Best office chair UK 2021: top 10 ergonomic home office chairs tested
Our pick of the best office chairs to make working at home less of a chore.
If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or in front of a computer you shouldn't underestimate the importance of finding the best office chair in the UK for your home office.
Experts believe that choosing the right office chair could make all the difference when it comes to back ache, muscle tension and even stress and headaches. An ergonomic office chair is important: if a chair is too simple, lacking in support or just worn then it won't even get a sniff of our best office chairs UK guide.
UPDATE: We know what it's like looking for the best office chairs for your home office. We've done the searching ourselves, trying to find an ergonomic chair that was decent for our back, comfy for all the sitting down we do and also slim enough to fit into our makeshift office in the shed. Here's our pick of the office chairs you should invest in, with all budgets considered - including the one chair we are sitting on right now writing this guide, which is about as meta as we get here at ShortList.
Speaking from experience, we known that an ergonomic office chair built with support in mind can improve your mood and attitude to work exponentially.
The Herman Miller range of office chairs consistently comes out on top (and has done for decades). Both the Aeron and Sayl chairs from Herman Miller make our best office chairs UK list. That's because the quality is fantastic, the chairs are supportive yet comfortable and most come with a 12-year warranty.
However, although Herman Miller and similar high-end chairs are, in our books, the best options for your back, not everyone can afford such an expensive buy. Not only that, finding the right office chair in the UK for you can be highly subjective. Some people don't like high backs, others are annoyed by arms, and your requirements will be completely different if you only plan to use your chair for an hour or two each day compared to 8+ hours at a time.
That means, for some people, something cheap and cheerful, but still an ergonomic chair with some support, might be worth it over one that'll cost a small fortune. Similarly, if you care about the style of your office space, there's no point going for a bulky one, no matter how much better it might be for your posture.
With that in mind, we've included some of our favourite chairs in this list of the best office chairs in the UK right now, but have been sure to add those for different budgets, different styles and different types of workers.
If we haven't included your favourite office chair that you swear by, or the dreamy model you've had your eye on for ages, then tell us in comments below.
- Keen to shake up more of your office set-up? Then check out our list of the best standing desks.
- Want something a bit cheaper? Then head to our best budget office chairs guide.
Best office chair UK
1. SIHOO Ergonomic Office Chair
Similar to the Markus, which is also on our best office chair UK list, the appeal of this ergonomic office chair from SIHOO is that it provides support for your whole back. This is something that is ideal for those who find it hard to sit up straight without it.
While the SIHOO Ergonomic Office Chair might not be a great-looking chair, it offers many ways to adjust the position to suit you, as well as a breathable mesh fabric to keep you cool. Unlike other chairs on this list, you will need to construct this one yourself but this won't take you long as it comes with clear instructions on how to build the thing.
2. IKEA Markus
One of our favourite budget option chairs on this best office chairs UK list, the Markus from IKEA is a firm favourite for those who can't afford to spend a fortune on an office chair but want decent support and comfort for long periods of time.
This one is well worth finding online if you can, even if you are skipping those beautiful meatballs. You can adjust the height and angle of this chair then lock it into place for added stability and control whether you're leaning back to read (or nap) or leaning forward during an intense typing session. Its high back is great for added support, which makes it a firm favourite for those with back problems.
Its mesh back is also great for the summer months because it'll keep you cool. Sure it may not be the best-looking on the list, but it's fairly minimal and comes with a 10-year warranty, which makes it a winner in our books.
3. Yaheetech office chair
There can be no higher praise for the Yaheetech office chair other than we bought this chair for our own home office a few months ago and have enjoyed sitting on it ever since. It is a really comfy chair to sit on for long periods. It's got great back support and the assembly process wasn't too arduous - although we recommend building it in a bigger room first, if your office is snug like ours. It has a well-cushioned seat and you can recline on it, when you want to stretch, thanks to its breathable backrest.
4. Amazon Brand - Umi Ergonomic office chair
If you are looking for an ergonomic chair which isn't going to scare you from a budget point of view, then Amazon's own Umi Ergonomic office chair could well be for you. Adjustable lumbar support, breathable back rest and a whole host of adjustments can be made. From the headrest which has been created to help curvature of the spine, a cushion which adds support to the back, to the armrests that can be adjusted to help prevent things like carpal tunnel problems, a lot of thought has gone into the ergonomics of this chair. While the seat may be a little hard for some, this is a real contender - and one that doesn't break the bank, either.
5. Herman Miller Aeron
Considered to be one of the best office chairs in the world, the Aeron tops best office chair lists and design lists all over the internet. The Herman Miller Aeron chair is such an iconic, comfortable and successful design it's featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
What makes it so special? Everything. The designers of the chair (which has been consistently tweaked for decades) have researched sitting, posture and different bodies in depth to create a chair that's highly supportive but extremely comfortable.
Almost every element of the chair can be customised before you buy it and then can be adjusted once it's in your home and office, including the height, arm rests, lumbar support and more. Before buying an Aeron, be sure to check with size you need depending on your height and weight, there are three available: A, B and C. Of course pay an eye-watering premium for the Aeron, but what do you expect for one of the most iconic designs on the planet?
6. HÅG Capisco 8010
This quirky-looking office chair consistently makes best office chairs lists the world over and has great reviews online. The HÅG Capisco 8010 is one of the best ergonomic chairs around as it has been designed specially for improving your posture/ The design has been inspired by the act of sitting on a saddle – horse riders always sit up very straight, after all. The good news is that you won't have clear up any mess from this thing, or feed it sugar cubes.
The HÅG Capisco 8010 offers support and plenty of adjustments. Although it may not be the most comfy-looking chair on the list, it's ideal if you're dealing with back problems and really want to prioritise your health. Another added bonus is that the HÅG Capisco chairs are all made from recycled car bumpers and waste household plastic packaging so it is good-ish for the environment, too, which is always lovely to see.
7. Humanscale Diffrient World
Yes, you're reading that right. Humanscale has a range of chairs called Diffrient and there are a few models to choose from. The Diffrient World is a minimal mesh task chair, which means it's created for long-ish stints, but might not provide the support you need if you're going to be sat at it for 8+ hours a day.
However, it does provide lumbar support, has adjustable height and arm rests and is able to adjust to your body weight, meaning it provides the perfect recline for whoever sits in it. One of the things we love most about this chair is the ergonomics of the thing mean it provides good support and it's aesthetically pleasing, too. The Humanscale Diffrient World chair is not too bulky and the lighter colour option is one of the most stylish on the list.
8. GTPLAYER gaming/office chair
Our sole gaming chair on the list, which means that it's a good 'un. The GTPLAYER is a gaming chair that also moonlights as a rather comfy office chair. It's made for comfort (what you need when you are gaming into the wee hours), with two extra cushions attached to the thing. It reclines up to 150 degrees, has a 360-degree swivel and looks fantastic. The bonded leather really adds that comfortable touch and there's a two-year guarantee on the chair, just in case things go wrong with it. We admit that this may not be one for those looking to have a chair to blend into their home office environment, but if you are someone who switches off a medium sized screen and immediately head to a bigger screen to play games, then we recommend this one for you.
9. House by John Lewis Whistler Office Chair
House by John Lewis is a superb office chair for the price. It is an office chair that shuns traditional looks, which means that it will look great both in a home office or whatever room is your office right now (seriously, we're not judging. We once wrote a big presentation in bed, with a book for a laptop support and a local newspaper as a mouse mat).
This office chair has those all-important floor-safe castors, the height is adjustable and it comes in either mustard or grey - but you are going to want the mustard colour, really. If you are looking for a budget office chair option, then this one is a great shout.
10. Herman Miller Sayl
There are many fantastic Herman Miller chairs to choose from. It's not all about the Aeron.
The Mirra is one of our favourites, but the Sayl is very popular too. This new-ish ( est. 2010) chair from Herman Miller is a kinda quirky, kinda beautiful design, which is apparently based on the way suspension bridges are structured.
It's specially designed for those who want added support but like movement and flexibility too. This is ideal for those who spend a lot of time sat down, but like to change positions, move about and get up often. It doesn't have the best-in-class lumbar support of the Aeron or the full-back lumbar support of the Markus, but it's a daring option if you want something a little different. We can see this fitting in very well at design studios. What a stunner.