Best Most Comfortable Ergonomic Office Chairs Under $200 Review 2022

We’ve scoured the internet on a quest to find the best ergonomic office chair under 200 dollars, and we’ve declared a winner.  Actually, as we’ll explain just below, we found three, and we’ll tell you all about them.

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Are you on the hunt for a new office chair?  Have you found the search to this point to be both frustrating and bewildering?  If you answered yes to either of those questions, we think you’re going to love this review.

Let’s begin by taking a high-level look at all the chairs that made our list of finalists, so you can compare them side by side, but even before that, we need to take a moment to explain why we have three winners, instead of just one.

It comes down to the first, most pivotal question you should ask yourself before you start looking for your next office chair:  What material do you want it upholstered in?

Broadly speaking, you’ve got three choices:

  • Fabric
  • Leather
  • Mesh

Granted, there’s lots of variety within those three categories, but at the root, those are your main choices. Each has advantages and disadvantages, which we would outline something like this:

  • Fabric – Moderately breathable, durable and attractive, with virtually unlimited color and materials options.  Moderately pet friendly.
  • Leather – Not breathable, very attractive, and a limited color selection (usually black, but sometimes brown). Not very pet friendly, especially if you have cats.  Cat claws are death to leather upholstery.
  • Mesh – Very breathable and durable, but not very attractive.  Theoretically unlimited color selection, but in practice, most of the mesh chairs are either black or gray.  Very pet friendly.

Notes About the Roundup

Bear in mind that at the price range we’re focused on here, almost all the leather upholstered chairs will be bonded leather.  That’s not a bad thing in that it is real leather, but bonded leather is created from leather scraps that have been fused together. 

The resulting product isn’t as supple or durable as grain leather and tends to start showing its age rather quickly.  You can expect it to last 2-3 years with light to moderate use, or a little more than a year with heavy daily use.

Also, note that if you’re looking for an inexpensive ergonomic office chair, and your budget is $150 or less, you’re not going to find many models sporting fabric upholstery.  If you’re willing to spend a bit more (in the range of $200, which is the focus on this article), then you’ll find that the options really start to open up.

With those things in mind, we’ve broken this article into three sections based on the three basic choices you’ve got where upholstery is concerned, and we’ve announced a winner in each category.  We’ll introduce you to our winners next, along with the other top contenders in each category.

In addition to that, we’ll provide the details on the chairs that “almost” made our short list, giving you a “top ten best ergonomic office chairs” in each category so you’ll have a complete picture about the possibilities available.  Let’s jump right in and get started!

Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $200 in 2022 - Fabric 

Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $200 (Fabric Upholstery) - Top Pick

An Image of Best Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars: Serta Hannah II

Serta Hannah II Office Chair

RATING

PRICE

$$ ½

PROS

Serta knows comfort and is a tremendously reliable brand. Offered in a variety of colors and has well-implemented ergonomic features.

CONS

Somewhat narrow height adjustment range. No recline function.

OUR VERDICT

It’s a recliner! If you want one, this is a tremendous value. Highly recommended.

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Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $200 (Fabric Upholstery) - 2nd Place

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Serta Hannah I Office Chair

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Offered by a great company with an exceptional reputation for service and support.  Very comfortable, with well implemented ergonomic features and available in a variety of colors.

CONS

None.

OUR VERDICT

An excellent value for the money.  Beautiful, comfortable, and with strong ergonomic features.  Highly recommended.

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Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $200 (Fabric Upholstery) - 3rd Place

An Image of Best Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars: Serta Amy

Serta Amy Office Chair

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Tremendous quality from a legend in the industry.  Excellent lumbar and back support.

CONS

Though the armrests are adjustable, the mechanism is flimsy and may not stand up to repeated use.  Arm rests are not upholstered.

OUR VERDICT

A good chair that falls short of greatness.  Still, it’s elegant design and excellent lumbar and back support make it an outstanding choice for the right user. Recommended.

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Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $200 (Fabric Upholstery) - 4th Place

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Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Incredibly rugged and durable. Designed for heavy 24/7 multi-shift use. Also, surprisingly comfortable with well-implemented ergonomic features.

CONS

Lower brand reliability than Serta. Optimized for big and tall users. This is simply too much chair for an average sized or smaller user.

OUR VERDICT

If Flash Furniture had the same brand recognition and reliability as Serta, this would be our top pick. It’s an amazing, durable chair, and highly recommended.

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Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $200 (Fabric Upholstery) - Honorable Mention

An Image of Best Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars: Flash Furniture Microfiber

Flash Furniture Microfiber

RATING

PRICE

$$ ½

PROS

Microfiber is delightfully comfortable, and this chair is offered in a variety of colors. Good, but not excellent ergonomic implementation. Surprising quality for an off-brand.

CONS

Lower brand reliability than Serta.

OUR VERDICT

Well priced. One of the most comfortable office chairs under $200. Highly recommended.

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Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $200 (Fabric)

An Image of Best Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars: Serta Hannah II

Serta Hannah II Office Chair

An Image of Best Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars: Serta Hannah I

Serta Hannah I Office Chair

An Image of Best Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars: Serta Amy

Serta Amy Office Chair

An Image of Best Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars: Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7

Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7

Honorable Mention

An Image of Best Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars: Flash Furniture Microfiber

Flash Furniture Microfiber

Overall Rating

4.4

4.3

4.1

4.0

3.9

Price

$$ ½

$$

$$$

$$$$

$$ ½

Product Dimensions

29” x 25.5” x 43”

28.8” x 24.8” x 40.2”

27.2” x 26.2” x 41”

28” x 31” x 47” to 51”

27.5” x 27.5” x 45.2”

Chair Weight

38 pounds

34.5 pounds

38 pounds

66.6 pounds

42 pounds

Max. Supported Weight

250 pounds

250 pounds

250 pounds

500 pounds!

300 pounds

Tilt/Recline Range

NA, but it does rock slightly

90 to 120 degrees

90 to 120 degrees

90 to 120 degrees

90 to 120 degrees

Seat Width

21”

21“

21”

22”

22”

Seat Height

18” to 20”

17” to 21”

17” to 21”

21.5” to 25.5”

15” to 21”

Seat Depth

19”

20”

20”

22”

19”

Pros

Serta knows comfort and is a tremendously reliable brand.  Offered in a variety of colors and has well-implemented ergonomic features.

Offered by a great company with an exceptional reputation for service and support.  Very comfortable, with well implemented ergonomic features and available in a variety of colors.

Tremendous quality from a legend in the industry.  Excellent lumbar and back support.

Incredibly rugged and durable.  Designed for heavy 24/7 multi-shift use.  Also, surprisingly comfortable with well-implemented ergonomic features.

Microfiber is delightfully comfortable, and this chair is offered in a variety of colors.  Good, but not excellent ergonomic implementation.  Surprising quality for an off-brand.

Cons

Somewhat narrow height adjustment range.  No recline function.

None.

Though the armrests are adjustable, the mechanism is flimsy and may not stand up to repeated use.  Arm rests are not upholstered.

Lower brand reliability than Serta.  Optimized for big and tall users.  This is simply too much chair for an average sized or smaller user.

Lower brand reliability than Serta.

Our Verdict

An excellent value for the money.  Beautiful, comfortable, and with strong ergonomic features.  Highly recommended.

An excellent value for the money.  Beautiful, comfortable, and with strong ergonomic features.  Highly recommended.

A good chair that falls short of greatness.  Still, it’s elegant design and excellent lumbar and back support make it an outstanding choice for the right user. Recommended.

If Flash Furniture had the same brand recognition and reliability as Serta, this would be our top pick.  It’s an amazing, durable chair, and highly recommended.

Well priced.  One of the most comfortable office chairs under $200.  Highly recommended.

*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.

One final comment to make before we start taking a closer look at the specific models.  A lot of people may be on the lookout for the “best high back office chair under 200 dollars.”  If that’s you, then you’re in luck, because every chair listed here is a high-backed model.  That’s because head/neck/shoulder support is a key component of ergonomic design.

Sure, it’s entirely possible to create a good mid-back ergonomic chair, but a comparably outfitted high back chair is going to be the superior choice, simply because mid-back chairs, by definition, can’t provide head/neck/shoulder support.

So, let’s jump in and take a look at our winners, finalists, and some great alternate choices.  We feel confident that somewhere in the charts above and the details below, you’ll find an office chair that you’ll absolutely fall in love with.

Top 5 Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars - Fabric

Serta Hannah II Office Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.4

Summary


The Serta Hannah II is a superb ergonomic design. Modestly priced and available in a variety of colors. Recommended for anyone. Serta knows a lot about comfort and this microfiber upholstered design is exceptional.

Our list of fabric chairs is dominated by just two companies, with Serta taking the top three spots, and little Flash Furniture rounding out our top five.

It’s no surprise that Serta dominates this category.  After all, the company knows a lot about comfort, and while their primary area of expertise is in mattresses, their designs in this category demonstrate that they can easily apply that knowledge to the task of making great office chairs.

The Hannah II has just about everything you could ask for in an ergonomic chair.  It features a waterfall seat to take pressure off of your legs, excellent lumbar support, and above average head, neck, and shoulder support, in addition to sporting ergonomic armrests.

In addition to that, it’s well-padded and comfortable, and its microfiber upholstery only adds to that, making for a luxuriant, enjoyable seating experience.

A Few Things to Consider

As much as we like the chair, there are a few minor issues to be aware of.  In no particular order these are:

  • Note the relatively modest maximum user weight, which may take it out of the running for some users.
  • Note the relatively narrow band in the seat height adjustment.
  • The arms are fixed, so there’s no way you can adjust the height of the armrests

Some users have complained about the choice of microfiber as the upholstery fabric, claiming that it suffers from the same problems that leather does in that it’s not breathable and makes you sweat.

An Image of Serta Hannah II: Front View
An Image of Serta Hannah II: Back View
An Image of Serta Hannah II: Specification

It’s a fair criticism, although microfiber is still more breathable than leather, but it’s true that if you’re a power user and plan to use the chair heavily and on a daily basis, you may want some other type of fabric. Fortunately, you can do that!  The chair can be ordered in either bonded leather or woven fabric, at your preference, and is also available in a variety of colors, including:

  • Black
  • Beige
  • Gray
  • Ivory
  • Midnight Black
  • Pink
  • Harvard Beige
  • Harvard Gray
  • Harvard Ivory

We love this chair and would recommend either the bonded leather or microfiber upholstered versions for light to moderate use, with the woven fabric variant recommended for heavy daily use.  The true strength of the design is that you can customize the chair to your exact tastes, preferences, and needs.  A job very well done by Serta!


Serta Style Hannah I Office Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.3

Summary


The Serta Hannah I is nearly as good as Serta’s Hannah II design, this is a comfortable, great looking ergonomic office chair. Recommended for anyone, who looking for a great blend of form and function.

Since the Hannah II won top honors, it should come as no surprise that the company’s earlier iteration of the model, the Hannah I, came in second.  It’s a fantastic chair, although not quite as flexible.

With its waterfall-style seat and padded headrest, combined with microfiber upholstery and generous padding, you won’t be wanting where comfort is concerned.  In addition to that though, the Hannah I offers superb lumbar and head/neck/shoulder ergonomic support and better than average support for your arms.

The chair’s armrests are hoop-style and fixed in their positions, so you can’t tweak the height, which is one of the design’s few weaknesses.  Also note that like the other Serta models that dominate our list, the maximum weight limit is a relatively modest 250 pounds, but not to worry – if you’re heavier than that, we’ve got other chairs in the lineup that will suit you better!

An Image of Serta Hannah I: Easy Adjustment
An Image of Serta Hannah I: Pillowed Headrest
An Image of Serta Hannah I: Waterfall Seat

As it stands, this one is very nearly the equal of our top pick, and an exceptional, well-rounded office chair.

The Hannah I is offered in the following colors:

  • Light Beige
  • Biscuit
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Gray
  • Ivory
  • Light Gray
  • Comfort Beige
  • Comfort Biscuit
  • Comfort Black
  • Comfort Blue
  • Comfort Ivory
  • Comfort Light Gray

Serta Amy

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.1

Summary


The Serta Amy is an elegant, understated design with top quality upholstery and good ergonomic supports. Recommended for anyone looking for a tasteful, understated design that can stand up to moderate and occasional heavy use.

Yet another Serta model claims third place on our list of finalists, the Amy is an understated beauty with well-implemented ergonomic features.  Although slightly more expensive than the Hannah models, it didn’t rate quite as highly as those.

Even so, we really like this chair.  It’s got an elegant style that works well with most home décor schemes and is offered in a variety of colors, including:

  • Black
  • Chestnut
  • Constellation Black
  • Seamless Light Gray
  • Light Gray
  • Dark Gray
  • Old Chestnut
  • Refresh Dark Gray

The upholstery is linen, which is fantastic, and the chair has good ergonomic and head/neck/shoulder support.

The armrests are height adjustable but are a bit on the short side for our liking, and the mechanism that controls the up and down motion is a bit flimsy, which is a marked departure from the quality of the rest of the chair.

An Image of Serta Amy: Front View
An Image of Serta Amy: Back View
An Image of Serta Amy: Specification

Also, the armrests aren’t ergonomically designed and are not padded, making this a real weakness of the design in our book, which is why it didn’t earn a higher ranking from us.  Even so, it’s well padded, comfortable, and capable of standing up to the rigors of heavy daily usage.

While this isn’t Serta’s most robust model, it’s an undeniably great chair, and we recommend it.


Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.0

Summary


The Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7 is a big, burly, virtually indestructible chair capable of standing up to heavy daily use. Recommended for big and tall users who need a chair they can rely on for several hours a day.

There are a couple of things to note about this chair. 

Technically, it belongs in the “best office chair under 250 dollars” category, because it’s slightly above the two-hundred-dollar line, although it can frequently be found on sale, which puts it right at the two-hundred-dollar line.

Second, this is the model I purchased for myself.  I put it together solo, in a process that took about an hour, because it’s a big, burly beast of a chair and getting the seat back attached without four hands is a bit tricky.

I have used this chair ten to fourteen hours a day, every day for over a year.  The only problem I’ve ever had with it is that about every six months, I have to tighten up the chair arms.  Other than that, it’s been a wonder. 

It’s heavy, it’s comfortable, and it’s virtually indestructible.  The Herc 24/7 was explicitly designed for use in call centers that run nonstop so that the same chair is used by different people who come in during different shifts, which sees the chair in constant use.  It can stand up to just about anything you can throw at it.

An Image of Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7: Front View
An Image of Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7: Back View
An Image of Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7: Side View

On top of that, I’ve got three reformed feral cats in the house, and the rugged fabric has stood up exceptionally well to razor-sharp claws.  It’s also got excellent lumbar and head/neck/shoulder support.  It also has the highest supported user weight of any chair on the list; an impressive five-hundred pounds!

The armrests are also ergonomically designed and quite comfortable although not as well-padded as I would prefer, nor are they height-adjustable, but that’s about the only weak spot the chair has.  Having used this chair for more than a year, I would rate it as the best, most affordable ergonomic office chair

Honestly, if Flash Furniture had the same level of brand recognition and reliability as Serta, this model would have taken top honors. It’s perfect for big and tall users (I’m 6’6”).  Highly recommended.


Flash Furniture Microfiber

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.9

Summary


The Flash Furniture Microfiber is a versatile, comfortable chair, capable of supporting a variety of body shapes, heights, and types. Recommended for anyone looking for a great chair for light to moderate use.

Flash Furniture may not have all that much heft as a brand, but they make surprisingly good furniture, which is why our top five list in this category is dominated by two companies, with Serta taking top honors and Flash Furniture rounding out the roster.

The Flash Furniture microfiber chair is delightfully comfortable, although not as generously padded as the mighty Hercules 24/7. 

Since the padding is simple block foam, if you use this chair intensively on a daily basis, the block foam is likely to break down rather quickly and it won’t be as comfortable as it was after say, six months of intense use, which may prompt you to either have it re-padded, or to buy a pillow to give you a bit of extra cushioning.

An Image of Flash Furniture Microfiber: Front View
An Image of Flash Furniture Microfiber: Back View
An Image of Flash Furniture Microfiber: Side View

The base isn’t metal, sadly, which is an admitted weak spot in the design, but it is ruggedized, and the chair is capable of supporting up to 300 pounds of user weight.

Given the limitations of the padding and the fact that the base is nylon, we’d rate this chair as good for light to moderate daily use, but less than ideal for heavy daily use.

Perhaps the coolest feature about the Flash Furniture Microfiber is the fact that it’s got an insane height adjustment range and can be lowered sufficiently to make it a great chair for young people, then raised sufficiently to make it a good fit to users up to about 6’3”. 

That’s impressive and makes this model surprisingly versatile.  It’s one of the best inexpensive ergonomic office chairs on the market.


Other Notable Contenders

We realize that not everyone will agree with our top five picks, which is why we wanted to share the details of the other models we considered when selecting our finalists and ultimately determining a winner in each category.  Here they are:

Flash Furniture Hercules Task Chair

Flash Furniture’s Hercules

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.8

Summary


More affordable than the Hercules 24/7, the Flash Furniture HERCULES Task Office Chair sports a mid-back design and fixed armrests. It does not recline and has a 400-pound weight capacity. 

This is the third Flash Furniture model to make our top-ten list, which gives them as large a presence on the list as Serta.  While the styling is somewhat different, this model is quite similar to our fourth-place entry, the Hercules 24/7, including the fact that it’s ruggedly built and capable of supporting a surprising amount of user weight (400 pounds here, vs. 500 pounds where the Herc. 24/7 is concerned).

The most notable difference between the two models is the fact that on this one, the armrests aren’t fixed in their positions and can be height adjusted, giving you one more way to tweak this chair to optimize it for your comfort.

An Image of Flash Furniture’s Hercules: Front View
An Image of Flash Furniture’s Hercules: Back View
An Image of Flash Furniture’s Hercules: Side View

Unfortunately, although the armrests are padded, they’re a little short for our tastes.  It’s not a deal breaker by any means, but it’s something to be mindful of. 

A couple of other things to note:

  • This is one of the few mid-back designs to make our list.  We don’t have anything against mid-back chairs, but from an ergonomic standpoint, since they cannot, by definition, provide head/neck/shoulder support for most people, they are at a disadvantage.  The fact that this chair was strong enough to make our list then, is significant!
  • This chair doesn’t recline, but it does rock back and forth slightly.

It’s a very good chair and could be an excellent choice for the right person, but it falls short of greatness. We provisionally recommend it.


Kadirya High Back Mixed Upholstery Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

3.6

Summary


Kadirya KD 1020S is a great looking chair that offers the perfect blend between cloth and leather upholstery. Recommended for anyone. Really great design.

An Image of Best Office Chairs Under 200 Dollars: Kadirya High Back

Kadirya High Back Mixed Upholstery Chair

We’ve talked about the Kadirya Mixed Upholstery chair on more than one occasion.  It’s an exceptional chair and would have ranked higher on our list if Kadirya had more substantial brand heft.  As it stands, we don’t know if this company is going to be around in the long term, and because of that, while we love the design, we can’t give it a higher rating than we did.

It has its limitations, to be sure.  It’s constructed from low-end materials, and as such, it won’t stand up well to the rigors of heavy daily use.  Having said that, the mix of fabric and bonded leather is fabulous, because the designers put fabric everywhere your body touches the seat and the seatback.

That gives you the breathability of fabric, combined with the luxuriant appearance of leather.  Sure, it’s bonded leather, but given the modest price of the chair, that’s not a surprise.

An Image of Kadirya High Back: Height Adjustment
An Image of Kadirya High Back: Features
An Image of Kadirya High Back: Specification

The only real weakness with the implementation is that the armrests are leather, rather than fabric.  Given that bonded leather doesn’t age well, you can bet that the armrests will be the first place you start seeing wear and tear.

Note that this chair’s seat height can be adjusted within the range of 18.7” to 22.2”, making it ideal for taller users, although the 250-pound weight limit puts obvious limitations on this.

While it’s not the most luxuriantly padded of chairs, its well-implemented ergonomic features make it more comfortable than you might think.  While this model isn’t for everyone, it’s an excellent choice for the right user, and well worth considering.  A delightfully inexpensive ergonomic chair.


ObiWan Sales Grape Microfiber

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