We have been selling big and tall office chairs for over 13 years. From chairs that start at $200, to high-end options that retail for up to $3,000, we’ve seen almost everything available. Having sold office seating this long, one thing has become clear, there is no single best option for everyone. Instead, there are a handful of options ranging in price that should suit most user’s needs. Whether you are big, tall or both, our best of list should have something to fit your needs.
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Best Big and Tall Chairs for 2019
- Concept Seating 3156HR – Best Bariatric Big & Tall Chair
- Concept Seating 3152HR – Best 24 Hour Big & Tall Chair
- Neutral Posture Pillow Top – Best Ergonomic Big & Tall Chair
- Cramer Triton Max – Best Warranty For Big & Tall Chair
- BTOD GO-99-3-GG – Best Mesh Big & Tall Chair
- BTOD GO-2078-LEA-GG – Best Faux Leather Big & Tall Chair
- BTOD GO-2149-GG – Best Fabric Big & Tall Chair
- What is a Big and Tall Office Chair?
- 6 Things You Must Consider Before Buying a Big & Tall Chair
- Bottom Line
1. Best Bariatric Chair – Concept Seating 3156HR >>
3156HR Starting Price: $2,754.28 + Free Shipping
Our number one overall pick is the Concept Seating 3156HR. This chair is not for everyone, but it is hands down the strongest chair we offer. Rated for up to 1,000 lbs., it is overbuilt and designed to last a long time. While there are other products on the market that are rated at 1,000 lbs., none are quite like the 3156HR.
A chair this size typically doesn’t come with adjustments, but that’s not the case with the 3156HR. It includes a bariatric tilt mechanism, with three seat angle positions and two seperate back positions. There is also a seat depth adjustment which offers four depth options.
Height adjustment on the 3156HR is done by turning a large hand wheel, which adjusts the height of the screw jack. Once the position is found, you can tighten the jam nut with the attached handle. There is 3” of height adjustment on the bariatric chair. As you can tell from the description, it’s unlike any other chair you’ve read about.
The 3165HR also comes with the same fully articulating headrest on the 3152 HR listed above. This provides plenty of flexibility, no matter how you like to use your headrest.
Might Not Be a Great Fit For
At almost $3,000, the 3156HR bariatric chair is not in the budget for everyone. If you’ve had issues breaking other chairs in the past, this is a solid investment to avoid those problems.
Because of the capacity of the chair, making adjustments isn’t as intuitive as other products in the list. They are more design to provide customization to fit one user, with the intent of setting it up and not changing again.
The 3156HR is overbuilt throughout the entire chair. Because of this, it’s not the most pleasing to the eye. Of all the chairs in the list, it is the least attractive.
2. Best For 24 Hour Use – Concept Seating 3152HR >>
3152HR Starting Price: $1,571.43 + Free Shipping
Our top pick for 24-hour use, the Concept Seating 3152HR is a workhorse. One of our bestselling 24-hour chairs, the 3152HR is solid and currently manufactured in Wisconsin. The 3152HR comes with a 550 lb. weight capacity and at first glance it’s hard to believe it’s not rated for more.
Featuring a unique seven leg base, the additional legs create easier movement and allow for better stability than most five leg alternatives. The ease of movement is especially important for those that are closer to the capacity of the chair.
While it wasn’t picked as the best for ergonomics, the 3152HR was close to making the cut. Featuring seat height, seat depth, five position tilt lock, an adjustable height backrest, inflatable lumbar and fully articulating headrest, the list goes on. The arms can adjust an additional 2.5” wider, for a total of 5” overall width adjustment. The swing away T arms option provide a solution for those who don’t always like to use armrests.
The fully articulating headrest is one of the most unique we’ve tested on any model. It can be adjusted to be used as a neck roll, headrest or rotated out of the way completely.
Might Not Be a Great Fit For
Because the seat pan is only 23” wide, it might not be a great fit for all users. The Dymetrol suspension seat provides good support for long periods but can make the chair feel a bit narrower than 23” wide.
Built for durability, the aesthetics of the 3152HR are not for everyone. If you’ve had issues breaking chairs in the past, that’s probably not as big of a concern. If you’re looking for something sleek, this is not the chair.
If you’re adding this chair to a shared work environment with users under 5’6” tall, you should consider adding the partial foot ring option. This will give shorter users the ability to properly support their feet, while keeping a normal chair feel for those that don’t. This feature is available for an added cost of $91.
3. Best Ergonomics – Neutral Posture Pillow Top >>
Pillow Top Starting Price: $1,839.14 + Free Shipping
Our best pick for ergonomics, is also the largest chair featured in our list. With a seat width of 27” wide, the Neutral Posture Pillow Top is an absolute beast. If you’re looking for a chair that you can sink into, but still have great support, this is it. Made in the USA, the Pillow Top chair from Neutral posture comes standard with a 500 lb. capacity.
Being listed for our best ergonomics pick means this chair comes with all the bells and whistles of a high-end ergonomic chair. Its multi-function mechanism includes: seat depth, seat angle, back height and independent back angle adjustment.
Featuring two-cylinder options, the big and tall Pillow Top is available with a 3” tall (16” to 19”) or a 5” tall (18” – 23”) cylinder. This is one of the few chairs in the list that is capable of comfortable seating someone up to 7 feet tall.
Customization of the Pillow Top is not a problem. There are 33 fabric and 12 leather upholstery options for the pillow top. All leather options are top grain and high-end quality.
Might Not Be a Great Fit For
Like the BTOD GO-99-3-GG chair, the Pillow Top is massive and won’t fit everyone. If you’re looking for something a bit narrower, it is available in the Pillow Top Junior version, which is offered in a 23” wide option.
Because of its customization with upholstery, the Neutral Posture Pillow Top chair is not returnable. If you’re on the fence about colors, we do send color swatches to verify it fits your space.
4. Best Warranty – Cramer Triton Max >>
Triton Max Starting Price: $712.00 + Free Shipping
Having a solid warranty is one of the most important things to consider when buying a big and tall chair. Being dubbed the best warranty in our list isn’t a small feat, but we feel confident the Triton Max is deserving of it. The most common components to break on big and tall chairs are casters, cylinders and arms. With 15-year coverage on these components, the Cramer Triton Max is made in the USA and built to last.
Even though the Triton Max appears like a standard office chair at first glance, it is anything but. With a 23” wide seat and 500 lb. capacity, it will have no issues holding most users over 400 lbs. comfortably. The secret to Cramer’s durability is in the 28” die cast aluminum base, 14” gauge steel seat pan and 16-gauge steel pressed steel inner back plate (18-gauge outer shell).
The Triton Max comes standard with a contoured molded seat pad that includes a waterfall edge. The 3.25” thick seat pad offers good support for extended periods of sitting. There is an optional upgrade for those needing a larger back. The x-large option is 22” wide and 24.75” high.
The Triton Max is the first chair in the list to offer customization. With over 90 upholstery options, you can create a chair that is unique to your space. There is also healthcare grade upholster options available that prevent bacteria growth and are super easy to clean.
Might Not Be a Great Fit For
If you’re looking for a big cushy chair, the Triton Max is unlikely to be a good fit. Designed to be more of a task chair, the Triton Max is about offering good posture for tasks performed at a desk.
While the warranty on the parts for the Triton Max are covered for 15 years, the foam and upholstery are covered for three years. Selecting an upholstery with a high double rub count will help ensure your chairs fabric holds up well over time.
5. Best Mesh – BTOD GO-99-3-GG >>
GO-99-3-GG Starting Price: 299.99 + Free Shipping
With a 25.5” wide seat, the BTOD GO-99-3-GG is a huge mesh office chair. Rated at 500 lbs., it won’t have issues supporting the weight comfortably. One of our most popular big and tall chairs, the GO-99-3-GG is also our largest mesh back option.
With a 5” thick seat pad, most users should have no issues sitting comfortably for long periods of time in this chair. With a 24/7 rating, you can also rest assured the warranty covers this type of extended sitting as well.
The GO-99-3-GG is the only chair in the list under $400 to offer a 3” ratchet back height adjustment. This gives the added flexibility to change back heights, depending on your specific requirements. The ventilated back will keep you cooler throughout the day. The GO-99-3-GG includes a height adjustable lumbar support system, allowing you to customize the lumbar support systems fit to your body.
If you’re not tall, this could be a good option for you. The GO-99-3-GG has a more modest range of 18” to 22”, which is perfect for people that are between 5’7” and 6’4” tall.
Might Not Be a Great Fit For
With a seat width of 25.5” wide, it’s important to consider the size of seat you require. The pictures of the GO-99-3-GG don’t do this chair justice, because it’s huge. If you’re too small, the arms will be too wide to reach and could potentially cause discomfort.
Like the other two BTOD chairs in the list, the warranty for the GO-99-3-GG is only for two years. While it covers all components on the chair, it won’t be as long as the more expensive options higher in our list. If you’re looking for a good long-term investment, the next four options will be a better fit.
6. Best Faux Leather – BTOD GO-2078-LEA-GG >>
GO-2078-LEA-GG Starting Price: $325.99 + Free Shipping
Our best pick for a faux leather big man’s chair is the BTOD GO-2078-LEA-GG. Slightly smaller than our seventh pick, the 2078-LEA-GG includes a 500 lb. capacity and 22” wide seat. This 24/7 rated chair has a 28” high back design, with a built in headrest for added comfort.
Finding a big and tall chair in genuine leather under $500 is near impossible. Even when true leather is available at that price point, the quality is typically low. While faux leather might not be as good, it offers a similar feel at a significant cost savings.
The BTOD 2078-LEA-GG uses a LeatherSoft material, which is made of recycled leather and then blended with vinyl. This hybrid offers a nice soft feeling while seated in the chair. The oversized cushions let you sink into the seat and back, creating a nice cushy feel. Padded arms, that have a matching faux leather, provide good comfort for your forearms and elbows as well.
Might Not Be a Great Fit For
While the 2078-LEA-GG has a 500 lbs. capacity, the 22” wide seat is unlikely to be wide enough to fit that weight comfortably. Depending on your height, the headrest could also pose an issue, hitting your shoulders, instead of your neck and head.
Like the seventh pick, the 2078-LEA-GG only comes with a two-year warranty on all components. For around $300 this is to be expected, but if you’re looking for a long-term investment it might not be the best option.
7. Best Fabric – BTOD GO-2149-GG >>
GO-2149-GG Starting Price: $319.99 + Free Shipping
Our seventh pick for the list is the BTOD GO-2149-GG fabric chair. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty chair, with durable fabric upholstery, this is a good option around the $300 mark. It comes standard with a 24” wide seat, height adjustable arms and 400 lb. capacity.
Pictures do not do it justice. At 30” wide, 34” deep overall, and just shy of 70 lbs, it’s a big office chair. In the box, you’ll want to get an extra hand to move the box to a place for assembly.
This chair features a 4” thick seat pad, with a waterfall front to promote healthy blood flow. The seat height range is from 20” up to 24”, so it’s great for users over the 6’4” mark.
Might Not Be a Great Fit For
With a two-year warranty on the entire chair, the GO-2149-GG offers what we’d expect from a chair around $300. If you’re looking for a chair that will last a long time, this is probably not the best option. While chairs can last longer than their warranty, if you’re hard on your office seating, chances are this chair won’t make it past two years.
With a minimum seat height of 20”, you’ll want to double check what height is comfortable for you to sit at If you’re not tall enough for your feet to rest on the floor flat, you may need to add a footrest or look for another option in the list.
What is a big and tall office chair?
The actual definition of a big and tall chair is exactly as the name says; a chair that is designed for someone who is both big and tall. More specifically, users that are over 250 lbs. and over 6’4” tall. The problem with big and tall seating, is that not everyone will be both. People come in different shapes and sizes, so finding a chair to fit your needs can be difficult if you’re only one of the two.
6 Things You Must Consider Before Buying a Big & Tall Chair
1. Seat Width and Depth
The first thing you must consider when looking for a new large office chair is the seat width and depth. If you’re unsure the width you need to be comfortable, measure your current chair. If that isn’t as wide or narrow as you’d like, estimate what width you require to be comfortable.
While seat width is fixed, seat depth can be extended on chairs with depth adjustment functions. They provide adjustment both directions, creating a better fit for shorter and longer legs than a fixed seat. While this feature isn’t as common on heavy capacity chairs, higher-end models will offer it.
When looking at the different models of chairs available, there are certain design aspects that can impact the seat width. If the chair has side bolsters, this can restrict the width of the seat. You’ll find these on gaming chairs. If there is a hard-plastic frame exposed, this can sometimes be uncomfortable to sit on.
2. Seat Height
Getting your legs in the proper position will require proper seat height. The standard size office chair will offer a range between 16” to 20”. If you’re over 6’4” tall, 20” high for the seat is already too short for proper ergonomics.
All body types are different, some users carry more height in their torso and others in their legs. What height you require will depend on how your body is proportioned. The recommended way to sit is with your feet flat on the floor and your upper and lower leg at a 90-degree angle.
To find this height, we recommend positioning yourself on an existing chair and verifying the measurement to get your legs positioned this way.
3. Back Height
The average back height of an office chair is between 19-22” tall. If you’re under 6’2”, backrest height doesn’t often become an issue. If you’re over 6’2”, some backrests will be creating discomfort from their design.
It’s important to consider the design and shape of the backrest. If the upper frame of a backrest is made of hard plastics, it can dig into your shoulder blades. This will lead to extreme discomfort if you’re tall.
Chairs that include headrests can also pose an issue for tall people. If the headrest isn’t tall enough, they can hit you in the shoulders. Some will create a minor annoyance, while others will push you forward. Both are bad when considering proper ergonomics in a chair. Selecting a chair with a headrest should only be done if the chair is designed for a tall user.
4. Weight Capacity
Standard office chairs are typically rated for 250 up to 275 lbs. While you may be under the rating for the chair, it might not be a good option for you. If you’re looking for a solid investment, that will last a long time, I would suggest picking a chair at least 10% over your current weight. Selecting a chair that is close to your weight brings the potential for issues down the road.
Something additional to consider with weight capacity: just because a chair is rated for 400 lbs., doesn’t mean that it will fit someone that weight comfortably in the chair. A good example of this is the Steelcase Leap and Gesture chairs. Both are rated at 400 lbs. but are standard size office chairs. If you’re 300 to 400 lbs., there is a good chance you won’t be comfortable in their products. This is where consideration of chair dimensions is so important.
5. Ergonomic Adjustments
One of the common things we’ve found with big and tall office chairs, especially low-cost products, is they tend to be fairly basic. Because of the capacity required, manufacturers like to limit the movement in the components to avoid chairs breaking. That doesn’t mean that big and tall chairs can’t come with good ergonomic adjustments.
If you’re looking for well-built big and tall chair with all of the common ergonomic adjustments, you will need to start your search over the $700 mark. This can be expensive for some budgets but looking below this price is likely to leave you with a broken chair sooner than later.
Looking at the chairs in our list, the least expensive true “ergonomic” option starts at $700. Well-built chairs below that price will only feature a few adjustments or won’t offer capacities over 350 lbs.
One of the most important things to look at when protecting your investment is a solid warranty. Because of the high capacities, manufacturers warranties will vary significantly here. Some products in the big and tall category will be offered with warranties as short as 30 days.
Our best pick for warranty comes with a 15-year warranty that is rated for 24/7 usage. It’s important to look at the fine print of the chair you’re considering. Manufacturers will often provide warranties for 40-hour weeks and limited coverage of certain components.
If you’re looking for a good warranty, you should plan on spending more than $500 for your next chair. Almost all the products under that price point will offer warranties that are two years or less. In understanding the value associated with a solid warranty, it might be worth the extra money to get a better chair with a longer warranty.
Picking the best office chair will likely come down to your needs. With so many different body types and preferences, there isn’t a clear cut best, big office chair for everyone.
The most important thing to consider is size first. Ensuring the seat and back fit you comfortably is a great place to start. If the chair is the correct size, you’ll want to ensure it has a good capacity. Picking something right at your current weight could pose an issue in the future.
If this is a long-term investment, you’ll want to consider a good warranty. Cheap chairs will often break down sooner and have shorter warranties. Paying a little more up front can pay big dividends down the road.
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