Best Office Chair for Hip Pain 2022

What is the best office chair for hip pain? What about arthritis pain? Can any office chair really help all that much when it comes to managing or mitigating the pain caused by those types of issues?

Those are all great questions, and the short answer is: It’s complicated. Unfortunately, no one office chair can do it all. 

Below are our top picks for four different types of chairs that can address your lower back, hip and arthritis pain: 

Chair Institute's 2022 Picks 

Massage + Heat

Flash Furniture BT-7672 with Recliner and Ottoman, the best massage office chair for hip pain

Alternative Seating

Salli Multi Adjuster, the best alternative seating for hip pain

Table of Contents


When we began conducting our research for this roundup review, we quickly discovered that since there are a number of different things that can cause hip pain, and since arthritis can strike anywhere in the body, rather than compiling a single “best” list, our best bet would be to identify the best general strategies for dealing with hip and arthritis pain, then search for office chairs that were especially good fits for people pursuing that particular strategy.

We identified four different ways of tackling the problem:

  • Focusing on chairs with excellent ergonomic features, with an eye toward improving posture to mitigate pain.
  • Focusing on chairs that offered a combination of massage and heat for pain relief and reduction.
  • A focus on maximizing comfort to relieve pain.
  • A focus on ergonomic seating for those who had already tried many different office chairs and found them lacking for various reasons and were thus ready to explore cutting-edge alternatives.

Having done that, we then went in search of the best office chairs for use in pursuit of each of the strategies we identified.

The search was a long one and some of the choices were agonizing, but in the end, we narrowed the field to a selection of finalists in each group until we had our winners. We listed them above and will tell you more about the chairs they were in direct competition with. 

Before we can get into the particulars of our roundup review and our selection criteria, we have to spend a few minutes talking about hip and arthritis pain. 

About Hip & Arthritis Pain

While there are a number of things that can cause or lead to hip pain, the more common culprits are things like:

Unfortunately, as we mentioned at the start, there’s no one “best office chair for bad hips,” because there are many different strategic approaches a person could take in terms of dealing with the problem. Ultimately then, it comes down to which strategy you want to pursue.

Our overview tables outline the various strategies we’ve identified, and our selection criteria for each table and strategy vary accordingly. Here’s a quick overview:

Our Selection Criteria 

Ergonomic Collection

In this group, we’re really looking for two things: as many adjustable ergonomic features as we can find, and good synergy in feature implementation. Of special importance are things like:

  • Adjustable seat depth
  • A waterfall-edge style seat
  • Separate adjustments for the lower and mid back
  • Separate adjustments for the lower and mid back

And of course, as many other ergonomic features as we can get, but since your hips are connected to your spine, it’s of vital importance that the ergonomic office chair you pick provide excellent support not just for your legs and glutes, but your spine as well.


Comfort is a secondary condition here. Obviously, the more comfortable a chair is, the better, but we didn’t deduct points from chairs in this category if they weren’t outfitted with luxurious amounts of padding in one form or another.

Best Office Chair for Hip Pain Ergonomic Collection - Chair Institute

Note: If you’re looking for the best office chair to use after hip replacement surgery, it’s probably going to be somewhere in this category or the alternative seating category. While you may be tempted to pick something from the Comfort Collection, that’s only going to be helpful in the short term. 


While you’ll undoubtedly feel better sitting on the plush cushions offered by the chairs in that part of the list, the higher degree of ergonomic adjustability found in this part of the review will do more for your back, hips, and posture in general, which will almost always yield better long-term results.

Massage + Heat Collection

For chairs in this category, the main feature we focused on was, of course, the strength and versatility of the heat and massage function. It should be noted that none of the chairs on this list are true, full-fledged massage chairs, so it’s important to set expectations on this front.


It would be a mistake to believe that any of the chairs listed here can give you anything approaching the kind of massage you could get from a proper massage chair. Then again, some of those cost thousands of dollars, and none of them are suitable to pulling up to your desk to get any work done.


These chairs then occupy a middle ground. They need to be comfortable enough that you won’t mind sitting in them, have at least a few ergonomic features, and have a good enough massage and heat function to help relieve your pain

Best Office Chair for Hip Pain Massage + Heat Collection - Chair Institute

Comfort Collection

Sometimes you just want to be comfortable enough to get through the day. You don’t care about heat (or you plan on bringing your trusty heating pad to your home or work office anyway), and you’re skeptical as to whether all the ergonomic features in the world will make much of a difference, you just want to sit on a soft, cloud-like chair so you can get something done.


Ergonomic features are still somewhat important in this group, but adjustability doesn’t play nearly as big a role.


Obviously, ergonomic factors are still somewhat important because they help further enhance the overall comfort of the chair, but here, it’s the comfort itself that takes center stage.

Best Office Chair for Hip Pain Comfort Collection - Chair Institute

Alternative Seating Collection

Best Office Chair for Hip Pain Alternative Seating Collection - Chair Institute

The chairs in this group aren’t, technically speaking, chairs at all, but stools and other forms of alternative seating that rely on cutting-edge ergonomic design techniques but take very different forms than the conventional office chair.


There’s a lot to choose from in the alternative seating market, but in terms of managing and reducing hip pain, there’s just one thing to talk about: The saddle stool. The simple truth is that all by itself, the design of a saddle-style seat will do a lot of good for people who suffer from chronic hip pain, regardless of what’s causing it.


The reason has everything to do with the shape of the saddle-style seat. The open hip angle takes immediate pressure off of your joints and improves circulation, both of which serve to reduce pain.

In addition to that, most office seating alternatives serve to strengthen your core muscles in the long term, in addition to being much harder types of office seating to cheat or slouch in. Better posture and a stronger core translate into better overall health and improved circulation, which means less pain.


If you’ve tried several office chairs and found them to be wanting, and if you’re ready and willing to think outside the box to find a seating solution that works for them. There’s a good cross-section of products here, and all of them are interesting, but this is probably the most self-selecting category of the bunch.


Either you’re in the market for an alternative to conventional office seating and willing to give it a try, or you’re not. If not, then none of the glowing things we say about the products here are likely to change your mind. If you are, then this section will probably wind up being your favorite part of this roundup review.

Best Office Chairs for Hip Pain 2022 – Ergonomic Collection

Ergonomic Collection

Steelcase Leap Small Chair for Best Office Chair for Hip Pain

Steelcase Leap

Black Rhythm Color, Herman Miller Embody with Fully Adj Arms - Graphite Frame/Base, in Left Position

Herman Miller Embody

Graphite Color, Herman Miller Aeron with Tilt Limiter, Adjustable PostureFit SL and Arms, in Front Position

Herman Miller Aeron

Black Color, Steelcase Amia with Adjustable Back Tension and Arms, LiveLumbar Support, in Left Position

Steelcase Amia

Honorable Mention

Black Color, Ergohuman High Back Swivel Chair with Headrest, in Left Position

Ergohuman High Back

Luraco i7 Chair

Rating

4.6

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.3

Price

$$$$$

$$$$$$

$$$$

$$$$

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Product Dimensions

24.8” x 27” x 43.5”

28” x 27” x 38.2”

28.2” x 28.2” x 43”

23” x 27” x 39” to 44”

26.5” x 29” x 46” to 52”

Chair Weight

48 pounds

51 pounds

43 pounds

64.2 pounds

64 pounds

Max. Supported Weight

300 pounds
Steelcase Plus supports up to 500 pounds

300 pounds

325 pounds

300 pounds

350 pounds

Seat Height Adjustment Range

15.5” to 20.5”
Plus is identical here

16.5” to 22”

16” to 20.5”
A: range is 14.75” to 19”
C: range is 16” to 20.5”

16” to 21”

18.5” to 22”

Seat Width

20”

20”

20.25”

19.25”

20.5”

Seat Depth

15.75” to 18.75”

15” to 18”

A = 16”
B = 16.75”
C = 18.5”

15.5” to 18.5”

18.5”

Pros

Arguably the most adjustable, customizable chair on the market today. Also offered in a range of color and upholstery options with extras available! A full suite of highly adjustable and ergonomic features.

Optimized for gamers and other power users. Highly adjustable and offered in a modest selection of colors and upholstery options.

Herman Miller’s original flagship office chair. A venerable model kept lovingly up to date with all the latest ergonomic technology.

The same exceptional quality and the same impressive 10-year warranty offered on the leap, but not quite as feature-rich, with a correspondingly lower price.

Lifetime warranty, articulated, ergonomic headrest, waterfall edge style seat, adjustable lumbar support, and more extras and enhancement than any other office chair we’ve ever seen.

Cons

Expensive. Can take a long time to optimize the chair for maximum ergonomic benefit. Some users will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of adjustable features.

Expensive. Can take a long time to optimize the chair for maximum ergonomic benefit. Some users will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of adjustable features. The aesthetic might be off-putting to some.

Pricey. And it’s a mesh chair, which some people don’t like.

Although cheaper than the Leap, the Amia will still be out of reach for many who want or need one.

It’s all mesh. That, combined with its slightly futuristic look may be off-putting to some.

Our Verdict

Recommended without reservation. In our view, this is the best office chair on the market today.

Recommended, provided you’re a fan of the chair’s vaguely futuristic aesthetic.

Recommended. If the Leap isn’t a good fit for you for any reason, this is a good alternative.

Recommended as a cheaper, not quite as capable version of the Leap.

Recommended, especially to those who love add-ons and extras!

Lower Back and Hip Pain – Ergonomic Collection: Top Pick

Black Color, Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair with Natural Glide System, in Left Position

Steelcase Leap

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

Arguably the most adjustable, customizable chair on the market today. Also offered in a range of color and upholstery options with extras available! A full suite of highly adjustable and ergonomic features.

CONS

Expensive. Can take a long time to optimize the chair for maximum ergonomic benefit. Some users will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of adjustable features.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended without reservation. In our view, this is the best office chair on the market today.

More Specifications...

Lower Back and Hip Pain – Ergonomic Collection: 2nd Place

Black Rhythm Color, Herman Miller Embody with Fully Adj Arms - Graphite Frame/Base, in Left Position

Herman Miller Embody

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$$

PROS

Optimized for gamers and other power users. Highly adjustable and offered in a modest selection of colors and upholstery options.

CONS

Expensive. Can take a long time to optimize the chair for maximum ergonomic benefit. Some users will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of adjustable features. The aesthetic might be off-putting to some.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended, provided you’re a fan of the chair’s vaguely futuristic aesthetic.

More Specifications...

Lower Back and Hip Pain – Ergonomic Collection: 3rd Place

Graphite Color, Herman Miller Aeron with Tilt Limiter, Adjustable PostureFit SL and Arms, in Front Position

Herman Miller Aeron

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Herman Miller’s original flagship office chair. A venerable model kept lovingly up to date with all the latest ergonomic technology.

CONS

Pricey. And it’s a mesh chair, which some people don’t like.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended. If the Leap isn’t a good fit for you for any reason, this is a good alternative.

More Specifications...

Lower Back and Hip Pain – Ergonomic Collection: 4th Place

Black Color, Steelcase Amia with Adjustable Back Tension and Arms, LiveLumbar Support, in Left Position

Steelcase Amia

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

The same exceptional quality and the same impressive 10-year warranty offered on the leap, but not quite as feature-rich, with a correspondingly lower price.

CONS

Although cheaper than the Leap, the Amia will still be out of reach for many who want or need one.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended as a cheaper, not quite as capable version of the Leap.

More Specifications...

Lower Back and Hip Pain – Ergonomic Collection: Honorable Mention

Black Color, Ergohuman High Back Swivel Chair with Headrest, in Left Position

Ergohuman High Back

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Lifetime warranty, articulated, ergonomic headrest, waterfall edge style seat, adjustable lumbar support, and more extras and enhancement than any other office chair we’ve ever seen.

CONS

It’s all mesh. That, combined with its slightly futuristic look may be off-putting to some.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended, especially to those who love add-ons and extras!

More Specifications...

*While aesthetics is a matter of taste, aesthetic flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.
**Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Best Office Chair for Lower Back and Hip Pain – Ergonomic Collection

Steelcase Leap Office Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.6

Summary

The Steelcase Leap Office Chair is an amazing, versatile chair brimming with cutting edge features. Recommended for chronic pain sufferers. Anyone who can afford the best office chair on the market today.

Not only is the Steelcase leap the best office chair for lower back and hip pain, it’s the best office chair on the market today, period. It’s simply an amazing example of excellence in design. Before we get into the particulars of this chair, we should point out that Steelcase has an entire line of products all bearing the Leap name. These include the office chair we’re talking about here; a big and tall version called the Leap Plus, and a stool and Work Lounge.

The Leap and Leap plus are virtually identical, with the key difference being that the frame of the Leap Plus has been ruggedized and is capable of supporting more user weight. If the weight allowance of the standard Leap isn’t enough for you, upgrade to the Leap Plus. Although this short review is about the standard chair, virtually all of the particulars will also apply to the Leap Plus.

Chair Specifications

With that said, let’s begin by reviewing the basic stats of the chair:

Black Color, Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair with Natural Glide System, in Front Position
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8” x 27” x 43.5”
  • Chair Weight: 48 pounds
  • Max Supported Weight: 300 pounds (Leap Plus supports up to 500 pounds)
  • Recline Range: 90 to 120 degrees
  • The depth of the seat: 15.75” to 18.75”
  • The width of the seat: 20”
  • The height of the seat: 15.5” to 20.5”
  • The height of the lumbar support: 5.25” to 10.25”
  • The angle of recline: 96 to 120 degrees
  • The height of the armrests: 7” to 11”
  • The distance between the armrests: 12.75” to 20”
  • The armrest pivot range: 30 degrees – note: If you’d rather have a chair with no armrests at all, you can take them off if you like.

Adjustable and Customizable

The first thing that jumps out at us is the fact that almost every aspect of this chair can be tweaked and adjusted. That’s great news for anyone who buys one because it gives you the ability to fine-tune the chair, so it fits you perfectly. 

The tradeoff, of course, is that when you get the chair put together, it may not be an ideal fit for you initially. It’ll be more of a work in progress that will require some time and experimentation to get right. It is; however, time well spent, and if you’re willing to take the time to do the fine-tuning, you’ll find this to be an amazing chair. Honestly, once you own one of these, you won’t know how you ever got along without it!

Even better, you’ll actually start customizing your Leap chair before you get it home. Ordering one is a bit of an adventure in its own right because you have a variety of upholstery and finishing options to select from. Rather than recreating the full list here, we’ll simply refer you to the in-depth review we’ve done of this chair (see link at the end of this review).

Aesthetics & Design

The sheer adjustability outlined above makes this chair worth the asking price, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. See, the Leap was designed with a very specific philosophy. The design team used the following discoveries to guide the development of the chair:

  • The human spine does not move as a single unit
  • Each individual’s spinal motion is unique
  • Each person’s upper and lower back require different amounts and types of support
  • And each person’s vision and reach have an impact on their posture

Powerfully Implemented Ergonomic Features

Adjustability is all well and good, but the Leap is much more than just a well-designed, well-built chair. The waterfall edge style seat is superb and provides genuine pain relief to people who suffer from chronic hip and leg pain, whatever the source.

Black Color, Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair with Natural Glide System, in Back Right Position

The lumbar support is highly adjustable too, which provides exceptional support all by itself, but is made even better thanks to a proprietary technology Steelcase has named “Live Back.” The chair’s back features a slatted design that moves with you as you change your position in your seat. It always provides precisely the amount of support you need, exactly where you need it.

Even better, there are a pair of dials on the chair that allow you to adjust the tension in the upper and lower portions of the seatback independently. This allows you to increase or decrease the level of support the chair provides until it’s perfect for you.

Of course, this too takes time and experimentation, and until you get it dialed into your personal preferences, your experience with the chair may be suboptimal.

Add-Ons

If you like, you can even get ergonomic head and neck support, although you’ll have to order the headrest separately. Steelcase offers a small number of high-value add-ons, including their well-designed headrest and a small, ergonomic ottoman that can pull double duty as a low-slung worktable if you want.

Tilt Function and Armrest, Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair with Natural Glide System, Black
Lumber Support, Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair with Natural Glide System, Black

The ottoman is another excellent piece of optional gear, especially for those who suffer from chronic hip and leg pain, taking advantage of the chair’s maximum recline angle of 120 degrees.

Bottom Line

While it’s certainly possible to find other office chairs on the market that feature more luxuriant padding, the Leap is the best-designed ergonomic chair on the market today. It’s got an impressive suite of ergonomic features and an equally impressive warranty, plus add-ons, extras, and plenty of customization options when you order your chair.

The only two drawbacks are these:

First, it’s expensive, which may put it out of reach of many of the people who need its ergonomic excellence the most.

Second, this is a very fiddly chair. When you first sit down in it, it’s not going to provide optimal support for you. You can get it to that point, but there’s a time investment involved. The more time you spend on it, the better the chair becomes.


Herman Miller Embody

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.5

Summary

The Herman Miller Embody is a bleeding-edge, futuristic design, loaded with features you’ll love. Recommended for power users who are fans of the futuristic aesthetic, and who can afford one.

If you like furniture that has a vaguely futuristic look and feel, then you’re going to fall in love with the Herman Miller Embody at first sight. Depending on who you ask, it’s either the best or the second-best office chair on the market today.

In our view, the Leap narrowly edges it out, but there can be no denying that the Embody is an exceptional piece of office furniture. Before we get into the particulars, we’ll post the chair’s basic stats here by way of review. 

Chair Specifications

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 28” x 27” x 38.2”
  • Chair Weight: 51 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 300 pounds
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 16.5” to 22”
  • Recline Range: 90 to 135 degrees
  • Seat Depth: 15” to 18”
  • Seat Width: 20”

Adjustability

The Embody is every bit as adjustable as the Leap, and it has a slightly greater maximum recline angle. Like the Leap, Herman Miller opted for a “one size fits all” philosophy when designing the chair. One advantage to that approach is that if there are multiple people in your house, and they’ll all be using the chair, they can tweak it to be a perfect fit for them.

Black Rhythm Color, Herman Miller Embody with Fully Adj Arms - Graphite Frame/Base, in Front Position

The downside to that is that, like the Leap, in order to get the most out of this chair, you’re going to need to invest some time tweaking the settings to be perfect for you. If other people are using the chair, they’re invariably going to change your preferred settings, and you’ll spend an excessive amount of time setting them back. That can be an uphill battle, so both this chair and the Leap are better as one owner chairs, even though their versatility makes it possible for them to serve many owners.

Customization

When you order your Embody, you will have a few customization options that allow you to pick from a small assortment of fabrics and colors. The number of choices on offer isn’t as extensive as what you get when you order a Leap, but it’s certainly not bad, and it gives you at least some freedom and flexibility to truly make the chair your own. The real magic happens when it actually arrives at your door, and you get it put together.

Ergonomic Features

The first thing to draw your attention to is probably the first thing you’ll notice when you put the chair together. The Embody has its own fully articulated spine running up the length of the seatback, which they call “BackFit.”

Where the Leap uses a slatted seatback design, the Embody takes a very different approach but has the same basic goal in mind. The chair’s spine is a crucial bit of technology. It can be set to be inflexible, providing a straight seatback if that’s your preference, or it can be set to flex and move in tandem with you as you shift your position in the chair.

When set to this position, it acts a lot like the Leap’s “Live Back” technology, providing an optimal level of support for you, precisely when and where you need support. As with the Leap, this chair also gives you controls that allow you to adjust the amount of “give” in the chair’s spine, giving you the means to control the amount of resistance the seatback offers to you as you’re sitting in it.

While it’s true that the Embody does not allow you to adjust the position of the lumbar support, based on the strength of the BackFit technology, we’re not sure if doing so would yield any additional benefit. As it is, the amount of support you get from the chair is perfect. If lumbar height adjustment added anything at all to the equation, it would be an almost immeasurably small amount, in our view.

BackFit is the standout feature, but the waterfall edge style seat is also incredibly well-rendered and is of genuine benefit to anyone suffering from hip or leg pain arising from any source.

From a sheer adjustability point of view, you’ll also love that the armrests are both independently height and width adjustable, allowing you the freedom to work (or play!) in the chair in ways that other models simply can’t match.

Black Rhythm Color, Herman Miller Embody with Fully Adj Arms - Graphite Frame/Base, in Right Side Position

Bottom Line

While the Leap chair was designed along purely conventional lines and clearly aimed at the corporate market, the Embody almost cries out for home use, especially among the gaming set. Honestly, though, any power user will get a lot of mileage out of a chair like this. It’s comfortable; it’s got an impressive suite of ergonomic features and a truly innovative proprietary technology.

Herman Miller clearly has a lot of faith in the design (as evidenced by its impressive warranty), and with proper care, it’s sure to provide you years of reliable service. A great design, offered by a World-Class company.


Herman Miller Aeron

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.5

Summary

The Herman Miller Aeron is a solid, venerable design that has been recently updated. Recommended for anyone looking for a great mesh office chair, or anyone who wants most of the features of our top picks, without having to pay full price.

The Aeron is a venerable model that’s been part of Herman Miller’s product family for years. The company has worked hard to keep it up to date, and they’ve generally done a good job on that front. While it’s true that newer models have eclipsed it, this is still a serious office chair, and remains, to this day, one of the best on the market.

As we’ve done with the other models we’ve looked at so far, let’s do a quick review of the Aeron’s basic stats to get us started. 

Chair Specifications

Graphite Color, Herman Miller Aeron with Tilt Limiter, Adjustable PostureFit SL and Arms, in Left Side Position
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 28.2” x 28.2” x 43”
  • Chair Weight: 43 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 325 pounds
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 16” to 20.5” (A: range is 14.75” to 19”, C: range is 16” to 20.5”)
  • Recline Range: 90 to 135 degrees
  • Seat Width: 20.25”
  • Seat Depth: A = 16” B = 16.75”, C = 18.5”

One thing that jumps out at you right away when you look at the numbers is that the Aeron is designed along very different lines than our top two picks for this category. 

Where the top two chairs utilize a “one size fits all” approach, the Aeron is more granular, with three different models available: A (small), B (medium) and C (large).

There are trade-offs when using this approach.

On the plus side, by breaking the design into three different models, the Aeron avoids the problem of ‘adjustability overload’ that our top picks suffer from. With so many adjustable features, it can leave the owners of the Leap, and the Embody feeling overwhelmed. There’s just too much to do, and too many features to adjust.

While the Aeron at least partially dodges that problem, it introduces another. Before you buy one of these, you’re going to have to do some homework. That homework takes the form of having to take careful measurements so you can be sure you’re getting the model that fits you best.

Overall, our preference is for the one size fits all approach because it gives you a more robust and versatile chair, but we understand that opinions will vary, so we were pleased that the Aeron made our list of finalists as it presents a very different option that will appeal to a different set of potential buyers.

Comfort

In terms of comfort, the Aeron lags slightly behind because it is a mesh chair. 

Mesh chairs are fabulous, and they certainly have their fans because they’re durable and breathable. As such, they’re awesome choices for power users, but there’s a catch. Most people regard mesh chairs as not being as attractive as their upholstered counterparts, and since they don’t have padding, they aren’t quite as comfortable, either.

Graphite Color, Herman Miller Aeron with Tilt Limiter, Adjustable PostureFit SL and Arms, in Back Position

If you like mesh chairs and that’s what you want, then the Aeron belongs at the top of your list. If you’re not a fan, it doesn’t matter how well the chair ranks, you’re not likely to be swayed.

Adjustability

Where adjustability is concerned, again, we find that the Aeron lags behind our top contenders, although in this case, that’s partly explained by the fact that this chair uses three different models instead of a single, highly adjustable model.

Ergonomic Features

Like our top picks, the Aeron has a suite of well-implemented ergonomic features, and it too utilizes some terrific proprietary technology. Where the Leap has its “LiveBack,” and the Embody has “BackFit,” the Aeron has something called “PostureFit SL.” The ‘SL’ in the name stands for sacral and lumbar, which refers to your mid-back and lower back, respectively.

Thanks to the PostureFit technology, the upper and lower sections of the seatback move independently, with each providing optimal levels of dynamic support as you move in the chair.

Office Decoration, Herman Miller Aeron, Graphite

On top of this, the Aeron features a superb lumbar support system that allows you to adjust the tension, and thus the level of support it provides. One limitation of the Aeron’s lumbar implementation, however, is that you can’t change the height of the lumbar support.

As with our top contenders, the Aeron also features a well-designed waterfall edge style seat, so it’s great for people who suffer from poor circulation in their lower extremities. Although the benefits of the seat are somewhat limited by the aforementioned lack of padding.

In addition to that, the Aeron can recline back to a maximum of 135 degrees. This model takes a more simplified approach to the recline function, however. Rather than having unlimited freedom to set your recline angle, the Aeron comes with three presets: Upright (90 degrees), Recline (120 degrees) and full recline (135 degrees). 

Opinions will vary on this point, but in our view, having presets here feels a bit over engineered to us. 90-135 degrees isn’t a vast recline range, to begin with, but we understand the intent, and there will undoubtedly be people who like the feature very much.

Finally, the armrests of the Aeron are highly adjustable, which is more important than most people realize. We love that you can independently adjust the height of each armrest and pivot it inward or outward depending on your preference.

Bottom Line

The Aeron isn’t as robust or adjustable as the more modern Embody. It’s also a mesh chair. Those two things are sure to put at least some people off. On the other hand, it’s still an incredibly versatile design, and it’s the best mesh office chair being sold today. Combine those two things with the fact that it costs less than our top picks, and there’s a lot to like about this model. We recommend it, but readily acknowledge that it won’t be right for everyone.


Steelcase Amia

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.5

Summary

The Steelcase Amia is an attractive, robust design filled with well-implemented ergonomic features, and backed by Steelcase’s impressive warranty. Recommended for anyone looking for a great mesh office chair, or anyone who wants most of the features of our top picks, without having to pay full price.

The Amia occupies the same space in the Steelcase product lineup as the Aeron occupies in Herman Miller’s product lineup. It was the predecessor to their world-famous Leap chair. This older model has been eclipsed by the more modern Leap, but the Amia is still a serious contender and to this day, one of the best chairs on the market.

Chair Specifications

Here are a few basic stats on the chair to get us started:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 23” x 27” x 39” to 44”
  • Chair Weight: 64.2 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 300 pounds
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 16” to 21”
  • Seat Width: 19.25”
  • Seat Depth: 15.5” to 18.5”
Adjustable Armrest, Steelcase Amia, Black
Adjustable Seat Depth, Steelcase Amia, Black
Back Tension, Steelcase Amia, Black

With an adjustable seat depth, a good height adjustment range and a 300-pound weight limit, the Amia is a good fit for the vast bulk of the market.

As with the Leap chair, when you place your order, you’ll be presented with a variety of color and finish options, which gives you a tremendous amount of freedom when it comes to customizing and personalizing your chair, making it that much easier to blend it in seamlessly with your prevailing home or office décor scheme.

Adjustability, Comfort, and Ergonomics

The Amia is reasonably well-padded with conventional block foam, but padding is only one part of the comfort equation. While this chair isn’t quite as adjustable as the Leap, there’s still a lot to like here. You’ll find that you can adjust:

Black Color, Steelcase Amia with Adjustable Back Tension and Arms, LiveLumbar Support, in Left Position
  • The height of the well-implemented lumbar support (height range begins at 6.25” and goes to 10”)
  • The armrests are independently height adjustable inside a range between 7.25” and 11.25”
  • The armrests can also be width adjusted in a range between 13” to 19.5"
  • The armrests can also pivot “in” or “out” by up to 30 degrees
  • The seat depth can be adjusted between 15.8” and 18.5”
  • And of course, the seat height adjustment range (16” to 21”)

Like the chairs we’ve talked about to this point, the Amia also sports some impressive proprietary technology, taking the form of “Live Lumbar” in this instance.

Similar to the Leap chair, the seatback is composed of a series of slats that move independently as you change your position in the seat, which provides dynamic support as you change position, and the amount of support the seatback provides can be adjusted via a dial on the chair itself. Again, it takes some experimentation to optimize if for you, but it’s time well spent.

Bottom Line

The Amia is an older model, but as Herman Miller has done with the Aeron, SteelCase has worked hard to keep it up to date. Although the Leap is technically the better chair, this model is certainly no slouch and remains, to this day, one of the best on the market

If you’re looking for a world-class office chair that’s loaded with cutting-edge features, but your budget won’t support getting either the Leap or the Embody, this is a superb option to consider. You’ll love it, and once you get the settings optimized for how you sit in and use the chair, you’ll feel better too.


Ergohuman High Back Swivel

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.3

Summary

The Ergohuman High Back Swivel is a sturdy, capable design with a lifetime warranty and an insane amount of adjustability and customization options. Recommended for anyone. This is a solid chair by any reckoning.

Ergohuman isn’t as big or as well-known as SteelCase and Herman Miller, the two companies that utterly dominate this part of our roundup review, but they make incredibly good office furniture. So good, in fact, that they offer a lifetime warranty on every office chair they sell

If that didn’t get your attention, then the rest of this overview about the Ergohuman High Back certainly will! Before we dive into the specifics, however, let’s begin as we have been, with a review of the chair’s basic stats.

Chair Specifications

Dimension Stats, Ergohuman High Back Swivel Chair, Black
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5” x 29” x 46” to 52”
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 18.5” to 22”
  • Seat Width: 20.5”
  • Seat Depth: 18.5”
  • Chair Weight: 64 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 350 pounds
  • Maximum Recline Range: 135 degrees

Given the numbers above, this chair is a good fit for the vast majority of the market, although shorter people may not be able to use the chair, even when it’s set to its lowest seat height.

Aesthetics & Design

It’s not an ugly chair, but it is rather unusual looking, given its segmented design. Assuming that you’re okay with the aesthetic of the chair, you’ll find a lot to love about it, starting with the fact that you can order it any way you like.

Do you want a mesh chair? Ergohuman has you covered? Would you prefer leather or fabric upholstery? Done. Do you want a few different color options? You can have that, too.

Extras & Add-Ons

On top of that, while many other companies (SteelCase included) offer a few interesting accessories, Ergohuman takes things to the next level. They offer a vast array of “extras,” which enables you to customize your office chair in ways that no other company can come close to matching.

Some of them are smaller finishing touches like adding a cup holder, which is cool, and a nice touch, but it doesn’t rewrite the office chair paradigm. Others, however, really change the game. Imagine adding a powerful articulated arm to your chair that’s capable of holding a laptop, allowing you to work in an entirely new way. PC on your desk, laptop hovering on the articulated arm – it unlocks doors you may not have ever even imagined.

Ergonomic Features

Although the Ergohuman doesn’t feature any advanced proprietary technology like our top picks offer, it has the basics well covered.

Lumbar Support

There’s a reason for the chair’s unusual design, and it has a lot to do with the implementation of its ergonomic features. By separating the seatback into two pieces, it allows the company to implement an adjustable lumbar support system without impacting the upper half of the seatback.

Sculpted Seat

In addition to the company’s exceptionally well-implemented lumbar support, the Ergohuman offers an ergonomically sculpted seat that helps to improve circulation in the lower extremities of the whoever is sitting in the chair, and the upper segment of the seatback features a fully articulated headrest for neck and back support.

Adjustable Armrests

Although the armrests of the chair aren’t ergonomically sculpted, they are magnificently adjustable. Not only can you set the height of each arm independently, but you can also swivel them up to 45 degrees in either direction (in, toward the center of the chair, or out and away from it) depending on what your needs of the moment are.

Recline Function

Finally, the chair reclines back to a maximum of 135 degrees, giving you plenty of flexibility when it comes to shifting your position throughout the day. Unlike most office chairs, this one has three preset recline angles. At the touch of a button, you can select from 90, 120, or 135 degrees.

Black Color, Steelcase Amia with Adjustable Back Tension and Arms, LiveLumbar Support, in Front Position

We’re sure there will be people who like the approach, but it feels overdone to us. One hundred thirty-five degrees isn’t a huge recline angle anyway, and our preferences is to have unlimited freedom to select and set our own, precise recline angle, rather than relying on a mere three presets, but we understand the design decision.

Normally, the angle of recline isn’t a huge selling point on an office chair, but in the case of the Ergohuman, it is (or can be) compelling. After all, the company sells those fun extras and add-ons, which makes it entirely possible to work just as productively while in a reclined position as you can when you’re sitting up straight. In this chair, reclining back doesn’t necessarily mean you’re taking a break!

Bottom Line

The Ergohuman High Back is cheaper than our top picks, and while it does lack some of the more advanced ergonomic features, it makes up for the loss in other ways. The company selling the chair is a breed apart, and they make outstanding office furniture, as evidenced by the lifetime warranty which, by the way, is even more impressive than the warranties offered by either Herman Miller or SteelCase.

While it’s not readily obvious, the other reason for the chair’s curious segmented design is the fact that if any part of the chair wears out, it’s a simple matter to replace just that part. That comes in handy, given the chair’s lifetime warranty as mentioned above. This is literally the last office chair you’ll ever need to buy.

Black Color, Steelcase Amia with Adjustable Back Tension and Arms, LiveLumbar Support, in Different Position

As good as all of that is, however, it’s the accessories that will wind up being the deciding factor for most people — the reason for choosing this model over some other. There are just so many of them, and they’re really, insanely good. Even better, the company adds new goodies regularly.

This chair is ideal for tinkerers and do it yourselfers. Our recommendation would be to buy the stock model and use it as is for a month or two to get a feel for it. Then, head to the Ergohuman website and start browsing accessories, thinking about how you currently use the chair and how you’d like to, acquiring accessories that are of the highest value to you. This is truly a one of a kind chair, offered by a one of a kind company. We recommend it.


Best Office Chairs for Arthritis Sufferers 2022 – Massage + Heat Collection

Massage + Heat Collection

Black Color, Flash Furniture BT-7672 with Recliner and Ottoman Set, in Left Position

Flash Furniture BT-7672

Black Color, mecor Heated Office Chair with 360 Degree Adjustable Height & Armrest, in Front Position

Mecor Heated Office Chair

Black Color, Best Massage High Back Executive Massager with Lumbar Support Swivel Rolling, in Front Position

Best Massage High Back Executive Massager

Honorable Mention

Black Color, HomCom Heated Office Chair with Vibrating and Lumber Support, in Left Position

Homcom Heated Office Chair

Luraco i7 Chair

Rating

3.9

3.8

3.7

3.5

Price

$$$

$

$$$$

$$

Dimensions

29.5” x 30.5” x 42”

26.1” x 31.1” x 43.3” to 47.2”

28” x 25” x 49.5” to 53”

23.5” x 26.5” x 43.5” to 47.5”

Chair Weight

54 pounds

38.6 pounds

46 pounds

41 pounds

Max. Supported Weight

250 pounds

300 pounds

250 pounds

300 pounds

Seat Height Adjustment Range

19.5” (non-adjustable)

19.6” to 23.5”

18.5” to 22”

17.5” to 21.5”

Pros

Waterfall-edge style seat, lumbar support, head and neck support. Surprisingly good vibration style massage, lumbar heat.

Waterfall-edge style seat, lumbar support, head and neck support. Surprisingly versatile massage function. Heat EVERYWHERE, which is this chair’s best feature.

Padded ergonomic headrest and pillow, static lumbar support, waterfall-edge style seat, insanely good 4D armrests, exceptional massage, given the tech.

It’s got the basics covered on the ergonomic front, plus massage and heat, offered for a song. Most comfortably padded chair in this section. Offered in a modest selection of colors.

Cons

Bonded leather upholstery wears quickly, no rolling casters. No adjustable features (other than massage).

PU upholstery, lightly constructed. Doesn’t stand up well to the rigors of heavy daily use. PU and heat are a poor combination of features.

Non-adjustable ergonomic support, PU upholstery paired with heat is suboptimal. Doesn’t stand up well to the rigors of heavy daily use.

No adjustable ergonomic features. The extra padding blunts the effectiveness of the massage and heat. PU upholstery is a bad combination with heat due to lack of breathability. Doesn’t stand up well to heavy usage.

Our Verdict

Recommended for light to moderate daily use.

Heat is the standout feature. Recommended for light to moderate daily use, especially for arthritis sufferers.

Massage is the standout feature. Recommended for light to moderate daily use.

Provisionally recommended if none of the other options presented here are what you’re looking for.

Arthritis Sufferers – Massage + Heat Collection: Top Pick

Black Color, Flash Furniture BT-7672 with Recliner and Ottoman Set, in Left Position

Flash Furniture BT-7672

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Waterfall-edge style seat, lumbar support, head and neck support. Surprisingly good vibration style massage, lumbar heat.

CONS

Bonded leather upholstery wears quickly, no rolling casters. No adjustable features (other than massage).

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for light to moderate daily use.

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Arthritis Sufferers – Massage + Heat Collection: 2nd Place

Black Color, mecor Heated Office Chair with 360 Degree Adjustable Height & Armrest, in Front Position