You might be surprised to see a furniture article that isn’t covering the best gaming chairs here on WePC.
But never let it be said we aren’t averse to changing it up here and there, in this instance, we’re looking at the best office chair of 2022.
Given the huge number of people working from home, we thought it’d be a good time to take another look at what the best office chairs available are like.
Herman Miller Aeron Chair
In-depth: The best office chairs
- Typically provides discomfort-free seating for 8 hours+
- Great longevity
- 12 years warranty if new
- Breathable mesh
- Easy to clean
- Very high value retention
- Different sizes
- Even largest size might not suit very tall people
- Lumbar support adjustability could be more flexible
- Harder plastic on sides uncomfortable for non-standard seating position
- Many adjustment features cost extra
Our top pick provides comfort, support, and a stylish look to make an all-around excellent office chair. 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.
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.
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 was 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
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.
Fully supportive and with an unassuming and subtle design, the Humanscale Freedom Office Chair is another great option for your working space.
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 on the top spot but does offer something the Embody chair doesn’t, a fully automated chair that alters its position to suit your needs perfectly.
- Supreme comfort
- Generous amount of adjustment options
- High build quality
- Premium materials
- Armrests height adjustment could be better
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.
With multiple customization options, the Neue Chair Obsidian is perfect for long workdays and people looking for extra comfort.
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.
Herman Miller Mirra 2 Chair
- Lightweight, ergonomic design
- Fantastic lumbar support
- Build quality of the highest standard
- Great functionality
For those with extra cash to spend, this second entry from Herman Miller brings a new level of professional design to the office chair world.
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.
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 designed 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.
Sihoo Ergonomics Office Chair
- Lots of functionality and adjustability
- Promotes a healthy posture
- Very affordable
Low cost but not low quality – that’s what we’re looking at with the Sihoo Ergonomics Office Chair. Perfect for those on a budget.
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.
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, which is an absolute bargain.
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Best office chair: The final word
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 from having to go out there and 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 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.