About EZ UP Seat
Using Hydro-Pneumatic Spring Technology, EZ UP Seat pledges to effortlessly raise you to a standing position and gently lower you to a sitting position in almost every chair, couch, or car seat—without struggle or pain. EZ UP also quickly adjusts to your weight, without having to worry about tools, batteries, or electricity.
Each EZ UP seat features a cushion made from “super comfy” memory foam, along with a machine washable, waterproof cover that makes keeping it clean a breeze. And with its lightweight design, the company claims you’ll be able to take your EZ UP Seat with you wherever you go.
Looking at how the EZ UP Seat works, it appears to feature a clean, simple design that has a very good chance of working as advertised. In reality, is this what you can expect? Is it price appropriately? Are there other options you should explore? Let’s find out!
How Does EZ UP’s Hydro-Pneumatic Spring Technology Work?
We won’t get too science-y here, but we think it’s important to cover all aspects of any product so that you can make a more informed decision: “Hydro-Pneumatic Spring Technology” is just a fancy way of saying that EZ UP operates using something called pneumatics. Specifically, here’s how it works:
“Pneumatic linear actuators consist of a piston inside a hollow cylinder. Pressure from an external compressor or manual pump moves the piston inside the cylinder. As pressure increases, the cylinder moves along the axis of the piston, creating a linear force. The piston returns to its original position by either a spring-back force or fluid being supplied to the other side of the piston.”
Having read this, you can see where EZ UP’s manufacturer pulled their marketing angle from.
At any rate, this same principle is used in countless everyday ways, like air brakes on your morning bus ride, exercise machines at the gym, pressure regulators at the facility where your gas is processed, and much more.
Here’s one concern though: As you can see in the picture above, the notches where the pneumatic piston attach are at an angle. Therefore, the higher you place the piston, the higher your EZ UP Seat will be. Will it be too high for you?
Good question! First though, let’s talk about EZ UP Seat’s price.
How Much Does EZ UP Cost? Is It a Good Value?
EZ UP seat is priced at three payments of $19.95, plus $9.95 S&H, bringing your total to $69.80.
All orders include a bonus seat cover, as well as a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges. In order to request one, you’ll need to call customer service at 800-554-5925.
Comparatively, other similar lifting cushions available online started at around $75 at the time of our research, and only went up from there. How does EZ UP Seat stack up against these higher-priced options? There’s no way to know without any customer reviews, although ASOTV products don’t always have reputations for high quality.
Now, let’s come back to EZ UP Seat’s angle, as well as some other factors we think are important to consider before handing over your hard-earned money.
How Much Does EZ UP Weigh?
EZ UP’s manufacturer doesn’t tell us how much the seat weighs, although nearly identical options (the higher priced ones we just talked about) seem to fall somewhere around 8 pounds. Is this “portable”?
While this might not be a lot of weight for a thick cushion and a pneumatic piston surrounded by a plastic base, if you already suffer from arthritis or any other chronic hand or arm pain, this extra weight could be substantial.
Will EZ UP Work with Any Seating Surface?
Browsing the EZ UP website, you’ll notice the company claims it “works in almost every chair, couch, or car seat.” However, according to the product’s instructions:
“EZ-SEAT is recommended for use on chairs with arms to provide a suitably stable seating surface. EZ-SEAT is NOT recommended for use in wheelchairs, automobiles, reclining chairs or any chair with wheels of any type.”
We’d also have to wonder how well EZ UP would realistically work on softer couch cushions, since we’d imagine it might become wobbly and cause someone to lose their footing.
Speaking of which …
How Stable Is the EZ UP Seat? Will It Restrict Your Movement?
Again, returning to EZ UP’s instructions:
“When sitting down or getting up, both feet must be firmly placed on the floor in front of you to avoid slipping or losing your balance.”
“DO NOT BEND OVER to pick something up or transfer your weight to your feet when using EZ-SEAT, this may cause EX-Up to lift you and may cause you to loose balance and be ejected from your seat.”
Taking these two snippets together, it might be the case that if you’re not careful, EZ UP could present a fairly big hazard and just another thing to worry about. As such, make sure you have a friend or family member nearby when you’re first setting up your EZ UP Seat.
Also, keep in mind that you might not be as free to move around as you once were using EZ UP.
How High Will EZ UP Raise You?
Finally, there’s no indication how high EZ UP Seat is when full compressed, although similar competition is coming in at about 4 inches. While this might not sound like much, if you’re on the shorter end of the spectrum, this added height might cause your feet to come off the ground, making it more difficult (and potentially more dangerous) to get up from a seated position.
What’s the Bottom Line About the EZ UP Seat?
While there weren’t any online customer reviews for EZ UP at the time of our research, much of the (nearly identical, but also much higher priced) competition seems to come with high marks from customers. Again, as an ASOTV product, there’s no way to know if this same level of satisfaction will transfer over to EZ UP.
However, the manufacturer offers a 90-day refund policy on EZ UP, which should give you plenty of time to see if it works. Just keep in mind that you’ll lose your original $9.95 S&H charge, plus whatever it’ll cost to ship back. Which, at 8 pounds, might not exactly be cheap.
Tell us: Did EZ UP help raise you up, or did its promises fall flat? Give us the scoop by writing a review below!