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Best ergonomic office chair 2022: Maintain a healthy posture with adjustable ergonomic chairs from £120

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From adjustable features to lumbar support, an ergonomic office chair can do wonders for your comfort and productivity

Getting the best ergonomic office chair is essential if you spend a lot of time working at a desk. This is especially true for those of us that, over the past year, have gone from working in offices kitted out with fully equipped workstations to working from home. While it’s arguably easier and cheaper to make do with a dining chair, sofa or (God forbid) your bed, the long-term impacts of this aren’t great for your postural health or your productivity.

The best ergonomic office chairs offer a lot in the way of adjustable features from height, tilt and depth, as well as maneuverable armrests and lumbar support to keep your spine in good shape. With all this in mind, it’s tempting to think that quality office chairs will cost an arm and a leg, but while this may be true in some instances, it’s not always the case.

Below, you’ll find our roundup of the best ergonomic office chairs to buy, across a range of budgets, as well as a buying guide to ensure that you know what to look for when making your purchase.

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Best ergonomic office chair: At a glance

How to buy the best ergonomic office chair

What should I look for in an ergonomic office chair?

As mentioned above, the best ergonomic office chairs offer a number of features designed to maximise comfort. Beyond the basic properties we’ve come to expect from almost all office chairs (swivel, castor wheels, etc), the main features are:

Adjustability: The most basic of office chairs should be height-adjustable, but fully customisable chairs will also allow you to adjust the seat depth, tilt, armrest position and sometimes even headrest. Since no two people are shaped the same, it’s important to look out for a chair with these adjustable features.

Lumbar support: This is another key feature of ergonomic office chairs. Positioned towards the base of your back, lumbar support is designed to maintain the natural curvature of the spine. It helps you to maintain a healthy posture and avoid slouching which can be disastrous for your back. Some office chairs even come with adjustable lumbar support, though you may have to pay extra for this.

How much do I need to spend?

To an extent, the “you get what you pay for” idiom is true. The more you spend on a chair, the better it will be and the more features it will have. When it comes to ergonomic office chairs, the top end of the price spectrum can see chairs from renowned manufacturers such as Herman Miller surpass the £1,000 mark, but we’re not suggesting that you have to spend a grand for decent comfort.

There are plenty of good office chairs available for much less. As we’ve argued in our best office chair roundup, you should buy the best you can comfortably afford. And in our roundup below, we’ve aimed to include products that reflect a range of budgets.

Anything else I need to consider?

Though it’s easy to take it for granted, space is an important thing to consider before you even begin shopping for an office chair. The height and width of your desk should, to an extent, inform you of the size and shape of your ideal office chair. So, if you already have a desk you want to use with your new chair, it’s a good idea to take some measurements first.

You should also take into account the type of floor you have, whether hardwood, laminate or carpeted. If it’s the former, make sure the castor wheels won’t damage it (soft tread rubber castors are designed with this in mind). If you’re unsure, you may want to consider getting yourself a mat: this will also stop you from sliding around uncontrollably.

And remember, even the best ergonomic office chairs can only do so much for you. As basic as it sounds, you also need to make sure that you’re sitting properly: not slouching over your desk but sitting straight with your feet flat on the floor. If you’re using a computer, you should be sat at about arm’s length from it, with your monitor at eye level. The NHS offers some guidance on how to sit properly.

The best ergonomic office chairs to buy

1. Sihoo M18 Ergonomic Home Office Chair: Best ergonomic chair under £250

Price: £230 | Buy now from Amazon

Compared to names such as Herman Miller or Habitat, Sihoo is a rather obscure brand in the office chair market. But that shouldn’t necessarily put you off. For £230, the brand’s M18 chair comes with an impressive number of adjustable features, including headrest, arms, back tilt and lumbar support.

The backrest is curved to help you maintain a good posture, and is made from a mesh fabric for breathability. The aluminium alloy base is sturdy and the overall chair looks stylish and professional. Ultimately, there’s little else you could ask for, especially at a sub-£250 price.

Key features – Width: 70m; Seat height: 43-53cm; Total height: 130cm; Warranty: 3yrs

2. Orangebox Do Task Chair: Best ergonomic office chair under £500

Price: £449 | Buy now from Wellworking

Upon first look, the Orangebox Do Task Chair might not look quite as complex as those ergonomic office chairs that are adorned with all manner of levers and knobs. But that’s because it has a weight balancing mechanism to automatically adjust to the user, making it much simpler to use when it comes to ensuring the chair is properly attuned to your weight and posture. Beyond that, seat height, depth, arm rests and lumbar support must be adjusted manually, though the chair is designed intuitively to ensure this is as easy as possible.

The Orangebox Do Task Chair is also the one we used in the former Expert Reviews office, so we’ve had plenty of experience with it to confidently say that it’s a very comfortable and practical office chair indeed.

Key features – Width: 66cm; Height: 97cm; Seat height: 44.5-47.5cm; Warranty: 5yrs

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3. HAG Capisco Puls 8010: The best ergonomic office chair for versatility

Price: £440 | Buy now from Wellworking

This model from Hag is not your average office chair. The Capisco Puls’ ‘reversible’ design encourages you to stay active and adopt different seated positions throughout the day to maximise comfort and health.

The plastic base is scooped out to allow your thighs to fall forwards naturally and this encourages you to balance your weight on your feet and sit bones with your back supported by the gently curved backrest at the rear. Swivel the chair around, and the T-shaped backrest becomes an arm rest, allowing you to sit saddle-style and give your back, joints and muscles a bit of variety.

There’s oodles of flexibility here. The 200mm gas lift allows the Capisco to duck under a traditional desk or extend upwards to provide a steady perch for standing desks or design easels, and all the usual seat adjustments - seat depth, height, dynamic tilt and an adjustable backrest - round out the Hag’s ergonomically friendly CV.

There are endless options to spec the chair according to your preference, too. You can choose from various saddle seats, headrests, footrings and a vast palette of colours, as well as picking the height of pneumatic lift. Alternatively, you can splash out on the pricier semi- and fully-padded, upholstered Capisco models.

Key features – Width: 560mm; Seat height: 150mm, Gaslift 41-55cm; or 200mm, Gaslift 48.5-66cm; or 265mm, Gaslift 57-81cm; Total height: 88.5–116cm; Warranty: 10 yrs

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4. Habitat Milton: Best budget ergonomic office chair

Price: £120 | Buy now from Argos

As we mentioned in our buying guide, the more you’re willing to spend on an office chair, the better its credentials will be. As such, dipping far below the £100 mark isn’t always the best decision if you’re after an ergonomic office chair.

But that’s not to say the Milton Mesh Ergonomic Office Chair by Habitat is a bad buy. Sure, it’s not kitted out with loads of fancy features like some pricier options, but you do get adjustable armrests, height, tilt and even a headrest. Plus, the mesh backrest will prevent your back getting too sweaty on those warmer days. If you’re looking for a comfortable home-working experience on a budget, you could do much worse.

Key features – Width: 60cm; Height: 122.5cm; Seat height: 44.5 - 53cm; Warranty: 1yr

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5. Herman Miller Aeron: The very best ergonomic office chair (if price is no object)

Price: £1,200 | Buy now from Wellworking

If there ever was an iconic office chair, it would be the Herman Miller Aeron. Originally launched in 1994 and ‘remastered’ in 2016, it’s a chair whose reputation precedes it – largely because of its four-figure price tag.

It might be eye-wateringly expensive, but the Aeron is one of the very best office chairs we’ve tested. It’s got plenty of adjustable features from the essentials to forward tilt and full adjustable arms. Sturdily built, it’s supportive and comfortable, with a breathable mesh upholstery.

It’s inevitably going to be a budget-stretcher, but if you can afford the Aeron, it’s a fantastic office chair and a worthwhile investment.

Read our full Herman Miller Aeron review

Key features – Width: 63/66.6/68cm; Seat height: 41-57cm; Total height: 97/110/119cm; Warranty: 12yrs parts guarantee

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6. Herman Miller Sayl: A uniquely intuitive designer office chair

Price: From £499 | Buy now from Wellworking

The Sayl, designed by Yves Behar, looks a little unusual on first impressions. Its striking unframed curved backrest is inspired by suspension bridge engineering (the design of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, to be specific). Made from a rubbery mesh material, this might not look so inviting compared to upholstered alternatives, but don’t judge a book by its cover: the Sayl is very comfortable and supportive indeed.

Adjustable features include seat height, seat depth, backrest tilt (with tilt limiter, tension and forward tilt options) and height adjustable arms. Extra features, including adjustable lumbar support and fully adjustable armrests are available, though admittedly these will cost you extra. In the grand scheme of things, though, these are reasonably affordable extras. For the full range of options, check out the Create Your Own Sayl tool on Wellworking.

Read our full Herman Miller Sayl review

Key features – Width: 62cm; Seat height: 42-56cm; Total height: 86–104cm; Warranty: 12yrs

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