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The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« on: Mon, 12 November 2012, 15:39:06 »
A guide to high-end ergonomic task chairs!

This is a basic guide to ergonomic task chair features that you may find helpful in deciding which chair to get. If there is anything I can do to improve this guide, please post here or PM me directly and I'll update the guide to the best of my ability. We spend hours of our day on a chair, especially if that's for our job. It is important for us to be able to sit comfortably in our chairs, as this will save us from potential back problems in the future. Not every chair may fit you, so it is important for you to try the chair out if possible. If you can't do that, then try to buy from a store or reputed online retailer with a good return policy.

If you own or have sat in any of these chairs, please post your comments in this thread and I'll update this post accordingly. I'm listing the most popular chairs here; if you've sat in the less known high-end chairs, post your opinions here!

Old Threads:
http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34779.0 -mkawa
http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=31633.0 -me

Online Retailers: SmartFurniture, TheHumanSolution

I highly recommend purchasing from SmartFurniture. Their customer service is great, and I got a 5% discount through their offer system. They are also having a 10% off Steelcase sale near the end of November if anyone is interested in purchasing a chair from them

Herman Miller - 15% off from Nov 19 to Dec 10

Aeron - $629.00 base, no arms
8299-0

Embody - $1,099.00 base, no arms
8301-1

Mirra - $599.00 base, fixed arms
8303-2

Sayl - $399.00 base, fixed arms
8305-3

Steelcase

Leap - $769.00 base, no arms
Most expensive of the steelcase chairs, with the most features, and also the most well known by Steelcase.

8307-4

Amia - $519.00 base, no arms
The little brother to the Leap, with most of its features for only about 2/3 the price. It has a slightly different curve on its back, compared to the Leap.

8309-5

Think - $629.00 base, no arms.

8311-6

Humanscale


Freedom - $899.00 base, w/ arms
8313-7


Liberty - $879.00 base w/ arms
8314-8


Diffrient - $659.00 base, no arms
8315-9


Knoll

Generation - $711.00 base, no arms
8316-10

ReGeneration - $541.00/$643.00 base, no arms
8318-11

Others

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 12 November 2012, 15:39:47 »
RESERVED POST #2

Guide to choosing the right chair for YOU.

parts of a ergo chair, from the ground up
(leg portion)
Leg type - Casters(wheels) vs Legs 
Generally you'll want castors so that you can move around your workstation without having to get up.

Castor type - Soft vs Hard
Very important! Soft casters are used for carpeted surfaces whereas hard casters are used for hard floors. Pick the caster that will most fit your floor type, to prevent your body from straining itself to move around.

Adjustable height pneumatic (yes/no) - You're obviously going to want a height adjustable chair. It's important that your chair is low enough that your feet are flat on the ground, and that your thighs make a 90 degree with the floor. Also important for the relationship between your arms & keyboard, and your eyes to the monitor.

(seat portion)
swivel (yes/no) - Almost every task chair will swivel, meaning that you can spin the chair around without having to actually get up to turn it.

seat material
plastic (lawn chair) - Task chairs generally don't come in just plastic, obviously for comfort reasons.
leather - Very nice feeling and smooth. Easier to clean and maintain than fabric imo. Does tend to get hotter than fabric or mesh though.
fabric (like couch) - Generally the standard option. Breathable and comfortable usually.
mesh - Will better conform to the shake of your body, and provides a lot more airflow than either fabric or leather. Can possibly be more comfortable than either, depending on the person.

Seat adjusts for depth - You'll want to have about 2-3in between the back of your knee and the seat. A seat that is too far forward will lack proper lower back support, and a seat that is too short will cause blood circulation problems.

Seat adjusts forward/backward tilt - Used to adjust for reclining or sitting forward. Usually an extra option on chairs. You'll want your feet to be flat on the ground even when you're reclining or leaning forward.

Reclining Features - Generally chairs will recline backward, but many chairs have different reclining features. You'll want a chair that has tilt tension control, so that you may adjust the tension to your preference. Reclining is important as you'll want to change your sitting position throughout the day to relieve stress on your muscles.

Some chairs will have a tilt lock option, which is not always necessary if the chair has an auto-lock like the Amia.

(back portion)
lumbar support - This is usually an extra add-on feature on HM chairs, or built-in for the Steelcase chairs. Your lumbar region of the spine is curved inwards, so the lumbar support should push out the portion of the chair where your lumbar is.

lumbar support depth adjustment - Personal preference between pronounced or subtle lumbar support

lumbar support height adjustment - Helpful in that everyone's spine is different, and thus you should adjust the lumbar support's height so that it supports your specific lumbar section.

Head rest
head rest tilt /and/or height adjustment -

(arm rests)
arm rests - If you have the space for it, then get it. Arm rests are very important for supporting the shoulders.
arm rests height adjustment - You'll want the arm rests low enough so that your elbow forms a 90 degree angle. You'll also want the arm rest high enough so that it lines up with your keyboard tray. Your wrists should be relatively flat, not curving upward or downwards while resting.

arm rests lateral adjustment (left right, and depth) - More of a convenience factor. Highly recommended if you can afford the extra option. This will help you with sitting in different positions throughout the day, as well as making sure that your elbows are tucked near your body properly.
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 12 November 2012, 15:40:19 »
The Ergonomic Task Chair Club

thegunner100 - Steelcase Amia
mkawa - Herman Miller Aeron
ripster - Steelcase Leap
Amarok - Herman Miller Aeron
sordna - Herman Miller Aeron
Lanx - Ergohuman
Trent - Herman Miller Aeron
xcelerate - Humanscale Freedom
Glod - Herman Miller Embody
ChaoticKinesis - Herman Miller Mirra
Kurplop - Steelcase Leap
CPTBadAss - Steelcase Leap
mistakemistake - Steelcase Leap

Chair counts:
Steelcase - 5
Herman Miller - 6
Other - 1
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 14 November 2012, 11:29:03 »
[copy/paste and adjust to fit the guide if you want, i'm just listing off the top of my head what i know, also some of this is either not apply or all built in like a leap chair so while not THE guide, it's a starting point]

parts of a ergo chair, from the ground up
(leg portion)
stationary (legs) vs.
rolling

adjustable height pneumatic (yes/no)

(seat portion)
swivel (yes/no)

seat material
plastic (lawn chair)
leather
fabric (like couch)
mesh

Seat adjusts for depth

Seat adjusts forward/backward tilt

(back portion)
lumbar support
lumbar support depth adjustment
lumbar support height adjustment

Head rest
head rest tilt /and/or height adjustment

(arm rests)
arm rests
arm rests height adjustment
arm rests lateral adjustment (left right, and depth)

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 14 November 2012, 11:49:58 »
I think seat cover and cushion should be broken out... altho for most mesh chairs they are one in the same, standard upholstered chairs will have both and the cushion itself can be a major part of comfort.
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 14 November 2012, 18:54:21 »
Thanks Lanx!

alaricljs, what do you mean by "broken out"?
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 14 November 2012, 18:56:03 »
Listed separately.
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 14 November 2012, 22:59:32 »
one might note that my aeron is fully adjustable + arms + posturefit, and i would not use any other aeron variant (i would go with a fully adjust + arms mirra instead)

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 15 November 2012, 12:51:42 »
Still in the process of testing out the Amia. The one feature that I like most is the adjustable arms. Now my shoulders aren't sore any more from having to be suspended in the air while I use my computer.

I find that the chair supports my lower and mid back very well, but I still find that my upper back gets tight sometimes and then I have to straighten/crack my upper back. I've been stretching a bit more, and it's helping a bit. I'm hoping that it's just me, and not the chair that's causing my upper back to be tight. I know that my previous bungie chair that I used at school caused me some severe upper and lower back pain.
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 21 November 2012, 12:46:50 »
Chair adjustments section mostly finished, I'll need to write up a section on posture/stretching as well, since it is just as important, if not more important than ergonomics.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 03 February 2013, 22:21:03 »
I use a Hu-scale Freedom and it has worked very well for me. The main advantage is that it's the simplest to adjust to fit - you get your seat height right and then the back and you are done. Some of the other's require a vast range of adjustments for a complete fit - 20 for the Leap? - and intuition is a dangerous guide: what feels immediately right is often very bad for you, especially if you do have a postural problem.

Other strong points of the Freedom: the thin but very high tech foam is perfectly supportive and doesn't create the circulation hotspots that deeper foam can; the spine support is perfect.



Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 03 February 2013, 22:34:08 »
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arm rests - If you have the space for it, then get it. Arm rests are very important for supporting the shoulders.

The most important thing with an armrest is that it should be able to move completely out of the way - ie close to seat level. Not everyone needs them, someone people are harmed by them - and virtually no one should use them all the time. Poorly fitting armrests can do a lot of damage - and width is important as well as height:

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/components_chair.html

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 04 February 2013, 09:45:54 »
After years of abusing my body, tendons and nerves by using my computer in an antiergonomical manner I developed hypersensitivity to everything and became allergic to sitting in chairs.  Especially I just can't type or mouse with an armrest touching my arms or elbows all the time.  Years of sitting in a chair with hard armrests and mousing and keyboarding frantically irritated the hell out of my ulnar and median nerves.

At that point it became an emergency for me to find a chair that caused me the least pain possible.  This was years ago.

I went to Office Depot and tested out all of their chairs.  The first thing that terribly distressed me was that every single chair in the whole store had arm rests!  Argh!  I simply cannot tolerate touching armrests ever again!  And most of the chairs had HARD armrests.  Ugh.  But then the nice salesperson told me that certain chairs would function perfectly if I simply did not attach the armrests in the first place.  I don't understand why that information was not clearly stated on the label or the box. 

What is important to me:
Height adjustable to as low a height as possible.  Even though I am a tall dude.  I picked out the chair that went the lowest in the whole store.  It still was not low enough for me.  Pressure on my sciatic nerve kills me so I compensated for this by placing a large seat cushion from a couch under my feet to lift up my feet and keep pressure off my sciatic nerve.

Shape of seat should be what I call "normal".  Some/many chairs have a seat that lifts up toward the knees.  This mashes a lot of pressure into my sciatic nerve.  I never liked seats like that even before I developed all this chronic pain.  I always had Restless Leg Syndrome and my legs never liked being mashed into like that.

I was once given a $700.00 really fancy office chair.  But due to the seat pointing upwards I just can't use it. (Also it has FIXED Armrests argh!).   It is now the guest chair.  My guests love that chair. :)

High Back I have a bad back so I need a high back chair.  I simply can't tolerate low back chairs.

It has to give.  The chair must have give.  In the seat and in the back.  In other words it has to be the exact opposite of concrete.  It has to flex and squish and have some elasticity.  The difference in comfort level between a hard ungiving chair and a soft giving chair is tremendous.

I prefer a chair with springs in the seat for suspension.  But they didn't have any at Office Depot or Wal Mart so I had to give up on this. :(


Mesh Back  This is not necessarily a dealbreaker.  But a Mesh Back sure is nice.  The one on the chair I got gives and stretches quite comfortably.  Aaaahhhhh...  And  it is so much cooler than a solid back!  I live in Texas where we have 4 seasons: Hot Humid Summer, Hot Humid Summer, Hot Humid Summer, Warm Humid Fall.  :p  So the mesh back just really works great for me.

Wheels.  Wheels are great.

I think the only adjustments on my chair are height adjustment and back can be locked or not locked.  AFAIK it has no other adjustments.

Thank God I was able to get this chair!  Without this chair there is no way I could be here typing this message!

And the best part was, it was ON SALE for only $199.00.  Holy crap!  No wait, the best part was, they tried really hard to give it to me for free!  They seemed very confused.  I picked out the chair and they just took it out to my car.   I was like "uhmmm what are u doing?" and they were like "taking your chair out to your car for u" and I was like "uhmm ok but shouldn't I pay for it first?"  And they were like "but u already did" and I was like "Crikey!  I know I am on serious drugz but I just can't remember paying for it..."  So I went back in and paid for it.  Maybe I paid twice.  But I think I only paid once.  Who really knows.

I have had the chair for about 4 years now.  It still rolls quite well despite being abused and rolled across the parking lot each month to do the doctor visit.

The upholstery is all cracked and ikky looking, partly from being jammed into the back of my Escort's super small car.  The very first time this chair was jammed into a small chair it developed a crack.  The crack got bigger each time.

I do not know the make or model of my chair.  I can try to find the instruction manual some time if anyone wants to know.

My fave chair of all time was a long time ago: the seat in my beautiful Pontiac Bonneville.  It was sooooooooooo soft!  It had lots of springs.  Imagine that!  They put springs in a chair!  Who would ever think to do that!?  And it was super duper mega hydraulically adjustable.  You could adjust every little aspect of that seat hydraulically.  It was Awesome!  It actually fixed a lot of my back pain back then.

I would love to have a chair like that again!  Only in my house this time!
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 04 February 2013, 15:48:08 »
I have this chair from Tigerdirect: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5086228&CatId=1541

For the price, it's definitely worth a buy for those who don't have $500+ to spend on a computer chair. It's especially well-suited for big/tall people because of the high back and headrest.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 04 February 2013, 15:59:36 »
I am but a junior noob here but am sitting in a rather nice Steelcase Leap in dark brown leather which came originally from Lehman brothers (bank went to the wall Ebay seller had hundreds of them in a warehouse - I collected this one and then went back for another for my other half and there were Leaps as far as the eye could see. It has a service record sticker a bit like buying a car, made me chuckle). I did loads of research on chairs and this one is a lucky find.

I am really impressed with it. It's exactly not just randomly the right height, the seat comes forwards to ensure you can have feet flat (or not too dreadful if you cross your legs now and then. The adjustable swingy arm rests are great and avoid too much pressure and the flexible back is a bonus for stretching and changing position. It took me a while to get used to it and adjust it (it has a manual and enough settings to keep a geek going for a while) but now my problem will be what happens when it breaks or something! It felt really odd and quite uncomfortable the first few times I used it until I realised it was trying to stop me slouching. Sitting properly its very comfy and I don't get stiff after a few hours working at home.

It's heavy though, you could rupture yourself moving it down a flight of stairs.

We have Steelcases at work too, but not the Leap, so its luxury first at home.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 04 February 2013, 16:58:45 »
I have this chair from Tigerdirect: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5086228&CatId=1541

For the price, it's definitely worth a buy for those who don't have $500+ to spend on a computer chair. It's especially well-suited for big/tall people because of the high back and headrest.
The price is awesome!

But can the armrests be completely 100% totally removed?
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 04 February 2013, 17:05:19 »
Like Lighthouse1, we have Steelcase Leaps at work. I like my work chair so much that I'm going to buy one for myself at home. The armrests are adjustable, the back has a nice tension on it so I get support but I can lean back if I please, and the cushion on the bottom never seems to deflate.

I'm probably picking mine up at a local office furniture store that has second-hand one. The price is considerably cheaper than buying a new one.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #17 on: Mon, 04 February 2013, 17:07:00 »
I have this chair from Tigerdirect: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5086228&CatId=1541

For the price, it's definitely worth a buy for those who don't have $500+ to spend on a computer chair. It's especially well-suited for big/tall people because of the high back and headrest.
The price is awesome!

But can the armrests be completely 100% totally removed?

I had to put the chair together, so yes, the armrests are removable. However, I find them very comfortable as they align my elbows and hands nicely with my keyboard. I got the chair for $120 on sale, but even at $140 it's a great buy. :)

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #18 on: Mon, 04 February 2013, 22:41:07 »
I forgot to mention that with my cheapo $200.00 Office Depot chair I "custom modded" it by placing a standard memory foam pillow on the seat from WalMart and then I added a "Coccyx Cushion" from Walgreens on top of that.  And that is quite comfortable.  The chair would still be better if it had springs tho.

The Coccyx Cushion from Walgreens is a memory foam pillow cut in a triangular shape (to keep pressure off my sciatic nerve) and it also has a hole cut it in where your coccyx goes.  Its the most intelligent butt-pillow(tm) I have ever seen.  It isn't 100% perfect as I wish it was a bit thicker.  But I still give it a 90% rating.   In fact I think I will buy a spare one.
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 05 February 2013, 01:01:53 »
I had a Herman Mirra at Microsoft which I loved.

Later had a Herman Aeron at Netflix which I didn't love.

When I left to setup my own company I drew a deep breath and forked out for a Mirra of my own.  It's definitely the most comfortable task chair I've used.

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« Reply #20 on: Tue, 05 February 2013, 01:17:43 »
I think these will do well for people with back problems. I have a slipped disc and am contemplating to spend money a good chair like this -.-

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« Reply #21 on: Tue, 05 February 2013, 02:09:30 »
i love memory foam, to the point that when i had my dog, memory foam mattress pads for dogs didn't exist so i made one for my dog, he wasn't a 20lb dog either a 50lb shepherd so i had to buy a twin sized memory foam mattress, cut it up and stuff it in his bed. You know it sounds silly, and i sound like a dog lover, but i really appreciated it, when his cancer came back with a vengence, and he just laid on the kitchen floor for 2 days(before i put him down) that it was enough to create elbow sores (his elbows and knees were rubbed raw from trying to get up so much, i didn't notice this until he was put down). If just two days can damage an animal to that extent (cuz i know he was perfect before), i take ergonomics very serious.

But even then i don't have a memory foam seat, i find it too, hot, it creates a lot of moisture. (i like the mesh)

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 05 February 2013, 03:37:38 »
I have white pillow cases on my memory foam pillows.  Keeps things cool.  Or maybe I am just such a k00l guy  :cool: that I can handle the heat   :p
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 05 February 2013, 08:49:52 »
I have an aeron chair that came with no lumbar or posture fit ... are they worth ordering ?

is the chair even ergonomic without them ?

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« Reply #24 on: Tue, 05 February 2013, 19:57:18 »
if you've ever had lumbar before, then no it's not worth ordering, cuz you'll just keep on missing the lumbar support, if you've never had it, then maybe, you'll just get used to the way the aeron tilts.

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« Reply #25 on: Tue, 05 February 2013, 21:55:51 »
I have an aeron chair that came with no lumbar or posture fit ... are they worth ordering ?

is the chair even ergonomic without them ?
imo, the chair is not ergonomic without one of the kits. maybe i'm just a fatty with bad posture, but the mesh back itself gives me zero back support. i tried both the lumbar lump and the posturefit and the posturefit was vastly superior, supporting from the base of the spine instead of just jabbing into my lower back.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 05 February 2013, 22:40:02 »
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 06 February 2013, 01:07:35 »
My brother just uses a pillow of the right shape and size for his lumbar support.

When he comes to visit me he just mashes together a towel and an old shirt into the right shape and size and uses that.  Works perfectly for him.

I never use lumbar support myself.  Doesn't work for me so great.
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 06 February 2013, 01:13:07 »
I've got an Aeron at work but I think for home I want something else...

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 06 February 2013, 09:48:40 »
has anyone installed a posture fit to the aeron ?

is it easy or difficult ?

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 06 February 2013, 10:44:35 »
posturefit install is super easy as long as you own a pencil (seriously) and are reasonably careful.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 06 February 2013, 12:29:43 »
adjustable lumbar for me is pretty essential, to the point that sitting in a fold out chair (when i visit home, my computer desk is a makeup desk [don't judge usually your old room gets turned into some project your mom does, and mine happens to be a second closet!] and a fold out chair i guess for space reasons) and working, i can barely do it for more than 2 hours. Now don't get me wrong i can relax in a foldout chair or kitchen chair just fine, play cards, talk for hours, no problem, but if i have to focus on a task like computer work, i get aggitated after 2hours.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #32 on: Wed, 06 February 2013, 13:59:38 »
so probably a good idea for me to order the posture fit for my chair ?

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 06 February 2013, 14:41:39 »
Didn't realize that this thread was revived recently! I still feel a little bit iffy about the amia. Its a fairly good chair but my back still gets stiff after a while even with some breaks and stretching. Might just be because I
Sit in it for like 8+ hours each day. I actually kinda wish that there was a tilt lock on the amia rather than a resistance lock.
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #34 on: Wed, 06 February 2013, 15:07:24 »
so probably a good idea for me to order the posture fit for my chair ?
i could not use my aeron without it, but ymmv

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #35 on: Wed, 06 February 2013, 15:11:31 »
I have a Humanscale chair, love it!


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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 07 February 2013, 08:38:17 »
anyone have this headrest for the aeron ?

http://www.amazon.com/VendorGear-Headrest-Herman-Miller-Aeron/dp/B005L9ATK6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360247853&sr=8-1&keywords=aeron+chair+headrest


pretty good reviews ... is it good ergonomically though ?

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 07 February 2013, 13:28:03 »
i can't vouch for that one, but i've spent years w/o a headrest, and my current ergo chair has a headrest and i wouldn't live w/o one now. (plus it's mesh, so it gives that little mesh bounceback)

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 07 February 2013, 17:56:07 »
ok the reviews are good might have to try it out when I order the posture fit  :D

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #40 on: Sat, 09 February 2013, 11:58:36 »
Didn't realize that this thread was revived recently! I still feel a little bit iffy about the amia. Its a fairly good chair but my back still gets stiff after a while even with some breaks and stretching. Might just be because I
Sit in it for like 8+ hours each day. I actually kinda wish that there was a tilt lock on the amia rather than a resistance lock.
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 21 March 2013, 10:28:59 »
Does anyone know about a line/brand of chairs called Bodybilt?

My own chair was in bad shape, so my dad brought me chair from his workplace.  I didn't give much thought to it at the time, figured it was just some cheapo chair from office depot, but later looked it up and apparently it's known as the Bodybilt K2502, a fairly expensive ergonomic office chair.  Despite being a high-end "ergonomic" chair, I find it quite uncomfortable.

In fact, it's one of the least comfortable chairs I've ever sat in.  And there's nothing about the chair that seesm to suggest it's a high-end chair.  It's build quality doesn't stand out to me in any way.
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #42 on: Thu, 21 March 2013, 21:28:57 »
damn id love to sit on one of these chairs

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« Reply #43 on: Sun, 24 March 2013, 12:01:48 »
I have this gigantic IKEA chair that looks somewhat like those chairs you posted, in the background of this picture http://i.imgur.com/UL9EOqPh.jpg
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #44 on: Mon, 25 March 2013, 07:33:32 »
I actually work for a major office furniture seller. I have sat in almost all those chairs.

One of my personal favorites is the Nightingale 6200D CXO


I prefer it to the Aeron. The seat is like a mesh knit instead of a traditional mesh/mesh chair. The CXO/LXO are both good chairs.

Some other vendors to look at are Allseating, their Inertia collection is pretty good ( stay away from the guest chairs though) for a cheaper price tag. Allsteel and Chromcraft are also decent, but Chromcraft doesnt win out on any of the others listed in this thread. I can give more specific recommendations later but I am late for work.

Another thing important is find the type of mechanism you like best. Multi tilt gives you more control while something like syncro tilt you give up some control for automatic adjustments. Or if you need something like knee tilt
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #45 on: Mon, 25 March 2013, 22:04:53 »
Does anyone know about a line/brand of chairs called Bodybilt?

My own chair was in bad shape, so my dad brought me chair from his workplace.  I didn't give much thought to it at the time, figured it was just some cheapo chair from office depot, but later looked it up and apparently it's known as the Bodybilt K2502, a fairly expensive ergonomic office chair.  Despite being a high-end "ergonomic" chair, I find it quite uncomfortable.

In fact, it's one of the least comfortable chairs I've ever sat in.  And there's nothing about the chair that seesm to suggest it's a high-end chair.  It's build quality doesn't stand out to me in any way.

Yeah, these are made in a little town in middle-of-nowhere Texas (Navasota).  I went to college nearby (at Texas A&M) and knew a few people that worked there.  They sell a lot into offices.  I sat in a few from time to time as the university bought them for administrators (and I kept their computers running).  The shapes and sizes vary so much that I found some comfortable and some not.  But that was over a decade ago.  I know they are all made custom and in the USA though.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #46 on: Tue, 02 April 2013, 09:46:30 »
My chair is a $515 ergohuman. I think ergohuman is a UK brand.

I actually went to the HermanMiller showroom where they let me do a 'sit test'. I read a book for 20 mins each in 3 chairs!

I DID NOT LIKE  Herman Miller long enough to sit any longer! This is so damn subjective!
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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #47 on: Tue, 02 April 2013, 10:58:15 »
I personally like Herman miller but it is the most overrated chair imo. It is so successful it has been copied to death even by direct import. Its not hard to find comparables for much cheaper now. Another thing to note is the best ergonomic chair might not be the most comfortable :p. I personally like mesh knit fabric seats w absorb foam because they are more comfortable in multiple positions and don't run into issues with the seat frame. But this comfort lets me cheat the proper way to sit.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #48 on: Fri, 05 April 2013, 02:52:20 »
Yeah, these are made in a little town in middle-of-nowhere Texas (Navasota).  I went to college nearby (at Texas A&M) and knew a few people that worked there.  They sell a lot into offices.  I sat in a few from time to time as the university bought them for administrators (and I kept their computers running).  The shapes and sizes vary so much that I found some comfortable and some not.  But that was over a decade ago.  I know they are all made custom and in the USA though.

Very interesting.  Thanks for the information.

Sometimes I wonder if the whole corporate and ergonomic design world would be thrown into chaos if they were made aware that standing up is more ergonomic than any chair and also 100% free of charge.

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Re: The Ergonomic Task Chair Guide & Discussion
« Reply #49 on: Fri, 05 April 2013, 18:19:06 »
I don't think anyone actually needs an "ergonomic chair"

the only difference between comfortable and back-pain is "feet on the floor, and a pillow in the right place"