Steelcase Leap vs. Amia: Which is right for you?

There are a lot of office chair brands out there.

You can end up tripping over all of the jargon when trying to search for your perfect fit.

This is made even more difficult when the chairs you are picking between are from the same brand. Steelcase makes an excellent line of office chairs. But they all appear slightly different and are designed with different things in mind.

In this post, we are going to compare to of our favorite Steelcase models: the Amia Task Chair and the ever-popular Leap Office Chair. People love these chairs and, all things considered, you can’t really go wrong with either choice.

But there are still some key differences between the two that we’ll break down in this post. Read on to see how we compare and contrast these two office chairs from Steelcase, and be sure to check out our overall thoughts at the end. 

Steelcase Leap vs. Amia: A Comparison

Ergonomics

Amia

In terms of ergonomics, the Steelcase Amia Task Chair boasts an adjustable lumbar support system with flexors that offers continuous support for your lower back throughout the busy workday.

The back of the chair can change shape as you change your own posture, helping to relieve pressure on your spine throughout the day for a short-term comfort. For a more long-term comfort, you can change the position of the back to lock in place all day.

The seat of the chair is cushioned for more comfort throughout the day, and even flexes to relieve any pressure on the back of your legs when you are leaning forward to get closer to your computer.

Steelcase seem to have thought of extremely niche problems that you may have when you are working at your desk all day.

Leap

The Leap model is Steelcase’s number one selling ergonomic chair.

It has “LiveLumbar” technology that flexes with your every movement throughout the workday to keep you supported and comfortable.

This LiveLumbar system mimics the shape of your natural spine, changing its shape to support your contours. This is integrated into the frame of the chair so does not need to be a separate segment added onto it.

Adjustability

Amia

When it comes to adjustable features, the Steelcase Amia Task Chair covers all of the basics comfortably. The gas lift allows you to change the seat height of the chair and is easy to change by using the lever on the side of the chair.

A very useful ergonomic feature of this chair is the ability to alter the back tension. This will change the level of resistance that the back of the chair has for when you recline.

This feature promotes movement throughout the day, which therefore encourages blood flow when you are stationary at your desk during work.

The armrests of the Steelcase Amia Task Chair are classed a 4D, meaning they can be adjusted in four different ways. They can move up and down to change the height, the distance between them can be altered, the depth of them can be changed, and finally the armrests can pivot.

All of these possible adjustments allow you to make the chair completely yours since it is so customizable.

Leap

With a natural glide system, the Leap model of the Steelcase chairs allows the chair to recline smoothly while the seat slides forward. This means you are able to recline while working and still easily see the work on your computer screen.

This can encourage many more active and varied seating positions, thus promoting movement at work and avoiding stationary seating for hours on end.

The Leap, like the Amia has 4D armrests that can be adjusted in four different ways. The Leap also has a dial that can be used to adjust the firmness of the lower back lumbar support feature. This controls the precise amount that the chair back can resist you reclining.

Framework and Wheelbase

Amia

The framework of the Amia chair is visible mainly from the back, the black frame trails along the edge of the back of the chair and sits flush with the fabric upholstery.

The wheelbase and wheels also match the framework and armrests no matter which color upholstery you choose.

This means you can customize your chair from the moment you order it, even before having access to all of the adjustable features.

Leap

The Leap’s framework is more visible than the Amia’s. The plastic back of the chair has slits that act like a human spine when the back of the chair is adjusted.

There are more pieces of framework that protrude from the back and allow the lumbar support to be adjustable. The wheelbase is the same as the Amia’s, since they are from the same Steelcase brand.

Eco conscious

Amia

The Amia model chair is made up of 34% recycled content, and low-emitting materials.

Leap

The Leap model chair is made up of 35% recycled content, and low-emitting materials.

So, the Leap is only a fraction more eco conscious than the Amia, making this category one to consider if you are conscious of your environmental impact.

Frequent Asked Questions

Here we have brought together some frequently asked questions that prospective customers may have, we hope that they help:

Which chair has the best lumbar support?

Since the Steelcase Leap is the brand’s number one best seller for ergonomic chairs, it is definitely the winner for lumbar support.

The unique spine-like design of the back of the chair allows you to adjust it while sitting and working so that you can find the perfect position for your lower back with ease.

Are the armrests comfortable?

For both the Amia and the Leap, they are not padded, the armrests are wide so have a large surface area.

This means they won’t put pressure on your elbows, and if you adjust the 4D armrests to fit your personal specifications, they will be comfortable.

What are the dimensions of the seats on these chairs?

Amia

  • The Steelcase Amia’s seat width is 19 3/8 inches, and the depth is 18 1/2 inches.

Leap

  • The Steelcase Leap’s seat width is 20 inches, and the depth is 18 ¼ inches.

So, the Leap has a larger seat surface area by a margin. We would say that this isn’t a significant difference, but the seat dimension may be more important to you than other features of the chair.

Overall Thoughts

So, which chair is best for you? We hope that you can make a decision based on the comparisons that we have drawn.

In analyzing both the Steelcase Amia and the Steelcase Leap based on categories that we think are important for an office chair, we have come to some decisions.

The Leap is Steelcase’s number one best-selling ergonomic office chair thanks to its incredible spine-like back that changes according to the way you adjust the chair.

Although the Amia chair is still ergonomically designed, it does not come close to the Leap’s striking design.

Both chairs will look the part in an office space in any colorway, and both are available in many different colors.

The leap chair is more adjustable than the Amia since the seat slides forward when the back of the chair is being reclined. So, the Leap is more adjustable and ergonomic than the Amia overall.

Since the Leap is nearly double the price of the Amia, you should definitely consider whether the Leap’s astounding lumbar support is something that you find a necessity, or if the Amia’s ergonomics to a lesser degree than the Leap’s would work well for you.

Since the two chairs do not differ significantly in appearance, we think that the Leap wins overall, as its ergonomic design is at the center of its manufacturing, and it definitely pays off.