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Humanscale Diffrient Smart Humanscale Diffrient Smart
Humanscale Diffrient Smart 4.5

After working from home for nearly a year and things looking likely to remain this way for a while it’s time to upgrade from the dining chair or sofa and look at investing in a decent office chair to properly support the back.

The Diffrient Smart chair from Humanscale has set out to tick a number of boxes by delivering style, back support and sustainable materials setting it apart from other office chairs. The Diffrient Smart arrives fully assembled and can be customised at the point of purchase with a range of colours and textures to choose from. The back support is constructed from an intelligent tri-panel mesh, which will automatically adapt to the shape of the users back, no need to fiddle with adjustment knobs if you are sharing the chair with another person. This mesh also allows for a good degree of ventilation keeping you cool in the warmer months (anyone else missed the office air conditioning?), the U-shape design looks glossy and stylish, fitting into both modern and traditional office spaces.

The Diffrient uses a weight-sensitive, mechanism-free recline, which will automatically adjust to the body weight of each sitter for recline support with plenty of assistance bringing back into an upright position too. The cushion provides a good amount of support and comfort for a full day’s work, as do the padded arm rests, the arm rests can be individually adjusted to the correct height for the user. At average height I had these set on one position below the maximum height, this means that taller users might find them a bit on the low side. The seat height is easily raised and dropped via the manual paddle under the chair whilst the wheels on the feet let you move about whilst seated, they struggled a little on the deep pile carpet in my makeshift office, but it wasn’t much of an inconvenience.

The Diffrient Smart certainly goes above and beyond your average desk chair, it is comfortable and back friendly. RRP £847-£1,401

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This chair helps to protect your back and the world’s oceans at the same time.
  • Made with recycled fishing nets
  • Comfortable seat
  • Ergonomic back support
  • Automatic recline
  • Robust frame
  • Customisable
  • No assembly required
  • Taller users might prefer higher arms
  • Wheels struggle on thicker carpets