In a Nutshell:

A Muvman clone, offered by a smaller, well-respected brand. Hon Perch Stool is recommended for anyone 250 pounds or less who wants a Muvman but can’t quite afford one.

Value for the Money
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

* Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect. ** While aesthetics is a matter of taste, Aesthetic Flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.


  • Great value for money
  • Similar to more expensive stools
  • Unique seat design
  • Comes in a variety of colors


  • Modest weight limit of 250 pounds
  • Not for long periods of sitting
  • May not be very durable
HON Perch Stool

Recommended For: Anyone 250 pounds or less who wants a Muvman but can’t quite afford one.

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​Are you dissatisfied with the office chair you’re currently sitting in?

Has that dissatisfaction led you to begin investigating alternative office seating options?

If so, and depending on your job type, you may find that the modestly priced Hon Perch Stool is exactly what you’re looking for.

It bears unmistakable similarities to a better-known product, the Via Muvman. Of course, the Muvman is significantly more expensive and may be out of reach for a significant portion of the market. If you like the Muvman but can’t afford one, the little Hon Perch may seem like the answer to a prayer.

Never heard of the Muvman? That’s fine, too. In the following sections, we’ll outline everything this versatile, surprisingly great little stool can do, and we’ll be quick to let you know about its limitations so you can decide for yourself if it’s the alternative seating solution you’ve been looking for. If that sounds good to you, let’s jump right in and see what the Perch can do!

Key Features of the Hon Perch Chair

First and foremost, this little stool looks a lot like the Via Muvman. That’s not an accident. The Muvman is among the most innovative and popular standing stool designs today. It’s not the least bit surprising that Hon, being a smaller but still well-respected brand, capitalized on that stool’s popularity. Even better, they did a great job making a low-cost alternative to it. However, other HON office chairs might suit you better if you prefer something more conventional.

Chair Specifications

Before we look more deeply into that, let’s do a quick review of the core stats that define the Hon Perch Stool:

An image of Hon Perch Chair in Blue color Fabric
  • Overall Dimensions: 16.5” x 15.8” x 36.5”
  • Seat to Floor Height Adjustment Range: 23.75” to 34.5”
  • Total Product Weight: 9 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds

A couple of things jump out at us here.

First, this super light stool is incredibly easy to move from place to place as your needs shift and change throughout the day.

Second, this model has the same limitation as most of the alternative office seating options: it can only hold 250 pounds. 

That’s not a huge issue as that weight limit makes the chair accessible to some 75-80% of the market, but it does mean that bigger, taller people will struggle to find an alternative to conventional office seating that will work for them.

The other thing worth mentioning in our Hon Perch review is that the stool doesn’t offer as many options as the Muvman that inspired it.

There’s only one gas lift option available, which means the seat height adjustment range is what it is. If it works for you, awesome, but if not, you cannot modify or adjust it.

Available Colors

Like the model that inspired it, the Perch is offered in several different colors, including black, blue, charcoal, or red. Given this and its aesthetic, this little stool easily blends seamlessly into any home or office environment.

A small image of Hon Perch Stool in Black Fabric
A small image of Hon Perch Stool in Blue Fabric
A small image of Hon Perch Stool in Charcoal Fabric
A small image of Hon Perch Stool in Red Fabric

Adjustability and Comfort

There’s only one adjustable feature on the Hon Perch chair, so the user manual is just one page long. You can adjust the height of the seat. That’s it.

In terms of comfort, the fabric is stretched over a moderate amount of conventional block foam padding, which is adequate for light to moderate daily use. This is enhanced by a well-designed sculpted waterfall-edge style seat, which is noteworthy on a stool like this.

Most standing stools feature a simple stool-style seat, but in some cases, swap that out for a saddle-style seat like you’d find on a bicycle. The presence of the seat adds a powerful ergonomic feature to the stool and makes it more comfortable than it otherwise would be.

It’s important to realize what you’re considering purchasing here. At best, this stool should be considered equivalent to a task chair. It’s not the kind of seating you want if you plan on sitting at your desk for eight or more uninterrupted hours of computer work.

Seating like this was designed and optimized for people with active jobs who sit for short periods and then get up and move around to do their work before returning to their Perch a short while later.

If that describes your day, this handy little stool will look and feel absolute perfection. If you’re a power computer user who spends long hours sitting down, this stool probably won’t work.

An image showing Active Pivoting Motion of Hone Perch Stool

It will, however, relieve lower back pain by keeping your spine properly aligned no matter how you move while you’re on the stool. It will also greatly improve the circulation of blood to your legs and give your core a steady, low-impact workout throughout a workday, which will help tone your muscles and help you burn more calories than you would have otherwise burned.

If you’re interested in getting fit but don’t have the time to hit the gym every day, a stool like this can be a powerful addition to your daily exercise routine. That’s huge and the major reason people consider a product like this. Click here for other office chair alternatives we’ve reviewed.

Assembly is About as Easy As it Gets

While the Perch Standing Stool won’t arrive at your door assembled and ready to use, it will probably take longer to get it out of the box than to get it ready to sit down on. Expect the process to take no more than fifteen minutes, counting the time it takes you to get it out of the box and put it where you want it.

Many products in the office furniture market come with an expert assembly option. This one doesn’t, and we wouldn’t recommend it even if it did. It’s super easy to put together.

Pros and Cons of Hon Perch Stool

In no particular order, here are the things we think you’ll like best about the Hon Perch:

  • It’s attractively priced and offers tremendous value for the money.
  • It’s broadly similar to the more expensive Via Muvman in terms of aesthetics and capabilities. If you can’t afford that stool, this is a great alternative pick that’s much more affordable.
  • It’s surprisingly comfortable and sports a waterfall-edge seat, which is unique to this class of stool.
  • It’s offered in a modest selection of colors, making blending this stool into most home or office environments easy.

There are a few negatives to bear in mind, as well. These include:

  • The modest weight limit. If you weigh more than 250 pounds, this stool won’t work for you.
  • If you sit for long periods during a typical workday, unless you change your routine, the Perch will inevitably become increasingly uncomfortable the longer you sit on it.
  • It’s lightly constructed and won’t last much beyond the warranty period. Granted, the stool has an impressive five-year warranty, but the materials probably won’t stand up much past that, so if you’re interested in a product that will stand the test of time, this probably isn’t the product you’re looking for

Final Thoughts on Hon Perch Stool Review 

Overall, we feel that the pros far outweigh the cons, especially about the little Hon Perch Stool. This stool is almost entirely self-selecting, as with all alternative seating options today. If you’re in the market for an alternative to a conventional office chair and the idea of sitting on an exercise ball seems a little too ‘out there’, this is a superb option that won’t cost you much money.

If that’s not what you’re interested in, no matter how many bells and whistles the company adds to the stool, it will not change your mind. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it. Note that we change our provisional recommendation to a full-throated endorsement if you want to buy a Muvman but can’t afford one. This is the closest match to the more popular stool you’re likely to find, and it’s offered at a significantly lower price.

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