The word “ergonomic” is a term that often gets thrown around in the workplace or used as a selling point for a particularly pricey chair. But what does “ergonomic” actually mean? The technical definition of ergonomics is “the study of people's efficiency in their working environment.” In other words, ergonomic products are specifically engineered to optimize efficiency and reduce injuries at work. While it may not seem like sitting at a desk all day is living on the edge, corporate life can present surprising dangers like carpal tunnel, diabetes, depression, etc. That is why Interior Motions has compiled a list of the best ergonomic chairs on the market that help mitigate the effects of sitting for extended periods of time.
Before we get into our list of best ergonomic chairs, it is important to clarify the criteria we used to rank these products. We surveyed a wide variety of popular chairs on the market and examined them based on the following characteristics: design, adjustability, affordability, materiality, and comfort.
With over 8 million Aeron chairs sold around the world, the Herman Miller Aeron Chair has been a staple of the workforce for over 30 years–– and for good reason! The Aeron chair combines sleek, minimalist design with wide-range functionality. Its adjustable arm rests, seat height, and lumbar support keeps users comfortable all day long. Just when you thought the Aeron chair could not get any better, Herman Miller announced that the Aeron Chair now incorporates 2.5 pounds of ocean-bound plastics, significantly reducing the global volume of plastic waste. Due to its sustainability and timelessness, the Aeron Chair sits comfortably at our number one spot on the list.
At number two on our list is the Herman Miller Sayl Chair. If you are looking to experience the quality of Herman Miller furniture without spending an exorbitant amount of money, the Sayl Chair is a reasonably priced option. The unique design of the Sayl Chair was intended to mimic the elegant suspension cables of the Golden Gate Bridge. The flexible yet sturdy elastomer back flexes with your body and keeps you cool throughout the day. Its stunning profile and affordable price point makes it one of the best ergonomic chairs on the market.
The Knoll ReGeneration Chair is another high quality task chair with a relatively reasonable price tag. As you might have guessed, the ReGeneration Chair is a continuation of Knoll’s original chair: the Generation Chair. The Regeneration Chair has been applauded for its breathable material as well as being “lighter, more compact, and less expensive” than the Generation Chair. Best of all, the ReGeneration comes in a diverse array of colors to match any office aesthetic.
When it comes to offering a wide range of postures, the HAG Capisco Chair is hard to beat. It was originally inspired by a horse’s saddle, in which users must keep their core engaged for stability. In the same way, the Capisco challenges you to activate your abdominal muscles and stay in constant motion, which is great for overall health and wellbeing. Not to mention its unique design makes it a focal point of the office.
Since its initial launch, the Novo Chair has been a magnet for awards in superior design and ergonomics including the “2017 Red Dot Product Design award, an internationally recognized seal of quality, the “Best of Neocon 2016” award in the Ergonomic/Task Chairs category, and Buildings Magazine's 2016 Editors' Choice award in the Product Innovations category. Its easy-to-use adjustable features make it an equally stylish and user-friendly option.
While these chairs range in price, they all represent the gold standard in ergonomics, making them worth every penny. Executive Coach, Melody Gratic, explains how investing in ergonomic products helps employers protect their most valuable asset: their employees. If you are shopping for yourself, your most valuable asset is your health. And you cannot put a price tag on health.