A good office chair can make or break your work-from-home sessions. Here are the best 10 office chairs that provide comfortable sitting at various budgets.
Every spending situation is unique. SingSaver assembles the 'Best For' list, so you can decide what’s best for you.
Other than your PC or laptop, your chair is probably the most important piece of equipment in your home office. Given the ongoing need to control crowds, you’ll likely be spending more time than ever working from home.
This makes it even more important to have the right office chair, preferably one that can provide you with hours of prolonged use without causing common issues like back aches and shoulder stiffness.
Top-performing office chairs often come with hefty price tags, so you may be convinced that you’ll have to pay a high-price in order to get a good quality chair.
However, that would be a mistake, as there are plenty of great options available for those with low budgets too.
Check out these nine office chairs that offer comfortable sitting without the sky-high price tag.
Last updated on 10 May 2022. Prices and availability of chairs are subject to change.
Things to consider when buying an office chair
There is a huge range of brands, make and models when it comes to office chairs, with a resulting price range that is just as wide. Depending on the brand, material and features, office chairs can cost anywhere from under-S$100 to several thousands.
To come to a quicker decision, it is helpful to first decide on your budget. For example, if you’re looking to spend not more than S$300 for your chair, you can skip wasting your time shopping at Secretlab or Herman Miller, and instead zoom in on big-box furniture stores like Ikea, Courts and v.Hive.
Features you need (vs nice to have)
Because you will be spending a considerable amount of time in your office chair, it is important to choose one that suits your needs. While top-end office chairs are packed to the brim with features, do you really need every single one of them?
Take for example, adjustable headrests, which are great to have if you sit back for hour while you binge watch shows on Netflix or Disney+. However, if you use your chair mainly for working at the computer, chances are you’re leaning forward and away from the headrest more often than not.
In this case, there’s no point paying for a full-height chair with headrest cushions and all, when a half-height chair will do.
And the same goes for other features like adjustable armrests (pointless if you rest your palms on your laptop) and fully-reclining backrest (useless unless you’re planning to use your chair as a bed).
In short, be sure to differentiate clearly between features you need, and those that are nice to have; this can save you a chunk when you eventually choose an office chair.
The environment you’ll be using the chair in
There’s nothing worse than ordering your office chair online, excitedly waiting for it to arrive, and when it does, find out it is completely unsuitable for your environment. We’re not just talking about an oversized chair that won’t dock properly under your desk (although that’s a common problem).
Some office chairs are designed for an air-conditioned environment, and unless you work with the aircon on at home, you may soon find yourself feeling sweaty and sticky in your leather-clad, executive-looking chair. For usage in non-aircon rooms, chairs upholstered in fabric or mesh, and with an open-mesh back for superior airflow may be a better choice.
Also, while many office chairs come with castor wheels - necessary on account of the carpeted office environment - they may be a dangerous choice if you have small pets or young children who like to be near you at home.
Traditional non-wheeled office chairs not only reduce this risk, but also tend to have smaller footprints, making them easier to put away when not in use. They are, also, generally cheaper.
Basic models can do the job too
Because we are all different shapes, sizes, heights and weights, the more adjustability a chair offers, the better the chance of it providing the greatest comfort.
Unfortunately, often only the most expensive models offer multiple points of articulation (beyond the basic ones like seat height and backrest tilt) that lets you mould your chair to your body. Some newer models are even designed to automatically match your posture when you sit down.
If you’re not in the market for one of these wunderchairs, don’t despair. A more basic model can serve your needs well too, with a little help from add-ons like lumbar support pillows and memory foam orthopaedic cushions that you can buy from your favourite e-commerce platform.
Best home office chairs for all budgets
|Brand and model||Features||Warranty||Price|
|Wihardja Cyl Office Chair||- Fixed armrest|
- Removable headrest
- Maximum weight capacity of 100kg
|1 year||From S$158.40 at Wihardja|
|Comfort Design Bingo Midback Office Chair||- Adjustable seat height|
- Backrest tilt tension lumbar support
- Ergonomic synchro-tilt backrest
- Spacious seat
- Maximum weight capacity of 135kg
|3 years||S$168 at Comfort Design|
|TakeAseat C55 Office Chair||- Mesh backrest|
- Padded mesh seat
- Foldable armrests
- Adjustable lumbar support
- White nylon leg frame
- Maximum weight capacity of 90kg
|1 year (against mechanism, such as gas lift)||S$159 at TakeAseat.sg|
|TakeAseat M18 Office Chair||- Mesh seat and mesh back|
- Adjustable headrest, armrests, seat height and lumbar support
- Lock and rock mechanism, aluminium leg frame
- Maximum weight capacity of 90kg
|1 year (against mechanism, such as gas lift)||S$249 at TakeAseat.sg|
|Comfort Design Astrid Highback Office Chair||- Adjustable headrests, and armrests|
- Tilting backrest (locks in 3 positions) with intuitive weight detector
- Protruding lumbar support to correct posture problems
- Seat slider
- Maximum weight capacity of 135kg
|3 years||S$350 at Comfort Design|
|Ergotune Classic||- Autotuning lumbar support|
- Adjustable backrest, armrests, neck support, recline tension and angle
- Fabric and polyester blend mes
- Maximum weight capacity of 150kg
|12 years limited||S$399 at Ergotune|
|Benel Aeria Full-mesh Highback||- Adjustable lumbar support, headrest, seat depth|
- Multi-angle backrest tilt lock
- Spacious seating
- All-mesh backrest and seat
- Maximum weight capacity of 102kg
|3 years||S$495 at Benel|
|Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Series||- 4-way L-ADAPT lumbar support system|
- Multi-tilt mechanism with tilt lock and tilt angle lock
- Height adjustable armrest
- Maximum weight capacity of 130kg
|3 years (with up to 5 year extended warranty)||From S$549 at Secretlab|
|Herman Miller Sayl Chair||- Adjustable lumbar support|
- Tilt limiter with seat angle adjustment
- Height adjustable arm
- Adjustable seat dept
- Maximum weight capacity of 159kg
|12 years||S$1,177 at Xtra|
Price: From S$158.40
Features: Fixed armrest, removable headrest, maximum weight capacity of 100kg
Warranty: 6 months limited structural warranty
Notes: Free delivery (with a surcharge S$10 per stairs)
One-line review: Your standard, no frills office chair
A mid-range priced chair that brings you comfort without a hefty price tag. The mesh material ensures that you feel cool while at your desk the whole day. The seat also is made out of a memory foam cushion that will get more comfortable as you use it.
However, this chair does not have the customisation that the others have, leaving you only able to adjust its height and nothing more.
This chair might not have fancy features like the others, but it is a no-frills chair for those looking for something simple.
Features: Adjustable seat height, backrest tilt tension, lumbar support, ergonomic synchro-tilt backrest, spacious seat, maximum weight capacity 135kg
Warranty: 1 year
Notes: Available with no armrests
One-line review: Provides proper ergonomic support at a wallet-friendly price.
Despite its bargain-basement price point, the Bingo Midback office chair does an admirable job at providing proper ergonomic support. This is achieved with its design that incorporates points of articulation where they are really needed.
The included lumbar support is height adjustable, the better for you to find a proper fit. Then, there’s what maker Comfort Design calls the ‘synchro-tilt backrest’, which fosters a more forgiving sitting angle that opens up the torso for improved circulation and better spinal alignment.
Other useful features include adjustable backrest tilt tension, extra-wide seat and a sturdy nylon base that supports up to 135kg of weight. Not bad for the price point!
Features: Mesh backrest, padded mesh seat, foldable armrests, adjustable lumbar support, white nylon leg frame, maximum weight capacity 90kg
Warranty: 1 year
Notes: Free delivery, installation option at S$15
One-line review: A budget-friendly office chair with adjustable lumbar support and mesh finishing.
The C55 office chair by TakeAseat is an affordable, no-frills model that should serve well for most basic deskbound tasks. The mid-height back is made of cooling mesh for better circulation, which is also used in the padded seat.
Besides the traditional seat height adjustment and backrest tilt, the C55 also features adjustable lumbar support for a greater degree of comfort during long sitting periods. The arm rests flip upwards a full 90 degrees, allowing the chair to dock properly with low-height tables and desks.
The white nylon leg frame imparts a less stuffy appearance while lessening the weight of the chair.
Features: Mesh seat and mesh back, adjustable headrest, armrests, seat height and lumbar support, lock and rock mechanism, aluminium leg frame, maximum weight capacity 90kg
Warranty: 1 year
Notes: Free delivery, installation option at S$15
One-line review: A mid-budget, high back chair with great lumbar support and customisability.
A slightly more up-market model than the C55 above, the M18 is a high back office chair with great lumbar support and adjustability.
The chair’s lumbar support is adjustable across height and depth, so you can achieve the best fit possible for your spine. Further adding to the customisability are the adjustable headrests, armrests and seat height, while the lock and rock mechanism allows you to quickly switch between upright and reclining positions.
The breathable mesh finish enhances air circulation and cooling, while aluminum leg frames provide lightweight durability and a professional vibe.
Features: Adjustable headrest and armrests, tilting backrest (locks in 3 positions) with intuitive weight detector, protruding lumbar support to correct posture problems, seat slider, maximum weight capacity 135kg
Warranty: 3 years
Notes: Available in two colours, castor-free options
One-line review: Designed for those serious about solving backache due to poor posture.
The Astrid Highback Office Chair is distinctive for its pronounced lumbar support arch which you don’t normally see in most office chairs. While it may look odd, even uncomfortable, the protruding lower-half of the chair is designed to correct sitting posture and resolve lower-back pain by restoring the natural curve of the spine.
Other sophisticated features include a backrest that automatically adjusts the tilt tension according to your weight, along with fully adjustable headrests and armrests and the ability to slide the seat in and out for maximum comfort.
Overall, the Astrid packs in a lot of impressive features for its price point, and those with constant backaches may find extra appreciation for this chair.
Features: Autotuning lumbar support, adjustable backrest, armrests, neck support, recline tension and angle, fabric and polyester blend mesh, maximum weight capacity 150kg
Warranty: 12 years, limited
Notes: Free delivery, installation option at S$29
One-line review: Pricey, but comes with all the bells and whistles.
The Classic may be the lower-spec model in Ergotune’s catalog, but it already includes everything you could ask for in a home office chair.
Customisability is on full offer here, with a high degree of adjustability in the backrest, armrests, neck support - even recline tension and angle! But the best thing has got to be the company’s proprietary lumbar support system, said to automatically adjust itself to your individual spine when you sit down.
All these promise a chair that you can mold to your exact liking, which you’ll want for hours upon hours of continued use. While the Ergotune Classic doesn’t come cheap, your investment is partially protected with the company’s 12-year limited warranty.
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Features: Adjustable lumbar support, headrest, seat depth, multi-angle backrest tilt lock, spacious seating, full-mesh backrest and seat, maximum weight capacity 102kg
Warranty: 3 years
Notes: Fully assembled, delivery at S$64.20, self-collection available
One-line review: Light, airy comfort that’s worth the hefty price tag.
Benel’s Aeria Highback office chair is known for being one of the most comfortable office chairs around, and it’s easy to see why. The chair does away with fabric or PU coverings in favour of a full-mesh backrest and seat for unparalleled air flow and cooling.
In addition, the lack of a foam or padded seat not only prevents heat accumulation, but also offers comfortable, tension-free sitting. The Aeria even includes ergonomic features like adjustable lumbar support, headrest and seat depth for an experience that's as close to perfection as you can get.
Price: From S$629
Features: 4-way L-ADAPT lumbar support system, multi-tilt mechanism with tilt lock and tilt angle lock, height adjustable armrest, maximum weight capacity of 130kg
Warranty: 3 years (with up to 5 year extended warranty)
Notes: Available in three different materials and 20 different colourways, up to 49-day return/ refund policy, available in three sizes, free magnetic memory foam head pillow
One-line review: Gaming chair with a wide variety of materials and colours.
Secretlab needs no introduction. With their latest Titan Evo 2022 series release, this is a culmination of the best features of their award-winning TITAN and OMEGA chairs.
This gaming chair comes in three different materials: Secretlab NEO Hybrid Leatherette, SoftWeave Plus Fabric and NAPA Leather. Each material also comes in 20 different colourways for you to choose from. The cheapest material would be the Secretlab NEO Hybrid Leatherette starting at S$549. Prices differ with your choice of material and colourway. Don’t be fooled by the price — the NEO Hybrid Leatherette is designed to be 12 times more durable than PU leather, so you won’t have to worry about the leather tearing or scratching after long periods of use.
Designed for those who are taller or shorter and everything else in between, Secretlab’s chairs come in three different sizes — small, regular or XL — for you to choose from. Knowing that everyone is built differently, you can customise the lumbar support to fit your seating posture with a simple twist of a knob.
This chair features a full-length backrest with 165° tilt, allowing you to lock the back at any angle. Each order of the Secretlab TITAN Evo chair entitles you to a free magnetic memory foam head pillow. Grab your portable projector and lean your chair back to mimic a Gold Class cinema experience, right from the comfort of your own home.
Features: Adjustable lumbar support, tilt limiter with seat angle adjustment, height adjustable arms, adjustable seat depth, maximum weight capacity of 159kg
Warranty: 12 years
Notes: S$450 for labour and transportation services, available in three colours
One-line review: Top tier, highly-customisable ergonomic chair
Ergonomic chairs do not always have to be bulky and boring-looking. The Sayl chair is modelled after the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge with the linear back support paying homage to the suspension bridge. With an unframed back, the elastomer strands provide greater tension where you need it, like at the lumbar area. The strand design makes it highly breathable, perfect for Singapore’s weather.
Another key feature of the Herman Miller chair is customisability. The lumbar support, armrest height, seat depth and chair height can all be customised for your perfect fit.
At S$1,177 this is a pricey chair but since it doubles up as both an art piece and an ergonomic chair, it might just be worth it.
Where to buy office chairs in Singapore
Lazada — With its wide variety of just about anything, you can be sure to find cheaper alternatives to expensive brands here.
Shopee — Similar to Lazada, they offer a vast variety of products. Perfect for someone who knows exactly the brand and model you want.
Fortytwo — Cutting out the middlemen to bring you cost-friendly furniture.
Hipvan — Modern, budget-friendly furniture.
Castlery — Aesthetically pleasing and clean furniture that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Furnituresg — Reasonably priced furniture without the frills.
IKEA — Everyone knows IKEA. A popular, inexpensive option, but you get what you pay for.
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