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So, I tried out the Bowery, but it hasn't worked out for me. Was going to try out the Soji next, but first wanted your opinion about the Clatina chairs I've been reading about on the subreddit.
Let me guess, you sit at a fixed-height desk around 29" tall, high enough to force you to either sit cross-legged because it's not easy to plant your feet on the floor, or slouch because it's hard to sit up straight for too long.
With $400, you easily have enough for a solid CLATINA Mellet chair and an adjustable footrest or keyboard tray (clamp-on if you can't screw into the bottom of your desk) that allows you to type & mouse while sitting in healthy posture and getting full support from the backrest and your feet.
The chair you linked has a backrest that is too flat = poor lumbar support.
The CLATINA Mellet is superior to the Hyken at the ~$200 price point and is a better fit for your frame.
Honestly I don’t and likely searching the reviews on Amazon listing is your best chance for insight.
CLATINA Ergonomic High Swivel Executive Chair with Adjustable Height 3D Arm Rest Lumbar Support and Mesh Back for Home Office Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JJ3S1LQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_Q9ZRD7M4M88B14CXYCJR?psc=1
I don’t sweat a lot so I always go fabric as I think it will last longer than mesh. Mesh is not going to conform to your back and likely will stretch with time. Overall it’s personal preference.
The Clatina Mellet is a pretty awesome chair for around $200. It's kinda like a Steelcase Leap knockoff.
There should be lots of good used options in that price range, but if you want to buy new, you've got options. There's the Clatina Mellet and the SitOnIt Novo Home Edition highback which people seem to like on here. You could also go old school and get a Crandall refurbished Steelcase Criterion.
For just a little bit more money you could get a new Haworth Soji or a refurbished Steelcase Amia.
Crandall refurbed Amia is the best within $400 online.
Best within $250 - CLATINA Mellet https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JJ3S1LQ/
Knowing your height and weight would be helpful possibly for people providing you recommendations. $200 is kind of the floor for decent budget chairs that will last a decent number of years. After years of using cheap $100-150 chairs from staples / Office Depot, I ended up getting the Clatina Mellet after reading a few Amazon reviews, Reddit review, saw a physical therapist using one on his YouTube video about ergonomics. My personal budget was $300 and under and I couldn’t find a good used or refurbished steelcase leap v2 within my geographical area within budget (leaps are what we have at all the desks at the hospital I work at but a reliable refurbished one cost $500-800. New was near $1k, But the 4D arm rests and dial in lumbar support is great if you can score a used one on OfferUp or FB marketplace or similar sites)
The $200 mesh back Clatina Mellet maybe worth considering
link to info dump of info on the chair for reference so you don’t have to look all over
Clatina mellet is also sold at Walmart I think if you want to go to a retail location and try it out in person.
Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with the company at all, just a vocal redditor who was excited to find a decent budget option and wanted to inform others of the option as often steelcase and Herman miller are often mentioned.
Don’t be afraid to try out a few chairs in person or return ship them if you’re not satisfied in the first 2-3 weeks of use. It sucks but it’s a long term purchase you want timber happy with. Everyone’s body is different so determine what works for you.
If you do need any real world measurements on a Clatina Mellet or Steelcase Leap V2 let me know.
Good luck with your search.
I think the advice you're getting here isn't entirely wrong, but I also think that its impractical or often unrealistic for someone of your age to invest in something the way you can do later on in life. I think it's great that you had the insight to look past the gaming chairs and learn more about what's out there. Your options in your budget are going to be limited.
If you buy used, you have openings to any chair you want with enough time and effort looking for a deal. And some of the less famous brands you'll see here (Knoll, HON, Humanscale) often have used chairs popping up for cheap even if it's not an amazing deal. HON Ignitions and Steelcase Amias pop up cheap a lot because they look generic.
If you're not buying used there are limited options like I said, but not none. Here are some that I can name that work decently for you in your price range, they're all gonna be right up on the upper end of $200 unfortunately.
Staples Ayalon - My personal favorite of this list, but slightly above your price range. Very comfortable, good for relaxing and working.
Staples Hyken - Not personally a fan but its well reviewed
Clatina Mellet - comes in mesh or fabric/foam back, check amazon options
Ikea MARKUS - decent chair from a reputable brand
Ikea JARFVJALLET - Again a bit above your price range, like the Markus but with different adjustments
Random HON chair I found while looking your price range
I just went on a buying frenzy with chairs recently. I bought a chair from Sams Club -- hated it. It was wayyy too big and felt like you were swimming in the chair and/or sliding out.
I then picked up a Clatina Office Chair from Amazon. This one I actually liked a lot! But shortly after purchasing it, I stumbled upon a sweet deal on an Aeron chair that I couldn't pass up--so I picked up an Aeron and returned the Clatina.
I feel wrong for saying this, but I think I liked the Clatina better! The seat cushion was more comfortable and I liked that it was a high back. I also had a headrest which was pretty sweet as well.
With the Aeron, I really do like the lean on this thing. It's a quality chair and I replaced the castors. Hopefully this sticks around!