If you work at home like me, you might be sitting in an office chair for the majority of your day. If you’re sitting in a cheap chair, you might find that you start to develop hip, back, or even neck pain. This is usually because humans are built in many different sizes and shapes, whereas most cheap office chairs aren’t.
To get rid of pain like this, you need an adjustable chair that fits your body type. However, you will also need ergonomic design and good cushion so that you stay comfortable.
|Preview||Chair||Material||Ergonomic Value||Cost||Review Link|
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|HON BASYX||Mesh + Fabric||Review|
|HON Endorse||Mesh + Fabric||Review|
|Herman Miller Embody||Fabric||Review|
Most chairs under the $600 range will not suffice for an 8 hour work day. If you’re only working for 2-4 hours, I would recommend something like the Alera Chair (here’s our Alera Chair review). However, for a long work day, you need more features and better support for your back.
Moving up from the 2-4 hour range, you have chairs like the HON brand which will be good for 4-6 hours like the HON Ignition (review) or HON Nucleus (review). These chairs are fairly ergonomic, but their design and parts used are fairly cheap and inexpensive. You’ll find a lot of these chairs sold at places like Costco (like the HON Basyx) or you might find them in retail locations that have office employees that sit a lot like in Banks or Credit Unions.
Finally getting to the 8-hour range, we have a chair like the Ergohuman. This is the lowest amount of money I would spend on a SERIOUS ergonomic chair. We loved the Ergohuman in our Ergohuman Review since it comes with a headrest and has great adjustability. This is the best affordable ergonomic office chair that won’t cause you to lose out on any features.
Past the $600 mark, we have chairs like the Steelcase Amia. The Steelcase Amia is a bit sexier than the Ergohuman, but it also has a ton of good features that make it worth the high asking price. The chair is very comfortable and has plenty of adjustments. Steelcase chairs also have a certain premium quality and shine to them that you won’t find in cheaper chairs. That means that all the adjustments feel buttery smooth, and the construction of the materials just feels better and in some cases, smarter.
The next big jump from the Steelcase Amia (review) regarding getting your money’s worth would be the Steelcase Leap. This is probably the best ergonomic office chair that you can get for a 8 hour day. If you buy this chair, you will be set for 10+ years. In fact, as I mentioned in my Steelcase Leap Review, I’ve had my Steelcase V1 for 16 years, and it still looks and functions flawlessly.
The Steelcase Leap has more adjustments than most chairs like an adjustable lower back tension, as well as the ability for the seat and backrest to adjust independently when you lean back. When you lean back, the seat panel moves forward to keep you in an ergonomic position. There isn’t any other seat on the market that can do this.
Lastly, I do want to mention the Herman Miller Embody chair (review) which is even more expensive than the Steelcase Leap. Mainly you are paying for the “Herman Miller” brand and the expensive futuristic design of the chair. The back’s design is wide open, and it looks like an advanced human spine with a solid column on the back with ribs to support your back.