Office Chairs : Ratings of Sources

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Office Chairs: Ratings of Sources

1. TheWirecutter.com The Best Office Chair , Kyle Vanhemert and Michael Zhao, Dec. 23, 2015
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This comparison of several popular office chairs from Steelcase, Herman Miller, Ikea, Knoll and Humanscale bases its recommendations on months of real-world testing. The reviewer notes pros and cons for each, taking price into consideration. Still, recommendations focus on a small pool of high-end chairs, with just one lower-budget choice thrown into the mix.
2. Wired You're Gonna Want to Sit Down for This: 6 High-End Desk Chairs Reviewed, Christopher Null, June 28, 2013
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Christopher Null tests six high-end chairs from Herman Miller, Steelcase, Knoll, Humanscale and Haworth, spending at least a day in each. He ranks them on a 1-10 scale, sometimes comparing them and carefully noting pros and cons. The article also includes a helpful discussion of what adjustments an ergonomic office chair should offer.
3. SmartFurniture.com Top 10 Office Chairs of 2015, Editors of SmartFurniture.com, Not Dated
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SmartFurniture.com bases its recommendations on customer satisfaction ratings. Accompanying blurbs note commonly mentioned pros and cons for each chair, as well as the return rate for each chair and what percentage of customers would recommend the chair to a friend. Picks are uniformly high-end, however, and Herman Miller and Steelcase largely dominate the list. The site also has a helpful collection of owner reviews that list pros and cons and rate chairs on a five-star scale.
4. Lifehacker.com Five Best Office Chairs, Alan Henry, Sept. 9, 2012
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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. A reviewer provides commentary on the pros and cons of each chair. However, the reviews are limited to the five chairs that received the most reader nominations, leaving potentially lesser-known, lower-priced competitors off the list.
5. Amazon.com Desk Chairs, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2016
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Amazon.com is one of a customer's best resources for real-world reviews of office chairs. Reviews are often quite detailed and evenhanded. Expensive chairs usually have fewer reviews than cheaper ones. Prospective buyers should evaluate reviews carefully, since some reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with a seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have been addressed.
6. GearPatrol.com The 13 Best Office Chairs, Peter Saltsman, Not Dated
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This roundup covers a wide range of office chairs at several price points, from under $200 to more than $2,000. Blurbs about each chair are informative, but uniformly positive. There is no comparison between models and there does not appear to be any real-world testing involved in the recommendations.
7. DigitalTrends.com Sit Down and Relax in Our Favorite Office Chairs, Brandon Widder, July 16, 2015
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This roundup crowns one chair (the Herman Miller Embody) as "the best" and eight others as "the rest." Recommendations include a variety of price points. Again, blurbs are informative but do not note any cons or include any mention of real-world testing.
8. GadgetReview.com Best Office Chair 2016 -- The No Bulls#*t Guide to Sitting, Editors of GadgetReview.com, Not Dated
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This guide ranks 10 popular office chairs at a variety of price points and includes a handy comparison chart and buying guide. Blurbs are informative but uniformly positive; they also don't appear to involve first-hand testing, and don't directly compare models.
9. HiConsumption.com Task Master: The 12 Best Ergonomic Office Chairs, Editors of HiConsumption.com, Not Dated
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This roundup makes recommendations based on a variety of lifestyle considerations, such as "best backless," "low maintenance" and "executive styling." Blurbs are informative but uniformly positive; they also don't appear to involve first-hand testing, and don't directly compare models. Most chairs are high-end.
10. Slate.com Sit Happens, Seth Stevenson, Dec. 6, 2005
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This reviewer compares six popular chairs, including the Aeron, Herman Miller Celle, Humanscale Liberty and Steelcase Leap. His reviews are honest and thorough, ranking each chair from "unsittable" to "overall winner." Of course, as he notes, his recommendations are based on his opinion only, and the article is quite dated (though all six models remain on the market).
11. NationalBusinessFurniture.com Office Chairs, Contributors to NationalBusinessFurniture.com, As of January 2016
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National Business Furniture has several reviews for the office chairs it stocks. Reviewers rate each product on a 1- to 5-star scale. Reviews are not quite as detailed as those on Amazon, however.