Furmax Office Mesh Review
Pros: Decent performance for the price, mesh backrest
Cons: Wobbly, back tensioner is difficult to release
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|Pros||Decent performance for the price, mesh backrest||Extremely comfortable, tons of adjustability, sturdy construction||Great value, durable, comfortable||High adjustability, adjustable lumbar support, comfortable backrest||Inexpensive, relatively comfortable, and adjustable|
|Cons||Wobbly, back tensioner is difficult to release||Pricey||Looks aren't universally appealing||Thin plastic lumbar support, seat cushion foam prone to flattening||Durability could be better|
|Bottom Line||You'll want to consider if the affordable price of this model is worth its lower-tier performance||Our favorite chair that we have tested to date, this is by far the highest performing chair on the market||Pairs exceptional comfort and durability, at a price you just can't beat||A decent chair in the mid-range arena; it offers above-average performance for comfort and ease of use and an excellent price point||This is our favorite budget-friendly chair for the money|
|Rating Categories||Furmax Office Mesh||Steelcase Leap||DXRacer Racing Series||Hon Ignition 2.0 Task||Modway Articulate E...|
|Ease of Assembly (5%)|
|Specs||Furmax Office Mesh||Steelcase Leap||DXRacer Racing Series||Hon Ignition 2.0 Task||Modway Articulate E...|
|Seat pan adjustment||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Adjustable lumbar support||No||Yes||Yes; a movable pad||Yes||Yes; the backrest moves up and down|
|Lumbar support||Yes||Yes||Yes; a removable movable pad||Yes||Yes|
|Tilt limiter||Yes; only locks in the upright position||Yes; 5 stop points||Yes; only locks in the upright position||Yes; 3 stop points||Yes; locks you into a position|
|Armrest width adjustment||No||Option available||Option available||Yes||No|
|Swivel armrests||No||Option available||Yes||No||No|
|Armrest depth adjustment||No||Option available||Yes||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Furmax Office Mesh is not the highest performing product in our fleet, but it certainly is one of the most affordable. While it lacks premium construction, lumbar support, and adjustability options, it does present acceptable performance at a price that is hard to beat.
The lumbar support on this chair is more or less non-existent. There are two strips of plastic that run down the back but they aren't connected and do not cover the space where your spine rests. The armrests are made of hard plastic and have no padding. One redeeming quality is the mesh back backing; it keeps your back from overheating, and as one tester put it, it feels like it's "hugging your back."
There is a knob to adjust the tension of the backrest but that's where the adjustability ends. The knob is also directly under the center of the seat; this means that all but the lankiest armed people will need to get off the chair to make adjustments. All aspects of this chair are fixed in place. The backrest can be locked into an upright position but not at any other level of tilt. The seat pan has no ability to be moved and the armrests are directly attached to the backrest; when you lean back, the armrests come with you. However, it may be that adjustability is not an important factor in your purchasing decision.
Sometimes, you get what you pay for; as is the case, there are consumer reports of this chair experiencing issues. Due to the nature of the design, if an arm breaks, the backrest is fully destabilized, rendering the entire chair fully useless. This chair wobbles and creaks from the get-go, which raises long-term longevity concerns.
Ease of Assembly
In the scheme of things, this chair isn't difficult to assemble, but it is one of the more time-consuming. Each screw requires a washer that is fickle to get on and keep in place while screwing the pieces together. It is helpful and recommended in the instructions to partially tighten most of the screws in the armrests before going back to crank them all down. The instructions are clear and easy to read but some of the screws were only a few millimeters different in size and unlabeled, which made distinguishing between them a bit of a challenge.
The Furmax is sold for an exceptionally low price; with that low price comes a lower tier of performance. If you are absolutely on a low-cost budget and need an office chair, this might be just the ticket.
The Furmax Office Mesh scores low when it comes to comfort; it lacks back support and adjustability and is one of the more time-consuming chairs to assemble. However, keep in mind that the chair is considerably more affordable than many of the options in our fleet. This chair is a decent budget option; but, if you can afford to do so and expect to spend all day in your office chair, we recommend looking elsewhere.
— Buck Yedor
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