Top 5 Best Office Chairs for Back and Neck Pain with Buyer’s Guide 2017

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All day sitting puts stress on your spine creating back problems. If you already have back pain and to avoid it if you do not, an ergonomic chair will provide support to your spine, butt, and have comfortable arm supports. You will be in a balanced position and you have good posture with the proper chair. One chair might not be good for another person therefore it is critically important you choose the right one for your height, weight, body shape.

Innovative chairs have adjustment knobs and levers to adjust it for your perfect fit.


A comfortable and functional ergonomic chair can be purchased for a few hundred dollars up to a thousand dollars.

1. Features to Consider When Buying a Chair

  • Seat Height should be easy for you to adjust for your comfort.
  • Backrest will adjust vertically and back and forth.
  • Lumbar Support will give comfortable support for your lower back.
  • Arm Rests should adjust vertically for supporting lower arms and elbows; some swivel.
  • Seat should be comfortable and sufficiently deep from front to back and wide for support.
  • Swivel will rotate 360-degrees and have wheels that easily slide.
  • Stable with 5 legs to prevent tipping over.
  • Material with ample padding on the seat and back for comfort sitting all day.


2. Seat and Back Support Cushions

If your knees slope downward when your feet are on the floor, you might want to consider a seat cushion to give your body more height.

When the bottom of your chair is too deep creating pressure at the back of your knees, put a back cushion at the backrest that will push your body forward for better lumbar support.

Standard Foot RestAdditionally, a footrest will give your feet comfort and raise your knees upward for posture and some have balls to massage the bottoms of your feet and move backward and forward. These are inexpensive from $20 to $45 on® and provide more ways to move while sitting under a desk or other furniture.

Top 5 Office Chairs for Your Back-Pain Relief

1. AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair

The AmazonBasics at® offers the executive chair in black or brown to go with your office or home décor. The chair is covered with bonded leather and PVC (polyvinylchloride). It is not authentic leather. You will experience all-day comfort with the padded seat and back support ergonomically designed with your body’s support in mind.

The seat adjusts pneumatically up and down, swivels 360-degrees, and has 5 legs for safety with wheels (casters) that roll smoothly.

The chair is completely adjustable with its butterfly seat plate. The chair is elegant to look at and luxurious to sit in keeping your back supported with the curved shape. This will align your body and your posture will be improved. The control levers let you move the seat up by simply removing your weight and pulling up on the lever to the seat height you want. If you want the chair lower, sit and pull on the lever to where you want it. You can adjust it to fit you best from 41.34- to 45.08-inches high. When the chair is raised fully, the seat base is 20-inches from the floor. The seat is 19.5-inches wide and 20-inches deep. The lowest setting is 17-1/2-inches from the floor to the level plane of the seat. The seat cushion is 21-inches wide at the widest point.

The lever lets you set the tilt of the chair to rock back and forth or remain stationary to not rock. The tilt-tension knob adjusts the tilt of the chair for the way you like to sit.

The arm rests are padded for support and comfort. The armrests are bolted to the sides of the chair and are not adjustable up and down. When the chair is fully raised, the armrests are 28-inches from the floor and about 8-inches from the seat. The chair leans forward at about 10% down grade. The tilt back is 30- to 35-degrees.

The dimensions are: 29.13-inches long by 25.59-wide by 41.34 to 45.08-inches tall. The maximum weight capacity is 250 pounds plus and will fit a 6-foot 4-inch tall person. The chair base is 26.5-inches from side-to-side.

Gift-wrapping is available. The chair requires easy assembly with the hex key included. The instructions will be with the parts attached to the back of the chair. You will receive a 1-year Limited Warranty.

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2. Herman Miller Aeron® Task Chair

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Herman Miller office chairs are the premier chairs ever made! The company is located in Holland, Michigan, USA. They are pricier and worth every penny. The mesh covering breathes with you and is so comfortable! It is fully adjustable with its PostureFit® lumbar support. One size chair will not fit everyone. The Herman Miller Aeron® chair is available in 3 sizes (A, B, C) to fit everyone’s needs.

The size C large frame is graphite and the color is carbon black covering. The arms are padded and adjustable and swivel side-to-side, it tilts forward, has black rubber casters for tile or wood floors and low pile carpet, has pneumatic cylinders, with all mechanisms that easily move.

Its distinguishing looks and ergonomic design makes it fit all body sizes with extreme comfort and support not equaled by any other chair. The chair weighs 56 pounds.

Small chair size ‘A’: Height 4-feet 10-inches to 5-feet 9-inch tall person weighing 90 to 150 pounds. The chair is 38.5-inches high by 25.75-inches wide at the wheel base.

Medium chair size ‘B’: Height 5-feet 2 inches to 6-feet 6-inch tall person weighing 130 to 325 pounds. The chair is 41.1-inches high by 27-inches wide at the wheel base.

Large chair size ‘C’: Height 5-feet 3-inches to 6-feet 6-inch tall person weighing 180 to 350 pounds. The chair is 43-inches high by 28.25-inches wide at the wheel base.

The chair reclines to 3 positions being upright, mid- and full-recline. You can change the seat angle from parallel to the floor to a forward tilt of 5-degrees.

Gift-wrapping is available. The chair is very simple to put together with 4 screws and a hex key. You will receive instructions for assembly, the hex key and a 12-year Warranty. The Factory Warranty covers everything that makes a Herman Miller Office Chair, including casters, tilts, pneumatic cylinders, and all moving mechanisms. The chair is made in Michigan, USA.

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3. Boss Office Products Contoured Mid-Back Mesh Task Chair

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In 1990, Boss Office Products was launched in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), William Huang, began the business enterprise buying chairs from Taiwan then supplying to dealers and retailers in the USA. In 1991, Boss set up its manufacturing in China. Today there are showrooms in California, Georgia, and North Carolina.

The Boss task chair model B6008-SS (SS means seat slider) is an ergonomically designed open mesh back that supports and breathes to keep you cool. The front 3 paddle levers offer many tilting functions. The armrests are adjustable from low to high made of soft polyurethane (PU). You will like the seat tilt that locks through the range of tilt modes. The back angle for your specific comfort locks through its range of angles. The back is padded at the frame and the pneumatic gas lift adjusts the seat height to your body. The tilt mechanism lets you put the seat to feel comfortable to your bottom and thighs.

The base is large at 27-inches for more stability and the wheel casters have hoods over them. The Arm height is 26.5-inches to 32.5-inches; seat is 18-inches wide by 21.5-inches deep; seat height is 19-inches to 22.5-inches; and the overall size is 28.5-inches wide by 27-inches deep by 39.5-inches to 43-inches tall. The chair weighs 53 pounds.

You will receive assembly instructions. The Warranty is 6-years. Keep a copy of your receipt. You will need it for warranty purposes. The chair is made in China.

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4. Raynor Ergohuman High Back Swivel Chair with Headrest

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Ergohuman chair model ME7ERG is a high back mesh covered ergonomic best seller with or without the headrest. The base is chrome and the color is available in black, blue, burgundy, copper, green, and gray.

Ergohuman is a Square Grove® LLC store, a leading online ergonomics provider since 2003. They have received many 5-star ratings from clients for offering world-class customer service and for selling the best ergonomic products available.

One paddle lever does all the adjustments and it’s on the right side. The back has 3 positons for the angle and locks. Use the tension control knob to select the tension you want whether firm or soft. The pneumatic cylinder quickly lowers and raises the chair. The head rest swivels forward and backward and the seat cushion will fit your needs and comfort zone. This is a great chair!

The lumbar support is adjustable for your likeness and comfort. Sit upright or recline; this chair will do it for you. The armrests pivot for the way you want them.

The overall dimensions are 26.5-inches wide by 29-inches deep by 46-inches to 52-inches tall. The seat height is 18.5-inches at low and 22.2-inches at its highest level. The seat dimensions are 20-5-inches wide by 18.5-inches deep. The back dimensions are 20.5-inches wide and 28-inches tall. The chair weighs 66 pounds and the weight limit is a 250-pound person.

You will receive instructions for minor assembly. Raynor Eurotech gives a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The chair is made in China.

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5. Steelcase® Leap® Fabric Chair

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Steelcase® Leap® chair version 2 model 46216179FBL (FBL means fabric black) is the company’s number 1 ergonomic best-selling chair. Other colors available are burgundy, camel, gray, and navy blue at a slightly higher cost reason unknown. The LiveBack® technology offers you nonstop support for your back with upper and lower back adjustment levers. This will simulate your spine’s natural curvature the entire day so that you are comfortable longer. This gives any consumer a chair to support and comfort them the way they like their chair best. The NaturalGlide® feature will provide changes to your posture as you prefer it to maintain your task orientation. Leap® fabric chairs have no hazardous materials and are 90% recyclable.

With its NaturalGlide System you can recline and glide the seat forward for more posture adaptations with your spine meaning less static load to it. This reduces eye, arm, neck, and shoulder strain. The chair rocks and swivels and has 5 legs with hard plastic wheels (casters). The chair has adjustable arms that also swivel in or outward. This chair has all the features for keeping you cool, supported, and comfortable.



You will receive instructions for minor assembly. Steelcase® Leap® offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty for the Americas. The chair is made in the USA.

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  • Floormats are recommend for high pile or looped carpeting and some hardwood floors.
  • The hardware for assembling your chair is attached to the chair back with instructions usually in a plastic bag.
  • Stand up over the chair seat pulling the lever to raise the chair; sit on the chair to lower it.
  • Use as much of the chair back for support as you can.
  • Put your lower back lumbar at the curve to be comfortable and supportive.
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor unless you choose to use a footrest—which I do.
  • The seat (pan) of the chair should allow some space between your legs and chair sides.
  • Adjust the seat pan tilt not letting it put pressure under your knees.
  • Do not have the seat pulled so far forward that it puts pressure on your thigh or under your knees on the backside that can cut off circulation.
  • Start out adjusting your seat height adjusting downward where your feet and legs feel comfortable. This should be a 90-degree angle or more.
  • Sit back in your chair and adjust the height or depth for the lumbar support.
  • If your chair reclines, set it at what’s comfortable for you.
  • If your chair offers armrest adjustments, put the height, width, and inner or outer swivel to be the best for your tasks. Some people don’t have their arms on the armrests when typing or mousing, but I do and that’s the way I set mine to my desk.
  • Be sure the casters have space to move smoothly, and if not, consider a chair mat at your work area space. My chair would be on high-tufted carpet and not move; therefore, I bought a plastic mat. They are also made of rubber.

Final Thoughts

Discover the magic in ergonomic chairs to feel better doing your work. The support and comfort is superb.  Read customer reviews, consider your budget and check Warranties. Remember to get up and walk around every 20 minutes or so to keep yourself limber.

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