The 12 Best Office Chairs (2022): Budget, Luxury, Cushions, Casters & Mats
Not all chairs are winners. Here are a few others we like enough to recommend, but aren’t quite as good as our top picks above.
Knoll Newson task chair for $1,195: This minimalist chair looks best in graphite and petal colors; it’s a bit dull in black and umber. It’s nice that I didn’t have to worry about levers or buttons – it’s comfortable right out of the box and decently adjustable if you need to make some tweaks – and it’s especially nice when you you lie down. (The red knob adjusts the tension of the tilt, but you have to twist it for five rotations, and I had trouble turning at times.) The Newson hasn’t given me a problem in the nearly two months that I am sitting in it. I’m just not a big fan of how the elastomeric mesh back deforms, depending on how you sit. It feels lumpy. This chair also doesn’t allow me to sit as straight as I would like, but maybe you’re ok with a little flexibility. Ultimately, it’s the price that takes it out of our top recommendations. But you get a 12-year warranty.
Fully Alani chair for $379: The Alani, from the manufacturer of our favorite standing desk, comes in a few color combinations that blend seamlessly into any home office. There’s a nice contoured cushion on the base and a mesh back to keep you cool, plus lumbar support for good posture. You can adjust the height, seat depth, armrests, tilt tension and lock the tilt. WIRED reviewer Simon Hill found it comfortable for long days of up to 16 hours, and it worked for both his 6’1″ self and 5′ daughter. It’s a solid alternative to the Branch ergonomic chair (our top pick), but it’s a tad more expensive.
Ikea Markus chair for $269: The Markus is a perfectly slim office chair. It’s not the most comfortable, but it’s far from the worst. The mesh design keeps you cool and the high back lets you lean into it completely. It’s pretty slim and doesn’t get in the way of a small home office or bedroom. It was annoying to put together – you might need someone to hold the back of the chair while you properly attach the seat. Unfortunately, if you often sit with at least one leg raised or crossed, the width between the arms will make you uncomfortable.
X-Tech X-Chair Executive Chair for $1,900: Functionally, the X-Tech is similar to the X-Chair choice above. In this build, the M-Foam cooling gel seat is indeed wonderful to sit on, even though it doesn’t wick away heat as much as the all-mesh X-Chairs. It’s the Brisa Soft Touch material that impresses the most: it’s ridiculously soft. I recommend sticking with the standard armrests instead of the FS 360 armrests, which tend to move too much. But my biggest gripe with this model is the price. I just don’t understand why on earth it costs so much.
Mavix M7 chair for $778: If it looks suspiciously like the X-Chair (see above), that’s because the two are from the same company. I had a few assembly issues, but customer service was able to exchange the model without much effort. The M7 has similarly adjustable armrests and seat angles, but you get wheels that lock. Mesh back and wide seat construction keep you cool and comfortable during a sweaty session League of Legends, and the lumbar support makes me feel like I’m in good hands. If you are short, please contact customer service when ordering. Mavix offers shorter cylinders so your feet touch the ground.
Pipesong meditation chair for $349: Do you have trouble sitting normally? If your legs need to be bent and twisted for you to be comfortable, you’ll want to check out this chair. It features a 360-degree swivel footrest that can adjust to virtually any sitting position you want. I can go from kneeling cross-legged to one leg up, one leg down. It is also possible to sit regularly, with the ottoman behind you and the feet flat on the floor. It’s the only chair I’ve found that’s designed for weird sitting habits. There are no armrests, which I didn’t mind as that’s what allows you to sit in many of these positions. The stool and the back of the chair could be bigger and taller respectively. I had to use a pillow to keep my back comfortable.