If you are a plus-sized person like me, chances are you are used to being turned away at a lot of places. Finding items that fit our stature is a full-on quest every single time. No matter if it is apparel, shoes, or accessories, we are often left out from being able to experience the best.
But being big is not all bad. Just look at all those massive basketball players. They wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t for their size!
People of big stature are not just limited to the basketball court, however. As of today, the esports industry amounts to a whopping $138 billion in worth. The people who partake in these obviously come in all shapes and sizes, and peripheral designers have to cater to them all. This means the good news of us big boy gamers! Finding a high-quality mouse that doesn’t feel tiny in your hands, or a headset that… well, fits your head, is a lot easier.
The List of 7 Best Gaming Chairs for Big Guys in 2020
And on that note, today, we will be looking at some of the best gaming chairs for big guys. As an XXL sized person myself, I have a vested interest in these. Therefore, all opinions you read below are completely honest.
#1. Homall Adjustable Gaming Chair – Best for Big Guys
The Homall adjustable gaming chair, or as it is officially named, the S-Racer, is designed with comfort in mind. With its moldable foam cushioning, those hour-long gaming sessions are no longer a pipe dream. With a total weight capacity of 300lbs, this chair is no slouch when it comes to housing big boys.
There are a few reasons why it is called the S-Racer. The first one being its design, which looks straight out of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. That means it will look right at home next to your exotic gaming setup. The second reason is its revamped PU wheel system, which makes rolling around in this chair blazing fast and responsive.
Talking about some of its pros, there are a plethora of color options available for this model of gaming chair to suit your taste or match the overall aesthetics of any setup. As for its shortcomings, one thing that I missed was the ability to customize armrest height. Moreover, the metal frame makes the chair a bit on the heavy side. But with how easy it is to roll away, that is a fairly small complain in exchange for the robustness said frame offers.
#2. GTRacing Gaming Chair – Runner Up
One look at this chair and it is apparent that this is designed for pro gamers. There are no cutting corners on this one. Everything from the PU leather material used on the seat to the overall look and feel screams high quality.
Coming in at a weight rating of 300lbs with adjustable height mechanism, this chair will easily cater to any type of body frame. Whether it is for gaming, working or those Netflix binge sessions, the ergonomic design of this chair, equipped with a range of reclining options, makes it all a breeze. To facilitate posture control, it also comes with a backrest and lumbar support cushion that molds to the curves of your body for ultimate comfort in any position.
However, as the saying goes, nothing is perfect and that is true here as well. While we did not find many missing features in this gaming chair, it is worth pointing out that the only customization options you get are with respect to the height and swivel. Moreover, with the only color option available being red, that is also something you would want to keep in mind when investing in this chair.
#3. AKRacing Gaming Chair – Support Up to 400lbs
Design-wise, the AKRacing Masters Series heavy-duty gaming chair really resembles the previously reviewed GTRacing gaming chair. This is a good thing, as the design was one of my favorite things about that chair. Once again, the striking look of the seat, draped in black and accentuated in reds, catches the observer’s eye, giving the whole thing a premium feel.
Enough about the aesthetics. Let’s talk about performance, which is another area where this chair stood out from the rest that we tested for review purposes. Thanks to the durable aluminum base and the multi-layer upholstery, this is one of the most comfortable and rock-solid gaming chairs I have had the pleasure of using. Moreover, with a maximum weight rating of 400lbs, this is as big boy toy as you can get.
Speaking of some pros, the height adjustment mechanism on this chair is driven pneumatically, lending to almost imperceptible level adjustment. Another feature that is completely unique to this chair is the 4-way armrest adjustment it offers. As for the few shortcomings I came across in my testing, the lack of any vibration system, especially at the cost that this sells for, is a bit of a disappointment.
#4. OFM Adjustable Racing Chair for Fat Guys (Up to 275lbs)
This one is a fairly simple affair, and to match its looks, it is a bit on the affordable side as well. But that in no way means it is any less of a powerhouse compared to the other gaming chair options here. For starters, it’s plain look means it is suitable for use just about anywhere, from a corporate setting to your work desk at home. As for gaming, being nondescript allows it to blend in with the surrounding and not take the limelight off your setup.
When it comes to performance, all the basic features are here. While it may look plain, there is padding in just the right places to ensure that the chair always feels comfortable to the user. There are also ample adjustment options to allow you to modify the setup to best suit your needs. I really like that the armrest can be moved out of the way completely so as not to hinder movement for tasks that require more dexterity with the mouse.
The cons, if we talk about, really just emanate from the fact that this is not a pro gaming chair, as reflected by its price, and therefore, expecting high end, gaming specialized features from it is not realistic.
#5. Hbada High Back Gaming Chair – Best for Tall Skinny Guys
Another 300lb option, this one has a fairly wide seat area and a tall back, making it perfect for those over 180cm in height. With a design that looks like a cross between a gaming and an office chair, this is perfectly suitable for both of those tasks.
There are a range of customization options offered here, one of which is full 360-degree swivel. There is also a rocking feature built into this chair, something that you do not find everywhere. Coming in at this price, this is honestly quite surprising, as I have reviewed more expensive gaming chair options that are not as modular. All in all, despite its fairly inexpensive price tag, this chair is as pro gaming as you can get, and in my opinion, one of the best buys if you are a tall person and has a limited budget.
I also really like the color of this chair, with its shades of cool blue accents, a far cry from most other gaming chairs featuring loud and flashy colors. Talking about the cons, if I have to nitpick, I would say that while the armrests is adjustable, the PU material feels a bit hard without any sort of cushioning.
#6. Faunow Big & Tall Ergonomic Gaming Chair – 330lb Capacity
My first impression while using the Faunow gaming chair was that it is built like a brick, and that is always a good thing when it comes to these products. But that was just scratching the surface of all that this product has to offer.
Boasting a design that can only be described as “sharp”, this chair looks the most striking out of any other that I have reviewed in this list. If you are the type of gamer that craves the futuristic look with their battle station, this chair will fit right in with your setup.
An interesting thing about this chair is that it is advertised as having “massage” features, and while that conjures up a different image, we took that to mean it is orthopedic friendly. This is definitely true, as even an acquaintance who has had multiple back surgeries found the chair to be extremely comfortable. That’s a pretty big one as far as pros go for a chair of this price.
However, that is not to say that there are no drawbacks of choosing this chair over any of the other options out there. The lack of color options is something that we once again feel holds this product back. Not only that but with the only color option being red and black, the most standard among gaming chairs, I feel that the design misses its chance to stand out in spite of its unique design
#7. Anda Seat Premium Big and Tall Computer Chair
If you are thinking that I saved the best one for last, you will be right. This was my favorite gaming chair among all the ones that I tested for reviewing here, and let me tell you why. For one, the construction material used in this chair includes pure leather. That is right, no PU leather here. This is the real stuff. But that is not where the exoticness of this chair ends. The body is made from carbon fiber. The same material that is used in high end racing cars to reduce drag coefficient.
You may think that the combination of leather and carbon fiber does not really compute, but believe me, the dark cow skin compliments the traditional crisscross carbon fiber look here so well, it’s like a match made in heaven. The all black leather upholstery gives this chair a minimalist yet elegant look. This is the kind of seat that will look inconspicuous even as an office chair, next to a pure wooden desk, or pretty much anywhere.
One con I would like to mention is that, owing to the price of the materials used, this chair is on the more expensive side, a lot of which is solely for aesthetic reasons, which no practical function.
How to Choose the Best Gaming Chair for Big and Tall Gamers? – Ultimate Buyer’s Guide
Knowing about the options available out there is well and good, but in order to make the right decision on which chair to buy, you must first be aware of the things you need to look out for. Here are some common considerations to keep in mind when looking at gaming chairs.
The maximum customizable height of the chair
Every modern gaming chair will have customizable height, but the level to which the height will extend varies from model to model.
As a big guy, one of your priorities should be to invest in a gaming chair which offers ample levels of height adjustments. This is important to ensure proper posture at all times while gaming.
It also allows for a more comfortable gaming experience over prolonged periods of time. However, there is more to that than just the height of the chair, as we discuss in the next point.
The overall level of comfort afforded to the player
Aside from the height of the gaming chair, the most important factor that contributes to the comfort level of a chair is its cushioning. The best gaming chairs will offer just the right amount of rigidity and softness in the cushioning material to make your gaming sessions as physically stress-free as possible.
This is very important if you are gaming over prolonged periods of time and fatigue sets in. The rigidity of the cushion keeps you alert while retaining comfort, so your brain can give undivided attention to the match on hand.
The vibration system for a truly immersive experience
One of the main things that bring “gaming” to a gaming chair is the ability to make the experience more immersive for the player. There are a few ways this is achieved, but the vibration system is the one that tops the list. This physical stimulus is what elevates the hobby, art, or whatever you call it, from a mere 3D state to complete 4D. By adding a sense of feeling to the gameplay, players can reach new heights of total immersion.
But here’s the thing: not all vibration systems equipped into these gaming chairs is designed equal. For quite a few of them, it is just an afterthought. These are the brands that you want to stay away from. Look for hands-on customer reviews to get a sense of the quality of the vibration motors used. To truly lose yourself in the game, you need to be able to feel the vibrations after all.
The aesthetics of the chair and the number of design options
Last, but not the least, is the look sported by the gaming chair. Making sure that the color and the design compliment the overall theme you have going on with your setup is very important. After all, a gaming chair is an expensive purchase and assuming the quality is on par, one that is supposed to last you a while. You obviously want the thing to not just look good next to your rig for now, but many years down the road as well.
So, there you have it. All that you need to know about buying the right gaming chair if you are a plus-sized person, and even otherwise. With these factors in mind, you can rest assured knowing than any of the above-reviewed chairs you choose will be the best one out there for you.