Features to consider when choosing an office chair
Before buying the best office chair for under 100, you should review the following key features and match them to your unique office needs and preferences.
This is one of the paramount features that determine the best ergonomic office chair under 100 since it is the part that is in contact with your body. The upholstery material plays a major role in the comfort level. Look for material that is soft, breathable, durable and easy to clean. It should be firm enough to be supportive and soft enough to relieve pressure points and provide a comfortable surface.
PU leather is one of the common upholstery used for office chairs under 100 dollars to give them a luxurious real leather appearance that looks pricier than it costs. It is resilient and easy to wipe clean. Fabric, mostly the long-lasting polyester, is another popular option because it is available in several colors. It is the material used for Boss Office Products Task Chair.
However, mesh seems to be the preferred choice for office chairs owing to its breathability and low maintenance. It is well-ventilated with a minimalistic design to prevent buildup of heat.
Confirm whether the material is available in different colors to match diverse décor. For example, you can buy Boss Office Products Task Chair in red, blue or grey color.
Checking the upholstery before you commit yourself will also help you to avoid any material that you may be allergic to.
A thick cushion provides adequate support without sacrificing your comfort. You should be able sit without sinking into the base. Memory foam is recommended for padding because it does not wear thin quickly.
The weight limit will differ depending on the model. For instance, VECELO Premium Mesh Chair is the office chair under 100 dollars with the highest weight capacity among our reviewed products. It holds maximum weight of up to 285 pounds. Experts recommend a chair with a higher capacity than your body weight to accommodate any weight you may gain.
Weight capacity is mainly determined by a chair’s construction material. A steel-frame chair would support more weight than a chair made from aluminum.
Backrest and seat dimensions
Before buying the best office chair under 100 dollars, look at the dimensions of the seat and backrest to confirm it can fit intended users comfortably and supportively. Apart from the right weight capacity, you need a seat that fits you. The seat should be deep and wide to fit your hips and accommodate at least 2 to 4 inches of space between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees when you are sitting upright. Your thighs should be almost parallel to the floor and your feet should be flat on it. The ideal minimum seat width should be 17 inches.
The backrest should be long and sizeable to adequately support your neck and shoulder blades and align to the natural S-curve of your spine and your lower back for the correct posture.
In addition to backrest and seat dimensions, you should also factor in the total size of the chair. Compare the overall dimensions of the chair with the space available for installation and the sizes of the intended users. HON HVST102 has seat dimensions of 17.9 x 17.5 inches and overall dimensions of 38.2 (max.) x 24.5 x 24.5 inches.
Products such as OFM Essentials Leather Desk Chair that has an armless design or VECELO Premium Mesh Chair with low armrests can slide under desktops to save space. The latter has armrests that you can remove.
The best ergonomic office chairs under 100 come with adjustable height for the seat so you can be at eye level with your computer when typing regardless of the height of the table or desk. The seat height of SMUGDESK Office Chair adjusts at a range of 3.9 inches while VECELO Premium Mesh Chair adjusts between 37 to 40.5 inches. A minimum seat height of 16 inches should suffice for most people.
Seat height may be adjusted manually with a screw-like feature or with pneumatic gas lever or lift that raises or lowers the seat when you push the button. The latter, featured in Boss Office Products Task Chair, takes less effort so it is ideal for elderly users and those with debilitating conditions.
If the armrests are adjustable
Office chairs under 100 dollars are available in 4 different arm styles. First, we have armless models such as OFM Essentials Leather Desk Chair. These chairs have no arms that can get in the way when sewing or performing tasks that require a wide range of arm movement. They also save space by sliding under desks.
Next, we have office chairs with fixed height for the arms and others that let you adjust the armrest upwards or downwards to comfortably work on your desk without slouching or foregoing support for your neck and shoulders. This is the most common category for the chairs we have reviewed. This type allows you to rest your elbows in a comfortable position.
Lastly, we have versatile models that allow you to adjust the armrest to different heights and angles. This includes adjusting the space between the two armrests to fit the width of your body.
Caster wheels features
Caster wheels are usually connected to the base of the chair for seamless mobility. We would recommend buying the best office chair under 100 dollars with 5 star bases since 4 star bases are prone to tipping over when you recline.
The casters of the products we have recommended are enclosed with nylon to protective various surfaces such as carpeted, laminated and hard wood floors from scratches. The nylon also provides sufficient grip to prevent the chair from gliding randomly. However, deep pile carpeted floors may necessitate caster wheels that are specifically designed for carpets.
In case your office chair has swiveling mechanism that makes item retrieval easy, look for caster wheels with locking mechanism to secure the chair in place when you are working.
Ergonomic seat and lumbar support
Lumbar refers to the area above your tailbone where the spine curves inwardly on the lower back. Lumbar support is among the notable features that make VECELO Premium Mesh Chair the best ergonomic office chair under 100. This helps to prevent back pain and sciatica, especially when working for extended hours. Sciatica occurs when the intervertebral lumbar disc on your spine degenerates from compression.
Some office chairs come with adjustable lumbar support to fit individuals of different sizes. Such a seat with adjustable height and depth can eliminate lower back pain.
An ergonomic chair features multiple adjustable settings for the seat, armrests, lumbar support, swiveling and reclining to fit your body. It is designed to be customizable to your individual needs and preferences. This would be a suitable choice for people who work for long hours and owners of desks with fixed height. It is also versatile for individuals with different builds.
Functionality: Not every office chair under 100 dollars is capable of reclining or swiveling for varied postures. So, if you intend to use the chair to also take a nap or to lay back and read, you would be served well by a product like SMUGDESK Office Chair which comes with a pull-out handle to recline the chair to an angle of 120 degrees. A chair that swivels makes it easier to move around or to reach out to something on the table or desk. Otherwise, you would have to keep twisting your neck and back.
Pneumatic control: You use it to raise or lower the seat while you are seated without much effort.
Ease of assembly: This is one of the hallmarks of the best ergonomic office chairs under 100 that we have reviewed. SMUGDESK Office Chair comes with a set of all the tools you need to assemble it in approximately 15 minutes.
Tilt tension: This feature controls the intensity of the force required to recline the seat to your preference. It is useful when the office chair does not move automatically according to the exerted individual weight.
Warranty: This information is provided by manufacturers, sellers and verified buyers in online reviews so you can buy in confidence, and it is different for every office chair. HON HVST102 has a limited warranty of 5 years while OFM Essentials Leather Desk Chair comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Research things that may render your warranty void. This may include altering the base of your office chair under 100 dollars which the manufacturer of OFM Essentials Leather Desk Chair particularly warns against doing.