What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics in layman’s terms is the study of people in a given environment, or how easy and comfortable it is to use the products and tools in the environment.
What this means for you as a consumer is that the tools you use every day in the office or work environment are going to be made more efficiently.
Everything from your office mouse and your keyboard to the chair you are sitting on will be designed to function well without causing unnecessary strain on your body.
As more and more jobs are moving to marketing on the internet that means even more of us are sitting behind a computer daily for work.
Not just daily, but for extended hours. That much sitting, internet surfing and computer work is going to cause strain on your body that you are going to feel—and even when you don’t feel it, your muscles and bones are taking the long term toll of constant repetitive use.
Ergonomics takes your overall health and wellbeing into consideration and brings you better designed equipment that is created with people in mind. Products that are suited to help your body relax so that you can use them in a more natural way. What do we mean more naturally?
We mean positioning your hands, legs, arms, and body in more natural ways.
Not forcing you to sit rigidly or press your body flat to match the chair but rather the chair being molded to move with the grooves of your body. While these chairs may seem to be a bit more pricey, they are worth the investment in your comfort and overall long-term health.
If you are the owner of a large company, this is an investment in your employees and a way to take care of the employee to boost their quality of work environment which will increase their work ethic and positive mood.
Considerations for Our Top Ten List
Support and Comfort
Naturally one of the most important factors to consider when deciding on a chair is the support and comfort of it.
You can buy any old chair for a cheap price, but because this chair is an investment you want it to be worth the money. Make sure that the chair has good back support, specifically the lumbar region.
Test the chair to make sure you can adjust it comfortably. We ranked the most supportive, comfortable chairs first because that is the entire reason for seeking out an ergonomic chair.
We know you are searching for a chair to help you hold up for the entire eight hours or more that you will be at the desk putting in the hard hours of work.
While already mentioned that the chairs are going to be a bit more than a standard office chair, that doesn’t mean that you need to shell out all of your cash.
Be prepared that you will truly be investing in your health by choosing a supportive chair. We searched for the most affordable, yet still good quality chairs to make your everyday work life much more enjoyable.
This chair, like many tools for the office needs to be lasting.
If you will be purchasing a chair for anywhere from one hundred to a couple hundred dollars, it needs to be an item you do not have to replace regularly. Chairs on our list need to be able to handle the everyday wear and tear as well as stand up to being moved around from one room to another.
You do not want the fabric or the padding to wear down easily, because you will be left with a bare, hard chair. While it is expected that the padding will wear down with constant use, it should not happen very quickly.
The chairs themselves are set up to create a better quality work life and environment for you so they come with a lot of features already installed, but there are added features to some chairs that boost your quality of comfort. Features like added padding, lumbar support, arm and head rests provide even more support.
We looked for chairs that came with these added creature comforts so that when you decide on a chair then you know it will be one that lasting you a long time.
Top 10 Ergonomic Chairs
Flash Furniture has created a comfortable, mesh-backed chair to provide you with the added support.
Because of the mesh design, you’ll feel the coolness of air being circulated through the back. That means regardless of the number of hours you spend sitting, you can avoid the back sweat. The chair is designed in a contemporary style to match your modern office space.
Able to hold up to 250 pounds (113.4 kg) this chair was created with built in lumbar support in mind to keep the strain off of your lower back. This chair is tall and has a headrest to keep your neck supported as well.
- Great ventilation
- Lumbar support
- Easy assembly
- Armrests are not height adjustable
- Fabric of the chair is a little rough
Following the mesh design that is common with the ergonomic chairs, is going to keep you comfortable, positioned upright and the air flow circulating. You will be keeping cool all day regardless of the pressure in the office or the heat. The sponge cushion seat will allow you to stay seated for hours on end.
The chair is very adjustable to help you keep good posture and to find the most comfortable seated position that you can.
The chair comes with a headrest to allow your neck to take a break. The arm rests also allow for you to recline, relax and enjoy the day. You can recline back in this chair 110 degrees to allow for stretching and easy movement.
- Affordable price
- Fully adjustable
- Comfortable sponge seat
- Sturdy and durable chair
- Does not tilt backwards
- If armrests are not properly attached they will be more in the way than actually helpful
This is an extremely durable, long lasting chair is made with a metal base. Not only is the chair ergonomic, and built for support, it is made with memory foam to form to fit your body.
The memory foam covers the underlayer of padding so you are getting twice the protection.
There is also a lumbar pillow that comes with the chair as a bonus feature for back support all day.
You can adjust every part of the chair to perfectly match your height and comfort and the adjustments are easy to make.
The chair is designed extra large to hold up to 400 pounds (181.4 kg). It also falls under the category of a gaming chair as well as an office chair because it is designed for long use throughout the day in a relaxed environment.
- Extremely durable
- Added lumbar support
- High weight capacity
- Difficult to assemble
- Very high
From Amazon itself, this ergonomic chair comes to you not just supportive but in style as well. The black leather upholstered chair is going to hold up regardless of how long and how often you use it.
The chair can hold up to 250 pounds (113.4 kg), and rotates 360 degrees.
This gives you full range use of the chair in your office. The wheeled chair will mobilize you in your office space to allow you to get all of the things that you need, without leaving your seat.
- Good weight capacity
- Made out of leather
- Provides mobility
This is an easily adjustable chair that allows you to modify your head rest, and even angle it. You can change the lumbar support height and depth, the armrest height and distance can be changed as well as the seat position height and the backrest tilt.
All of these things can be adjusted as regularly as needed to fit your every day comfort. The chair is easy to install and is made out of mesh to give you a breathable experience. It is made to be durable and while providing all day support.
- Easy assembly
- Adjust anything and everything
- Sturdy base
- Armrests are not so sturdy
- Chair padding wears more quickly than others
This chair runs cheaper than some of the others but does not lack in anything.
The chair also is available in a wide variety of colors so that you can find the perfect tones to match your personality and your office space. There is a sturdy five star base to hold the chair and your weight.
The chair also rocks back and forth to give you flexibility to lounge back or to sit closer.
- Easy assembly
- Very affordable
- Flexibly rocks back and forth
- Extremely comfortable
- Constantly needs adjustments
- Material tears easily
A highly adjustable office chair that allows you to make adjustments to each part of the chair to match your height and seating preferences.
You can also specifically adjust your lumbar support to ensure that your lower back stays healthy.
The chair is customizable so that your comfort is easily managed. The mesh back provides breathability for your entire back throughout the office day.
- Durable, well constructed
- Easily assembled
- Highly adjustable
- Great lumbar support
- Over time part may come a little loose
- Not the highest weight capacity
This is a memory foam chair that adds an added layer of padding and support that molds to the shape of your body.
The chair will remember the contours of your back and provide the exact support that is needed. The chair is customizable and can be adjusted in every aspect to be set to your exact height requirements. The high back designed chair will provide added support to your lumbar region.
Made with bonded leather you can rest assured that this chair will not go out of style, and will be sturdy regardless of time. The strong base will help support up to 250 pounds.
- Good price
- Easily assembled
- Memory foam
- Very durable
- Not breathable
- Armrests are a little high
This sleek chair is available in three different colors to fit the design and colors of your office space.
Whether you want classic black, stunning white or neutral brown, they will all look professional and last the changing styles.
This chair is super comfortable made with durable PU leather to hold up over millions of uses for many years.
The armrests are also padded to give you added comfort. You can customize the height options on the chair. The chair is made of sturdy material so that you don’t have to worry about long term use.
- Extremely comfortable
- Very durable
- Modern style
- Height adjustable
- Leather smells
- Loose after some use
This chair is wonderfully designed with spine support, made out of mesh to give your back breathability.
The mesh is lightweight yet durable so the chair will withstand abrasions and general everyday use.
The seat adjusts and allows for 360 degree rotation.
This guarantees you will have flexibility and mobility at your desk. This specific chair also offers more weight capacity up to 285 pounds (129 kg).
- High weight capacity
Ergonomics for everyone
So you have all of the information and the top choices at the palm of your hands. It’s time to make a decision and test out the chairs yourself. Each chair on this list comes highly recommended so you do not have to worry when you place your order. With a little assembly, you’ll have the first piece of your ergonomic office started. You’ll be on your way to creating a more supportive, comfortable and healthy working environment in no time.
Hi, I'm Kealoha, an American engi-nerd. I've designed dozens of software systems for Fortune 1000 companies worldwide and institutions like MIT’s Digital Media Lab. I started to get carpal tunnel syndrome early in my career and a total
switch to ergo products has completely eliminated any pain or discomfort despite decades of crazy hours behind screens. I hope you too weave in a bit of ergo into your lives.
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