Ultimate Office Chair? Herman Miller Embody Review

This is one of the most comfortable officechairs I’ve sat on.

The unique structure of this chair is visuallystunning, it’s incredibly flexible to conform and support my back and it has most of theknobs and adjustments you’d expect in a premium office chair.

But it’s not perfect with the clunky armrests, the uncomfortable seat pan for leg crossers, and even after sitting on it fora week I’m still making adjustments to the lumbar support to get it dialed in just right.

Hi I’m David and this is my review of theHerman Miller Embody chair So a couple quick notes upfront.

I borrowed this chair from Herman Miller (configurationon screen?) and sat on it for about week using it for my computer setup.

And for frame of reference, I’m on the smallersize standing at 5 feet 7 inches tall at about 140 pounds (29 inch inseam).

So let’s start with the best part aboutthis chair.

The back support.

Instead of the traditional foam cushion paddingfound on most chairs.

The Herman Miller Embody uses a suspendedrubber canvas that’s supported by this plastic skeleton structure.

The fabric, rubber canvas, and plastic supportare all flexible to conform to your back to minimize any pressure points, giving you thefreedom to stretch and move around while you work.

This is definitely a really comfortable chairexperience that I’ve never felt in another office chair.

But getting the back support adjusted properlythe first time you sit on it isn’t simple.

Turning this knob adjusts the upper back supportand how aggressive the lumbar support curves into your back.

And it’s this lumbar support that will typicallymake or break the experience for most people with this chair, as it is quite stiff comparedto the rest of the back support and can be painful in the lower back region the firsttime you sit in it.

It took me a couple days before I even feltlike I had it adjusted properly.

And even a week later I’m still making minoradjustments to the lumbar support as I get used to the chair.

Also something minor to note with the backsupport are the squeaks and creaking noise while moving the back around that might annoysome people on such an expensive office chair.

Next let’s talk about the chair adjustmentsfound on the Herman Miller Embody.

I’ve talked about the importance of thevarious chair adjustment in another video and as to be expected this chair has themall.

The seat pan depth is a little awkward toadjust with these handles on the front but it works.

There’s a switch on the side to quicklyset the tilt limiter at 4 different levels.

And while you can’t lock the chair in areclined position, the stiffness of the tilt recline can be loosened to make recliningfeel effortless.

The height is adjustable like any other chairbut uses this joystick toggle instead of a traditional paddle.

The arm rests are also height adjustable andthey also can be moved closer or further away from your body.

But the mechanism is a little clunky.

Also I find the arm rests to be quite largeand far forward with no option to move them back, so for me who likes to tuck in my chair.

They just end up getting in the way most ofthe time, so I usually just leave them at the lowest setting and never use them.

Back to the comfort of the chair.

I already mentioned the back support is reallycomfortable but the seat pan is also really comfortable too.

The design of seat pan is also quite uniquesince it doesn’t use the traditional foam padding but a suspended plastic coil springdesign.

This combined with the Balance Fabric materialmakes the chair feel really breathable, which is nice for those people who get warm sittingon the typical foam padded chairs.

The downside though to this coil spring designis that you can feel the individual components dig into your legs if you don’t sit straightor like to sit crossed legs once in a while like I do.

So it’s not ideal for that but I guess ithelps encourage you to sit properly in your chair.

In the end, the Herman Miller Embody is trulya unique and stunning looking chair.

While the first time you sit in the chair,it will probably feel a bit odd.

And it will take some time and adjusting toget used to it.

And while I wish the arm rests had a bit moreflexibility and the supports in the seat pan didn’t poke at me when I sit cross leggedin the chair.

The back support is truly one of a kind andis surprisingly one of the most comfortable office chair I’ve experienced that almostmakes the $1500 price tag seem reasonable.


But I’m not too sure yet.

Maybe I’ll try out some other chairs first.

But hope you guys enjoyed this one.

You know what to do.

And I’ll see you in the video.

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