Updated: May 5th, 2020
For average sized gamers, there’s an endless array of choices in the marketplace when it comes to ergonomic and affordable gaming chairs. Not quite the case for big and tall people however, especially men. A good gaming chair for larger people must not only support a much heavier weight, but be large enough in the right places- especially in the seat and backrest- to not have you feeling like a canned sardine when sitting.
It’s with all these factors in mind that we present the best gaming chairs for large users you can get in 2019, We spent hours researching dozens of chairs to distill the list down to just 5 gaming chairs that you should consider. Here they are:
- Anda Seat Big and Tall– Best Overall
- FANTASYLAB Big and Tall– Runner’s Up
- AKRacing Masters Series Max Gaming Chair– Widest Seat at 23”
- Killabee 8204 Big and Tall– Best Budget Option
- NITRO CONCEPTS S300– Most Stylish and Breathable
- E-Win Flash XL Series Gaming Chair
- Homall Gaming Recliner Chair– Best Large Gaming Lounge Chair
- How to Properly Measure Chair Seat Size for your Body
Anda Seat Big and Tall– Best Overall
|Weight Capacity:||441 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||18″ W x 20″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||34″|
|Warranty:||Lifetime warranty on most parts|
The Anda Seat Big and Tall may not be the cheapest gaming chair on the market, but it is an absolute tank that will probably outlast any chair you’ve bought before it while keeping you in supreme comfort as a large user.
Firstly, even Anda Seat says this isn’t a chair for everyone- the ideal height range of the chair is between 5’9″ and 6’9″ tall, and under 441 pounds. How’s that for honest marketing? If you fit that large profile however, there is probably no sturdier, more thickly cushioned and comfortable gaming chair than this one. Even as a 5’8″ average build user, I was blown away by how comfortable the large chair was for me.
Three editions of the chair are available- Dark Knight, Kaiser, and Dark Wizard. Which one to go with just depends on your choice of colors.
Reading some of the reviews from large owners of this chair may have you thinking they all work for the company. One 6’8” tall and 300+ lbs user said this is the most supportive and comfortable chair he’s owned. Another 6’2″ and 315 lbs user says the chair is so sturdy, he feels he can ride it down a flight of stairs without problems.
Many elements come together to justify the higher cost of this chair. The chair’s frame consist of over-sized metal bars that push the total weight of the chair to over 73 pounds. The upholstery is made of PVC leather mixed with carbon fiber that is virtually tear proof. And finally, to better withstand heavy loads, the seat’s padding consist of expensive cold foam that is as comfortable as memory foam (in this case) while holding its shape better over time.
Two things that surprised me most about the Anda Seat Big and Tall were the comfort of the external pillows, plus the stability of the tilt and recline mechanism. Dispute being a heavy chair, rocking or reclining the backrest all the way back to 160 degrees is effortless, unlike on many big and tall gaming chairs where it felt like I was pushing a log. The lumbar pillows were also surprisingly comfortable, and acts like a second, more flexible back.
As a testament to the build quality, Anda Seat offers a lifetime warranty on most parts of these chairs. If you’re a large user that has shredded every chair in the past in short order, you may just have met your match with this gaming chair.
- Excellent build quality that will easily last 5+ years
- Cold foam padding that’s as comfortable yet longer lasting than memory foam
- PVC leather and carbon fiber upholstery that’s tear resistant
- Extremely stable and robust tilt and recline mechanism
- Lifetime warranty
- Armrests get “stuck” sometimes when adjusting their width
- Neck pillow position isn’t height adjustable
- Usable seat width of 18″ means ultra wide people may find it inadequate
FANTASYLAB Big and Tall– Runner’s Up
|Weight Capacity:||400 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||21″ W x 20″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||33.5″|
|Warranty:||1 Year Warranty on Parts|
The market for budget big and tall gaming chairs is fraught with deception. Many cheap gaming chairs simply arbitrarily inflate the weight capacity or even chair dimensions to appear suitable for bigger users when they are anything but. FantasyLab is among the small handful of budget gaming chairs that actually has the build quality and dimensions to accommodate large users without falling part in a few months.
Make no mistake, the FantasyLab is a large gaming chair. The seat measures 21″ wide and 20″ deep, and without the traditional bolsters on the sides of the chair, the entire area is reserved for your bottom. One large owner said there was simply no comparison between the FantasyLab seat and that found on most others due to the flat pan design of the FantasyLab that just made it so much more spacious and comfortable to sit in.
The large and tall backrest on the FantasyLab towers at 33.5″ tall. Even the detachable lumbar pillow is extra large, cushioning your entire lower back instead of traditional dinky ones found on regular gaming chairs that seem to poke you more than cradle. The massage feature on the pillow sadly though is just a gimmick, providing more of an annoying vibration than actual massages.
In terms of ergonomics, the FantasyLab Big and Tall chair is pretty adjustable. All the key part of this chair can be independently adjusted to fit individual body sizes and heights. It has a 360-degree swivel and a backrest recline /rocking lock system that lets you lean back to any desired angle up to 155 degrees, the perfect angle to alleviate back tension. The armrests are wider and come with 3D adjustment which include up and down, forwards and backwards, and pivoting. The seat height can also be adjusted between 20.5″ to 22.8″.
With a price point of under $250 dollars, the FantasyLab gaming chair offers one of the best cost to value ratio we’e seen in a truly big and tall gaming chair. And this is why it slides into the #2 spot on this list.
- Large seat with thick memory foam padding
- Large lumbar cushion that supports the entire lower back
- Versatile backrest that rocks and tilts up to 155 degrees
- Hand-welded structural steel integrated frame with a 400 pounds weight capacity
- Some people received damaged parts from poor packaging
- Pillow massage function is pretty useless
AKRacing Masters Series Max Gaming Chair– Widest Seat at 23”
|Weight Capacity:||400 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||23.4″ W x 20.4″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||34″|
|Warranty:||5-year warranty on the upholstery, 10-year warranty on the steel frame and base|
Next, let’s move on to the AKRacing Masters Series Max Gaming Chair, another beast of a chair for big people, especially the horizontally inclined. It features the widest seat we’ve seen in a gaming chair, measuring over 23″ without any bolsters to get in the way.
As mentioned above, the AKRacing Chair stands out from other gaming chairs because it’s extremely roomy at 23.4” wide. This means that men with large builds and long extremities can position their legs however they want while playing. Spread your legs, sit cross legged, whatever your favorite position is. Take advantage of the 180° reclining function to relax as one user have done while waiting for your game to load.
We’ve talked about size but, of course, maximum comfort requires more than just that. Support is a must too and fortunately, it’s one area where this unit does not lack. The AKRacing Masters Series Max comes with a headrest and a lumbar pillow, both adjustable and crafted with ergonomics in mind. For me, these are very important in protecting your neck and spine especially if you’ll be using your computer for prolonged periods. The 4D adjustable armrests are there as well to support your arms and help keep your hands and wrists in a neutral position.
The AKRacing Masters Series Max is also well-built and robust, boasting a capacity of 400 pounds. The base is made of satin-finished solid aluminum while the upper base is steel which is treated with an anti-corrosive coating to ensure long life. For its upholstery, 55 kg/m3 cold-cured foam padding is covered by stain-resistant PU leather which has a soft, nice feel to it. For its design, you’ll be happy to know that this chair is tastefully designed and available in 5 color schemes – black, blue, red, white and indigo – so you can easily match it to the theme of your computer setup.
For its drawback, the first thing I noticed is its high price tag. And, of course, since it is designed for large and tall people, gamers who have a small build will find it too roomy.
With the widest seat in all of the chairs in our list, the AKRacing Big Gaming Chair is the best choice for very wide or obese people. Skinny people need not apply.
- Offers different color accents with black and dark gray as its main color
- PU leather feels soft and luxurious
- Stain-resistant upholstery makes it easy to clean
- Has a wide back and a wide seat which measures at 23.4” at its widest point
- 4D armrests, heavy-duty gaslift, tilt function and the 180° recline function
- Has a sturdy aluminum and steel base
- 5-year warranty for the upholstery
- 10-year warranty for the frame
- Expensive at over $400
- Seat too spacious for people with small builds
Killabee 8204 Big and Tall– Best Budget Option
|Weight Capacity:||350 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||16″ W x 21.5″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||33″|
|Warranty:||24 months limited warranty|
The Killabee 8204 is another quality big and budget gaming chair next to the FantasyLab chair that’s easy on the wallet. In fact, it’s probably the cheapest gaming chair you can get that is dependable enough for larger users in our testing, at around $190.
Though not quite on par as the other gaming chairs on this list in terms of quality, the Killabee is still sturdy enough for us to recommend to select group of larger usrs.
In our testing, the ideal weight limit of the chair is 250 lbs, which is less than the advertised 350 lbs. The backrest is tall enough at 33″ to be comfortable for people up to 6’3″
One thing to pay attention to are the dimensions of the seat. The width of the seat at its narrowest part is 16” (discounting the bolsters), which may not be sufficient for wider people or those who like to sit with their legs on the seat at times. The seat depth however is more than enough for larger users, at 21.5″ deep.
The highlight of the Killabee 8204 chair has got to be the pullout footrest combined with the high recline of the backrest, at 160 degrees. It’s the only chair I’ve actually fallen asleep in thanks to these features, and is something you have to experience to appreciate. Laying almost horizontal in an office chair with every part of my body supported is a strange but absolutely relaxing feeling that never gets tiring.
In our testing of the Killabee chair, comfort earned high marks as well. The memory foam cushions on the seat are around 4″ thick, and offers just the right degree of firmness to be supportive yet yielding. The lumbar pillows were decent as well, especially the neck pillow that was just the right size to laser target the area of my neck that needed padding the most. The massage function on the lumbar pillow as expected offered simply vibrations that no one really needs.
All things considered, the Killabee 8204 is a heck of a bargain considering the decent build quality, pull out footrest, thick padding, and robust backrest. At just over $200 it is the most economical of the chairs in this list. The seat is not large enough for an obese person, but the people under 250 lbs and below 6’3″ will be satisfied. Overall if that’s you this is a chair we have no problems recommending.
- Very economical for a big and tall gaming chair
- Footrest plus 160 degree reclining backrest allows for napping
- Memory foam seat that is very comfortable
- Neck pillow actually supports the neck
- 2D armrests that are quite limiting
- Build quality only suitable for people 250 lbs or less
NITRO CONCEPTS S300– Most Stylish and Breathable
|Weight Capacity:||300 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||19″ W x 19″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||34.4″|
For one of the best looking gaming chairs on the block, look no further than the Nitro Concepts s300 chair. Choose from a choice of 6 different attention grabbing fabric upholstery to match the decor of your room and make a statement.
The Concepts S300 use of fabric upholstery isn’t just for show. Fabric is much more breathable than PU leather, which becomes apparent during hot summer days.
Inside the chair you’ll find thick cold foam padding that’s usually found on much more expensive gaming chairs. Cold foam holds its shape better for longer, which is an important consideration for heavy people.
The backrest on the Concepts S300 is fairly robust. Apart from supporting tilt, the backrest can also recline all the way down to 135 degrees. This is the best angle to ease pressure off your back according to research. Along with the two external pillows that come with the chair, and relaxing your back periodically is easy as pie on the Concepts S300 gaming chair.
My main gripe with the S300 is the caster wheels, which are the cheap plastic 2″ wide ones that don’t really hold up weight or roll around well. It’s a puzzling choice considering all the other components of the chair are otherwise very durable.
With a maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs and usable seat width of around 19″, the Concepts S300 chair is a stylish, breathable gaming chair that caters well to large people in the middle of the pack.
- Stylish fabric covers with choice of 6 colors
- Cold foam padding that retains its shape well
- Tilt and 135 degree backrest recline
- Wider than average seat with no restrictive bolsters
- Small, poor quality caster wheels
- No clear warranty information
|Weight Capacity:||450 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||17.3″ W x 24.4″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||37.8″|
|Warranty:||30 days money back, 10 years on frame, 36 months parts|
The E-win XL Series Gaming Chair, like the DXRacer is pricey. In fact, it is the second most expensive chair on this review after the DXRacer, coming in at around $450, more than $100 more than the Andy Seat Chair above. It does however deliver more room and comfort for the extra dollars that you pay, and compares well with the DXRacer in the space segment and at a price that is a lot less.
This chair’s dimensions are very similar to DXRacer’s, such as a seat that measures 17.3″ wide by 24.4″ deep, and a tall backrest coming in at 37.8″. The seat’s internals consist of cold cure forming sponge that not keeps its shape better, but offers better temperature regulation. Most owners love the sitting experience of the E-win Chair, with one person going as far as saying that it is the best chair he has ever sat in. E-Win chairs are known for its high density and quality foam.
Rated for a maximum weight of 450 pounds, the E-Win Flash XL has a sturdy and durable steel frame plus aluminium five-star base which offers greater stability. It has PU castors that match in size to the DXRacer and are a sturdy 3” in diameter. The casters allow smooth glide over most floor surfaces. It is equipped with a multifunctional tilt with a tilt angle lock to set it at a preferred angle. It comes with a class 4 explosion proof gas lift which makes raising or lowering the seat a breeze. The tall back of the chair can be reclined between 85 – 155 degrees for those times when you want to lie back and relax between games.
While the E-Win Chair offers excellent ergonomics and comfort, as a big and tall chair, it isn’t for everyone. The highly pronounced bolster wings around the chair will limit wide users’ mobility in the chair, similar to the Andy Seat above. If 17″ of lateral wiggle room isn’t enough (measure how wide your current chair is), I suggest going with either the Killabee or DXRacer chairs instead.
To sum it up, the E-Win Flash XL Chair is an excellent alternative to the DXRacer chair for medium build tall users. It is super easy to install and comes with a 10-year warranty on the frame and 3-year warranty on all other parts making this the safest bet in terms of after sales warranty.
- Dense cold cure forming sponge in seat that doesn’t sag and regulates temperature well
- Ultra sturdy BIFMA certified gas lift that supports up to 450 pounds weight
- Steep 155 degree recline angle to take a nap in chair
- Truly race car inspired design with pronounced bolsters
- Rather narrow seat after discounting bolsters
- 3D armrests don’t pivot inwards
Homall Gaming Recliner Chair– Best Large Gaming Lounge Chair
|Weight Capacity:||265 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||25.5″ W x 29.1″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||17.7”|
|Warranty:||30-day money-back guarantee, 1-year warranty on parts|
The last chair on our list is a curious one. Available for less than $130, the Homall Gaming Recliner Chair is a great option for people who prefer the spaciousness of a full lounge or sofa chair when gaming.
To start with, this Homall product boasts of a wide seat measuring at 25.5”, meaning there’s plenty of space for you to move around. You can even sit cross-legged comfortably while playing as I often do. You don’t have to worry about support either because it uses thick, high-density foam for its padding. The foam is soft for comfort but it’s still firm enough to support you.
And talking about support, the Homall Gaming Recliner Chair has a built-in headrest and a built-in lumbar support to assist your spine and neck. When you want to take a break from playing, just take out the adjustable footrest and push the back of the seat to recline up to 180° and watch a movie or take a nap. Unlike racing gaming chairs which feel wobbly when fully reclined, this recliner chair feels very stable when you lie on it.
The cover is made of PU leather that is very easy to clean. It feels a bit fragile though so it might be a good idea to put a throw cover on it. There’s a small bag at the side as well which is very useful for storing things you often use. One user commented that she uses this side bag to keep whatever book she’s currently reading so she doesn’t have to look for it after playing.
What I found lacking in the Homall Gaming Recliner Chair is its capacity. It can only handle up to 265 pounds and it won’t work well for people who are more than 6 feet tall. The headrest and lumbar pillow aren’t adjustable either.
Still, I find the Homall Gaming Recliner Chair to be a great buy if the dimensions and capacity are suitable for your build and weight. It’s definitely more comfortable than average racing gaming chairs for short term sitting and I find its ability to recline stably to be one of its selling points.
- Seat is spacious at 25.5 inches
- Feels stable even when reclined for 180°
- Footrest is adjustable
- Affordable at about $130
- Easy to clean
- Has a side bag
- Very easy to assemble
- Soft and comfy
- PU leather cover feels fragile
- Headrest and lumbar pillow can’t be adjusted
- Some people find it to be too firm
How to Properly Measure Chair Seat Size for your Body
As a large user, there is nothing more important in a gaming chair than the size of the chair’s seat for long term comfort. Too small a seat, and you’ll feel constantly constricted; too big, and it’s like putting a kid in an adult chair, with your thighs cut off and entire bottom mis-aligning with the contours of the seat.
Here is how to determine the ideal seat dimensions in a gaming chair for your body.
Step 1: Sit down in your existing office chair (or even just a kitchen chair) in an upright position, your back flush against the backrest. Assume a relaxed position, with your thighs slightly apart.
Step 2: Calculate the ideal chair seat depth for your body. Using a measuring tape, get the vertical distance from your tailbone to the end of your inner thighs. Then subtract 1-2 inches to derive the ideal seat depth for your body, where when you sit flush against the backrest of the chair, there is a small gap at the edge of the seat to promote blood circulation in your inner thighs and legs.
Step 3: Calculate the ideal chair seat width for your body. Still sitting upright and with your thighs slightly open, measure the horizontal distance across your thighs just before they drop off the seat’s edge (Assume ideal seat depth, or 1-2 inches before end of inner thighs). Then, add 2 inches to derive the ideal seat width for your body, where when you sit upright with relaxed slightly open thighs, there is still around 1 inch of clearance on either sides of the seat for wiggle room.
Step 4: With these measurements in hand, look up the dimensions of your desired gaming chair to see if the seat will fit you well. For the chair’s width, make sure it refers to the width without the side bolsters (wings), which are common on many gaming chairs:
Many hours of sitting hunched over the game console or the PC has potential health risks. Bad posture and uncomfortable chairs can cause backache, stiff neck and shoulder pain which can distract you from your game. Having a comfortable gaming chair can make the difference in not just the comfort factor but can also help to improve the game.