NEXVOO NEXCHAIR Review: The Office Chair That Can Monitor Your Health As You Work

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The Lowdown

I like the NEXVOO NEXCHAIR. It is well-designed, offers most of the adjustments you might need, and has the added benefit of letting you quickly and easily monitor key health measurements. At the end of the day, however, no one chair is perfect for everybody. While I appreciate the chair and what it can do, the limited height adjustment and lumbar support control had me returning to the chair I’ve been using for the past two years. I can, however, see why this chair would be a good choice for someone else.

Overall
3.5

Pros

  • Easy to assemble so long as you follow the instructions
  • A good selection of adjustments
  • Mesh back and headrest let airflow keep you cool and have a bit of spring to them
  • Health monitoring actually works

Cons

  • Chair does not go as high as I like
  • Lumbar support is lacking and, for me at least, uncomfortable
  • Proprietary charging cable that, if lost, means the health features won’t work
  • There’s no way to try the chair before you buy
  • 25% restocking fee if you get the chair and decide you don’t like it
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Having a good desk chair was key to surviving months of working from home during the pandemic. Raina and I both use comfortable, ergonomic chairs that have served us well. The NEXVOO NEXCHAIR has a similar design to my current chair, but there’s one big difference. As the company puts it, NEXCHAIR is “the world’s first health monitoring chair.”

NEXCHAIR

The NEXCHAIR is a fine-looking, ergonomic chair. In many regards, its design doesn’t break any new ground. That’s not a bad thing since desk chairs with a combination of a breathable mesh back and a comfortable, padded seat tend to be quite comfortable.

At the same time, at the cost of $499, there is some serious competition. But, as noted in the intro, NEXCHAIR is the only chair that is a comfortable, ergonomic desk chair and has the ability to monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen level, fatigue index, and more. It is also able to accommodate someone who weighs over 300 pounds.

Before we dig into that aspect of the NEXCHAIR, let’s walk through the assembly process. NEXVOO notes that the chair is “super easy to assemble to start using immediately.” And while it isn’t difficult to convert the random pieces into a chair, it does take some time, and you will want to follow the instructions carefully.

NEXCHAIR parts before assembly

Inside the large, heavy box, you’ll find all the pieces of the chair, assembly instructions, and a proprietary charging cable.

NEXCHAIR base and wheels

The first step is to insert the five nylon chair wheels into the base. The wheels are specially designed so they won’t mark or scratch fine wood floors and other sensitive floorings. They seem to be well constructed, and the company says, “these are long-lasting wheels that will serve well for years of frequent use.”

NEXCHAIR base with wheels on

Once the wheels are securely in the base, it is time to flip it over and insert the Class 4 spring gas cylinder into the hole in the center.

Assembling the NEXCHAIR

Interestingly, this cylinder is a bit shorter than the one on my current chair and, as a result, even at its highest adjustment, the NEXCHAIR is lower and required me to adjust my standing desk’s seated height.

NEXCHAIR seat

The next step is to begin putting the seat of the chair together. To secure the adjustment system to the chair base requires you first to remove the four bolts already in place.

Assembling NEXCHAIR

After that, it is as easy as placing the mechanism on the chair base and reinserting the fours bolts. Once all are loosely in place, you can tighten them all.

In the next step, you will want to find and position the three plastic handles. Each is embossed with a guide to help explain what that particular adjustment does.

Assembling the NEXCHAIR

The multi-functional mechanism lets you position the seat at just the right height and angle for your needs and comfort. Choose a shallow setting or opt for deep. Recline a full 140° with smooth tilt-back.

The single handle allows you to recline and lock the NEXCHAIR in a comfortable position. Pushing down on the handle lets to adjust the angle of the recline and, when you find a comfortable position, you simply lift the handle to lock it in place. There is, however, more going on here than meets the eye. As NEXVOO notes:

Special weight adjustment lets people of all sizes find just the right balance for weight when reclining. This gives you exceptional balance and stability not found in lesser models. It uses the same advanced technology found in more expensive models sold at HNI, Staples, and Office Depot.

On the other side, there are two handles. The handle toward the rear of the seat allows you to move the cushion forward or back. To adjust, you simply lift the lever, slide your butt forward or back, and then lower the lever to lock the seat in place.

Finally, the lever toward the front of the seat allows you to adjust the height. I’m not sure why this chair doesn’t go higher than it does, and it is taking me some time to adjust to that fact.

One final adjustment area is found just behind the mesh back of the chair, where a plastic bar runs from one side to the other. This is, of course, the lumbar support; it can be raised or lowered, so you get the proper support for your body. I don’t love that while it can be adjusted vertically, it cannot be adjusted horizontally. NEXVOO notes that it has:

Outstanding lumbar support designed according to leading studies on the movement of the spine and related areas. This backrest was carefully constructed to provide more advanced support to help release spinal pressure. This can reduce lower back pain while relieving stress and strain throughout your body.

I’m going to have to disagree here since I find this to be the least comfortable aspect of the chair.

In all, the controls allow you to adjust several aspects of the NEXCHAIR, and in the process, find the combination that is more comfortable for you. As the company puts it:

The multi-functional mechanism lets you position the seat at just the right height and angle for your needs and comfort. Choose a shallow setting or opt for deep. Recline a full 140° with smooth tilt-back.

NEXCHAIR

At this point in the assembly process, the NEXCHAIR finally begins to look like a chair. The foam seat has 2.3″ of foam and a waterfall seat edge that helps relieve pressure on the back of your legs. I find it to be quite supportive and comfortable.

NEXCHAIR arm assembly

There are just two steps left in the assembly of the chair. As I mentioned, it takes some time, but it isn’t complicated.

NEXCHAIR arm assembly

Each armrest slides over the metal piece connected to the NEXCHAIR’s back.

NEXCHAIR arm assembly

Each armrest gets one screw and, once in place, the arms are secured, and the chair is ready to be used. They cannot be adjusted vertically, but both armrests can be angled toward or away from you so you can find the perfect angle if you like to rest your elbows while typing.

NEXCHAIR with armrests

The final step is to secure the wide headrest to the chair by simply clicking it into place. The width makes the headrest quite comfortable, and the height adjustment, limited as it may be, lets you fine-tune the position.

The back and the headset are made from a breathable mesh that keeps your back and neck supported and comfortable.

NEXCHAIR schematic

In all, the NEXCHAIR hits certain points perfectly but falls short on a few others. The seat is incredibly supportive, and the mesh back and headrest are not only breathable, but they also have a little bit of spring that absorbs your movements for added comfort. At the same time, I wish the NEXCHAIR went a few inches higher than it does.

My biggest complaint, however, is the lumbar support. Unless I am sitting up perfectly straight, it just isn’t comfortable for me. And even then, it applies just a bit too much pressure to my lower back. I wish there were a horizontal adjustment.

When it is fully assembled, the NEXCHAIR looks like this.

NEXCHAIR

Of course, the real selling point of this chair is the health monitoring it offers. Let’s take a look at that now.

NEXCHAIR health monitoring

The right armrest comes covered with this warning to charge the chair before using it. You read that right. This chair needs to be charged.

NEXCHAIR health monitoring

The surface of the NEXCHAIR’s right armrest has an on/off button and a sensor. Directly beneath the sensor, on the underside of the armrest, is a proprietary charging connector. The included cable locks into place thanks to magnets, and the USB-A connector on the other side can be plugged into a battery or an outlet for charging. You’re going to want to make sure that you keep that proprietary cable somewhere safe when it’s not in use, because if you lose it, none of the health features will work.

Charging the NEXCHAIR

When the NEXCHAIR is charged and turned on, the sensor glows brightly in a manner familiar to anyone who has ever looked at the underside of an Apple Watch. The next step is to download the NEXVOO Chair app.

NEXVOO NEXCHAIR app

The NEXVOO app is free, and it walks you through the next steps.

From there, you are ready to get to work and monitor your health. I first tried the Blood Oxygen and Heart Rate Monitor. The first test I did showed my Bood Oxygen to be dangerously low. I tested it numerous times using different fingers and, thankfully, the other tests all showed the same number, indicating I was still alive.

NEXVOO NEXCHAIR app

The next test wasn’t a surprise, and it reinforced something I already knew — fifteen months of the pandemic has left me rather beat.

NEXVOO NEXCHAIR app

In all, the ability to monitor specific aspects of my heath while sitting at my desk is kind of cool. Do I need it? Not entirely since I wear an Apple Watch, and it can do many of the same tests. Still, having the ability to monitor things literally at my fingertips while I work is pretty neat.

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I like the NEXVOO NEXCHAIR. It is well-designed, offers most of the adjustments you might need, and has the added benefit of letting you quickly and easily monitor key health measurements. At the end of the day, however, no one chair is perfect for everybody. While I appreciate the chair and what it can do, the limited height adjustment and lumbar support control had me returning to the chair I’ve been using for the past two years. I can, however, see why this chair would be a good choice for someone else.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to try the NEXCHAIR without ordering it and putting it together first. If you do order it (they offer free shipping), put it together, and decide within 30 days that it won’t work for you, you will have to pay the return shipping, and there is a 25% restocking fee. Even so, if you’re in the market for a quality desk chair and don’t want to spend $1000 or more, the NEXCHAIR might be worth checking out.

The NEXVOO NEXCHAIR sells for $499; it is available directly from the manufacturer.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I Like: Easy to assemble so long as you follow the instructions; A good selection of adjustments; Mesh back and headrest let airflow keep you cool and have a bit of spring to them; Health monitoring actually works

What Needs Improvement: Chair does not go as high as I like; Lumbar support is lacking and, for me at least, uncomfortable; Proprietary charging cable that, if lost, means the health features won’t work; There’s no way to try the chair before you buy; You’ll have to pay the return shipping and a 25% restocking fee if you get the chair and decide you don’t like it

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.