If you’ve ever created or remodeled your workspace, I’m sure you know that all the costs can add up pretty quickly. And one of the things that are often the biggest burden on your budget is a comfortable office chair.
Sadly, that’s where many people skimp – which I think is a huge mistake, especially if you take into consideration that a high quality (and, sadly expensive) chair can offer great ROI. What makes it such a great investment and why you should pick one?
To understand how an expensive office chair can make you money let’s first think about the most obvious stuff that distinguishes expensive chairs from their more affordable counterparts. Obviously, I will skip the price (which is, surprise, surprise, higher) – some say that if you are spending less than $200 on a chair, you’re not buying anything good.
But the real difference is in the quality of the final product. Usually, cheap chairs have almost no padding and are made of low-quality materials. What’s more, there are usually very few (if any) adjustments, what makes it very hard to adapt the chair to the way you usually sit and work. Not to mention that they are super generic and provide no real benefits.
At the same time, some of the best expensive chairs took years to design. During that time, researchers, doctors, scientists, and engineers were all working together to create the healthiest and most comfortable piece of furniture out there. Naturally, not all expensive office chairs are research-backed. But, that’s not the only reason why the best models are worth the money.
Another reason is the quality of materials used and the customizability. High-end office chairs are made using top-quality materials such as leather or polyurethane. On top of that, they often come with all the adjustments you might be wishing for, making them extremely comfortable even if you sit for hours every day. This is where we come to the main question.
One of the core benefits of expensive office chairs is that they are crazy comfortable. This means that you won’t get tired as fast as you would in a normal chair. By keeping your body and your spine in the right position using special adjustments, they increase your productivity and allow you to be more efficient. Imagine adding just 12 minutes (modest estimation, rounded for easier calculations) to your effective working time per day. This equals 1 hour extra every week.
Let’s do the math. If you earn $35 per hour, this equals an extra $1820 every year, which means you will easily make back the price of the chair.
And, considering that these chairs often come with at least 15 year-long warranties, your investment is secured for years to come.
And this is just one of the many savings that you get with it. A better health, more (quality) time spent with your family or pursuing your passions – are all invaluable benefits of expensive office chairs. Furthermore. if you own a business, you might want to consider buying the chairs for your employees – it’s a proven fact that companies incur thousands of dollars in lost productivity and medical treatment costs every year.
So, knowing that getting an expensive office chair is a no-brainer, what’s the best place to get one?
Thousands of people shop online on a daily basis. But, the majority of them doesn’t spend any significant amount of money – at least not in one transaction or for one product. And the price of a chair that’s capable of providing you with comfort and ensuring that you have a healthy and productive time can go well beyond a thousand dollars. This is why it’s best to purchase chairs from well-known retailers such as Amazon who have an impeccable buyer protection policy.
And while you might be thinking that spending so much money online is not a good idea, there are multiple reasons why it’s much better to searching for a chair locally:
So, you now know where to buy the chair and what are the best brands to choose from. Now, let’s look at how you can pick the best chair so that your money is a good investment for years to come.
Because of their high price point, you need to be very careful when choosing the right chair. First, take a look at the below. These are the chairs you can’t go wrong with:
Now, before we get to reviewing each of them, let’s list some of the most important things you might want to take into consideration before making a purchase:
On top of the above there are things such as colors or whether the chair is upholstered or mesh. But these are of secondary importance when it comes to your productivity. Naturally, all of the chairs in the below list meet the majority, if not all, of the above requirements.
Apart from comfort and durability, some expensive office chairs have one other significant advantage over their competition – they look totally different than a typical chair you can find at the local furniture store. One of such chairs is Herman Miller Sayl Task Chair.
The chair lacks hard edges and doesn’t have a typical frame.
Its shape, while it doesn’t look close to a standard chair, provides great support for people of all body types and adapts to their unique shape.
Additionally, its stable frame makes it a good choice for a large person.
Overall, the first of three Herman Miller office chairs in my list is a decent mid-range choice perfect for someone who values design more than anything.
If that’s you, hit the below button and head over to Amazon to see its other color variations:
The next listed looks completely different than its above competitor. But, that doesn’t mean it’s any worse. Especially that it is made by one of the most recognizablehigh end office chair brands – Steelcase.
If you are looking for an all-time classic, you will fall in love with Amia.
The chair, while very simple in design, it’s just as comfortable as you would expect from it – especially considering its price point.
In fact, I think that it comes with just the right number of features average of his employee needs.
Despite its subpar wheels the chair itself is very good and will definitely fit any office where comfort and classic furniture are a must.
The second from Herman Miller office chairs doesn’t look as futuristic as the previously reviewed model. But is it just as comfortable and, even more importantly, worth the price?
The Aeron chair is all about lumbar support and protection of your lower back. Its designers put a lot of work to ensure that long hours spent in it won't have a negative impact on this very sensitive part of your back.
On top of that, thanks to its breathable mesh it feels comfortable even after long hours of sitting.
When it comes to lumbar support, it easily beats some of its more expensive competitors.
Unfortunately, it’s a bit behind them in other aspects such as overall adjustability and general comfort. But, if lower back is your priority, click the button below and see the details yourself.
If you’ve been working on a typical, non-ergonomic chair for years, sometimes spending $1000 on a high-end office chair may seem ridiculous. In this case, it’s worth lowering the pricing point that you target – as long as the chair is of high quality.
Not everyone has to invest in a $1000 or so chair right away. While those top of the range chairs will obviously be much better than this one, Modway Jive Highback is an excellent choice to move from an uncomfortable and dangerous chair to something healthier.
At less than $200, you can choose from quite a few colors and other variations (armless, high back and mid back).
Modway Jive Office Chair is great for everyone on a budget and those who would like to energize their teams but can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on furniture.
And while you can choose its armless version, I highly recommend against it – it’s neither comfortable nor ergonomic, and can even sabotage your productivity.
The first chair in the list that comes with a proper headrest allowing you to better control your head position during work. But is it just as comfortable as it aims to be at first glance?
If you were to name one ergonomic chair based on its looks, this executive office chair would be an excellent example.
Its design puts a strong emphasis on comfort and customizability, making it very easy to adjust the chair to your liking.
Overall, it’s a great chair especially if you consider that it comes with plenty of adjustments. Unfortunately, it feels very incomplete and rushed – especially if you think about the shipping problems.
Because of that, I’d compare buying it to gambling – while it’s a really good chair, you never know if you get a working one until it’s at your doorstep. But, is it worth the money? While I think there are better options listed here, I leave you the final decision:
The last of Herman Miller office chairs costs over $1,000 more than each of the other two. What makes it so expensive and is it worth the money?
At first glance, it doesn’t look super expensive. It has no headrest and doesn’t look as if it had a lot of adjustments.
However, in reality this is THE high-end office chair. Its quality is top-notch and it beats its competitors by leaps and bounds.
Embody is both the best chair over $1,000, the best chair for large person and the best overall. It proves that you get what you pay for.
And, when it comes to this Herman Miller’s masterpiece, you get a lot and it’s worth every penny. If you’re serious about improving your productivity, just get it now:
The X4 is a great compromise between price and quality. While it’s a bit more affordable than the above-reviewed Embody, it’s not far behind it in terms of overall quality, comfort, and the number of features.
But where the X4 excels the most is its design.
Although it’s a completely subjective opinion, I believe it’s the best-looking expensive office chair in the whole list, period.
The chrome and leather combination will fit any modern and professional office space. Not to mention the level of comfort that the chair can offer.
A perfect choice for any office of a busy professional. But beware – the seat feels like one of a sport car.
This means that while it’s super comfortable, you’re better not dreaming about driving a car while working .
Anyway, if this sounds like a chair for your office – hit the button and learn more details about it:
The “classic” ergonomic chair of one of the most respected high-end office chairs manufacturers in the industry and its number one bestseller. How does it compare to other tremendous choices listed?
The Leap Chair is designed to “live” with its owner.
This means that it mimics your natural spine shape throughout the workday and slowly adjusts to the way you sit, helping you feel more comfortable over a longer period of time.
This makes it much easier to stay productive and prevent fatigue.
Steelcase’s Leap is not just their bestseller – I believe it’s the best chair in the $500 - $1000 range. If you are looking to invest in a chair that’s highly comfortable but you don’t want to go into thousands, this should be your pick. But you don’t have to listen to me – go to Amazon and see why others love it:
The last of the expensive office chairs reviewed is Leap’s younger brother which comes with a slightly more modern look at a bit higher pricing point.
The designers behind Gesture worked hard to improve the 3D Liveback system even more, making the chair better at adjusting to different postures and sizes of its users.
Even though it’s a very good chair (and, compared to some cheap chairs in the market, it’s a terrific one), I believe it to be just slightly worse than Leap.
But, if you prefer modern design and don’t mind paying extra for the lumbar support – head over to Amazon and see its features in details:
Choosing an expensive office chair is never an easy process. But if you treat it as an investment that’s designed to boost your productivity, the price no longer looks that high. Especially if you do the math and consider that every additional hour of productive time means more money in your pocket. Not to mention all the health benefits and time spent doing what you love.
If you haven’t decided yet which chair you want to have in your office – scroll up to the table and review all models once again. And, if you are completely remodeling your office, don’t forget to check our modern desks too!