5 best ergonomic chairs for 2023

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Chair-related pain usually takes a while to develop. The culprit? The huge amount of time we spend in our office chairs - the postures and small movements we barely even register when we're caught up in our work tasks.

In a lifetime, the average UK adult will spend 11 solid years sitting down. According to a study of 2,000 people, they'll spend up to four hours a day on their feet, which is half the amount of time they'll spend in a chair.

Three-quarters of participants said their employer does nothing to encourage more movement and over half admitted to sometimes sitting for so long that their back starts to hurt.

It's findings like these that reinforce the importance of not only moving more but of having a good, adjustable ergonomic chair during those times when sitting down is required. There are many ergonomic office chairs available, which can make the buying process challenging.

Helpful guides like our online art of sitting resource take you through some of the key buying tips for choosing the right ergonomic chair. What functions should your chair have? How should you set up and use it?

But before you set your ergonomic chair up, you've got to choose one. Here's our pick of the best 5 ergonomic chairs for general use in the office in 2023. We've chosen them for adjustability and versatility so that they suit as wide a range of people as possible.

1. HÅG SoFi Mesh: The gold standard

HÅG SoFi Mesh Ergonomic Chair

Widely regarded as one of the world's finest examples of office chair design - for both looks and functionality, the HÅG SoFi Mesh takes the top spot on our list of the best work and home office chairs to buy this year.

HÅG SoFi is the product of a partnership between award-winning designers and the famous Scandinavian chair brand Flokk. Of course, it had to look good, and it does. With all the moving parts and functions contained within a sleek, nearly seamless body, HÅG SoFi is proof that ergonomics doesn’t have to be a synonym for ugly.

It’s got all the standard features a good ergonomic chair needs – back and seat adjustment, adjustable gas stem, an ergonomic back with good support. But that’s not where it ends.

What’s special about it?

Active sitting function: when activated, the tilt function allows the chair to move with your body so you can rock back and forth to stimulate blood flow and keep you active even when you’re sitting.

Mesh back: Not just there to look stylish (although it does), the warp-knitted mesh is both heavy-duty and comfortable thanks to the air flowing in through the gaps.

Where to buy: HÅG SoFi Mesh

2. Homeworker Plus: The home hero

Ergonomic chair for home: the Homeworker Plus

The Homeworker Plus ergonomic chair won’t break the bank yet boasts an in-built inflatable lumbar cushion and the ability to tilt the chair 5° forwards and 10° back. It’s super comfortable for working from home and has been flying off the shelves since its launch in 2020. “Very beneficial for the ongoing back issues that I have been experiencing” said reviewer Ben. “Far better than my previous office chair and the various adjustable settings mean I can vary my position significantly as the day progresses.”

What’s special about it?

This affordable ergonomic office chair has an independent back and seat mechanism with tension adjustment, a seat slide and ratchet back height adjustment which means it clicks very easily into your selected notch.

Where to buy: Homeworker Plus

3. HÅG Futu Mesh 1100-S: The elegant innovator

HÅG Futu Mesh 1100-S chair in black

Not all mesh office chairs have been created equal but this beauty features the advanced FutuKnit™ mesh material, developed to stay taught and supportive over time. It has a superb movement mechanism, keeping you in continuous balanced movement – said to promote concentration as well as health.

What’s special about it?

The streamlined shape, due to the clever design of all its technical parts being hidden inside.

Where to buy: HÅG Futu Mesh 1100-S

4. RH Logic: The king of ergonomics

RH Logic Ergonomic Chair

RH Logic is a 24/7 chair built to stand the test of time. There are two models in the collection: a medium back, great for the average user, and high back for taller or larger users. The maximum weight capacity is 150 kg (23.5 stone), and the shaped back and large seat promise to support the body in a natural, comfortable position.

What’s special about it?

Large and robust: RH Logic is a particularly large, sturdy chair with components that are built to last. This makes it a good choice if you expect to be spending a lot of time sitting down.

Where to buy: RH Logic

5. Positiv P-Sit: The comfortable all-rounder

Positiv P-Sit Ergonomic Chair

The Positiv Me’s younger sibling, the P-Sit, offers good quality ergonomic design at a much lower price. It’s simple but classic, offering sturdy, adjustable support that has the flexibility to suit a range of environments.

What’s special about it?

Cost-effective: One of the cheapest (but still high quality) ergonomic chairs available.

Where to buy: Positiv P-Sit

Which of these chairs is the best?

All in all, there is no one true answer as to which of these chairs is the best as everyone has a different preference.

Some people like high-backed chairs with lumbar support cushions, some may need a bariatric chair with a hefty base. One thing that we can confidently say is that you’d be hard-pressed to find a chair better than those on this list.

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That concludes our list of the best ergonomic chairs to buy in 2023. Whether you're working to a strict budget, or you're willing to invest in the best ergonomic chair for you, we hope you've found what you're looking for.