Zody Task Chair

Zody Task Chair

Awhile back we had a chance to check out the Knoll Life Chair and now we are going to follow that up with this look at the Haworth Zody. The Zody is a performance task chair, along the lines of the Life or Herman Miller’s Aeron. It has some important differences from these other, better known, chairs, but it is designed to be competitive with the best from more recognizable companies.
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Zody Task Chair

After a few weeks in the Zody it is clear that this is a well designed task chair. All the cool features combine to make for a product that is stable, comfortable, and offers very good support. The asymmetrical lumbar support takes some time to get used to but once it’s dialed in most people will really like it. The arms are highly adjustable, but are too easy to knock out of position so the Zody only breaks even here. The same happens with the casters which are nearly frictionless and cause the chair to roll around a lot if placed on a hard surface–a softer rubber would have probably prevented this. The seat pad is on the thick side, and while it does not breath as well as some of the competition, it is comfortable and will keep your fidgeting to a minimum.
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Zody Task Chair

A casual glance at the Zody makes it clear that this is a serious task chair with a full assortment of adjustment settings. It can look quite cool if you go with a custom spec or it could easily fit in any office atmosphere, as is befitting our model’s aesthetics. As far as overall visual appeal goes the Zody can scale anywhere from quite impressive, with the mirror-polished parts and custom fabric to better-than-average, with plain black materials and gray hardware.
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Zody Task Chair

Actively Fitting You The back frame has 2″ of torsional flex to move with the user while they twist and work. This support enhances Zodys other features, like the asymmetric lumbar, by moving with the user as they sit towards one side of the chair. Zody’s proprietary suspension mesh is a thin, breathable 100% polyester woven fabric designed to work in concert with the lumbar pad and pelvic support. Several studies were completed to identify appropriate upper and lower back mesh tensions which provide users with continuous support. Zodys 4D arms adjust in height, in width, front-to-back, in-to-out, and pivot. Zody as a whole is designed to fit the 5-to-95th percentile of users physical profiles, and the arms a big part of fitting both users physical statures, and also postures and workstyles, comfortably.
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Zody Task Chair

Aa far as build quality goes, the Zody is very good. In this respect it is comparable to other chairs in its price range, which is to say that it’s not perfect–there is a wiggle here and there and a few parts of plastic that could be metal–but for the most part it is top notch. The Zody is absolutely squeak-free from day one, which earns it high marks and it stood up to continuous 10+ hour days with no problems. The arm pads are too easy to adjust so they are always being accidentally moved out of position (side-to-side and their angle, not height) but they don’t wiggle, which is one of my bigger complaints with the Knoll Life Chair. The seatpan has some play on its adjustable rails, but that is the only noticeable problem in this respect. The fabrics are quite sturdy and nicely textured, so the biggest flaw here was the lack of the incredible colors that we have seen on some test models.
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Zody Task Chair

Over two years of persistent research and development led to the product design innovations that are Zody. Its revolutionary asymmetrical lumbar support system is a result of a joint study between Haworth and The Human Performance Institute of Western Michigan University. Approximately 70% of all test participants made one thing very clear: controlling the degree of support on either side of their lower back was the key to comfort. From this has come Zody’s PAL® back system, combining asymmetrical lumbar adjustment, passive pelvic support, and a host of ergonomic refinements — a revolutionary step forward in office seating.
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Manufactured using 100% Wind Power credits in our Zero-Waste to landfill Mississippi facility, Zody is made from up to 51% recyclable material. It is 95% recyclable at the ends of its life; with out takeback program, send it to us and we’ll take care of the rest. We don’t anticipate that happening anytime soon, as it is covered under our 12 Year, 24/7, multiple-shift warranty up to 325lbs. Zody is BIFMA Level 3 and Greenguard Gold certified.
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Excellence In All Aspects Manufactured using 100% Wind Power credits in our Zero-Waste to landfill Mississippi facility, Zody is made from up to 51% recyclable material. It is 95% recyclable at the ends of its life; with out takeback program, send it to us and we’ll take care of the rest. We don’t anticipate that happening anytime soon, as it is covered under our 12 Year, 24/7, multiple-shift warranty up to 325lbs. Zody is BIFMA Level 3 and Greenguard Gold certified.
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As for aesthetics our test model is a bit boring, but that is the case with most task chairs, unless you opt for custom fabrics and chromed parts. Given the chair’s $699 price tag it is in the ballpark of something competitive from Steelcase, Knoll, or Herman Miller though the chance that you will find a sale on one of those (or a slightly used model from a failed business) is much higher. As with any chair, a major part of choosing the right one comes down to preference, but the Zody is well designed and built right so it is definitely worth considering.
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Office Designs is proud to be an authorized retailer for Haworth’s many amazing office products. The Haworth furniture we sell, including the Zody Task Chair, all come directly from the manufacturer, which means you can count on it to be high-quality. Products include the Haworth 12-year warranty.
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The Zody Task Chair comes with Haworth’s 12-year warranty, which serves as a promise of the company’s commitment to high-quality products. The framework, mechanisms, materials, seating glides and casters are all included in the warranty.
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As far as comfort goes, the Zody is highly customizable. This is thanks to adjusts in the arms (height, side-to-side angle, forward/backward and left/right positioning), seatpan (front and back), seat height, lumbar, and recline tension. It is also possible to set the recline starting point at a more aggressive posture or a more relaxed one, as well as stopping any reclining (from either point). The lumbar support warrants extra attention as this is one of the chair’s key points and it is a standard feature. The lumbar support is a series of concentric plastic ribs that are just firm enough to help out your lower back. Its tension is adjustable (by moving them forward or backward) and their height is customizable. This feature works well, though it is different from the lumbar pads offered by most of the competition. It is a well thought out piece, but it does take some getting used to, especially if you are moving from a chair with little or no lumbar support features.
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The Haworth Zody is the only office chair that’s been endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association. It’s finely tuned ergonomics and lumbar support, along with its modern aesthetic, make it a great addition to any home or office.
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Designers developed fully adjustable armrests for the Zody Chair to ensure the vast majority of users have a natural and ergonomic place to relax their upper bodies. The arms are adjustable in height, width, position and pivot, which means anyone can find a comfortable position.
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Zodys 4D arms adjust in height, in width, front-to-back, in-to-out, and pivot. Zody as a whole is designed to fit the 5-to-95th percentile of users physical profiles, and the arms a big part of fitting both users physical statures, and also postures and workstyles, comfortably.
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Zody is completely customizable with dozens of color options for the mesh and seat as well as three different base styles. You can also select your preferred options for the model, lumbar mechanism, casters and head rest.
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This chair has something for everyone and it’s perfect for both males and females. No chair can be 100% perfect but this chair comes very close to it. It has a great list of features and you can use it for many applications such as home, office, the boardroom or the executive’s office. You can adjust this chair in different ways so it fits each person in the right way. The chair is long lasting, attractive, and it also features good back support.
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For those that want the basic there’s a base model that starts at a very reasonable $600.00. With this chair there’s no lumbar adjustment, armrests, or a forward tilt option but the chair is still very comfortable to sit in. when buying your chair you’ll be able to mix options and get chairs that are designed according to what your individual needs are.

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