Best Ergonomic Office Chairs for 2015 Review
Improve Your Health and Well-Being With an Ergonomic Chair
If you spend a lot of time sitting in an office chair in front of a computer like I do, then you know how essential a comfortable chair is. Part of limiting the eye strain, fatigue, and headaches that come from excessive computer use is being able to sit at the proper height and relax your shoulders while you are typing.
As a full-time blogger I've had quite a bit of experience with various types of office chairs. Some have been good, others horrible, and many which I thought were high-end weren't as durable as I'd hoped for. In this post I'll review various types of heavy-duty ergonomic office chairs including high-back, executive, leather, and mesh.
Best Value Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair 2015
Lorell Mesh Executive High-Back Chair
As someone who is tall (6'4"), weighs nearly 250 pounds, and sits down at a computer around 10 hours per day I need a chair that is not only comfortable, but also sturdy. I've been through many "cheap" chairs and even others that weren't cheap but lacked the durability that I needed. After doing some research on a high-end Aeron chair that retailed nearly $1,000 I spoke to a friend who highly recommended this High-back . Because of its reasonable price and my friend's recommendation I decided to take the plunge. Exec chair from Lorell
My order came in a box and required a little set up including the arms, the base and wheels, and then putting the base with the seat and the back. It took me around a half an hour. The seat comes with 3 adjustable levers which allow you to adjust the height from 17-21 inches from the floor, the back, and the middle of the base. Adjusting took me just a few minutes and then it was time to try it out.
Mesh vs. Leather Chairs for Comfort
This chair has a mesh back which is ergonomically designed to follow along with the curvature of the person's back. It is definitely one of the most comfortable chairs I've ever sat in over a long period of time. Many leather chairs start out comfortable at the beginning of the day, but since they don't breathe as well, they end up feeling hot and sticky by the end of the day. If you work full-time in front of a desk, then you should really go with a mesh back. However, if you change chairs frequently, and work casually in front of a computer, then a leather chair might be more comfortable or elegant for certain office situations.
Did you know that thousands and thousands of people search the internet for some variation of heavy-duty office chairs each month? I can only imagine that these consumers have had the same experience I have in breaking or wearing out chair after chair. Having used this chair nearly a year now I can say with a surety that this is one of the best chairs I've owned both for long-term comfort and durability.
High-Back / Executive
If a company lists a chair as having a high-back or as an executive chair, then this generally means about the same thing. Executive chairs generally have mid to high-level backs. I was looking for a chair whose back would be even or slightly higher than my shoulders when sitting in the upright position. This chair accomplishes that.
Overall I highly recommended this Lorell Mesh Executive High-Back Chair for average to above average heights. They are classy enough for an office setting, but casual enough that they would fit in just about anywhere. Are there better mesh seats out there? Yes, but considering they cost many times this price, in my opinion this chair gives you the best bang for your buck. I've also listed some more high-end and mid-range options below.
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Best Luxury Ergonomic Office Chair for Comfort
If money isn't a concern, then I highly recommend the Aeron chair from Herman Miller. It's the most comfortable and adjustable chair I've used.
They go on sale from time to time, and if you can get one for under $800, then you've gotten just about as good of a deal as you're going to get,
These come in various sizes, but perhaps the most impressive thing about them is their 12 year warranty. If you go through chairs quickly, then over the long-run this chair could actually end up saving you money. Aeron Chairs by Herman Miller
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High-Back Leather Executive Office Chairs
Mayline Deluxe High Back Chair
If you are looking for a top of the line chair, then look no further. This chair by Mayline is one of the most comfortable and highest quality chairs I've used. This comes from the Ultimo series of chairs which deliver luxurious office seating for your backside.
The chair is made with very nice top grain cowhide leather on all surfaces. It comes with hand polished, cast aluminum arms and bases as well.
The foam is also molded for a plush feel and it features the typical pneumatic seat height adjustment that most chair offer. One feature that users love is the deluxe knee tilt mechanism with tilt lock.
This chair makes a great option for a weekend warrior or anyone who spends a moderate amount of time at their desk. It's user friendly and has nice adjustments for all kinds of heights. Although it is quite heavy at 75 pounds, once you get it installed you'll be happy you purchased such a heavy-duty chair.
Other Good Budget Ergonomic Options
An Inexpensive Eco-friendly Leather Office Chair
From Flash Furniture
When you are looking to purchase an office chair, you want one that is comfortable and able to withstand years of use. This chair is very sturdy without looking like a factory made chair. It has a spring tilt control mechanism, a tilt tension control knob, and an upright tilt lock and gas lift lever so you can get the right height no matter how tall you are. This chair works well for both office and home settings and the leather upholstery is easy to clean and will hold up for many years.
The base is made with heavy duty nylon and it comes with dual wheel casters; the arms are textured nylon and just finish the piece of nicely. Assembly is quite easy with this chair. Users should be aware that the chair is not made to tilt back very far and is only held with four screws on the back; if you prefer a chair that reclines more easily, this might not be the chair for you. It will tilt back a little but it should not be pushed too far. This chair will give you the sitting posture that you need in an office chair for sure and makes a great addition to any desk.
Overall this is an inexpensive chair that is a good value in its price range. I don't recommend it for extended use, but if you need a chair for some casual work, then this one should work well for you. This chair is also not as wide as others I've seen, so if you're heavyset or have a wide frame, then look elsewhere.
Office Star Ergonomic Wood Knee Chair
When it comes to having something unique, this chair will definitely be a conversation starter around your office. This is not the chair for everyone and is typically recommended for people who want very good spine posture. Users should be aware that because of the lack of a back on this chair that it might be tiring. But some people find this a much nicer alternative to traditional office chairs. It features a memory foam seat cushion and black seat pan. It has a beautiful mahogany finish and is designed to be a good ergonomic fit. The foam will distribute your weight quite well so you have no pain from pressure points. Assembly is a piece of cake and everything you need comes in the package. You have freedom to change the angle for more comfort which is a great convenience.
One drawback might be that it is not height adjustable and some users have felt that the wood is too soft; therefore causing it to break sooner than it should. It would not be a good chair for someone who is much over 6 feet tall as it will not have the dimensions to fit your frame adequately. If you are someone who needs to try something different due to health reasons, or just wanting a change, this would be a good choice. Be advised that if you are used to rolling around your office to get at things, this will not give you that convenience. But at least your spine is straight!
Amadeus High Back Executive Chair
This chair by Amadeus is a more affordable option than the last chair I reviewed and is a bit nicer than the lower cost ones you may come across. If you want a nice chair that will last you a long time, but you don't want to break the bank just to buy it, then this is your chair. It has a very modern design that goes with any home or office. A nice feature is the one touch pneumatic seat height adjustment. It has a breathable back and the hard surfaces are made with a neutral pewter mist finish; this gives the chair a very stylish appearance that most people find very pleasing.
I really like that the tilt mechanism on this chair is heavy duty. It seems to be one of the first things to go on mid-range chairs. Of course, you get your adjustable tilt tension, infinite tilt lock control. Some users have said that the parts can be a little stiff but once you use the chair for a little while, everything seems to work well. As mentioned earlier, it has a breathable back for more ventilation and if you need lumbar support, then this chair may be a good option for you.