I’ve been using a US$1,200 (A$1500) office chair for three years — and it’s worth every penny

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a throne?

Today’s modern information workers don’t sit on gilded chairs. They spend hours, days, and weeks of their lives in office chairs — you know, common adjustable-height chairs with wheels.

Three years ago, I decided I wanted a top-of-the-line chair. A throne. At the time, I frequently worked from home. My thinking went, if I was going to be doing 7 or 8 hours in front of a computer on a regular basis, I could at least be comfortable.

So after digging into my savings, waiting for a good sale, and with a lot of trepidation, I bought Herman Miller’s Embody chair. It’s the most expensive office chair Herman Miller makes.

This chair has named designers and a philosophy. Herman Miller’s website says that the Embody was designed to solve “the lack of physical harmony between people and their technology.”

It also currently costs US$1,429 (A$1862.97) on Amazon right now and US$1,230 (A$1603.54) on Herman Miller’s site — and that’s before shipping and assembly.

So if I had to do it again, would I buy the Embody? Read on …

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title=”The first thing that sticks out is that the Herman Miller Embody is really heavy. Herman Miller doesn’t publish its weight, but it’s substantial — I’d guess maybe as much as 50 pounds. You wouldn’t want to pick it up.”
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title=”‘The interlocking, flexing support structures that branch off from the main part of the spine provide incredible, personalised comfort and support. Not only that, but they are a work of sculptural art in and of themselves.'”
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title=”It certainly is pretty, and I felt complete back support. But honestly, I think I get similar back support from my office chair at work, which is way more conventional — and less expensive.”
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title=”I have no idea why it is pixelated, but it is an amazing sitting surface. Simultaneously supporting yet cushioning, I would sleep on a bed made out of my chair. Here’s a closeup of the underside.”
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title=”My cat loves the ‘pixelated support’ as well and he frequently seeks out the chair when I’m not home to turn it into a $1,000+ cat bed.”
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title=”One thing you have to understand about the Embody, and basically all high-end chairs, is that getting it into your office or home is only the first step. Then you have to dial in the ergonomics.”
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title=”Do it correctly, and Herman Miller promises less pressure distribution on your joints and where your butt hits the seat.”
content=”More from Herman Miller here.”
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title=”There are a lot of guides online. Basically, more expensive chairs have more dials for making sure the chair is properly calibrated to your body. One key to a properly calibrated chair? Your feet should be completely flat on the floor.”
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title=”The one downside, though, is that if you really dial your chair to your specifications, it won’t be ergonomically right for your roommates or your partner — making it a really expensive chair for one.”
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title=”I have a few complaints. First, the chair’s armrests have worn down pretty quickly. I’m sure there is some way to get the chair refurbished or fixed up but it’s still disappointing. It’s a very expensive chair and it’s starting to look shabby with normal use after 3 years.”
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title=”One option is Herman Miller’s less expensive and more iconic Aeron chair, which is about $800. Mark Zuckerberg is a fan, and a throne for the Facebook CEO is probably good enough for me.”
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title=”Another premium option is the Steelcase Gesture, which costs $900 from Amazon, and has a similar amount of customizability.”
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title=”Still, I’m pretty happy with my purchase. Assuming I paid full price for it three years ago (not exact, but close) it comes out to about $1.31 per day. And I (and my cat) expect to keep and enjoy it for years to come.”
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