The Humanscale Liberty chair is a sleek, minimalistic-looking ergonomic chair that claims to pack a surprising amount of support and durability. We’ve tested the Liberty extensively, and here’s what we can report.
Comfort & Adjustability Of The Humanscale Liberty Chair
The Humanscale Liberty chair is classed as an ergonomic task chair, which means that, in theory, it’s intended to be simpler and more appropriate for multiple users than standard ergonomic office chairs. In practice, though, we found the Liberty to be more comparable to a full-featured ergonomic office chair, for a few reasons.
For one thing, the Liberty is very suitable for individual users in that its foam seat and back adapt very quickly and definitely to the user’s body. While it can take some time to get used to the relatively hard seats found on some ergonomic chairs, the Liberty provides a quick, comfortable fit. The drawback here is that once the Liberty assumes your shape, it stays that way, even after you get up, which not only looks kind of bad, but also results in a less welcoming experience for subsequent users.
Among the chairs we’ve tested, the Humanscale Liberty chair is one of the easiest to adjust. The mechanisms are all easy to reach, which can’t be said of every high-end ergonomic chair. Some aspects of the Liberty actually adjust automatically, on the fly, such as the reclining mechanism and lumbar support. The armrests, which are attached to the backrest instead of the base, can adjust automatically as you recline. An armless model is also available, though it should be noted that on the model that comes with armrests, the armrests can’t be removed.
While some users may really enjoy the automatic reclining, others may find that the back of the Liberty has a little too much give when reclining, and it can feel like you’re leaning too far back without even applying much pressure.
Quality & Reliability Of The Humanscale Liberty Chair
From an aesthetic standpoint, the Humanscale Liberty chair loses points for durability due to the permanent indentation issue. Expect the Liberty to sport a noticeable, permanent imprint within a matter of days.
If you don’t mind this issue though, you’ll likely find the Liberty to be suitably durable. Actually, the Liberty is one of the most solidly built chairs we’ve seen, which is saying something. The performance and comfort don’t degrade even after long-term, prolonged use.
Style Of The Humanscale Liberty Chair
The indentation is a major stylistic issue, and as such the Liberty doesn’t really stand up to other chairs in the looks department after a couple of days of use. On the positive side, the outline of the Liberty is very sleek and angular, without the awkward shaping of some of its competitors.
There are two major issues to consider if you’re seriously thinking about purchasing a Humanscale Liberty chair. The first is the indentation problem; if this sort of thing bothers you, you’ll want to start looking at other chairs. The second is the unusual reclining dynamic. If you’re near a store that sells Humanscale chairs, you can test the Liberty out and see for yourself whether the way the Liberty reclines works for you or not. If you’re looking to take advantage of the savings you can achieve by purchasing online and aren’t able to test the chair yourself, you’re better off going with a more versatile chair such as the Steelcase Leap or the Herman Miller Embody.
Consumer Comments (from Amazon)
“Fabulous, great looking chair” – Patricia
“So supportive and easy to use, totally worth the investment.” – Jeremy M. Willinger
“This chair is comfortable, but not $1000 comfortable.” – Fabian Gonzales
“Relieved lower back pain” – S. Johnson