We all know how we should position ourselves for perfect ergonomics, but that’s not always a reality when we’re distracted by work and the myriad of other tasks we need to perform at our desks. If you find yourself slumping over your laptop or computer and are on the search for the best ergonomic office chair for you, you’ve come to the right place. These chairs should support you in a number of different positions, while gradually coaxing you back to the optimum position for healthy bum-based work.

The backrest and seat pad should be immediately comfortable, but also be able to prop you up into an ergonomic position throughout the day using the chosen combination of upholstery and adjustability. The backrest, in particular, needs to do the job of supporting the S-shaped curve of your spine all the way down to your lumbar region, while the seat pad should distribute the weight of your body, which will take pressure off your legs.

A chair’s recline facility is also a marker of quality and you should be able to lean back effortlessly and without feeling like you’re taking part in a trust fall every time you do. And ergonomics should blend with aesthetics, which shouldn’t be an afterthought, after all the best, office chairs will promote productivity, so hopefully you’ll spend more time out of the chair looking at it than sitting in it with your nose to the grindstone

How we tested

All the chairs were tested in a household made up of two home workers and three children in primary, secondary and higher education, so that we could be sure the chairs would run the full gamut of what would be asked of them – from a full day of working to bouts of homework and revision.

We were particularly looking at whether the chair was able to minimize those static postures that aren’t good for the body, and instead make it easy to change position and stay comfortable, so that the worker remained focused on the task at hand, and got up from the chair without feeling any stiffness.

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