Best Office Chairs | 2020 Buyers Guide
An In-depth Look At The Best Office Chairs Of 2020
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 shouldn't underestimate the importance of using a decent office chair. The benefits of using a proper office chair are endless, and your body is 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 on the hunt for the best office chair available this 2020, 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.
First Look: Best Office Chairs
Herman Miller has long been a household name when it comes to quality furniture, so it's no surprise to see them at the top of this list of the best office chairs.
Just missing out on the top spot, this office chair from Humanscale comes with a wealth of support features to make sure you stay comfortable all day long.
Herman Miller makes another appearance with their Mirra 2 chair. This one comes in with a higher price tag, but a sleeker design - perfect for professionals.
From the same team that brings us the excellent SecretLabs gaming chairs, the Neue Chair Obsidian was a no-brainer to include on this list for us.
For those looking to save a few pennies without sacrificing on comfort and support, the Sihoo Ergonomics Office Chair is perfect for you. And, the built-in footrest really helps support your whole posture while you work.
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 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 standard seated desk?
There are a ton 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.
How We Choose
For me, a decent office chair is a complete necessity. Finding the right one can be determined by several 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
Ultimately, if the chair you’re looking to buy can tick off a few of these fundamental criteria, you’re more than likely onto a winner. However, finding a chair that houses all these qualities can sometimes be expensive and challenging, 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 for this guide on finding the best 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 one chair will cater to everyone’s needs.
How We Test
Testing the products we recommend is a huge part of the overall selection process in our best of guides. It's a way to make sure what we recommend is, without a doubt, the best option in its specific category.
To be sure a product is "the best," it must show excellent performance in our tests, and display better qualities and features than the competition it faces.
Most of the products we recommend here at WePC have gone through a strict testing process that involves everything from the price and performance, to build quality, efficiency, and aesthetics. Each product is pushed to the limit to see how it performs under intense stress to make sure it warrants our coveted top spot.
Doing this enables us to provide you with the most accurate review of how the product performs and, ultimately, whether it's worth your hard-earned cash.
Things To Consider
Lower Back Pain
This is 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 ineffective office chair can lead to a whole plethora of medical problems, which include back pain, joint pain, and even breathing difficulties 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 specifications of the chair, which will 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 chair's 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
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.
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 two 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 crucial area as it allows your whole body to relax while you're thinking or resting. Some chairs come with additional seat cushions, which further improve comfort and supportiveness.
This is a critical 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 exceptionally 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 6-foot, 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 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 that 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 2020
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.
Herman Miller Embody Chair
- A 12-year Herman Miller warranty
- Extremely effective lumbar support
- Superbly engineered exoskeleton which reduces muscle aches and pains
- Promotes better blood flow
- Very expensive
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 of 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 (mind the pun) the phrase, "world-class office chair." 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 12-year Herman Miller warranty, which just shows you how confident the team is when it comes to 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.
Humanscale Freedom Office Desk Chair
- Nice design which will fit most environments
- Good amount of lumbar support
- High back suitable for tall people
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 five different fabric colors 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 that alters it's's position to suit your needs perfectly.
Herman Miller Mirra 2 Chair
- Lightweight, ergonomic design
- Fantastic lumbar support
- Build quality of the highest standard
- Great functionality
If you’ve been keeping abreast of the best gaming chairs over the last ten 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 model and comes to the table with some excellent new design materials and functionality.
Studio 7.5 is the team behind the design, 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 of 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 you won't have t worry about that for some time. These chairs are built to last and 10years of usage is easily achievable.
- Supreme comfort
- Generous amount of adjustment options
- High build quality
- Premium materials
- Armrests height adjustment could be better
If you're looking for an office chair that fits in with your office design-wise while being able to provide exceptional comfort and support, the Neue Chair Osibidan may be the pick for you. A subsidiary of SecretLabs, Neue Chair, knows how to make a quality chair.
There are a variety of adjustable parts on this chair that help personalize it to your specific needs for ultimate comfort. Where this chair particularly excels is in the back and lumbar support. The mesh material on the backrest means this chair provides great support without overheating - perfect for warmer climates.
The chair also comes with something called Focus Mode. This combines the back support customization with seat adjustments to provide you with the perfect posture for staying focused while you work.
The armrests are very comfortable on this chair as well, but they are the one area we feel could be improved. You can adjust each armrest separately, which may sound like a plus, but we actually found it to be a drawback. It means it can take extra time to make sure they both line up at the same height and don't leave you sitting at a strange angle.
Sihoo Ergonomics Office Chair
- Lots of functionality and adjustability
- Promotes a healthy posture
- Very affordable
- Limited seat materials
Finally, we come to our last pick. No best of guide would be complete without a budget offering, and that's precisely 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 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.
So, there you have it, our comprehensive guide on the best office chairs available in 2020. We’ve tried to give you our best recommendations to save you having to go out there do the hard research. However, if nothing here 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 ton 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.