Is the Aeron the best office chair?

Is the Aeron the best office chair?

Summary: What's the best office char that money can buy? Is it the Aeron?

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After decades (well, a couple anyway) of spending too many hours a day in a cheap office chair, I've decided that I'm going to spend some decent money on a good quality, comfortable chair ... but what should I buy?

Personally, I'm leaning towards the Herman Miller Aeron - this chair seems ergonomic, durable, functional, geeky and fun.  It's not a cheap chair but considering that I currently throw away a $100-150 chair every 12-18 months because of random issues, over time a decent chair (assuming it lasts!) will be more economical than a cheap one.

The only problem I have with the Aeron is that I'm choosing from a pool of one.  This is where you come in.  What office chair do you recommend?  If you have an Aeron, what do you think of it?  If you have something else, how has that stood up?

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  • Aarons are cool

    We got some of those chairs in the office and they are real comfy, would definately recommend.
    aurora7795
  • Many to Choose From

    Please go check out the following chairs:

    1)Haworth: Zody or Improv
    2)Humanscale: Freedom or Liberty

    I have the Haworth's Improv - it's back support is excellent and have tons of adjustability. Haworth's Zody chair is supposed to be excellent according to my friend and it has won many design awards in 2005.
    As for the Humanscale chairs, I am going to be trying them out this weekend!

    Ian
    iantam@...
    • Thanks for the ideas!

      Cheers - I'll take a look!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Freedom

      Have been in Aerons for almost 8 years. Comfy, but some parts tend to loosen and/or break over the years. I love the Humanscale Freedom, especially with the memory foam/gel seating. Stupidly comfortable.
      Flubnut
  • Google it, or...

    try http://www.sit4less.com/
    ecostap
    • Thanks

      Cheers!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Steelcase Leap

    I've had Aeron's over the years, but I personally prefer the Steelcase Leap. They are in the same ballpark in term of cost, but I find the padded back and seat more comfortable for those long 80 hour work weeks.

    Both are fine chairs. If you frequently overheat and don't have great control over your office temp, the Aeron with it's mesh construction may be a better choice.
    waltmaine
    • I'll take a look!

      Thanks!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Ya know...

      if you are putting in [B]"... long 80 hour work weeks."[/B], you may want to consider a new job! 40 hours a week. No more, no less. Time with my family is far more important.

      Now as for chairs... I have some cheapo $54.00 from Office Depot that has been in use for coming up on 5 years now. Works great and feels fine. I guess I don't spend enough time in a chair to really care. ]:) Just my $0.02
      Linux User 147560
  • It's worth the money

    I have two Steelcase chairs in my home office, one model is a Drive, I think. I work as a contractor and my client's office is filled with a mix of awful chairs, so I purchased an Aeron chair that I sit on 40 hours per week. I've found that the Steelcase and Aeron chairs both offer great adjustments and ergonomic settings but for whatever reason my behind doesn't feel like I've been sitting all day when I've spent it on my Aeron chair.

    Another thing is that some chairs have a back rest that is somewhat dish-shaped and when I sit back into it my shoulders are pushed slightly forward, which makes me move my head forward and leads to back pain. The Aeron chair does not have that dish shape to its back rest.

    The only downside is that the chair slowly drops over a few days and you have to keep raising it. That's not my experience alone.
    bsvee
    • Thanks for the advice!

      "I've found that the Steelcase and Aeron chairs both offer great adjustments and ergonomic settings but for whatever reason my behind doesn't feel like I've been sitting all day when I've spent it on my Aeron chair."

      That's just what I'm looking for.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Important point.

      Given a choice between hunching forward, sitting straight up, and tilting back slightly, it's a lot better to tilt back, adjusting the monitor. Helps you to be able to stand up at the end of the day.
      Anton Philidor
  • Some have had problems with them

    Check out this one.

    http://tinyurl.com/3xqlyv
    Zoraster
    • Interesting ...

      ... thanks!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • I am not impressed with mine.

    I prefer my $70 chair I have at home. Also, as Zoraster's link points out, the Aeron will destory your pants. I lost a few until I found the solution - a seat cover. And guess what, those aren't cheap either.
    Patrick Jones
    • I'm curious ...

      ... how does it destroy pants?
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • My pants are fine

      I'm also curious about the chair destroying pants because I've been sitting in my chair every work day for the past two years and haven't seen anything happen to either khakis or to jeans. I don't wear wool pants very often so I cannot say about those. I'm light and skinny so perhaps my clothes don't contact the chair the same way as it does for others.
      bsvee
  • Aeron mesh makes my back itch

    I am not sure why. Plus, what's wrong with getting a new chair every 12-18 months? Some people keep cars for less time than that!
    Cornhead
    • Because ...

      "Plus, what's wrong with getting a new chair every 12-18 months?"

      Because they start to pack up after about 6 months (fabric goes saggy, castors knacker, gas lift sags ...) and I make it last the extra 6-12 months ...
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • Yeah, that's a problem...

        ...that's why my laptop and I have retired to my couch for most of my computing these days. Couches are the ultimate in comfort!
        Cornhead