The Takeaway:

Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $150

1. Our Pick: AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair

2. Runner-Up: Topsky Modern Executive Office Chair

3. Third Pick: Merax Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair

Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $100

1. Our Pick: Modern Luxe by Merax High Back Executive Office Chair

2. Runner-Up: BestOffice High Back Executive Office Chair

3. Third Pick: Merax High Backed (Updated) Executive Office Chair

Are you on a tight budget? Have you been frustrated by your search for a decent quality, low-cost ergonomic office chair?

We totally understand, and if you answered yes to either of those questions, you will love this roundup review. The simple truth is that the value segment of the market is crowded with dozens of companies offering scores of options. 

There are so many to choose from that it can lead to severe analysis paralysis. That’s why we’ve scoured the internet on the hunt for the best of the best in low-cost ergonomic office chairs. We aim to simplify your search and help you zero in on the perfect chair for you, offered at a price you can afford.

  • Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under 150 dollars
  • Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under 100 dollars

In the sections below, we’ll provide complete details on the best options in both price brackets. But before we do that, let’s start with a quick discussion of our selection criteria. 

Selection Criteria

Basic functionality rules the day in this market segment, so we set the bar relatively low. Obviously, given this roundup’s title, basic ergonomic functions are front and center, but a great ergonomic chair has to do more than that. It must also be decent-looking, reasonably comfortable, and not prone to falling apart after a few months of sitting in it. Anything else is a bonus.

To that end, we kept our selection criterion pretty simple. We looked for home office chairs that tend to blend in well with most décor schemes, offered a reasonable level of comfort (or better!), and had the basics of ergonomic design covered.

Chairs that exceeded this bar by offering warranties that ran longer than the usual 30, 60, or 90 days or incorporated more advanced features such as generous tilt/recline ranges, adjustable ergonomic features, and better materials or production quality than the norm quickly rose to the top of our rankings.

Assembly Required

Rather than mentioning this each time we talk about the chairs in this review, we’ll say up front that all of the chairs in this review will arrive at your doorstep in a big box, unassembled.

Although the time to build each chair will vary slightly if you do it solo, expect to take thirty to forty minutes to assemble it.

If you have an assistant helping you, you can shave ten to fifteen minutes off the build time, and the process will be significantly less frustrating because some pieces are ungainly and difficult to wrestle into position with just two hands.

About Brand Reliability

At the low end of the price spectrum, it’s often the case that the companies selling their furniture are here today and gone tomorrow, so even if you have a phone number for support, there’s no guarantee anyone will be there to pick up the phone when you call. Young brands with no proven track record rank low, while brands with a national or global footprint that have been around for a while tend to rank more highly.

Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under 150 Dollars 2024

Our Pick
 
 
Primary Rating:
4.5
Primary Rating:
3.9
Primary Rating:
3.8
$124.99
N/A
N/A
Overall Dimensions:
23.13” x 25.59” x 41.34” to 45.08”
Overall Dimensions:
26.4” x 26” x 47.7” to 54.7”
Overall Dimensions:
25.2” x 22” x 48.4” to 44.9”
Chair Weight:
35.7 pounds
Chair Weight:
44 pounds
Chair Weight:
27.5 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
250 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
330 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
330 pounds
Recline Range:
NA, but it does rock back and forth slightly
Recline Range:
90 to 145 degrees
Recline Range:
NA, but it does rock back and forth slightly.
Seat Width:
21.5”
Seat Width:
21.7”
Seat Width:
19.1”
Seat Height:
19” To 21”
Seat Height:
19” to 22.5”
Seat Height:
15.4” to 18.9”
Seat Depth:
19.5”
Seat Depth:
19.5”
Seat Depth:
20”
Pros:
  • Offered in two colors (brown/black), respected brand with good support, well priced, and surprisingly full-featured.
Pros:
  • Surprisingly feature-rich, interesting, and perhaps even a bold design. The aluminum base increases longevity.
Pros:
  • Incredibly well-implemented ergonomic features. Well-priced. Mesh is more breathable, making the chair better suited to long-duration sitting.
Cons:
  • None of the ergonomic features are adjustable.
Cons:
  • Ergonomic features aren’t adjustable (minus the headrest).
Cons:
  • Mesh isn’t as attractive. No padding, so not as plush or comfortable as other chairs on our list.
Our Verdict:
A great buy, if you’re looking for a basic, low-priced, reasonably comfortable office chair.
Our Verdict:
A great buy. We were stunned to see such an innovative design offered by an unknown company. Well worth taking a chance on.
Our Verdict:
Highly recommended for shorter users who prefer mesh to leather and are looking for well-implemented ergonomic features.
Our Pick
Primary Rating:
4.5
$124.99
Overall Dimensions:
23.13” x 25.59” x 41.34” to 45.08”
Chair Weight:
35.7 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
250 pounds
Recline Range:
NA, but it does rock back and forth slightly
Seat Width:
21.5”
Seat Height:
19” To 21”
Seat Depth:
19.5”
Pros:
  • Offered in two colors (brown/black), respected brand with good support, well priced, and surprisingly full-featured.
Cons:
  • None of the ergonomic features are adjustable.
Our Verdict:
A great buy, if you’re looking for a basic, low-priced, reasonably comfortable office chair.
Primary Rating:
3.9
N/A
Overall Dimensions:
26.4” x 26” x 47.7” to 54.7”
Chair Weight:
44 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
330 pounds
Recline Range:
90 to 145 degrees
Seat Width:
21.7”
Seat Height:
19” to 22.5”
Seat Depth:
19.5”
Pros:
  • Surprisingly feature-rich, interesting, and perhaps even a bold design. The aluminum base increases longevity.
Cons:
  • Ergonomic features aren’t adjustable (minus the headrest).
Our Verdict:
A great buy. We were stunned to see such an innovative design offered by an unknown company. Well worth taking a chance on.
Primary Rating:
3.8
N/A
Overall Dimensions:
25.2” x 22” x 48.4” to 44.9”
Chair Weight:
27.5 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
330 pounds
Recline Range:
NA, but it does rock back and forth slightly.
Seat Width:
19.1”
Seat Height:
15.4” to 18.9”
Seat Depth:
20”
Pros:
  • Incredibly well-implemented ergonomic features. Well-priced. Mesh is more breathable, making the chair better suited to long-duration sitting.
Cons:
  • Mesh isn’t as attractive. No padding, so not as plush or comfortable as other chairs on our list.
Our Verdict:
Highly recommended for shorter users who prefer mesh to leather and are looking for well-implemented ergonomic features.
07/21/2024 09:51 pm GMT

*While aesthetics are a matter of taste, aesthetic flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.
**Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Our Pick: AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair

Our Pick
AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair
4.5

Recommended For: Anyone looking for an elegant office chair offered at a great price.

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Our top pick is simple and stylish, offered by Amazon under their AmazonBasics brand for an almost shockingly low price. It’s hard to beat the functionality and simplicity paired with a trusted brand, like Amazon, so it was virtually inevitable that this chair would wind up being our top pick at this price range.

Ergonomically, it’s got the basics covered, offering adequate head/neck/shoulder support, good lumbar support, ergonomic armrests, and a waterfall-style seat that helps take pressure off of your legs while sitting in the chair.

Unfortunately, none of the chair’s ergonomic features are in any way adjustable, but that’s to be expected, given the extremely low price of the chair.

An Image of Amazon Basic High-Back Executive Chair: Left Side View
An Image of Amazon Basic High-Back Executive Chair: Front View
An Image of Amazon Basic High-Back Executive Chair: Right Side View

There are two potential drawbacks to be aware of, however.

First, the chair can only support a maximum weight of 225 pounds, which is a bit on the low side compared to some of the other chairs on our list of finalists. 

Second, the upholstery is bonded leather, and the base is nylon. Both are fine for light to moderate daily use, but neither will stand up well to heavy daily use. The upholstery will show its age quickly, and the nylon base is prone to cracking and ultimately breaking under strain.

On the other hand, it’s one of the few chairs offered in more than one color – you can order yours in either brown or black to make it blend more easily into your home’s décor scheme.

As long as you’re mindful of the chair’s limitations, this is an excellent choice.

Runner-Up: Topsky Modern Executive Office Chair

Runner-Up:
Topsky Modern Executive Office Chair
3.9

Recommended For: Anyone on a budget. This is an awesome chair.

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We were pleasantly surprised with the Topsky Executive Office Chair. You seldom expect to see tiny, unknown brands take design chances, but that’s exactly what Topsky did, and in our view, it paid handsome dividends indeed.

While the design of their chair falls short of being bold, it’s very nearly that and is unquestionably innovative. Inspired by computer gaming chairs, you can clearly see their influence in the design of the seat, which isn’t, but closely resembles, a racing-style seat.

Although the padding is simple block foam, there’s a generous amount of it, which makes the chair a delight to both look at and sit in. Even better, it’s a highly adjustable model.

A Front View Image of Topsky Executive Office Chair

The headrest height can be tweaked to taste (or removed entirely, if you prefer it), it reclines to an impressive 145 degrees and is lockable in a number of different positions, and features a waterfall-style seat and well-implemented lumbar support.

Sadly, despite its impressive recline range, this model doesn’t come with an ottoman, but it’s easy enough to engineer one once you get the chair put together.

The arms are stationary, which is a bit of a disappointment, but they’re padded and ergonomically designed, which only further enhances the model’s comfort. 

Best of all, it’s got an aluminum base, so it’s designed to stand up well to heavy daily use.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the bonded leather upholstery, which is almost certain to start showing its age long before the rest of the chair does.

If Topsky had the brand history and support track record of Amazon, this chair would have beaten Amazon’s category-winning entry by a wide margin, and that’s saying something.

We have high hopes for Topsky and expect that we’ll be seeing great things from them in the future. In the meantime, we’re proud to award them with a solid second place position in our roundup review.

Budget Pick: Merax Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair

Merax Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair
3.8

Recommended For: Anyone who doesn’t mind giving up a bit when it comes to luxuriant comfort and aesthetics.

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Merax is a surprising company. They’ve been around for decades and are best known for making CD and DVD jewel cases. You wouldn’t think such a company would have any experience at all in making furniture, nor have any luck selling it, but they’ve got a fantastic design team, and consistently churn out products that are much better than you might expect. They even offer an impressive (2-year!) warranty on the products they sell.

This model is the only mesh chair to make our shortlist in this category. If you don’t like mesh chairs, you’ll probably give this one a pass without reading much of this review, but if you’re willing to take a chance on a mesh chair, you’ll find a lot to like here.

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Mesh isn’t as attractive as leather, so this chair isn’t much in the looks department. On the other hand, leather makes you sweat when you sit in it for several hours at a go, while mesh is breathable.

An Image of Merax Ergonomic Chair: Breathable Mesh
An Image of Merax Ergonomic Chair: Headrest Adjustments
An Image of Merax Ergonomic Chair: Height Adjustments

Combine that with the chair’s rugged construction, and you get something that can easily stand up to the rigors of heavy daily use, which is a claim that none of the other chairs on this list can make. Even the ones built with more durable base materials are upholstered with bonded leather, which won’t age well. You don’t have to worry about that here.

It gets better because you can tweak three different aspects of the chair to make it a perfect fit for you. The headrest is articulated, the padded armrests are height adjustable, and of course, the seat height itself can be adjusted to taste.

In terms of ergonomic features, the headrest and lumbar support are incredibly well implemented, with the armrests being good, but falling short of greatness. Finally, although the chair doesn’t recline, it does provide some rocking motion, within the range of 90 to 105 degrees.

We’re continuously impressed by Merax and highly recommend this model.

Notable Ergonomic Chairs Under $150

We realize that everyone’s tastes and preferences are different, so if you disagree with our top pick, and none of the finalists are exactly what you’re looking for, we’ll share with you some of the other models we considered. You’ll find them just below.

Vanbow High Back Memory Foam Leather Office Chair

VANBOW High Back Leather Office Chair
3.6

Recommended For: Anyone on a budget who’s looking for a great ergonomic Executive Office Chair but doesn’t need all the bells and whistles.

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While its ergonomic features aren’t as strongly implemented as you’ll find in many of the other models we’ve reviewed, Vanbow makes up for it in two ways: Comfort and an impressive one-year warranty.

It’s true that many people who shop for value-priced furniture aren’t as concerned about the warranty as they are with basic functionality and comfort, but quality still matters, and Vanbow has one of the best warranties in this segment of the market, second only to Merax’s two-year warranty.

In addition to that, Vanbow chairs are the only ones on our list to offer memory foam padding, which is significantly more comfortable than the conventional block foam used in most chairs. If comfort is high on your list of priorities, this model definitely deserves a second look.

Unfortunately, comfort isn’t just about padding. It’s also about how well-implemented a chair’s ergonomic features are, and unfortunately, Vanbow doesn’t do as well on that front.

Where ergonomic features are concerned, you’ll find adequate head and shoulder support, a waterfall-style seat, lumbar support, and ergonomically designed armrests, with the strongest ergonomic feature being the seat design. 

In addition to its shape, the seat also contains support springs as you’d find in a mattress, which takes its comfort up yet another notch and makes this a great chair for long-duration sitting.

Also, note that the height adjustable seat can be set anywhere between 20” and 22”, and it supports a maximum user weight of 250 pounds. This is a mixed bag; the seat height adjustment range makes it ideal for taller users, but the maximum supported weight is a bit on the low side. Bear both in mind if you’re thinking about buying this chair.

Finally, the fact that it has a nylon base and is upholstered with bonded leather works against the notion of using this chair for long periods of time on a daily basis because neither of those materials will stand up to heavy daily use. If ever there was a chair that cried out for grain leather upholstery and a steel or aluminum base to pair with that memory foam, this is it!

Even so, if you’re mindful of its limitations, and if you place a premium on comfort, this is an excellent option to consider.

Songmics UOBG71B Office Chair 

SONGMICS Office Chair High Back Executive Swivel Chair
3.6

Recommended for: A great ergonomic option for anyone on a budget. Note that if you’re more worried about your head and neck, then you want the 76B, rather than this one.

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This is the strongest ergonomic design Songmics makes and deserves a spot on our list. It’s a close cousin of another model that didn’t quite make our shortlist, but that we’ll mention later on in this article.

The interesting thing though, in our view, this chair would have been even stronger if it had swapped a few features with its cousin. If the designers do even a bit of rearranging, this chair could easily move up 1-2 places on our chart.

As it stands, it’s surprisingly robust for a value-priced piece of furniture, boasting a chrome-plated steel base, generous padding, and well-implemented ergonomic features including excellent lumbar and neck/head/shoulder support.

An Image of Songmics UOBG71B: Back Tilt Design
An Image of Songmics UOBG71B: Specification
An Image of Songmics UOBG71B: Headrest Support

It’s also on the big side as office chairs go, making it a good choice for bigger, taller folks.

Best of all though, is the fact that this model can pull double duty as a recliner! Granted, it’s not a great recliner and not something you’d want to spend a whole night in, but it’s fine for stretching out to read and relax, or even take a short nap in.

Unfortunately, Songmics is one of those brands that may or may not be here in the long run. We hope so, because their furniture is a cut above average, and if they keep working on their designs, have the potential to be exceptional. As it stands now, this is a great option to consider, especially if you’re big and tall, and are interested in owning a solid ergonomic chair that also pulls double duty as a recliner.

Songmics UOBG76B High-Backed Ergonomic Office Chair

Songmics UOBG76B High Back Chair
3.6

Recommended For: Users who need head/neck/shoulder support, including adjustable lumbar support pillow and adjustable headrest.

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This model has a score that’s identical to the Songmics UOBG71B. The reason that it won an honorable mention on our chart has nothing to do with the strength of the 76B’s ergonomic features.

On this chair, the ergonomic features aren’t quite as strongly implemented, but still good enough to warrant a brief mention here. This one is notable for its extra support pillow on the headrest of the chair, which does give it one exceptionally strong ergonomic feature. 

An Image View of Songmics UOBG76B: Back Tilt Design
An Image View of Songmics UOBG76B: Specification
An Image View of Songmics UOBG76B: Headrest Position

If your main goal is head/neck/shoulder support, and you don’t want, or won’t miss the recline function of the 71B, then this is the model you want. If you want better overall ergonomic support, give this one a pass and get the 71B (assuming you’re down to choosing from between these two models, of course).

Note that this chair utilizes a nylon base, versus the chrome-plated steel of the 71B, making it somewhat less durable. It’s fine for light to moderate duty, but if you’re looking for a chair that can stand up to heavy daily use, again, the 71B is the better option for you.

Kadirya Mixed Upholstery Executive Office Chair (KD1020S)

Kadirya High Back Mixed Upholstery Chair
3.6

A great-looking chair that offers the perfect blend between cloth and leather upholstery. Recommended for anyone.

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The first thing we need to talk about is the reason that the lower-rated Songmics chair beat out this Kadirya model to take the honorable mention spot in our list of finalists.

If we were making a straight-up comparison of office chairs in general, this model would have been in the honorable mention slot, and the Songmics chair would be here. In this particular case, though, our purpose is to zero in on the best ergonomic features, and when you focus on that aspect of the design, the Songmics (narrowly) beats this one out.

Having said that, there’s a lot to like about the Kadirya 1020S, and if the chairs on our shortlist leave you wanting, this one is well worth considering. Here are the most important things to know about the chair:

  • Can support up to 250 pounds of user weight
  • Features an ergonomic waterfall-style seat
  • The seat height is adjustable between the range of 18.7” and 22.2”
  • The ergonomic headrest is well-designed but falls short of being exceptional
  • The seat is double-padded, which makes it quite comfortable
  • Although the armrests are ergonomically designed and padded, they’re not adjustable
  • Lumbar support is adequate but not exceptional
  • Comes with an impressive one-year warranty
  • The base is nylon
  • The seat is upholstered with a mix of bonded leather and breathable mesh fabric.
Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $100 Kadirya Mixed Upholstery Recling Tilt - Chair Institute
An Image of Kadirya KD1020S: Functions
An Image of Kadirya KD1020S: Height Adjustments

So, putting all those elements together, where does that leave us?

First and foremost, take a look at the seat height adjustment range. This chair is a poor fit for shorter users but would be an excellent choice for taller, long-legged users.

It’s also ideally suited to moderate use and verges on being capable of being able to stand up to heavy daily use. If the base was aluminum or steel, or if the ergonomic features were even slightly better implemented, it would have easily earned a spot on the shortlist.

The most intriguing aspect of the chair is the upholstery. One of the biggest weaknesses of bonded leather is that, while pretty, it’s just not very durable. This model gets around that problem, at least in part, by utilizing mesh fabric where your back rests against the seatback, and where your rear end touches the seat itself.

That’s a savvy move that will prolong the life of the bonded leather. Unfortunately, the armrests are still bonded leather, and this is the area where you’ll see damage to the leather first. All things considered, it’s a great model; it’s just not the best ergonomic model on the list.

LCH High-Back Executive Office Chair

LCH High Back Leather Office Chair
3.5

Recommended For: Anyone on a budget and under 250 pounds who’s looking for a low-cost executive chair with lumbar support. 

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Seat height can be adjusted between 17.7” and 21.7,” and it supports users up to 250 pounds. Also comes with a 1-year warranty.

This is another interesting model that is well worth considering if the ones on our shortlist left you wanting for one reason or another. Like the Kadirya chair, we just talked about, the main reason it didn’t make the shortlist is that its ergonomic features are good but fall short of greatness.

An Image of LCH High-Back: S Shaped Curve

That said, quantity can be its own quality, and this model has more ergonomic features than any other chair on the list. Those features include:

  • An ergonomic headrest
  • Ergonomic armrests
  • A waterfall-style seat that takes the pressure off of the backs of your legs
  • Built-in lumbar support
  • And an S-shaped seatback that conforms to the natural curvature of your spine
An Image of LCH High-Back: Waterfall Seat Design

Again though, the implementation is good, but not outstanding.

In addition to those things, you’ll find:

  • A one-year warranty
  • A seat height adjustment range between 17.7” and 21.7”
  • A maximum supported weight limit of 250 pounds
  • And although the chair does not recline, it does rock between the range of 90 to 110 degrees.

Given the seat height adjustment range, this model is a better fit for a wider swath of the market, capable of accommodating people ranging in height from (approximately) 5’4” to 6’2”, depending on the length of the user’s legs.

Although it’s got an impressive warranty, the nylon base combined with the bonded leather upholstery makes it relatively poorly suited for heavy daily use. It’s an excellent occasional use chair, however, and is well worth considering.

Viva Office Ergonomic Office Chair

Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $100 Viva Office Ergonomic Office Chair - Chair Institute

This chair is basically a clone of our top pick, the AmazonBasics chair. Right off the bat then, you might be asking why on earth we’d include a no-name variant of our winner. Well, there are a couple of key differences that make it worth mentioning.

First, there’s padding. The Viva is actually slightly more comfortable than our winner in this category, simply because there’s more padding to be found. The tradeoff, of course, is that nobody’s ever heard of Viva and everybody’s heard of Amazon. Plus, the Viva only comes in one color, and you can order your AmazonBasics chair in two.

Second, check out the small but important differences in the seat dimension and seat height adjustment:

FEATURESAmazon BasicsViva
Seat Width21.5”19.3”
Seat Height19” To 21”18.1” to 21.9”
Seat Depth19.5”18.5”
A Left Side View Image of Viva Office: Back and Headrest

These are relatively small differences, but when it comes to comfort, details matter, and the simple truth is that if you’re shorter, or have shorter legs, the AmazonBasics chair might not be a great fit for you. If you buy it anyway, you’re going to be underwhelmed.

If you’re thinking about buying our top pick, we’d urge you to take careful measurements of yourself and compare them to the chart above. It may be the case that the Viva office chair will be a slightly better fit for you.

Chairs are a bit like clothing in that way. You’ve got to wear them every day (well, most people do, anyway!), and if they don’t fit right, you’re going to be uncomfortable.

It’s important to make sure your office chair fits you like a glove, and that’s the main reason we included the little Viva in our list!

Yamasoro High-Back Ergonomic Executive Office Chair

Yamasoro High Back Executive Office Chair
3.3

Recommended For: Heavier users on a budget. Lighter users will enjoy the extra padding but may find it difficult to sit comfortably in the chair.

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Sporting mostly black bonded leather with white accents, making it look a bit like a zebra on wheels, its aesthetic might not be for everyone, but it’s got the basics well covered.

It’s generously padded and offers an ergonomic headrest, armrests, and a waterfall-style seat, all aimed at maximizing comfort. In addition to that, the arms flip up, making it easy to store under your desk when you’re not using the chair and making it a natural pick for some musicians looking for a chair to play or practice in.

An Image View of Yamasoro High-Back: Rocking Function
An Image View of Yamasoro High-Back: Flip-Up Armrest
An Image Illustration View of Yamasoro High-Back: Product Details

It also features a tilt and lock function, although the angle of recline is a modest 110 degrees, but perhaps its most compelling feature is the fact that it supports up to 300 pounds of user weight and has a big, comfy seat and a good seat height adjustment range (20.8” to 24.8”), making it an excellent choice for bigger, taller users.

Note that the base is nylon, and the upholstery is bonded leather, neither of which will stand up well to heavy daily use, but at the price, it’s being offered at, it’s easy enough to replace it down the road if it starts showing its age.

Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under 100 Dollars 2024

Our Pick
 
 
Primary Rating:
3.9
Primary Rating:
3.9
Primary Rating:
3.9
N/A
$78.99
N/A
Overall Dimensions:
23.6” x 18.5” x 42.1” to 46.1”
Overall Dimensions:
26” x 24” x 43” to 47”
Overall Dimensions:
21.2” x 21.1” x 44” to 46.5”
Chair Weight:
30.9 pounds
Chair Weight:
41.2 pounds
Chair Weight:
37.8 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
225 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
250 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
225 pounds
Recline Range:
NA
Recline Range:
90 to 120 degrees
Recline Range:
90 to 120 degrees
Seat Width:
19.7”
Seat Width:
20”
Seat Width:
21.2”
Seat Height:
17.7” to 21.7"
Seat Height:
19” to 23”
Seat Height:
13.9” to 16.5”
Seat Depth:
18.5”
Seat Depth:
20”
Seat Depth:
21.2”
Pros:
  • S-Shaped chair back provides some lumbar support. Comfortable headrest. Two-year warranty!
Pros:
  • Better than average lumbar support, ergonomic headrest and armrests. Offered in a variety of colors.
Pros:
  • Two-year warranty! A full range of ergonomic supports. Optimized for shorter, heavier people.
Cons:
  • Not as generously padded as other models. Only two ergonomic features.
Cons:
  • No adjustable ergonomic features. Limited warranty.
Cons:
  • No adjustable ergonomic features. Relatively poorly suited to taller users.
Our Verdict:
If money’s tight, this is the chair you want, hands down.
Our Verdict:
It’s in the same class as our top pick. We recommend it but note that you give up a good warranty for added comfort.
Our Verdict:
As long as you keep the chair’s dimensions in mind and compare to your own, this is a superb model with a fantastic warranty for a product in its price range.
Our Pick
Primary Rating:
3.9
N/A
Overall Dimensions:
23.6” x 18.5” x 42.1” to 46.1”
Chair Weight:
30.9 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
225 pounds
Recline Range:
NA
Seat Width:
19.7”
Seat Height:
17.7” to 21.7"
Seat Depth:
18.5”
Pros:
  • S-Shaped chair back provides some lumbar support. Comfortable headrest. Two-year warranty!
Cons:
  • Not as generously padded as other models. Only two ergonomic features.
Our Verdict:
If money’s tight, this is the chair you want, hands down.
Primary Rating:
3.9
$78.99
Overall Dimensions:
26” x 24” x 43” to 47”
Chair Weight:
41.2 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
250 pounds
Recline Range:
90 to 120 degrees
Seat Width:
20”
Seat Height:
19” to 23”
Seat Depth:
20”
Pros:
  • Better than average lumbar support, ergonomic headrest and armrests. Offered in a variety of colors.
Cons:
  • No adjustable ergonomic features. Limited warranty.
Our Verdict:
It’s in the same class as our top pick. We recommend it but note that you give up a good warranty for added comfort.
Primary Rating:
3.9
N/A
Overall Dimensions:
21.2” x 21.1” x 44” to 46.5”
Chair Weight:
37.8 pounds
Max. Supported Weight:
225 pounds
Recline Range:
90 to 120 degrees
Seat Width:
21.2”
Seat Height:
13.9” to 16.5”
Seat Depth:
21.2”
Pros:
  • Two-year warranty! A full range of ergonomic supports. Optimized for shorter, heavier people.
Cons:
  • No adjustable ergonomic features. Relatively poorly suited to taller users.
Our Verdict:
As long as you keep the chair’s dimensions in mind and compare to your own, this is a superb model with a fantastic warranty for a product in its price range.
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*While aesthetics are a matter of taste, aesthetic flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.
**Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Our Pick: Modern Luxe by Merax High Back Executive Office Chair

Our Pick
Modern Luxe High Back Executive Chair
3.9

Recommended For: Taller users with a slim or medium build who are on a budget and looking for a cream-colored/off-white chair.

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As we said before, Merax is a consistently surprising company. You wouldn’t think it, because they don’t have a long history in the furniture market, but they make surprisingly good chairs.

The Luxe is an example of that very thing. Make no mistake, as office chairs go, this one is about as basic as it gets. It’s conventionally styled, features a moderate amount of standard block foam padding and is upholstered in bonded leather.

Leather in any form is excellent, although as you might expect, given the shockingly low price of the chair, bonded leather is at the low end of the spectrum. It’s made from leather scraps that have been fused together, which makes it less durable and supple than grain leather. 

Coated with polyurethane, it’s water-resistant, but it’s almost guaranteed to start showing its age much more quickly than you’d like. On the other hand, given the price, it’s a simple matter to buy another one.

It doesn’t recline, it doesn’t rock, and it’s only got two ergonomic features, but they’re exceptional ones; an S-shaped seatback that follows that natural curve of your spine and padded, ergonomically designed (non-adjustable) armrests.

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Perhaps the best feature of the chair though is its warranty. Most bargain-priced furniture comes with a 30, 60, or at best, a 90-day warranty. You almost never find anything more than that, which is what makes Merax’s 2-year warranty jaw-dropping. It’s just not something you see in bargain-priced furniture, but then, as we said, Merax is a surprising company.

All that to say, this model from Merax is surprisingly robust and more capable than most other bargain-priced furniture at standing up to the rigors of heavy daily usage. Depending on who you are, that could be a very good thing.

We’ll be quick to note that this isn’t a perfect chair. The padding is adequate for short to medium-duration sitting, but if you plan to be in the chair for more than 4-5 hours a day, you’re going to find yourself wishing you’d gotten something with a more luxuriantly padded seat. 

Given the price, though, this is one of the best values in the world of value-priced furniture today. As long as you’re mindful of its limitations, this is an amazing chair and is highly recommended. We absolutely stand by it as our pick for the best ergonomic office chair under 100 dollars.

Runner-Up: BestOffice High Back Executive Office Chair

Runner-Up
BestOffice Ergonomic Office Chair
3.9

Recommended For: Anyone looking for a high-back, well-padded office chair for under $90.

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This chair’s final score is identical to our top pick, but we gave top honors to the chair offered by Merax because they’ve been in the business longer and have a better record of post-sales customer service and support. That said, there’s a lot to like about this office chair.

First, it’s offered at a price that will make you smile. Second, it’s got thicker padding than our top pick, so you won’t mind sitting in it for longer periods of time. 

Unfortunately, that’s balanced by the fact that the Best Office chair is of lower production quality, which makes it less capable of standing up to heavy daily usage. Still, for light to moderate daily use, this will provide a more comfortable seating experience.

This model also has the same ergonomic features as our top pick, but the designers here choose to focus on different things. 

You’ll find decent lumbar support and a waterfall-style seat, which takes the pressure off of the backs of your legs while sitting in the chair. Neither is adjustable, but that’s not at all unexpected in a chair offered at this price point.

Although the pillowed upholstery isn’t our favorite, it blends in reasonably well with most home décor schemes, and this is strengthened by the fact that you can order the chair in three different colors: Black, white, or brown. 

Finally, note the seat height adjustment range. It’s higher than our top pick, making this model a better overall fit for taller users. Given all of this, we feel our second-place ranking is well deserved and recommend the model as one of the best ergonomic office chairs under $100.

Value Pick: Merax High Backed (Updated) Executive Office Chair

Value Pick
Merax High Backed Executive Chair
3.9

Recommended For: Short to average-sized users looking for a rugged, durable office chair that offers all the basic ergonomic supports.

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Merax dominates our list of the best low-priced office chairs, scoring two spots on our list of finalists. This model is more expensive than the Luxe, but also better appointed. It is, in fact, comparable in most respects to the Best Office chair we just mentioned, although the padding isn’t quite as generous, and it’s only offered in one color, making it somewhat less aesthetically flexible.

Even so, you’ll find this to be a superb chair.

Like the Luxe, it comes with a two-year warranty and is rugged and durable enough to stand up reasonably well to the rigors of heavy daily use, although the bonded leather will start to show its age rather quickly.

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In terms of features, it offers:

  • A modest tilt function
  • A waterfall-style seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Ergonomic armrests
  • An ergonomically designed headrest

Like the Best Office model, none of these features are adjustable, although, given its modest price tag, that’s not much of a surprise.

Although it’s a surprisingly high-quality piece of office furniture, potential buyers should be mindful of the chair’s low seat-height range. If you’re taller or have long legs, this will be a deal-breaker. Fortunately, we’ve got other chairs on our list of finalists that would be a much better fit if that’s the case!

Other Notable Contenders Under $100

As we mentioned in the first portion of this review where we listed the best ergonomic chairs under $150, we realize that everyone’s tastes and preferences are different, and you may disagree with our top pick.

If you do, and none of the other finalists are exactly what you’re looking for, we’ll include the rest of our picks for this category, so you can take a closer look at some of the other models we considered. You’ll find them just below.

Yamasoro Leather Office & Gaming Chair

Yamasoro Leather Office & Gaming Chair
3.6

Recommended For: Anyone looking for a surprisingly good, versatile chair.

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This chair has a number of features in common with our third-place winner, the Merax High-Backed Executive Office Chair, including the fact that it offers a full range of basic, non-adjustable ergonomic featuresThere are some key difference to note, however, including:

  • It can support a maximum of 280 pounds, the highest value of any chair on our list.
  • It has a better recline range – 135 degrees versus 120 degrees
  • And differences in the seat height adjustment range make it better suited for taller individuals
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This model sports more padding than any other chair on our list and can be ordered in either brown or black.

Unfortunately, Yamasoro is one of those brands that may be around in the long run and may be gone tomorrow, so getting post-sales support might be a bit of an adventure. Still, given the relatively modest price, this probably isn’t a deal-breaker for most people. It’s a solid value for the money.

Zenith High Back Mesh Office Chair

Zenith High Back Mesh Office Chair
3.4

Recommended For: Anyone who's on a tight budget. For under $100, the chair offers ergonomic features, breathable mesh, and padded armrests.

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The Zenith is an interesting chair for a couple of different reasons. First, it’s the only mesh-backed chair to appear on our list, with bonded leather dominating the chart. 

Second, it’s styled like a gaming chair, with a seat that clearly draws inspiration from racing-style seats. 

Note that it isn’t a true racing-style seat, so you won’t feel like it’s wrapping itself around you when you sit in the chair, but it’s clear that the design team took their inspiration from the design of popular gaming chairs.

That’s not a bad thing, it’s quite a handsome design, although the mesh backing does take a bit away from its overall aesthetic.

Like all the other chairs that have made our list of finalists, this one is high-backed with an ergonomic headrest, padded ergonomic armrests, and a dedicated lumbar support pillow to help soothe your aching back when sitting in the chair for extended periods.

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A Rocking Position Image View of Zenith High Back Mesh Office Chair

People tend to feel strongly about mesh. They either really like it, or they despise it. If you’re a fan, this chair will probably be higher on your personal list than it was on ours. Mesh does have the advantage of being more breathable, and thus, makes the chair better suited for long-duration use, but it’s not as attractive as leather or even cloth upholstery.

The seat is adequately padded and is certainly suitable for short to medium-duration use, though if you plan to be in it for several hours a day, every day, you’ll probably find yourself hunting for a pillow to sit on and thus bolster the chair’s cushion.

None of Zenith’s ergonomic features are adjustable, and it doesn’t recline, but it does rock, and the arms flip up, which makes it ideal for many musicians and makes for convenient storage under your desk when the chair’s not in use. It’s not for everyone, but it is a surprisingly capable chair, given its modest price.

Vanbow Extra High Ergonomic Computer Chair

Vanbow Extra High Ergonomic Computer Chair
3.4

Recommended For: Anyone on a budget. A superb, low-cost office chair with full ergonomic supports.

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This is an odd-looking chair.

The seat bears faint traces of racing-style design, and the chair is upholstered in a strange mix of cloth, bonded leather, and mesh upholstery. Although the patchwork upholstery approach didn’t do it any favors in the looks department, it does provide a surprising level of comfort, and if you can get past its unusual appearance, you’ll find it to be surprisingly capable.

Granted, the padding isn’t as plush as some of the other models on our top ten list, so this isn’t a chair you’ll want to spend the whole day in, but it’s fine for light to moderate daily use.

In addition to offering a full range of (non-adjustable) ergonomic features, this model also reclines to a maximum of 120 degrees and the armrests are height adjustable, which makes it one of the most adjustable chairs in its class. That’s a low bar, to be sure, but it’s not nothing. An excellent value for the money.

Vanbow High Back Mesh Office Chair

Vanbow High Back Ergonomic Mesh Chair
3.3

Recommended For: Anyone on a budget, whose primary interest is ergonomic supports.

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Like the Vanbow Extra High Back we just talked about, this model isn’t the prettiest one you’ll see, but it’s got a very well-implemented set of ergonomic features.

If strong ergonomic support is the main reason you’re in the market for a chair, and you’re one of those rare people who don’t care about aesthetics, or even maximizing comfort over posture support, then this one deserves a second look, despite not placing among the finalists in our sub-$100 rankings.

Its lumbar support is dynamic and quite cunningly designed. We’d rate it as being better than many chairs that cost three or four times as much money!

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The padded headrest is height-adjustable, as are the armrests, and although the chair does not recline, it does have a modest range of rocking motion.

The seatback is breathable mesh, and the seat cushion itself is mesh fabric stretched over standard block foam. The padding is adequate for short to medium-duration daily use, but if you plan on spending most of every day in it, you’ll either want a model with more padding or you’ll buy a pillow to provide your own additional padding.

Furmax High Back Executive Computer Chair

Furmax High Back Ergonomic Desk Chair
3.3

Recommended For: Anyone looking for a modern desk chair under $100.

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Stylistically, this is a close cousin of the Zenith, which got an honorable mention in our sub-$100 list. It’s a cheaper variant and not as capable. The fact that the manufacturer only offers a 30-day warranty should give you some indication about what you’re in for here.

This chair does have a couple of interesting things going for it, however: First, it’s capable of supporting up to 280 pounds of user weight, which automatically makes it interesting to bigger, taller users.

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While the production values are low, if you weigh well under the maximum supported limit, you can expect this chair to hold up fairly well. 

The upholstery is a mix of bonded leather and breathable mesh where your back touches the chair, which means that the leather won’t be subjected to as much wear and tear, so it, too, should hold up well under regular daily use. And it’s offered in multiple colors, too! (black, blue, gray, and red).

While it’s not a perfect chair, it does offer basic ergonomic supports (non-adjustable), and although it doesn’t recline, it can rock slightly. If our top picks have left you wanting, this one might be closer to what you’re looking for.

Devoko Modern Office Desk Chair

Devoko Modern Conference Chair
3.3

Recommended For: Anyone on a budget. Limited feature set, but better quality than the rest of the Devoko line.

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This is a surprisingly good, although minimalist chair. Its main downside is its relative lack of padding, which makes it less than ideal for use for extended periods of time. If you only plan on using it lightly, however, it’s quite the find.

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With sleek, clean, modern lines and an S-Shaped seat back that follows the natural curve of your spine, it provides a surprising level of comfort, even without plush padding – again, provided you’re not sitting in it for hours on end.

Unlike most of the other chairs in the sub-100 top ten list, the base of this chair is stainless steel, and if you’re only using it lightly to moderately, this model should hold up very well over time.

Giantex Executive Office Chair

Giantex Executive Office Chair (Latest Version)
3.1

Recommended For: Anyone looking for an affordable yet stylish and comfortable office chair.

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This brightly colored chair sports a modern look, although the mesh backing and color scheme combine to ensure that it struggles to blend in seamlessly with many home décor schemes.

If you don’t mind that, you’ll find that the chair is more rugged and durable than its modest price would suggest. With adequate padding and decent lumbar support, it’s not a chair you’ll want to spend all day in but is fine for light to moderate daily use.

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A Tilt & Lock Mechanism Image View of Giantex Executive Office Chair

It’s height adjustable and can recline to a maximum of 135 degrees, but the armrests and headrest are fixed in their positions, making this model not quite as adjustable as we’d like. Still, for the money, it represents an excellent value.

What Is The Best Ergonomic Chair Under $100? Under 150?

The value segment of the office furniture market is a lively, bustling place, filled with a mix of names you recognize and companies you’ve never heard of, all vying for your attention and your hard-earned dollars.

It used to be the case that when you started looking at bargain-priced furniture, you had two or three basic models to choose from and that was it. Those days are gone. The number of choices is simply staggering, and it can be hard to cut through the clutter and find the one you want.

At the end of the day, “best” means different things to different people, so perhaps the better question is, ‘which value-priced office chair is right for you?’

We’ve worked hard to separate the wheat from the chaff and have presented a pair of top-ten lists that offer something for a wide range of tastes and preferences, one for each of the market segments we looked at. 

There were some genuine surprises on both lists, and even if you disagree with our top picks, the odds are excellent that your next office chair is somewhere on this report. That’s our hope, anyway!

Before making a final selection, we would encourage readers to set this roundup review aside for a while and spend some time thinking about what features are most important to you in your chair of choice, then come back and review our top picks again to see if one model, in particular, stands out.

Best of luck in your search, and we hope we’ve made it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for!

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