View Full Version : What's the best chair?

10-30-2004, 06:42 AM
Not sure if this is the right forum to post this, but I'm curious if any of you have recommendations for chairs. Spending alot of time in front of the computer seems to indicate the need for a good chair. My current chair is over four years old and I need to get a new one. I've been looking at the Herman Miller Aeron chair, which is very nice and quite comfortable, but also about $500 on Ebay. I'm hoping there might be a better, less expensive alternative.

Thanks in advance,

Tyler Durden
10-30-2004, 10:14 AM
If you're going to get the Aeron chair you should get the Freedom Chair by Humanscale instead. Slightly cheaper, much more comfortable. Czech out www.humanscale.com (http://www.humanscale.com)

10-30-2004, 12:39 PM
You can get a new, perfectly good leather office chair for 1/10th the price of an Aeron. I got mine for $54 by just typing "leather chair" on ebay.

10-30-2004, 01:52 PM
Nothing beats an Aeron, IMO. I have one at work and it is by far the most comfortable chair I've ever had. I'm saving to get one for my home office.

10-30-2004, 02:15 PM
the thing for me about a chair is how well it works for long term sitting. i've used aerons at my last 2 major jobs, like 5 years now, so i wouldn't really consider anything else because i know how reliable/comfortable they are for extended sitting. for me it's not about how immediately comfortable i am, it's about how i feel when i've been sitting in it for 5 hours straight.

10-30-2004, 08:36 PM
Actually the Skye chair from Kimball Office (Skye Chair (http://www.kimballoffice.com/products/seating/skye/index.cfm)) looks similar to the Aeron, but is far better. It is much more adjustable for proper ergonomics. Also, the seat is padded and the back is made from mesh cloth. If you sat in both you would tell the difference. The Aeron has become a cliche, because its on TV all the time.

10-30-2004, 11:13 PM
The Aeron is not about looks. Those are just a side benefit. Most people find to be one really comfortable chair (and for 2x the price of a good (not the 50 dollar office max special) it better be). Other chairs might be as good (or better) but they haven't been tested by my ass for long periods of times:). Herman miller has a new chair (mira?) that supposed is pretty good but I haven't sat in one foran 8 hours day.

10-31-2004, 01:36 AM
I used to be craving a Herman Miller Aeron chair or something like that for a long time, and a better desk too, but a poster here showed me his set up and it changed my mind. He has a big lazy-boy type chair pulled up to a gigantic desk, and can just lean back in his comfy chair and relax. Hands and keyboard or mouse on a pillow or tray in his lap. Doesn't have to worry about an aching back or sore elbows from leaning on the desk, just lays back in his chair completely relaxed.

I guess the only liability would be if you were the type to fall asleep easily once you get comfy. Sounds like it beats a bad back and stiff shoulders to me, though. There's no chair I don't slump in after a while, but in a lazy-boy type chair, I wouldn't have to and wouldn't screw up my back that way. I think I'll try to get a folding table and scoot a lazy-boy type chair up under it and duplicate his set-up.

10-31-2004, 04:01 AM
Staples.com currently has a vibrating massage leather office hair on sale for $74.84.

Rick Nebiolo
10-31-2004, 05:06 AM
I've got the Aeron and the thing is you just don't feel it (which is a good thing /images/graemlins/smile.gif). Do get the right size though. www.sit4less.com (http://www.sit4less.com) should have a size chart but you might want to try one out at a store.

~ Rick

10-31-2004, 07:15 AM
I had a very comfortable chair (think feeling when you first sit down in it), that after sitting in it 40-50 hours per week for a month starting giving me serious back problems.

I've had my Aeron for the last 5 months, spending 40-50 hours sitting in it. Not one hint of a back problem, and very, very comfortable.

Too bad there aren't any more dot com's going bust, you used to be able to get them at auction for <$100 a pop. Still worth the $700 or so investment IMO. Can't speak for the alternatives.

10-31-2004, 07:17 AM
The best type of chair that I have has a hole cut through the middle about the diamater of a soccer ball, this way I don't even have to get up to use the bathroom during a crucial point in a hand while multitabling.

I also have a 6 gallon water jug placed directly underneath with the top cut off.

I'm trying almost anything now to get my BB/100 up.

This chair is of course custom built by yours truly...but you have to understand that my father was a mason so I don't really have the carpenters touch.... but it gets the job done

10-31-2004, 02:31 PM
Not very sexy, but I just got one of these at OfficeMax. Only $60 and I can't believe what it's done for my back! It really forces you to sit *correctly*....feels a little funky at first, but does the job on the cheap.

I don't know if it's comfortable enough to sit in for loooong hours though. My longest is about 4-5 hours with couple hours break.


10-31-2004, 04:14 PM
i don't get it, where do you put your ass in this thing?

10-31-2004, 04:51 PM
i don't get it, where do you put your ass in this thing?

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On the upper pad, and your knees on the lower pad.

10-31-2004, 05:06 PM
I've got the Aeron. You spend like 20 minutes when you first get it, adjusting every minute setting, to make it feel perfect. Then it kicks ass.

10-31-2004, 06:15 PM
I've had 2 Aerons so far. I got both from a .com startup that went bust (remember urbanfetch.com? I have the CFO's chair - just $300 and only used for 6 months!). I love them!

There is a strange side effect to the Aeron, you must vacume and dust under the chair along the molded plastic lines of the seat and back. Because the seating material is mesh, tiny particles of dust from your clothing accumulate quickly.

The major plus of an Aeron is that your bum and back never get hot, you can sit down for hours. And they are fantastic for your back (if you sit in it correctly). Lastly, if you are a design nut (like I am - www.city-magazine.com) then you would know that Herman Miller is one of the most important industrial design and furnature firms in American History. The Aeron is just their latest in a long line of their office classics that become so iconic that they eventually move into the home. Remember Charles & Ray Eames? They sold their products through Herman Miller. The origional Eames chair was a Herman Miller product!

PS: I've sat in the Mirra Chairs, they are stunning... but I prefer the Aeron.

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10-31-2004, 08:02 PM
My Aeron is in my room at home, so the home invasion has begun!

11-01-2004, 01:41 AM
Thanks to everyone for all the feedback. After your comments, I've narrowed down my choices to Herman Miller's Aeron, Humanscale's Freedom, and Kimball's Skye. Unfortunately, whichever one I choose will cost me a significant amount of change. While I've tested the Aeron before, I haven't tested the others yet. I'll let you know which one I select as soon as I make up my mind /images/graemlins/smile.gif

11-01-2004, 06:58 AM
Can someone explain to me why this Aeron chair is so expensive. Im not trying to sound like an idiot, but am genuinely curious. I was looking to get a new chair but i was just gonna get one for like ~150 at staples or something. If this chair is really that good, I might consider it.


Rick Nebiolo
11-01-2004, 12:56 PM
Can someone explain to me why this Aeron chair is so expensive.

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It's built extremely well (it should last ten years of almost constant use) although I don't doubt they have a high margin. All I know is that friends have spent a fortune on back pain problems - I haven't spent anything on back pain but I do have an expensive chair I sit in two to four hours per day and it fits like a velvet glove.

~ Rick

11-01-2004, 01:58 PM
If you sit for any length of time I would highly reccomend the Aeron. I have one at home and at work, and they are great. The only downside that I have experianced is that these chairs are highly customized to the user. That is great unless multiple people use the chair. It can be kind of a pain to get the chair back to your setting. (Some of the settings can take a while to adjust.) It is tremendous chair overall and I think the price is justified.

I also believe that it has a 10 year warrenty if you purchase from an authorized retailer.