Finding Gaming Chairs For Big Men is no easy feat. This is one area the market hasn’t catered very well for the heavy or overweight population. I don’t consider myself so much of a gamer anymore, but I do know that spending hours in front of the console and TV can become very uncomfortable. Especially as a big guy.
Back in the day, I played an online game from my laptop for almost 36 hours without sleep. This was an uncomfortable day and a half, but I was determined to level up my character so much, that comfort did not matter. Heck I wasn’t even aware of such a gaming chair.
So as it stands now, I’m in the market for finding a decent heavy duty gaming chair. The 1 chair that is available at my local office store has a tiny 200 Lbs weight capacity. Which as you may know, will simply not do. I need a high weigh capacity gaming chair, or it’s no chair at all.
So by doing some solid research I have found a few candidates as possible good gaming chairs for us heavy people. I will dig around to try find the weight capacities and the dimensions to make it easier for any other large gamer needing comfort whilst gaming.
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The first few oversized gaming chairs are all by Vertagear. What drew me to these chairs was how big they looked. A lot of the other chairs I could tell immediately that they wouldn’t be surface. But when I saw these 3, I knew they must have a heavier weight capacity. I was right.
The first cab off the rank is the Vertagear PL6000. The reason this is my number one choice is simply due to the fact it’s purpose built for big and heavy people. Compared to the other 2 Vertagear chairs (See below), this chair looks like a tank. It’s bigger, stronger, has a 440 pounds weight capacity and is simply more bad ass than the other Vertagear chairs. Plus it’s got a feature I simply love: Perforated material. Meaning an increase in air flow to the body. We all know how hot and sweaty it can get for long gaming periods.
The seat and back rest are slightly wider also, so it allows for extra rump storage. The only negative difference between this model and the SL4000 & SL5000 is that back rest itself doesn’t recline as far back as them. This Big Man’s gaming chair goes back 150 degrees compared to 180 for the other 2 models. Which is understandable considering it’s high weight capacity of 440 lbs.
Because of the heavier weight capacity, the frame/base itself is built stronger from heavy duty industrial grade steel. Which is very reassuring for a larger person. If you are a fairly hefty sized gamer, I would highly recommend going with the PL6000. I don’t think there is anything else on the market with a higher weight capacity. That is unless you venture down the big man’s office chair route.
So the other 2 I’m looking at are the Vertagear SL4000 and the SL5000 gaming/racing chairs. From my research I haven’t noticed too much difference overall. The noticeable differences are that the SL5000 has a flat seat, while the SL4000 has the hump in the front of the seat. Another difference is that I believe the SL5000 will be better suited to the big and tall, while the SL4000 gaming chair sits lower to the ground. Which is ideal for the shorter Gamers.
Differences aside, the rest of the features seem attractive to me. The 20 inch (51cm) gap between the arms is quite sufficient. Many office chairs don’t have a seat this large. The width on the back of the seat where your shoulder would rest is slightly larger at 21.5 inches. I have extra wide shoulders, so this is really a plus for me. While we are on the back rest of the chair, I must say I’m sold on the 2 extra support cushions. The lumbar and neck cushion will hopefully solve many sore necks and lower back problems from extended gaming sessions.
While I’m not normally a fan of PVC leather as I prefer mesh style padding, I must say that these chairs do look mighty comfortable. Lack of air flow to the body may be an issue, but heck…That’s what fans are for right?.
The 2 other features that drew me to the Vertagear SL gaming series chairs are the reclining feature and the adjustable arm rests. First the recline feature allows the back of the chair to tilt to 170 degrees, which has me written all over it. The chair even has lock tilt mode. Meaning the chairs front and back can be tilted back and locked into place to the position best suited.
They call the adjustable arms 4d. Which I guess is relevant because the arm rest can pretty much be adjusted into any position. It can be raised, tiled back or forward and even moved inwards towards your body or outwards for extra space. We often overlook small features like this when gaming. But at the position, blood flow is maximized which results in less cramping and strains. That means more gaming enjoyment.
Overall, the Vertagear are my first choices. With a weight capacity of 330 lbs, I think many Gamers should find it sufficient. While the Vertagear gaming chairs don’t have some of the technology other chairs may have, it does have the right build for a big Man.
The other big name in gaming chairs – DX Racer produces the highest weight capacity chair perfect for the big and tall. Suitable for people up to 6’7″ (200 cm) and a maximum weight of 450 pounds (200kg). But being the biggest chair on the market (That we could find), comes at a price. It’s also quite costly to be part of the ‘tank’ series. But if you can afford one, then you are not going to regret it. It’s a beast of a chair with large amounts of functionality.
Available in both the US and the UK, the DX Racer ‘Tank’ series is going to become a very popular chair among bigger gamers. You are spoiled for comfort and ease of use with this chair. It boasts all the good ergonomic features required to play for hours straight without discomfort. The lumbar support has an amazing affect on the lower back which is a godsend for people like myself that suffer back pain when sitting on the computer for hours on end.
Being a 26″ gap between the shoulder areas should be plenty of room for most people I would assume. The seat size is what impresses me the most at 20″ in diameter and about 17″ wide at the front. Well it impresses me only because the padding on the seat is top notch. Otherwise, it wouldn’t play such an important role in comfortable gaming.
Moving on to the arms. To have arms or to not have arms, that s the question?. With the Tank, you can shift them to pretty much anywhere you like. Being 4D adjustable arms gives us the freedom to put them where we want based on which type of game is on the menu. While most of the time arms can be restrictive and make it harder to fit in the seat, they also act as great leverage points for pulling up out of the bucket style seat. So it’s a good option to have these adjustable 4D arms.
Overall its a high quality gaming chair which is literally built like a tank. But unfortunately the price tag may scare some people away. But my advice is this, if you can afford it. Get the DX Racer Tank. When it comes to items that you use for 8 hours plus each and every day (Like a chair, bed etc) you cannot be tight with money. They are more expensive because they are simply better and will last a lot longer in my opinion.
According to the X-Rocker website, this Pro series H3 model has a weight capacity of 275Lbs. It looks awesome and boasts some cool features. However, because it is a floor rocker getting in and out of this gaming chair could prove a struggle for gamers pushing 300 pounds. The floor is our worst enemy!. There is a pedestal version of this chair which is raised. But I couldn’t find the actual weight capacity. It’s called the X-Rocker Pro 2.1 if you want to compare the 2.
X-Rocker have been sponsors for competitive BaseLAN 27 tournament, which speaks volumes for the company. I trusted and very professional gaming authority. Knowing that company behind this gaming chair are leaders in their field, makes it a hard decision. Which is better?. The X-Rocker Pro H3Vs Vertagear SL6000?.
What I am having a hard time getting past is the built in speaker and sub woofer speaker the X-Rocker boasts. I mean…It’s amazing!. Talk of the town if I had one of these beasts!. There are 4 speakers and 1 subwoofer which is built into the back. The other 4 speakers are beside the head rest and down by the seat.
This short video does a bang on job reviewing the X-Rocker chair. Make sure you watch it all the way through if you are considering buying the X-Rocker Pro H3. It’s an insight you may want to see.