The best office chair of 2019

If you sit for long hours at a desk, it’s important to make sure you have the best ergonomic office chair you can afford. Whether you’re a freelancer looking for an office chair for home, or you have a whole studio to furnish, you’ll find our pick of the best office chairs here in this buying guide.

Before we get started, let’s take a look at a few key things to consider before handing over your cash. Firstly, a decent office chair should last, so it’s worth investing in one that’s going to give you the back support you need – even better if it actually improves your posture. And if you pair it with the best desk for you, you’ll be laughing. You’ll find our favourite ergonomic office chairs below, at a range of different price points.

You’ll also want an office chair that’s adjustable, and as this is a long-term investment, it’s worth checking that it comes with an equally long-term guarantee (all the best office chairs do – just read the small print to

Throughout this guide, you’ll find the best office chairs available: these are the chairs that give you the most bang for your buck, more expensive options with more features, and cheaper alternatives for tighter budgets. And we’ve included our pick of the best office chairs from Ikea, Amazon and all the most reputable retailers as well, to help you make the best purchase possible.

Read on for the best office chairs for your home or office. 

Best office chairs: Humanscale Diffrient Smart office chair

01. Humanscale Diffrient Smart office chai

No, it’s not a spelling mistake. was designed by American industrial designer Niels Diffrient and is, in our view, the best office chair out there. It’s a minimal mesh chair that embodies stunning, ergonomic design, and is available in a variety of colours and fabrics.

This office chair doesn’t have manual controls, but adjusts automatically to your size, shape and movements. As the armrests are attached to the back of the chair instead of the seat, they move automatically as you recline. The backrest also pivots as you lean back, adjusting to the shape of your reclined spine, all the while the tri-panel mesh backrest provides consistent lumbar support. 

The Humanscale Diffrient Smart is definitely an investment, but it comes with a whopping 15-year guarantee. However, bear in mind that although Humanscale claims this chair is suitable for all weights and sizes, if you’re six-foot or more, you may find it too small.  

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