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The best Herman Miller chairs in 2021: our top picks for every office

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Investing in one of the best Herman Miller chairs will offer you unparalleled spinal and lumbar support. It's no surprise that Herman Miller office chairs are so popular, because the brand practically invented lumbar support. They are also stylish, whether you opt for the flagship Aeron or the modern Sayl's mesh design.

Another reason to consider buying one of the best Herman Miller chairs is how easy they are to customize. Everything from the arm and neck support to the seat depth can be adjusted, and you can even select from a range of colors and materials when buying. And because there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to chairs, Herman Miller also makes many of its chairs in three sizes to accommodate to users of all shapes and sizes.

It is this quality design that ramps up the price of a Herman Miller chair, and while not everything is as expensive as the Embody or Aeron, you will struggle to get your new Herman Miller chair for under $500. Of course, you can find some of the best office chairs for less, but if you want an investment to support your posture at your desk five days a week, it's an investment that will pay off over time. You can jump down to our section on how to start choosing the best Herman Miller chair for you if you're undecided on which Herman Miller you should buy, or if you're not decided on the brand, see our guides on how to choose an office chair and how to clean an office chair

The Best Herman Miller chairs

Best Herman Miller chairs: Aeron

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01. Herman Miller Aeron

The best all-round Herman Miller chair, and a design classic

Specifications
Height: 978 - 1093 mm
Width: 655 - 718mm
Depth: 407 - 470mm
Seat height: 376 - 519mm
Maximum weight: 136 - 159kg
Reasons to buy
+Three size options+Great ergonomics+Fantastic looks
Reasons to avoid
-Extras push up the price

If you're considering a Herman Miller chair, chances are you're thinking about an Aeron. With its instantly recognizable – and much-copied – design it's a hugely desirable office chair. The Aeron really ushered in the era of ergonomic desk chairs, with its fully adjustable design that allows you to create the perfect custom level of comfort. 

The Herman Miller Aeron chair is an expensive option, but it will live right up to your expectations with strong ergonomic features that encourage a healthy posture, as well as fine control over the arms, seat height, depth, and recline. There are three sizes to choose from as well as three color and four arm options, but remember that these will push the price up.

You can choose from sizes A, B, or C, each with outstanding spinal support. Of course, it's expensive, but Herman Miller wouldn't have sold over seven million of the Aeron if it wasn't a classic for a reason.

Best Herman Miller chairs: Sayl

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02. Herman Miller Sayl

A cheaper Herman Miller chair with striking looks

Specifications
Height: 1035mm
Width: 622mm
Depth: 502mm
Seat height: 419 - 559mm
Maximum weight: 159kg
Reasons to buy
+Striking geometric looks+Designed to support spinal curvature+The back will keep you cool 
Reasons to avoid
-Adjustable lumbar support costs extra

If an Aeron's just a bit too much but you want a fine-looking and supportive chair, we reckon this is the perfect alternative. It has a webbed plastic back which offers more breathability than the Aeron too. That's ideal for those who work in warmer conditions or who run hot naturally because it will keep you far cooler than a padded back. 

Inspired by the geometry of the Golden Gate Bridge suspension system, the Sayl office chair has all the hallmarks of a future design classic. Its striking Y-Tower armature and ventilated elastomer back not only look amazing but also give you plenty of spinal support as well as the room to stretch and move about, and its foam seat will keep you comfortable all day. 

On top of the Sayl's bold color options, you can specify adjustable lumbar support, but bear in mind that this will knock the price up. The same applies to the seat depth. Should you opt for a more expensive model, it can be fully adjustable, but for a lower-tier option, the non-adjustable depth should be more than enough support.

Best Herman Miller chairs: Mirra 2

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03. Herman Miller Mirra 2

The perfect Herman Miller chair for restless sitters

Specifications
Height: 1111 mm
Width: 762 mm
Depth: 470 mm
Seat height: 424 - 565 mm
Maximum weight: 159kg
Reasons to buy
+Stylish and functional+Fully adjustable+Two back options
Reasons to avoid
-More supportive than comfortable

The Herman Miller Mirra 2's name comes from the fact that it's designed to intuitively mirror your natural movements. Herman Miller compares it with a good running shoe, and it's a pretty apt comparison. Some might find it just a little unyielding, but if support matters most to you then it's a definite winner.

The Mirra 2 is responsive and supportive and allows your body to move, stretch and reach naturally, and its Harmonic 2 tilt provodes a balanced feel when you recline the chair. It has two back options, a flexible TriFlex back or an ultra-responsive Butterfly back, its woven seat distributes your weight evenly and allows air circulation, and it comes in a range of great-looking colorways.

Best Herman Miller chairs: Setu

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04. Herman Miller Setu

An ideal Herman Miller chair for those who like a minimal look

Specifications
Height: 980 mm
Width: 638 mm
Depth: 381 mm
Seat height: 432 - 546 mm
Maximum weight: 136kg
Reasons to buy
+Thoroughly minimal+Flexible and comfortable+Very lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-The arms cannot be moved

Not quite the cheapest Herman Miller chair you can get (but only by the barest of margins), the Setu is a decidedly minimal office chair with a mesh seat and back, and a flexible spine that responds to your movement. It comes in six tasteful colour options and either white or black frames, and you can adjust the height but nothing else. 

The greatest selling point of the Setu is its lightweight design, which makes it perfect for easy movements. The plastic panels that support the back of the chair are designed to adjust and respond to your body with no manual controls necessary, so while it's not something you can have total control over, it does mould itself to every individual's body. 

Basic but effective, it's described by Herman Miller as a side chair and we're not entirely sure how it would suit all-day use. However, if you don't spend the entire day seated or if you like a more firm chair with no cushioned seating, it would be a fine choice and comes at a reasonable price.

Best Herman Miller chairs: Cosm

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05. Herman Miller Cosm

A smart Herman Miller Chair that adjusts itself to suit you

Specifications
Height: 864- 1311mm
Width: 734 mm
Depth: 678 mm
Seat height: 409 - 544 mm
Maximum weight: 159kg
Reasons to buy
+Three back heights+Self-adjusting tilt mechanism+Fantastic looks
Reasons to avoid
-The arms are not the most adjustable

Available in three back heights, the Herman Miller Cosm is designed to adjust itself to provide you with optimum support. It features Herman Miller's Auto-Harmonic tilt mechanism that automatically gives you the balanced support and movement you need, based on your body and posture, and its seat and back are combined into a breathable and temperature-neutral Intercept Suspension that conforms to your body to provide dynamic spinal support. This also encourages better posture by allowing you to sit in a way that specifically aligns with your spine. 

There are three arm options – fixed-height, height-adjustable and leaf – and multiple colour options; we particularly love the Cosm's 'dipped-in' look, which means it's the same colour from top to bottom.

Best Herman Miller chairs: Lino

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06. Herman Miller Lino

The least expensive Herman Miller chair, with a less distinctive look

Specifications
Height: 956 - 1118 mm
Width: 693 mm
Depth: 384 - 454 mm
Seat height: 375 - 528 mm
Maximum weight: 159kg
Reasons to buy
+Simple design+Breathable back+Comfortable cushioned seat
Reasons to avoid
-It lacks that classic Herman Miller look

If price is your priority when you're after a Herman Miller chair, you won't find anything cheaper than the Lino. It's a minimal, no-nonsense option that looks a lot more like a traditional office chair than most Herman Millers, and while it lacks the advanced features of the Aeron or Embody, it's still impressive, comfortable and supportive. 

It has adjustable arms and seat depth so that you can find your perfect sitting position, it has a breathable suspension back that gives you full spinal and lumbar support, and it comes in a wide range of colour, material and finish options so that you can ensure that your Lino fits in with your office décor perfectly.

Best Herman Miller chairs: Embody

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07. Herman Miller Embody

The ultimate Herman Miller chair for comfort and support

Specifications
Height: 1017 mm
Width: 697 mm
Depth: 697mm
Seat height: 407 - 520 mm
Maximum weight: 136 kg
Reasons to buy
+Made for healthy sitting+Four-layered seat cushion for maximum comfort+Fully adjustable
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most breathable material choice

Herman Miller describes the Embody as an office chair for those who take sitting seriously, so you know it means business. If your work involves sitting down all day, the Embody is built to make it a lot easier on your body. It's a premium pick, and that's even by Herman Miller's standards, but if you've got the money to spend on absolute guaranteed comfort, look no further. 

It features a backfit adjustment so that you can tune the chair to your spine, a smooth tilt that mimics your natural pivot points, and a seat with four breathable layers for comfort and airflow. Designed with experts in biomechanics, vision, physical therapy, and ergonomics, it's the ultimate healthy sitting option.

Everything about the Embody was designed with a sense of purpose. It has a narrow back to facilitate easy movements for your shoulders and arms, and it also has a 'kicker' to really let you extend and relax when leaning back. Note that this model is no longer being restocked in the UK.

Choosing the best Herman Miller chair

Herman Miller Lino

Herman Miller Lino (Image credit: Herman Miller)

How do I choose the best Herman Miller chair?

In our best Herman Miller chair guide we've included all the measurements you'll need to get the perfect fit for you. There's more than just the dimensions to think about though, because the design materials will also play a part in not only the type of comfort you expensive, but how well your chair fits into your home office, too. 

Many Herman Miller chairs have a mesh back that supports and flexes with your body as you move throughout the day. These are designed to be breathable while still offering complete support, and while they may feel a little unyielding when compared to the couch, they will still allow you to sit back and relax thanks to an adjustable tilt handle. 

The Herman Miller Sayl, which is a close contender for the top spot thanks to its sleek design and thoughtful construction, has a more breathable webbed plastic back which is ideal for those who work in warm spaces and want to keep cool. 

How do I choose the right size Herman Miller chair

We love that Herman Miller has made its chairs in a range of sizes to accommodate to different customers, but it can make choosing the right size for you a little tricky. We suggest taking a look at the size reference chart, which combines height and weight to suggest an ideal chair for every user. 

Herman Miller Sayl

Herman Miller Sayl (Image credit: Herman Miller)

Why are Herman Miller chairs so expensive?

While Herman Miller chairs come at a premium price point, they do have the quality construction to match. If you want to invest in a desk chair that will last a decade or more, these options will be worth the initial cost. 

They are guaranteed for 12 years as standard, which speaks to the company's intention of providing you with an office chair to last decades in your home. And although it is true that the Aeron Herman Miller chair is the most iconic option, it may not be the best Herman Miller chair for you.

There are actually some options that come significantly shy of the $1,000 mark, with a handful of the top picks in our guide available for about $500 on a good day. You may even be able to find a Black Friday 2021 discount if you're serious about making an investment but want to make sure you get your money's worth.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, cat-wrangler and occasional street performer who's written for a multitude of publications over the past quarter of a century, including Creative Bloq, T3, PC Gamer and a whole load of long-dead print magazines.