The best armchairs of 2019 and where to shop for them online

Just like Amazon has done with books, shoes, bicycles, cameras, headphones, basketballs, and everything else, Amazon has made it affordable to shop for armchairs.

Amazon has already made it cheap and easy to shop for microwaves, snowboards, fishing rods, parkas, kayaks, and candy bars, so why wouldn’t the retailer have a huge selection of affordable armchairs? When you type “armchair” into the Amazon search bar, you get more than 2,000 results, many of which are quite affordable.

Amazon even has its own in-house brands like Rivet and Stone & Beam, which sell very attractive furniture for good prices. We’ve tried both in-house brands’ furniture and loved it.

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As our editor Sally Kaplan writes: ” Rivet, with its up-to-date designs based on the popular mid-century modern style, offers more affordable takes inspired by the classic Hans Wegner and George Nelson originals we all wish we could afford. The aesthetic is slightly industrial, featuring bold brass finishes, walnut wood, black steel accents, and lots of cognac leather, plus gentle grays and navy blues. Many of the individual pieces are still warm enough to fit seamlessly into essentially any sort of decorative theme, but the shapes and lines tend to skew more angular and masculine.”

” Stone & Beam’s style is a bit more upscale, with warmer pieces and lighter finishes. The aesthetic leans toward clean, cozy, and slightly rustic — like a farmhouse that’s as comfortable and livable as it is picturesque.”

Most pieces range from $200 to $500, which is fairly affordable for decent chairs that will last. However, Amazon does have a ton of even more affordable furniture. When you set your price at $100 and under, you still get more than 200 results.

Now, many of the cheap chairs on Amazon are so in terms of price and quality, so don’t just find the least expensive seat you can and pull the trigger. Make sure you cross-reference reviews and take a look at the brand itself. A chair that’s shoddily made or looks bad in person isn’t worth the savings.

That said, as easy as Amazon makes it to order a chair online, the retailer also makes it easy enough to return a purchase with which you’re not satisfied — just keep the original packaging intact until you’re sure you bought the right seat.

Shoppers who bought a Baxton Studio Sorrento Mid-Century Modern Chair said it was an “excellent value,” “totally gorgeous,” and “higher quality than its price point would suggest.”

People who bought the Sofamania Modern Velvet Accent Shelter Style Armchair for $99.99 called it “comfy and sturdy,” “beautiful,” and said it provided a “nice pop of color.”

And a buyer of the $90 Roundhill Furniture Tuchico Contemporary Fabric Accent Chair called it “a great looking chair for the price [she] paid.” — Steven John, Sally Kaplan, & Malarie Gokey

Pros: Many low priced options, fast delivery, easy returns as needed

Cons: Occasional quality issues with third-party brands

Shop all armchairs on Amazon

Shop all armchairs from Amazon’s in-house brands Rivet and Stone & Beam


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