Herman Miller Aeron review: does this design icon deserve the hype?

Going strong since 1994, we review the entry-level ergonomic model of the Aeron, which has limited adjustments and a lower price point.

A photo through a doorframe, showing an office set up, including the Herman Miller Aeron chair.
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Our Verdict

When reviewing an iconic product such as the Aeron, you need to forget the hype and look at what's in front of you... and what's in front of us is a supremely comfortable chair that's beautifully designed and seems to get better the more you live with it. The Aeron is a classic chair that led the way in ergonomic design in the 1990s, that still influences office-chair design today, and so rightfully continues to top many 'best of' lists. But is the 'entry-level' model with its limited adjustments (and lower price) a good idea?

For

  • Iconic design
  • Supremely comfortable
  • Quality materials
  • Delivered assembled
  • 12-year warranty from HM

Against

  • Few adjustment options (for entry-level model)

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The Aeron kicked off the modern ergonomic chair revolution in 1994, standing on the shoulders of the granddaddy of ergo chairs, 1976's Ergon (also from Herman Miller). And 30 years after its release, it's still revered as a product design icon, both beautiful and exceptionally well made. But surely design – and the understanding of ergonomics – has changed since 1994?

I've been reviewing the best ergonomic office chairs for a few years now, and always take my time using each chair – a minimum of three weeks – before giving my review. For the Aeron, I've spent 12 weeks with it, thinking about its every facet – from the wheels to the back mesh; the armrest foam to the lumbar support. And my two second review is that the Aeron is a timeless classic, because it still succeeds in its very clear aims. 

The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Herman Miller Aeron

When reviewing an iconic product such as the Aeron, you need to forget the hype and look at what's in front of you... and what's in front of us is a supremely comfortable chair that's beautifully designed and seems to get better the more you live with it. The Aeron is a classic chair that led the way in ergonomic design in the 1990s, that still influences office-chair design today, and so rightfully continues to top many 'best of' lists. But is the 'entry-level' model with its limited adjustments (and lower price) a good idea?

Beren Neale
Ecom Editor

Beren has worked on creative titles at Future Publishing for over 13 years. Cutting his teeth as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, he moved on to edit several creative titles, and is currently the Ecommerce Editor on the most effective creative website in the world. When he's not testing and reviewing the best ergonomic office chairs, phones, laptops, TVs, monitors and various types of storage, he can be found finding and comparing the best deals on the tech that creatives value the most.