In this guide, we’ve rated and reviewed seven of the best big and tall office chairs across a variety of price points.
While there are a ton of different chair options on the market, the number of heavy-duty big and tall chairs is somewhat limited. We’ve already featured some of the top big and tall gaming chairs and now today we’re going to take a look at the best big and tall office style chairs.
We’ve rated and reviewed seven of the best office chairs for larger users. These office chairs have maximum weight capacities of up to 500 lbs. and we have left out any option that doesn’t have a capacity of at least 350 lbs. So, if you’re in need of a heavy-duty office chair that can give you the support you need, check out the options below.
A Quick Look at the Best Big & Tall Office Chairs
For a quick look at our top options for the best big and tall office chairs, the table below will give you a look at four of our favorite options across a few different categories. We’ve selected the best big and tall chair overall, the best large ergonomic chair, the best value option, and the best budget-friendly heavy-duty chair.
*Click on the “Read Review »” link to skip to our rundown on each of the chairs listed above. We’ve also picked a handful of Honorable Mentions and you can scroll further down to read more about them.
Best Big & Tall Chair:
Space Seating AirGrid
Technically, the Steelcase Leap Plus should probably be the “Best Overall” pick. However, its ~$1,500 price range will put it out of the reach of the vast majority of users and so we decided to go with a more feasible option.
Space Seating is known for making solid chairs at affordable prices and the Space Seating Professional (a chair that I owned for 3-years before switching to a Secretlab Titan gaming chair) was our top pick for the best office chair under $200. So, it’s no surprise that the Space Seating Big and Tall AirGrid comes so well-regarded.
The chair has a maximum capacity of up to 400 lbs. and comes with a fabric-covered seat, as well as a breathable mesh back. There is also an adjustable lumbar support on the back of the chair as well, so this is a solid option for anyone who needs the extra support for their back. If you’re looking for an executive-style chair, though, the Space Seating AirGrid is not that. It’s a mid-back traditional office style chair.
For the price, the Space Seating AirGrid comes in at a bit under $300, so it is definitely not a cheap option. However, its size, design, and overall reception from its users make it the best big and tall office chair around. If you need a heavy-duty office chair and you have a decent budget, then this would be the first option you should consider.
High-End Ergonomic Big Chair:
Steelcase Leap Plus
I can’t vouch for the Steelcase Leap Plus, personally, but I can vouch for the standard Steelcase Leap. It’s an incredible chair. And, based on my experience owning a Steelcase Leap, I’m assuming that the Steelcase Leap Plus is probably the ideal option for big and tall users. The only problem, though, is that at just under $1,500, the Leap Plus will not be an economically feasible option for most users. Still, though, if you are a larger user that sits at your desk all day long and you need a chair that will keep you well-supported, and you don’t mind paying a premium, the Leap Plus is probably your best bet.
It comes with an insane 500-pound weight capacity, making it the studiest and most heavy-duty office chair on this list. The Leap Plus comes with Steelcase’s Live Back technology, which will make the back of the chair move and adjust to match your spine as you move around in the chair. So, in terms of back support, the Leap Plus’s high-end ergonomic design will have you more than covered.
The arms on the Steelcase also sport a unique design. The arms can move in multiple directions including up and down, forward and back, in and out, and at an angle. Most office chairs offer two-directional adjustment (or none at all), so having multiple options for adjusting the armrests on the Leap Plus will allow you to find the perfect resting spot for your arms.
Ultimately, while the price tag of the Leap Plus will drive most users away from it, if you have an unlimited budget, or you’re just willing to pay top dollar for a long-term sitting solution, then the Leap Plus will probably offer you the best overall sitting experience.
Best Value Pick:
If you don’t have the enormous budget required in order to get the Leap Plus, or you don’t have ~$300 to spend to get the Space Seating AirGrid, the Serta Big & Tall Executive chair is worth considering. It doesn’t have as big of a weight capacity (can hold users up to 350 lbs.), but it should be sturdy enough to hold most larger users and it comes in at about $250.
This Serta chair also sports the more common high-back executive look that has become common for office chairs. And, the Serta Executive comes with an adjustable lumbar mechanism and deep ergonomic cushioning to provide you with a supportive but comfortable sitting experience. It also comes with the tilt and lock feature that is popular on modern gaming chairs and it is covered in bonded leather.
The chair comes in eight different color schemes, so if you have a preference for a specific color, this chair likely has something that will suit your needs.
Ultimately, if you need a heavy-duty executive-style high back office chair and you don’t have an insanely large budget, then Serta’s Big & Tall Executive chair is definitely worth considering.
Best Budget Option:
The AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive chair is our pick for the best budget-friendly heavy-duty office chair on the market. At just under ~$190, this chair from AmazonBasics can hold users that weigh up to 350 lbs.
As for the style and design of this chair, it features the common high-back executive style look. The chair only comes in a brown or black leather, but it does have an adjustable lumbar mechanism built into it for ideal back support.
Other than that, though, the offering is pretty simple. It doesn’t have adjustable arms and the seat can only be adjusted up and down. However, again, the biggest selling point of this chair is its price and its weight capacity. So, if you’re looking for an affordable office chair that has a fairly large weight capacity, then the AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive chair is the option for you.
Honorable Mention #1:
La Z Boy Delano
As an alternative option to the Serta Executive, the La Z Boy Delano is another high-back executive style heavy-duty office chair. The Delano has a maximum weight capacity of up to 400 lbs., which ties it with our top pick, the Space Seating AirGrid, in terms of capacity.
However, while the Delano will offer a similar sitting experience to the Serta Executive, it does come in at nearly $100 more (at just under $350 total). The Delano does offer a thicker seat base and a higher weight capacity than the Serta Executive, though. And, like the Serta and AmazonBasics’ chairs, the Delano is covered in bonded leather.
The Delano comes in six different color schemes total, so there are quite a few options to choose between if you have a specific color in mind.
Overall, if you’re willing to pay a little more to get a higher capacity high-back executive style chair, then the La Z Boy Delano might be a better option to consider when compared to Serta’s Executive chair.
Honorable Mention #2:
The HON Wave is another heavy-duty executive style chair that comes in at just under $300. Unlike the other high-back executive style chairs on this list, though, the Wave looks more like a standard mid-back office chair and it also comes in a mesh material rather than a bonded leather.
The Wave also comes with a 450-pound weight capacity, too, so it’s a bit more heavy-duty than all but two of the chairs on this list. The Wave only comes in black, but it does feature 2D adjustable armrests (they can be adjusted up & down, and back & forth.) It also features an adjustable lumbar support and an adjustable recline feature.
In the end, if you prefer a high-back chair, but you want a mesh covering instead of a leather covering, then the Wave would be an option worth looking further into. Or, if you need a fairly affordable big and tall chair that has a weight capacity of over 400-pounds, the HON Wave might be the option for you.
Honorable Mention #3:
Flash Furniture Hercules
Another contender for the title of the big and tall office chair that offers the best value is the Flash Furniture Hercules. In fact, all of its specs would suggest that it should take the crown over the Serta Executive chair we chose as our best value option.
It has a maximum rated weight capacity of up to 500 lbs., tying it with the $1,500 Steelcase Leap Plus as having the highest capacity among the chairs on this list. It also features a tilt and lock mechanism, an adjustable lumbar support, and a 4″ thick foam seat. However, many users have complained that, despite the chair having a larger-than-normal weight capacity, it hasn’t offered them an above-average sitting experience for a larger person.
Users have also complained that they have sunk into the softer cushioning and rest up against the solid frame. So, while the chair may technically be rated to hold up to 500 lbs., it is probably better suited for individuals that weigh less.
Ultimately, the chair is still an okay option for bigger and taller users, but it probably won’t offer an ideal sitting experience for the users it says it is rated for.
Do You Need A Big & Tall Office Chair?
While there aren’t a ton of options for bigger and taller office chairs on the market as there are for smaller-to-medium-sized users, there still are enough heavy-duty chairs out there to give you a variety of options. Above, we have listed our picks for the top big and tall office chairs currently available. So, if you are in the market for a bigger chair, one of the options listed above should get the job done for you.