Officemaster Yes Executive Chair Review
Anyone interested in an ergonomic upgrade to their sitting situation should consider an Officemaster chair. Anyone put off by the exotic curves of the Discovery, or the passive adjustment of the OM5 should turn to the Yes Executive chair. While it lacks some of the more interesting features of other Officemaster creations, the Yes is still a superbly-made, extremely comfortable option for anyone after an ergonomic chair. Unique design features also make it the first port of call for anyone with lower back concerns.
12 year limited
Black, Burgundy, Gray, Navy, Blue, Green, Tan, Red
Seat width: 20.5"
The Yes Executive chair is Officemaster’s answer to the ergonomically-minded comfort lover. A mesh back keeps it cooler than traditional leather models, and the combination of a saddle seat and a contoured lumbar section promises a cure for lower back pain.
Not nearly as adjustable as Officemaster’s other offerings. Saddle seats, although beneficial to the lower back, may also increase leg discomfort.
Say Yes to Back Support
So what exactly is a saddle seat? These contoured seat pans have become increasingly popular of late, and you’ve likely seen one around the office. Saddle seats generally have a raised central ridge, with two troughs for a user’s thighs. A declined seat angle helps open up the hip-back angle, reducing pressure on the spine by encouraging a healthy amount of lordosis, or inward flexion of the lower back. The upshot is a seat that places users in a relaxed, splay-legged position.
That’s the theory, and independent studies as well as the popularity of the design seem to confirm it, but there are some downsides we feel compelled to share. Cross-legged sitting is more difficult in a saddle-seat – it’s an ergonomically positive change, but some users may not like it. A small study found that while saddle seats do reduce pain in the lower back, they may increase discomfort in the legs. However that study did not use this chair, and our experienced seat testers did not experience any such discomfort.
The other back-friendly design choice that Officemaster made with the Yes was the inclusion of a lumbar support area. The mesh back of the Yes is yielding (and mercifully more breathable than leather competitors), so users tend to sink into it to some degree – normally a move that results in a slouched posture, which in turn invites back pain. However, the Yes’s contoured support rests at the small of a user’s back, and keeps a healthy curve in the spine of a reclining sitter.
One Chair to Fit Them All
Adjustability has been one of Officemaster’s best features. Their chairs tend to offer either extensive active adjustment, as in the Discovery and Paramount, or a wide range of “passive adjustment” (automatically adapting to the user), as in the OM5. If there’s a knock that can be made against the Yes, it comes from its relatively one-size-fits-all approach. It’s something we’ve knocked in other products – different users will have different body types, and a single model rarely fits everyone. On the other hand, the mesh back design of the Yes mitigates this issue. It offers a large, gentle lumbar support section, instead of one small rigid one, making it much easier for a wide range of users to find an ergonomic spot.
The other primary adjustment that the Yes can make is a 2:1 recline. Leaning back two degrees into the seat back inclines the seat pan by one degree, a ratio that testers here at the office have found extremely comfortable. The Yes is also vertically adjustable, and can come with the standard variable-height, pivoting Officemaster arm kits.
The Yes Executive chair comes with a 12-year limited warranty.