Chairs are a personal thing and what suits one person often won’t suit another. So we can’t pretend to recommend the ideal chair to fit your exact body type or specific needs.
But, we can promise to give you a great choice of the most comfortable office chairs that are likely to come very close to fitting you, your body and your budget.
So, let’s dive in and see what these 12 chairs have to offer, how they compare and who or what they are best suited for.
- 1 Most Comfortable Office Chairs Reviews
- 1.1 1 Space Seating Professional AirGrid Dark Back with Nylon Base Executives Chair
- 1.2 2 Eurotech Ergohuman Mesh Chair – High-Back Chair With Headrest – Copper
- 1.3 3 Herman Miller Embody Chair: Fully Adj Arms – Graphite Frame/Base – Standard Carpet Casters
- 1.4 4 Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair, Black
- 1.5 5 Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair with Lumbar Support and Rollerblade Wheels
- 1.6 6 Steelcase Gesture Chair, Blue Jay – Most Comfortable Office Chairs for Gaming
- 1.7 7 Wrigley Genuine Leather Aluminum Base High Back Executive Chair – Light Grey with Dark Grey Accent
- 1.8 8 GM Seating Ergonomic Executive Genuine Leather Chair Dreem Chair Chrome Base
- 1.9 9 Ergonomic Office Chair Desk Chair Computer Chair Task Chair for Women Adults
- 1.10 10 Ergonomic Office Chair Desk Chair Mesh Computer Chair – Most Comfortable Office Chairs for Women
- 1.11 11 Boss Office Products High Back No Tools Required LeatherPlus Chair in Black
- 1.12 12 Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-LEA-GG Mid-Back Mesh Chair – Most Comfortable Office Chairs for Musicians
- 2 Most Comfortable Office Chairs Buying Guide
- 3 So, what are the Most Comfortable Office Chairs for You
Most Comfortable Office Chairs Reviews
1 Space Seating Professional AirGrid Dark Back with Nylon Base Executives Chair
This fully adjustable chair has a pneumatic one-touch lever to adjust the seat height. It operates smoothly and easily and the shape and positioning of the lever also help to improve its easy operation.
The SPACE Seating Professional AirGrid can also be adjusted for rear tilt using the locking mechanism positioned under the seat.
Adjustability means suitability for more body types…
A couple of features that we really like about this chair, and don’t always see, are the adjustable armrests and adjustable headrest.
The armrests are well-padded with a PU kind of material and the headrest has a fabric finish.
The rear of the chair has an excellent, breathable air grid. Full marks to Space Seating for the design. It’s really comfortable and does a great job of circulating the air around your back to keep you cool. For those of you living in hotter climates, this is something that you’ll be grateful for.
Eco-leather by any other name is still…
The seat of the chair is covered with what they call eco-leather. That sounds great, but the fact is this is a little disingenuous as it’s actually got little to do with leather. The eco-leather is made up of 20% recycled leather, 20% fabric, and 60% polyurethane. It’s basically a PU leather.
On the plus side, the chair is comparably comfortable. The seat is well-padded and the backrest is ergonomically designed with a fully functioning and easily adjustable lumbar support. Together with all the other available adjustments, this is an easy chair in which to sit and maintain a comfortable position.
- Adjustable headrest.
- Good lumbar support.
- Comfortable and breathable backrest.
- Pneumatic height adjustment is easy to use.
- Seat made from eco-leather material.
2 Eurotech Ergohuman Mesh Chair – High-Back Chair With Headrest – Copper
A lot of office chairs come in very limited color choices. In fact, more often than not you’ll get a choice of just brown or black. It’s, therefore, both refreshing and pleasing to see a company offer such a wide range of color options.
The chair we’re looking at here is in copper and we think it looks fantastic. However, if your office décor happens to clash with this rather fetching copper, you’ve got another six colors to choose from! There’s even a black one for you traditionalists, though interestingly no brown.
Easy to clean is a win…
The lovely looking copper material is made from a high-quality breathable mesh that’s sure to keep you cool. The seat is also covered in the same material but over a padded base. What’s equally appealing to having breathable qualities, is that this material is also easily cleaned and wiped down.
The chair has plenty of adjustabilities to get you into the right position. You can adjust the seat height, seat angle, armrests, back angle, back height, tilt angle, tilt tension, tilt lock as well as seat depth. The only adjustment that it doesn’t have is for the headrest. Not a deal-breaker for most of us, but worth mentioning.
Definitely going to become family…
The back support and degree of support from the seat are excellent. It’s really well-built, as you’d expect from a relatively expensive chair, and has the look and feel of something that will be around for a long time.
Additionally, this chair has some good eco-credentials as 97% of the chair is made from recyclable components. This is something we back fully in this day and age.
- Fully breathable mesh fabric on all surfaces.
- Excellent build quality and materials.
- High level of adjustability.
- Made from mainly recyclable components.
- The headrest cannot be adjusted.
- Relatively expensive.
3 Herman Miller Embody Chair: Fully Adj Arms – Graphite Frame/Base – Standard Carpet Casters
We thought that the Eurotech office chair had a good selection of colors until we took a look at what Herman has to offer with their Herman Miller Embody Chair range. They give you no less than 16 colors to choose from!
Some of the colors have funky names like Iris Rythmn or Blue Moon Balance. We’d have quite liked to have seen one of these up close and personal but we’ve got black to review. Oh well! And just for interest, Herman has also given up on brown.
Built from the ground up…
As with all Herman office chairs, this is a well-built chair that uses only the highest quality materials.
It has strong ergonomic features built-in from the ground up. The Embody has been designed in conjunction with physicians and physical therapists and is guaranteed to give your body the very best levels of back and lumbar support.
The back of the chair is contoured to mimic the shape of your spine and the BackFit system also allows you to adjust the back of the chair to better align with your own spine’s natural curve and posture.
Even better, the backrest and seat will automatically move and conform to compensate for small micro-movements as you shift your position in the chair. These fine alterations are what helps to better distribute your body’s weight in the chair. In turn, this reduces the pressure on your rear and on your back as well as assisting with better all-round circulation.
The highest standards of comfort…
The Embody, of course, also has all the usual adjustments to get you into the very best seated position. But it also has features that you wouldn’t normally expect to find on a standard office chair. These include extendable and adjustable leg support for all leg lengths, plus it has armrests that can be easily angeled away, for your maximum comfort.
Whichever way you look at it, the Herman Miller Embody Chair is made to provide you with the highest standards of comfort, design and build quality. They have done everything to achieve the very best in office chair excellence.
This is an outstanding chair and one of the most comfortable office chairs we’ve reviewed.
- Well thought out and ergonomically designed chair.
- Superb back, lumbar and body support.
- Very well-built quality chair.
- Great choice of colors.
- It’s very expensive.
4 Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair, Black
Here’s a chair that is altogether more affordable.
The Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair is a lot less expensive than the Hellman chair but still offers a good level of basic comfort and back support. Furthermore, it almost has as many colors to offer as the Hellman range, with 15 color variants to the Hellman’s 16.
We like modern variants on common colors…
We really approve of the 15 color choices and there are some great modern variants. The Buzz2 Cyan Fabric and Cogent Connect Nickel are our favorites. Two very pleasant color variants with great names to match. But what about brown? There’s still no brown office chairs on offer here. Come on guys, what’s wrong with brown?
The Steel Case Leap Fabric Chair has some nicely integrated ergonomic features for improving your comfort. It has a seat depth paddle adjuster to adjust the seat according to your leg length. This helps to reduce pressure behind your knees and better support your legs and lower back.
A flexible seat edge? Even better…
Something we don’t often see on an office chair is a flexible seat edge that moves as you shift around in your seat. It works to reduce the pressure that can build up on the back of your thighs and it does all of this automatically.
The Steel Case Leap Fabric office chair has a seat back that mimics the shape of your spine too. It also changes its shape as you move around to keep you comfortable. Additionally, the chair has an easily adjustable lumbar support to keep your back in the best possible condition.
The chair has plenty of other adjustments, including armrest, but there is no headrest on this model.
- Can be adjusted according to leg length.
- Has a flexible seat edge.
- Excellent lumbar support.
- Great choice of colors.
- No headrest.
5 Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair with Lumbar Support and Rollerblade Wheels
This is a well-made and affordable office chair.
There are a few interesting design features that we particularly like., starting with the use of single rollerblade castors. An interesting departure from what we’d typically expect, it turns out these work every bit as well as traditional castors and we think they look way cooler too.
Secondly, we also think that the chromed swivel-based legs go well together with the castors and overall design of the chair. It’s nice to see a swivel-base in something other than black too.
Adjustable headrests put it a head above the rest…
Finally, it has one of the best adjustable headrests we’ve ever seen. We like it because it can be taken off and the aesthetics of the chair are in no way compromised. Also, when the headrest is still attached, it doesn’t overwhelm the chair as sometimes is the case. We recommend putting it but right down though.
Up down, in and out…
The chair is made from a breathable mesh fabric and has a well-cushioned seat for maximum comfort. The rear of the seat is well-supported and has an easily adjustable lumbar support. To get into a good seated position you have plenty of adjustabilities, including being able to move the armrests up and down and in and out.
This is a chair that gives you good support without breaking the bank and we like the fact that it’s done a few things differently and has not been afraid to go its own way.
It’s a shame it only comes in black.
- Cool-looking castors.
- Well-designed adjustable headrest.
- Good lumbar support.
- Not adjustable for leg length.
- Only comes in black.
6 Steelcase Gesture Chair, Blue Jay – Most Comfortable Office Chairs for Gaming
We’re absolutely stunned with the choice of colors with this one. No less than 45!
Purely on appearance, this looks like a standard, though stylish-looking, office chair. It’s all very understated, but under the clean lines is a chair that couldn’t be more different from what you’ll ever see in most offices.
This is a chair that has been designed from the ground up. It’s a chair that has been designed to reflect the changing nature of the workplace.
Increasing flexibility in the way we work…
When studying the interface between modern technologies and office workers they found no fewer than 9 new postures that were regularly adopted when sitting. These new postures reflect how people now use tablets and phones in a much more casual manner as part of a working office environment. People have become increasingly more flexible in the way they work and frequently no longer sit in the same posture all day facing a computer screen.
To reflect the change in work patterns Steelcase has designed a chair that can adapt to your posture.
The 3D LiveBack, at the rear of the chair, automatically adjusts when you move to mimic your natural spine movements. Further, it will closely contour to your back in a notably wide range of postures.
Adjustable to anyone…
Though there are high-end office chairs that have a similar design none are able to adjust to such a broad range of postures. Through the movement in the back of the chair, and its seat and arms, the Steelcase can effectively adapt its shape to synchronize with your unique, chosen way of working.
The Steelcase Gesture Chair has won the coveted Neon Gold award design and we can see why. This is no ordinary chair and really does take chair design to the whole new level.
We still can’t get a brown one though.
- Highly adjustable.
- Automatically adapts to your shifting posture.
- Excellent back and body support.
- Staggering choice of colors.
- It’s expensive.
7 Wrigley Genuine Leather Aluminum Base High Back Executive Chair – Light Grey with Dark Grey Accent
This is a very traditional, though stylishly designed, office chair.
One thing that immediately differentiates it from any of the other chairs we’ve reviewed is that it has genuine leather on the front of the chair and on the seat. The truth is that a mesh style material would be more breathable, but real leather is a far superior material to any eco-leather, leatherette, or whatever other made-up name is popular at the time.
The pros of genuine leather…
Leather is more breathable than artificial substitutes so it will be more comfortable to sit in over extended periods. Leather won’t peel or degrade or crack in the same way as PU or artificial leather. Artificial leather can, and often will look terrible in a very short space of time. But leather lasts.
The fact is that although the Wrigley Genuine Leather Aluminum Base chair is more expensive than a lot of similar chairs, because of the use of real leather, we would still choose the Wrigley chair every time over the alternatives.
A fair compromise…
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that the back of the chair is coated in leatherette. We’d have liked to see this also in genuine leather, but since the rear of the chair faces almost no wear, it’s a fair compromise and should hold up as well as the rest of the chair.
Moving onto style, we like the free-floating metal armrests and the aluminum swivel base, it adds a cool factor to the chair. Sadly, a couple of negatives for the armrests are that they are in no way adjustable and the brushed aluminum is a bit slippery so it can be a bit uncomfortable.
On a more positive note, the chair has some good basic adjustability to get you into a great position. The seat is well-padded and feels super comfortable. There’s also appropriate lumbar support, though, like the armrest, it’s not adjustable.
Despite the lack of some adjustability you might find on more contemporary office chairs, there’s still no doubt that this is a comfortable and hard-wearing chair. What’s more, it’s a chair that’s likely to be around for a long, long time.
It comes in brown too!
- Made of genuine leather.
- Super-comfortable seat.
- Looks stylish.
- More expensive than a non-leather alternative.
- Lacks the level of adjustability found on more contemporary office chairs.
8 GM Seating Ergonomic Executive Genuine Leather Chair Dreem Chair Chrome Base
As soon as we see ergonomic linked with the word ‘chair’ we know what to expect. Or at least what we should expect. The most comfortable office chairs generally have the ergonomic tag and offer masses of adjustability. We expect the GM office chair to be no different.
So let’s dig a little deeper and see just how ergonomic the GM office chair really is.
This seat certainly seems to have ticked all the boxes. It has adjustable lumbar support, headrest, height, tilt angle, tilt lock, tilt tension, armrests, and seat depth.
That all looks good…
If we look more carefully at the headrest and the armrests we can see that these are also adjustable in more than one direction. The headrest can be moved in and out as well as up and down, a feature commonly lacking on even the most comfortable office chairs. Additionally, the armrests can be angled and moved backward or forwards, not just up or down.
That all looks good too…
The chair also has a well-designed seat and back to give you maximum support. The seat is well-padded and comfortable and the rear of the seat has built-in lumbar support.
We don’t think there’s any doubt that this can rightly call itself an ergonomic office chair. Plus, we think it’s fair to say that the chair is also very stylish. We love the sleek lines and we particularly like the calfskin chair we’re reviewing here.
Fabric mesh alternatives for non-lovers of leather…
The calfskin chair feels silky smooth and nice to the touch but we understand, for a variety of reasons, not everyone one would want a leather-covered chair. If this is the case, they do have a fabric mesh alternative.
If you do decide on a fabric mesh GM office chair, it will have the advantages of being more breathable and also being less expensive.
- Well-designed ergonomic chair.
- All the adjustments you could need for an office chair.
- Looks stylish.
- Five-year limited warranty.
- It’s expensive.
- Some of the controls are not intuitive.
9 Ergonomic Office Chair Desk Chair Computer Chair Task Chair for Women Adults
Where to begin?
Let’s start with the very first word in their product description, ‘Ergonomic’.
We disagree. We don’t think it is. We’re not saying that this is a bad chair but we certainly don’t think it can be described as ergonomic. Compared to the GM chair we reviewed or the Steelcase or the Hellman chair, this is nowhere near an ergonomic office chair.
So what is it exactly and why isn’t it ergonomic?
The bottom line is that this is a traditionally made and designed budget chair with some basic levels of adjustment. The padding to the seat and the back is very good and for some people, this might be one of the most comfortable office chairs ever, but it’s not designed for every shape and size. It doesn’t have lumbar support and it’s not fully adjustable.
Only just passes the grade but passes none the less…
What you do get is the standard adjustability for height, tilt, tilt tension, tilt lock and of course you can swivel. What you don’t get is… well, everything else.
Actually, there are a couple of things we’re going to take issue with, in the product description.
They describe the chair as having a sleek, modern design. It doesn’t. We’ve already established that this is very much an old-style and relatively bulky chair. It’s most certainly neither sleek nor modern.
Can you spell false marketing…
Good people of Ergonomic Office Chair land just describe the chair for what it is. There’s nothing to be ashamed of in its looks, we have no issue with how it looks at all, only how you describe it.
The other thing we strongly take issue with is that they say that the PU leather is eye-catching and long-lasting.
Eye-catching? Maybe. Long-lasting? No…
PU leather, even the best, is not long-lasting. It has a tendency to peel and crack. This is even more so in hotter climates. If you use the chair frequently you’re not likely to get extended use from it. You’re also not going to get anywhere near the same longevity as you would with either a fabric or leather office chair.
All of these things don’t make this a bad chair but you should be aware of what you’re getting yourself into before parting with your cash. This is a basic chair that could very possibly be super comfortable for you. However, you’ll only be able to make a few adjustments if it isn’t comfortable, and it’s not likely to last more than a few years.
On the plus side, it’s not expensive, and that’s a huge plus in our book.
- Rocks those traditional looks.
- Well-padded seat.
- Easy to assemble.
- Not hard-wearing.
- Not much adjustability.
10 Ergonomic Office Chair Desk Chair Mesh Computer Chair – Most Comfortable Office Chairs for Women
Seems everyone’s on the ergonomic bandwagon these days…
Whilst this is an affordable chair, it’s a fairly basic model that will give you the absolute basics of adjustability. You’ll get adjustments for; height, tilt, tilt tension and tilt lock. You do get swivel through 360 degrees, but that’s it.
For comfort, you’re therefore mostly relying on the design of the chair and in this department, we think this chair with a very long name does very well.
Suits most people but not everyone…
To start with, the rear of the chair is well-designed to contour to the natural shape of your back. Since the rear has fabric mesh it will also move to the shape of your body, to some extent, and will be comfortable for most people.
The chair also features a middle back design that will give a reasonable level of lumbar support. Again, this will suit most people though not everyone. Unlike the more expensive chairs, in fact, in some cases very, very expensive chairs, this one doesn’t have any moveable lumbar options.
One thing we do think will help to keep you comfortable is the mesh fabric. This is always one of our first choices of materials for a chair back because it’s breathable. It’s also easy to clean, which is a decent additional benefit.
All in all, nicely designed…
The seat of the chair is well-padded and feels comfortable. There’s no ability to move it backward or forwards so if you’ve got long legs, it is unlikely to give you adequate support. Otherwise, you should be OK.
All in all, this is a nicely designed and affordable office chair. It does have its limitations, but for most people, it should be comfortable enough in most circumstances. One plus, the chair with the long name, is well enough built so likely to remain in your home or office for many years to come even if it’s not the most comfortable office chair in the world.
- Offers good support for most people.
- Simple, modern design.
- Limited adjustability.
11 Boss Office Products High Back No Tools Required LeatherPlus Chair in Black
This is another traditionally designed chair that you can buy for your home office and pretend that you’re a CEO. If you have a white cat you could bring that along and pretend you’re a villain too if it so pleases you.
But seriously, there is nothing wrong with these kinds of office chairs. They look kind of retro-cool and will be perfectly comfortable for a great majority of people. What’s more, they’ll do all of this without breaking the bank.
However, like similar chairs we’ve reviewed and, in fact, a lot like the previous chair, the Boss Office chair does fall down on exactly how you’re able to adjust it to fit your body type, posture, and position.
This chair is no Hellman but then again it’s not pretending to be…
What you get, for not a lot of money, is a solidly built chair that is well-padded on the seat and seatback. The seat is reasonably long so it should be fine except for people with very long legs. If that’s you then you should think about buying the seat slider version.
Like the seat, the back of the chair is well-padded and offers some good support. The lumbar support, though not adjustable, is also very good.
With its waterfall design for both the arms and the seat, it will work for most of you.
The adjustability you do get is just for height, tilt, tilt tension and tilt lock. If you’re cool with this minimal amount of adjustments then this is essentially a pretty good chair.
Better for infrequent use…
If this is a chair that you don’t intend to use too much the LeatherPlus should hold up reasonably well. However, we have to warn you that, like most synthetic leathers, LeatherPlus can be prone to both peeling and cracking after just a few years if you use the chair frequently.
If you’re likely to use your office chair frequently and for extended periods we’d recommend a mesh or some kind of fabric design. If you intend to use the chair to menacingly stroke your cat for a few hours a week then you should go for it.
- Well-padded on the seat and seatback.
- Comfortable waterfall designed seat.
- LetherPlus covering will peel and crack with heavy use.
- Very few adjustment options.
12 Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-LEA-GG Mid-Back Mesh Chair – Most Comfortable Office Chairs for Musicians
Flash Furniture describes their chair as having a leather seat in the main title and product description. However, they then go on to qualify this by describing the seat as being Leather Soft. Leather Soft is a combination of PU and reclaimed leather. Synthetic leather if you prefer.
This is confusing…
They then state that Leather Soft is used as a choice to add softness and durability. It might add some softness in the short term but it will 100% not add to the durability.
This is plain wrong…
We’ve made it clear that we have no problem with synthetic leather. What we have a problem with are companies that try to hide that they’re using synthetic leather or try to make false claims for the properties of said synthetic leather.
Sadly, Flash furniture has done both.
So, is there any good news…
Well, yes there is. This is actually a really good and well-priced chair. In fact, we like it a lot.
It’s well-designed with a comfortable and breathable mesh back. The back and lumbar support are more than good enough for prolonged periods of sitting.
The seat is also nicely padded and shaped, with a waterfall end to the seat, so it should suit most people. As this is a budget chair, there’s no forward seat adjustment so people with longer legs may not get as much leg support as they’d wish.
Musicians will dig it…
A real plus for this chair is that it has arms that can be folded up and out of the way. This feature’s not often seen at this kind of price but can be very useful. For anyone who maybe plays a musical instrument such as a guitar or the keyboards, the Flash Furniture chair would be an excellent choice to double up as a studio chair.
Essentially, the chair has plenty of flexibility and comfort on offer and is great value for money.
- Breathable mesh back.
- Lumbar support.
- Armrests can be folded away.
- Leather Soft is not durable.
Most Comfortable Office Chairs Buying Guide
The comfort of the chair, other than its adjustability will very often come down to the chair’s design. The best chairs will have integrated support for the legs, lumbar area, back, and spine. The best quality office chairs have the ability to conform and change to your body contours as you shift and move around.
The amount of adjustability a chair has will also have equal importance to the level of ergonomic design.
So, let’s take a look at what adjustability is.
The more adjustable an office chair, the better. All the office chairs we’ve reviewed can be adjusted for height, tilt, tilt tension and tilt lock. However, the most comfortable office chairs offer more. So, let’s briefly look at a few options that might make your sitting experience a little more pleasant.
The best-designed chairs will have armrests that can be adjusted for height, angle, and tilt. Armrests that can either be folded away or removed completely are useful and often desirable.
An office chair with moveable lumbar support is liable to be suitable for every size and body shape. However, though built-in, fixed lumbar supports can be highly effective, they are not a good solution for some and can cause added discomfort for others.
If the chair has a headrest, it’s best to have one that can be moved backward and forward rather than just up or down. Some people find that a fixed headrest can push their heads too far forward and be more of a hindrance than a help.
Other than the basic functions, a forward sliding seat is a great option as this will ensure the backs of your legs are properly supported. This is particularly important for taller people who often don’t have sufficient support for their legs.
Fabric is the hardest wearing of the three common material options. It can also be the most comfortable as a chair with a good quality fabric mesh can help to circulate the air and keep you cool. If you are using the chair for prolonged periods, a fabric-covered office chair would be our first choice for most comfortable office chairs.
Leather undoubtedly looks cool and it gives you a degree of breathability, though not to the same extent as fabric. In the right circumstances, a leather chair can outlast a fabric one but this will be very much down to the quality and thickness of the leather.
Synthetic leathers have their place as a good choice to cover your office chair. There’s no doubt that one of the big pluses of using synthetic leather is its affordability. However, whilst synthetic leathers are inexpensive and might look smart, they don’t last as long as either fabric or leather, and they have almost no breathable qualities.
Suitable for infrequent use…
One of the biggest problems with synthetic leathers is that they quickly peel and crack. Because of this, we recommend using a chair coated with synthetic leather only when it is intended for lighter use. If you’re only using your chair for a few hours a week, then it should last and look fine for a good few years.
So, what are the Most Comfortable Office Chairs for You
We’ve reviewed a diverse bunch of chairs and trust there was one perfectly suitable for you.
Looking back at all 10 chairs, there was one that we thought truly worthy as our top pick. The…
…stood out as offering something new and unique in the most comfortable office chairs design criteria.
It’s a chair that not only has an attractive array of adjustability options but has also been made with modern working practices in mind. It’s a chair that can conform to your body and be adjusted to newly identified work patterns and postures.
This is a chair that is unique from anything else we’ve seen or reviewed.
A worthy winner of number one for most comfortable office chairs.