Finding a good ergonomic chair that accommodates the larger user is no easy feat. That’s why I’ve done the research for you and put together this list of the 10 best ergonomic chairs for fat people.
Here are the 10 best ergonomic chairs for fat/overweight people:
- Steelcase Leap Plus
- Herman Miller Aeron (Size C)
- Flash Furniture HERCULES Series Big and Tall Chair
- Flash Furniture HERCULES Series Mesh Chair
- HON Wave Big and Tall Executive Chair
- DXRacer Tank Series
- Maxnomic NEEDforSEAT XL
- Ficmax Ergonomic Gaming Chair
- Furmax Gaming Chair with High Back
- DXRacer King/Valkyrie Series
However, the Steelcase Leap is my n°1 pick but this isn’t the only great option out there. If you’re big and tall, the four main things you should be looking for in your chair are weight capacity, bigger seat dimensions, comfortable padding, and an ergonomic design. I’ve selected the top 10 chairs based on these four factors and listed them below, so read on to find out more!
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Weight capacity: 500 lbs
Seat width: 22.75”
The Steelcase Leap is one of the very best ergonomic chairs available. So good, in fact, that it made my recent list of the 20 Best Ergonomic Chairs in 2019.
The Leap chair pioneered some innovative features that are real game-changers in office and gaming ergonomics, such as a ‘LiveBack’ system which allows the chair backrest to move with your spine in a more natural way.
Not only is this chair one of the best overall ergonomic chairs, but it’s also perfect for big and tall gamers.
The standard Leap chair has a weight capacity of 400lbs, which is great, but the Leap Plus adds an extra 100lbs to that. This means the Leap Plus offers the same benefits, design, and functions as the Leap, but with a whopping 500lbs weight capacity.
The Leap Plus also has an upgraded seat width of 22.75”, which should give you at least a few inches of wiggle room for extra comfort.
Weight capacity: 350 lbs
The Herman Miller Aeron is another luxury ergonomic chair and a true ‘high-end’ seating solution. The price tag on this chair is a lot higher than some other ergonomic chairs, but you definitely get what you pay for.
Just from looking at the Herman Miller Aeron, you wouldn’t think it would be suitable for fat people. It looks kind of barebones, with minimal padding and a really lightweight, petite frame – but you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
Thanks to the high-quality construction and heavy-duty base, this chair can support up to 350 lbs. This isn’t a super-duper-high weight capacity, but it is more than enough for the vast majority of big and tall people.
It comes in 3 different sizes: A, B, and C. I recommend size C as this is suitable for larger people, which means it’s taller, wider, and much roomier. It has 28.25” of width for more wiggle room than you could ever need, and 18.5” of depth so that even the longest legs will have enough room to promote circulation.
The real reason this chair ranks in my top 10 ergonomic chairs for fat people, though, is because it offers unparalleled ergonomic support. The PostureFit SL technology enables you to sit with perfect posture. The curved back mimics the curvature of the human spine and moves with you to accommodate any sitting position.
The lumbar support pads are fully adjustable so that you can match them to your own body shape and better stabilize your spine. It’s also fully adjustable in pretty much every way possible: height, depth… you name it.
It’s the breathable back and suspension seat that really takes this seat to the next level.
The breathable mesh material back promotes air circulation across the body, helping to keep you cool. This is especially important for larger people as they tend to generate more body heat.
Weight capacity: 500lbs
Seat width: 22.5”
The Flash Furniture HERCULES Series Big and Tall Chair is a much more affordable option that still offers excellent ergonomic support for fat people, with a 500lb weight capacity and 22.5” seat.
It looks like your standard office chair, with a minimalist contemporary design, all-black PU leather upholstery, and thick padding.
Some stand-out features of this chair include:
- A 3” foam padded seat that remains comfy even after long periods of use
- An extra-high back and height-adjustable headrest suitable for the tallest users
- In-built lumbar support
- Adjustable back angle with tilt lock and tilt tension
It’s a great mid-range ergonomic chair for fat people – check it out!
Weight capacity: 500 lbs
Seat width: 22.5”
Another HERCULES Series chair, this one has the same weight capacity and seat width but instead of black leather upholstery, this one has a back made out of a breathable mesh material for enhanced heat dissipation.
The tradeoff is that you’ll lose out on the extra padding and comfortable leather, so you’ll be a little less comfortable and a little cooler. Like the chair above, this one also has a waterfall edge to aid circulation.
Some other notable ergonomic features include in-built lumbar support with a dial to adjust the firmness (but not the height), a lovely deep back, and adjustable/foldable armrests.
The HERCULES Mesh chair is really the perfect counterpart to the HERCULES Big and Tall chair so I’d recommend asking yourself whether you value comfort and padding or breathability more highly so you can choose the one that best meets your preferences.
Weight capacity: 450lbs
Seat width: 22”
Don’t want to choose between breathability or comfort? Then go for the HON Wave Big and Tall Executive Chair. It has the best of both worlds: the breathability that comes with having a mesh back, but with two additional layers of padding for additional comfort.
Unlike the other mesh chairs I’ve talked about so far, this one has a much thicker back and seat. It’s visibly sturdier, plusher, and more comfortable.
One of my favorite things about the HON Wave is the adjustable armrests. They’re not just adjustable for height, but for width too.
This is perfect for heavy/wide users as it means you can adjust them to give yourself some extra space. There’s nothing worse than an armrest poking in your side while you’re trying to get some work done or play a game, but this won’t be a problem with the HON Wave.
It also has an excessive weight capacity of 450lbs thanks to the solid 5 wheel base and durable frame, and a roomy seat width of 22 inches.
Weight capacity: 450lbs
Seat width: 20”
DXRacer is one of the biggest names in gaming. Their chairs are used by all manner of Esports professionals and professional gamers, which is a testament to their superior build quality and ergonomics.
The Tank Series is DXRacer’s biggest and tallest line of chairs. They come with a massive load capacity of 450lbs, 20” wide base, and 26” wide backrest so your shoulders and butt have plenty of room.
The Tank Series isn’t just suitable for heavy uses, it’s suitable for tall people too. The high backrest is adjustable and designed to accommodate users up to 6’7” tall.
Ergonomics have been built into every aspect of this chair as DXRacer’s market is serious gamers who spend very long periods of time sat down and, as such, need a chair that can support their back properly.
From the high-density mold shaping foam padding to the adjustable lumbar support and ‘4D’ adjustable armrests for ergonomic wrist support, this chair has it all.
Weight capacity: 375lbs
Seat width: 22.8”
Maxnomic is another high-end gaming chair manufacturer and a close rival to DXRacer. All their chairs come with excellent build quality and ergonomic features such as 4D armrests.
Their XL Series is the perfect ergonomic gaming chair for fat people as it’s designed specifically for heavier users. The weight capacity, at 375lbs, is a little less than other gaming chairs, but it should be plenty.
Plus, it makes up for the lower weight capacity with features like eight-position height adjustment, unique ‘finger rest’ technology, and super-comfy upholstered oval quilting.
Weight capacity: 300lbs
Seat width: N/A (but it’s wide!)
The Ficmax Ergonomic Gaming chair had to make the list for one reason: it can give you a massage!
The USB electric massage function can help to relax your muscles during breaks from your work, study, or gaming sessions. If nothing else, this standout feature alone is enough to warrant considering the Ficmax for your next ergonomic chair purchase.
However, it doesn’t end there. The chair also has a class-4 gas lift, 180-degree tilt mechanism, and adjustable armrests. The only downside is the weight capacity is a little less at 300lbs, but as long as you’re under this weight, it’s a solid option.
Weight capacity: 310lbs
Seat width: 20.9”
The Furmax Gaming Chair with High Back has a striking turquoise and black design that looks great in a gaming set-up. And while it might look a little out of place in the office, it will definitely still provide the comfort and ergonomic support that you’re looking for.
What makes this chair great for fat people is the padded bucket seat which offers plenty of room and extra cushioning for superior comfort. The weight capacity is also pretty high, at 310 lbs, albeit not as high as some of the chairs I’ve mentioned so far.
It also has a flip-out footrest, which is a nice added feature that lets you kick your feet up and relax in style. The chair comes with a headrest and lumbar support cushion for more ergonomic support.
Weight capacity: 254lbs
Seat width: N/A
The final ergonomic gaming chair for fat people I want to mention is another DXRacer chair – the King Series. This one is a little more affordable and suitable for people that want something strong, but that don’t really need 450 lbs of weight capacity.
While the King Series isn’t quite as strong as the Titan, it still has a lot to offer. It has a reduced weight capacity of 254lbs (which is still plenty) and DXRacer categorizes it as an ‘XL’ chair for big and tall users.
Like all DXRacer chairs, the build quality is superb and it boasts a highly-adjustable, ergonomic design. You can adjust the armrests in multiple dimensions, as well as the seat height and lumbar support.
What is the best ergonomic chair for fat people? My top pick would be the Steelcase Leap Plus. It supports up to 500 lbs of weight, provides lots of wiggle room, and has a cutting-edge ergonomic design. It has a ton of high-end features that help to properly support your spine and promote good posture.
What is the most durable type of chair base? The new standard for office and gaming chairs is to use a 5-star base, which is superior to a 4-star base. Heavy-duty steel bases are usually the best as they are stronger and more durable than other materials. Aluminum is also a good option as it is both strong and lightweight. It’s better to avoid plastic bases as they are less durable and can support less weight.
What makes a chair ergonomic? A chair is ergonomic if it effectively supports you to maintain good posture with the least amount of effort. Factors that make a chair ergonomic include lumbar support, adjustability, shape/design, a tall backrest, well-positioned and adjustable armrests, and more.
How do I determine the best chair seat depth for me? To calculate the right seat depth for your body, sit in an upright position on a chair and measure the distance from the base of your spine to the furthest end of your inner thighs. Subtract 2 inches from that measurement to find the perfect chair seat depth.
How do I determine the best chair seat width for me? To calculate your perfect seat width, sit upright with your thighs slightly open. Next, measure the distance laterally across your thighs. Finally, add 2 inches to your measurement. This calculation will give you the optimal seat width for your body. Chairs with this seat width should give you 1 inch of wiggle room on either side. If you prefer to spread your legs wider as you sit, add an extra 2-4 inches.