If you were looking for a while, then you probably already know that it’s quite hard to find the best office chair for neck pain.
At least I was, when I first starting looking for one for myself.
I quickly realized that there is a lot of office chairs on the market and this was already overwhelming.
Long story short – here they are…
List of 4 Best Office Chairs for Neck Pain (2017 Edition)
I ended up buying the best office chair (well, at least for me) and here I am sharing my own experience with you.
So, if you really want to get an awesome chair that will help you reduce (and maybe even completely resolve) your neck pain, you are in the right place.
Here is what I will do for you in this article:
- First, I quickly list the 4 best ergonomic chairs for neck pain (based on my experience)
- Second, I will share the “whats and whys” of finding the right chair for your condition
Here my top 4 best office chairs for neck pain (from cheaper to more expensive options):
The 4 Compared…
Here is what these 4 office chairs look like, when stacked against each other.
If you were to ask me (just in case 🙂 ), I would do this:
If I was on a budget, I would go for Ancheer.
And if I had a bigger budget, Herman Miller’s Aeron would be my #1 choice.
However that’s entirely my view. 😉
How to Choose The Best Office Chair for Neck Pain
Now that I gave away my top choices, you might be interested how I found the right chair for myself, right?
If so, let’s keep going. 🙂
#1: Price/Quality Relation
When I first looked at Amazon, I wasn’t exactly sure what to look for, but I certainly knew my budget, which was roughly under 300 US Dollars.
What could I get with that?
Actually, quite a lot (and this was a bit of a problem, as you already know, because choice was quite overwhelming).
But first, let me tell you this…
Generally speaking, there are two types of chairs out there.
First, branded chairs that come from reputable manufacturers (like Herman Miller’s Aeron I listed as #4) cost a lot more, but they also have a lot more features, which translated to extra adjustability and comfort.
Second, unbranded chairs are less expensive and that surely affects their price, which is significantly lower.
Even though the price is lower some of the nice adjustability features (e.g. armrests adjustment) are still there.
Of course, there is no fanciness in that regard, but still…
Another problem you might come across with cheaper chairs is their warranty, because some of the models do fall apart after a fairly short (1-2 years) period.
Now, back to me.
I discovered that it is well possible to get the best office chair for neck pain, if you shop within a $200-$300 range.
Their price\quality ratio tends to be at the top.
However, once again, don’t expect anything fancy for that money (even though the first 2 chairs that I listed in my list are really good and are right $300 at the time of writing).
You might have already noticed that all of the 4 best office chairs for neck pain that I listed here have headrest?
Why headrest is important?
Well, simply because neck pain is often a result of muscle strain…
Neck muscles contract and stay in spasm, because they are holding your head straight.
Now, given that you probably spend quite a lot of time sitting, your neck becomes stiff pretty fast and that causes it to hurt.
Yeap, the headrest!
A headrest allows you to reduce neck muscle strain and, as a result, reduce (or completely resolve) neck pain.
Make sure your chair has a headrest.
#3: Size & Height
If you are really looking for the best office chair for neck pain, then you should know one important thing.
Office chairs all have different sizes and don’t fit everybody the same way.
This is why it’s important for you to know that there are office chairs for short and tall people.
How to tell that?
From what I could see, only few chair manufacturers produce same models in different sizes (e.g. Herman Miller’s Aeron has 3 sizes – A,B and C).
Generally speaking, all you need is just to check the chair description and see if it has ‘tall people’ or ‘high back’ included into it (that would be for tall office chairs).
‘Short back’ and ‘small people’ would then stand for chairs manufactured for shorter people.
Make sure the chair is right for you, because you won’t benefit from its functionality if it isn’t!
#4: Armrests Are Important
Even though headrest is an essential part of the best office chair for neck pain, armrests, as I learned, are also critical.
When we sit, we tend to use our arms quite a lot.
If we type, then inevitably our hands are in the air and our trapezius muscles work a lot to maintain that posture.
This is why armrests (especially adjustable ones) need to be there, so you can reduce that strain almost immediately.
In The Nutshell…
If you are looking for the best office chair for neck pain, then you:
- First, need to spend at least 200-300 dollars
- Second, find the chair with headrest
- Third, make sure that the size is right
- Fourth, get the armrests as well (ideally adjustable)
Of course there are other characteristics that you can look into.
For example, do you prefer mesh fabric or leather?
What about colors?
And caster wheels..?
Yes, there is a myriad of options and you need to make an educated decision.
Now, I already listed the 4 chairs I recommend above, but I also decided to include them right below and provide some extra detail.
Check them out, see their prices and see what else you can find!
Thank you very much for taking time to read this article.
I truly wish it would help you find the best office chair for neck pain.
I also wish your new chair would help you resolve your problem completely.
After all, that’s what matters the most.