Typing all day on a keyboard can be uncomfortable. Conventional, straight keyboards require you to bend your wrists in a way that can be painful for some, especially for long periods. Thankfully, many manufacturers are experimenting in bold new directions with their keyboard designs, aiming for better ergonomics to create a more comfortable typing experience. These boards may look unusual and may take some time to get used to, but they may be just what you're looking for. While we can't speak to the long-term benefits of some of these ergonomic designs, we factor in a keyboard's size and profile, incline settings, wrist rest, and overall comfort level to help you choose an option that suits your needs.
We've tested over 150 keyboards, and below are our top picks for the best ergonomic keyboards. If you prefer a more typical straight design, check out our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best keyboards for writers, and the best mechanical keyboards.
The Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is the best ergonomic keyboard we've tested with wireless capabilities. It's a full-sized keyboard that connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth. It also supports multi-device pairing, and you can pair it with up to three devices simultaneously.
While not a fully split keyboard, it has one distinct key cluster for each hand and a curving wave design that slopes upwards in the middle. Overall, it has superb ergonomics, including feet that prop the board at a negative angle and a wrist rest designed to relieve some of the stress placed on your wrists. This keyboard has scissor switches, which are light to type on and provide good tactile feedback. They're also very quiet and have a short pre-travel distance, so they feel very responsive.
Unfortunately, while its wrist rest is very large and comfortable, it's fixed onto the keyboard, which means the entire keyboard takes up a lot of space on a desk. Also, it doesn't have backlighting, which may disappoint those who prefer working in low-light environments. Customization is also limited as you can't set macros, but you can reprogram most of the function keys to a preset list of commands. Aside from these minor issues, this is easily the best wireless ergonomic keyboard we've tested.
The best ergonomic wired keyboard we've tested is the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. This TenKeyLess mechanical model feels sturdy and solid, with no sign of flex. It has excellent ergonomics with two detachable wrist rests and a fully split design that allows you to position each half the way you want. Thanks to that, typing on it doesn't get too tiring, even if you're using it for long periods.
Our unit uses Cherry MX Brown switches, which feel light to type on and give good tactile feedback without being too noisy. That said, if you prefer another feel, this keyboard is also available with Cherry MX linear Red or Speed Silver or clicky Blue switches. It comes with the RGB SmartSet software, which gives you plenty of customization options like programming macros or customizing the full RGB backlighting.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any adjustable incline settings, though you could buy a 'Lift Kit' separately if you want. The keyboard is also quite large, especially if you decide to split the two halves, meaning it may take quite a bit of space on your desk. That said, this is a great option that's very versatile, whether you're using it at the office or for gaming, making it one of the best ergonomic keyboards we've tested.
If you prefer a more compact size, the Dygma Raise is a fantastic alternative. While it doesn't have dedicated macro keys like the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB and doesn't have indicators for CapsLock or Scroll Lock, it takes up less total space on your desk, leaving you more room to move your mouse. You can also customize and set macros to any key. It also feels incredibly well-built, with an anodized aluminum top plate and PBT plastic keycaps. You can remove its cables and replace them with longer ones if you want to have more freedom to place the two separate halves where you want. While it may take time to get used to the split layout and eight-piece spacebar, it should feel very comfortable.
If you want a fully split keyboard with dedicated macro keys, go with the Kinesis. On the other hand, if you want a more compact split alternative, get the Dygma.
The ErgoDox EZ is the best ergonomic keyboard we've tested in terms of customization options. When you purchase this keyboard directly through the manufacturer's website, there are a ton of different combinations and customization options you can choose from. You can pick your own switches, color scheme, type of RGB lighting, or even if you want the tilt settings and wrist rest included.
The variant we purchased is black with Cherry MX Brown switches, which offer excellent typing quality. Combined with the outstanding ergonomics, you shouldn't feel any fatigue during long typing sessions. Our unit has printed keycaps that all have the same shape, but you can also get blank sculpted keycaps that each have a different shape to make typing a more comfortable experience. Our unit doesn't have RGB lighting either, but there are options with individually lit keys or RGB underglow.
You can set macros and reprogram any key, but programming is somewhat complicated as the dedicated software isn't very user-friendly. It has a unique design, so it may take some time to get used to. However, it's enjoyable to type on once you do, and you can adjust the incline feet to provide both negative and positive inclines. All in all, it's one of the best ergonomic keyboards we've tested.
The Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard is the best ergonomic keyboard we've tested in the budget category. It doesn't have as many features as other keyboards, but that's expected for a budget-friendly keyboard.
It's a full-size option that's a split keyboard with negative incline feet. The wrist rest feels nice, and the rubber dome switches are light to press. The overall typing quality is decent as you shouldn't feel much fatigue even after typing for long periods. That said, the keys can feel mushy and a little wobbly at times. On the plus side, it's very quiet and shouldn't bother others around you. You can connect it wirelessly to two devices at once, one via Bluetooth and the other with its USB receiver, but the switch to change the connections is underneath the keyboard, which isn't super convenient.
Unfortunately, you can't reprogram any of the keys, and it has high latency. The high latency won't be a problem for everyday browsing and productivity, but it makes this board a poor candidate for gaming. Additionally, the overall build quality is mediocre because the entire keyboard feels cheap. But again, this is to be expected for a low-cost model. Besides these issues, this is a great ergonomic choice for the office if you're on a budget.
Jan 17, 2022: We've confirmed the availability of all picks and updated the text for accuracy; no changes in our recommendations.
Nov 18, 2021: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability; added the Logitech K350 to Notable Mentions.
Sep 21, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Kinesis Freestyle Pro to Notable Mentions.
Jul 23, 2021: Added the ZSA Moonlander to Notable Mentions.
May 25, 2021: Verified that picks were still available and updated text for more clarity.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best ergonomic keyboards for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper product wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no keyboard that is difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no keyboard is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.