“ Brand: Argos / Type: Chair „
When I redecorated the kids' playroom not so long ago in bright shades of pink, aqua blue and lime green (I know, I know but it's a children's room), I had trouble finding any chairs for their new desk. This chair, from Argos looked ideal, so rashly I bought two of them, for what seemed a reasonable £19.99. This as it turned out was a huge mistake.
When first taken out of the box and assembled, (with some difficulty due to a combination of confusing instructions and hard to insert castors), these chairs initially looked quite promising. They looked pretty well like they do on the photo, bright pink and quite fun looking with the tractor seat style. Once tested out they seemed quite comfortable even for an adult bottom, having seats of moulded plastic and being height adjustable via the gas lift mechanism, from 44.5-59cm, so a good range of heights. In use they are the right size for children whilst being big enough for adults too; this is probably about the last positive thing I am going to say about them. As my daughters are 8 and 5 so I wasn't worried about them toppling off the chairs due to the quite low, small back. The castors seemed quite sturdy and the chairs, in a bright gloss finish looked, in my opinion, quite stylish on the scale of pink girls' furniture. Sadly it wasn't long before I came to the sorry conclusion that the chairs were really not going to be up to the job.
Despite glowing reviews on the Argos website this chairs just aren't very good. We hadn't owned the chairs more than a day before it became clear that they weren't going to wear well. The pink covering on the chairs comes off pretty easily to reveal either the undercoat or the plastic the chair is made of with nothing but the slightest bump or scrape. Worse still the pink paint is deposited on any wall or (in our case) white desk that you might happen to come into contact with on the chair. Even a careful adult - these chairs can take up to 100kg - is going to be hard pushed not to damage this chair pretty quickly. Only one reviewer, having checked, makes any mention of this on the Argos website, but reckoned you could match the paint colour. I doubt this very strongly and anyway it wasn't long before there were chips all over one of the chairs in particular (the most used one) and it just looked terrible, they remind me of chipping nail varnish, which I'm sure most ladies will agree is not a good look. Worse still what seemed comfortable at first just isn't really, they are not pleasant to sit on for any period of time, and a little bit slippy. The children don't really like them either, no matter how wonderful I try to pretend they are. They may swivel and roll quite well but the bottom line (if you will excuse the pun) is that they aren't great to sit in and the seats are of a quality that I can only describe as terrible.
I was really disappointed with these chairs and should, perhaps, take them back to Argos to complain, as I have owned them a matter of a couple of months and already they both look awful. Only the fact that I don't think Argos in the run up to Christmas would necessarily be a great shopping experience has stopped me from trying to take them into store, come the New Year they will definitely be replaced by something of better build quality.
To sum up, I wouldn't recommend these chairs at all, they might seem cheap but they just aren't very good.
In a freaky coincidence shortly after I wrote this there was a shout from the playroom and one of the chairs had literally collapsed, the pole in the middle just fell through the middle and a soldered part had come off. This gave me, and the child sitting on the chair quite a shock. I did, therefore, take the chair back to Argos and can't fault their customer service as they have refunded me for one chair and agreed to refund me for the second chair as well, if I would like, even though the item was bought over 30 days ago. The moral of the story is hang on to your receipts!
(no review warning others added by me on the Argos site as I can't work out how to add a review)