Form, features and function are the most important things to consider when shopping for an office chair. We have already covered different types of office chairs and how to choose the right one so you might want to have a look at the linked post for more details. This post focuses on ergonomic office chairs, their benefits and some of the top products from the category.
Why Buy an Ergonomic Office Chair?
Ergonomic features such as lumbar support, back tilt and height adjustment and seat tilt differentiate ergonomic chairs from standard office chairs. Ergonomic chairs reduce tension, provide better support and are a better option for people who have to sit in the office/home office for extended periods of time. Considering the massive amount of time we spend sitting on a chair, investing in a quality ergonomic chair pays off really well in the long run.
Ergonomic chairs are designed to minimize the adverse effects caused by poor seating practices and prevent spine related pain and injuries. They provide adequate support and improve blood flow, thanks to adjustable parts that provide the correct support for weight, lumbar and posture and maximize comfort. These chairs reduce pressure on spinal cord nerves and reduce the probability of nerve and muscle related issues. Here is a quick summary of the benefits of using an ergonomic office chair:
- Supports the posture, perfect fit
- Minimizes the risk of having a stiff neck/shoulders
- Makes the sitting experience more comfortable
- Reduces pressure on bones and muscles, distributes weight evenly
- Reduces back pain and neck issues
- Minimizes pressure on hips, keeps them relaxed
- Boosts productivity and employee wellness, helps them stay focused on the important stuff, improves quality of work
- Less sick days due to back pain
- More customization options
- Up to 14 adjustment features
Features that Make an Office Chair Ergonomic
Many features are common between regular and ergonomic office chairs such as height adjustment, but there are certain features that are the key differentiators including:
Adjustable lumbar support allows users to adjust a chair according to the shape of their lower back. Regular office chairs usually lack this feature, which can cause back strain, sciatica and other spine related issues in the long run.
While standard office chairs tend to have only one or two adjustment features, ergonomic chairs have at least 5 and up to 14. These include lumbar support, seat back (both height and width), arm (height and width), back angle, seat angle and tension control. Adjustability options of ergonomic chairs include:
Seat height adjustment: Should allow the user to adjust seat height such that the legs are resting comfortably on the floor, while knees remain slightly above the hips.
Seat pan/Seat slide adjustment: Allows adjusting seat depth (to a quarter inch spec) and improves blood flow. Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis.
Back-rest height adjustment: Allows adjusting the back-rest part of the chair for better back support. Reduces strain on the back and provides a more comfortable sitting experience.
Back-angle adjustment: Allows adjusting the back of the chair for optimal position/angle. It’s recommended to keep changing the back angle throughout the day or leave it unlocked to it changes automatically when a user moves. This prevents the user from sitting in the same posture for extended periods of time, which puts pressure on the spine.
Arm support: Arm supports of ergonomic wheelchairs are fully adjustable, including height and width, allowing users to place their arms in an optimal position. Standard office chairs usually don’t come with adjustable arm rests, which can be an issue especially for taller/wider users.
Headrest: Adjustable headrest is another feature not commonly found in standard office chairs. It helps prevent the neck from getting stiff after prolonged sitting and makes the overall sitting experience more comfortable.
Back-tilt tension adjustment: The tension adjustment knob allows users to adjust the pressure required to roll back while sitting on a chair and move back during work. Rigid office chairs become tiring after a while, making this feature is a must-have for any office chair.
Casters: Ergonomic chairs come with better quality casters made of more durable materials, which ensures smooth and silent movement. Sturdy casters support user’s weight when sitting or leaving the chair. Cheap casters can break easily, especially if the user is on the heavier side.
Our Top Picks for Ergonomic Office Chairs
Here are some of the best ergonomic office chairs carefully selected keeping the price vs. value ratio in mind. We have also included a couple of gaming chairs, which are essentially ergonomic chairs better suited for users who don’t strictly want one for an office.
Most of these ergonomic chairs come without expert assembly so either you have to assemble it yourself or get an expert to assemble it for you at some extra cost. If you are comfortable with assembling a chair then it’s not an issue. However, you’d have to consider the additional cost and time required for an expert to come and assemble it for you.
Another point to note is that the maximum weight capacity of an ergonomic chair does not represent the suggested user weight. For example, a chair might be rated at 300 lbs. max weight capacity, but the suggested user weight would be something between 100- 220 lbs. Heavier users should consider buying heavy-duty ergonomic chairs to make sure it supports their weight and won’t break after use.
Although a little on the pricier side, the Embody ergonomic chair stimulates oxygen and blood flow and helps keep the users feel relaxed and stay focused on their work. It’s spine-like design and flexible ribs provides excellent lumbar support, while the exoskeleton moves smoothly along the natural posture of the body and reduces spine compression.
- Backed by 12-year manufacturer warranty
- Fully adjustable arms
- Graphite frame/base
- Six ergonomic functions
- Working recline
- Skin-like textile covering, breathable
- Helps stimulate oxygen and blood flow
- Central spine
- Flexible ribs
- Lumbar support
This ergonomic office chair comes with an affordable price tag without missing much on features. Lumbar support, adjustable armrest and headrest, high back and thick seat cushion are all part of the package. The maximum weight capacity of this chair is 280 lbs. so it’s not very suitable for heavy users.
- Weight capacity up to 280 lbs.
- Adjustable headrest (height and angle)
- Lumbar support (height and depth)
- Adjustable armrest height (PU surface)
- Adjustable tilting angle and back tension
- Adjustable backrest
- Double curved headrest
- Thick seat cushion for more comfort (3-inch high-density foam)
- Strong and breathable mesh
- PA Nylon back-frame
- 90-days money back guarantee
The high-back ergonomic chair comes with a modern racing-style design and a variety of ergonomic features, including soft-foam seat cushion, lumbar support, adjustable/rotatable head-rest and breathable mesh back. It provides optimal support for the spine, thanks to the human-curve like back and head rest. The chair is affordable and available in white or black. Users also have the option of buying the upgraded version that costs just a little more and comes with a footrest, which can be useful for people who also rest on their chairs.
- Ergonomic arms adjust according to the back-reclining angle
- Lumbar support
- Rotatable and adjustable headrest
- Breathable mesh back
- Soft-foam seat cushion
- Provides good spinal support
- Full reclining system
- Synchronized tilt mechanism (90-150 degrees)
The Duorest Gold chair features twin backrests for even weight distribution and proper posture. The Duorest system minimizes pressure on the backbone by allowing the spinal column to remain in its natural shape. The back rest can move flexibly on all three axes (X, Y and Z). Even distribution of pressure and weight promotes proper posture and aids in a comfortable sitting experience. The arm rests are not only height and width adjustable, but can also be removed, which is a plus for users who prefer easier enter/exit.
- Duo rest system for even weight and pressure distribution
- Adjustable height
- Height-adjustable headrest
- Adjustable backrest (height and width)
- Height and depth adjustable armrests (removable)
- Adjustable tilt degree and tension
- Tripple-Y Urethane caster (double layered 3MM)
- Synthetic leather for an elegant look
This ergonomic office chair is a great option for people who are looking for a breathable office chair, which is especially beneficial in hot and humid regions. The breathable mesh back and seat maximize air circulation and prevent the users from getting sweaty.
However, mesh seat and back might not be ideal for all users as it can become tiring to sit on these chairs after a while due to lack of proper cushioning. The chair also comes with a variety of other standard ergonomic features, including adjustable back angle, headrest and lumbar support.
- Mesh seat and back for maximum airflow
- Adjustable back-angle (3-position tilt)
- Tension control adjustment
- Adjustable seat cushion, back and headrest
- Contoured lumbar support (height adjustable)
- Seat depth adjustment
- Synchro-tile mechanism
- Pivoting armrests
The office chair is especially designed for sedentary people, enhances the natural curve of their spine and hugs the lower back. It provides adequate lumbar support and is designed for extra comfort. Everything from armrests to seat and headrest is adjustable, allowing users to customize the chair according to their own unique requirements.
- Especially designed for sedentary people
- Lumbar support
- Height and angle adjustable headrest
- Adjustable seat height
- Adjustable armrest position and height
- 3-tiered backrest
- Breathable mesh backrest and seat with double mesh padding
- Dual wheel casters
This ergonomic chair is an affordable option for people who don’t want to spend too much on a chair while still having most of the ergonomic benefits. The chair features lumbar support, breathable mesh back, adjustable armrests and a tilt-lock mechanism. The frame is integrated and the heavy-duty base is designed to ensure noise-free and smooth rolling. Flippable arms is a nice feature to have in this price range and makes storage easier for the users who can slide is under a desk by flipping the arms.
- Contoured, breathable mesh back
- Adjustable armrest
- Lumbar support
- Tilt-lock mechanism
- Adjustable (pneumatic) seat-height
- Arms can be flipped up to slide the chair under a desk
- Silenced and smooth rolling
- Weight capacity 250 lbs. max
The high-back office chair is a mesh ergonomic chair with adjustable armrest and headrest. The headrest also has angle adjustment for better neck support and comfort. Good lumbar cushioning ensures better lumbar support and minimizes pressure and fatigue associated with sitting for extended periods of time. The armrests are padded and can be adjusted with a touch of a button. The chair has a maximum weight capacity of up to 331 lbs., which is slightly more than what other ergonomics chairs in this price range have to offer.
- Enhanced headrest with adjustable angle -tilt and height adjustment
- Lumbar support
- Padded armrests, height and angle adjustable
- Arms can easily be adjusted by pushing a button
- Reinforced elastic mesh for better breathability and comfort
- BIFMA and SGS
- Easy to install
The PU leather gaming chair features a modern design and comes at an affordable price tag. High-density shaping foam provides comfort, while steel frame makes the chair durable and stable for long-term use. The chair supports weight up to 300 lbs. and features class-3 gas lift for effortless adjustment. The rubber casters are rated for 1,000 mile rolling and are designed to perform silently and smoothly. Due to its racing-like design, it’s suitable for home office and gamers.
- Modem gamers aesthetics
- PU leather covering
- High-density shaping foam
- 8mm steel frame
- Class-4 gas-life
- Up to 300 lbs. weight capacity
- Rubber casters
- Recline function (90-180 degrees)
- Headrest pillow
- Lumbar cushion
The formula series inspired gaming chair comes with lumbar support and headrest cushion and is available in a variety of colors. PU vinyl cover and mesh provide a good balance between durability and breathability, while soft armrests are adjustable and designed to comfort wrists and shoulders during long gaming sessions.
- Lumbar support and headrest cushions
- Extra-high backrest
- Back adjustment
- Formula series inspired design
- Breathable and durable seat
- Aluminum base
- Tilt mechanism
- Adjustable height and angle (max 170-degrees)
- Universal casters
Max weight capacity 265 lbs.