Ergonomic Office Chairs Reviewed
With most of us working from home the interest in office equipment for your home has soared. The most sought after item in the last few months has been a good webcam, a laptop stand and an ergonomic office chair. More than a few days working at the kitchen table will soon have you searching for better solution for your work from home setup. The chairs below are listed in order of price and for the most part quality.
1. Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair
Considered by most to be the ultimate ergonomic office chair, Herman Miller leads the way with their unique designs, multiple adjustments and mesh seat and back.
While its iconic form has remained largely unchanged, the Aeron Chair has been remastered from the casters up. With the help of Don Chadwick, the chair’s original co-designer, we updated Aeron to incorporate more than 20 years of research on the science of sitting, as well as advancements in materials, manufacturing, and technology.
Across Aeron’s 8Z Pellicle elastomeric suspension seat and backrest, eight latitudinal zones of varying tension envelop you as you sit, delivering greater comfort and ergonomic support. The new 8Z Pellicle also allows body heat to pass through to help maintain an even and comfortable skin temperature.
This chair is not cheap and retails for over £1000 but if you want to work from home 5 days a week – this might be good investment in your back!
Available from hermanmiller.com
2. Humanscale Diffrient World Office Chair
Slightly cheaper than the Herman Miller chair the Humanscale utilises the same mesh seat and back but with less adjustments.
The Diffrient World Chair is the first attempt at an all mesh seating solution from Humanscale, while still keeping with the company’s focus on minimum adjustment and maximum support. The minimalist adjustment levels allow for ease of use and quick setup.
The Humanscale Diffrient World eliminates the need for traditional mechanisms and uses the user’s own body weight to provide automatic balanced support. This offers a recline and a better seating posture for all users, no matter what shape or size.
The mesh tri-panel backrest offers custom back and lumbar support for all sitters and better ventilation than traditional fabric office chairs.
The World Chair comes in a black frame, Pinstripe black mesh seat and backrest, adjustable Duron arms, standard gas lift and hard castors for carpets.
Retailing for just under £600 the Humanscale chair is a lot cheaper than the Herman Miller chair.
Available from back2.co.uk
3. Ergo-Tek Mesh Manager Chair
Coming down the price range a bit the Ergo-Tek chair offers a mesh back and also a headrest.
- Luxury mesh back executive chair
- Breathable contoured seat pad
- Waterfall seat front prevents eases pressure on the legs
- Multi-adjustable lumbar function
- Soft padded height adjustable armrests
- Multi-adjustable headrest
- 21 stone (136Kg) BIFMA tested gas lift
- User weight tilt tension control
- Gas seat height adjustment
- 2 year manufacturers guarantee for 8 hours per day use
- Delivered flat packed for easy self assembly or assembled for immediate use
Available for only £175 from officefurnitureonline.co.uk
4. IKEA Markus
This is the chair that I have used working at home for the last 7 years, I still have the original chair I bought and whilst the leather is wearing on the headrest a bit, the chair is still firm and supportive and I love the extra height with the headrest.
IKEA’s Markus chair has been around for a long time, and is a well-liked option for many folks who want one of the best office chairs around without having to break the bank (some of the seats out there can take a truly exacting toll on your wallet).
You don’t get much in the way of adjustments with the Markus, at least not compared to the fancier ergonomic chairs around, but this is a sturdy seat which offers a comfortable upright sitting position, with a long back and integrated headrest. Furthermore, the back is made of a mesh material to let the air through and provide better breathability, which is always good for those longer sitting sessions.
You can adjust the Markus for height, tilt, and the back can be locked in place, or it can be reclined. So there’s a decent amount of adjustability, and overall, this is a solid chair which is well-made for the money. An unexpected bonus in this price bracket is that this IKEA product comes with an impressive 10-year guarantee, and that helps the Markus claim the top spot in this list of best office chairs.
Priced from £179 and available from ikea.co.uk
5. IKEA Flintan
If you are looking for a budget office chair, the Flintan from IKEA whilst not the best ergonomic office chair you can buy will certainly provide you with more support than your kitchen chair!
Available from ikea.co.uk for only £70
Bonus Chair !
Based on a tweet from @NWMichl I have added this chair
Aeris Swopper Chair
An interesting chair which I am sure will keep you upright and spine aligned. The company call it active sitting, where you are constantly moving and bouncing up and down and side to side.
The Aeris Swopper is a non-conventional office stool that gives you complete freedom in your workplace. This stool is all about active sitting, which means that it will always keep you in motion to make sure that you change your sitting position frequently. Utilizing 3D technology, the chair lets you move in all directions, meaning you will not only keep yourself healthy even while sitting but there will be much less pressure on your spine, preventing back pain.
Just don’t fall off..
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