Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody gaming chair review (2022)

Our Verdict

The Herman Miller Embody oozes premium—you'd expect nothing less at this price. With superb comfort and a warranty spanning over a decade, it's absolutely the chair of choice if you're willing to invest in ergonomics.

For

  • Extremely comfortable for daily, prolonged use
  • Built to last
  • 12-year warranty if something goes wrong

Against

  • Expensive
  • Limited armrest movement

I'll be honest, the first thing to enter my mind when I heard about the Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody was the price. It's a $1,595 (£1,195) (opens in new tab) gaming chair and that's understandably a tall request to make for most of us. If you balk at the concept of dropping that much of your hard-earned cash—that's gaming PC money, after all—there are plenty of cheaper alternatives in our best gaming chair (opens in new tab) guide to consider.

Herman Miller, however, is a brand built on the concept that ergonomics are something that should be invested in. And that seems to mean more than a lumbar pillow and a faux-racing chair aesthetic. The Embody is far more modest. It's instead banking on people gladly spending a chunk of change on comfort and stellar ergonomics. So I've headed into this review with that in the forefront of my mind, and tried to consider why you might wish to spend the cost of a second-hand car on a gaming chair, and whether you will come away feeling like you got your money's worth.

I'll admit that wasn't an easy task for someone who instinctively sees a £1,200 chair and thinks "too much". But times have changed, and after the year we've had, the price doesn't seem so crazy—even before I lay my posterior on it. Working from home, and spending all but a fraction of the day sitting down, a comfortable chair that I trust with custody of my spine has become a necessity.

A chair that champions complete support above all else is more interesting to me now than ever before. And that's regardless of the Logitech collaboration, which mostly seems to be a branding exercise to entice gamers to consider a high end throne, rather than one of the bucket seats so beloved of streamers.

Yet I wasn't sure what to expect of the Embody before it arrived. I certainly hadn't envisioned such a massive box turning up on my doorstep. First impressions, then, entirely focused on how I was going to get said box up two flights of narrow steps leading up to my apartment.

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Herman Miller Embody specs

Weight limit: 136 kg
Total Height: 1067–1143 mm
Material: Sync Fabric (polyester), foam layer
Warranty: 12-year, 24-hour
MSRP: $1,445 (£1,195) (opens in new tab)

That massive box hides what is perhaps one of the Herman Miller's best features. After deciding that I had to cut the chair out of the box with a knife in my hallway, I discovered a chair fully assembled and wrapped in little more than some clever cardboard. There's absolutely no fussing with screws or throwaway tools required, which is something of a pet peeve of mine. ('m amassing third-rate Allen keys from cheap flatpack furniture and I can't help but feel there's got to be a better way.)

Perhaps Herman Miller's onto something here, then—premium packaging without the assembly work. We're certainly off to a good start when it comes to feeling like a lux chair, but short-lived success on receipt of delivery is hardly what you've paid good money for.

The Embody chair itself is actually rather compact. There's no towering headrest to speak of—Herman Miller says an ergonomic chair done right needn't have one—and the slim body-fitting backrest and small frame make for an overall design that's dwarfed by the Cooler Master Ergo L (opens in new tab) I had been using previously.

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In spite of its compact design, the Embody does feature a wide seat without any outer extrusions to keep you bolted in. An important abstention for all-day comfort, I assure you. The seat is made up of a couple sprung meshes supporting a matte and foam cushion design covered in, what Herman Miller calls, Sync Fabric. Essentially it's a 100% polyester fabric that Herman Miller rates for its durability, colour retention, and strength. You really want to be sure it's ready to stand the test of time, and while I can't say how it will hold up over a decade of wear, it's not yet shown a single sign of damage yet.

For the most part the Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody actually isn't a complete departure from the Embody of old. A tried, tested, and widely recognised design, the gaming Embody comes in a new black and blue colourway, with plain black also available if you're going for a more sober/edgelord look. There's also a small Logitech G brand toggle on the rear, that doesn't serve any purpose that I know of, and a Logitech G logo across the upper band of the backrest.

Again, I'm not sure the Logitech collab is bringing a lot to the party, but the branding is notably light touch next to the racing style gaming chairs that we're used to as PC gamers, and it feels classy as a result.

A foam layer within the seat is actually one of the few functional differences between the Embody and Logitech G Embody. It's said to add a little more support while sitting bolt upright, and intended to keep your rear cool. Speaking from experience it's deceivingly comfortable over prolonged use, although it's tough to say whether it adds much beyond the original model.

It's the most immediately noticeable trait of this chair: You can sit in it all day and not feel a moment of discomfort beneath your tush. You may shift around your top half into all sorts of absolutely not ergonomic positions during the day but your bottom half tends to stay stuck in place at a desk, so it's important to get that just right. Thankfully, the Embody does.

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When you are sitting correctly in the chair, which Herman Miller will tell you how to do in its promotional videos (tip: feet forward and flat on the floor), the back rest is wonderfully supportive. It offers a little give and take thanks to a construction of sprawling supports that span the rear of the chair, and connected to the main column of the backrest at just a few pivotal points.

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While some chair designers may use ergonomics as an excuse for their weirdest and wildest designs, the Embody is relatively reserved in design and operation. The lack of headrest case and point, but the lack of extensive movement in the armrests is further testament to Herman Miller's 'we know best' approach.

Luckily you needn't be overtly conscious of your posture at all times to get the most out the Embody. So long as you're not straddling it in a vein attempt to get 'down with the kids' you'll probably find it as passively comfortable as I have.

Functionally, then, the Herman Miller Embody is excellent. You'd expect nothing less for a whopping $1,595 (£1,195). Is that alone enough to warrant the price tag? It's still not an easy decision. Where the Herman Miller gains favour is when you factor in the too easily dismissed 12-year warranty.

A 12-year warranty for a £1,195 chair makes for easy maths: a touch under £100 a year. The warranty is extensive, too. It covers 24-hour use (three shifts in bleak corpo speak, eight hours a piece) and covers just about everything: pneumatics, casters, armrests, you name it. Some surface-grade damage to the fabric might not net you a new chair, but you're effectively covered for everything else for over a decade.

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With that, the price tag becomes more easily understood. I'm not saying it's going to swing anyone initially shaken to their core by that price tag's four digits, but those on the fence may feel significantly more confident in the longevity of their new gaming chair purchase with the warranty factored in. That warranty is something rarely replicated by other gaming chair brands, either. From searching the top chairs from our roundup only a few came close to a 12-year, all-in standard warranty. That's the Mavix M9 (opens in new tab) and Steelcase Gesture. Both of which follow the task chair approach to gaming thrones.

Both are a little cheaper than the Herman Miller, however, and both have their proponents in PC Gamer's top brass. Certainly worth checking out these two, often found for less than the Embody, before hitting the checkout.

Without resting my rear in either, however, I must judge the Herman Miller by its merit, and the 12-year warranty that tipped this chair for me. By far the most expensive I've reviewed, it's also the one I feel oozes premium comfort and support. With a 12-year warranty making sure that stellar experience never dampens, not even a little, it's easy to see why Herman Miller has the premium office chair market largely wrapped up.

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Does said Herman Miller X Logitech G Embody necessitate the gaming chair title over its not-so-humble office origins? Perhaps not, it still feels like that same Embody as before with a few extras that aren't easily distinguishable in action. Yet, if anything, this chair is proof that little need be done to replicate Herman Miller's success for those of us that prefer gaming on a PC as opposed to working at one.

The Verdict

Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody Gaming Chair

The Herman Miller Embody oozes premium—you'd expect nothing less at this price. With superb comfort and a warranty spanning over a decade, it's absolutely the chair of choice if you're willing to invest in ergonomics.

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FAQs

Is embody better than Aeron? ›

The Embody has a thin high back design while the Aeron has a wide back that is more of a mid-back height. Each chair has soft arms but the Embody's arm adjustments are better suited for a wider range of people while the Aeron arm adjustments are better suited for typing and tasking.

Does the embody gaming chair recline? ›

Tilt limiter: This controls how far back the chair can recline. The Embody uses a small lever with a total of three positions. The highest keeps the chair back fully upright, the middle allows a slight recline, and the bottom provides a significant tilt. Even at the lowest position, the recline is still fairly mild.

Is the Embody chair good? ›

Our Verdict

The Herman Miller Embody scores exceptionally well in our tests and is a premium office chair. It's incredibly comfortable and you can easily sit in it for a full day. It boasts an excellent set of adjustable features, which allows it the capability to be customizable for many.

Can you recline in Herman Miller Embody? ›

You also have a range of lockable tilt positions, as well as tension adjustment and independent back angle adjustment. I like the recline function on the Embody. It is similar to the Herman Miller Aeron. I do not think it is quite as smooth as the Aeron, but it is a close 2nd, in my opinion.

What is the best office chair for sitting long hours? ›

For those who spend eight hours (or more) per day sitting in an office chair, the Aeron from Herman Miller is a worthwhile splurge. It has an ergonomic design—features like a mesh back, sturdy base and three different sizes to choose from—that ensures you'll remain comfortable throughout the day.

Are gaming chairs good for sitting all day? ›

Gaming chairs are an effective solution as they keep the spine aligned when sitting. The reduced stress translates into higher energy levels, and you can sit for long hours.

Can you sit cross legged on embody? ›

Also, YOU CAN SIT CROSS-LEGGED in the Embody, and it's very comfortable with the back supporting you in different strange positions.

Does embody squeak? ›

Experienced Herman Miller representatives know Embody creaks and squeaks. They know they can't do anything about it other than handling in a new unit that will start to do the exact same thing.

What is the most comfortable chair in the world? ›

The Napoleon Chair is definitely the Most Comfortable Chair in the World and remains a perennial best seller since it was the first piece we ever produced all the way back in 1988.

How long does an embody last? ›

An Embody Chair comes with a 12 year warranty period with 24-hour coverage. Ergonomically built, these chairs provide multiple adjustment options, accommodate all body types, and their build and quality stand the test of time.

Does embody have headrest? ›

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How do you sit on embody? ›

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Does Herman Miller Embody have lumbar support? ›

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Can gaming chair be used as office chair? ›

Or, you could go for a gaming chair, which will have a more “gamer-friendly” design and some features of its own, depending on how much you spend. The names of these types of chairs, however, can be a little misleading. You can, of course, use an office chair for gaming and a gaming chair for office work.

Should your chair be higher than your desk? ›

RAISE THE HEIGHT OF THE DESK. Do not lower the chair height because you will then sit with your knees above the level of your hips which will increase the pressure in the lumbar discs and quickly result in back pain. Furthermore, you will automatically hunch your back resulting in shoulder and neck pain.

How much should you spend on a good office chair? ›

Office chairs can range in price from $100 to $1500, depending on the build quality, adjustments and other factors. You should expect to spend around $350 to $800 on a high-quality ergonomic chair with a 10-year warranty, customization options and at least four other features.

What happens if you sit in a chair all day? ›

Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. They include obesity and a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and unhealthy cholesterol levels — that make up metabolic syndrome.

How long is too long for sitting? ›

“Persons with uninterrupted sedentary bouts of 30 minutes or more had the highest risk for death if total sedentary time also exceeded 12.5 hours per day,” noted Alter.

What is the lifespan of a gaming chair? ›

So, how long do gaming chairs last? In general, a gaming chair should last 2 years at least. That being said, most people should be able to keep their chair for 3 to 5 years easily. However, many factors can extend or shorten their lifespan: the build quality, the usage, and how much the user takes care of his chair.

Is a gaming chair more comfortable than an office chair? ›

gaming chair the office chair is better suited for productivity, focusing more on strict ergonomic support than on comfort. Gaming chairs are also designed for ergonomic support, though they tend to prioritize comfort, which is expected of a product designed to enhance fun and recreation.

Why does my gaming chair go down when I sit on it? ›

The easiest way of treating the problem where the gaming chair goes down by itself is to oil the components. This is a very simple way of treating the issue because the problem is often in the lever where it is not letting you adjust the height due to excessive friction. In such a case, greasing the lever can help you.

Are Herman Miller chairs good for tall people? ›

Of all the big and tall chairs out there, the Herman Miller Aeron Large (C) is probably the best office chair for tall people. It is said to be suitable for heights up 6′6″.

What happens if you sit cross-legged too much? ›

Several studies have revealed that crossing a leg while sitting can cause spinal deformities including scoliosis. Another study carried out in 2016 showed that cross-legged sitting leads to a bent and asymmetrical posture, and is more pronounced in patients with lower back pain.

Does embody have forward tilt? ›

Those adjust up and down, and also side-to-side. Unlike other chairs, they don't angle forward or backward. The Embody armrests are height and width adjustable.

Why is my chair so loud? ›

As we mentioned before, the reason why your office chair is squeaking may be due to a rusty spring, wheel, screw, or bolt. If you tend to use your chair for extended periods, to fix a squeaky chair, try to check your chair for rust from time to time. If there's rust, clean it with oil or lubricant.

Is Herman Miller Embody breathable? ›

Breathable seat with four support layers. Pneumatic seat lift and adjustable armrests.

What chairs do CEOS use? ›

Eames chairs have been associated with quality and durability for a long time — a known favorite of Steve Jobs, and a common sight in CEO offices. The Time Life Executive Office Chair was created in 1959, so-named as it was built to sit in the lobbies of the Time-Life building in New York City.

What chair does Joe Rogan use? ›

Joe Rogan uses the HAG Capisco Ergonomic Office Chair currently.

Is it better to sit on a soft or hard chair? ›

As a general rule, soft chairs are more likely to exacerbate poor posture because they do not provide sufficient support. In the long run, hard chairs are better for your health. Good posture and a pain-free back are more important than short-term gains from a soft and comfortable chair.

How should I sit for long hours studying? ›

How to stay focused while studying, a guide:
  1. Find a suitable environment.
  2. Create a study ritual.
  3. Block distracting websites + apps on your phone, tablet, and computer.
  4. Divide up + space out study sessions.
  5. Use the Pomodoro Technique.
  6. Find the best tools.
  7. Focus on skills, not grades.
  8. Schedule downtime.
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What type of chair is best for work from home? ›

24 Best Work-From-Home Chairs (2022 Comparison)
  • Herman Miller Aeron Ergonomic Office Chair.
  • Humanscale Freedom Headrest Chair.
  • Steelcase Gesture Office Desk Chair.
  • Steelcase Leap Executive Chair.
  • X-Chair X2 K-Sport Management Chair.
  • ALL33 Backstrong C1 Office Chair.
  • Herman Miller Sayl Ergonomic Office Chair.
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Is gaming chair suitable for study? ›

PC Gaming Chairs

With a swivel and reclining function, ability to adjust the height, and thick padding, you are assured of maximum comfort. They can also be used for studying and office work.

How do I clean my Logitech embody? ›

BASE, FRAME, AND ARMS: Wash surface with a cloth soaked in mild detergent and warm water. Rise thoroughly and dry with a so cloth. Do not use solvents or abrasive kitchen cleaners. With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller Embody Chair will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction.

How long does a Herman Miller Embody chair last? ›

“The Embody is designed to last up to 12 years, with 24-hour usage during that time,” Campbell said. “We're not in the warranty business, so this isn't a marketing claim. We want to ensure that our chairs actually last that long.

Is chair with headrest better? ›

Ergonomically designed office chairs with headrests stop you from hunching forwards. Instead, your head has something to comfortably lean on, preventing your body from falling forward. Over time, your body will adjust to staying upwards, rather than hunching and putting pressure on your back.

Why does Herman Miller not have a headrest? ›

Herman Miller chairs are ergonomically designed, meaning they maintain a person's correct posture while sitting to be more efficient at work. Thus, they do not put headrests on their chairs, whether it is for office or gaming use.

Is it OK to sit on the floor? ›

Sitting on the floor also makes you work your core and lower back — both of which are essential for strength and flexibility. Floor sitting positions such as the squat also helps to strengthen all the muscles in your leg as you stand up.

How do you lift an Embody chair? ›

Complete Adjustment Guide On The Herman Miller Embody Chair

Is embody better than Aeron? ›

The Embody has a thin high back design while the Aeron has a wide back that is more of a mid-back height. Each chair has soft arms but the Embody's arm adjustments are better suited for a wider range of people while the Aeron arm adjustments are better suited for typing and tasking.

Do Herman Miller chairs hold value? ›

Herman Miller chairs normally retain their value pretty well, so expect to pay around 50-70% of the retail price for a used chair.

Do Herman Miller chairs wear out? ›

Like any other office chair, a Herman Miller chair is also subject to wear out with regular use over time.

Which office chair base is best? ›

Stainless Steel (SS) base:

Ergonomic chairs are the best example of office chairs having steel bases. They are strong and durable and could either be painted or chromed in their finishes. Chrome steel bases are popular as they do not leave any marks behind. The KENZO 551 and KENZO 552 are SS- based.

Which company office chairs are best? ›

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  4. Steelcase Leap. ...
  5. Hon Exposure. ...
  6. X-Chair X2 K-Sport Management chair. ...
  7. Furmax Office Mesh Chair with Armrest. ...
  8. Odinlake Ergo ART Chair 643.
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What chairs do CEOS use? ›

Eames chairs have been associated with quality and durability for a long time — a known favorite of Steve Jobs, and a common sight in CEO offices. The Time Life Executive Office Chair was created in 1959, so-named as it was built to sit in the lobbies of the Time-Life building in New York City.

What's the difference between a gaming chair and an office chair? ›

Mesh backs are one of the most obvious differences between most office chairs and gaming chairs. Where the latter are almost exclusively built around the racing bucket-seat design with a solid back, office chairs are most typically made with mesh backs to improve airflow and help you stay cool during long work days.

What is a good chair to sit in all day? ›

What are the Best Chairs For Sitting All Day?
  • Ergonomic office chairs. Ergonomic office furniture can revolutionise your working environment. ...
  • Mesh-backed chairs. Traditionally, most chairs feature a solid back made from wood or plastic. ...
  • Beanbags. ...
  • Kneeling chairs. ...
  • Wing chair. ...
  • Stool. ...
  • Armless chairs.
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Is it better to have chair lower or higher? ›

Raise your chair to support your sit-to-stand movement

With prolonged use, a lower-level seat will cause recurrent stresses and possible pain in these joints. Adequate seat height is a level at which you can easily place both feet on the ground and bend your knees and hips at a 90° angle.

Should office chairs be high or low? ›

A seat height that ranges from about 16 to 21 inches off the floor should work for most people. This allows the user to have his or her feet flat on the floor, with thighs horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk.

How much should you spend on a good office chair? ›

Office chairs can range in price from $100 to $1500, depending on the build quality, adjustments and other factors. You should expect to spend around $350 to $800 on a high-quality ergonomic chair with a 10-year warranty, customization options and at least four other features.

Are gaming chairs good for back? ›

The short answer is “yes“, gaming chairs are in fact good for your back, especially relative to cheaper office or task chairs. Common design choices in gaming chairs such as a high backrest and neck pillow are all conducive to providing maximum support for your back while encouraging good posture.

What chair do chiropractors recommend? ›

Chiropractors recommend kneeling chairs as they help your body maintain its natural curvature of the spine and ease discomfort in the lower back.

Is a gaming chair good for office work? ›

Yes, gaming chairs can indeed be good for office work because they are designed with a high level of ergonomics in mind. Also, gaming chairs have more adjustment options than the typical cheap office chairs so they can be customized to fit the unique needs of an office worker.

What chairs do Facebook employees use? ›

Everyday Life

All employee workstations are equipped with manually height-adjustable desks by default, and mechanically adjustable ones upon request. Herman Miller's classic Aeron chairs provide the majority of seating.

How long do office chairs last? ›

As a general rule, a well-built office chair should be expected to last somewhere in the range of seven to ten years. You're likely to find that most chairs come with a five year warranty.

Why are professional office chairs so expensive? ›

Warranty

The more expensive the chair, the better the warranty. Expensive office chairs are built to last and made of high-quality materials, which is why they come with extended warranties that cover almost everything.

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