best ergonomic chairs 2024

Ergonomics refers to the study of people's efficiency in their workplace. The concept of ergonomic chairs started in the 1970s. Herman Miller and Bill Stumpf created the Ergon Chair back in 1976.

The Ergon Chair is the first chair of its kind that provided support for the spine. It featured a foam supported seat and backrest, gas-lift levers for height adjustment, and five-star legs that had easy-glide castors attached to it.

If you are planning to buy an ergonomic chair, this blog post is a must-read. 

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Office chair vs. ergonomic chair

Things to consider in an ergonomic chair

The best ergonomic chairs worldwide

Agile's best ergonomic chairs

Office chair vs. ergonomic chair

An office chair has all the basic parts- backrest, armrest, height adjustment, and sometimes tilt adjustment. Even though it is made up of these parts, it is mostly fixed and you cannot customize it. You are the one who will adjust to whatever comfort a simple office chair can offer you.

On the contrary, the ergonomic chair comes with customizable parts that adjust to the level of comfort that you want. From its name alone, we can understand that it follows the principle of ergonomics. It prioritizes the well-being of its users. 

The sought-after feature of ergonomic chairs is its lumbar support. It helps the user maintain proper posture and provides reinforcement for the back, neck and shoulders. For the most part, it prevents injuries and helps people maintain their focus while working. 

Things to consider in an ergonomic chair

Lumbar Support

A good ergonomic chair will have proper adjustments in both height and depth to support the lumbar spine. The chair’s backrest should have a concave curve to facilitate weight distribution and reduce stress on the body. 

Backrest

The normal width of a backrest is between 12 to 19 inches. It should be able to support the inward curve of the lumbar spine. If the user can adjust the recline of the backrest from anywhere between 110-130 degrees, it will reduce a portion of the weight that is exerted on their backs. 

Seat height

One of the indicators of a good ergonomic office chair is the adjustment in its seat height (15-22 inches above the floor level). This range is suitable for people with a height of 5’ to 6’4”. When you sit on the ergonomic chair, your feet should be flat on the floor and your knees need to be positioned at a 90-degree angle. 

Seat depth and width

The standard seat width is between 17-20 inches and the seat depth should be adequate in such a way that when the users sit down, their back can lean against the backrest. Both the seat depth and width should have ample space for the thighs to rest comfortably. 

Armrests

Armrests should be adjustable and removable so that you can customize it according to the way you need to relax your body. Ideally, the armrest needs to be 7 to 10 inches above the seat pan. 

The best ergonomic chairs worldwide

Herman Miller Aeron Chair

This is one of the highly-recommended ergonomic chairs since it comes in three sizes- small, medium, and large. It can accommodate buyers with different body types. Its height and seat depth and width are all adjustable.

The Herman Miller Aeron Chair was nicknamed as the “Dot Com Throne” by Brian Kennedy in his 2006 New York Magazine article

Herman Miller Sayl

Herman Miller Sayl’s design leans toward the petite-framed users. It has height-adjustable arms, seat depth, lumbar support and a ventilated backrest to facilitate air circulation. Compared to the other Herman Miller models, it doesn’t have the complete range of customization features but it is an excellent choice for the standard ergonomic office chair. 

Agile's best ergonomic chairs

Agile offers an excellent line of ergonomic chairs that are divided into two categories: lumbar support and lower back support.

Metro II Nylon Base

Metro II Nylon Base

Discover the perfect fusion of immediate comfort and minimal adjustment with the Buro Metro II Connect Chair, designed for versatile use in home and heavy-duty commercial environments. Engineered with precision and supported by internationally recognized standards, this chair offers unparalleled comfort, reliability, and sustainability. Customize your convenience with the ratchet height adjustable back, allowing you to find the perfect backrest position tailored to your preferences.

Buro Roma 3 Lever High Back

Buro Roma 3 Lever High Back

There's a new level of comfort and support with the Roma 3 Lever High Back Chair. Designed to provide exceptional lumbar support, this chair combines generous proportions with internationally recognized standards, making it an ideal choice for home offices and professional workspaces. Approved to the prestigious AFRDI Level 6 standard and endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Roma chair offers a range of adjustments to enhance your comfort throughout extended work hours.

EDEN Swatch 3.40 Mid Back

EDEN Swatch 3.40 Mid Back

The versatile and modern Swatch Ergonomic Task Chair enhances your office or study space. This chair combines a contemporary aesthetic with a heavy-duty multi-adjustable mechanism, offering a wide range of seat and back support to ensure comfort during long work or study hours. The mid backrest is designed with a lumbar contour, providing gentle yet broad support to promote proper posture and reduce back strain.

Evo Mid Back 3 Lever Chair

Evo Mid Back 3 Lever Chair

Experience the ultimate in comfort and durability with the Evo 3 Highback Chair, AFRDI rated for its exceptional quality. This chair is meticulously crafted with features designed to provide all-day comfort, making it an ideal choice for those seeking an ergonomic and reliable seating solution. Built to last, the chair features premium quality gas springs that ensure smooth and reliable height adjustments.

EDEN Sport 3.50 High Back

EDEN Sport 3.50 High Back

Say goodbye to discomfort with the Sport Chair's adjustable lumbar and shoulder support, allowing you to tailor the chair to your unique ergonomic needs. Achieve the perfect balance of comfort and support with the tilt tension adjustment, allowing you to control the recline resistance for a personalized sitting experience. Upgrade your seating experience with the Sport Chair – where style meets support for the ultimate ergonomic solution.

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If your budget is your main consideration, don’t let it hold you back. Agile’s ergonomic chairs come at a variety of prices and payment plans. Order one now!