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, overall comfort level, and price to help you choose an option that best suits your needs.
We've tested over 185 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 best ergonomic keyboard we've tested is the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB. This mechanical unit is a fully-split keyboard with two halves connected by a cable, so you can place them in a position that keeps your shoulders, elbows, and wrists a more natural distance apart. This keyboard is also designed to be "tented" or angled so that your wrists are turned more naturally rather than lying flat on the wrist rest. You can buy the "Lift Kit" separately on Kinesis' website. While we didn't buy and test the lift kit, it's a good option for users looking for a fully split unit with even more ergonomic features.
However, this keyboard takes up a lot of space on desks due to the extra macro keys and the built-in wrist rests, so if you're looking for something smaller and don't mind losing the Numpad and navigation keys, the Dygma Raise is another great option. This keyboard also has a split design, but the two halves fit together to form a single compact board, which offers an excellent typing experience and incredible comfort.
Unlike the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB, the Logitech ERGO K860 is a wireless model, cutting down on any unnecessary cable management. It connects using a USB receiver or with up to three devices using Bluetooth, which is perfect if you're in a multi-device setup. Although this keyboard has a fully plastic build, it still feels quite sturdy, and the plastic makes typing less noisy, great for an open or busy office environment.
In terms of ergonomic features, this keyboard isn't lacking. The wave-like shape descends into two clusters of keys, one for each hand, so your wrists and elbows are angled in a more natural posture. Plus, they're well-supported by a plushy attached wrist rest. The two incline feet aren't on the top of the board; rather, they're on the side closest to you, so you can tilt the board downwards to reduce the upwards strain on your wrists. Additionally, the scissor switches inside the board are light to press, so you don't have to worry about finger fatigue.
If you're on a budget but still want more comfort in your setup, the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Wireless Keyboard is a good option. Like the Logitech ERGO K860, this keyboard also has a wave-like, split design with two distinct clusters of keys. It also has a plushy wrist rest to support your palms while you type. Since it's a budget board, the wrist rest is made of light-density foam, so it's not as comfortable as the plushy wrist rests found on the Logitech ERGO K860 or the Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB.
On that note, the build quality is a bit flimsy, which is normal considering its price point. The plastic does have a benefit, though, as it reduces the overall typing noise, so you won't have to worry about disrupting anyone else around you during use. It's also wireless and connects with a USB receiver and Bluetooth, though you can only connect it with a device using Bluetooth. It's also worth noting that the USB receiver can be a little unreliable, especially when other USB receivers are plugged into the device.
Jan 03, 2023: Minor alterations to text; no changes to picks.
Oct 27, 2022: Switched the 'Best Mid-Range' pick from the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard to the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split keyboard due to lack of availability. Added the recently reviewed Keychron Q8 to the Notable Mentions.
Aug 31, 2022: Overhauled picks and categories to better align with the current market of available products.
May 17, 2022: Moved the Dymga Raise from 'Compact Alternative' to 'Best Compact Ergonomic Keyboard'.
Mar 18, 2022: Picks verified for accuracy and availability; no changes to picks.
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.