Top 8 Best Office Chairs for Sciatica (2023 Review)

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

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

1. Duramont – Adjustable Desk Chair with Lumbar Support

Top-rated: 6,525 Ratings

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Credit: Devon Boland

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: “I ordered this chair after a couple of months at my new office, as the chair they provided that was just awful. It had no way of locking it from rocking backwards. offered no lumbar support. and no arm wrests. The box came to my door a little beat up, my guess from the shipping handler, however everything inside was packaged well to prevent any metal from scratching and any fabric from tearing.

I ordered without expert assembly, a little worried it would be rather complex. From start to finish the assembly of the chair takes 8 steps, with instructions and images to aid. It comes with every tool you need and even includes extra screws in case you lose any. It also came with these microfiber gloves to prevent the lubricant they put on the washers and certain parts of the chair from getting on your fingers however they were too small and wouldn’t fit over my hands, but at least the thought and time was taken by the manufacturer. I would recommend you have someone help you when installing the arms onto the base of the chair as it can be pretty difficult to line them up correctly, luckily I had my wife to help me. Otherwise, this has to be easiest piece of furniture I have ever assembled. All of the threaded sockets for each screw were lined up great, I had no issue screwing the parts together and didn’t strip a single screw.

Now let me focus on what/how much I enjoy the chair. I have used it heavily for a week since I got it and it has really helped me relieve pain in my back as I am often having to work at my desk as of late. The fabric on the seat, and head is mesh with some sort of foam, that offers support and comfort at the same time. The back is just the mesh fabric which allows the chair to breath so you don’t warm up and sweat constantly from sitting for longer periods of time. You can lock the seat at any angle to prevent it from rocking back further (a must for me) and by far my favorite part is the adjustable lumbar support in the back rest. A small curved block (hard foam I think) sits at the lumbar and a knob can be used to adjust it in and out to your desired level. You have not enjoyed sitting in a chair yet until you have found the perfect support for you lumbar. The head rest is adjustable up and down, is curved, and you can rotate it somewhat to whatever is most comfortable for you. I am 6ft 3in, and have no issue fitting in the chair and the head rest is tall enough to still be used comfortably for me and offer support (big fear of mine with any office chairs). The arm rests are your standard variety comfortable supporting hard foam, that can be adjusted up and down.

I am very happy with this chair, its the first I have ever bought. It is simple, easy, looks good, and is relatively light. Another thing I consider to be a perk (others might not) is I have carpet in my office and most wheels on chairs are designed in such a way that catch the carpet and prevent it from moving. The wheels on this chair seem to be designed to avoid this. They are well built in my opinion and are free of that annoying cover most manufactures put over a wheel, that encompass the whole wheel, and catches carpet.”

Devon Boland

2. STAPLES – Provides Lumbar, arm and Head Support

Top-rated: 2,130 Ratings

best office chair for sciatica
Credit: Peyton

Highlight: EASILY ADJUSTABLE: Adjustable tilt tension and tilt lock let you find an ideal seating angle, and height adjustment options make it easy to find the proper configuration for your desk. Plus, each arm on this desk chair adjusts height for ultimate comfort.

Trending review: “I bought this to replace my old, el cheapo office chair that was falling apart and was causing me to slouch very badly.
It was that type of office chair that was some cushion on top of plywood that you’d be feeling after 20 minutes.
I was searching for a chair and at the time, needed something that was very affordable. I decided on this one because it was mesh and one of my friends with really bad back problems got it after doing lots of research, and he recommended it to me.

When I got this chair in… oh my gosh…. you cannot possibly understand how life-changing it is to have a proper, solid office chair, especially if you’re like me and spend hours each and every day at your desk, in your chair.

I’m 5′ 7″ 120lbs, this chair supports me perfectly, headrest is at the perfect height. The mesh is great, very breathable and supportive.

The modularity is great, you could strip the entire thing down to a stool if you so desired. I keep the arm rests off to make getting in and out of the chair easier, and sometimes I detach the headrest when playing VR while sitting. I understand they’re forced to do this to fit the chair into a smaller box for cheaper shipping, but it’s still appreciated.

The build quality is… well, plastic, but pretty hard and solid plastic. The back shroud that covers the metal bracket that mounts the back rest to the seat is the weakest point and has cracked, but otherwise it’s been great after 2 and a half years of continuous use. And let’s be real, you can’t complain about build quality at this price point.

Overall, definitely get it if you can.
Do not hold off on it and consider buying something else, yeah a new graphics card is cool and all but framerates don’t matter if it hurts to sit in your chair.
You’d think I’m joking, but my buddy I mentioned earlier messed up his back after years of construction work and a bad motorcycle accident.
He has a triple screen 1440p 144hz setup with a 4090 but there’s days where he wants to play and can’t because of his back pains.

So, seriously, do your research and consider ergonomics, and definitely consider this chair.”

Peyton

3. La-Z-Boy – Delano Big & Tall Executive Office Chair

Top-rated: 1,987 Ratings

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Credit: chicagopoetry

Highlight: PREMIUM CUSHIONING: Ergonomic office chair with memory foam cushioning that contours to your body

Most-discussed review: “Like many of the other reviewers here, my chair arrived in a highly damaged box that was sloppily taped up and barely held together. I wonder what the story is on that? Luckily the parts inside were not damaged as far as I can tell. Everything was there and I assembled it in about a half hour. The hardest part was attaching the seat to the back. For some reason one of the screws wouldn’t go in straight but I tightened it as best I could so I’m crossing my fingers.

I’m glad I got this chair on sale for $260. It’s a nice chair but it’s not worth $440. For $440 I would want real leather. After all, it’s not THAT much leather, just the armrests, the back and the seat. Instead it’s “bonded” leather which basically is just cheap, thin vinyl that I know is going to start peeling off over time just like every other chair I’ve owned. Also, the wood looks nice but it’s not real wood. The color got scratched off in two places just by assembling it. My bad for assembling it on a rough surface, but still. Cheap cheap.

This chair does tilt forward a little for some reason, putting pressure on my upper legs. I can see how this can become a problem over long periods of time with perhaps legs going numb. We’ll see how my legs feel over time. Maybe I’ll be knocking a star off.

The last “big and tall” chair I bought fell apart after a two to three years just like any other chair. You would think being designed to hold 400 lbs would mean it’s constructed heavier and will last longer but that’s not the case apparently. I can tell this chair is going to be the same story. It will last maybe two or three years and then will start leaning to the side or the lift mechanism will stop working or the lock that prevents it from tilting will start slipping. I know it’s going to happen because although the chair looks nice and is heavy, there’s nothing special about the design that I could tell as I put it together which makes me think it is any different than any other chair I’ve purchased in the past.

So far I don’t regret paying $260 for what’s basically a $199 chair with some bells and whistles, but I can’t even fathom why this chair would be worth $440. For that much money I would at least expect a few pieces of genuine leather, at least on the arm rests.”

chicagopoetry

4. SIHOO – Desk Chair with Adjustable Headrest and Lumbar Support

Top-rated: 61 Ratings

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Credit: MaryLouise Arispe

Highlight: W-shaped design for the seat ensures you sit centrally .The front edge of the seat has a waterfall front, which ensures minimum pressure on your legs during prolonged seating periods. High-density sponge-filled cushion is soft and not easily deformed.

Helpful review: “I’ve had the chair now for about a month and it is very comfortable at 1st I thought the seat was a little hard but it’s just a harder cushion and breaks in in A-day or so. Very easy to put together very easy to change the settings over all a great chair. It’s hard to give 5 star reviews so I didn’t it was close but I think it would be great if the head rest could move forward more and support your head while sitting fairly straight up”

Erik Johnson

Trending review: “I bought this for my husband because of the ratings and also due to the fact it came in orange. Very unusual! He loves the chair and says it is very comfy.”

Nicole T.

Most-discussed review: “It’s developed a bit of a squeak, other than that! The material has held up perfectly and it feels good.”

Shamus

Reassuring review: “If you have back or neck pain, this is the chair for you. I have a bad back that acts up every now & then and my neck & shoulder have not fully healed from a car accident almost 2 years ago. I got an ergonomic chair since I’m working from home . I got this as a replacement and it has been great. It gives great support. I awoke with back pain and went and sat in the chair and a few minutes later, my back wasn’t hurting and I could bend again. It’s a great replacement for my other chair at a fraction of the price.”

Lucy G

5. KOLLIEE – Mid Back Mesh Office Chair

Top-rated: 7,881 Ratings

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Credit: Rachael Sandlin

Highlight: This office chair designed with human-oriented ergonomic construction, providing back support to reduce back pain caused by long time sitting.

Helpful review: “I used this chair as a desk chair in my apartment. Initially I like the look, the chair is very sleek, the cushion is relatively comfortable. It also came with additional screws which was nice, and all the parts were packaged neatly and protected. That being said, yes the reviewers are telling the truth when they say the chair is not really a typical standard sized office chair. It works well for me because I’m only 5’2, but if this was purchased by I don’t let’s say a 5’9 guy, they would definitely feel uncomfortable. As far as assembly goes, this has been the hardest piece of furniture for me to assemble thus yet. If you get this I definitely recommend having someone help you with lining everything up correctly, and with the wheels. Unfortunately I did this alone and the wheels haunt me. Initially I stuck them in part way, sat on the chair and they all popped off at once. So I was like, okay very strange and decided to watch the instruction video. I saw at that point I had not stuck them in far enough so I started to pop them in, except it took so much pressure to pop even one in, I have blisters on my hands now. I had to take a break before I popped in the last wheel because I didn’t have the strength in my hands anymore. And even then, after praying for god to give me strength, the bastard would not go in. So in the end I took a hammer and hammered it gently into the socket. So, if you find yourself having the same issue, remember, gentle hammering on the edge of the wheel. Also, the arms, very weird, mine were kind of loose after putting in the side screw to hold them onto the back of the chair. Even now there’s a bit of a gap between the chair back and the arms. It seems stable enough so I definitely think it’s more of a cosmetic thing, but while assembling, it may give you troubles. I myself had fear it was going to pop off despite screwing the nail in, to the point the nail wouldn’t budge further. And yet.. It still didn’t fully connect and wobbled?? I think some people were able to get rid of the gap, and you might be able to do that as well, if you have someone holding the arm while screwing it in. Overall though, as a college student doing tons of Writing and reading, I’m grateful to no longer be sitting on my bed to do homework and instead be in my decent chair pulled up to my gorgeous desk.”

Rachael Sandlin

6. Dowinx – Gaming with Massage Lumbar Support

Top-rated: 14,052 Ratings

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Credit: T.O.M.

Highlight: The trustworthy wingback provides multi-contact for releasing your lumbar pressure while your spine is also well protected by the neck pillow. Plus, the retractable footrest and the re-designed soft wing frame further upgrade your sitting experience.

Helpful review: “Pros:
First, I have to say that I am a retired Engineer and as such I am very picky about products and how they work, or in many cases, how they don’t work. This DOWINX gaming chair is the best chair (5 stars) I could find after researching over 40 chairs. It is comfortable, no wait, it is REALLY comfortable and very quiet with the exception noted in the Cons. I was trying out the reclining function and fell asleep in the chair after assembly. My wife woke me up an hour later; otherwise I would have slept through the night in the chair. The chair turns very easily and with one push and you could turn around more than 360 degrees without any noise or resistance. The wheels move the chair effortlessly on my carpeted floor.
This model fully reclines 180 degrees to make it flat if you want and can be locked into any position between 90 and 180 degrees. It also has a rocking function which allows a 20 degree deviation from where you have the reclining set to. There is a tension control knob under the seat for the rocking function. The seat to ground distance is ~16 to 19 inches when you are seated. Add 1 inch if the chair is empty.
It has a footrest which is stored under the seat that can be pulled out, flipped over, and extended for reclining or sleeping. Some people have complained about footrests breaking on other chairs. So long as you don’t put a lot of weight on it, I think it will serve its purpose. It is very useful when reclining or napping.
There is detachable lumbar support (with massager) and a head pillow. The head pillow is the right size for me (I’m 5’10”) and offers some adjustment up/down, however there isn’t anything there to keep it in place. I don’t view this as a big problem since you can reach back and fix it easily. The lumbar support is thinner than most other chairs and works well, at least for me, until you recline past ~110 degrees, then it feels like it is too thick. It can be removed if you find it a problem. It does have a built-in massage function that runs off of a 5v USB source. The massager is noisy but not as loud as others. I didn’t find it as relaxing as I thought it might be, so I’m not using it right now. That may change.
You’ll need about an hour to assemble this chair if you have put things together before and maybe another hour if this is your first assembly project. Although I assembled it alone, I could have benefited from another person’s help.

Cons:
With the rocking feature engaged, there are some noises at the limits of the 20 degree rocking motion. This is caused by the lever that adjusts the seat up/down. It moves when rocking and has metal to metal contact at the limits of the rocking function. If it bothers you, it can be fixed by placing a thin (1/8” or less) adhesive backed, rubber pad on the metal surfaces above and below the moving metal parts.
The tools provided are not hardened steel and deform easily when tightening the screws. I will suggest you go buy some quality Metric Allen wrenches before assembly. You will need 5 and 6 mm sizes that are at least 2 inches long on each side.
There is no good way to make sure that the metal rods of the footrest are parallel so they don’t bind. The best way is to anchor one screw on each plastic guide and test fit the footrest. If parallel, place some tape as a position marker; slide the footrest out; and install the other screws.
When reclining, the seat back rises about 2.5 inches with relationship to the seat. Add the lumbar support and the 2.5” becomes 5+”. See the pictures. Everything is okay without the lumbar support.
When you attach the chair back to the seat, put all of the screws in first but don’t tighten them yet. There are two brackets coming from the seat that will support the seat back. The top hole on one of these brackets is round and is the least adjustable. This is the anchor point for mounting the seat back, tighten this screw first and then the one below it. Other than the first hole, the other holes are elongated to allow for adjustment. When the first side has been tightened, notice the gap between the seat and bottom of the chair back. Place something in between there to keep the gap the same size from side to side. I used a book. Then tighten the remaining screws. This will ensure that your seat back isn’t leaning to one side.
The instruction you get comes in the form of a small picture booklet. Most everything you need is there, but it could be improved. There is some Chinese English, but better than most. DOWINX should add information on the tension control, describing which direction does what. Adding a picture of how to properly put the lumbar support on (not a big problem) would also be good also.
The packing materials smell. I think they put something in their packing to make sure no bugs survive the trip to the US. When you are done assembling open a window for a few hours.”

John Steele

7. Oline – ErgoPro Ergonomic Office Chair

Top-rated: 2,144 Ratings

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Credit: SeaTownGirl12

Highlight: Ergonomic office chair crafted with breathable mesh for comfortable and long-lasting support

Trending review: “This chair is fantastic! First, it was super easy to put together. The directions are clear and everything is packaged together and/or labeled and you don’t need anything else to assemble. The only part I had a little trouble with was getting the armrests on at the end – trying to see under where the dang holes were lol. I would say it took me 45 mins tops from opening the box to having cleaned up all the wrapping stuff and able to sit in the chair at my desk. A few parts didn’t work in certain spots so just try them in a different similar spot and then they worked fine. I saw someone else comment about the wheels – sometimes they just popped right in, sometimes not, tried a different hole and it was fine. They are technically the same but if you’re struggling, just try it in a different ‘same’ spot and chances are it will work. It is somewhat heavy but I was able to do it all myself. I did prop it up on an ottoman when assembling parts of the seat before it was on the base of the chair.

This chair is so comfortable – I literally can’t believe how comfortable it is. I was skeptical about the mesh-only seat – SUPER comfortable! The lumbar support makes it easy to sit up straight. The chair is super solid. The blade wheels are so smooth. I haven’t even had it for a week so I will update later if there are any changes. I have the navy blue which you can see in the pictures is very dark (which I like). I haven’t spent much time leaning in it either so if there’s a change to my rating based on that, I will post that as well. Some have complained about the seat bed being “short” – I thought so at first too. To sit comfortably you need to sit all the way back in the seat and it’s perfect. I asked a question that never really got answered. As you can see it fits fine underneath my desk. I am 5’8″ though and have it on the lowest possible setting to sit comfortably. So I’m wondering for those who are different heights can really adjust this to where they would want it to be to have their legs sitting perpendicular and your feet able to touch the floor.

I work from home and so sit many hours in front of the computer at my desk. This chair finally has made a difference (and I have been through MANY desk chairs over the years). I read countless reviews before picking this chair on amazon and on the internet in general. So glad I chose this ergonomic chair. My back and shoulders DO NOT ACHE after hours (with short breaks throughout) of sitting in it. It was 100% worth the splurge. I live in Las Vegas and so I was only interested in a mesh chair – found out the hard way how much heat other types of chairs generate here particularly in the long hot summer. Personally I don’t think you will regret the purchase if you get this chair!”

SeaTownGirl12

8. Homall – Office Chair High Back

Top-rated: 73,344 Ratings

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Credit: Anthony Nichtawitz

Highlight: Multi Function: 360 degree swivel and multi direction wheels, load capacity: 300-pound maximum weight capacity. Recline function. Between 90 to 180 degree. Rocking function: chair can rock back and forth when you adjust the knob beneath the seat.

Helpful review: “I was browsing for a new chair and I wanted something to match the aesthetic of my office currently. I’m a young college student so these racing style chairs appeal to me. The stark black and blue leather really drew my eye considering my whole set-up is black and blue. I’m a video editor as well as gaming for my hobby, so I’m at the computer a lot and my old $60 chair just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I saw this chair was #1 Best Seller, had multiple good reviews not only on Amazon but on other websites as well, so I ordered it. I’ll outline some feature of the chair below if interested.

Setup:
I got the package and everything was rather simple to put together the hex bolts were a little bit bigger than any Alan key I had so I had to use the small included Alan key but you can use a normal screw driver for the screws. The design is a little flawed and it some parts jam up the Alan key only allowing you to do 180 turns rather than 360, taking a little longer than necessary. Some of the fabric bits around the holes covers up and is really stubborn to move out of the way, hold the piece, and screw all at the same time. So I resorted to breaking at a hobby knife and just removing some fabric around the holes myself (it will be covered up 100% with the part).When I was done it looked and felt sturdy. The first time I used the reclining feature it made a loud snap but nothing broke. The wheels make it a little hard to roll, they are this soft plastic/rubbery texture and I guess that is nice for not scratching or drifting around but you won’t be able to slide around your office that smoothly or easily.

Back Support:
Probably the best part about this chair is I can sit a lot of different ways and my back always feels wonderful. Whether I’m upright, leaning forward, or reclining their is always adjustments I can do to the pillows and reclining mechanism to support my back. I don’t have knots in my back a lot anymore or those really tender spots you have to ask your significant other to work out or using a heating pad for. However sitting in it for the first time wasn’t as joyous experience I was expecting.

Seat Support/First Time Sitting in it:
From the pictures it looked like the seat was going to be the best part with all those different sized/angled cushions. I thought my butt was going to have a nice break from my cheap worn out chair and have support from multiple different directions, not true. While it did feel better on the butt (than my cheaper chair) it killed my thighs. See, the two little side cushions on the left and right underneath the arm rest aren’t really cushions…it just a cover for two metal beams on either side wrapped in some foam. Sitting how you normally would in a chair will kill your thighs and make them go to sleep. I couldn’t sit normally for the first day and decided to just try laying back in the chair in the recliner mode and watch some videos. The recliner mode is very comforting (I almost fell asleep) and very stable, I never feel like I’m going to fall even while the back is angled backwards and I’m leaning back with my feet up. The next day I needed to get a bunch of editing work done so I needed to find a solution and way to break in the chair fast. My dudes, their is no room for spreading your legs if you know what I mean…so sitting normal was a little uncomfortable…I tried moving my butt forward some and putting my shoulders back further and that helped but after a while those metal bars just started digging into the side of my legs again. I needed a damn solution because I just thought no computer chair I ever buy is going to be perfect, no point in returning this one, just find a solution…I put an old Serta memory foam pillow down and that helped but my weight made it shrink over time and the metal bars came back digging into me. I added a folded up small blanket on top of that and it helped with some cushioning but I couldn’t get both items to line up perfectly with the back so the back of my butt was sliding down into the crack and pushing everything toward the front and off the chair regularly. I moved the small pillow that was meant for the lower back support and slid it down into the crack but it didn’t feel right and my lower back wasn’t getting the support that I loved when I originally sat down in it. So I found a small square couch pillow and used that instead. Finally, everything was set…I couldn’t feel those harsh metal bars sticking into my legs, I had a nice little booster seat, and the back rest felt amazing on my always sore back. I edited all day trying to get as much as I could done before my tailbone started hurting (has happened on every chair I’ve owned). I did this for the next 3 days and then decided that it had to be somewhat broken in now and I should try it out. I found a comfortable sitting position with my butt a little forward on the seat and shoulders back a bit. The neck pillow is right below my hairline and the back support pillow is at about the middle of my back. The seat cushions allow me to sit for longer periods of time without having to get up and walk around as much (even though I probably should). Then when I want to kick my feet up and watch some videos I can do that with this chair too.

Complaints/Conclusion:
The arm rests are already a little loose and jiggly but they are pretty useless unless at a small desk, the height of the chair isn’t that great (it’s very low to the ground at it’s highest setting), the side cushions aren’t actually cushions and just their aesthetically, I think filling those with cushioning and upping the price some would make this chair a 5-star product for me.”

Max Ross
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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