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By Noah Murray
Are you spending most of your time in front of the computer and want a new chair? You’re in luck because this list we’ve made enumerates the best office chairs your money can buy.
This list was made by researching a large quantity of office chairs, reviewing their specifications, and taking a look at the manufacturer’s reputations.
With that said, let’s take a look at the best office chairs you can get in Canada.
How Much Do Office Chairs Cost?
If your job involves sitting in front of a computer at least 8 hours a day for 5 days a week, then you’ll want to invest in a proper office chair. Getting a high-quality chair will have positive effects on your work and is beneficial for your health as well.
Office chairs can cost anywhere between $100 – $1,500, with an average cost of around $400. To give you a better idea on how office chairs are priced, below is a table of the prices of the office chairs we have on this list
|Branch Task Chair||$249.00|
|Steelcase Series 1||$915.00|
|Space Seating Professional Air Grid||$154.00|
|Herman Miller Aeron||$1,058.00 – $1,745.00|
The Best Office Chairs
Now that you know how much you’re going to shell out for an office chair, let’s take a look at our top picks of the best office chairs in Canada.
1. Task Chair by Branch
|Width x Depth x Height||25in x 24in x 42in (64cm x 61cm x 107cm)|
|Material||Double Woven Nylon Weave Mesh|
|Seat Height (Minimum to Maximum)||17in – 21in (43cm – 53cm)|
|Seat Width||20in (51cm)|
|Seat Depth||19in (48cm)|
|Back:||20in x 24in (51cm x 61cm)|
|Maximum Load/Weight Capacity||250lbs(136kg)|
|Armrest Pad||2in x 10in (5cm x 25cm)|
|Ideal Height||5’4” – 6’2”|
The Branch Task Chair is expertly designed to look just like any ordinary office chair, but it’s a smart piece of furniture that has premium ergonomic features. It’s ideal in a corporate setting and would blend in nicely in work-from-home situations as well.
This office chair is ideal for those who are looking for something affordable with a streamlined design that can equip an entire office. Employees will be able to customize the Task Chair to their preference since it has four points of adjustment: the tilt, tilt tension, height, and armrests.
The double woven nylon mesh on the high backrest is the Task Chair’s highlight feature, making it comfortable to sit on for hours on end. Coupled with a high-density foam cushion and the ability to tilt up to 20-degrees, this chair by Branch will guarantee both comfort and productivity for its users.
It’s understandable that it’s only available in the standard black color but partly what makes it so popular as well. Several large companies and startups around the world use the Task Chair in their offices, such as Tumblr and Universal Standard, because of the way it seamlessly blends into an office setting.
2. Steelcase Series 1
|Width x Depth x Height||21in x 24in x 37in(53cm x 58cm x 94cm)|
|Material||Nylon mesh and fabric|
|Seat Height (Minimum to Maximum)||17in – 22in (43cm – 56cm)|
|Seat Width||20in (51cm)|
|Seat Depth||19in (48cm)|
|Back:||22in x 17in (56cm x 43cm)|
|Maximum Load/Weight Capacity||300lbs (136kg)|
|Tilt||100° – 122°|
The Steelcase Series 1 features its ergonomic LiveBack technology on a breathable 3D micro-knit mesh backrest, which helps fill in the natural shape and contour of your back. It adapts to your posture and moves with you, letting your arms and legs stay stationary even when you recline.
Some users may find the angle of the backrest a little bit odd since it’s slightly angled forward, making it seem like you’re leaning towards your desk. However, this is intended to correct your posture and might not be for everybody.
However, the Series 1 has other nifty features including customizable armrests that you can adjust to within 5-inches high, 4-inches wide, and 2-inches deep. These 4D armrests can also swivel 40 degrees inward and outward, which helps the chair adapt to almost every office environment and work desk.
If you’re looking for customization options, you’ll be happy to know that the Series 1 has 11 designs and colors that you can mix and match to create your ideal design. Steelcase has an online 3D customizer that allows you to choose the colors of the micro-knit backrest and seat cushion in “real-time”.
You can also select several accessories or modifications to the basic form factor of the Series 1, such as adding a coat hanger, headrest, or having the armrests removed completely.
3. Ikea Marcus
|Width x Height||21in x 55in (53cm x 140cm)|
|Seat Height (Minimum to Maximum)||18in – 23in (46cm – 57cm)|
|Seat Width||21in (53cm)|
|Seat Depth||19in (47cm)|
|Maximum Load/Weight Capacity||242 pounds (110 kg)|
The IKEA Markus is a surprising contender on the list of the best office chairs in Canada, and it’s not because it’s the most affordable. It’s been in the market for some time now and is probably the most recognizable brand name on our list.
What it lacks in adjustment options, it makes up for in comfort, providing an ergonomic upright position to help you sit and work with proper posture. We like the tall mesh backrest and built-in headrest which is perfect for semi-extended periods of time sitting down.
For its price point, it doesn’t have fancy ergonomic technology, so don’t expect this to be a back saver. However, the Markus’ height, tilt, and back can all be adjusted to preference, which is what most users look for in a standard office chair.
The fixed and non-adjustable armrests mean that you may not be able to get the chair underneath your desk snugly, with some users even resorting to taking the armrests off. However, when you consider the price of the Markus, it’s not entirely a dealbreaker.
Despite its shortcomings, this Ikea chair is surprisingly durable just like other products in its brand. The company is so confident in the build quality of this chair that it offers an impressive 10-year warranty, which is more than most higher-end office chairs offer.
4. Space Seating Professional Air Grid 5700E
|Width x Depth x Height||27in x 25in x 42in (69cm x 64cm x 107cm)|
|Material||Mesh and PU Leather|
|Seat Height (Minimum to Maximum)||19in – 25in (48cm – 64cm)|
|Seat Width||20in (51cm)|
|Seat Depth||18in (46cm)|
|Maximum Load/Weight Capacity||250lbs (114kg)|
|Chair Weight||24lbs (11kg)|
The Air Grid 5700E is not the most aesthetically memorable chair in the market, but for the price and its functionality, it deserves a spot on our list of the best office chairs in Canada. It’s ideal for offices that need to purchase several chairs for their employees or for somebody who occasionally works at home.
It has a 360-degree swivel with a tilt and lock feature to stop the chair from reclining. Although it only reclines 15-degrees, users will be surprised that you can still comfortably rock back and forth.
While you may not be able to lean back and kick your feet up onto the table while taking a break, the mesh backseat is comfortable and breathable. It provides enough ergonomic benefits to keep you relaxed during a video conference or while working on your laptop.
The 5700E’s PU leather seat is outfitted with plenty of foam for maximum comfort. However, due to the upholstery on the seat, you may get sweaty or feel hot if using this chair for more than 5-6 hours a day.
5. Herman Miller Aeron Chair (Remastered)
*specifications are for the type B or Medium size chair
|Price||$1,058.00 – $1,745.00|
|Width x Depth x Height||27in x 17in x 41in (69cm x 43cm x 104cm)|
|Seat Height (Minimum to Maximum)||16in – 21in (41cm x 53cm)|
|Seat Width||17in (43cm)|
|Seat Depth||17in (43cm)|
|Back (W x H)||22in x 22in (56cm x 56cm)|
|Maximum Load/Weight Capacity||350lbs (159kg)|
The Aeron Chair makes it to our list for two reasons: it’s a Herman Miller and features an array of customization options. It’s one of the few chairs on the market that is offered in small, medium, or large variations in size.
This ergonomic chair is made from a woven pellicle, which is a special breathable membrane that allows air to circulate evenly and relieves unwanted pressure. There are specific tension points in the backrest as well, so that it can flex and relax to support your back.
The standard or basic version of the Aeron doesn’t come with the famed PostureFit SL mechanism, but if you’re purchasing a Herman Miller, it’s a must-have feature. This mechanism follows the curvature of your back and relieves unwanted stress from sitting down for extended periods.
Made of dense foam, the PostureFit SL is fixed on the lower portion of the backrest and blocks a portion of the woven pellicle. Therefore, you may feel warmer in your lower back in comparison to the rest of your body but not enough to cause you discomfort.
Other optional add-ons include a tilt-limiter, fully adjustable arms, and leather arm pads to give you the ultimate experience in comfort. The Aeron is available in three color variations of charcoal, mineral, and graphite.
FAQs about the Best Office Chairs
On that note, we’ve now come to the end of our list of the top office chairs you can get in Canada. We hope you were able to find the information you need to purchase your own office chair.
If you have any suggestions or recommendations that aren’t on our list, please send us a message so we can check them out.
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