Finding a nice office chair that doesn’t break the bank can seem impossible. How does the Aloria by Oak Hollow stack up? We put it to the test below!
Modern Ergonomic Office Chair
Aloria Office ChairThe Aloria office chair by Oak Hollow is a more affordable option compared to some designer office chairs. It is fully adjustable, has an aluminum base and back support. The seat is genuine leather with a flexible mesh back for good breathability and comfort. During our tests we found it comfortable, cool, and supportive. It was easy to adjust and comfortable to sit in all day.Check Price
- Fully adjustable features
- High-design mimics the look of office chairs nearly three times the price
- Aluminum base and frame
- Too much tension makes it more difficult to recline back
- Limited color choices
The Aloria is fully adjustable with customization for nearly every part of the chair. It has a five-wheeled aluminum base with an aluminum back support.
The seat uses a padded foam cushion with genuine leather upholstery, while the back has a breathable mesh with a bit of a bouncy feel.
This chair is sold as two different designs:
The design of the rest of the chair is consistent between the two submodels.
Different Aloria Versions
As of September, 2020, Oak Hollow began offering 3 different versions of the Aloria chair including:
- Leather seat with mesh back (also on Amazon)
- Mesh seat with mesh back (also on Amazon)
- Fabric seat with mesh back (also on Amazon)
All of the above are available with or without the headrest. In general, the leather version is the most expensive, closely followed by the mesh, with the fabric version being the least expensive.
One of the best design features of the Oak Hollow office chair is its adjustable design.
Adjustable elements include:
1. Adjustable arms
The armrests can adjust up, down, forward or backward. There is no control for this adjustment, simply pull the arm in the direction you want it to go.
2. Adjustable seat height
Seat height ranges from 16-21″ high; a pneumatic mechanism will automatically raise the seat when you simultaneously pull a lever and lift your weight off the seat.
In the same way, the seat can lower when you pull the lever and apply weight to the seat.
3. Adjustable lumbar support
This feature is designed to support your lumbar and prevent lower back discomfort for longer periods of sitting. The support slides up or down the back of the chair as needed.
4. Adjustable tilt or recline
This chair’s tilt or recline feature is accessible using a lever on the underside of the chair. I will say that the tilting feature takes quite a bit more pressure than expected.
But there is a locking feature to hold the chair in any desired recline, or left unlocked for a “floating” feel.
5. Adjustable tilt tension
The tilt tension can be adjusted as well using a rotating knob on the side.
But I found that even on the loosest tension, it was a little difficult to lean back and remain leaned back.
Size & Dimensions
The size of the Aloria feels pretty consistent with most other office chairs. For reference, I am 6’1″ and 140 lbs.
Here are the exact dimensions:
- Width of Seat: 21.5″
- Depth of Seat: 20-22.25″
- Seat Height From Floor: 16.9-21.6″
- Width of Back: 21″
- Height of Back: 23.5″
- Suggested Weight Limit: 300 Lbs.
Parts & Assembly
This chair wasn’t difficult to put together, but it also was not easy. It took about 45 minutes from unboxing to final completion. The contents of the box include:
- Padded seat
- Mesh back
- Swivel mechanism
- Aluminum base
- Wheels (x5)
- Armrests (x2)
- Mesh headrest
- User manual
Due to the aluminum frame all of the parts are screwed together. That assembly process takes time.
The most difficult aspect was just getting the caster wheels into the base. It required an incredible amount of force to get those to snap into place.
Overall, I was impressed with the quality of all of the parts provided. The seat fabric feels high quality and has tight stitching.
The mesh on the chair back seems to mimic the design style of other higher priced office chairs (like the Aeron chair by Herman Miller) and gives it a high-end feel.
Another component I was really impressed with was the polished aluminum frame. This thing is heavy duty and really provides excellent structure and support for the rest of the chair.
Ergonomics & Comfort
As I mentioned above, this chair is available with or without the headrest, depending on the style you prefer. For the sake of a complete review, I tested the chair with the headrest.
Overall, I found the chair to be very comfortable. The seat is well padded and the adjustable features made it easy to change the chair to fit my personal preferences.
The thick padded leather seat cushion is a nice feature. Many other office chairs we’ve used around our home and office have leaner seat cushions or mesh only. While those can help to keep the seat cooler, the Aloria’s approach offers added pressure relief.
My only real complaint with the Aloria is the excessive tension on the recline control. Even at its most loose the recline tilt isn’t loose. If you’re like me and prefer to lean back a good bit you may find it more difficult (especially if you’re not heavy).
Aloria Chair Specifications
|Aloria Office Chair|
|Seat Depth||20 - 22.5"|
|Seat Height From Floor||16.9 - 21.6″|
|Weight Limit||300 lbs.|
|With Headrest||Check Price|
|Without Headrest||Check Price|
Should you buy the Aloria?
I would recommend the Aloria by Oak Hollow for anyone looking for the following in an office chair:
- The look of a designer office chair: The lines and overall design of the chair mimic the look of more expensive office chairs. Overall, the Aloria is designed to be timeless and with impressive build quality.
- Adjustable features: Nearly every feature on the Aloria is adjustable, including armrests, chair height, lumbar support, chair tilt and swivel, and headrest height.
- Good value: For the solid build quality that you receive, the Aloria really does come in at a low price point. For the best bang for your buck, this chair is a good option.
- September 25, 2020 – Added information about new versions of the Aloria chair.
- March 20, 2020 – Initial version of the review was published.
Design Look, Budget Price
Design - 96%
Performance - 96%
Quality - 96%
Usability - 96%
Value - 96%
The Oak Hollow Aloria office chair looks like a high-end designer office chair, but it’s 40-75% less expensive. The mesh back and headrest provide great support and cooling, while the thick padded leather seat cushion relieves pressure all day. During our tests, we found it supportive and comfortable. The only major complaint is the recline tilt tension is quite strong, so much so that it’s not easy to lean back in. Even so, overall it’s a fantastic value and a great chair for any office or home.