I thought it was only me, but I have been averaging about one new chair per year -- I am already on my 4th or 5th one.
Just purchased a new one on Ebay, it is an Office Star EL4350, it has plenty of adjustments and it is comfortable. For the price ($198 with shipping), I think it is a very good buy.
There have got to be more than just us that are in pursuit of the perfect chair.
defanjos - what happens when you lean back? Do the seat and back tilt as one unit and if so can you limit how far forward the return tilt will go - I.E. set the default position?
When I lean back, the back and seat tilt as one, and when I come forward it goes back to the correct position. There is a lever that you set, so it does not keep going forward.
You can also lock it so it does not lean back at all - I like it that way, it keeps me from leaning back.
Another nice faeture is that you can adjust the back tilt and height independently from the seat.
You can adjust the arms height also
One thing, it says it is leather, but I am not convinced - it looks like good fake leather. I really don't care, as long as it is comfortable, I am happy.
One of the problems I had with my previous chairs was the lack of adjustments and the seat cushion gets flattened after a while and it becomes a pain in the ***, like you already mentioned.
Good luck in your quest :)
I have a 'Steel Case' brand chair. It doesn't have that many adjustments, but I bought it from one of those used office furniture liquidators for about 1/4 of new (they claim it was $500-600 new). It looked and functioned as new when I bought it. This was before the tech slide. Should be a lot of that stuff out there now. I'd do the same again.
do yourself a favor and get an aeron
[hermanmiller.com...] for specs
you can pick one up on ebay for around 400.
my boss at work has one and when she is sick it is mine.
if i ever get money i will purchase one.
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That's so close. I visited the Herman Miller site and they made it a point to say that those Aeron chairs on EBay are second hand chairs and the warranty was void.
But, alas, it does look comfortable. Do you know if the basic model allows the seat and back to tilt as one?
I'm plopped in a chair I bought at Office Max 6 or 7 years ago for US$129.00. I love this chair!
I drag it around the house with me, fortunately it has wheels. However I did have to buy my spouse her own copy so she'd leave mine alone. :)
OK, so not eveyone thinks office chairs at the dining room table is the highest fashion, but hey, if we're gonna sit sit there for an hour or more during and after dinner recapping our day we might as well be comfy.
I never would have thought such an inexpensive chair could be so comfortable or last so long.
I just turned it over to see who made it. There's a Vogel Peterson label on it, so I assume that's the maker.
Adjustable arms, height, tilt tension, etc.
hey lorax...thanks for the welcome...
next time my boss is gone i will try and do the tilt...i would imagine it can do it.
i heard a rumor you could pick one of those chairs up at costco for around 450.
they have a pretty cool flash demo of the chair on the site. it should show all the adjustments
allright...so my boss is out for the day and i am enjoying myself in this sweet sweet ride.
the back and seat do tilt back, however it isnt 100% together...the back seems to tilt more then the "rump area".
i think this is so your feet can remain planted on the ground.
you should test drive one of these if you can.
if i can start working from home next year i am totally budgetting for one.
I just bought a HON 6800 (Instinct) series last week - the 6811 to be exact. Has all of the features I wanted plus I have plans for adding on a keyboard and mouse rest/work area so I can tilt back and work away. I'm even thinking of how I can attach a beverage holder. :)
I got a Brunner "Drive" from the man in the red suit....only guarantees more time in front of the screen.
I just dealt with the same problem. One chair that I've owned for years fits well but the cushion is too thin for long sessions seated. The other was "too big" for me. My choices were sore hips or a sore back until I finally said, "Enough!"
I went to OfficeMax and "closed my eyes," ignored prices and chrome, just sat in the darn things. After narrowing my choices to three chairs, I went back and forth between 'em. I kept coming back to one and feeling "AHHHH!" as I sat down... It's in front of my work area now and NOTHING is sore including my wallet. About $140 out the door. Test drive 'em first!