The Best Office Chairs

According to hyperenthusiastic reviewers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chair (R, with a higher backrest) is seen on the cabinet row as carpenters fit seats and desks for the new MP's at the Bundestag (Germany's lower house of parliament) in Berlin on October 17, 2013.

To find the very best products that no human being would have the time to try, look to the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star ratings and lots of ’em) products and choose the most convincing. You’ll find the best crowdsourced ideas whether you’re searching for comfortersbed sheets, or even Christmas trees. Below, the best office chairs determined by the hard-nosed reviewers on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best Office Chair for Less Than $100

AmazonBasics Mid-Back chair.

4.2 stars, 2,680 reviews
“I just finished finals week and I have spent A LOT of time in this chair this week. It is extremely comfortable, especially given how inexpensive it is! I can sit in this chair for up to 12 hours without discomfort, which is pretty essential when you were a slacker and needed to cram a semester’s worth of information into your brain in a week. It’s not the best-quality materials, sure—but it is very comfortable and inexpensive. I am definitely glad I bought this chair!”

BUY: AmazonBasics Mid-Back Office Chair, Black
$65, Amazon

Best Mesh Office Chair for Less Than $100

AmazonBasic Mid-Back Mesh Chair.

4.2 stars, 2,726 reviews
“Easy setup (less than 30 minutes, no tools needed). Chair can be raised pretty high. The seat is not too firm, and my butt doesn’t go numb after 30 minutes. I love the mesh back; I don’t like when chairs have padding for the back. It is firm. This is the best thing. It does not give in, and so far has offered great back support. This was a great purchase, totally worth my money.”

BUY: AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair
$65, Amazon

Best Office Chair for Less Than $200

Serta Style leather chair.

4.1 stars, 1,136 reviews
“I absolutely LOVE this chair … It looks very high-end, so extra points for this and for offering it at such a reasonable price. The chair adjusts up and down, and it also swivels. The color is true to the picture, and the fabric is soft and suede-like. The back of the chair comes up to just behind my shoulders (I’m 5’8”), so it’s a very comfortable fit … I’ve had the chair for a couple of weeks now, and it really is a comfortable, beautiful, back-friendly piece of office furniture.”

BUY: Serta Style Hannah I Office Chair, Bonded Leather, Black
$120, Amazon

Best Executive Office Chair

AmazonBasics executive chair.

4.3 stars, 2,795 reviews

“This chair is amazing. It stands up and possibly surpasses similar models at office-supply stores that cost at least double the price. It couldn’t have been any easier to assemble. I had it done in about 10 minutes after getting it unboxed. Very comfortable and sturdy, the materials are nice and solid, and it also looks great. If you’re looking for an excellent computer chair and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, look no further. This is the one. I can’t think of a single thing I don’t love about this chair, and I’ve had several very expensive executive chairs in the past to gauge my appreciation of this one.”

BUY: AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair - Black
$110, Amazon

Best Executive Office Chair for Less Than $100

BestOffice leather chair.

4.0 stars, 2,271 reviews
“I absolutely love this office chair. Great color. Super comfortable. Looks and feels much more expensive than it was. On close inspection, you can tell the silver is a plastic or polymer, not steel, but it doesn’t detract from the overall good look. As someone who works from home, a comfortable chair is key! The chair is perfect for my 5’2” frame and fits my husband’s 6’4” frame perfectly as well. It swivels, it rolls, and it adjusts easily. The arms are nicely padded as well. It also was a very easy assembly.”

BUY: BestOffice Ergonomic PU Leather High Back Office Chair, Black
$85, Amazon

Best Office Chair With Headrest

Flash Furniture chair with headrest.

4.1 stars, 1,618 reviews
“Bought the full mesh with headrest version and I’m in love. As a 6’1”, 180-pound person, this chair fits my body like a glove. The headrest is what really puts it all together for me. It’s height adjustable, so if your torso is taller, you can raise it up to hit your neck perfectly. I have it on the middle notch, and it can go a bit higher. This will cure all the neck issues caused by my old, nonadjustable leather chair. Plus, since it’s summer, this chair will be much cooler, too. Packaging was really good, and there wasn’t any defects.”

BUY: Flash Furniture High Back Black Mesh Executive Swivel Chair
$110, Amazon

Best Armless Office Chair

AmazonBasics Low-Back chair.

4.5 stars, 729 reviews
“This chair is fantastic! I needed an office chair for my home office that met fairly specific criteria: comfortable, no arms, height/tilt adjustable, and most importantly, cheap. This task chair seemed to fit all of my needs. After reading the reviews and comparing other chairs, it became clear that this was an incredible deal for only $55! … It is extremely comfortable, and I would know since I sit in it for eight hours on average every day. The height range is perfect as well; I have an older wooden desk that cannot accommodate larger or taller chairs or those with armrests, but I can fit this chair under the desk with ease and still have room to swivel around. The tilt option is also a very nice feature. You can adjust the tilt range as well as lock it, so there is no tilt whatsoever. Overall, this is a great task chair that is very comfortable and sturdy. When also taking the price into consideration, it is clear that this is a great deal. I highly recommend this chair!”

BUY: AmazonBasics Low-Back Task Chair
$55, Amazon

Best Mesh Armless Office Chair

AmazonBasics Low-Back chair.

4.4 stars, 1,412 reviews
“Terrific, simple office chair for a great price. I love that it has no arms because I like to sit with my legs ‘folded like a pretzel,’ while I work, and arms just get in the way. It supports me well, and the rolling-feet function smoothly across my carpet protector.”

BUY: AmazonBasics Low-Back Computer Chair - Black
$45, Amazon

Best Drafting Chair

Furmax leather office chair.

4.3 stars, 531 reviews
“Right off the bat, love this chair: soft leather, great low-back support, and aesthetically feels like a great combo of an office chair and racing-game chair. Instructions to build were really easy to follow, though getting the arms on had me asking for help from my brother to hold the back of the chair. As quite a few others have mentioned, this chair is great if you’re relatively slim and short. I’m 5’9” at 130 pounds (I’m a runner), so this chair works perfectly for me. Even still, when I sit up straight, the top of the chair touches only my shoulder blades or the bottom of my neck. I don’t mind that, but I know that’s too short for some … For now, love that I can sit comfortably in this chair for hours on end!”

BUY: Furmax Office Chair PU Leather Gaming Chair
$64, Amazon

Best Drafting Chair for Standing Desks

Boss Office stool.

4.1 stars, 1,238 reviews

“Chair works great, just the perfect size for sitting at a raised desk where most of the time I stand. Wasn’t sure about the comfort level when I was looking, but it is plenty comfortable, nice thick cushion, and the back support is solid. So if you are looking for a good chair to use at a standing desk, this is a great option. It is lighter than my older desk chair, and it rolls around [easily]. Also, it was very easy and quick to assemble.”

BUY: Boss Office Products B16245-BK Be Well Medical Spa Drafting Stool
$64, Amazon

Best Office Chair for Tall People

AmazonBasics leather chair.

4.1 stars, 626 reviews
“WOW! Just WOW!! I’m seriously impressed with this chair, so far. I’m 6’ and 250 pounds, I spend 40-plus hours a week at my desk in a chair. I’ve had some good chairs that I’ve paid a lot of money for, and I’ve had some poor chairs I’ve paid a lot of money for, too. This is the first really good chair I didn’t have to pay a lot of money for. The engineering in this chair is first-rate. Putting it together, it’s obvious that it is meant to withstand some punishment. The metal hardware is significantly beefier than my last chair … The seat padding is very firm; of course, it’s meant to withstand a hundred pounds more than I’m putting on it, so I guess that’s understandable. It’s not so firm that it’s uncomfortable, but compared to my last chair, it’s very noticeably more firm. The armrests are well-padded and larger than my last chair … I’m seriously impressed and happy with this chair.”

BUY: AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive Chair
$160, Amazon

Best Office Chair With Adjustable Lumbar Support

Ergonomic mesh chair

4.0 stars, 337 reviews
“My boyfriend mentioned to me that my old chair had zero lower-back support after trying it out briefly, so I opted to replace it with this one after hearing that racing chairs were great in terms of offering good back support. I’m sad I didn’t switch my old chair sooner! The chair is sturdy and provides great support for days of programming and nights of gaming. The lower-back support is fantastic, and the headrest is similarly comfortable. A great buy!”

BUY: Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair
$140, Amazon

Best Office Chair for Gaming

Black and blue Homall leather chair.

4.0 stars, 1,016 reviews
“Simply one of the best gaming chairs I’ve owned. Personally, I think it’s great value for the money for these exact reasons. Armrest is extremely stable; it is super durable and supports your arm flawlessly, and lets you feel it will last quite a while! The cushioning is super comfortable and doesn’t feel cheap; it covers the entire surface of the chair, which provides amazing support. Made with great material. Doesn’t take too much room, and the price is very good compared to other similar models and brands. Overall, I love it. Very comfortable and great lumbar and neck support.”

BUY: Homall Executive Swivel Leather Gaming Chair
$110, Amazon

Best Velvet Office Chair

Pink Egrree chair.

4.3 stars, 123 reviews
“I love these office chairs: stylish, easy assembly, comfortable, high-quality, affordable, adjustable. They are just what I wanted—and more! Highly, highly recommend.”

BUY: Eggree Mid Back Swivel Adjustable Home Office Chair
$110, Amazon

Best Office Chair Without Wheels

Flash Furniture chair.

4.2 stars, 669 reviews
“This is an excellent, easy-to-assemble, and inexpensive chair that, by far, looks much more expensive than it is. I put it together in my office in about 20 minutes, needing only an Allen wrench. I did use my own, as theirs looked a bit small. In all, one of my best buys from Amazon.”

BUY: Flash Furniture Black Leather Executive Side Reception Chair With Black Frame Finish
$66, Amazon

Best Kneeling Office Chair

Woman sitting a Sleekform ergonomic kneeling chair.

4.2 stars, 543 reviews
“This kneeling chair works like it should, and is very solid. I’m using it on carpet, so I haven’t put the wheels in yet. Assembly is easy. Try a few different heights to find the one that works well for you. I’m using this for the purpose of helping me sit in a way that does not contribute to sciatica pain. This chair is solid, and it fits under the desk. It does take a while to get used to the pressure on your knees and shins, but if you make sure to move periodically, and sit in different positions, it isn’t bad. It certainly feels better overall than a traditional computer chair.”

BUY: Sleekform Ergonomic Kneeling Chair
$80, Amazon

Maxine Builder is a writer at the Strategist.