27 Dec 2020
From Premium to Cheap: Ergonomic Chairs to Fit Any Budget
When it comes to choosing an ergonomic chair, we know how difficult it can be, especially if it’s your first purchase.
Herman Miller, Steelcase, and ErgoTune are just some of the popular ergonomic office chairs brands that you might have already heard of, and having all these different choices presented to you can make anyone dizzy.
But fret not!
You’d most probably have a rough idea of how much you’re willing to spend, right?
So to make your decision easier, we’ve compiled a list of ergonomic chairs according to three different price points.
P.S. If you’re not sure what kind of features your ergonomic chair should have, here’s an article on everything you need to know about one. Spoiler alert: These are definitely not your average office chairs!
Chairs Under $600 (Mid-tier)
Contrary to popular belief, a high-quality, high-performing office chair doesn’t always need to come with a hefty price tag.
Sometimes, true value is hidden in mid-tier priced chairs, which often feature the quality functions of a premium office chair but at almost half the price.
If you're looking to invest in an ergonomic office chair for long-term use but can’t afford to spend a whole month’s pay on it, these chairs will pique your interest:
ErgoTune Supreme ($599)
We’re confident that the ErgoTune Supreme is a chair worth every cent that you’re paying.
It's feature-packed, quality-assured, and offers extra perks such as free delivery and a 12-year warranty. Sounds promising?
Here’s what you should know about the ErgoTune Supreme:
For starters, the chair boasts 11 fully adjustable points. This is practically the maximum level of adjustment that a chair can provide, which means that you’ll definitely be able to enjoy all the benefits of ergonomics since it can fit you to a T!
Notable features of the chair include:
- ATLAS Auto-Tuning Lumbar Area Support – Lumbar support that automatically adjusts to your body’s movement so that your posture is never jeopardised.
- TrueTilt Precision Recline Controls – The chair allows you to finely calibrate the recline angle and tension of your backrest, so that you can choose when to work hard with a solid support, and when to clock out and rock back.
- TriTune 3D Headrest – Tilts up to 60 degrees with other adjustable areas such as height and depth to always provide full-on support for your head and upper spinal columns.
- GyroBrace 5D Armrest – Pivots freely up to 270 degree with height that can be fine-tuned across five levels so your arms are always supported no matter what you’re doing at your desk.
- DuraWeave Hybrid Mesh Upholstery – Crafted from a unique 2:1 blend of fabric and polyester, you get to enjoy the comfort of fabric with the breathability and strength of mesh so that you can remain cool and comfortable for years to come!
If you do not need a headrest, consider the ErgoTune Classic ($399) instead.
A value for money office chair, it provides tailored support as well with 7 points of adjustment, including an adjustable backrest, adjustable armrests, the ATLAS Auto-Tuning Lumbar Area Support, and TrueTilt Precision Recline.
Of course, it's also made with the same DuraWeave hybrid mesh!
Installation: Self-service or paid assembly
Warranty: Up to 12-years
Where to buy: https://ergotune.com/products/ergotune-supreme
Kliig Large Dualback ($399)
With Korean technology and Korean-made materials, the Kliig Large Dualback offers satisfactory ergonomics, durable components, and quality fabric.
If you’re of average height to tall and wants more emphasis on lumbar support, this may be the chair for you.
Notable features include:
- Adjustable lumbar support that can be removed as you please, or you can also get an additional lumbar support for more comfort for your back.
- Adjustable headrest that can be moved up or down, or rotated for maximum comfort. Removable high C-shaped armrests can be detached if it feels like they are not supporting your arms properly.
To prevent the dual back support from twisting or breaking down, the chair has a large metal frame to hold it in place – alas, for some, this may give the chair an unwanted bulky appearance!
It’s also important to note that the armrests are only height-adjustable, so that may limit the amount of support it can provide to your arms and elbows.
Here’s a bonus treat, though: If you’re willing to wait a little longer, you can opt for a slower, air delivery option and save $50!
Where to buy: https://kliig.com/kliig-large-dualback-economical-duo-backrests-with-additional-lumbar-support/
Chairs Under $200 (Low tier)
If you can’t afford to spend hundreds on a chair, no worries.
Here are much cheaper alternatives that still provide some ergonomic benefits, albeit with more limitations than other chairs.
Folando Office Chair ($69.90)
Yes, it is possible to get a budget-friendly ergonomic office chair for just $69!
As verified by many users who have purchased the Folando Office Chair, this chair is a huge value-for-money purchase for those on a budget.
Notable features include:
- Cushioned seat made of nylon mesh, which provides comfort while keeping you cool for long periods of use.
- A mesh backrest with ergonomic support (non-adjustable).
- A headrest that can be removed if it doesn’t fit you well.
- Adjustable seat height and a backrest tilt lock, allowing you to sit upright and avoid back pains from bad posture.
That said, there are downsides to this office chair too:
1. The finishing has room for improvement, with some reviews stating that the seat cushion was prickly and the plastic surfaces needed polishing.
2. The maximum load for this chair is 75kg, with a relatively low headrest, narrow armrests, and shallow seat depth – all of which may be more suitable for petite users.
Installation: Self-service or pay $9.90
Where to buy: https://www.fortytwo.sg/review/product/list/id/25418/?p=8
YOE A8 ($198)
While not the cheapest option available on this list, the YOE A8 is still incredibly affordable and suitable if all you need is a chair for the current WFH situation.
We say this because while it may not have 11 points of adjustment and a 12-year warranty like the ErgoTune Supreme, it does boast quite a few ergonomic features.
However, if you foresee yourself using this chair for more than a few years, its 1-year warranty will not be able to guarantee that for you!
Notable features include:
- Dual backrest and seat made of high-quality moulded foam, providing support for your back to prevent any soreness or aches.
- Adjustable armrests that can pivot or move up and down.
- A unique knee-tilt mechanism that locks in multiple positions.
- Adjustable headrest up to 45 degrees.
The material of the chair is also customisable, allowing you to choose between mesh and leather. If you’re unsure if you should go for a mesh office chair or a leather office chair, here’s a previous article of ours that can help you choose between the two.
Where to buy: https://yoke.sg/products/yoe-a8-korean-design-ergonomic-chair
Chairs Above $1000 (Premium tier)
Since you’re reading this section, I assume you’re highly aware of the importance of ergonomics and ready to splurge if necessary.
Let us tell you something, though, as insiders to the ergonomic chair industry:
You don’t necessarily have to buy a thousand dollar chair to do your back justice.
These chairs, while undeniably good quality and genuinely beneficial for your posture, are often bought for status and have high price mark-ups since you’re paying for branding, distribution, and retailer costs.
That said, if they do catch your fancy, rest assured that you won’t be griping over a lack of comfort or ergonomics with these chairs:
Herman Miller Aeron Remastered ($1989)
Source: Herman Miller
Probably one of the best office chairs available on the market, the Herman Miller Aeron is a popular choice for many corporate firms and professionals looking to furnish their home office.
Notable features include:
- PostureFit SL technology, which mimics the natural shape of the human spine to provide maximum lumbar support and comfort.
- A unique seat tilting feature that allows you to adjust the seat pan angle to your liking.
- Fully adjustable armrests that can be adjusted in height, slide forwards and backwards, and pivot up to 17.5 degree.
- Made with Pellicle, a material that minimises the build-up of heat and pressure points.
It’s also one of the few chairs to come with a 12-year warranty (in addition to the ErgoTune Supreme and Steelcase Leap), so that you can rest easy about getting your money’s worth.
Unfortunately, the Herman Miller Aeron does not come with a headrest. Some may not bat an eye at this, but for those who must have support for your head and neck, this will be a major downer for you.
There’s also a seat depth limit, so be sure to check that it can fit your body size before you pay for the chair!
Where to buy: https://xtra.com.sg/product/aeron-chair-with-posture-fit-sl-graphite/
Steelcase Leap ($1478)
Source: Steelcase Singapore
Another well-known ergonomic office chair, the Steelcase Leap has won various design awards and is slightly more affordable than the Herman Miller.
Since it’s only available in both fabric and upholstered leather, its backrest and seat cushion feels more comfortable than those of mesh chairs, which makes this a wonderful option for those who do not need the breathability of mesh.
Besides that, its notable features include:
- LiveBack, which allows the backrest to change shape according to your movements so that it supports the entire spine and reduces the chances of a hunched posture.
- Adjustable lumbar support, which is split into separate upper and lower parts to function independently just like the spine.
- 4D armrests, which allows you to adjust the height, width, depth, and angle.
If we were to nitpick, the Steelcase Leap’s downsides would be its lean recline angle of just 120-degree and lack of a headrest.
To add on a headrest, the entire chair would cost $1,683.
Where to buy: https://sg.steelcase.com/products/steelcase-leap?variant=31688029798443
Regardless of the price, purchasing an ergonomic chair will cost you your hard-earned money.
To make sure that it doesn’t go to waste, especially if you’re considering a chair from the mid-premium tier price range, we highly recommend that you head down to a showroom to test it out first, if that’s possible.
We explain more in detail here, on whether the time and effort needed to physically test out a chair is even worth it, and here’s another spoiler for you: it is.
Read it so that you won’t regret it!
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