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What are the best office chair brands currently on the market?

Eames Lounge chair by Herman Miller

Buying a new office chair can be a daunting task, not to mention a hefty investment. There are so many models to choose from, each boasting of having the newest and best technology and the most ergonomic design, which will help improve your posture, your productivity .. you name it, the chair will improve it.

In this article I’m going to talk about 3 of the best office chair brands on the market today - best in terms of ergonomics, comfort, longevity and brand reputation. All 3 are easily accessible within the United States and can be purchased from Amazon as well as from various other online and offline retailers.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my pick of the three best office chair brands, presented in random order:

 

1. Herman Miller

Aeron chair by Herman Miller

Herman Miller is an American manufacturer which specializes in modern office furniture and home furnishings. The brand was founded in 1905 and is based in Zeeland, Michigan.

Most famous from Herman Miller is perhaps the Aeron Chair, which was designed in 1994. This chair was designed with ergonomics in mind by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick and is featured in MOMA’s permanent collection. The chair became famous during the dot-com bubble where it was used as the preferred seating in countless web startups.
The Aeron chair is made out of recycled materials, and 94% of the chair can be recycled, which plays into several of Herman Miller’s initiatives to promote sustainability, decrease/eliminate the use of toxic material in their products and overall create designs and products that are ecologically sound.

Eames Lounge Chair by Herman Miller

Eames Lounge Chair by Herman Miller

Apart from the Aeron chair, two other famous products are the Noguchi Table, designed in 1939 by Isamu Noguchi and the Eames Lounge Chair designed in 1956 by Charles and Ray Eames.

Noguchi Table by Herman Miller

Noguchi Table by Herman Miller

One of Herman Miller’s newest additions to their chair family is the Embody chair, cited by many as being one of the best chairs on the market today. The Embody was released in 2008 and has quickly gained widespread popularity since its initial debut on the market. 
Herman Miller’s website states, that the Embody chair is the result of over 70 years of design research, which in itself is very impressive. If you wish to read more about the Embody, I recommend you take a look at Herman Miller’s own website, where it’s also possible to place an order if you so desire.

 

 

2. Steelcase

The lady is sitting in a Reply chair by Steelcase

The Steelcase company was founded in 1912. The brand originally specialized in metal and fireproof items, and gained its first patent for the ‘Victor’ a metal trash can which was especially useful for preventing fires back in the 1950s when smoking cigarettes indoor (while working) was extremely popular.

The company since branched out into other furniture items, and is today most well known for its office furniture, in particular the Leap chair, which was first introduced in 1999 after which it quickly gained widespread popularity.

Gesture Chair by Steelcase

Gesture Chair by Steelcase

Steelcase also focuses heavily on sustainability, taking great care to limit waste, reduce packaging and use regional facilities to prevent having to ship items over long distances, all of it being an effort to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

In 2013 Steelcase came out with the Gesture chair which was designed to take people’s natural sitting-poses into consideration, and better accommodate the way people shift around during the day when using different devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones.
For more information on Steelchase’s Gesture chair, please check out their website here: Steelcase.

 

3. The HON Company

The HON Company might not scream ‘design’ in the same way as the two brands mentioned above, however it definitely has a place on the list of best office chair brands, due to its high quality, fair price point, environmental responsibility not to mention the fact that it’s the second-largest manufacturer of office furniture in the United States.

The HON Company was founded in 1944. Its headquarter is located in Muscatine, Iowa.
The company first started gaining popularity from producing aluminum gas-bottle hoods and using the left over scrap parts for producing flower identification labels etc. The company eventually branched into office furniture and supplies, which is their main industry today.

Hon produces a vast range of very fairly priced task chairs, among others the basyx series. They also produce the SPACE chair, which is renowned for its comfort and adjustability.
To learn more about the brand, please check out their website at: hon.com

 

I hope this article on the best office chair brands was helpful to you. If you’re interested in reading more in depth reviews of the individual chairs mentioned in this review, then please head over to our individual review pages.

 

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