Stylish Office Chairs That Won't Break the Bank (or Your Back)
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Stylish Office Chairs That Won't Break the Bank (or Your Back)

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Stylish Office Chairs That Won't Break the Bank (or Your Back)
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After a year of working from home and learning remotely, it's  time to treat yourself — and your sore backside — to a new office chair. We’ve tracked down 18 cheap office chairs — none of which costs more than about $250 — that are popular with buyers and reviewers alike. Whether you’re in need of an ergonomic office chair with a mesh back or a dedicated high-back gaming chair for midday work breaks, one of these models is sure to fit the bill (and your backside).


Price and availability are subject to change.


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Flash Furniture Low-Back Armless Swivel Task Chair
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Take a Seat

After a year of working from home and learning remotely, it's  time to treat yourself — and your sore backside — to a new office chair. We’ve tracked down 18 cheap office chairs — none of which costs more than about $250 — that are popular with buyers and reviewers alike. Whether you’re in need of an ergonomic office chair with a mesh back or a dedicated high-back gaming chair for midday work breaks, one of these models is sure to fit the bill (and your backside).


Price and availability are subject to change.


Related: How to Create a Home Office From Ikea Under $200

Mainstays Vinyl and Mesh Task Office Chair
Walmart

Mainstays Vinyl and Mesh Task Office Chair

Price: $49 from Walmart
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For about 50 bucks, this task chair does what a chair needs to do: give you a place to park yourself and work. It’s height-adjustable, but it doesn’t recline, and the padded vinyl cushion isn’t particularly ergonomic in design. But for the price, most buyers at Walmart say, this Mainstays task chair is simple to assemble, sturdy (weight limit is 250 pounds), and relatively comfortable. Available in five color schemes.


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Mainstays Vinyl and Mesh Task Office Chair
Walmart

Mainstays Vinyl and Mesh Task Office Chair

Price: $49 from Walmart
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For about 50 bucks, this task chair does what a chair needs to do: give you a place to park yourself and work. It’s height-adjustable, but it doesn’t recline, and the padded vinyl cushion isn’t particularly ergonomic in design. But for the price, most buyers at Walmart say, this Mainstays task chair is simple to assemble, sturdy (weight limit is 250 pounds), and relatively comfortable. Available in five color schemes.


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Room Essentials Mesh Office Chair Black
Target

Room Essentials Mesh Office Chair Black

$50 from Target

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Adults aren't the only ones working from home; many kids are still learning remotely, and they need a comfy place to sit, too. This height-adjustable office chair has a 150-pound maximum weight limit — too low for many adults, but ideal for youngsters, many buyers say. The mesh back stays cool, though some people say they wish it were adjustable.


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Room Essentials Mesh Office Chair Black
Target

Room Essentials Mesh Office Chair Black

$50 from Target

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Adults aren't the only ones working from home; many kids are still learning remotely, and they need a comfy place to sit, too. This height-adjustable office chair has a 150-pound maximum weight limit — too low for many adults, but ideal for youngsters, many buyers say. The mesh back stays cool, though some people say they wish it were adjustable.


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Boss Perfect Posture Deluxe Office Task Chair
Amazon

Boss Perfect Posture Deluxe Office Task Chair

Price: $60 and up from Amazon
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The chair and seatback are both adjustable, and many buyers say the contoured cushions do indeed provide a fair amount of support given the low price (particularly for smaller-framed folks). It can be ordered with or without handles (either fixed or adjustable armrests) and comes in a choice of three fabric colors. The weight limit is 275 pounds.


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Boss Perfect Posture Deluxe Office Task Chair
Amazon

Boss Perfect Posture Deluxe Office Task Chair

Price: $60 and up from Amazon
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The chair and seatback are both adjustable, and many buyers say the contoured cushions do indeed provide a fair amount of support given the low price (particularly for smaller-framed folks). It can be ordered with or without handles (either fixed or adjustable armrests) and comes in a choice of three fabric colors. The weight limit is 275 pounds.


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AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair
Amazon

AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair

Price: $60 from Amazon
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If office chairs with fabric or vinyl seatbacks leave you hot under the collar (or sweaty in the rear), a mesh chair like this one might be a better option. PCMag named this model to their office chair best-of list, and more than 10,000 reviewers at Amazon give it a positive overall rating, though some wish it had better lumbar support and adjustable armrests. The weight limit is 225 pounds.


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AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair
Amazon

AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair

Price: $60 from Amazon
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If office chairs with fabric or vinyl seatbacks leave you hot under the collar (or sweaty in the rear), a mesh chair like this one might be a better option. PCMag named this model to their office chair best-of list, and more than 10,000 reviewers at Amazon give it a positive overall rating, though some wish it had better lumbar support and adjustable armrests. The weight limit is 225 pounds.


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Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Quilted Vinyl Swivel Task Chair
Amazon
Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Quilted Vinyl Swivel Task Chair
Amazon
Flash Furniture Low-Back Armless Swivel Task Chair
Target

Flash Furniture Low-Back Armless Swivel Task Chair

$86 from Target

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Available in glossy black or white ribbed vinyl, this task chair is easy to assemble, owners say. The armless design makes it a good choice for larger persons, though some otherwise-satisfied buyers say the chair isn't super-comfy when sitting for extended periods. Weight limit: 250 pounds.


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Flash Furniture Low-Back Armless Swivel Task Chair
Target

Flash Furniture Low-Back Armless Swivel Task Chair

$86 from Target

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Available in glossy black or white ribbed vinyl, this task chair is easy to assemble, owners say. The armless design makes it a good choice for larger persons, though some otherwise-satisfied buyers say the chair isn't super-comfy when sitting for extended periods. Weight limit: 250 pounds.


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Furmax Office and Gaming Chair
Amazon

Furmax Office and Gaming Chair

Price: $76 from Amazon
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Gamers need a chair that’s comfy enough to settle in for the long haul, and this high-backed Furmax gaming chair is Amazon’s top seller, which ought to count for something. The height can be adjusted, and unlike cheaper office chairs, this one also tilts backward. It’s not exceptionally comfortable or well padded, and the 220-pound weight limit is relatively low, but many owners seem willing to overlook these shortcomings given the low price.


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Furmax Office and Gaming Chair
Amazon

Furmax Office and Gaming Chair

Price: $76 from Amazon
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Gamers need a chair that’s comfy enough to settle in for the long haul, and this high-backed Furmax gaming chair is Amazon’s top seller, which ought to count for something. The height can be adjusted, and unlike cheaper office chairs, this one also tilts backward. It’s not exceptionally comfortable or well padded, and the 220-pound weight limit is relatively low, but many owners seem willing to overlook these shortcomings given the low price.


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Space Seating Professional AirGrid
Amazon
Space Seating Professional AirGrid
Amazon
Respawn 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair
Amazon

Respawn 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair

Price: $159 from Walmart
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Walmart shoppers have made this gaming chair a top seller at that retailer. The tilt tension can be adjusted or locked into place, and it has a retractable footrest as well as a removable headrest — all nice-to-have features given the low price. You’ve got a choice of nine different color combinations, and the 275-pound weight limit is higher than other gaming chairs.


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Respawn 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair
Amazon

Respawn 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair

Price: $159 from Walmart
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Walmart shoppers have made this gaming chair a top seller at that retailer. The tilt tension can be adjusted or locked into place, and it has a retractable footrest as well as a removable headrest — all nice-to-have features given the low price. You’ve got a choice of nine different color combinations, and the 275-pound weight limit is higher than other gaming chairs.


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Modway Articulate Mesh Office Chair
Amazon

Modway Articulate Mesh Office Chair

Price: $172 from Amazon
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If you need an office chair that’s extra-adjustable, this model is the most versatile one we could find for the price. Independent one-touch levels allow you to adjust seat height as well as the tilt of the padded seat and mesh back (as well as the back height). The armrests can also be adjusted somewhat, and the fabric is available in six color options. Bonus: a 331-pound weight limit makes this a good option for bigger people.


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Modway Articulate Mesh Office Chair
Amazon

Modway Articulate Mesh Office Chair

Price: $172 from Amazon
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If you need an office chair that’s extra-adjustable, this model is the most versatile one we could find for the price. Independent one-touch levels allow you to adjust seat height as well as the tilt of the padded seat and mesh back (as well as the back height). The armrests can also be adjusted somewhat, and the fabric is available in six color options. Bonus: a 331-pound weight limit makes this a good option for bigger people.


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Brenton Studio Ruzzi Managerial Mid-Back Chair
Amazon

Brenton Studio Ruzzi Managerial Mid-Back Chair

Price: $180 from Office Depot
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This Office Depot best seller wouldn’t look out of place in a corner office, and it’s the cheapest executive-style chair on our list. The waterfall-style seat is height-adjustable; unlike other models, this one has a tilt function that can be locked in place for when you need some extended feet-up-on-the-desk time. A minority of buyers caution that assembly can be challenging. Weight limit: 275 pounds.


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Brenton Studio Ruzzi Managerial Mid-Back Chair
Amazon

Brenton Studio Ruzzi Managerial Mid-Back Chair

Price: $180 from Office Depot
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This Office Depot best seller wouldn’t look out of place in a corner office, and it’s the cheapest executive-style chair on our list. The waterfall-style seat is height-adjustable; unlike other models, this one has a tilt function that can be locked in place for when you need some extended feet-up-on-the-desk time. A minority of buyers caution that assembly can be challenging. Weight limit: 275 pounds.


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Alera Neratoli Mid-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair
Amazon
Alera Neratoli Mid-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair
Amazon
Amazon Basics High-Back Mesh Chair
Amazon

Amazon Basics High-Back Mesh Chair

$190 from Amazon

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Available in leather or mesh fabric, this high-backed office chair has a built-in footrest and three preset reclining angles, as well as adjustable lumbar support and armrests, as well as a headrest that pivots. Most owners say the chair is supportive and comfortable, but a handful of buyers say installing the headrest can be challenging. Weight limit: 275 pounds.


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Amazon Basics High-Back Mesh Chair
Amazon

Amazon Basics High-Back Mesh Chair

$190 from Amazon

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Available in leather or mesh fabric, this high-backed office chair has a built-in footrest and three preset reclining angles, as well as adjustable lumbar support and armrests, as well as a headrest that pivots. Most owners say the chair is supportive and comfortable, but a handful of buyers say installing the headrest can be challenging. Weight limit: 275 pounds.


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Hirst Mesh Drafting Chair
Wayfair

Hirst Mesh Drafting Chair

$196 from Wayfair

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Drafting chairs like this one include a footrest so you can perch comfortably at higher desks and workspaces. The lumbar support and seat angle are adjustable, as is the armrest height, and it has a maximum weight capacity of 331 pounds. This drafting chair is available in three colors plus black, but the colored versions sell out frequently.


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Hirst Mesh Drafting Chair
Wayfair

Hirst Mesh Drafting Chair

$196 from Wayfair

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Drafting chairs like this one include a footrest so you can perch comfortably at higher desks and workspaces. The lumbar support and seat angle are adjustable, as is the armrest height, and it has a maximum weight capacity of 331 pounds. This drafting chair is available in three colors plus black, but the colored versions sell out frequently.


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Eurø Style Bungie Office Chair
Amazon

Eurø Style Bungie Office Chair

$198 from Amazon

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Even satisfied buyers admit this office chair is a little odd-looking with its bungee seat and back. But those bungees also make sitting for long periods of time comfy and cool, owners also say, and assembly is easy, too. The armrests are not adjustable, but the back does tilt and lock in position. 


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Eurø Style Bungie Office Chair
Amazon

Eurø Style Bungie Office Chair

$198 from Amazon

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Even satisfied buyers admit this office chair is a little odd-looking with its bungee seat and back. But those bungees also make sitting for long periods of time comfy and cool, owners also say, and assembly is easy, too. The armrests are not adjustable, but the back does tilt and lock in position. 


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Ikea Markus
Ikea

Ikea Markus

Price: $229 from Ikea
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Ikea also gets some love for its office chairs from the likes of TechRadar, which gave this high-back mesh chair positive marks in their best-of review. Buyer ratings are also generally upbeat, with most praising its overall comfort, though some note that shorter persons may find the high back an awkward fit.


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Ikea Markus
Ikea

Ikea Markus

Price: $229 from Ikea
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Ikea also gets some love for its office chairs from the likes of TechRadar, which gave this high-back mesh chair positive marks in their best-of review. Buyer ratings are also generally upbeat, with most praising its overall comfort, though some note that shorter persons may find the high back an awkward fit.


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Ikea Hattefjäll
Ikea

Ikea Hattefjäll

Price: $229 from Ikea
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If you’d rather not have your home office look quite so office-like, this sleek adjustable office chair definitely doesn’t look like the other office and gaming chairs in this roundup. The upholstered seat and back are both adjustable, though reviewers say larger people may find it a bit too tight for comfort.


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Ikea Hattefjäll
Ikea

Ikea Hattefjäll

Price: $229 from Ikea
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If you’d rather not have your home office look quite so office-like, this sleek adjustable office chair definitely doesn’t look like the other office and gaming chairs in this roundup. The upholstered seat and back are both adjustable, though reviewers say larger people may find it a bit too tight for comfort.


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HON Exposure Mesh Task Chair
Amazon

HON Exposure Mesh Task Chair

Price: $243 and up from Amazon
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This chair is available in leather, fabric, and mesh upholstery options. Most buyers say the padding is firm and comfortable, with easy-to-adjust components (including lumbar support, a rarity on cheap office chairs) and a weight limit of 275 pounds. One potential drawback: Shorter people may find the seat-to-floor height a little too high for comfort, according to owner reviews.


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HON Exposure Mesh Task Chair
Amazon

HON Exposure Mesh Task Chair

Price: $243 and up from Amazon
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This chair is available in leather, fabric, and mesh upholstery options. Most buyers say the padding is firm and comfortable, with easy-to-adjust components (including lumbar support, a rarity on cheap office chairs) and a weight limit of 275 pounds. One potential drawback: Shorter people may find the seat-to-floor height a little too high for comfort, according to owner reviews.


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Boss Heavy Duty Double Plush CaressoftPlus Chair
Amazon

Boss Heavy Duty CaressoftPlus Chair

Price: $300 and up from Amazon
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This executive-style chair is designed for larger people and has a weight limit of up to 350 pounds (a slightly pricier model has a 400-pound capacity). It’s got a locking tilt mechanism and decent lumbar support, according to user reviews, though some say the seat cushion padding could be thicker.


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Boss Heavy Duty Double Plush CaressoftPlus Chair
Amazon

Boss Heavy Duty CaressoftPlus Chair

Price: $300 and up from Amazon
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This executive-style chair is designed for larger people and has a weight limit of up to 350 pounds (a slightly pricier model has a 400-pound capacity). It’s got a locking tilt mechanism and decent lumbar support, according to user reviews, though some say the seat cushion padding could be thicker.


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