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Office Chair Bestsellers & Buying Guide

Smart Furniture offers a great selection of office chairs to suit every type of need, whether you're a casual user or the full-tilt, all-day tasker. Learn more about our selection of office chairs by choosing a price category below.

 

starting at $519 and below Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Sayl Chair
Sayl Chair
by Herman Miller

$449 to $954
The Sayl Chair that wears its reputation as sculptural art on its sleeve, looking very much like the suspension bridges that inspired its design. It's beautiful, utterly unique, and priced very affordably.

  • Flexible elastomer back suspension material
  • Fixed or fully-adjustable arm option
  • Standard tilt, with forward tilt option
  • Adjustable lumbar support option
  • 5 base/frame color options
  • 21 fabric colors
  • 12-year limited warranty
Pros: That gorgeous back and lovely profile, its got a pronounced lumbar region without even adding the lumbar support. Sayl earns its reputation as one of the most beautiful office chairs in the Herman Miller stable, and with flying colors to boot. You've also gotta love that price.

Cons: The chair is a bit on the small side, so if you need an expansive seat and seat back, you might want to look elsewhere. And if you like spending a ton of money on your office chair, this is also not for you.
The casual user to the workaholic power-user. This chair does it all.

People with small to medium statures.
  Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Jack Chair
Jack Chair
by Steelcase

$199 to $269
You don't have to sacrifice great design when you're on a tighter budget. The Jack Chair offers and updated look with an affordable price, plus it's no slouch when it comes to its feature set.

  • Contoured seat and back for all-day comfort and support
  • Pneumatic seat height adjustment and swivel mechanism
  • Available with no arms, fixed arms or fully-adjustable arms
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty on base and frame, 10 years for seating mechanism, 5 years for fabric
Pros: Jack's clean lines and great price combined with amenities like seat height adjustment and fully adjustable arms make it usable for all-day sitting.

Cons: Though it's a great bargain, it's not the most comfortable for long periods of sitting, and not necessarily the most stylish chair we offer.
Tightwads that want "made in America" vs a big box made in Timbuktu alternative. Seriously though, this is a bang for your buck chair, it will last forever and looks/feels good...not great.
  Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Cobi Chair
Cobi Chair
by Steelcase

$449 to $544
The Cobi Chair is sometimes referred to as the "Mac Chair," because its design is so similar to the bulky, white Apple monitors of years past.

  • Small and lightweight
  • Slight back recline
  • Seat height adjustment
  • 3 frame colors
  • 13 fabric colors
  • Available with or without arms
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty on base and frame, 10 years for seating mechanism, 5 years for fabric
Pros: The smallness of the chair and the complete lack of bulk or clutter when it comes to adjustments, armrests, and features, make it very freeing.

Cons: Not a chair for tall, large, or heavy people. There are also no big features and few adjustments.
Casual users who spend less than 10 hours a week sitting at their desk.

People who like to move around and fidget while seated.
  Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Setu Chair
Setu Chair
by Herman Miller

$519 to $783
Light as a feather and inexpensive, this is a chair than can be used in both the home and the office - it'll make you comfy in both places.

  • Small and lightweight
  • Slight back recline
  • Seat height adjustment
  • Available with glides or casters
  • 5 frame colors
  • 12 Lyris suspension material colors
  • Available with or without arms
  • 12-year limited warranty
Pros: The Setu Chair is extremely light on its feet, making it portable and effective in any office setting. Setu is also known for being a chair where you never have to make an adjustment.

Cons: The "no adjustments" premise is great, unless you want adjustments. The arms can hit you most uncomfortably where they attach to the seat if you have hips (gentlemen, I think you're safe here).
Casual users who spend less up to 20 hours a week sitting at their desk.

People who like want the least amount of fuss in their office chair, and those who are looking for a very 'breathable' chair material.
 
  Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Amia Chair
Amia Chair
by Steelcase

$519 to $1,164
The Amia Chair isn't glamorous, but it's incredibly effective. No bells and whistles, just real comfort, real support, and real simple design.

  • Seat height adjustment
  • Fully-adjustable arm option
  • 2" seat depth adjustment
  • 2 base/frame colors
  • 24 fabric colors
  • 5 leather colors
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty on base and frame, 10 years for seating mechanism, 5 years for fabric
Pros: The Amia Chair is a simple ergonomic winner. It strips away all the things you don't really need from the most high-end office chairs, but it keeps all their comfort, freedom of movement, support, and color. It's lean, and it has kept only the essentials.

Cons: We say simple design, but others might say unsophisticated design. Meaning its not designed after a bridge or famous landmark. Also, the lumbar support is very minimal in its effects.
Users who spend 30-40 hours a week sitting at their desk.

People who are on looking for an unassuming, no-nonsense office chair.
 
  Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Reply Chair
Reply Chair
by Steelcase

$489 to $574
This is Steelcase's newest task chair- an ergonomic, highly adjustable, cost-efficient option for someone seeking a comfortable working environment.

  • Seat height adjustment
  • Height-adjustable or fully-adjustable (height, pivot and depth) arms
  • 2" seat depth adjustment
  • 2.25" back-height adjustment
  • 2 frame colors
  • 31 fabric colors
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty on base and frame, 10 years for seating mechanism, 5 years for fabric
Pros: Reply isn't lacking on adjustability or comfort (especially with the mesh back). A good-sized seat pan makes it comfortable for users of just about any size. This chair is a win-win if you like the aesthetics.

Cons: It's not the most rock solid chair we offer but is a fantastic chair for the price. Users in-house (here at the Smart Furniture headquarters) like everything about it.
Users who spend 30-40 hours a week sitting at their desk.

People who are on a budget but aren't willing to compromise on features.
 

 

starting at $520 - $999 Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Mirra Chair
Mirra Chair
by Herman Miller

$619 to $979
The Mirra Chair is great for the office, great for medium to small statures, and great for the health and happiness of your body. With a myriad of options to choose from, you can fully customize your Mirra to exactly what you need.

  • TriFlex elastomer back suspension material, with optional Latitude fabric cover
  • Seat height adjustment
  • Fixed or fully-adjustable arm option
  • Standard seat tilt control, with forward tilt option
  • Adjustable lumbar support option
  • 2 base/frame colors
  • 11 fabric colors
  • 12-year limited warranty
Pros: This is a very comfortable chair, brimming with advanced ergonomic engineering, adjustments, and surfaces. It's also perfect for any work style, whether you're a casual user or one who spends all day sitting at your desk.

Cons: The back is more rigid than some would like, although with the upholstery option it adds some cushion. If you share this chair with another person very different in size from you, the options for adjustable arms, seat depth, and the most functional lumbar support (it not only adjusts up and down but also pushes in and out to vary the degree of pressure into the lumbar region) will work well for both of you.
The casual user to the workaholic power-user. This chair does it all.

People with small to medium statures.
  Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Aeron Chair
Aeron Chair
by Herman Miller

$629 to $1,275
A cutting-edge look and a serious commitment to comfort and support, all from the first of the breed of ergonomic office chairs.

  • 3 size options to fit a variety of body styles
  • Seat height adjustment
  • Available adjustable lumbar or PostureFit lower lumbar support options
  • No arms, fixed arms or fully adjustable arm options
  • Optional leather armpads
  • Standard seat tilt control, with forward tilt option
  • 3 base/frame colors
  • 13 Pellicle suspension material colors
  • 12-year limited warranty
Pros: It's one of the best-selling office chairs of ALL time, and for good reason. Ergonomics, styling, thoughtful materials -- it has it all.

Cons: If you share this chair and all users aren't in the same weight/height range it can be problematic as the chair comes in 3 sizes. Because of the hard edges on the seat you really need the right size chair for it to do its job. Also, on the multiple-users front, the lumbar support you select is based on your work style (adjustable lumbar pad for recliners and PostureFit for taskers that sit upright or lean forward) and with only one possible on the chair someone may feel left out.
Power users and workaholics who spend copious amounts of time sitting at their desk.

People who are on looking for the best, no-compromise office chair in terms of quality, features, ergonomics and style.
 
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Think Chair
Think Chair
by Steelcase

$639 to $1,434
The Think Chair doesn't read minds ... it reads bodies. The goal of the chair is comfort and hi-sci ergonomic support for the back, shoulders, neck, and spine.

  • Seat height adjustment
  • Adjustable lumbar support option
  • Fixed arms or fully adjustable arm options
  • Optional headrest for added support
  • 2 base/frame colors
  • 12 fabric colors
  • 13 Cogent Connect/3D Knit colors
  • 5 leather colors
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty on base and frame, 10 years for seating mechanism, 5 years for fabric
Pros: This chair can have a headrest! Who knew? The headrest can also be added at a later date if you want to purchase the chair now and add that feature later down the road.

Cons: It's a little small for larger statures so big and tall need shop elsewhere.
Power users and workaholics who spend copious amounts of time sitting at their desk.

People who are on looking for an office chair with the best combination of quality, features, ergonomics and style.
 
  Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Leap Chair
Leap Chair
by Steelcase

$769 to $1,934
The Leap Chair is all about making movement comfortable, and even essential.

  • Seat height adjustment
  • Fully-adjustable arms standard
  • Seat pan angles 1- to 3-degrees
  • Optional headrest for added support
  • 3 base/frame color options
  • 12 standard fabric color options
  • 13 Cogent Connect fabric color options
  • 10 leather upholstery color options
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty on base and frame, 10 years for seating mechanism, 5 years for fabric
Pros: The arms and seat move in every direction possible; north, south, east and west. It can come with a headrest, and has all kinds of adjustments built right in! Like all Steelcase chairs, when you recline the seat remains parallel to the floor -- a great feature if you like to prop your feet up while working.

Cons: Just like the Amia Chair, the adjustable lumbar doesn't move mountains and if you don't initially order the headrest with the chair you can't add it later.
Power users and workaholics who spend copious amounts of time sitting at their desk.

People who like to move around and fidget while seated.
 
  Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For

Freedom Chair
Freedom Chair
by Humanscale

$899 to $2,739

You can argue about the style, but you can't argue with the comfort. The Freedom Chair is a unique and very comfortable office chair.

  • Seat height adjustment
  • Gel or foam seat option
  • Standard armrests (6" range of vertical motion and move in tandem to eliminate uneven positioning) or Advanced armrests (pivot at elbow for width adjustment and are 1.25" longer than standard armrests for additional forearm support)
  • 3 seat height cylinder: standard (16" to 21"), Low (15.25" to 19") or Tall (20.5" to 28.5")
  • Casters, glides or locking caster options
  • Optional headrest for added support
  • Warranty: 5 years for fabric and cushions, 15 years for all other parts
Pros: At work, lots of people need to shift positions with regularity so they can stay comfortable, and the Freedom Chair makes this easy and comfortable. The seat and seat back conspire to even make slouching positions easy on the back and legs.

Cons: Not every one gets excited about the way this chair reclines. The traditional knobs and adjustments for tilt limiting and seat angle are non-existent. This chair is is intuitive and degree of recline depends on the weight you shift from the seat to the back of the chair by leaning back. If you're a knob-tweaker, this may not be for you.
Power users and workaholics who spend copious amounts of time sitting at their desk.

People looking for the best ergonomic office chair solution.
 

 

starting at $1000 and up Description & Features Pros / Cons Perfect For
Embody Chair
Embody Chair
by Herman Miller

$1,099 to $1,719
The Embody Chair is the world's first health positive chair. Sitting in this baby will actually improve the health of your back and spine, make you more comfortable, and support every part of your body. Not bad for an office chair.

  • Strikingly original design
  • Backfit adjustment and seat conform to your unique shape and distribute weight evenly
  • Fully-adjustable arms
  • 4-layer Pixelated Support mesh seating system
  • Seat tilt/recline adjustment
  • Flexible seat edge
  • 2 frame color options
  • 3 base color options
  • 28 fabric colors
  • 12-year limited warranty
Pros: This is a performance chair, and everything was designed with the individual in mind; it can be adjusted to fit you like a glove. It looks cool, if feels great, and it makes you healthier.

Cons: We've done a lot of testing on this chair, and while every demographic loves it, it is designed for one who likes to work with a slight (or major) recline. While you can sit in an upright posture and still feel right at home, you get the most utility out of the Embody Chair when you're working in a reclined position.
Power users and workaholics who spend copious amounts of time sitting at their desk.

People looking for the most performance-minded office chair.