The Iconic Chair Ultra Premium is our number one pick the best lounge chair. The closest product on the market, with the highest quality, real leather, and exact dimensions.
Since the Eames chair is one of the most copied furniture designs, there are a number of factors that you have to look for before making a purchase. These are:
For the sake of comparison, we’ll begin by discussing Charles Eames’ original design. This chair is still made by the original manufacturer, the Herman Miller Company located in Zeeland Michigan. The quality of the replicas raises conversely with the amount of features they successfully replicate from this chair. Charles said that he wanted the chair to have “the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”. The leather is deeply dimpled and soft. This chair also has the greatest range of wood finishes and leather colors. While the palisander and black leather look is the most iconic, this chair is highly customizable. This range of customization ensures that you can own a design classic that fits your taste and décor. Customization, however, can cost up to an additional $1000 depending on the wood finish.
There is some debate among consumers as to whether or not this original chair surpasses all the replicas. Some claim it does. Others claim that some replicas are just as good if not better. As we shall shortly discuss, some replicas are really top notch but for a much lower price. Before buying one must consider the chair’s upkeep. After many years, the rubber in the shock mounts can shrink and become brittle. This may cause the chair to completely fall apart. While all the best replicas also have the rubber shock mounts, they don’t cost nearly $5000 or more dollars.
This Eames Chair replica is the best of the best. The closest product on the market, with the highest quality, real leather, and exact dimensions.
This is the best chair on the market and by far the closest to the original we've found. It meets the highest standards of quality without sacrificing affordability. That’s because the manufacturer actually bought the rights to use the molds from the Herman Miller Company. Essentially, you’re buying the Eames chair, but at a quarter of the price. The company doesn’t cut corners when it comes to quality. Like the original Eames chair, the Ultra-Premium lounge chair’s shells are lacquered on both sides and the cushions are removable. This shows that the manufacturer values and pays attention to each component of the product, not just the visible parts. Unlike the original, this chair offers three different wood veneers (walnut, palisander and white oak) but at no extra charge. These chairs are filled with PU injected foam which is soft but substantial and offers both comfort and support.
Visually the Ultra Premium chair is indistinguishable from the original. The buttons set into the leather, the creases of the leather and the depth of the dimples all conform to the original specifications. Both chairs also make a “wheezing sound” when sitting. This just proves how closely the replica matches the original if they make the same sound. It’s as if the manufacturers attempted to replicate the original Eames chair in every aspect possible, down to the smallest detail.
The photos released from the manufacturer gives insight into their production process. This same level of quality is expressed by customers who ordered the chair and put up their own pictures online. You can see that the cushions are indeed removable and that the wood has arrived veneered on both sides. As well as that the cushions are indeed removable and that the wood has arrived veneered on both sides with strong, rubber shock mounts.
The reviews for this product are overwhelmingly positive. Customers were particularly impressed by the quality of the leather. It has been described as being very smooth, buttery but not slippery. Customer’s found The PU injected foam to be very soft and comfortable as well. Many buyers also commented that this chair has good head, neck and lumbar support. Needless to say, this is very important in a lounge chair. In some replicas the head rest juts forward, which causes the sitter’s back to become rounded. The Ultra Premium lounge chair leans back at a continuous angle so the sitter can lean back and be fully supported. The picture below show the chairs geometry, which are as close as one can get to the dimensions and feel of the original. With replicas, geometry tends to be the single biggest giveaway and the thing that also affects the comfort the most. If you're only going to worry about one thing in a chair like this it has to be correct angles, dimensions and geometry. If they're off the chair is going to feel uncomfortable and you won't be able to sit in it for long periods, which defeats the entire purpose of getting a lounge chair in the first place. You don't want to simply buy a decoration.
Customer complaints are minimal. The main issue people had was with the slight damage the chair sometimes sustained during shipping. Some said that there were dings here and there on the chair but that overall the damage was minor. Scratching and damage happened most frequently on parts of the aluminum base.
These are isolated incidents, however. The manufacturer makes it clear that they package their products properly. We had a friend order a chair from manufacturer recently which needed to be returned. They were able to process the return easily and refund without any major incident, though it is worth noting that returning something of this size and weight is always a bit of a hassle.
The chair arrives well packed in two pieces and it's not as a big of a box as you might expect with assembly being dead simple. You just have to screw the base legs into the chair and you'll be set.
We've had the chair for five years now and it has held up great. It is nearly indistinguishable, comfortable and high quality. We've been impressed at how easy it is to sit in the chair and read for long stretches. We also frequently use the ottoman as its own separate chair when we have company over which works surprisingly well which is something we were not expecting. The rubber shock mounts have held up well, the leather looks as good as when we first got the chair. It does require some cleaning and you can remove the cushion wraps to better clean them. We did have a button on the ottoman come loose but it was quite easy to have sewn back on. The rubber shock mounts play an important role in the longevity here as we've had cheaper replicas start to break and squeak after a couple years of wear and tear.
At this point we've tried a dozen plus versions of this iconic chair and can confidently say this one is the closest to the original, the best value for money and the highest quality that has held up the best over the last half a decade.
This chair won’t let you down. It is by far the best replica on the market. We've received numerous compliments on the chair and had it mistaken for the real thing on many occasions. It is virtually indistinguishable from other models at a fraction of the price. At the best value, highest quality this is the Eames Chair replica to get and is easily the best out there in our experience.
A similarly priced, but lower quality alternative. The Curverk chair offers more options of customizability but is less authentic than our top pick.
The Curverk Chair is a lower quality alternative to our first pick. Its manufactured with 7-ply molded plywood and uses rubber shock mounts. Three veneers are available; walnut, pallisander and white oak, at no additional cost. Though the descriptions do not say that it uses PU injected foam, it does state that the foam is high density. There are also many color options, which chairs at this price range don’t usually have.
This chair costs around $1400 and therefore is not a significant discount to the much higher quality top pick. Part of the reason for the lower price may be that they use “top aniline leather” which is a slightly lower quality than “full-grain” aniline leather. The wording is inconsistent on this point. In the same product description, Curverk uses both the words “top” and “full” to describe the aniline leather. The Curverk product description of the same chair just says “aniline” without the words top or full. This is an important point, because it may be an indication of reluctance to back up the quality of the leather.
This is a comfortable chair and by and large the buyers are satisfied. Positive reviews tended to focus on the way the chair looks. It is a very good eames chair replica. Customers also stated that the chair was sturdy, stable and did not rock back and forth uncomfortably.
Other reviews were mixed and sometimes contradictory. The positive reviews stated that the eames chair replica came in a huge box because it was already assembled. The most common issue that customers had was with the chair’s hardware. One unhappy reviewer said that she received a completely unassembled chair and that some of the parts she received were not the rights ones. This may indicate a factory error. Another hardware issue one customer had was that one screw didn’t fit into the hole properly and stuck out, but otherwise the wood and leather quality were as nice as his family’s 1960’s original.
In short, this chair is for you if you’re not a furniture snob who just wants a chair that looks nice. This eames chair replica is affordable, comfortable and customizable. For the price, it does the job of being a nice looking, comfy chair.
This lounge chair is a solid alternative for those who cannot buy our number one pick.
The FPlus Lounge Chair with Ottoman is an extremely good, premium replica. It is completely customizable, with removable cushions, fixed 15 degree tilt, and several premium options that make it the premium choice.
This product is also almost indistinguishable from the original. Like the Ultra-Premium version, it uses 7-ply molded plywood, rubber shock mounts and is upholstered in Full-Grain Aniline leathe You’ll notice that this chair is slightly bigger than the original by a good one or two inches overall. If you’re a taller or larger person (or if you just like roomier furniture) then this is a good option for you. From the customer reviews it appears to be a very comfortable chair made with very high quality materials.
The FPlus Lounge Chair is well received with customer reviewers. It is fully customizable, is made from the original Herman Miller molds, offers the choice between top grain and aniline Italian leather in a wide range of colours, several different wood veneers and even provides the option to have a cowhide veneer. Additionally, this chair is shipped fully assembled. The veneer also features, a 7-ply blend cross-grained engineered wood staying true to the original design.
In a nutshell, this chair is for you if you are looking for a comfortable chair with high quality leather. If you expressly wanted the walnut finish with the black leather, then you can save a few hundred dollars on this one. This chair is a fantastic replica, and serves as a highly customizable, high quality replica of the original Eames lounge chair.