Non-Aeron Office Chair Picks?

Non-Aeron Office Chair Picks?

Anthony Nguyen
Nov 30, 2009

Q - Okay, I may be in the minority here, but I find Herman Miller's Aeron Chair is the perfect example of form over function. Sure, it looks so corporate and minimalistic, but after months of awkwardness, leg-circulation cut-offs, and the annoying back support that feels like someone's elbow, I'm done. Seeing as you guys have covered tons of ergonomic chairs here before, I was wondering if you had any ideas on a better alternative?

A - Overall, I have to say the Aeron isn't bad. But you definitely covered the bases on all its niggling annoyances. I'd also like to add that the arm adjustment drives me nuts as well.

Knoll Life Chair ($499): While I haven't done an official review here on Unplggd, I've given the Knoll Life chair a demo and man was it the BOMB dot com. Clean, simple, well thought out and very comfortable. Hoping to grab one for Christmas myself if I can gather enough cash together to afford one. Note: Choosing a custom color fabric spikes up the price several hundred.

Herman Miller Mirra ($509): I also test drove the Herman Miller Mirra chair at my last hotel visit in Denver, CO. It's actually quite comfortable compared to the Aeron. Try it out at your local ergo-chair shop and let me know what you think! Available in a multitude of colors.

Herman Miller Embody Chair:Maxwell over at Apartment Therapy New York was able to give us a hands-on review of this new type of the line model. We also were able to sit and test a model ourselves, and have to report back it is extremely comfortable...perhaps too comfortable, as one of the Apartment Therapy writers noted that it felt like the chair was "spitting her up"!

Steelcase Leap: This is the task chair that we use at the home offices of Unplggd. Besides the chair up above, the Leap is possibly the most comfortable chair we've sat in, and is very capable of support over long periods of time without sore spots. The only mark against it is the slightly hard arm wrests (even a thin layer of gel would help, Steelcase).

Any of you guys have a recommendation for Jason? Let him know in the comments!

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