Office Chairs: Ratings of Sources
Total of 24 Sources
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Best of the Year 2009 -- Seating Contract/Task
by Editors of Interior Design magazine
Our AssessmentAt the end of each year, Interior Design magazine chooses the best products introduced that year. Products are evaluated by a team of designers and architects. For 2009, the Generation chair by Knoll wins the Best of the Year award, while Merit awards go to three chairs: the Herman Miller Embody, the Humanscale Diffrient World and the AC 4 by German manufacturer Vitra Inc. A photo of each chair is accompanied by a brief description of its outstanding features.
Red Dot Award: Product Design
by Editors of Red Dot Online
Our AssessmentThis German-based organization stages one of the largest and most prestigious annual design competitions in the world. Products win the Red Dot award for exemplary design and how well they integrate design and functionality. Each year a few Red Dot winners are designated the Best of the Best; for 2010, the Humanscale Diffrient World office chair wins this award. Another office chair, the German-made AC 4 by Vitra Inc., won Best of the Best for 2009. In past years the Steelcase Think and Herman Miller Mirra office chairs have won Red Dot awards. This article on the 2010 Red Dot winners includes short reviews of each of them, and links take you to write-ups from previous years.
Best Office Chair Showdown and Reviews
by Editors of Workified.com
Our AssessmentThe editors of Workified.com compare and review six chairs that they have in their office. They asked at least three members of the staff to try out each one, so that they'd have the perspectives of people of different sizes and body types. As they note, whether a person finds a chair comfortable or not "has to do with personal preference and fit (much like trying on shoes)." The highest score -- 8.5 out of 10 -- goes to the Steelcase Leap, with the Herman Miller Aeron coming in next at 8.0 and the Steelcase Think getting a score of 7.5. The Think is the lowest-priced chair of the lot, according to the review, and represents the best value.
Cozy Chairs for the Office
by Jonathan Blum
Our AssessmentIn this video review Jonathan Blum of Fortune Small Business demonstrates and assesses two fairly expensive chairs, the Herman Miller Embody and the Knoll Generation chairs. The Embody has been his favorite for a while, he says, and he highly recommends it. The Generation chair was introduced only recently; Blum likes the design ideas behind it and will be interested to see how well it does in the market. He thinks it looks a little "clunky," though.
Finding the Perfect Office Chair
by Tim Ferriss
Our AssessmentDesign blogger Tim Ferriss discusses the responses he got when he asked readers: "Is the Aeron chair worth it? Do you have any fave chairs for extended sitting and writing?" He says that more than 95 percent of Aeron owners say it's worth the money, but owners of other chairs were also enthusiastic. Favorites besides the Aeron include the Herman Miller Mirra and Embody chairs as well as the Humanscale Liberty and Freedom chairs and the SwingChair by SmartMotion. About 200 readers post comments.
High End Office Chairs
by Abe Abbas
Our AssessmentAbe Abbas, About.com's guide to furniture, discusses his choices for the top five high-end office chairs. A short paragraph describes each of the chairs, but chairs aren't compared to each other, and it's unclear whether any testing was involved. There is a link to a full review of the new Herman Miller Aeron chair, which is said to be a classic, in part because of its adjustable height and lumbar support. The Steelcase Leap, Steelcase Think and Humanscale Freedom are also discussed. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
by Contributors to Overstock.com
Our AssessmentOverstock.com sells hundreds of models of office chairs; budget-priced chairs by Ergo, Office Star and Boss get the most reviews and the highest ratings. Standouts include the Office Star Air Grid Deluxe Task Chair, the Boss Mesh Back Task Chair and the Ergo Mesh Medium Back Task Chair. Quite a few other inexpensive chairs get lots of reviews here, so Overstock.com is worth a look.
Designers Rate Ergonomic Seating
by Wayne Koch, Florencia Kratsman
Our AssessmentTwo architects and designers give their opinions of six ergonomic office chairs. Wayne Koch focuses only on aesthetics in the three chairs he discusses. Florencia Kratsman, on the other hand, assesses comfort, functionality and sustainability issues as she discusses the Steelcase Leap, Knoll Generation, and Herman Miller Embody chairs. There are brief descriptions of the chairs, but no indication of whether these two designers tried them out before writing about them.
Steelcase Think Chair
by Reena Jana
Our AssessmentReena Jana writes this single-product review after having used the Steelcase Think chair in her office for four months. She gives the chair a high rating overall and says that while she was using it she began to experience less pain in her wrists from hours of typing (she usually sits in an Aeron). Jana says $700 is a lot to spend for a chair, but she thinks this chair may be worth it. She likes the design and appearance of the Steelcase Think chair, but says that overall, "The real reason to buy the chair is its functionality -- its ergonomic comfort and simplicity of use."
Herman Miller's Setu Chair Review
Our AssessmentBlogger "hipstomp" reviews the Herman Miller Setu chair, having tried it out for three months. Although some reviewers caution that the Setu chair is not meant for long hours of sitting, this reviewer writes that "the comfort level alone easily makes this an all-day chair." In the end, he recommends the chair highly as a "comfortable, cutting-edge-design" chair that won't break the budget, for an entire office full of workers or someone who works from home.
Office Chairs Reviews
by Contributors to retail sites
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com aggregates reviews from other sites, including Overstock.com, Staples.com and many other retailers. Reviews are organized in a way that makes it easy to see how many reviews a particular chair has, and what its average rating is. Unfortunately, all office chairs are lumped together; you can narrow a search by brand or price range, but not by type of chair. You can, however, scroll down and see where reviews originally appeared so you're not reading the same reviews twice. Literally thousands of chairs appear here, many with several hundred reviews. Lower-priced chairs tend to get the most reviews.
Office Chair Resource and Information Hub
by Duncan McIntyre
Our AssessmentOfficeChairAdvice.com is a website devoted to office seating founded by Duncan McIntyre, a 25-year veteran of the office chair business. The site is neatly organized and there are ratings and detailed reviews of a number of popular chairs. There's also a blog about seating of all kinds, and McIntyre certainly finds a lot to say about this area. No testing or comparison with other models appears to have been done, however, and a lot of chairs receive 5-star ratings. McIntyre does supply tons of good office-chair background information, and this site is a good prep for shopping for office chairs.
It's a Diffrient World: Humanscale Diffrient World Task Chair
by Gregory Han
Our AssessmentReviewer Gregory Han discusses features of the Humanscale Diffrient World chair, although he has not actually tested it. Han says he and his colleagues have concluded that only a fairly expensive chair can meet the needs of someone who spends hours seated.
Focus: Keeping It Simple, Sustainable
by Jennifer Busch
Our AssessmentThis single-product review focuses on the Diffrient World chair by designer Niels Diffrient, who also designed Humanscale's Freedom and Liberty chairs. It includes a number of features that allow it to adjust automatically to the user, without the use of manual controls. Reviewer Jennifer Busch interviews Diffrient and says this chair represents an extension of his earlier designs, which reflect a "less is more" philosophy.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThe Herman Miller Aeron office chair is generally widely liked by owners here, although some note the importance of buying the correct size Aeron. The Herman Miller Mirra is a popular alternative and receives high praise for the fact that it does not come in different sizes but instead adapts to its owner. Fewer than 20 owners review these chairs, however, and most other chairs sold here have even fewer reviews.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBest Buy sells more than 40 different mid- to low-priced office chairs, most of them Office Star or True Seating models. Only a few have enough user reviews to provide a good picture of how comfortable and functional they are. Of these, the True Seating Microfiber Executive Chair and True Seating Puresoft Task Chair receive enough positive reviews to warrant mention as budget models. True Seating's Just Simple Leather Executive Chair costs a bit more (though it's still budget priced) and also gets good reviews.
by Contributors to Staples.com
Our AssessmentThis retailer has dozens of inexpensive office chairs to view online. Shoppers can narrow their search by type of chair (executive, manager's, or task), fabric, style or materials used for construction. Some chairs sold here have an astonishing number of user reviews; one has almost 900. Chairs that get consistently solid reviews include the Global Airflow Leather Seat with Mesh-Back Chair, Staples Lane Dream Teakwood Leather Executive Chair with Walnut Accents, and Staples Stratton Black Leather Executive Chair.
by Contributors to Office Depot.com
Our AssessmentOffice Depot sells hundreds of office chairs, including models by Realspace, Raynor, HON and Office Star. Not many models have user reviews at all, and of those only a handful have enough to be significant. Realspace models seem to be popular here, and three of them -- the PRO 9000 Series 60% Recycled Mid-Back Multifunction Mesh Chair With Head Rest, PRO Quantum 60% Recycled Mesh Midback Task Chair and Carnaby High-Back Mesh Chair -- have a number of reviews and high ratings from users.
The Best in Ergonomic Chairs
by Amanda C. Kooser
Our AssessmentThis article offers some interesting and unexpected choices for the best office chairs, with La-Z-Boy being the most widely known of the bunch and the Staples/Sealy Posturepedic Valencia Chair being the best priced of the lot. While no testing is done as part of this piece, the article is informative and useful in its suggestions to the reader. In addition to the La-Z-Boy Sintas Managerial Series Mid-Back Chair, the Hon F3, the Jobri Ergonomic Task Chair (discontinued); the Staples/Sealy Posturepedic Valencia Chair and the Herman Miller Mirra are also discussed.
Best Seat in the House
by Roger Thomasson
Our AssessmentSix men and women test an unknown number of chairs for comfort, adjustability and appearance. The results for four chairs are given, and the office chairs are rated on a scale of 1 to 5. The Steelcase Think is the top pick, with a rating of 4. The reviewers say it gives excellent support, although it looks a bit "homely." The Humanscale Liberty, Steelcase Leap and Herman Miller Mirra are also reviewed. We would have rated this review higher if it were more recent.
Our Picks for… Office Chairs
by Andrew Tilin
Our AssessmentAndrew Tilin of Business 2.0 magazine reviews his picks for the top three office chairs. He says the Haworth Zody has easy-to-use controls, but its lumbar support is not as strong as other chairs. The Humanscale Freedom is very comfortable if you are sitting upright, but awkward for reclining. Tilin says that the Herman Miller Celle reclines perfectly, but the lumbar support is a little difficult to adjust.
Sitting Here…in My New Aeron
by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
Our AssessmentHaving asked readers about what office chair he should buy, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes follows up by describing his new Aeron chair. He writes that although he's only had it for a day, he can already say that "it's by far the best office chair I've ever sat in." In addition to being comfortable, it's extremely well made, he says.
What's the Best Office Chair?
Our AssessmentA reader asks, "What's the best reasonably expensive (up to $1000) office chair?" and receives a couple dozen comments. Many responders like the Herman Miller Aeron, but just as many have good things to say about their experiences with the Steelcase Leap and the Steelcase Think. A few other chairs are also mentioned. Several people note that the Aeron comes in three sizes and say it's important to find the correct size.
by Editors of The Human Solution
Our AssessmentThis blog is part of a larger site run by office furniture retailer The Human Solution. Articles and reviews appear to be written by the staff, but reviews are reasonably balanced, mentioning both good and bad features. One helpful article discusses the functions of ergonomic chairs and suggests specific models costing under $500 that meet ergonomic criteria. A review of the Steelcase Amia details specific features of the chair, comparing it to the Steelcase Leap and Think chairs; according to the review the Amia has many of their features at a lower price.