Best Herman Miller Chairs 2021

We Help You Find the Best Herman Miller Gaming Chair And/Or Herman Miller Office Chair For Your Needs

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More and more of us are working from home of late, so the retail consumer market for chairs once fairly limited to computer enthusiasts, long-time home-office workers and gamers, has expanded dramatically.

Herman Miller is a company from the US well known for producing high-quality, ergonomic office chairs as well as other furniture, though they have recently branched out into producing a line of gaming-focused products as well. Of course the line between an “office chair” and a “gaming chair” is extremely blurred – ultimately they both prioritize comfort and support when sitting at a desk, with adjustability being important, as well as of course aesthetic appeal.

The Herman Miller Aeron chair is perhaps the best known chair from the brand, with its signature mesh construction. This chair has been used as part of the set design for many a Hollywood film and tv program and is championed by both presidents and pop superstars.

Whether you’re in the market for a loud, statement-making Herman Miller gaming chair, a more refined Herman Miller office chair, or something in the middle, this guide will help you pick the right one for your needs!

Our Top Picks

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The Premium Option
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Herman Miller Aeron Chair

Herman Miller Aeron Chair
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Herman Miller Aeron
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The Best Choice For Tall People
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Herman Miller Embody Chair

Herman Miller Embody Chair
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The Best All Rounder
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Herman Miller Mirra 2

Herman Miller Mirra And Mirra 2 Chair
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First Look

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The Premium Option
Herman Miller Aeron Chair
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Herman Miller Aeron

Herman Miller Aeron Chair

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Editor's Rating
  • Comfort: 4.9
  • Durability: 5.0
  • Adjustability: 5.0
  • Customization: 4.5
  • The Aeron is the iconic signature chair of the Herman Miller brand. The breathable mesh material is easy to clean and its design offers the highest level of ergonomic support for anybody sat at a desk all day long. Its sturdy, durable construction means the Aeron can last for decades.

    The Herman Miller Aeron is one of the most durable, well-designed office chairs that money can buy. Although some very tall people may find the back support a bit on the short side, for 90% of people the different sizes on offer (A typically being for children and petite women etc., B for most users under 5ft 10” and C for taller people) will give ample comfort for 8+ hour days sat at a desk. The Aeron is sturdy, has very high value retention, is breathable and easy to clean, and offers many options for adjustability add ons, assuming you can afford them.

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    The Best Choice For Tall People
    Herman Miller Embody Chair
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    Herman Miller Embody Chair

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  • Comfort: 5.0
  • Durability: 4.7
  • Adjustability: 4.8
  • Customization: 4.8
  • The Embody is the second most popular model chair of the Herman Miller brand. Offering a high back and cushioned fabric material, the Embody offers the user the ergonomic support Herman Miller is famed for when sitting at a desk for long periods of time.

    The Embody has the tallest back support of any chair in the Herman Miller range. Like the Aeron it offers great ergonomic support but unlike the Aeron both the seat and back are composed of fabric padding, rather than mesh. This has its advantages, namely increased comfort, though also does mean it is less breathable and more prone to staining and wear. The Embody comes in a range of different color options and a choice of three different materials.

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    The Best All Rounder
    Herman Miller Mirra And Mirra 2 Chair
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    Herman Miller Mirra 2

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  • Comfort: 4.9
  • Durability: 4.9
  • Adjustability: 4.8
  • Customization: 4.8
  • The fully mesh Mirra 2 chair is the newer version of the now-discontinued Herman Miller Mirra, which came with a padded seat, although this older version is still available second hand. Both chairs have some of the best lumbar support adjustment of any Herman Miller chair, come in a range of colors, and are generally cheaper than an Aeron.

    The Herman Miller Mirra 2 is a fully mesh design very reminiscent of the Aeron, though with fewer adjustability options, a somewhat different shape, and crucially, a cheaper asking price. The original Mirra is very similar to the newer version, though with a padded seat, and all the benefits and drawbacks this has over a purely mesh design. Both chairs are harder to come by than the other models on this list, and the original Mirra is only available second hand. This means there are fewer third-party accessories for either chair compared to the Aeron or Embody, though both Mirras have slightly more adjustable lumbar support and also a wider range of colors than the Aeron.

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    The Cheaper Option
    Herman Miller Sayl Chair
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    Herman Miller Sayl Chair

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  • Comfort: 4.6
  • Durability: 4.8
  • Adjustability: 4.6
  • Customization: 5.0
  • The Herman Miller Sayl is a mesh-backed chair that comes with a padded fabric seat. It has the greatest customizability of any Herman Miller chair and comes in an array of stylish colors you can tailor to your taste and is also among the most affordable of the Herman Miller line.

    The Sayl is the shortest chair on this list, making it not especially suited for taller people. The adjustability and the ergonomic support it offers are slightly more limited than the other Herman Miller chairs on this list, however, because of that, the Sayl is a significantly cheaper chair. The cushioned seat and mesh back support provide the comfort of the former but the breathability of the latter, assuming you don’t mind the stainability of the fabric seat. The Sayl also comes in the widest array of colors and aesthetic options of any Herman Miller chair on this list.

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    Things to Consider When Shopping For A Herman Miller Chair

    12 year warranty

    Almost every Herman Miller chair comes with a 12 year warranty as standard, which covers parts and labor, whenever you buy them new. This is a uniquely long period of time for an office/gaming chair and reflects the quality of the brand and their durability. Make sure you keep any receipt documentation from when you purchase the chair and do not remove the stickers attached to the underside, as this will provide proof of the date the warranty began.

     

    If you pick up a Herman Miller chair second hand, officially speaking the warranty does not cover you; however many people have found that, as long as the sticker is intact and you manage to get the original receipt from the previous owner, you may still be able to get it refurbished – just do not mention the fact it’s second hand! Ultimately this is a bit of a gamble and just depends on how lucky you get with your local dealership/repair people.

    Note: before you attach any accessory (such as a headrest) to your Herman Miller chair, be aware that if any damage is done by said item it will void the warranty. At the time of writing there is one exception to this: ‘Atlas headrests’, so we would strongly recommend picking them above any other headrest.

    Price & Durability

    Herman Miller is an iconic brand of chairs with fantastic build quality, and for both these reasons, they are not cheap. Depending on the type of chair, whether it’s a special edition or not, and how crazy you go with the add ons / additional customization, Herman Miller chairs can cost between $600 – $1,900. Ultimately though, given the back support the ergonomic design of these chairs offers (what’s more valuable than your health?), coupled with the 12 year warranty, they can arguably be of good value over time, as long as you are selective about what features you really need.

    Herman Miller chairs have uniquely high value retention for a well known furniture brand, often returning 80%+ of the original value on resale, in rare cases perhaps above what you paid for it. So unless you break yours and can’t get a replacement under warranty, selling on your Herman Miller chair should you need/want to is very viable. As indicated above, keeping hold of any original paperwork and keeping warranty stickers intact will help preserve resale value.

    Ultimately the best way to think of a Herman Miller chair is as a great long term investment with a steep initial buy-in cost. If you’re strapped for cash then a more budget offering would be more suitable for your needs, or alternatively, Secretlab chairs offer a great alternative which occupy the middle price range and come with a maximum 5 year extended warranty. If you’re looking to buy just one chair though that will last you for at least the next 12 years and potentially save you on expensive trips to a physiotherapist years down the line, then you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than a Herman Miller!

    Refurbished / Second Hand Herman Miller Chairs

    Unusually, the market for secondhand and refurbished Herman Miller chairs is bigger even than the market for new products. Such is the widespread use of these products in offices and businesses that they are often sold off in bulk when a business closes down. The quality and value retention of the chairs is another reason for this. When shopping for a Herman Miller chair online, be careful to make absolutely sure that the chair is new and comes with a 12 year warranty, provided this is what you are looking for. If you’re looking for a secondhand version, make sure you consider everything in the sections above before you buy it.

    Herman Miller Size, Support & Ergonomics

    One of the selling points of Herman Miller chairs is the great support they give your back for extended periods of time sitting at a desk, whether it be for working or gaming. Their superb ergonomic design is well known and every chair listed on this page can be expected to give you support for extended sitting periods of around 8 hours plus.

    With the exception of the Herman Miller Aeron chair, all Herman Miller chairs come in one size only. The one reported drawback this brings is that for some especially tall people, some of the shorter models may not offer a sufficient level of back support. We will mention this below in our reviews where applicable.

    Herman Miller Gaming Chairs

    For their Aeron, Embody, and Sayl models of chairs, Herman Miller has released “gaming editions” of these chairs. Despite some creative marketing, the only difference between these chairs and their non-gaming counterparts is the aesthetics, and they typically come at a bigger markup in price. We can only recommend these chairs if you have the cash to spare and aesthetics is particularly important to you, otherwise, stick to the non-gaming Herman Miller chairs.

    The Best Herman Miller Chairs

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    The Premium Option
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    Herman Miller Aeron

    Herman Miller Aeron Chair

    Chair Type

    Office

    Maximum Load (A/B/C)

    60kg/100kg/130kg

    Dimensions (A)

    40.9 x 65.4 x 98 cm

    Dimensions (B)

    42.7 x 68.6 x 104 cm

    Dimensions (C)

    42.7 x 71.8 x 109 cm

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    The Best Choice For Tall People
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    The Best All Rounder
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    The Cheaper Option
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    Herman Miller Sayl Chair

    Chair Type

    Office

    Maximum Load

    159kg

    Dimensions

    Harder to find at retailers

    In-depth Review

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    The Premium Option
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    Herman Miller Aeron

    Herman Miller Aeron Chair

    Chair Type

    Office

    Maximum Load (A/B/C)

    60kg/100kg/130kg

    Dimensions (A)

    40.9 x 65.4 x 98 cm

    Dimensions (B)

    42.7 x 68.6 x 104 cm

    Dimensions (C)

    42.7 x 71.8 x 109 cm

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    Pros

    Typically provides discomfort-free seating for 8 hours+

    Great longevity

    12 years warranty if new

    Breathable mesh

    Easy to clean

    Very high value retention

    Different sizes

    Cons

    Even largest size might not suit very tall people

    Lumbar support adjustability could be more flexible

    Non-cushioned

    Harder plastic on sides uncomfortable for non-standard seating position

    Many adjustment features cost extra

    Expensive

    The Aeron is the classic Herman Miller chair. Its mesh material is the signature feature of the design and it can be seen in The Avengers movies as the favored office chair of Tony Stark, as well as supporting Hugh Laurie’s frame as the curmudgeonly Dr. House.

    The mesh material is both breathable (making it well-suited to those of us with warmer bodies, more prone to perspiration) and less prone to absorbing smells than conventional fabric. It is also easier to clean. All of this adds to its longevity and very high resale-ability and value retention (more so than any other Herman Miller chair, excluding special edition ones). Aeron’s can sell second-hand for around 90% or higher of their original price, as long as the warranty sticker is intact. The Aeron is known for being tough, again something that the non-fabric mesh design helps with, and you can expect great durability with one of these chairs.

    Of course the mesh feel isn’t for everyone, some prefer a more cushioned chair, and for those people we would recommend looking at another model (the Mirra 2 for instance).

    Support on the Aerons is outstanding, however, for the occasional user who wants maximum adjustability with the lumbar support, the Aeron may be slightly more limited compared to say the Mirra or Mirra 2 (see below). Especially tall people may also find the back support of even the largest size of the chair (the Aeron C) a bit limited compared to the Herman Miller Embody; even though the stated maximum height reaches up to 6ft 5”, those above 6ft 2” may wish to consider the Embody instead. Nevertheless, the fact the Aeron comes in three sizes is a benefit vs all other Herman Miller chairs.

    If you are a person who likes to sit with their legs spread particularly wide, or even sit with them folded on top of the chair, the hard plastic on the sides of the Aeron will potentially inhibit your comfort. It should also be noted that whilst the Aeron can come with a great many options for adjustability, allowing you to tailor your seating experience to provide maximum support, these cost extra when compared to the base model. If you want an Aeron with all the adjustability trimmings, look for a “fully loaded” version of the chair. Finally, the ‘gaming edition’ of the Aeron is basically just a fully black version for several hundred dollars more – i.e. not worth it.

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    The Best Choice For Tall People
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    Pros

    Typically provides discomfort-free seating for 8 hours+

    Taller than the Aeron

    12 years warranty if new

    Cushioned seating

    Different material options

    Custom color schemes

    High value retention

    Everything included in the price

    Cons

    One size only

    Limited lumbar support adjustability

    Fabric not very breathable

    Fabric can retain stains and smells

    Expensive

    The Herman Miller Embody differs from the Aeron in several noteworthy ways. The seat has taller back support, making it more suitable for those above the height of 6ft 2” or thereabouts that might have issues with the biggest sized Aeron (though it should be noted, some people of this height find the Aeron C quite suitable). Unlike the Aeron, the Embody only comes in one size however, so shorter people may find it a bit on the large size.

    The second biggest difference from the Aeron is that the Embody is made from fabric, rather than plastic mesh, which has its pros and cons. On the positive side, it provides a more cushioned seat for those who want this, on the negative side, the fabric material is less durable, harder to clean, less breathable, and more prone to absorb smells over time. There are three options when it comes to the fabric material. In ascending order of price: Medley is the entry-level material, which is rougher to the touch and tends to have less durability, Sync is softer and provides more padding but is less breathable, Balance is the most breathable and has more of a sheen to it but can be a bit more slippery.

    Generally speaking, the Embody offers a similar level of ergonomic support over prolonged sitting periods as the Aeron. Like the Aeron, lumbar support is great for most people but some may find the adjustability lacking in this area. Unlike the Aeron all of the adjustable functionality is included as standard with the Embody – i.e. every Embody comes ‘fully loaded’.

    Finally, the Embody comes with more color variant options than the Aeron, allowing further aesthetic customization for those who want it. The Embody Gaming Chair (released in partnership with Logitech) is again functionally identical to the normal version of the chair, but, in our opinion, the aesthetic differences are more noteworthy than on the Aeron gaming edition. Whether you deem it worth the extra money is up to you!

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    The Best All Rounder
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    Pros

    Typically provides discomfort-free seating for 8 hours+

    12 years warranty if new

    Foam or mesh seat versions

    Mirra 2 cheaper than the Aeron but with similar features

    Good lumbar support adjustment

    Custom color schemes

    Cons

    One size only

    Size may not suit taller people

    Few third party accessories

    Mirra can retain stains

    Harder to find at retailers

    The original Mirra chair (simply referred to as ‘Mirra’) has been discontinued by Herman Miller and replaced with the Herman Miller 2, but you can still pick up second-hand and refurbished versions of the original Mirra online. The original Mirra is somewhat similar to the Aeron in that it has a mesh design, but with fewer adjustability options, the biggest difference being that the seating section has foam padding underneath the mesh, providing a more cushioned seat but one which is more prone to absorbing stains and smells over time. The Mirra 2 dispenses with the padded seat of the Mirra, and so is even closer to the Aeron in design (though again still with fewer adjustability features).

    The Mirra 2 is typically around 20% less expensive than the Aeron, which is something that makes it attractive to many people. Despite this, it can be harder to get hold of the Mirra 2 compared to the other chairs on this list, as it has less availability at different retailers. For this reason, there are fewer accessories (such as the aforementioned Atlas headrests) for either version of the Mirra.

    Both Mirras only have one size option, which is of similar dimensions to the Aeron C. Consequently, very tall people may once again find that the Mirra or Mirra 2 chairs are not quite tall enough for their needs. Both Mirras do however have superior flexibility of adjustment in their lumbar support compared to either the Aeron or the Embody. Both Mirra and Mirra 2 also come in a range of different colors which is wider than you get with the Aeron, although there is not yet a gaming edition available for the chair.

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    The Cheaper Option
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    Herman Miller Sayl Chair

    Chair Type

    Office

    Maximum Load

    159kg

    Dimensions

    Harder to find at retailers

    Pros

    Discomfort-free seating for extended periods, but less than other models

    12 years warranty if new

    Breathable mesh back

    Cushioned seat

    Extensive color customization

    Relatively affordable for a HM chair

    Cons

    One size only

    Size may not suit taller people

    More limited adjustability

    Harder to find at retailers

    The Sayl chair by Herman Miller is the least expensive of the chairs on this page by some margin, the cheapest configurations selling for under $550 brand new. The price for this is less adjustability compared to the other Herman Miller models detailed here.

    Whilst the back is mesh, allowing for maximum breathability and easy cleaning, the seat is of a cushioned fabric. This obviously has its advantages to those who feel the need for more padding on the seat than the Aeron provides say, so some may see it as the best of both worlds. Clearly however the fabric seat makes it more liable to wear over time and absorb stains and smells.

    Like most Herman Miller chairs the Sayl is one size only, it is also the shortest chair on this list so the least suitable for taller people. Whilst the Sayl does have many great ergonomic design features to support you, most people are unlikely to get the same level of comfort for 8 hour plus periods at a desk as they will from the other models on this list.

    Color customization for the sale however is extensive and by far the best out of any of the other Herman Miller chairs on this list. The Sayl gaming edition chair is again a purely cosmetic upgrade for significantly more money, but it at least looks more impressive than the Aeron one. Finally, whilst more common than the Mirra or Mirra 2, the Sayl is a bit more difficult to find at retailers than either the Aeron or the Embody.

    Final Word

    This has been our buyer’s guide to the best Herman Miller Chairs; we hope it has helped you decide which one is right for you. Be sure to check out our other guides on Secretlab chairs and the best budget gaming chairs. If there’s anything else you would like to see added to this page, please let us know in a comment below.