Herman Miller Embody review: There is no perfect chair... but this comes close

Some chairs just feel faultless when you sit in them, and the Embody is a great example – if you've got the money.

A full shot of the Herman Miller Embody in a hallway.
(Image: © Future)

Our Verdict

This is the first five stars I've given in a chair review, and for good reason. The Embody from Herman Miller is an exceptional ergonomic office chair that supports you in all the right places. It feels like it's always just under you offering support and comfort, no matter what your position, yet never feels in the way. Slightly weak 'gaming chair' marketing in the UK aside, the Embody is the result of Herman Miller's years of industry-leading chair design, and your back will thank you – though maybe not your bank account.

For

  • Supremely comfortable
  • Adjustable in all the right places
  • Quality materials
  • The best arm rests

Against

  • Gaming chair? Really?
  • Retail price is a lot

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So, this Embody review has a perfect five stars. There must be absolutely nothing wrong with it, then? Well, of course not. There's no perfect chair for everyone, as people come in all shapes and sizes with different tastes. But the Embody comes pretty damn close, and I feel it needs to be distinguished from other near-perfect-scored chairs out there. In fact, it's so good that I'm going to start this review by focusing entirely on the negatives first (this won't take long). 

In the UK Herman Miller have 'partnered up' with Logitech and marketed the Embody as a gaming chair. I have no idea why. There's an embossed 'G' on the back that peels off. There's also a pull strap on the back that breaks off. (Neither things are meant to happen). In the US you're getting the exact same chair, but without the crap hang tag and G. You win. 

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Features:Pixel matrix seat and back
Row 1 - Cell 0 Highly adjustable arm rests
Row 2 - Cell 0 Copper-infused temp regulating foam
Row 3 - Cell 0 All usual adjustments
Max load:136kg
Item weight:22.6kg
Base to head height42-45-inches
Width29.5-inches

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The Verdict
5

out of 10

Herman Miller Embody

This is the first five stars I've given in a chair review, and for good reason. The Embody from Herman Miller is an exceptional ergonomic office chair that supports you in all the right places. It feels like it's always just under you offering support and comfort, no matter what your position, yet never feels in the way. Slightly weak 'gaming chair' marketing in the UK aside, the Embody is the result of Herman Miller's years of industry-leading chair design, and your back will thank you – though maybe not your bank account.

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.