Now that more of us are working from home, finding the best office chair is arguably the most important aspect of setting up your office. (However, if you’re looking for other home office essentials like a laptop, keyboard, or WiFi extender, we have buying guides for those, too).
But what makes an office chair ergonomic? “Whichever one is right for you,” says Lee Jones, an ergonomics consultant at specialist retailer Wellworking. “In an ideal world we would all have a chair designed specifically for us, but as this is unrealistic we need chairs that can be adjusted to suit our individual needs, especially as we tend to sitting for long periods of time at home or in the office. »
In practice, this means that it offers back or lumbar support and is easily adjustable. At a minimum, ergonomic office chairs – sometimes called “posture chairs” or “orthopedic chairs” – should allow seat height adjustment, pan depth adjustment, backrest adjustment (tilt, tension, height , etc.) and movement (allowing you to turn while seated, without straining).
Like office workers, many gamers are looking for a special gaming chair to support them for long periods in front of their PC. These tend to be softer than office chairs and are designed for a more relaxed posture, with support for the head as well as the lower back.
You can find more details on what to look for in an ergonomic office chair at the bottom of this section, following our reviews. But if you’re in a hurry, here’s a look at our top five:
What are the best office chairs in 2023? In one look
What is the best sitting position for working?
“You have to adjust everything up front, but once you’ve adjusted the chair to suit you and the desk you’re working at, the height is something you’ll want to check regularly,” says Jones. “One of the most common problems related to poor posture is incorrect seat height.”
The features of an ergonomic office chair help you find the perfect sitting position: knees a little lower than your hips, feet flat on the floor, and about 1 to 4 inches of space between the back of your knee and the edge of the seat (the ideal position for optimal leg support and blood circulation).
If you find sitting for long periods of time annoying, our guide to the best standing desks may be helpful.
How I Tested the Best Office Chairs
I tested nearly 20 office chairs with expert advice, evaluating each for comfort, support, material, adjustability, and ease of setup. I wanted something that was as comfortable as it was supportive for my back.
The best ergonomic office chairs
1. Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair
From £1,359, John Lewis
Best office chair, 10/10
We like: This is the best-designed office chair you can find
We do not like : it costs over £1,000