Best Ergonomic Office Chairs for 2016

The Aeron Chair from Herman Miller is ergonomically sound, but sets you back around $800. If you can afford it its still the way to go. Below I'll give you some good budget alternatives.
The Aeron Chair from Herman Miller is ergonomically sound, but sets you back around $800. If you can afford it its still the way to go. Below I'll give you some good budget alternatives.

Why Ergonomics and Your Back Are Important

As someone who sits in an office chair for 10 hours a day I know just how bad an uncomfortable chair can be. For a blogger like me or anyone who works in front of a computer as much as I do, the effects of a chair that isn't ergonomic on your long-term health can be quite serious.

For me personally this began as eye strain and back pain. Some of you might be wondering what eye strain has to do with an ergonomic office chair. Eye strain and fatigue come as a result of not being relaxed when your shoulders, head, and hands are in the incorrect position. Headaches can also come as a result of this, but have not been a problem in my own experience.

For back pain and long-term back health a chair with lumbar support is absolutely essential. Any time it comes to my health I'm willing to spend a little bit more to avoid any future hassle and medical bills.

A Close Look a the Lorell Executive Ergonomic Office Chair

I tend to sit in a slouch position each day. This particular chair has a wave in the back that helps me to sit up just a bit.
I tend to sit in a slouch position each day. This particular chair has a wave in the back that helps me to sit up just a bit.
This chair comes with 3 different levers for adjustment as well as a button on the arm rest for arm rest height adjustment.
This chair comes with 3 different levers for adjustment as well as a button on the arm rest for arm rest height adjustment.
This chair looks just about like when I bought it a year ago. This is impressive considering the wear and tear I've seen on chairs I've used in the past.
This chair looks just about like when I bought it a year ago. This is impressive considering the wear and tear I've seen on chairs I've used in the past.

An Under $200 Budget Ergonomic Office Chair

I think the fear that most have when looking into an ergonomic type of chair is that it will be too expensive. That fear is certainly justified when it comes to certain brands which can set you back well over $1,000.

For me I had a $200 budget I wanted to stick closely to. I've purchased cheap chairs that needed to be replaced in the past and didn't want that same experience so I was hoping with $200 out of the gate I could get something good, but obviously not perfect.

Mesh or Leather - Which is Right for You?

I've had leather chairs in the past and they seem to lose some level of comfort throughout the day. Mesh Chairs work particularly well for me because of how they breath and how well they wear over time. In my opinion I'd go with a leather chair if you work a half day or less on a chair or a mesh one if you work full-time in front of a computer. Either way a good mesh will tend to be more durable, from my experience, over time. In other words most of you should leave those expensive leather chairs for the conference room.

Lorell Mesh Executive Chair

What I decided on was the Lorell Executive Office Chair which had been recommended to me by a good friend of mine. I purchased the chair around a year ago and couldn't be happier with it. While it's certainly not the quality of a $1,000 Herman Miller chair, it gets closer than some of you might think.

Getting the Chair Setup:

If you're one of those people that's afraid to put things together, then this chair might not be for you as this particular model tends to come in a box. That being said you only have to really put together the seat, back, base, and wheels. This took me about 20 minutes of time.

Once its setup you'll notice that it comes with 3 different levers (shown in the picture) which allow you to adjust the back, seat, and height in many different positions in order to cater to your particular needs.

Durability and Wear

Generally I write reviews on a new product. This particular one I've had considerable experience using over the past year. Considering I'm 6'4" and about 240 pounds you would think that any chair I'd use would have a lot of wear and tear. This one has worn well over-time and honestly doesn't feel any different from the time I bought it over a year ago!

Review:

In summary if you're in the $200 price range and are average to above average height I highly recommend you check out the Lorell High-Back Chair. If you have a higher budget, then you might find a better alternative, but in this price range I doubt it.


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A Good Leather Ergonomic Office Chair to Consider

As I mentioned before it's my opinion that leather office chairs are good for people that get up and down quite a bit from their chair and don't necessarily stay there all day. If you're going to buy one, then I recommend you spend at least a $100. Here's a few budget ones that should be at the top of your list in the under $200 category.

Flash Furniture High Back Leather Chair, Black
Flash Furniture High Back Leather Chair, Black

If you're going with a faux-leather option, I really like this one.

 

Under $1,000:

Herman Miller Aeron Task Chair: Highly Adjustable w/PostureFit Lumbar Support - Fully Adjustable Vinyl Arms - Standard Carpet Casters - Graphite Frame - Carbon Classic
Herman Miller Aeron Task Chair: Highly Adjustable w/PostureFit Lumbar Support - Fully Adjustable Vinyl Arms - Standard Carpet Casters - Graphite Frame - Carbon Classic

If you've got the money, then this is the chair to have. Finding it around $800 is a good price and is not bad considering that it comes with a 12 year warranty. If you find yourself replacing chairs a lot, then it might be worth starting with something that's super comfortable and is guaranteed to last a long time.

 

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