The best office chairs 2024: tested and rated

 We’re constantly building and trying out new office chairs to help you find the best one for your needs and budget. Besides spending hours sitting in each one, we also evaluate every chair we review based on their comfort level, adjustability, customization options and how well they hold up over time. Here’s a quick overview of the best office chairs you can buy right now but keep scrolling to see our in-depth analysis of each chair on this list. 

The quick list


The best office chairs are an essential accessory for your workspace regardless of whether you work from home or in an office.

In addition to being more comfortable overall, the best office chairs support your back and shoulders while encouraging good posture. They also help prevent strain so that you can work for longer periods of time without putting unnecessary stress on your body. I’ve personally spent hundreds of hours testing out all of the different chairs on this list to see how comfortable they are in the long term. However, I also keep an eye out for office chairs with unique designs or interesting features to showcase the wide variety of options available.

Whether you’re looking for an ergonomic chair to help your posture, a chair with a headrest or just a chair with a design that stands out to complement your other home office décor, there’s something here for every taste and budget.

Written by
Anthony Spadafora
Written by
Anthony Spadafora

Anthony Spadafora has spent the past five years working from home exclusively and during that time, he's tested dozens of office chairs, standing desks and other work from home accessories. While he oversees all of our networking and security coverage at Tom's Guide, Anthony has a penchant for home office furniture and working on desk setups.

The best office chairs you can buy today

Why you can trust Tom's Guide Our writers and editors spend hours analyzing and reviewing products, services, and apps to help find what's best for you. Find out more about how we test, analyze, and rate.

The best office chair overall

An exceptional office chair that combines style and comfort

Specifications

Colors: Black, red, white, green, blue
Material: Fabric
Seat width: 20 inches
Weight Limit: 275 pounds

Reasons to buy

+
Adjustable lumbar rest
+
Contoured seat and backrest
+
Breathable 3D knit backrest
+
Casters roll very smoothly on hardwood

Reasons to avoid

-
No headrest

As the follow-up to the Branch Ergonomic Chair, the Branch Verve Chair immediately sets itself apart from the competition thanks to its unique design which won an iF Design Award in 2022. Instead of a mesh back, it has a 3D-knit backrest that's extremely comfortable while also being breathable. Besides the Coral color seen here, the Branch Verve Chair is available in black and white as well as light green and light blue.

Besides being pleasing to look at when pushed in at my desk, the chair's V-shaped suspended back also houses its adjustable lumbar rest. Likewise, its inward curving arms help the Branch Verve Chair stand out (in a good way) and I love how the base of the chair is the same color as its seat and backrest.

I found the Branch Verve Chair to be quite comfortable during testing and was impressed by how my body sunk into the chair. At the same time, its nylon casters also made a big difference and were much smoother when rolling around on my hardwood floors. The Branch Verve Chair features six points of adjustment and it felt really good leaning back in the chair while taking short breaks throughout my workday.

Read our full Branch Verve Chair review.

The best budget office chair

A budget office chair with standout looks

Specifications

Colors: multiple
Materials: fabric, plastic
Seat width: 20.5 inches
Weight Limit: 265 pounds

Reasons to buy

+
Arms swing up
+
Wide seat
+
Extensive variety of color options

Reasons to avoid

-
Not very adjustable

One reason I liked the Flash Furniture Mid-Back office chair is that, in a sea of black and gray office chairs, it stood out with its bold blue and white color scheme (it's also available in gray, yellow, red, orange, white, and yes, black). 

The price of this chair varies based on the color you choose as well as the style — you can opt for a mid-back, high back, and drafting chair — but ranges from around $120 to $210, making it a very affordable model if you're on a budget. 

However, as with most budget office chairs, the Flash Furniture model isn't very adjustable, you can raise and lower the seat and adjust the tilt tension, but that's it. Still, I found it pretty comfortable when sitting for long periods of time. And, when I was ready to head home for the day, the chair's arms fold up, so that I could tuck it under my desk more easily. If you're looking for a cheap office chair that looks good, this is definitely a model to consider.

Read our full Flash Furniture Mid-Back office chair review.

The best premium office chair

A premium office chair that's available in a big and tall size

Specifications

Colors: carbon, graphite, mineral
Material: 8Z pellicle elastomeric and aluminium
Seat width: 18.5 inches (large), 16.5 inches (medium), 16 inches (small)
Weight Limit: 350 pounds

Reasons to buy

+
Fully adjustable
+
Long 12-year warranty
+
Very comfortable for long periods

Reasons to avoid

-
One of the most expensive office chairs
-
Only third-party headrests available

The Herman Miller Aeron chair may be the symbol of dot-com excess, but there's a good reason for that: It is damn comfortable. I could adjust everything on this top-tier chair, including more esoteric things, like the tension of eight zones of the fabric (including the important lumbar support) and the tilt and angle of the armrests. It also supports working in two profiles: one for when you are leaning forward and another for when you are leaning back and reclining. 

The mesh bottom and back of the Aeron also allowed for plenty of airflow, which was welcome on warm days when my air conditioning wasn't working as well as it should have. However, this came with a little tradeoff, as I didn't think the Aeron offered as much support as the Steelcase Leap, which has a firmer fabric bottom and back. 

Check out our comparison of the Herman Miller Embody vs Aeron if you've having a hard time deciding which is best for you.

It's perhaps no surprise that all of this comes at a price, as the Aeron starts at more than $1,000. My advice is to look for sales of office furniture as companies clear out their buildings of unwanted items. You're bound to find an Aeron for a lot less used. 

Read our full Herman Miller Aeron chair review.

The best office chair for ergonomics

As comfortable as it is portable

Specifications

Colors: Black, blue, green, white, purple...
Material: Intermix textile
Seat width: 20 inches
Weight Limit: 350 pounds

Reasons to buy

+
12-year warranty
+
Weight-activated mechanism
+
Intermix textile wraps around you
+
Much lighter than most other office chairs

Reasons to avoid

-
No headrest option

The Steelcase Karman goes beyond a traditional mesh chair thanks to the company's proprietary Intermix textile. This office chair is available in a number of different colors and even color combinations since it's created using a weaving process where yarns and other filaments are injected into the weave. 

The Steelcase Karman is also exceptionally light at just 29 pounds and unlike every office chair I have reviewed so far, it comes fully assembled. Under the chair's seat, there's a weight-activated mechanism that when combined with Intermix, literally wrapped around my body and supported me, regardless of which angle I was sitting at. 

The Steelcase Karman may lack a dedicated lumbar support but in my own testing, I found I didn't need one due to how the chair responded to my body's movements throughout the day. This level of comfort and engineering doesn't come cheap though but Steelcase does back up the Karman with a 12-year warranty.

Read our full Steelcase Karman review.

The best office chair for back pain

A futuristic-looking office chair with great support for your back

Specifications

Colors: Black and grey
Material: Italian velvet, DuPont TPEE
Seat width: 20.28 inches
Weight Limit: 300 Pounds

Reasons to buy

+
Split lumbar support
+
Premium build quality
+
Aesthetically pleasing design
+
Mesh allows for excellent airflow

Reasons to avoid

-
Armrests move too easily
-
Complicated assembly process

The SIHOO Doro S300 offers some big improvements over the SIHOO Doro C300 which we also reviewed. These include its dual dynamic lumbar support, its anti-gravity mechanism and its mesh which is made from a woven combination of Italian velvet and DuPont TPEE.

This premium-looking office chair is available in either white or black but there aren't any other add-ons or upgrades you need to worry about. It is more expensive than the C300 at $799 but if you're on a tighter budget, there's also the SIHOO Doro S100 to consider which features a very similar design albeit with less premium materials.

During our testing, we were very impressed with its futuristic design, how its mesh kept us cool while working and the way in which the dual dynamic lumbar support cradled our back. The armrests do leave a bit to be desired though and we found they moved a bit too easily for our liking. Also, the Doro S300's recline is limited to three positions. Still though, this office chair will be a huge help for those with back problems and it offers plenty of adjustability.

Read our full SIHOO Doro