Big gamers need big chairs because no one on this planet wants to feel cramped like a sardine. A good gaming throne should feel like your own personal paradise. Superior comfort for long hours of gaming is of the utmost importance. In this comprehensive guide, I share my expertly chosen best big and tall gaming chair picks. The chairs in this guide are real-deal, heavy-duty gaming chairs that comfortably support more than 99% of earthlings.
In just a few magical minutes, you’ll learn which 5 models are the best on the market, check out individual reviews of each throne, and see what current owners are saying. Under each review, I share my findings in the pros & cons according to the trends I identified in user reports. This way, you know precisely what to expect from a chair before you buy it. Since nothing in this wonderful world is perfect, it’s important to be aware of those precious pros & cons.
Let’s start with my Top 5 chart that lists all the most important key specs of each chair in this guide.
|#1) AKRacing Masters Series Max||
|#2) DXRacer King Series||
|#3) VERTAGEAR S-Line 2000||
|#4) Killabee Big and Tall||
|#5) GTRACING Heavy-Duty Gaming Chair with Footrest||
Best Big & Tall Gaming Chair Reviews
Once you step into the big & tall gaming chair environment, you’ll find bigger seats, heavy-duty class 4 gas lifts ready for commercial use, taller backrests, and seats that are higher off the ground. This means that short users will want to steer clear or their legs could end up dangling.
When I put my guide together, I chose chairs from each price range to fit everyone’s budget. My current favorite gaming chair brand is AKRacing, which helped land their chair at the top of my list. The same two companies hold the #1 and #2 spots on my current list of top-rated gaming chairs under $300.
Below, I share my thoughts on each chair along with the promised pros & cons according to owner reports. In just a few minutes, you’ll learn everything you need to know about these awesome chairs before choosing one as your next throne.
#1) AKRacing Masters Series Max (AK-MAX)
The AKRacing Master Series epitomizes what the best big and tall gaming chair should be. Before we look at some of the features, I want to say that AKRacing as a company is awesome. The company started as a real car racing seat manufacturer before entering the gaming realm. This equals true race car seat engineering touches in your gaming chair.
On top of that, the company owns its own factory and builds all of its chairs in-house. This isn’t a company that imports white-label chairs from China and slaps its logo on it. AKRacing offers top-notch R&D and quality control that you just won’t find from budget gaming chair brands.
Now that you know a bit about AKRacing, let’s check out the masterpiece that is the AK-MAX. Here’s a list of features that make this chair one of the best heavy-duty gaming chairs on the market:
- Class 4 gas lift rated up to 400 lbs (though the max recommended user weight is 330lbs)
- 5-Star Advanced High Tensile Strength Molded Aluminum Base (10X stronger than steel)
- 2.5″ PU Wheels
- Rock It & Lock It Mechanism – this holds the chair in place at certain angles or allows for safe rocking by adjusting the tension
The diesel base allows the user to recline a full 180º without tipping. That’s just pure awesomeness. The 4D armrests enable complete adjustability for PC gaming and all types of gaming. No collisions between your armrests and desk to worry about. Then there are the comfort touches including the adjustable neck and lumbar cushions, an extra-wide flat seat with a thick layer of cold-cured foam.
One feature I really, really like to see is the quality of the PU leather. AKRacing backs its PU leather with a 5-year guarantee. That’s just amazing. Most people don’t realize that not all PU leather is the same. There are different grades. Cheap chairs also feature PU leather, however, it tends to flake. This leads to a chair that looks like an alligator attacked it after year one.
If you do the math, you get a 5-year guarantee on this chair’s materials and a 10-year on the frame. Most cheap chairs are kaput after a year. Even the cheapest gaming chairs (that are actually worth buying) cost about 100 bucks. Times that by 5, and it’s a lot more than the AKRacing chair costs. That’s definitely something to keep in mind before you buy a chair because a smart upfront investment can save you 100s in the long run.
Below are the pros & cons I found reported by owners in the AKRacing AK-MAX reviews:
- Amazingly comfortable for long hours of gameplay
- Extremely well-built and sturdy
- It truly stands the test of time, looks brand-new after 6+months of heavy use
- High-quality PU leather that won’t crack or flake
- The flat seat is perfect for big & tall users compared to the winged seats in standard chairs
- Lumbar & neck cushions are high-quality and fit the chair perfectly
- It looks awesome in person and draws compliments
- Approved by users 350+lbs and 6’8″+
- No creaking or squeaking
- Can tip forward if leaning over too far
- People 5’10” or shorter will want to steer clear
- The lowest height setting may still feel high
- You might find that the 4D armrests adjust too easily
#2) DXRacer King Series (DOH/KS06/NW)
Of the 5 chairs in this guide, the DXRacer King Series DOH/KS06/NW is currently the most expensive, but like AKRacing, you get what you pay for when you invest in a DXRacer chair. Having said that, I’ve noticed a lot of haters popping up to take shots at DXRacer chairs, and I really have no clue if they’re real or competitors because DXRacer chairs are awesome.
If you read authentic positive reviews, you’ll quickly realize why DXRacer is one of the top gaming chair brands, if you don’t already. The biggest drawback to any DXRacer chair is the high price, and since the company is well-known for its premium chairs, there is that extra money the company can charge for the DX name. Does that mean the chairs aren’t incredible and you’re just paying for the name? Heck no!
The King Series is DXRacer’s heavy-duty series for the big & tall. The feature I like the most is the diesel base. All you have to do is take one quick look at it to know this chair is built like a tank. If you were concerned about the handful of tipping forward complaints about the AKRacing chair, the DXRacer base quells those concerns. DXRacer advertises 8+ hours of comfort for marathon gaming sessions, and this number is a modest one.
The casters featured in this chair are even bigger than the AK-MAX at 3″. Other than that difference, the heavy-duty features are mostly the same. While I do love the AKRacing frame, I believe that DXRacer frames are the absolute best, and DX even stands behind them with a lifetime warranty. Do keep in mind that DXRacer chairs often don’t recline as far back as other chairs, and the King Series offers a 135º max recline angle. Lastly, I want to highlight that the hydraulic unit in this chair is imported from Germany, not China.
These are the pros & cons I found reported by owners in the DXRacer King Series reviews:
- Seriously built like a tank
- The excellent customer service team
- Top-notch quality materials that stand the test of time
- Awesome back support, especially in the lower back
- Approved by users with broad shoulders
- No difference in comfort during long hours of sitting
- Positive reports after 3+ years of daily use
- The racing-style seat hugs the body better than flat seats (great for tall, lanky gamers)
- 6’3″ and 240lbs appears to be the sweet spot for this chair
- The best big and tall PC gaming chair available
- The wings of the chair may become uncomfortable for wider folks (unlike the flat AK-MAX seat)
- Smaller capacity than other chairs in this guide (not the best option for 300+lb users)
- You might not like the armrests
#3) VERTAGEAR S-Line 2000 (VG-SL2000)
Now let’s check out the 2000 series by VERTAGEAR. VERTAGEAR is another one of the top contenders in the gaming chair realm, and its chairs are priced similarly to AKRacing – lower than DXRacer. I’ll start off by saying that I love the all-black/carbon model of the VG-SL2000. It’s perhaps the most awesome-looking chair of the 5 in this guide. The second feature that pops out to me is the extra-wide base. When you look at this chair straight on from the front, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Like the AK-MAX, the SL2000 features 2.5″ heavy-duty PU casters, a reinforced aluminum alloy 5-star base, a class 4 gas lift, and of course, a diesel steel frame. One of the coolest features offered by this chair is the “slide-in” backrest that makes assembly ridiculously easy. This is also great for those times you may want to bring your chair out of the house (if that ever happens).
I put together a couple of features to be aware of before selecting this chair over the others:
- 2D armrests rather than 4D – this means they only adjust up and down
- 140º max recline is smaller than the AK-MAX
- Adjustable Tilt Tension Mechanism for rocking
- Penta RS1 2.5” Casters that match the color of the chair
- Durable PUC Synthetic Faux Leather rather than plain PU leather
- Higher max recommended height than the DXRacer King Series (6’4″ compared to 6’2″)
- Shorter warranty on parts than AKRacing offers
Here are the pros & cons I found reported by users in the VERTAGEAR SL2000 reviews:
- The PUC leather is truly top-notch quality and comfortable
- Approved to support 300lbs comfortably
- Materials stand the test of time
- Super easy assembly (about 15 minutes)
- Looks just as awesome in person as in the photos
- Users 6’2″ and 220lbs have no problems with the chair wings
- Recline functions smoothly
- The chair itself is quite sturdy, no tipping
- The wings of the chair may get uncomfortable for wide hips (similar to the DXRacer)
- Several complaints about the wheels not living up to the hype
- Not of the same level of quality as AKRacing and DXRacer
#4) Killabee Big and Tall (8212)
Killabee is one of my favorite mid-range to budget gaming chair brands, and the 8212 seat is their best model. If you don’t want to fork out the cash for a DXRacer or AKRacing chair, then the 8212 is the first chair you should be looking at before going further down the budget highway. Users with wide frames will be happy to see that this chair offers a flat seat similar to the AK-MAX, so forget worrying about chair wings digging into your thighs.
In case you missed the specs in the Top 5 chart, you’ll also be happy to know that this rock-solid beast of a chair supports up to a whopping 400lbs. The seat dimensions are 21.7″ W x 20.5″ D, which is just a hair narrower than the AK-MAX seat, yet it’s still one of the biggest flat seats available. One comfort feature I’m fond of is the additional layer of memory foam in the seat, plus a memory foam lumbar support pillow. Overall, this is one of – if not – the best heavy-duty gaming chair for the money, and it’s sold by a reputable company that stands behind its products.
- The ergonomic design does a lovely job of preventing slouching
- Super sturdy, no wobbling
- The height-adjustable arms are excellent for PC gamers when using a mouse
- Comparable comfort to a DXRacer chair
- Approved by users 350+lbs
- The recline function delivers for big & tall users
- 6’+ users love it
- The casters could be bigger, especially for use on carpets
- Armrests may accidentally adjust during gamplay
- A couple of quality control issues reported
#5) GTRACING Heavy-Duty Gaming Chair (GT901)
My top budget pick for big & tall users is undoubtedly the GTRACING GT901. Compared to DXRacer and AKRacing chairs, this one costs considerably less, and it’s still a top-notch chair. The first thing I noticed about this chair is the cushy seat with low wings. Compared to the DXRacer King Series, the wings don’t come up as high. One feature you might love that the other 4 chairs don’t bring to the table is a retractable footrest. The max recline of 170º with a retractable footrest makes for a blissful experience between gaming sessions.
One drawback to consider that pops up in the mid-range and budget departments is smaller casters. If you plan to use the chair on carpet, it won’t roll around as smoothly as 2.5″ and 3″ casters offered by DXRacer and AKRacing chairs. However, it’s impossible to get all the most premium features in this price range. Outside of that drawback, there aren’t many bad things I can say about this chair. GTRACING is one of the more reputable budget brands, and its chairs even manage to come backed by a 1-year warranty.
These are the pros & cons I discovered in the GTRACING GT901 reviews:
- Approved by users who are 300+ lbs for long-lasting comfort
- Great back support that promotes good posture
- A nearly unbeatable price
- Quite easy to assemble
- Comfortable for gamers over 6’2″
- Recommended by users with back problems
- Comfortable enough for extended gaming sessions
- You might not be a fan of the removable back and head cushions
- Potential wiggle in the armrests
- The padding may feel firm to you
Now that you’ve seen the best big and tall gaming chairs on the market and the pros & cons of owning them, you know what to look for when choosing one. To summarize, I put together a list of some of the features to consider before making your final decision:
- Actual seat dimensions including front & back widths and total depth
- Caster wheel size – 2.5 to 3″ wheels are best for big & tall people
- Seat shape – wider lads should try to avoid seats with wings to avoid discomfort
- Max load capacity vs recommended user weight (max load capacity is higher than the actual recommended user weight)
- PU leather quality (big & tall gamers should aim for higher quality to get more use out of the chair)
- Wide base dimensions to avoid tipping
- Class 4 gas lift
If I had to choose just one chair in this guide, I’d stick with the AKRacing AK-MAX. It offers the best value for the money and the most ideal combination of features for big & tall gamers. Enjoy your new throne!