Why is the WorkPro 1000 Series such a popular ergonomic task chair for home office workers?
The main reason, we think, is that it's a comfortable and modern office chair with all the adjustability and ergonomic options that most of us need.
And, although certainly not a cheap chair, the 1000 series is still priced reasonably for a high-quality task chair.
There are a lot of chairs like this on the market, though. So our goal with this review is to point out what makes this chair unique, while also identifying its flaws.
Hopefully, after reading this, you can make an informed decision and compare this chair to some of the other ergonomic task chairs out there.
Let's get started with an overview of the aesthetics.
The WorkPro 1000 Series is a black mesh task chair, so don’t expect too much in the way of aesthetics here. If you’re looking for a modern desk chair that will blend into pretty much any office environment, however, this chair will do the trick.
It does have a unique framework where the backrest is separate from the seat. The backrest is a transparent mesh surrounded by a thick squared off black nylon frame. The back also features a distinctive S-curve at the lumbar region.
All in all, this is a sleek looking chair - not too bulky and easy to combine with other similar chairs in a larger office environment, or fit into a small workspace at home.
The term “ergonomic” is used pretty loosely these days when it comes to describing office chairs.
So, to assess whether a chair is truly designed with ergonomics in mind, we first look at the basic structure, materials, and adjustability options.
The WorkPro 1000 series features a comfortable and supportive design and a nice variety of adjustability options.
It’s not a plush office chair with lots of padding.
Rather, it’s focused on providing basic ergonomic support in the right places.
With this in mind, this chair is ready to take on the 8 - 10 hour work stretches that many of us grind through on a daily basis.
And while we’re working away and trying to stay comfortable, this chair allows us to move, adjust, recline, slide, and swivel.
It does this while helping you maintain a healthy posture with a tall and ergonomically designed backrest and natural lumbar support.
Summary of Adjustability Options
Here’s a quick summary of the adjustability options you’ll find on the WorkPro 1000 series, all easily accessible and within reach while sitting:
- Height Adjustment: The WorkPro includes a pneumatic gas cylinder height adjuster with a range of 19 - 22.64 inches.
- Seat Depth Slider: This is a unique feature which allows you to change the depth of the seat via cable control mechanism. Many basic ergonomic task chairs do not include a depth adjustment option. This is a very nice feature.
- Recline: You can tilt back, lock into place, and control the tightness of the tilt.
- Armrests: You can raise, lower, or rotate the armrests to suit your needs based on your desk setup.
As for materials, like many modern computer task chairs, the 1000 series is covered in a synthetic breathable mesh material. This will keep you cool and ventilated throughout the day.
However, this mesh is firm, so don’t expect a soft cushy feel with lots of give. This material is really prized more for its functionality rather than its comfort or luxuriousness.
Mesh keeps chairs like the WorkPro light, airy, and budget-friendly. It is the preferred material in most office environments these days, so if you’re looking for a mid-back chair in a similar price bracket, you can expect a similar type of mesh on the backrest and seat.
In this case, the mesh is sufficient but not the most comfortable we’ve seen.
Base and Casters
The WorkPro 1000 Series has a standard 5-star based with 360-degree swivel capability. The frame is made of a durable and impact resistant black nylon material.
The base has nylon casters that are durable, easy to install and work well on most hard flooring office surfaces.
If you have soft carpeting, you may need different casters that allow for better mobility on cushier surfaces.
Overall, the frame and base are sturdy, durable, and understated. Yet, unlike other models in the WorkPro line-up, which we discuss in more detail below, you won't find added style touches like aluminum, chrome, or other materials.
This chair is black from top-to-bottom. As such, and as we mentioned, it will fit into pretty much any office environment.
This chair includes some environmentally friendly marketing jargon. Like a lot of office furniture these days, it promotes the eco-attributes and has even qualified for a couple eco-labels.
Although we’re never too sure about how much of this is just hype versus actual substance, this chair does make the specific claim that it is made from 95% post-consumer content.
Many chairs simply state that they are environmentally friendly without providing any actual evidence. So, at least the 1000 series promotes the recycled content aspect.
If this is important to you, we think this is a distinguishing feature of this chair compared to similarly priced ergo task chairs on the market.
The WorkPro 1000 Series Task Chair requires self-assembly since it will arrive in parts. But many buyers of the product have reported that the assembly of the chair is very straight forward.
Since some of the chair comes preassembled, assembling it is made easier than having to assemble it from scratch.
You simply attach the armrest, fit the casters on to the base, make sure the pneumatic cylinder is in place, and attach the seat unit to the base.
Most ergonomic chair manufacturers have made this process much easier than it used to be. The WorkPro 1000 Series is no exception.
- Eco-conscious: with 95% of recycled materials, this chair’s eco-conscious badge is well earned.
- Mesh back panel: ideal for keeping you cool in any stressful work environment.
- Ergonomic shape: the shape of the back panel encourages a maintained good posture whilst you are sat at your desk for hours at a time.
- Adjustable seat: the seat sliding mechanism allows you to fully customize your chair to the length of your legs, so that you are not compromising when working on your tasks.
- Adjustable armrests: up and down, and pivoting. These armrests will make your weary typing arms thank you at the end of the workday.
- Easy assembly: even buyers that wouldn’t describe themselves as handy have found it easy to assemble the WorkPro 1000 Series Task Chair.
- Wheelbase: the five castor wheels on the star shaped base make this chair sturdy and balanced, while also allowing for a smooth movement to wherever you want this chair to be set up.
- Some buyers report that the armrests become looser over time.
- Weight capacity is only 250 lbs.
- In terms of ergonomic design, although the back panel is shaped ergonomically, there is no lumbar support. You may want to consider how important built-in lumbar support is for you.
- The mesh is firm and there is limited padding. For heavier customers, this chair might not hold-up and remain comfortable enough when used frequently and for longer durations.
WorkPro 1000 vs. 4000, 9000, 12000
What's the Difference?
If you’ve been researching this model, you probably know that there are a few other options in the WorkPro office chair line-up.
The main contenders are the 4000 series, 9000 series and 12000 series.
But what’s the difference when compared to the 1000 series?
For starters, as you move up the model numbers, the chairs get more expensive.
None are cheap, but the 1000 series is on the lower end, and the 12000 is the priciest.
But why are they more expensive?
Overall, the 1000 is a great ergonomic task chair. But as you move up the ladder, the chairs each offer a little more in terms of comfort and style.
If these things are not as important, we say you can’t go wrong with the 1000 series.
Here’s an overview of the key differences among the chairs so you can make an informed decision:
WorkPro 4000 Series
The 4000 is considered a “multi-functional” executive style mesh office chair. Unlike the 1000, which is your basic mid-back task chair, this chair has a taller backrest, roomier features, and higher weight capacity (275 lbs).
Also, the 4000 series includes more padding on the seat and a waterfall seat edge to take the pressure of the bottom of your thighs while sitting for longer hours, along with padded armrests.
The 4000 also features an aluminum and nylon base and comes in other colors besides the standard black. Specifically, you can find this chair with a gray, blue, green or red mesh backrest.
WorkPro Quantum 9000 Series
The 9000 series also a mesh task chair, just like the 1000. The main difference is in the size, style, weight capacity (275 lbs), and seat padding. The 9000 is also available with a headrest.
We provide a full overview of the WorkPro Quantum 9000 Series in this post so you can learn more about the details.
WorkPro 12000 Series
The 12000 model is a managerial style chair with a higher backrest and a unique lumbar support component. It’s also the most expensive of the bunch.
You’ll find a higher weight capacity than the 1000 model (275 lbs vs 250 lbs), plus more padding on the seat and a stylish aluminum base with very durable and smooth rolling casters.
The 12000 is also available as a high-back model with an integrated headrest.
Here we have brought together some frequently asked questions that prospective customers may have, we hope that they help:
What are the dimensions?
The stated dimensions of this chair are as follows:
Does the back of the chair tilt?
Yes, the back can be adjusted to tilt. The lever is situated on the side of the chair, so it is easily accessible even when sitting down. This means you can adjust your chair without interrupting your workflow. The lever also allows you to lock the tilt angle of the back of the chair in place, so you can change your seating position throughout the day to avoid discomfort. There is also a tilt tension knob adjuster.
Does the back of the chair move vertically?
Although the back panel of the chair cannot be adjusted in terms of height/up and down, the reason it is separate from the seat is so that the seat can move along the sliding mechanism for even more customization.
How easy is the chair to assemble really?
The chair arrives boxed up in some pre-assembled parts and some separate parts. There are instructions included. All that is required of you, the buyer, is to place the castors on the wheelbase, place the seat on the base framework and screw it in, as well as attaching the armrests to the base frame. So, the assembly is relatively quick and easy.
With all things considered, our categories, pros and cons and the FAQs, the WorkPro 1000 Series Task Chair is deemed a very good ergonomic office chair.
Our top tip of searching for your perfect office chair is to consider your own needs; are you set on the chair having lumbar support? Or are you more interested in the breathability of the chair for long periods of time at the work desk? Are you looking for different style elements (i.e. color options, material contrasts, etc.)?
If you're looking to compare models, check out our review of the Alera Elusion, a very similar (and popular) mid-back task chair.