Best Office Chairs Reviews
We are confident that you should be able to find a perfect chair in our top office chairs list for 2021. With that, let’s take a closer look at the results for this year’s best office chairs.
Top 10 Best Office Chairs of 2021 Reviews & Buying Guide
10 Best Office Chairs For 2021
If you’re landing on this page, there is a good chance that you’ve decided to make an investment in a new office chair. The process of finding a new office chair isn’t always easy; after all, there are countless chairs and so many price points to consider. So, how do you know you’re getting the right chair for your needs? That’s where we come in. With over 13 years experience in the industry, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what to look for and what to avoid.
Because of our vast knowledge, one of the things we wanted to do was eliminate any chairs that are offered for less than $199. In our experience, chairs at this price point tend to be too cheap and are better suited for a discount office chair post that we’ll cover at a later date.
Like most things in life, you really do pay for what you get with office chairs. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find a really good chair under $500, but it does mean that you also can’t expect a $199 chair to be the same as what is available at $1,400. After completing our list, we are confident that you should be able to find a perfect chair in our top office chairs list for 2021. With that, let’s take a closer look at the results for this year’s best office chairs.
#1) Steelcase Leap Office Chair – 89/100 Rating
Inspired by a medical study conducted over the course of four years, 732 different users’ own experiences helped to create the Steelcase Leap chair. So much movement, in all the most important places, makes the Steelcase our favorite office chair for 2021.
The Steelcase Leap chair has a lot going on, so much so that our short summary is unlikely to cover it all. Overall, the fit and finish of the Steelcase Chair was excellent. Don’t let the plastic be confused with lower quality. Providing flexibility in the backrest and seat, the high-quality plastics were all part of the overall design of the Leap chair.
What we liked
The Leap Chair is as dynamic as the adjustments it offers. With a flexible backrest that has separate upper and lower movement, you are able to get great support through a multitude of seated positions. It includes an adjustable lower lumbar tension control and adjustable upper thoracic control as well. Both adjustments allow you to fine-tune the backrest to your specific needs.
Highly adjustable arms, very good seat comfort and a wide range of additional ergonomic adjustments make this chair a great pick for most users. The Steelcase Leap chair ships fully assembled and comes with an excellent warranty as well.
What we didn’t like
One of the few chairs in the list to not include a handful of things we didn’t like; the Steelcase Leap chair is about as close to perfect as you’ll find. That also means you’re going to have to pay for it too. With a price tag that is over $1000 in most configurations, the Leap chair will likely be out of budget for a lot of users.
The Steelcase Leap chair is a fully loaded ergonomic chair, with almost every adjustment you could imagine. Because of the design and movement through the seat and back, they were unable to provide a height adjustable backrest. If you’re looking for a tall backrest, you will not find it with the Steelcase Leap.
Excellent build quality
Wide range of ergonomic adjustments
Adjustable lumbar support system
Very good seat comfort
Highly adjustable arms
400 lbs. weight capacity
Ships fully assembled
No back-height adjustment
High price tag
#2) Hon Exposure
Colors: Black | Material: Fabric and aluminium | Seat width: 20 inches | Weight Limit: 250 pounds
- Adjustable arms and height
- Lumbar support
- Mesh back
- Doesn’t support as much
Sure, you could spend upward of a grand on a Herman Miller Aeron, but unless you’re planning to work from home permanently, you don’t need to go all out on an office chair. Instead, you need a decent adjustable chair that doesn’t cost an arm, a leg and a spine. The Hon Exposure hits this sweet spot of price and adjustability.
The Hon Exposure, which costs around $200, has the usual adjustable arms and height. Unusual for a cheap chair, there is also lumbar support in the form of a crossbar and a pad that supports the lower back. This can be moved in and out to provide support for this critical region. The full back uses a fabric mesh, so you won’t get a sweaty back when the heat is on. The chair can recline, too, so you can get in the most comfortable position for editing PowerPoint presentations.
#3) Space Seating Professional AirGrid
Colors: Black | Material: leather/fabric | Seat width: 20 inches | Weight Limit: 250 pounds
- Adjustable arms
- Adjustable seat tilt and height
- Fabric back for ventilation
- Doesn’t support as much weight as other chairs
Most low-cost office chairs aren’t very adjustable; the mechanisms that make for adjustable lumbar support and tension zones aren’t cheap to make. The Space Seating Professional AirGrid strikes a good balance, as you can adjust a lot of the features of this modern-looking chair and still spend less than $200.
You can adjust the height and position of the AirGrid’s arms and tweak the tilt of the seat, the latter of which is an important feature for creating a comfortable sitting position when you lean back or forward. You can shift the armrests left and right, but you can’t adjust the angle or the slope. The AirGrid also has a mesh fabric back, which makes for better ventilation on hot days. You don’t get some of the fancy adjustments of some more expensive models, but you do get most of the features that make for a comfortable spot to sit.
#4) Herman Miller Aeron
Colors: Black, light beige, light gray | Material: microfiber and aluminium | Seat width: 26 inches | Weight Limit: 275 pounds
- Adjustable height and tilt tension
- Stain-proof and sweat-wicking microfiber cover
- No arm, lumbar or seat-tilt adjustment
You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a decent place to park yourself, and the AmazonBasics Classic office chair is our top budget pick. This chair costs a very reasonable $120, but it has the features most users need. The microfiber cover allows moisture to wick away, so you won’t get a sweaty back. It offers full body support, so you can lean back and have your head and neck supported. The height is adjustable, and the five rotating rollers mean that it should work fine on both carpet and wood floors. You can also adjust the tension of the seat and back tilt, controlling how easy it is to recline the whole seat.
What you don’t get is much adjustability. Apart from the height of the seat from the floor and the tilt tension, everything is fixed; there’s no lumbar adjustment, no armrest adjustment and no seat-tilt adjustment.
#5) Furmax Office Mesh Chair with Armrest
Colors: Black, gray, purple, red, white | Material: Nylon and aluminium | Seat width: 20 inches | Weight Limit: 265 pounds
- Mesh back
- Lumbar support
- Nonadjustable arms
If you don’t want to spend your entire stimulus check on a chair, but still want to have a comfortable seat for your rear, the Furmax could be a good option. It has a thick, padded seat and a mesh back with lumbar support, so your back won’t get sweaty, but will still get the firmness it needs. According to online customers, the height of the seat can be adjusted from 19 inches to about 24 inches.
The Furmax rests on five casters, so you can roll around your home office. You can adjust the incline and the overall height of this chair, but unfortunately the armrests are fixed. Then again, you can’t have everything at this price. However, this chair is available in a variety of colors: There’s the traditional black, but it also comes in gray, purple, red, and white.
There are lots of cheap office chairs, but which is the best office chair under $100? I tested the Furmax against the BestOffice chair, another top-ranked mesh-back chair with lumbar support on Amazon. The Furmax came out on top for comfort.
#6) X-Chair X2 K-Sport Management chair
Colors: Black | Material: Fabric | Seat width: 20 inches | Weight Limit: 250 pounds
- Solidly built
- Very adjustable
- Optional heat/massager
- Good lumbar support
If you pick up the X-Chair X2, be sure to spend the extra $100 or so on its optional heating and massage pad. It’ll make your home office feel like you’re sitting in the Brookstone store at the mall.
Apart from that, the X2 Chair is very comfortable, with lumbar support, a mesh back and seat, and just about everything is adjustable, too. It’s also a very sturdy chair with a solid metal base and casters. At around $800-$900, it’s not cheap, but a bit less expensive than a Herman Miller Aeron. Read our full X-Chair X2 review for more.
#7) Steelcase Leap
Colors: barley, black, blue, gray, marble and red | Material: microfiber and aluminium | Seat width: 20.4 inches | Weight Limit: 400 pounds
- Live back technology adjusts as you move
- Armrests can be moved in multiple directions
If you struggle with back pain, you want a chair that adjusts to you. While many chairs can be tweaked to your requirement, the Steelcase Leap takes an alternative approach: It shifts as you use it. The back bends, the lumbar support shifts and the entire chair tilts as you adjust your position; you set these by using three controls that allow you to tweak how you configure the chair for your spine, lumbar region and posture. That makes this chair a great pick for people with chronic back or spinal issues, as adjusting these controls can make a chair much more comfortable.
The Steelcase Leap isn’t cheap, though; at $860, it is one of the more expensive chairs we looked at. That might be a sound investment if you use it a lot and want something that can be adjusted to suit your mood.
#8) Hon Volt Task Stool
Colors: black, crimson, navy | Material: leather/fabric | Seat width: 20.4 inches | Weight Limit: 300 pounds
- Simple, clean design
- Fabric, leather seat options
I like armrests, but not everyone does. Some people prefer to let their elbows fly free. For them, the Hon Volt Task Stool is our top pick. Sometimes called a drafting chair (because it is often used with a drafting table that requires a lot of left-right movement), this chair also includes a foot ring at the base of the column, making it easier to balance.
The seat and half back of the Hon Volt Task Stool is covered with leather, although a fabric version is available. You can adjust the seat height and the foot ring height, but there is no way to change the relative positions of the seat and back. However, the design of this chair encourages you to move your upper body more often and lean forward, so that may not be a big issue for most people.
#9) Gates Genuine Leather Aluminum Base High-Back Executive Chair
Colors: black, cream, dark gray, orange, white | Material: leather | Seat width: 22.5 inches | Weight Limit: 395 pounds
- Full back support
- Tilts back 30 degrees
- Locks in reclining position
- Available in orange and white
Want a chair that makes a statement? Check out the Gates high-back executive chair. This large and impressive-looking chair is covered with leather and offers full back support, so you can lean back and survey your corporate empire. Five rollers allow you to move around with relative ease, although, at 55 pounds and supporting up to 350 pounds, this is one of the heavier chairs on the market.
You can’t adjust a lot about this large chair, except the height and tilt tension, but you aren’t likely to take a backward pratfall if you lie back, as the seat is designed to tilt back 30 degrees and lock into place. That means you can lie back, put your feet up and relax in comfort as your minions scurry around you — or your kids run around you, depending on whom you share your home office with.
If you want to make a real statement (and you’re not worried about coffee stains), go for the orange or white versions.
#10) Songmics Pro
Colors: black, blue, gray | Material: Fabric | Seat width: 16.1 inches | Weight Limit: 265 pounds
- Handles on side for balancing
- Column tilts up to 8 inches in any direction
- Raised rear of seat encourages healthy posture
Even if you use a standing desk, you’ll need to sit down sometimes. That’s the purpose of the Songmics Pro, a seat that is more stool than chair. There is no back and no armrests; it’s just a simple seat that can tilt and rotate as you use it. Two handles on the side give you something to hold on to if you need to lean over, and you can adjust the height of the seat between 24.8 and 34.6 inches. In addition, the seat can tilt as you move, tilting up to 8 inches in any direction.
It won’t suit everyone, though; the small seat won’t be comfortable for heavier users, and it has a maximum rated weight of 265 pounds, much less than more conventional chairs. Plus, the lack of rollers means you can’t zip around the office on it.
How to choose the best office chair for you
After price, there are two main criteria for choosing an office chair: comfort and adjustability. Comfort is pretty easy to understand: A comfortable chair should offer a seat that is yielding but that also provides the base firmness your behind requires. It should also wick moisture so you don’t get sweaty on warm days. The seat should be wide enough that people of larger stature can sit comfortably on it and not feel like they are squeezing into a kids’ chair. The armrests should be contoured for the elbow and upper arm to lean comfortably on and be made of fabric or softer material that won’t jar the elbow when you bump into it.
Adjustability is the other major factor. A good office chair should allow you to adjust pretty much everything, including the following:
- Seat height
- Seat angle
- Seat depth
- Armrest height
- Armrest width
- Armrest angle
- Backrest angle
- Backrest height
- Footrest height (if present)
That’s important because every person is different; getting a chair that allows you to adjust all of these things lets you configure it to your unique body shape.