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When I was younger and far more innocent, I had no idea that anything like a heavy-duty gaming chair existed. I sat on our old spinning computer chair with paper-thin padding in our living room until my butt went numb. It usually took about 15 minutes. My “computer time” in those days was a max of 2 hours per day, so I would rush through my homework so I could crush Age of Empires 2 (the cheat code “aegis” for fast-build-time really helped….).
Now that I’m older and my computer gaming has evolved a bit (I spend a lot of time in a computer chair), my needs have changed a bit as well. My back, butt, and neck are no longer happy if they don’t get the support they need, and my performance suffers as well. However, no wimpy, flimsy gaming chair is going to work for me (and probably you if you’re reading this). We need a real man’s gaming chair. A big man’s gaming chair. Something like the Cadillac of tanks. Well, lucky for us, there are some heavy duty gaming chairs available that will support 99.9% of gamers out there. In fact, one of these chairs can hold any of my friends (and two of most of them), since it is rated for up to 550lbs!
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What I looked for in a heavy duty gaming chair
A heavy-duty steel frame
Believe it or not, this is not standard in heavy-duty gaming chairs. The reason that I wanted a full steel frame is this: there is no gaming chair testing board that vets how honest the manufacturers-claimed max weight is. In fact, there is a chair that shall remain unnamed that claims a 600-pound weight limit, but has literally hundreds of bad reviews from 200-pound customers saying that the chair pretty much broke in half on them.
While a steel frame in-and-of-itself is not an indicator of weight capacity, it does tell me that the manufacturer has at least gone through the motions for creating a heavy-duty chair. After all, some of the cheaper chairs on the market are nothing more than plywood bolted to a steel base. Not going to cut it.
Removable pillow and lumbar support
For me, there are two main issues that will stop long stretches of gaming or computer time. Having a sore neck/back, and a tired butt. If you’ve never had a chair with a built-in pillow, prepare to have your world rocked. A pillow actually improves your posture, gets rid of neck strain, and allows many gamers to avoid headaches associated with a stiff neck!
The lumbar support may take some getting used to if you haven’t used a chair with any, but it is useful in the long run for obvious reasons. Your back is pretty important for stuff, after all.
Lots of heavy-duty adjustments
Maybe I’ve just gotten weak, but I want my chair to have lots of heavy-duty adjustments. The more, the better. If adjustments aren’t important to you, just go get a giant boulder and put some foam on top. I guarantee that you won’t find a more heavy duty gaming chair for your weight. If, however, comfort makes you play better (and longer), then check out the type of adjustments I was looking for:
- Adjustable Arms. I want to be able to move them up, down, forward, back, in/out, and swivel. If I can move them through time, I’ll take that too.
- Height Adjustment. I thought, when I first started shopping, that I would need to get a tall gaming chair specifically for my height. Then I learned that 6’3″ is not actually that tall, and most gaming chairs have enough adjustment to fit people up to 6’7″ or so.
- Back Angle Adjustment. What can I say, sometimes I just want to be able to recline in my gaming chair.
If there were other readily available adjustments, I would have been looking for them too, but that’s really the extent of what can be moved around in a heavy duty gaming chair. After all, the fewer moving parts there are, the easier it is to make it stronger!
Weight rating 200 pounds over my level of fat
I knew that I wanted a nice chair. However, I didn’t want a chair that looked nice and felt nice for a year or two. I wanted a chair that would last me a good 10 years! Because of this, I wasn’t focused so much on budget during my search, but on finding the absolute best quality that I could afford. Since my budget wasn’t huge, one of the ways I hedged my bets was to buy a chair that was rated for significantly more than I weigh, the logic being that there was no way I could break it and it wouldn’t wear out as fast. So far my theory is working out, and I would recommend the same for any chair you buy!
The Best Heavy Duty Gaming Chair For Big Guys
The name E-WIN might not register in your brain – but you might have sat in one of these chairs, and if you’ve ever been an observer at a high-level tournament, you’ve definitely seen them. These are the guys who sponsor several well-known gamers such as ECHO ThruMe, Holly Wolf, and Emily of Retro Gamer Girl.
Their all-steel frame is so noteworthy that I actually used it as my example picture above! It is 25% thicker than other high-end chairs that utilize full steel frames, and is made to last a lifetime. Speaking of lasting a lifetime, this chair has the best warranty of any in this review, a whopping 10 years on the frame! Now, I certainly hope that you and I will still be alive in 10 years, and if we are, I’ll still be sitting in this chair!
While the frame is stellar and the main reason this chair has a 550lbs weight rating, who cares right? You don’t sit on the frame, and if that was all this chair had going for it, it wouldn’t have made it to number one. So let’s take a quick run-through of the other items that make this a contender for the best heavy duty gaming chair:
- It is covered with high-quality PU-like leather just like most sports cars, and with the wing sides, you literally feel like you’re in the most comfortable and spacious sports car of all time.
- The foam on this chair is of the “Integrated High-Density” variety, which means it’s firm but comfortable for big guys, has better elasticity resilience, and will last much longer than the foams in average game chairs.
- 4D Adjustable arms adjust in literally all ways possible. Check above for the full list of arm adjustments I wanted. No, they do not travel through time.
- Both the pillow and the lumbar support are removable if they’re not quite the right fit or you tire of them after a while.
- All other parts (gas spring, castors, etc) are extremely heavy duty and warrantied for 2 years.
And perhaps best of all, this chair falls into the affordable range! While it is expensive in comparison to what you might find at Walmart, the quality is above and beyond what you can imagine. There are many more expensive chairs but, for most people, this is the one that you will want to keep and spend your time in.
Outstanding Big and Tall Gaming Chair
DXRacer is one the best-known names if you’re looking for a really nice gaming chair. This chair, from their heavy-duty “Tank” line, supports up to 450 pounds and is reportedly comfortable for users up past the 6’7″. If you’re taller than that, I can only imagine that this would still be the best chair for you, since there aren’t any better big and tall gaming chairs on the market!
As you would expect of a chair at this price point, the DXRacer is meant to last forever. This doesn’t only mean that it’s made of top quality materials (it is), but it also has replaceable parts if things break or wear out! The heavy-duty casters are unlikely to break, but if they do, you can replace them or even just upgrade to rollerblade style wheels (Amazon link)! The gas shocks are ingenious, utilizing 2 instead of the usual one cylinder, and you can replace them any time you want or need to!
The seat back is higher than average and flexible, which is designed to provide excellent support for your entire spinal column. I would assume that most chairs support your spinal column, but DXRacer assures us their superior back design makes things like lumbar pillows superfluous! Less is more!
I’ll be honest here and say that I do not own this chair. I have sat in it, and at the end of the day, could not justify the cost. Rest assured, it is a very nice chair, and if your bank account is a bit more flush than mine, it might be worth it to you to own the best!
It’s worth noting here that this is a big gaming chair, as are all of these. If you live in a studio apartment or are thinking of trying to weasel one of these into your bedroom, you’ll need to be sure you have the space for it beforehand. Otherwise, you might just be better off sitting on your bed.
If you take your gaming seriously enough that you never want to think about your chair again (beyond pondering why it’s so awesome), then this is the one for you!
Gaming Chair for Big Guys on a Budget
I was going to title this section, “The Cheapest Heavy Duty Chair that doesn’t absolutely suck” but that didn’t quite do this chair justice. It is, in fact, a very nice chair and a solid option if you have limited funds or simply need an upgrade from an average computer chair.
My favorite feature about this chair is something that neither of the others in this review can match: memory foam cushioning! Now, you either love memory foam or you hate it. In my case, it’s both. I hate to sleep on it because I get too sweaty, but boy do I love to sit on it! Not only is the seat memory foam, but it also includes a reversible memory foam pillow for lumbar support.
This chair doesn’t have quite the same capacity as top-of-the-line chairs, supporting only 400 pounds. However, if you are within that limit, it is wider than the DXRacer, and the flat seat base makes it one of the widest gaming chairs (meaning it’s ultra-comfortable for big butts).
If you are looking for a chair on a budget, there are cheaper options. Do not buy them. There are even cheaper options that claim to hold more weight. Do not buy them. I can tell you that you will not do better for your money, and I would consider a chair of this level to be the minimum if do not want your chair to detract from your experience. While my #1 recommendation may be a tad more hard-wearing and comfy, this is so far above the average gaming chair that you might not even notice the difference.
Go buy a chair already!
You now know all you need to know to buy the heavy duty gaming chair of your dreams! Your days of sitting on rocks are over and you can finally spend the time grinding you need to! 5 minutes to order, 2 days to get it, and 30 minutes of assembly from now, and you’ll be gaming like a pro.
But don’t forget a mat…
Your shiny new chair doesn’t belong on a crusty yellow vinyl mat (or worse, your carpet). We wrote a full article about the best heavy duty office chair mats, but if you ain’t got the time fo’ that, we recommend this mat on Amazon.