Best Office Chairs | 2019 Buyers Guide

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An In-depth Look At The Best Office Chairs Of 2019...

A lot of the article content we provide here at WEPC usually caters towards the gaming community, however, in this article we've decided to take a step back and write a comprehensive guide on the best office chairs available in today's market.

If you spend countless hours sitting at the computer then you really mustn't underestimate the importance of using a decent office chair. The benefits of using a proper office chair are endless and your body is really going to thank you years down the road for finally purchasing one.

There are thousands of cases each year where individuals check into the doctors struggling from back pain or joint discomfort, most of which can be traced to improper seating arrangements.

If, like many, you're in the hunt for the best office chair available this 2019 then look no further. Our team has taken the time to test, review and rank some of the best office chairs money can buy. Let's waste no further time and jump straight into what you should be looking for when purchasing a great office chair.

What to look for when buying the best office chair…

Whether it’s the latest GPU or a brand new sofa, making sure you know what to look for is critical in being able to select the best product for your specific needs. Choosing an office chair is no different and needs the same amount of consideration as anything else.

Before we get into the key areas, first you need to understand your own personal needs. The following are some questions you should be asking yourself when searching for the perfect office chair:

  • Are you looking for comfort?
  • Are you looking for a more supportive chair?
  • Do you need height adjustment?
  • Do you require a tilt-lock?
  • Do you get back pain after extended periods of usage?
  • What material is going to best suit your requirements?
  • Do you use a standing desk or a normal seated desk?

There are a tonne of questions you need to ask yourself to make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for before starting your search. There are hundreds of chairs out there, so being unprepared can make for a really stressful chair researching experience. Be prepared, and life becomes a whole lot easier.

 

Key areas to consider

For me personally, a decent office chair is a complete necessity. Finding the right one can be determined by a number of key areas. The following is a list of the areas which we consider most important when selecting a quality chair:

  • Ergonomic Design
  • Chair Functionality
  • Lumbar support
  • Build materials & quality
  • Aesthetics

Ultimately, if the chair you’re looking to potentially buy can tick off a few of these fundamental criteria’s, you’re more than likely onto a winner. However, finding a chair that houses all these qualities can sometimes be difficult and expensive meaning you have to spend endless amounts of time researching numerous different options.

This is where WEPC comes into the equation. Our team of dedicated computer enthusiasts spend their days researching and testing the best hardware offerings on the market and have focused their energy this week on the office chair.

The list below is what we consider to be the best office chairs that money can buy right now. We have tried to categorize them into specific genres so at least 1 chair will cater to everyone’s needs.

So, let’s have a look at the top chairs in today’s market.

 

How do I choose the best office chair for lower back pain?

It’s a great question and one that gets asked all too regularly. Our job is to try and educate you as a reader so you can go and make the best decision possible for your specific requirements.

One of the main reasons most people decide to look for a new office chair is lower back and joint pain. Using an insufficient office chair can lead to a whole plethora of medical problems which include back pain, joint pain, and even breathing difficult in rare cases. This is because the body is in the incorrect position and, over time, starts to feel the effects of this.

Now, a good office chair will promote solid posture, reduce aches and strains and even promote healthy breathing. But how do you select a chair with these characteristics??

Well, the easiest way is to find a chair made by a reputable manufacturer and have a look through the chairs specifications which outline exactly what the chair can offer you. However, as it’s usually difficult to truly know whether that chair is actually going to feel right for you is another matter altogether. This being said, little features like height adjustment, tilt-lock and lumbar support adjustment are all excellent additions in tweaking a chairs feel if it isn’t quite right.

If you know nothing about office chair manufacturers, the following is a list of what we believe to be some of the best operating today:

  • Herman Miller
  • Steelcase
  • Humanscale
  • Hag
  • Allsteel
  • Knoll

Now not all these chair manufacturers feature in this best of guide because they fall short in certain areas. However, if nothing in our list suits your needs, then this list would be a good starting point for your search.

 

Selecting an office chair for lumbar support and comfort

For those out there who don’t struggle with back pain, but are looking to upgrade to something more comfortable and supportive, the following are things to consider when purchasing the right office chair for you.

Make sure that the material and feel of the chair isn’t too hard. Mesh seats and backrests are notorious for being designed more towards lumbar support than comfort. If you;re looking for a healthy balance between the 2 areas then we suggest a leather (real or PU) chair with a decent amount of cushioning. Also consider the height of the backrest and whether or not the chair comes with a headrest. This is a key area as it allows your whole body to relax whilst you’re thinking or resting. Some chairs come with additional seat cushions which further improve comfort and supportiveness.

 

How to tell whether an office chair is right for my height?

This is a really important area of deciding which chair is right for you, especially if you’re really tall or short. Most chairs are built to accommodate people with heights ranging from around 5ft to over 6ft. However, if you are especially tall, or short, you’re going to want to pay particular attention to the following areas.

The sitting height is a crucial element in any tall/short person’s chair decision process. For me, being over 6foot, I like to pay particular attention to the seat height as anything too low can cause real problems when trying to achieve the optimal sitting position. For a tall person we would recommend a chair that can go over 50cm’s in height, alternatively, for short people I would recommend anywhere from 40-45cm.

Secondly, the height of the backrest is key in both of these regards as well. A taller person, naturally, will want a tall backrest which has ample head and upper back support. This being said, a shorter person would not benefit from this feature and would be better suited with a shorter backed chair.

It’s quite a subtle area of concern but one that is crucial when making sure you select the right product.

The Best Office Chairs This 2019

Now that you've had a taste of what to look for and some of the qualities a good office chair has to offer, let's see what the team has ranked as the best chairs available in today's market.

Our Pick

Herman Miller Embody Chair

For those of you that already have quite a bit of prior knowledge when it comes to office chairs, the name Herman Miller will be of no surprise. They’ve been one of the leading chair manufacturers for years and are behind some of the most iconic furniture pieces in the modern era.

With a resume like this, you know their office chairs are going to be of the highest quality.

The Embody, for us, fully embodies the phrase, world-class office chair (Mind the pun). The technology in this thing is next level and to learn how it was made only heightens my respect for the company and the chair itself.

The idea came from the late Bill Stumpf (creator of the Aeron chair) and designed by Jeff Webber and a team of up to 20 physicians and doctors who specialize in ergonomics, physiotherapy, and biomechanics.

The chair’s design is extremely intelligent, it’s been designed around the human body and has a spine and ribs which flex and bend to accommodate your current position. This, in turn, reduces the stress on key areas of your body and repositions tension to other areas more suitable to handle it.  

The build quality is utterly superb and comes with a 12year Herman Miller warranty which just shows you how confident the team is of this chair.

Unfortunately for some, this chair is going to be out of range in terms of price as it currently retails at over $1000. However, for that price, you get unrivaled levels of back and lumbar support, a good level of comfort and build quality that is going to last the test of time.

Runner Up Pick

Humanscale Freedom Office Desk Chair

The only offering from Humanscale comes in the form of the ever popular Freedom office chair. The Freedom was designed by the legend, Niels Diffrient whose main goal was to redefine the manually adjustable office chair into a product that automatically alters to the user's exact needs.

In a nutshell, the Freedom takes care of all the recline tension and tilt functionality by itself, all you have to do is lean back when you feel ready. The latest iteration of this chair comes with a self-intuitive headrest that moves to agree with the current position of your head. This effectively maximizes neck support and adds extra comfort respectively.

The chair comes in 5 different fabric colours but can also be purchased in a luxury leather finish which really adds to the high-end profile this chair already has.

The Freedom just misses out of the top spot but does offer something the Embody chair doesn't, a fully automated chair which alters it’s position to suit your needs perfectly.

Professional Pick

Herman Miller Mirra 2 Chair

If you’ve been keeping abreast of the best gaming chairs over the last 10 years then you will be fully up-to-date with the classic Mirra office chair. The Mirra 2 is a rework based upon the old classic and comes to the table with some excellent new design materials and functionality.

Studio 7.5 are the team behind the design of the 7.5 and they have been quoted saying the Mirra 2 is “Support for people who work in a constant state of motion”. That gives you a little taster of what the guys had in mind when designing this thing.

Ergonomically the chair moves to support your every need, whether you’re leaning in one direction or straining in another, the chair will alter itself to reduce strain as much as possible. The backrest has a mesh finish and the seat is cushioned meaning you have both excellent back support and decent buttock comfort at the same time. Like all Herman Miller products, they try to find a good balance between comfort and support and the Mirra 2 cracks it nicely.

Studio 7.5 decided to be the first chair designers to make use or reusable materials in a chair and that is primarily what the Mirra 2 is made of. The chair is completely reusable once it comes to the end of its lifespan but don’t wait for that to come round anytime soon. These chairs are built to last and 10years of usage is easily achievable.

Hag Capisco Puls 8010

Hag’s Capisco is one of the leading standing desk chairs available in today’s market. For us, however, there’s no competition. The Capisco has been designed with versatility in mind and allows the user to sit in several different positions with the same amount of comfort.

What that means exactly is that, whether you want to sit upright, down low and cross-legged, stool seated or even backwards, the design of this chair will be able to accommodate the highest levels of comfort.

Further to this, the newly designed Capisco comes in a fully plastic iteration which has largely reduced weight whilst still being comfortable and supportive. Speaking of support, this office chair provides excellent levels of lumbar and back support thanks to the superb ergonomic design used for this chair.

If you’re struggling with back pain and can’t find a chair that’s right for your needs, you’ve probably been looking for this one all along.

Budget Pick

Sihoo Ergonomics Office Chair

Finally, we come to our last pick. No best of guide would be complete without a budget offering and that's exactly what we get with the Sihoo Ergonomic office chair. Don’t let the price fool you though, the Sihoo comes with a load of features that other, more expensive chairs simply don't offer.

At its heart, the Sihoo office chair is a fully functional, reclining, back supporting and comfortable chair. However, thanks to some handy additional features, the Sihoo becomes so much more.

The headrest on this chair is great and offers real levels of head support especially when you pair it with the mesh backrest. The seat is comfortable but not too soft which, again, boosts its supportive values. A really nice feature of this chair is the footrest which is built in and can be adjusted to your specific needs. Had a hard day at the office? lean back and put your feet up. The great thing about this chair, as mentioned above, is that it’s our budget pick and is considerably less than other chairs in this list. At the time of writing this, it currently retails at under $250, and for me, that's an absolute bargain.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it, our comprehensive guide on the best office chairs available this 2019. We’ve tried to give you our best recommendations to save you having to go out there do the hard research. However, if nothing suits your needs, we’ve also tried to give you all the information required to go out and seek out your perfect office chair.

For me, the best of the bunch was the Herman Miller. It’s hard to compete with a company that has been at the top of its game for over 20 years. However, the Sihoo offers excellent value for money and a tonne of features.

Whichever chair you decide to go for, hopefully, we’ve given you the right information to allow you to pick the one that is right for you.

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