Having the best office chair has always been important, but with more and more people now working from home, it's even more vital than ever. After all, who wants to be uncomfortable when spending long stints at their desk?
The best office chairs are built to last, plus they're designed with ergonomics and healthy posture in mind. Chairs are one of those areas where it really is worth investing some time and money into your decision. Chairs with a guarantee and strong build may cost more, but are always worth the extra investment.
Also have a think about how the chair will fit in with your existing setup; about the the style of your office (even if your 'office' is just a corner of your living room). This is where having a chair you can adjust to different heights and tilts makes a difference. It's no use buying one that is too low or high for your desk (see our best desks if you need help in that department).
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 Made.com. We've also added some of the best deals below, in case you want to jump right in and start browsing.
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.
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.
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.
The OFM Essentials Collection Plush High-Back Office Chair, sold by Walmart, 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.
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 from Walmart is a winner.
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 can be slightly fiddly, but at least you don't have to worry about the top part, which comes assembled for you.
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.
If you're looking for a simple office chair and aren't too bothered about having arm rests, then House by John Lewis could be the choice for you. The contemporary design will coordinate with most rooms, and the desk fits neatly under most desks, making this a great option for a studio or study that doubles as a spare room, say.
Some may find the chair a little hard after hours of use, so you may want to add a cushion, or else use this as an excuse to get up and move about every few hours (as you should be doing anyway). Overall, this is an affordable chair that will suit many homeworkers.
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 – including the Humanscale Diffrient Smart (in the top spot) – 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 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, 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.