In a Nutshell:
The Hbada Ergonomic High Back Desk Chair is a solid, unconventional design offered by a European company. This is an underappreciated gem. Recommended for anyone but shorter users who need a good ergonomic office chair for light to moderate daily use.
Value for the Money
Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued. Check out Hbada Brand Chairs we’ve reviewed.
Are you in need of a great ergonomic office chair, but don’t have a ton of money to spend? The search can be both daunting and frustrating because there are so many different chairs on the market, which can lead to a bit of analysis paralysis.
If that’s the situation you find yourself in, you’re going to be both intrigued and excited by what you discover in this review. Hbada is a well-known brand in Europe, but they haven’t managed to penetrate too deeply into the American market yet, which gives you an amazing opportunity to get a great chair that looks refreshingly different from most of the ones sold on the American market.
If you’re a fan of unique styling, that alone will be a big selling point, but Hbada makes genuinely great products. In the sections that follow, we’ll go over the Hbada Ergonomic High Back Office Desk Chair in detail, outlining the things it gets right and filling you in on its weaknesses so you’ll have all the information you need to decide if this is the right chair for you. Either way, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what this chair can do.
Hbada Ergonomic High Back Office Desk Chair Overview
The first thing you’ll notice when you see the Hbada Ergonomic Office Desk Chair for the first time is the fact that it’s got a delightfully unique styling. It’s sleek, modern and rather minimalist, which makes it unexpectedly attractive. While the contemporary styling won’t blend seamlessly into every home or office décor scheme, it blends into a great many, and for the most part, this chair will look right at home in just about any room you put it in.
In terms of the basic statistics that define the model, here are the major ones:
These statistics raise a few interesting points. First, although it’s a fairly sizeable piece of office furniture, it’s also surprisingly lightweight. That makes it easy to move from one place to another, but it also means that when you unbox it to put it together (it doesn’t come pre-assembled), you won’t have any difficulty because the individual pieces are lightweight and easy to handle.
Second, despite its light weight, it can support a surprising amount of weight. That, combined with its seat height adjustment range makes it a good fit for bigger, taller users, although it does tend to shut shorter folks out of the equation. With a minimum seat height of nearly twenty inches, it may be a struggle for someone 5’ tall to sit comfortably in it.
If you scoot back in the chair so that your back is supported, your feet may not be able to rest on the floor. On the other hand, if you scoot forward to keep your feet on the floor, you won’t have any back support. In that case, even if you love the aesthetic, you’re better off looking in some other direction (and note: Hbada does make other, similarly styled chairs that are optimized for shorter people!).
Adjustability and Comfort
The Hbada chair has all the usual features: 360-degree swivel, tilt, and lock (90 to 150-degree recline angle), a sturdy gas lift mechanism and a tilt tension knob.
It’s also a surprisingly comfortable chair although it doesn’t look like it should be at first glance. The mesh-fabric-upholstered seat is only moderately padded but utilizes high-quality block foam, so it doesn’t necessarily need quite as much of it as chairs that employ conventional block foam for padding.
The seat back is breathable mesh and shaped in such a way that it follows the natural curvature of your body’s spine, with well-implemented lumbar support to further augment that.
Although the seat isn’t a true waterfall-edge style, it is ergonomically sculpted and manages to accomplish the same basic goal. We don’t regard this as being quite as strong a feature as the Hbada Ergonomic chair’s lumbar support, but it definitely provides some benefit.
In addition to those things, you’ll find an articulated mesh headrest attached to the seat back which provides solid head and neck support, something you only find on about half of the ergonomic mesh chairs on the market today. We like Hbada’s implementation here very much and would rank it as the chair’s second strongest ergonomic feature, just behind the lumbar support.
The chair’s stubby armrests are a bit of a weak point in our view. In addition to being quite short, they’re also minimally padded and covered in PU upholstery which doesn’t tend to stand up well to the rigors of heavy daily use. On the plus side, the armrests are height adjustable, and you can choose between seven different settings, allowing you a great degree of customization and adjustability.
The final thing to talk about here in this section of our Hbada Ergonomic Office chair review is the maximum recline angle. Most office chairs can recline from 90 to 120 degrees. Some can recline up to 135 degrees. This one can recline up to 150 degrees, which is impressive. Although this model doesn’t come with an ottoman, if you’re a bit creative, you can rig one up on your own and wind up with a good office chair that can also pinch-hit as a recliner if you need it to. That’s pretty cool.
Assembly is Required
As with most of the office furniture on the market today, if you buy one of these, it will arrive at your doorstep in a large box in several pieces. The good news is that assembly instructions are quite clear and production quality is quite high. That, combined with the modest weight of the Hbada Ergonomic Office Recliner chair makes putting it together a fairly straightforward process.
Expect to spend no more than twenty minutes getting it ready for first use. If you have an assistant on standby to lend a hand, you can shave five to ten minutes off of that.
Pros & Cons of the Hbada Ergonomic Office Chair
So where does that leave us? The Hbada office chair has more strong points than weak ones, but some of the chair’s shortcomings might be serious enough to give you pause. In our view, here are the best features of the design:
On the other hand, it’s got a few weaknesses, which include:
Hbada Ergonomic High Back Office Desk Chair Review Conclusion
Hbada is a great company. We’re not really sure why the brand hasn’t gained more traction in the United States, but don’t let that dissuade you. They know their way around the office furniture market and produce a good quality product that offers a refreshingly different aesthetic than you’re probably used to seeing.
The Hbada Ergonomic High Back Office Desk Chair has a couple of minor shortcomings, but one of those is self-selecting. If you’re a shorter person, you’ll give this one a pass without thinking twice about it.
Overall, we like it very much, and as long as you make sure the seat height will work for you, we highly recommend it for anyone looking for a chair for light to moderate daily use. Given the fragile upholstery of the armrests and the limited seat padding, we do not recommend it for heavy daily use.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- The History of the Modern Office Chair, Bureau.
- What’s the Best Office Chair?, Ergonomic Essentials.
- Mesh Office Chair – Affordable and Healthy, EzineArtiles.
- Importance of Ergonomic Chairs – Why You Need an Ergonomic Chair, Topaz Furniture.