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I got Alera elusion high back, very comfortable chair
I’ve used it for about 8 months now and it’s holding up nice. My brother got the same model after trying out mine. Biggest complaint I have is that it creaks when you roll around while sitting but not bad.
Amazon link I bought this chair. It has most of the ergonomics of an aeron but is $200. I have one at home and got work to buy me one. I like it quite a lot. You can also buy a headrest that screws on.
As everyone else has said, I definitely wouldn't recommend a gaming chair as their too expensive and not comfortable. I actually wouldn't recommend many "gamer" branded things in general, but I digress.
I would recommend an ergonomic office chair, and look for one that allows you to sit straight up. My chair (linked at bottom) has a lot of adjustable levers and allows me to adjust the back piece forward enough where I am supported when gaming/coding. It varies per person but I have a tendency to lean over and have bad posture at the desk, so having a great office chair is really important and will save you in the long run from posture problems.
Link to my chair on Amazon. I would recommend something similar to this.
I know this is a tad old but I had a decent experience with the Alera series office chairs. I did go with the simpler version of the one you posted (less adjustment knobs) and would suggest their high back version if you can afford it HERE
I did end up moving to a Steelcase Leap V2 and would HIGHLY recommend getting a refurbished model from someone like Crandall as they offer a 12 year warranty on a really well refurbished chair.
I understand if it's too expensive up front, but would still advise the high back version of the Alera as it was my biggest gripe (even with the height adjustability I figured out existed way too late into its life).
Edit: The Alera was also HELLA squeaky compared to the Steelcase even after it was lubricated with a silicon based lubricant
I just came and found this subreddit looking for similar info. I'm just shy of 6'3" with a disc herniation (repaired years ago but still gives me trouble) in lower back. Looking to upgrade as my current chair was never great always good enough, but starting to wear out now a few years in. Current chair. Considering our needs are similar, I'll send anything interesting i come across this way.. please update this if you find anything good too.
I walked in to the office furniture store in my town, the 6'6" salesman spotted me, and sat me this chair. The seat height is 64 cm, which fit me perfectly. Since it's my personal property, I carry it from job to job.
This chair has an unusually high back and long seat. It's made in Taiwan, of all places; a quick check on Amazon UK does not show it available there.
Try and office furniture stores that cater to City (yes, I realize you're 400 miles away from there) firms, this is the only other place I've been to other than Amsterdam and Sarajevo where I didn't feel unusually tall.
But, not to despair; most office chairs have a standard 50mm diameter seatpost, you can replace the stock seatpost with a longer one.
I got this one it’s very comfortable and it’s held up nicely. Brother got the same one after trying mine out. Biggest complaint is that it creaks a little when you roll around while sitting on it, not bad though.
Hey there. I ended up getting this computer chair for my under $200 budget and I couldn't be happier with it. Hasn't degraded and still no creaking after 3 years of use, and EVERYTHING is adjustable. There is a mid back version for about 139 also. I'm not an expert but I think it's just about the best you can do for that price range.
I was in the market for a chair about 6 months ago and it seemed to me like the options were;
1) Find something on craigslist
2) Buy something from a random Office Depot or Target or whatever
3) Pay $300+ for a nice chair
4) Buy this chair on Amazon (Edit: It was $150 when I bought it.. I swear)
I went with #4. It's not a phenomenal chair, but it's pretty good. I've been using it for 6 months with little issue, it's comfy, it stays cool, it has a bunch of settings so you can tweak it to fit how you sit. I give it a solid 7/10.
I bought one of these for work and I loved it so much I bought one for home... [link]
For only $150 I feel like it gets close to the build quality of a $400 chair
Hey! Nice to meet you, my name is Nick. I actually own a furniture company here in MA, 3rd generation to be in the business. The best chair I could recommend for long term gaming sessions would have to be the Alera High Back/Mesh Back chair. It's a little more than your price range, but you get every bang for your buck with this chair. We've been selling it for 15+ years, never had 1 complaint or issue as it's a chair that can easily last you 5+ years. Lockable back, seat, adjustable arms and back, up/down/forward/back seat adjustments. They also have a midback version which is typically about $100 less, but not as many adjustments in terms of being able to lock the back and seat in place.
I've used the same chair for 7 years now going on 8 and have yet to have an issue.
When I was looking for something comparable to the Herman Miller Aeron, I came across the Alera Elusion on Amazon. It has nearly as many adjustments as the Aeron. You can also get a headrest attachment for another $20. I don't own one, but it sounds like a good chair.
This Alera Elusion $190.99 is pretty awesome. I've been using it for a couple months now. I like that it's a fabric seat so my skinny ass doesn't slide off. The padding is very thick and I doubt it will wear out anytime soon. I bought some memory foam elbow rests because I didn't really like the hard rubber style that came with it. I also got some black fleece fabric to put on the back rest to make it a little more cushiony.
I bought one of these a couple of years ago: [link]
I'm a very large guy, and so far it has held up incredibly well. It is very adjustable and very comfortable. Since your budget is well over the price of this chair I'm sure you'll want to go with something different, but I think this chair is really good for the price (~$180), so I just thought I'd throw it out there for anyone who is interested.
I recently did the same thing, all my other office chairs were just tearing and broken. I bought this, and I love it. A lot of padding(memory foam), nice mesh back, and a lot of adjustments you can make. I really like it so far.
There are a ton of Aeron and Leap knock-offs. Searching google would be a good place to start.
Here is one that I recommend -- it's basically a Leap knock off and it is much better than a DxRacer: [link]
...and it is half the price of a DXracer with more options and comfort.
Alera Elusion Series Mesh High-Back Multifunction Chair, Black
--> This is hands down the best chair I've purchased. I've bought 4 chairs from ikea/office supply stores, all of them had problems like being too heavy, the cushion would wear away leaving me sitting on the metal place, it didn't breathe, didn't have enough adjustments, i will NEVER buy a chair from ikea/office depot type stores again. This Alera chair has a breathable back, the seat is not going to create butt imprint leaving you sitting on bare metal and is very comfy, everything has an independent movement/fully adjustable(I can recline just the back while keeping the seat parallel to the floor, for example, which would cost you way more to have with a store bought chair), its light weight but sturdy where it counts, and it doesn't cost anymore than what you'd pay in stores(you can even return it to amazon if you dislike it). I'm going on year 2 with it and it feels like I just bought it.
this alera from amazon is the best chair ive bought, and i've gone through manyyyy Fully adjustable, breathes even in the heat, good quality build. I dislike leather chairs as they tend to compress on the seat and many "in store" chairs do not have independent seat and back adjustments.
The Herman Miller Aeron is the gold standard.
However, I have a Alera Elusion from Amazon. It's got all the adjustability of a much more expensive chair; adjustable Seat pan, adjustable back, the seat pan angle and back reset angle are individually adjustable etc.
It is no Aeron but if you are on a budget, this is the best I have found.
I'm pretty happy with my Alera. https://www.amazon.com//dp/B0049UCECE/
I didn't get a headrest for it, but in the review on Amazon there are links to headrests that you can buy separately and install with what seems like minimal modification.
I wrote a fairly comprehensive review if you scroll to the bottom of this post: https://www.reddit.com/r/OfficeChairs/comments/krv3vx/chair_for_both_office_and_relaxing_watching/
I got this chair here from amazon. And it's alright, no real major complaints, but it's not amazing or anything.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049UCECE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Alera Elusion Series Mesh High-Back Multifunction Chair
I'm happy with it.
Sono negli stati uniti, quindi i modelli rilevanti per me sono diversi, ma in linea generale la cosa migliore da fare è andare in qualche negozio e provare le sedie. Io ho una Alera Elusion e mi va bene.
Trovo sia molto comodo avere lo schienale (e se possibile la seduta) in mesh, come molti modelli di Herman Miller, per evitare di sudare troppo in estate.
Il poggiatesta per me è fondamentale, mi ricorda di stare dritto con la schiena. Sfortunatamente sedie intorno a 200EUR con poggiatesta ce ne sono poche, ma spesso si può comprare a parte (ho fatto così per la mia sedia) o si può moddare la sedia.
Se possibile scegli una sedia con molte opzioni di regolazione (inclinazione schienale, scorrimento avanti/dietro della seduta, altezza braccioli, inclinazione seduta...), le dimensioni del corpo delle persone variano molto e quello che è comodo per me probabilmente non funziona nel tuo caso.
Per esempio, la Ikea Markus è una sedia sotto i 200EUR di cui molti parlano bene, ma ha il difetto di essere pochissimo regolabile: i braccioli sono completamente fissi, e si può solo inclinare lo schienale (che include un poggiatesta, ma è un pezzo unico e quindi non regolabile). Se la provi e la trovi comoda è una bomba, ma se sei molto più alto o più basso di quello che pensava il disegnatore è solo uno spreco di soldi.
All'estremo opposto dello spettro ci sono la Aeron Miller (vedi il video in fondo alla pagina) e la Steelcase Gesture in cui puoi regolare di tutto, inclusa la curvatura dello schienale, ma per me sono completamente fuori budget.
I'm reading pretty poor reviews on Amazon about how the chair breaks after 6 months of use.
I'm 6'6, 270 pounds and found this bad boy a while back. Its has a lot of adjustments and comfortable for the price. Its 160 on amazon right now.
Seriously. 95% of gamer chairs are abysmal, and focus on aesthetics. Case in point - the padding is always thick on the back. This is important on an automobile where the acceleration pushes you back a bit, but a normal sitting posture means that your spine is pushing onto your rear primarily, even when you lean back. In terms of surface area for high-back chairs which this is, 2/3rds of it is the back - meaning that even if a chair has 50% of the padding that a gaming chair does, if they distribute 40% to the seat and 10% to the back, they're still more effective than their highly padded counterpart. Not to mention, a gaming chair STILL has a giant branding markup after the difference in material cost, meaning you're still paying a premium even after wasted material and design time is spent.
If you ever want a chair that focuses on function rather than form, always look for chairs that have far more attention paid to the seat. If you want a good deal as well as a good chair, the mesh backed ones are actually pretty fantastic - my favorite chair is the Aleera Elusion which only costs $166. I've used it daily for the past 3-4 years, and the armrests are the only part that are showing wear and tear (more my fault than the chair though, since when adjusting from sitting to cross-legged, I put my entire body weight on them).
If you want a durable, office standard chair, Steelcase makes a line of high durability, high comfort seating. I can't speak much for them, except that where I work is in love with Steelcase.
If you don't have money but still want a good chair that is also cheap, hunt them on Craigslist. It's frequent that when an office can't sell the previous set of chairs to a wholesaler, they just let people take them home (since they'd otherwise be tossed). Often, there's nothing wrong with the chairs if they bought office-grade durability, and you can get absurdly lucky and get stuff from a $300 chair for $20, or even a $1000+ executive chair for only $50.
All of these are options I would consider before a "gaming chair". They are the MacOS of chair, in that they aren't bad and they do have good qualities, but the majority of their market buys them because they don't know any better, not because they're actually going to take advantage of said qualities.
Hi! Ergo nerd chiming in because it doesn't seem like a lot the people in this thread know what they're talking about. I've researched chairs extensively and the plain, but not so simple answer is - it depends. The two most important however are your height, and budget.
There's no one chair fit all, so really the best thing you can do for yourself is get a chair with as many adjustments as possible so you can sort of mold it around your body. A lot of chairs don't come like this out of the box, and usually the one's that do will break your wallet without any remorse.
Anyway, I'm 5'6", and poor, so I currently use this chair.
This is by far the best chair at the low end you can get, and I sit in it comfortably for 8-10 hours a day.
Also this nerd on youtube seems to know what he's talking about and has a few videos that give you the quick know how on what you should be looking for.
This article is really good for reference too!
Do yourself a favor and get decent lumbar support. Your body will thank you.
And as a side note. The chair I recommended is 1000x better than the Markus in every way possible.
I'm also in the market for a new chair. I'm sick of the fake leather (PU Leather, Bonded Leather, etc) chairs that ive unfortuantely been using for far too long and my back is forever thankful for it. I've looked at chairs ranging from $100 up to $900 and while I do enjoy the borrowed SteelCase Leap that im currently sitting in, I could never justify the price for this thing. Dont get me wrong, its built like an tank and will likely last decades instead of years, But its just not for me.
If you want a chair like the SteelCase Leap, they can be found for very reasonable prices used for as low as $275 here: [link]
So many great chairs sat in board rooms, offices, etc and were hardly used and are widely available.
They even the Herman Miller Aeron Semi-Loaded Size B, slightly used of course for $475. That's a $1100 chair new!
As for me, im looking at buying either the Alera Elusion Series Mesh High-Back Multifunction Chair found here:
Or the Office Star High Back ProGrid II. [link]
Alera Elusion owner here. Great chair for the money. I posted this a few days ago...
>Like others have said, skip the gamer/racing chairs. Way overpriced and lack (essential) features of similarly priced ergo chairs.
>Also, the whole "get a used Leap/Aeron" thing really is good advice, if you can find a good deal. You may be apprehensive or skeptical, but a ~$300 used Leap/Aeron is a better value than you may think it is, it will also outperform and outlast a brand-new Staples/Ikea $200-$300 chair, no doubt.
>I'd steer clear of the ~$200 Ikea/Staples/whatever chairs though. Yes, they are comfy and I know many here like them...but they also tend to lack features of other purpose-built ergo chairs in the price range.
>For $250, you want:
>•adj. backrests (or at least moveable lumbar support...and I don't mean some silly pillow)
>•arms both up and out
>•full and split recline
>•open and locking recline
>Yes, everything on that list is well worth it and once you use a chair that has these functions, you'll wonder how you ever went without. That's the difference of a "comfy" chair - to a chair that truly "fits like a glove" and offers proper support. Paying something like $200-$250 for a chair that doesn't even have adjustable armrests isn't really a good deal at all.
>Now, before you think "that's impossible and I'm not dumping cash for some expensive-ass high-end chair...", you can find proper ergo chairs with the features for a good price. I'm currently using a $150 (paid $120) chair that does all of that and more. It's an Alera Elusion Multi-function High-back - it's known as the "poor man's Aeron".
>It's 85-90% as comfortable as the Aeron (no small feat...yes, I've sat on Aerons) and has a fair bit of adjustment. You can see where corners were cut (heavy plastic base - instead of metal, need to buy the $15 headrest separate), compared to a Herman Miller...but it's $150 new.
>It's not the end-all-be-all, it's also not the only good option. The point is, there are options for reasonably priced ergo/office chairs - made by actual chair companies - that tick all of the boxes, and are far better than just going to Staples or Ikea. Thing like this or used Hons and much more can be had for around $150-200. You just need to look around a little.
Well honestly you would know better than me how well something would hold up to a cat. Bonded Leather is cool for a short period of time, but after awhile it peels off so im not sure how well that would hold up to a cat either.
But there is a couple chairs id recommend on amazon.
This one is frequently at $153 if you wait a bit, price seems to go in between that and $193
This one can be bought directly from staples for cheaper
None. Buy a chair that is ergonomic not one that's made for gaming.
So about ~1 month ago I bought myself a new chair for my desk and I went with this one.
There were some questionable reviews, so I was skeptical, but I honestly really like the chair.