Whether you have a designated home office or a makeshift space at the dining room table, investing in an ergonomic office chair can make a big difference. The United States Department of Labor says that poor ergonomics, which includes how you sit, can cause a variety of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) including carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle strains and low back injuries.
An ergonomic chair can better position your body at your desk, table or countertop. It prevents poor posture. One review of studies found that height–adjustable ergonomic chairs can effectively reduce musculoskeletal pain or discomfort associated with prolonged sitting.
Per the Mayo Clinic, the right office chair should support your spinal curves, with the seat height adjusted so that your feet rest flat on the floor, thighs are parallel to the floor, and knees are level with hips. Armrests should be adjusted so that wrists are straight and hands are at or below elbow level.
No matter your budget, design aesthetic or workspace size, there are a number of ergonomic desk chair options that are both comfortable and stylish enough for your home. Here are some worth considering, depending on your budget.
If you aren’t ready to spend a few hundred dollars on a home-office chair, there are still plenty of options. Neo Chair is one of Amazon’s best-selling office chairs, offering ergonomic support at a much lower price point. Fairly modern in style and available in a variety of color options, it features a high-density molded foam and sofa-upholstered seat, adjustable seat height, a tilt-and-lock back and 360-degree wheels.
Hbada office chair
For people without a designated office, finding a space-saving chair that neatly scoots under a desk or table is a must. The defining feature of this $100 ergonomic office chair option (reduced from $170)? Adjustable arms that flip up. Other features include a breathable, high-density mesh back designed with the curvature of the back in mind; 120-degree-tilt tension; adjustable seat height and a weight capacity of 250 pounds.
This highly rated mesh-backed chair is anything but basic. Available in a bunch of colorways, including cobalt blue, gray and lime green, it features ergonomic support and a comfortable 6-inch-thick mesh seat cushion. The 360-degree swivel chair with a tilt-and-lock system holds up to 331 pounds, is height adjustable with the touch of a button and also has height adjustable armrests. Note that assembly is required for most office chairs sold on Amazon, unless you opt for its $49 expert assembly.
Ticova high-back desk chair
Ticova’s high back desk chair is another breathable mesh-backed chair, offering head and neck support via a customizable, cushioned headrest. This ergonomic desk chair features a height-adjustable armrest and 3-inch seat cushion, and lumbar support that can be adjusted in both height and depth. Though it’s priced a little over $200 (and assembly is required), it’s list price is $300 and several reviewers deem it a “good value.” Also, right now, save an extra $11 by applying the current coupon offer before checkout.
BestOffice desk chair
This office-slash-gaming chair looks nothing like the traditional office chair, instead resembling a race-car seat. With maximum adjustability, including lumbar support, tilting seat, headrest pillow, armrests and footrest, it can be easily positioned to comfortably support your back and neck, no matter your position. The faux-leather chair is also available in several color schemes, from pink-on-white to black-on-black.
State Line velvet executive chair
Looking for a more upscale look for the home office? The foam-padded State Line velvet executive chair, currently 43% off at Wayfair, features button-tufted details, a tilt mechanism, seat height adjustment and caster rollers. Wayfair reviewers praise the chair’s comfort and say it offers good back support.
Herman Miller Aeron chair
If money isn’t an issue, consider the Herman Miller Aeron, one of the most expensive ergonomic office chairs on the market since its debut more than 25 years ago. The sleek chair is constructed out of temperature-regulating mesh and offers extensive features, including adjustable lumbar support, seat and armrests and three different size options. It is also completely customizable, from the base metal and size to the type of back support and tilt. The brand stands by the chair with a 12-year warranty.
Herman Miller Sayle chair
The Herman Miller Sayle chair is significantly less expensive than the Aeron, while still offering superior design and quality. Inspired by suspension bridges, the chair’s signature back features an innovative Y-Tower with webbed, ventilated elastomer, constructed to flex when you sit back while offering maximum lumbar support. Like the Aeron, it can be completely customized, from color and caster type to seat depth adjustability and more, plus it comes with a 12-year warranty.