As the ChairsFX sizing guide explains, gaming chairs are not one-size fits all. Average-sized users seeking affordable ergonomic gaming chairs will find many options. For smaller users, check out our review of the best gaming chairs for small sizes.
For large sized users however, things get a bit complicated. If you are over 6'7" you will need a specialty chair to fit your extra tall frame. On the other hand, if you are over 300 pounds, you will need a specially reinforced chair designed to support extremely heavy weight.
This guide reviews the top 7 chairs for heavyweight users. Each supports up to 400 pounds.
Gaming chair benefits for heavy users
These benefits are especially important for overweight users, given that they are far more likely to suffer from chronic back pain.
This is because spine carries the bulk of a body's weight. During both rest and activity, the spine manages weight distribution to prevent strain in any one area. However, when excess weight is carried, the spine must bear a greater burden.
This often leads to slouching, which forces the ribs to compress while pressuring an unnatural curve in the spine and weakening the stomach muscles. With weakened stomach muscles, the pelvis is forced to tilt forward. This will make poor posture worse over time, to the point of crippling back pain and severely diminished mobility.
Overweight user FAQs
If you are overweight, consider that standard office chairs are usually designed to support 90 kilos (198 pounds). People heavier than that sitting full-time in an overloaded chair face several risks.
First there is the danger of the chair collapsing under your weight. Then there are long-term health concerns.
Forcing yourself to sit long hours in a chair not designed for your body will wear you down in the lower back, neck and shoulders. After a while, sitting will become unbearable - you’ll be forced to stand more, putting greater strain on the joints.
The gaming chairs reviewed in this guide eliminate these issues. Below we answer common questions about gaming chairs for heavy users, then review the five best chairs in detail.
How much weight can a gaming chair hold?
Most gaming chairs support up to 200 pounds. Heavier users need a special class of reinforced chairs with wider seats and thicker padding.
The gaming chairs in this guide are rated to support up to 400 pounds. However, in reality, only those weighing up to 350 pounds will enjoy rock-solid support.Those weighing close to the extreme 400-pound limit should still monitor these chairs closely for signs of stress.
What physical benefits will a gaming chair provide?
Sitting in a gaming chair trains your body into correct postural alignment, which takes pressure off of the back and neck.
With correct posture you will enjoy deeper breathing, better blood flow, looser limbs and a noticeable boost in vitality. Additional benefits for heavy users:
- Eliminate back pain: sitting for long hours in a regular fixed-back chair puts strain on the spinal cord. This leads to back fatigue, pain and slouching. On the other hand, gaming chairs support the back. These models use an industry standard backrest system that keeps the spinal cord in proper alignment. Simply lean back in a gaming chair’s backrest to lock into perfect ergonomic alignment.
- Eliminate neck pain: normal office chairs have no support for the neck. While sitting for long hours, most people are used to simply keeping their head still. This fixed position puts tremendous strain on the neck and shoulders, often leading to chronic stiffness. Conversely, gaming chairs come with adjustable neck pillows to take the pressure off of your neck while sitting.
- Reduce pressure on the hips: unlike cheap office chairs, gaming chair seats come with extra thick padding. This decreases pressure on the hips, buttocks and thighs as heavy users sit. With less pressure in these areas, blood flow improves through the legs. With less strain on the muscles and enhanced circulation, most users can expect a greater sense of well-being and increased vitality.
What performance benefits should I expect?
Unaddressed neck, back or shoulder pain caused by unhealthy sitting habits will diminish your productivity. Aside from missing work days, any person suffering chronic pain will not perform at their best. Distracted minds are vulnerable and prone to mistakes.
For heavy users, gaming chairs provide the means to rest their bodies in ergonomic alignment - at a perfect position for working or gaming. As a result, more energy becomes available to focus on productive pursuits, instead of on pain and health issues.
Note that a gaming chair on its own won't magically cure health issues. Instead, it's a high-tech tool that (if used correctly) can quickly train your body into correct posture habits.
In other words, investment in a quality gaming chair can provide a massive health and well-being upgrade.
What the best gaming chairs for overweight people?
Most gaming chairs support up to 200 pounds. Users heavier than that should consider specialty chairs for heavy users. While there are several models that support up to 300 pounds, only a few reliable models exist for users heavier than that.
The following gaming chairs are all made by respected brands and specially designed to support users weighing up to 400 pounds. These represent the best big and tall gaming chairs that support good posture:
- DXRacer Tank Series Big and Tall
- Vertagear P-Line PL6000 Racing Series Gaming Chair
- AKRacing Masters Series Max Gaming Chair
- Anda Seat Spirit King Gaming Racing Chair
- RESPAWN-400 Racing Style Big and Tall Gaming Chair
- KILLABEE Big and Tall (PREMIUM)
- KILLABEE Big and Tall (BUDGET)
Each of these chairs is reviewed in detail in the next section.
Best gaming chairs for heavyweights
This section reviews the five best gaming chairs for ultra-heavyweight users.
DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/N Big and Tall
This behemoth fits people between 6’1” to 6’6” and supports up to 450 pounds with tons of impressive features.
The DXRacer Tank Series is the biggest, sturdiest heavyweight gaming chair available. It weighs 76 pounds and offers the largest gaming chair seating surface in the world at 21" wide and 20.5" deep.
Its impressive power starts at the base, which supports the entire weight of your body and the chair itself. 3" PU casters attach to a super strong aluminium base that is powered by double gas canisters for serious weight management.
In addition, the Tank Series is packed with high-end features. These include 4D adjustable armrests, a super solid aluminum base with a heavy duty tilt mechanism and a deep recline up to 120 degrees.
Pros and Cons
Vertagear P-Line PL6000 Racing Series Gaming Chair
The Vertagear PL-6000 is an industrial-strength premium gaming chair. It comes with extra wide seat, supports up to 440 pounds and fits all sizes between 5'9" to 6'8".
The Vertagear PL-6000 Vertagear is designed for both tall and wide people. It starts with a heavy duty base made of industrial strength metal and 3" RS1 casters engineered for quiet operation and easy gliding.
The seat comes with an extra thick layer of high resiliency foam padding that luxuriously supports the legs, buttocks and thighs. While cheaper, more thinly padded chairs can leave heavyweights feeling sore, the PL-6000 supports long hours of sitting with extreme comfort.
Regarding adjustability, the backrest reclines to 140 degrees and comes with a title locking system that allows for easy rocking. In addition the padded armrests comes with 4D adjustable armrests that allow you to find the perfect alignment to suit your body.
Finally, the chair is draped in premium PVC leather in a choice of eight color combination. This material is stain resistant and has a breathable open-air structure that prevents heat buildup.
Pros and Cons
AKRacing Masters Series Max Gaming Chair
This juggernaut combines the best features of AKRacing gaming chairs with extra-large parts, an extra wide seat and a super powered gas lift that supports up to 400 pounds.
A solid option for heavy users, the AKRacing Max combines slick racing seat looks with a maxed out weight capacity and an advanced locking mechanism that lets you lock your recline to as deep as 180 degrees.
To address the problems heavy people have when sitting for long hours, this chair is heavily padded with cold-cure foam that's especially thick around the seat and lower back. Draped over top is soft and supple PVC leather designed to last for years. Extra features to support heavy users include adjustable neck and lumbar cushions to ensure optimal posture while sitting.
In addition, the AKRacing Max comes with an array of premium features. These include 4D adjustable armrests and multiple reclining options including a full recline to 180 degrees.
Although not the cheapest chair on the market, few in the extra-wide category can match the strength, style and comfort that the AKRacing Max offers.
Pros and Cons
Anda Seat Spirit King Gaming Racing Chair
The Anda Seat Spirit King is a more reasonably priced option that fits sizes between 5'1" to 6'5" and supports up to 430 pounds. Available in four different color options, it comes with impressive adjustability plus an innovative hygiene enhancing features that provides odor control with anti-bacterial properties.
The Anda Seat Spirit King comes with stylish and durable PVC leather upholstery that covers an extra high density cold foam padding. The padding is key, as it's designed to absorb heavy weight for thousands of hours without losing shape.
Other notable features include 3D adjustable armrests, reclining up to 160 degrees and an industrial-strength aluminum base with large 65mm casters. A nice extra is the tilt locking mechanism, which securely locks the backrest anywhere between 90 to 160 degrees while allowing a gentle rocking function.
In terms of ergonomics, the Sprit King uses extra large adjustable neck and lumbar cushions. Once adjusted, this customizes the chair perfectly for your body - simply set your recline and ease back into perfect ergonomic alignment.
If you're looking for a high quality sub-$300 premium chair that supports heavyweight users, Anda Seat has done an outstanding job Interestingly, one of the most-talked about features the Anda Seat Spirit King is a great choice.
Pros and Cons
RESPAWN-400 Racing Style Big and Tall Gaming Chair
The Respawn-400 is the cheapest heavyweight chair on this list. It supports up to 400 pounds and fits users up to 6'3" tall.
The RESPAWN-400 racing style gaming chair is covered in bonded leather and supported by a sturdy aluminium frame. Premium features include 4D adjustable armrests that allow the adjustment of can height, width and depth for customization perfectly tailored to your body.
Overall this model feels like a solid, durable chair for heavy users. One issue that larger users may face is that the bonded leather does not offer the breathability of more expensive chairs. This means that the longer the sit in the RESPAWN-400, more heat will build up. In warm weather, that can become an overly hot and sticky mess.
Aside from this imperfection, the RESPAWN-400 is comparable to the other chairs on this list, but at a significantly cheaper price.
Pros and Cons
Two budget options from KILLABEE
In the first half of 2019, budget gaming chair manufacturer KILLABEE released two gaming chairs that support up to 400 pounds. Both sneak into this guide as the two cheapest options available.
- 4D adjustable armrests
- Extra thick cold cure foam padding
- Advanced tilt-lock mechanism
- 1-year warranty
- 3D adjustable armrests
- Heavy duty metal frame and base
- Strong after-care plus 1-year warranty
Pros and Cons
Sedentary people bearing excess weight suffer from posture problems, joint strain and and other chronic health issues. Suffering these conditions while sat in a cheap gaming chair can be torturous, especially over long hours of work.
Luckily these gaming chairs in this guide all support heavyweight users. Over varying price ranges, each comes bundled with an impressive array of features design for health and comfort over the long term.
After making your decision and purchasing your new gaming chair, check out our Ultimate Gaming Chair User Guide to get the most out of your investment.