Still using the kitchen barstool every day? Time to get the support you need.
Check out our picks below for all working styles and budgets.
Ordered by price, low to high.
For the more cost-conscious remote workers.
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair: $69.98
If you already have a task chair you're happy with, or if you don't expect you'll want to be sitting in the same position for 8+ hours each day, try a balance ball chair. They're fun and they keep your core active while sitting at a desk. The yoga company Gaiam's version, shown here, is their bestseller that has been trusted by thousands already. Worth noting that this is designed only to fit those 5' to 5'11" tall.
Hbada Office Task Desk Chair: $119.99
It won't have the flexibility that some chairs in this guide have, but this Hbada is one of the most popular desk chairs for home offices. Its most unique feature is that the arms swivel upwards, which allows the chair to be slid further underneath the desk when not in use.
Modway Articulate: $157.03
The Articulate chair by Modway is one of the least expensive chairs that can still deliver custom seat adjustments for anyone. With the ability to change seat height, seat tilt, back tilt, and arm height, this will be an upgrade for anyone who isn't currently using an adjustable desk chair.
Hon Wave: $239.99
This stalwart chair from HON has received hundreds of great reviews on Amazon, with an overall 4.5/5 star rating. It might be the best full-function, adjustable ergonomic chair available under $300.
Varier Variable Balans: $349.00
A kneeling chair is a unique option to relieve pressure while sitting at a desk. And the Varier brand may have been the first large-scale manufacturer of them, refining the design over several decades. Similar to the balance ball option, we wouldn't recommend using this as a replacement for a standard ergonomic desk chair.
Humanscale Ballo: $431.00
It's not intended to be a full-time desk chair, but the Ballo chair can be "fun, engaging and perfect for short-term, active sitting in the home or office." If you find yourself slouching too much or just want to change things up mid-day, this could be a great option.
Autonomous ErgoChair Pro: $499.00
The ErgoChair Pro is consistently one of the most mentioned desk chairs on various online forums, and for good reason. Customers rave about comfort level and adjustability. This was the first chair we gave away at Remote Source!
Secretlab TITAN 2020: $574.00+
The TITAN 2020 model fits those who are 5'9" to 6'7" and under 290 lbs., but they have additional models that can accommodate people who need smaller or larger chairs. Secretlab's chairs are designed for gamers, but gamers have historically been very picky about their setups, and therefore have high standards when it comes to desk chairs. It's worth checking these out, especially if you want a chair with a high back and/or a deep recline.
Herman Miller Sayl: $735.00+
The Sayl is a popular option in the Herman Miller lineup, with a unique look that was inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge. It gets rave reviews about its support, and it's also priced lower than some of the other Herman Miller chairs, as you'll see further down in this guide. You might remember we gave one of these away in December 2020!
Steelcase Think: $780.00+
While the Think has a lower price point than the Gesture, it has several of the same features, like foam seats with air pockets underneath and a flexible seat edge to relieve pressure points. The Think uniquely has a weight-activated tilt mechanism, and like the Leap, it has the option to add 4-way adjustable arms.
Knoll ReGeneration: $816.00+
A simpler ergonomic chair, the ReGeneration provides straightforward adjustability while still giving the customization options needed to fit any remote worker. We think this chair has the best value out of Knoll's lineup.
Steelcase Leap: $1,006.00+
Steelcase's Leap is designed to be as personalized as possible. The options for arms, lumbar support, headrest, and stool ensure that anyone sitting in the Leap can quickly adjust it to their liking.
Haworth Zody: $1,075.00+
The Zody is Haworth's most popular ergonomic chair, and according to their website, it's the only chair endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association. It gives anyone sitting in it the ability to adjust support on either side of their lower back, which we haven't seen in any other ergonomic desk chairs.
Steelcase Gesture: $1,107.00+
Steelcase's Gesture chair has what the company calls the "most inclusive fit" of all their chairs, meaning it works for a wide variety of people. No matter your sitting style, it's likely the Gesture will be able to accommodate you in a healthy way.
Humanscale Diffrient Smart: $1,377.00+
No, "Diffrient" isn't a typo; it's the name of the designer behind several of Humanscale's best chairs. All Humanscale chairs are designed to be responsive to each person's body with minimal or no adjustments, and the Diffrient Smart has a mechanism-free recline, plus a tri-panel mesh backrest to automatically adapt to the user.
Herman Miller Aeron: $1,410.00+
Maybe the most popular office chair of all time, the Herman Miller Aeron was one of the first mass-produced ergonomically designed desk chairs. While it starts just at $1,095, if you want to add flexibility to your chair, the price can rise up considerably.
Herman Miller Embody: $2,165.00+
Herman Miller's Embody features a backrest that's intentionally designed like the human back, consisting of "a central spine and flexible ribs." And like all Herman Miller chairs, this has a number of customizable settings. If you're often sitting back or leaning back in your office chair, this might provide additional support for you that other chairs wouldn't.
For the remote workers looking for the most bang for their buck, willing to invest in better equipment for the long haul.
For remote workers who don't want to compromise when it comes to their professional setup - or who have the largest stipends to spend!