Things to consider before buying a big and tall gaming chair
As we’ve seen in our gaming chair reviews already, there are a number of things you need to think about before purchasing one. You may not need to focus on each detail, especially if you’re looking for something in particular. However, we’ve listed them all here to make things easier for you. They include the chair’s dimensions and weight, the seat height, its maximum weight capacity, its upholstery materials, reclining mechanism, armrests, the lumbar support and headrest pillow, its base, and lastly, its price.
Dimensions and weight
Possibly the best thing about big and tall gaming chairs is that they are very similar in its design, and because of this, you can expect them to be of similar shapes and sizes. While the weight may differ by a bit between chairs, the sizes of chairs are relatively similar.
For instance, when looking at the width of the seat, we can see that there is a range of sizes, and it stretches between 21 and 27 inches. As for its full height, it can stretch between 50 and 60 inches, with the exception of the Homall Gaming Recliner, which is a completely different model with its own unique design.
As for the weight, they aren’t extremely heavy, but since they can be a bit bulky, some chairs may require you to have another person to help you put the chair together. Generally, these gaming chairs weigh between 50 and 70 pounds.
The seat height refers to the distance between the floor and the top of the seat. This may not be the most groundbreaking feature of the best gaming chair. However, good seat height can make a very big difference in how comfortable you are while you’re playing and can also help out with back pain issues you may have while sitting for long periods of time.
It’s easy to say that the larger the seat height is, the more comfortable it will be to find the right posture. It goes a bit beyond that and depends on the quality of the padding of the seat itself.
Some gaming chairs like the Ficmax Ergonomic Massage Gaming Chair with Footrest or the KILLABEE Big and Tall 350lb Massage Gaming Chair both provide proper seat height and have memory foam in the seat itself, which adds to the comfort level. In terms of sizes, the seat heights generally range between 17 and 24 inches and can be adjusted.
Max weight capacity
The maximum weight capacity refers to how much a gaming chair can withstand while continue functioning normally. This is particularly important for bigger and taller people as they have a higher body mass.
Fortunately for you, the vast majority of gaming chairs are made for durability, and with that, they are able to accommodate a lot of weight. From our list, we can see that the chair with the lowest weight capacity at 265 pounds is the Homall Gaming Recliner, while the AKRacing Masters Series Max Gaming Chair with Wide Flat Seat can hold up to 400 pounds easily. Despite this seemingly vast range, you can see that these gaming chairs can take on quite a bit of weight and function just fine.
When it comes to the materials of the best big and tall gaming chairs, there’s really not a whole lot to be said. Every single gaming chair on our list uses polyurethane leather as its upholstery, which gives off the feeling of leather but is a much more affordable version of it.
Quite simply, these chairs use PU leather because it is smooth, durable, doesn’t tend to stick to your skin while you are sitting on it, and is easy to clean stains off of. The last part is important because you don’t want to waste much time on that, so a few wipes will do the trick.
Everyone who plays a lot knows that it’s best to be as comfortable as possible, and a reclining mechanism on your gaming chair will do just that. All of the best gaming chairs have a recline function that allows you to tilt back your chair to a near lie-flat position or all the way down to a full 180-degree, lie-flat position. All you have to do is to lean back, find the right position, and lock the back of the chair. As for how far the particular model can go, you can expect it to tilt from 135 degrees all the way down to 180 degrees. Additionally, most of these chairs, including the GTRACING Big and Tall Gaming Chair, also have a rocking function that simply just lets you rock in your chair while you are relaxing in it.
Some video games are more intense than others, but in both cases, some good armrests are important. You’ll be glad to know that the armrests on the majority of these gaming chairs are adjustable.
Some are a bit more adjustable than others if they are 4D, which basically means you can move the armrests in any direction you like, such as seen with the CORSAIR T2 ROAD WARRIOR Gaming Chair. Others are a bit more conventional and can only be moved up or down. Nonetheless, they are easy to find the right spot is key for your arms and elbows, especially if you plan on playing for hours.
Lumbar support and headrest pillow
Perhaps, the most important parts of a gaming chair are the lumbar support and headrest area. Since you’ll be sitting in it for hours, you’ll definitely want your back, head, and neck to feel as comfortable as possible. That’s why all gaming chairs have proper and relaxing lumbar support, with many of them having a built-in massage function in this lumbar area. This heavily padded area provides proper relaxation for your back.
The same can be said for the headrest pillow on your gaming chair. While maybe it is not as padded as the lumbar support, the headrest still offers enough comfort so you can forget about neck strain and pain.
Nine out of the ten gaming chairs on our list feature a swivel base with caster wheels, and they can slightly vary from model to model.
Having a swivel base with wheels allows the chair to be nimbler and more mobile when you need to stand up or sit down. If you’re playing using multiple screens, having a swivel base helps you to easily switch your attention between the screens without having to tire out your head and neck.
With models like the DXRacer King Series PRO PU Leather High-Back Gaming Chair KS06/NG and the Homall Ergonomic High-Back Racing Chair, you will get smooth caster wheels that make them even easier to maneuver your chair around.
Each of the big and tall gaming chairs is covered with some kind of a warranty. This is very important because when you’re dealing with something that needs to be constructed and can go through wear and tear quickly because of heavy everyday usage, there are going to be some things that can and will need to be fixed or replaced.
However, there is no standard warranty period as each company has their own policy. Still, we can see a few trends when it comes to warranties. Some manufacturers offer them strictly on parts, meaning that they won’t send you a brand-new gaming chair if something goes wrong with it. Other companies can offer a warranty on the entire chair.
It’s best to check the warranty policy of the gaming chair you have your eye on. Generally, warranties can range from 6-months to 5 years.
Like with any product that comes with a wide variety of choices, prices can tend to fluctuate quite a bit, and the best big and tall gaming chairs are no different.
If you’re looking for budget-friendly and affordable options, there are a few gaming chairs you can find for less than $150, including our Best Value pick, the Devoko Racing Style Gaming Chair.
If the price isn’t a primary concern, but you still are wary of spending top dollar for a gaming chair, you might want to find something in the middle tier from $150 to $250. Here, you can see our Editor’s Choice, the GTRACING Big and Tall Gaming Chair, that comes with a variety of useful and convenient features, such as removable pillows and retractable footrest.
Lastly, in our premium tier, we’re looking at any gaming chair over $300, with the most notable one being the CORSAIR T2 ROAD WARRIOR Gaming Chair.