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Hon Exposure Mesh Task chair review

A capable office chair that won’t drain your wallet.

Hon Exposure Mesh Task chair review
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Our Verdict

The Hon Exposure is a very good office chair for the price, but it’s a bit mundane.


  • Inexpensive
  • Comfortable


  • A little boring to look at
  • Seat somewhat hard
Hon Exposure chair: Specs

Colors: Black
Seat width: 20 inches
Size: 26.75 x 26.5 x 40.5 inches
Seat height: 21.5 inches
Maximum weight: 250 pounds

The Hon Exposure office chair is a sturdy, mid-range office chair that will offer you some more adjustments and support than budget office chairs, but at a more reasonable price than $1,000 models.

After sitting on it for more than a month for this Hon Exposure review, I can say that it’s a dependable chair that gets the basics right, you might want to consider spending a little more and invest in one of  the best office chairs to get a seat with better cushioning.

Hon Exposure Mesh Task chair review: Price

The Hon Exposure is available at Amazon, and comes in three varieties: The mesh back with fabric seat version is $229, an all-leather model is $237 and a mesh back with leather seat is $230. You can choose any color, as long as it’s black.

Hon Exposure review: Design and setup

Looks-wise, the Hon Exposure is a pretty unremarkable chair: It’s all black, with a mesh back and a padded seat and armrests.

Hon Exposure Mesh Task chair review

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You’d have a hard time picking it out of a lineup with any of the dozens of chairs you can find for sale online. Most of the chair is made of plastic, with metal brackets for the arms and a metal base holding everything together.

Hon Exposure Mesh Task chair review

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It’s a utilitarian aesthetic that’s just fine for most people; unless you’re Emperor Palpatine, how much of a statement do you really want to make with your office chair? That being said, we like the white finish and more stylish look of the Branch Ergonomic Chair, not to mention its polished metal base.

The Hon Exposure comes disassembled; all you need is about 15 minutes of your time to put it together, and everything is included. The directions are clear, too.

Hon Exposure review: Comfort and adjustability

Sitting in the Hon Exposure was fine, but wasn’t as comfortable as I’d like, even for a chair at this price. Compared to the Branch Ergonomic Chair, I could feel my hip bones pressing against the bottom of the seat more, and the lumbar support of the Hon wasn’t as pronounced.

Hon Exposure Mesh Task chair review

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You can adjust the height of the armrests, as well as how close they are to the seat. The height of the chair is also adjustable, and you can adjust the tension of the backrest. The Hon Exposure also has a small lumbar support pad that slides up and down.

Hon Exposure Mesh Task chair review

(Image credit: Hon)

Hon Exposure review: Verdict

The $230 Hon Exposure is like the Honda of seating - it’s a very capable office chair at a very reasonable price. We don’t all have $1,000 to throw at some high-end chaise.

Still, if you can find the Branch Ergonomic Chair for less than $300, it’s worth spending a bit more for some added comfort — and panache. But if you’re looking to save some money, you won’t be disappointed in the Hon Exposure.

Mike Prospero

Michael A. Prospero is the deputy editor at Tom’s Guide overseeing the smart home, drones, and fitness/wearables categories. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine or some other cooking gadget.