Not every chair is a winner. Here are a few more options that we’d recommend enough, but they’re not as good as our top picks above.
Knoll Newson Task Chair for $1,195: This minimalist chair looks best in graphite and petal colors; it’s a bit gray in the black and overcast. It’s nice that I didn’t have to fiddle with any levers or buttons — it’s comfortable and can be adjusted to fit if you need to do some tweaking — and it feels especially great when you’re leaning back. . (The red knob adjusts the recline tension, but you need to twist it for 5 turns, and I sometimes find it difficult to turn.) Newson gave me no trouble in the nearly two months I sat in it. I’m not a big fan of how the elastic mesh backrest deforms, depending on how you sit. It feels clumpy. This chair also doesn’t let me sit as straight as I’d like, but you’re probably fine with a little giving. In the end, it’s the price that pulls it away from our top recommendations. But you get a 12 year warranty.
Full Alani Chair for $379: Alani, from the producer our favorite standing desk, there are a few color combinations that can be neatly combined with any home office. There’s a beautifully contoured pad on the sole and a mesh back to keep you cool, plus lumbar support keeps you in good posture. You can adjust the seat height, depth, armrests, recline tension and can lock the recline. WIRED reviewer Simon Hill found it comfortable for long days up to 16 hours, and that it works for both the 6’1″ self and his 5′ daughter. This is a solid alternative. definitely for the Branch Ergonomic Chair (our top pick), but it’s a pricier smidge.
Ikea Markus Chair for $269: Markus is a perfect office chair. It’s not the most comfortable, but it’s not the worst. The mesh design keeps you cool and the high back gives you complete support. It is quite thin and does not cause discomfort in the office or small bedroom at home. It’s annoying to fold together — you may need someone to hold the back of the chair while you attach it properly. Unfortunately, if you usually sit with at least one leg raised or crossed, the width between your arms will make you uncomfortable.
X-Chair X-Tech Executive Chairman for $1,900: Functionally, the X-Tech is similar to the X-Chair selection above. In this version, the M-Foam cooling gel seat is really great to sit in, although it doesn’t dissipate heat as well as the all-mesh X Seat. It’s the Brisa Soft Touch material that impresses the most — it’s eerily soft. I recommend using standard handrails instead of FS 360 handrails, which tend to move too much. But my biggest concern with this model is the price. I just don’t understand why on earth it’s so expensive.
Mavix M7 Chair for $778: If it looks uncanny to the X-Chair (see above), that’s because they’re both owned by the same company. I had some problems with the assembly, but customer service was able to exchange the model without much effort. The M7 has the same adjustable armrests and seat angle, but you get locking wheels. Mesh back and wide seat construction keep you cool and comfortable during a sweaty session. League of Legends, and the lumbar support makes me feel like I’m in good hands. If you’re short, contact customer support while placing your order — Mavix offers shorter cylinders so your feet touch the ground.
Pipersong Meditation Chair for $349: Having trouble sitting normally? If your legs need to be bent and twisted for you to be comfortable, you’ll want to check out this chair. It has a 360-degree rotating footrest that can accommodate pretty much any sitting position you want. I can go from kneeling to crossing my legs to one leg raised, one leg down. You can also sit regularly, with the footrest behind you and your feet flat on the floor. It’s the only chair I’ve found designed for odd sitting habits. There are no armrests, which I don’t mind because that’s what makes you able to sit in so many positions. The actual stool and chair back can be larger and taller respectively. I have to use a pillow to keep my back comfortable.