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What Makes a Great Office Chair?

The Gear Patrol Podcast Episode Seventeen – Listen Now

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In this episode, our Home Editor Will Price talks through everything you need to know when buying an office chair. Whether you're in the market to furnish a home office, or returning to an office soon, what you sit on bears a huge amount of consideration. Sitting still for sustained periods is categorically unhealthy, and your office chair needs to at the very least mitigate those ill effects.

But what features should an office chair have to optimize our seating position and provide proper physical support? Where should you get an office chair? And why–WHY–do they cost so much, often as much as a thousand dollars? After testing out dozens and dozens of office chairs for Gear Patrol, Will has plenty of answers.

Will runs through all the dos, don'ts, maybes, and absolutely-nots of buying and sitting in office chairs: all the info you need to arm yourself for a purchase, or at least to understand how your current chair is affecting your body.

Show Notes:

Episode Navigation:

  • 02:00 – Gaming Chairs Are Not Office Chairs
  • 03:20 – Adjustability: What Makes an Office Chair Great
  • 05:15 – Office Chairs Mitigate Pain
  • 10:15 – Is There a Perfect Office Chair?
  • 12:45 – Why are office chairs so expensive? Plus, our Top Three Picks.
  • 22:25 – Ergonomics
  • 25:00 – Should I Buy a Used Office Chair?
  • 28:55 – Are Super Cheap Office Chairs Okay to Buy?
  • 30:50 – Specific Office Chair Features and Extras (Pro Tip: Roller Blade Wheels)
  • 35:15 – What Chair Does Will Use?
  • 38:00 – Will’s Epic Rant Against Gaming Chairs
  • 44:05 – What About Office Chair “Alternatives” Like Yoga Balls and Kneeling Chairs?
  • 46:40 – Will’s Most Important Office Chair Buying Advice


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