Whether you’re working from home at a DIY desk setup or commuting to an office, you may have begun to feel the strain that sitting for seven or more hours a day can put on a body. If said strain has led you to wonder whether it’s worth investing in a better, more ergonomic office chair, the answer is almost certainly yes, according to experts we spoke to. “Makeshift setups can cause a laundry list of problems, including back, shoulder, and wrist pain,” explains Dr. David Perna of Back and Body Medical. Dr. Marc Agulnick, an orthopedic surgeon based on Long Island who’s affiliated with NYU Winthrop Hospital, agrees: “If you’re sitting for a long period of time in one position that’s not natural, or a bad position from a postural standpoint, over time that’s going to break down your spine.”
Finding the right ergonomic office chair, though, can be tricky — there is no universally perfect model, because every body is different, according to Agulnick. “If you take a one-size-fits-all approach, there are a lot of people who are miserable with it, because what’s comfortable for one person is going to be miserable for another,” he explains, and being comfortable in your office chair is definitely a priority. That said, there are certain types of office chairs that are going to make it easier for you to maintain a healthy posture while you work, regardless of your body type or personal preferences. Below, a variety of office chairs (and ergonomic chair accessories) that Agulnick, Perna, and 12 other doctors say will help you sit up straight and comfortably while minimizing long-term damage to your body. Beneath the chairs, you’ll find a handful of accessories the experts say you can use to make a chair you already own (or one you might buy) even more comfortable.
[Best less-expensive ergonomic office chair for bigger people]
-Neo Chair Essential Office Chair
Bhoola says this chair, which can accommodate up to 300 pounds, “has a wide lumbar support,” making it a good option for those with bigger builds who want to spend less. In addition to that lumbar support, Bhoola points to the chair’s adjustable mesh back and adjustable seat height as other ergonomic features. Its fabric-covered seat is also padded for even more comfort.