not one of these online outfits. You’ll save money and you’ll get literally hundreds of fabric choices and about a dozen leather choices. The only catch is you’ll have to pay by check, and you probably won’t have the option of returning the chair. But of course you can try it out before you buy. Steelcase offers more than 800 upholstery choices with this chair and with the Leap.

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  • Kyle Guess
    September 24, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I am excited to read your review. PBI in Fresno is a showroom that specializes in Steelcase. Due to back issues and the recommendations of an ergo analysis, my company has just ordered me an Amia. Until it comes in, PBI will let me use a Think, also a Steelcase chair. I’ll post again after a few months of using the Amia.

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  • Josh
    October 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I have been using this chair for about 3 months now and I have been anything but impressed. First of all the the back tension is only designed for light people. Second, the padding is subpar. Third, the live lumbar support never stays in place. Fourth, and the most annoying feature is that this chair and all the other ones around me have starting squeaking within the first couple weeks of having it.

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  • Kirk
    May 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Long time Aeron user here, but after 16 years of using my Aeron in my home office I switched to the Amia and am very happy. Like many I preferred the Amia to the higher priced Leap, also by Steelcase, but it is really quite impossible to understand which chair works for you based on internet reviews. Some dealers offer a full 30 day no cost (shipping or restocking fee) on Steelcase chairs, so please consider this if you are unable to try a chair in person. I see a negative review on the Amia that includes squeaking and issues with the lumbar support slipping. That is really unfortunate, but I have had my chair for about three weeks plus another Amia at work for 8 months and have not had the same issues. In fact, we have about 100 Amia chairs at work and I have not met anyone with a similar complaint.

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  • Righty
    June 22, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Everyone is different, but let me tell you this. I replaced an Aeron chair with the Amia and and I could not be happier. It has helped with both back and arm pain and I think it is much more comfortable. I have been sitting in Aeron chairs for 16 years! To answer one question, yes, this is a great chair for working on the computer. Sorry, no squeaks here for three months on this one and for two years on the one at work. Depnding on who you buy from Steelcase chairs can often be returned with no restocking fee for 30 days. You won’t get that from other chairs, certainly not a Herman Miller.

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