The 10 Best Lumbar Support Pillows of 2021

Say goodbye to back pain

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If you work in an office setting, chances are you spend the majority of your day sitting in an office chair that doesn’t provide the best support for your back. As a result, you can leave work each day with an achy back and restless legs. Adding a lumbar support pillow to your chair can provide your back the support you need to maintain good posture, proper circulation, and prevent muscle fatigue. Most options also feature memory foam, which allows the pillow to conform to the natural curvature of your back and continue to provide the support you need.

Here are the best lumbar support pillows.

Best Overall: Xtreme Comforts Memory Foam

The Xtreme Comforts Back Cushion is designed to prevent unhealthy sitting positions by providing the proper support to maintain the natural curve of the spine. The design helps increase blood flow, prevents muscle fatigue and back tightness, and allows you to sit comfortably without pain. At 16 x 13 x 5.2 inches, the cushion's design includes unique four-point quick snap straps that allow it to be secured to any chair. It's made from 100 percent Deluxe Body Active Memory Foam that conforms to your individual shape while maintaining uniform density. The cushion cover is crafted from 100 percent bamboo, providing superior air circulation and breathability to keep your back cool. The cover is removable and can be washed in the machine with cold water.

Best Breathable: ComfiLife Lumbar Support

Perfect for when the office gets hot during the summer months, ComfiLife's Lumbar Support Back Pillow features a 3D ventilating mesh cover, allowing air to flow through and reduce heat on your back. Even more, its 100 percent high-density memory foam not only ensures optimal comfort but it's also heat- and weight-responsive, meaning the firmness of the pillow will adapt accordingly to the temperature. The lumbar pillow's contoured cushion helps maintain the natural curve of your spine, and it's even backed up by chiropractors for relieving lower back pain and providing posture support. Measuring 15 x 12.5 x 4.7 inches, the pillow's cover is also removable for washing and comes with adjustable elastic straps to fit most chairs.

Best Cooling: U-Are Ultimate Comfort Set

This set includes a lumbar cushion and a seat cushion for optimal support, and it's ideal for anyone who sits in an office chair for a long period of time. The 100 percent orthopedic memory foam lumbar support pillow keeps your back aligned while the seat cushion relieves pressure. The cushion is made with a special heat disbursement gel that keeps it cool for longer. Included with the set is a zipper bag that doubles as a carrying case for your lumbar pillow and seat cushion. Keep the set cool by removing the outer cover and washing it (it's also best to air dry it). The entire set measures 19.6 x 16.1 x 6.6 inches.

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Most Unique: OPTP The Original McKenzie

Original McKenzie has a unique size and shape to support your back. Rather than the shape of a typical lumbar pillow, the lumbar roll is shaped like a log. This shape fits snugly against your back along the natural curvature of your spine, helping you maintain good posture. The foam conforms to the shape of your back, while the moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry and cool. It comes with an adjustable strap that secures the roll to any size or shaped seat. The strap can also be used for transporting the roll itself. It measures 11 inches long with a diameter of 4.8 inches. The cover can be removed and machine-washed.

Best for Short Torsos: Relax Support RS1

The curved structure of this back support pillow provides you with extra spine support, so you have a more comfortable sitting position. The pillow includes adjustable, removable straps you can use to secure it to the back of your seat. You can also remove the straps if you just need to place the pillow in a chair. The pillow cover comes in black, gray, as well as beige, and is made from breathable cotton that allows air to circulate to keep your back from getting hot. The cover is both removable and machine washable. The pillow measures 16.5 x 4 x 8.3 inches, which means it’s a little shorter than other options.

Best for Firm Support: DMI Relax-A-Bac

The Duro-Med Lumbar Cushion includes a wooden insert that adds extra support for those who need a little firmness in their back cushion. Designed to relieve tension and keep the spine in proper alignment, the pillow cushion is made of highly resilient foam that doesn’t lose its shape with continued use. The cushion includes an elastic strap with a buckle that can be used to hold it in place on the chair, ensuring it doesn’t slide around as you reposition yourself. The cover is conveniently removable and washable. Just unzip the cover and wash it on a gentle cycle in cool water to clean and maintain its durability. And, if you want to match your lumbar pillow to office décor, you can choose from gray, black, burgundy, and navy. The cushion measures 14 inches tall by 13 inches wide with a depth of 5 inches.

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Best Memory Foam: Desk Jockey Lumbar Support

Created with clinical therapeutic grade memory foam, this lower back lumbar support cushion molds and forms to your unique body shape, providing amazing support for your back. With the dual adjustable strap, the 13 x 3.9 x 11.8-inch pillow can be securely fastened to any chair and kept snugly in place while you sit and work. A convenient handle is attached to the side of the lumbar pillow, making it easy to take with you as you move to conference rooms or to take the pillow home with you over the weekend. As a bonus, you’ll receive an extension strap that you can use to attach the cushion to extra wide chairs.

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Best for Lower Back: LoveHome Memory Foam

While most lumbar support pillows in the market are designed to relieve back pain, this LoveHome Memory Foam Back Cushion is a best seller in lumbar pillows for a reason. This chiropractor-recommended cushion was designed for post-surgery recovery, as well as those who suffer from lower and mid-back pain. Its ultra-comfy, premium memory foam construction also means the back cushion doesn't flatten out, yet it's firm enough to fit the shape of your back and improve posture. Don't worry about it sliding out of your chair, either — the two adjustable straps keep it in place on most work chairs, armchairs, recliner seats, and more. And, if the office is hot, the cushion's washable, 3D mesh cover keeps air circulating through it. Note that it measures 12.6 x 4.3 x 13.4 inches.

Best Set: Everlasting Comfort Seat Cushion and Lumbar Back Cushion

For more all-around comfort, look no further than this ergonomic set from Everlasting Comfort. It comes with a lumbar pillow for your back and a seat cushion to properly support your entire body, and both are made with gel-infused memory foam that molds to your back and bottom without flattening. Place the pillow against the back of your chair to support the areas that need it most—your upper, middle, or lower back. It also has dual adjustable straps while the seat cushion has a non-slip bottom to keep it firmly in place. The entire set measures 30 x 18 x 14.5 inches.

Best for Tall People: Gugusure Lumbar Support Pillow

Ideal for those with long torsos, Gugusure's lumbar pillow is a head above other pillows that only target specific areas of the back; it supports you from the waist to the top of your back. This pillow is made from high-density memory foam and has an ergonomic S-curve design to conform to the natural shape of your body, alleviating pressure off of your spine and back. 

Better yet, the pillow has a breathable, machine-washable mesh cover that keeps your back cool. Even if you aren't tall, it’s a great option if you’re looking for more coverage. The lumbar support pillow measures 15.1 x 8.7 x 3.8 inches.