The 9 Best Office Chairs to Keep You Comfortable and Concentrated

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If you're like us and work at a job that requires you to sit for 8 or more hours each day, you need a good office chair. Our spines just aren't meant to withstand hours of sitting, but we oftentimes work late or even eat our lunch at our desk anyway. Prolonged sitting can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or lead to neck, back, and joint pain, or spinal misalignment, among other issues.

Investing in a better office chair can help prevent these ailments. The best office chairs offer ergonomic benefits like lumbar support, adjustable designs, and breathability thanks to mesh designs. Oftentimes, these features cost a high premium that may give you a bit of sticker shock, so we made sure to keep costs to a minimum and provide plenty of budget-friendly options. Shop our picks and give your office and your back the upgrade you deserve.

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Space Seating
SPACE Seating Professional Dark AirGrid Managers Office Chair
$158.99

Best Overall

Although it would be nice to buy an expensive office chair that costs just as much as your computer, sometimes splurging just isn't practical. 

The AirGrid is a comfortable and supportive pick that's great for those who spend several hours a day at a desk. Its breathable mesh backing keeps things cool, and it has built-in lumbar support and offers adjustable arms for a custom fit. The chair comes in two variants — a more affordable model with a mesh seat, and another with a leatherette seat.

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AmazonBasics
AmazonBasics Mid-Back Office Chair
$64.99

Best Budget Buy

For the freelancer on a budget, we recommend this affordable office chair from Amazon. While it isn't the most comfortable, it's adjustable, easy to assemble, and costs less than $100. The faux-leather chair offers a softer, more plush feel compared to higher-priced mesh offerings. It glides easily across the floor, and it offers padded arms for comfortable typing. 

If leather isn't your thing, or if you run hot, Amazon sells a similar model with a mesh back that offers more airflow to keep you cool.

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Herman Miller
Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair
$921.11

Best Splurge

If you have deep pockets and want one of the most iconic chairs money can buy, you can't go wrong with the Herman Miller Aeron. It's an extremely customizable pick that's not only comfortable, but also offers excellent ergonomics. It features a breathable mesh design, and it promotes good posture. Plus, it's backed by a 12-year warranty.

Related: The Best Ergonomic Keyboards to Complement Your New Chair

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Flash Furniture
Flash Furniture High Back Black Mesh Executive Swivel Office Chair
$88.99

Best Ergonomic Chair

An ergonomic chair can do wonders for a bad back. This one appropriately supports your body for long sitting sessions and helps prevent pain. It sports a high-back design that promotes better blood flow and encourages better posture. 

The chair is equipped with built-in lumbar support, and it features an adjustable headrest to keep your head supported, too. We were a big fan of its flip-up arms that allow you to have an "armless" chair, without the stress of removing them. 

If you're looking for a budget-friendly ergonomic offering for your "broken back" that won't break the bank, you can't go wrong with this one.

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BestOffice Executive Chair
BestOffice
BestOffice Ergonomic High Back Leather Office Chair

$84.99 SHOP NOW

Best Executive Chair

Another affordable offering, this executive-style chair from BestOffice provides stellar comfort, padded armrests, and an easy installation. The chair has a 250-pound weight limit and swivels effortlessly. It even reclines!

Our only complaint is that this chair lacks proper lumbar support, and it's made from faux leather, but at $80, its price is hard to beat! You have the choice of black, brown, and white leatherette.

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Herman Miller
Herman Miller Sayl Office Chair
$495.00

Best for a Modern Office

The Sayl uses the same engineering principles as suspension bridges, and its amazing design was inspired by San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. As you'd expect from a Herman Miller chair, the Sayl is highly ergonomic and does a fantastic job at supporting your spine. 

We like that it's breathable and more affordable than most other Herman Miller chairs, but our only complaint is that it isn't very adjustable. Regardless, it's a comfortable and futuristic pick that'll almost certainly strike up a conversation.

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Furmax
Furmax Gaming Office Chair
$69.99

Best Gaming Chair

If you're a gamer looking to upgrade your battle station, consider shopping for this racing-style office chair. It's a faux-leather chair that comes in several different colors to match your desk and RGB gaming keyboard, including blue, red, black, and white. It offers a high backrest to support your spine and neck, a tilt mechanism that lets it rock, and an adjustable design for maximum comfort.

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Flash Furniture
Flash Furniture Mid-Back Armless Black Ribbed Leather Swivel Conference Chair
$96.53

Best Armless Chair

If you have a desk that won't accommodate larger or taller chairs with arm rests, this stylish armless offering will easily slide under any desk. Plus, no arms mean you can put your legs up on it and sit cross-legged. We're big fans of this chair's minimalistic ribbed design. It comes in white or black leather, and it'll look great in any office or conference room. It offers built-in lumbar support, and it even has a coat hanger bar on its backside!

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Elecwish
Elecwish Drafting Stool Office Chair
$98.87

Best for Standing Desks

Although a chair for a standing desk kind of defeats the purpose of a standing desk, sometimes you'll want to give your knees a break and sit for a short period of time. This drafting stool will come in handy for those occasions — because, let's be honest, how are you supposed to get work done with your arms raised like you're on a rollercoaster, while you attempt to type from your standard-sized office chair? 

This pick offers a breathable mesh back, and it rises up to 36 inches tall. Its arms flip back, it has a convenient footrest, and it's a ton of fun to spin around in circles in!