Best desk chairs for your office: Herman Miller, Steelcase, and more.

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Sure, some jobs are a dream and some are soul crushing. Some provide prestige while others merely a paycheck. But the one office gig equalizer? The fact that most positions require employees to spend the majority of their day sitting down. And if you’re on your butt for hours on end, you definitely want a well crafted chair at your disposal.

That’s right, don’t underestimate the importance of a good desk chair. A solid, comfortable chair lends itself to a productive and efficient work environment. An uncomfortable chair leads to constant fidgeting and shifting, which can be highly distracting. Even worse, it may result in leg issues, back strain or carpal tunnel syndrome. And having a day job is painful enough already. 

Before making this very important purchase, make sure you take these factors into consideration:

Lumbar Support: Let’s get real; if a chair doesn’t provide adequate lower back support, you don’t want it. After all, sitting for extended periods can put strain on your back and cause you to slouch. We recommend looking for a chair that has adjustable lumbar support (for both height and depth). That way you can guarantee you’re not putting any undue stress on your body.

Adjustability: If you want to maximize your comfort, it’s imperative to find a chair that’s adjustable. Most basic options allow you to alter both the arms and height. And some fancier chairs have up to 14 different adjustments including back angle, seat width and tension control. Regardless of the number, make sure the controls are simple to use. You don’t want to get stuck in a chair that’s completely titled. 

Fabric: Obviously, you should choose a chair with a fabric that’s aesthetically pleasing to you. But you also want one made from/with a breathable material. Some fabrics tend to get hot after you’ve been sitting on them for awhile. General comfort is certainly important as well; you don’t want a fabric that’s itchy or scratchy (unless that’s your jam). And be sure that it provides enough cushioning so that you can’t feel the base of the chair (again, unless that’s your jam).

Armrests: You might view armrests as pedestrian and banal. They may clash with your ultra-modern aesthetic. Nevertheless, armrests help eliminate strain in your neck and shoulders. As their very name implies, they let your arms rest comfortably. Bonus points – they also help prevent slouching. 

Seat Depth/Width: The depth and width of your seat is critical to comfort level. If you’re tall, you’ll want a chair that’s deeper. A shallower seat is better if you’re on the short side. Ultimately, if you’re sitting all the way back, you should have roughly 2-4 inches between the seat and the back of your knees. At least in an ideal (office) world.

Swivel Base: For many people, a strong swivel base is a must-have for any chair. This allows you to easily access any part of your desk, cutting down on the possibility of arm fatigue. Plus, as we all know, spinning around incessantly is great for brainstorming.

Wheels: If there’s one thing we always say, it’s that not all wheels are made equal. You must account for the type of flooring in your office. For a hard surface, it’s best to choose a chair with soft rubber wheels. If your office is carpeted, you’ll want hard wheels. This will make it easier to move around your desk and office overall. 

Now that you know what to consider, here are the chairs you should check out (in our humble opinion):


Some people find it difficult to assemble

For comfort that conforms (to you), the Herman Miller Aeron chair is an excellent choice.

No matter your size or body type, you’re bound to love the Herman Miller Aeron Chair. That’s because it naturally conforms to the shape of whoever is sitting down. In turn, this allows for a more even distribution of weight and helps alleviate traditional pressure points. The Aeron is also designed with the patented PostureFit which provides support for the spine and encourages the pelvis to rest at its natural forward tilt. 
Speaking of tilt, the chair’s fluid tilt mechanism works in conjunction with the pivot points in your ankles, knees and hips whenever you decide to recline; there’s no fear of straining your body while sitting in the Aeron. And, of course, the mesh back and seat mean you won’t overheat. 
Amazon reviewer writes:

“I’ve had the chair for 10 days now. Although it is admittedly an expensive chair, I will say that the back pain I was having is now gone. I notice that I am sore on days that I work in the office and less so when I work at home. I work for a company that provides quality equipment and chairs, but the chairs are not as ergonomically correct at this one. My advice, for those that spend hours in a chair at home or in an office is to go ahead, spend the money and save your back by purchasing this chair. I also purchased a headrest that considerably improved my comfort. The best and most highly engineered chair most people have is in their cars. Though it wouldn’t be a good replacement for your car seat, this is more comfortable for those riding a desk. I highly recommend this chair.”


You can go full tilt…with the chair’s tilt limiter and tension control

A few quality control issues (misaligned holes, etc.)

AmazonBasics offers a solid seat with sophisticated style.

If you’re on a tight budget, the Amazon Basics Mid-Back Mesh Chair is a great option. For starters, the Basics’ simple and sensible design is sure to complement any office. Additionally, both the back and seat are covered in black mesh allowing for total breathability. The chair is also made with easy-to-use pneumatic controls so you can adjust the height to your heart’s content. And thanks to both the tilt limiter and tilt tension control, you can comfortably rock back or sit forward as well. 
We’d be remiss if we neglected to mention that the chair’s gently curved back provides a decent amount of lumbar support. Finally, the dual-wheel casters create a smooth rolling experience. So navigating around your office is a dream!
Amazon reviewer writes:

“This is a very nice chair for the price. I especially love the way they packaged the screws, etc. Very clearly labeled and a big improvement, in my opinion, over the usual blister packs. It’s quite comfortable for a 6-foot tall 175lb guy. Adjustment is easy, rolls nicely, all the stuff you want in a chair…. Great bang for the buck! Would buy again and recommend highly.”


Really reduces pressure on the spine and stimulates blood flow

So well-designed you’ll feel like you’re floating.

We know it’s a tad pricey. But there’s no denying that the Embody is one of the most ergonomically advanced chairs on the market today. In fact, it was specifically designed to combat the health issues that arise from long-term sitting. 
The seat itself contains multiple layers of padding which helps evenly distribute pressure. Additionally, the chair’s trademarked Backfit backrest is easily adjustable to ensure it aligns with your spine’s unique curves. And no matter whether you’re in a forward or reclined position, the lumbar support stays with you. This is especially great seeing as though the Embody’s tilt function allows you to sit in a myriad of positions/angles. Best of all, it comes with a 12-year warranty. 
Amazon customer writes:

“Probably one of the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in. I had back surgery in January and decided I needed to invest in a proper, well made ergonomic office chair. This chair is indeed expensive, but if you have the money to spend on it, don’t hesitate. You won’t be disappointed… There are 4 locking tilt positions. I spend most of my time in the first position (sitting up straight). In other chairs I’ve used, I found this position to be a bit uncomfortable. Not with this one though. Plenty of height adjustment for the seat.”


The Steelcase Gesture is guaranteed to align with your body no matter your posture or position.

The Steelcase Gesture is smartly designed to accommodate a variety of sizes, shapes and postures. Perhaps more impressively, the chair was built with our tech habits and usage in mind. 
The Gesture’s trademark 360 Arm simulates the movement of human arm and its unique LiveBack technology mimics the spine’s natural movement and contours to all positions. It also has a core equalizer which adjusts the lumbar support depending on whether you’re reclined or upright. But fear not; though the chair mechanics sound complicated, the adjustment knobs are intuitive. There’s simply a front knob to alter height and depth and a back knob for tension control and a variable back-stop. Of course, regardless of your settings, once you sit down you might not want to get up for a very long time. 
Amazon reviewer writes:

“This chair is simply the best home office chair I’ve ever owned. Worth the price and the service was fantastic. The chair is extremely well-made and comes fully assembled — none of this “do it yourself” crap that some manufacturers give you. And I was sent the wrong color initially but the return process was painless and immediate. A correct color chair arrived within days and I could have scheduled a pick-up of the incorrect item (opted to do self-drop-off which is a lesson in idiocy on my part.) The overall chair construction is excellent, the seat base is the most comfortable I’ve ever encountered. And it’s adjustable to every possible need. I can’t say enough about it. Steelcase rules!”


The breathable mesh back means you’ll stay cool even if office tension heats up

Not quite as durable as higher end chairs

The Alera Elusion provides great comfort at a great price.

The Alera Elusion proves you can buy a well-made chair without dropping tons of cash. And thanks to its adjustability, anyone can enjoy the Elusion’s ergonomic design. Importantly, its contoured seat cushion is paired with a waterfall edge. This combination helps alleviate the leg pressure that tends to build when sitting for extended periods. Even better, the backrest is made with a breathable mesh fabric so you’ll stay cool as you work (or watch corgi videos on Youtube). 
The chair also features armrests made from soft polyurethane pads, so your forearms and elbows will be nestled in cushiony comfort. The Elusion’s arms themselves can be adjusted for both height and width. Finally, thanks to a height adjustable ratchet back, you are certain to receive the lumbar support you need.  
Amazon reviewer writes:

“I spend most of my day on the computer and started getting lower back issues. This chair cleared up all of those problems and provides excellent support. There are so many adjustment options that it’s a perfect fit for anyone. The seat is very comfortable and the mesh back keeps me nice and cool throughout the day. I couldn’t recommend this chair more!”


High backrest for total spinal column support

Can feel a little cramped if you’re above-average size

Unbeatable combo of comfort and durability.

Professional and amateur gamers alike know that a quality chair is key to success. After all, if you’re going to be logging a lot of playing hours you need total support and comfort. And the DXRacer offers both in spades. For starters, the chair has a uniquely high backrest to support your entire spinal column — from neck to pelvis. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s an adjustable lumbar and neck pillow as well as 3D adjustable arms — all for added comfort. And thanks to a 360-degree swivel base and smooth double caster wheels, you can easily glide around your office, gaming console, etc. 
And there’s no worry you’ll overheat even if you’re involved in a particularly intense round of Fortnite. The seat is designed with good wicking pleather that’s easy to clean and will keep you surprisingly cool.  
Amazon reviewer writes:

“This chair is so amazing it sucks. After buying this chair, whenever I sit in any other chair I feel let down and miserable. I now have dreams of racing along the Le Mans race track keeping me up at night! Even though it was more expensive than the normal office chairs it was well worth it. Great comfortable chair and has support for you lower back. Tons of features to make it worth the 5 stars!”


Cushion stays supple even if you’ve been sitting for hours

Simplicity and support at a reasonable price.

If wheels aren’t your thing (we know, they’re very 2015), check out this chair from Office Star. A top-of-the-line stationary seat, it’s sure to deliver the comfort you crave. After all, the mesh backrest promotes airflow and offers built-in lumbar support. The bonded leather seat is perfectly padded to provide just the right amount of cushioning. And you can enjoy the fixed angled T-shaped arms and armrests. Lastly, the all-black upholstery is sure to work with virtually any office decor. 
Amazon reviewer writes:

“I recently switched to full time telecommuting and bought this for my home office (so, I sit in it 40+ hours per week). This is a great chair! It has adjustable armrest height, adjustable back tension, adjustable seat height. I have several back problems and so an ergonomically ‘correct’ chair is critical. I have noticed a definite reduction in back problems since I started using this chair. It has a supportive and comfortable seat (firm enough to allow correct posture but soft enough that your bottom doesn’t fall asleep after hours in the chair). The lumbar support is just right… It is attractive (for a computer chair…) and is very sturdy and well made. I believe it will hold up better than previous chairs I have purchased at local office stores. It took me about 20 minutes to assemble by myself. My only complaint about assembly is that one of the wheels/casters was hard to push in and I pinched my hand, but that was probably user error. I highly recommend this chair for a home office or commercial setting (it could handle heavy use).”

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