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The best office chair of 2020

best office chair - Herman Miller Mirra 2
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Having the best office chair has always been important, but with more and more of us now working from home, it's more vital than ever. After all, who wants to spend all day feeling uncomfortable?

The best office chairs are designed with ergonomics and healthy posture in mind. Chairs are one of those areas where it really is worth investing some time and money, as you want a chair that will last. Chairs with a guarantee and strong build may cost more, but are always worth the extra investment.

Another thing to consider is how the chair will fit in with your existing setup: will it fit with the style of your office (even if your 'office' is just a corner of your bedroom)? As well as aesthetics, your chair needs to fit your desk (see our best desks if you need help in that department). This is where having a chair you can adjust to different heights and tilts makes a difference. 

Throughout this guide, you’ll find our favourite ergonomic office chairs, at a range of different price points. These include options from IKEA, Herman Miller, Amazon and John Lewis – and we have included a couple of gaming chairs, for those who are looking for a multi-functional seating solution, or just those who like the comfort of a gaming chair.

Best cheap office chair: Amazon Office Essentials Mesh Back Swivel Desk Chair

01. AmazonBasics Office Chair

The best office chair for those on a budget

Seat height: Max 52cm | Seat width: 48cm | Max load: 110kg | Lumbar support: no | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: yes

Affordable price
Easy assembly
No lumbar support

If you're looking for a cheap office chair, the Amazon basics range is worth investigating. More specifically, we recommend the Amazon Basics Office Chair, which is as the name suggests, a basic chair. It's ergonomically designed and has a cushioned seat and padded back. You can also adjust its height and the tilt.  

Amazon admits this chair is not designed for eight-hour days – ideally, you don't want to be sat in it for more than five hours at a time. But that could be the perfect excuse to make sure you get up and away from your desk for at least an hour at lunchtime. You could also invest in a lumbar support to make it more comfortable for long periods of time. This chair is ideal for those on a budget, and in terms of quality-price ratio, you won't get a better deal.  

Best office chair: Herman Miller

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02. Herman Miller Mirra 2

The best office chair is iconic, and super-plush

Seat height: Adjustable | Seat width: not stated | Max load: Size A: 136 kg, Sizes B and C: 159 kg | Lumbar support: yes | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: yes

Iconic design
Can aid posture
Temperature control
Pricey

The Herman Miller Mirra 2 chair is a more affordable alternative to Herman Miller's wildly successful Aeron chair. With 10 different adjustment systems, the Mirra 2 is a refined, comfortable and fantastically supportive office desk chair that looks brilliant. It definitely isn't the cheapest office chair out there (see below for some more budget office chair alternatives), but the posture support is excellent, making this one of the most ergonomic office chairs you can buy. It's also designed to regulate temperature, meaning that you can easily sit at it for hours without getting all hot and sweaty. 

best office chair

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03. Newhall Desk Chair

The best office chair from Wayfair

Seat height: Adjustable | Seat width: not stated | Max load: 113kg | Lumbar support: no | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: no

Stylish design
Small and compact
No armrests
UK only

Wayfair has plenty of office chair options, but we like this Newhall office chair in blue. It might lack some of the more sophisticated features on this list, but it's ideal if you just want something comfortable with no-fuss. Some people may find the lack of armrests an annoyance, but if you don't think you'll use them then they do make the chair's design a lot neater. This chair is also very easy to put together, and costs under £100. What's not to like?

Best IKEA office chair: Markus swivel chair

04. IKEA Markus swivel chair

The best office chair from IKEA

Seat height: 48-57cm | Seat width: 53cm | Max load: not stated | Lumbar support: yes | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: yes

Affordable price
Consistent lumbar support
Fixed armrests

It might not look particularly exciting, but IKEA's Markus office chair ticks a lot of boxes – and at this price it's not just one of the best office chairs at IKEA, it's one of the best full stop. You can adjust its height, there's built-in lumbar support and the mesh material means the air can get to your back, which is great when you're sitting down for long periods. There's also a brake that engages when you stand up, to help avoid that awkward moment when your chair slides out from beneath you. 

Many office chairs feature a back support that moulds into your back over time, but not everyone gets on with this system. The Markus chair's back support combats this by re-puffing when you get up. Happily, it also comes with a 10-year guarantee. 

The only real downside is that the armrests aren't adjustable, which might be a problem depending on your height and the height of your desk. However, they are removable so you can get rid of them if they start to annoy.  

GT OMEGA PRO Racing Gaming Chair

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05. GT Omega Pro Racing Office Chair

The best office chair for gamers may suit you better than you think

Seat height: adjustable | Seat width: 68cm | Max load: 120kg | Lumbar support: yes | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: yes

4 reclining options
Supreme comfort
Design not for everyone

GT Omega Pro Racing Office Chair was designed for gamers, but that doesn't mean that designers, illustrators or anyone who sits in an office chair for significant periods of time won't enjoy it too. This office chair provides maximum support, with cushions for both your head and your back. There are four reclining positions, so you can choose to work practically horizontally if you want (we don't recommend this, but it could be handy for a quick nap between clients). There's also a '4D' adjustable armrest and a tilt lock mechanism.

The overall design might not be everyone's cup of tea, and the leather might put some off, but those who do opt for this chair should be warned: you may not want to leave it ever again. 

Best ergonomic office chair: HAG Capisco Puls 8010 ergonomic office chair

06. HAG Capisco Puls 8010 ergonomic office chair

The best ergonomic office chair for back pain

Seat height: 45-62cm | Seat width: 46cm | Max load: not stated | Lumbar support: yes | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: yes

Encourages movement
Good for standing desks
Design may not suit everyone

If you suffer from back pain, then the HAG Capisco Puls 8010 is worth considering. It might look a bit odd at first glance, but trust us, that's a good thing: this is one of the best ergonomic office chairs you can get. 

This Scandinavian chair is made of a mixture of steel and plastic, and unlike most others, is suitable for sit-standing desks. It has a moulded seat based on a horse rider's saddle – the foam infill places your legs quite wide apart, encouraging you to place your feet flat on the floor. Meanwhile, the adjustable seat is angled to fit with the natural curve of your lower back. 

HAG is all about encouraging movement, so you can also sit on this ergonomic office chair back-to-front, and use those extruding parts as elbow rests. It's available in various colours – we like petroleum – and comes with a 10-year guarantee. 

John Lewis Penny office chair

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07. John Lewis Penny Office Chair

The best simple yet stylish office chair from John Lewis & Partners

Seat height: 45-55cm | Seat width: 51cm | Max load: 114kg | Lumbar support: no | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: yes

Simple, neat design
Fast assembly
Arms not adjustable
UK only

If you're looking for a smart and simple office chair and are in the UK, then John Lewis & Partners' Penny office chair could be the choice for you. The contemporary design will coordinate with most rooms, and the chair fits neatly under most desks, making this a great option for a studio or study that doubles as a spare room, say. 

The soft mesh backrest and upholstered seat are comfortable enough for several hours of use, and this office chair is height adjustable. It also comes with clear instructions. Overall, this office chair is excellent value for money, and it also comes with a two-year guarantee.

best office chair - AmazonBasics Upholstered Office Chair

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08. AmazonBasics Upholstered Office Chair

Functional, no-fuss low-back task chair

Seat height: Adjustable 41.5 - 51cm | Seat width: 47cm | Max load: 110kg | Lumbar support: no | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: yes

Pneumatic height adjustment
Easy assembly
No lumbar support

With no arms and a low back, this is a great chair if you are looking for office furniture that isn't going to take up unnecessary space. It is, however, still built for comfort as well as convenience. There is an easy-to-access lever for adjusting the height of the butterfly seat – and giving you the choice as to whether of not you want the back to rock when you lean back (with a separate control to adjust the tilt tension). There is no lumbar support adjustment here – but the padded back cushion is contoured to provide your back a decent amount of support.

best office chair: OFM

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09. OFM Essentials Collection Plush High-Back Office Chair

Best super-comfy office chair

Seat height: not stated | Seat width: not stated | Max load: 250 lb | Lumbar support: yes | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: not stated

Comfortable
Good lumbar support
Not actual leather
US only

The OFM Essentials Collection Plush High-Back Office Chair has a high-back, making it super-comfy to lean back in. It also looks good, and comes in a variety of colours – brown, grey or tan. We think the brown has a certain Mad Men feel about it. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles and style features as more expensive options, but it does the job well and is perfect for larger desks or spaces.

Best office chair: Mainstays

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10. Mainstays Vinyl and Mesh Task Office Chair

The best padded office chair for under $100

Seat width: 16.75" | Max load: 250 lbs | Lumbar support: no | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: not stated

Bargain price
Easy assembly
No armrests
US only

If you want something cheap and cheerful, then Mainstays Vinyl and Mesh Task Office Chair could be just the thing for you. It's easy to put together and is height-adjustable with a generously padded back and seat. There are no armrests, but you may not find you need them when you're sitting at a desk. You may need to purchase a lumbar cushion if you're going to be doing long stints sitting at this office chair. Overall, though, in terms of ease of assembly, use and value for money, this chair is a winner. 

Best office chair at Made.com: Saul Office Chair

11. Saul Office Chair

The best stylish ergonomic office chair from Made.com

Seat width: 64cm | Max load: not stated | Lumbar support: no | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: not stated

Beautiful design
Arm encasing can be cosy
You may need a cushion
Some find design restrictive
UK only

Made.com aims to create "affordable, high-end design", and while not everything on the site is exactly what we'd call "affordable", most of it is absolutely beautiful to look at, and pretty practical too. This Saul Office Chair is no exception. It has elements of a comfy but sleek classic desk chair, but the wooden back and armrests (made from plywood with a walnut veneer) give it a unique twist. 

This stylish office chair also swivels and has wheels, so you can whizz around your office and studio to your heart's content. We love the idea of being cocooned within the armrests, and while there isn't specific lumbar support, the padded seat and back could well be enough for you. If not, you could always add a cushion. In terms of assembly, you'll need to fit the legs, which may be slightly fiddly, but at least you don't have to worry about the top part, which comes assembled for you. 

Best office chairs: Herman Miller Sayl office chair

12. Herman Miller Sayl office chair

This Herman Miller office chair has impressive ergonomic credentials

Seat height: 38-48cm | Seat width: not stated | Max load: 133.3kg | Lumbar support: yes | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: yes

Elegant design
Adjustable seat depth
Pricey 

While Herman Miller's Aeron chair is the best office chair money can buy, we think its more affordable cousin, the Sayl, comes close for style. It comes in at roughly half the price, and the British School of Osteopathy uses it at its training centre, so you know it has top ergonomic credentials.

This chair was inspired by San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. And although the idea of a suspension bridge-inspired chair might seem odd at first, it makes sense once you sit in it – it's all about getting more from the least materials possible. The 'suspension finish' back moves with you as you shift around, providing more support in some areas of your back and allowing the back to maintain its natural curve. It's supremely comfortable, and comes with a 12-year guarantee – though we doubt you'll need it. These chairs are built to last a lifetime.  

best office chair - Noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair

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13. Noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair

Professional looking gaming chair, with luxury leather option

Seat height: 46.5-56.5cm | Seat width: 34cm | Max load: 28kg | Lumbar support: yes | Height adjustable: yes | Tilt lock: yes

Refined look
Choice of faux leather, real leather and napa leather
Arm rests adjustable 
Doesn't look like a true gamer's chair

If you are looking for a gaming chair that will double as a suitable office chair, then this is it. The all-black luxury look is just what you need to make yourself look the part in those power Zoom pitches – but it has all the features to keep you comfortable for long hours of after-hours gameplay. Faux leather options keep the price at a sensible level – but for utter decadence you can get the Icon in plush napa leather too. With a German design inspired by sports car interiors, this has all the adjustments you'd hope for to ensure correct posture and comfort.

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