Good Questions: Best Place To Try Office Chairs?

Good Questions: Best Place To Try Office Chairs?

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 11, 2005

Hello AT,

Help! My back is killing me and the culprit is the standard issue office chair at my job. Besides being ugly it offers no back support at all. I have gotten the go-ahead to order a better chair, but don't have a clue of where to start. Is there an ergonomic chair emporium in the city where I can try out various models? Some people have suggested the Aeron chairs, but are they truly comfortable?

Thanks, M

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Dear M, we believe in spending a bit for a good office chair and think that almost any one of the high performance chairs will do the trick (these are all about $600-$800). It really is a matter of style. We've used the Aeron, and it's great. These can often be found for less on Craigslist and many stores have sales on them (like Sam Flax did a month ago).

We found Conklin Office Furniture, which sells used task chairs which you can try out at their office at 230 5th Avenue.

We use a LEAP chair from Steelcase and LOVE it. We think the dark, sinister look of the Aeron wouldn't fit into our office.

As for where to try them out, DWR is a good place to do it, since they have so many. We also had a question like this over a year ago, Good Question: Where Do I Find A Good Task Chair For $450?, which has some really good answers as to what is good and where they can be bought for cheap. Evan Rose says go for the Knoll office chair - "They blow the Aeron out of the water."

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