Last updated: January 30th 2017
If you are here, then you are probably on a quest to find the best ergonomic mouse to help make you more comfortable when working on a computer. Maybe you are either having hand, wrist, neck, or elbow pain already or you have just been reading up on it and want to get a more ergonomically designed setup for your computer use. Jump to the chart below for the rankings, or read on before you get there.
There is no doubt that the type of mouse you use can have an impact on the stress and strain on your body when using a computer. It is a common occurrence now for a person to work on a computer for 8 hours or more a day by the time that both work and personal use are factored into the calculation. This extended computer use can be very tough on wrists, fingers, thumbs, and even elbows and shoulders. Trying to find the best ergonomic mouse, keyboard, and office setup to eliminate or minimize this pain is a search that many people undertake everyday.
As someone who has had pain from using a computer and mouse setup at a desk job it is a definite that a good ergonomic mouse could help provide some comfort. While no one would say it will make the pain go away entirely or “cure” you, the use of a new ergonomic mouse can be one of many changes made to an office setup that can contribute to improving pain and exhaustion problems in one’s wrist and hands.
An ergonomic mouse will position your hand in a more natural fashion than a standard mouse. The more natural the mouse position, then the less stress on your wrist and joints. If it is easy and comfortable in a relaxed position, then the wrist strain should improve over the standard mouse.
Of course, to really be good in addition to these niceties it must also do the things a mouse needs to do. It must have good responsiveness, good scrolling, and all around good functionality. It needs to be a solid choice both ergonomically and technically.
The chart below will list our ratings and rankings for the best ergonomic mouse out there today. There will be a key below the chart explaining the columns and it is followed by a short summary of each mouse as well as a link to read more ergonomic reviews on the site or to buy on Amazon.
Mouse Name – This column lists the name of the products being rated.
Style – This is our terminology for the type of mouse. Ergonomic standard is an ergonomic design that is a little more typical of a standard mouse design. Ergonomic is something a little different that makes it ergonomic. Vertical handshake are vertically designed to lay the hand and wrist in a “handshake” position. The joystick is a joystick type mouse and the hybrid takes on a little bit of both.
# of Buttons / Customizable – The total number of buttons on the mouse and if they are able to be programmed to what you would want them to do or if their function is fixed.
Price – Comparative dollar rankings. The $ is lower price, the $$ moderate price, and the $$$ more expensive.
Our Ranking – Our numerical ranking from 1 to 16 on these selected ergonomic mice with 1 being the best.
Buy – Link to buy the product on Amazon.
Summary for Best Ergonomic Mouse
This list contains some good mouse choices, but there are some clear heavyweights that top the field. The Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic mouse is this site’s new ranking champion as the previous favorite was discontinued by Microsoft and this new mouse takes its place. The Natural Mouse can still be purchased used or refurbished, but it is usually quite a bit more expensive than when it was in production.
The Microsoft Natural mouse is currently this site’s favorite, and even though it must be purchased in a combination set, it is worth it. The Evoluent VerticalMouse is no surprise as it topped our vertical mouse ratings and is a strong contender here as well. The next two mice in the HandShoe and the Logitech MX are also strong mice with a lot of great ratings and good history of performance. The top two just edge them out a little bit. In fifth is the 3M joystick mouse with a strong history and good reviews. This gives you the top five. These and the others are rated individually below.
Individual Mouse Notes, Reviews, and Comments
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse (L6V-00001) – Buy – This mouse is Microsoft’s successor to the discontinued Natural series mouse which we have left as our 1a rated option as an honorary second place. The Natural mouse is no longer available except as a used or refurbished product and is often at a higher price. However, this new mouse the Microsoft Sculpt is a more than capable successor as our top ranked ergonomic mouse. It brings in all of the great features of the Natural mouse and adds some new tweaks in an updated model such as significantly enhanced tracking. This mouse is a top choice to be your ergonomically designed mouse.
Microsoft Natural Mouse (combo) (Discontinued, available as used or refurbished only) – Buy – (We are leaving this mouse in for now since it was the reigning champion for quite a while, but you may be better served with the new top ranked product from a price and availability perspective.) This is a powerful mouse that is worthy of ranking at the top of this list. With a great ergonomic design that incorporates good use of height, tilt, button design, and thumb and hand support this mouse is the real deal. It is comfortable and durable and will be with you for a while. It is only available at present as part of a combo with the Microsoft Natural keyboard, which is also a good ergonomic product.
Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 – Buy – This mouse topped our ratings of the best vertical mouse and as expected performs very well when mixed in with the other types of ergonomic mouse designs as well. It comes from a quality manufacturer and is consistently ranked as one of the best mice on the market today.
HandShoe Ergonomic Mouse – Buy – The HandShoe ergonomic mouse is a very well designed mouse that has a lot of research behind it and a good track record. This mouse has a nice look and feel and is a worthy finisher in the top 5.
Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX – Buy – Logitech is one of the premier mouse manufacturers in the world so it is no surprise to see them here with this mouse. This mouse is a very nice choice. With good hand and thumb support as well as lots of customization options it is a solid top 5 finisher.
3M Ergonomic Joystick Mouse – Buy – The 3M joystick mouse is another highly acclaimed mouse. With a unique joystick style design it is a worthy candidate to round out the top 5. If you want something a little different than the rest, then this is the only joystick style mouse on the list.
Anker Vertical Ergonomic Mouse – Buy – The Anker is a nice device and has a very good price point for an entry into the ergonomic mouse category. There are other mice on the list that may do something better, but this one is the one after the top 5 offering a lot of value.
Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse – Buy – The Goldtouch mouse is a good mouse choice. It is well designed with good hand positioning and low force for button click. It is rated mid pack, but it is a solid choice. Others are just better.
Razer Ouroboros Elite Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse – Buy – An ambidextrous option here from Razer, this is one of only two pure gaming mice on the list. Even for a non gamer it contains a lot to like with a very flexible and adjustable grip and it also comes with 11 buttons which are all customizable and programmable and like all Razer mice it has their signature precision control.
Razer DeathAdder Ergonomic Gaming Mouse – Buy – An interesting option, this is the second of the pure gaming mice options on the list. Even for a non gamer it contains a lot to like with lots of customization options and precision control.
Contour Design Roller Mouse Re:d – Buy – This is probably the most non-standard or unique mouse option on the list. It is a mouse replacement that doesn’t really fit in any specific category. It is highly ergonomic and a lot of design work went into it. It is the highest priced item on this list and that is the main reason for the lower part of the list rating. It is a nice device, but some of the other choices have more value.
Verbatim 97591 Ergo Mouse – Buy – This is an ok mouse, but there are others higher rated that are better selections.
Wow Pen Joy Vertical Mouse – Buy – The Pen Joy is an ok vertical mouse, but there are other options on the list that make better choices.
Zero Tension Vertical Mouse – Buy – Check out the Zero Tension mouse if you like the idea of the joystick mouse, but want something with a little more control and hand support.
Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse – Buy – There is nothing special to see here ergonomically. This is an ok portable or second use device that is better than a standard non-ergonomic mouse, but other options are much better.
Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse – Buy – This is a really nice mouse from a general design standpoint, but there isn’t really anything especially ergonomic about it. Like the one above it could be a nice portable or second mouse, but probably not really a specific ergonomic replacement.
And there you have it. Here is our listing of the best ergonomic mice and our reasoning why. Each mouse has a link to a full review on our site and to Amazon.
If you think there are some we missed and should add to the chart and review then please comment below and let us know. Do you agree or disagree? Give us feedback in the comments on that as well.