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Take a quick look around the internet, and you’ll find no shortage of gaming chairs that you can cozy up in while you get your game on. Even though many offer plenty of size flexibility and weight capacity, there’s a good chance that the most popular or most expensive gaming chair may still not be the best option if you’re taller or heavier than the average gamer. Thankfully, many manufacturers also have big and tall gaming chairs for us larger gamers.A gaming chair that feels like sitting on air to one gamer can be just plain uncomfortable if the cushion in the seat isn’t firm enough or dense enough to handle the extra weight of a heavier gamer. Even if a chair’s listed max load is a bit above your weight, that doesn’t mean it’ll remain comfortable when supporting heavier loads. And the contours of the seatbacks, the height of the armrests, and the height of the seat can do more harm than good if you’re simply too tall to use them as they were designed. After all, an adjustable neck pillow won’t be of much use if you have to slouch just to get your neck down to its level.

So, to help you in your quest for a comfortable chair that can support your above-average stature, we’ve rounded up the best big and tall gaming chairs we could find.

TL;DR – These are the Best Big and Tall Gaming Chairs:

1. Secretlab Titan XL 2020 Series

Best Big and Tall Gaming Chair

Our Pick

Secretlab Titan XL 2020 Series

On Secretlab

Despite the name, it’s no secret that Secretlab is making some of the best gaming chairs out there. The Secretlab Titan 2020 Series is our favorite, but it’s not quite big enough to ensure comfort for big and tall gamers. That’s where the Secretlab Titan XL 2020 Series (read our review) comes in.

This big-and-tall makeover of the Titan 2020 dials things up from its smaller counterpart. It’s built for gamers weighing anywhere from 220 to 390 pounds, and don’t worry about height. Whether you’re verging on six feet tall or verging on seven feet tall, this chair is designed to accommodate you. It’s available in both a PU leather and a fabric finish, and we are big fans of that SoftWeave Fabric for its soft feeling and breathability. But, if you want to ensure you can get your hands on this chair in a reasonable timeline, you’ll have to pay attention to the pre-order waves. Fortunately, there are still some available right now.

2. Homall High-Back Racing Chair

Best Budget Big and Tall Gaming Chair

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Homall High-Back Racing Chair

On Amazon

There aren’t many budget gaming chairs in the big and tall category. After-all their very nature requires robust construction and use of more materials than a traditional gaming chair. However, this $90 Homall chair offers the support and features of a $400-plus racing chair for less than a quarter of the price. It supports up to 300 pounds and it has a fairly long 30.5-inch backrest so it’ll help support users with tall torsos. Unfortunately, this seat won’t accommodate all body shapes as the seat is pretty narrow measuring only 14.5-inches and it sits fairly low to the ground, so expect a few sacrifices with at this low of a price point.

3. Respawn 400

Best Midrange Big and Tall Gaming Chair

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The Respawn 400 is a surprisingly robust gaming chair for its roughly $240 price. It’s sturdy enough to support up to 400 pounds of weight and it has one of the biggest seats measuring 24.25- by 24.25-inches. It’s also fairly short with only a maximum seat height of 19.5-inches, so it might not be the best choice for users with really long legs. Overall though, this is an impressively strong and large gaming chair that also offers 4D armrests and 130-degrees of recline. Big and tall users on a budget will want to check out this gaming chair.

4. Cougar Argo

Best Ergonomic Big and Tall Gaming Chair

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When it comes to ergonomics, you can do better than the aggressive racing-style chairs. The Cougar Argo does just that to deliver a seat that still looks ready for gaming while ensuring you get long-term comfort. The Cougar Argo has a large and adjustable seat that skips the bucket design, which can result in irksome pressure on the edge of your thighs. It also has a mesh backrest and adjustable lumbar support to let you stay cool and support your back at the same time.

The Cougar Argo also includes 3D adjustable armrests and an adjustable headrest to help you get the support you need for long sessions at your desk. And, with a nearly 30-inch backrest and support for 330 pounds, it’s ready for big and tall gamers.

5. Cooler Master Ergo L

Best High-Capacity Gaming Chair

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Cooler Master Ergo L

On Amazon

The Cooler Master Ergo L (read our review) is built with a classy design that can hold a considerable amount. It has a sturdy aluminum build that lets it hold up to 440 pounds, so you can rest easy in this seat. All that strength wouldn’t mean much if there wasn’t also a good level of comfort, but the Ergo L has that covered as well.

You’ll find a breathable mesh on the Ergo L, letting you stay cooler during intense gaming sessions. As the name would suggest, the Ergo L also features a number of adjustable parts to help you get a more ergonomic position. You can raise and lower the armrests and slide them forward or backward. The seat itself can slide forward and backward. And, you can reposition the lumbar support to get it right where you need it. The headrest is even adjustable. However, it’s worth noting that this chair is aiming for users under 5’11”, so you might need to keep looking in this list if you’re on the taller side.

6. Maxnomic XL-Series

Best Gaming Chair for Tall Gamers

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Maxnomic XL-Series

On Maxnomic

If you’re tired of never having headrest support because all the gaming chairs are too short, the Maxnomic XL-Series might be for you. This gaming chair is designed for users up to seven-feet tall. It can also handle up to 375 pounds in weight, so it’s quite a bit sturdier than most other gaming chairs. Like the DXRacer, all this robustness comes at a cost and you’ll be paying more than $600 to get this chair—but it’s one to consider you’re a big gamer.

7. Corsair T2 Road Warrior

Best Gaming Chair for Gamers with Long Legs

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Corsair T2 Road Warrior

On Dell

Not everyone is tall in the same way and if your legs are particularly long, the Corsair T2 Road Warrior might be for you. This gaming chair offers the greatest amount of seat height that we’ve seen at 23.6-inches. Additionally, it has a 300-pound weight capacity, along with a 34.6-inch tall backrest and medium-sized 19.7- by 22-inch seat to support the rest of your body while seated.

As with most gaming chairs in this class, you get 4D adjustable armrests. You can also get a bit more horizontal in the Corsair T2 Road Warrior, as it can tip back to a 170-degree angle.

8. Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody

Best High-End Gaming Chair

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Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody

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If you’re after a true premium gaming chair, the Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody is it. This chair is designed for some serious use and offers up a max weight capacity of 300 pounds. Despite its gaming credentials through a partnership with Logitech, this is a chair that’ll look just as well placed in an office as it will in a gaming environment.

The Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody is built with support front and center. It has a specially designed seat and backrest that spreads out pressure, and it includes a cooling foam to make intense gaming sessions more bearable. The seat and armrests have some adjustability to get the right fit, and the backrest has advanced support to match the curve of your spine. That might sound like it’d be a nightmare to assemble when you get it, but this chair ships fully assembled, and it’s backed by an impressive 12-year warranty.

9. AKRacing Max Gaming Chair

Best Racing-Style Big and Tall Gaming Chair

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AKRacing Max Gaming Chair

On Dell

AKRacing has been making waves in the gaming chair market since the fad started and its Max Gaming Chair sets an impressive bar for big and tall gamers. Under its tough steel frame, the Max Gaming Chair is loaded with a custom heavy-duty gas piston for adjusting your height and supporting gamers. AKRacing claims the Titan can accommodate users weighing up to 400 pounds.

Meanwhile, its 34.2-inch tall backrest should accommodate users over 6’9″ tall. Like AKRacing’s name would suggest, this big and tall gaming chair fully embraces the racing style. And, when you want to lounge, it’s 90 degrees of tilt offer plenty of flexibility. Better yet, the Rock It & Lock It features lets you set the tension for rocking and even lock in a relaxed angle.

10. Thermaltake CyberChair E500

The Best Tall Back Big and Tall Gaming Chair

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Thermaltake CyberChair E500

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Tall gamers are going to want this one. The ThermalTake CyberChair E500 is built to support a long back with its 32″ backrest and cushioned headrest. Pairing that with a 20-inch wide seat that can raise up to 22 inches and a sturdy aluminum base that can hold up to 331 pounds, the CyberChair E500 makes for a winning option for bigger gamers.

This chair isn’t just great for gamers though. The breathable mesh and subtle colorway make this just as well suited for an office space. And, whether you’re gaming at a desk or working at one, the ergonomic features will come in handy. You’ll get 4D adjustable armrests, an adjustable headrest, a sliding seat, and a dynamic lumbar support to help hold you up comfortably.

What to Look for in a Big and Tall Gaming Chair

No two people are exactly the same—and that even includes twins—and so you should find the right gaming chair that will cater to your specific body shape. The first thing you should look for when buying a big and tall gaming chair is how much weight they’ll support. Obviously, there’s no point in buying a chair that’ll crumble under your weight.

From here, picking the right big and tall gaming chairs gets a bit more complicated with picking one with an appropriately sized backrest as well as seat height and size. Those with a long torso should buy a gaming chair with a tall backrest that’s at least 30 inches tall. Gaming chairs are classically taller than your average office chair, which allows them to do a better job of supporting your neck and shoulders. Big and tall gaming chairs take this a step farther by giving users a jumbo sized backrest.

Alternatively, users with long legs will want a chair that can be at least 20 inches tall. This measurement is from the top of the seat to the floor and it defines how your legs will hang off then end of the chair. For the most optimal ergonomics your knees should come to a 90-degree angle with the bottom of your feet just touching the floor.

Lastly, seat size is important for making sure you can comfortably sit down. Normal gaming chairs have a sculpted bucket seat that looks cool but ultimately makes the actual seating area narrow. Big and tall users need to look a chair with a flatter, if not completely flat, seat that measures at least 20 inches wide. Seat depth is also important for users with long upper legs and they should find a chair that’s more than 20 inches deep.

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Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam.

Mark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular Tweeter on Twitter @Techn0Mark


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