{Disarmed} Which chair to work and play to buy: recommendations for ergonomics, comfort and 13 gaming and office chairs from 80 euros

Which chair to work and play to buy: recommendations for ergonomics, comfort and 13 gaming and office chairs from 80 euros

If you have an office job, sooner or later your back hurts. It may be due to bad posture, not taking the relevant breaks and exercises , an inappropriate chair ... or all at once. The truth is that there are no miracles, but choosing a good chair and following the recommendations of professionals can help you avoid this trance or minimize it. And if you spend many hours in tension playing frequently, more of the same. In this buying guide for chairs for work and play you will find what to take into account when choosing a model and a variety of chairs of different types and budgets.

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The ergonomics vs. comfort

Position Good and bad posture in front of the computer

Let someone who has not heard, be it from a teacher or our parents, raise their hand that "sit down well." Who else who less is clear that it is important to be with a straight back, something that should theoretically be achieved by positioning it close to the back of the chair. In the same way, it is also convenient to work with your legs bent, forming a right angle at the knees, and having your eyes at the level of the screen. From this it is clear to us that an ergonomic chair would allow us to meet these premises , regardless of how we are.

However, ergonomics is somewhat at odds with comfort . Some time ago we asked a number of physiotherapists what the ideal chair should look like . They surprised us by explaining that a comfortable chair will keep us from moving. Something that in the long run, means pain. Plus, comfort doesn't minimize back pain.

One of the experts interviewed stressed that we have to "get up and stretch (neck, back, arms and legs) at least every two hours to avoid numbness of the legs due to lack of blood circulation and muscle overload."

So we insist: you have to move. If we achieve this goal, we can bet on models that offer us comfort so that, while we are sitting, we do so with comfort but without neglecting our posture .

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Design: adjustable is the most important

Apart from the finishes, shapes and striking colors that we will find in many gaming chairs and whose main mission is aesthetics, we proceed to draw an outline of what a chair should be like to spend many hours in it .

As each person is different and has different characteristics - not only height or weight, but also curvature of the spine or even ailments), it is essential that the chair to choose is as adjustable as possible . That it has wheels is a basic one, since it helps us to move around the work table avoiding forced positions.

The adjustable parameter par excellence present in the thickness of office and gaming chairs is height. The goal here is to get your feet flat on the floor with your hips slightly above your knees, at a right angle so your pelvic posture is neutral. Also - although with this we can play with the height of the work monitor - it is desirable to have the screen in front of our eyes, so that we do not strain our neck.

Being able to lean back opens the doors to greater "comfort" , although it must be able to properly distribute our weight and support it comfortably . In any case, more than inclination, the important thing is that it can tilt to withstand changes in posture, inclinations ...

It is recommended that our work chair have armrests , which allows us to support our elbows and help us get up, but also that they can be withdrawn. And it is that if we have to approach the screen - it can be to observe in detail what is in a chest or look at Excel cells -, it is better to remove them so that they do not hit the table and limit us. And a very desirable plus: that these are also adjustable.

In our buying guide, according to the experts, a "controversial" issue was the presence of a lumbar cushion. And it is that while a slight prominence is useful for the support of this part of this area, it must be borne in mind that not all of us have the same spine, so it is better to bet on a neutral chair and, if it is included, that the lumbar cushion is adjustable .

Something totally optional that we usually find in reclining chairs is the footrest . In this sense, it is enough to adjust the height appropriately. In addition, the wheels and legs also allow us to lean on it.

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Materials: looking for resistance and comfort

In a chair in which we are going to spend many hours, it is desirable that it be robust and resistant , both in its mechanical elements - such as wheels and levers - and structural, with materials such as steel or nylon among the most interesting. And without forgetting that the textile part is the one that is in contact with us.

From series as iconic as Mad Men, leather chairs bring to mind, but beyond that aspirational feeling of luxury, there are materials that aesthetically look very good, with high resistance and that also favor perspiration . Because with leather in summer you are going to stick. In the most affordable ranges we find PVC, polyurethane and variants that emulate the skin with more or less success.

Thus, it is worth spending a little time and checking that the fabric - or the textile combination - is breathable, hypoallergenic and does not slip .

It is also important to pay attention to the padding : it must not be too stiff or too soft, so that it "cushion" against the structure so that it is comfortable but maintains its shape. In this sense, it is best to test the chair if you have the opportunity before buying it.

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Featured Models

Yale Office Chair

Yale

With an aesthetic that is quite reminiscent of the popular Markus from IKEA, the Yale ( 89 euros ) is a breathable basic chair that allows a good all-round posture, meeting requirements such as height adjustment, tilting and having armrests, a simple and affordable solution .

Yale Swivel chair for study, office or desk with wheels, ideal for teleworking. Swivel office chair with chrome gas tilting mechanism and black fabric

Yale Swivel chair for study, office or desk with wheels, ideal for teleworking. Swivel office chair with chrome gas tilting mechanism and black fabric

Today on Amazon for € 83.61 PVP in PcComponentes € 89.98

Woxter Stinger Station Alien

Wo

This low cost gaming chair from Woxter ( 109 euros ) has as its main asset its benefits at a low price .

Despite being able to be found for less than 100 euros, it has details such as the height and backrest adjustment, the lumbar cushion and headrest and something that is not bad: it supports up to 150 kg . With aluminum frame, synthetic leather and nylon wheels

Woxter Stinger Station Blue - Gaming Chair (Steel Shaft, Class 4 Gas Lift, Ergonomic, 2D Armrests, Adjustable Alt / Incl, MD Foam Reinforcement, Racing, Lumbar / Cervical Cushion)

Woxter Stinger Station Blue - Gaming Chair (Steel Shaft, Class 4 Gas Lift, Ergonomic, 2D Armrests, Adjustable Alt / Incl, MD Foam Reinforcement, Racing, Lumbar / Cervical Cushion)

RRP in MediaMarkt € 79 RRP on Amazon € 123.24

Newskill Kitsune

New

A chair with a gaming vocation that can be used both to play and to work (it is available in different colors and one such as black is more discreet).

The Newskill Kitsune ( 124 euros ) stands out for how adjustable it is : height, backrest, armrests (in height and angle) and the robustness of its structure, capable of supporting up to 150 kilos. It has a lumbar cushion that can be removed and a trapezoidal cushion for the neck-shoulder area. Of course, that enveloping design has the downside that it can overwhelm us (or not serve us) if we have a wide back.

Newskill Kitsune - Professional gaming chair (Inclination and height adjustable, adjustable 2D armrests, nylon base, 180º reclining), White Color

Newskill Kitsune - Professional gaming chair (Inclination and height adjustable, adjustable 2D armrests, nylon base, 180º reclining), White Color

PVP in PcComponentes 159 € Today on Amazon for € 169.95

Drift DR300

Drift

Another gaming alternative is this Drift DR300 ( 189 euros ), which offers a good combination of performance and price for more demanding and intensive users. With adjustable armrests in height, position and rotation, gas piston for tilting, adjustable height, reclining backrest and lumbar and cervical cushions. Regarding materials, padded FOAM, leatherette and nylon.

Drift DR300BR - Professional Gaming Chair, (High Quality Leatherette, Ergonomic), Black / Red Color

Drift DR300BR - Professional Gaming Chair, (High Quality Leatherette, Ergonomic), Black / Red Color

PVP in PcComponentes 189 € RRP at Media Markt € 195 PVP at Amazon € 217.89

Markus chair (IKEA)

Ikea Markus Pe734589

The IKEA best seller is one of the most popular models in offices and studios for its combination of decent materials, minimalist design, high adjustability and a moderate price for what are office chairs with urban aesthetics.

The Markus chair ( 169 euros ) is height and angle adjustable, it can be tilted and locked, it has height and angle adjustable armrests and its textile combination provides an elegant appearance but favors perspiration. Against him, his maximum weight supported is 110 kg.

Aerocool Baron

Baron

The BARON chair ( 209 euros ) is made of steel, synthetic leather and nylon and is capable of supporting up to 150 kg . It is padded to be more comfortable and enveloping. It has adjustable mechanisms for rocking, reclining back and height.

Aerocool Baron Gaming Chair, AeroSuede, Breathable, Adjustable Backrest, Blue

Aerocool Baron Gaming Chair, AeroSuede, Breathable, Adjustable Backrest, Blue

PVP in PcComponentes € 179 Today on Amazon for € 209.00

Actiu Stay Series 50

Act

Actiu is a brand with a high reputation among physios for the possibilities of adjustment using robust mechanisms for intensive use within office furniture. The first chair in our selection is the Actiu Stay Series 50 ( 285 euros ), a simple model in lines but very comfortable while respecting ergonomics .

The seat and armrests allow a total adjustment from the sitting position and it has a slight lumbar support. In addition, on their website you can make it to measure , choosing not only colors and some materials, but also adding headboard or more adjustments such as the armrest, in addition to being adjustable in height and position, it is adjustable in rotation.

HP OMEN Citadel

Hp Omen Citadel

The OMEN Citadel ( 299 euros ) has been designed, according to the brand, " to withstand marathon gaming sessions ." Comfort prevails in this racing aesthetic, with a wide seat, thick lumbar and neck cushions and high backrest. Of course, it does not neglect adaptability either, with adjustable height and 4D adjustable armrests. Supports up to 135 kg of weight.

HP OMEN Citadel Gaming Chair, Black and Red

HP OMEN Citadel Gaming Chair, Black and Red

RRP on Amazon € 299.00 PVP in PcComponentes € 349

Corsair T2 Road Warrior

Cor

The T2 Road Warrior ( 339 euros ) is a resistant, moderately sober and very comfortable gaming chair that allows you to adjust its lumbar cushions, armrests (in 3D + swivel), reclining up to 170 °. It is also made of perforated leatherette to favor ventilation and steel.

Corsair T2 Road Warrior Office Chair, Leatherette, Black, 148 x 50 x 60 cm

Corsair T2 Road Warrior Office Chair, Leatherette, Black, 148 x 50 x 60 cm

PVP in PcComponentes 298 € RRP on Amazon € 339.90

Noblechairs Hero

Nble

Halfway between gaming and the office , the Noblechairs Hero ( 419 euros ) has a typical racing design with lumbar support, back and wide seat filled with memory foam.

With height adjustment mechanism (also on armrests and headrest), adjustable backrest, multifunctional tilt mechanism and tilting seat and adjustable in height, depth, angle and distance. It is made of polyurethane, steel and aluminum and supports 150 kg.

noblechairs Hero Gaming Chair - Office Chair - PU Synthetic Leather - Racing Seat Design - Black / Blue

noblechairs Hero Gaming Chair - Office Chair - PU Synthetic Leather - Racing Seat Design - Black / Blue

PVP in PcComponentes € 419 Today on Amazon for € 419.90

Thermaltake X FIT Real Leather

Thermaltake X Fit Real Leather Burgundy

For those who bet on leather , the Thermaltake X FIT Real Leather ( 499 euros ) has a design reminiscent of racing car seats and is covered in leather. Inside, dense foam that maintains its shape and a combination of reinforced steel and aluminum that supports 150 kg.

It is also premium in terms of adjustments: chairs and base with five points, 4D adjustable armrest, hydraulic height adjustment, reclining with locking system. With lumbar support.

Actiu Tnk Flex

Actiu

The TNK Flex ( 525 euros ) stands out for its high adjustability and inclusion of headboard (adjustable) for more comfort. You can adjust height, depth, armrests (in height and depth) and height of the lumbar curve. A model for users looking for a sober office chair for intensive use.

Please II Steelcase

Steel

The Please II Steelcase ( 1,149 euros ) is a classic among office chairs due to its high ergonomics . Awarded with design awards, the best thing is its wide variety of adjustments: height, depth, tilt, tension and height of the backrest (which has two parts).

Simple looking design with quality materials that combine steel with imitation leather, it can be obtained new through its official distributors in physical stores and, if you are lucky considering its price, also reconditioned.

Herman Miller Aeron Chair

Aeron

The Herman Miller Aeron is an institution among office chairs for its design and quality . It is an expensive chair - ( 1,356 euros new - with more than 25 years behind it thanks to how extremely adjustable and robust it is by means of a mechanism that aligns the neck, shoulders, hips, knees and legs.

Its combination of fabrics favors perspiration, is available in various sizes and supports up to 135 kg. As a curiosity, it is 94% recyclable and has a 12-year warranty from the brand.

Article updated in September 2021 with current prices and more information

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