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Top 10 Best Comfortable Office Chairs - Gadget Review

We analyzed hundreds of office chairs from dozens of manufacturers, along with customer ratings, returns, comments, surveys, and a bunch of other factors to determine which office chairs have the highest level of customer satisfaction.

We spend a lot of time and effort thinking about what computer or device will work best, but very little time thinking about what we're sitting on. Here's a test: if you spent more time thinking about what case you need for your phone than what you sit on every day, then you may soon be in the market for a comfortable office chair.


At SmartFurniture.com, we sell a lot of office chairs. A lot. We have several folks who have become experts at matching people of all shapes, sizes, health problems (e.g., back pain), etc. with the office chair that will best meet their needs. Plus, we have accumulated tons of sales, survey, returns, and ratings data about the best office chairs. 

Rather than keeping all of this useful information to ourselves, we thought, "Why not share it with everyone?" So, here it is. We hope this information helps everyone make better decisions about what office chair is right for him/her.

Keep in mind that office chairs are very subjective. Everyone is a little different, and what makes one person comfortable and happy may not work for another person. With that said, there are patterns of general customer happiness when it comes to office chairs.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Best Office Chairs based on customer satisfaction.

1. Herman Miller Setu Chair



Designed as a conference room chair instead of a traditional task chair, the Setu Chair has become extremely popular for many informal office environments as well as conference rooms. It has also become a favorite for many home office workers who do not spend more than a couple of hours a day at their desks. The Setu's beautiful design is often cited as its most favorable quality. On the negative side, if you are looking for a hardcore task chair for 6+ hours a day, and/or you are a big person, you will find that the Setu is not the best fit. The back isn't tall enough to support tall users or long term support. For its utility in conference rooms, temporary spaces, and short duration home office use, the Setu is in our customers' top 10 list.


2. Humanscale Freedom Chair



A favorite prop in popular television action dramas due to its sleek design, the Freedom Chair provides ergonomic benefit to the sitter with a minimum number of manually-adjusted controls. It is a popular chair and in our top 10 because customers love its looks. The Freedom receives the highest praise from customers of average size who are more or less proportional in build. Some customers find that the lack of adjustment controls limit the Freedom's comfort, yet it has an adjustment most office chairs don't; the ability to adjust the back height independent of the seat. Overall, it scores highest of all Humanscale Office Chairs for customer satisfaction and makes our top 10.

3. Steelcase Leap Chair



The Leap Chair's strengths are comfort and support. Leap is a bread-and-butter chair that gets the job done. It gets high marks in the most essential categories for an office chair, and good marks in everything else. Among the negative comments from unsatisfied buyers, often cited were high price and lack of "advanced styling." With a Satisfaction rating of over 96.51%, the Leap Chair is an overwhelming hit with most buyers. There are good reasons for why the designers of the chair stayed away from stylization in favor of high-performance design. The Leap Chair is a customer favorite.

4. Boss Fabric Deluxe Posture Chair



Now this looks more like the office chairs we’ve been using for the past few decades. It certainly doesn’t look like it should be on the top 10 best office chairs. But looks definitely are deceiving. For a little over $50, you get a thick padded seat, built-in lumbar support, waterfall seat, adjustable height, adjustable arms, and adjustable back depth.


5. Ergohuman High Back Swivel Chair



We must admit that the style of this particular office chair may not be for everyone. It certainly doesn’t inspire feelings of comfort. The chair has a metal frame with a breathable mesh design for air circulation as well as support. Since it was specifically designed for individuals who spend more than five hours a day sitting, the chair has eight ergonomic adjustments including back angle, back height, seat depth, arm height, and tilt tension control. All of these adjustments will ensure that the chair will fit the user, not the other way around.


6. Alera Elusion



Yes, this looks like just about any of the regular office chairs you’ve seen. Nothing seems to stand out much based on design alone. But don’t let its look fool you. While it’s built to look like most other mid-back chairs in the market, it has some features you likely won’t see among its contemporaries such as adjustable armrests. You can move them upward, downward, closer to your body, or further away.

The seat is also adjustable, both in tilt and height. It also has adjustable lumbar support. For its price point, having the ability to customize your chair to fit you ensures you have the proper support and comfort you need all throughout your long workday.


7. Herman Miller Sayl Chair



The Sayl Chair comes from the mind of Yves Behar, one of the coolest people on the planet. Behar is an amazing designer, and the Sayl may be his crowning achievement. Customers who love the Sayl cite its cutting-edge, dramatic design. The Sayl earns its reputation as one of the most beautiful office chairs in Herman Miller's stable. Customers who do not love the Sayl Chair cite its lack of complete ergonomic support and comfort. However, the Sayl was not designed to be a full-time task chair. Most satisfied customers use it in conference rooms, informal settings, and limited-use home offices. If you are a big person, this is not a full-time chair for you. If you want a gorgeous chair from Herman Miller that is priced to sell, the Sayl is a good bet.


8. Space Seating Professional AirGrid




Don’t be fooled into thinking that the AirGrid’s really low price means it won’t meet the same standards set by our top picks. This office chair is actually rich in features. You get an Eco Leather seat, adjustable armrests, 2-to-1 Synchro Tilt Control with Adjustable Tilt Tension, and pneumatic seat height adjustment. For less than $200, you get both comfort and support in a simple yet functional design.


9. Steelcase Think Chair

Starting with the previous generation on continuing on into its new iteration, the Think Chair continues to be one of our top-selling Steelcase chairs. It's no wonder. The Think has a solid ergonomic heritage and, naturally, is given a nod by many customers for having plenty of adjustability and fine-tuned comfort. "Perfect" was a common word used by a large percentage of happy customers. The Think fits comfortably in the mid-high range of fully-featured task chairs and is given high marks for its ability to accommodate a wide range of body types. This chair has its detractors - some who were less than pleased noted that the lumbar support had room for improvement. Those taller than 6 feet wanted a deeper seat pan. However, everyone agreed that the Think Chair's breathable back kept them cool during work hours, no matter how late they worked.


10.  Steelcase Leap


Steelcase has another chair that’s caught our eye – the Leap. It was the best Steelcase had to offer before the Gesture was released. Now, don’t get us wrong. This is still one of the most comfortable office chairs you’ll ever find. It has plenty of the same features found in the Gesture like the Liveback which mimics the natural shape of your spine. It also has adjustable lumbar support which allows you to fit it comfortably into the curve of your lower back. If you can’t make yourself go past the $1000-mark, then this should be your next choice.


So, that's our report on the Top 10 Office Chairs based on customer satisfaction. We've based our results on what our customers have said and removed our opinions from the equation. We know that everyone will have their own opinions - and no one will agree with the results. That's OK.

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About Le Minh Hieu

Le Minh Hieu is a national-level weightlifter and a Singapore Weightlifting sports performance coach. Hieu's biggest passion is helping everyone find confidence, happiness, and health through fitness.