With so many of us working from home for the better part of the last two years, you might be missing your premium office chair you left back at the office. Sitting on the wrong chair, after all, can affect everything from your productivity to your health.
So, if you’ve been working from home and using a dining room chair, or whatever currently sits in your home office, it might be past time for a well-deserved upgrade. And as far as upgrades go, it is hard to argue against one of the top office chair brands in the industry: the Herman Miller Mirra.
However, these top-of-the-line chairs are not for everyone. As one might expect, this name brand includes a name-brand price tag to match. If you’re not prepared to pay for the premium option, we’ve found some of the best Herman Miller alternatives and put them all in one place.
But if you’re ready to invest in a long-lasting, quality desk chair, today we will be taking a deeper dive into an updated classic: the Herman Miller Mirra 2.
What is the Herman Miller Mirra Chair?
The Herman Miller Mirra is one of the iconic brand’s most-loved models. The Herman Miller Mirra 2 is the brand’s latest version. It represents the all-around, mid-priced option in Herman Miller’s lineup.
Herman Miller Mirra 2 Review: First Impressions
While by no means a budget chair, you will note that the Herman Miller Mirra is one of the brand’s more relatively affordable options, making it a great entry point for those looking to upgrade or make a change. Users say they love the flexibility and near-infinite adjustments possible with this chair.
For a daily-use workhorse, the Herman Miller Mirra 2 provides a great return on investment. This chair earns high marks for breathability, adjustability and all day comfort at a (relatively) affordable price point. You’ll also enjoy Herman Miller’s leading 12-year, 3-shift warranty.
Differences Between Mirra and Mirra 2
At first glance, you’ll be able to see several visual differences between the Mirra and the Mirra 2. With a smaller frame (total dimensions 42” H x 29” W x 25” D), the Mirra 2 has both a look and feel that is more open and airy. Where the Mirra 1 seat was wider and bulkier, the Mirra 2 general design philosophy goes for modern and streamlined. And its open seat does actually feel more comfortable and plush.
Herman Miller chairs are known for being solidly built. You can definitely feel the heavy-duty nature of their materials as opposed to standard, lightweight chairs, and the Mirra 2 is no exception. However, with advanced building and bonding techniques, the Mirra 2 is a full 25% lighter than the heavier Mirra 1. This is great news for those navigating small workspaces.
Two Back Options
A notable change from the Mirra 1, the Herman Miller Mirra 2 has a pair of back options, allowing for further customization of this versatile chair. The airflow-promoting cutouts from the original Mirra can still be found in both back options, however, buyers can now choose between the ultra-flexible TriFlex polymer back, or a fabric mesh-merged butterfly suspension option for a more “cradled” feel. This largely depends on personal preference, but we really like this extra customization option.
If you liked your Herman Miller Mirra, odds are you’ll still find everything you loved in the updated Mirra 2. With a modern look and feel, we recommend the Herman Miller Mirra 2 to anyone considering an upgrade.
Herman Miller Mirra 2 Design and Dimensions
Herman Miller promotes ergonomics and comfort over trendy looks. That said, we like the updated design of the Mirra 2. Everything in this updated model is sleek, airy and clean.
The Mirra 2 has a surprising amount of design customization for something like a desk chair. This may explain why it is quickly becoming a popular choice for both gamers and streamers.
You can make this chair your own — choosing everything from base finishes, back supports, colors, arm styles and more. The Mirra outperforms even the more expensive Herman Miller Embody when it comes to sheer adjustability.
Ther Herman Miller Mirra 2 is available in two back options that slightly alter the dimensions of the chair. As a premium product, the Mirra 2 arrives already assembled — no tools needed!
|Triflex Polymer Back||Butterfly Suspension Back|
|Height||42 inches||38.75 inches|
|Width||29 inches||30 inches|
|Depth||25 inches||18.5 inches|
|Seat Width||19.25 inches||19.25 inches|
|Seat Depth Range||16.25 – 18 inches||16.25 – 18 inches|
|Seat Height Range||16 – 20.5 inches||16 – 20.5 inches|
|Arm Height Range (above seat)||6 – 11.5 inches||6 – 11.5 inches|
|Weight Capacity||350 pounds||350 pounds|
How Much Does the Herman Miller Mirra 2 Cost?
There’s no other way to say it — Herman Miller chairs are not exactly budget-friendly. That being said, the Mirra 2 is one of Herman Miller’s more affordable options. Viewing this chair as an investment for years to come, though, you’ll get what you pay for (and then some).
While not as affordable as the Herman Miller Sayl, or the minimalist Herman Miller Setu, the Mirra 2 is firmly in the mid-range of premium Herman Miller chairs. Designed for greater comfort over longer periods, the Mirra 2 is definitely a class above more relatively budget-friendly chairs.
So how much can you expect to pay for your Herman Miller Mirra 2? Depending on options selected and availability, your budget could run from $950 up to over $1,500. While that may give some buyers sticker shock, this chair will keep its quality for 10 years or more. Over the long run, you may be saving more when compared to alternative options.
Better yet, as of time of publication, you can save a few hundred dollars thanks to the brand’s limited time sale.
Herman Miller Mirra vs. Aeron Chairs
Those considering purchasing a Herman Miller for the home or office have plenty of options. Two of the best choices include the Mirra 2 and the Herman Miller Aeron. When comparing these chairs, there is no such thing as a bad choice, but there are considerations to be made when it comes to your preference.
In our matchup of Herman Miller Mirra 2 vs. Herman Miller Aeron, we noted that in terms of timeless design, you can’t beat the Aeron. This chair has been around for decades, and it continues to showcase the latest Herman Miller innovations. However, that name carries a premium — you can expect to pay at least $300 more for the Aeron.
While the Mirra 2 does provide a considerable amount of customization, the Aeron actually comes in three sizes, making it a premium option for taller individuals. Both the Aeron and the Mirra 2 support up to 350 pounds, making both a solid option for the big and tall crowd.
While expensive, Herman Miller chairs are a worthwhile investment. And for an all-around quality chair with tons of adjustability and all-day comfort, the Herman Miller Mirra 2 excels.
Users will appreciate the clean styling, 4D adjustable armrests, and airflow that will keep you comfortable. However, those wanting a very soft chair, a budget-friendly solution, or those who don’t like the look or feel of mesh may want to look elsewhere.
If you’re looking for the top-of-the-line, you’ve found it. This is a chair you’ll look forward to working in for years to come.