1. The list in brief
2. Why trust us
3. Best office chair overall
4. Best budget office chair
5. Best for back pain
6. Best for gamers
7. Best for long hours
8. Best ergonomic
9. Best for tall people
10. Best under 200
12. What our peers say
13. Other chairs we’ve tested
14. How we picked and tested
Gone are the days when our wellbeing takes a backseat to our output in the office. We have since learned that not only is it important to practice good office ergonomics, but that it also helps increase our productivity in the long run, which brings us to the best office chairs.
There are several things you can do to improve your workplace ergonomics, but perhaps the most important of them is carefully choosing the right throne for you. We’re not only talking about the comfiest chair with the plushiest seat here or the most expensive option out there.
We’re talking specifically about finding the chair that’s most ideal to your body type, height, needs, and preferences. An office chair that seems perfect for most people might not be the best for you if you’re on the petite side or if you have some back issues. Even something as inconsequential-sounding as finding the right finish and seat fabric is vital for your comfort, especially if you tend to run hot or your skin is more sensitive.
With different needs in mind, we gathered the best office chairs for every type of user. We've spent the last couple of years testing office and gaming chairs, our team of editors and writers sampling and scrutinizing work thrones of all sizes and quality, and we gathered the ones that are the most supportive to our backs and the kindest to our backside. All so you won't unnecessarily risk back and shoulder aches from a bad recommendation.
These chairs will be a great fit whether you have a card table or one of our featured standard best office desk, best standing desk, or a desk with one of the best sit/stand converter. And one of our picks should elevate your workday comfort.
The quick list
An office chair is an investment so we’ll help you make the right choice. Below, you’ll find our picks for a quick reference. If you’re interested in one, simply click on “Read more below” to jump to a more detailed review along with our price comparison tool to help you find the best price available.
Best of the best
Best chair overall
Stylish and premium yet affordable, it lets you enjoy the breathability and support of mesh with the luxurious sink of molded foam.
Best budget chair
Despite its very affordable price tag, this chair offers excellent ergonomics and a reinforced mesh back rest for breathability.
Best for back
Best for back pain
Though a premium purchase, it offers excellent lumbar support and a slew of adjustability options - perfect for those with chronic back pain.
Best for gamers
Best for gamers
It's a pricey proposition, but its level of back support, plush seat, and level of adjustability make it worth every gamer's hard-earned penny.
Best for long hours
Best for long hours
One of our favorite office chairs to game in, this stunner delivers its innovative "pixelated" Backfit design in a way that makes it look like a modern art piece.
Best ergonomic chair
Best ergonomic chair
Branch's affordable offering doesn't scrimp on ergonomic features with its removable lumbar rest and large seat. Naturally, it comes in several colors too.
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Best for tall people
Best for tall people
This premium is big on ergonomics, big on quality, and big on comfort. Most importantly, it’s just big, perfect for tall sitters and users with a bigger frame.
Best under $200
Best under $200
An ideal cheap option if you have a tight budget, this bouncy, soft-to-the-touch office chair is a top tier choice for your home office.
Why trust us
We spent the last few years testing and reviewing more than our share of desk thrones, from gaming ones that easily moonlight as comfortable work seating to premium office chairs that go nuts with customizability and adjustability. And we don’t just use every chair we review as our main seat for a couple of days, jot down a few notes, and pound away at our keyboards.
We painstakingly test every single one for a week or so, paying close attention to things like the materials used, the amount of adjustments on hand, the ease of setup and use, and naturally, the level of comfort it offers. Not just that but we also put to the test any feature a chair offers as well as think about the type of folks it’s best for – because not all great chairs are perfect for every user.
We then take all that and consider the price before making our final recommendations. Speaking of which, we don’t just test premium chairs. We know there are amazing budget and mid-range options out there that punch above their weight so we make it a point to get those in our labs as well.
So, not only are we experts on office chairs, but we also know which ones are worth your money and what brands are more reliable.
The best office chairs in 2023
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Below you'll find full write-ups for each of the best office chairs in our list. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted.
The best office chair overall
Stylish yet functional and practical, the Branch Verve has made a name for itself for ticking all the right stuff. It’s not just gorgeous and made of high quality materials. The thoughtful attention to detail here is unlike anything we’ve seen outside of Herman Miller’s much pricier products.
It utilizes mesh, fabric, and molded foam, so we're getting that breathable and supportive hammock-like feel while also enjoying a plush seat. And while it looks very minimalist, there are six different types of adjustments here, allowing us to further hone in its level of comfort to what suits us best. That inverted-A backrest alone is ingenious.
More importantly, this chair makes it so that those adjustments won’t feel like a nosebleed. While many other office chairs make the whole affair so complicated, we find the Verve’s levers and knobs to be within easy reach and incredibly intuitive. Honestly, there's no need to pull out the manual here as all the adjustments are easy to do.
Meanwhile, that 3D-knit polyester mesh fabric that makes up the back rest is not only incredible at keeping our backs breezy, but it also somehow combines support with a bouncy experience. It almost feels like we're unwinding at a beach resort rather than toiling away our desk when we're in it.
The over six-foot-five club might feel it too short, and there’s not any semblance of a headrest. But its seat only looks deceptively small – we find it to be very spacious. And its seat height adjustment range (16.5 inches at its lowest) means it’s just as fantastic for petite users as it is for folks of average height.
For most people, this is hands-down the best office chair. That’s especially considering its surprisingly affordable price. We'd keep an eye out for your cats though as that seat fabric will get shredded easily by a set of sharp claws, and we're speaking from experience.
Read the full review: Branch Verve
The best budget office chair
Most people might say that you can’t really expect for a budget office chair to prioritize your wellbeing, but this affordable option from Vari begs to differ. Cheaper than our top pick, the Vari Task Chair offers just as excellent ergonomics, proving that you don’t have to shell out a lot of money to maintain proper alignment at work.
Most of the parts here aren’t made of premium quality. Sitting in it for a few weeks, we've discovered that in certain positions, it does have some wobble. Also, there’s not a lot of plush comfort, with the seat cushion being on the firmer side. Though that’s not necessarily a bad thing as a lot of people prefer it, we do prefer a little bit of sink.
However, we cannot deny that this chair delivers where it counts, with its back rest made of reinforced mesh for breathability, its plastic frame in the back providing what we'd definitely consider excellent back support, and its seat cushion a little concaved, nicely cupping our rears.
It’s also customizable so that you can add a headrest if you think it’s something you need, though you do have to pay a little more than the trimmed down, headrest-less version. Our test unit did come with it, but we can honestly say that whether you add one on or not, you’re getting something that’s very affordable.
As far as adjustability, there’s a lot here – a lot more than what we expected from an inexpensive office chair. You can obviously easily adjust the height and the depth, but we appreciate that the armrests can also be positioned in several different ways, catering to everybody’s needs. And the backrest doesn’t just recline, its tension is also adjustable, giving us the perfect spot to take a chill hour at work.
Another great thing here are the casters. It’s the casters that are often cheaply-made, so much so that they don’t roll quite as smoothly or as easily as you would have liked. But we don't find that to be the case here. If you’ve got deep pockets, we would encourage you to choose one of the other picks on this list. But, if you’re on a budget, this one’s definitely an ace.
Read the full review: Vari Task Chair
The best office chair for back pain
Without the customizations, which it has a lot of on hand, the X-Chair X2 K-Sport Mgmt Chair is already pretty pricey – though not quite as pricey as the Mavix M9 from its sister company or anything Humanscale has on offer. But it’s one of those premium chairs we would be happy to splurge on, especially if those of us in the office that need a lot more back support than others.
At the heart of this chair is what the company calls the Dynamic Variable Lumbar, which is essentially a floating lumbar support that moves when you move and responds accordingly to the amount of pressure you put on it. The M9, which incidentally is our pick for the best chair for gamers on this list, has it too, but we find the one on the X2 to be a lot more pronounced, jutting even further out on purpose for those whose back needs that extra propping up.
We found that to be a bit of an adjustment in the beginning. But it's not necessarily a deal-breaker for those with stronger backs; it’s just something to get used to; we did. The seat and backrest are both mesh – together, they make this chair extremely breathable and supportive – so we're also enjoying a full hammock experience here.
There are plenty of adjustments on hand to really personalize its comfort, and all the levers and knobs are fairly intuitive. However, those of us who aren't blessed with longer limbs find that the controls are a little further back, which means we have to put a little more effort into it making the adjustments.
And we adore the SciFloat Infinite Recline feature, which lets you rock in a recline angle at any point in its range instead of limiting you to three or four set positions. This is also a nice feature to take advantage of, especially if you have back issues. It also allows us to our back a gentle stretch in a way that’s most comfortable to us anytime we need it. It's like having our own personal chiropractor at work.
Read the full review: X-Chair X2 K-Sport Mgmt Chair
The best office chair for gamers
There are a lot of office and gaming chairs out there, but there aren’t that many that astound us as much as the Mavix M9. At least three of us at TechRadar have this chair, and we sometimes rave about it in unison. That's how much we love it.
In fact, this would be further up the list if it wasn’t so darn pricey – though to be very honest, this is worth saving up for, even if times are tough for you, and it’ll take you a while to do so.
Gaming chairs usually get a bad rap, but the Mavix M9 (along with the Herman Miller x Logitech Embody) has been their saving grace. This one proves that a chair can look like it’s made for gamers and still deliver on comfort and ergonomics. This throne isn’t just comfortable; it’s luxurious with its soft yet supportive cushion, beautifully-designed and adjustable backrest with a floating lumbar support (also aptly named by Mavix as its Dynamic Variable Lumbar) that moves with and adjusts to your back and body movements, and a whole lot of adjustability options to suit pretty much all body types. It’s even great for petite members of our team.
We have found that some parts are more premium than others – as much as we love the highly-adjustable 4D armrests, they also do not feel as premium as the other bit, which is disappointing. But the chair, just like other offerings from Mavix, is customizable so you can get your ideal one before you commit and hit buy. We added the cooling, heat & massage module to ours so we could squeeze in a quick spa time at work.
Plus, the rest of the chair is very clearly premium made. The casters are incredibly smooth and roll easily while the M-Breeze fabric on the cushion and the top backrest feels super nice to the touch and fairly breathable so you can enjoy that leather-like feel without needing to wipe sweat off the back of your legs every few minutes.
Read the full review: Mavix M9
The best office chair for long hours
Whether you’re getting the classic version of the legendary Herman Miller Embody or the gamer’s version that Logitech co-designed, this chair deserves the reverent tones people use when talking about it. It’s truly a gorgeous and ingeniously designed chair, with a look that makes us feel like we're in a utopian science fiction movie.
It’s elegant yet cool at the same time, with its svelte profile and funky giant circuit board-esque back that’s just as functional as it is snazzy (more on that later). There’s a lot more to unpack here. We like the soft-to-the-touch and very breathable fabric on the backrest and seat as well as Herman Miller’s ingenious takes on the usual office chair basics.
What do we mean by that? Well, for starters, instead of throwing in a seat that you can push in or out to adjust the “seat depth,” like most chairs do, the Embody has additional seat surface in the front, which you can roll in and out to get more or less seat surface. Roll it out all the way, and you’re getting an additional three inches of surface area. How many office chairs can actually do that?
We love taking advantage of this as gives us ample surface area to comfortably sit cross-legged when we want our feet off the floor for a little bit. The only thing is that it's not the easiest to control. We have to lift our legs up slightly to take the pressure of the seat edge before we can roll it out.
Instead of a lumbar pillow or bar you can move up and down, Herman Miller has designed what it calls a “pixelated” Backfit design, which is designed to not only mould to your back’s shape but also actively adjust to your body’s movements, providing support where you need it most in real time.
There’s also a lot more adjustability options, though some of them are not necessarily intuitive and will require you to watch the online tutorial videos. Also bear in mind that this chair is eye-wateringly expensive so it’s not going to be the best choice for the budget-minded.
Read the full review: Herman Miller Embody
The best ergonomic chair
The Branch Ergonomic Chair isn’t just the option to get if you love Branch’s beautiful design but are on a tighter budget. Our top pick, the Branch Verve, might win in terms of comfort and style, but this affordable alternative focuses more on ergonomics – though to be fair, if it’s style you want, you’ve got six colorways to choose from. And like the Verve, it does have a mesh backrest and a padded fabric seat, giving you that hammock-like support and a luxurious rest for your rump.
While it might not be as mod as the Verve, we still find it oozing with charisma, especially with that contoured backrest and minimalist design. We also quite like the look of that white frame on everything, whether you’re getting it in black, white sand, or light blue. We’re just not sure about the shiny silver aluminum base, which is a slight departure from the rest of the chair, but that’s more of a personal preference.
Besides, that’s hardly a deal-breaker, especially considering all the comfort you’re getting. We find the lumbar rest to be firm, encouraging proper active work posture throughout the day. But on days when we want a more relaxed stance, we simply remove it, giving us the best of both worlds. Meanwhile, the seat cushion, which is plush yet supportive, keep us comfortable even during long work hours. We also find it to be spacious and robust enough for heavier users.
There are plenty of adjustments on hand, from height to depth, which allows us to really home in on the most comfortable, ergonomic position for us. The only thing is that we couldn't lock the armrest depth in place, for some reason, but we likely got a slightly faulty unit. It happens, and luckily, Branch offers worry-free returns. There’s no headrest included in the price, but you can purchase one as an add-on if you require a lot of neck support.
Read the full review: Branch Ergonomic Chair
The best office chair for tall people
The OdinLake Ergo Plus 743 is built for bigger users – so much so that the more petite members of our team have a little bit of a hard time getting comfortable in it. It’s not just that there’s a lot more space, with that 18.5 x 20.5-incher seat. The seat height adjustment also bottoms out at 18.5 inches so anyone under 5’9″ would have to be wearing platform shoes for their feet to plant comfortably on the floor. And the depth of the seat doesn’t help either.
For those who are vertically blessed, however, this chair is incredible. Even those of us who are of average height have found this to be very comfortable, with its mesh material that keeps our backs and rears cool and its floating lumbar support that moves when we move. Lean back all the way, and you’ve essentially got a lumbar pillow that follows the natural shape of your back. Lean forward a little, and it’s right there with you, offering support.
Some of the parts here we didn’t find particularly premium, but all of the ones that matter are robust so we’re confident that this will last for years to come. That’s a good thing since it’s not cheap to begin with.
Our own test unit comes with a footrest, but that’s an add-on that will cost you almost another hundred bucks. It’s a nifty addition – useful for when we want to kick back, relax, and work with our laptop on our lap, and we do like that you can stow it away when it’s not needed. However, it’s not all that vital to your overall comfort.
As far as looks, we do find the design a little too somber, especially the black color. If you want this chair but don’t want something boring, we recommend getting the white version as it makes it look more interesting. Sadly, you can’t do anything about the silver aluminum alloy frame. It isn’t our cup of tea, either.
Read the full review: OdinLake Ergo Plus 743
The best office chair under $200
If you’re one of the many employees who have since shifted from working at the office fulltime to working from home at least on some days, it’s just as important to have an ergonomic chair in your home office to ensure that you’re getting comfort and back support. Of course, unless you’re getting paid the big bucks, your budget for that may be limited. Enter the Flexispot Light Mesh Office Chair OC2.
Also called the Flexispot Oka BS9 in the UK, this chair is just what you need if you don’t want to spend more than $200 (or £300 in the UK) but still prioritze comfort. It’s more of a back-to-basics chair, getting all the vital elements right while keeping the special features minimal to keep the price down. And to most people, especially those who put in their obligatory nine hours, that’s more than enough.
Just because it’s on the budget end, however, that doesn’t mean you’re compromising on quality. FlexiSpot may be fairly new to the scene, increasing its fan base considerably during the pandemic, but we’ve tested many of its products by now, and we can attest to them being affordable yet durable and reliable. And the Oka BS9 or OC2 chair doesn’t fall far from the tree.
It boasts a chromed gas-lift cylinder, a robust base, and casters that we found to roll smoothly, even on the carpet. And despite its low price tag, we found its build quality to be on the higher end of the scale – though it does need a little more maintenance than a leather chair, especially if you’re prone to spilling drinks.
And we can honestly say the same about its comfort. We appreciate the seat’s material that’s soft-to-the touch and bouncy nature, as well as the armrests’ padding for cushioning our elbows and high adjustability. The dip and arch in this chair’s backrest also molds to our back, not only giving us the spine support we need, but helping us with our posture. Our favorite here may just be the reclining feature, which locks at certain angles so we can remain reclined and relax until our next Zoom meeting.
There’s no headrest, however. So if you need it, you’ll want to look at other offerings on this list instead. Or you can try it out first and see if it’s the right one, since it does come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Read our full review: Flexispot Light Mesh Office Chair OC2
FAQs on the best office chairs
What office chair size should you get for your height?
Different office chairs offer different seat height ranges, and because of this, some are best for tall people while others are great for petites and those of average height. And since being able to comfortably plant your feet on the floor and have your elbows resting at 90 to 110 degree angle while sitting is vital to good office ergonomics, getting an office chair that fits your seat height requirement is important.
The good news is that many of the best office chairs can accommodate most heights. Still, it’s important that you check especially if you're on the short side. If you’re shorter than 5’3″, find a chair whose lowest seat height is under 17 inches. If you are 4’11” or shorter, something that goes below 16 inches is honestly best. There aren’t a lot of brands that do that, but the Herman Miller Embody and the Steelcase Leap are great options.
Those taller than 6’5″ should go for a chair whose highest seat height is 21 inches or above. There aren’t many chairs that do so either, but something like the OdinLake Ergo Plus 743 and the Mavix M9 both go up to 22.5 inches, making it perfect for tall people.
If you want to know the exact ideal seat height for you, Ergonomic Trends has a fantastic piece on the matter that offers a lot more insight and even comes with a table for quick reference.
What is the best material for an office chair?
This is more of a preferential thing, as well as how well your body handles heat and what the normal temperature in your office is. People who don’t run hot or barely sweat can certainly pick a leather or similar office throne, like those premium ones from Herman Miller and Mavix.
However, if you tend to sweat even just a little, that type of office chair can get uncomfortable as the day warms even if you’re in a cooler office setting. Going for a mesh chair might be too much, however, and if you’re not into that material – it does tend to leave marks on your skin if you’re not wearing long pants – a fabric seat may be ideal for you.
If, on the other hand, you do run hot and sweat a lot, you’ll need the breathability of a mesh chair. Some chairs only have that mesh material on the back rest while others feature mesh seats and backrest. Also, mesh tends to stretch out over time so it’s important to choose one that has better quality. Choose wisely.
Whatever you choose, bear in mind that some materials are easier to clean than others. Mesh requires less clean-up effort than fabric, as you can usually wipe off spill with just soap and water. Fabric chairs, however, have a habit of absorbing spills, sweat, and even dust, which means they require deeper cleaning.
Leather and similar finishes are also very easy to clean, as you can usually just wipe off spills and dust. However, these do need regular maintenance and care. Just make sure to avoid using harsh cleaning solutions as those can do more damage than good.
Can an office chair help prevent back pain?
The short answer is yes, but to expand on that, we asked David Patton, Vice President of Product Design at Vari, for his thoughts. And according to him, "It's about letting the design of the chair, desk, and workspace support you because the whole premise is that you want to stay as comfortable, as focused, as efficient, and enjoy your work as much at the end of the day as you do at the beginning."
Not all can help alleviate any existing back pain or keep back discomfort at bay, so choosing the best office chair for you is key. However, it also isn’t as simple as that. You have to take an active role in ensuring it. When sitting, make sure you have proper support and adjust the chair to fit your unique needs, including adjustable lumbar support and armrests. Keep your computer screen at eye level to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders.
You should also take measures to reduce the risk of health concerns from sitting for long periods in an office chair. It's important to change up your positions and posture throughout the day. Use a timer or app to remind you to change positions, if you must. Be sure to also take frequent breaks to stretch or do simple exercises.
If you want a little extra help taking care of your back, some chairs come with floating lumbar support, which not only helps keep your spine in alignment but also adjust to your body’s movement.
What is the difference between office chairs and gaming chairs?
Some gaming chairs work great as office chairs and many of the best office chairs can be used as gaming chairs. In fact, many gamers out there opt for a good office chair over those kitschy bucket seat gaming chairs that promise comfort but don’t exactly deliver.
That said, the one thing that generally sets gaming chairs apart from office chairs is their design. They’re heavily inspired by race car bucket seats, oversized frames, support cushions, gaming logos, and bright or distinctive colors. Meanwhile, office chairs are designed to blend into a business or work-from-home environment and usually feature subtle colors, flatter seat cushions, and a mesh or padded backrest.
Don’t take that to mean that all gaming chairs are crap at providing comfort. Chairs like the Mavix M9 and Herman Miller x Logitech Embody are some of the most comfortable around, and while they’re mostly marketed to gamers, they’re also among our most favorite thrones to sit on and see us through long work days.
However, generally speaking, office chairs usually provide far more adjustable features to adjust the armrest, tilt tension and locking, seat height and depth, lumbar support, and more. Gaming chairs often offer more flexibility in the reclining options, having most chairs recline back and feature a headrest pillow for extra gaming support.
How much should I spend on an office chair?
That’s really up to you and your budget. Personally, we here at TechRadar Pro prefer to spend a little more to get that luxurious comfort, high adjustability and more robust build that pricier chairs offer. And, there is really something to be said about office chairs that are $1000 / £1000 or more. But the reality is that you can find a comfortable and ergonomic chair from every budget range.
In other words, spend as much as you like or as much as you can afford, but if you’re on a budget, know that there are great affordable options available for under $500 / £500. Great examples of this are the Branch Verve and the Flexispot OC2.
What is the best chair for sitting all day?
Technically, the best office chair should be designed for all day sitting. After all, most people need to put in a full day’s work and a lot of people put a chunk of that time in at their desks – even though it’s really recommended to sit for that long in an office chair. However, some office chairs are so much better for all-day sitting than others, even from our list above.
One of the chairs that’s really ideal for this is the Herman Miller x Logitech Embody, which is equal parts supportive and plush, keeping you supported yet feeling luxurious. The X-Chair X2 K-Sport Mgmt Chair is another option because of its mesh material and more pronounced lumbar support.
What our peers say
Herman Miller, Branch, and Steelcase chairs are a particular favorite of many tech publications, including Wirecutter, CNN Underscored and Forbes. That’s also the case with our sister sites Tom’s Guide, PCGamer and Creative Bloq.
Some of the inclusions on their lists we’ve either vetoed because we didn’t feel like they were up to our standards like the Hon Exposure or we’re still in the process of testing and therefore cannot fully-recommend yet. However, there are a few chairs we certainly agree on.
A great example is the Branch Ergonomic Chair, which Tom’s Guide says “delivers excellent value” and recommends as the best chair for most people. Though we do agree with the first point, we feel like the Branch Verve, which costs just a little more, is a better choice as it blends comfort, quality and adjustability with style.
Tom’s Guide also has the X-Chair X2 K-Sport on its list, calling it “a very slick and very comfortable office chair.” We’re inclined to agree that this is a very comfortable chair, but if we are talking about looking slick, the Mavix M9 fits both descriptions better while costing just as much. As T3 puts it, it “brings true comfort and style to those that need it most.”
Meanwhile, Creative Bloq has made some curious choices. The inclusion of the Sihoo M90D and the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 isn’t something we completely agree with. Both are fantastic, don’t get us wrong; however, we feel that there are more comfortable budget options than the M90D, and the Titan Evo 2022, which we’ve also tested and reviewed, is not the best for office work.
PCGamer’s list are focused more on gaming chairs, but we do agree with having the Herman Miller Embody on there and particularly when they said that “you can sit in it all day and not feel a moment of discomfort beneath your tush.” We’ve used the Embody as our office chair for months, and it’s truly the best one for when you have to put in long hours of work.
Other office chairs we tested by brand
We’ve reviewed more than our share of office chairs and gaming chairs make for great work thrones, from budget models to premium ones and from brands big and small. Along the way, we found that some brands do it better than others, and not all them are fancy ones either.
Below are 10 mention-worthy chairs that deserve a shout-out, even if they haven’t exactly made it to our top list above.
- Sihoo M90D: Sihoo may not be as established as the other brands on the list, being fairly new in the office furniture space, but it’s a rising star, and the M90D is proof of what the brand is capable of. Affordable yet premium-made, this mesh-and-fabric chair boasts an adaptive lumbar support and plenty of adjustability options, with a maximum load capacity of up to 330 lbs (149 kg). It may not be as fancy as the pricier options on the list, but it certainly has all the basics covered. And, if you’re looking to save a little bit of money, especially if you need to purchase several chairs, it’s a great option.
- Flexispot OC14: Flexispot has become a household name in office furniture, endearing itself to the market with affordable yet excellent standing desks. In fact, it may have had a hand in popularizing these desks. Naturally, it makes sense for the brand to branch out to ergonomic office chairs, which it did. And the OC14 is a terrific example of how it has mastered creating products that impressively combine affordability with performance and design. It’s got a beautiful and unique look, but it’s also highly-adjustable, breathable, and comfortable. And while it sits in the mid-range when it comes to pricing, it still has a very accessible price tag.
- FlexiSpot BS10: Great ergonomics is at the top of Flexispot’s priority list, and that’s apparent in the BS10. Combining mesh and fabric for best of both worlds comfort, this has a more minimalist design with a light gray and white colorway with some wood trimmings that makes it relaxing to look at. Its squarish design, however, reminds us of plane seats somehow, but not in a bad way. We like the lumbar support, which can be adjusted about 8 cm and gives amazing back support, and the seat whose depth you can adjust as well. Sadly for US customers, however, this is purely a UK product.
- Flexispot Ergonomic Chair BS11 Pro: Yet another UK offering is the BS11 Pro, which looks even sleeker than the BS10 despite the similar design. What’s more is that this comes in three different colorways, including blue, if you need that faint splash of color in your otherwise drab office. It’s not just all looks though as this chair is premium when it comes to comfort and ergonomics. However, it is a purely mesh chair – not to say that that’s a bad thing, but if you’re not sold on mesh, you might want to explore other options first. It is very breathable, however, and is highly adjustable.
- Mavix M4: Mavix may have made a name for itself in the gaming world and is known for pricey premium products, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have offerings for the more budget-minded. We wouldn’t call the Mavix M4 a cheap option per se, but it is much more accessible, sitting in that mid-range spot. This mesh throne comes with all the beloved Mavix M9 features for comfortable gaming and, of course, working – that includes the Dynamic Variable Lumbar support and the massager add-on. You might not have that soft-to-the-touch finish that the M9 has, but you’re getting its great ergonomics without the piggy bank-breaking price.
- Steelcase Personality Plus: Steelcase is among the well-known brands we’ve tested extensively, having reviewed several of its chairs, including the Personality Plus, which lives up to its name. That eye-catching design certainly gives it personality, especially since it’s customizable to have either a headrest or a bar where you can hang your go-to office scarf or blanket. It’s even available in different colors. It doesn’t go as deep into ergonomics as others on this list, but it does have a decent amount of adjustments and is quite comfortable to sit in for an entire work day. Sadly for US and UK customers, it’s only available in the Asia and the Pacific region.
- Steelcase Gesture: If you are in the US or the UK and want a Steelcase chair, you either have their affordable Steelcase Series 2 Task Chair or the premium Gesture, which expertly combines comfort, functionality, and appeal. This expensive chair is worth the splurge if you have the dough, and not just for its sleek modern design and customizability. It’s cushioned backrest and seat make it a luxurious plush throne for those who detest mesh, and its contoured backrest ensures your spine is in perfect alignment. There are also a few things here that separates it from the rest, including its highly-adjustable 360-degree arms.
- ErgoTune Supreme V3: We’re not so familiar with ErgoTune as this Singapore-based brand is only beginning to get traction in the US. However, it has established itself as one of the best office chair brands in Asia, and we’re inclined to agree based on our experience with the Supreme V3. If you’re looking for a high-quality, highly-adjustable mesh chair to help with posture problems and back issues, this mid-range option is a great choice. That’s especially if you prefer your seat to be stiff rather than plush. What’s more, ErgoTune believes in the build quality of its products so much, it throws in a whopping 12-year warranty.
- Razer Enki: What’s a Razer product doing on this list when the brand is clearly gaming-focused? Well, just like Mavix, it also makes surprisingly comfortable gaming chairs that you can utilize in the office – so long as you’re ok with that bucket seat design. The surprisingly affordable Enki not only offers that solid construction Razer is known for but it also delivers incredible comfort and that lumbar support many gamers need. And, it’s just the ticket if you’ve got a hybrid setup at home where your work desk is also your gaming desk.
- Razer Iskur Fabric: If you do like the bucket seat look but want something a little more elegant, Razer’s Iskur Fabric has a more elevated design and luxurious feel. Of course, that fabric upholstery also makes it just a little more breathable than its PVC leather cousins as well. Better than most of the other bucket seat gaming chairs on the market, however, it offers far superior lumbar support, making it just a little more comfortable than the rest. What’s more, it’s surprisingly more affordable than it looks.
How we picked and tested the best office chairs
Choosing the best office chair for you depends on several factors. However, we did narrow down your options above – as there are so many to choose from – to the best of the best, keeping in mind, of course, people’s preferences, needs, and budget. This is why our list above has something for everyone – the gamers, the tall people, the ones with back issues, the budget-minded.
Of course, during our in-depth testing, we make sure that each chair ticks all the right things before you recommend them to our readers. Those that fall short, we give a 3.5-star or less rating; those that do get 4 stars or more. But what are those vital factors that make an office chair better than the sea of options out there?
The importance of the material of your chair is sometimes undervalued. However, the difference between leather and mesh-backed chairs is significant, as we’ve explained in our FAQ section. Some common choices are vinyl, leather, mesh, and ultra (synthetic) leather.
Vinyl is standard for workplace chairs and is incredibly easy to clean. However, mesh ahd fabric chairs have become increasingly popular recently, especially in the ergonomic realm. Their most significant benefit is breathability, especially if the entire backrest of a chair is an interlaced mesh, as that allows air to flow freely. These are also pretty easy to clean, and when sat in, conforms to your back, helping with comfort and ergonomics.
Leather has stood atop the list as the "premium" option for quite some time. It’s timeless, luxurious, and easy to clean as well. One downside is that it’s not always the most cooling option, and those who run hot would be wise to go for the fabrics instead.
Ultra (synthetic) leather is one step away from leather, as it looks the same but is manufactured. In addition to the look, synthetic leather is hypoallergenic and more breathable than leather. But, the downside is that it historically does not last as long on average as a leather counterpart.
There are three main sizes to consider for office chairs. Petite, standard, and ample office chairs. In short, they are exactly as they sound. Petite is more minor, designed for shorter individuals and smaller office spaces if space is limited. Standard is a typical size built for someone between 5 and 6 feet tall. Lastly, there is a larger size offered, the big office chair. These are made for those taller than 6 feet and can fit people up to 500 pounds on average.
But choosing the right size is more nuanced that it looks. There are spacious office chairs that might not be the best of very tall people, for example. So, it’s also important that you factor in the seat height. Go to the FAQ section above so you can understand better how to choose the right seat height for you.
Lumbar and Back Support
When sitting for long periods, lumbar and back support is significant for overall health. A chair with proper lumbar and back support can dramatically help with back pain by aligning your spine and reducing tension. Ergonomic chairs are designed to provide that lumbar support to help with these issues.
Depending on the chair, some adjustments can be made to customize the fit to your liking. Some chairs have one or no adjustments. Others have dozens. These can range from the depth of lumbar support to the tension for how easy it is to recline. Different adjustability settings may be desired depending on the use of the chair.
The cost is still a dominant factor in choosing any office chair. Finding a balance of cost efficiency, material, and features is essentially what any chair purchase comes down to. Some manufacturers of higher-end chairs have a prominent pre-owned market, allowing the best of both worlds - high-end and cheaper.