Best Office Chairs

Best Office Chairs

Best Office Chairs

“On average, we spend about five to six hours sitting at our desks during a typical workday.” Data collected from SmartFurniture’s Office Chair Genius Quiz responses We spend a lot of time and effort thinking about what computer or device will work best, but very little time thinking about what we’re sitting on. Here’s a test: if you spent more time thinking about what case you need for your phone than what you sit on every day, then you may soon be in the market for a comfortable office chair. At SmartFurniture.com, we sell a lot of office chairs. A lot. We have several folks who have become experts at matching people of all shapes, sizes, health problems (e.g., back pain), etc. with the office chair that will best meet their needs. Plus, we have accumulated tons of sales, survey, returns, and ratings data about the best office chairs. We use that data to come up with recommendations in the Office Chair Genius and the Furniture Genius. Rather than keeping all of this useful information to ourselves, we thought, “Why not share it with everyone?” So, here it is. We hope this information helps everyone make better decisions about what office chair is right for him/her. Keep in mind that office chairs are very subjective. Everyone is a little different, and what makes one person comfortable and happy may not work for another person. With that said, there are patterns of general customer happiness when it comes to office chairs. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Best Office Chairs based on customer satisfaction.
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Best Office Chairs

We spend a lot of time and effort thinking about what computer or device will work best, but very little time thinking about what we’re sitting on. Here’s a test: if you spent more time thinking about what case you need for your phone than what you sit on every day, then you may soon be in the market for a comfortable office chair. At SmartFurniture.com, we sell a lot of office chairs. A lot. We have several folks who have become experts at matching people of all shapes, sizes, health problems (e.g., back pain), etc. with the office chair that will best meet their needs. Plus, we have accumulated tons of sales, survey, returns, and ratings data about the best office chairs. We use that data to come up with recommendations in the Office Chair Genius and the Furniture Genius. Rather than keeping all of this useful information to ourselves, we thought, “Why not share it with everyone?” So, here it is. We hope this information helps everyone make better decisions about what office chair is right for him/her. Keep in mind that office chairs are very subjective. Everyone is a little different, and what makes one person comfortable and happy may not work for another person. With that said, there are patterns of general customer happiness when it comes to office chairs. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Best Office Chairs based on customer satisfaction.
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Best Office Chairs

At SmartFurniture.com, we sell a lot of office chairs. A lot. We have several folks who have become experts at matching people of all shapes, sizes, health problems (e.g., back pain), etc. with the office chair that will best meet their needs. Plus, we have accumulated tons of sales, survey, returns, and ratings data about the best office chairs. We use that data to come up with recommendations in the Office Chair Genius and the Furniture Genius.
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So, that’s our report on the Top 10 Office Chairs based on customer satisfaction. We’ve based our results on what our customers have said and removed our opinions from the equation. We know that everyone will have their own opinions – and no one will agree with the results. That’s OK. If you’re buying an office chair, the important thing to remember is that you should think of it as a long term investment. Make sure that you speak with people who sell all types of chairs and make them aware of your particular circumstances. Feel free to contact us anytime with questions (click here for ways to reach us). If you’re shy, try out our Office Chair Genius and let us know if it gets it right (or wrong). Good luck, and happy office chair hunting.
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Good ergonomics are not inherently expensive, and expensive does not necessarily guarantee good ergonomics. The basic principles that have guided chair design for the past several decades have to some extent trickled down to the lesser chairs of the world. You could find a chair that makes good ergonomic sense for you at the office-supply store down the street, but it is less likely, and many big-box-store chairs have limited adjustability. All of the experts we talked to at length agreed that, for people who can afford it, investing in a high-end office chair is a better bet. As Alan Hedge of Cornell told us, “There’s the old saying ‘You get what you pay for.’ That’s very true in chairs.”
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The Mirra 2 Chair represents a rethinking of one of Herman Miller’s most successful office chairs. Acclaimed by Wired.com as the best of 6 task chairs in a recent test, Mirra 2 features a redesigned back and a tilt mechanism that allows you to smoothly move from one posture to another. This beautifully engineered office chair ably responds to the needs of a workplace in motion, moving smoothly from collaborative to tasking positions as you move.
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SmartFurniture.com analyzed hundreds of office chairs from dozens of manufacturers, along with customer ratings, returns, comments, surveys, and a bunch of other factors to determine which office chairs have the highest level of customer satisfaction.
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Keep in mind that office chairs are very subjective. Everyone is a little different, and what makes one person comfortable and happy may not work for another person. With that said, there are patterns of general customer happiness when it comes to office chairs.
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A favorite prop in popular television action dramas due to its sleek design, the Freedom Chair provides ergonomic benefit to the sitter with a minimum number of manually-adjusted controls. It is a popular chair and in our top 10 because customers love its looks. The Freedom receives the highest praise from customers of average size who are more or less proportional in build. Some customers find that the lack of adjustment controls limit the Freedom’s comfort, yet it has an adjustment most office chairs don’t; the ability to adjust the back height independent of the seat. Overall, it scores highest of all Humanscale Office Chairs for customer satisfaction and makes our top 10.

The data says what it says. The Steelcase Amia Chair has one of the highest ranking for overall satisfaction. As Steelcase says, “Amia is made for sitting. A chair with comfort you feel. All day long.” Although the Amia may seem somewhat ordinary compared with other chairs on the list, it makes up for it with awesome comfort. An overwhelming number of happy Amia buyers cited its great comfort and easy adjustments as positive qualities. Of course, not everyone liked it – a very small percentage of users thought it was uncomfortable and a few thought it was expensive. The mix of home office users and business customers was pretty balanced. So, for the home or office, the Amia Chair is a good value, very comfortable, and provides solid support. And people love it. The Amia Chair is a mid-range priced office chair with elite level customer satisfaction.
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If you’re buying an office chair, the important thing to remember is that you should think of it as a long term investment. Make sure that you speak with people who sell all types of chairs and make them aware of your particular circumstances. Feel free to contact us anytime with questions (click here for ways to reach us). If you’re shy, try out our Office Chair Genius and let us know if it gets it right (or wrong). Good luck, and happy office chair hunting.
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Another concern: After having spent the previous few months sitting in the best task chairs money can buy, we could immediately detect differences in comfort. The Markus’s leather-covered seat pad was the least forgiving among the chairs we tested, its hard foam offering considerably less cushion than the Gesture’s softer foam pad or the Embody’s crazy pixel-matrix one. Testers noticed the hardness less and less as the days went on, but reported more frequent urges to wiggle around to relieve pressure while sitting in the IKEA chair compared with higher-end chairs. Knowing how important that surface-level butt comfort is to people, we think this is something to consider.
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Designed as a conference room chair instead of a traditional task chair, the Setu Chair has become extremely popular for many informal office environments as well as conference rooms. It has also become a favorite for many home office workers who do not spend more than a couple of hours a day at their desks. The Setu’s beautiful design is often cited as its most favorable quality. On the negative side, if you are looking for a hardcore task chair for 6+ hours a day, and/or you are a big person, you will find that the Setu is not the best fit. The back isn’t tall enough to support tall users or long term support. For its utility in conference rooms, temporary spaces, and short duration home office use, the Setu is in our customers’ top 10 list.



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