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Spec me: An office chair. Again.

Discussion in 'Gaming Chairs' started by Acme, 2 May 2021.

  1. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 35,245

    Location: Sussex

    Hi all, I'll try not to make this a wall of text...

    - I sit in my chair for extended periods every day, 18 hours is not uncommon.
    - I ideally want something with a mesh or leather base, or at least something "breathable" - My faux suede Kashmir didn't smell too hot after 100,000 hours...
    - I am heavily built and broad shouldered, so I can't have a seat which pushes on my shoulder blades
    - Around the £200 mark +/- a reasonable amount for the right seat
    - I get a £100 contribution from my company if I provide a VAT receipt, so second hand Herman Miller/etc might not work.
    - It needs to lock upright and have a "sprung tilting" function, which I think most have.
    - Adjustable flat topped arms

    I have looked at:

    - Staples Hyken - Seemed to tick all of the boxes, then I noticed it is no longer available in the UK...
    - 'Alto' mesh managers chair - Looks OK, questionable quality, can't find any reviews.
    - Various SIHOO or Hbada ergo chairs - They look very good, but plenty say they are badly made or too small for your average "European"
    - Ikea Markus - Lots of recommendation for this one, but it doesn't look like it has much lumbar support?
    - Ergo-Tek mesh manager chair - Seems like a good option, reviews seem good, only downside is the fabric base. But I'm sure its breathable fabric unlike the Kashmir?
    - Second hand Herman Miller Mirra - I know these are more comfortable than they look, but they don't have head/neck support, and I would also need to get it from a VAT registered company.

    Anyone have any recommendations, glowing reviews, ones to avoid?

    I'm not interested in all the faux leather racer style chairs, although that DOOM one looks pretty amazing. :p

    It may be possible to talk me into spending more... But not Aeron money.
     
  2. modd1uk

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 May 2013

    Posts: 389

    Another recommendation for Ikea Markus, I'm a big lad and I've had mine over 5 years, love it.

    Edit- Mines the mesh / fabric not leather.
     
  3. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 35,245

    Location: Sussex

    Any comment on the lumbar support? Also some say the base is no good and it "deflates" and feels like youre sitting on the backing board?
     
  4. luggles

    Gangster

    Joined: 15 Sep 2007

    Posts: 200

    I'm fairly small and skinny so my experience might not be as applicable, but the Ikea markus lumbar support was non existent for me, I think mainly because the seat was too deep for me to sit properly in it at my desk.

    The seat would also heat me up loads and make me sweaty (i had the fabric not faux leather), it also eventually developed a deformity in the middle where the foam has lost strength but i'd had it for 7 years and i don't think that happened until recently. But that just made it even harder for me to sit properly in it comfortably.

    Another thing you listed adjustable flat top arms, the arms are not adjustable at all on the Markus. This meant i had to have the seat lower than I'd have liked to not smash my desk.

    I had to replace the chair though because it got to the point that sitting in the chair was causing me significant lower back pain, that wouldn't go away. I replaced it with an Embody which is way out of your budget but my back pain has gone, this also would have probably been achievable with a cheaper chair that fitted better, but I'm still happy with the purchase.
     
  5. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 35,245

    Location: Sussex

    I have ordered a chair now, after ages of trawling I found an Umi Ergonomic chair, reviews are all good apart from some people saying the headrest is too low etc.
    I got the tape measure out, and it looks like it will be perfect for me fortunately.
    And I apparently had a £10 off voucher which I didn't know about!

    :)

    I don't know if I'm allowed to link it because OC sell chairs, but they sell gaming chairs not ergo chairs? But its easy enough to find.
     
  6. silvagti

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Apr 2013

    Posts: 2,827

    Yeah, I find my IKEA Markus ok as far as £150 chairs go but it's got issues and I don't understand the universal acclaim it seems to get.

    Lumbar support-wise I find it ok but the lack of adjustment in the arm rests is frustrating and I don't find the fabric seat base very comfortable or breathable as you say.

    If IKEA fitted adjustable armrests, a mesh seat base and made the lumbar support height adjustable it would be great. As is it's reasonable for a ~£150 office chair but i wouldn't buy another one. Better to spend another £100-200 and get something properly adjustable with full breathable mesh.
     
  7. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 35,245

    Location: Sussex

    OK so the Umi Ergonomics chair was a big let down.

    The armrests are too far forward to be of any use whilst also sitting far enough back to support your shoulders. The lumbar adjustment doesn't go high enough. The headrest is so far back that you have to invert your spine for it to be any use. The padding on the seat base was fine, but not great.

    The build quality was reasonable, no complaints there. It just isn't ergonomic. It isn't uncomfortable, but I will be looking for something else.

    Smacks of something that was made to look like an ergonomic chair, without input from anyone who knows anything about ergonomics.

    Like most of them I suspect...