Updated on June 6, 2016
AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair Review
I have a confession. Sometimes I splurge a bit and make large purchases when not entirely necessary. When it comes to cycling, for instance, I am willing to pay top dollar for a nice bicycle. I ride my bike every day, and so perhaps I can subconsciously justify the purchase on the basis that when the purchase price is spaced out over the course of months or years, it might not be so bad. On the other hand, sometimes you just need something that works. That is exactly what the AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair is. It’s a no-frills, back to basics office chair that just works. It gets the job done, and manages to do it fairly well, especially considering the price point.
I’ve written quite a bit about the AmazonBasics line in the past, particularly when reviewing the AmazonBasics High Back Executive Chair. As a quick refresher, AmazonBasics is Amazon’s attempt to address the market for white-label products imported from China and often fulfilled by Amazon. In short, Amazon merchants will often source non-branded products from China, “add value” largely through branding and marketing, and sell the products under an in-house label on the Amazon marketplace.
AmazonBasics is Amazon’s attempt to remove the middle man and provide similar high-quality products at a low price point under the Amazon brand. The Mid-Back mesh chair shares much of the same DNA as the AmazonBasics High Back Executive Chair, but is packaged as an office chair. Like its cousin, it is a high-quality entry-level ergonomic office chair with ample support and features to compete with chairs twice its price point.
Let’s begin with what the Mid-Back Mesh Chair does well. The first thing I noticed is that this chair is made from high quality materials. The mesh back is similar to the one found on my beloved Aeron, and provides ample support while maintaining breathability. The chair itself is sufficiently sturdy and feels solid, even for someone with my relatively large frame. According to Amazon, the chair is rated to support up to 225 lbs, though I would wager you’d be fine well beyond that point if need be. The seat cushion is top notch. It’s just firm enough to provide ergonomic support where necessary while not being too firm so as to cause pressure points.
Obviously, the chair does not ship assembled, so there will be some assembly required. Luckily the instructions are straightforward and easy to follow. Realistically, you should be able to put it together in less than 15 minutes if you are at all mechanically inclined.
Amazingly, the Mid-Back Mesh Chair includes a tilt lock feature. I’ve written quite a bit about the importance of tilt lock vs tilt adjustability, but in short, you want tilt lock if you can find it. Tilt lock lets you set a fixed amount of recline permitted by the chair, which in turn can facilitate better ergonomics. I would not buy a chair without it, and lucky for you, the Mid-Back Mesh Chair includes such a feature, which is often only found on higher end office chairs. It also has a height-adjust, which I would expect on any modern office chair, but is worth highlighting.
So where does the Mid-Back Mesh Chair fall short? Well, actually there aren’t too many things I would change. As an entry-level office chair, it understandably does not have all the features you’d find on a high end Aeron or similar. It does not have adjustable arm wrests or lumbar support, for example. However, for the most part, I’d say it includes the essentials, while making reasonable tradeoffs on luxury features.
Pros of the AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair:
- Build Quality – For an entry-level chair, the Mid-Back Mesh Chair is surprisingly sturdy.
- Mesh Back Support – Supportive, yet soft and breathable, the back support is fantastic.
- Tilt Lock – This was a nice surprise on an entry-level chair. It is worth buying the Mid-Back Mesh Chair over comparably competitors for this feature alone.
- Price – The Mid-Back Mesh Chair is affordably priced.
Cons of the AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair:
- Fixed Arm Wrests – I’ve written quite about the basics of proper mousing technique and how arm wrests can actually interfere with proper mousing. Luckily, the arm wrests on the Mid-Back Mesh Chair are low, but I would still get rid of them if possible.
- Lack of Advanced Adjustability – The Mid-Back Mesh Chair does not have adjustable lumbar supports, forward-back tilt or other features you might find on higher priced office chairs.
The AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair is functional and gets the job done for a price that won’t break the bank. It has many features that you are unlikely to find on other entry level chairs such as tilt lock, and is a quality chair that will last a long time. If you’re looking for a well designed, basic office chair, this is the one.
Final Verdict: This is the Toyota Camry of Office Chairs. A great bargain that will get you where you need to be.