Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternative

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Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternative

Post by datamonkee » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:36 pm

Because I spend most my time in an office, I have decided to replace my office chair with one better for my body. An Aeron chair would be ideal, but I don't want to spend $800 for an office chair. Can anyone recommend an inexpensive alternative?

Thanks.

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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by dependapotamus » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:22 pm

I bought the knockoff version at Costco for about $100. Very comfortable, and I take painkillers for scar on my lower back that never healed properly.

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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by Ged » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:28 pm

datamonkee wrote:Because I spend most my time in an office, I have decided to replace my office chair with one better for my body. An Aeron chair would be ideal, but I don't want to spend $800 for an office chair. Can anyone recommend an inexpensive alternative?

Thanks.


Refurbed Aeron off Ebay for $400?

Personally I prefer the equally expensive Steelcase Leap, and have have purchased 5 of them over time from Ebay refurbishers with great results.

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Post by jackholloway » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:34 pm

I like my steel case Leap. Equally expensive, but the one I have at work has soldiered on for seven years without a problem.

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Post by Tristrex » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:09 pm

I second looking for a used chair. I got a used Aeron for $350 and it has served me well.

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Fitness Ball

Post by altruistguy » Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:40 am

I stopped using my HM Aeron chair in favor of a fitness ball. Have been using the fitness ball for the past five years or so and love it. I find that it keeps me from slouching and engages my core a bit.

Oh -- and I sit at my desk using my computer pretty much all the time -- it is how I do my work.

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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by carolinaman » Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:03 am

I bought a used HM Aeron. It looks like new. The guy I bought from buys used furniture from offices when they moved, etc. It was less than half the new price. I have lower back issues and it has really made a difference.

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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by toumata » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:11 am

Lorell High-Back http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Q5XTE8

Call me crazy, but my employer's office has HMs and I'd take the Lorell over them any day. Good customer service too.

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Post by datamonkee » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:37 am

Thanks! I will check out all the alternatives mentioned.

Also, buying used is an idea i hadn't considered. Does anyone know of any good online buying options besides ebay?

Thanks again for all your recommendations.

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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by brianH » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:39 am

I prefer the Aerons as well. I must have injured my coccyx at some point, because now sitting on a hard surface for more than an hour really hurts. The Aeron, with its flexible mesh seat, is the only chair that I can tolerate for long sessions. I got it used on Ebay for about $450 shipped, and actually used the warranty (11 years) once to replace a armrest bolt.

It's funny how easy it is to be cheap about office chairs. When I really thought about it, I spent way more on leather couches that don't get used nearly as much. In fact, I probably spend more time in my office chair than any other piece of furniture besides the bed. With the 11 year warranty, a $900 chair works out to about $80/year, which seems pretty reasonable for something I use many hours of the day.

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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by datamonkee » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:11 pm

Just curious. Staples has the following chair on sale and there are a lot of good reviews. Does anyone have this chair? If so, does it rock freely back and forth like an aeron does? comments?
http://www.staples.com/Staples-Hyken-Te ... uct_990119

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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by AlohaJoe » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:07 pm

I have an Aeron both at work and at home. (After trying a number "inexpensive" alternatives that never measured up I bit the bullet.) I've used the Lorell and there is no comparison. IMHO there is a reason that the Steelcase Leap, Herman Miller Aeron, and Humanscale Freedom sit at the price point they do; I haven't used the others but I assume they are at least approximately equivalent and my comments apply to all of them.

My office Aeron is 6 years old; it still looks and feels brand new. It has a 12-year warranty (and is based on 24-hour-a-day usage) so I'm still only half-way through its life. That works out to costing 25 cents a day. The Staples Hyken, by comparison, has a 5-year limited warranty (and is based on 5-hour-a-day usage), so you'll be needing to buy three of them over the lifetime of the single Aeron.

Many people spend as much time in their office chair as they do in their bed. How much did you spend on your bed?

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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by datamonkee » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:38 pm

yup. that's part of the reason i started thinking about replacing my current office chair. I figured i spend quite a lot of time at the office. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and get the aeron....

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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by SDBoggled » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:27 pm

Hi,

I used to buy OfficeXXX chairs but we kept breaking them.

So I bought first Aeron from Craigslist $450 and then next 2 from http://www.designerseating.com//prodtype.asp?

you need to select Herman Miller and understand all the options as they can be $100+ difference.

Seemed as good as new in all cases and so far we haven't broken any yet.

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Post by evelyn » Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:49 am

I bought this chair at Office Depot: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/5 ... ries-Mesh/
It is WONDERFUL. It prices at $340, but I bought the floor model for $200. I've had it for two years and it has saved my sanity and posture! It rocks and swivels (turn on/off), has adjustable everything.

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Post by WhyNotUs » Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:58 am

evelyn wrote:I bought this chair at Office Depot: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/5 ... ries-Mesh/
It is WONDERFUL. It prices at $340, but I bought the floor model for $200. I've had it for two years and it has saved my sanity and posture! It rocks and swivels (turn on/off), has adjustable everything.


I have this same chair and would love to get rid of it for half of that. The mesh bottom does not provide sit bone support that works for me. Am using a dining room chair until I figure our my next move. I was really excited about this chair when I bought it as it felt good for 5 minutes in the store. Bummer
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Aeron is not that expensive

Post by davebarnes » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:56 am

I am sitting in my second Aeron chair.
I got 15 years out of the first one. I paid $1100 in 1996 and figure it cost me 2.5¢ per hour over the 43000 hours that I sat in it.
Well worth the initial expense.
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Re: Office Chair: Inexpensive Herman Miller Aeron Alternativ

Post by evelyn » Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:01 pm

WhyNotUs wrote:
evelyn wrote:I bought this chair at Office Depot: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/5 ... ries-Mesh/
It is WONDERFUL. It prices at $340, but I bought the floor model for $200. I've had it for two years and it has saved my sanity and posture! It rocks and swivels (turn on/off), has adjustable everything.


I have this same chair and would love to get rid of it for half of that. The mesh bottom does not provide sit bone support that works for me. Am using a dining room chair until I figure our my next move. I was really excited about this chair when I bought it as it felt good for 5 minutes in the store. Bummer



That is a bummer. I agree - if someone needs strong support, this mesh bottom is not going to work. Good point.

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