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The Five Best Herman Miller Office Chair Alternatives

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Whether you're revamping your company HQ or in desperate need of a WFH upgrade, you don't need to spend a small fortune on a Herman Miller Aeron Chair unless you insist on owning an iconic piece. To help guide you in other directions, we've rounded up a handful of eye-catching alternatives at lower price points:

Hay Chair 51 Task Chair, $505 USD

Somewhat of a hybrid office chair, this minimalistic option from Hay combines the looks of a traditional dining table chair with that of a traditional office chair. The result is something that's quite sculptural and striking, while also delivering a comfortably curved seat and deskspace essential features like a height-adjustable gas-piston lift and a smooth-rolling base. Best of both worlds.

Komplot Desig Gubi 3D Chair Hi-Rek, $439 USD

This chair from Komplot Desig may look simple but it's actually the first furniture design to be based on the technique of molding three-dimensional veneer, giving the chair "comfort and a sense of lightness with all edges pointing away from the user." Good enough for the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection and good enough for your workspace, too.

Steelcase Series 1 Office Chair, $489 USD

If you insist on an ergonomic office chair, Michigan-based Steelcase delivers a significantly more affordable version of the Herman Miller-style chair with a light aesthetic and serious support. Pure performance.

Slate Design Ivory Velvet Desk Chair, $599 USD

Designed by Mark Daniel of Slate Design, this pleated velvet office chair with a brushed brash base is sure to add a little style to any office wanting to break away from the stale aesthetics of your run-of-the-mill workspace. Wildly comfy, too.

Mermelada Estudio Rue Grey Tweed Office Chair, $399 USD

Inspired by a Parisian chair design from the '50s, this office chair pairs nubby-blended grey tweet fabric with a black powedercoated frame. Easy like Sunday morning.