Usually, big office chair brands focus on B2B sales. Schools, corporations, and government offices are the main clients. In the work-from-home era, B2B demand is down, while consumer demand has skyrocketed. That has resulted in a buyer-friendly market with plenty of great deals. This article summarizes the best ergonomic office chairs on sale right now.
There are two levels of ergonomic chairs to choose from. High-end models cost between $450 and $1500. These chairs have complex features and plenty of ergonomic extras. At the lower end are plenty of models under $250. Chairs at that price range offer the most basic ergonomic requirements for healthy sitting. Those are adjustable lumbar support, adjustable armrests, and a variable backrest recline.
High-end chair listings from SmartFurniture
The work-from-home era has upended the traditional office chair industry business model. Before the lockdown, the industry mainly focused on B2B sales. Schools, corporations, and government offices are the main clients. For consumer sales, top brands have traditionally relied on third-party retailers like SmartFurniture.
In 2020, most of the big industry names set up rapid direct-sales consumer operations. As a result, you can go to Steelcase, Herman Miller, Humanscale, or other big-brand websites to buy direct. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s a wonky process with spotty availability and customer service.
Consumer sales specialists
In contrast, SmartFurniture has been serving high-end ergonomic chairs to consumers for over a decade. The company sells chairs from the elite ergonomic chair brands, with guaranteed lowest prices. When any manufacturer puts a chair on sale, SmartFurniture will offer that discount. As a result, ChairsFX is using SmartFurniture for a birds-eye view of key sales going on for the 2020 holiday season.
Founded in the late 1990s, SmartFurniture is headquartered in Chattanooga, TN. The company develops its own ergonomic products. It also serves as an official retailer for all top office chair brands. Those include Herman Miller, Steelcase, Hon, Knoll, Humanscale, and Flash Furniture.
SmartFurniture offers a few buying incentives:
- Free shipping: FedEx or UPS delivery included on most orders over $39.
- Low price guarantee: applies to Herman Miller, Steelcase, and a few other brands. The price is guaranteed as the lowest allowed by the manufacturer.
- 45-day money-back protection: orders under $2,000 qualify for a full refund. Orders over $2,000 get refunded minus a small processing fee.
The customer support team is knowledgeable and fast to reply to queries. Another nice touch: when you buy a chair, you don’t get billed until the chair ships.
High-end ergonomic office chair sales
The SmartFurniture sales tracker shows that holiday sales are heating up. The current status is a moderate simmer. Every year, peak discounts usually hit in two peaks. First, from Black Friday (Nov. 27 this year) to Cyber Monday (Nov. 30). Second, for a 3-day stretch over Xmas. Third, for a 3-day stretch over New Year’s.
Below is a summary of notable brand sales:
Steelcase chair sales (15% off)
Steelcase is the largest office furniture company in the world, with $3.4 billion in sales in 2019. In 2020, despite the pandemic, the company reported $3.7 billion in revenue, its highest total since 2001.
Spearheading the company’s growth is a collection of high-end ergonomic chairs. All models are now on sale from SmartFurniture for 15% off.
$1036 (15% off)
The Steelcase Leap has gone through several revisions since its debut in 1999. The modern version stands out with two superb ergonomic features.
The first is an adaptive backrest called 3D Live Back. When the user leans back in a normal chair, a gap appears between the lumbar curve and the chair. That encourages users to flatten their lumbar curve to compensate.
To deter a flattened lumbar curve, the 3D Live Back flexes as the user moves. That provides consistent support throughout the recline range. As a result, the lumbar curve remains intact, supporting a healthy posture with proper hip alignment.
The second standout feature is a powerful synchro-tilt feature. When activated, the seat slides forward the user leans back. That keeps the hips at a healthy angle while keeping the thighs consistently parallel with the floor.
For a closer look at the Leap chairs features and dimensions, check out our Steelcase Leap chair review.
The Leap chair is now 15% off. The Leap chair with a headrest is also available from SmartFurniture for $1015.75
$1195. All orders include free shipping in the USA.
$1105 (without headrest)
The Gesture is (in this writer’s opinion) the best ergonomic chair in the Steelcase collection. Like the Leap chair, this model has an adaptive 3D Live Back backrest.
It also has a synchro-tilt feature. However, while the Leap chair’s seat extends forward during recline, the Gesture’s seat angles up. Both types allow for seated movement, although the Gesture’s version feels more noticeable.
While developing the Gesture prototype, Steelcase conducted a global posture study on 2,000 people across six continents. That data helped to define the Gesture chair’s standout features:
- Refined synchro-tilt: reclines that backrest while tilting the seat up, instead of forward.
- Flexible seat edge: the entire outer seat rim is flexible. No matter what position you sit in, the edges will flex to support your legs.
- Articulating arms: provides a wider adjustment range than other chairs. This ensures support for both PC and mobile device users
Learn more about the Gesture’s features, dimensions, and buying options in our Steelcase Gesture chair review.
A fully-loaded Gesture with headrest costs $1088.85
$1,281 on SmartFurniture (15% off).
$804 (without headrest)
The Think chair comes stacked with potent ergonomic features and an affordable price. Like high-end Steelcase chairs, this model has a 3D Live Back backrest.
It also has a unique dual-spring lumbar support system and a powerful synchro-tilt.
Summary of features
- Dual-energy lumbar: adjustable lumbar support powered by dual springs for greater structural integrity.
- Adaptive bolstering seat: the foam seat pad is cored in some areas, allowing more compression in certain spots. As a result, the foam better adapts to the user’s size and shape.
- Advanced synchro-tilt: the backrest reclines in sync with the seat at a ratio of 2:1. This lets the user to recline and lean forward with fluid, consistent support.
- Variable recline modes: switch between four modes. Those are: weight-activated recline; weight-activated with a 20% boost; mid-stop recline; upright back lock.
- 4D armrests: adjust height, width, pivot, and depth.
- Seat: height and depth-adjustable with flexible seat edges.
- Warranty: 12 years on parts, lifetime on the frame.
Recommended Think chair add-ons are 4D armrests ($145.35), adjustable lumbar support ($34), and a headrest ($98.60 extra). The 4D armrest and adjustable lumbar support add-ons are definitely worth it. Without those, your chair will lose a lot of its ergonomic potency.
In contrast, the height-adjustable headrest is optional. The Think chair provides excellent back support without it, but some people prefer the extra comfort it provides. With or without the backrest, expect superb ergonomic support that’s great for your back.
To learn more about this chair, check out our Steelcase Think chair review.
The Steelcase Think with headrest costs $782
$920 from SmartFurniture. Both models are now on sale for 15% off.
Herman Miller chair sales (15% off)
This year, Herman Miller released a gaming collection. It includes repackaged Aeron, Embody, and Sayle chairs. Features are the same as classic versions, with new skins and a bit more seat padding. The entire collection released in October, but supply has been spotty.
In contrast, there are plenty of classic (non-gamified) Herman Miller chairs in stock for the holiday season. Right now, SmartFurniture has all Herman Miller chairs at 15% off. To browse all models on sale, check SmartFurniture’s Herman Miller discounts page. Highlight sales listed below:
Herman Miller Aeron
Sale price: $1185.75
$1395 (%15 off)
ChairsFX regards the Aeron as the most sophisticated ergonomic chair in the world. Its adaptive mesh backrest provides next-level posture support across all possible sitting positions. You can’t sit with poor posture in an Aeron chair.
The most jaw-dropping feature is its extra-special synchro-tilt. On paper, many high-end chairs offer this feature. The gist is that when the user reclines, the seat tilts upward. What makes the Aeron different is that it also supports forward-leaning. You can angle the backrest from 93° to 104°. 100-93 degrees will set the user in a slight forward-leaning angle. To support that, the seat will slope down by one degree. The entire synchro-tilt seat sloping range is -1° to 16°.
Herman Miller Embody
Sale price: $1270.75
$1495 (%15 off)
The Aeron chair came out in 1994, at around the same time the internet began to emerge. In 2008, Herman Miller released the Embody chair for the computing generation. Among elite ergonomic chairs, the Embody has the most sophisticated backrest.
Lumbar support is solid. You can fine-tune the integrated support by adjusting the height of the backrest. Toggle until the built-in curve fills the small of your back.
There are a few differences between Aeron and Embody chairs. First, the Aeron uses breathable mesh, while the Embody chairs have fabric upholstery. Second, the Aeron has a static backrest unit with dynamic mesh. In comparison, the Embody has a dynamic ‘Pixelated’ backrest. It looks like a human spine with ribs. Each rib flexes as the body moves.
The result is consistent posture support through all ranges of motion while sitting.
Herman Miller Sayle
Sale price: $633.25
$745 (%15 off)
From this writer’s perspective, the Sayle chair has both amazing and troublesome features. The troublesome part is the design. Sayle chairs come with a backrest that looks like a laundry basket. If you can get past that visual, this is a solid chair for a great price.
The backrest works on the same principles as Herman Miller’s other adaptive backrests. It provides support where needed (higher or lower resistance) through all ranges of motion. As as result, the user enjoys consistently good posture while sitting in the chair.
The fully-loaded Sayle includes these features:
- Synchro-tilt: seat pan angle -3° to 13°; backrest reclines to 91°, 101°, or 124°.
- 3D Intelligent backrest: an unframed 3D Intelligent back stretches or contracts to support the back as the user moves.
- Posturefit: a unit at the rear of the backrest supports the sacrum (lowest point of the spine) to reinforce the pelvis. That prevents slouching and sitting fatigue.
- Seat adjustments: contoured seat pad; adjust the seat’s height and depth; downwards tilt to -3°.
- Armrests: 4D adjustable (adjust height, angles, width, and depth).
- Warranty: 12 years.
Humanscale chair sales (20% off)
Humanscale is a high-end maker of elite ergonomic chairs. Many people find the complex controls on Herman Miller chairs overwhelming. For those who prefer simplicity, Humanscale chairs have few manual controls. All Humanscale chairs come with a pivoting backrest and weight-activated recline function.
The chair adjusts as the user moves, providing support where it’s needed. Throughout the entire recline range, users enjoy consistent, comfortable posture support.
On SmartFurniture, all Humanscale chairs are now 20% off. To browse all Humanscale chairs on sale, check SmartFurniture’s Humanscale discounts page.
Freedom Chair w. headrest
Sale price: $1135.20
$1419 (%20 off)
The Freedom chair provides complex ergonomic support without any need for the user to make adjustments. Configure the chair before sitting by adjusting the seat height. If needed, you can also adjust the backrest height to better fit your lumbar curve.
The standout feature is a self-adjusting recline. As the user leans back, the top part of the backrest tips back. At the same time, the lower portion tips forward, ensuring consistent support in the lumbar area.
At the same time, the headrest angles forward to support the neck. Concurrently, the armrests tilt up to keep the hands in line with a desk. The net effect is a chair that supports plenty of supported movement.
When feeling fresh, sit up straight. As your muscles tire, lean into the backrest. The chair will just the deeper you lean, ensuring perfect spinal alignment across all recline positions. To learn more, check out our Humanscale Freedom chair review.
The Freedom chair is now on sale at 20% off from the list price of $1,419.
Sale price: $855
$1069 (%20 off)
The Liberty chair uses the same counter-balance recline mechanism as the Freedom chair. It has a mid-back design that provides support through the full range of recline motion. This chair is very easy to use: sit down and lean back. The self-adjusting recline will provide the perfect amount of support. As the user reclines, the backrest pivots, increasing support in the lower back area.
Another standout is the Liberty chair’s tri-panel mesh backrest. It employs the design principles as a tailored shirt. It has three separate zones, with each providing different levels of tension. Summary of features:
- Seat: fabric seat with a choice of standard foam or gel padding; height and depth-adjustable.
- Backrest: tri-panel mesh back design; self-adjusting, pivoting recline. No tension, tilt lock, lumbar, or height adjustments.
- Armrests: choice of fixed arms, or 1D-adjustable (up or down) for $40 extra. Both types move in sync with the seat pan.
- Style options: choice of armlress, fixed arms, or 1D-adjustable (up or down); arms move in sync with the seat pan.
On paper, this model fits users 6’0″ to 6’4 tall, with a 300-pound weight capacity. In reality, this chair best suits users taller than 5’10”. That is because the fixed-width armrests are 19″ apart. For those under 5’10”, those are too wide apart for comfort. On the other side, for users taller than 5’10” the fat, padded armrests are very comfortable.
Check out our Liberty chair review to learn more about this model.
The Liberty chair is now on sale at 20% off from the list price of $1,069.
Hon Furniture chair sales (35% off)
The original Hon Ignition made its debut in 2009. Hon marketed the chair as an all-in-one seating solution for every body type and office task. In 2017, Hon released the Ignition 2.0. That version added a new multi-directional stretch mesh backrest. Both models (and all other Hon products) are now on sale for 35% off.
Sale price: $575.91
$886.01 (%35 off)
The Hon Ignition is a sturdy, well-built chair. The fully-loaded option ($575.91) comes with seven ergonomic adjustments. Those include seat height and depth, backrest height, 2D armrests, and tilt-tension.
Hon chairs also come with a synchro-tilt feature. When activated, the backrest reclines and the seat tilts up at a 2-1 ratio. That helps the seat stay level with the floor while reclining. It also provides plenty of opportunities for movement while sitting.
Despite the low price, Hon Ignition features are on par with higher-end chairs:
- Synchro-Tilt: 11° of seat tilt; 22° of (non-locking) backrest recline.
- Independent back recline: disable sync-tilt to adjust the backrest independent of the seat.
- Armrests: 3D adjustable (height-width, and depth-adjustable).
- Seat: height and depth adjustable.
- Lumbar: integrated lumbar with 6-level backrest height adjustment.
- Warranty: lifetime.
All features are robust. The synchro-tilt feature stands out. The chair keeps you in a crisp upright position across all recline ranges. Between ranges, there are plenty of opportunities for movement. That spreads muscle-bearing load, boosts blood circulation, and helps users stay fresh.
Ignition chairs afit users between 5’5″ to 6’2″, with a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds. Check out our Hon Ignition review to learn more.
The fully-loaded Ignition chair is now on sale with 35% off the list price of $886.01.
Hon Ignition 2.0
Sale price: $511.03
$786.20 (%35 off)
In 2017, Hon released the Ignition 2.0. It built on the success of the previous model with some feature variations. First is a multi-directional intelligent stretch mesh backrest. It provides different degrees of tension, depending on the user’s position in the chair.
Second is an independent back angle, which lets you tilt and lock the backrest in various recline modes. The 2.0 chair also comes with a height and depth-adjustable lumbar. It works well, but the original Ignition is more robust. Instead of adjusting the lumbar, you adjust the height of the entire back unit to fill your lumbar curve.
That key difference explains why the 2.0 version is a little cheaper than the original.
The fully-loaded Ignition 2.0 chair is now on sale with 35% off the list price of $786.20.
Cheap ergonomic chair sales (Amazon)
Our condensed ergonomic sitting standards demands three essentials for healthy sitting:
- Adjustable lumbar support: good lumbar support is the most important element in a healthy sitting routine (learn why).
- Adjustable armrests: help to offset the weight of the arms. Adjustability ensures they sync with your desk and body type.
- Variable recline backrest: tilting and locking the backrest at angles helps the body move while sitting. That yields many health benefits.
Luckily, there are dozens of cheap chairs on Amazon that meet these ergonomic criteria. Check out our review of the best ergonomic office chairs under $250 for some popular options. Some are included below among the list of cheap office chairs on sale right now:
Duramont ergonomic chair
- List Price: $399.99
- Current Price: $329.99
- You save: $70.00
- Percentage saved: 18%
This is one of the best-selling ergonomic chairs on Amazon. It comes with height-adjustable lumbar support, an adjustable headrest, and adjustable armrests. On the downside, you can rock the chair but can’t lock the backrest at different angles. Another quibble is the limited warranty. This model only comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee. T
The Duramont ergonomic chair has decent ergonomic features. You can rock the chair at three different angles, but can’t lock the backrest at an angle. Adjustments on this model include seat height and depth, lumbar height and depth, and armrest height.
- Backrest: lock at an upright angle; rock at angles between 90°, 100°, or 100°.
- Headrest: adjust the height and the angle.
- Lumbar support: height and depth adjustable.
- Seat: the 17.5″ seat can adjust forward or back with a range of 1.5″
- Armrests: height-adjustable from 25.6″ to 28.3″
- Warranty: 90-day money-back-guarantee.
- Seat width & depth: 21″ (W) x 21.5″-23″ (D)
- Floor to seat range: 17″ to 20.8″
- Chair height: 42″ to 46″
- Size rating: 5’5″ to 6’2″; up to 350 pounds
The Durmanont Ergonomic chair is a decent entry-level ergonomic option. You can adjust most aspects of the chair, except for the backrest recline. You can rock the backrest at angles, but can only lock it at an upright angle. It’s $20 cheaper than the Sidiz T50, but with a much more basic feature set.
The main incentives for buying this model are the price and simplicity.
Office Oasis Ergonomic Chair
- List Price: $350.95
- Current Price: $299.95
- You save: $51.00
- Percentage saved: 15%
The Office Oasis desk chair is a cheap ergonomic office chair with high-end features. The only thing missing is a locking backrest recline. You can rock the chair, but not lock at angles.
Otherwise, everything that you need is adjustable:
- Armrests: height-adjustable.
- Headrest: height-adjustable.
- Lumbar support: height and depth-adjustable.
These chairs come with smooth-gliding rollerblade wheels, mesh backrests, and fabric seats.
Chairs come with a 100-day risk-free trial period. If you’re looking for a cheap yet full-featured ergonomic chair, this is a solid pick.
Modway EEI-757 Office chair
This clever chair packs plenty of ergonomic features into a comfortable office-style package. At its sale price, it offers amazing value for money:
- List Price: $349.00
- Current Price: $166.40
- You save: $182.60
- Percentage saved: 52%
Every cheap office chair should follow the Modway EEI-757 blueprint. This chair has every ergonomic feature you need in a comfortable package with a conservative design.
The EEI-757 model has a fixed lumbar support curve built into the backrest. You can’t adjust the lumbar, but you can adjust the height of the whole backrest unit. That makes it easy to adjust the lumbar curve so that it fits into the small of your back.
Summary of features
- Armrests: height-adjustable.
- Backrest: height-adjustable (including lumbar support); tilt and recline lock.
- Seat: you can adjust the height and the seat angle.
Like many cheap ergo chairs on Amazon, this model has no warranty information.
- Seat width x depth: 19″ (W) x 20″ (D)
- Backrest width x height: 19″ (W) x 22″ (H)
- Floor to seat range: 19.5-24″
- Chair height: 37-41.5″
- Size rating: 5’6″ to 6’0″; weight capacity 331 pounds
At the sales price, the Modway EEI-757 offers good value for money. It comes in a range of color styles and offers sufficient support for long periods of desk work.
We will keep this list updated throughout the holiday season. When high-end ergonomic chairs go on sale from SmartFurniture, we’ll list them here. At the same time, when cheap ergonomic chairs from Amazon go on sale, we’ll also keep track.
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