In this 5-minute guide we’ve picked 13 best ergonomic office chairs in 2018.
These chairs will fit any budget and any preference – check them out! 😎
Tired of back pain?
Or maybe you are looking to up
…or maybe you are looking to substitute your old desk chair with something newer and more ergonomic.
13 Chairs I Recommend in 2018
|HM Aeron||Back Pain||Full Review|
|HM Embody||Most Expensive||Full Review|
|Furmax||Under $100||Full Review|
|ALERA Elusion||Under $200||Full Review|
|SPACE Seating||Under $300||Full Review|
|TOPSKY Executive||Neck Pain||Full Review|
|Office Star||Short People||Full Review|
|LuxFit Ball Chair||Coccyx Pain||Full Review|
|Steelcase Amia||Hip Pain||Full Review|
|AmazonBasics High Back||Tall People||Full Review|
|HON Wave||Big & Tall People||Full Review|
|DXRACER Racing Series||Gaming||Full Review|
|FF Mobile||Kneeling||Full Review|
Ergonomic Office Chair Buying Guide & FAQ
What is an Ergonomic Office Chair
Simply put, ergonomic office chair is a
- Ergonomic vs Standard Office Chair
Advantages of Ergonomic Office Chair Over Standard Desk Chair
How to Adjust an Ergonomic Office Chair
Things to Consider When Buying an Ergonomic Office Chair
As you saw already, chairs are priced differently.
Yes, some of it depends on the brand, but…
Post-sales warranty has a major effect on the price.
For example, you can buy a computer chair for $300 and it would come with a 5-year warranty.
The warranty price ratio is then 5/300, which equals to 0,017 (or 1,7%).
Now, let’s say you buy Herman Miller’s Aeron for $1,200.
Given that it has a 12-year warranty, our ratio is then 0,01 (or 1%).
Obviously, the higher the ratio, the better it is for your peace of mind in the long-run.
Which means that, all else being equal, you would go for the first 300-dollar option.
But “all else” is not equal – no chair for 300 USD can compete against Aeron’s comfort, functionality and status.
I will let you to decide what to actually choose, but I hope you can clearly see how the Warranty/Price ratio can help you buy the right thing.
An expensive office chair is a remarkable way to illustrate your status! 😉
Back in the day (and to a certain degree today) a boss would want a sofa-like chair.
These are called executive office chairs.
They can look insanely expensive…even if they cost less than $400 (which is still quite a lot).
However the true gurus go with style AND functionality.
Herman Miller’s Aeron, for example, costs insane $1200 AND comes
Your Size: Height & Weight
Many people buy chairs which are simply NOT suitable for their frame.
They are either too big, too small, too short or too long.
What happens when a tall person buys a short-back office chair?
What happens when a heavy person buys a small chair?
It can break! (and won’t be covered by warranty because of the exceeded weight capacity)
Quite a few chairs come in one size, which means you have to “test drive” them before you actually buy them.
Fortunately many retailers offer free returns, so you can just get something online and then return it if it doesn’t fit you (I see some people do that and that’s very smart).
There are also chairs that come in different sizes (e.g. HM’s Aeron has 3 (!) sizes available – A, B & C) and/or can be adjusted to fit different height people (i.e. a chair would then have a separately-adjustable chair back height).
The same goes for weight.
If you are a big (or big & tall) person, you should go for a heavy duty office chair.
These chairs have a weight capacity of up to 350 lbs (some go all the way to 500 lbs).
Climate & Temperature
Or better say – mesh vs leather?
Allow me to explain…
I have two chairs – leather one from Amazon and Herman Miller’s Aeron. 😎
I do occasionally sit in my leather chair, but it’s a “sweaty disaster” during summers.
My back is always sweaty!
Given that I am not overweight AND I have an AC you can tell the big disadvantage of leather chairs.
I don’t have such a problem with Aeron because mesh offers a lot better air circulation.
In other words, if you are getting a leather chair, make sure you are OK with occasional sweating. 😀
Neck, Back, Hip…Any Other Pain
This one is important, but easy…
If you have lower back pain, you most likely need an ergonomic chair that will have a solid lumbar support.
Ideally it should be vertically adjustable in order to make sure it’s on the right spot.
This will help to keep your back in check.
Neck pain is another beast.
Many people assume that a chair with headrest will solve their muscle tension.
They are right, but…only if it works.
You see, many headrests are poorly designed.
To put it straight, heads rarely end up on headrests because of that.
Given that, you have two options.
First, find a chair with headrest that can be adjusted to fit your head.
Second, find a chair with headrest that is fixed but fits you perfectly from the start (not always possible).
Third, find a separate headrest for a chair that you already have (also, not always possible).
What else to pay attention to when you have neck pain?
Lack of armrests can directly affect your neck and upper trapezius pain by straining your muscles.
This is a disaster that comes from repetitive use…
You also need to make sure that the chair’s back covers yours all the way up – as I already mentioned that before.