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Top 10 Best Studio Chair For The Money 2020 Reviews & Buying Guide

When you’re putting together, expanding or updating a studio, a chair is generally not at the top of your shopping list. We get it. There’s plenty of other things to be bought. Plenty!

But if you’re now looking to replace that old office chair that you long since commandeered from another room. Or maybe if you’re setting up a studio from scratch. Then it’s honestly worth spending a bit of time to make sure you get the best studio chair for your situation.

To help you narrow down your search, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best studio chairs currently on sale. The list is diverse, so whatever your needs, we’re confident that we have you covered.

So, let’s go through them and find the perfect studio chair for you…

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Top 10 Best Studio Chair To Buy 2020 Reviews


1 Office Star High Back ProGrid Back FreeFlex Seat

A quick glance at this chair, and you can see that it’s got more adjustment levers sticking out of it than you can shake a stick at. We can’t honestly see anyone not being able to get into the exact position they want with this chair.

The number of adjustment features on this chair is certainly not something you’d expect to find on one at around this price point. As you’d expect, it has one-touch easy to operate pneumatic height adjustment. It also has forward pitch and adjustable tilt tension.

But check this out, it also has nicely padded height and width adjustable arms. It has a seat that can be slid either forward or backward and then locked into position. Further, it also has an adjustable seat and backrest angles.

Impressive…

To ensure you remain as comfortable as possible over those extended mixing and recording projects, the chair also has built-in lumbar support. Also, it features a ProGrid breathable backrest, which will allow the air to circulate more freely, allowing you to stay cool for longer.

The Office Star High Back ProGrid chair doesn’t come with a headrest, but one can be added at a later date. There are fittings already installed to house a headrest, which is easily accessible by removing the two plastic caps at the rear of the chair.

The chair is suitable for anyone up to 250lbs.


Office Star High Back ProGrid Back FreeFlex Seat

Our rating:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Pros

  • It has a high number of adjustable functions.
  • Good back support.
  • Headrest can be added.
  • Comfortable cushion.
  • Nice smooth castors.
  • Cool mesh backrest.

Cons

  • Chair armrests wobble and are relatively flimsy.
  • Chair armrests do not fold back.
  • It can be difficult to assemble.

2 OFFICE FACTOR Executive Ergonomic Office Chair Back Mesh On Seat

This is a solid and well-built chair from Office Factor. They have a good line-up of different options available. This is a cool looking chair, and we believe it’s the best mixing and recording studio chair in their current range.

It is well thought out, designed, and provides excellent levels of comfort and back support. Together with an ergonomic backrest and lumbar support, the chair also features a mesh-covered back to ensure maximum airflow and comfort.

Perfectly adjustable…

The Office Factor chair can be easily adjusted for height and for the degree of tilt. The degree of tilt, as you’d expect, has adjustable tension. Additionally, it‘s possible to lock the tilt in a choice of four different positions. Not something you typically find on every chair, and we’re sure you’ll agree it’s a very useful feature.

And there’s more; the Office Factor chair also has fully retractable armrests. If you are likely to be playing guitar or piano, then this is going to be a must-have feature on any studio chair. For those that have tried to do either, with arms down and unfolded, they will know what we mean.

But…

When the armrests are locked down into position, they do feel quite wide apart. However, for some people, it may prove uncomfortable for mixing or operating a computer. In this instance, the ability to fold up the armrests could again be useful.

The Office Factor chair is suitable for a maximum weight capacity of 285lbs.


OFFICE FACTOR Executive Ergonomic Office Chair Back Mesh On Seat

Our rating:3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)

Pros

  • Five years limited warranty
  • Good build quality.
  • Good levels of back support.
  • Tilt function lockable in four different positions.
  • Foldaway armrests.

Cons

  • Armrests relatively far apart.
  • Padding on the armrests it hard.
  • The lowest seat setting could be lower.

3 High-Back Gaming Chair PC Office Chair

The High-Back Gaming Chair is one of the more affordable chairs in our review. It’s available in an interesting choice of seven colors. Check out the pink one. Images of 1950’s ice cream parlors come to mind. That is one seriously retro color.

The chair is covered in a breathable PU leather. This is of reasonable quality, but like all PU leathers, it does have a tendency to peel over time. It’s also less durable and more prone to tearing. Further, though we agree that PU leather on the High-Back Gaming Chair does give a degree of breathability, it isn’t as breathable and can’t emulate the same level of air circulation as a comparable chair with a mesh covering.

Time to relax…

The chair has 360 degrees of motion. It’s adjustable for height and reclining positions. Additionally, the chair can be reclined and then locked into position at any angle between 90 – 135 degrees.

This is the only chair on our best studio chair list with both a built-in headrest and a moveable headrest pillow. We think you’ll agree, that’s useful. It also has a freely adjustable and padded lumbar support.

On a budget?

For an inexpensive chair, it provides higher levels of comfort and functionality than we’d expect. This makes it a great choice for the more budget-conscious consumer.

The High-Back Gaming Chair is suitable for anyone up to 250lbs.


High-Back Gaming Chair PC Office Chair

Our rating:4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pros

  • Built-in headrest.
  • Fully adjustable lumbar support.
  • A varied choice of colors to choose from.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • PU leather not durable.
  • Seat cushion not well padded.

4 Herman Miller Classic Aeron Task Chair

Here’s the deal, this is a high-end chair and has a price tag to match. However, if you’re spending extended periods of time at your music desk, this is definitely the best recording studio chair you’re ever likely to use.

Design, quality, comfort, functionality, and durability. This chair has the lot and in spades!

So many adjustments…

The adjustments available on the Herman Miller Classic Aeron Task Chair are extensive. As you expect, you can change the height of the seat and the tilt angle of the backrest. The tilt angle having presets and tension adjustment. Additionally, you can adjust the seat angle, adjust the lumbar support for height and depth, and adjust the armrests for height angle and depth.

The chair certainly has enough adjustability to get you into the best position, but it’s also got a few other tricks up its sleeve to ensure your maximum comfort.

So, let’s see what they are…

Firstly, you’re able to buy the Herman Miller Classic Aeron Task Chair in three different sizes, thereby guaranteeing an even better fit. Secondly, the chair’s patented Kinemat tilt mechanism naturally mimics the body’s pivot point, working with you to assist you in reclining fluidly.

And finally, this best music studio chair is covered in the companies own proprietary mesh fabric. This helps to both evenly distribute your weight and contour to your body. It also helps to better circulate the air around you.

Built to last…

The build quality and design of the Herman Miller Classic Aeron Task Chair is genuinely top-notch. The classic design and durability mean there’s every chance this chair is likely to have an extended stay in whatever studio it eventually finds itself in. The guys and girls at Herman really do make the very best quality studio chairs.

Finally, it’s good to see that all the parts on the chair, most likely to fail, are replaceable. Plus, the majority of the chair is made from recyclable materials. It’s nice to see a chair with some green credentials. That should the polar bears and the tree huggers happy.


Herman Miller Classic Aeron Task Chair

Our rating:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Pros

  • Superb adjustability.
  • Excellent comfort.
  • Excellent lumbar support.
  • Proprietary mesh covering.
  • Build quality.
  • Replacement part available.
  • Made from predominantly recyclable materials.

Cons

  • Price.

5 AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Swivel Office Desk Chair

The AmazonBasics High-Back Executive chair offers another affordable option for those looking for a studio chair on a budget.

Basically, this is very much a classic office design style of chair. As such, it has the usual features you’d expect. These include; 360 degrees swivel, height, and tilt adjustment. The tilt function also has the typical variable tension control at the base of the seat. There are no lockable positions when the chair is reclined.

Not for guitarists…

Another adjustability function missing on this chair is the ability to fold away the armrests. If you intend to play musical instruments as well as record and mix, this may not be the best studio chair for you.

The seat and back padding is adequate, but unfortunately, there’s no lumbar support.

Not breathable…

The seat material is PU and is available in three different colors, white, brown, and black. However, PU is not breathable.

The PU covering looks fine, but with all items covered in this material, it doesn’t have the best reputation in terms of longevity. PU covered material is unfortunately liable to peel and easily tear. If you’re not in an air-conditioned room/studio and live in a particularly hot or humid climate, this process is likely to be accelerated — definitely, something to consider.

The chair has a maximum weight capacity of 275lbs.


AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Swivel Office Desk Chair

Our rating:4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pros

  • Affordable
  • A choice of three colors.
  • Good padding to armrests.
  • Easy assembly.

Cons

  • No lumbar support.
  • PU Leather not durable.
  • Armrests do not fold away.

6 SPACE Air Grid Mid-Back Swivel Chair

This is a well-priced, stylish, and affordable chair from outer space. Oh, wait a second, that’s not right, it’s from Space Seating and not from outer space after all. Sorry, our mistake, Regardless, this is a very attractive chair at a very attractive price.

The SPACE Air Grid Mid-Back Swivel Chair has the basic functionality that you’d have to expect at this price point. It has the usual pneumatic height adjustable seat and the tension adjustable tilt mechanism.

Better for taller people…

However, the height adjustment on the chair is a little limited. It leaves the chair sitting a little high at its lowest setting. This could make it unsuitable for shorter people.

The SPACE Air Grid Mid-Back Swivel Chair has height adjustable armrests, which is a little unexpected. But annoyingly, the armrests don’t fold away. It’s great to have a function to alter their height, but we really wish they’d spent their time, money, and effort into making them foldaway instead. This would have been so much more useful in a studio setting.

The level of adjustability is probably sufficient in most circumstances.

The upholstery is basic but adequate…

The seat has a reasonable level of padding to keep you comfortable, and it has breathable AirGrid mesh back, which we like. The mesh keeps the air nicely circulating to keep you cool. It also has built-in lumbar support, which will hopefully keep those back niggles at bay.

Overall the build quality is acceptable though a few of the components are made from basic plastics.

So, there you have it, a decent enough though basic chair.

The maximum weight capacity of the SPACE Air Grid Mid-Back Swivel Chair is 250lbs.


SPACE Air Grid Mid-Back Swivel Chair

Our rating:4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pros

  • Stylish.
  • AirGrid mesh to the chair back.
  • Height adjustable armrests.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • It has only basic adjustability.
  • May not be suitable for shorter people.

7 ROC-N-SOC Nitro Throne Black

Hello! What’s this doing here?

The fact is, is that if you’re looking for the best studio chair for your set up, you’d probably not expect to see the ROC-N-SOC Nitro Throne included on the list. And yes, you’re right. But if you’re working in a bigger studio, then you’re going to have a set of drums, and you’re definitely going to need a drum stool.

With that out of the way…

If you’re considering a drum stool, then why not look at what is widely thought to be one of the best?

The ROC-N-SOC Nitro Throne is a well-built, quality, bicycle-style of drum seat. It has double-brace legs and extra-wide feet for strength and stability. In addition, it has a well-padded, comfortable, and hard-wearing seat.

The top of the seat is covered in a velour to aid ventilation. A nice upgrade to the usual vinyl you’ll find on cheaper seats. This should help to keep you feeling more comfortable when the going gets hot.

Comfort all the way…

The gas shock absorber helps to easily adjust the seat height and to lock it firmly into position. What’s more, the shock absorber gives it some bounce, just adding to an already comfortable seat. The gas shock absorber also allows for a smooth, silent, and freely rotating seat. The smooth rotation keeps any potential spinal problems, due to the frequent bending and twisting, down to a minimum.

Though this is a dedicated drum throne, it is tall enough to be used by guitarists and pianists.

The ROC-N-SOC Nitro Throne seat can be adjusted from 18 inches up to a maximum of 24 inches.


ROC-N-SOC Nitro Throne Black

Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • High build quality.
  • Durable.
  • Stable.
  • Velour seat covering.
  • Smooth rotation.

Cons

  • No seat angle adjustment available.
  • The backrest is not included.

8 Fender 24-Inch Custom Shop Pinstripe Bar Stool

Here’s another curveball for you all with the inclusion of the Fender 24-Inch Custom Shop Stool.

A bit like the drum stool we’ve reviewed earlier, the Fender stool isn’t strictly a studio chair. Err, it’s a stool; clearly, the clue’s in the title. However, we’re sure you’ll agree, it is something that you’d expect to see in a studio setting, so it makes this list anyway.

The Fender 24-Inch Custom Shop Stool is a heavy gauge sturdy classic design. It’s made from one-inch steel tubing with a chrome finish. It has a foam padded seat with a hard-wearing commercial-grade vinyl covering. The cushion piping is sturdy and well-stitched.

A touch of class…

The seat-cover has a beautiful custom shop logo proudly emblazoned. One side of the stool cushioning also has a nice guitar graphics design upon it. These additions really add a touch of class to the stool. It looks great.

Unlike some other guitar stools, the Fender 24-Inch Custom Shop Stool does have a full 360 degrees rotating seat. A very handy addition.

Predominantly, this is going to be used for recording guitar…

A stool has the obvious advantage over a chair where the arms are not able to fold out of the way. Also, chairs have more moving parts and are always more prone to noise and squeaking. Not something you’re ever going to want in a recording environment.

This stool would be a nice addition to any studio, and you could certainly use it for a lot more than only recording guitar.

The Fender stool can also be purchased in a classic design and 30-inch variants.


Fender 24-Inch Custom Shop Pinstripe Bar Stool

Our rating:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

Pros

  • Sturdy.
  • Versatile.
  • Inexpensive.
  • It can rotate through 360 degrees.
  • It looks great.

Cons

  • Thin padding to the seat.
  • Cheap plastic caps on the end of the stool’s feet.

9 Boss Office Products High Back No Tools Required LeatherPlus Chair

This is another classic office chair. However, the Boss Office Products High Back chair is of much higher quality than a lot of chairs of this design.

It has the usual pneumatic height adjustment and tension adjustable tilt. Additionally, it has a good ergonomically curved lumbar support built-in. What’s more, the chair also has what they call a waterfall shaped seat to minimize leg fatigue. This is basically strong, curved-edge to the front of the seat. There are no other adjustments on this seat, and this includes no fold-away armrests.

But, there’s a catch…

The quality of the seat cover looks pretty good. It certainly both looks and feels better than a lot of similarly priced chairs. Boss Office calls this LeatherPlus. A lot of companies do. But it’s essentially PU leather, and we wish they’d call it that. We’re not saying that PU leather is necessarily bad, it’s just that the use of the term LeatherPlus does seem to be market speak to hide its real make-up.

All that said, all PU leather is not born equal, and as we’ve said, this looks to be pretty decent. How hard-wearing it will prove to be over a lifetime is difficult to assess.

Big and comfortable…

This is basically a very nice looking, big comfortable chair. If you don’t need foldaway armrests or a highly breathable backrest, it wouldn’t be a bad choice. The price is very fair too.


Boss Office Products High Back No Tools Required LeatherPlus Chair

Our rating:3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)

Pros

  • Good quality.
  • It’s comfortable.
  • It has lumbar support.
  • Nice ergonomic waterfall seat design.

Cons

  • Armrests do not fold away.
  • PU leather may peel over time.

10 Herman Miller Sayl Ergonomic Office Chair

Now for another Herman Miller chair and what a cracker! We already expect top of the range quality and design from this company. And yes, you’ve got that, in abundance. Admit it; the Herman Miller Sayl Ergonomic Office Chair looks like it’s come out of a gallery. The design is original and stylish. We love it.

As you’d expect from a Herman Miller chair, this is every bit as well-built and comfortable as the other chairs in their range.

Plenty of adjustments…

The Herman Miller Sayl Ergonomic Office Chair Seat has height adjustability together with a sliding seat. The seat can also be tilted and locked into position. Additional adjustments include a tension tilt mechanism which is located on the right side of the chair.

The tension wheel is also on the right side of the chair. This is another nice piece of aesthetically pleasing design and functionality. It’s unobtrusive and undoubtedly much easier to operate than when placed at the base of a chair — no having to scrabble around on your hands and knees if you’re a Herman Miller chair owner!

The tilt mechanism can also be set to limit the angle of range to three different positions.

Everything except what was most needed…

The armrests have a huge range of adjustability. They can be moved up or down, moved side to side, moved forward and backward, and angled inwards or outwards. All very impressive, but we really would have liked to see them having the ability to fold away.

The chair has a moveable lumbar support. The rear of the seat is constructed of a 3D suspended rear, which provides PostureFit sacral support and of course, ensures good air-flow. The design allows your spine to be maintained in its normal neutral position to limit sitting fatigue and back stress. Clever!

Reasonably affordable…

The Herman Miller Sayl Ergonomic Office Chair Seat is a well thought out and well-executed design. You get the same high-quality design and eco-credentials, as with other chairs in the range, but with a more affordable price tag than at the very higher end.

The chair has a maximum weight capacity of 350lbs.


Herman Miller Sayl Ergonomic Office Chair

Our rating:4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pros

  • High-quality construction.
  • Beautiful design and functionality.
  • Very comfortable with good lumbar support.
  • Highly adjustable armrests.
  • Built from mainly recyclable materials.
  • A more affordable option within the Herman Miller range.

Cons

  • Armrests do not fold away.
  • The quality of the armrests not as good as the rest of the chair.

Best Studio Chair Buyer’s Guide

We’re sure you’ll agree that when deciding upon the best studio chair, for your specific needs, there are plenty of things that need to be carefully considered. We believe, amongst a potentially long list, the three key factors when selecting a chair are; comfort, functionality, and price.

So, let’s briefly look at each one on turn…

Comfort

Though not always the prime consideration, this is still commonly one of the key drivers in the selection of a studio chair. And it should be. A staggering 80% of the population suffers from back pain at some point in their lives. So, if you intend to spend long periods of time in your chair, comfort is important.

best studio chair

Plenty of adjustability will help towards this; however, well designed ergonomic lumbar support is even more imperative. So, ideally, a studio chair should have both. The very best chairs do.

Furthermore, if you spend extended amounts of time in a chair, particularly in warm unventilated climates, air circulation to the seatback will also play an important role in keeping you feeling cool and comfortable. Mesh back chairs work best in this situation. Standard office style chairs with a PU covering will fare the worst.

Functionality

As well as being comfortable, a studio chair should also be quiet. A squeaky chair is annoying at the best of times, but if you’re recording, it’s an absolute deal-breaker. Consequently, you’d be well-advised to look for a chair material that is the least likely to squeak when you’re moving around.

Adjustability on the best studio chairs tends to be thorough. However, one of the most important adjustments we like to see on a studio chair is fold-away armrests. If you’re unable to fold the armrests away, it’s going to hinder your ability to play guitar or keyboards in the recording process. Not good.

It is, of course, possible to buy another dedicated chair or chairs for playing the drums, guitar, or keyboards. However, not only will this be an added expensive, but it may also be impractical for people mixing and recording in smaller studios.

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Price

The key to deciding which is the best studio chair for you is likely to be a fine balance between your available budget, the amount of time you’ll use it, and the level of functionality and comfort you really need.

Within this equation, compromises may well have to be made. After all, if you’re running a studio, there’s always another processer, pedal, cable, interface, or one of another thousand things on your shopping list. But, despite this, we’d still advise you not to cut too many corners on your chair.

For those of you who don’t have a Donald Trump kind of budget, looking for a good all-round studio chair, we’d recommend the OFFICE FACTOR Executive Ergonomic Office Chair as the best affordable studio chair. It’s a no-nonsense decent quality chair with good adjustability, fold away arms, lumbar support, and comfort, at a very affordable price.

Everything For Your Studio

Of course, you need an excellent studio chair, but to get the most out of your studio, you will some other items as well. It’s therefore well worth checking out our in-depth reviews of the Best Studio Monitors, the Best Home Studio Desks, the Best Studio Monitor Stands, the Best Studio Headphones for Home Recording, and the Best Acoustic Foam Panels currently available.

So, What’s The Best Studio Chair?

It’s actually quite difficult to choose our favorite chair from such a different mix of choices. But there is one standout, that despite its price, we sure you’ll agree is worthy of the top spot. In short, our top pick for the best recording studio chair is the…

This is a well-designed and incredibly well-built chair that has and does everything. We also like the availability of replacement parts and the fact it’s mainly constructed from recyclable materials.

Admittedly it’s a chair that not everyone is going to be able to afford. In fact, it’s by far the most expensive studio chair on the list. But this is a chair that will last and all but guarantee your comfort.

Good luck with finding a suitable studio chair.

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