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Any good "mid-end" office chairs?

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Nov 18, 2014
12 posts
Toronto, Ontario

Any good "mid-end" office chairs?

People online generally recommend the Ikea Markus or a chair from Herman Miller/Steel Case. I've tried the Markus and I don't find it to be particularly supportive.

The Markus is $169 and Steelcase/Herman Miller chairs are $1200-1500.

I looked at a few used HM/SC for $400-700, but they were all in deplorable condition (coffee stains, hydraulic lifts that won't hold, nobs that won't tighten, etc.). New ones are way too expensive.

Is there no "mid-end" market for office chairs? I'd be willing to pay $400-700 for a new chair, but there doesn't seem to be anything available for that price (at least here in Canada). I know the OM5 is in that range and it's supposedly awesome, but they don't have any Canadian distributors where I can try the chairs at (and ordering from the States will push the price up significantly due to exchange rates and customs). I can get something no-name from Amazon or Staples, but there is no way to try it, and there are no reviews for these chairs online.

Or is there any dealer of used Herman Miller/Steel Case chairs that aren't falling apart in the GTA?
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Deal Expert
Feb 7, 2017
21360 posts
Eastern Ontario
Saw a good looking Office Chair at Costco within the last month.

Nice thing about Costco is you can return it if it doesn’t work out for you.

If you don’t have a Membership... try there is NO MEMBERSHIP required for that
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Dec 23, 2016
236 posts
Try looking for gaming chairs. Most are in the $300-$500 range. There are some that are in all black in case you mind the bright colour trims.
Deal Expert
Aug 2, 2004
35315 posts
East Gwillimbury
warpdrive wrote: the tcentric hybrid is a heavily advertised chair right now...I keep hearing ads on the radio.
I haven't tried it but they are just over $700.

There is a showroom to try it out
I have two air centric chairs from that store. I find them to be great chairs.