Looked through search and it seems like there aren't recent threads discussing chair options.
I used an actual Aeron at a previous job for about 5 yrs and liked it quite a bit, then I moved to a work from home job and for the past 6 years or so I've been using a cheap $80 Aeron knockoff from Costco, which I've mostly liked, but the mesh is starting to wear out on me and the hydraulic cylinder seems to struggle to keep from losing height, so I'm thinking it's time for something new.
I considered going to an actual Aeron, but at this point it's an old design and I never did love the way you could feel the frame at the front (especially when sitting cross legged, or with one leg under the other, which I like to do sometimes) so I'm looking into other options. Looking at something in the <$500 range and I'm ok with used/refurbished, but it's tough to make that kind of investment without actually being able to sit in and evaluate any of these options. So far I'm considering the below and wondering if anyone has any thoughts on these, or thoughts in general.
- The Herman Miller Mirra 2 looks like probably my #1 choice right now. It looks very similar to the Aeron but does away with my chief complaint of the frame on the front of the seat being uncomfortable because you can just adjust the front of the seat and it looks like I can pick up a fully loaded one for around $400.
However, I'm nervous because I've read the back is "hard.
- The Steelcase Leap is very popular, and definitely in the price range, but I'm not sure I want a traditionally padded chair, I think I like mesh... kind of a lot.
- The Vertagear Triigger series looks like a new entry into the mesh chair game, and pretty interesting, but it's hard to find much info about them. The high end 350 is probably out of my budget as well, so I'd need to get the 275 and I'd need to do it quickly cause there's a $250 off sale running...
Also one of my favorite features of my current chair is that the arm rests rotate up and out the way very easily and this is how I have the chair configured 80% of the time. It seems like none of the options I'm seeing out there have anything approaching this feature. It's very common for arm rests to be highly adjustable, but they're always... there. Does anyone actually use these? If i need to rest my arms on anything it's almost always my desk...
Or do I even need an ergonomic chair? I don't have any back issues or anything and honestly I don't sit properly and I'm not likely to make the effort to change that. When I'm working I'm typically leaning forward with my arms on the desk and my back not touching the backrest, and when I"m on a call or gaming I'm typically leaned back a bit and reclined. I also don't tend to sit for longer than 2-3 hours at a time, I'm pretty good about getting up and moving around. I typically work from my PC in my office for about 3 hours in the morning and then move to a laptop on the couch or at my kitchen table for a hour or two in the middle of my day and then back to my office PC for another 2-3 hours for the afternoon. My desk also converts to standing and I often use that for a few hours a day, especially in the afternoons. So I'm not sure I'd reap the benefit of an ergonomic chair? Perhaps I should reconsider my "mesh" chair requirement and look into one of these gimmicky "gaming" chairs? Or should I just stick with what I have until it literally falls apart and/or replace it with something similarly cheap?
Finally, I have hardwood floors and am currently using a chair mat to protect them, are hardwood casters worth it? Would they eliminate the need for the mat?
In summary - I need a new chair for my "work from home" job as well as for PC gaming and I'm not opposed to spending a somewhat decent amount of money to get one, but I'm nervous about making that level of investment and wondering if it's worthwhile and if so, how to choose a chair without the ability to try them out in person. Can anyone help advise me?