Best office chairs in Australia for working from home or the office

Selecting the best office chair to suit your working style is no easy task. There are so many different models to choose from! Whether you work from home or you're in the workplace, having the right seat will make a huge difference not just to your productivity, but your overall health – maintaining body posture and reducing aches and pains. The last thing you want is to keep shifting in your seat to find the most comfortable position, which may not be doing your body any favours.

The best office chairs will offer comfort and support in places where it's needed the most,  like your lower back and, possibly, your neck as well. They will also have plenty of adjustments to ensure you're able to set the chair up just the way your body needs it to be.

Finding the right blend of comfortability, adjustability and price range can be tricky, and with more of us working from home, it's more important than ever to pick the perfect chair for your office space.

These are chairs that you’ll be sitting in for hours at a time, regardless of whether you’re working or gaming, so not only does your office chair need to be comfortable, but it also needs to last. High-quality materials and build are important factors to look into, as well as what the chair is made of – mesh, leather and other materials can make all the difference for not only the look of a space, but also for how cosy a seat is. 

So we've tested a whole bunch of office chairs available in Australia to help you find the best seat across a range of budgets and styles.

Recent updates

May 13, 2024: We've changed our pick of the best office chair under AU$500 and double-checked that all the other products listed below are still available.

Best Office Chairs: the quick list

Best office chair overall

ErgoTune Supreme V3's back- and armrests

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Arguably the best money can buy

Specifications

Dimensions: 61cm wide
Seat height: Available with different gas lifts
Maximum load: 150kg

Reasons to buy

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12-year warranty
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Excellent build and adjustability

Reasons to avoid

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Neck/head support not best placed
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Expensive for some

Singaporean company ErgoTune has, well, fine-tuned its Supreme chair after listening to feedback from its users. And that makes the Supreme V3 one of the best ergonomic office chairs money can buy. Its mesh body is strong and practically everything about it is adjustable. There are a total of 11 adjustment points and the company is so confident of its chair that there's a whopping 12-year warranty on the Supreme V3.

ErgoTune even caters to people of different heights, offering different gas lifts to suit your needs, however it's not the widest seat you can get. With a width of 61cm, it may be a tight fit for bigger users. If that's not going to be an issue, the ErgoTune Supreme V3 is remarkably comfortable, a perfect throne for all-day sitting in the Aussie heat and with plenty of ergonomic support in places where they're needed the most.

For details, take a look at our in-depth ErgoTune Supreme V3 review.

Best for ergonomics

NeueChair

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NeueChair Ergonomic Office Chair

Great overall ergonomic chair

Specifications

Dimensions: 70 x 66 x 104-113cm (W x D x H)
Seat height: 47 - 56cm (minimum to maximum)
Maximum load: 110kg

Reasons to buy

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Excellent balance of quality and price
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Breathable mesh back
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Customisable and highly ergonomic

Reasons to avoid

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Might be difficult to clean mesh

Combining excellent build quality, premium materials, functional and adjustable design, and a relatively affordable price makes the NeueChair a no-brainer for those looking to solve their home office chair dilemma. With grippy pleather (polyurethane leather) arm-rests, an aluminium alloy frame, and a breathable mesh backrest, this chair is classy, comfortable, and built to last.

You can adjust everything you realistically need to – armrest height and angle, lumbar support, backrest tilt – and the controls are easy to access. While some of the other chairs on the list lean more towards the 'designer' end of the price bracket, the NeueChair does manage to squeeze in under this, although there are definitely some more affordable options out there if you're willing to sacrifice a little of the NeueChair's class.

For more detail, you can check out this glowing review of the NeueChair from our associates at Windows Central.

Best budget

Steelcase Personality Plus office chair in blue placed at a desk

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Affordable comfort with a touch of personality

Specifications

Dimensions: 66 x 50.7-55.7 x 95-107cm (W x D x H)
Seat height: 42-54cm
Maximum load: 110kg

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable
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Great colours

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks strong ergonomics
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Limited adjustments

It's not the most ergonomic chair we've tried, but we love the Steelcase Personality Plus for its value for money. Not only is it well designed, with different colours available directly from the manufacturer, it's got some features that you won't find in some other entry-level office chairs. For one, the armrests pivot a little and can be adjusted for height, the seat itself can be moved back and forth marginally and, importantly, it's well made with a sturdy frame. 

We prefer the mesh back Personality Plus models, as these are more suitable to hot Aussie summers, but you can opt for an upholstered/padded version too. 

Despite the limited number of adjustments that can be made, the Personality Plus is very comfortable, but it lacks decent lumbar support. There is a moveable curved panel for some curvature, but you'll hardly know it's there. If your lower back doesn't  require that additional support, the Personality Plus will go a long way, with a 12-year warranty in place.

Read our in-depth Steelcase Personality Plus review to find out more.

Best for long hours

Herman Miller x Logitech Embody in a living room

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Ideal when you’re sitting for long periods of time

Specifications

Dimensions: 29 x 29.5 x 45 in ( 73.7 x 74.9 x 114.3 cm)
Seat Height: 17 – 22 in (43.2 x 55.9 cm)
Maximum Load: 300 lbs (136 kg)
Colors: Black, Canyon, Glacier, Nightfall, Dark mineral, Dark carbon
Warranty: 12 years

Reasons to buy

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Herman Miller signature comfort
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Stunning design, premium build
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No setup

Reasons to avoid

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Some adjustments not the easiest
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Expensive

With two variants including one co-designed by Logitech, the Herman Miller Embody is a chair that has been designed to keep you comfortable for hours at a stretch, whether you’re gaming or working. It features a modern design that looks like it’s been picked right out of a utopian science-fiction movie, and has been built with high-quality materials so it’ll also go the distance, even with long periods of use.

It comes out of the box prebuilt, and is suitable for both petite and larger people, thanks to a comfortable spring/foam hybrid backrest that is suitable for taller folks as well. There’s a stack of adjustability options on this chair too, though they’re not all the most intuitive. Besides typical office chair adjustments such as armrest height, the BackFit adjustments allow the chair’s backrest to be tightened or loosened, for a level of customisation that comes down to an individual’s spine.

Read our full Herman Miller Embody review

Best for gamers

noblechairs Icon gaming chair

The noblechairs Icon gaming chair is more affordable than the flagship Epic Real Leather. (Image credit: noblechairs)

Noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair

A luxury gaming chair

Specifications

Dimensions: 87 x 37 x 70 cm (W × D × H)
Seat height: (Minimum to maximum): 48 - 58 cm
Maximum load: 180 kg

Reasons to buy

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Premium materials
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Very comfortable
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Armrests very adjustable

Reasons to avoid

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Bolster support pillow unnecessary

Noblechairs is well known for crafting some of the best gaming chairs out there – and the Noblechairs Icon makes it clear why. It's quite affordable, extremely comfortable and one of the best PC gaming chairs out there. 

This is thanks to its nice lumbar pillow, which you can easily remove if you don’t like it.  The Icon is Noblechairs's least aggressive design, which may appeal for those wanting a chair that blends in with their home office and doesn't have the typical gaudy gaming designs.

Best for under AU$500

Desky Swivel 3D Tilt office chair against a white wall

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A simple chair thats great for small spaces and the body

Specifications

Dimensions: 64 x 50 x 52 cm (W × D × H)
Seat height: (Minimum to maximum): 44 - 52 cm
Maximum load: 150 kg

Reasons to buy

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Modern design
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360º tilting for micro movements
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Relatively affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Single colour option
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Plastic build can get hot and uncomfortable
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Narrow set

Simple and more budget-friendly than every other chair on this list, the Desky Swivel 3D Tilt is no slouch at this price point. While it doesn't have any cushioning or padding on its seat and backrest, it does something no other chair can handle as well – it offers a full 360º tilt on its axis (or the gas lift mechanism) that encourages micro movements while you're working. These movements burn calories and, importantly, can help your core muscles a little, although it takes a little more effort to move the seat in some angles than it does in others.

Our reviewer didn't think this chair would suit everyone. The seat is narrow and the plastic build can get hot and uncomfortable during Aussie summer conditions if you don't have an air con going. It would best suit a small-built person and the chair itself is ideal for small spaces.

Other than the tilting feature and changing height, there are no other adjustments you can make to the chair. It lacks lumbar support but, if you don't have lower back issues, you likely won't miss it at all.

Also note that this chair is only available in a single white-grey colour scheme – while that will suit most spaces, whether at home or in an office space, you can't expect a pop of colour here.

Read our full Desky Swivel 3D Tilt office chair review 

Best executive chair

Humanscale Freedom (Image credit: Humanscale)
Automatically adjusting ergonomics in a classy package

Specifications

Dimensions: 69 x 63.5 x 109-135cm (W x D x H)
Seat height: 41 - 51.5cm (minimum to maximum)
Maximum load: 136kg

Reasons to buy

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No complex controls to worry about
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Dynamically adjusts to the user

Reasons to avoid

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Can be very pricey, particularly in leather

Humanscale makes some seriously nifty high-end ergonomic office chairs, and the Freedom is, for us, the pinnacle of that niftiness. It not only looks fabulous – particularly in the leather option – but the really clever bit is that the Freedom is designed to do away with the complex knobs or levers that many ergonomic options can baffle you with. Instead, it adjusts itself automatically to fit the ideal ergonomics for your body.

For example, when reclining the chair, it automatically adjusts the backrest resistance to the optimal level. The end result is a whole lot of comfortable sitting, without having to do any thinking about tension settings and so forth. There are, of course, some adjustable elements, including the armrests which move in tandem (so they’re always at the same height as each other).

This is not a chair for the faint of wallet, but bear in mind that the pricier models are the leather and polished aluminium offerings. Remember that there are versions with plain fabric and a graphite frame – they might not look as high-end, but they still provide the same superb sitting experience, often for hundreds of dollars less. Also note that the Freedom is backed by a 15-year warranty.

Check out our full Humanscale Freedom review for more info.

Best for larger people

Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 XL gaming chair

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Although a gaming chair, it's a comfortable option for larger individuals

Specifications

Dimensions: XL: 80 x 80 x 135-145cm (W x D x H)
Seat height: XL: 46-56cm (minimum to maximum)
Maximum load: 180kg

Reasons to buy

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Sturdy construction and premium materials
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Adjustable lumbar support and more
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Suitable for larger individuals

Reasons to avoid

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Not your typical office aesthetic
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Pleather could get sweaty

Secretlab is known for its quality gaming chairs, and while most thrones in this category might be considered a little bit too flashy for the office, this isn't as important when you're in your own home. In fact, for a gaming chair, the default design of the latest 2022 model Titan Evo is actually rather subdued, with minimal branding and quieter trimmings, but there's plenty of customisation to be had if that's what you're after.

The best thing about the Titan is that there's an XL option that's purpose-built for people on the larger side – both vertically and horizontally – so people that fit this category don't have to make do with a 'one-size-fits-all' solution. You have plenty in the way of adjustments, including lumbar support, and the pleather is easy to clean (albeit a little sweaty at times).

You can check out our detailed Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 gaming chair review to get a better idea of what you're in for.

Best leather office chair

noblechairs Epic Real Leather

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Noblechairs Epic Real Leather

A leather-clad beauty

Specifications

Dimensions: 84 x 38 x 70 cm (W × D × H)
Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 131 - 141 cm
Maximum load: 180 kg

Reasons to buy

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Uses real leather
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Extensive adjustabliity
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Premium quality
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Easy to set up

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic arm rests
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Will prove too large for very small rooms

It's not as aesthetically subtle as the other offering from Noblechairs, but if you don't mind that then it's a real winner. From the cross-thatched embroidery to the real leather of its namesake, if you’re looking for a no-compromises gaming throne, this is it. Plus, it’s surprisingly quick and easy to set up. And, once the set-up is complete, the Epic Real Leather is a dream to sit on – and you can customise your position however you want. Just do us a favour, and read the instructions while you’re setting it up. Synthetic leather is also an option if you want to save some money.

Best office chairs: FAQs

Best office chairs: How did we pick them?

Why you can trust TechRadar We spend hours testing every product or service we review, so you can be sure you’re buying the best. Find out more about how we test.

Looking for the best office chair? We've got you covered with our top picks! Our thorough research included comparing relative specs, available features, build materials, and customer feedback from various online forums and reviews. We also considered factors such as support, warranties, and overall value proposition to bring you the best options.

We've reviewed and compared top brands such as Herman Miller, Steelcase, and ErgoTune to bring you the most highly recommended and trusted office chairs on the market. Whether you need a chair for your home office or a professional workspace, we've got you covered with the best choices available.

How to choose the best office chair

Our 5 essential features of a good office chair gives an in-depth guide of what to look out for when picking the perfect seat, but here’s a quick summary of what to look for when you’re shopping for your next piece of office furniture:

Adjustability

With a wide variety of desks, pairing the right office chair can come down to its adjustability. How high can the chair rise? Are the armrests movable? Does the backrest tilt? These options can impact how you sit at your desk, and you want to make sure you have the right chair with the adjustments you need for the most comfortable seat.

Size

You’ll want to find a chair that not only fits in your space, but also one that fits your body comfortably. While a lot of gaming chairs offer options for bigger and taller people, not every office chair has been designed to fit every body type. Each chair has weight limits and recommended heights, so it’s important to check those specifications if you’re on either end of the size spectrum.

If you’re working with a smaller space, consider looking at chairs with removable armrests and a minimalist design – though you might have to go without all the adjustability options you’d otherwise have.

Support

You’re likely going to be sitting in your office chair for hours a day, so you want to make sure it offers the right support. From lumbar support to headrests, these can be the difference between a chair that’s comfortable for the first few hours, and a chair that will keep you comfortable and sitting correctly throughout the whole day.

Ergonomic chairs can also help to keep you productive – you won’t be spending your valuable time thinking about how uncomfortable you are, and instead can focus on your task or game.

Materials

The right material can also impact the comfort of your office chair, as well as how long it'll last. High-quality materials will increase its lifespan, saving you time and money in the long run while still providing a comfortable seat. 

Additionally, different materials can help keep you cool or warm, depending on your office’s climate. If you have a warmer office, consider looking into mesh chairs, or other breathable fabrics. Alternatively, if you want a premium chair and have an office with good regulated temperature, leather – or faux leather if you prefer – chairs should be your go-to, as they both look and feel the part of an executive seat.

Cost

The bigger the budget, the more options you’ll have. Though, that’s not to say there aren't high-quality affordable office chairs out there. It really will come down to what you’re looking for, but cost can be impacted by brand, material and design. 

How we test

Each office chair we review is tested for over a month, with close consideration given to the comfort, material, adjustability, durability and weight limit of the seat. It’s not just a matter of sitting in the chair while we work, we carefully consider each of the above categories, and how the chair impacts our productivity.

Additionally, we also look at how easy each chair is to assemble and, more importantly, its cost. Options from both the premium and lower end of the price spectrum are put to the test, so we can assess a big variety of chairs. We also take into consideration the design and size of a chair, as each workspace will have its own spatial needs.

See more about our testing process in How we test, review and rate on TechRadar Pro: Office Chairs.

Petra Player
Writer

Petra has had a long-time love of tech, gaming and entertainment, especially if she can find it at a discount. With a background in archaeology, she’ll dig deep to find the best deals and thanks to her long history in retail, knows what makes a good bargain. She also is a bit of a keyboard hobbyist, having found enjoyment with mechanical keyboards during 2020’s lockdown, and enjoys trying out new peripherals whenever she gets the chance.

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