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Hon Wave Mesh High-Back (HVL702) Review

If you are trying to spend as little as possible on a new chair, this is an alright choice
Hon Wave Mesh High-Back (HVL702)
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Price:   $230 List | $229 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, easy to assembly
Cons:  Average comfort, limited adjustability
Manufacturer:   HON
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Mar 16, 2021
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RANKED
#13 of 14
  • Comfort - 50% 5
  • Adjustability - 35% 4
  • Durability - 10% 9
  • Ease of Assembly - 5% 8

Our Verdict

Overall, we feel the Hon New Wave Mesh chair is a decent option if you are shopping on the tightest of budgets but we wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anyone looking for a premium chair for 40+ hours of sitting a week. This chair isn't as adjustable as the premium options and our judges didn't score it particularly well in our comfort evaluations. However, it does seem to be solidly sturdy and is very quick and easy to assemble.

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Pros Inexpensive, easy to assemblyExtremely comfortable, tons of adjustability, sturdy constructionSuper easy to assemble, very adjustableAppears quite durable, very adjustableAppears well-built, comfortable
Cons Average comfort, limited adjustabilityPriceyCould be a lot more comfortable, design isn’t universalExceptionally expensive, harder to assembleCould have more adjustable features, pricey
Bottom Line This chair is decent given its lower price tag but pales in comparison to the premium chairsOur favorite office chair that we have tested to date, the Leap is by far the best you can getThis chair definitely makes a style statement but we wish it were a bit more comfortableIt’s hard to justify spending an exorbitant amount for a chair that isn’t the absolute bestWhile the Think overall did well in our review, it didn’t quite make it onto our list of favorites
Rating Categories Hon Wave Mesh... Steelcase Leap Herman Miller Sayl Herman Miller Embody Steelcase Think
Comfort (50%)
5
8
6
7
7
Adjustability (35%)
4
9
9
8
7
Durability (10%)
9
9
8
9
9
Ease Of Assembly (5%)
8
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Specs Hon Wave Mesh... Steelcase Leap Herman Miller Sayl Herman Miller Embody Steelcase Think
Seat pan adjustment No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable lumbar support No Yes Option available Yes; You can adjust the amount, but not the location Yes
Lumbar support Yes; A slight protrusion Yes Option available Yes Yes
Recline lever No No No No No
Tilt limiter Yes; Only locks in the upright position Yes; 5 stop points Yes; 3 stop points Yes; 4 stop points Yes; 4 stop points
Armrest width adjustment No Option available Option available as a third-party upgrade Yes Option available
Swivel armrests No Option available Option available as a third-party upgrade No Option available
Armrest depth adjustment No Option available Option available as a third-party upgrade No Option available
Tension knob Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

This chair has a mesh back, which is somewhat uncommon on the more budget-friendly office chairs. This is great if you live somewhere warm, as the mesh back greatly increases ventilation and minimizes sweating.

Performance Comparison


The Hon is an average chair but can't compare to the premium models.
The Hon is an average chair but can't compare to the premium models.
Credit: Laura Casner

Comfort


Our first round of tests for these products looked at how comfortable each of these chairs is to sit in, focusing on their seat, backrest, and armrests, as well as overall impressions. We also rated how long we thought we could comfortably sit in each chair.

Overall, our judges had mixed feelings about this chair, bestowing an average score for a so-so overall performance. We found the backrest and the armrests to be about average. The armrests definitely felt a little cheap to us and were on the smaller side, offering a bit less support than we would have liked. The padding for the arms is also on the firmer side.

The armrests are so-so when it comes to comfort.
The armrests are so-so when it comes to comfort.
Credit: Laura Casner

However, we did find that the seat has ample padding and is fairly comfortable for most people. Overall, we think this chair is more than comfortable enough to sit in for a few hours — maybe up to half a day — but we wouldn't recommend it as anyone's primary chair if they are sitting down for the entire workday.

The adjustability of this chair is a bit more limited than some of...
The adjustability of this chair is a bit more limited than some of the other models.
Credit: Laura Casner

Adjustability


Our next series of assessments looked at how versatile each office chair is based on the amount of adjustability offered. Unfortunately, the New Wave Mesh didn't score too highly in this regard, earning it a score well below average.

Starting with the backrest, this chair doesn't offer any sort of adjustable lumbar support. In fact, it barely offers any lumbar support at all in our opinion. It doesn't offer multiple tilt limiters, with only a single catch that forces the chair to remain in the upright position. All in all, this chair definitely subscribes to a one-size-fits-all mentality when it comes to the backrest.

The armrests offer a bit more adjustability but not by much. You can adjust their height up and down but you are unable to adjust their width or angle. This is a bit of a disappointment, as we found the armrests to be a bit on the wider side and would have liked to be able to adjust them to be narrower.

The seat is also almost completely fixed. You can't change the seat pan depth and is still fairly high even on its lowest setting. However, we did like that the reclining tension knob is easy to turn and easy to access from a normal sitting position.

We do think that this chair is one of the sturdier options.
We do think that this chair is one of the sturdier options.
Credit: Laura Casner

Durability


Our next set of evaluations looked at how durable we found each of these office chairs, awarding points based on our overall impression and the included warranty. The New Wave Mesh did considerably better in this metric, earning one of the better scores of the group.

We found this chair to be quite solid and sturdy for the most part. We didn't have to force anything during the assembly process and saw a minimal number of negative reviews. The back of this chair is mesh so we could see damage occurring if it came in contact with anything sharp or stretching over time. This is really only the part of this chair that gave us any cause for concern.

We could see the mesh back on this chair wearing out and sagging...
We could see the mesh back on this chair wearing out and sagging over time.
Credit: Laura Casner

The manufacturer also includes a significant warranty period of 5-12 years depending on the component, with more details on their website.

We like that this chair is one of the quicker models to put together.
We like that this chair is one of the quicker models to put together.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Assembly


Our last testing metric dealt with how much effort it took to go from unboxing this chair to sitting in it. The New Wave Mesh again did very well, earning another great score.

Overall, this chair only took us 10-15 minutes to put together. The fasteners come clearly labeled, with arrows on the actual components that show where they go. The written instructions are also clear and easy to follow, with plenty of pictures and exploded diagrams to help you.

Value


We think this chair is a decent value option if you are shopping on the tightest of budgets.

Conclusion


We feel the New Wave Mesh is an alright chair, though definitely far from the premium models when it comes to overall performance. It could be a decent chair if you are looking for a budget option that isn't going to get heavy use but we would definitely recommend other options if you are going to be spending the majority of your working hours or other significant time in your office chair.

Austin Palmer and David Wise