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:
|Weight Capacity:||400 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||21.7″ W x 20.5″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||33.5″|
|Warranty:||1 Year Warranty on Parts|
Our first chair, the Killabee Gaming Chair, is the brainchild of two avid gamers who know what it takes to make a great gaming chair. Realizing the constraints that heavy and tall people face with average size gaming chairs in the market, Killabee designed its Big and Tall Chair specifically for overweight and tall people. With a weight rating of 400 lbs and extra large seat and backrest, the chair tops our list for best gaming chair for not just the big, but tall users as well at an affordable price point.
Make no mistake, this is a large chair. The seat measures 21.7″ wide and 20.5″ deep, and without the traditional wings 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 KIllabee seat and that found on most others due to the flat pan design of the Killabee that just made it so much more spacious and comfortable to sit in.
The large and tall backrest on the Killabee 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.
In terms of ergonomics, the Killabee 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 back angle and 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 left and right. The seat height can also be adjusted between 20.5″ to 22.8″.
With a price point of under $250 dollars, the Killabee 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 slides into the #1 spot on this list.
- Large seat with thick memory foam padding
- Comfortable 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 owners found the Installation instructions hard to follow
- Armrests do not pivot inwards (4D)
|Weight Capacity:||450 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||17.5″ W x 21.5″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||37″|
|Warranty:||Lifetime warranty on frame, 24 months on parts|
Our next chair is from a well-known manufacturer and isn’t exactly meant for the budget conscious. However, if you’re willing to shell out the extra dough, the DOH/TS29/NE chair from DXRacer is an absolutely tank of a chair that will probably outlast any chair you’ve bought before it while keeping you in supreme comfort as a large user.
Firstly, even DXRacer says this isn’t a chair for everyone- the ideal height range of the DOH/TS29/NE chair is between 6’1” to 6’6” tall, and under 450 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. Reading some of the reviews from large owners of this chair may have you thinking they all work for the company. One 6’5″ user said the chair fits him like a glove and worth every penny. Another 300 lbs user says he never used to believe in the hype surrounding DXRacer chairs until he got this chair: “super comfortable and very high quality”.
Many elements come together to justify the high cost of this chair. First is the large 31.5” diameter wide five-point sturdy aluminium base that DXRacer claims is 20% larger than on most competing chairs. A strong base is especially important for larger users to provide great stability when sitting, especially in the reclined position. The base also carries larger than usual 3” casters which are ideal to support heavy weight and still move smoothly on most surfaces. A heavy-duty tilt T mechanism lets heavy people recline or rock the chair safely. All these features may not be the most sexy in the world, but in the world of big and tall, they are what matters.
Let’s talk ergonomics and comfort now. DXRacer does a lot of things right in this department. The cushioning on the DXRacer DOH/TS29/NE chair is extra thick and consists of high density mold shaping foam that won’t sag after a while under heavy weight. The backrest gently protrudes to fit the curvature of your spine as you lay back. The wings on both the seat and backrest are small, ensuring they don’t get in the way of your body as you sit; a perfect blend of comfort and aggressive racing style. I love that the armrests are 4D, which means they can be adjusted in all directions, including pivot inwards.
As a testament to the build quality, DXRacer offers a lifetime warranty on the frame of the chair, and 2 year warranty on all parts. 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.
- Built like a tank, with high quality parts and larger than normal components
- Purpose built for people between 6’1″ and 6’6″, under 450 pounds
- Large seat and backrest with small wings that don’t get in the way
- 4D armrests that pivot inwards to support your hands while typing or gaming
- Lifetime warranty on the frame
- High price, around $600
- Chair cushioning quite firm in the beginning, needs time to break in
|Weight Capacity:||300 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||15″ W x 18″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||33″|
|Warranty:||24 months limited warranty|
For large users that are under 300 pounds and of smaller build, the OPSEAT Gaming Chair offers the perfect middle ground between the Killabee and DXRacer chairs above. It’s cheaper than both, and comes with a lot more color choices (11 to be exact) to match the interiors of your room much better. My favorite has got to be the black with orange accents option.
Though not as big as the DXRacer or the Killabee, it still is sturdy enough for many tall and heavy people. The chair uses a heavy-duty nylon base with non-marking nylon casters which can take a weight of up to 300 lbs. One thing to pay attention to are the dimensions of the seat- the width of the seat at its narrowest part is just 15” (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. Seat depth wise at 18″ also is less than the other two chairs above. But don’t think a larger seat is always better– the aim should be a seat that contours and supports your body properly. If you are of average build, you’ll most likely find the seat on the OPSEAT more comfortable than larger seats that make you feel like a kid in an adult chair.
In the world of gaming chairs where everything looks the same, OPSEAT manages to stand out with its attention to aesthetics. The design and styling is simply outstanding and carefully color coordinated to make this chair a delight to look at. The eye for detailing is evident in the color accented stitching, changeable color tips on the base, and the matching detachable neck and lumbar pillows. The chair is upholstered in premium perforated PU leather that looks and feels luxurious. The color accents are placed to give this chair a very streamlined and slim look despite its generous size. Many users were captivated by its luxurious looks and beautiful build quality.
Though this is one of the cheaper gaming chairs in the big and tall market, the OPSEAT Gaming Chair still offers a similar level of adjustability as the pricier chairs. It has a configurable 4D armrest which can be adjusted for excellent arm support. The 12-degree multi-tilt mechanism allows you to set the seat base up to 12 degree off the horizontal for the perfect sitting position at your desk. And of course, the seat reclines, up to 180 degrees backwards for a full sleeping position in fact.
OPSEAT Master Series PC Gaming Chair is a heck of a bargain considering the premium stitching, cutting edge style and ergonomic features such as the 4D armrests . 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 who may find it a bit narrow to fit into it but is great for someone who is tall. Overall if that’s you this is the chair we recommend.
- Premium PU leather upholstery and stitching
- 11 color options to match any room or desired style
- 4D armrests and backrest that reclines a full 180 degrees backwards
- Larger than average lumbar support pillow
- Very economical for a big and tall gaming chair
- Seat too narrow for really wide people
- Weight limit is only 300 pounds
|Weight Capacity:||400 pounds|
|Seat Dimensions (excluding wings):||17″ W x 23″ L|
|Back Rest Height:||34″|
|Warranty:||30 days money back, lifetime on frame, 18 months parts|
Anda has admirably risen above the dubious market of cheap gaming chairs to become a respected brand that produces high quality chairs at an reasonable price. The Anda Seat Spirit King Series E-Sport Chair comparable in quality to the DXRacer chair above, but costing a cool $200 less.
With a recommended user height between 5’6” and 7’2” and weight limit of 440 pounds (400 lbs suggested), this is a heavy duty gaming chair with a shorter backrest compared to the DXRacer to better accommodate a wider range of heights. In fact, one 5’8″ owner said the neck cushion on the Anda gaming chair aligned with his neck perfectly to offer great support. Th backrest on the Anda Chair measures 34″ tall compared to 37″ on the DXRacer Chair above.
Everything just feels ultra secure and sturdy with the Anda Chair. It has a super strong 5-star base aluminium base with a whopping weight capacity that can handle a static load of 1500kg and a dynamic load of 600 kgs. The chair rides on king sized 65MM casters coated in PU rubber to glide smoothly on most surfaces. It also features class 4 hydraulic pistons that ensure safety and stability and make it easy to adjust the height of the seat. In other words, this is one solidly built chair specifically designed for larger men (and woman) in mind.
Anda Seat initially started off by producing racing car chairs for some of the top auto companies and then brought their expertise to the gaming chair segment. As such, their chairs are beautifully crafted, with special attention paid to long term comfort. A large external lumbar cushion helps properly support your lower spine to eliminate aches and pains that gamers often suffer from. The chair reclines up to 160 degrees back, with a versatile rocking mechanism that lets you tilt back up to 20 degrees by applying pressure to the backrest. Rocking is one of my favorite features in any ergonomic chair that helps to release back tension and stiffness.
One issue that makes the Anda King Series more a chair for tall rather than wide people is the relative narrowness of the seat. Minus the wings, the width of the seat measure around 17″, which some ultra large people have complained isn’t roomy enough, with the bolster wings at times getting in the way as a result.
There isn’t one size that fits all in the big and tall world- if you are both tall and in the obese category, the Killabee or DX Racer chairs with their wider seats and miniature winged designs are a better fit. For all other big and tall users, the Anda Seat is probably offers one of the best cost to value ratio we’ve seen in a chair.
- Cutting edge design and high quality stitching
- Premium and extra large components for a really rock solid chair
- Smooth 160 degree recline and 20 degree rocking based on company’s special Z support Multi-functional tilt mechanism
- 3D armrests that pivot inwards
- Seat a little narrow for really wide people
- Ultra heavy chair, at 73 pounds
|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
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.