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Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

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Just to add to the chorus, can't go wrong with HM/Steelcase/Humanscale. However a word of warning, there's a lot of Aeron copies out there but you shouldn't consider them. Generally the achilles heel is the mesh; instead of being long lasting and low maintenance they'll often tear and accumulate weird gunk.

Some okay 'second tier' brands include:
Allseating
Boss Office/Office Star (very utilitarian)
HON (same)
TheErgoOffice (Their Aeron copy is actually okay but not great)
ZUO (these just look cool and are pretty good build quality)

Another thing you'll probably want to look for is either 'Commercial use' or '24/7 chair'. A 24/7 chair is meant to be occupied at all times, due to shift work and so on. You obviously won't be using it 24 hours, but they are generally of higher build quality. A commercial use chair will usually have a much better warranty. Lastly (not knowing your dimensions) some people swear by Big and Tall chairs, even if they're not big and tall. The average use chair is rated at 250 lbs though most of them can easily sustain more. Big and tall are usually just built that little bit stronger, though you might have trouble with head/arm rest adjustment if you're really short.

(If you can't tell that I used to work in office furniture oops I guess I gave that away)

I did a quick google and came up with these guys. They're probably not super competitive (I was involved in logistics not pricing so I wouldn't know) but it should give you an idea of what's out there:
http://www.moreofficechairs.com/Office-Chairs--C292.htm

You won't notice HM/Steelcase/etc there because those guys only have 3-4 online sellers at most. I think Steelcase might be exclusively through them only I'm not sure.

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Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

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Actually Amazon.com has Herman Miller/Aeron and Steelcase too so maybe check that out. Mostly new but some used (none for Aeron though).

Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

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Splizwarf posted:

We don't have an HR department and if I want a new chair I've got to buy it for myself; it's why I'm after some advice on it before I go in. Since it's my own nickel, I can get anything I can find the money for. This week I'm getting shin splints and my knees really ache. Other than that my job's great.

I'm 6'5 so I feel your pain, though obviously not as much. Big and tall is a recognized term within the industry (e.g. http://www.cymaxoffice.com/Office-C...ig-Tall--C0.htm), so you should be able to search along those terms. I'm currently using the second one there (the 'OFM Big and Tall Leather Chair') and it's pretty good. I like how the arm rests are unobtrusive because I had the same problem you did with hitting them on the way up/down, and I also like the big backrest. It seems you can never get upper back support on a chair if you're over 6'. I should point out though, that I sit in the chair totally wrong; I am usually slouched way down so my upper back is supported, because in a 'big and tall' chair if I'm sitting completely upright the top of the backrest is still below my shoulders.

PS-I wouldn't advise buying a chair online like that site, especially in your situation. It's just meant to give you an idea what's out there and what price.

Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

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You could check these out I guess:
http://www.buzzillions.com/office-chair-reviews?N=29

Buzzillions/PowerReviews is the site behind all those user reviews on ecommerce sites. The link I provided is for the $50-$75 range, but there's some cruft in there (stools, tables, etc.) There's a $75-$100 range too:
http://www.buzzillions.com/office-chair-reviews?N=30

Obviously none of these are 'triple-a' brands (e.g. steelcase/herman miller) but BOSS/Norstar/Office Star (all the same company) have been around for decades.

Would avoid the 'store' brands (e.g. staples) since they're usually just generi-china product #113121.

Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

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Mad Doctor Cthulhu posted:

I hear you. I'm 6'6 (34" inseam) and I can't find a decent chair for the life of me. At this point I'm pondering if it'll be easier to stand while online. My current Office Depot chair is loving with my lower back.

Off topic, but do you have bandy little legs or something? I'm 6'5 and wear 36/38 depending on the cut.

Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

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Tornhelm posted:

Anyone know of a decent office chair for fat bastards? I've been doing 24hr shift work at an inbound call centre for a few too many years now, and as a consequence I've ballooned out to about 250lbs (only 5'7") and want something actually capable of supporting my weight, at least until I can finish knocking my weight down to something more managable.

'Big and Tall' might work for you, because all of them are usually built with >250 lbs people in mind. However you might get screwed on the height part, and if you're shopping local you'd likely have to go to a specialist store (e.g. $$$). Another classification they use is '24 hour' chair, which is meant for exactly what you're doing; a chair meant to be occupied for 24 hours. These are usually built a bit stronger so as to survive the rigors of being used constantly. Using both of those as search terms on any office furn site should turn up some good stuff. I'm not overweight really for my height, but even at 230lbs I would break about 2 chairs a year until I found one that was built properly.

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Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

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I used to work with HumanTouch and they're definitely legit. That lung chair looks weird though, why is it bigger on one side than the other?

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