Ergonomics is the science of combining elegant design with practical comfort; Decades ago, it was discovered that repetitious physical behavior, accompanied by hours of sitting in the same position, can lead to substantial health problems over time. Those findings resulted in a totally new look at how office furniture is designed and the importance of ergonomic office chairs.
More and more offices, as well as individuals who have home offices, have found equipping work areas with ergonomic furniture leads not only to a more comfortable work area, but also more productivity.
Like any office furniture, ergonomically friendly pieces are available in all price ranges; we’ve taken a look at several from different price points.
Best Ergonomic Office Chair to Buy
Operating out of nearly a million square feet of distribution centers across the U.S., Office Star offers a full line of ergonomic furniture, work stations and chairs, like the Proline II ProGrid High Back. The Proline fits in the middle price range for ergonomic furniture.
Constructed with a higher-back, and weighing 50 pounds, the Proline is constructed from breathable material. The size of the actual seat is 20″ X 20″ and the chair features and easy reachable one button pneumatic height adjuster.
An additional multi-function control regulates the sliding seat, the leaning pitch, and adjustable tilt. The arms are height and width adjustable, and the chair has a fixed back height. Lumbar support, built in, is standard.
Best High End Ergonomic Office Chair
At the upper end of the price range, the Aeron Chair from Herman Miller offers superb comfort with ultra-light graphite construction. Michigan based Miller has been furnishing offices around the world since 1905.
The highly adjustable frame and breathable fabric means this office chair doesn’t look or act like any other product in the class segment. Made of 94% recyclable materials, the Aeron adjusts to whatever body type is planted in it, and is adjustable to all sizes, shapes and motions.
With exclusive suspension, and easy-to-use adjustment controls, “PostureFit” technology assures that you will be comfortable no matter how many hours a day you need to spend sitting at your desk. Aeron Chairs were the first to “lose the foam;” at first glance it may seem like your new chair isn’t cushioned, but upon sitting in it for the first time, you’ll feel the chair conform to your shape, providing both support and comfort with a breathable mesh.
With a design often copied, but never duplicated, the Aeron line combines natural materials with a wide choice of finish options. The Aeron Chair comes with a 12 year factory warranty on all parts and materials.
Best Swivel Tilt Office Chair to Buy
For a touch of designer panache in the mid-price range, take a look at the Alera Neratoli Mid-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair in white faux leather. With a slim profile and contemporary appearance, a “waterfall” styled back prevents unnecessary pressure regardless of the length of time you need spend in the office.
The chair will easily support 250 pounds. The 23″ wide, 45 pound chair features a five point wheeled base, offering additional stability. Arm caps are padded for additional comfort and support. Owners of Alera chairs enjoy the comfort and support, but also the styling and the appearance of being a “very expensive chair,” even though it’s not.
Best Office Chair on the Market
Further satisfaction is noted from the rugged construction, leading to a long life on the job. Also in the mid-price range category, the Office Star Space Professional Matrex Back Chair, Deluxe features a unique adjustable headrest and mesh seat. Ideal for use in either the home or office, the mesh-back Office Star chairs have a thicker than average padded seat.
The chair features adjustable height arms, and adjustable lumbar support. Easy to control pneumatic seat height controls are easily reached. The slightly heavier 61 pound chair provides great stability. It rolls easily with the built in carpet caster wheels casters for easy rolling, regardless of floor surface materials.
The back reclines at a 20 degree angle, and the width of the chair between arm rests is 20 inches. Office Star furniture is warranted to be devoid of manufacturing or material defects for twelve months.