In a Nutshell:

A big, brawny mesh office chair with basic ergonomic supports. AmazonBasics Big & Tall Mesh Swivel Chair is recommended for big and tall folks who are specifically in the market for a mesh chair.

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

Overall Rating

4.3/5
* 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

  • Good overall size and provides
  • Height adjustable arms
  • Excellent lumbar support
  • Solid value for the money
  • Modest seat design

Drawbacks

  • Lacks cutting edge features
  • Very basic features
AmazonBasics Big & Tall Mesh Swivel Chair
4.3

Recommended For: Big and tall folks who are specifically in the market for an ergonomic mesh chair.

Buy Now

Are you on a budget?

Have you been frustrated so far in your quest to find a good-quality mesh office chair that can support you properly and has the basics covered in terms of ergonomic features?

If so, you will like what you read in this review.

While we readily admit that the AmazonBasics Big & Tall mesh swivel chair isn’t perfect, it’s a very good chair offered by a respected company known for delivering both quality and value.

In the following sections, we’ll discuss every aspect of the chair in detail, letting you know what it does best and not pulling any punches about its shortcomings. Armed with that information, you’ll have everything you need to decide if this is the model you’ve been looking for.

​Amazon Basics Big & Tall Mesh Swivel Chair Key Features

Let’s start with aesthetics since the chair’s look will tell first impressions. Mesh chairs aren’t known for their attractiveness, but the AmazonBasics Big & Tall Mesh Swivel chair is surprisingly good-looking. This is mostly because it uses a thicker fabric-like mesh for the seat cover, which allows it to move into unobtrusive territory.

It’s not a chair that will win any beauty contests, just like other chairs in the AmazonBasics lineup, but it is designed along conventional lines. ​​Despite its impressive size, it manages to be unobtrusive enough that it blends seamlessly into whatever room you put it in, which isn’t a bad thing at all. ​

​The design team didn’t take any chances here. This is purely a conventional design that puts function over form, and that’s okay by us.

Chair Specifications

In terms of the basic stats that define the chair, here’s a quick overview:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 28.1” x 29.1” x 40.5”
  • Chair Weight: 45.2 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 450 pounds
  • Seat Depth: 20”
  • Seat Width: 23”
  • Height Adjustment Range: 18” to 22”
A side image of AmazonBasics Big & Tall Swivel Chair in black

​There are a couple of things to discuss, most notably the impressive seat width of 23”. There aren’t many big and tall desk chairs on the market that match Amazon on this front, so if you’ve been struggling to find a good, sturdy chair that’s wide enough for you, this one belongs on your shortlist.

Combine that with the chair’s other stats, and it’s easy to see that almost every aspect of this model’s design is geared specifically for big and tall folks. That’s very good to see.

What often happens is that a company will try to design big and tall chairs that also cater to smaller folks, which is great if you have a busy household with several different people of various shapes and sizes all using the same chair. Still, unfortunately, it has the unavoidable impact of not appealing to as broad a swath of the big and tall segment of the market.

This isn’t that chair. From top to bottom, it’s a big and tall chair, and shorter people simply won’t fit very well into it. That’s okay, though; they can get their own chair, right?

If you’re buying online, be aware that the images don’t do its impressive size justice. Since this is notably wider than most other chairs sold today, it will fill up whatever space you put it in. Yes, it’s got an unobtrusive design, but once you set your eyes firmly on it, you’ll realize just how big and imposing this piece of furniture is!

That, combined with its 450-pound maximum supported weight limit, makes it an excellent choice for the biggest and tallest in the market, a group that doesn’t get a lot of attention from most of the companies making and selling office furniture today. 450 pounds isn’t the best in class, and there are a few companies that offer more on that front, but it’s far above average, and kudos to Amazon for that.

Adjustability and Comfort

The Amazon Basics mesh doesn’t win any awards for adjustability or comfort, but it covers the basics well. You’ll find the mesh back delightfully breathable and the seat nearly as breathable. It’s also mesh but of a thicker, more tightly woven variety, and it’s stretched over a generous amount of conventional block foam padding, providing a comfortable but not luxuriant seating experience, even if you spend several hours a day in the chair.

Lift Function

The chair’s bottom has a simple lever for controlling the lift mechanism. The height can be adjusted from 18” to 22”, which is pretty much the standard range for big and tall chairs.

Recline Function

This model also features a tilt limiter control, allowing you to recline from 90 to 120 degrees. Again, that’s not the best in class, but it’s acceptable.

Height Adjustable Arms

One of the things we liked best about the model’s non-ergonomic features is that the chair arms are height adjustable. We wish they had been ergonomically designed and the arms themselves could stand a bit longer. Still, overall, the value and versatility of height-adjustable arms make that aspect of the chair shine, even with the other shortcomings of the arms.

Ergonomic Features

Where ergonomic features are concerned, there’s really only one thing to discuss in our AmazonBasics Big & Tall Mesh Swivel Chair review: lumbar support.

Height Adjustable Lumbar Support

In our view, that’s the single most important ergonomic feature an office chair can provide, and Amazon really gets it right. Not only does the chair provide excellent lumbar support, but it’s also height adjustable, allowing you to tweak it to ensure it provides exactly the support you need, exactly where you need it.

A side image of AmazonBasics Big & Tall Mesh Chair showing its adjustability features

Seat Design

The seat design gamely tries to emulate a waterfall-edge design but doesn’t quite live up to it. It does provide good support, and there may be some ergonomic value to it in that it curves down slightly at the edge, which will probably help your leg circulation some, but it’s not quite the same as a waterfall-edge design. We’d still rate it as a good try, though, as it does add some ergonomic value to the overall design.

While we’d love to have seen a few additional ergonomic features on offer, given the modest price of the chair, we’re not at all dissatisfied.

Assembly Required, Of Course

As with almost all office furniture, when the AmazonBasics Big & Tall​ Swivel chair arrives at your doorstep, it will come unassembled and in a giant box. Fortunately, Amazon’s assembly instructions are quite clear, and the production quality is good, so the assembly process is pretty painless and straightforward.

An image of AmazonBasics Big & Tall Swivel Chair shot from the back

Two things to note here, however: 

First, again, this is a big chair. Because of that, wrestling the seat back into position and attaching it to the seat is not a trivial task if you’re doing it by yourself.

Second, while the production quality is good, it falls short of being great, so some of the screw holes may be a bit rough. Be mindful of that as you’re putting it together so you don’t scrape or cut yourself!

Once the chair is fully assembled, that won’t be a problem, but it could be a pain (literally) while you’re wrestling the pieces into position initially.

Expect the process to take about 40 minutes if you’re putting it together independently. If you have a trusty assistant to lend a hand, you’ll shave ten to fifteen minutes off of that time. Once the chair is ready for first use, you’re all set except for occasional re-tightening as needed, so don’t lose track of the included Hex wrench.

Amazon Basics Big & Tall Pros and Cons

Overall, this is a good, impressively sized chair. The AmazonBasics Big & Tall Mesh Chair is not the best in class, and it isn’t brimming with cutting-edge features, but it’s got the basics covered. It does everything you want and expects an office chair to do, providing excellent lumbar support. That, plus the presence of height-adjustable arms, counts as its two most impressive features.

If we could make any changes to the chair we wanted, we’d add three things:

  • Extend the length of the chair arms, ergonomically design them, and pad them.
  • Make the seat a true waterfall-edge design
  • Add a mesh, articulated headrest extension to the chair back that users could put on or leave off at their option

This would give the chair three additional ergonomic support features. If they were all as well implemented as the lumbar support, it would make this a powerful force in the market, without adding a crazy amount to the cost. Even without those things, though, it’s still a solid value for the money.

A front image of AmazonBasics Big & Tall Mesh Swivel Chair in black

AmazonBasics Big & Tall Mesh Swivel Chair Review Conclusion

We like the design and recommend the AmazonBasics Big & Tall Mesh Swivel Chair without reservation. It’s a good chair offered at a great price, and there’s nothing wrong with that. This is an excellent choice if you’re on a budget and looking for a wide, sturdy office chair.

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