I got a couple-year-old Aeron on CraigsList and I really like it. I had to get the carpet-wheel kit, totally worth it. It’s not very traditional-looking, though. Unfortunately (?) it’s gonna cost me twice as much because now my wife wants one!
Love that office or study. That is beautiful. Last week I bought a Serta Arlington. It was close and at the office supply store. What pracipitated that purchase was my wife’s need for a more comfortable chair. She asked if she bought one, would I pick it up and put it together. I put her together first.
She is a happy camper. Not sure what chair it was. Our were not the most expensive chairs out there. Nor were they the cheapest.
I’ve got a HM Embody (liked it more for me than the Aeron). Won’t fit the decor at all, but I love it (except it is heavy. Brought it home from work and getting it through 2 flights of stairs was unpleasant).
Regardless of which you pick ~$1K seems like a lot for any of the high end chairs, you’re spending A TON of time using it. Spend $ for things that insulate you from the ground (chair, car tires, shoes, mattress) if you can. Figure you’re spending at least 30h/week in the chair, and that is ~ 7500 h over 5 years. $0.13/hr for not being sore after work is well worth it, especially as they’ll last longer than 5 years (mine is 5 years old and still seems new).
After reading this I sought out to buy a used Aeron HM chair. I found one for $350 but it was originally purchased in 2007. Can anyone tell me based on their experience if this is a good deal and if the chair is “too old”?