Top 5 Office Chairs Under $500

Top 5 Office Chairs Under $500

Chances are, you sit in an office chair for hours every day. If you've begun shopping for one, you've probably found out that they can get really expensive. Not everyone is willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a task chair, which is why we've created this list of our top 5 office chair choices under $500. Budget shoppers rejoice!


"I'm a baller on a budget"*


*Tim Zorca - Smart Furniture IT Developer

Protecting your health with an ergonomic chair should be at the top of your to-do list if you sit down to work for eight or more hours a day. Sitting still in a chair all day that doesn't support your back properly can lead to many health complications: poor circulation, back pain, shoulder pain, eye strain, and many others. Springing for a more expensive chair is worth the investment, but we understand that isn't always in the cards. That's why we've collected our list of the top 5 office chairs under $500. We want you to be able to sit comfortably without breaking the bank.

We've used customer feedback and personal experience to compile this list. While it's not completely scientific, using our extensive product knowledge, personal experience, and understanding of ergonomics, we're confident that this list will take care of our cash-strapped customers. Everyone deserves good health and a comfortable work environment.


Honorable Mentions

$195
Starting Price

The Techni Mobili Executive High Back Chair with Headrest has a value that rivals the length of its name. The mesh backrest is ergonomic, and the headrest provides great neck support for late nights at work. At $195, this chair is the definition of affordable ergonomics.

$195
Starting Price

The Jack Task Chair is Steelcase's most affordable seating option. It comes with the comfort and durability of Steelcase products with the famous 12 year warranty. There aren't many options to the chair--just height adjustment and optional arms--but getting Steelcase quality at this price is invaluable.

$327.50
Starting Price

The VXO Chair has the most comfortable seat out of any chair on this list; it's made out of memory foam! The combination of ergonomic mesh on the backrest and cushy memory foam on the seat make this a wonderful pick for the cash-strapped shopper. You can even choose a seat color!


The Final Five

$360.75
Starting Price

Hon's Ignition Chair kicks off our list. This chair comes standard with a mesh back that's breathable and conforms to the unique curves of your back. One really cool feature is the adjustable back height. Most chairs only have an adjustable seat height, but the Ignition Chair also has a back that slides up or down so that it accommodates short and tall people. Our IT developer, Tim, sits in the Ignition chair, and he loves the conformability of the mesh back and the height adjustable arms. The seat is available in 10 fun colors, so you can also give it some personality. With a price that starts at under $400, this chair is affordable, comfortable, and ergonomic.


$493
Starting Price

Knoll has the reputation of making some of the most refined and expensive furniture in the world. Its product selection consists of $5000 tables and sofas that can crest $10,000. In this case, they've created an ergonomic chair at an agreeable price. Both the back and the seat are available in customizable colors. With a flexible plastic back and a cushioned seat, this chair is perfect for everyday home office use. Even though some of the add-ons put the cost of the chair over our $500 mark, the base model is nice enough for us to justify its placement on this list.


$459
Starting Price

The Qivi Chair is one of Steelcase's newest releases, and it's a deceptively innovative chair. Designed initially as a conference chair, it also works for longer stints at a desk. The pivoting backrest conforms to taller or shorter sitters without the need for adjustments or knobs. The gliding seat option keeps the chair under $500 and allows seat depth adjustment. Since the chair is manufactured by Steelcase, one of the most well-known and respected office furniture manufacturers in the world, it comes with their standard 12 year warranty. You can also be sure that the quality is some of the best available. Keeping things simple really is the best solution sometimes.


$429
Starting Price

BDI is widely regarded as the best home theater furniture makers in the world. Their TV stands are unrivaled in quality, construction, and innovation. After dominating the media stand game, they pivoted to the office, creating a line of wildly popular desks and storage solutions. The TC-223 Chair is their first foray into seating, and it does not disappoint. The high-resiliency mesh back conforms nicely to the natural curves of the sitter's back, while the included lumbar support gives it extra reinforcement. The tilt adjustment knob is in the middle of the chair instead of the side like most other chairs, which is the only knock we have on it. The included headrest makes this chair difficult to pass up, and at the price, it's almost impossible to beat.


$489
Starting Price

The Sayl Chair is #1 on our list because it's the best chair you can buy for less than $500. Herman Miller is one of the premier furniture manufacturers in the world, and the Sayl Chair lives up to their sterling reputation. Its architectural design makes it wonderful for modern spaces, and its flex back offers plenty of support while still being responsive. This chair has plenty of options that can price it well over $900, but the base model still provides ergonomic support and good looks that other less expensive chairs just can't compete with. Since the Sayl is a Herman Miller chair, it comes with their standard 12 year warranty, and the assurance of high-end quality. The Sayl Chair is the best chair that you'll find on our site for less than $500.


That concludes our list of the top 5 office chairs under $500. We understand that everyone has different budgets, so we do our best to accommodate different price points. Office chairs are a necessary piece of furniture in every office, so it's important that you get one that makes you healthier and happier.

When buying an office chair, the important thing to remember is that you should get one that fits your body, adjusts where you need it, and will last a long time. Feel free to contact us anytime with questions (click here for ways to reach us). If you're shy, try out our Furniture Genius and let us know if it gets it right (or wrong). You can also try our Office Chair Genius for more guidance. Good luck, and happy office chair shopping!


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