When you start shopping for a new office chair, the prices of high-end models can be shocking. While they do provide an unbelievable level of comfort and will keep your back from turning into a question mark, there are chairs out there that can do almost the same, but without draining your bank account.

Standard height

AmazonBasic Mid-Back Mesh

Editor's choice

This mid-back mesh chair has a pneumatic lift for perfect height adjustment, and there's a controllable tilt function that can be set to any tension. The mesh backing has lumbar support and won't leave you sweaty on a hot day, and the thick padding on the seat won't hurt your behind.

$68 at Amazon

High headrest

IKEA Markus

Staff pick

IKEA's Markus chair is tall, perfect for those of us with a height advantage, and a pneumatic lift and tilt function let you get a perfect position. A padded headrest is comfy when leaning back, and built-in lumbar support keeps your spine at attention.

From $199 at IKEA

Tall mesh back

Lorell Executive High-Back

This mesh-back chair is ideal for anyone who likes support up to their shoulders without a headrest to get in the way. Armrests can be tweaked for height and width, there are three handles on the side to adjust seat tilt and height, and built-in lumbar support ensures you keep a natural curve.

From $174 at Amazon

Upholstered padding

AmazonBasics Mid-Back

This mid-back chair keeps things compact while offering a more executive look thanks to a PU leather finish available in brown, black, or white colors. There's plenty of padding on the bottom, back, and armrests, plus you can control tilt and height with a handle.

$68 at Amazon

Five-year warranty

HON Exposure

HON's Exposure has plenty of adjustment options, including horizontal seat placement, height, recline, and lumbar. The armrests can likewise be adjusted to help cut down on slouching. This chair thinks it costs a lot more than it actually does, and it comes with a five-year limited warranty to back that up.

$179 at Amazon

Aggressive design

Furmax Office and Gaming

Furmax has here a PU-leather-covered racing chair with a high back, headrest, plenty of padding, and aggressive design. It comes with a headrest pillow and a lumbar pillow, and you have handles to adjust height and recline. Choose from a couple of different colors to match your style.

From $130 at Amazon

Bonded leather

Staples Westcliffe

Available in brown or black bonded leather options, this Westcliffe managers chair from Staples will fit right in with an executive's decor. There's plenty of padding on the seat and back, and contoured lumbar support keeps your back from aching if you sit for long periods of time.

$130 at Staples

Truly budget

Boss Steno

It might not be the most comfortable option on the list, but this Steno chair from Boss is truly cheap. It has a padded bottom and back, a handle to adjust height, and it rests on five casters with a weight limit up to about 150 pounds. If you need a cheap chair for basic purposes, this is it.

$37 at Amazon

If we're making some suggestions

All of the above options can be had for a price that won't come close to the upper-end office chairs, but if we're making some recommendations, have a look at the AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh chair. It costs far less than $200, but it still brings plenty of adjustments, including height and tilt. You get lumbar support thanks to a curved mesh back, and there's relatively thick padding on the seat to stay comfortable. If you don't like the idea of always having something behind your head — the chair's back stops about halfway up — this is a great, cost-effective choice.

If you're on the other side of the debate and prefer to have full back support from your office chair, IKEA's Markus is a stellar pick. A few people here at Windows Central use the Markus every day, and it's proven to be a long-lasting, affordable chair with lumbar support, a mesh back, a headrest, and lots of padding where it counts the most. The arms are removable for a bit of versatility, and you can adjust for height and tilt to get a comfy position.

If you need something with a lot more style, be sure to check out our roundup of the best gaming chairs out there.

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