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Herman Miller Aeron Review (2019) | Mesh Office Chair (Remastered Edition)

The Aeron by Herman Miller consaidered to my by many experts as being one of the best office chairs.

This particular chair model has gained popularity because it focuses on solving the needs of people who spend long amounts of time working at a desk.

Remastered EditionThe Remastered Aeron Edition has a loyal community, though some users say it received more praise than it deserves.

That’s why I thought I’d try the chair for myself.

I’ve been looking for a universally good ergonomic office chair for a while, and I was intrigued by the critics and appreciations Aeron received.

This gave me the chance to try it for 8 to 12 hours each day for a few weeks. This review is my personal experience with Herman Miller’s Aeron, though I will include some experts’ and users’ reviews here.

I will detail all its features in terms of pros and cons, so you can figure out whether this would be a good chair for your needs.

About Herman Miller Company

The Herman Miller Company has a good reputation on the market thanks to its long tradition in manufacturing quality office furniture. Its history started in 1905 when Michigan Star Furniture Company was founded.

This home office furniture business was bought in 1923 by one of its employees, a clerk named De Pree. De Pree received financial assistance from his father in law, named Herman Miller.

About Company Herman Miller

As a tribute to his help, De Pree gave Michigan Star Furniture the name we all know it today: Herman Miller.

The company had to go through the troubled times of the great depression and therefore changed to the more profitable sector of office furniture.

The reasons it succeeded was because it hired reputable designers and focused on a wide range of products. From modern to classic to industrial office furniture, Herman Miller could cater to every taste.

Herman Miller continued its expansion and brought various furniture companies under its umbrella. Today, this company is a large brand in the world of office furniture, with factories on three continents and sales on over a hundred countries.

Herman Miller Logo

During this time, Herman Miller received tens of awards both for its innovative designs, its impressive work culture, as well as for its gender diversity policy, and its support to working women and healthcare patients.

One of the most recent is the 2017 “Good Design Award” in the Furniture and Lighting category, awarded by the Industrial Design Council of Australia for the remastered Aeron.

Aeron Chair Review (Pros and Cons)

Herman Miller Aeron

Pros

Build Quality / Great Design

The Aeron has a stylish design and top craftsmanship. This is a solid, comfortable and ergonomic chair in which you can spend hours.

 Made in USA and Parts Made Only For This Chair

The Aeron is manufactured in the USA so that you can rely on its comfort and quality materials. Its parts are custom-made, not generic pre-ordered parts that are stuck together with all sorts of gaps.

Mesh Material – Most Comfortable

The type of mesh in the Aeron is flexible, breathable and supportive for long hours.

12 YearsWarranty – No Exclusion

The Aeron comes with a strong, 12-year warranty that shows Herman Miller’s confidence in Aeron’s durability.

Comes Fully Assembled

This means you can use the Aeron right out of the box.

Up to 350 lb Weight Capacity

The Aeron is comfortable and supportive for heavy people as well.

Smooth Easy Motion Natural Recline

The recline function is balanced and secure, helping you alleviate backaches and relax.

Arm Rest Comfort – Best Out of All Chairs

The armrests are comfortable and supportive, thanks to their high adjustability and soft arm pads.

Optional PostureFit Lumbar Adjustment 

The adjustable lumbar support is a user-friendly feature, especially combined with the PostureFit SL design. You can adjust the lumbar any way you want to for increased support.

Optional Forward Tilt Option

This option is useful for people who type for long periods, inclining you forward so you can keep your back straight while typing on the keyboard. This position is more ergonomic and supportive for marathon writing than sitting upright.

Environmentally Friendly

The Aeron contains a high percentage of recyclable materials made in a greenhouse facility with renewable energy. As such, the chair’s environmental impact is low.

24/7 Use Rated

You can sit in the Aeron for prolonged periods, whether you’re an executive, writer or working at a call center. The warranty still stands even if you use the Aeron around the clock.

Cons

Mesh Seat May Not Be Comfortable For Everyone

Mesh seats have their worshippers as well as their detractors. The Aeron uses top quality mesh, but even that might cause you thigh stiffness if you’re sitting 12+ hours per day for a week.

Mesh Could Be Firm For Some People

Some people might not appreciate the backrest because of its firmness.

Missing Ergonomic Adjustment Options Due to 3 Sizes That Aeron Has

The Aeron comes in three sizes so, if you choose the wrong size for your body type, some ergonomic adjustments might not fit you right.

I’m talking about seat depth, arm width, and back heights. You can solve that by picking the right size from the get go!

This can be difficult if you want to buy all the employees in your office Aeron chairs for their desks, or if you share the Aeron with someone else.

Unlike other top-rated office chairs, the Aeron office chair doesn’t have seat depth and back-height adjustment, although I would have expected those features at this price range.

Metal Frame

The seat and backrest are supported with a thick metal frame, which you can feel on your hamstring, outer thighs, calves or upper back.

Few Color Options

The remastered Aeron doesn’t have a wide array of color choices. The Aeron’s color palette sticks to metallic, white-grey-black shades so that you won’t find it in bright, vibrant colors.

Most Notable Features

Most Notable Features Table

  • Arm Adjustment
  • Lumbar Support Adjustments
  • Height adjustment
  • Tilt tension adjustment
  • Forward tilt
  • Tilt lock
  • Breathable mesh backrest

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Specifications Table

Chair Size Small (A) Medium (B) Large (C)
Height 38.5” 41” 43”
Seat Height 14.75-19” 16-20.5” 16”-20.5
Width 25.75” 27” 28.25”
Depth 16” 16.75” 18.5”
Weight Capacity 300 lbs 350 lbs 350 lbs
Seat Dimensions 15.75”W x 16.75”D 17”W x 16.75”D 18.25”W x 18.5”D
Backrest Dimensions 20.25”W x 21”H 21.5”W x 22”H 22.75”W x 23”H
Distance Between Armrests 16”W 17”W 18”W
Arms Lowest Height from Floor 21.75”H 23”H 24.75”H
Arms Highest Height from Floor 30.25”H 31.5”H 26.25”H
Base Dimensions 27”W 27”W 27”W
Weight 40 lbs 41 lbs 43 lbs
Shipping Box Dimensions 41″ x 28″ x 27″ 41″ x 28″ x 27″ 41″ x 28″ x 27″
Shipping Box Weight 45 lbs 46 lbs 48 lbs

Warranty & Return Policy

The Aeron comes with a 30-day return policy, so you can return this chair if you don’t like it. The bonus is that you will receive a full refund of your shipping cost from Herman Miller.

The only caveat is you need to pack it in the original box. Otherwise, you can rely on the company’s reliable customer support to help you send it back.

Return Policy & Warranty

The 12-year warranty is well above the industry standard, and it includes all parts, but keep in mind that the small, size A version of the Aeron is covered for a maximum weight of 300 pounds.

The medium and large sizes (B and C) can support a maximum of 350 pounds. The warranty allows you around the clock customer support.

Repairing costs are covered by Herman Miller. For extensive repairs, the company will send on-site technicians to your home, but this depends on your location.

Build Quality

The Aeron is a top-quality chair, and among the best office chairs, I’ve reviewed so far.

Herman Miller pulled no stops when designing this chair or using top materials.

-From the grade-A steel frame to molded aluminum parts to the patented mesh backrest, Herman Miller used quality materials.

The craftsmanship is exemplary, considering that all of Aeron’s parts are designed and manufactured specifically for this chair.

Parts of Chair

The Aeron doesn’t use generic parts you can find in other office chairs, which raises its ergonomic value and durability.

The reason is that all parts fit perfectly, without wiggling. This clean design isn’t just durable and functional, but also stylish.

Design

Aeron has been remastered for modern workers and work environment in mind. Chair is adjusted for a better performance and reengineered for better health, and refined for modern environments.

The Herman Miller remastered Aeron has a curved backrest which follows the natural shape of your spine and elongates under your buttocks.

This anatomically correct design is ergonomic, comfortable and supportive. As a result, your posture is improved. You can keep your back straight, your shoulders back and your hips open.

Aeron Design Pictures

This positive posture directly affects your spinal health. Because you are supported and can maintain a good posture, you won’t feel any backaches, joint stiffness or pain.

The Aeron’s elements combine perfectly, to complement and enhance this ergonomic design.

Armrests (Herman Miller Aeron Adjustable Arms)

The armrests allow you to move naturally while sitting in the Aeron. That’s because they’re attached to the backrest, which promotes a positive posture.

Chair's ArmrestsThere are three options for the armrests’ adjustability: stationary, height-adjustable and fully adjustable. The first two options are self-explanatory.

The fully adjustable armrests offer depth adjustment and pivoting movements apart from height adjustments.

These 3D armrests are easy to customize and support your arms well while you’re moving, though other office chairs offer more armrest adjustability options. You can also choose the armrests’ upholstery: standard or leather.

The standard option is made with polyurethane foam, which is soft and provides good comfort. The leather option is soft and looks stylish, but it’s less breathable.

Backrest

Apart from its SL design, it’s worth noting that the backrest is made with 8Z Pellicle mesh.

8Z Pellicle MaterialThe backrest is supportive whether you’re reclining or not thanks to the PostureFit design and the mesh’s flexibility.

What is Herman Miller PostureFit?

Patented PostureFit from Herman Miller gives back support at the sacral region and at the base of your spine, helping pelvis to prevent slouching by maintaining a natural forward tilt. The Classic Aeron PostureFit Support Kit is advised for someone who sit up straight to perform various tasks.

This type of mesh is also highly breathable. There are three options for the backrest.

The standard one offers zonal back support, without the lumbar support.

The adjustable lumbar support option includes a lumbar pillow.

The most advanced option is the adjustable PostureFit SL, which features eight pressure zones for increased support and perfect fit.

Seat

Aeron’s seat is made with 8Z pellicle mesh too. While this material is soft, flexible, and supportive, it’s not cushiony. As such, the firm seat is touted by some and despised by others.

Picture Of Seat The seat has protuberant side bolsters, which render an enveloping sitting position.

On the other hand, you can feel the bolsters through your hips and outer thighs if you choose a size that’s too small for you.

In this case, the bolster design might also feel confining instead of supportive.

The seat isn’t thickly padded, so, if you choose a size that’s too small for your weight, you can also feel the frame underneath the Aeron.

Another negative is the lack of seat depth adjustment, which would have made the Aeron more versatile.

Material & Environmental Sustainability

The Aeron uses top materials – I’ve already told you about the top 8Z Pellicle mesh that covers the backrest and seat.

This mesh contains 44% polyester and 56% elastomer, which is why it provides increased flexibility and support. This mesh is soft and supple; it won’t damage your clothes or give you skin rashes.

Another advantage is that the 8Z Pellicle mesh has a long lifespan because it can resist 200,000 double rubs. On the downside, the Aeron features no padding, which would have provided a more cushiony material.

Materials Of Chair

The frame and base are reliable, sturdy and resistant because they’re manufactured from metal.

The recycled-steel frame and recycled-aluminum base material add to the Aeron’s overall 40+ pounds weight and aren’t as durable as glass fiber or carbon fiber, but they are solid nonetheless.

The wheel casters have a 2.5-inch diameter, so they’re larger than the industry standard. The casters are made from resistant black nylon, which enables smooth rolling over a wide array of surfaces.

2.5-Inch Diameter WheelsYou can choose two different types of casters. The carpet casters are suitable for low to medium-pile carpets.

The hard floor casters boast an additional soft tread which makes them silent on hard floors.

This tread also increases the casters’ grip on surfaces like concrete, wood or tile.

You can also choose these casters for a carpeted room if you need a reliable braking system.

That said, Herman Miller is an environmentally-conscious brand, and the Aeron is 91% recyclable. This chair uses 39% recyclable materials and 38% post-consumer content.

Besides, the Greenhouse manufacturing factory where the Aeron is manufactured uses only renewable electric energy.

Green Guard Chair Certification

The corrugated cardboard material used for packaging the Aeron is made from recycled materials and composes 99% of the total packaging.

As such, the Aeron has various environmental certifications under its belt thanks to its quality, eco-friendly materials and its low impact on the indoor air quality.

These Certifications are BIFMA™ level 3, CRADLE TO CRADLE™, GREENGUARD GOLD, and Silver GREENGUARD.

Herman Miller Chairs – Comfort & Ergonomic Adjustments

The Aeron is a comfortable chair with some ergonomic adjustments, although other office chairs feature more options.

In this case, I felt the lack of both seat depth and armrest width adjustments, although there are three sizes for the Aeron which compensate these missing features to some degree.

That said, the arm height adjustment is an excellent addition because it supports a wide range of movements and body shapes, while you’re bending your elbows at a 90-degree angle.

The seat height adjustments are easy to make so you can lift or lower the chair between 14.75 to 19 inches for size A, and between 16 to 20.5 inches for sizes B and C. As such, your knees will be comfortably bent and supported at a 90-degree angle.

Weight And Height Adjusting

While there’s no back height adjustment, the lumbar support allows you to move the lumbar cushion to support your pressure points.

The tilt adjustment is another plus. The standard tilt is specifically designed for this chair; it works smoothly and allows you to recline in a comfortable position.

The standard tilt features tension adjustment, which means the Aeron reclines as you apply pressure on it. The downside is that there isn’t a tilt lock that would secure the chair into place.

Aeron Adjustments

The Aeron is comfortable and supportive whether you recline back or sit upright. The Aeron is a flexible, dynamic chair, that moves with your body, which feels natural.

The optional forward tilt with tilt lock is a definite improvement. When you’re typing for long hours, you tend to lean forward over your keyboard, so your back loses support.

The Aeron solved this problem with its forward tilt, which positions the backrest at an acute angle, which is better for your back than a 90-degree angle.

The forward tilt comes with a tilt lock that locks the backrest in a fully upright position, at mid and at full recline.

Aeron Adjustment Two

Office chairs in the expensive range usually feature synchro-tilt mechanisms which allow the backrest and seat to move simultaneously to provide you dynamic support when you move.

Aeron’s tilting options don’t feature synchro-tilt, but you will still recline in a natural, comfortable and supported way.

Durability

There are two aspects to consider here. First, the materials are all top-quality, made to last. The aluminum base and steel frame have a long lifespan.

The 8Z Pellicle Suspension mesh lasts years more than regular mesh because it’s more flexible and elastic so that it can accommodate various weights and movements.

Aluminium Based Material

The nylon used for the casters is sturdy because it’s not the cheap sort of plastic.

Secondly, Herman Miller offers a  Twelve year warranty for 24/7 use of the Aeron. According to this, the Aeron will last at least 12 years, though its realistic lifespan is closer to two decades.

Herman Miller Aeron Customization Options

        You Can Customize This Chair With Additional Options:

  • Optional Aeron Chair Headrest: this takes the pressure off your neck and shoulders, limiting upper body strain and stiffness.
  • Optional Posture Fit Lumbar Adjustment: this support can accommodate people who spend long hours sitting in the Aeron because it minimizes the risk of back pain.
  • Optional Forward Tilt Option: your back is supported even when you sit at a comfortable acute angle. This position is comfortable for people who type a lot.
  • Adjustable Lumbar Support: this support cushion for your lower back increases back comfort.
  • Height Adjustable Arms: move your arms at different angles to avoid wrist strain.
  • Fully Adjustable Arms: move your arms in 3D for more fluid, dynamic adjustments.
  • Leather Arm Pads: soft and elegant.
  • 5” Casters for Hard Floors: good grip for hard floors like cement, tile or wood, with an excellent braking system.
  • Mineral/ Satin Aluminum color: white-grey.
  • Mineral / Polished Aluminum: metallic grey.
  • Graphite / Polished Aluminum: black chair and backrest, metallic frame.

Herman Miller Aeron Chair Size Guide

I’ve already hinted at Aeron’s three sizes, so you can choose one that fits your purpose and build.

3 SizesThe upside for Aeron’s three different sizes is that you can get the one that best accommodates and supports your particular body shape.

Most top-range office chairs aim to accommodate 95% of people with a universal model that allows a wide range of adjustments.

On the other hand, the Aeron can accommodate 99% of people with its three sizes. So, you’re guaranteed to find an Aeron size that fits, no matter who you are.

The downside is that one single size can’t offer a versatile fit for more people unless they all have similar body types.

Chair Size A (Small)

  • Total Height: 38.5 inches
  • Height (seat): 14.75-19 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 300 pounds.
  • Seat: 15.75 x 16.75 inches
  • Backrest : 20.5 x 21 inches
  • Armrest Height: 21.75 – 30.25 inches
  • Aeron Chair Weight: 40 pounds

Chair Size B (Medium)

  • Total height: 41 inches
  • Seat Height: 16 – 20.5 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 350 pounds
  • Seat: 17 x 16.75 inches
  • Backrest: 21.5 x 22 inches
  • Armrest Height: 23 x 31.5 inches
  • Chair Weight: 41 pounds

Chair Size C (Large)

  • Total height: 43 inches
  • Seat Height: 16 – 20.5 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 350 pounds
  • Seat: 18.25 x 18.5 inches
  • Backrest: 22.75 x 23 inches
  • Armrest Height: 24.75 x 26.25 inches
  • Chair Weight: 43 pounds

Herman Miller Aeron Price

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Price ranges differ for standard packages and additional options. The standard Aeron version can be bought at $920 and features a graphite-colored frame and base, regular recline, stationary arms with PU pads, carpet casters and basic back support.

Below Are the Costs for Different Updates and Customization You May Want to Include:

  • Mineral frame, polished aluminum base: $260.00
  • Mineral frame, satin aluminum base: $220.00
  • Fully adjustable arms: $160.00
  • Graphite frame, polished aluminum base: $120.00
  • Tilt limiter and seat angle: $100.00
  • Height adjustable arms: $100.00
  • Adjustable PostureFit SL: $95.00
  • Leather arm pads: $80.00
  • Adjustable lumbar support: $75.00
  • Casters for hard floors: $50.00

These adjustments add another $760 – $920 to the price.

Conclusion: Thinking of Buying Herman Miller Office Chair?

The Aeron is a popular, feature-packed office chair, although it’s expensive. You can think of it as an investment in your well-being and back health because the chair is supportive, ergonomic and can be used 24/7.

Backed by a 12-year warranty, the Aeron can fit people up to 350 pounds. You can find it in three sizes, so 99% of people can find a comfortable model that cushions and supports them.

The Herman Miller AeronThe ergonomic design is evident through its supportive, curved backrest and comfortable armrests. The recline option together with the 8Z Pellicle Suspension backrest makes it one of the coziest mesh chairs today.

On the downside, the Aeron isn’t a versatile office chair because it lacks seat depth, arm width, and back height adaptability. This problem can easily be solved by choosing the correct size from the get-go, though.

The mesh seat is a problem for some users too. So if you like thickly padded, cushiony sits, the Aeron might not be for you. If you’ve tried mesh seats before, and prefer firm support for your seat and thighs, Aeron is worth considering.

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