We’ve come a long way since the four-legged wooden chairs for supporting our bodies as we sit and work. Like other technologies, lots of innovation is occurring in the office chair space.
A great office chair should help with reducing pain in the back, neck, and shoulders and provide comfortable support to you throughout the day. When you’re comfortable and pain-free, the result is increased job satisfaction and productivity.
If you’re shopping around for ergonomic office furniture, here are my picks for the best office chairs.
1. Herman Miller Embody Chair
This is the ultimate chair for anyone desk-bound for long periods of time. The chair encourages a healthy posture, and the result is less aches and pains. The seat of this ergonomic chair features a sliding seat depth adjustment which ensures that the thighs are supported while your back is against the backrest.
The chair also helps the user to be more alert, catering for all body types – petite to large. The chair molds to your body type, and this allows pressure to be relieved from the legs and buttocks when sitting for extended periods. The Herman Miller’s Harmonic Tilt feature lets the user of this cool chair tilt the chair in such a way that pressure is removed from the base of the spine, which minimizes back pain.
The Seat Adjustment also allows you to extend the depth of the seat for those with longer legs. You can also adjust the height of the armrests as well as their closeness to the actual seat.
This trendy, futuristic looking chair comes with a 12-year warranty. A great chair for improving your work area and investing in your health.
2. Argomax Mesh Ergonomic Office Chair (EM-EC002)
Argomax is a professional manufacturer of ergonomic office chairs with strict quality control in place. Their EM-EC002 comes with a breathable mesh ergonomic design. The quality materials used and the meticulous construction of this chair meets BIFMA standards. The chair comes with a host of adjustable features that allow you to adjust the settings according to your needs.
With controlled tilt tension and seat height, you can eliminate that leg fatigue you experience with a traditional office chair. This chair comes with dual-wheel PU casters, allowing you to glide around your office space and swivel freely. The chair has 3D armrests with forward and backward rotating. The chair requires assembly but comes with easy-to-follow instructions.
This is one of my favorite budget ergonomic chairs.
3. Serta Works Executive Office Chair
Serta is an industry leader in comfort products worldwide, and their experience is backed by their 75 years in the industry. Designed in the USA, the Serta Works Executive Office Chair is synonymous with comfort and quality. The office chair comes with an incredible support feature which they refer to as the AIR Lumbar. As your body twists and turns, this AIR Lumbar flexes with your body so that you get continuous support for it.
The upholstery is soft and eco-friendly bonded leather, and the ergo layered body pillows offer a super comfy seating experience. For further comfort, there are padded armrests which can be tilted and adjusted to ensure hand and wrist comfort. Product assembly is required with this chair. Overall product dimensions are 46.5″ H x 25.75″ W x 29.75″ and the heavy-duty base meets BIFMA standards.
4. Eurotech Seating Ergohuman Mid Back Chair
Eurotech is a leading manufacturer of impressive craftsmanship when it comes to their office seating. Their high-quality chairs include mid- and high-back chairs with mesh, leather and fabric backrests. Their Ergohuman Mid Back Chair comes with unique seat features which include seat height adjustment as well as mid-back design for enhanced support to the mid to upper back region.
This particular chair’s overall dimensions are 46″ – 51″H x 26″W x 27.5″ D and the black mesh back and leather seat ensure superb comfort, but also stylish looks.
The chair comes with a metal base with casters for easy movement over hard floors and carpets. The chair can support weights up to 250 lbs. The chair enhances comfort and different seating styles and has a synchro-tilt mechanism allowing for a smooth recline with its 3 position tilt-lock adjustment. The chair meets ANSI/BIFMA standards and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
5. Steelcase Think Chair
The Steelcase Think Chair doesn’t only come with ergonomic features, but it has a distinct look that sets it apart from traditional office chairs. Whether working from home or from the office, this stylish chair provides maximum sitting comfort. The chair can be bought with a lumbar support pad which is also adjustable. The pad is able to move up and down within the chair’s back, providing wonderful, firm support for your lower back. With a waterfall front edge angle, you can also wave goodbye to restless, tired thighs and legs.
The chair’s seat and back both adjust with the user’s movement, and this increases comfort for users of all sizes and sitting postures. There is an optional headrest for you if you like, and the recline controls mean you can put the chair in a halfway- or full recline position.
The Think Chair supports small- and large frame individuals – you simply adjust the chair to suit your particular frame. Armrests allow for height, depth and width adjustment, and no matter how you are sitting at your desk, the armrests can be adapted to your needs.
Not only is the Think Chair well designed and ergonomically comfortable, it is also available in different colors and fabrics – from stylish soft leather to breathable, hygienic mesh. A little bit of research will tell you that this chair has also raked in some awards and certificates for just being such a great product.
What to Look for In An Office Chair
The first thing to check with any office chair is its weight capacity, as this can become a safety issue depending on the body weight of the person(s) using it.
The 5-wheeled roller on modern-day office chairs has replaced the 4-wheeled caster, as it offers more support, improves stability and distributes weight better so that the chair doesn’t tilt.
To avoid back pain, look for an office chair that comes with an adjustable backrest and which offers adequate lumbar support. These chairs that provide adjustable lumbar support are preferable because they allow users to tilt the backrest so as to relieve stress on the spine.
Considering the amount of time all of us spend sitting down on a daily basis, a comfortable, adjustable traditional office chair should be on the top of all of our gadget list for 2020.