Independent Overall Rating: 10 of 10
Pros: Maybe the best office chair on the market. Comfortable, cool-looking, high performance.
Cons: One of the most expensive work chairs around. But with a 12 year warranty by Herman Miller, the comfort and productivity are worth the price.
Overall Rating: The Embody really is an extraordinary chair. It’s very comfortable, very chic, and well-designed and responsible. It’s the top of the line, the bee’s knees.
I was really struck by the look of the Embody when I first picked it up. The backing of the chair was narrower and smaller than I’d imagined, the arms a little wider. Overall, it gave the impression of a kind of alien chair, something you might see on the deck of the Enterprise. I loved the style. In addition, the material with which the chair was upholstered was interesting. It was porous—like a jersey—but also soft and really comfortable. I’d done some reading on the chair beforehand, and knew that it was supposed to help keep your back aligned and supported. Sitting in it, I could immediately feel the difference. The Embody Chair sort of cradles the body—and the effect of the engineering is that sitting up straight (usually my least favorite position) is really really comfortable in the Embody Chair. Comfortable enough that I may or may not return this chair to the store.
The X Factor
Well, the Embody Chair is just kind of undeniably cool. The futuristic silhouette, the adjustability, that soon-to-be-iconic backing? It definitely brightens your work day.
The Bottom Line
The Embody Chair is the top of the line for office chairs. For comfort, ergonomic design and performance, it cannot be beat. It’s expensive, yes, but over its guaranteed 12 year lifespan, the cost is probably worth it.
COMFORT / ERGONOMICS: 9 of 10
Outrageously comfortable. The best thing about the Embody Chair, as I mentioned before, is that the most comfortable position (not that there are any uncomfortable ones) is sitting up. The chair makes the healthiest, most supportive posture the most comfortable one. Bonus. Embody is also very customizable; the arms go up and down, inward and outward, and the chair can be adjusted for tilt, tension, and height. Sitting in the Embody Chair I can honestly say I never once felt uncomfortable, or like I needed to get up and stretch or jump start my circulation. As far as comfort goes, this is an outstanding chair.
DESIGN: 10 of 10
There are a multitude of cool design features on the Embody. The most noticeable are the silhouette and the narrowing back of the chair, both of which are very unconventional (and very cool-looking). They also serve some purpose—the backing narrows to let your shoulders move much more freely, something I really liked. I found I could reach places on my desk without getting out of my chair that I hadn’t been able to reach before. There is also the new tilt mechanism Herman Miller came up with, which finds your center of gravity and keeps the tension in the chair even in any position. The front of the seat falls off at the edge, and that really kept my legs from getting cramped or sore, or losing circulation. The seat of the chair is made up of four layers, global and local springs combined with a mat and the Pellicle upholstery, and they combine to mold to the user’s form.
STYLE: 10 of 10
I love the way the Embody looks. Very elegant, yet modern at the same time. The designers (Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber) did less with more in every case. The Embody is a light chair, and there’s no padding, foam, or unnecessary elements in the chair. Everything has been pared and spartanized.
QUALITY / CRAFTSMANSHIP / PEDIGREE: 9 of 10
I love the way the Embody looks. Very elegant, yet modern at the same time. The designers (Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber) did less with more in every case. The Embody is a light chair, and there’s no padding or foam or unnecessary elements in the chair. Everything has been pared and spartanized.
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: 10 of 10
The Embody Chair has a sterling record here. A large part of the chair, over 40 percent, is composed of recycled material. And 98 percent of the chair is actually recyclable itself. Herman Miller, who produces the chair, does so in zero emissions factories, and they ship the chair in reusable and recyclable packaging. The chair is GREENGUARD certified, MBDC certified, and can contribute to LEED credits for businesses. All that adds up to a lot of green.
PERFORMANCE: 9 of 10
The range of motion in the shoulders that the Embody allows increases the ease with which a person can work at a desk. The intense comfort and correct posture that the Embody encourages also keep users alert. The Embody Chair improves circulation (by not cutting it off with edges and hard padding), which cuts down on getting up and down to stretch, and increases blood-flow to the brain. Sitting in the Embody Chair, I never felt uncomfortable, I never got unusually tired, and I never felt the need to walk away from my desk. My productivity was above average.