The Herman Miller Aeron office chair has been an icon among ergonomic office chairs since its introduction in 1994, and most reviewers say it's still one of the best. Aside from the ergonomics, reviews praise the mesh seat, which helps the user stay cool. The Herman Miller Aeron has one huge advantage over other highly rated, high-end office chairs -- it comes in three sizes. You can adjust virtually every aspect of the Aeron; however, owners who have the incorrect size say they are uncomfortable in the chair. It is certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute, which sets standards for chemical and particle emissions from products used indoors. If you don't want to spend as much as a well-equipped Aeron costs (*Est. $900), reviewers also recommend the Steelcase Think (*Est. $690).
We found the best review of the Herman Miller Aeron chair at Slate.com, which had eight staffers use six office chairs over several weeks. Staff members at Workified.com also tried out six different chairs, including the Aeron, and scored each one. At FourHourWeek.com, blogger Tim Ferriss asks readers whether the Aeron chair is worth the price, while reviewers at ZDNet.com and About.com offer single-product reviews of the Aeron. Enthusiast site OfficeChairAdvice.com offers plenty of insight, but just about every chair gets very high ratings, which doesn't really help narrow your choices. Owners of the Aeron post numerous detailed reviews of the chair on Amazon.com.
Eight Slate.com staffers test six office chairs for several weeks and decide that the Herman Miller Aeron chair is "very good but not superb" -- it doesn't recline that well and is too inflexible, testers say. Best overall is the Humanscale Liberty, which is called "the Aeron's logical successor."
Review: Sit Happens, Seth Stevenson, Dec. 6, 2005
Owners contribute reviews of their own experience with the Herman Miller Aeron. Reviews are generally positive, but they are scattered among several separate product listings, and some users stress the importance of buying the correct size to ensure comfort.
Review: Aeron Chair -- Posture Fit -- B Size, Contributors to Amazon.com
Blogger Tim Ferriss discusses his readers' responses to the question, "Is the Aeron chair worth it?" According to Ferris, more than 95 percent of Aeron owners say it's worth the money. Below his blog post appear close to 200 comments Ferriss got in response to his question.
Review: Finding the Perfect Office Chair, Tim Ferriss
Chairs are recommended based on their ability to relieve back/spine pressure, meet back contours and accommodate various body types. The Herman Miller Aeron comes in second to the Steelcase Leap chair.
Review: Best Seats in the House, Elizabeth Kountze, Feb. 4, 2004
About.com furniture guide Abe Abbas reviews the Aeron chair in this single-product review. This is the chair he uses in his office, and he says he finds it quite comfortable, though he notes that it is important to get the right size. Abbas concludes, "Aeron lives up to its reputation as one of the best office chairs available," and says that though it's expensive it will last a long time, which makes up for the initial outlay required. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Aeron Office Chair from Herman Miller, Abe Abbas
There are too many 5-star ratings (the Herman Miller Aeron included) for the reviews on this site to be taken seriously as a critical aid in deciding what to buy. However, the depth of information is extremely helpful when used in conjunction with advice found elsewhere.
Review: Aeron Chair Reviews, Editors of OfficeChairAdvice.com
In an earlier post, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes asked readers what office chair he should buy. He buys a Herman Miller Aeron, which he describes here. After just one day of use, he says it's the most comfortable office chair he's ever sat in.
Review: Sitting Here…in My New Aeron, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, July 11, 2007