Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 746
Rated 4 out of 5 by HealthyChild Excellent Chair but One Major Problem
This is an excellent chair for keeping the spine and core muscles in good health. I had to get this since I sit all day long at my computer and this really helps my back and posture. However, a major problem is the off-gassing of the PVC ball. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this in the reviews. The smell was overwhelming to me. I set it outside for a day or two and I also have really great air purifier that kept near it for days and it still smells really bad. PVC does off-gas and most likely has phthalates, highly toxic chemicals. A big hunk of vinyl is not something you want to be sitting on all day, especially if you're pregnant.
But there is a solution. I wrapped the ball in a BabeSafe mattress cover which blocks the off-gassing. I don't sell these, just want to be clear on that. Google it and you'll find online stores that sell them - about $30. It's a thick sheet of polyethylene plastic and you can also find this at hardware store but make sure it's really pure polyethylene and not another type of plastic. I don't fault Gaiam - I'm a big fan of Gaiam. These stability balls are not made any other way, as far as I know.
I have other stability balls that I use for exercise that I haven't wrapped since I'm on those for short periods of time. But I wrapped the ball in this chair since I'm on it all day. Now that it's wrapped, there's no smell.
I highly recommend this chair, it's really a great chair, but think people should know about the off-gassing.
January 2, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by DeskboundCEO excellent functionality-lacks varying height
It does everything it promises. I have arthritis in knee and hip and this chair relieves pressure and thwarts stiffness. The wheel lock issues are easily resolved by placing the two locking wheels at the back. Suggest the directions include such a statement. The chair's only downside is it lacks capability to adjust the height. It appears to be desiged for a desk that has a properly lower-height keyboard holder. When used for keyboarding at that height is fine. However, at home with a standard desk or kitchen table at 29-31 inches high respectively, the chair is uncomfortably too low for good metacarpal and wrist alignment. It would be beneficial to design 4 leg adaptors that could easily be added and removed to adjust the height.
January 1, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by ptipton GREAT Chair!!WANT Another 1!!
I Got this for my Sister for Christmas and If I can get it at as good a bargain for me as I did for her I'd buy ANOTHER!!
December 31, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by ambergil Good purchase
I love my chair. It was easy to assemble and is very comfortable to sit in.
December 31, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by SchoolMarm Priceless Chair
I so liked my BalanceBall chair that I immediately ordered a second one to use at work. They are comfortable, light and easy to move and great for tired backs! Even the colors are refreshing.
December 30, 2009