For big and tall guys, choosing a gaming chair that supports your body type can be especially challenging. Fortunately, this ultimate guide to gaming chairs for fat people has all the information you need.
Let’s start with the key question: what is the best gaming chair for fat people? One of the best gaming chairs for fat people is the DXRacer Tank Series due to its high weight capacity of 450lbs and specially-designed ergonomic features. However, there are also plenty of other great chairs designed for overweight gamers.
To help you decide which one is right for you, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best gaming chairs for big and tall people. While every item on this list supports larger users, they vary in design, price, and features.
What Should Fat People Look For in a Gaming Chair?
Before we jump into the list, it’s important to know what you should be looking for in a gaming chair if you’re larger than the average gamer.
That way, you’ll have a better understanding of why the chairs we selected made the cut and how to compare them.
Those of exceptional height and weight need to be more selective about their seating solution to make sure it supports their larger frames.
With that in mind, here are some features to look out for:
- A High Weight Capacity: Weight capacity is the number one most important feature that big gamers need to look for – for obvious reasons. Every chair on this list will have a weight capacity of at least 300 lbs, and some as much as 450 lbs.
- A Durable Base: A gaming chair designed for fat people should have a durable base. This will make sure it remains sturdy and durable under heavier loads
- Seat Height Adjustability: If you’re tall, you need to pay close attention to how adjustable the seat height is. It needs to go high enough that your legs are slightly above your waist when flat on the floor in order to have good posture. You shouldn’t have to feel cramped.
- A Tall Back Rest: Again for obvious reasons, your backrest needs to be taller if you’re tall. At a minimum, it should reach your shoulders or head.
- Arm Rest Adjustability: A good gaming chair for fat people should have armrests adjustable for width. If they can move sideways, they’ll be able to accommodate your wider frame easier.
- Chair Width: For similar reasons, chair width is important. It needs to be able to accommodate your wider body type.
- Ergonomic Support: This is especially important as studies show that being overweight correlates to increased risk of lower back pain, possibly due to the added pressure on your back. To protect the long-term health of your back and spine, and to minimize this pain, choosing a chair with good ergonomic support becomes especially important.
Ok, now that’s covered, let’s look at some of the best gaming chairs for fat people.
1. DXRacer Tank Series
With a maximum load capacity of a whopping 450 lbs, DXRacer’s Tank Series chair is the biggest, strongest, tallest chair on this list – and therefore suitable for the biggest, strongest, tallest gamers!
The high, adjustable backrest is suitable for users up to 6’7” tall and the adjustable lumbar support is, as you’d expect from a luxury gaming chair of this price, excellent.
It also has a 26” width at the top so your shoulders won’t feel cramped, and a 20” diameter base so your backside will have lots of wriggle room.
Combine that extra room with the super-comfortable, high-density mold shaping foam padding on the seats and you’ve got the makings of a chair that your butt will love.
The ‘4D’ armrests are adjustable in every way you can imagine, so you needn’t worry about them getting in the way. It’s also highly-durable, with a solid metal frame, aluminum base, 3” PU Casters, and a class 4 gas lift.
Big and tall gamers really can’t go wrong with this chair. The only problem is the price. If this chair were more affordable, it would be the best gaming chair for big men hands down, but it might not suit everyone’s budget.
If it’s a little too expensive for what you’re looking for, worry not! There’s plenty more to come.
2. Maxnomic XL Series (NEEDforSEAT® XL Edition)
The second chair to make this list (following closely in DXRacer’s footsteps) is Maxnomic’s XL Series.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Maxnomic is probably DXRacer’s biggest competitor. Both brands are hugely popular in the high-end gaming chair scene. As you might expect, this chair is equally expensive to our number one spot (more than $500).
There are several Maxonomic XL Series chairs, all of which are suitable for users up to 375 lbs in weight and 7’0” in height.
While the weight capacity is lower than the DXRacer Tank Series, the maximum user height is 5” higher, which might make this chair the best option for taller users.
If we were pushed to pick just one chair from this series, we’d go for the NEEDforSEAT® XL Edition.
The XL Edition has 4D armrests, eight-position height adjustment, upholstered oval quilting for added comfort, and a new copyright-protected feature known as ‘finger rest’, which does exactly what its name implies.
3. Vertagear PL6000
The Vertagear PL6000 represents a significant drop in price from the previous two chairs.
It’s still on the pricier side, but it has many of the same awesome high-end features and is cheaper, making it probably the best value-for-money chair we’ve found.
The maximum weight capacity of the PL6000 is 440 lbs, only 10 lbs less than the DXRacer Tank Series.
The maximum recommended height is also similar at 6’8”.
This chair has been designed to be as comfortable as possible. It has extra padding and superior ergonomic features.
It’s also upholstered in a perforated, breathable PVC leather. This means that air circulates more freely while you’re sat on the chair, which keeps you cooler during long gaming sessions. It looks great too!
The PL6000 also includes many of the now-familiar high-end features such as 4D-armrests, adjustable seat height, tilt lock capabilities, and a heavy-duty base from made of industrial strength metal.
As you can see, this chair really holds its own against the two titans above and should be your go-to chair if you’re looking for value but aren’t willing to sacrifice on high-end features.
4. DXRacer Sentinel Series
Our fourth spot on our list of recommended gaming chairs for fat people goes to another DXRacer line, this time it’s the Sentinel Series.
Despite the difference in price, there really isn’t all that much difference between the two chairs.
The build quality might not be quite as good, and the upholstering might not be quite as swanky, but in all the ways that matter it’s the same. For example, the Sentinel still has 4D adjustable armrests and an adjustable backseat recline.
The main two differences that you do need to be aware of are the weight limit and chair height.
The Sentinel’s suggested weight limit is 350lbs (compared to the Tank’s 450lbs) and the seat height is adjustable between 52 and 55 inches (compared to the Tanks 54 – 59 range).
This means that the Tank is your best bet if you’re really, really tall or really, really heavy.
In all other instances, though, you may as well opt for the Sentinel Series and save yourself some cash. For most big and tall gamers, a 350 lb weight capacity is plenty.
5. GT Omega EVO XL Racing
Now, we’re moving away from the high-end chairs and into the mid-range chairs, and what could be a better chair to start with than the GT Omega EVO XL Racing Gaming Chair.
This chair is a great option for anyone looking for something sturdy and reasonably priced, and it’s even used by elite gaming stars like DanTDM.
Like all chairs in GT Omega’s XL Series, the XL Racing Gaming Chair has a load capacity of 150kg (approx. 330lbs), making it suitable for big and tall gamers. It’s the lowest weight capacity on this list so far but still enough for most people.
It also has a tilt locking mechanism and adjustable recline up to 190 degrees, allowing you to really lay back and relax.
It’s got a height-adjustable back, lumbar cushion and headrest, and aluminum 5 point star base. Unlike many other mid-range chairs, the EVO XL Racing Gaming Chair also still has 4D adjustable armrests.
It’s upholstered in synthetic leather and comes in a blue and black design. In my personal opinion, this chair doesn’t look quite as stylish as some of the others on this list, but it’s all a matter of taste.
If you’re a fan of racing-style chairs, then you might love the design.
6. Furmax Computer Office Gaming Chair with High Back
The Furmax Computer Office Gaming Chair with High Back is another racing-style gaming chair.
The bright turquoise detailing and stripes make the design really pop, and lend it an eye-catching, almost-psychedelic design which I think looks great.
It as a maximum weight capacity of 310 lbs, the lowest so far. This is probably to be expected considering that this is also significantly more affordable than the chairs we’ve already looked at.
It doesn’t have 4D armrests but they are adjustable for height. The still highly-durable construction is a mix of steel, plastic, and faux leather.
The chair also comes with a comfortable, padded ‘bucket seat’, headrest, and comfortable lumbar support cushion.
My absolute favorite feature, though, has to be the flip-out footrest. You can pull that bad boy out, stick your feet on it and really kick back and relax during those all-night gaming sessions.
7. Ficmax Ergonomic Gaming Chair
Do you ever sit down for a gaming session and think, ‘D’you know what would be great right now? A massage’.
If so, this might be the chair for you, as it has an actual USB electric massage function.
This feature is undoubtedly the chairs USP, and a real stand-out addition that gives it an edge over many of the other chairs on this list.
You might be tempted to feel that having a massage function is a little ‘gimmicky’, but, on the contrary, it’s actually a great ergonomic feature that can help to relieve lumbar fatigue and pain, as well as promote healthy circulation when sitting for long periods of time.
As if that’s not enough, it also has wider, thicker armrests adjustable for both height and depth, a class-4 gas lift, retractable footrest, headrest pillow, and 180-degree tilt mechanism for the times when you want to lay down for a quick nap.
As a ‘big and tall’ gaming chair, Ficmax designed this with larger users in mind and made sure to create a heavy-duty base able support loads up to 300lbs.
However, this isn’t as much as some of the other chairs on the list so if your weight exceeds 300lbs, you might be better off with one of the other options we’ve mentioned so far.
8. GTRacing High Back Gaming Chair
The GTRacing High-Back Gaming Chair is another fine example of a mid-range gaming chair, but with the price tag of a budget gaming chair.
It looks and feels like a mid-range chair, with its striking red and black design, thick cushioning, and adjustable armrests. It also has a lumbar support pillow, most head pillow, and very high back which rises up to more than 50 inches (perfect for the very tallest gamers).
The main downside to this chair is the relatively-narrow seating area, but it’s a small price to pay considering how affordable this chair is.
9. AmazonBasics Executive Chair
The AmazonBasics Executive chair is the second most affordable chair on the list. It’s by no means a flashy chair, upholstered in simple black leather and without the detailing, contrasting colors, or embroidery that mark many of the other gaming chairs on this list.
That means its perfect for users looking for something a little more understated, perhaps something that’s just as suitable in the office as the games room.
However, don’t let the simple design fool you – this chair doesn’t skimp on quality.
It boasts infinite-tilt lock, pneumatic height adjustment, and a solid construction which supports up to 350 lbs.
It’s also got a great ergonomic design with a high back and is fully upholstered in real bonded brown leather.
The only downside to this leather upholstery is that it isn’t very breathable. This means it holds on to heat, which makes it a little less comfortable.
10. Homall High-Back Racing Chair
If you’re looking for the most affordable big and tall gaming chair you can get your hands on, this is it. As the cheapest chair on this list, Homall’s High-Back Racing Chair is our number one pick for budget gaming chairs.
Looking at an image of this chair, you wouldn’t believe it was just under a $100.
The design is reminiscent of mid-range and high-end gaming chairs like the Furmax and Vertagear chairs we’ve already looked at.
It’s can also handle heavy loads and support gamers up to 300lbs in weight and has a 22-inch wide, 30-inch high back which is perfect for tall and broad gamers.
The seat itself is 20 inches wide, which is plenty enough even the widest backsides out there.
Other features worth mentioning are the high-density shaping foam cushions, 1.8mm thick steel frame, and class-3 gas lift.
What kind of gaming chairs are suitable for tall people? Tall people require ergonomic chairs in order to avoid getting back pain during long periods of sitting down. To make sure you can have good posture while sitting, you’ll need to choose a gaming chair with features suitable for tall people. These features include a higher-than-average backrest and adjustable height.
How much weight can gaming chairs hold? A standard gaming or office chair can typically hold around 250 lbs. However, specially-designed chairs for heavier users can hold significantly more than that. These type of chairs will hold around 300-400 lbs on average, with some even able to hold as much 800lbs.
What are big and tall chairs? ‘Big and tall’ is a marketing term used in the gaming and office chair industry to refer to heavy-duty chairs designed for users that are heavier or taller than average. They’re typically made out of extra-durable material, with wider bases and higher backrests in order to better support people with larger and taller frames. Many gaming chair brands will have a line of ‘big and tall chairs’. Another alternative term you might see used instead of ‘big and tall chairs’ is ‘XL chairs’.