TL;DR: The Logitech G Embody has a critical design flaw which results in the chair being very uncomfortable to sit in. This flaw makes this chair a no-go at any price, much less $1500.
Like many of us these days (in the pandemic-age), I spend a large portion of any given week sitting in my home-office at my desk. For too long I had resigned myself to sitting in a chair that featured no customization, no back support and no particular ergonomic advantages. Given the time I spend in a chair, I decided I need an upgrade and resolved to find an amazing chair, no matter the cost.
In my search for the best possible chair, I consistently came across positive reviews for chairs from Herman Miller. Specifically, the Aeron and the Embody were two models that I saw mentioned again and again. After seeing pictures of the Embody, I fell in love with the design (specifically the cool-looking back of the chair). It was then of course that I then discovered the Logitech variant of the traditional Embody chair. Right off the bat though, the problem with this chair is the price. $1500… For a chair… But! My mission was to find the best chair for me, and I wasn’t going to let the cost be too much of an obstacle.
The Logitech version of the chair features the same design and features of the regular version but now sports an “enhanced gaming seat” (ironic as I’ll soon find out), which is basically an added layer of cushion on the bottom as well as a copper-infused “cooling” foam embedded within that seat cushion. Couple these added comfort features with (awesome) blue color accents unique to the Logitech version of this chair and I was sold. Yes, this chair costs $1500. But surely this is a worthy investment if it makes sitting for extended periods of time both enjoyable, comfortable and better-for-me right?!
The chair arrives in a massive box, completely assembled. You need only open the box and roll it on out - sweet! That said, the chair has a certain heft to it and carrying up a few flights of stairs to my office took a bit of effort. Once I did get it in front of my desk though, I took a step back to admire it. If nothing else, it certainly looked cool! (Please ignore my poor cable-management.)
With the chair in place, I sat down and ran through Herman Miller’s adjustment guide to get it tweaked to my liking. With the first (fully adjusted) sit, my initial opinion was… “the chair seems comfortable, maybe not $1500 comfortable, but comfortable all the same.” But as I would find out, first impressions only go so far…
Before I get to what I didn’t like about this chair, let me gush about what it gets right. The seat-back is in my mind the best part of this chair. Moving beyond it’s unique and interesting design, the PostureFit / BackFit spinal support tech built into the back of this chair feels really good. It not only supports your back in a way that is very comforting but it flexes and moves as you do which helps maintain this support as you change posture or wiggle about in the chair. But(t)!, (pun intended) the seat itself, the bottom of this chair, is where things begin to fail.
The Logitech variant of the Embody chair features an “enhanced gaming seat”, the main feature of which is an added 1/2-inch layer of copper-infused cooling foam. What’s not to like about a little extra cooling-cush for your tush right? Among the many adjustment options this chair supports, there is the ability to extend the seat depth. The problem here is when you extend the seat (which those who are a little taller would likely want to do), the added foam is not extended as well. The result is a very pronounced end to the foam which may not seem like much when you first sit down but as time passes, I began to feel the divide between the normal cushioned part of the chair and the extended, non-cushioned part of the chair. After sitting in the chair a while, I began to feel what seemed like a bar, jutting into my legs and running across the underside of my thighs. It was only after disconnecting the seat flap and inspecting the underside of the seat that I realized it was this exact boundary line where I was feeling the protrusion.
The irony here of course is that the one (functional) added feature made to the Logitech version of this chair, the “enhanced gaming seat” is also the feature which dooms it (in my opinion). Though I haven’t tried the Embody classic, I would suspect it doesn’t suffer this or any similar design flaw. Only after I made this unfortunate discovery did I find reviews of the chair on Herman Miller’s website lamenting the same problem…
Backing up for a second. After I determined the chair was uncomfortable due to the “protruding bar-like sensation” but before I realized why exactly I was feeling that, I contacted Herman Miller support, explaining the discomfort. This is the response I received…
“Sorry for the delay. You’re feeling the extra cushion. There is no defect in the chair. That’s just the way the fabric and extra cushion were designed.”
Well alright then, it’s definitely a feature not a bug!
- Awesome design. Will definitely look cool in your work-space.
- Ergonomics of the seat-back were really fantastic. Lower-back support and it’s adherence to my spine seemed uniquely impressive.
- The chair is very adjustable. (Arm height and width, back fit, seat depth, seat height, etc…)
- Smaller profile seat-back made swiveling my legs out from under my desk easier as I did not have to push the chair out from under the desk in order to get out of the chair.
- Foam padding does not extend all the way to the front of the chair. This makes sitting in the chair very uncomfortable.
- Seat bottom is generally uncomfortable.
- Arm rests are clunky, a little wonky to adjust and are too easily pushed out or in with accidental pressure.
- The chair is very creaky/noisy.
An Attempt to Fix the Chair
I spent $1500 on this piece and despite Herman Miller’s lack-of-support from their support staff, I still liked enough about it that I felt compelled to try and fix the fundamental flaw plaguing this chair if could. From my previous dissection, I knew I had access to the underside of the seat flap where the built-in padding was. My proposed solution was to buy a 1/2 inch-thich foam yoga mat and cut a piece of it to fit the portion of the extended seat that was foam-less. You can look in wonder upon this brilliance below…
Unfortunately, even with this addition, after some time I still felt that same uncomfortable divide. Perhaps the newly introduced foam wasn’t quite the same thickness? Or maybe the yoga mat depressed a different amount than the built-in foam? In any case, the chair was still equally uncomfortable. In the end, I take solace in knowing I tried to make it work, but in the end, the enhanced seat cushion did not only fail to enhance the chair, it was in fact the dealbreaker. Luckily enough, Herman Miller has a good return policy. Just remember to keep the box and packaging materials it came with!
So my quest continues. After resolving to return the Embody, I did more chair research and stumbled across the oft-reviewed chairs from SecretLab. Perusing the site, I decided on trying out the Secretlab TITAN. I’m actually sitting in this chair as I finish typing out the Embody review! I’ll post an update if this chair ends up being the one for me.