Joel mentioned Aeron chairs recently.
Steve Jones (UK)
Aeron chairs? You gotta check out the videos on this site:
I've had one for a couple of years now, I use it with a desk that is height adjustable and they work well together. It may take a while to configure the chair correctly; it's a trial and error thing. I used to have all kinds of shoulder and arm pains and I dont anymore.
Len Holgate (www.lenholgate.com)
Got one for 2 years now and would rate it 10 out of 10. It is a bargain if you take into account that you only have one non-replaceable back and that it will be around a lot longer than your computer or laptop. And yes, you need the correct size. So try them before you buy.
Wife and I gave Aerons a complete instore tryout. Then we found a similar but very inexpensive chair that seems to fit her. She loves it.
Office Depot carries a few lines of chair that are very smiliar to the Aeron (but not as adjustable). I use one at home. It's very nice. It's lasted me about 3 years without breaking.
Myron A. Semack
I used to go through chairs at the rate of one a year until I got this Aeron, which I've had for three years now. Best chair by far I've ever used. In the USA they are going for a lot less than $1000 now, dunno about elsewhere.
Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
The new Aeron came out a while back, similar design but they rethought the back, put better (non sandpapery) material in the seat, came up with a strange webbing idea for the seat and back to distribute weight better, and improved the lumbar support.
I wrote a long post about Aeron vs. Mirra (Herman Miller's new uber-chair) several months ago. I chose the Mirra because I liked the design more, and was more comfortable in it. After a few months of spending the majority of my day in it I have to say: it's awesome. I'm way more comfortable.
There's a handful of them at work for me. They are indeed quite nice chairs, but not for me. The problem that I have with them is that they are so molded to the human form that you basically have only one position in which you can sit. This means that I cannot, for example, sit cross-legged. I find that I cannot easily sit for a long period in any one position.
Easily the most comfortable desk chair I've ever used. You may be able to pick up a used one from companies doing liquidation sales. Enron had a bunch of them for sale a while ago.
It's designed for wannabes. If you're one, you should definitely think about it.
tired of hollier than thou attitude
I have an Aeron chair. It's nice, but the The Ultimate Chair or anything.
If you're tall, or prefer over-head chairs to chairs that end around the shoulders or midback, you might prefer one of the Steelcase models. Prices are pretty similar, though, for their high-end.
the steelcase and the aerons are both nice. just try them both. i have a friend who prefers an $8 folding steel chair to both. personally I've used both the steelcase and the aerons and had no problem with either, I liked the steelcase a bit better.
Humans are really interesting beings: We spend so much money on cool cars, expensive gadgets, fancy clothes but we're not ready to spend a few dollars more on healthier products. That's why we still eat microwave dishes and fast food instead of buying fresh ingredients and cooking them. And that's why we still sit in cheap $20 chairs and work with latest CPU's, OS', GPU's instead of buying a decent chair and decent desk (the ones you can adjust).
I worked for a bank in Tokyo a few years ago and *every* single chair in all 20 floors of the building was an Aeron, even in the coffee rooms.
They had them in some hotel room I stayed in a while back. Not very comfortable naked.
I am looking to buy several Aeron Chairs for a new office. Interested in companies going through liquidation sales. Please email with info. Thanks!
So do you guys have some nice adjustable desk recommendations to go with the aeron?
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