Hello everyone. First off, I apologize for the delayed update for the chairs - I travel for work and have been called away a lot in the past couple of weeks, and I couldn't get home to take these pics and post them until now. Hopefully this will help all of you making the decision on these chairs.
First off, the chairs have seen almost daily use (at the very least, 4-5x per week) since I received them back in the end of January. We have a family of 4 and watch movies at least a couple of times per week. Additionally, we have a standing date with our neighbors where they send their 3 kids over once per week for movie night as well. All the kids are between ages 7-10 and are quite active. I have had to set some rules (difficult because I want the room to be used, but not as a jungle gym/romper room) that no tray tables are to be used and when the neighbor kids are over there is no food/drink in allowed in there (they frequently spill stuff). Anyway, there's the use. I would classify it as frequent.
Overall the chairs have held up extremely well to our use. There have been some spills and some food dropped, but the kids let me know when it happened and I cleaned it up with no stains whatsoever. The mechanisms of the chairs are all working perfectly -very smooth and very quiet. There is more noise from the leather parts moving against each other than from the motor working. I remembered when I spoke with the sales rep on the phone she told me that the most common cause of of motor failure was something getting caught in the mechanism (like a sock) and burning out the motor. At the time I knew that wasn't going to be me, but low and behold I have found kids socks stuck in the cushions, as well as corners of throw blankets stuck in there too - nothing in the mechanism yet but unless I/we are diligent, it's gonna happen. So far the only damage that has occurred to the seats has been that my son crushed a soda can, leaving a sharp edge, and spun it around in the cup holder, putting a horizontal scratch on the soft plastic of the holder. Barely visible.
A couple of disappointments with the seats. First of, the lighting. It works well and functions properly, but HOLY CRAP IS IT BRIGHT!!! It a bluish light which I thought would be cool, but it is so bright that it is unusable. The light turns on with a button on the cupholder and it works the the cupholder ring light as well as the strip underneath the chair. Way too much light is put out when it is turned on, so my options are either to not use it, or maybe disconnect/change out the underseat lights or cover them with cloth to dim them way down. For me, the lights came free with the power package when I bought them, but I would not have paid extra and been mad if I did. The 1st 2 pics are of the TV (it's an old one and the room is still under construction, btw) with the lights off and then the light of ONE (YES ONE) seat on. Again, unusable during a movie. The 3rd pick is of the USP/power station/chair adjust. the light on this is on continuously, but I DO NOT find it distracting during a movie. Some might, but, although you can't tell from the pic, it is small enough and dim enough that it doesn't bother me.
The second 2 pics are of the tray tables, which are my 2nd big sticking point. They are mounted via a small brushed steel receiver and the tray (or light, tablet holder, etc) has a 1.5 inch tube that fits into the receiver. Once inserted the table spins freely on it's post, to be positioned wherever the user wants. Nice feature, but, on about half of the chairs the mounting button is not leveled vertically, so when the tray is inserted it is not level. What happens is when I put something on the tray, the added weight causes the tray to spin to the low point. This is really annoying to me. 2 solutions here - one is to dig into the bottom of the chair and see if I can straighten it myself, or else I can add some resistance to the peg . Again, these are details which, to me, show a quick assembly of this part of the chair. It seems small, but is an annoyance almost every time I use the chair. I will probably write the manufacturer and see if they can do something for me.
Again, overall I am very pleased with the seats, aside from the 2 things mentioned above. The big question for me is always "would you do it again?" Yes I would buy them again. I'm not 100% happy but I am 90% happy with them. I had to figure in price, and not being rich, these were very close to perfect for me.
Hope that helps. As always, please feel to ask questions.
Last edited by Cruisedave; 05-04-2016 at 07:37 AM.
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