If you buy one thing for your home office, it should be this ergonomic chair

Anya Meyerowitz
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If you upgrade one thing for your home office, it should be an ergonomic chair. (Getty Images)
If you upgrade one thing for your home office, it should be an ergonomic chair. (Getty Images)

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Though we long for a freshly-brewed coffee made by a barista and miss having lunch made by someone other than ourselves, working from home does have its perks.

There's no commute, we're never more than a few paces from the fridge and there's no need to get dressed from the waist down.

However, after almost a year of working from home, we have realised there is a key part of our new office set-up that needs careful consideration: our chair.

We took for granted the comfortable, professional chairs of our office - in fact, many of us haven't sat in a really supportive one for months, instead hunching over our laptops on our sofas or from our dining room table.

If you're anything like us, your neck and upper back are probably starting to show the strain.

Enter: SIHOO Ergonomic Home Office Chair, the £169 buys that shoppers are dubbing a "life changer".

Why we rate it:

With five different adjustable settings, you can find your most comfortable seated position and readjust as and when you need.

The breathable mesh back helps keep you cool and comfortable, promoting air flow, and eliminating sweat (even when on a particularly nerve-wracking Zoom call) to keep you focused on other things.

The W-shaped seat helps you sit centrally, supporting both your legs and your back, and providing a comfortable yet firm base.

What the reviews say:

With over 4,000 reviews, 72% of which rate it five stars, here's what a few happy customers have to say.

  • "After nine months of lockdown I finally decided to treat myself to a proper chair. While my previous £10 desk chair is an unfair comparison, this upgrade was better than I'd expected. The lumbar support has been great for my back and the neck support has actively encouraged me to sit upright. I've spent 12 hours+ at a stretch in this chair (lockdown hours, but no complaints) and I've walked away still feeling like my back was in one piece and had been well looked after. In short, I highly recommend this - it's not the cheapest purchase but it's fully worth it."

  • "Home working would not be possible without this chair."

  • "Purchased similar price chair pre-lockdown. Had to replace as it was uncomfortable. This chair is perfect. Suits taller (I'm 6ft 2) and shorter (partner is 5ft 6). Many settings. Great purchase and value for money. Assembled in 10 minutes. Easy."

  • "Assembly was easy. Extra screws were provided. Unlike other chairs I have used, this one is extremely quiet. I can move in all directions without any noise. The only click I hear is when I lean back on the chair to its fullest extent and when I move back into the forward position."

  • "Once built, this chair provides firm support, both from the seat and the mesh back, which I like (being a little heavier than the average man). The adjustable armrests are comfy, although they only really adjust up or down (alas, not swing-out to make this an armless chair). With recline, tilt, swivel and height adjustment, it is easy to get your comfort zone dialled in."

Buy it: SIHOO Ergonomic Home Office Chair | £169 from Amazon

5 other top-rated options for all budgets

Murray Ergonomic Office Chair | £250 from John Lewis

Humanscale Diffrient World Task Office Chair | £579 from John Lewis

Reid Faux Leather Office Chair | £179 from John Lewis

COMHOMA Office Desk Chair | £82.99 from Amazon

Cherry Tree Furniture Executive Recline Extra Padded Office Chair | £93.99 from Amazon

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