The Herman Miller Sayl Chair

PROS:Beauty, comfort, support, and style. CONS:Not high performance, and not great for large users. OVERALL RATING:This is a chair that’s right on the edge of all-time greatness. The only thing that holds it back is performance (slightly). But while it may be looking up at the Embody, it’s still one of the best office chairs money can buy. And with the money you’ll save…

The Steelcase Amia Chair

PROS:This is an affordable, personal chair from a well-respected designer and manufacturer. CONS:Little in the way of performance and features, and lacks a good recline mechanism. OVERALL RATING:The Amia Chair from Steelcase is a modern-looking office chair without a few modern comfort features. The mesh back is stretched tight and has little give. It’s more comfortable than a standard big-box seat back, that’s for…

Mirra Chair Videos

We’ve made a few videos of the Mirra Chair to help you figure out if it’s the chair for you. In the first two videos, Adam of Smart Furniture shows you how to adjust and assemble your chair. Then, Karen (also of Smart Furniture) offers her own take on the chairs. Adjustment Guide by Adam Assembly Guide by Adam Employee Review by Karen

The Herman Miller Mirra Chair

PROS:It gets very high rankings in every category below. This is a chair with no real weaknesses, a great pedigree, and every comfort and support feature you could want. CONS:Some have found the Mirra Chair to be smaller in the seat pan than they’d like, but this varies from customer to customer. OVERALL RATING:The Mirra is a flatly excellent office chair. You can find…

The Kartell Louis Ghost Chair

PROS:This is a beautiful chair, at a good price, from a great brand and a great designer. Almost everything is a pro. CONS:Those god awful decals available. Thankfully they’re optional. Don’t get one. OVERALL RATING:This is a great “standard” chair. It’s versatile in application, as it works in dining rooms, living rooms, patios, and meeting spaces. It’s beautiful, environmentally responsible, stylish, and an icon…

The Humanscale Liberty Chair

PROS:The Liberty Chair looks good, comes from a good company, and is comfortable in the seat and back. It cuts an attractive profile and the cost is not prohibitive. The mesh back supports very evenly and has no hard parts that are meant to be supportive but turn out to be intrusive. CONS:The lack of a tilt control is noticeable if you’re the kind…

The Steelcase Leap Chair

PROS:Very comfortable and well suited to general office work. CONS:Low emphasis on performance and high-productivity features, and little to offer in the way of advanced design or style. OVERALL RATING:The Leap Chair is well above average, and does many things very well. The chairs strengths are comfort and usability, and the only detracting features are the absence of overt stylization and performance design. PRODUCT…

The Generation Chair by Knoll

PROS:Very comfortable, cool-looking, environmentally sustainable. All in all, no true weak spots. CONS:You may not like the style of the chair, and there is a somewhat hefty price tag on it. OVERALL RATING:The Generation Chair is a very successful office chair, a home run on Knoll’s first at-bat when it comes to this kind of furniture. It looks cool, it feels good, and it…

Nelson Swag Leg Chair

OVERALL RATING:With high marks in all the criteria that we rank modern classic furniture, the Swag Leg Chair received 9 of 10 stars. It’s one of the most recognizable chairs in the world, yet it can’t possibly look ordinary in any setting and always looks sleek, and always feels good to sit in. Kudos to Nelson for this lasting contribution to the design world….

The Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair

PROS:Classic looks, classic designers, and comfort-pockets. CONS:Not a chair built for high performance, or with modern ergonomics in mind. OVERALL RATING:As a piece of classic design, this chair might be a 10. But as a participant in the modern marketplace, it loses a few points for its lack or ergonomic and performance features. This is still a remarkable chair with a remarkable pedigree, and…