Have you ever woken up with a bad back from sleeping in an unusual position, only for your back to feel worse progressively throughout the day because your office chair lacks the proper support?
While a healthy, active lifestyle coupled with never sitting down for long periods of time is the tried and true way of avoiding muscle aches and joint pain, sometimes we can’t help it if work gets in the way. That said, if desk work is the nature of your job, the least you can do is buy the right office chair to minimize damage to your health.
What to Look for in an Office Chair
Whether you’re browsing online for “office furniture Philippines” or checking out office chairs for sale in a department store, you’ll notice a massive variety in chair designs. You’ll see ones dedicated for specific tasks, mid-back chairs ubiquitous to the typical office environment, as well as executive chairs that you’d imagine in a luxurious home office or a corner office of a CEO. Think in terms of your space and needs. How much time do you normally spend in front of a computer? Is your workspace big enough for an executive chair?
There’s a lot to learn about ergonomic chairs. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as picking the first computer chair you see just because it claims to improve overall posture. Thankfully, we’re here to help narrow down your options.
One important question you do need to ask yourself is if you really do need an ergonomic chair with all the bells and whistles. While the question may seem like it defeats the purpose of the post, ergonomic chairs have a ton of design features that make them much more comfortable than the generic desk chair. Keeping that in mind, prices tend to be higher than you may be comfortable with. After all, your health is worth investing in.
In order to understand and evaluate each product, we need to define some key terms often used in describing the mechanics of office chairs. Be sure to read through these before moving onto the review of our top picks in the ergonomic chair Philippines category.
BIFMA – Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association is a non-profit that sets standards to promote safe working environments. Conducting tests and obtaining certifications from BIFMA are completely voluntary.
Caster – A wheeled mechanism mounted on objects, such as a desk chair, that enables easy rolling movement. A caster can be made with either soft or hard material which will determine what surface it is suited for.
Chair Base – The wheels and foundation that hold up the seat. A good office chair normally has a stem that branches out into 5 legs with wheels at the end of each leg. This standard chair base offers movement and maximum stability with decreased chances of tipping over.
Knee-Tilt – A chair with a knee-tilt mechanism allow you to tilt back with your feet still flat on the floor.
Pneumatic Seat Height Adjustment – A chair feature that regulates height relative to the floor.
Swivel Chair – A chair with a seat that can be turned to face any direction.
Synchro–Tilt – A chair with the synchro-tilt lock allows for up to 11 degrees in seat tilt and 22 degrees in back recline. The seat cushion remains relatively level to the floor as you recline.
The Five Best Office Chairs – Philippines 2019
1. Bauhutte EX-17 Arnee Office Chair
For the sleek design and rotary armrest
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Upholstery: PU Leather
Size (cm): 111 x 70 x 77
Maximum Seating Capacity (kg): 100
Japanese designs are known for their minimalism and functionality, and this chair is no exception. With style and innovation intertwined with optimal comfort, the Bauhutte Ex-17 Arnee Office Chair has passed Japanese quality control with flying colors. Cozy yet professional, this chair has a sleek enough design that will have you be taken seriously at the office without people suspecting that you bought the chair so you could nap at any given point of the day. Who wouldn’t want to invest in a desk chair that allows you to fully relax even though you’re sitting upright?
Probably the biggest selling point of the Arnee Office Chair is the rotary or “swing-up” armrest. Though it doesn’t seem as important as features like neck support, the fact that the armrests can be turned up makes it that much easier to fit under a desk. Often, fixed armrests can get in the way of storage. That’s because smaller desks normally lack ample space for large desk chairs to fit right underneath, even when adjusted to the lowest height. After all, work efficiency is not just about the seating. Freeing your space from clutter, the ability to save space is very much a factor as well. Thus, never take the rotary armrest for granted.
2. Maharlika Reclining Office Swivel Chair 6758
For the neck support and footrest
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
₱12,999 ₱6,899 (47% off)
Upholstery: Synthetic Leather
Size (cm): 63 x 64 x 105-110
Maximum Seating Capacity (kg): 120
While it may not be superior among the rest in terms of design (because let’s face it, it does look somewhat like an airplane seat), the Maharlika Reclining Office Swivel Chair 6758 has a ton of amazing features at a fair price point. A high back executive chair that has a pillow attachment for neck support, that’s definitely more than what you could you ask for in an office chair that would normally cost above ₱10,000. The footrest is also a nice touch, which makes it that much harder to avoid napping on the chair.
The extra features solidify this chair’s spot in our top 5 products. But let’s not forget that the basics of an ergonomic chair are just as important. The chair checks off everything in the list, from the pneumatic height adjustment that lets you swiftly and smoothly adjust the seat height, to the 360 degree swivel function that allows for movement as the chair stays put. It also has this double thickening cushioning that makes it more dense yet soft for the most comfortable sitting experience.
3. Ergodynamic HBC-116N High Back Office Chair
For comfort at an affordable price
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
₱6,499 ₱5,999 (8% off)
Base: 320 mm Nylon
Mechanism: Knee Tilt
Maximum Seating Capacity: 95 kg
An executive chair is often associated with power and authority, and may feel too intimidating for some. So if you’re looking for an executive chair that appears a little less snooty and pretentious but still upholds all the basic ergonomic standards, the Ergodynamic HBC-116N High Back Office Chair would be a good fit for you.
A product from the Primo series that has been styled for the discerning, this desk chair has almost everything that an executive chair would have, without the extra frills. It’s simple, elegant and approachable. The chair offers neck support with no pillow necessary. Thus, you can trust that you’ll get your work done without the risk of falling asleep.
Lastly, all the components of the chair have gone through the proper BIFMA testing, guaranteeing that the chair follows industry ergonomic measures. That coupled with the trademarked thick Ergodynamic cushioning, this chair is an expert on office comfort.
4. Ergodynamic RELAX LHT Luxury Office Chair
For the power napping potential
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
₱17,999 ₱12,999 (28% off)
Base: 350 mm Chrome Steel
Gas Lift: D100 Class 3
Mechanism: 2.8 mm Synchro-Tilt Lock
Upholstery: PU Leather
Maximum Seating Capacity: 100 kg
Heftier in size and price, the Ergodynamic RELAX LHT Reclining Luxury Office Chair is the most extravagant of all. With it claiming to be the “softest chair in the world,” an ergonomic chair price like ₱12,999 doesn’t seem all the surprising. It all just depends on the consumer, if they’re willing to pay that price for comfort. If you are one to spend most of your waking hours at your desk, you might as well invest in office furniture that guarantees comfort and better posture.
It’s not just the faux leather upholstery and thick yet soft high density cushioning that makes the ergonomic seat so comfortable. The pneumatic height adjustment is powered by a BIFMA tested gas lift to ensure smooth transitioning when changing the height. Plus, the retractable footrest offers extra lumbar support, and the 360 degree swivel function makes it easy to turn your body without physically lifting or shifting the chair.
And if you work from home and have mastered the power nap, this desk chair is perfect for that. Just use the right lever to change the height, and the left to lock the seat in a reclined position.
5. QUBE Ofix Deluxe-12
For functionality and budget friendliness
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
₱8,999 ₱3,049 (66%)
Base: 300 mm Chrome Steel
Last but not least, we have our most affordable pick of the list. While it doesn’t boast of the same high-back, executive feel of the other ergonomic chairs, the QUBE Ofix Deluxe-12 is still certainly a great choice. With the country being hot all year long, leather or faux leather seats sound like a pretty sticky situation. Unless your workspace is controlled at a lower temperature, the previous products might not make a lot of sense for you.
Because it is a mid-back chair, thus smaller than the others, it’s better suited for those with a small to medium frame.
Designed with a fabric seat, mesh back and a white plastic frame, the breathable aesthetic will keep you feeling fresh, even in warmer temperatures. It’s lightweight, weighing at just 12.5 kg so you can easily pick it up and move it around to different workstations around your home and office. It’s everything you can expect to get out of a good computer chair—lumbar support, pneumatic seat height adjustment, etc. Plus, the armrests can be turned up to 90 degrees for easier storage.
Buying an Office Chair – Philippines
Every single one of these chairs have their own selling points, making any one of these a great addition to your office. The main thing is to figure out what your needs are. An office chair is not a cheap piece of ergonomic furniture, so make sure you put a lot of thought before you make a final purchase.
Also, every product listed here comes disassembled. Most chairs are simple to assemble with a manual, but have a tool box ready in case you run into some trouble.
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