During the pandemic, many of us are forced to work from home – myself included. Time to put away the dining room seat and get a real office chair.
By far the most comfortable chair at any of the various employers I’ve had has been made by Steelcase – the Steelcase Leap and Amia seats specifically. But these cost around $700 new. (Though as of this writing, the Amia is $399 renewed on Amazon)
So I setup a saved search alert on Craigslist to let me know when any Steelcase Amias come along below $350. Steelcase chairs pop up every month in my city, but often at a high price. I was patient, and six months later, I’m sitting on an almost new Steelcase Amia for $200. I can sit in this thing for hours and not get tired or have a sore back. Love it!
What I like about the Steelcase Amia:
- Hyper adjustable armrests (extending all the way forward (and even inward/outward), to support your elbows when typing/mousing
- Seat slides forward to support long thighs
- Tall enough to support long backs
- Solidly built all around – not flimsy or wobbly like those no-name chairs you see at Staples or Costco
- Traditional styling
There’s really nothing I dislike about it, and I’m kind of picky. Colleagues at work have also gotten Steelcases, but also recommended the X-Chairs, the IKEA Markus ($199), and the Herman Miller Aeron. The only one of those I’ve tried is the Aeron. I thought the Aeron was surprisingly uncomfortable for such an expensive chair, and it looks weird. Many people disagree, so be sure to try before you buy, if you can.