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Hbada Office Task Chair review

A capable and affordable office chair

Hbada Office Task Chair in office
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Tom's Guide Verdict

The Hbada Office Task Chair is a capable and affordable, but undistinguished office chair.

Pros

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    Affordable

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    Arms swing up

Cons

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    Very little adjustability

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    Not well-suited for larger bodies

Hbada Office Task Chair: Specs

Colors: Black, gray, white
Material: Fabric
Seat width: 19.7 inches
Weight Limit: 250 pounds
Size: 21.3 x 19.7 x 19.7 inches

The Hbada Office Task Chair has more than 15,000 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about, and if this truly was one of the best office chairs. Read the rest of our Hbada Office Task Chair review to see if its budget price really matches its expectations. 

Hbada Office Task Chair review: Price and availability

The Hbada Office Task Chair is available through Amazon; its regular price is $169 (opens in new tab), but you can often find it for less. You can get the chair in all black, a white frame and black cushioning, or a white frame with gray padding. 

Hbada sells an upgraded model with lumbar support for around $189.

Hbada Office Task Chair review: Design and adjustability

As with most budget office chairs, there’s not a lot you can adjust on the Hbada other than raise and lower the seat; it goes from a low of 17.7 inches to 21.2 inches. However, the arms, which are not padded, can swivel upwards, so you can push it under a desk more easily when you’re not using it. The chair also has a tilt tensioner so that it doesn’t lean too far back.

Hbada Office Task Chair in office

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The Hbada’s seat is padded fabric, while the back is made of mesh, for added breathability. The Hbada’s back also tapers inwards, which gives it a more elegant look. It’s a bit more compact than the Flash Furniture office chair, so it’s better suited for smaller spaces — and people.

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The chair’s design — in which the back swoops upward from the sides of the chair — does make it stand out from most other budget office chairs, whose back section is supported from the rear of the seat.

Hbada Office Task Chair review: Comfort 

For a budget office chair, the Hbada felt ... fine. It was on a par with the Furmax Office Chair, one of the best office chairs under $100, which is to say it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a life-changing experience, as much as you can have one in an office chair. 

Hbada Office Task Chair in office

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Among chairs in its price range, I preferred the Flash Furniture Mid-Back office chair, which felt more comfortable over longer periods. I had two other coworkers try both chairs; one preferred the Hbada chair, while the other liked the Flash Furniture chair better.

Hbada Office Task Chair review: Verdict

The Hbada Office Task Chair is perfectly adequate for those who want to spend around $100 on a comfortable chair for their home office. Apart from a chair that looks a bit different from the rest, there’s not much here that you won’t find in other budget office chairs. I personally felt the Flash Furniture Mid-Back office chair, which costs about the same, was more comfortable, and I liked its design better.

If you want adjustable arms, look to the Hon Exposure or the Branch Ergonomic Chair, but those models are, respectively, twice and three times as expensive. The Hbada’s main selling point is its up-swiveling armrests, which is a nice-to-have but not completely necessary feature for most. 

Mike Prospero
U.S. Editor-in-Chief, Tom's Guide

Michael A. Prospero is the U.S. Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide. He oversees all evergreen content and oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories for the site. In his spare time, he also tests out the latest drones, electric scooters, and smart home gadgets, such as video doorbells. Before his tenure at Tom's Guide, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, the Times of Trenton, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he worked on the campus newspaper The Heights, and then attended the Columbia University school of Journalism. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight — or chagrin — of his family.