Top 8 Best Office Chairs for Neck Pain (2023 Review)

I review office chairs for a living, so you can trust me when I say that these options will give you the ergonomics you need for your neck, the comfort you want, and the price that fits perfectly into your budget.

best office chair for neck pain

FYI, prices and ratings are accurate as of the time of writing this.

1. GABRYLLY – Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair

Top-rated: 12,097 Ratings

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Credit: The Boop

Highlight: The ergonomic chair provides 4 supporting points(head/ back/ hips/ hands) and a proper lumbar support. Suitable for people of about 5’5″ to 6’2″(Please refer to the height of the user). It’s easy to adjust seat height, headrest, backrest and flip-up arms to meet different needs, good for sitting long hours.

Helpful review: “After spending way more time researching office chairs than anyone ever should, I found myself at the bottom of this insane chair review videos rabbit hole just to realize that money can’t buy good posture. Getting up, stretching and switching positions helped alleviate my lower back and neck pain more than anything and that’s why I don’t believe a $1,500+ chair is going to “cure” anyone. It’s also why I’m reviewing this Gabrylly chair, as well as the company. For less than $300 including a few add-ons, this chair has become my go-to in the office.

In order, the reasons I bought this chair were the armrests, the headrest and the lumbar curve.

ARMRESTS: Perfect for me as I only wanted flip and that’s key for a fidgeter. Flipping one up is great for sitting sideways or one leg under. Flipping BOTH can save space when under the desk or if you just want them gone for a bit. When partially flipped, they also stay in position well enough to be used as rests which allows me to use this chair as a makeshift stool. I raise the chair to the highest setting, lock in one of the recline positions and sit up on the front 1/3 of the seat. Hard to explain but once you get this chair, you may find more sitting options with flip-up arms than with 3D-4D-5D arms.

HEADREST: Solid build and stays in place. Push button pivot hinge allows headrest to angle and slide fitting my head/neck perfectly, whether at 90 or recline position.

LUMBAR CURVE: Not sure what to write about this other than that, for me, it feels GREAT! Other reviewers have pointed out that they need a pillow but, for me, this curve just works. I could never find the right adjustment with any other higher priced office chairs I’ve owned.

BASE: Very solid base with foot grips. I find myself using the grips more times than not so now they’ve become a must have for me. I added rollerblade wheels which are 3” diameter and add about an inch to the chair height.

COMPANY: As I am already considering buying a second chair from them and, because of a bad prior experience with a mesh office chair seat (Hyken) sinking too much too soon, I contacted Gabrylly by phone to see if I could PURCHASE a different seat base, if available. Not only did someone answer immediately but, when we were disconnected (my fault), the gentleman called me back to request my contact info so they could mail me a different seat cushion and e-mail tracking info. I missed the gentleman’s name but received follow-up emails from Jennie.

NOTE: There is nothing wrong with the current mesh seat. In fact, it’s tighter and better shaped than my other two office chairs; however, the company heard my concerns and decided to send a foam seat anyway.

From the instruction manual, tools provided, ease of assembly to the chair features/quality and the amazing after sales support, this company sets the bar as an Amazon vendor!

Hope this review was helpful!”

The Boop

2. XUER – Desk Chair with Adjustable Sponge Lumbar Support

Top-rated: 2,419 Ratings

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Credit: Vanessa

Highlight: XUER office chair features an S-shaped backrest that fits your lumbar spine better, protecting your back and shoulders from pain and fatigue from prolonged sitting. W-shaped design sponge cushion, reduce the pressure on your legs, suitable for long-term sedentary work up to 8 hours a day.

Trending review: “I needed to upgrade my worn out IKEA office chair that was now giving me a back ache after 8 years. The IKEA chair was my first office chair ever when I first started working from home and has lasted this long, only costing me $125. I figured it couldn’t be too hard finding an even better chair with research. Anyway I ended up here and this is my review… The chair arrived sooner than expected which was a nice surprise. It was packaged well and the parts are heavy and sturdy. The chair looks like it will last. My husband built it in about 20 minutes and was easy to assemble. My first chair was a fake leather chair but padding was good and support as well, decided to try the mesh and I’m not disappointed. The head rest is great, one of my favorite features as it perfectly adjusts to my neck and head area. Also love the rocking feature when you’re taking a break or need to stretch it out. The arm rests initially seem pretty cool but I did notice that they can be a little hard and since my arms will not always sit in them because they’re a little wider than how I hold my arms, the indentation of the arm rest which is meant to support and give comfort actually hurts my forearm and wrist. If the arm rests also came in then it would work great but from what I can tell they can’t be adjusted. However I can live with this. The lumbar support works great as well, you can adjust it to your liking. The wheels are also a favorite as my chair sits on the rug so it can be hard to move but these wheels just glide around. The reason I gave the chair 4 stars instead of 5 has to do with the seat of the chair. I honestly didn’t think about this feature but I’m not sure if the seat is made of regular foam or memory foam and I’m hoping it will get better with use but after using it for a couple of long work days, my behind was hurting from the firmness of the chair. I don’t know if I failed in this and should have searched for a gel or memory foam seat when looking into a new office chair. For now I’ll see if maybe with use it gets better but if not I’ll have to invest in a seat cushion and call it a day. I do sometimes sit in my chair for over 12 hours a day so my experience may be different than someone who only sits for half that time. Other than that I’m pretty happy with my purchase and hope it lasts as long as my last one.”

Vanessa

3. YITAHOME – 400lb Capacity Gaming Chair

Top-rated: 601 Ratings

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Credit: BookAddict86

Highlight: PERFECT GAMING EXPERIENCE- YITAHOME high-end racing gaming chair provides excellent comfort with integrated metal frame and high-density sponge that offer powerful support for the head, waist, and hips; With YITAHOME deluxe thickened and widened seat cushion, soft padding, premium PU leather, and adjustable armrest, you can upgrade your experience during long work hours or intense game play.

Most-discussed review: “I just got this chair yesterday and let me tell you right now, it will be the comfiest chair you have ever purchased. If you are big and tall like me (6’2 300lbs), this chair will definitely hold your weight.

The last gaming chair that I had, had these weird flap things on the sides of the seat that made the chair itself more narrow (I guess to make the chair more like a race car design), which really started hurting my thighs. This chair however is really wide and does not have those flaps, which makes the chair so much comfier.

The setup was a bit tedious at times since I was the only one setting it up, but if you had another person helping you, it would be an absolute breeze. All in all, not too bad.

Before we get into the cons, I just want to say that this company’s customer service is really good. I sent an email out to the support helpline, and they responded to me within a few hours. I also called them too and even though I had to leave a voicemail, they called back very quickly. I even got the chance to text back and forth about my issue that I will mention in a bit which is a big plus. Amy if you are reading this, thank you so much for all of your help!!!

Now for the Con:

When I set up the chair, I sat on it for the first time and went to adjust the height by pulling the lever on the side. When I tried to raise the chair, nothing happened. When I tried to lower the chair, nothing happened. I know I put together the chair the correct way but I was unsure about why I was experiencing this problem. I thought it may have have been the gas canister that was the issue.

When I reached out to customer service, they told me to rock the chair back and forth to see if the chair was not lodged in properly. I did that and it did not work. I then loosened the knob on the bottom so I could lean back more in the chair, and maybe use my weight while rocking in the chair profusely to see if that would do anything. I shook the chair, I turned it over and tried shaking it that way, but nothing happened.

The next day while I was rocking again in the chair, I tried pulling the lever to raise the chair and it was able to raise it little by little each time I pressed the lever. I was now able to lower the chair easily now that that happened. I rocked back and forth in the chair some more, and sat on it for about 30 more minutes, then eventually, the chair was able to raise like it normally should have been. I think the gas canister was a BIT faulty but it was just new and needed some force and time to eventually work.

However, if the gas canister WAS faulty, I would have had to wait 3-5 weeks to receive another one, which to me was not bad since I could deal with the low height of the chair. It would have been just a minor inconvenience, but still annoying. Just beware of a long wait time to receive a new part if one of your parts are actually defective.

Overall, I think this is an amazing product if you can get a gas canister that will work the way it is intended, which took me a day to finally get it to work the way it should have been out if the box. That is the only reason why I am deducting a star. Thank you and good luck to whoever reads this!”

Ian H.

4. Serta – AIR Health and Wellness Executive Office Chair

Top-rated: 2,157 Ratings

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Credit: Jin

Highlight: Lumbar cushions pivot when you move to provide back support and help improve posture

Most-discussed review: “Full name on the box: Light Grey Bonded Leather/Mesh Air Executive Chair (Model: 43807)

This review is from a petite female’s perspective
I was browsing for couple months and this Serta chair stood out to me, mainly aesthetically. I don’t see many chairs in this color or style. It matched with the rest of my PC/desk setup.

Positives
-Seat is comfortable.
-Lumbar support is good. It helps me sit very straight.
-The casters were surprisingly easy to put in. I had to use some force with two of them though. They roll fine on carpet.
-Easy assembly

Neutral/Negatives
-Paint of armrests is easily scratched. I accidentally scratched it while installing the back.
-The black plastic caps used to hide the screws don’t fit well. The plastic inserts for hiding screws in arms don’t fit well either. It makes the chair appear cheap. (I will provide images)
-Craftsmanship isn’t the best. Not noticeable from a distance though.
-At lowest setting, my feet can’t touch the ground but being 4’11” it’s to be expected.
-Height of the back is a little high for my liking. I prefer couple inches shorter so I can sometimes tilt my head back to rest rather than getting blocked by the seat. My fault for not realizing I should look into “mid-back chairs”.
-Head/top area is too firm. I prefer it to be squishy.

As another reviewer mentioned, don’t forget to remove the foam or cardboard behind the lumbar and head/shoulder. That is supposedly the last step when assembly is all done.”

Jin

Reassuring review: “Ive been using a drafting chair with a stand up desk and I was suffering with back pain. My legs were going numb from sitting for so long. I ordered this serta chair and it is super comfortable. Great support and easy to assemble. Took about twenty minutes bye myself. I definetly would recommend this chair.”

Toni perry

5. SIHOO – M18 Ergonomic Office Chair for Big and Tall People

Top-rated: 13,538 Ratings

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Credit: Dre

Highlight: SIHOO chairs can be applied in different scenarios according to the needs of different consumers in needs. Can be used as student office chairs, computer chairs, ergonomic chairs, desk chairs, gaming chairs; not only can sit comfortably, but also save money.

Helpful review: “I’ve been looking for a new chair to replace a cheap $30 chair i bought off of Amazon last year that had been killing my back and shoulders. I wanted something in the $150-$200 range and settled on the M18. Shipping was a fast 3 days with Prime and the box arrived in great condition.

All parts were separately wrapped or in their own boxes. Came with all hardware and nothing was missing. Assembly took me a little longer then normal because i have rotator cuff injury in my left shoulder so that arm is mostly useless. The most difficult part for me was attaching the wheels to the base. Other then that it was simple.

Once the chair was assembled i sat in it for the first time and started making my adjustments with the recline feature, armrest level along with the headrest. Next i reached around for the lumbar support knob and tried to adjust it but with my bad shoulder i decided to just get out of the seat and turn it around and adjust it with both hands. After spinning the chair a round to get at the lumbar knob i noticed a large crack in the plastic in the middle of the back of the lumbar plastic piece. I had not made any lumbar adjustments yet so i assumed this is how i received it. The lumbar support comes preinstalled to the backrest so it either was damaged before or during the shipping process. Either way it was damaged before being delivered to me. The lumbar support still functioned properly but it was still broken.

I decided to contact Sihoo’s customer support that came along with the installation instructions regarding the damaged lumbar piece. I received a reply the next day and after sending them some more info about my order and a couple pics they shipped me a replacement part which took a week to arrive. I swapped out the damaged part and after owning the chair for a week so far i am really happy with my purchase.

Im about 5’10 180lbs. At its highest height level my feet reach the ground comfortably flat footed. The backrest fully covers my back and the headrest adjusts very well to sit on the back of my lower head/upper neck. The armrests only go up and down….not forward and back or tilt inwards. This is fine for me as they are grooved to fit your forearm while sitting at your desk/keyboard. The armrests are also a soft cushioned rubber material…not a hard plastic. The mesh of the backrest and headrest are good material and seem well made. The seat is very wide and the cushioning is firm which i prefer. Usually more firm cushioning seems to last longer and hold its form. The base of the chair is VERY sturdy and made of all metal. My chair is on carpet and holds its position very well. As far as recline goes you can set it to recline all the way back, half way or lock the chair in the upright position. You can also adjust the resistance on the reclining feature.

So that being said im very happy with my purchase. It arrived with a slight flaw which the company corrected in a fast manor and was very polite in their customer support. I personally don’t have a lot of experience with many office chairs and have never used a high end chair($500-$1000+) chair before to make any comparisons. All my chairs for the most part have been from local stores like Staples or Office Depot. Id recommend this over anything they carry in this price range….and i went and looked at their products before buying this chair as well.”

Dre

6. LUCKRACER – Gaming Chair with Footrest

Top-rated: 884 Ratings

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Credit: Alnoor

Highlight: Ergonomic Design: Ergonomic game chair design with free lumbar support, headrest pillow wider and thicker adjustable armrests with an ergonomic shape, larger size seat cushion, sturdy retractable footrest.

Helpful review: “So far, this has been one of the best chairs I’ve owned. I have always had issues finding one that has just the right amount of sturdiness, comfort, and overall performance for a gamer. As someone who weighs around 240 pounds, I struggled finding a chair that has good durability. This one is very firm yet comfortable. I like crossing my legs and sitting in weird positions and this chair has enough room to allow for my weird habits. Most chairs I’ve owned typically last about a year before signs of defects start to show.

My only concern is in the photos attached. I was suppose to bolt in the back plate for the back rest but there were no bolt holes? Come to find out there were bolt holes to screw the bolts in but I had to puncture the leather with a knife so I could screw them in where they were suppose to go. This by itself was really weird to me as I wasn’t sure if the intentional design from factory or not? If so, this is pretty inconvenient cause I wasn’t sure if that was what I was suppose to do and no where in the instructions did it talk about this.

So far this one seems to be built well and made to last. I definitely recommend this chair for daily gaming use.”

Tiler

Most-discussed review: “Purchased February 24. 2021. I have owned this chair for 6 months. I did a TON of research prior to buying this chair. I sat in several friends chairs, looked into many brands, ready zillions of reviews… I chose the Luckracer Gaming Chair.
Pros: The padded curved arms I wanted (not like those uncomfortable hard straight arms)
No seat or back side parts that squeeze you when you sit down.
It has a foot stool!
It’s very comfortable
I am in this chair 12-16 hours a day most days, and it’s still comfy… I can toss/turn, adjust, put my feet up, recline etc. and still keep on working away.
It’s adjustable and will rise to the appropriate height in order for me to comfortable use the keyboard on my custom desk…it’s a pretty high desk.
The pleather has lasted quite well, and I have cats (that should say everything)
It reclines… it REALLY reclines.
I am quite a fluffy person, I can sit in this chair with room to spare on both sides, I don’t feel trapped.
The one and ONLY con:
It’s rated for big people, I happen to be a bigger person, the ad says it will hold up, it says the hydraulics will last. Here we are 6 months in, and it’s happening.. the dreaded chair click/ click/ clicking down as you type away… pretty soon I have my arms raised up and look like a toddler stealing a cookie from the counter. I have to get off the chair, and hit the lever, and the chair rises again. From experience with other chairs, I know it doesn’t get better, this will keep happening, eventually, it will just stay low. Heart breaking, because I love this chair… going to hold onto it until it stays in low position permanently, or just click/ click/ clicks down every time I sit in it. I can get a solid 6 hours out it right now before it starts.”

Forever Kittens

7. Duramont – Adjustable Desk Chair with Lumbar Support

Top-rated: 6,525 Ratings

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Credit: Benjamin Schiavone

Highlight: Having back issues or don’t want to develop them? Our unique office chair includes adjustable lumbar support that goes in and out, up and down, and a recline feature that allows you to tilt the backrest back or sit straight. Now you can quickly find a position that makes your back feel the most comfortable!

Helpful review: “The box containing my Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable office ($350) chair was delivered 10 days after placing the order … even though Amazon said that it would arrive between 14 & 21 days after the order. (It was shipped from CA to PA via UPS Ground in July, 2020 during our pandemic.)

There were a couple external damage marks. The plastic strap that was around the box had cut into the top corner of the box, but there wasn’t any damage to any of the parts in the box. (No harm. No foul.) There was also a 2” hole in the top of the box which appears to have been caused by something relatively heavy placed on top of the box pressing the box down into one of the base legs. The base was fine. Another minor hole was in one of the smaller (internal) boxes, but there wasn’t any damage to any of the parts inside.

All the necessary parts (plus a spare of each screw & washer, and a good Allen wrench) were included and carefully packaged in plastic bags & cardboard, or smaller boxes. I was surprised that it came with a complete set of both carpet casters & hardwood casters. Some white gloves were also included in a zip-lock bag. They weren’t needed for the chair assembly so I’m sure they are to be used for checking for dust after the Queen-of-Clean does her thing. (Yeah. I’m going to pay for that one.)

The only real damage that I found on any of the parts was a minor fabric rip on the underside of the seat … and that was covered up once I attached the armrest.

Most of the instructions were basic, but understandable. The fasteners were identified & clearly marked on the package. The casters were easily pressed in. All of the threaded holes lined up nicely. All the screws were black, flanged, and had a spot of blue threadlocker on each. The Allen wrench was solid and the handle was sized to avoid being blocked by chair parts. I was briefly confused when one of the armrests that had a molded “L” on the underside also had an “R” sticker placed on it, while the other armrest had a molded “6R” (without any sticker).

Installing the back of the chair to the seat was easy enough once I put the seat on my couch seat to hold it in a position for me to fasten the back to it.

The instructions for the headrest could have been clearer. They included a sketch of the mounted headrest and read “Insert the headrest into the slot.” This is easily done; but once you do that, you need to PUSH the headrest down so that the spring loaded ball fits into one of the adjusting slots.

After opening the box, assembly took ~55 minutes (including a few CYA photos, carving the Allen wrench package for easy storage on by bench, and overthinking what I could f-up). This chair is well-engineered, solidly built, and looks smart/professional.

It’s only been a couple hours, but I’m very pleased with my seating investment for my work-at-home situation.”

Benjamin Schiavone

8. NOBLEWELL – Ergonomic Office Chair With Headrest

Top-rated: 5,040 Ratings

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Credit: Veronica E.

Highlight: FLEXIBLE ADJUSTMENT: The high back office chair customize your seat height between 3.9”. The 2” adjustable headrest ensures neck support, while the lumbar support can be fine-tuned by 2”. The backrest offers 90° to 135° recline to provide ideal relaxation. With 2D adjustable armrests extending by 3.9”, this desk chair suits various body types.

Most-discussed review: “Imagine you’re a gamer and about 3 years ago you spent $300 on a chair and now it’s broken and you need to replace it, but no way you’re paying $300 for a chair again right? You just want something comfortable that will do the job but cheaper. This review is for you.

From the time I pulled it inside to the time I was sitting in it took about 35 minutes. This included time I spent throwing the ball for my dog because he was confused why I was in the floor and checking in on funny moments during Seinfeld re-runs. Assembly was pretty straight forward and should be simple for anyone that knows how to read and comprehend instructions. There was one moment where I could imagine if you aren’t very strong you may struggle lining the back piece up with the seat and getting the screws in properly so you may need some very brief assistance.

Now that it’s assembled, how does it compare to my $300 gaming chair? Overall it’s comfortable, but I feel like I’m too big for the chair. I’m 5’11 about 205 lbs. Pretty average build. The arm rests are in perfect position. My arms rest nicely without having to adjust much at all. I feel too big for the chair for only 1 reason. The actual seat itself is pretty short. I wish it was another 3 to 4 inches longer. The seat ends mid thigh and I wish it ended just behind the fold of the back of my knees. You can recline the back just a bit to make up for this, but overall that’s the only draw back.

Overall I think it’s great for the price and definitely satisfies my need. Good luck!”

Doug Austin

Reassuring review: “Just got this chair today (3/21/23) so I can’t give a full review, but I’ll make sure to post an update.

Easy to assemble, and I mean it. The bolts all fit in place, instructions were clear as day, and they even pack some nice gloves for you to wear while assembling it (definitely gave “White Glove service”). As I analyzed some of the parts there were scratches and I was a little concerned, I don’t want this to brake down on me. Height of the chair is perfect and the mesh / fabric felt good. The seat was comfortable when I first sat. Let’s see how it will be working from home for 8 hours. Adjustable arm rest are a go for me.

(I’ll post an update after a month of using)

Update 7/14/2023

Chair has been great so far. Very comfortable, when laying back on the chair it is very sturdy. So far no complaints. It does have a bit of squeaky noise to it now but maybe a bit of WD40 will come in handy. Mesh is still holding up and seat cushion continues to be firm. Changed from four stars to five.”

Veronica E.
Robert Martin

Robert Martin

Hey, I'm Robert and I help manage this site. With several years as an accountant, I have spent a lot of time behind a computer sitting in an office chair. That led to many back and neck problems. That's where my search for finding the perfect office chair began. That research made me realize that others need help finding comfortable chairs, and that's why this blog was started!
Robert Martin

Robert Martin

Hey, I'm Robert and I help manage this site. With several years as an accountant, I have spent a lot of time behind a computer sitting in an office chair. That led to many back and neck problems. That's where my search for finding the perfect office chair began. That research made me realize that others need help finding comfortable chairs, and that's why this blog was started!

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