Sitting here ... in my new Aeron

Sitting here ... in my new Aeron

Summary: I just thought I'd post a follow-up to a post I made a while back where I asked if whether the Herman Miller Aeron really is the best office chair available.Well, yesterday I took delivery of my brand new "stealth black" Aeron and having pulled a few hours in it so far I can say with all honestly that it's by far the best office chair I've ever sat in.

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I just thought I'd post a follow-up to a post I made a while back where I asked if whether the Herman Miller Aeron really is the best office chair available.

Well, yesterday I took delivery of my brand new "stealth black" Aeron and having pulled a few hours in it so far I can say with all honestly that it's by far the best office chair I've ever sat in.  The price stung a bit but I think I can safely say that it's worth it, especially over time (the warranty is very good - and if anything goes wrong with my chair I fully intend to make use of it).  Not only is it marvelously comfortable and supports me very well, it's a rock-solid construction.  I've taken a close look at some of the engineering and it's top quality stuff.  The bearings and fittings are all nice and tight and there's not a loose thread or rough tooling marks anywhere - and since I bought this off Herman Miller anonymously I'm certain it's not been cherry-picked as the best from a bunch.

I also just want to thank everyone who offered me advice on alternatives and to the dozen or so companies who offered me different chairs to try out - I really couldn't take you up on your generous offers because I'd end up with the PC Doc HQ being hip-deep in chairs. 

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  • My Aeron Experience

    The Aeron really is a great chair and one which has served my posture well. But I've had two particular problems with mine that were less than great.

    First, the lumbar support pillow/brace. The grip where it attaches to the chair tends to wear over time (the material may become brittle) and break. So I haven't had any kind of lumbar support for a long time.

    Second, the place where the chair meets the base. On mine the bottom of that base location broke through. This is the single point that bears all the weight from the chair so you would expect a much higher tolerance for stress here. My chair is the C size so it should be expected to hold a considerable bit more weight than my ~220 lbs. So now the chair is no longer height adjustable and sits extremely low. I've been able to live with this but it seems like the construction and/or design here was less than what was required.
    DanTheSysAdmin
    • Aeron Experience--advice for Dan

      Dan, if your chair is less than 12 years old and you bought it new from an authorized HMiller distributor then believe you're covered under warranty for both issues. If you bought it used and/or from reseller then you're out of luck as the warranty only applies to original buyer from authorized outlet. If the latter then an authorized dealer could also give you an estimate for your out of pocket repair cost.
      Uhtred
  • There is the Aeron... and then ...

    The Aeron chair has a large fan base. But not one shoe fits all, and there are those who dislike it. I am a UK-based distributor who sells some of the lesser know alternative <a href="http://www.office-chair-uk.co.uk/site/915533/page/896517">ergonomic office chairs</a>. Herman Miller have done a great job with the Aeron: it is a fantastic design, backed by a thorough quality control process and lauded over the years through an impressive marketing campaign. Dan's posts show that it stands head-and-shoulders above many others.

    But if the Aeron is not the chair for you, countless surveys have shown that there are many others just as good to choose from. These others include some that are also heavily marketed, and other less well-known offerings whose prices can afford to be cheaper because they are not bearing the costs of enormous advertising spends. The less-know alternatives include the OBUSForme from Global of Canada, the Corrigo which was designed by an ergonomist and physiotherapist in the UK, and the PHYSIO 24/7.
    Office Chair UK