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Embody Chair

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$1,495.00

Designed by Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf

What if a chair could do more than just minimize the negative effects of sitting? Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber designed the Embody Chair with that question in mind. The result set a new benchmark for ergonomic seating technology.

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Embody Chair

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Item Number: 427111

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Packaging Type:
Box
Packaging Dimensions:
40.5” x 28” x 28.5”
Package Weight:
63 lbs.
Assembly Required:
No
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User Adjustments 
   
Total Height 42-45"
Seat Height 16-20.5"
Width 29.5"
Depth 15"–18"

 

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Overall Great Chair
The Embody really does allow you to customize just about anything you could possibly want in regards to your seating position. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 for one reason. The ease with which the arms move in and out means that the majority of the time the arms are moved unintentionally. If I barely put pressure on the arm and lean over the side of the chair or use the rest to re-position myself I usually move the arm rest unintentionally. I wish their was a way to lock in the position I most desire.
I'm about 6'3, 200 Lbs, and my legs are long from my knees to my hip so I really like the ability to extend the seat out further to support my hamstrings.
September 11, 2019
Not impervious to shipping defects
It’s a fantastic chair, one issue is that the pneumatic cylinder makes it vibrate a little. At the price point I’d expect quality assurance to catch any and every problem. I weigh 165 pounds so no unusual strain on it either
September 3, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Response from Herman Miller
I'm so sorry to hear about what you're experiencing with your Embody Chair. I'm reaching out to you by email to learn more about the issue and to help find a solution.
September 5, 2019
Melissa M
Extrodinary chair
I have had a long storied career as a chronic pain patient. Having both been born with back issues and being involved in a near death auto accident. I can not stress enough how good this chair is for some one with back and leg pain. It transcends what I have etched in my head as a "chair", and I view it more as a valuable tool. If the price point has you on the fence, I will concede yes this is not a cheap piece of furniture. It is worth every red penny there asking though. I could never see my self going back. Ruins other chairs for me to be frank. just unlike any thing I have ever sat in. Bravo
August 27, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Good if you don't mind arm rests that recline as the chair reclines.
Chair is comfy but I use the mouse a lot while reclined and the emody chair's arm angles upward during the recline. The angled arm rests no longer support my arm since it is no longer parallel with my desk.
August 19, 2019
Great chair - almost perfect at 4.5 stars
This is actually my second Embody chair. I got one months ago for the office and loved it. I've got all kinds of problems with pain and I sit 8 - 10 hours a day for work. This is the first chair where it didn't contribute to my pain level so I got one for the home office too. I love the customization options and color choices. You can really pick out what you want and get the right "fit" for yourself. I'm an average sized guy at 5'10" so I was able to configure the chair for all day comfort regardless of seating position. The only thing that keeps it from 5 stars are the armrest. They are adjustable up and down and that work great and locks in place once you find the height that comfortable for you. The problem lies with what I'll call the lateral or width adjustment. You can move the arms inward or outward to accommodate a wider or slimmer body type but this is the only adjustment that does not lock (or at least I haven't been able to figure it out) the majority of the time its not an issue but if you drop an pen or something, you will notice it immediately. For example, if I drop something on the right, I'll put my left hand on the left armrest to support myself but as soon as I lean over the right side, the armrest collapses in toward me. The chair is extremely stable so I've never toppled but it's kind of a system shock the first couple times you do it because you don't expect it. I've gotten to the point where I don't lean over the side anymore but some kind of lock would prevent it in the first place. Other than that small concern its a great chair.
July 30, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Priceless: Proper customization to your unique body!
Most reviewers miss what's best about this chair: Customization to your body!

Chairs keep getting bigger like the population in this country but if you have unique needs/ shape a standard chair won't do it. I'm tall with long legs and short, small torso. Most arm rest in chairs don't adjust sideways. The roll out feature on the seat adjusts the size/fit to support my long legs. No other chair I tested could do this. Either a humongous char for a heavy set or wide person or a small frame that did not carried my leg. While I do wish the instructions were a bit better, this is the only chair that truly adjusted to meet my body needs. Most reviews overlook those two unique features that make a WORLD of a difference to some of us. Priceless!
July 20, 2019
Invest in yourself
When your occupation requires you to stay at the desk for long periods of time... a chair can be the best investment. The comfort is unmatched.
July 11, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Arrived with minor damage
The carton that arrived was beat up. When I took it out there was one caster off. I could not get it back in place. Customer service was wonderful and I had a replacement the next day.

I could not find the online tutorial and had to call in to figure out all the adjustments. Of course they showed me where the video was. The most difficult adjustment was actually the height. There is a clear lever and you really need to pull it up or push down. I was concerned about putting that much presser on the lever but Customer Service assured me it was ok.

I expected the lumbar and thoracic areas to contour more to my back. Specifically creating differences from left to right. This is a very specific issue due to scoliosis so it probably is not an issue for most people.

Overall I am pleased.
July 2, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Armrests go bad quickly
I live in an apartment that never drops below 60 and never exceeds 80 degrees in LA. The armrests shrivelled within about 2 years and began falling apart by year 3. When you spend over $1000 on a chair I'd expect the pads to be durable and easy to replace. I can't find affordable replacements anywhere.
June 25, 2019
Response from Herman Miller
I'm so sorry to hear of the issue with the armpads on your chair. I'm reaching out to you via email to learn more.
June 26, 2019
Stephanie S
amazing chair
better to get my 50 dollar chair back from the dumpster then buying an over priced dollar store chair
June 4, 2019
Response from Herman Miller
I'm so sorry to hear that the Embody chair isn't working out for you. I'm sending you an email to gain a better understanding and see how we can help.
June 5, 2019
Stephanie S

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Embody or Aeron Chair

I spend about fourteen hours a day in front of the computer. I am 6'2, 230 lbs. Which chair would best fit my needs: The Aeron or the Embody Chair?
A shopper on Mar 30, 2012
Best Answer: Both the Embody Chair and a size C Aeron Chair would be a good fit for your body type and length of sitting. If you prefer to lean back while you are sitting, you may want to consider the Embody Chair. It's spine is designed to provide healthy support for your back for long hours of sitting in front of a computer. The Backfit� adjustment positions the backrest in line with your spine's natural curve, so you achieve and maintain a neutral, balanced posture. The chair also allows you to adjust your seat depth to fit your thigh length for ultimate comfort and support.

If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
What is the difference between the casters?
A shopper on Oct 24, 2011
Best Answer: All caster options for the Embody Chair are suitable for carpet. There are a couple differences between the casters though, so we would recommend choosing the option that best fits the environment you will be using the Embody Chair in. Here are descriptions of each caster option available:

- Carpet Casters - Well suited for carpet and available in black.

- Hard Floor or Carpet Casters - Allows you the flexibility to use the chair on both hard floors or carpet and available in black.

- Translucent Hard Floor or Carpet Casters - Allows you to the flexibility to use the chair on both hard floors or carpet and available in a translucent color.

If you have any additional questions, or would like assistance with choosing your Embody, please feel free to contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888-798-0202.
Has an extended piston option been released yet for the Embody?

At 6'4" with stupid long legs, I can't buy an Embody until their is a longer piston option. I like to check in every year to see if that's happened yet!
A shopper on Apr 5, 2014
Best Answer: I'm 6'4" and have long legs too. My height is in my thighs.
There is very little tension in my hams due to length of seat but I can see that you may want a higher sitting position. this works for me with the desk I use.I Its been two months and I seem to like it more each day. I have three "C" Aeron's surounding it and everyone wants to sit in MY chair, the Embody.
Titanium or Aluminum base?

I am considering purchasing the Embody Chair, but have a question regarding the base. Is the titanium option also made of metal or is it just a color option made of plastic? Secondly what are the benefits of having the aluminum version vs the black or titanium versions.
A shopper on Apr 21, 2016
Best Answer: The Graphite, Titanium, and Polished aluminum base are all made from die-cast aluminum. The only difference between the base colors is the way they are coated. The bases are coated with the following:

Graphite Base - Texture powder coat
Titanium Base - Smooth powder coat
Polished Aluminum Base - Polished Aluminum

If you have any other questions, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
Is it bad practice to leave a heavy coat on the back of my Embody chair?

I know that the individual actuators in the back are quite sensitive. Could a heavy coat applying weight on the top of the chair cause any damage to the sensitivity of the back-curve adjusting mechanism over time?
A shopper on Dec 18, 2013
Best Answer: Any weight or downward force applied to the backrest will effect the flexibility/performance of the back support, which provides support and comfort by spontaneously conforming to the user�s shape and postural movements.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
why does this chair has no seat cushion

You would think for people who sit behind their computer at their workstation for long periods of time. I have one of these chairs the Embody Chair, I am experiencing the seat part feels so hard for my sit bones. That I had to purchase a seat cushion for my Embody Chair.
A shopper on Dec 23, 2015
Best Answer: The Embody chair's Pixelated Seat Support consists of three layers: a layer of tensioned Arnitel bands, a layer
of acetal coil springs, and a top mat layer that consist of a set of interconnected Sarlink pads allowing movement of heat away from the body. The seat was designed to distribute the users weight and provide a comfortable seated experience for long term usage.

Herman Miller does not offer a cushion for the Embody chair or any of the office chairs. First adjustment to consider to relieve pressure points would be the Height adjustment (start high and lower in small increments).

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
DOES THE EMBODY CHAIR HAVE A LEVER TO MOVE IT UP AND DOWN?

i'M TRYING TO LOWER THE CHAIR...BUT CAN'T FIND A WAY TO DO IT.
A shopper on Apr 2, 2012
Best Answer: On the right side of your Embody Chair is a round joystick that can be used to adjust your seat height. To raise your seat height, angle the joystick upward and lift your weight off the seat until it raises to your preferred height. To lower your seat, angle the joystick downward while sitting and lower the seat to a comfortable height. At the proper seat height, there should be slightly less than a 90 degree angle between your thighs and calves.

You can see instructions on all adjustments for the Embody Chair here: http://www.hermanmiller.com/content/dam/hermanmiller/documents/user_information/ADJ_EMB.pdf

If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
Does the chair have the ability to tilt forward and lock?

I like having my upper legs drop down a little while I'm sitting in a chair. I don't believe the Embody Chair has the forward tilt functionality, but wanted to ask and make sure. Does anyone know?
A shopper on Dec 9, 2016
Best Answer: The Embody chair does not offer a forward tilt option.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
How does this chair hold up with pets around?

Is this chair durable enough to stand up against cat claws or a dog constantly jumping up into the seat?
A shopper on Feb 24, 2016
Best Answer: We do not test or warrant any of our products against pets. Since the chair has a fabric seat and back a cat or dog could easily get their claws into the fabric causing it to fray or tear.

If you have any further questions, please contact customer support at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
I own one of these chairs, but I need a taller back with the lumbar curve in a higher location. Are taller backs available?

I have been usjng this chair for 4 years with moderate discomfort and just today brought it in to my Physical Therapist to examine. She took one look and observed that the back of the chair was far too short for me (6' 1"# and the lumbar cuve was far too low for my back.. When she sat in it #5' 2"# it fit her perfectly. I can't find any way to adjust the entire back upwards. Are taller backs available for purchase? If not, I will have to abandon the chair.
A shopper on Jan 28, 2016
Best Answer: I'm not affiliated with Herman Miller, but I'm 99% sure there is not a taller back available for this chair (source http://www.hermanmiller.com/content/dam/hermanmiller/documents/pricing/PB_EMB.pdf). One thing to note is I don't think the curve at the base of the chair's spine is necessarily for the lumbar region; it's designed to push the pelvis forward slightly to relieve pressure on the spine. According to the literature on this chair, the H-supports conform to your natural back shape once the BackFit lever is adjusted to your body.

My experience with the BackFit is that the more you turn it, the looser the chair becomes in the lumbar region and the tighter it becomes in the upper back/shoulder region. I've heard that a good way to set the BackFit is to tighten it all the way by rotating it clockwise, then rotate it counterclockwise until you feel the Embody supports your back gently throughout its curve. If you have a flatter lower back, you'll find the Embody more comfortable with the Backfit tighter. If you have a more curved lower back, you'll find the Embody more comfortable with the BackFit looser.

I know the chair can be uncomfortable if it's adjusted improperly, so give this a try before abandoning the Embody forever. Here is the adjustment guide:

https://www.hermanmiller.com/content/dam/hermanmiller/documents/user_information/Embody_Chairs_adjustment_guide.pdf

Good luck, and go Broncos.
Extended height option and custom castors

In the product brochure pdf there is an option to chose different heights for the embody chair including an extended height opposed to standard height. However on the herman miller online store here I do not see any options to select a height option when going through the checkout process.

2nd question, are the casters used by herman miller base use a typical 7/16"� standard shaft for attachment so 3rd party casters can be used? Even with the extended height it will be short an inch or two for my purposes, but can be rectified by using 4" casters instead of standard 2".
A shopper on Sep 26, 2013
Best Answer: We currently offer the standard height version of the Embody Chair online, but additional options, including extended height can be purchashed through a Herman Miller authorized dealer or retailer.

The Herman Miller bases use the 7/16" shaft because it is the industry standard. We do not test our products for third party casters. Third party casters may fit, but they would void the warranty.

If there is anything else we can help with, please feel free to contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202
The Aeron series has PostureFit. Does the Embody Chair have something equivalent?
A shopper on Feb 9, 2012
Best Answer: The Embody Chair does not have a separate PostureFit attachment like the Aeron Chair does, because the support is built into the design of the chair. The Pixelated Support (shown in the attached image) creates seat and back surfaces that automatically conform to your every movement and distribute your weight evenly. By fitting your form and reducing seated pressure, Embody increases blood circulation, which improves the flow of oxygen and decreases heart rate.

If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
I'm looking for ergonomic recommendations on adjusting the seat depth, should the front edge of the seat be closer to the knees or away ?
Tarun on Jul 2, 2019
Best Answer: The widest stationary part of the chair is the base which has a diameter of 27.7 inches. Depending on how the base is positioned it may limit how far under the desk you can go. The arms at their widest point (when pushed out all the way) are 29.5 inches from outer edge to outer edge. The arms can come in to only be 20 inches apart depending on where they are comfortable for you.
What is the height from floor to top of arm rest when the arm rest is at its minimum height?
A shopper on Feb 8, 2014
Best Answer: The Embody Chair arm height adjusts as well as the seat height. When the arm height and seat height are at their minimum height, the height from the floor to the top of the arm rest is 22.5 inches. The height from the top of the floor to the top of the arm rest can range from 22.5-32 inches.

If you have any further questions, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Are there any other color options for the embody balance fabric? I already have a black with a white body. I want a second chair for home, but am not a fan of blue? thanks.
Susan F on Jul 21, 2019
Best Answer: There are additional fabrics and colors available for the Embody chair. Here is a link to view the additional balance fabric colors along with additional fabrics - https://www.hermanmiller.com/design-resources/materials/search-materials.html#pid=7/274,cp=1,rpp=60
Is this chair good for a 5 ft 5" woman with upper back problems?
ariel a on Jun 12, 2019
Best Answer: The Embody chair offers great back support. The BackFit adjustment knob allows you to change the shape of the back to better match the shape of your spine.
what is the difference between the rhythm fabric and the balance fabric options?
cecil on May 13, 2019
Best Answer: The balance fabric is a very breathable fabric. It's designed to help provide users with a cooler sit. The rhythm fabric is a polyester and has a thin layer of foam behind it making it a slightly softer sit than the balance fabric.
I’m small framed, and chair arms are always too wide for me. which HM chair would be best?
Kenith on Apr 29, 2019
Best Answer: The Embody chair arms have the smallest width. When in their highest position the arms are 12 inches apart. As the arms lower, they become further apart.
What is the weight limit on this chair?
Bluefoot63 on Aug 15, 2018
Best Answer: The Embody chair is rated to 300 pounds.

For additional questions, we can be reached at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.
What is the weight rating of the Embody?
michael on May 15, 2018
Best Answer: The Embody chair is rated up to 300 pounds.

For additional questions, we can be reached at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.
Do they make a chair for 380 lbs?
David D on Mar 27, 2018
Best Answer: Our Aeron chair (size C), Mirra 2, Sayl, and Celle chairs are currently rated for 350 pounds.

For additional questions, we can be reached at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Does this chair fit an average height woman's body?

Often an office chair with it's back, contour, etc. is designed for a man and does not fit a woman's average body. So do any average height and weight women have experience with this chair?
A shopper on Mar 17, 2017
Best Answer: Yes, the Embody Chair accommodates the 95th percentile/average height of both male and female users. There are three standard adjustments which allow such a broad range of users:

1) BackFit Adjustment - BackFit allows users to fit the backrest to their spine's curvature.

2) Seat Depth Adjustment - The handles on the right and left sides of the seat allow the user to adjust the seat depth from 15" to 18".

3) Adjustable Arms - The arms adjust up and down, as well as in and out to support shorter user to the tallest user.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any additional questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Can the piston be extended to convert this into a stool?

I just got a new standing desk and I'd like to adapt my embody to match the height of the desk.
A shopper on Mar 15, 2017
Best Answer: The Embody chair does not have an option to be converted to a stool.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Can the seat and back material of an Embody chair be replaced? and if so, how?
A shopper on Jan 5, 2017
Best Answer: Yes, the fabric can be replaced/changed on your Embody Chair. An Authorized Herman Miller Dealer in your area will be happy to help you find the replacement fabric, parts, and service you're looking for. Please copy and paste our Find a Location link below to locate the dealer closest to you:

http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

Should you run into any challenges, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
How much does it cost to just buy the upper backrest?
A shopper on Oct 12, 2016
Best Answer: An Authorized Herman Miller Dealer in your area will be happy to help you find the parts you're looking for and discuss the price. Please use our Find a Location link below to locate the dealer closest to you:

http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

Should you run into any challenges, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Is it possible to get the carbon/black fabric with a white back?
A shopper on Jul 7, 2016
Best Answer: All Embody chairs configurations will have the translucent back mat with any fabric option selected with the exception of the following four fabrics:

-Rhythm Black (3014)
-Mercer Charcoal (21310)
-Balance Carbon (3512)
-Balance Black (3513)

The four listed above will have the back mat in graphite.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.

For all other options, the back mat is translucent.
What is the actual width of the seat cushion?
A shopper on May 13, 2016
Best Answer: The Embody seat is 21.2" wide.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Can the adjustable arms be positioned so they do not hit against a keyboard pull out tray?
A shopper on Apr 20, 2016
Best Answer: The Embody Chair arm height can be adjusted very low to avoid contact with a work surface or keyboard tray. The arm height adjustment range is approximately 5" or from 6.5" to 11.5" from the seat to minimize shoulder strain. The arms height can be adjusted by pressing a button on the underside of the armpad to raise or lower.

The arms can also be adjust to four incremental width locations when the user applies horizontal force or 12" apart to 21" (inward for keyboarding, outward for mousing).
The arms will lock when the user applies weight when entering or exiting the chair.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
What color is the Iris fabric? It looks darker in the Rhythm vs balance?

I was hoping it is purple! It's hard to tell from the pictures online. Thanks!
A shopper on May 20, 2015
Best Answer: Both the Iris Rhythm and Iris Balance are a shade of purple. The Iris Rhythm is a darker shade of purple than the Iris Balance. The Herman Miller Online store would be happy to send to you a sample of each to compare the colors.

If you would like a sample or have any other questions, please reach out to the Herman Miller Onlie Store at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.
Does the Embody chair come fully assembled?
A shopper on Mar 31, 2015
Best Answer: If you purchase through the Herman Miller Online Store, the Emobdy Chair does ship fully assembled. All you would need to do is remove the chair from the box.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to the Herman Miller Online Store at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.