Best office chairs 2020: get a comfortable and stylish seat

Our best office chairs guide means perfect posture and comfort is possible for any budget

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Welcome to T3's best office chairs of 2020 buying guide. This resource has been produced by the T3 team to help anyone find a great office chair, with a wide-variety of styles, body shapes and budgets catered for.

As such, regardless of if you're looking for the best office chair for back pain, or the best office chair for ergonomic support, or simply the best-looking chair for spending your working day sat on, this guide is here to help.

Whether you're a premium or budget end chair shopper, you should find something here to suit you and your body shape, too – the good news for those looking for the best office chair on the market is that there are a huge number of options to pick from.

The sheer number of available models does make picking out the highlights a bit of a challenge, but that's what this list is here for – we'll take you carefully through all the options, and explain why each one could be the best office chair for you.

Do keep checking back on the deals and offers we've got listed alongside these chairs, because discounts are being applied all the time. Do your research probably (landing on this page is a good start) and we are confident you can find the right match for you.

Because, with more of us working from home like never before, the importance of a quality office chair cannot be overemphasised. If you're going to spend huge portions of each day in a seat, then it absolutely should be a quality product.

The best office chairs available today in 2020

Cherry Tree Executive Office Chair best office chair 2020

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1. Cherry Tree Executive Office Chair

The best office chair for most people

Specifications
Back height: 112-122 cm
Seat depth: 53 cm
Height adjustable: yes
Lumbar support: yes
Tilt lock: yes
Reasons to buy
+Classic and stylish design+Plenty of adjustment options

We think a lot of people are going to like this Executive Office Chair from Cherry Tree – it's comfortable, it's easy to put together, it's affordable, and it's going to last. You don't get some of the premium materials or fancy features that more expensive chairs offer, but that doesn't matter a huge amount.

Made from polyurethane leather, the chair is great to sink into at the start of a working session and it's going to keep you well supported while you get on with whatever it is you're getting on with. There's artificial leather on the arm rests as well, so you really feel like you are a chief executive.

Add in plenty of adjustment in terms of seat height and tilt, plus dedicated lumber support, and it's not difficult to see why this particular model is one of the best office chairs of 2020 and popular with a wide range of people.

Herman Miller Mirra 2 best office chair 2020

Best office chairs: Herman Miller Mirra 2

2. Herman Miller Mirra 2

The best premium office chair

Specifications
Seat height: 40-52cm
Seat depth: 41cm
Height adjustable: yes
Lumbar support: yes
Tilt lock: yes
Reasons to buy
+It's simply brilliant+Dog, child and life-proof

Eight hundred quid may sound like a lot for a chair, but it's less than a MacBook Air, for example – and unlike the Mac, the Mirra will still be useful a decade from now. 

I bought one in 2004 on the recommendation of a back surgeon, and it’s genuinely the best investment I've ever made: it enabled me to get back to work much earlier than expected post-surgery, and it's kept back problems at bay ever since. 

It’s rock solid – two generations of dogs and two children have tried and failed to destroy it, and the only sign of wear from more than a decade is a slight bagginess to the covers on the armrests (which are almost infinitely adjustable). It's heavy, though, so I'd recommend floor protection.

Ikea Markus best office chair 2020

Best office chairs: IKEA Markus

3. Ikea Markus

The best budget office chair

Specifications
Seat height: 129-140cm
Seat depth: 47cm
Height adjustable: Yes
Lumbar support: yes
Tilt lock: yes
Reasons to buy
+Decent value for money+Comfortable for most

IKEA has a better range of office chairs than you might expect, and the Markus is our current pick of the bunch. It's not the cheapest the Swedish firm offers, but it's got just about everything you want.

That includes a high, mesh backing with lumbar support, optional arm rests, and easy height and tilt adjustment. You can lock a tilt in place if you want to sit back and avoid work for a while.

From our testing this chair can really stand up to hours of use while keeping you comfortable, and you can't ask any more than that. An easy choice for one of the best office chairs of 2020.

Argos Home Orion best office chair 2020

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4. Argos Home Orion Faux Leather Ergonomic Office Chair

Don't let office work become a chore

Specifications
Seat height: 48-57.5 cm
Seat depth: 47 cm
Height adjustable: yes
Lumbar support: no
Tilt lock: no
Reasons to buy
+Tall and comfortable back+At the affordable end of the scale

One of the reasons we like the Argos Home Orion is that it looks more expensive than it actually is – it's actually relatively affordable when you look at the market as a whole, and especially considering how many years you're going to get out of it.

It does all of the basics you need an office chair to do, and is very comfortable to sit in, even as your working sessions drag on through the day (or the night). The armrests definitely help, and it's worth noting that these aren't removable – if you don't like armrests, don't buy this chair.

The faux leather look combines well with the chrome-and-black stand and castors, and the Argos Home Orion moves around very nippily on all surfaces. The tall back (which stretches as high as 128.5 cm) ensures good support for your back and neck.

Best office chairs Amazon

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5. Amazon Basics Office Chair

The best office chair for those shopping on a small budget

Specifications
Material: Fabric (Nylon)
Colour: Black
Maximum weight: 110kg
Dimensions: 64 x 47.5 x 87.9 to 96 cm (LxWxH)
Height adjustable: Yes
Rotates: Yes, 360 degrees
Reasons to buy
+Simple, clean design+Incredible affordable

Yes, sure, the Amazon Basics Office Chair doesn't have the fancy features, the luxe material finish, and the best support options out of the chairs in this list, but it is a rock solid office chair that is incredibly cheap and looks clean and professional.

Indeed, the price is so low that you could buy 10 of them for the price of our our premium office chair recommendation, which really puts its value in perspective. Need to kit out an entire start up office? With the Amazon Basics Office Chair you're covered.

A one-year warranty is included, and the chair swivels through a full 360-degrees, which is ideal for multi-tasking. Amazon pitch this chair as useful in more than just an office setting, too, with the garden and kitchen suggested.

Intey Ergonomic Office Chair best office chair 2020

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6. Intey Ergonomic Office Chair

A well priced, well made office chair for the masses

Specifications
Seat height: 43-53 cm
Seat depth: 49 cm
Height adjustable: yes
Lumbar support: no
Tilt lock: no
Reasons to buy
+Understated and solid+Nice use of materials

Understated, definitely, but that's a positive in our book – the Intey Ergonomic office chair can take a lot of sitting and slouching, and comes with enough adjustment options that you should be able to find something that suits the way you like to sit.

In terms of its looks, we're not talking about anything spectacular here, but it ticks all of the boxes that need ticking: it's easy to set up, it's comfortable to sit in for extended periods of time, and it comes with a nice mix of meshed fabric and artificial polyurethane leather that'll fit in nicely in any room.

The build quality is worth mentioning too, as this is a sturdy and well-constructed chair that will get you through a good number of years. The chair wheels are specially designed to avoid scratches on floors, and to be as smooth to roll as possible.

Best office chairs Ikea

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7. Ikea Renberget Swivel Chair

One of the best office chairs for affordability and timeless style

Specifications
Seat height: 45-57 cm
Weight: 110 kg
Material: Polyester
Tilt lock: no
Reasons to buy
+Very affordable+Understated style

Ikea get another chair in our best office chairs list thanks to the Renberget's affordability and timeless style. It's not the fanciest design, or the a chair with loads of fancy features, but it does the basics very well.

The alloy steel frame means the Renberget is planted and very stable when in use, while the two-tone black fabric and faux leather finish means it fits into  both the gaming room and the office without sweat.

The seat is height adjustable, too, and you can tilt it as well, but there is no movement in the armrests. The seat is also equipped with safety casters that have a pressure-sensitive brake mechanism that keeps the chair still when getting up and releases when you sit down.

For the price point, which is low, we don't think you can ask for much more. A great budget choice.

Office Hippo Leather Look Executive Office Chair best office chair 2020

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8. Office Hippo Leather Look Executive Office Chair

A dependable and affordable office chair

Specifications
Seat height: 47-52.5 cm
Seat depth: 53 cm
Height adjustable: yes
Lumbar support: no
Tilt lock: yes
Reasons to buy
+A seat that you can ease into+This is going to last you

Simplicity, affordability, clean lines... there's lots to like in this Office Hippo model, which won't cost you much at all considering how many years of sitting down you're going to get out of it. There's plenty of padding in an artificial leather style, and plastic armrests for when you're tired of typing.

It's nothing fancy – there's no dedicated lumbar support here, for example – but the build quality is solid, and this is an office chair that won't let you down. The back is of a reasonable height as well, so it's not going to dominate a small room or overwhelm a desk in the same way that a chair with a tall back might.

You just get the one black colour here and you'll have it set up well inside an hour (which admittedly isn't great if you're trying to avoid doing some actual work). For a straightforward, affordable chair, it's difficult to beat this for value.

SIHOO Ergonomic Office Chair best office chairs 2020

Best office chairs: SIHOO Ergonomic Office Chair

9. SIHOO Ergonomic Office Chair

You don't have to spend over the odds for the best office chair

Specifications
Height adjustable: yes
Lumbar support: yes
Tilt lock: yes
Reasons to buy
+Almost everything is adjustable+Well built and solid to use

We've already mentioned how you often need to pay top dollar to get the best office chair, but that doesn't mean there aren't some very good value bargains out there as well. If you can't afford one of the top-end models, consider the SIHOO.

For a start it's comfortable to sit in, which really helps, with a solid mesh backing and lumbar support. Plus, every aspect of the chair is adjustable, from the arm rests to the height to the level of tilt (if you need to lean back away from the desk for a while).

The build quality and use of materials might not quite match the chairs that cost five times as much as this one, but this is a very solid entry down at the budget end of our best office chairs for 2020 list.

HÅG Capisco Puls 8010 best office chair 2020

Best office chairs: HÅG Capisco Puls 8010

10. HÅG Capisco Puls 8010

A minimalist design for the workplace/home office

Specifications
Colour: White
Weight: 14.4kg
Dimensions: 77.2 x 71.4 x 26.4 cm
Height adjustable: Yes
Seat depth adjustable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Minimalist design+Perfect for semi-active users

We love unusual and off-the-wall designs here at T3  and this design from Norwegian brand HÅG offers subtle Scandinavian minimalism and ingenuity. It looks and functions much like a cross between a regular office chair and a stool, providing you with lumbar and lower back support while forcing you to maintain your natural sitting posture.

Perfect for users who tend to move around/get up a lot during their working day, the HÅG Capisco Puls 8010 is comfortable to use and can be tilted and adjusted in terms of its height and the depth of its seat. It is a little pricey, but it's also one of the most eye-catching designs on this list.

Buying the best office chair 2020: what to know

If you spend a lot of your working day sat down, then a good chair isn't a luxury but a necessity. Unsuitable, badly designed chairs can cause some serious damage to your posture (something we know from experience) as well as your general health, and work is stressful enough without your chair adding to the problem.

At this point we should also emphasise that the best office chairs can get very expensive, and going for super-cheap isn't always a great idea. That said, the very best office chair of 2020 doesn't necessarily have to cost you a lot of cash.

When you're shopping for the best office chair, back support is crucial, as is a seat that's wide enough and long enough to support you adequately. Gas suspension makes adjustments easier, with many chairs offering variable resistance (so you can make them stiffer for computer work and recline them for reading, maybe).

We've listed all of these details alongside each of the models above, to make your selection easier.