What Is The Most Popular Office Chair? Lifehacker Poll Result

Lifehacker the site dedicated to tips and tricks for getting things done has just produced the results of one of its Hive Five polls on what is the most popular office chair.

It had earlier published an excellent article about spending money where you spend your time. The article identified your bed and your office chair as major contenders for where you spend most of your life.

It argued that it made sense to invest the right money in the right solution for your needs.

Back to the poll.

How did it conduct the poll?
Lifehacker invited readers to nominate their favorite office chair and from these submissions it then produced its Hive Five shortlist of the five contenders. Readers then cast their votes and in total there was an impressive 4884 votes.

Here are the chairs that made the final five

  • Herman Miller Aeron
  • Herman Miller Embody
  • Steelcase Leap
  • Raynor Ergohuman
  • IKEA Markus

And how did it all turn out?

Which chair came top of the poll?
Herman Miller's Aeron came first with a commanding 41.84% of the votes cast.

Aeron chair

Reclining In An Aeron Chair

It's perhaps not altogether surprising that it won the most votes as it's probably the best known office chair in the world. It's likely many of those who voted have used one where they work.

Mind you there were plenty of dissenters about the merits of the Aeron, like these.

“Although I love the customization of the Aeron, I hate how it feels sitting in the chair. The seat is essentially elastic mesh, so bigger, taller, and larger people sink into the center; being 6ft 3 the frame cuts into the back of my legs.”

“I was so uncomfortable in my Aeron chair at work that I replaced it with a $20 yoga ball. Best decision I've ever made.”

It's always been a chair that that tends to attract both positive and negative reaction from users, most love and yet some hate it.

Miller also took second spot with its Embody chair attracting 13.84% of the poll's voters.

What about chairs that didn't make the shortlist?
A number of people were surprised about the chairs that weren't in the list like the Humanscale Freedom. This is always going to be a problem with a poll like this, a worthy contender will often get overlooked.

Nonetheless it's good to see a lively discussion about quality office seating for a change. Far too often people end up sitting in rubbishy chairs for long hours and wonder why they suffer discomfort and back pain.

Further information
Here's where you can find the Lifehacker article with poll results for the most popular office chair. And in case you maybe feel it's not worth investing in a good chair take a look at the Lifehacker article The Comfort Principle: Spend Money Where You Spend Your Time it's paints a convincing picture of why it makes sense to invest in a proper chair.

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