With many folks working from home far longer than originally intended, replacing a makeshift office setup with a functional, well equipped workspace has become increasingly important, especially as the months wear on. This might include switching to a standing desk or getting some noise-cancelling headphones or even a Wi-Fi extender to boost connectivity—all relatively important items for productivity. But it should also include snagging one of the best office chairs you can find (or your budget allows).
The Renda Mid-Back Ribbed Conference Chair (shown here in brown) is the best office chair under $200.
While a dining chair, kitchen stool or even the couch might be fine to work from occasionally, only specially-designed ergonomic office chairs offer comfort and the seat and back support that you really need for working from home on a daily basis. Proper office chairs also offer varying amounts of adjustability—in height, tilt and lumbar support—to tailor the settings perfectly to your needs, ultimately avoiding the neck and lower back aches and pains that come with sitting in a less than comfortable chair for an extended period of time.
Here are our picks for the best office chairs available right now for a range of needs. Read on for more details to see which is best for you.
The Herman Miller Aeron may be a bit pricey, but there’s good reason for that. The chair has an ergonomic design that ensures you’ll remain comfortable throughout the day, with features like a mesh back, sturdy base and even three different sizes to choose from.
The chair offers plenty of adjustments too. You’ll get a tilt adjustment, along with a seat angle adjustment, plus you can fully adjust the arms and the lumbar. As you would expect, the chair is built from ultra premium materials so it should last for years to come. If you can afford it and want the most comfortable experience you can get, the Herman Miller Aeron is the way to go.
If you want an impressive-looking conference chair that still offers a comfortable sitting experience and won’t break the bank, then it may be worth considering this comfortable office chair from Wayfair.
The Renda Mid-Back Ribbed Conference Chair boasts a stainless steel base, along with a range of color options for the padded seat. You’ll also get a few nice adjustments here, including a tilt mechanism and seat height adjustment—and all for under $110.
DESIGN WITHIN REACH
If you’re looking for an ergonomic office chair that’s relatively high-quality, but don’t want to pay Herman Miller Aeron prices, there’s a more budget-friendly option from the same company—the Herman Miller Sayl.
The Sayl offers a pretty modern and unique design, but it’s also extremely comfortable and adjustable. You’ll get a big mesh back, which Herman Miller says can easily stretch and move to conform with the user. That means that the chair will keep your spine in its natural position, improving posture.
There are other design choices to ensure a comfortable experience too. For example, you’ll get an adjustable height between 15.5 and 20 inches and casters built for carpet use. The chair isn’t cheap, but it’s not overly expensive either, coming in at $510.
The Alera Elusion Series Mesh Mid-Back Chair, which offers many of the benefits of the Herman Miller for under $180, is another high-quality, budget-friendly option. With a multifunction mechanism that allows you to adjust the back angle, tilt, the height of the arms, this office chair offers some great adjustment options. And, the chair has a nice contoured seat cushion that will ensure a comfortable experience throughout. Plus, its mesh back gives a super cool, breathable experience, which is perfect for the summer.
This ergonomic office chair is a great option for those who want an executive-type chair on a budget. Available in eight colors, this stylish chair is built for heavy usage, so it can definitely withstand a standard 8-hour work day.
Its padded seat, back and armrests also ensure that it remains comfortable all day. Its seat height, seat angle, tilt mechanism and lumbar support are all adjustable too, so you can mess around with it until it’s just right for you.
The La-Z-Boy name is synonymous with comfort, so if you’re on the hunt for an office chair that brings that soft leather recliner vibe into your WFH space, your search ends here. The chair has a foam layering system and Comfort Core zoned technology that work together to provide lumbar support and pressure relief where you need it most. The padded elevated headrest also cradles your head and supports proper posture, so you don’t have to spend your days hunched over your computer screen. And with it’s bonded leather finish and light beige color, it’s stylish and timeless.
Wayfair offers a range of relatively inexpensive office chairs, like this Alori Conference Chair. Its breathable padded seat, ergonomic backrest and other standard features (swivel, tilt) ensure that it can compete with options two times the price.
The chair is built from premium materials, like the PU casters that work great on hard floors and carpet alike. Even better is the fact that you’ll get a comfortable sitting experience, with lumbar support, and a padded seat that’s built to keep your hips and legs free of sweat. The chair has a tilting mechanism too, so you can more easily achieve the perfect sitting position.
Of course, perhaps the best thing about this chair is its very reasonable price, which makes it a great option for those who don’t plan on working from home forever.
Whether you’re dealing with back pain, or trying to be proactive about keeping your body pain-free, it’s worth considering the Humanscale Freedom Headrest Chair, which is built with an extremely ergonomic design.
There are a number of things that make this chair more ergonomic than others. For starters, the chair has an automatic headrest built in, and it has a reclining action that allows you to maintain consistent eye level while you recline. The cushions are contoured to perfectly fit your body, and the chair has a responsive backrest that adapts to your back when you recline.
While ergonomic, the chair looks great too. It offers a modern, unique, and refreshing take on an office chair, in a world where many office chairs look alike. Not only that, but it’s also built from premium materials, and it offers a number of adjustments to make it even more comfortable than it already is.
The chair even comes in a range of colors. You could get the standard black one, or you could get the blue, red, graphite, navy or sage model. Note that pricing may change depending on the color you go for, but generally the chair comes at $1,048, which isn’t bad if you really want to take care of your posture and your body.
If you’re looking for a modern desk chair that will look great in any environment, it’s worth considering the SOHO Soft Pad Management Chair from Laura Davidson Furniture. Available in several colors, this chair offers that classic Eames style, along with an incredibly durable leatherette seating surface and a steel frame build. (There’s also the option to purchase a real leather version for slightly more.)
The chair isn’t just beautiful—it’s comfortable too. There are adjustments for height, seat tilt, and swivel, and the chair has back cushions that should be ergonomic enough for most.
Being tall can sometimes be tough on things like the back and neck, especially if you’re stuck sitting inn a chair that’s meant for shorter bodies. That’s where the Steelcase Gesture Office Desk Chair comes in.
With a design that’s perfect for tall people, the chair offers a number of adjustments, plus it has an adjustable headrest that should be high enough for more users. Even the arm rests are high-tech, with the ability to move like a human arm and offer support in a huge number of positions.
The chair is available in three heights, and if you’re really tall, you’ll probably want to go for the high height range. It’s also available in a variety of colors, so there should be something for everyone there. It can get a little expensive, coming in at $1,268, but if you’re tall and can afford to pay, it’s well worth the money.
Perhaps you’re more in the market for a gaming chair that you can use in office environments. In that case, it’s worth checking out the Vertagear S-Line 2000, which offers a classic gaming design, is available in a range of colors, and is comfortable enough for the vast majority of use—gaming and productivity alike.
The chair is easy to assemble, and once it’s put together, you’ll find that it’s built from premium materials, including an ultra high-density resilience foam. The base is reinforced too, plus it features racing stylist casters for smooth gliding.
The Vertagear S-Line 2000 isn’t overly expensive either. Some gaming chairs can run into the $1,000+ price range, but this chair comes at around $350. Sure, it’s not necessarily cheap, but you do get high-quality materials and a classy design.
Perhaps you like the style that comes with gaming chair, but don’t want to spend the cash on the Vertagear chair. In that case, it may be worth considering the OFM Essentials Racing Style Gaming Chair. This chair boasts a classy design, comes in a range of colors, and is available for $120 or less.
The chair may be inexpensive, but it’s not badly built or low quality. You’ll get high-end materials, along with adjustments for things like height, tilt, arms, and swivel. In fact, if the arms seem to get in the way when you’re gaming, you can flip them out of the way completely—which makes for a versatile experience altogether. The chair is built for durability too, so it should last for years to come.
Sometimes you need to be able to sit down a little higher than most office chairs can offer—in which case it’s worth considering a drafting chair. The Flash Furniture Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair has many of the same benefits as other desk chairs on this list, including the cooling mesh back, the comfortable padded seat, and more. Plus, you can raise it to a much higher than you can other desk chairs.
Unlike standard office chairs, it has padded flip-up arms that allow you to be a little more mobile, which is perfect for graphic designers, architects and more. The chair is relatively inexpensive too, coming in at under $140—which is much cheaper than the original price of $312.
In some situations, a kneeling chair will be much better for you than a traditional office chair. That’s especially true if you have some back pain, or you need to retain a good posture. If that sounds like you, it may be worth considering the Dragonn Ergonomic Kneeling Chair.
There are plenty of things that make this particular kneeling chair a great option. For starters, the chair offers a heavy duty build, thanks to a strong metal base, and it has three inch cushions to ensure that your knees don’t get too uncomfortable. The chair is height-adjustable too, so it should work fine for people of any height.
If you need a decent office chair for a small space, then it’s worth considering this chair. The chair not only offers a mesh back and a comfortable fit, but the back can also fold in, which allows it to be easier to store. In fact, you might be able to store the chair under the desk, saving on space, and making your work environment cleaner when you’re not sitting at the desk.
The chair offers a range of other adjustments, and it comes in a few different colors too, so you can find something that will fit your needs. The company backs it too—you’ll get a 10-year warranty that covers part replacements, so it should last for years to come.
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