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Office chair

Are you looking for an ergonomic office chair?

You want to sit better in the office? A good idea! After all, many people spend eight or more hours a day on an office chair. A suitable desk chair should therefore take 100 per cent into account the requirements of its be-seater: it should do him or her good. But what does that mean? A good office chair should avoid becoming a trigger for many diseases of civilisation, such as back pain, obesity, diabetes, etc. It should also allow a lot of natural movement. And to do this, it must allow, demand and encourage a lot of natural movement. It should adapt to the person sitting on it - not the other way round -, it should support healthy sitting postures with a lot of variety and, of course, it should also be optimally adjustable to the person's body dimensions.

And of course the design also plays a role: if the office chair is also visually pleasing, it also contributes to greater well-being. And health and well-being together are optimal prerequisites for high performance.

What is important in an office chair?

An office chair that is supposed to serve us faithfully for 40 hours a week and more must first and foremost adapt optimally to the body and individual sitting habits. And nowadays, this should no longer be limited to setting the right height. New ergonomic findings and the technical solutions based on them, such as the 3D technology from Aeris, pose completely different questions before the purchase:

  • How much freedom of movement does my new office chair allow me?
  • Do I determine how much I want to move when I sit - or does the office swivel chair prescribe movement intervals or directions for me?
  • Does the desk chair have a soft seat that fixes my pelvis and forces me into hunched back postures - or do my ischial tuberosities find the resistance they need to keep the spine straight?
  • Do I want an active office swivel chair like the 3Dee by Aeris - or a completely dynamic office stool like the Aeris Swopper?
  • Can the swivel chair tilt forward - or do I have to hunch over to work at the desk?
  • Does the chair automatically help me stand up - or do I have to support myself on armrests?
  • Does it have a backrest - and do I even need one?
  • Do armrests tempt me to sit "tilted" in the chair - or can I - without armrests - adopt a posture more like that of natural walking and standing?
  • Can I test the new office chair free of charge and without obligation at my workplace in order to familiarise myself with it at my leisure and make a better decision about the investment?
  • How long do I have a guarantee on the new desk chair?
  • Do I have individual choices of colours and covers?
  • What is the service like - in case something should happen?

Office chair for women

On average, women are smaller and lighter than men - so the proportions of the office swivel chair should also suit its owner. The Aeris office chairs Swopper and 3Dee are basically "unisex" models - they suit sturdier figures as well as more slender ones thanks to the individual adjustment options via different types of suspension strut. The Light suspension strut is ideal for body weights between 35 and 50 kilograms. The Standard shock absorber is ideal for anyone between 50 and 120 kg. And fine adjustment is, of course, also possible: by adjusting the vertical spring oscillation.

Thanks to the 3D technology with adjustable seat height and 3D movement joint, the Aeris 3Dee office swivel chair - just like the Aeris Swopper active chair - enables horizontal and vertical movements while sitting. This promotes blood circulation and prevents venous disorders, relieves the strain on the intervertebral discs and gets the circulation going. And it's good for everyone: men and women.

The seat height of the office chair

Sitting correctly also means paying attention to the correct seat height. It is optimal if there is an "open" angle between the upper and lower leg when sitting (> 90°). When adjusting the height of the office chair, the height of the workplace must of course be taken into account. The office chair should therefore be continuously height-adjustable and the lever for height adjustment should be easily accessible and easy to operate.

Seat tilt forward?

Thanks to the 3D technology that characterises Aeris chairs, the body can move freely in all directions - even forward and up to 15°. The main advantages of this tilting function: when tilted forward, the pelvis assumes a posture similar to the one we have when walking or standing. The spine can swing freely and straight above it. There is no need to "hunch over" when writing or working at the PC. It is not necessary to adjust the seat angle - unlike chairs with a rocker mechanism or synchronous mechanism. Anyone who uses a 3Dee or Swopper from Aeris can intuitively control their movement according to their individual activity and movement requirements.

The ergonomic office chair

The be-all and end-all of an ergonomic workplace in the office is the right office chair. It's best to take a closer look at your existing desk chair before you develop back problems - and even more so after you've had tension, back pain or even a slipped disc: Is it really good for me and my back? Does it give me the movement I need? Is my back being strengthened or "incapacitated" by too much support? Both the Aeris Swopper active seat and the Aeris 3Dee office chair provide the best conditions for back sufferers: They make a lot of free movement possible. Rating: particularly back-friendly. The Aeris 3Dee is also equipped with an adjustable, innovative backrest that also offers the option of support and leaning.

Back-friendly lumbar support

Anyone looking for a health-promoting office chair will quickly come across the term Lumbar support term. This refers to the part of a backrest that takes into account the forward curvature of the spine (lordosis) and offers support for this region. A cushion or curvature is found to be particularly comfortable here.

Among modern office swivel chairs, the Aeris 3Dee with its innovative, slat-based backrest proves to be the first choice, as it combines active sitting with comfort. With a flick of the wrist, the backrest can be adjusted to the user's own personal lumbar curve.

The 3D ergonomics

The Aeris 3Dee active office chair and the Aeris Swopper active seat meet the requirements of healthy sitting in a special way with their innovative 3D technology. 3D technology The Aeris office chairs allow flowing movements in all directions when sitting - far more than conventional office chairs with synchronous or rocking mechanisms can do - and they are of course individually adjustable to the body weight. The forward tilt function, lateral flexibility plus the vertical spring-loaded swing of the Aeris chairs are only available with Aeris 3D movement technology. Rigid sitting, pressure points and incorrect posture are prevented.

The design of the seat cushion is slightly curved. This ensures that the main sitting pressure is transferred via the ischial tuberosities and the pressure keeps the pelvic buckets open so that the spine remains free to move. All Aeris office swivel chairs do not have armrests or neckrests, as these would hinder or restrict the movement of their occupants.

Confirmation of the ergonomic properties through test reports

Independent tests control the manufacturer and give the consumer valuable information about the functionality, usability and quality of the products. It is precisely because of their innovative ergonomic approach that the Aeris Swopper and 3Dee chairs have repeatedly come under critical scrutiny. 

The experts of the test and business magazine "Facts" have already awarded the VERY GOOD award several times for the Aeris Swopper - and also for the Aeris 3Dee office chair.

In a practical test in November 2014, critical Munich architects took a closer look at the Aeris 3Dee desk chair together with the trade magazine MADEby. They particularly emphasised the noticeable support for the back and praised the mobility in their test report with the following statement: "... In addition, it is easy to move around on the chair, which is also aided by the lateral tilt mechanism."

The ergonomics of the office chair were highlighted in a report by the magazine "Das Büro". It was awarded the title "Ergonomics HIT". With the justification: "It resulted in particularly good point values with regard to ergonomics and how much fun the model would be in the office....".

What should an office chair cost?

The price range for office chairs is wide: simple swivel chairs start at around 100 euros, but ergonomic office swivel chairs, which are particularly high-quality and exclusive according to the manufacturer, can easily cost up to 2,000 euros or more ... and it doesn't make sense to orientate oneself purely on price. It depends on the functions that the office chair offers. And how much you want to invest in your own health.

Aeris office chairs are in the mid-price segment, but offer more mobility than any other office chair thanks to their 3D technology. Because: The 3D technology with full all-round flexibility plus swing function is exclusive to Aeris and scientific research has shown that you can move more than twice as much on the Aeris Swopper than on conventional office chairs.

All Aeris seating solutions, including visitor or conference chairs such as the Aeris Oyo, which is designed to Cantilever chair promotes a changing sitting posture, or the Aeris Muvman standing aid, which makes sitting and standing at any height always possible with movement, combine high-quality, modern design with innovative 3D technology - and thus the highest level of ergonomics. Seen in this light, all Aeris chairs are "value for money".

When does an office chair need to be replaced?

For conventional office swivel chairs, the quality of the materials and the workmanship are important parameters for assessing the price-performance ratio, as they are primarily responsible for durability. On average, a normal office chair is expected to last about eight years, after which it should be replaced. The reason: with conventional office chairs - depending on the price class and the shape of the seat - seat hollows form more or less quickly, which fix the pelvis and thus restrict freedom of movement. The Convex shaped seats of Aeris Swopper and Aeris 3Dee are explicitly designed so that there can be no seat recesses. An office chair from Aeris also leaves no room for doubt when it comes to material and workmanship: in keeping with the unique functions, value was also placed on high-quality materials. This not only benefits the service life of the office chair, but also its resale value.

The durability of Aeris products is also confirmed by many positive customer opinions, such as the comment by Christa Bruhn-Jade, specialist journalist and trainer, who has been sitting on the Aeris Swopper office stool for 20 years:

"I have been using your Aeris Swopper for almost 20 years and am very satisfied with it. After about 15 years, the spring no longer held... Today, Mr Bernd Paetzelt from orbis naturana has now replaced this spring for me, so that I can now use the Aeris Swopper again without any problems. That was really a very commendable free customer service for which I am very grateful."

This is also part of Aeris' high quality standards: an outstanding customer service that responds individually and accommodatingly to users' questions and, if required, includes a thorough analysis of the ergonomic office chair at the Aeris factory.

An ergonomic chair at the workplace - who bears the costs?

If there are already health impairments, such as after a slipped disc, an office chair that meets orthopaedic requirements becomes a must. Whether the Aeris Swopper active seat or the Aeris 3Dee active office chair: Aeris chairs allow ergonomic sitting in its most beautiful form.

But who pays for an ergonomic or orthopaedic office chair in this case? According to the German Civil Code (BGB, § 618) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (ArbSchG and §§ 3, 4), the employer is obliged to ensure safe and healthy workplaces.

If there is a medical certificate and the employee fulfils other requirements - e.g. 15 years of employment subject to social insurance contributions - he or she can apply to the German pension insurance for cost coverage or a cost subsidy. In case of a positive decision, an allowance of about 435 Euros can be granted for the Aeris 3Dee or the Aeris Swopper; an application form is available for download on the website of the German Pension Insurance. You can find more information on the approval of back-friendly everyday aids here.

After an accident at work or on the way to work, it is also possible to apply to the Employer's Liability Insurance Association for a subsidy for an ergonomic office chair. In some cases, the employment agency also subsidises orthopaedic assistance. Generally, the application must be made before the office chair is purchased. It can be helpful if the applicant can already argue for good experience with a health chair for his or her specific requirements. Here, the diverse free test offers from Aeris and its partners - e.g. for the Aeris Swopper - offer a good opportunity to gain initial experience before the purchase or application.