Herman Miller's Aeron chair is as iconic as office chairs come, and it has plenty of fans. Reviewers love the high-quality mesh, which keeps them cool during long work sessions. However, some are less enthusiastic about the lumbar support, and several reviewers say the Aeron made their legs ache. Potential customers should also note that adding common adjustment options will quickly boost the base price.
Breathable fabric, but some adjustments cost extra. The Herman Miller Aeron is available in three types of Pellicle mesh fabric, two of which are a slight upgrade (Est. $25). The fabric is also designed to reduce pressure points by conforming to a user's body. Reviewers like the chair's breathability, but some complain that the seat base has a hard plastic edge that can put too much pressure on the thighs. The chair offers adjustments for seat height, forward tilt and PostureFit lumbar support. A tilt limiter (Est. $60), adjustable lumbar support (Est. $50) and height- and width-adjustable arms (Est. $90) are upgrades. There is no headrest available.
Three sizes accommodate different heights and weights. The Aeron is offered in three sizes: A, B and C. The B and C chairs accommodate up to 300 pounds and taller frames, while A chairs are recommended for users up to 160 pounds with shorter frames. Reviewers say picking the right size can be crucial in keeping a user comfortable. Though most reviewers say the chair is sturdy and durable, a handful report quality issues such as persistent squeaking.
Herman Miller backs the chair with a 12-year warranty and a satisfaction guarantee that allows customers to return the chair for a full refund within 30 days. The company receives positive customer-service reviews and provides a question-and-answer forum on its website.
LifeHacker.com readers pick their five favorite office chairs for this roundup, which looks at chairs from Herman Miller, Steelcase, Raynor and Ikea, and vote on their favorite. The Aeron places first. The reviewer praises its design, breathability and comfort. However, others may beat it for ergonomics, he says.
Review: Five Best Office Chairs, Alan Henry, Sept. 9, 2012
This reviewer compares six popular chairs, including the Aeron, Herman Miller Celle, Humanscale Liberty and Steelcase Leap. He places the Aeron in the middle, saying the design is dated and the seat can tip. He also says the wheels could be smoother and the seat more adaptable.
Review: Sit Happens, Seth Stevenson, Dec. 6, 2005
Owners give the Herman Miller Aeron 3.4 out of 5 stars in more than 60 reviews. Many praise its adjustability, breathability and durability. But some complain of the seat's hard plastic edge or of squeaking and difficult assembly. Others say back support is lacking, and say buyers should note the different sizes carefully.
Review: Aeron Chair by Herman Miller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
The Herman Miller Aeron gets Bestcovery.com's nod for best ergonomic chair over models including the Steelcase Think and Knoll Generation. The Aeron earns praise for its iconic design, reasonable price and ability to conform to the user's body. The fabric is breathable, but tall users may be uncomfortable, the reviewer says.
Review: Best Ergonomic Chair, "Camilla B.", April 19, 2011
The Herman Miller Aeron is Bestcovery.com's pick for best computer chair. L. D. Ray praises the chair's breathability and says the sloping edge reduces pressure on the thighs. The lumbar support is also good and the warranty is top-notch, she says.
Review: Best Computer Chair, L. D. Ray, Not dated
The Herman Miller Aeron loses the top spot here only to the larger, souped-up Executive Aeron. The regular Aeron keeps pressure evenly distributed and has good lumbar support, and it comes in three sizes to better accommodate different body types, reviewer Josh Tuliano notes.
Review: Best Office Chair, Josh Tuliano, June 2, 2011
This roundup looks at five popular office chairs from Steelcase, Herman Miller and Humanscale but does not compare them. The brief review notes that the Aeron is a "classic" because of its height adjustability and advanced lumbar support.
Review: High End Office Chairs, Abe Abbas, Not dated