I review office chairs for a living, so you can trust me when I say that these options will give you the ergonomics you need, the comfort you want, and the price that fits perfectly into your budget.
FYI, prices and ratings are accurate as of the time of writing this.
1. Mimoglad – Ergonomic Desk Chair with Adjustable Lumbar Support
Top-rated: 4,707 Ratings
Highlight: Improve Your Posture】The design of the backrest fits the shape of the human spine, with the adjustable lumbar support, the office chair will give your back strong support. And the thick seat also can relieve the hip pressure to offer you comfort. Thick padded back & seat take this chair to the next level of comfort. Choose this office chair, choose comfort.
Trending review: “First off, assembly is relatively simple, the only thing I would say is the packaging of the screws and such is not the best so you’d need to open it in a way where you can still see the writing on the cardboard to tell which piece goes where. It probably took like 15 minutes to assemble, the instructions are straightforward and the video was also a big help.
The chair itself is pretty sturdy, the seat is very wide and although the cushion isn’t the best, it’s still comfortable for long term daily use. The key factor to me is the wide seat; I have wide hips so with other chairs I’d have a harder time sitting comfortably without hanging over the chair, with this one I don’t have that problem. The lumbar piece in the back is not the greatest but it does provide adequate support. It doesn’t squeak as much as I was expecting it to which is a bonus and I like that the arm handles can be lifted out of the way.
Overall I’m very satisfied with this chair. It seems durable and it’s comfortable and I don’t feel like I’m going to break it if I wheel it around a little. If you’re looking for a chair that’s heavyset compatible, this is a good option for the price.”– Ashley Jimenez
Most-discussed review: “I’m not crazy about mesh chairs, as I don’t like the material. (My cat and her claws like it, though.) But I didn’t want to spend too much $ on a new chair. By reviews, you generally can’t predict how great a product is long-term, so the purchase is a gamble.
It took about 30 min to put together and I did it by myself. The instructions are explicit and so is the packaging for the hardware. There are even some extras in case an item is missing.
The height adjustment is easy. Lumbar support sometimes feels it’s in the right position, sometimes doesn’t. This is for computer, so I have to sit at the height best for keying.
I have some issue with the chair as I keep feeling my legs are going to slide off it, or I will. Tipping. There’s no adjustment to modifying the seat for that issue! Maybe it’s the length of my legs as the end of the seat is quite a bit from the back of my knees.
I was on Amazon comparing chairs and reviews as well as prices and stumbled across this one just before I closed out of the site. The purple got my attention though it’s not a favorite color of mine. In fact, all my browsing was for the green or teal options. I guess this company doesn’t do any shade of green. But I’m getting used to the purple.
UPDATE: I’ve been using the chair daily, sometimes for extended periods of time. As in hours. The lumbar support feels as if it’s in the right position. Me and the chair are adapting to each other.– Terran
ANOTHER UPDATE: I watched some of the clips on the site and realized the reason my seat always felt I was about to tip over was because the height adjustment was on the left side instead of the right. It should be on the right side, for right hand adjustment, when you are sitting in the seat. This might be a common error as you affix it on the right when putting it together but then that becomes the left side when the chair is upright? So I took took it off and reversed and reattached and that is now okay. However, I haven’t had any luck with rocking back. I’ve seen it done in videos. But the back of my chair is stiff and unyielding. Maybe they have a different model? I have tried it with arms both in down and raised position, and tried loosening the round Tilt knob below the seat. I don’t know what that knob is for as loose or tight, it makes no difference. Otherwise, I have come to enjoy the purple color.”
Top-rated: 3,561 Ratings
Highlight: Supports up to 350 pounds and has a generous seating area
Helpful review: “It took me two hours, but I finally got this thing assembled. I’m not a mechanical idiot, but the picture instructions included leave a lot to be desired as do the infernal Allen wrenches. But I did it myself (instructions recommend two adults do the assembly). I was pleased, once it was built, that it’s easy to adjust height-wise and was thrilled to find it actually can adjust to be too high for me (I’m 5-9). Seems comfortable. I’m a little skittish about the admonition to tighten the screws every 90 days. We’ll see. I’m not usually hard on chairs and don’t intend to wheel around all over the house. One nice thing to mention … I love that they included extra screws.”– E. S. Witthoeft
Trending review: “Prelude:
I’m a college student who got their first desk chair buying a room full of furniture from the last tenant of my house for a couple hundred bucks. I loved my chair cause I could sit criss-cross applesauce and lean back so far that I could sleep periodically while pulling all nighters. It had no butt support (I had a pillow and blanket layered under me) and the entire thing was basically held together with packing tape, but we spent many a night together and I appreciated it beyond rational thought. The final straw tho was when I was napping and one of the legs snapped, almost landing my head on the corner of my bookshelf. Even then, I loved this chair so much that I taped a tide pod box to the broken leg and kept it for another 8 months, playing russian roulette every time I leaned back, rolling the dice if I would fall over or not. After finally acquiring a student job I decided it was time for my Tide Pod Box Chair to go to the big office max in the sky. I tell you the legacy of TPBC to emphasize how reluctant I was to get a new chair, and how picky I was at selecting it. I searched for days before finally ordering this one out of defeat.
It seems that every frickin chair in the world has contradicting reviews online. One review says it’s comfy, tall, and has great support, another says that this chair kicked their dog and embezzled money from their savings account. I’m here to assure you that this chair is a good chair. It came in 2 days with prime shipping, and took me under a half hour to assemble. My poor butt had no idea what support felt like until I sat in this desk chair.
I am a lanky 6’5″ basketball center with legs for days, and while I can’t sit completely criss-cross applesauce like TPBC provided due to this chair’s arms, I can twist my ridiculously long body into many comfortable positions with how wide the seat is. I don’t think it would provide a comfortable amount of wiggle room for any of my heavier set friends out there, but my needs are met. The top of my head does go a couple inches above the back of the chair when it’s straight up, but leaning back provides the perfect angle for me to tilt my head back and rest. The legs on this thing are sturdy. I am greatly enjoying leaning as far back as I please without the neverending threat of potential death looming over me, and I think after a good bit of use it will lean back as far as I’d like. The lowest setting is a little high for my semi-low desk, but my criss-crossed legs still fit under comfortably.
Appearance-wise this baby looks just like the picture. The cushions provide good back/spine alignment and while I was concerned that the cushy pad at the front of the seat would be annoying its not at all, it actually provides more support and prevents me from tipping forward. The twisty thing that sets how easily you can lean back does its job perfectly, as does the height adjustment.
If you’re not looking to spend a bajillion dollars on an executive chair with the most confusing reviews in the world and you don’t have the ability to go find a chair you can test in a store cause your tuition keeps you tap dancing the poverty line, this is a really. great. chair.”– Household
3. Amazon Basics – Padded Office Desk Chair with Armrests
Top-rated: 29,637 Ratings
Highlight: 275 pound weight capacity; 5 point base for stability; certified by BIFMA, a nonprofit organization that creates voluntary standards to support safe standards for business and institutional working environments
Helpful review: “This office chair is a great product FOR THE PRICE POINT!!! If you’re over 6 feet tall or 250 pounds or both this is NOT the chair for you. Also, if you’re used to very expensive, professional, office furniture at your workplace, this is NOT the chair for you. I didn’t want to spend over $100 for a reasonably comfortable home office chair and this product fit the bill perfectly.
Several reviewers have remarked that the assembly process was not the easiest. I used the tools pictured in the attached photo and it was fairly straight forward with a clear & easy to follow instruction manual. Overall (to include unboxing), the entire process took me about 30 minutes. If I had only used the Allen wrench provided to assemble the chair, the process would been somewhat more challenging and time consuming.
Additionally, some reviewers have commented that sitting in this chair for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time is uncomfortable. Well, I have a $1,000, ergonomic chair at work and that’s also uncomfortable after sitting in it for 2 or 3 hours. So for frequent home office work less than 45 minutes at a time, this chair is great. For serious, full time, work-from-home 8 hours a day, you’ll have to spend a lot more to be comfortable.
FOLLOW UP: After about 10 months of almost daily use my original comments above remain the same. The chair is still in great shape and working well for less than an hour at a time. Wheels aren’t the best even on a tiled surface, but if that’s what I wanted, I would have spent a lot more money. Still very happy with this purchase.”– JEFFREY L GRILLO
Trending review: “I recently turned a spare bedroom into an office and needed a nice chair to go with my new desk.
After comparing several different chairs from retail stores and several on Amazon I decided to order this one.
My decided factor was ultimately the price. I do not work from home and just use my office a few days a week, a couple hours at a time so I didn’t need a $200+ chair. I didn’t want the mesh back and I like the fact that this one has the arms and it is super padded and comfortable to be a smaller chair.
As far as size, my husband who is almost 200lb, could sit in it comfortably. Anyone 200lb+ or on the taller side, this chair is probably not the best choice. I also can’t say how comfortable it would be if you WFH and use it multiple hours a day.
Overall, I am super happy with my purchase and the quality of the chair. I also want to add that putting it together was pretty easy. Leave the arms loose until you get the back on then tighten everything up.”– Toryb
Most-discussed review: “I work from home and sit at a desk for 6-8 hours per day. I had a mesh ergo chair for about 3 years, but the seat padding started to wear so needed a replacement.
Assembly was about what you would expect from an office chair, anybody that has put an office chair together would have no problem with this one. All bolts tightened without too much trouble. Casters attached to the base firmly. No issues at all with assembly.
The seat padding has held up well and is just enough to stay comfortable yet firm on long work days. The padded arm rests are still like new. The back padding is soft and cool, no complaints. It’s not terribly ergonomic, but that really wasn’t my primary purpose for buying the chair, needed something with good padding and durability. Padding on arms, back, and seat has not faded at all.
The pneumatic lever controls height, no problem with it staying at same height all the time (previous chairs of mine would creep up in height every few days and would have to re-adjust). Tilt works as expected, allows for leaning back just enough but not enough to make you feel like you’re falling backward! Chair is on carpet and I don’t use a chair mat… Chair rolls easily on carpet.
Overall, great chair and would buy again.”– Tom B
4. SEATZONE – High Back Fabric Home Office Chair with Swivel
Top-rated: 901 Ratings
Highlight: Skin-friendly fabric seat cover, soft sponge and thick padding make you breathable and comfortable like sitting on a sofa. This will be the ideal choice for those who work on office chairs for a long time.
Helpful review: “To preface the review, I am a digital artist. I sit in my chair for several hours at a time, so comfort and support are my biggest necessities when looking for a chair. Adjustable arms are a MUST HAVE because I shift and move around frequently, so I need to be comfortable no matter if I’ve got my legs crossed or straight.
While browsing for a replacement (Racing-style chairs are often a leather or faux-leather that my cat loves to scratch) I stumbled across this one.
Don’t let me tell you about how amazingly soft and plush this chair is, see for yourself! (Guest starring my dog, lol.) The adjustable arms are sturdy and just as plush as the chair, they make a satisfying click whenever you adjust them. The back of the chair is so dang soft and comfy, I melt into it whenever I sit down to work. No more days of hunching over my tablet because I’d rather dislocate my spine than sit against a cold hard leather chair.
For reference, I am 5’3″ and roughly 160 pounds and I fit in it perfectly. When I sit all the way back my head rests on the top of the chair since there is no headrest. This is preferable for me as I don’t find headrests very comfortable in the first place, but taller-built folks might want to look for a chair for a taller back.
I won’t lie, the material isn’t baby-soft— but it isn’t sandpaper either! If you’ve ever owned particularly pill-y fleece, it’s like that, so it still feels nice against my skin.
The tilt-adjustment is something I haven’t had in any other chair, usually it’s combo’d with the height adjustment. It’s easy to use, just lift it up (to lock in place) or down (release lock.) You can even lock it at a certain tilt angle, if you’re into that.
It took roughly 30-45 minutes to put together with another person. If I were to put this together alone, I would have struggled to put the arms on, as others have mentioned having difficulty doing. We put it together wrong at first, because the sticker showing you which side is the ‘front’ was stuck on wrong, so when I sat in it for the first time it dropped me to the floor. It was an easy fix, just unscrew it and face it the other way, but I thought I’d mention it incase someone else came across the same problem.
All in all, very satisfied with my purchase! It’s super comfortable, the arms are sturdy and adjustable, provides good support to my back, and perfectly fits my needs!”– M. Phillips
Top-rated: 36 Ratings
Helpful review: “I can’t believe how awesome this chair is for 50!! High quality not cheap!! Was put together quickly and easy soft has cushion! Can spin in a circle and has a lever on the side really good chair for price!!”– jenny
Trending review: “Went to together with no issues. The thing I liked most was extra screws that came with the chair. One always falls out over time.”– Ray
Most-discussed review: “The build of the chair is what you pay for not super comfy but doesn’t leave me with back pain after sitting for a few hours so can’t complain it’s kinda not the best for durability”– Devon Mcconnell
Reassuring review: “Seems to be a great chair and was soo easy to assemble. Great price!!”– S. Carmichael
Top-rated: 820 Ratings
Highlight: The backrest of the mesh office chair is made of breathable mesh fabric.The breathable mesh of the desk chair has strong tensile strength, which can keep the back cool and comfortable and avoid sticky sweat that may accumulate on the back.The cushion made of high-density sponge are soft and breathable,The ergonomic office chair can relieve your fatigue caused by long time sitting.
Helpful review: “So glad I have this, and got it at such a great price! It fits easy under a desk that’s a bit small, so I wasn’t sure, but it worked & the strength of the memory foam feels quite durable. The space it hard to get out of so flexible arms makes it perfect! My kid said the Assembly was easy, but had to finagle things a bit, bcz 1 screws threads were off & didn’t quite attach as it should’ve. But I love the look & the comfort.”– M.G.
Trending review: “The Monhey chair is a fantastic ergonomic seating solution that has impressed me on multiple levels. Not only does it provide excellent support and comfort, but it also offers some unique features that enhance its functionality.
One standout feature is the ability to lift up the armrests. This thoughtful design allows me to easily slide the chair under a table or desk when needed, optimizing space and ensuring a clean and organized workspace. It’s a small detail that adds convenience and versatility to the chair.
The rocking motion is another great addition. I can choose to enjoy a gentle rocking motion for relaxation or lock the chair in a straight up sitting position for focused work. This flexibility caters to my personal preferences and allows me to customize my seating experience based on my current needs.
The seat cushion is well-padded, providing a plush and supportive surface for extended periods of sitting. Additionally, the mesh backrest promotes airflow, preventing the buildup of heat and sweat on my back. It’s a welcome feature, especially during long hours of work or in warmer environments.
Beyond its functionality and comfort, this office chair boasts a sleek and stylish design. It adds a touch of sophistication to any space, whether it’s a home office or a professional workplace. Despite its impressive features and functionality, it remains accessible and budget-friendly. This makes it an excellent choice for those seeking a reliable and comfortable seating option without breaking the bank.”– WinWin
Most-discussed review: “Setting up this chair took less time than I initially anticipated. It arrives in a rather slim box, including all pieces and an included small wrench to attach bits together. You have all the necessary amount of screws and bolts to put this together with an extra set of each piece, a great addition for builds like this. Everything looks brand new, and the hardest part of assembly was getting the nuts and bolts out of the sealed packaging they arrived in. Instructions were clear, easy to understand, allowing me to get this set up in less than 15 minutes or so.
You don’t really need two people to put this together, though it may help to have one person passing parts to the other to quickly get this set up. The chair runs smoothly against most floors, even floors that are not completely even. The white of the chair is pristine and the khaki color is true to the product photos. The headrest is adjustable for people of different heights though they lowest is fine for me and I am about 5 ft 4.”– *SS*N*NTV