If you spend a lot of time sitting for work (like I do), you want your seat to be as comfortable as possible. I love my Oak Hollow Aloria Series Office Chair, but if you're not looking to spend big money on an ergonomic office chair, the next best thing is a good cushion. Whether you're working from home, sitting in an office chair, a car or truck, or any kind of seat at all, the best office chair cushion can make your day more enjoyable and keep away those aches and pains. Here are some of our favorites.
Memory foam plus gel
This cushion has all of the features you need. It has memory foam to keep you cushioned and gel to keep you cool. A non-skid bottom keeps it from slipping out from under you, and the zippered velour cover is machine washable. The built-in carrying handle lets you take it from home to car to office with ease.
If you're a fan of TEMPUR-PEDIC mattresses, you're going to love bringing some of that familiar comfort to your chair. The company's signature TEMPUR material adjusts to your body's shape to distribute your weight more evenly. The cover and be removed for washing.
100 percent memory foam
For pure memory foam comfort, you can't beat this seat cushion from Everlasting Comfort. Memory foam molds to your body's contours as you sit, so you get more support. A non-skid gel bottom keeps it from slipping, and the soft cover is machine washable.
Seat and back support
For one low price, you get a seat cushion plus a lumbar support pillow. Both are memory foam cushions with machine-washable covers. The seat cushion has a carrying handle and a non-skid bottom. The back cushion has straps to attach to your office chair, breathable mesh in the cover, and a side pocket to hold your phone.
This 3-piece set includes a memory foam plus cooling gel in the seat and a lumbar support pillow. The best part is the waterproof outer cover so that you can take your seat cushion outside as well. Or use it in the kitchen without worrying about spills.
Some people prefer a wedge shape, which puts less pressure on the thighs. This wedge still has a U-shaped cutout at the rear to suspend the tailbone and coccyx, a non-slip bottom keeps it in place, and the carrying handle makes it easily portable.
The big one
Measuring 19x17.5x3.5 inches, this memory foam cushion is perfect for larger seats. The machine-washable cover is made of breathable mesh to help keep you cool as you sit.
This memory foam cushion doesn't look so obviously orthopedic; it just seems like an ordinary rectangular black cushion. Take it from place to place for comfortable seating wherever you go.
The solid gel honeycomb-style cushion increases air circulation to keep you cool and comfortable. The zippered, mesh-topped, non-skid cover is machine washable. The cushion itself can be washed by hand if needed.
Memory foam bargain
If you're looking for 100 percent memory foam, you can save some bucks with this no-frill ergonomic seat cushion. The soft cover is machine-washable.
Looking for a seat cushion that looks more decorative than orthopedic? Comfortanza offers this attractive quilted fabric cover over a gel-infused 100% pure high-density memory foam cushion. Choose from several colors, sizes, and degrees of firmness.
Which is the best office chair cushion?
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It's always a good idea to speak with your physician or other medical professional if you're dealing with any sort of specific pain or medical issues. If you do know you need a seat cushion, there are many choices here and something for just about everyone. Which one you'll choose will depend on which features you need. If you want premium high-density memory foam plus gel, our pick is the ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion. The memory foam is durable, comfortable, and long-lasting while the gel keeps it from feeling too hot. A soft, machine-washable velour cover makes it easy to keep clean. Non-slip rubber dots on the bottom means it won't slide out of your chair as you shift around.
The carrying handle makes it easy to move from seat to seat and it's perfectly sized for a work chair or use in a wheelchair. You can even use it outdoors, but the cover isn't waterproof, so save it for dry weather. The U-shaped cutout for your tailbone is specifically designed to maximize comfort and support while reducing pressure on your tailbone. The ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion can also improve your posture and may relieve sciatica, lower back pain, and other spinal issues. You get a money-back guarantee and a lifetime warranty with your purchase.
Need a seat cushion and a back cushion as well? The SOFTaCARE Seat Cushion and Lumbar Support Pillow have got your back. The back cushion has two straps that fit over your office chair, while the seat cushion has a non-slip rubber bottom to keep it in place. Choose from two colors, Dark Gray or Black.
What other options do I have?
However, a comfy seat cushion may not offer enough back support, especially if you're spending eight hours or more per day seated in the office. If what you need is more than a cushion, then you might consider upgrading to an ergonomic office chair. A good quality chair can enhance your all-over comfort level. Ergonomic thrones are often fairly pricey though, so if you're looking to save money you could combine one of the cushions we've selected with something from our guide of cheap office chairs on a budget.
Also consider, if you're able, using a standing desk. I use one so I'm not sitting all day. Not only can I stand, stretch, and boogie (yes, I dance around a little when no one's watching) while I work, but sometimes I place a desk treadmill underneath for even more healthy movement.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.