Every office chair qualifies as ‘fully-ergonomic’ with the same trio of features. An adjustable lumbar, adjustable arms, and a reclining backrest work together to support healthy neutral sitting postures. These let desk workers sit comfortably for long periods.

It doesn’t matter how much you spend — any chair with the requisite features can provide the support a desk worker needs.

For the best back support, choose an appropriate chair for your body type. Short people should seek out compact models; obese figures should look for XL variants.

Once you’ve gauged the right fit, choose your luxury level. Spending more buys you a better build quality, a longer warranty, and some luxury extras. Paying less will deliver a similar quality of back support with a flimsier build and a more spartan sitting experience.

Best Ergonomic Office Chairs $800-$2300: Are They Worth it?

Is it REALLY worth spending $800-$2300 on an ergonomic office chair? Most top models offer decades-old neutral support basics. Beyond a 12-year warranty, what OBJECTIVE benefits are gained? I tested 6 top models for the answers. See what I learned after trying out the Embody, Aeron, Gesture, Mirra 2, and Fern chairs.

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Specialty-Sized Ergonomic Office Chairs

Standard-sized desk surfaces are 28-30″ high. For a healthy fit at a standard-sized desk, people shorter than 5’6″ (167 cm) should stack and ergonomic footrest with a small-sized office chair. At the opposite extreme, obese body types should research reinforced office chairs that support 400 pounds or more.

Alternative Office Chair Genres

Most chairs in alternative genres are suited to people of average height (5’6″ to around 6’0″) and weight. Although fully-ergonomic, the cheapest alternatives under $350 have the flimsiest builds (typically guaranteed for one year or less). Spending more than $350 buys a longer warranty and luxury extras.