Today, I’m sad to report that my beloved Herman Miller Aeon Chair finally gave up its seat — and its mesh back and its crippled casters and it decaying rubber arms — and I had to trash it after eight, magnificent, years of dutiful sitting service.

I was on the hunt for a new office chair.  The replacement had to be hardy and tough and a good value.  I spend 12 hours a day in and out of my office chair, so I needed to make certain the task of sitting would not interfere with my joy of writing.

When I happened upon a Staples chair exclusive with a mouthful of a name — the Tempur-Pedic TP8000 Ergonomic Mesh Mid-Back Task Chair — and I knew I’d found my new office chair at a great value.

The keen thing about the Tempur-Pedic chair is that the seat is made of Tempur foam mattress material that conforms to your body, and that makes for a super-comfortable sitting experience.

Here’s the lowdown on some of the specs of the new chair:

  • Proprietary TEMPUR memory foam provides extra support and comfort for extended periods of sitting
  • Polyester fabric upholstery with mesh back for durability and extended comfort
  • Height and width adjustable arms enhance ergonomics
  • TEMPUR material memory foam absorbs energy, relieves pressure, and distributes weight
  • Built in lumbar support
  • Center tilt with tilt lock, forward tilt and tilt tension
  • Independent Back and Seat angle adjustments
  • Seat and Back height adjustment
  • Back height
  • Forward tilt

Everything on this chair is adjustable.  That makes it easy to sit in the chair all day long because you can switch positions and manipulate points of pressure at will on a whim.  I’m always getting up and out of the chair, too, so having some predictability in height and angle are welcome changes.

The chair comes packed in a right looking box and you have to put the whole thing together yourself.  All the parts were included and it took me about 20 minutes to assemble.  I learned this:  office chair parts are heavy!  Settling the Tempur-Pedic seat on the chair base was clumsy and awkward, but it all worked out in the end.

When you first sit on the Tempur chair, your whole body sinks into the foam material and you realize you’ll never be satisfied with another seat again.  The chair remains cool in hot weather and overall construction is solid and reliable.

I’ve been using my Tempur chair for a couple of weeks and every day it mushes into me just a little bit more as the chair begins to remember who I am and then properly place me in the right sitting position for maximum comfort.

Knowing Tempur mattress foam isn’t long-lasting, and can harden over the years, I realize this chair will not likely last eight years like my Herman Miller Aeon chair, but that’s okay, because the benefits to the bottom — and the bottom line! — are incalculable and worthy of refreshing every couple of years to continue to get the greatest possible foam experience.

Posted by David Boles

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16 Comments

  1. I confirm this is a super comfortable chair. I like to steal a sit in it whenever I can. Wish I had one at work.

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    1. I can’t get enough of this chair. Even in this heat, the seat stays cool.

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  2. David, it comes with a ten year warranty….. if that seat hardens, call em up!

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    1. Does that warranty include the whole chair only the Tempur-Pedic cushion?

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      1. The seat itself is covered for 5 years, while the rest of chair is warranted for 10. I contacted Tempur-Pedic and they sent me a copy of the manufacturer’s warranty.

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        1. Excellent info, thanks! I think the seat is lasting longer than the chair so far — the back is getting a bit wonky on mine.

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  3. Hi David. I can’t for the life of me figure out what the lever on the very front right of the chair is for? It sort of slides back and forth but doesn’t seem to be changing anything. Any ideas? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Wade —

      That lever is the tilt mechanism for the chair. Sit in the chair, lean back and pull back on the lever and then your chair will pitch forward a bit as you stop leaning back. To return the chair to level, reverse the action!

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  4. I got the chair and though I would assume it to be comfortable, I cannot experience it! After assembling I found the chair stuck in a forward tilt position, and the tilt lock lever does not work. I’ve read several others have had this complaint but I cannot find a way to fix it. If you happen to know of a fix, I’d greatly appreciate it.

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    1. I’m not sure I understand the question. Assemble the chair, sit in it, and then adjust the back and everything else. It will take your entire back to get the backrest in the right position. The tilt lock does work, but it’s tricky. It more slides into place than clicking to engage. You have to play with it a bit to get how it operates.

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  5. Are you saying the part where your back is tilts or the part where you sit on tilts? I am having issues with this tilt adjustment as well. Is there a way to adjust the lumbar support? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, you can adjust the lumbar support — the back goes up and down and back and forth. You can also adjust the tilt of the seat as well.

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      1. How do you get it to tilt forward? The seat part?

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        1. Find the first lever under the seat on the right side nearest the front of seat.

          The lever slides horizontally when unlocked — forward and back — not up and down.

          Keep your fingers on the lever as you use your toes on the floor to lean back on the chair so the seat tilted up and is not level.

          Then, while still leaning back, pull back on the now-unlocked lever — your sitting body weight was keeping it locked — and leave it there, and then slowly release your toes so you move toward the floor.

          You’re tilted forward!

          Reverse the process to go back level.

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  6. I”m having the same problem. I can’t get the seat bottom itself to tilt. The lock/unlock latch only keeps the seat BACK from leaning or not leaning. I want the seat bottom to tilt. Now, I purchased the TP7000 model… I wonder if that’s the difference?

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    1. It doesn’t look like the TP7000 has forward tilt.

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