The best office chairs for all office cultures

Casual or professional, there is no need to suffer through the day in an uncomfortable chair.

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All the free seltzer and coffee in the world won't make up for a bad office chair.Raj Rana via Unsplash

With all the time we spend on our computers, it’s easy to subject your back and neck to rigid, uncompromising office chairs. If you’re doing to buckle down and get to work, you can at least have all the support and comfort that you need.

We’ve planted down in a wide variety of office chairs to pinpoint those that meet both the needs of individuals and the vibe of office cultures. Here are some of our favorites.

SMUGDESK Ergonomic Lumbar Support Mesh High Back Office Desk Task Chair
You’d be smug too.Amazon

Rather than forcing you to sweat it out in a thick leather chair or shift uncomfortably in a big plushy seat, the Smugdesk’s mesh design is intended to keep you cool with a nice, easy airflow all around. The ergonomically designed high back and adjustable headrest are great for anyone who suffers from back or neck issues—and the lumbar-supporting “waist pillow” also helps reduce pressure on your spine. The Smugdesk also swivels and reclines. It cradles you like a baby even when you’re all business.

AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Swivel Chair
The head chair in charge.Amazon

This fully-adjustable office chair is wrapped in bonded black leather and PVC upholstery, which gives it a smooth, pillow-y feel you just want to sink into. The gently sloped armrests provide comfortably support without feeling like they’re in the way, and the seat is extremely easy to height-adjust from a seated position. It looks the part of a boss chair from top to bottom.

Drafting Chair Tall Office Chair for Standing Desk Drafting Mesh Table Chair with Foot Ring
Up or down, make your choice.Amazon

Too much of something is never good, no matter what. Sitting down is great, but if you’re sedentary too long you have problems. Standing is healthy, but do it all day every day and you’ll develop issues as well. So you need a chair that can adjust to your sense of balance. The Smugdesk drafting chair combines a barstool-like feel with a comfortable mesh seat and armrests for those who adjust between standing desks and sitting.