There’s nothing better than the feeling of an expensive office chair. Aside from the classy connotations, there tends to be a raft of additional features and extras that come bundled along with the chair itself.
From added lumber and posture support, to plush padding and extra comfort, there's always a reason to treat yourself to something a little nicer.
If you need a guide to some of the better expensive chairs on the market, we’ve listed five of the best below. There’s also additional information about what to look for when perusing, so let's get started with the most important question.
What makes an expensive chair worth the money?
Is there really much difference in an expensive chair compared to cheaper models? It's a valid question, but the answer is simple.
Expensive chairs generally tend to have a range of features, and they’re made of better materials. Compared to mass produced cheaper chairs, they dominate in every area, aside from pricing.
The most expensive chairs sometimes rely on branding and reputation to achieve sales, but they’ve often built that reputation on a solid base of satisfied consumers and coveted products.
So if you’re going to shell out, make sure to do so wisely, and do research beforehand. Because once you’ve tried out a quality seat, you’re never going to want to go back to the norm. You also wouldn't want to make an expensive mistake, and reselling a costly chair can be difficult.
We’re going to start the list with a cheaper chair, but that’s the point of no return. If you want the better things in life, just carry on scrolling down.
Our Top 5 Expensive Office Chairs
AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair
Pros: This executive style chair is on the lower end of the pricing scale, but that doesn't mean it should be dismissed straight away. The bestselling Amazon offering might be a little basic, but it does the job at a fraction of the price of others on this list.
It’s adjustable, with liberal padding to give it the feel of a more expensive seat. It looks pretty good at first glance, although you can tell it’s a cheaper chair because of the lining. (Especially at the back, where the seams are a little suspect.)
If you’re only planning on using the chair for decoration or on the odd occasion, it’s more than capable of fulfilling the remit. Before settling on a pricier chair, it’s worth asking, would this one be better for me?
Cons: Whilst it’s a decent chair, it looks and feels cheap. The additional posture support and build quality found in others on this list make it even worse, although it’s a good chair in its own right.
Overall: It's probably too cheap for most of the people perusing this list. Even so, it's a decent chair if you’re not keen on going all out. It’s well reviewed, and it’s dependable
La-Z-Boy Hyland Executive Bonded Leather Office Chair
Pros: This is more like it.
The La-Z-Boy brand is synonymous with exaggerated comfort. Famed in popular culture because of shows like Friends, this expensive chair is as sleek and padded as you'd expect.
It has a memory foam layering system for enhanced comfort, with ergonomic controls to provide maximum support. It'll also help with posture in the long term. The contours will keep you from slouching, which allows for better productivity and back support.
Anybody who suffers from circulation problems will be happy to hear that the chair has a Waterfall seat edge. The coffee brown is a nice shade, made with bonded leather. The finish on the arms is a nice, polished wood, with mid-tier components completing the build.
Assembly isn't particularly difficult if you have any experience, which is good for most of us with basic home improvement skills.
Cons: Perhaps it's a little garish, and it won't suit every office setup. It's more of a home office chair, so it's worth thinking about how it will look in the surrounding environment.
Overall: La-Z-Boy is a trusted brand, and the price point isn't bad considering the overall package. It'll definitely make your friends jealous, and it'll keep you snug and comfortable.
The Waterfall edge and the polished arms show the mix of comfort and quality, but there’s more to it than looking and feeling good. The chair will keep you properly supported during extended periods of use, and it’ll make you feel like a king.
Ergohuman High Back Mesh Executive Chair
Pros: As the name suggests, the Ergohuman executive chair is made with ergonomic considerations in mind. It has multiple layers of support, as well as head rest for enhanced comfort.
It has tilt tension control, tilt lock, seat & back height adjustment, seat depth adjustment, arm height adjustment, and the armrests also pivot. If you want a mid-range chair at a reasonably affordable price, it’s likely to save you repeated trips to the chiropractor in the future.
The settings make for a highly adjustable chair, that has the capability to suit even the trickiest body type. It’s clearly intended for extended periods of use, and it’s one of the firmest on the market. If you want something a little softer, it might be better to take a second look at some of the other options on this list.
Cons: Okay, so I’m just going to get this over and done with. It’s kind of ugly at first, and it looks a little like a dentist's chair. That’s because of the emphasis on supporting your frame properly - and to be fair the base and arms do feel and look good.
Overall: For a decent price, there’s all the ergonomic Chair support you’re likely to need. It’s nowhere near as classy as the two below, but it is slightly cheaper. Despite the lowered price point, it will keep you supported adequately, and it's not that bad to look at once you get used to it.
As we start to get into the high end, every chair is pretty tempting. Let's see what's next up on the list.
GM Seating Ergolux Genuine Leather Executive Swivel Chair
Pros: As the second most expensive chair on our list, it's worth pointing out that it originally retailed for $1500.00. That's a serious wad of cash, so if you're expecting big things, I don't blame you.
It's a fully ergonomic chair, with adjustable parts that allow for maximum comfort during extended use. That includes; the seat, the headrest, the 3D armrest, tilting, along with seat height and depth. So everything, basically.
It's genuinely one of the most comfortable seats I've used, finished in real leather. The odd shape is designed to keep your posture, and it's advertised for all-day use. If you're planning on treating yourself, you could do much worse.
Cons: At this end of this scale, there isn't much to complain about. Even so, it's a large amount of money to drop on a purchase that'll probably stay with you for a while.
Overall: This is a brilliant chair, and well worth the sale price. The ergonomic features make it useable for extended periods of time, and it'll pay for itself in the long term if you improve your productivity.
Before you decide, there's still one chair to go, and it's worth checking out.
Herman Miller Embody Chair
Pros: Designed for people who sit for longer than four hours a day, the Embody chair by Herman Miller is one of the best you'll find online.
The chair is responsive to your movement while seated, with all of the different types of support you'd expect from one of the best known brands in the industry. It's comfortable while keeping your back safe, and I'd highly recommend checking it out at the very least.
If you’re looking for one of the best that money can buy, this is one of them. Herman Miller offer 12-year warranty on the chair, so it works out to be reasonably affordable if you keep it for the full duration. It also ships fully assembled, removing another expense.
Cons: It is expensive in the short term, but it does make sense if you're planning to use it regularly.
Overall: Herman Miller is synonymous with quality seating, and you’re sure to be happy with your purchase if you decide to go for it.
If it's in your price range, it has to be considered.
Do you really need an expensive chair?
When I first began freelancing, I could only afford an entry level chair for my home office. After many nights spent burning the midnight oil, I started to develop mild back pain, as well as stiffness in my knees after a few hours or so.
I upgraded my chair as soon as I possibly could, and started to feel the positive effects straight away. Of course, you probably don’t have to sit in a chair for as long as I do on a typical day, but higher priced options are generally worth the outlay, especially in the long run.
My purchase was a long-term investment, but there are many different reasons to upgrade. If you've redone your home office, or you just want to assert your authority in the workplace, you can't do better than a magnificent chair.
Expensive is a relative term, but it's better to spend a little extra to save in the long run. Aside from the health benefits of better support, expensive chairs tend to be more reliable, and they last longer.
You could end up saving money in the long run. Just like a good pair of shoes or a tailored suit, refitting an expensive seat is often worth it, and it’ll cost less than replacing a cheaper model each year when it gives up.
There are always cheap office chairs left in the streets of London in the hope that someone wants to recycle and use it, but you never see a nice chair left outside in the rain.
It’s always better to consider your options, and make an informed purchase. Buying an expensive chair is hardly decadent, and your spine will forever be in your debt. Plus, it'll make people jealous.