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I’m currently looking to buy a new office chair. The trouble is that there are so many available that the choice is bewildering, and as I’ve had back problems in the past I’d like to get a chair that is both comfortable and ergonomic.

I’m finally getting around to setting up the office in my new house. While I’m still really pleased with my old IKEA Jerker desk, the stool that I bought to go with it at the time has no back support and isn’t really suitable for anything more than occasional use. So I’m currently looking to buy a new office chair, but because there are so many available I’m finding the choice a little bewildering. As I’ve had back problems in the past I’d like to get a chair that is both comfortable and ergonomic. I have a few options on my shortlist, but I was wondering if the WebWorkerDaily readers had any suggestions or tips?

Lindo Fully Adjustable

This chair is fully adjustable, including the lumbar support, but at £170 ($250) it’s also quite expensive. It has great Amazon reviews, but is it worth the price?

Ryman High Back Mesh Chair

Doesn’t look to be as adjustable as the Lindo chair. Nor does it have stellar Amazon reviews, but it costs much less — £60.

Lincoln Black Leather Office Chair

I quite like the idea of a leather chair, and this one is adjustable and reasonably priced at £90, but I’m not sure that they’re all that practical compared to mesh chairs.

IKEA Jerrik Chair

The most expensive chair on my list at £230. Adjustable, with lumbar support. I’m going to go test out this chair at the IKEA store this weekend.

A Fit Ball

One of my colleagues in Australia used to sit on a fit ball at work which, apparently, helped with his back problems. Have you tried replacing your office chair with a fit ball? How long did it take to get used to it, and did it help to alleviate back problems?

That’s my current shortlist. Any other suggestions that I should be looking at?

By Simon Mackie

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  1. I’ve always fancied an Aeron chair but I’m assuming this is out of your price range?

    I’ve had a leather-back office chair for the past five years and it’s comfortable but lacking in the minute adjustability I think you’d get with the Lindo, plus it gets warm in the summer!

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    1. yeah, a new Aeron is too expensive. I might consider a second-hand one though; they are really nice.

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      1. You should be able to pick one up from eBay.co.uk for £200-£230

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  2. Go 2nd hand, much better chairs for very good or great prices. Plus something else that doesn’t go in the rubbish pile.

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    1. That’s a good point, Paul. The more I look around the more I think a 2nd-hand Aeron (or similar) may be the way to go.

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  3. I went with a HermanMiller Caper chair from Costco. It’s a hard plastic, but it’s amazing how much less my back hurts since I changed from the cushy chair. The ergonomics are great. Average price is about $250 USD. Expensive, but it was worth it.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Pete. I haven’t seen one of those yet. I’ll see if I can find one to try out.

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  4. I can recommend a great chair called ‘Swopper’. I’m using it for years now. Very well made but pricy (http://www.swopper.de/index.php?lang=en)

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    1. Thanks, Stefan. So this chair kind of pivots? I’d definitely want to try it out.

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  5. I bought a Steelcase LEAP chair – VERY expensive! BUT… NO strain, no back pain, no carpal tunnel problems even though I spend HOURS on the computer. Prices for the armless refurbished chair…. still expensive, but if you have any hint of medical problems, it might be worth the investment. More at http://planetgreen.discovery.com/buying-guides/buy-green-office-chairs.html

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    1. I’ve actually sat on one of those before — it was indeed a very comfy chair.

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  6. my 9 year old Aeron chair is the best money I’ve ever spent. when you think of how many hours you’ll sit in that chair it comes out to virtually nothing. given the longevity of the chair you might actually save money in the long run.

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    1. Thanks for the input, Chris. You’ve had your Aeron 9 years — no issues?

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  7. Noticed that our local Costco has been selling the Herman Miller Aeron chair. I’ve been sitting on HMI chairs for the past 30 years. They are incomparable.

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  8. If you can find a second-hand or cheaper Aeron chair, I suggest that. I have it and love it. I also got it discounted through my husband’s work.

    I’d go with the first two — they’re the most like the Aeron. Lindo looks like the better option, but costs more, of course.

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  9. Hey all!
    I’m sad to see you missed out on good old German engineering! Not that a chair should be as complicated and sophisticated as a modern printing press or assembly-bots made in Germany, but there is a wonderful manufacturer in Germany who has a decent selection of office chairs. I’ve been keen to have one for 2 years and this year my wish came true.
    Name of Company: TopStar
    Model name of chair: Open Air 10

    Resume: It’s genius beyond being beautiful!

    Hope you have a seat on this one soon!

    Cheers from an addicted Webworkerdaily reader,

    Hauke

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    1. TopStar does look to have a nice selection of chairs available — although it doesn’t look like the model name you mentioned is available in the US or UK.

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  10. i’m green with envy. right now, i’m rocking one of the kitchen table chairs from my parents old set (circa 1986). and yes, my back kills. i have no one to blame but myself.

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    1. Working on a kitchen table is what injured my back last year. What I did was build a temporary standing desk so that I wasn’t siting at all. It takes a while to get used to, but it fixed my back.

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