Here you are trying to find the best office chair under $300… 😉
In all honesty – it’s very reasonable and it’s my duty to help you because, truth be said, you can get a great well-rounded ergonomic chair for that money.
Royte! Let’s cut the intro… 😎
Here is what you’ll find below:
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My Top 5 Best Ergonomic Office Chairs Under $300
If you are on a budget, then these 5 are great to begin your search with. 😎
Let’s now check them out in more details…
Argomax (full review) is a good looking chair with an eye catching profile and a sleek shape.
The chair has a simple padding on a five point caster base, an accompanying headrest, a long mesh back rest and adjustable arms.
Having been invented by a professional team, the seat borrows heavily from the 2005 idea of an ergonomic design.
- Mesh back keeps your back cool and dry
- Built-in lumbar support for lower back stability
- Supports up to 330 lbs
- Easy to wash in case that’s necessary
- Headrest helps to support neck; it’s also height adjustanle
- Adjustable armrests
- A little extra armrest adjustability would be nice
HON Volt Task Chair
The HON’s Volt (full review) has a sophisticated look, natural cooling of the mesh-back and a good visual design.
It offers a unique combination of scale, style, comfort and functionality.
The real value of this seat lies in its flexibility to work in any environment.
And this is why we think it is the best office chair under 300 USD.
- Contoured site & back cushions – the chair is very comfortable
- Optional height adjustable armrests
- Tilt tension & tilt lock control for recline lovers
- Synchro-tilt which allows seat and back to recline at different rates, supporting a more ergonomic posture.
- Very durable covered by HON’s Lifetime Warranty
- The tilt control location is a bit weird – it’s hard to reach while sitting (and if you have short arms)
The SPACE Seating Chair (full review) is a little bit different from other office chairs in that it brings some additional features and mechanisms for supporting users more comfortably.
Its strong looking back comes with complete lumbar support, height and tilt controls, adjustable arm rests and casters on the bottom.
- Breathable mesh back keeps your back dry
- Adjustable lumbar support helps to keep your back comfortable
- Seat height adjustment
- Thick padded comfortable sit (good for prolonged sitting at a desk)
- The chair is pretty wide and supports up to 250lbs
- Can be assembled with/out armrests
- It can be too wide for some people
- Armrests appear to have some quality issues over prolonged use
Alera Elusion (full review) has a multifunction mechanism that allows the back angle to be adjusted relative to the seat.
The chair stands out among the rest because of its affordability and effectiveness in offering you features like waterfall edged cushion, breathable mesh and black contoured design.
Its width and height adjustable arms together with a five-point base makes it an easy mobility chair recommended for top executives and management.
- Comes in 2 sizes: mid- & high-back
- Independent back height adjustment
- Height & width adjustable armrests
- Adjustable sit height
- Asynchronous control
- The seat foam is dense, which can make it a “hot” chair to sit on for a long time during summer time
- It can be quite squeaky
La Z Boy (full review) is a trusted brand that has been known for quality, craftsmanship and comfort.
Their coffee brown Executive Office Chair offers exceptional support and comfort at the work places using its advanced comfort technology.
By purchasing this chair, you get unique zone-based support offered by its advanced layering system that places cushions in the most needed areas.
- Memory foam sit for extra comfort
- Supports up to 250lbs
- Waterfall edge helps to keep legs comfortable
- Height & tilt control
- It’s a very comfortable chair
- Sometimes arrives without parts (or with workmanship defects)
3 Things to Look For in a Chair
I always say – your office chair should be FUN to sit in. 😉
On top of that, it should have a bunch of adjustments that will make your bum (aka butt) feel good even after prolonged sitting.
Fortunately, 300-dollar budget is pretty good for a quality office chair that will carry you through the day.
Here are 3 things that an absolute best chair in that price range would have:
- Adjustable Armrests. Highest class chairs can have armrests that can be adjusted in 4 (!!) dimensions. Yes, that’s a show off, but the absolute minimum is to have them height adjustable (width would be the next priority).
- Tilt Tension/Lock. Science shows that slightly leaning back is healthier for your spine when sitting. Apparently, 135 degrees is the mAgIC number. THIS is when you need tilt tension/lock adjustment in order to control how far you are leaning back.
- Warranty. This is BIG because buying a 300-dollar chair to only throw it away in 8 months (this happens all the time) is really…hmm…silly. At this price range 1 year is absolute minimum warranty you should sign up for – DO NOT confuse it with a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee thing! This is different.
5 Office Chair Brands to Consider
Finding THE chair may take some time (for me it took 3 days of looking, comparing and deciding…maaaan, decision-making is ain’t easy 😀 !).
Having said this, there are quite a few budget furniture brands out there, so you might find THE ONE by checking these 5 out:
From my experience they have the best price-quality ratio out there + they generally have good warranties (e.g. HON offers lifetime warranty on some of their chairs – how freaking awesome is that?!).
4 Tips to Keep In Mind When Buying a Chair
Here is the simple, BUT SUCH AN IMPORTANT truth that people always forget:
The chair you buy, must suit YOU and YOUR body type.
A 330-lb guy leaving a negative review for a chair which has a 250-lb capacity…come on man!
Ok, to business.
Here is what you need to know IF you want to sit without pain and discomfort.
1: Try Before You Buy
Trying a chair before buying it is a no-brainer…yet so many people don’t.
In our case, just order the chair from Amazon, and try it! If you don’t like it, return it for free – it’s very simple.
If you are in a store, spend good 10-15 minutes in it because a lot of aches and pains develop after a certain time gap.
2: Short You = Short Chair / Long You = Tall Chair
Office chairs are NOT one size fits all…
In fact, they are very far from it!
If you are a short person (i.e shorter than 5’5″ for men and 5′ for women), you should probably pick a short back office chair (“probably” because sometimes shorter people find tall back chairs quite comfortable as well).
As for tall people…you should always look for a chair with a high back because this is the only way for the chair to support you.
3: Adjustable Lumbar Support
Quite a few office/computer/desk chairs within this price range come with an adjustable lumbar support.
Lumbar support is one thing that can really damage your back IF…it’s not properly adjusted.
Very often a chair would have a non-adjustable lower back support which would be fine for some people, but not others (e.g. again, if they are too tall/short for that chair).
Typically, it’s vertically adjustable, but some chairs have an in-built “depth” adjustment which controls how much it “pushes” towards your spine.
Why would material affect your comfort during sitting?!
Well, there are at least 2 reasons.
First, mesh chairs are sooo muuuch better during hot summer days!
Yeap – you don’t sweat in them (or sweat a lot less).
Mesh chairs have tremendous breathability and this can make a big difference in your overall comfort and…confidence level (sweaty back stains don’t exactly add to confidence…unless you don’t care like me 😉 )
Second, leather chairs hold you a lot better.
It’s weird, but they seem to have a better “grip” of you because, and that’s my personal experience, with mesh chairs you tend to slip down.
I guess it’s to do with how mesh fabric and clothes behave with each other.
8 More Accessories to Make Your Sitting Just Sooo Much Better
Chair is important – of course, but…
It’s not the only thing that makes (or breaks) sitting!
If you are serious about being healthy and comfortable all day long (while sitting on your booty 😉 ), then these accessories are definitely worth checking out!
1: Seat Cushion
Personally, I am not a fan of these, but my mom uses a similar seat cushion ALL THE TIME.
She says it helps her to maintain a good posture while sitting (exactly what it’s designed for).
The really cool part is that you can take this wedge with you wherever you need it – it’s pretty light weight.
2: Ergonomic Mouse Pad
Office work has rarely nothing to do with using a mouse and this is when you might want an ergonomic mouse pad.
Just like with the wedge pillow from above – I am not a fan of these as well, but…
My mom (LOL) swears by it!
She says it reduces the pain she gets from mouse overuse (she clicks a lot).
Will it fit you?
It’s worth checking out…
3: Ergonomic Mouse
We have spoken about the mouse pad, so an ergonomic mouse is the next logical step.
There are 2 facts about these:
- Fact 1: They take time to get used to.
- Fact 2: They can have a massive positive effect on a bunch of irritating conditions.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of them.
Personally, I don’t bother with an ergonomic mouse and…the only place I saw it was in a chiropractor’s office (reception lady was using it – obvious, right!? 😀 )
4: Soft Chair Arm Pads
Computer desk chairs in our price range tend to have one disadvantage – the armrests these chairs come with are not soft (this mainly applies to mesh chairs).
These soft arm pads are an awesome solution to that problem.
They can also elevate your chair’s armrests – awesome thing if you need an extra inch or two!
5: Back Support
If you actually have a standard chair, you can totally make it a lot more ergonomic with this simple addition.
Basically, one you have one, your posture improves right away.
On top of that, you’d find it a loooot easier to maintain it during prolonged sitting.
My mom…doesn’t have this (though, I am pretty sure, she’d love it 😀 ).
Please also remember that this is not a “silver bullet” type of thing – it still should fit your body parameters (including your height).
6: Chair Footrest
There are a bunch of options out there, starting from $20-30 going all the way to $100 (like this option here).
How can footrest make your sitting so much better ?
Sitting all day is hard on our bodies and footrest provides relief of fatigue.
This particular footrest is beautiful and sturdy – built for life!
7: Thera Cane Massager
Here is the thing that I (not my mom) personally own…and I love it with all my heart.
Trigger points are sensitive spots in soft tissue which also develop as a result of continuous stress and repetitive physical activity.
So when you it in a chair all day, you naturally develop some trigger points in your neck (looking at the monitor all day long) and other parts of your body (pretty much everywhere).
This is when Thera Cane comes in.
Thera Cane is a basically a stick that will help you to massage out the worst trigger points that you have without actually going to a manual therapist.
In past it helped me with fixing headaches, vertigo (basically getting dizzy) and even “fake” tooth ache! (I thought it was my wisdom tooth (which was already extracted months before), but it was actually a bad ass trigger point that mimicked this type of pain – can you imagine?!).
You can see I totally recommend Thera Cane for prolonged sitting.
Last but not least – warranty.
Generally speaking, desk chairs in the 300-dollar price range come with a 1-to-5-year limited warranty.
For less than $26, this warranty will offer you 3 years of peace of mind.
Wrapping It Up
I really hope that my guide and suggestions on finding the best office chair under 300 US dollars helped you BIIIG time.
As you can see, finding the right chair is not that difficult and you only need to take into account a few minor (but important nevertheless) points.
If you need more suggestions, check out these budget chairs – there are few more great options available.
Good luck with your search!
P.S. And if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below – I will be happy to assist you on this one.