The best office chairs aren't cheap, but if you shop during Black Friday, you could save a pretty penny. Brands like ErgoTune, Steelcase and Secretlab will definitely be discounting their top chairs, all of which we have listed here. So if you want the best seat in the house for less, buy them on a discount during Black Friday.
- Sharmishta Sarkar | APAC Managing Editor, TechRadar
The best office chairs are important to those of us stuck behind a desk from the time we start our careers. If we don't have a good seat, we might end up with aches and pains in the long run. And this is true even if you're working from home. So investing in one of the best office chairs there are will ease the pain of the work week.
Admittedly ergonomics is usually the last thing on our minds when we're stressing over work (and other things), but it is one of the most important considerations if you want to steer clear of back issues, or want to alleviate existing chronic back pain. Having the right chair not only ensures your wellbeing, but also helps improve your productivity. It's as vital as choosing a great laptop or peripherals.
So, what should you keep in mind when choosing the best office chair for your needs? You'll need to see how adjustable it is, its size, perhaps the design and, importantly, how ergonomic it is for your body shape.
To help you answer those questions, we took a look at some office chairs currently available in Singapore and have picked the best you can get. Admittedly a lot of them are pretty expensive, but we've tried to get you a good selection of only the best seats in the house, those with different sizes and aesthetics but all very good for you.
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Best office chairs in Singapore
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Leading our pick of the best office chairs is Singapore's own ErgoTune Supreme V3. This latest version of its popular Supreme chair has been fine-tuned after feedback from users of the older models, practically perfecting a very comfortable and ergonomic seat.
Its mesh body is strong and practically everything about it adjustable, with a total of 11 adjustment points. From a head support to lumbar support, plus arm rests and even different sized gas lifts for users of different heights – it feels like the Supreme V3 was made after keeping almost everyone in mind.
The company is so confident in its chair that there's a very generous 12-year warranty on the item. The only issue that we found with the Supreme V3 is that it's not the widest seat you can get. With a width of 61cm, it may be a tight fit for bigger users. However, if that's not going to be an issue, the ErgoTune Supreme V3 is remarkably comfortable, a perfect throne for all-day sitting, even Singapore's tropical, humid heat, with plenty of ergonomic support in places where it's needed the most.
For details, take a look at our in-depth ErgoTune Supreme V3 review.
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 TechRadar's sister site, Windows Central (opens in new tab).
There are some truly expensive ergonomic chairs out there, and while some of these premium price tags are well worth it, they can easily scare customers off the whole category. The Steelcase Series 2 is an excellent 'entry-level' ergonomic task chair that is comfortable where it counts and comes with a few customisation options so you don't pay extra for features you don't need.
Its mesh back is simultaneously supportive, cushioning and breathable. You can adjust the seat height as well as how far forward it sits from the back, which makes for a very comfortable experience when coupled with the adjustable lumbar support. While there are two options for recline resistance, you can't lock the chair at an angle, so it's best suited for those that are after an upright seated position with the option to lean back from time to time.
You can order it without a headrest or armrests, making it really rather affordable for the category and especially compact. While it may not provide the fully encapsulating and tweakable design of chairs twice its price, the Series 2 focuses on the essentials for comfort and long sitting sessions.
For more detail, you can check out our thorough Steelcase Series 2 review.
While it's certainly not the cheapest office chair on our list, the Aeron from designer brand Herman Miller has made quite the name for itself with its adjustable ergonomic design and breathable fabric.
Pretty much every component you could think of wanting to fine-tune (and a few you wouldn't even think of) can be tweaked and adjusted with the Aeron, so if you want to skip the cheaper options and go right to the top, the Aeron will not disappoint. It's particularly suited to larger users, so this would work well for anyone.
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.
If the Titan is a little too large for you, consider its smaller (and slightly more affordable) sibling, the Omega. Incorporating that sleek, Mad Men-level sophistication with that sci-fi gaming look, the 2020 iteration of the SecretLab Omega is simply stunning, especially if you opt for the PU leather or high-end Napa leather models. But the SecretLab Omega 2020 doesn’t just rely on looks alone; one of the best gaming chairs of 2020, this one comes with a head pillow and a lumbar pillow – both memory foam – and offers even better support than its predecessor. That’s not to mention the improvements over the 2018 model, like the metal support on the armrests, that makes the SecretLab Omega 2020 feel so much more robust. So expect, after a gruelling gaming session, to just go straight to napping for a couple of hours without moving an inch – without having to worry about the chair falling apart on you.
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 to those wanting a chair that blends in with their home office and doesn't have the typical gaudy gaming designs.
The X-Chair X2 K-Sport Mgmt Chair is a premium office chair with a unique design. While other ergonomic office chairs feature a mesh back to keep you cool while working, the X-Chair takes things up a notch by also using mesh for the seat. This helps keep your whole body cool while also making the chair quite easy to clean.
X-Chair offers plenty of optional extras like a headrest, an extended width seat, rollerblade style rubberized casters and armrests that rotate a full 360 degrees for those that want to make the X2 their own. At the same time, the company’s heat, massage and cooling modules slip into the X2’s Dynamic Variable Lumbar support and can be charged with an AC adapter or using a USB cable. The X2 is certainly an investment but those who spend a long time sitting at their desk each day will appreciate its comfort and adjustability.
Read our full X-Chair X2 K-Sport Mgmt Chair review