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Choosing Between Encore vs. Classic Banquet Chair

- 6 min read

When it comes to outfitting event spaces, banquet chairs play a crucial role in setting the tone for comfort and style. As a leading provider of event furniture solutions, MityLite offers a range of banquet chair models to cater to diverse needs and preferences. Among our top-selling banquet chairs, the Encore Banquet Chair and the Classic Banquet Chair stand out for their popularity and functionality.

In this comparison blog, we’ll explore the features of each chair to help you make an informed decision on which is the best banquet chair for your event venue.

Encore Banquet Chair comparison chart
Classic Banquet Chair comparison chart

Encore Banquet Chair: Modern Comfort and Durability 

The Encore Banquet Chair is a testament to modern design and ergonomic comfort. Made in the USA with high-quality materials, it combines durability with style to enhance any event space. One of its standout features is its contoured backrest, which provides excellent lumbar support for prolonged seating. This is particularly beneficial for events that require attendees to sit for extended periods, such as conferences or banquet dinners.

The Encore Chair: Best in Comfort

  • Wider and deeper seat
  • Flex-back (add-on)
  • FormFlex seat base
  • Molded MDI foam
  • Event pitch (104*) or dining pitch (98)
  • Ergonomic waterfall edge

Another notable aspect of the Encore chair is its customization options. It comes in a variety of frame colors and finishes, allowing you to customize the look of your venue to suit your aesthetic preferences. Whether you prefer a sleek black finish for a corporate event or a vibrant color to add flair to a wedding reception, the Encore chair offers ample choices to match your theme.

Close-up of a blue-gray Encore chair

The Encore: Style options 

  • Arch or Square Open back
  • 16 frame colors
  • Over 1,000 fabric options
  • COM (Customer’s Own Material) available

A final benefit of the Encore Banquet Chair is that it’s designed with practicality in mind. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to transport and arrange, saving time and effort during event setup. The Encore Chair features a sturdy aluminum frame and optional stack bars that ensure stability while stacked, and also making it easier to quickly make a straight stack.

Learn more about the Encore Banquet Chair

Classic Banquet Chair: Affordable Simplicity with a Hint of Tradition

For those seeking a budget-friendly option without compromising on quality, the Classic Banquet Chair is an excellent choice. While it may come at a lower price point compared to the Encore chair, it doesn’t skimp on durability or comfort. Proudly made in the USA, this event chair features a 12-year frame warranty.

Close up of a gray Classic chair

The Classic Chair: A space-saving beauty

  • Narrower seat
  • Flex-back (add-on)
  • FormFlex seat base
  • Molded MDI foam
  • Event pitch (104°) or dining pitch (98°)
  • Box edge or waterfall edge

The Classic: Style Options

  • 5 back styles: Crown, Hourglass, Oval, Round, or Square Open
  • 16 frame colors
  • Over 1,000 fabric options
  • COM (Customer’s Own Material) available

One of the standout characteristics of the Classic Banquet Chair is its timeless design. With a sleek yet understated appearance, it seamlessly complements a wide range of event themes and decor styles. Whether you’re hosting a formal gala or a casual gathering, the Classic chair blends in effortlessly while providing a comfortable seating solution for attendees.

Featuring a slightly narrower seat than its counterpart, the Classic chair still offers ample support for your guests but allows slightly denser seating than the Encore when chairs are set up in theater or conference-style room layouts.

Stacks of Classic banquet chairs

In addition, the Classic Banquet Chair is a practical option for venues that require frequent rearrangement or storage. Its stackable design allows for efficient space utilization, making it ideal for venues with limited storage capacity. This feature also facilitates quick and easy setup and breakdown, saving valuable time and labor costs.

Learn more about the Classic Banquet Chair

Making the Choice

Ultimately, the decision between the Encore Banquet Chair and the Classic Banquet Chair boils down to your specific requirements and preferences. If you prioritize modern design, ergonomic comfort, and customization options, the Encore chair may be the ideal choice for your event space. On the other hand, if affordability, simplicity, and space-saving features are your top priorities, the Classic chair offers a practical and reliable solution.

“If we’re going to invest the money in new banquet chairs, we want to make sure we get something we can trust and something that will last. I really liked the design of the new chairs and I knew they would function well. I’ve always been happy with MityLite.”

David Marquis

Assistant Director for Facilities and Operations at The University of Texas at San Antonio Student Union

Whichever banquet chair option you choose for your property, you can rest assured that both the Encore Banquet Chair and the Classic Banquet Chair are crafted with quality and functionality in mind. Both chairs feature a 12-year frame warranty, ensuring a comfortable and stylish seating experience for your guests.

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