The 4 Best Executive Office Chairs of 2021

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Compared to standard office chairs, executive office chairs have a more formal aesthetic, generally with a higher back and structured arms. They’re also larger and designed to swivel and stay in one place for longer, as opposed to being frequently moved from room to room. Whether you want a comfortable chair to help with back pain or an armless option to save space, here are the best executive office chairs.

Best Overall: Modway Jive High Back Office Chair

The Modway Jive High Back Office Chair checks all the boxes of a top-quality executive chair. Along with a chrome-plated aluminum frame, the chair's five-caster dual-wheel base keeps it stable. It also has multiple adjustability settings, and easy to reach tension knobs allow you to quickly change the height and back angle. The armrests are designed at a 90-degree angle for maximum comfort as you type. Plus, the seat cushions and arms are padded.

With a modern aesthetic, this executive office chair is available in several colors, though note that the upholstery isn’t made from real leather. This chair can support up to 330 pounds.

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Best Budget: HON Sadie Executive Chair

HON's Sadie Executive Chair is an excellent value considering that there are other executive chairs that cost twice as much yet aren’t made of real leather. So, having quality upholstery assures this chair will last for years to come. The arms are also made of chrome, as opposed to plastic, so they won’t crack or break. Keep in mind that they’re fixed in place, so this chair may not be ideal if you require adjustable arms.

Still, with an adjustable height and back angle, you can sit comfortably with ease. This office chair's high back and ribbed leather also make it look more expensive than it actually is. The maximum weight capacity is 250 pounds.

Best Armless: Canora Grey Pettengill Executive Chair

anora Grey Pettengill Swivel Tufted Executive Chair

Contrary to popular belief, not all executive office chairs have arms, like the Canora Grey Pettengill Executive Chair. Its design makes it ideal for small spaces like home offices or other areas that have been converted to workspaces, like a closet. The chair comes in various linen upholstery colors, which makes it perfect for contemporary offices. Even more, it features lumbar support, swivels, and an adjustable height. This executive office chair has a weight capacity of 200 pounds and can tilt back 12 degrees.

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Best Breathable: Berlman Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair

If you often find yourself sweating in your office chair, consider a mesh option instead of leather, vinyl, or other types of upholstery. Breathable, supportive, and durable, the Berlman Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair can support up to 250 pounds. Though not technically labeled an executive chair, its high back, wide headrest, and lumbar support make it a worthy pick.

Easy to adjust, the backrest can tilt from 90 to 120 degrees. The adjustable armrests can also flip up, so you can store the chair under your desk when not in use. However, this office chair isn't ideal for everyone as it was specifically designed for those who work 4 to 8 hours a day.

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Meet the Expert

This roundup was written by Amanda Lauren, a lifestyle writer who covers fashion and office accessories for The Balance and The Balance Small Business.