Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Quilted Vinyl Swivel Task Chair
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15 Stylish Office Chairs That Won't Break the Bank (or Your Back)

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Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Quilted Vinyl Swivel Task Chair
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By now, it should be obvious that you may be stuck working from home for weeks to come, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It should also be obvious that the dining room table is no longer an acceptable home office space, nor is the living room recliner an adequate place to sit. We’ve tracked down more than a dozen 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).

Note: Price and availability are subject to change, especially as the COVID-19 crisis causes stock issues.

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, and relatively comfortable.

Boss Perfect Posture Deluxe Office Task Chair
Amazon

Boss Perfect Posture Deluxe Office Task Chair

Price: $56 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 five fabric colors and patterns.

AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair
Amazon

AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair

Price: $72 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. Both PCMag and BestReviews have named this chair to their office chair best-of lists, and more than 5,000 reviewers at Amazon give it a positive overall rating, though some wish it had better lumbar support and adjustable armrests.

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, but many owners seem willing to overlook these shortcomings given the low price.

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

Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Quilted Vinyl Swivel Task Chair

Price: $87 and up from third-party sellers on Amazon
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Like the Mainstays task chair, this model is about as basic as it gets; you can adjust the seat height, and that’s it. One big difference: This model is available with optional armrests. One small (but nifty) difference: You can buy this chair in five neon hues plus basic black.

HON Sadie Ergonomic Swivel Mid Back Mesh Task Chair
Target

HON Sadie Ergonomic Swivel Mid Back Mesh Task Chair

Price: $100 from Target
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This mid-back office chair is one of Target’s top sellers, although it doesn’t garner very many owner reviews. What distinguishes this task chair from cheaper versions is its top weight limit of 350 pounds, which is 100 pounds or more than other task chairs are designed to accommodate, making this an option for big and tall people.

Brenton Studio Ruzzi Managerial Mid-Back Chair
Amazon

Brenton Studio Ruzzi Managerial Mid-Back Chair

Price: $130 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.

Respawn 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair
Amazon

Respawn 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair

Price: $146 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. Plus, you’ve got a choice of eight different color combinations.

Modway Articulate Mesh Office Chair
Amazon

Modway Articulate Mesh Office Chair

Price: $158 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.

Space Seating Professional AirGrid
Amazon

Space Seating Professional AirGrid

Price: $160 from Amazon
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Editors at Best Reviews name this model the “best bang for the buck” in their roundup of cheap office chairs. Ergonomics are exceptional for an office chair this cheap, they add, and most buyers at Amazon leave similarly positive reviews.

Alera Neratoli Mid-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair
Amazon

Alera Neratoli Mid-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair

Price: $185 from Amazon
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You can spend well over $1,000 for a high-end office chair, but you don't have to. This sleek, faux-leather office chair comes in black, white, and red, and many reviewers say assembly is very simple. It’s also popular with Cheapism readers, who have made this one of their top purchases on Amazon.

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 Digital Trends and TechRadar, both of which give this high-back mesh chair positive marks in their best-of reviews. 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.

Related: 25 Ikea Products to Buy — and 25 to Skip

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.

Boss Heavy Duty Double Plush CaressoftPlus Chair
Amazon

Boss Heavy Duty Double Plush CaressoftPlus Chair

Price: $229 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.

HON Exposure Mesh Task Chair
Amazon

HON Exposure Mesh Task Chair

Price: $243 and up from Amazon
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The priciest option on our office chair roundup gets the thumbs-up from Wirecutter; it’s not their favorite, but it’s a good cheap alternative, editors say. 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). One potential drawback: Shorter people may find the seat-to-floor height a little too high for comfort, according to owner reviews.