Wes is something of a chair connoisseur. Having sat in and reviewed dozens of office chairs, Wes knows what sets truly quality chairs apart from the generic, one-size-fits-all seating you can find in most workplaces. In the video below, Wes offers his thoughts on the Embody Chair and ranks it across a range of criteria- including style, design, environmental sustainability, and comfort. If the volume happens to be sub-par on your computer, you can read a transcript of Wes' dialog below the video. Enjoy.
Hi. Welcome to the video review of the Herman Miller Embody Chair. I'm Wes from Delegator.com. This independent review was commissioned by SmartFurniture.com. In this review we're gonna look at the Embody Chair from a bunch of different angles including: comfort, style, design, craftsmanship, environmental standards, and performance.
This part of the video review deals with comfort. Now the first thing we should talk about when when it comes to comfort is the seat. The seat has this waterfall edge. That keeps stress off your thighs and that keeps your blood circulating a little bit better. The seat's also very wide and very comfortable. Another great thing is the back of the chair. It has the kinematic spine that's built to bend and move like the human spine, as well as these flexors, and these flexors bend and move independently of one another, so I can do that, and only that part of the chair moves.
Now another thing that's really great about this chair is adjustments. For instance, the arms can go up and down. They can also go in and out. Another cool thing you can do with this chair is called BackFit. You can twist this knob right here to get it just how you want it- just how firm you want it in your back. Another thing you can do is the Tilt Limiter- right now, I can set it that way, and not be able to lean back very much at all, and that keeps me in a sort of an upright posture, or I can move it down and recline as far as I want.
With the well designed seat of this chair that's very comfortable, the well designed back that's very stretchy and flexible, and all these great comfort adjustments- the comfort rating of this chair is very high.
This part of the video review deals with style. Now, to talk about the style of the Embody Chair, you've got to look at the back. The Kinematic Spine and the TriFlex back serve a purpose- they're very comfortable, they're very supportive, but they also look great. Now this sort of almost alien design, complete with a narrowing back which you don't often see, is something that Bill Stumpf actually become famous for with the Aeron Chair, which is sort of the Embody's progenator. The Aeron Chair was a great chair, but it wasn't quite as ergonomic as Embody. The Embody is the ultimate ergonomic chair.
Another thing that's great about the Embody is these floating arms. They sort of come out from the bottom of the chair and float in space, and the adjustment makes them even cooler. Overall, this is a very odd looking chair, but the style is just beautiful, and we gave it really high marks.
This part of the video review deals with design. The Embody Chair was designed by Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber. Now Bill Stumpf is one of the pioneers of ergonomic chair design. He designed the iconic Aeron Chair. Jeff Weber is a great designed in his own right. This is their crowning achievement. It is the ultimate ergonomic chair, it is the world's first health positive chair. Now it goes about that in a lot of different ways. One way is to make you more comfortable, and that all starts with the spine. This is the Kinematic Spine, and it bends and flexes just like the human spine. It gives you lower back and upper back support. It also has these flexors, now these flexors can move independently with one another. That gives you a lot of support, and a lot of range of movement. The back is very narrow. Now you don't see that in most office chairs. It's kind of a whacky look, but what it does is it gives you more freedom in your shoulders. You can reach things a little bit better, you have a greater range of movement. There's also a lot of adjustment in the chair. You can move the arms, you can move the seat up and down, and you can extend the seat. You can do BackFit right here, that gives you a little more tension. You can also- there are 5 different levels of recline in this chair, you can go further and further back depending on what you like to do.
Another great design is the seat. Now the seat is porous, and that means air can pass freely through it. That keeps you cool, it keeps you away from any sort of discomfort during a long work day. The seat also has flexors inside of it just like the back. They move independently of one another. That keeps you comfortable throughout the work day.
Overall this is a really well designed chair both aesthetically and functionally, and we give it really high marks.
This part of the video review deals with craftsmanship- who made this chair. The chair is produced at Herman Miller and their factories in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Herman Miller is a furniture giant. They're extremely well respected, and they have offices at 40 countries around the world. And this chair in particular comes with a 12-year Herman Miller warranty, which is kind of unheard of. Herman Miller's been at the forefront of the office chair industry for a really long time, in fact, one of the guys who designed this chair, Bill Stumpf, also designed the Aeron Chair, which Herman Miller also sells, along with Jeff Weber, and Jeff Weber made the Caper Chair. So they both have a long history not only of making great chairs, but of making great chairs with Herman Miller. When it comes to quality in the United States, you really can't do any better than Herman Miller, and with a 12-year warranty, that's even better. So this chair comes with a very high craftsmanship rating.
This part of the video review deals with the environmental aspects of the Embody Chair. For one thing, this chair is made of 40 percent recycled materials, and that's great. For another, 98 percent of this chair can be recycled at the end of its life. Now with a 12 year warranty the end of that life couldn't come for a long time, but, that's also good environmental policy, because products that last a long time aren't gonna fill up landfills.
Another great thing about this chair is it's made by Herman Miller. Herman Miller is one of the most environmentally responsible companies in the country. They have a design for the environment initiative that means all their factories are zero emissions, and ship this chair in reusable and recyclable packaging. This chair carries a lot of certifications, including GreenGuard Certification, which means safer air quality, and MBDC Certification, which means this chair has been chemically tested- all its component parts have been chemically tested to make sure it's safe for the environment. It also can contribute to LEED credits for your business. Environmentally, this chair is a home run.
This part of the video review deals with performance. Can this chair make you more productive at work? In our experience, yes it can. One way is by giving you better posture. The way the back of the chair is designed, no matter how you sit in it, whether you're slouching or sitting up like I am right now, you're always going to have good posture. That means your back is not going to hurt, and you're not going to have to get up because you're uncomfortable. Another thing it does is keep your circulation flowing. One way it does that is this waterfall edge. That keeps the circulation flowing through your thighs where a lot of people lose circulation. Another way it does it is this narrow back. That frees up your shoulders not only to move, but it also keeps the circulation flowing throughout your back. Circulation is good because that increases your brain flow. It makes you a little more focused and a little more alert, and I can honestly say while we sat in this chair we were a little bit more productive. There's a reason it's the world's first health positive chair.
Hello Embody Chair shoppers! This is Matt Wood writing from Smart Furniture. I've been with the company for about 2 years and you may recognize me from my review of the Leap Chair. When my boss asked me to review the Embody Chair I was more than happy to do so as I've spent quite some time sitting in one and have lots to say about it. Little did I know that this review would involve cameras and require me to speak in front of them.
I have to say though that I'm quite pleased with the final product (the end result of many takes and some quality editing). If the volume isn't quite loud enough or you find my voice displeasing, there's a transcript below for your convenience. Also, be sure to check out the links below the video, especially the product reviews. So without further ado, for your viewing pleasure, I present to you our video review of the Herman Miller Embody Chair. Enjoy.
Welcome to the video review of the Embody Chair. Designed by Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber, and produced by Herman Miller. My name is Matt Wood.
That's me. OK, the first thing you notice about the Embody Chair is how it looks; the design is unconventional to say the least, and the affect is quite striking. The narrow back, the up-curved arms, and the original profile of the chair are all departures from the norm. Obviously tastes vary, but we think it's pretty cool.
We're looking now at the back of the Embody Chair. You can see it's a very unique, innovative design- the most prominent feature being this spine which runs from the top of the chair to underneath the seat, and this spine is actually designed to mimic and work like the human spine. It's not rigid at all, it bends and it flexes, and it moves when you move in the chair. This spine is connected to the seat through this flexible support system, it looks like a series of H's running up and down the chair, and the spine and the support system blend into the chair itself so when you move, the chair moves.
After sitting in the chair for a few days, I can tell you it really is quite adaptable. The spine kept me in good posture, and even better, made that posture comfortable. Reclining and leaning were easy, especially because of the range of movement the Embody allows in the shoulder area. The narrow back frees them up.
Over several days the Embody Chair did what it promised as far as design goes. I was comfortable, my back was well supported, and I could move easily. This is a very well-designed product.
So the Embody Chair is a task chair. It is highly adjustable, it is meant to be used while you're doing work, so it's meant to be comfortable and to fit you-the user.
You can start with the arms- the arms can go down, the arms can go up, they can go out, they can go in, so whatever task you're doing you can adjust the arms to fit that task.
You can adjust the amount of recline that you get with your chair. Some people like to work close to your computer, some people like to recline, and there are two adjustments that do this- these two knobs right how. This back one adjusts how rigid your back is. If you twist it away from you, you decrease the amount of rigidity in the back so you make it looser, so you can really recline this way. If you twist it toward you, you increase how rigid it is. So now you won't adjust as much.
This second knob here adjusts the amount of recline you get with your back. So again, very intuitive, you twist it away from you, you're increasing the amount of recline, so that's almost no resistance right there. You twist it towards you, there's less give. You have more firmness in the back.
You can also adjust the height of the chair, using this clear knob that's poking out right here. You reach right down, push it down, and the chair height goes down. Take your weight off for a moment, and it goes back up.
As far as comfort goes, the Embody Chair is probably the best office chair I have ever sat in. This is a premium quality, top of the line chair that is highly adjustable. You can customize many different features on this chair in just a few seconds, you can lean forward in it, you can lean back in it, you can twist, you can recline. It puts no strain on your body. It encourages you to move while you're working and it makes you more productive.
Herman Miller claims that this is the first health-positive chair, and I'm not a doctor, but after having sat in it for about a week, I believe it.
Smart Furniture also rates chairs based on their environmental sustainability. Here too, the Embody Chair surpassed our expectations. Much of the chair is composed of recycled material, and the chair itself is 98 percent recyclable. It's GREENGUARD Certified, and can contribute to LEED credits. It's easy to put together and take apart, and therefore, easy to recycle.
So overall, the Embody Chair is stylish, it's well designed, it's comfortable, it's highly customizable, and to top it all off, it's one of the greenest chairs on the market. It's very environmentally friendly, and because of all those reasons it gets our very highest recommendation. Thanks for watching, I'm Matt Wood, and thanks for visiting SmartFurniture.com.