Reviewers recommend the Ikea Joakim Swivel Chair as a good budget choice. This task chair doesn't have as many adjustment options as high-end models, but testers say there are enough to make it comfortable for most people. The gliding seat makes it possible to recline easily, an attribute missing from even some high-end models. In addition, the 10-year warranty is good for this price point. However, the Ikea Joakim isn't available in leather, and there are just three fabric color options: red, dark blue and gray-blue.
We found few professional review sources for low- and mid-priced ergonomic office chairs. The Joakim chair is available only from Ikea, and there are no user reviews on the Ikea website. Reviews in MyBusiness and Wired magazines recommend the Ikea Joakim, although neither provides information about formal testing.
1. My Business magazine
This article gives no indication that these chairs were tested, and it doesn't appear to rank them in any particular order. It says the Ikea Joakim Swivel Chair is "sleek, comfortable and well within your budget."
Review: Buying Guide: Office Chairs, Editors of MyBusiness, Feb./March 2005
There's no indication of testing or of how many chairs were considered for the honor, but the Ikea Joakim is recommended if you can't afford a Herman Miller Aeron.
Review: The Five Gadgets You Need to Start a Business for Less than $750, Rob Beschizza, Sept. 14, 2007