Sitting on an office chair all day can be a painful affair, especially for your hind quarters. Most office chairs are initially comfortable, but I think we’ve all experienced how the padding compresses over time, leaving the chair hard and uncomfortable and might over time affect both your behind as well as your back. This is where an office chair cushion comes into the picture. These pillows come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, but common for all of them is that they were made to relieve pain and generally distribute your weight better when sitting.
Who is this for?
Short answer: whomever wants to sit more comfortably.
Slightly longer answer: people who have chairs with hard seats generally experience great relief when sitting on a cushion specifically made for this purpose. If you’ve tried sitting on a random cushion, not designed to be sat on you know, that these don’t add much comfort (not to mention that they too, compress over time).
Another group of people who really benefit from using office chair cushions are the slightly larger individuals. Because your body weighs more you’ll need more and better support.
Lastly, people who suffer from hemorrhoids, sciatica and other symptoms that generally makes sitting down uncomfortable, often also find these types of cushions especially invaluable.
I should also note, that office chair cushions aren’t just for office chairs. They can be used in almost any situation where one needs to sit for an extended period if time. Office chair cushions are therefor also great for people in wheel chairs as well as people who need to sit and drive for long periods of time.
Individual Reviews of 5 of the best office chair cushions:
Lovehome Cool Gel Seat Cushion/coccyx Seat Cushion
- 18.1 x 16.1 x 1.8 inches ; 3 pounds
- 2 layers: high density polyurethane foam and cool gel
- Helps prevent and relieve coccyx and tailbone pain
- Comes with carrying case
- Price Range: $50 – $75
One of the things that makes this cushion special is the dual layer technology. The polyurethane foam keeps the pillow stable and prevents it from compressing too much, while the cooling gel layer – well it keeps it cool and comfortable for long periods of time. The very bottom layer is made of mesh which helps hold the Lovehome in place and prevents it from sliding off the chair. The top layer has little bubble shapes which is another feature that adds comfort.
Some customers noted that the cushion smelled a little strange when they first bought it, however, the smell went away after a few days of use. (the smell is caused by the gel, just for the record).
- People with coccyx pain
- People in wheel chairs
- People who sit at the computer for several hours
- Driving – can be used in the car
WonderGel Extreme Seat Cushion
- Ultra-soft, ultra-strong, solid rubber-like Gelastic material
- 15 x 17.5 x 2 inches ; 5.8 pounds (quite heavy)
- Breathable and immediately regains its original shape after use
- Price Range: $80 – $90
The special point of the WonderGel Extreme Seat Cushion is the special gel material it’s made of. Not only does it return to its original shape after use, the pattern to distribute your weight which makes this cushion very comfortable. The holes in between the checkerboard gel makes it so that there are no pressure spots which prevents your legs from falling asleep. This special technology also helps people who have back pain.
The WonderGel Extreme comes with a square stretch case with a zipper.
- People with sciatica
- People with severe pain in their rear
- Wheel chair users
Aylio Coccyx Comfort Foam Cushion
- Reduces pressure on: coccyx, tailbone and hip bones
- 14 x 18 x 3 inches
- Helps relieve lower back pain, numbness, and pressure sores
- Price Range: $40 – $50
The Aylio coccyx cushion is one of the most popular office chair foam cushions. The special cut out in the back eliminates direct pressure on the spine when sitting, making it much more comfortable. The cushion promotes healthy weight distribution which also helps in aligning the spine. Because of this, some customers experienced great relief/reduction of their lower back pain, when they used this cushion. The cushion is thick and soft, which makes it very comfortable to sit on, however it’s not so soft that it decompresses and becomes useless.
This office chair cushion comes with a removable, washable cover in grey.
- People with lower back pain
- Elder people
- Spinal Stenosis sufferers
- Pregnant women
Mosaic Roho Cushion
- Helps relieve tailbone pain
- 18×16 inches, 2.4 pounds
- Popular to use on flights
- Price Range: $70-$80
The Mosaic Roho Cushion is a real butt-saver. It’s inflatable, which makes it easy to bring with you to the office as well as on long plane/car/train rides, where the seats aren’t always the most comfortable. Because it’s inflatable, the user can adjust the firmness of his or her Mosaic Roho to their own liking, which adds a certain amount of flexibility to this office chair cushion. Apart from office workers, people in wheel chairs have also mentioned that this is a great cushion, when it comes to relieving pressure sores.
This cushion comes with a reusable, washable cover and a pump.
- People with broken tailbones
- Wheelchair users
- People who want to adjust the firmness to their own liking.
CONFORMAX anywhere, anytime seat cushion
- Body-conforming Ultravias foam
- 18 x 20 x 1.5 inches, 7lbs
- Helps alleviate sore backs
- Price Range: $90+
The CONFORMAX anywhere anytime cushion is meant to be used.. anywhere and any time. It’s made of a gel which makes it harder than a cushion but softer than a car seat. The extreme comfort provided by this cushion makes it possible to sit on it for many hours at a time, for instance if you’re studying or working, and are forced to sit on a hard chair. This cushion is quite heavy due to the dense gel, so it is recommended to leave it in one place – the cushion can be left in your car year round, regardless of external weather conditions.
Comes with a nice looking zippered, removable cover.
- Truck Drivers
- People who drive a lot in general
- People suffering from sciatica
Honorable Mention – Premium Air Inflatable Seat Cushion
This little guy comes highly rated but at a much lower price point than the above comfortable office chair cushions, SO if you want to give this kind of cushion a try, but are hesitant to take the plunge and pay more than $20, then this might be a good place to start. However, please don’t expect the same as you would from the cushions above.
How to find the best office chair cushion for you
Before going out and buying a new cushion you want to take a little while to consider, what exactly you want to achieve. Do you want to distribute your weight better over the entire surface of the chair? Do you want something that alleviates pre-existing pain or do you just want to sit more comfortably?
Secondly, consider the price point and how much you’re willing to spend. If you know you’ll be using the cushion for years to come, getting a super good quality albeit pricey model would definitely be worth it – on the contrary, if you just want to test the office chair cushion waters then why not get the best one you can, for the maximum amount of money that you’re willing to pay?
Another factor you will also want to consider, is material:
Foam office chair cushion: dense and non-flexible – good for people with back and tailbone problems.
Gel office chair cushion: heavy but extremely comfortable to sit on. Good solution if your chair is too hard.
Air office chair cushion: flexible- can be brought with you anywhere and inflated to suit your taste.
Other things to consider regarding office chair cushions
One last thing to consider is whether to get a cover or not, if you cushion doesn’t already come with one. Generally, a cover helps keep the cushion clean and nice looking longer, and can easily be thrown in the washer once it gets dirty, something that might be hard to do with the cushion itself. A cover also helps extend the life of the material, as the cover will absorb most of the stress caused by the friction of sitting down and getting up throughout the day. For that reason, getting a pillow cover is generally recommended if you want to keep your office chair cushion in prime condition for a long time.