I searched and the topic didn't come up, so I'm starting this topic as a general resource for chairs, and to get some anecdotal experiences from others about various chairs and how they go about choosing them. As with anything these days, the problem isn't finding potential chairs and info on them, the problem is finding good information in the overwhelming mass of information.
I am in need of a new chair, and I need one for both long term use, and one that will hold up to my size and heavy weight. I am 6"1' (185.42) and weigh about 230lbs (104.32kg). I'm losing weight, but still want something that will hold up to heavy use. I work practically all day at my computer, then often game afterwards if I'm not out, so I spend way too much time sitting. I'm primarily typing, but also drawing/painting.
I'm looking to spend up to $800 on a new chair. The high budget is because I'm tired of chairs falling apart, and my last chair nearly causing me serious injury when it did so. However, the cheaper the better, I'm only interested in name brands if they actually live up to the hype.
Ideally, this chair would have adjustable arm rests. A head rest or space for the head is nice but not needed. I have broad shoulders, so something wide enough to keep pressure off my shoulder blades.
Also a solid base there the hydraulic cylinder doesn't fall through the hole that keeps it in place, as this has happened way too many times where the hydraulic cylinder starts dragging along the floor, this was happening even during college when I was fit, so I guess I had a lot of cheap chairs over the years.
With that in mind, I'm looking at the Herman Miller Aeron chairs, but honestly think I could get something much cheaper that will still last. On the other hand, I see places that specialize in servicing these chairs affordably.
Stuff like this carried at Staples:http://www.staples.com/OFM-Hi-Back-24-HOUR-Ergonomic-Multi-Shift-Anti-Bacterial-Vinyl-Big/product_790061http://www.staples.com/Staples-Mesh-Managers-Chair-with-Headrest-Black-and-Chrome/product_796648
Which seems to be getting good reviews and has a headrest. I could buy a replacement plan and still save a lot of money.