Finding the best office chair that will really help reduce lower back pain is a quest for many office workers. While most office seating companies claim to have lumbar support, they are almost always lacking in this area. Chairs that offer better lower back support do exist and today we will take a closer look at the ones we have found to offer the best lumbar support. I will show you chairs that are available at different price points so that no matter your budget is, you can start to work more comfortably.
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Best Office Chairs For Lower Back Pain
- Ergohuman LEM4ERG
- BTOD 100MC
- Valo Viper
- Steelcase Leap
- Nightingale CXO
- How To Pick Best Office Chair For Back Pain
- Bottom Line
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1. Ergohuman LEM4ERG – $636.00
The Ergohuman LEM4ERG is number one on my list of best chairs for lower back pain. I have had the opportunity to sit in this chair for almost seven years, which started at the point the chair first hit the market. It has incredible lower support that hits your back before any other part of the backrest. Because the lumbar system is so pronounced, it will even provide good support if you find yourself leaning forward while typing. With a height adjustable backrest and adjustable depth seat pan, the Ergohuman can easily be fine-tuned to fit most users’ needs.
2. The BTOD 100MC – $199.99
The BTOD 100MC is a good office chair for back pain if you are on a tight budget. With a height adjustable lumbar support system you are able to position it in multiple areas on your lower back. The back is almost completely vertical; providing consistent support throughout your entire back. The mesh material is supportive, yet soft enough to let you sink back into the lumbar system comfortably. While this chair won’t wow you like some of the more expensive options on my list, it is a really good option under $200.
3. The Valo Viper – $466.95
The Valo Viper chair is a mid-priced mesh back office chair with an optional headrest. It has a height adjustable lumbar support system that provides a good amount of lower support. There is 5” of height adjustment, moving from very low to about low/mid portion of your back. The lumbar has a cushion that provides a bit of softness and covers almost the entire width of the backrest. The Valo Viper comes with a strong warranty and the chairs we have in the field have held up well over the last seven years.
4. The Steelcase Leap Chair – $942.00
The Steelcase Leap chair is one of the most popular high-end chairs currently available. It also has one of the best lumbar support systems in the industry, which includes their LiveBack technology. There is an adjustable tension knob that will increase or decrease the firmness in the curve of the backrest. It also has a height adjustable lumbar support that moves throughout the lower back. This provides a more finely tuned lumbar support system exactly where you need it most. Steelcase is also known for having one of the best office chair warranties available.
5. The Nightingale 6200 CXO – $1032.00
The Nightingale 6200 CXO is one of the best ergonomic chairs we have tested at BTOD.com, yet it is also one of the most unknown within this category. The 6200 CXO incorporates a height and width adjustable lumbar system that provides a wide range of support. The CXO is adjustable enough to fit almost all users’ needs. The only drawback is the price. Starting at $1032, it is one of our more expensive picks for office chairs with the best lower support. Ryan at BTOD, recently reviewed the 6200 CXO chair and has sat in it for close to 20,000 hours.
How-To Pick The Best Office Chair For Back Pain
Depending on your specific needs, the amount of lower back support required to provide a comfortable fit can vary. If you are a customer in need of a moderate to a high level of lower support I recommend staying away from chairs with natural curves in their backrest. While some of these types of chairs will offer a decent amount of support, I recommend at a minimum, they have back height adjustment to move the lumbar to a comfortable position.
Overall, I have found that mesh back chairs offer some of the best lower back support in the seating industry. The reason behind it is the mesh upholsteries ability to flex better than a traditional cushioned back. Many will offer lumbar systems that are height adjustable; some are even depth adjustable to fine tune to your specific needs. Being able to position the lumbar support is important to eliminate lower back pain specific to your body.
In order to have a good amount of lower support, it’s important to look for a product that has lumbar that will hit your back before the upper backrest. Maintaining proper posture is also key to your overall comfort and support, slouching will move your lower back away from the lumbar system found in the chair. It’s fairly obvious from my top five list that mesh back chairs with lumbar support systems tend to offer a more active lower support.
If you are looking for a chair with good lower support, even when you find yourself leaning forward typing, I highly recommend the Ergohuman series. We have used them in our offices for over ten years and had really good success with them. If you have a large budget, the Steelcase Leap chair will likely be the best chair you will find under the $1,000 mark. Even with the pick of the litter, I have found myself in the 100MC for the last 1.5 years and have been very happy. No matter your budget, there is likely a good chair out there to provide the proper support for lower back pain. Hopefully my list has made that search a little easier for you.