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Sayl Chair by Herman Miller: Basic - Fixed Arms - Fixed Seat - Tilt Limiter - Black Base/Black Y-Tower/Black Back/Black Seat/Black Armpad

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  • This "life unframed" chair is an amazing mix of sophisticated engineering, design and ergonomics that promotes a real sense of seated freedom. Height: 34.25-38.75" Width: 24.5" Depth: 24.5" Basic Model: Fixed Arms
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Product Description

Color: Black

The two innovations that make this chair so state-of-the-art are the ArcSpan and the Y-Tower. ArcSpan shapes the back and anchors the suspension fabric, while the Y-tower is the backbone that stretches the fabric and provides support. As affordable as it is inventive, Sayl proves the belief that a reasonably priced work chair can be well designed and include leading-edge ergonomics.


3D Intelligent Technology: Sayl's revolutionary 3D Intelligent suspension back molds the support you need into the back material, eliminating hard edges and the need for a frame. The suspension back is a flexible elastomer that adapts to each person's unique shape and provides exceptional comfort and support for just about all body types.

Eco-Dematerialised Design: Designer Yves Béhar is big on environmental responsibility in design. The result is a lightweight chair that is 93 percent recyclable. Structural components are hollowed out, reducing weight and volume. The ArcSpan, arm structure, and tilt mechanism are fused into a single strong part that also reduces the chair's weight. The Sayl work chair weighs only 37 pounds.

Elegant Anywhere: Shape matters, especially when introducing a chair into your home. At a desk, around a table, in the living room. The organic shape of the Sayl back makes it elegant anywhere, from every angle.

"The Best for the Most for the Least": The standard for the designer when working on Sayl was to make a product that is the best design for the most people at the smallest cost. Herman Miller's goal was to make a work chair that is everything a Herman Miller chair should be in terms of ergonomics, elegant styling, superior engineering, and ecological responsibility.

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Technical Details

Item Weight 38 pounds
Product Dimensions 26 x 24.5 x 37 inches
Origin Made in USA
Item model number SAYL Chair by Herman Miller -Black Basic
Assembled Height 35 inches
Assembled Width 25 inches
Assembled Length 21 inches
Assembled Depth 17 inches
Assembled Seat Height 18 inches
Weight 37 Pounds

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4.4 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,293 in Home and Garden (See top 100)
#21 in Home & Kitchen > Furniture > Home Office Furniture > Home Office Desk Chairs > Adjustable Chairs
Shipping Weight 44.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available January 1, 2011

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
We purchased this chair for our home office less than one month ago. We've (well, I've) not been able to stay out of it. We're both writers, and unfortunately spend hours upon hours on the computer. Our lifestyles thus make long-term comfort a must. On average, I've spent six to eight hours a day in it and have no complaints. Rolls easily, looks great, and I put it together in less than 30 seconds (just put the chair in the base!). Just a few words on two things reviewers on other sites have noted: 1) the arms on the basic SAYL model do not move. That has absolutely been a non-issue. My arms either rest on my desk, on the chair arms, or ideally, in perfect ergonomic form on the keyboard (which sadly happens least). 2) The cost. Initially we too thought it a bit pricey, but found that Herman Miller kept coming up in reviews as the make of comfortable and relatively eco-friendly chairs. And, once we compared chairs from elsewhere (staples, office max, general online search), we realized we wouldn't make out dropping less than $250 for a decent chair. So we took a chance, and I tell you the truth, it's been worth every penny.

Over a year later and still loving this chair! My husband now spends more time in it (I've graciously acquiesced my throne habitation), and he too loves it. Again, not many bells and whistles, but truly a great chair. I still average roughly 4-5 hours a day in it (dividing time between home and work office), with an occasional 8-hour day. Continues to be comfortable and everything works as if we'd just gotten it.
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I took a big risk when purchasing this chair. There were no Herman Miller outlets in my area and I needed a good work chair that could help alleviate some of my back issues. Four-hundred dollars seems like a lot of money, because it really is, but compared to the rest of the Herman Miller lineup, this chair is a bargain. I have now been using it for about two weeks and it is much better than the basic task chairs that we have lying around our office. I purchased the most basic model and have found it to be just right. The arm rests do not adjust, but they are high enough for me to type comfortably at my desk (also they are covered in a rubbery material that makes them nice and malleable to the touch). The back of the chair is not particularly high, but it does not need to be. I am 5'11 and I find that it provides me with plenty of back support and moving area for my arms, so that I am not readjusting constantly. The mesh is also extremely breathable, which is a key point for me in the summers, since I wear a suit to work. Also, I think that that the chair is slowly improving my posture when sitting in place for hours at a time, because I find that I am hunching over my computer keyboard less and less. Overall, if you want to be comfortable, you can't really go wrong with this chair and if anything is wrong with it, you can always use Amazon's excellent return policy to get a full refund or take advantage of the 12-year Herman Miller warranty if it breaks.
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I am a grad student, so I spend a lot of time at my desk (I use a very simple IKEA desk). Unfortunately, I had back surgery in January and my cheap ($75) office chair wasn't very comfortable - to the point that I did as much work as I could in the library and student lounge. I did a lot of online research on more comfortable, ergonomic chairs, in hopes that I could prevent another expensive round of physical therapy in the future - this chair seemed like the best deal within my budget ($500).

The construction of the chair is excellent. It doesn't squeak or moan, small parts don't fall off, and it has a 12 year warranty. Herman Miller products are used at many corporations, universities, and government agencies because of their reliability - overall construction is a 10/10. I especially like the material used for the armrests, which is soft but very sturdy - and of course the material in the chair's famous suspension back.

Overall, the chair is quite comfortable for long periods of use. It has a nice, controlled recline and plenty of seat padding. The seat is not made of suspension material, and I think that was a good decision, as the harder suspension material only really works as back support. The narrow back allows you to stretch your shoulders regularly. And indeed, the seat back is the real revelation: it conforms perfectly to your back, while still keeping you cool and comfortable. I didn't get the adjustable armrests, and I don't regret it - the standard height is perfect for me (I'm 5'8"), and I have not experienced any carpal tunnel thus far. Comfort is about a 9/10, though I doubt any office chair could be a 10/10 (I haven't tried the Embody or Steelcase's top of the line chair, however).
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This chair is really designed as a task chair. The back isn't tall, but there are a number of options (somewhat pricy) that allow extra configuration. For the most part the chair is just great out of the box. I did get the adjustable height arms, since I use the chair for a few different applications.

Overall the chair is very solid, even though it's fairly light weight. The back mesh isn't super flexible, so there's plenty of support even without the lumbar option. The seat itself is a fairly course but high quality fabric. The arms are plastic (no fabric), but they're a little flexible, and the front of the armrest is rubbery enough to flex a little, which may help a bit if you tend to rest your wrists on them.

The basic model comes with a tilt lock, so you can set it to keep your posture upright, or you can let it recline (there are 3 recline settings). There is also a tension control for the recline feature, but it doesn't tighten up so much that it resists a great deal as far as I've been able to set it. Of course there is a height adjustment, and the seat depth can be adjusted as well.

This isn't the kind of chair you'd want to get for relaxing in so much...it's very comfortable, but it's really designed to be a work chair. If you're looking for something to tilt back and watch videos or movies on for hours, I'd think about a different model. But for computer work or similar applications, this chair is a champ.

Like any purchase of this type, I highly recommend finding a store that has a model you can sit in for a while, since everyone is built just a little bit different. Even if you're familiar with Herman Miller products, this is a very different chair than most of their other models, so it might not be to your liking. But it is a very well build, comfortable chair that I can highly recommend without hesitation.
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