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Furmax Office Mesh Review

You'll want to consider if the affordable price of this model is worth its lower-tier performance
Furmax Office Mesh
Credit: Furmax
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Price:   $55 List | $49.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Decent performance for the price, mesh backrest
Cons:  Wobbly, back tensioner is difficult to release
Manufacturer:   Furmax
By Buck Yedor ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 10, 2022
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RANKED
#14 of 14
  • Comfort - 50% 3.0
  • Adjustability - 35% 3.0
  • Durability - 10% 3.0
  • Ease of Assembly - 5% 5.0

Our Verdict

While we are always on the lookout for a good deal, the Furmax Office Mesh is not a chair we would recommend if you're after all-day comfort. Far and away the most inexpensive option in our fleet, it's a lower-tier model that can be purchased at an insanely low price point. While it is wobbly and its comfort level cannot compare to the premium models, this is to be expected. This basic model lacks padding on the armrests; the backrest is lacking lumbar support, and other than a knob that adjusts the back tension, no other component is adjustable. While the setup is a bit more involved and time-consuming to put together, there are no other comparable models when it comes to the price point.

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Pros Decent performance for the price, mesh backrestExtremely comfortable, tons of adjustability, sturdy constructionGreat value, durable, comfortableHigh adjustability, adjustable lumbar support, comfortable backrestInexpensive, relatively comfortable, and adjustable
Cons Wobbly, back tensioner is difficult to releasePriceyLooks aren't universally appealingThin plastic lumbar support, seat cushion foam prone to flatteningDurability could be better
Bottom Line You'll want to consider if the affordable price of this model is worth its lower-tier performanceOur favorite chair that we have tested to date, this is by far the highest performing chair on the marketPairs exceptional comfort and durability, at a price you just can't beatA decent chair in the mid-range arena; it offers above-average performance for comfort and ease of use and an excellent price pointThis 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...
Comfort (50%)
3.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Adjustability (35%)
3.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Durability (10%)
3.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
Ease of Assembly (5%)
5.0
10.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
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
Recline lever No No Yes No 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
Tension knob Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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.

Performance Comparison


Furmax Office Mesh office chair - the furmax is affordable but provides a lower tier of comfort.
The Furmax is affordable but provides a lower tier of comfort.
Credit: Laura Casner

Comfort


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."

Furmax Office Mesh office chair - the furmax provides minimal lumbar support.
The Furmax provides minimal lumbar support.
Credit: Laura Casner

Adjustability


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.

Furmax Office Mesh office chair - this chair only allows you to lock the back tilt in the fully...
This chair only allows you to lock the back tilt in the fully upright position.
Credit: Laura Casner

Durability


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.

Furmax Office Mesh office chair - when sitting in this chair, the mesh backing provides a "hugging"...
When sitting in this chair, the mesh backing provides a "hugging" sensation.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

Furmax Office Mesh office chair - the knob that controls the back tension is difficult to reach while...
The knob that controls the back tension is difficult to reach while seated.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

Furmax Office Mesh office chair - the furmax provides decent performance, especially for its price.
The Furmax provides decent performance, especially for its price.
Credit: Laura Casner

Buck Yedor
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