The 5 Best Vegan Office Chairs in 2020 [Buying Guide]

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In today’s society, we spend a lot of time sitting, whether it’s at work or home, and that is certainly not beneficial for our body, especially in terms of posture. As a result, I firmly believe that having the right chair or equipment can prevent a lot of the physical issues that derive from the unbelievable amount of time we spend sitting down.

If you’re like me and work remotely, or if you’re just someone that spends a lot of time at home in front of a computer, having one of the best office chairs will make everything more enjoyable.

The best chair is not only comfortable, but it also takes into account your health. It supports your back and arms, and it provides you with top-notch adjustability to wholly adapt to your body. That way, sitting down for hours on end will not necessarily lead to strain or injuries.

In this article, we’ve included five vegan-friendly office chairs to keep you comfy and safe.

How to Choose the Best Vegan Office Chair

Let’s start by stating the obvious: a vegan office chair should not contain any leather, which is typically the only non-vegan material you’ll find built-in in some upholsteries.

I believe there are two main criteria for choosing a good office chair: comfort and adjustability.

Comfort

Comfort is a simple concept.

A good chair should begin by having a firm but a yielding seat that maximizes the amount of comfort you’ll feel despite the time spent sitting. Also, the seat and the back of the chair should be able to wick moisture so you don’t get sweaty on hot days, which can be very uncomfortable.

The seat should be also wide enough so that people with a bigger structure can sit comfortably without feeling like they’re cramped in. Furthermore, the armrests should be nicely contoured for the elbow and upper arms to lean comfortably on, and be made from soft fabric so that you don’t jar your arms or elbow against it.

Adjustability

The other primary factor that makes an office chair so appealing and that also contributes to how comfortable you can feel is adjustability. A high-quality office chair should be highly adjustable, in the sense that you should be able to adjust a number of different things, including:

  • Seat height
  • Seat angle
  • Seat depth
  • Armrest height
  • Armrest angle
  • Armrest width
  • Backrest angle
  • Backrest height
  • And more.

Buying an adjustable chair is paramount because you can’t always be comfortable in a single position or angle over a certain time. And because everyone is different, you should also be able to adjust different aspects to fit different body types, whether it’s yours or a friend’s.

Price

Not everyone can afford the most expensive chairs, so you should be able to pick a chair that fits your budget. If you don’t have the money to afford a Herman Miller office chair, you should perhaps opt for something like a Furmax office chair, since Herman Miller chairs are priced above $1000, which is a rather big investment.

As such, besides including 2 high-tier office chairs, we’ve also included 2-3 budget chairs with some pretty awesome features.

Here are the five best vegan offices chairs: 

5 Best Vegan Office Chairs

Herman Miller Embody Office Chair (Best Overall)

The Herman Miller Embody Chair was designed by Bill Stumpf, the inventor of the first ergonomic chair, after conducting extensive research in ergonomics, specifically in regards to how people sit.

This chair keeps you relaxed and focused by stimulating oxygen and blood flow, and was built with a unique design to support the human spine, also referred to as the exoskeleton. It moves along with the posture of your body, helping you to always maintain the right posture.

At the same time, it keeps your spine aligned and reduces the pressure on the lower back, which prevents any symptoms of lower back pain, especially when you sit for long hours.

Pros
  • 12 years of warranty.
  • Crafted using renewable energy and is 95% recyclable.
  • Built on a durable metal structure, so you can expect it to last a lifetime.
  • The built-in exoskeleton keeps your posture corrected, and reduces pressure on the spine and the lumbar area, maximizing the amount of comfort you can feel while sitting.
  • It also stimulates air and oxygen flow throughout the body, even though you’re sitting.

Cons
  • There are no cons to point out, other than the fact it’s a very expensive chair. However, it’s a super high-end ergonomic chair, so it’s nearly impossible to find a chair that it’s superior in quality at a lower price point.

Steelcase Gesture Office Chair (Runner-Up)

The Steelcase Gesture Chair has won several awards from top medical institutions, which means its function as an ergonomic chair is ideal for the human body.

It has been designed to adapt to the various positions of the body, and it also accommodates people with different structures, mainly because it’s adjustability is top-notch.

If you work at home and that work involves sitting all day, the Steelcase Gesture Chair is all about long-term comfort.

Pros
  • Unreal scope of adjustments.
  • Armrests can be adjusted in 360º angles, so it can support you easily in any position.
  • The height of the chair can also be easily adjusted to fit the height of the table.
  • Comes with a 100% Steelcase Warranty. Not happy? Give it back.

Cons
  • I can’t think of any cons for this chair, since it’s pretty much the ideal for anyone planning to sit on a chair for long hours. However, if I had to point out a con, it has to be the price.

Furmax Office Mesh Chair with Armrest (Best Budget)

If you don’t want to spend an arm or a leg on an office chair, but still want a comfortable seat for your rear, the Furmax Office Chair could be a good option.

It’s not comparable to the options we’ve mentioned above, but for someone looking for a chair with a thick, padded seat and a mesh back with lumbar support that also keeps your back cool, there’s simply nothing to lose by going with the Furmax.

The height of the seat can be adjusted from 19 inches to about 24 inches, it can easily be adapted to most tables. It comes with five casters, so you can roll around in your home office, so you can easily adjust your distance in regards to the table or computer.

Pros
  • This chair is very inexpensive.
  • Has a mesh back that is breathable, enabling you to stay cool after a few hours.
  • Good lumbar support.

Cons
  • Non-adjustable armrests.
  • The seat is rather narrow, according to some reviewers.

Amazon Basics Classic Office Chair (Best Basic)

This Amazon Basics Classic Chair is what’s considered to be a traditional office chair, which is a type of chair you don’t have to spend a fortune to find mild comfort.

If you’re an individual that spends little time in your home office, then a traditional office chair is all you need and this one happens to be priced quite affordably.

Besides being able to provide you with full back support, and allowing you to lean back and have your head and neck supported, it’s also covered in a microfiber upholstery.

Pros
  • You can adjust the height and tilt tension (of both the seat and back).
  • The cover is stain-proof and has moisture wicking properties.

Cons
  • Very limited in terms of adjustments.

GTRacing Pro Series Gaming Chair (Best Gaming)

The reason I’ve included this gaming chair in this list is because most gaming chairs are designed for long hours spent in front of a computer, and they generally do a good job of providing comfort, as well back and arm support.

This GTRacing gaming chair, in particular, is quite affordable and has features most “affordable” office chairs don’t have, which includes pillows that offer both neck and lumbar support.

The lumbar pillow is attached to two vertical straps on the chair so that it can be adjusted up and down, which is a rather common feature in gaming chairs, but not in office chairs that can be found at similar price points.

Pros
  • Can hold users that weigh up to 330 lbs.
  • Priced very affordable for the quality it presents.
  • The upholstery is made from PU leather, so it’s quite a breathable material that can prevent your back from sweating.
  • It’s available in different color patterns.

Cons
  • Some people might not like the racing-style design.

Bottom Line

There are different factors to consider when purchasing a good office chair, but I’d like to believe an investment like this one is dependant on two things: how long you’re planning to spend sitting down in your home office, and your budget. 

If you’re looking to spend a lot of time in your home office, then I believe you should look for a chair that can remain comfortable over time, and adapt to your body’s change in positions.

However, most cheap chairs are designed to support your back in an upright posture, but that’s not a position you can remain in for long periods. As such, you need to have a chair that can be adjusted in many different ways, but top-notch chairs with VARIOUS adjustable features are often expensive. The Herman Miller and Steelcase chairs are one such example.

If you can spend upwards of $900 on such chairs and you want a chair that will last you for a lifetime, I highly recommend getting those chairs. However, if you don’t have that kind of budget, you need to be able to sacrifice some comfort (and support), but still, find a plausible option.

I like gaming chairs because you can find high-quality chairs at reasonable prices, and with features that are very attractive to someone that sits down for hours. For that reason, I’ve included the GTRacing gaming chair in this equation, simply because it’s a feature-rich chair that happens to be priced very reasonably.

Anyway, thanks for reading this blog post, and I hope it has helped you find a more suitable option.

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About the Author: Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than three years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!