Sitting at an office desk for hours at a time can put a tremendous amount of stress on your back. Many of us spend around eight hours toiling away in front of a computer screen, so sitting comfortably is a must. This is where ergonomic office chairs come into their own.
Specifically designed to support you for long periods of time, these ergonomic chairs are essential for workers who are seated for much of their working day.
When buying an ergonomic office chair, look for those that have a lumbar support, adjustable seat depth, and a free float mechanism as these factors will allow you to adjust the position of the chair to suit your needs.
Here are our recommendations for the best ergonomic office chairs:
Despite the price, this chair from Ikea has many impressive features. It has good lumbar support, a lockable tilt function and you can also adjust the height. Comes with a headrest but you do have to assemble it yourself.
This affordable chair from John Lewis looks smart and is comfortable as every aspect can be adjusted. Great lumbar support with height and seat depth adjustments too. You can also adjust the arms and it has an adjustable tilt lock back function.
This is a Scandinavian design that is modelled on a horse’s saddle. It is perfect for the new style of ‘stand and stand’ desks, where workers are encouraged to stand for short breaks at their desks. This chair utilises a taller gas stem, which means you can easily perch on it during your standing breaks. The other factor we like is that it’s made from recycled car bumpers.
You may not have heard of Niels Diffrient but he is one of the fore-runners in ergonomic design. This is a lightweight chair and almost everything about it is made from recycled goods. You can adjust the seat, the back and the arms using a self-adjusting feature which perfectly adjusts the chair to suit your needs.
This ergonomic office chair combines a stylish look with added comfort. The robust, moulded and foam-filled cushioned seat is covered in a hebden fabric. There is a supportive back which is designed to keep your lumbar region in perfect alignment.
You might not appreciate the look of this chair but as your feet are placed on the footboard rather than the floor, you can move and rotate the chair which gives you much more freedom than if you were on a static one. Good for the muscles in the back as you have to maintain your balance. Testers do admit to a little back ache at the start as your body is getting used to the chair.
An industry-leading design by Herman Miller that is actually used by the British School of Osteopathy for their training centre. Available in several different colours, it offers full lumbar support, fully adjustable mechanics and a special webbing on the fabric to prevent a sweaty back.
A sleek design here from Barber and Osgerby that does not look like your typical ergonomic office chair. Loads of adjustable features, including seat height and depth and arm rests. Comes in lots of other colours too.
This is the most technologically advanced ergonomic office chair we are featuring. It has temperature controls which allow the chair to be heated up or cooled down which is great for those who have back trouble. You can adjust the seat depth, height and armrests and there is a ventilation function that wicks away moisture..
Another chair from Herman Miller but this is probably the most advanced ergonomic chair of them all. It has eight zones where the tension can be adjusted for personal usage, each one is specifically designed to provide extra support. It is covered in a breathable mesh fabric and it comes in three different sizes.