Best Office Chair Under $300: Ergonomics on a Budget!

by | Feb 28, 2019 | Reviews

Most jobs these days have us sitting in a chair for long hours, typing away on a computer keyboard or filing paperwork. However, sitting down for a long time puts a lot of stress on your body, particularly your back, shoulders, and neck. What’s worse, younger and younger people are now suffering from back problems, as desk jobs are becoming more common with young people.

In this case, an ergonomic, quality office chair is the best fix. However, shopping for one can be a big hassle. With so many chairs out there, it can be tough to find the one that’s ideal for you. Another issue is price, most ergonomic chairs are quite expensive. 

We broke down five options that are ergonomic and won’t break the bank. Let’s take a look!

The Best Office Chairs Under $300

NameMaterialWeight Capacity 

Komene

Heavy Duty Mesh

Not Specified

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Duramont

Mesh

330 lbs

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TOPSKY

PU/PVC Leather

400 lbs

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HESSEN

Wear resistant mesh

250 lbs

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Space Seating

Mesh

400 lbs

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Komene

Material

Heavy Duty Mesh

Weight Capacity

Not Specified

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Duramont

Material

Mesh

Weight Capacity

330 lbs

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TOPSKY

Material

PU/PVC Leather

Weight Capacity

400 lbs

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HESSEN

Material

Wear resistant mesh

Weight Capacity

250 lbs

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Space Seating

Material

Mesh

Weight Capacity

400 lbs

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1. Best Overall

Komene Ergonomic Mesh OfficeChair

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For a fairly affordable price, this high-back ergonomic office chair from Komene has it all.

Adjustable back, headrest, armrests and seat, all made of a breathable mesh fabric designed to resist heat and moisture. Mesh may not be as stylish as leather, but you will be thankful for it once the summer rolls around. There are no flimsy parts here; this chair looks and feels like the high-end office chair.

The seat can be adjusted 10 cm (4″) up or down, great for a wide variety of heights. The tilt is also adjustable and can be set to 90°, 100° or 110°. That allows you to easily change how you’re sitting, so you can stretch or rest at any time.

The armrests are adjustable, and in case your desk isn’t tall enough for the chair’s armrests to fit underneath, you can always fold them back.

What sets this chair apart from the rest is its nearly flawless design. The mesh back and seat won’t chafe your skin, and both have just enough give to be comfy. The back is sloped so as to follow the curve of your spine.

Lastly, the headrest serves to relieve the stress put on your neck. Most office chairs don’t even have a headrest!

Pros and cons

  • Breathable mesh fabric resists heat and moisture
  • Fully adjustable
  • Includes a headrest
  • Affordable
  • Not the best weight capacity

2. Best Value

Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair

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When you’re shopping for a high-end office chair, a bargain can be hard to come by. Thankfully, Duramont offers an ergonomic high-back office chair at a very generous price. Not only is it affordable, but it’s also comfy to sit in and has lots of nifty features.

To start with, it’s made of mesh, which allows constant airflow through the fabric. That’s so you can stay cool and free of perspiration during those long hours at the office.

The seat, tilt, tilt tension, armrests and headrest are all adjustable. After all, we come in lots of different shapes, heights, and sizes. Being able to adjust your office chair to fit you is a must.

Duramont put a lot of effort into making this office chair sturdy and reliable. It can safely seat up to 330 lbs of weight. Its casters will roll smoothly and quietly across most floors, and the chair never squeaks.

The only con here is that the armrests are a little wobbly, which is odd for a high-end chair. Also, one or two customers have reported their chairs having a chemical smell.

Pros and cons

  • Mesh fabric which keeps you cool throughout the day
  • Fully adjustable
  • Affordable
  • Sturdy and reliable, can support up to 330 lbs
  • Headrest
  • Armrests are a little wobbly

3. Best in Cushion

TOPSKY Leather Office Chair

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With its adjustable parts, heat-absorbing mesh back and seat, sturdy base and quality casters, this mid-back office chair from HESSEN has just about everything you could ask for.

First of all, HESSEN went out of their way to make this chair more adjustable than its competitors. Not only can you adjust the seat height, tilt angle, and back tension, but you can also adjust the seat depth, and the armrests are both foldable and rotatable.

Its aluminum alloy base is sturdy enough to seat up to 250 lbs of weight. Also, its elastic, quality mesh fabric is resistant to wear, so you can expect this chair to last.

The chair’s PU casters roll smoothly on wood floors, as well as on carpet.

And, just to further sweeten the deal, HESSEN offers a generous 3-year limited warranty and 90-day refund period.

The only notable drawback of the HESSEN mid-back office chair is that the seat is a little short, which can pose a problem for taller people. Aside from that, this office chair is a great product for a fair price.

Pros and cons

  • Fully adjustable
  • Mesh fabric seat resistant to wear, heat, and exposure
  • Sturdy and well-built
  • 3-year limited warranty and 90-day refund period
  • Backrest is a little short

4. Best in Material

HESSEN Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair

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For those of us over 6’ tall, it can be a chore to find an office chair that feels right. Oftentimes, the back is too short, and the seat and armrests are too low to the ground. And if you weigh over 200 lbs, you risk breaking your chair if it’s flimsy.

WIth this high-back leather office chair, TOPSKY is looking to cater to the taller/heavier folks out there. It’s obvious from the moment you set your eyes on this chair. Its 28.3’’ tall back is clearly meant for people 6’ and over.

That’s a shame, because aside from that, this chair is excellent. Its back and seat are adorned with 2’’ thick wave-shaped pads for unrivaled comfort. The upholstery is PU leather, and while we generally prefer mesh to leather, it’s comfy enough for us to look past it.

The seat, back, and tilt tension are all adjustable.

Aside from being tailored to the needs of taller people, this chair is robust enough to seat 400 lbs of weight, which is, frankly, more than anyone will ever need. Still, there’s no harm in it being sturdier than it needs to be.

If you’re a person of the taller or heavier set, then TOPSKY’s high-back office chair may be your dream chair.

Pros and cons

  • Comfortable to sit in
  • Stylish leather upholstery
  • Adjustable
  • Very sturdy and reliable
  • Not ideal for people under 6′ tall

5. Best for Big and Tall

Space Seating Big and Tall Managers Chair

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The priciest chair on our list, this manager’s chair from Space Seating does a lot to justify its price tag. However, it falls just a teensy bit short at the end of the day.

But first, let’s talk about its characteristics, features, and pros.

Fully extended, the seat is roughly 22’’ from the floor. Right from the get-go, it’s obvious this chair isn’t meant for the short-legged among us. Like the TOPSKY High-Back Office Chair, it was clearly designed to cater to taller and heavier folks. If you fit that description, then this chair brings a lot to the table.

The seat, armrests, and back can all be adjusted, with a fold-in/out feature for the armrests.

This chair is amazingly sturdy, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise given that it’s tailored to taller/heavier people. On its own, it can seat as much as 400 lbs of weight. Thankfully, the legs, base, and casters are all robust. The casters are also carpet-friendly.

The only drawback of this chair is that its tall back isn’t ideal for people under 6’. However, if you are over 6’ tall or on the heavier side, this chair will fit you perfectly.

Pros and cons

  • Fully adjustable
  • Carpet-friendly casters
  • Robust legs, base, and casters can handle up to 400 lbs of weight
  • Heat and moisture resistant mesh fabric
  • Not comfortable for smaller folks

What to Look for in an Office Chair

Not only are back problems painful, but they can also be a serious drain on your income. In fact, some of us have pre-existing conditions that make sitting for long periods of time very uncomfortable, or even downright painful. Because of that, a high-end, ergonomic office chair is one of those purchases that justifies itself.

However, not all office chairs are truly ergonomic. With how expensive they can be, it’s important to ensure that you’re spending your hard-earned money wisely. So, what is it that makes a chair ergonomic, what materials should a chair be made out of and what else should you consider?

To help you out, we wrote this guide on what you need to look for when shopping for a new office chair.

What Makes a Chair Ergonomic?

It may not seem like it, but whenever we sit, we actually place our backs under quite a lot of stress, particularly the lumbar area (lower back). Without proper lumbar support, your back muscles will tire after a while. Usually, that leads to a sore back, but at worst, it can cause chronic back problems.

An ergonomic chair offers proper lumbar support, which takes the stress off of your lower back, shoulders, arms, and legs. They also often have sloped backrests, meant to encourage good posture by keeping your spine in its natural shape.

Ergonomic chairs usually have an adjustable seat and armrests. A few also allow you to adjust the tilt angle and tension. That’s all so you can tailor a chair to fit your body size and height, as well as the size of your desk and other factors.

Ergonomic chairs also often have seats and backs with extra-padded cushions. That’s to prevent chafing and sore spots. A sloped seat, whose job it is to take the pressure off of the back of your knees, is another common feature.

Materials

Office and computer chairs are, in most cases, made of either synthetic, leather, or mesh fabric. Budget chairs tend to use synthetic, while the more expensive chairs may use leather or mesh.

As for which is the best out of those three, there are trade-offs to each. Leather is more stylish and elegant looking, while mesh is more comfortable because of the improved airflow, which keeps you cool and resists moisture. Synthetic is the least expensive of the three since it costs less to produce.

Conclusion

Considering most jobs these days require people to be sitting, investing in a better office chair will make those long work days much less painful. There are only a few things to consider, and one of the most important is that the chair is ergonomic. Then you need to factor in weight ratings as well as material. Something breathable like a mesh material is popular because it’s cost effective. 

All of the options here are budget friendly, ergonomic, and feature durable materials. 

Barry White

Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for Reclinercize.com

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