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The Top 4 Office Chairs

Most adults spend some part of their day in an office setting or at least sitting in front of a computer. A comfortable office chair can help increase focus by allowing employees to focus on their work rather than their discomfort. An ergonomic office chair prevents long term pain and injuries. Office chairs should offer adjustable seat height so that employees of various heights can sit comfortably with their feet flat on the floor. Thighs should be parallel to the ground with knees bent at a 90-degree angle.  Lumbar support is important to prevent slouching and promote overall spine health. Some chairs allow for adjusting seat depth as well as arm rests to help achieve proper posture and comfort. The chair should be comfortably padded. Mesh designs offer breathability. Swivel-ability allows users to turn comfortably to reach whatever they need without strain.  We've reviewed the top chairs for quality, ergonomics, comfort, price, adjustability, and more to determine which are best for most people. Read on for the results!

Steelcase Gesture

The Steelcase Gesture is a high end ergonomic office chair that was inspired by the way people sit for work in today's world. They boast that instead of starting with a chair design, they started with the design of the human body and how we are sitting today and developed their products from there. Steelcase found that with the advent of technology, people are now sitting at desks in a variety of nontraditional positions. Steelcase Gesture measures 39.25 to 44.25 inches high, 22.4 inches to 34.6 inches wide, and has a seat depth of 18.25 inches. The functional seat depth can be from 15.75 inches to 18.5 inches and the seat width is 20 inches. The seat height from the floor is adjustable from 16 to 21 inches.  Air pockets in the chair provide comfort and support to different users. It is available in a wide variety of colors. Overall, this chair received rave reviews. Steelcase offers a 12-year warranty on their chairs.


Herman Miller Embody Chair

The Herman Miller Embody Chair was designed by Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber with guidance from more than 20 physicians and PhDs representing fields such as physical therapy, ergonomics, and biomechanics. You will initially adjust the chair so that the back rest is aligned with your spine's natural curve. The seat itself is made out of four material levels to maintain your comfort while sitting.  This chair measures 42 to 45 inches high, with an adjustable seat height of 16 to 20.5 inches.  Depth is 29 inches and width measures 29.5 inches. Seat depth can be adjusted, as can tilt tension (the tension you feel when leaning back), arm height, and arm width. It is available in 15 different colors so you can choose one that suits your office and personal style.


Steelcase Leap Task Chair

The Steelcase Leap Task Chair is an ergonomic office chair known as Steelcase's #1 bestseller. If features adjustable lumbar support to help your body maintain a natural spinal posture while sitting at your desk. It measures 38.5 to 43.5 inches high, 21.75 to 24.75 inches deep, and 27 inches wide. The seat depth measures 15.75 inches to 18.75 inches and the seat height is 15.5 inches to 20.5 inches high. Weight limit is 400 pounds. The chair itself is actually 98% recyclable by weight and made up of 30% recycled material. It is comfortable to sit in and durable over time. You can add a 3- or 5-year accident protection plan when purchasing on Amazon. Steelcase offers a 12-year warranty on their chairs. It is available in a variety of colors.


Flash Furniture High Back Black Mesh Executive Swivel Chair

The Flash Furniture High Back Black Mesh Executive Swivel Chair is our budget pick. This chair has an adjustable height of 45.75 inches to 48.25 inches, 23-inch depth, and 27-inch width. It has a 250-pound weight capacity. A headrest provides additional support for those who need or want it. The mesh chair back ensures ventilation so that backs don't get too hot while sitting in it. The arm height is not adjustable. The base is made of heavy duty nylon to last over time.  The tilt tension can be adjusted or locked. This chair does not offer as many options to adjust as the other chairs we reviewed, but for those looking for a chair with a head rest and who are on a budget, we recommend considering this one. Otherwise, when you consider that a third of your day is likely spent in an office chair, we recommend investing in a more expensive, higher quality chair.


Bottom Line

Considering how much time most people spend sitting in an office chair each day, it is essential to choose a good one. A good office chair will provide ergonomic support so that your spine will comfortably maintain its natural curve. Adjustable backs and arms are desirable, as no two people are the same. While it is ideal to sit with good posture – feet flat on floor, knees and arms bent at ninety degrees, maintaining a natural lumbar spine curve – we realize this is not always the reality of how people sit today. That's one reason we really love the Steelcase Gesture chair. It offers a wide range of adjustments so you can feel comfortable no matter the position you take. It is expensive, but we think it is a good investment. We also love the Herman Miller Embody Chair which is also highly adjustable and comfortable. The Steelcase Leap Task Chair is not as adjustable as the higher end chairs, but it is still a good chair. Our final pick for those on a budget is the Flash Furniture High Back Executive Swivel Chair, but after reviewing the other chairs, this one falls much shorter in terms of how limited its adjustments are.

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