I need a new office chair. Suggestions?

My SecretLab Titan Evo 2022 XL was delivered today. So far, so good!
I'm 6 foot 4 and around 290 lbs. The chair is firm and provides solid back support. So far I like it!
It is replacing an Autonomous ErgoChair 2 that lost all ability to keep the back locked. Leaning back meant leaning ALL the way back. A few months ago one of the bolts holding the back on sheared off and I've been looking for a replacement ever since.
Herman Miller was a strong contender, but the price is scary and seeing some reviews that actually have the chairs side by side those things seem surprisingly small. I like a chair that actually touches my shoulders when I lean back.

merphle wrote:

I got a SecretLab Titan 2020 two years ago and loooooove it.

How long are you typically sitting in it each day? My office is both for work and play so there are times where I might be sitting in the chair for extended periods of time.

JC wrote:
merphle wrote:

I got a SecretLab Titan 2020 two years ago and loooooove it.

How long are you typically sitting in it each day? My office is both for work and play so there are times where I might be sitting in the chair for extended periods of time.

I have essentially the same chair and sit in it for too many hours frequently, and it has held up well after a couple of years. I think the big downside compared to more expensive office chairs is its bulk and weight, but it’s nice to still be comfortable for a lot lower cost.

JC wrote:
merphle wrote:

I got a SecretLab Titan 2020 two years ago and loooooove it.

How long are you typically sitting in it each day? My office is both for work and play so there are times where I might be sitting in the chair for extended periods of time.

This is my chair for working, playing, watching streaming video, etc. I'm sitting in it 12-18 hours per day, and yes, I've easily (and comfortably) accidentally nodded off in it for a couple of hours.

For those with the Secretlab Titan chairs that went with PU leather. How's the heat retention when sitting? Really don't want swamp ass.

Rezzy wrote:

My SecretLab Titan Evo 2022 XL was delivered today. So far, so good!
I'm 6 foot 4 and around 290 lbs.

My good friend bought a SecretLab chair about 8 months ago. He's about the same dimensions as Rezzy and he still loves his chair. He spends a good 60 hours a week in it I'm considering getting one.

-BEP

Ten years later and my post on page 1 of this thread still holds true.

In fact, the selection of chairs at those stores is bigger than ever thanks to the pandemic and people working from home.

For my gaming chair I have Vertagear Trigger 350 SE. That thing is built really well and has a lot of areas of adjustment - almost too many as it took awhile to get everything the way I wanted. Had it for about 3-4 years now and still looks and feels great. The only minor knock I have against it is the armrest. They should use the soft plastic instead of what they're using. It's not uncomfortable but I know the soft plastic is so much more comfortable. And while you can move the armrests up/down and angle them in/out they really should have full motion of back/forward and left/right - particularly at the price they're selling it for now - 1K yow!

Yeah that's a steep price now. Wow. The chair was priced at $850 when I purchased it and I had, I believe, a $100 discount. They ran big discounts every three or four months so waited for a decent one before buying. For 1K there may be better choices in that price range.

Oh and because it seems to be a big deal to people the chair does not hold farts. It's a mesh seat.

I also have fully decked out Steelcase Leap for my office chair. I got it used on Craigslist a year ago for $300 or $350. The back isn't quite as comfortable to me as the Vertagear's but gets me through the day just fine and the armrests are great. For that price I'm very happy. The chair build date is from 2015, came used from an office, and still no issues - so the high-end chairs really hold up. Might be worth checking Marketplace, Craigslist or whatever local deal sites.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Ten years later and my post on page 1 of this thread still holds true.

In fact, the selection of chairs at those stores is bigger than ever thanks to the pandemic and people working from home.

How frequently do you have to replace the chairs bought there? My direct and indirect experience with that tactic suggested two years was about the max life span of any chair purchased from those stores. Though maybe I just had bad luck.

absurddoctor wrote:

How frequently do you have to replace the chairs bought there? My direct and indirect experience with that tactic suggested two years was about the max life span of any chair purchased from those stores. Though maybe I just had bad luck.

I wish my memory was good enough to answer your question.

That Vertigear chair looks almost exactly like the secret labs Neue chair. Wonder which came first/what parts they share

JC wrote:

That Vertigear chair looks almost exactly like the secret labs Neue chair. Wonder which came first/what parts they share

Yeah that Neue chair looks identical. All the same adjustments and far cheaper. The armrests look better too. Basically, missing the little flair things like the red leather highlights. The headrest is different too, mesh instead of memory foam - I do like the memory foam headrest.

If its not a cheap knockoff, which it doesn't look like, that seems like the way to go.

The Embody regularly tops the lists of "best if money isn't an option".

Can't speak to it myself - I went the cheaper route for my work office. But on that note i can recommend the HON Ignition.

Similarly, can't speak to PU Leather, but my gaming chair is an actual-leather Noblechairs Hero and it does great for swamp-ass.

I got a new job last fall that is fully remote and splurged on finally setting up a home office, instead of slumming it at the dining room table.

I've had a Hon Ignition for a few months now and LOVE it.

$0.02 from my experience of shopping:

Try stuff out - go to a local office supply company/dealer and sit in a bunch of stuff. Play with the options, see which arm rest types you like on a given model versus another one.

If you are not too price-conscious, think long-term. I found it helpful to think about how many hours/day I'd be in this thing and for how many years. That put the price into some context, for me. Wayfair was a decent option for buying a cheaper, non-commercial-type chair.

Here's a fun YouTube channel for office equipment reviews. I found them very informative.

Office-chair discussions always interest me, but my problem is that my posture is so awful that it barely makes any difference whether I'm in a $2,000 chair or sitting on a wooden banana crate. I think I know what good posture should look like, but remembering to sit properly is a losing battle...

I ended up getting the Logitech version of the Embody when they had a 35% off sale at the end of last year. No more back pain and I find it incredibly comfortable. No regrets!

Added bonus! Atlas Headrest arrives next month