In a Nutshell:

The AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive Chair is a great option for people struggling to find a good big and tall chair that will fit them—recommended for anyone on a budget looking for a low-priced leather-upholstered chair.

Value for the Money
Comfort
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

4.6/5
* Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect. ** While aesthetics is a matter of taste, Aesthetic Flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.

Benefits

  • Impressive size
  • Excellent lumbar support
  • Covers all the essentials
  • Perforated seat back

Drawbacks

  • Not for heavy daily use
  • Less durable upholstery
AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive Chair 2020 Model
4.6

Recommended For: Anyone on a budget, looking for a low-priced leather-upholstered chair.

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Amazon offers a staggering array of products, selling them alongside companies specializing in specific product classes. Among other things, AmazonBasics office chairs are surprisingly good, and they haven’t forgotten to include some products aimed squarely at the big and tall segment of the market.

Amazon’s products are quite good, and this office chair is no exception. As you’ll see, AmazonBasics’ Big and Tall Executive Chair has limitations and shortcomings. Still, if you’re on a budget, it’s worth considering and definitely belongs on your shortlist.

In the following sections, we’ll discuss the chair in detail, highlighting its best and worst features so you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision. If that sounds good to you, let’s get right to it!

Key Features of the AmazonBasics Big and Tall Executive Chair

Unobtrusive. That’s the first word that will probably spring to mind when you see the AmazonBasics Big and Tall Executive chair for the first time. Amazon didn’t take any chances with the design, opting for a tried-and-true approach by designing an office chair along purely conventional lines.

That’s not a bad thing, and the result is a reasonably good-looking chair but unobtrusive enough that it won’t stand out in whatever room you put it in. Note that the big and tall office chair is offered in either black or brown, which makes it even easier to blend seamlessly with the other furniture in your home, whatever your décor scheme.

Chair Specifications

Here are the chair’s basic stats:

  • Overall Dimensions: 27.25” x 29.5” x 47”
  • Maximum Weight Supported: 350 pounds
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 18.75″ to 22.25″
  • Seat Depth: 22″
  • Seat Width: 21″
  • Max Recline Angle: 135 degrees
  • 360-Degree Swivel

There are a couple of important points to discuss here. First, we love that this chair features a wide, deep seat and a height adjustment range that is ideal for big and tall users. Second, the weight limit is surprisingly modest, clocking in at 350 pounds.

Side view of the AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive Chair

This is acceptable for big and tall office chairs, but plenty of other products on the market far outstrip it. While it’s suitable for a big chunk of the big and tall market, that limitation won’t make it the right chair for everyone.

We’ll have more to say about some of the other stats in the next section.

Adjustability

This section has a surprising amount to discuss because, for such a modestly priced chair, the AmazonBasics Big and Tall offers quite a bit of adjustability.

As mentioned in the last section, the height adjustment range puts this chair firmly in the big and tall category. Its base height is just over 18″ and goes up to 22.25″. That’s impressive and, in our view, comes close to the ideal.

Swivel & Recline Function

Then there’s the 360-swivel and recline, which are pretty standard on office chairs nowadays. What we liked about the recline function is that the chair reclines to a maximum of 135 degrees.

A significant percentage of lower-priced chairs have a more limited recline range, and some don’t recline at all; they merely rock back and forth slightly. Kudos to Amazon on this front!

Back portion of the AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive Chair

Adjustable Lumbar Support

The big thing to talk about here, though, is that this chair offers lumbar support and has an adjustable lumbar support system.

That’s huge. It allows you to customize your seating experience without sacrificing the chair’s most crucial ergonomic feature. We love it. Honestly, in our view, this should be a standard feature in every office chair made. Sadly, it’s not, but it would be awesome if it were!

Comfort

Turning our attention to comfort, we find that this model comes up a bit short. Granted, it’s far from being uncomfortable and, in fact, is solidly above average. Still, it’s not difficult to find a more comfortable office chair on the market, even among comparably priced offerings.

Padding

Side view of the leather-upholstered AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive Chair

The padding used in the AmazonBasics Big and Tall is conventional block foam covered over by single-stitched bonded leather.

There’s enough block foam to be comfortable, but it is not generous. If you’re near the top end of the chair’s maximum supported user weight and use the chair for extended periods every day, the foam will begin to break down much more quickly than you’d like.

Upholstery

The other thing that detracts from the chair’s comfort is that it’s upholstered in leather. It looks pretty, no doubt, but there’s a problem. If you spend more than a few hours in the chair, you’ll get hot and start sweating because the leather doesn’t breathe.

The company has taken one important step to counter that fact: the seat back is perforated, which allows for better airflow.

We rate it as a decent try, but unfortunately, it’s just not enough to improve the breathability markedly. Worse, remember that this is bonded leather, meaning it’s real leather fashioned from scraps fused together.

Bonded leather isn’t as strong or durable as genuine grain leather, and when you perforate it, it gets even weaker.

Perforated seat back of the AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive Chair

Even in the best cases, bonded leather doesn’t tend to stand up well to the rigors of heavy daily use. After about a year, you can expect it to start peeling and ultimately splitting. This will happen where the leather is weakest, which typically means the stitching and those areas of perforation.

Double stitching would have helped some at the seams, but that’s more expensive and would have raised the price of the chair. Unfortunately, nothing will help the perforated seatback. That was a design decision that would eventually shorten the useful life of the upholstery. In our view, it just wasn’t a worthy trade-off because it didn’t do enough to improve the seatback’s breathability.

Assembly Required

It probably comes as no surprise, but when the box is delivered to your door, the chair is inside in several large pieces, so you’ll have to spend some time putting it together before you can use it.

One of Amazon’s strengths, though, is providing clear instructions, which makes assembly straightforward. You won’t find yourself scratching your head, trying to figure out how the pieces fit together.

The process will take 30-45 minutes from start to finish, although you’re bound to run into a few problematic moments if you assemble it on your own. If you have an extra pair of hands helping you, you can cut the assembly time by about ten minutes and save yourself some frustration.

Pros & Cons of the AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive Chair

The AmazonBasics big and tall executive chair is certainly capable, but it’s not perfect. Its key selling points are its low cost and surprising adjustability.

That said, though it has a relatively modest upper weight limit for a big and tall chair (350 pounds) and is clad in bonded leather, it’s not ideally suited for the rigors of heavy daily use.

Kudos to the company for making an effort to make the seat back more breathable, but at the end of the day, this is still a leather office chair, and you’ll find yourself sweating if you sit in it for long periods.

You’ll also find that the bonded leather doesn’t stand up well over time. It will show its age very quickly (peeling and cracking), especially if you plan to use it for several hours a day.

AmazonBasics Big and Tall Executive Chair Review Conclusion

This isn’t the strongest office chair in the Amazon Basics product lineup, but it’s still a cut above and offered by a company with an impeccable track record for service and support.

On that basis, we provisionally recommend the AmazonBasics Big and Tall Executive Chair. It’s ideal for big and tall folk looking for a good office chair for light to moderate daily use, provided you fall within its recommended weight limit.

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