5 High Performance Task Chairs That Will Make You More Comfortable

Let's face it, it's been claimed that sitting is the new smoking, but everyone needs have a seat from time to time. Here's a look at 5 of our favorite high performance task chairs available today.

Herman Miller's Classic or remastered Aeron

The ubiquitous Aeron chair is an icon among a sea of task chairs, it's easily the most recognizable task chair in the world, and for good reason, it's bold design set the trend for all task chairs that followed in the decades after it was first introduced. Often copied but never replicated, the Aeron chair is in a class of its own. Aeron is the paradigm of ergonomic seating, conceived to conform not only to different body shapes but also to movement, with multiple adjustment points for a custom fit. The breakthrough Kinemat tilt mechanism lets it move smoothly with the user from forward tilt (when you reach for the phone) to backward recline (while you contemplate what to say). And the Pellicle weave upholstery, another innovation in concept and comfort, evenly distributes weight over the seat and back, and permits air circulation. Durable and sleek, this chair will still look like new long after you retire. Design doesn’t get more civilized.

Herman Miller's Embody

Specifically designed for people who work or game in front of computers, the Embody Chair promotes good posture and makes you feel like you’re floating, providing ergonomic support while allowing you to move. Its narrow back allows you to twist and reach while its “spine” automatically adjusts to your body’s curve. In forward or reclined positions, the lumbar support stays with you. Having the freedom to move makes your body feel better, improves your blood circulation and sends more oxygen to the brain – all of which help you focus on your work. It’s excellent for body, mind and even the environment.

Steelcase's Gesture

Gesture is the first chair uniquely designed to support the changing ways people work and interact with technology. Our global study revealed the human body's tendency to assume nine positions throughout the day, inspiring a new approach to seating design. Whether toggling between multiple devices, texting or leaning back and taking it all in, Gesture is equipped to deliver ergonomic, eight-hour support.

Steelcase's Think

Think chair; a chair intelligent enough to understand how you sit, and adjust itself intuitively. The Integrated LiveBack™ System conforms to your body and moves with you as you change postures. It features an advanced weight-activated seat that recognizes your body’s weight and adjusts accordingly, so anybody can get comfortable quickly. The intelligent design allows the user to further personalize their comfort through a few manual adjustments, but they don’t require a manual to explain. Think’s built in lumbar allows for additional dialed in back support. The 4-way adjustable arms provide support for your arms, wrists, and shoulders in a variety of postures. Think is an icon of sustainable design and the new Think pushes sustainability even further. Think can still be disassembled in 5 minutes with common hand tools making it easy to recycle at end of life.

Humanscale's Freedom Headrest

With innovative recline that provides constant support and a pivoting backrest that automatically adjusts to the needs of the spine, the Freedom chair is exceptionally comfortable and promotes movement throughout the day. Its refined and sculpted cushions were designed to mimic the body’s natural contours and decrease pressure point loads for premium comfort. Like all Humanscale chairs, the Freedom chair was designed to look and function like new after years of consistent use.