Herman Miller Mirra Office chairs are the only one that comes with a lower price tag relatively. You can’t find any other chair from this reputable brand, able to compete with Mirra Chair’s Price tag at all.
This being the sole reason for its widespread popularity, everyone wants to get a chance to invest in one of the chairs of the Mirra series. To enjoy the same level of comfort, ergonomics and features, which you find in any of the High-end yet most expensive chairs of Herman Miller.
But the different opinions on Herman Miller Mirra 1 Vs Mirra 2, make it challenging to decide on one. To help you out with that, we are about to dig deep into the comparison of both, so that you can figure out the one which is better for you and that satisfies your needs.
Let’s get the ball rolling;
Herman Miller Mirra 1 Vs Mirra 2 – Comparison
The main difference between Mirra 1 Vs Mirra 2 is the size, backrest cover and seat. Though the Mirra 2 is an upgraded version of the Mirra 1, so there are a lot of similarities as well such as an overall design and adjustability.
Going through the detailed comparison of both side by side will unveil all the crucial information, needed to know which is better for you.
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Both of the chairs are designed and refined by Studio 7.5, and they made no changes in their design. They both have the same futuristic and sleek design that is loved by everyone. The shape and design are enough supportive that you feel relaxed, even after spending hours on it.
Mirra 1 is equipped with a mesh covering for better airflow and keeping a chair breathable. It helps a lot to those, who get sweaty easily or spend multiple hours on a chair. Whereas, the Mirra 2 does not only have a mesh back but also has a fabric over it, which slightly differentiate Mirra 1 from 2 in appearance. However, the airflow remains as same as you expect in a Mirra 1.
The main difference in the design is the usage of molded fabric with polymer veins in the Mirra 2, which reduces the overall weight of the chair by 25%. This means Mirra 2 turns out to be 25% or 18 pounds lighter in weight, compared to Mirra 1.
Not only the molded fabric of Mirra 2 make it lightweight, but the smaller frame also contributes to this cause. You will find Mirra 2 built with a smaller frame, resultantly offerings a smaller sear.
Compared to its compact designed seat, the Mirra 1 seat is fairly wider and can easily accommodate even a big and tall guy. The Mirra 1 seat despite being comfortable, sometimes becomes a problem for smaller persons and fails to give them proper support. So for such people using Mirra 2 would be the right decision to go with.
One more thing to know about their seat is that they both do not offer a soft seat, rather more inclined towards a stiffer touch. So, if you like to have soft seats, then there is no point to consider getting any of them.
But if we compare both of the seats, we found Mirra 2 to be more padded and rightly covered relative to the Mirra 1.
When there were very few options available with the adjustability, Mirra 1 was launched by Herman Miller back in 2003 with all the possible adjustable features. This is another reason that contributes to its widespread popularity. And even after so many years, people are still benefitting from those adjustable features.
Some of the adjustment features of Mirra 1 are as follows;
- Tilt tension
- Forward tilt
- Lumbar tilt
- Seat height adjustment
- Seat depth adjustment
- 3 Dimension adjustable arms
As far as the Mirra 2 is concerned, it is also not deprived of the adjustment features. You can find almost all those features in it as well, because of being an upgraded version of Mirra 1. You can adjust the seat depth with the lever attached, can adjust the seat height and also adjust lumbar support. Instead of a 3-dimensional adjustable arm, you get the 4D adjustable arm in Mirra 2.
However, there are certain features that are optional in Mirra 2 and come with an extra cost such as forward seat tilt. You can get a better experience without it, therefore better to avail such features only if you are in dire need of them.
The overall design of both chairs is enough comfortable and supportive that you can spend multiple hours of a day on them without feeling tired or having Neck, shoulder or lower back pain. But as already mentioned, the seats are stiffer and do not offer a soft touch, just because these chairs are designed for a working environment or to be used for study purposes. You can’t easily fall asleep on it and stay engaged with your work for hours.
One thing to mention, the stiffer seats do not affect your comfortable sitting experience at all. Moreover, the chairs being breathable provides better airflow and keep you cool all the time, while preventing your to sweat excessively. So, you do not feel irritated and cause yourself discomfort.
Saying both are equally comfortable won’t be wrong.
Herman Miller made both of the chairs low priced without compromising on the quality. Hence, made with all the quality materials including Aluminum, Polyurethane, and Plastic that can withstand a longer period of time.
From the mesh to the frame material, you can’t doubt anything. Both are evenly durable and long-lasting. Whereas, the lifespan of the chairs can differ, on the basis of how you use them. But there is nothing to doubt about their built quality.
The 12-year long warranty on both chairs is solid evidence of their quality, and it shows how much the manufacturer has trust in its production. You can get any, if the built quality is concerned and claim if anything goes wrong.
Mira 1 Vs Mira 2 – Pros and Cons
Before you make up your mind about any of the chairs, only on the basis of the Comparison. Let me walk you through their merits and demerits to clear the picture for you.
Mira 1 Pros and Cons:
- Comes in One size only but can be adjusted according to different body types and sizes.
- Attractively Eye-catching design that can add more aesthetics to your working environment.
- Comfortable Sitting for hours and hours.
- Mesh back for better airflow and make a chair breathable.
- Offers 3 different Reclining positions for a customized experience.
- Support your back properly and avoid back pain.
- Does not let you slouch by supporting your pelvis with passive PostureFit.
- Can adjust the height to support your back properly.
- Can Adjust the lumbar support to avoid stressing your lower back.
- Armrest’s angle and height can be adjusted.
- Offers a 12-year long warranty.
- The backrest is made up of plastic, which is uncomfortable for many
- Seat Pan irritates by moving along with the chair.
- Tilt is not as ergonomic as you find it in other ergonomic chairs.
Mira 2 Pros and Cons:
- Features TriFlex Polymer Back ensures better airflow.
- Provides an adjustable lumbar support.
- Incredible built quality.
- Seat depth and height can be adjusted.
- Aireweave Mesh Material for ensuring the long-lasting use.
- Mirra 2 is 18 pounds lighter than Mirra 1.
- Made up from 92 % recyclable material.
- Provides exceptional support and comfort.
- Poly Material on TriFlex backrest is not ideal for a long hour of sitting.
- Few adjustable features come with an added cost.
- You get only a fixed armrest chair with zero adjustability option, if ordered a regular chair.
- The tilt function of a regular chair does not let you change the seat angle and lock its position.
Final Thoughts: Which one is better?
There is no one winner because both of them are made up of quality material, provide adequate comfort and support, and let you adjust the chair to personalize the experience. But Mirra 2 because of being an upgraded version, have a few more features and can be called a better choice. Not to forget, it also cost you a little bit more than Mirra 1.
However, you should go for Mirra 2 only because of our saying, as the choice should be as per your requirements. For instance, if you are a big guy, Mirra 2 might not be able to accommodate you because of being a compact chair.
So better to choose the one that satisfies your needs and the budget as well.