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Best Chair For Desktop Coding?

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the because-an-army-marches-on-its-back dept.

Programming 742

wifeoflurker writes "Can someone give me recommendations for a desk chair to give my husband as a Father's Day gift? He currently uses a cheap one he got from Office Max, but I want him to have a really comfortable one. He spends his life in this chair (coding and lurking on Slashdot). I don't have time to research good chairs on the internet today (I'm chasing my 10 month old around, and she seems to get into the most mischief when I'm staring at the computer screen), so I figured a few folks here might share their personal recommendations." Has there been any great progress in the state of the art (of sitting) since the last time readers sought recommendations for back-friendly chairs a few years back, or the perfect computer chair nearly a decade back? Is there even such a thing as a back-friendly chair, or should we all be in astronaut-style lounge workstations?

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Thanks (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768475)

Hey honey, thanks for thinking of me, I really appreciate it!

Re:Thanks (3, Funny)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768831)

Hey honey, thanks for thinking of me, I really appreciate it!
Exactly what I was thinking... if he trolls slashdot all day between compiles, I think you let the cat out of the bag.

Personally: (1)

tulcod (1056476) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768483)

A high back support, not one of those low back support seats. Also, take a blue one.

*blink blink* (3, Funny)

XenoPhage (242134) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768495)

Wow.. Utter shock at a slashdot reader having not only a wife, but, presumably, having reproduced...

Re:*blink blink* (1, Troll)

XenoPhage (242134) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768675)

Troll? Again? Wow.. Apparently I've pissed off (or perhaps on) the moderator gods..

Re:*blink blink* (3, Funny)

mrsteveman1 (1010381) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768893)

Perhaps if you made them an offering of some kind.

I hear chairs are all the rage right now

Re:*blink blink* (5, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768947)

Especially in Redmond.

Re:*blink blink* (1)

autocracy (192714) | more than 6 years ago | (#23769013)

It's the new style. Ever since CmdrTaco pulled it off, well, the rest of us have had no excuse ;)

It's Father's Day... (3, Funny)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768499)

Sounds like someone has been taking the shouting of "who's your daddy" a little to seriously...

Herman Miller Aeron... (5, Interesting)

HerculesMO (693085) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768501)

I know there are a lot of contenders in this arena -- and honestly, at the price it seems very high.

But think about it -- you own a car that you like. You spend maybe what, an hour, or two a day in it? You spend maybe $400 for the car payment plus insurance and gas.

And you sit in a chair for 5-7 hours a day. You should make a good investment for the sake of your back, your butt, and your comfort. I have the Aeron and the only quip I have with it, is that it doesn't match the height of my desk (which is actually a writing desk, incorrect height for a mouse/keyboard).

I like the Aeron -- it has a lot of adjustments, it's built very solid, it has a good warranty and you can get them serviced a LOT of places (casters and such). It's NOT cheap, but refer to what I said earlier on why you SHOULD spend the money.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (1)

wbean (222522) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768625)

I second this suggestion. I've had back troubles for 20+ years and have tried lots of chairs. The Aeron is the best.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (5, Interesting)

trybywrench (584843) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768743)

I have to second the Herman Miller Aeron. I finally bit the bullet and bought one and I've really noticed a difference with respect to fatigue. I would say I can write for about 2 more hours then usual with the Aeron.

No one wants to invest in a good chair but you have to think about the fact that your chair is in use from the time you sit down at your computer to the time you get up. It's the most utilized piece of computer gear you have. A lot of people skimp on monitors too even though it's the second most utilized piece of hardware.

A solid chair and a solid monitor then keyboard/mouse goes very very far in keeping you productive.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768813)


I just use a lawn-like chair, less then $100 and works perfectly. Tho, if money is not a option, I would have rather gotten a good bean-bag. Or if reality was not a issue, I would have really liked a standing chair, where you pretty much stand and lean back on a butt-rest or such.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (5, Informative)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768829)

I had an Aeron at a previous job. Making the switch to whatever this purple monstrosity I have now has been difficult. My favorite part about the Aeron is it allows airflow around your body.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768839)

Another vote for the Aeron. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it's worth it.

I have two - one for home, and one for work. Our approved vendor at work doesn't offer them, but they're so good I spent my own money on the work one.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (1)

piojo (995934) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768907)

The Aeron is without question the nicest chair I have ever used. (I don't know which model or version.) For me, a huge benefit is that it is equally comfortable when I set it allow me to lean back/lounge or when I set it to have a firmer back support.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (2, Informative)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768917)

I disagree. I worked in an office where they bought ALL of the IT workers these Aeron chairs, and while, at first, I thought I liked it, in the end I ended up hating it. The seat is a bit too stiff for my tastes and the adjustments can sometimes get in the way -- you rest your arm on the armrest and it slides around sideways if you're not careful.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (2, Informative)

jackbird (721605) | more than 6 years ago | (#23769001)

If you're speccing your own chair, be aware there are several different kinds of armrests, including one with a built-in mousepad on the end. I recommend the leather-covered ones as the stock plastic ones have a tendency to give my forearms proto-bedsores during crunch times.

Also, be aware that the rough texture of the Pellicle fabric will wear out your husband's pants in the seat faster than you may be accustomed to.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (1)

benfinkel (1048566) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768939)

I also use an Aeron at work... although I didn't know it until I read this comment and googled it. I love the chair, definitely the best chair I've ever sat in.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23769003)

link []

Aeron isn't for everyone (2)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 6 years ago | (#23769005)

The company i worked at about 8 years ago bought new Aeron chairs for everyone in the company, and i couldn't stand them. The metal frame with webbing felt rather harsh and unnatural, and that was before i tried crossing one of my legs under the other (right ankle under left thigh or vice versa) which was actually painful in the Aeron. I felt uncomfortable sitting in my chair for the entire rest of my time at that company. The only benefit was that they let us take our old chairs home if we wanted them, and i've still got the older and actually comfortable chair i had before. (Which probably cost several hundred less than the Aeron chair that i didn't like sitting in.)

Of course i don't suffer from back problems, so perhaps being forced to sit in the "proper" position works better for some people than others. So in response to the original question, if you want to get a chair as a gift you really need to find out some more about the habits and desires of the person you're buying it for. Do they have back problems? Do they like to sit straight and still for hours on end or do they prefer to shift around? Do they like to cross one or both legs under then? Or sit in a kneeling position? Do they want a chair that tilts/rocks? Do they like fabric or leather/pleather? Whatever you do you certainly don't want to get them an expensive chair that they'll feel obligated to use but won't actually enjoy. After all, if everyone liked the same kind of chair there wouldn't be so many options out there.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (1)

I Like Pudding (323363) | more than 6 years ago | (#23769007)

Same. Though the Aeron is synonymous with failed dotcoms, it actually manages to be worth the price premium. They don't wear out! I've had to replace my ~$150 computer chairs at home once every 2 years - the Aeron at work (which is at least 7 years old) isn't even showing any signs of wear.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23769035)

Forgive the fascetiousness, but you sit at that desk 5-7 hours a day; shouldn't you invest in one that's the right height? :)

Ikea Markus Chair (3, Interesting)

DeionXxX (261398) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768507)

I have this chair at home and I love it... []

It was well worth the $200.

The high back lets you recline fully when enjoying a movie. It's very comfortable and has a bunch of options to set height, back stiffness / angle it reclines to.

Re:Ikea Markus Chair (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768643)

$200 is nothing. Most decent office chair costs $200 minimum. It's not hard to find a chair that costs upwards of $500. Some of them are really worth it though.

Swiss Ball! (4, Interesting)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768515)

this might sound a little crazy but a pilates / swiss ball is the absolute daddy. Once you are used to it its really very comfortable, balancing is fairly easy and kind of forces you into the right posture.


Excerice ball (3, Interesting)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768533)

I know everyone is different, but I have used an excercise ball at home, and really like it. It forces good posture, (one of the biggest problems with back pain) and even works the abs and back muscles to stay sitting up straight. At a former company I worked at, I had a pretty cool chair with no back (until we hired somebody with an acutal medical back problem, and they gave it to him), it had 2 "pads" one was lower, for your knees, and the upper pad was for sitting on. It worked similar to the excercise ball.

Re:Excerice ball (3, Interesting)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768601)

To reply to my own post, since a picture is worth a thousand words, these are examples of the Kneeling chairs []

Re:Excerice ball (3, Informative)

zoward (188110) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768903)

I used one of these for a few years. While these are great for your back and posture, I found it started bothering my knees once I got a little older.

Re:Excerice ball (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768833)

We had one at home back in the 80s, and it sucked. Your butt would go to sleep, it was hard to remain comfortable, etc. etc. I recommend going to a store and actually trying out a bunch of regular type chairs first.

Re:Excerice ball (1)

martinw89 (1229324) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768865)

Sorry for the OT, but I have to admit this reminded me of Dwight on "The Office", in which Jim stabbed Dwight's exercise ball with a knife.

Re:Excerice ball (5, Informative)

RManning (544016) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768873)

I've recently done a lot of research about this. Apparently, sitting on an exercise ball is good for very short periods of time, but very bad for you back over long periods. The lack back support and angle of your pelvis causes a lot of compression on your lower vertebra.

I'm sure with a little googleing you can find more information.

Herman Miller Aeron (3, Informative)

axle_512 (199903) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768535)

The Herman Miller Aeron is my choice.
Strong enough to take my abuse (and I'm tough on furniture).
Comfortable enough to sit in for hours.
The aesthetics are extremely nice IMHO.

Only downside to this chair is the $$ price.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron (1)

bigredradio (631970) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768583)

I'll second that.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron (1)

all5n (1239664) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768703)

After trying 4-5 others available at the various chain stores (best buy, office max, office depot), i finally broke down and got Herman Miller. The price is around $1000 USD, but its worth every penny. I can sit in this chair for 8+ hours and my ass wont hurt. 99% of chairs that rely on foam padding of one type or another are FAIL. The padding evenutally wears out, and then your stuck sitting on a piece of plywood. My tailbone would start hurting after about an hour. If your serious, Herman Miller is the way to go. All others pale in comparison.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron (2, Informative)

funwithBSD (245349) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768975)

You can do better than $1000. sells them for $979, shipping included.

Finding a 15 to 25% off code is pretty easy, making it a decent deal. for one example.

Then use the savings to buy him a nice geeky pen or two.

Re:Herman Miller Aeron (1)

Cheeko (165493) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768973)

Indeed, greatest chair ever.

I worked in a company with several locations around the country. In their "temp" offices for workers visiting a site from another site they had Aerons in all the guest offices. I wanted to take it with me when I left.

I later found out that if you fail your ergo test 3 times in a row it frees up like $1000 for you to upgrade your office furniture, got me one after that :)

You Married your Father? (5, Funny)

MrSteveSD (801820) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768537)

Which country is this? :)

Re:You Married your Father? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768663)

She married the father of her daughter.

It must not be Sweden. Huck huck.

Re:You Married your Father? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768795)



What? Too soon?

Ballmer sends his regards! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768543)

Throwable chairs of course!

Aeron chairs (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768545)

The classic answer to this question is, of course, an Herman Miller Aeron chair. Be forewarned; they ain't cheap. $500 to $1000, depending on model.

Removable arm rests (1)

ColoradoAuthor (682295) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768553)

Of course, the best chair is whatever fits him best.

The more adjustments the better. Many highly-adjustable "ergonomic" chairs lack the ability to remove the arm rests. For coding, it's nice to be able to cozy the chair up under the table or keyboard tray, and arms interfere with that. Arms can also invite leaning, which puts pressure on nerves in the arm.

See if you can find out how reliable the height-adjustment piston is. That's usually the first thing to give out.

Late to Post or Last Minute Submission? (1)

ack154 (591432) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768559)

Considering Father's day is on Sunday, there won't be much shopping time. Especially if it needs to be shipped from somewhere.

How about a "bed of nails?" (-1, Flamebait)

pclminion (145572) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768569)

You have a 10 month old and you allow your husband to spend his time at home sitting in front of a computer?

I have a boy the same age. I feel scummy enough being away from him the 8 hours per day I spend at work. I restrict my loser-ish computer-sitting to a couple of hours in the evening after he and my wife are both asleep. If I tried to pull crap like sitting on Slashdot in the evening, my wife would literally pull the chair out from under me. You're pretty damn tolerant.

Re:How about a "bed of nails?" (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768775)

Ok, look. I MIGHT have misinterpreted, but you said "He spends his life in this chair." I of course assume this to mean that he spends no time with you or his 10 month old kid. Maybe that's not the case, in which case I apologize. But if you literally meant that he sits in front of the computer in lieu of hanging out with his family, I'm going to stand by what I said. Kick him out of the damn chair and make him spend time with both of you.

He spends his life in a chair, while you can't even find the time to research chairs because you're chasing around your 10 month old? Again, maybe I'm grossly misinterpreting but that's fucked up.

Re:How about a "bed of nails?" (1)

rah1420 (234198) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768815)

You have a 10 month old and you allow your husband to spend his time at home sitting in front of a computer?

I have a boy the same age. I feel scummy enough being away from him the 8 hours per day I spend at work.

Of course, it begs the question of whether his time at home is 'off time' or 'work time.' We could be talking about someone with a home office, or a salesperson with no fixed office, or a telecommuter here.

I'd cut the OP a little bit of slack. But that's just me.

Re:How about a "bed of nails?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768969)

No, your wife is intolerant...

Hula Chair FTW (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768573)

How could you top this [] .

ergonomics (1)

HandsOnFire (1059486) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768575)

In my opinion (not my expert opinion, though) but I find that a computer setup that is perfectly ergonomic is the best investment. The way I have this setup is that I can sit still in the same position for 12 hours a day every day without any aches or pains or numbness or soreness or anything like that. And having the monitor high up enough has really improved my posture and made using this less painful.

Of course, now the problem is that I can sit at my comptuer 12 hours a day, every day, and sometimes I do this. :(

Wireless keyboards and a big screen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768585)

I find the most comfortable way to use a computer is sitting in a comfy recliner with a wireless keyboard in my lap. I have a little touchpad on the keyboard, so I don't even need to take a mouse with me.

But if you do this, you will definitely need a large screen on which to work. I'm not that far away from the monitor where I sit and 30" at 1080p is still a bit small.

Herman Miller Aeron Chair (1)

celest (100606) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768609)

While it was often cited as a symbol of the dot-com bubble overspending, I've always sworn by the Herman Miller Aeron chair. I used to sit in it 8 hours a day while programming, and the comfort difference was worth every penny of its expense.

When I visit potential employers while considering job opportunities, I actually look for Aeron chairs. I want to know where I'll be parking my butt for a large portion of the day!

Details here [] , and here [] .

Re:Herman Miller Aeron Chair (1)

avandesande (143899) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768713)

One of the few consumer products that live up to the hype.

Any chair (0, Flamebait)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768621)

that comes with a cute girl who is constantly on her knees in front of it, waiting for input!

Well he knows now, announcing it on Slashdot (5, Funny)

drcagn (715012) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768627)

To the guy who complained about his chair: your wife is getting you a new one!

Broyhill (2, Insightful)

Paranatural (661514) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768633) []

The Broyhill Giannelli Leather Executive Chair. I'm not a small guy, and I've always had a lot of issues with chairs. Even the 'big man' chairs they sell at Office Depot would break with me (I'm rough on them apart from being heavy, I lean back, a lot, and HARD, I've snapped several chairs backs.)

This one is $250. Pricey? Hell yeah. After breaking several $100 chairs, though, I figure it's worth it. It's very comfortable and feels incredibly sturdy. It looks great too, my gf encouraged me heavily because it looks a heck of a lot better than any other chair I've ever had, so it doesn't upset her fung shui.

Car seat (3, Interesting)

davidbrit2 (775091) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768635)

Car seats are, after all, designed to be used for hours at a time. I've always wanted to stop by the junk yard, find a nice seat, and mount/weld it to some kind of base. The reclining feature would be nice for those all-nighters.

Get him a desk, not a chair (1)

tyroneking (258793) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768649)

In the tradition of idiot Slashdot readers like myself (no, you're not all idiots, but I am) can I propose a totally different answer than the one you were asking for - that you buy him a table that can be raised to standing height instead?
The God-like (or should that be Tetragrammaton-like?) Joel says ( that standing up for part of the day while at a desk might be good for you (or so he's told) and I would agree with that. It would also keep your husband's precious PC out of your baby's grasp.

If you're feeling rich... (3, Informative)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768855)

How about a WalkStation? []
Price is around $2500 to $3K.

Re:Get him a desk, not a chair (1)

lamona (743288) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768919)

I took a regular drafting table and put one of my computers on it. So I can sit for a while, then move to a standing position for as long as I'd like. It's totally adjustable in terms of height and you can set it to whatever angle you would like as well.

Re:Get him a desk, not a chair (1)

Krishnoid (984597) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768977)

I second this -- my arms are long enough that the right position for my keyboard when sitting would be within the tops of my thighs. Don't underestimate how nice it is to be able to change from standing to sitting and back during the day.

Fussen (1)

Fussen (753791) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768699)

Herman Miller chairs are my recommendation. The designs of their support arms underneath the seat is amazing. I only have an entry level chair thats from the mid 90's but the design standard of HM chairs are superior to any other brand office chair ranging back to the 70s. Check it out They are not cheap. But it's worth at least knowing what your spine is missing out on.

A recliner (1)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768709)

A good micro-suede recliner with wide arm cushions suitable for use as mouse pads, a wireless keyboard and optical mouse, a TV tray to rest the keyboard on, and two monitors on swivel arms that can be brought in close to the face when reclining.

Try Knoll's Life chair. (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768715)

I highly recommend Knoll's Life chair... It has an active support system that gives you good lower back support throughout a range of positions. I sat in an Aeron for years and I much prefer "Life".

They list for $1200. But you can find them online for under $600 including shipping. I was lucky enough to find a guy near my house that sold them to me for $325. I've bought 4 now for my employees.

Considerations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768725)


1) A chair with arm rests. Preferably removable.

2) Castors (wheels).

3) Breathable fabric (cloth or mesh). Sit on a vinal or leather chair for 8+ hours and you sweat through your shirt and pants.

4) Adjustable back support, height, tilt, etc.

something that reclines (1)

youngdev (1238812) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768727)

I am a contractor who does programming out of my home. I used sit at desk in my office and write my code on real PC. About 2 years back I bought a laptop with a really big screen (17"). I coded at my desk a while longer until I realized that now I am mobile. Now when I get home from work as a programmer, I sit down in my Super over sized plush reclining easy chair in the living room in front of the 42 in LCD tv. I do all my coding right there in my living room and now my family and I are all together even if I am working. The only think I can recommend is make sure the arms are really stuffed full and that the char is deep enough that when relaxed, the elbow hits the arm of the chair and the hand falls just a few inches shy of the end of super stuffed arm rest. This will allow him to use the arms of the chair as a mousepad!!!!!

Hon 7808 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768729)

Hon 7808, very adjustable

Poor Man's Aeron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768735)

One of my clients has chairs from this place: []

It's been a long time since I've been there, so I don't remember the exact model, but it looked a lot like an Aeron and was very comfortable to sit in-- enough so that I made a note of the maker for the next time I'm in the market for a new desk chair.

The Cadillac of butt pedestals (0, Redundant)

fourohfour (1056594) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768747)

has got to be the Aeron ( It also has a great history (

Anything that most resembles a reclining chair (1)

grumpygrodyguy (603716) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768749)

I've been using a lounge-type chair that allows me to recline back and put my legs on my desk. It's far easier to endure long sessions (8+ hours) in a chair like this vs. any vertical seat-back chair.

This one keeps me upright. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768763)

Sealy Microfiber Multi-Function Managers Chair

It's fully adjustable, very cushiony, and on sale.

Chair? How would I fit a chair in my bathtub? (-1, Offtopic)

gearloos (816828) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768765)

Well I guess it would be good for setting my cheese on!

Researcher sees future where people walk at work (5, Interesting)

Paul Fernhout (109597) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768777) []
"Sitting at their desks is about the last thing workers would do in Dr. James Levine's office of the future.
Dr. James Levine keeps a 1 mph pace on his treadmill while checking his the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Instead of being sedentary in front of their computers, they'd stand. But instead of standing still, they'd walk on a treadmill. And instead of meeting around a conference table, they'd talk business while walking laps on a track."

But just a standing desk with a tall stool to alternate with can work wonders for back pain and good posture.
The walking is probably better on the knees though.

desks are terrible! (2, Interesting)

trwww (545291) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768783)

I work at a computer 10-14 hrs a day and I can't sit at a desk. It would drive me nuts. I set up my office with couches and use Belkin Cushtop Stands [] .

Re:desks are terrible! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768899)

I work at a computer 10-14 hrs a day and I can't sit at a desk. It would drive me nuts. I set up my office with couches and use Belkin Cushtop Stands [] .
So you don't use a real computer

Hag H05 5650 (1)

icke (661710) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768787)

I bought a chair for home two years ago. Go to a specialist shop and they will do an assessment and I found by far the best ones are the ones that are "active", you keep moving. This is important since when I am working from home I tend to sit still, in the office I am up and about a lot. Here is the shop I went to and they have a large selection which I think you should be able to source worldwide. [] I went for the H05 5650 which is in my top 2 techie buys. After my Antec case (BTW another excellent Father's Day Present). HTH.

Grahl Duo-Back (2, Informative)

Weasel Boy (13855) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768805)

Most comfortable office chair I have ever sat in. Way more comfortable than Aeron. Cheaper too. I have one at home.

Humanscale Freedom chair (3, Interesting)

eison (56778) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768807)

Humanscale Freedom chair (with headrest option). About the only way to spend more on a computer chair than an Aeron, but it's a better chair. Seat stays level and slides when you lean forward/back, and headrest automatically comes up, so it's easy to adjust position comfortably.

Herman Miller Aeron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768835)

Aeron has been well worth the money.
I was having bad back problems and the Aeron really made a difference.
Its got a 12 year warranty, I've had mine 7 and it still looks new.
Its a 750$ chair that lasts as long as 4 office depot chairs.

Celle (1)

mchoudoir (1145129) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768853)

I own a Herman Miller Celle ( [] ) that I keep at the office. The company provided chairs are no match for the comfort/adjustability of this chair. The Herman Miller chairs are a bit spendy, but well worth it.

steelcase think (1)

Neil Watson (60859) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768859)

I have a Think chair by Steelcase. I've had it for the past 18 months including 6 months of working from home. It is very comfortable. []

Re:steelcase think (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768971)

I think what I have is the Leap [] , and I have to say that while I think it's a very well built chair that could be comfortable, I made a mistake buying it. Basically, it's not made for shorties like me. Even at its minimum height, the lumbar support is jabbing into the middle of my back. But outside of that it's so adjustable and built with good contours so I think it would be fine.

I'm hoping to pawn it off on a friend and go out and buy an Aeron. :)

get the leap chair from steelcase (5, Informative)

ppetrakis (51087) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768883)

It's so much simpler and cost effective than the Aeron. The chair moves with you,
the seat pan, the lower lumbar support, it's great. It's arm rests are fully adjustable, vertically, forward/back, and side to side. The lower back support actually works and doesn't feel like someone stuck a piece of wood behind your back. You can adjust it's height and it's depth. I've owned one now for 2 years now and have no regrets. I have back problems and this is the only chair I can sit in without being miserable when I use a computer. []

If you really want to go all out, get the forward tilt option. The only
reason I didn't is that the lead time was an extra 1-2 weeks. I should also
mention that it was really easy to setup. It came in one big box and in two parts, the seat and base. All I had to do was drop the seat onto the base and it was ready, no tools were necessary.

Best chair for coding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768911)

Affordable option (1)

eison (56778) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768913)

I've also been pleased with "AK Designs - Octane PC Gaming and Office Chair", which some Best Buy stores stock so you can easily check it out yourself before deciding. It's very comfortable. Not as good as the much more expensive options I've tried, but also not nearly as expensive.

Herman Miller? (1, Funny)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768923)

I had not heard of the Aeron before but it's almost like this Herman Miller himself entered the topic and simultaneously slashvertised his chair with his many sock puppets all at once. Amazing.

Either that, or the chair is really that good.

Steelcase Leap - Skip the Aeron (2, Informative)

davelee (134151) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768933)

I've had Aerons for several years. They are decent chairs, but getting long in the tooth. I recently tried the Steelcase Leap chair, and find it to be much more comfortable. There are several reasons for this.

One, the aeron has a hard plastic rim around the seat that would bite into the back of my thighs. Two, I have short legs and the Aeron had no ability to adjust the seat depth. The leap chair has significant depth adjustability. Three, when you recline on the leap chair, the seat slides forward rather than just pivoting the whole seat backward, like the Aeron. This is ultimately more comfortable at your workstation.

Both the Aeron and Leap chairs will run just under $1,000.

Best way to sit for your back (1)

Dan9999 (679463) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768953)

Being a very tall person I'm told to watch my back often, and having been the type of person to spend 8hours a day at a computer I've not had the easiest time finding a chair.

The best chair I've found is one that lets me lean back to about 140 degrees and have the bottom part less tilted but tilted none the less for leg support. This goes with a desk that can allow you to slide under as much as possible and have knee room, so no keyboard sliders under the desk.

I have never had a problem with my back, lower back, but or any kind of strain. There's nothing better.

Steelcase Leap Aeron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768955)

I have found the Steelcase Leap to be a MUCH better chair than the Herman Miller competitor. I tried the Aeron, but the comfort level was far below the Leap.

Don't Have Time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23768961)

You "don't have time to research good chairs on the internet today," but you have time to read /.?

0__o (2, Interesting)

sn_moore (216216) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768967) []
More than a chair, apparently...

Humanscale Freedom Chair (5, Informative)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 6 years ago | (#23768987)

I recommend the Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest [] . I ahve used one for eight years following back surgery, and I love it. I prefer it to the Aeron. It comes in lots of color/fabric choices and is virtually indestructible. The only drawback is price. List is about $1,000, but you can find it for $150-200 less on the net. It also looks cool.

Aeron Knockoff (1)

boogahboogah (310475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23769009)

Bought an Aeron knockoff (Chinese of course) from Office Max 3 years ago, I think it was around $150 on sale at the time. Best bucks for a chair I ever spent. Comfortable, adjustable, and body sweat evaporates instead of accumulating...

For a really unique geek chair (4, Funny)

muellerr1 (868578) | more than 6 years ago | (#23769019)

See if you can track down the one Ballmer threw. In addition to the enormous geek cred, that chair would have great sentimental value as well.

If he is active an oak office chair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23769021)

If he is active an oak office chair lets you to slide around. Comfy chairs keep me still and eventually weakens my back. An adirondack chair with leather cushions are nice when "thinking".

Feature recommendation ... Knee Tilt ... etc (1)

Jumperalex (185007) | more than 6 years ago | (#23769023)

A lot of the newish contemporary fancy shmasy chairs have it anyway but it bears mentioning that a Knee Tilt chair is, IMO, highly desirable. It sets the pivot point for the chair closer to the sitter's knees vice under their butt. This allows them to have their knees under their desk, recline fully back, and not smack their knees against the desk because your knees stay about where they are (vertically) while the rest of you tilts back.

Tricker versions include geometries that actually recline the backrest relative to the seat while the seat still tilts a bit (at the knees). Those are really nice so long as the chair can also be locked / restricted in its tilt range at many / infinite points.

Arm rest height and width adjustment is very nice indeed and something I will insist on for my next chair. This time around an inexpensive knee tilt was my only criteria and so far I'm happy.

Other options (3, Insightful)

ammorris (755429) | more than 6 years ago | (#23769031)

There ARE competitors to the Aeron, in many other styles... Check out Knoll Office Seating, the ergonomics that go into these chairs is really amazing. If you can stomach the prices, then by all means, your back WILL thank you at the end of a long day. Make sure you buy a properly sized chair (*the aeron comes in 3 sizes) and if you buy some other chair, make sure he adjusts it to where his posture is set right. I have a couple of Knoll Life chairs at home, I can personally recommend them as super comfortable, and they come in a million different color combinations. Oh.. And they'll outlast anything from ikea or office depot.
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