We looked at the top rated office chairs from major retailers and have picked the best chairs in three categories and at three price points. And, as with most of our recommendations, we not only recommend the product but we use them every day in our office. That’s nine of the best office chairs on the market. Sit back and relax – making the right call will be easy.
There are three main types of office chairs on the market: task chairs, mid-back chairs, and executive office chairs. Task chairs are small, simple and often armless. Mid-back chairs are larger, have arms, and offer more back support. Executive chairs are the highest quality and provide full back support.
Executive Office Chair
Mid-Back Office Chair
Task Office Chair
The best office chair manufacturers will typically have products that hit one of three price ranges: Budget; Professional; and Premium. Budget is a product for those people looking to meet their office furniture needs as affordably as possible. Professional is a product that is a noticeably sturdier, higher quality product than Budget. Premium is not only the best available product but it also comes loaded with all the extras and add-ons.
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Best Executive Office Chairs of 2016
Best Executive Office Chair
Amazon Stars (out of five)
Best Executive Office Chair – Budget Option:
Lorell Executive High-Back Chair
At the Budget price point, our pick for the Executive Office Chair is the Lorell Executive High-Back Chair. Its mesh back keeps thing breathable and the height adjustable lumbar support gives your lower back the support you need. Note: this chair has a 250 lb weight capacity. Almost 80% Amazon reviewers gave this chair 4 stars or better with many says that is was comfortable, easy to assemble, and a total bargain.
Best Executive Office Chair – Professional Option:
WorkPro Commercial Mesh Executive Chair
The WorkPro Commercial Mesh office chair gives you the comfort and innovation of a Premium at less than half price of our Premium recommendation. With a suspended mesh back and adjustable lumbar support for the lower back, this chair can be sat in for 8 hours or more per day. Of the nearly 40 reviews on Amazon, not a single user reported any broken parts or hardware issues. Plus, Amazon reviewers who likes this product ranged from a 5’4’’ woman to 6’4”, 250lbs man.
Like most office chairs, the WorkPro requires some assembly. Users found this manageable, however, saying it took about 10 to 30 minutes to put together. The other downside is that it’s frequently out of stock. If you wait a day or two, however, there should be more available.
Best Executive Office Chair – Premium Options:
The Steelcase Leap is not only a fantastic chair, but it requires no assembly and comes with a 12-year warranty. The backrest, which comes in a single piece, conforms to your back as you change posture. Using controls on the chair, you can adjust the seat depth & height, lumbar, recline support, lower back firmness and arm position.
The Steelcase Leap the most expensive Executive chair we reviewed but very few Amazon reviewers are complaining. Infact, over 81% of reviewers gave the chair 4 stars or better.
Best Mid-Back Office Chairs of 2016
Best Mid-Back Office Chair
Amazon Stars (out of five)
Best Mid-Back Office Chair – Budget Option:
AmazonBasics Mid-Back Chair
The AmazonBasics Mid-Back Chair is a great option for a Budget chair. Reviews are almost all positive. The adjustments are pretty basic: you can raise and lower the seat and adjust the tilt, but that’s it. The chair has a 225 lb weight capacity and comes with a limited 1-year warranty. Most of the Amazon reviewers seem to suggest this chair would be best for an office worker who is in an out of their chair all day as opposed to parked in the chair for a full 8 hours.
Best Mid-Back Office Chair – Professional Option:
Alera Elusion Mid-Back Multifunction
The Alera Elusion Mid-Back Multifunction is one of the sturdiest and most highly-adjustable ergonomic chairs for the price. Just about everything is adjustable, including the chair height, chair tilt, back height, and back angle. The fit of this chair can be personalized to fit the needs of your back and legs.
Of the almost 360 reviews on Amazon, I only found a couple complaints of parts breaking over time, which is better than all the other mid-back chairs at this price level (and even some more expensive ones, too.) The few negative reviews mostly pertained to assembly. Some said it was a quick 10-minute job , while others said it took an hour or longer and/or required screws of their own to complete.
Best Mid-Back Office Chair – Premium Option:
Herman Miller Aeron
The Aeron by Herman Miller is considered by most to be the cadillac of the office chair world. Highly innovative, the chair utilizes a woven suspension membrane that eliminates pressure points by distributing weight evenly. The seat has a “waterfall” edge which takes the pressure off the back of your thighs. Plus, the chair comes with a 12-year warranty. Amazon reviewers gave this the highest rating of our mid-back office chairs at 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Best Task Office Chairs of 2016
Best Task Office Chair
Amazon Stars (out of five)
Best Task Office Chair – Budget Option:
Boss Task Seat
The Boss Task Seat is a good Budget option. With a relatively small seat and backrest, this chair is perfect for cramped spaces. Many Amazon reviewers said they liked this chair because it was able to be slid under a desk if needed. Amazon reviewers also noted how easily this chair is assembled. While most reviewers said that they were pleasantly surprised by how well this chair holds up given it’s price, others noted that height-adjustment mechanism is not as strong and occasionally fails. Still, it has maintained a 4.2 out of 5 stars after over 200 reviews.
Best Task Office Chair – Professional Option:
Basyx by Hon HVL210
The HVL210 gives you the most comfort and versatility for the price. The chair has features usually not seen in task chairs, like center-tilt control and adjustable tension. The seat and back are both contoured and have comfortable double layered cushions. While some assembly is required the majority of Amazon reviewers say it is easy to put together. Also, Amazon reviewers give the HVL210 4.3 stars out of 5 with over 560 reviewers contributing.
Best Task Office Chair – Premium Option:
Safco Vue Intensive Use Mesh Task Chair
The biggest difference between the Safco Vue and the other task chairs we reviewed is it’s durability. While it seemed many people view the task chair as something temporary or a backup chair, the Safco Vue is ready to be your primary chair. And with a 500 lb weight capacity it can handle heavy, regular use. It also has ergonomic shaping and breathable mesh to keep you cool. Additionally the chair has tilt adjust (with tension and lock) and back height adjustment.
How to Choose Between Task, Mid-Back and Executive?
The type of chair that will best suit your needs usually depends on these factors:
- Length of use: Do you just need a chair for an 8+ hour work day, or will you use it only for a few hours in the evening? Generally, task chairs are not intended to be used for more than 4 hours at a time. Executive chairs and ergonomic mid-back chairs, on the other hand, can keep you comfortable for 6-8 hours or even longer.
- Work environment: Do you generally sit stationary at a computer and keyboard, or do you move around a lot at your desk? If you work a lot with your hands, for example, then you probably want a chair without armrests since these could get in your way. If you sit in the same position for many hours, then consider a full-back executive chair with lumbar (lower back) support.
- Space restrictions: Mid-back and executive chairs can be heavy, wide and tall. If you work in a cubicle, you may be pushing your luck with some of the larger models. Task chairs, on the other hand, are compact and easy to fit in tight spaces.
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Best Office Chair – The Bottom Line
To give you our recommendations of the best office chairs for small businesses, we looked at 3 main factors: Is the price competitive? Will it stay comfortable during long work days? And lastly, will it stand up to regular use? For the Hon HVL210, Alera Elusion Mid-Back Multifunction and WorkPro Commercial Mesh, based on our research of user reviews and first-hand experience, the answer to all 3 questions is yes.