Best Ergonomic Office Chair Under $200

Best for comfort

Serta Hannah Microfiber Office Chair

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Serta Hannah Microfiber Office Chair
  • Comfortable padded headrest
  • Ergonomic seat with lumbar support
  • Comfortable microfiber upholstery

Versatile office chair

Office Factor Executive Ergonomic Office Chair

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Office Factor Executive Ergonomic Office Chair
  • Flip up armrests
  • Breathable mesh fabric
  • Adjustable height, tilt, resistance
  • Ergonomic back design

Best for adjustability

SmugDesk Multifunction Mesh Executive Chair

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

SmugDesk Multifunction Mesh Executive Chair
  • Retractable footrest
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Excellent lumbar support

Sitting for extended periods of time is not good for your body. To help with any aches or pains it might be worthwhile investing in a good ergonomic office chair.

Upgrading your office set up by adding an ergonomic chair goes a long way towards reducing back pain and improving posture. Not only is an ergonomic chair healthier for your body, but it has also been linked with higher productivity levels.

Compared to a regular chair, ergonomic office chairs are different, both in design and feel when seated. One of the features that make a chair ergonomic is increased adjustability with adjustable height, seat depth, and armrest height. They also tend to have lumbar support and extra padding for comfort.

Not only that, some ergonomic chairs have extra features such as headrests, foot rings, footrests, and armrests that are adjustable in 3 dimensions.

The cost of a top-line ergonomic office chair may seem prohibitive to some, especially when some brands and models reach well over $500. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t good value chairs that still have many of the features and benefits of these more expensive chairs.

So if you are on a budget, do not worry about finding a quality office chair. After hours of scouring shopping sites and Internet reviews, this article presents to you the best ergonomic office chairs that you can buy for less than $200.

Side-by-side product comparison - specifications & features

ImageProductOverall ratingPriceMaterialDimensionsWeight capacity
Serta Hannah Microfiber Office Chair with Headrest Pillow, Adjustable Ergonomic with Lumbar Support, Soft Fabric, BeigeSerta Style Hannah I Office Chair4.75$$$Microfibre fabric28.75 x 24.75 x 40.25 inches250 lb
Office Factor Executive Ergonomic Office Chair Back Mesh On Seat and Back Flip-up Arms Molded Seat with a 55kg Foam Density Double Handle Mechanism (Black MESH Fabric SEAT)Office Factor Executive Office Chair4.75$$$$Mesh back leather seat26 x 28 x 44 inches250 lb
Office Chair Mesh Executive Chair Adjustable Armrest/Headrest Rotating Chair with Footrest Lounge ChairSmugdesk Multifunction Mesh Executive Chair4.75$$$Mesh26.77 x 25.59 x 42.15 inches300 lb
BERLMAN High Back Mesh Office Chair with Adjustable Armrest Lumbar Support Headrest Swivel Task Desk Chair Ergonomic Computer Chair (Black)BERLMAN High Back Mesh Office Chair4.5$$Mesh250 lb
Drafting Chair Tall Office Chair for Standing Desk Drafting Mesh Table Chair with Foot Ring (Dark Black)SmugChair Drafting Mesh Chair4.25$$Mesh back with padded mesh seat21.65 × 22.05 × 44.49 inches250 lb
Devoko Office Chair Ergonomic Mid Back Swivel Mesh Chair Height Adjustable Lumbar Support Computer Desk Chair with Armrest (Black)Devoko Mid Back Mesh Chair4.25$Mesh19.8" X 19" backrest; 19" X 21" seat250 lb

Best ergonomic chairs under $200

As we said before, office chairs can cost a pretty penny – anywhere up to $1000. These chairs below are all below $200 so don’t expect them to have all the bells and whistles of a high-end chair, but do know that any one of them will have decent ergonomic features to make your long days of sitting much easier on your body.

#1 Best for comfort

Serta Hannah Microfiber Office Chair

Serta Hannah Microfiber Office Chair

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Editor's opinion:

If there is one word that encapsulates the essence of the Serta Hannah ergonomic chair, it is comfort.

This chair is all about sitting for hours and not feeling a thing. Its microfiber covering, generous cushioning and clever design make the Hannah I the office chair for people who work long hours every day.

Pros

  • Comfortable padded headrest
  • Ergonomic seat with lumbar support
  • Comfortable microfiber upholstery

Cons

  • Cushioning can feel warm
  • Some durability concerns

One of Serta’s best selling chairs is the Hannah Microfiber Office Chair.

Featuring light beige or black microfiber upholstery, this ergonomic chair is both comfortable and cheap.

Ergonomics-wise, it has several features to support your body as you sit. At the top, there is a pillowed headrest to lean back on and the chair back cushioning is contoured for maximal lumbar support.

The armrests unfortunately are not adjustable, but have a padded design for comfort.

The front seat edge has a waterfall design to reduce pressure on your legs.

Lastly, both the chair height and it’s recline are adjustable.

The maximum user weight capacity is 250 lbs which seems to be fairly standard at this price point.

At a size of 28.75 x 24.75 x 40.25 inches, this ergonomic chair should be big enough for most people – although some taller users above 6 feet have said, despite it still being very comfortable, that is feels a bit too small for them.

One downside is that all that plush fabric cushioning can start to feel warm after a while. This is great for those in cold climates, but if you work from a hot or humid office, the Serta Hannah I might not be the best choice.

Another common complaint in user reviews is lack of durability. Quite a few users have mentioned tearing and pieces falling apart after just a few months of use.

Compared to the Office Factor executive mesh chair reviewed below, The Serta Hannah I is usually sold for a similar price of just under or around $200.

It is somewhat less adjustable than the Office Factor chair so if you need a highly adjustable chair for proper lower back support, the Office Factor is a better choice for you. If, however, you need something warm, comfortable, supportive and with an excellent cushioned headrest for neck support, the Serta Hannah I is probably the chair for you.

#2 Versatile office chair

Office Factor Executive Ergonomic Office Chair

Office Factor Executive Ergonomic Office Chair

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Editor's opinion:

With an ergonomic back design, cool mesh backrest, comfortable fabric seat and adjustable armrests, the Office Factor Executive Ergonomic Office Chair is a well-rounded chair that would suit a variety of needs, both in the office and at home. The movable armrests make this chair a popular choice among musicians and hobbyists.

Pros

  • Flip up armrests
  • Breathable mesh fabric
  • Adjustable height, tilt, resistance
  • Ergonomic back design

Cons

  • No headrest or neck support

The Office Factor Executive Ergonomic office chair is an excellent ergonomic chair that comes with several adjustable features.

Looking at the design of the chair, it combines practicality with comfort.

The mesh back is light and breathable, excellent for hot days. To add a touch of coziness, the seat is upholstered in a breathable mesh fabric If you are willing to go slightly over budget the same chair is also available with a leather seat.

Office Factor uses a gas lift mechanism in this chair to adjust its height via a lever below the seat. There is also a lockable back tilt adjustment with four different levels to choose from.

The mesh back is curved to support the natural curvature of your spine. Not only that, there is a tilt knob that lets you adjust the amount of resistance you feel when leaning back against the back rest.

One of the selling points of this ergonomic office chair is its movable armrests. They are easily flipped up to become flush with the backrest, making it much easier to get in and out of the chair. This is a handy perk to have if your office is in a tight corner or for musicians looking for a chair to sit in while playing instruments like piano or guitar.

In fact, many glowing reviews of this chair are by musicians who needed something ergonomic for a music studio.

On to the downsides, there is an obvious lack of a headrest or any support for the neck. Some taller users might find that it does not adjust low enough, but this is also dependent on your desk height.

#3 Best for adjustability

SmugDesk Multifunction Mesh Executive Chair

SmugDesk Multifunction Mesh Executive Chair

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Editor's opinion:

Focusing on adjustability, comfort and ergonomics, the SmugDesk Multifunction Mesh Chair is great for both productivity and relaxation. The curved back and neck rests keep you feeling supported while working, and as you take breaks, put your feet up on the pop-up footrest.

Pros

  • Retractable footrest
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Excellent lumbar support

Cons

  • Low quality casters

This is one of SmugDesk’s best selling ergonomic chairs.

Just one look at the chair and it is clear why – this office chair is ergonomic from top to bottom.

To begin with, almost everything on the chair is adjustable. You can get it to fit just right for your body by adjusting seat height, armrests between 8.6 and 12.2 inches, headrest angle and back recline.

Users consistently praise the lumbar support on this office chair, with some stating that it is the best support they have ever had.

The armrests are similarly well-loved, as they pivot sideways as well as going up and down.

The retractable footrest is another cool feature – although we’d say this is more for relaxing than it is for working. With the SmugDesk Multifunction Mesh Chair, you can pop out the footrest easily and put your feet up for a little break without having to get out of the chair.

Apart from adjustability, the chair itself is made of premium mesh material to keep you feeling cool with plenty of airflow.

One potential pitfall to be aware of is the casters. Some people have felt that the included casters are too small and do not roll well on carpeted floors. An easy and cost-friendly upgrade is to swap out the SmugDesk casters for your own better quality casters.

Compared to the SmugChair Drafting Chair, the Multifunction Mesh Chair costs more but in my opinion it is well-worth the extra money.

It has much better ergonomics, an increased weight capacity of 300 lb and a sleeker design. This is not the cheapest chair on this list (neither is it the most expensive), but overall this chair gives you features of a high end or mid range ergonomic chair at an affordable price of less than $200.

#4 Great value for money

BERLMAN High Back Mesh Office Chair

BERLMAN High Back Mesh Office Chair

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Editor's opinion:

The BERLMAN High Back office chair is supportive and comfortable. It is easy on the wallet but it does not compromise on ergonomics. This ergonomic office chair is fitted with a high back, headrest, lumbar support, adjustable arms, tilt lock and pneumatic height adjustment, making it excellent value for money.

Pros

  • Cooling mesh back design
  • High back with built-in headrest
  • Easy to assemble
  • Movable armrests

Cons

  • Seat cushion padding might wear out quickly
  • Armrests can get uncomfortable after time

Another strong contender for best ergonomic office chair on a budget is the BERLMAN High Back Mesh Office Chair.

This is a chair that supports the body for healthy sitting and looks good without breaking the bank. The back of the chair features a built in headrest and lumbar support, as well as a breathable mesh back.

Through a pneumatic lift mechanism, it is height adjustable within a range of 17.7 and 21.1 inches.

It has a reclining seat back and there is a knob to adjust the tension which can even lock the recline in place. While it suits most people, do note that the lumbar support itself is not independently adjustable.

Assembling this office chair is quick and easy, some users managed to put this chair together in just 10 minutes.

It has a few disadvantages, such as the thin padding on the armrests, so if you plan to rest your forearms on them for long periods of time, it might get uncomfortable. Similar to the Office Factor Executive chair, the armrests can flip up vertically and out of your way if you prefer.

Same goes for the padding in the seat cushion. It is adequate right out of the box, but with time some users have reported the cushion wearing out.

Overall, this chair more than delivers at this price point. Indeed, its affordability is one of its biggest draws as not many chairs in this price range have a high back or a headrest.

#5 Best tall office chair

SmugChair Drafting Mesh Chair

SmugChair Drafting Mesh Chair

Our Score: 4.25 / 5

Editor's opinion:

Many tall drafting chairs tend to compromise on stability. Not so with the SmugChair Drafting Mesh Chair. This chair is taller than average, perfect for use with a standing desk as it acts more like a standing desk stool. It remains stable even at the highest setting and comes with a foot ring for extra stability.

Pros

  • Cool breathable mesh
  • Much taller since it is a drafting chair
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Mainly suitable for drafting tables or standing desks
  • Lacks upper back support

The Smugchair Mesh Chair is great for those seeking an ergonomic drafting chair on a tight budget.

With adjustable height, a foot ring, mesh back with lumbar support, this office chair gives you decent bang for your buck.

SmugDesk has a wide collection of budget-friendly ergonomic office chairs and this one stands out for its unique design.

It has an adjustable foot ring, a feature that is not common in ergonomic chairs. Both the back of the chair and its thick padded seat are covered in mesh for exceptional airflow.

With a curved back providing built in lumbar support, this ergonomic chair is supportive for your lower back muscles.

Additionally the seat is height adjustable between 25.2″ and 33.9″ – the most impressive of all the models in this article.

Do keep in mind that this chair is a drafting chair so is much taller than your average office chair.

Users love this chair for custom desks or to reach high places like woodworking or drafting tables, as it remains stable even at the highest setting.

The footrest helps in getting in and out of the chair safely, however, if you are a shorter person this model might be a tad too tall. The chair is suitable for users up to a maximum of 250 pounds.

At less than $100, this chair is great value for money.

#6 Best budget office chair under $50

Devoko Ergonomic Mid Back Office Chair 

Devoko Ergonomic Mid Back Office Chair 

Our Score: 4.25 / 5

Editor's opinion:

One of the cheapest ergonomic chairs on the market, the Devoko Mid Back Office Chair is a decent budget buy. Cheap, cheerful and available in bright colors, this ergonomic chair is great for kids or light users who only need a chair for a few hours a day.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Choice of three colors
  • Thick padded seat

Cons

  • No upper back support
  • Durability issues

The Devoko Mid Back Office Chair is perfect for those on a tight budget.

At the time of writing, it is selling for under $50, which is an amazing deal for an ergonomic office chair.

This chair features a cooling mesh back, generously padded seat, fixed armrests and a five-star nylon base.

Height adjustment between 17″ to 20″ can be done through an easy to reach lever and it comes with nylon casters for 360 degree swivel.

The user weight capacity is 250lbs like most other more expensive ergonomic chairs.

Best of all, it comes in a choice of 3 colors, either the standard black, bright neon green or chic orange.

People love this office chair for its minimal cost, wide seat and easy assembly. Some have complained that the seat wears down after sitting on it for long hours every day. It might not last as long as a high end office chair, but then again you get what you pay for and at under $50 this is a great deal.

The back is curved to provide some much-needed lumbar support. However, this is a mid back chair. The length of the back of the chair is 21 inches, so there is no upper back support. If you need a chair you can lean back in, this is not it and you may want to stick to one of the other chairs like the SmugDesk office chair above.

If all you need is a basic ergonomic chair to sit in a few hours at a time, the Devoko will do the trick.

The best under $200 office chair: buying guide, tips & tricks

As you look for the perfect ergonomic office chair, here are some factors to consider. Even at the under $200 price point, many of the chairs will have a lot of these ergonomic features.

1. Lumbar support

The lumbar support is one of the main features of an ergonomic chair. Essentially a contoured backrest that fits closely against your lower back, it helps you from slouching as the day goes on and reduces lower back strain.

A very good lumbar support should be adjustable both vertically and depth-wise to fit flush against the small of your back. In lower-end models often the support is fixed rather than adjustable, but this is still better than nothing at all.

Without lumbar support, your body has to work extra hard to keep you sitting upright. By the end of the day, tired back muscles tend to lose their strength and you might find yourself slouching after a few hours.

2. Adjustability

One of the biggest factors that distinguish an ‘okay’ chair from a truly great office chair is adjustability. As a piece of furniture that you are going to spend hours in, it is crucial for it to fit correctly.

Height adjustability is a must. Generally, seats that are adjustable between 15″ and 22″ can typically fit people who are 5’0″ to 6’4″ in height.

While seated in a correctly adjusted chair, your thighs should be almost perpendicular to the ground with knees slightly lower than your hips and feet flat on the ground.

We have discussed this topic more in-depth in our Ergonomic Guide to Working from Home article.

Apart from height, the recline angle should also be adjustable. Contrary to popular belief and your parents and teachers telling you to “sit up straight!”, sitting at a slight recline of 110 degrees to 130 degrees is the best for your back muscles and lumbar spine. To achieve that, many chairs come with adjustable backrests.

Similarly, a high-quality office chair would include adjustable armrests. If you type a lot, having height adjustable armrests would make a difference in your workday. Some armrests can be moved out of the way or flipped upwards. This is convenient if you use the chair for non-office purposes such as music, sewing or woodworking.

3. Material

Office chairs are typically made of fabric, mesh, leather, or a combination of these. Fabric chairs are often comfortable but leather has its own classy look. Mesh is great if you work in a hot and humid environment, as it stops your back from getting too sweaty. Ultimately, go by feel when choosing a material. After all, you are more likely to sit in the chair than look at it; comfort is essential. If you have pets who love to scratch, particularly cats, take that into consideration as leather chairs might not last very long.

4. Weight capacity

This is an important factor for safety that gives you an idea if the chair you are interested in is able to safely support your weight.

For optimal stability, pick a chair that has a weight capacity that is much higher than your own body weight.

Apart from weight capacity, do not forget to check the actual dimensions of a chair. Particularly for tall and larger folks, measure the size of the chair. Some chairs can have large weight capacities but are small or average in size.

5. Seat size

Choose a chair with a large enough seat. Ensure that there are a few inches between your hips and the sides of the chair, but not too much that the armrest becomes difficult to use.

Similarly, the seat should be long enough to support your thighs without hitting the backs of your knees. Some chairs allow you to adjust the depth of the seat. This way, you can make the most of the lumbar support.

6. Headrest

If you have issues with your cervical spine and frequently suffer from neck pain, a good headrest is priceless. It should be cushioned, comfortable, and fit appropriately. The best headrests are adjustable and move as you lean your head back.

7. Casters & swivel

A swivel chair is not only fun, but it is also immensely practical. By having a chair that is easily rotated, you will save yourself tons of neck strain caused by turning your head to look in a particular direction for a long period of time.

Having casters for easy maneuverability is an essential feature of an office chair as well.

Final verdict

The truly best ergonomic office chair is the chair that fits your body properly. When thinking about purchasing an office chair, check the specs for features like adjustability, size and cushioning.

To up the comfort factor even more, consider adding on an ergonomic seat cushion. For something more unconventional but just as ergonomic, a kneeling chair might suit your needs.

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