The Herman Miller Aeron is fantastic.
I use an Aeron with leather armrests at home and it's pure luxury.
My family had a friend at Herman Miller that made my father a custom Harley-Davidson one as well, really slick.
Humanscale Freedom - I went through 2 in past 10 years, but they probably saved me from having major health issues from sitting 14+ hrs a day (home office, so not even walking much most of the days).
It has two great features -
gel seating, which doesn't get uncomfortable ever (wears in about 5 years though)
backrest is not spring-forced but responsive to your own weight, so you're basically using your muscles to stay in position needed
other than that, it's built like tank, all metal ;)
And about the price of a tank too. But it sounds pretty fantastic. I'm going to put this on the list of chairs to try out. Thanks!
Slightly biased – but I'm partial to the Aeron and new Mirra 2.
I have a Mirra 2 at the office and it rules. It's not noticeably comfortable and it's not particularly beautiful, but it never leaves me feeling like I've sat in a chair all day. Perfect.
Currently have a Steelcase Leap which is pretty comfortable and supportive - http://www.steelcase.com/en/products/category/seating/task/leap/pages/overview.aspx.
Herman Miller Aeron is the best I've ever used and would recommend.
I've had a Steelcase Leap at work and at home for nearly six years. It is really flexible (and quick) to adjust so you can move from it being upright and supportive to let it get all soft so you can really lean back and relax.
Seconding the Leap here. Plus, it comes in orange.
In fact, my office Leap is Orange... LOVE IT.
Sorry to be this guy, but for the past few years I've been exclusively standing and it's been the thing that has made by far the most significant improvement in my work environment, both physically and psychologically (especially the latter).
I applaud you. I've tried may times but couldn't do it for long periods of time.
I started out using a high stool to rest. Now I find myself standing on one foot to take micro-breaks.
It hasn't had a noticeably significant physical impact (except that I don't mind standing all day anymore), but for my mood and creativity and productivity.
I've been trying this recently and although it seemed to make me work faster I found it really hard to not get distracted. Its like its too easy to leave the desk...
I'm still working at it though :)
My back & neck recently went out and I spent half a week on pain meds just to make it through. On the plus side, it motivated me to make a change.
- I purchased (still waiting for it to arrive) a Haworth Zody chair. I wanted an Embody for years and was about to buy one till a friend told me they sold their Embody for a Zody. I went and tried it, I found it more comfortable, but most importantly WAY more lower back support. I customized some features, but it has the technogel seat insert, forward tilt lock, back lock, 4D arms ( I preferred the height adjustable ones instead ), adjustable lumbar support, tilt tension, seat height and seat depth adjustments.
- TwelveSouth HiRise for MBP. Since my chair was expected to take 3-4 weeks to arrive, I needed some immediate relief. I bought this and noticed a change in 3 days. I was no longer hunching over on my desk to see/type on my laptop. I now sit back and look at my screen level and my shoulders/neck are so much better.
I can't wait for my chair to get here, hope that is the final piece of the puzzle towards solving my back problems.
The chair looks great, I hope it fixes your back problems!
Me too! Thanks!
I've had a Herman Miller Embody for 4+ years now, and its a great chair. If you buy it from a good dealer they'll do regular "tune-ups" for free as well.
Honestly, I tell most people its one of the best investments I've made work-wise.
I was looking at the Embody, I haven't tried it out yet. Would you say its worth the $ compared to the other Herman Miller's?
I splurged and got myself an Embody. My work provided an Aeron for me, and I didn't like it at all.
I have no regret with the Embody, it's an awesome, comfortable chair that addressed all my gripes with the Aeron.
Having said all that -- who knows. You need to try it out for yourself. Everyone's needs are different.
Yes, and if you find dealers, it is typically closer to 800 than 1200+ like they show on the official Herman Miller site. I would look for a local Herman Miller dealer and go talk to them.
I know here locally in Buffalo a place for Office Interiors called Millington Lockwood sells them for 800 a piece. I know they can ship them out as well (friend of mine bought one and shipped it to Dallas), but that obviously adds to the cost a bit.
As far as Office Chairs go I have tried quite a few, and nothing has touched the Embody. It is really flexible, adjustable in every direction, and yet at the same time very well built. The "live spine" bit is more than just a gimmick, it works quite well and if you work on your posture it'll work that much more.
The best chair is the one you don't sit in for too long.
Anything that keeps you from slouching, and doesn't restrict your blood flow or ability to set up ergonomically proper.
JULES Swivel chair! It forces you to sit straight... It's awesome! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99884539/
Yeah, Ikea’s chairs fan! :D
This is very uncomfortable
I really love this chair but I also can understand why you find it uncomfortable :/
I'm of the same opinion - nothing exactly comfortable about this chair, but in line with another comment below, I find (for me at least) it's less about the chair than how you sit.
Charles & Ray Eames EA 117 Aluminium Group. Obviously.
Really? Been using one at home for a few years and it's unbearable after an hour or so.
Looking for an office chair at the moment so this has been useful. The Herman Miller Aeron looks amazing but how are you guys all justifying almost $1000 for a chair?
Most comfortable chair I've ever sat in—full stop—is a tempur foam duo-back style office chair: … paid an outrageous amount to get one of these in Chiang Mai. Great for my back, which has issues.
The seats are padded, & absolutely cheap: D
Another vote for Herman Miller Embody http://turbo.paulstamatiou.com/p/2012/pstam_hm_embody.jpg
Herman Miller's Embody. Although it is still in my wishlist.
I've got Markus chair from IKEA. Yeap, IKEA lover... Nothing special but it's good enought for 10+ hours work.
However I'm going to change my chair (no bigger reason) so thanks for the topic!
Hands down Herman Miller Aeron!
At the office I alternate between standing and sitting my my XXL Aeron, usually trying to stand for at least 4-6 hours of my day.
I absolutely love Herman Miller Mirra chairs - even more so than the famous Aeron (which I also had at one point). I can easily spend a long work day (and night) on it without any short term or long term discomfort. They also have great resale value. I bought one used on Craigslist for about $500 and then sold it for around the same price when I moved.
Good thread. I'm in need of a new one for my home office.
Both of my parents work at Steelcase. They have some incredible stuff. http://www.store.steelcase.com
It might be weird, but this is the most comfortable desk chair I have used. Keeps by back with the correct curvature, since the chair’s back is quite short.
I've got the same chair in black :)
Even better! It’s awesome, right? :D
What's the brand + name?
Ikea PATRIK conference chair