Whether you’re working from home or you’re a gamer, having a good office chair is going to provide the necessary support to keep your body healthy in the long run. Chiropractor Ivana Vargas, D.C., of Hudson Chiropractic + Wellness points out that a good office chair should go beyond just being a potentially stylish accent. “Look at your chair as an investment for your health,” she says.
With professional input from both Vargas and Jenna Rabadi, D.C. (both of Hudson Chiropractic + Wellness) in mind, we researched and tested different office chairs to make sure that your spine is safe and supported, ensuring that you feel good both in and out of the chair.
Duramont Ergonomic Office Chair
Easy setup and assembly
Adjustable lumbar support
Durable with a 5-year warranty
Cushion is soft and sturdy
Width is narrow for someone with a wider back
A good office chair should facilitate productivity and comfort whether you're working from home or in the office—and that's exactly why the Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair is our best overall choice. Designed with a shapely back, headrest, and a metal base with four wheels, this sleek black chair is perfect for a work-from-home setup or adding to your office space. It has adjustable lumbar support and a breathable mesh back that work together to create a blissfully comfortable sitting experience—earning it a perfect score from our testers.
In addition to feeling good while sitting in this chair, you can rest easy knowing it will hold up over time. "This chair is very sturdy and made of quality parts that will hold up well over time," said one of our testers. The Duramont brand is known for longevity, and to ensure a long lifespan, this chair comes with a 5-year warranty. Our testers observed that the setup is simple, with clearly marked parts and instructions for easy assembly. Each plastic part is quite sturdy, and users have praised the wheel mobility, even on surfaces like carpets.
Though slightly expensive and with a narrow back that doesn't accommodate all shoulder widths, this office chair is still our top pick for your workspace. It's easily adjustable for different sitting preferences and is highly durable, not to mention how great it looks and feels.
Price at time of publish: $330
Dimensions: 26"D x 23.6"W x 42"H inches | Materials: Plastic, mesh | Weight Capacity: 330 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
Amazon Basics Low-Back Office Desk Chair
Solid seat cushion
Materials are durable
No armrest option
Lumbar support isn't adjustable
Design is fairly basic
Sometimes you just need a no-frills budget-friendly option, and that's when the Amazon Basics Low-Back Office Desk Chair becomes a great choice. This small black chair has a simple design, without armrests or extra features, but it's made from a sturdy plastic that will hold up against wear over time.
Our testers had no trouble with setup—this model has instructions with illustrations, and assembly involves just a few steps. Spare parts are also included, just in case anything goes missing while you're unboxing. This chair does provide some lumbar support and a comfortable seat, though there isn't a head or neck rest option. In terms of adjustability, this chair can be moved up or down and locks into place once you've found your ideal seat height. Though basic in stature, this chair has enough features to make it a solid option for its low price range.
Price at time of publish: $72
Dimensions: 18.7"D x 17.7"W x 38.2"H inches | Materials: Plastic, mesh | Weight Capacity: 275 pounds | Adjustable: Somewhat
Herman Miller Classic Aeron Chair
Came already assembled
Moderate comfort and lumbar support
Fabric is breathable & easy to clean
Adjustments are a little confusing
Expensive and add-ons cost extra
If you're willing to spend a little, you'll get a lot with the Herman Miller Classic Aeron Chair. The Aeron Chair is not only comfortable with a scoop-like seat designed to contour to your body, but it's also extremely sturdy and will hold up to extensive use over time. The design offers moderate lumbar support to cushion your lower back while sitting and armrests to support your elbows while you work. The chair reclines slightly, but our testers noted the chair back could be slightly higher to accommodate taller folks.
To add convenience, this chair comes fully assembled with durable materials like vinyl seating, plastic armrests and base, and a mesh back that's not only breathable but also easy to clean. You can adjust this chair to accommodate different heights and resting positions, but our testers noticed the various knobs and levers can be confusing since they aren't marked. Overall, this office chair would be ideal for a home office because it's comfortable and sturdy, and the cost is an investment in enhancing your home workspace.
Price at time of publish: $700
Dimensions: 16 x 25.75 x 34.25 inches | Materials: Plastic, vinyl, mesh | Weight Capacity: Not listed | Adjustable: Yes
Office Star ProGrid High Back Managers Chair
Versatile adjustment options
Moderate comfort and lumbar support
Low price for high quality
Assembly was challenging
If you're looking for an office chair that's comfortable and efficient in function and design, an ergonomic chair like the Office Star Pro-Line II ProGrid High Back Managers Chair is your best bet. This classic black office chair features a tall back, deeply cushioned seat, and adjustments for different chair preferences, all for a low price.
What makes this chair a great ergonomic option is the wide variety of adjustments, including seat height and depth, as well as back angle and tilt. Though our testers found the assembly process to be challenging because of all the adjustments, the structure itself proved quite sturdy. With a thick polyester cushion, the seat offers moderate comfort as well as some lumbar support for your lower back. This isn't a fancy chair—it's a rather simple design—but it's functional, comfortable, and affordable, making it a great ergonomic option.
Price at time of publish: $248
Dimensions: 29"D x 26"W x 42"H inches | Materials: Plastic, polyester | Weight Capacity: 250 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
Alera Elusion Mesh Mid-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair
Soft, thick cushion
Mesh back is firm with lumbar support
Fully adjustable armrests and seat
Setup instructions were unclear
Mesh office chairs provide comfort and breathability because the material has a lot of give, allowing you to lean back further into the chair and stretch out. The Alera Elusion Mesh Mid-Back is a solid mesh option due to its comfort and functionality. The seat cushioning on this chair provides immense comfort, with a thickness that held up when our testers pressed their knees into it to test the depth. Its waterfall shape also contours around your body for additional support to your lower back and thighs.
Though the setup proved challenging for our testers, they appreciated the variety of adjustments you can make with the armrests and seat on this chair. This particular model also has a tilt function that lets you lean forward and backward as you please. Given all of these qualities and its low price point, the Alera Elusion office chair is the best mesh option.
Price at time of publish: $219
Dimensions: 26.18"D x 24.8"W x 15.75"H inches | Materials: Mesh, polyurethane | Weight Capacity: 250 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
RESPAWN 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair
Easy to assemble
Leather material is easy to clean
Faux leather isn't breathable
Chair squeaks when repositioning
A gaming chair needs to be extremely comfortable for long hours of sitting and adjustable enough for you to shift throughout your game session. The Respawn 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair does both, with a futuristic design that will suit gamers of all stripes.
With a faux leather back and seat, cushioned armrests, and head and lower back cushions for added support, this chair is a hub of comfort. It has a wide seat base and can be adjusted to accommodate preferences for seat height, armrests, head, and footrests—fully reclining to an almost horizontal position. The faux leather material squeaks a little when you move around, but it's easy to clean and seems highly durable. Overall, this is a well-constructed and comfortable gaming chair for a fair price. Plus, it's easy to set up and comes with all of the tools that you'll need.
Price at time of publish: $373
Dimensions: 28.5"D x 28"W x 51.5"H inches | Materials: Faux leather, plastic, metal | Weight Capacity: 275 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
Three Posts Mayson Executive Chair
Not all tools provided for setup
Only one adjustment option
Wheels aren't super mobile
An upholstered chair like the Three Posts Mayson Drafting Chair brings a level of sophistication to any office space. This stunning chair is built with a sturdy wood frame, an upholstered cushion with a plushy foam insert, and good lumbar support. The chair's design catches your eye across the room with tasteful button inlays, a faux wood base, and small wheels that almost disappear into the rest of the design. It reads traditional while offering contemporary comfort.
Assembling this chair took our testers about 30 minutes, with one noting you need a Phillips head screwdriver (not included). The instructions also proved to be a little confusing, so you should set aside some time to set this chair up. This chair only adjusts as far as seat height, but while it doesn't recline, it does facilitate good posture while seated. Our testers determined the price is reasonable given the quality you're getting.
Price at time of publish: $524
Dimensions: 28"D x 27"W x 47"H inches | Materials: steel, manufactured wood, foam, upholstery | Weight Capacity: 275 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
Best Faux Leather
Soho Soft Pad Management Chair
Easy to setup
Firm lumbar support
Some adjustment options
Not overly comfortable
Though not as large as some of the more ergonomic options, the Soho Management Chair is quite strong and easy on the eyes. Constructed with materials like an aluminum base, this chair can hold up to 450 pounds and will last for many years without issue. The faux leather is sleek, cool to sit on, and easy to clean.
Our testers noted that this chair was easy to set up because it only has a few parts, and the instructions are exceptionally clear. To adjust the chair, you can recline it slightly, with the option to modify the seat height and tilt. It's on the firmer side, but our testers found it got more comfortable the longer they sat on it. Considering all of these features, it's a good value even though the price is a little high.
Price at time of publish: $500
Dimensions: 25"D x 25"W x 34"H inches | Materials: Faux leather, aluminum | Weight Capacity: 400 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
The Container Store Grey Flat Bungee Office Chair With Arms
Unique contemporary design with bungees
Lightweight & portable
Assembly required significant effort
Lumbar support isn't adjustable
A unique chair on our list, this bungee chair from The Container Store offers a contemporary design using actual bungees as the seat and back material. While the seat itself is comfortable, the chair isn't particularly adaptive to different body types. Our testers observed that the back sits low and hits right where your shoulders are, and the seat can be adjusted, but the armrests and lumbar support cannot be. That being said, the lumbar support is firm which will support your lower back while sitting prone.
It's also a sturdy chair with a weight capacity of 450 pounds. The steel and polyurethane materials are conducive to long-term use and should hold up to general wear and tear. Though the materials are functional and the instructions were clear enough, our testers found that the setup required a ton of elbow grease. The main selling point of this particular chair is definitely its portability and how lightweight it is. This model would be a great option for a dorm room where you need to conserve space but still want a comfortable chair that's functional for short periods of time.
Price at time of publish: $220
Dimensions: 24" x 24" x 35" h inches | Materials: Steel, polyurethane | Weight Capacity: up to 450 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
Vari Task Chair with Headrest
Adjustable headrest, back, seat, and armrests
Contoured frame for spinal curves
Armrests may not be wide enough for some
Back is too “flexible” for some
If you’re in the market for a chair that can be customized to all of your individual needs, the Vari Task Chair with Headrest does that and more. With adjustability options for everything including the headrest, the chair’s back, the armrests, and the seat tilt and tension, this is the most adjustable option on the list. The pivoting ergonomic backrest ensures active lumbar support, while the headrest makes sure you can maintain spinal alignment for hours of sitting. These features all combine to make this chair trusted by the World Federation of Chiropractic.
Additionally, the rolling casters work on both carpeted and wood floors, which allows you to roll and turn with ease, regardless of your office setup. This mobility is important because, according to Vargas, “You want your chair to move with you so that you avoid straining when you need to reach or turn.”
Price at time of publish: $395
Dimensions: 17 5/8"(H) x 25.5"(W) x 25.5"(D) | Materials: Mesh, plastic | Weight Capacity: 300 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
Herman Miller Zeph Multipurpose Chair
Customizable color for both shell and seat pad
Available with or without arms
Made with zero waste
On the pricier side
Only offers height adjustments
Functionality and comfort shouldn’t come at the price of appealing to the eye, and Herman Miller’s Zeph Multipurpose Chair does anything but compromise. This chair has a simple yet distinguished mid-century modern design, with cutting-edge ergonomics that will keep you comfortable and supported throughout use. With seven dipped-in-color shell options and fifteen 3-D knit seat pad options, you can choose more subtle colors to match the accents of your office or something brighter and showier to really stand out.
For some, the only drawback of this chair may be the limited adjustments: unlike many other options, you can only adjust the chair’s height. However, Herman Miller says there’s no need for those, as the contoured seat and back should provide all of the ergonomic support and comfort you need. Plus, the Kinematic Monoshell adjusts to your body so it can move in tandem with your movements. Depending on your preference, you can purchase the chair with or without arms, although we recommend you follow Vargas’s advice to “get a chair that has armrests so that your shoulders stay in a neutral position when you are resting."
Price at time of publish: $645
Dimensions: 34.843" H 24.173" W 19.055" D 27.2" | Materials: Polymer shell, 3-D knit fabric, | Weight Capacity: 350 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
Flash Furniture Coffman Contemporary Leather/Faux Leather Swivel Office Chair
More affordable option
Only 28 lbs
360-degree swivel seat
Does not recline
Only a 1-year limited warranty
Don’t let the lightweight 28-pound build of Coffman’s Contemporary Leather/Faux Leather Swivel Office Chair fool you, it still has a weight limit of 250 pounds and offers a tremendous amount of support. It’s upholstered with LeatherSoft material that combines leather and polyurethane, resulting in a unique feel that’s both comfortable and durable. Plus, the neutral, all-black style is a nice-looking addition to almost any office space.
In addition to its design and comfort, customers particularly enjoyed how easy the chair was to assemble. One drawback that certain people found was the inability to adjust the armrests, which as stated previously, can create tension in the upper back from long durations of sitting. That being said, for the lower price, it’s a great option to consider for your space, especially if you need to move your chair around at all.
Price at time of publish: $112
Dimensions: 25"D x 25"W x 39.5"H inches | Materials: Leather, polyurethane | Weight Capacity: 250 pounds | Adjustable: Yes
Our best overall office chair is the Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair, a standout option that couples a good-looking design with functionality, durability, and lumbar support to match. If you have more room in your budget, we recommend the Zeph Multipurpose Chair by Herman Miller for its sophisticated design and interesting color optionality. And if you’re in the market for a more affordable option, the AmazonBasics Low-Back Mesh Adjustable Swivel Office Desk Chair offers a mesh back and decent lumbar support at a much lower price point.
Other Options We Tested
Branch Daily Chair: We also tested and researched the Branch Daily Chair. With a handful of appealing colors to choose from, it’s certainly an eye-catching chair that would make a nice-looking addition to any room. It’s also praised for its easy assembly and overall quality. But while it may look great, some users found it to be somewhat uncomfortable and less than ideal in terms of lumbar support. Other complaints included a lack of adjustability, making it hard to remain comfortable for longer periods of sitting.
Branch Ergonomic Chair: A slightly pricier option than the Branch Daily Chair, the Ergonomic chair also offers a stylish look and nice color options to make it a great accent in any room. We also like that it can be assembled in twenty minutes or less and is made with recyclable materials. However, it also leaves much to be desired in terms of lumbar support. Some found the support to not be located in the right place, making it hard to feel comfortable for longer periods of time. Other complaints included a return process that was too costly.
How We Tested the Office Chairs
Our testers tried out 22 office chairs at The Lab in Des Moines, IA, to determine the best of the best when it comes to office chairs. Evaluating these chairs on criteria of setup, comfort, lumbar support, adjustability, design, durability, and overall value, our testers found that nine office chairs stood out from the pack for their individual strengths and attributes. Each chair was rated on a scale of five among these characteristics to determine the best overall as well as the remaining categories.
Whether these chairs passed the comfort test of placing a tester's knee on the chair cushion to see if it flattened or had adequate lumbar support when our testers sat upright in the chair, aligning their back with the chair back. These chairs were definitely put to the test (or, in this case, tests*). While some were rated highly in categories like design and durability, others outdid the competition in adjustability, comfort, and price. These subtle differences helped our editors classify which office chairs would be best for different needs.
What to Look for in an Office Chair
“Choosing a desk chair [can] be a complicated process since there is not one chair that fits all,” says Chiropractor Ivana Vargas, D.C., of Hudson Chiropractic + Wellness. Fortunately, many chairs come with a high level of adjustability options, helping to ensure that your specific needs are met. Seat height adjustability is one of the most common options, allowing you to raise or lower the seat based on your own needs. As Vargas tells us, being able to shift the seat height is essential because “everyone is different heights” and being able to adjust accordingly “allows you to customize the chair to allow your feet to be flat on the floor and knees at 90 degrees.”
Certain chairs will give you even more options, such as adjusting the armrests and headrests. Our most adjustable pick, the Vari Task Chair with Headrest, provides users with an opportunity to account for everything, including seat height, armrests, and seat tilt and tension.
Good lumbar support is imperative when seeking out a proper office chair, as “sitting increases pressure through our spine significantly,” says Jenna Rabadi, D.C., of Hudson Chiropractic + Wellness. A lack of proper support can lead to pain, which will affect your work and the things that you do outside of work.
Based on support, we highly recommend the Office Star Pro Grid. The one-touch pressurized controls allow you to adjust the seat to your own level of comfort, while the breathable and sturdy mesh of the back provides support and just the right amount of give to keep your lumbar spine in a good position all day long.
Spending a decent amount of money on a chair that isn’t built to last is a frustration you definitely want to avoid. It’s important to find a chair that is well-built and that is not made of materials that deteriorate quickly. In terms of durability, we highly recommend the Three Posts Mason Drafting Chair. The sturdy wood frame provides a solid structure for the upholstery, leaving you with a chair that is built to last.
Office chairs can be made with all different kinds of materials, and they all have added benefits and drawbacks depending on your needs. For instance, a chair made of faux leather like the Soho Management Chair may look stunning, but it won’t be as breathable, or potentially as flexible, as mesh.
If you’re someone who tends to get hot, it might be more worthwhile investing in a chair made with mesh. Mesh is also great because as Vargas points out, it provides “lumbar support that can conform to your specific spinal curvature.” It also has a natural flexibility that allows you to lean back into a more ideal position for your own physical demands. Our favorite pick for mesh is the Alera Elusion, because the natural give of the mesh allows users to lean further back into the chair, while the seat cushioning offers a tremendous amount of added support.
A number of different factors play into a chair’s overall comfort, including adjustability, materials, and flexibility. Also consider other, more individual preferences, like how rigid you prefer the chair to be, whether you want it to provide some give, or if you need an arm or headrest.
For overall comfort, the Duramont Ergonomic Office Chair is our go-to. The adjustable lumbar support combined with the mesh back makes it a perfect combination to ensure that you don’t leave the chair in pain.
Thinking of a chair as an investment is a good way to make sense of how much you’re willing to spend on it. Rabadi points out that it’s “highly recommended to invest in a functional, durable, and supportive chair”. While it’s important for people who sit all day in an office chair to make sure that it provides them with adequate comfort and support, that doesn’t mean the chair has to break the bank.
We’ve included a range of different price points, with the Herman Miller Classic Aeron Chair on the higher end of the price scale, and the Amazon Basics Low-Back Office Desk Chair on the lower end. The lower price does not sacrifice any quality, and we particularly like the Amazon Basics Low-Back Office Desk Chair for its durability and easy setup.
Having an office chair that makes you happy when you look at it, or one that simply completes your working space’s vibe, is not something that should be overlooked. If you have a chair that provides you with great support but it’s one that you don’t enjoy looking at, you’ll always be left desiring more. Fortunately, there is no shortage of modern office chairs that are sleek, easy on the eyes, and can add to your already great office. In particular, we love the Zeph Multipurpose Chair by Herman Miller for its sleek mid-century modern design. The customizable colors allow you to bring a little bit of your own personality to the chair, and your space, while the ergonomic shape leaves you feeling supported.
How do I choose a desk chair?
Choosing a desk chair is going to come down to a number of individualized factors. Of course, your own personal style and what appeals to your eye for a workspace will play a role, but most important is finding something that fits your body. According to Vargas, you want a chair that has height adjustability so that your feet can be flat on the floor, with your knees at a 90-degree angle. Additionally, you should seek out lumbar support that can adjust to your unique spinal curvature, as well as a chair that has armrests to help keep your shoulders in a neutral position.
Should my office chair have a headrest?
Having a headrest can be a useful feature in a chair, but it’s not a requirement. According to Vargas, a headrest is a good option for maintaining neck alignment. If there is no headrest, you run the risk of falling into poor posture over time.
That being said, other options to help keep your spine in a good position in the absence of a headrest include just making sure the chair’s back comes up to your shoulders.
What type of chair should you use when working on a computer?
Rabadi recommends a checklist of things to seek out from your computer chair. First, the chair’s height should allow you to sit fully under the desk. You’ll also want to make sure that the chair allows your knees to be below your hips, taking away pressure from the spine’s base. It’s also important to make sure that the height of the chair is correct, to ensure that your feet remain flat on the floor. Finally, you’ll want a chair with armrests to make sure that your arms aren’t straining and pulling on your upper back.
What’s the difference between a gaming chair and an office chair?
In general, gaming chairs are not designed with as many features to maintain a healthy posture and spine as a proper and functional office chair. Gaming chairs tend to be one size without adjustability for your individual height and weight needs, and according to Rabadi, they also have flat backs which don’t account for the natural curvature of the spine. Additionally, gaming chairs tend to “force you to sit forward instead of allowing you to scoot your pelvis back.”
Is a gaming chair more comfortable than an office chair?
While it is possible that at first, a gaming chair may feel as comfortable as an office chair, over the course of your sitting its flaws will prevent themselves. Rabadi points out that they tend to be more rigid and stiff, and are overall less ergonomically designed. Plus, the flared edges of the seats are not designed for your spine’s natural curvature.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was updated by Jack Byram, a writer who has written extensively about optimizing comfortability and recovery at home. He looked through countless customer and third-party reviews to find additional products that met our rigorous standards. He also spoke with Ivana Vargas, D.C., and Jenna Rabadi, D.C., of Hudson Chiropractic and Wellness. As two licensed chiropractors, they were both able to provide valuable and professional insight into what people can do to sit comfortably and lead pain-free lives.
Madison Yauger also contributed to this article. Using research and tester insights to assess these products, our team came up with this list of the best office chairs you should buy.