IKEA Markus vs. Herman Miller Aeron: What’s The Difference?

To be honest, currently, Markus Office Chair by IKEA and Aeron by Herman Miller are two of the most trending office chairs in the market. You will get suggestions for buying any of this for your office.

But the question is, are these chairs good enough, and if they are a decent alternative to each other. I did a little research online and here is what I found!

What’s The Difference between Ikea Markus and Herman Miller Aeron? The Main difference between the IKEA Markus and Herman Miller Aeron chair is in the ergonomics and pricing. Both chairs will provide you with a comfortable sitting experience. However, Aeron Chair is way more expensive than Markus as it offers more ergonomic features.  

In this article, I will share my knowledge regarding IKEA Markus Chairs and Herman Miller Aeron Chairs by highlighting all its features and characteristics. 


Herman Miller Aeron

When you are not concerned about the price but the comfort the chair has to offer, I suggest you buy Herman Miller Aeron. The chair is exceptionally adjustable and comes with the most adjustable seat. 

It is made in the USA and uses premium quality components and carries the perfect design & functionality mechanisms. Trust me, the functionality the chair has to offer is very relaxing and works very smoothly. 

Adjustability of Herman Miller Aeron Chair

  • Arm Adjustment
  • Seat Height Adjustment
  • Seat Depth Adjustment
  • Tilt Adjustment – recline (Aeron offers Forward Tilt)
  • Lumbar Support Adjustment (PostureFit SL)
  • Tilt Tension Adjustment

IKEA Markus

On the other hand, IKEA Markus works quite differently compared to Aeron. IKEA Markus chair comes with minimal adjustable features. 

Though it offers a tilt mechanism and it won’t recline as much as other modern office chairs or aeron chairs, you will not be satisfied with it. While adjusting it, I sometimes heard clunking sounds, which was disturbing.

Although the Markus chair has reclining features, the mechanism doesn’t work like those inexpensive chairs. Nonetheless, the minimum price that you will be paying for the chair is going to be worth it. 

Adjustability of IKEA Markus

  • Seat Height Adjustment
  • Tilt Adjustment
  • Tilt Tension Adjustment


Herman Miller Aeron

The price of IKEA Markus is comparatively lower than Herman Miller Chairs. Nonetheless, as always, great things come with great prices. Herman Miller Chairs offer great features and the price they charge is consequently higher.

With some added price you can easily upgrade your chair. They offer a ton of upgrading options. An Aeron chair can cost you 1095 – 1995 dollars depending on the materials you choose.

IKEA Markus 

Right now the IKEA markus office chair costs around 199 to 360 bucks depending on the version you choose.

With that being said, The Aeron chair is going to be 3-4 times more expensive than IKEA Markus.

Ergonomic Features

Herman Miller Aeron

Herman Miller invests a lot to find the best ergonomic features to ensure good sitting posture by offering ergonomic functionality. The Herman Miller chairs are extremely costly but are worth it with their outstanding features. Trust me, and you won’t regret buying one.

Herman Miller Aeron’s ergonomic features offer adjustable and comfortable armrests, thick lumbar support adjustments, height adjustment, back seat with the best mesh material, and stationary neck support.

However, the headrest is missing in Herman Miller Aeron. Also, the Aeron chairs come in three sizes so that you can buy the one according to your preference. But the bigger the size, the more the price.

Let’s check out the ergonomic features of the Aeron Chair:

To know more about these features, keep reading the article; much good stuff is yet to come.

IKEA Markus

Now, let me tell you about the ergonomic features that IKEA Markus chairs contain. The Markus chairs became famous for their impressive look, extra durability and competitive pricing. 

The lumbar support is not adjustable but it will still provide you with a comfortable position to sit in. 

Markus chair’s seat depth is stationary but the seat height is adjustable, The primary mechanism comes with the standard tilt function.

The lumbar support, headrest and armrests of the Markus chair is fixed. You can not adjust them as you can on the aeron chair.

Everything is fine on the Markus chair except for the armrests. Markus chair armrests seem lower to me. It would be better if they were at least height adjustable.

Let’s check out the ergonomic features of the Markus Chair:

Build Quality & Warranty:

Herman Miller Aeron

Well, the effort Herman Miller puts to bring out the perfect chair will always be visible. You don’t need to be an expert for that. The Herman Miller Aeron chair is no different; you will find each function smooth and easy to conduct.

Herman Miller Aeron chairs will last for generations and come with a full 12-years warranty. You will get a good amount of return if you sell your used Herman Miller Aeron chair. 

IKEA Markus

IKEA Markus also has a more robust and strong build. They will last for a more extended time, but the durability is not like Herman Miller Chairs. Mostly the warranty tenure is 10-years

Getting 10 years of warranty from a $199 chair is unbelievable. I have never seen any office chair with such extended warranty on its price range other than the Markus.

Most office chairs around $200 in the market right now will provide you with 2-3 years of warranty. But IKEA shows confidence in the Markus chair. That’s why this chair is special.

Let’s check out the comparison between the warranty of IKEA Markus and other office chairs at the similar price range:

Chair ModelsPriceWarranty Period
SIHOO Office Chair$2301 year
Sidiz T50$3593 years
Nouhaus Ergo 3d$329.995 years
Sidiz T80$6995 years
IKEA Markus$19910 years

Back & Lumbar Support

Herman Miller Aeron

Herman Miller Aeron has well supportive and robust lumbar support, which is adjustable; you will easily find your perfect spot.

The extra supportive backrest of the aeron chair is awesome. Aeron chair offers their new Adjustable PostureFit SL lumbar support system which will offer better lower back support and it flexes independently to support your lumbar.

So, if you have to work for an extended period, the chair will provide you with the ultimate comfort. 

The seat height of Herman Miller Aeron Chair Size B Size is 16 to 20.5 inches. This means it will be great for you if your height is within 5’0″ to 6’4″. If you are below 5’0″ go for Size A as it has a minimum seat height of 14.75 inches.

The significant part is the seat depth, and seat height is adjustable, so you can change it according to your workstation and comfortably rest your arms on your workstation. 

IKEA Markus

IKEA Markus has gained much popularity for its back and lumbar support. Although the lumbar support of this chair is fixed, I think it’s positioned well.

Even if you suffer from bad back pain, this chair will provide you with comfort. 

Unlike Herman Miller Aeron, the Markus doesn’t allow seat depth adjustment. But the seat height is adjustable from 18.7 – 22.5 inches. So, according to BIFMA this chair will be suitable for people of height 5’9″ – 6’11”.


Herman Miller Aeron

Herman Miller Aeron uses a breathable Pellicle material on the seat and backrest that is very supportive, but if you are a pillow person, you might dislike it. 

This breathable mesh back and seat design along with standard or leather-upholstered polyurethane foam arm pads ensures optimal comfort for prolonged sitting.

This chair will give your office a sophisticated look, and people will instantly know this is an expensive chair. This is why mostly the upper-level employees use this chair.

The Aeron chair has two types of caster wheel options: carpet caster and multi surface quite rolling caster.

IKEA Markus

On the other hand, IKEA Markus is slightly different from the Markus chair as it gives more pillow feeling with a soft and firm cushion.

The cushion of IKEA Markus does not contour the buttocks properly, but they are more comprehensive than Markus’s so that a broader waist can easily fit into it. 

Markus chair’s upholstery comes with standard fabric mesh and leather. But the best choice will be to buy the mesh fabric one as it is cheaper, more relaxed, and more breathable.

IKEA Markus chair comes in three colors and two types of upholsteries. However, the appearance of this chair is minimal. 

Which one should I Choose Between Herman Miller Aeron and IKEA Markus?

Since, as per preference, the selection process might vary, check this list provided below to make the right decision.

Herman Miller AeronIKEA Markus
Much expensiveComparatively cheaper
Extreme level of comfortComfortable Enough
Perfect design with smooth ergonomic featuresMinimal ergonomic features; not smooth functioning. 
Tons of upgradable options availableThere are only a few upgradable options
Has three different sizes.Available in only one size
Adjustable lumbar supportFixed lumbar support
Headrest missingHeadrest is present but not adjustable
Both Seat depth & height are AdjustableSeat depth is fixed, but seat height is adjustable
12-years warranty10-years warranty 
Semi-contoured seatWider cushion
It gives a sophisticated lookMinimal appearance
Only mesh fabric upholstery is availableFabric and leather upholstery is available

As you know about the different features of Herman Miller Aeron and IKEA Markus, I suggest you buy the best one that suits your demand and budget. 

Both IKEA Markus and Herman Miller Aeron chairs provide excellent lumbar support and back support. But the neck support is missing in IKEA Markus. 

Though the price of Herman Miller Aeron chairs is extremely higher than the IKEA Markus with added ergonomic features, you will never regret buying one. 

If you have a constrained budget, you can also go for IKEA Markus, it won’t contain all the ergonomic features but will provide excellent support to your back and lumbar, and you will get more than the price.  

Meraj Jahan

Hey, I am a co-author at Office Chair Trends. Not only have I experience working for extended hours behind the desks at my workstation, but I also have seen people in my surroundings suffer from body aches. Being a reader by day and writer by night, I have researched this matter and gathered knowledge along the way. I am sharing all my experiences on this site.