The Takeaway:

Best Office Chair for Big and Tall (Non-Mesh)

1. Our Pick: Steelcase Leap Plus

2. Runner-Up: Herman Miller Embody

3. Third Pick: Serta Tranquility Office Chair

Best Office Chair for Big and Tall (Mesh)

1. Our Pick: Herman Miller Aeron

2. Runner-Up: ErgoHuman Executive Chair

3. Third Pick: AmazonBasics Big and Tall Mesh Swivel

Are you a bigger, taller person? Have you been frustrated in your search to find the perfect office chair? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you’re going to love this roundup review.

Let’s face it: if the office chair you’re using isn’t comfortable and isn’t built for you, you’re not going to be very productive. It’s hard to get any work done if you’re constantly shifting uncomfortably in your seat, which is why finding the right office chair for you is so important.

We’ve scoured the internet on a quest to find the best office chair for big and tall people on the market today. It’s a crowded market with some great contenders, but after much searching, we’ve narrowed the field and declared an overall winner.

In this piece, we’ll share the results of our research with you. Before we do that, however, there’s one detail we need to share. That detail revolves around the upholstery. Where office chairs are concerned, you’ve got three upholstery options: Fabric, Leather, or Mesh.

We’ve broken our results into two categories, listing the best leather and fabric-upholstered big and tall office chairs together and creating a separate listing for mesh chairs. We’ll have more to say about that in the section on our selection criteria, but for now, we’ll just say this:

While most people typically don’t have a strong preference for leather upholstery over fabric or vice versa and usually don’t mind switching between them, people who are looking for a good mesh chair usually aren’t interested in anything else. As such, we’ve broken them out and given mesh chairs their own table in this report, so whatever your preferences are, we’ve got you covered.

Selection Criteria

To a big and tall user, standard office chairs can seem like little more than toys. Given that, we had a few pretty specific things we were looking for when evaluating these chairs. In particular, we gravitated toward chairs with the following characteristics:

Generous Weight Capacity and Sturdy Construction

Standard office chairs typically have a weight capacity in the range of 250 to 300 pounds. We consider that to be the absolute floor limit, with more being better. In addition to that, construction quality matters very much. The materials used in construction don’t necessarily have to be top-end (although that helps!), but they have to be durable and ruggedized with good-quality welds and high capacity and high-quality pistons to control height adjustment.

Seat Dimensions

Big and tall people need big and tall chairs. At a minimum, we want to see a chair that can adjust to a height of at least 18” with more being better. Granted, this will make these chairs unsuitable for use for a segment of the market, but that’s to be understood and is a necessary tradeoff to make a good chair for bigger folks. The current industry standard for big and tall chairs seems to be in the range of 18” to 22”.

In a similar vein, the best chairs in this category need to have high, wide seatbacks and wide, deep seats, with seat depths starting at 18” being an absolute necessity in our book.

Generously Padded & Highly Adjustable

Bigger people need more padding if the chair is going to be comfortable. This is particularly important for people looking for a great office chair designed to be used for several hours at a stretch. 

In a similar vein, adjustability matters. While this aspect of office chair design certainly isn’t unique to big and tall users, more adjustability is always better. The more a chair has to offer on this front, the higher we tended to rate it.

Upholstery Options

Earlier, we mentioned the three upholstery options office chairs are available.  People typically have a clear preference for one or the other, but typically, people will happily switch between fabric or leather.  Mesh, however, tends to be a different matter.

While leather upholstery looks nice, it has the disadvantage of not being very breathable, which means that if you sit in a leather chair for any length of time, you’re all but guaranteed to start to sweat.  Further, many leather chairs are upholstered in bonded leather.

Bonded leather is real leather, but it’s made from scraps that have been fused together.  This makes it less supple and less durable.  It doesn’t tend to stand up very well to the rigors of heavy daily use.

For this reason, although we’ve included leather and fabric-upholstered chairs in the same table above, fabric chairs tend to have a slight advantage where overall ranking score is concerned, simply because they’re more breathable and thus, better suited to the rigors of heavy daily use.

Mesh chairs tend to be somewhat less attractive than the others, but the material is incredibly durable and long-lasting. Even so, most people who are interested in mesh chairs aren’t interested in anything else, which is why we’ve broken them out into a separate category.

Best Office Chairs for Big and Tall People 2024 (Non-Mesh)

Our Pick
 
 
4.7
4.6
4.5
$1,299.00
$2,099.99
$403.56
24.8” x 27” x 43.5”
28” x 27” x 38.2”
33” x 28.2” x 46.25”
48 pounds
51 pounds
57.6 pounds
300 pounds
Steelcase Plus supports up to 500 pounds
300 pounds
400 pounds
19.25”
20”
21”
15.5” to 20.5”
Plus is identical here
16.5” to 22”
18” to 22”
15.75” to 20.5”
15” to 18”
19”
  • Cutting edge chair filled with top-notch ergonomic features and offered by a legend in the industry.
  • Twelve-year warranty, adjustable everything, and superbly implanted ergonomic features melded with bleeding-edge design. Offered in a variety of colors.
  • Incredibly comfortable. 10-year warranty. Exceptionally well-priced.
  • Expensive. If you’re especially tall, the max. Seat height adjustment may not be quite enough for you. Measure carefully before committing to this purchase!
  • This chair was designed to appeal to as broad a segment of the market as possible, so straddles the line between being useful for normal sized and big and tall folks. As such, if you are especially tall, the seat height, even at maximum extension, may not be enough for you. Expensive.
  • Not especially well-suited for heavy daily usage.
Highly recommended, if you can afford it. It’s especially great for people who suffer from chronic back pain. The Steelcase Leap Plus is an amazing chair you’ll be proud to own.
Recommended for big and tall folk, but be sure to take careful measurements before you commit. Highly recommended for people who suffer from chronic back pain and need a chair well-suited for heavy daily use.
Recommended for most users. It’s a good, well-rounded option offered by a company with an excellent reputation for quality.
Our Pick
4.7
$1,299.00
24.8” x 27” x 43.5”
48 pounds
300 pounds
Steelcase Plus supports up to 500 pounds
19.25”
15.5” to 20.5”
Plus is identical here
15.75” to 20.5”
  • Cutting edge chair filled with top-notch ergonomic features and offered by a legend in the industry.
  • Expensive. If you’re especially tall, the max. Seat height adjustment may not be quite enough for you. Measure carefully before committing to this purchase!
Highly recommended, if you can afford it. It’s especially great for people who suffer from chronic back pain. The Steelcase Leap Plus is an amazing chair you’ll be proud to own.
4.6
$2,099.99
28” x 27” x 38.2”
51 pounds
300 pounds
20”
16.5” to 22”
15” to 18”
  • Twelve-year warranty, adjustable everything, and superbly implanted ergonomic features melded with bleeding-edge design. Offered in a variety of colors.
  • This chair was designed to appeal to as broad a segment of the market as possible, so straddles the line between being useful for normal sized and big and tall folks. As such, if you are especially tall, the seat height, even at maximum extension, may not be enough for you. Expensive.
Recommended for big and tall folk, but be sure to take careful measurements before you commit. Highly recommended for people who suffer from chronic back pain and need a chair well-suited for heavy daily use.
4.5
$403.56
33” x 28.2” x 46.25”
57.6 pounds
400 pounds
21”
18” to 22”
19”
  • Incredibly comfortable. 10-year warranty. Exceptionally well-priced.
  • Not especially well-suited for heavy daily usage.
Recommended for most users. It’s a good, well-rounded option offered by a company with an excellent reputation for quality.
03/30/2024 08:55 am GMT

Our Pick: Steelcase Leap Plus

Our Pick
Steelcase Leap Office Chair
4.7

Recommended For: Anyone, especially for people who suffer from chronic back pain.

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*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.**
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.

Overview

According to information published by the company about the Steelcase Leap, every design decision made during the creation of this chair was informed by the following four pillars:

  • The human spine does not move as a single unit.
  • Each person’s spinal motion is unique.
  • Each person’s upper and lower back require different types and amounts of support.
  • And each person’s vision and reach have an impact on their posture.

Steelcase is a legendary company in the industry to begin with, and given that this model was based around the guiding principles and key discoveries described above, it should come as no surprise that this chair was our top pick as the best big and tall office chair on the market today.

A quick note before we get into the specifics of the Leap Plus:  The company Leap product line contains a number of different products, so if you’re not big or tall, know that Steelcase makes a comparable chair for you that contains most of the features offered by this model.

Having said that, let’s take a closer look at our winner, starting with a review of the basic stats that define it:

  • The seat depth is adjustable in a range between 15.75” to 20.5”
  • The seat height is adjustable in a range between 15.5” to 20.5”
  • The seat width is 19.25”
  • And it supports an impressive 500 pounds of user weight
Seat Depth

While the smallest setting of the seat depth is quite far from being suitable to the big and tall market, this is one of the few office chairs being sold today that allow you to modify the seat width on the fly.  At maximum extension, it has a quite respectable 20.5” depth, which is outstanding.

Seat Height Adjustment

The same thing holds true for the seat height adjustment range.  While most big and tall chairs gravitate toward an 18” to 22” height adjustment range, the Leap Plus takes a different approach, starting at 15.5” and going to 20.5.” 

Left Upper View of Steelcase Leap Plus Task Chair

This puts it comfortably within the big and tall range, although it’s certainly not hard to find a chair that offers more on this front.

This has advantages and disadvantages.  On the one hand, the Leap Plus’s height adjustment range makes the chair more useful and accessible to a wider band of the market.  That’s a good thing if you’re buying an office chair for a home where several different people will ultimately be using it.

On the other hand, though, if you’re especially tall, even at its maximum height, this chair may not work for you.  Here, it’s important to take careful measurements before you buy.  After all, this is an expensive piece of equipment.  You want to be sure it will work for you before you spend that kind of money.

Seat Width

The seat width is one of the few elements of the Leap that can’t be adjusted, but at 19.25” it sits comfortably within the range we like to see for a big and tall chair, which brings us to the maximum supported weight.

The only other chair on our list that supports as much weight as the Leap Plus is the Flash Furniture Hercules, so where supported weight is concerned, the Leap has just about everybody in the big and tall market covered.

Of course, a good office chair is more than just the sum of its dimensions, and we’ll talk about the Leap Plus’s features next.

Features Galore

LiveBack

There’s a lot to like here, with one of the most powerful features being a proprietary technology that Steelcase calls “Liveback.”  The seat is made up of a series of slats. When you sit in it, and your back begins to put pressure on the seatback, each slat will give depending on how much pressure you’re back is exerting on it.

The theory is delightfully simple, but it has a powerful impact, allowing the seatback to custom-conform to the shape of your body, providing optimal support along the length of your spine.

In our book, this feature alone makes the chair worth its hefty price tag, especially if you suffer from chronic back pain. Back pain comes in all shapes and sizes, but most chairs offer a one size fits all ergonomic solution that will leave you feeling underwhelmed. Maybe the company’s ergonomic features will help you, and maybe they won’t.

You don’t have to worry when you own a Leap Plus. The seat back will provide exactly the support you need, no matter where your back pain stems from.

Lumbar Support

The second big innovation takes the form of Leap Plus’s lumbar support system. You’ll find a simple dial on the back of the chair. Adjusting the position of the lumbar support is as simple as turning the dial, which allows you to make quick and easy adjustments on the fly until it’s exactly where you want it.

Front Upper View of Steelcase Leap Plus Task Chair
Tension and Support Control

Third, the chair offers not one but two different dials you can use to tweak the amount of tension and support the seatback provides. One dial controls the tension in the upper portion of the seatback, and the other controls the tension and support level for the lower portion.

Again, this builds on the idea that everybody is different, and one part of your back may require more support than the rest. Giving you the ability to fine-tune the level of support you’re getting for your upper and lower back is huge and has tremendous therapeutic value. If you suffer from chronic back pain, you may currently find it virtually impossible to spend more than short periods in a conventional office chair. The Leap Plus can literally redefine your ability to work productively in those cases. That’s huge.

Recline Angle

Finally, the angle of recline is also controlled via a simple dial, allowing you to select any angle between 90 and 120 degrees. Simply dial in the position you want and lean back. That’s all there is to it.

Upholstery & Finishing Options

You’ve got three choices where upholstery is concerned:

  • Standard (a very breathable material that’s technically fabric, but that does share some characteristics with mesh).
  • 3D knitted fabric
  • Or sewn fabric

In general, the standard upholstery option is the most breathable of the lot, making it the best suited for long-duration sitting, with the others getting progressively less breathable but still quite good.  In practice, we found the differences between the three to be minimal, but your mileage may vary.

Color Options

In addition to choosing your upholstery of choice, all variants of the Leap are available in a modest number of colors, including:

  • Black
  • Burgundy
  • Alpine
  • Blue
  • Cyan
  • Gray
  • Sable
  • Camel
  • Coconut
  • Graphite
  • Nickel
  • Navy
Left Image View of Steelcase Leap Plus Task Chair

In addition to that, when you order your Leap, you can select from a few different finishing options which provide accent colors on the base and anywhere else the fabric doesn’t cover. These include:

  • Black
  • Platinum
  • Midnight
  • Polished Aluminum

Extras 

Finally, Steelcase offers a few different options and extras for their chairs, allowing you to customize further and personalize yours. The most popular of these is the Steelcase Ottoman, which you can use as an impromptu workspace when you’re not propping your feet up.

They also sell an optional headrest which addresses the one shortcoming of the design, which is the lack of head and neck support. Granted, you’ll have to pay extra to acquire these goodies, but you end up with exactly the chair you want.

Minimal Assembly Required

It gets better! Unlike many office chairs being sold today, the Leap comes mostly assembled. It might take you ten minutes to get the chair ready for first use when it arrives at your house, which is a nice touch. No need to spend upwards of an hour struggling with getting the thing put together!

If none of the above is enough to convince you that this is the best chair on the market today, there’s also the fact that it’s made from 95% recycled materials, which makes it a great “green” option!

Honestly, the only negative we can find where the Leap is concerned is the fact that it’s expensive, but you get what you pay for. It’s an amazing chair, especially if you suffer from chronic back pain. Even if you don’t, buying one can help minimize the risk of back problems developing, given its rock-solid ergonomic support.

Image View of Steelcase Leap Plus: Black
Black
Image View of Steelcase Leap Plus: Brown
Brown
Image View of Steelcase Leap Plus: Navy
Navy

Where the big and tall market, in particular, is concerned, the only potential wrinkle is the fact that the height adjustment range isn’t quite as robust as you’ll find in other big and tall chairs. That may be a deal breaker, especially for tall users, so you’ll want to take careful measurements before committing to the purchase. 

We can’t recommend this chair highly enough. It is well deserving of top honors in this roundup review. It’s not only the best ergonomic office chair for big and tall people, but it’s also one of the best office chairs on the market, period.

Runner Up: Herman Miller Embody

Runner Up
Herman Miller Embody Ergonomic Chair
4.6

Recommended For: Anyone, especially those who work long hours at the desk.

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Overview

Herman Miller is one of the best companies operating in the industry today, known for making durable, long-lasting office chairs that constantly push the envelope. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more innovative company in this industry. While their products are expensive, this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for.


The Herman Miller Embody was designed with power users in mind. So, if you’re a gamer, you work from home, or have an office job that sees you spending long hours at a stretch sitting in your chair, this model was designed with you specifically in mind.

Starting with aesthetics, the Embody has a decidedly futuristic flair that may not appeal to everyone. And in fairness, it does make it somewhat difficult for this design to blend seamlessly with some home décor schemes, although it typically has an easier time blending into office environments.

If you find the aesthetic appealing, then you’re sure to love just about every other aspect of the chair.

Left Image View of Herman Miller Embody Chair
Chair Specifications

In terms of basic statistics, here’s a quick review of the summary table:

  • Overall Dimensions: 28” x 27” x 38.2”
  • Seat Width: 21”
  • Seat Depth: 15” to 18”
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 16.5” to 22”
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 300 pounds
  • Chair Weight: 51 pounds

There are several things to talk about here, some good and some not so good for big and tall folks.

On the good side, check out the height adjustment range! Although 16” is well below the seat height we like to see in a big and tall chair, it extends all the way up to 22,” which means that this chair appeals to an incredibly broad swath of the market that includes average-sized folks as well. The seat width is also splendidly suited to the big and tall market.

A Few Things to Consider

There are two potential issues that big and tall users might have with this model, however. First, the weight limit of 300 pounds is adequate but far from exceptional. In fact, we consider 300 pounds to be the starting point for a big and tall chair. The Embody makes the cut, but only just.

Second, the maximum seat depth is just 18”. Again, this is what we’d consider the minimum threshold for a chair designed for the big and tall market. 

Of interest though, note that the seat depth is customizable. You can compress it down to a seat depth as small as 15”. Again, this makes the Embody a great chair for a household where you’ll have a number of different users of a variety of shapes and sizes while still managing to meet the criteria for big and tall users.

Back Side View of Herman Miller Embody Chair

That brings us to what is, in our view, the single most impressive thing about this chair. Virtually every aspect of it is adjustable. You can adjust:

  • The height of the seat
  • The depth of the seat
  • The tilt tension, which controls the amount of resistance you feel when you lean back in the chair
  • The tilt limiter, which allows you to set the maximum angle of recline in a range between 90 and 135 degrees
  • The height of the armrests, which may be adjusted independently
  • The “Backfit” allows you to set the chair to have either a flat back or to allow more play in the seat back, allowing it to adjust to the natural curve of your body’s spine, at your preference
  • The width of the arms may be adjusted independently. Note that you can also pivot the chair arms, but they do not slide backward and forward

In addition to the extreme amount of adjustability this model brings to the table, it’s got two other design features that you just won’t find in other chairs currently sold today.

Unique Design Features

First, there’s the seat design. Although the Embody only offers a modest amount of padding compared to the other chairs on our list of finalists, it’s much more comfortable than you might think because the seat itself is articulated, so its shape adjusts to the shape of your body as you move and shift position in the chair. It’s a brilliant bit of design that makes the chair a delight to sit in, even for extended periods.

Second is the fact that the Embody has its own spine. Looking at the back of the chair, you’ll find a series of articulated “vertebrae” which provides dynamic support. It is this feature which allows the seatback to mold to you, following the natural curve of your body’s spine. Again, this is brilliant and exactly the sort of innovation that has made Herman Miller such a force in the industry.

Finish Options

Next, let’s talk about Embody’s upholstery. This is yet another feature that underscores the uniqueness of this design. There’s nothing about the Embody that is standard.  

Balance Fabric Upholstery Image of Herman Miller Embody Chair
Upholstery

When you order your chair, you can select from two different fabric types for the upholstery:

  • Balance Fabric
  • Rhythm Fabric

Both fabric options are futuristic, combining traits of both traditional fabric and mesh, but the fundamental difference is this:  The Rhythm fabric tends to be more breathable and, as such, tends to be better suited to long-duration sitting, adding to the chair’s comfort. The Balance fabric provides a bit of additional padding, which makes it the better choice for short to medium-duration sitting.

Colors

If you order Balance fabric, you can choose from four different colors (Berry Blue, Black, Carbon, or Iris).

If you order Rhythm Fabric, you have a slightly expanded color palette to choose from:

  • Berry Blue
  • Black
  • Charcoal
  • Mink
  • Mulberry
  • Twilight
Minimal Assembly Required

Another cool thing about the Embody is the fact that when you order one, it will arrive at your door mostly assembled.  Sure, there are a few bits you’ll need to finish up on your own, but this process is quick and painless and can be done solo in a matter of minutes.  It will probably take you at least as long to get the chair out of the box as it will to get it set up and ready for first use.

Rhythm Fabric Upholstery Image of Herman Miller Embody Chair

Having said that, you will need to go through a period of familiarization and customization. Since so many aspects of the Embody can be tweaked and adjusted, finding the perfect settings for you and how you use the chair can take some time. The exact amount will vary from one person to the next, of course, but with every improvement you make as you optimize the settings for you, the more deeply you’ll fall in love with it.

In the final analysis, the Herman Miller Embody is simply a masterpiece, representing the bleeding edge of office furniture design. Given that, and its impressive twelve-year warranty, we highly recommend this model.

The only reason this chair didn’t win top honors in this Roundup Report is the fact that since it’s designed to appeal to such a broad swath of the total market, in a few dimensions, it only barely meets our requirements as a big and tall chair. The fact that it claimed a second-place spot in spite of that fact speaks volumes about its overall quality and utility. 

Truly a great chair and one of the best office chairs for big guys who are also power users.

Value Pick: Serta Tranquility Office Chair

Value Pick
Serta Big and Tall Smart Layers Tranquility Executive Office Chair
4.5

Recommended For: Big and tall folks weighing up to four hundred pounds who need a chair for light to moderate daily use.

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Overview

Few companies know more about comfort than Serta.  Granted, they’re best known for their mattresses, but they have put those skills to good use in designing office chairs and other types of furnishings.  The Tranquility is an excellent example of their work.

Size & Specifications

A quick review of the chair’s basic stats reveals that the Tranquility is well-suited to the big and tall market, with a seat width of 21” and a height adjustment range that starts at 18” and extends to 22,” which is perfectly acceptable, and a slightly underwhelming seat depth of 19,” which exceeds our minimum threshold for a good big and tall chair, but not by much.

Max Supported Weight

In addition to that, the Tranquility supports up to 400 pounds of user weight. While there are other chairs on our list of finalists that can support more weight, this is a generous number that makes the chair a good fit for a broad swath of the big and tall market.

Comfort

The raw stats, however, only tell part of the story. The Serta Tranquility is easily the most comfortable chair on our list of finalists. If comfort is what matters most to you, then this one is going to be hard to beat.

Right Image View of Serta Tranquility Office Chair

While the overwhelming majority of office chairs use standard block foam for padding, the Tranquility takes things to a whole different level, utilizing a comprehensive comfort system composed of five different layers of padding, which we’ll outline in detail:

  • Layer One: occupies most of the surface area of the seat. In place of block foam, Serta uses a proprietary poly-fiber which provides about the same level of comfort as block foam but has the advantage of added flexibility.
  • Layer Two: is memory foam, which rests beneath the poly-foam.
  • Layer Three: is a dense block foam that supports the memory foam.
  • Layer Four: is focused on the seat edge where your legs rest. Here, you’ll find a double layer of the dense block foam which provides added support, while Layer Five consists of comfort coils that are not unlike the springs you find in mattresses.

It could even be argued that there’s a sixth layer of comfort technology in place here because all of these rest in a padded comfort cradle.

In short, the Serta Tranquility is hands-down the most comfortable chair on this list.  It doesn’t sport the suite of cutting-edge ergonomic features of our top picks, but again, if comfort is what you’re looking for, nothing else comes close.

Ergonomic Features

Despite not having the latest and greatest in ergonomic features, the Tranquility does have a suite of well-designed, well-implemented standard ergonomic features, including:

  • A waterfall-edge style seat that helps improve blood flow and circulation in your legs.
  • Ergonomically designed, padded armrests.
  • Excellent head and neck support.
  • And excellent lumbar support.
Armrests

Of these, the weakest link is the armrests. While they are well-padded and comfortable, they’re not adjustable in any way. That’s certainly not a deal breaker, but it does mean that as an ergonomic feature, the armrests are just not as well-implemented as the others in the set.

Front Image View of Serta Tranquility Office Chair
Lumbar Support

On the flip side, the chair’s lumbar support is its best ergonomic feature.  The company utilizes a proprietary design they call “Pivoting Air Lumbar Support,” which provides dynamic lumbar support that’s superior to the static support bar or pads used by many other chairs and helps to increase breathability.

Bonded Leather

The note about breathability is important because this chair is upholstered in bonded leather, which means it’s not very breathable.  If you spend any length of time sitting in it, you’ll start to get hot.  Your back will sweat.

Mesh Pockets

Serta has taken steps to improve its breathability, however.  They incorporated mesh side pockets in both the seat and the seat back, which definitely make a difference.  Even so, fabric-upholstered chairs still beat it out on the breathability front.  Still, we have to say, this is the most breathable leather-clad chair we’ve ever seen.  Kudos to Serta!

On the flip side, there’s the matter of the bonded leather itself.  As we mentioned in earlier sections, bonded leather is real leather, but it’s composed of scraps that have been fused together, which makes it somewhat weaker and less supple than grain leather.  It just doesn’t stand up well to the rigors of heavy daily use.

Does Not Come Assembled

As with most office furniture, the Serta Tranquility doesn’t come assembled.  It will arrive at your home in a large box and in several pieces.  Production values are high, and the assembly instructions are quite clear, but this is a big piece of furniture and assembling it solo will take the better part of an hour and present you with a number of challenges.

Also Great

ErgoHuman High Back Swivel

Ergohuman ME7ERG High Back Swivel Chair
4.3

Recommended For: Anyone. This is a solid chair by any reckoning.

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Overview

There’s no denying that this is a great chair that has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, as you’ll see below, it’s got a couple of shortcomings that kept it from ranking more highly on our list of finalists. It’s important to bear those things in mind when deciding for yourself if this is the right chair for you.

Chair Specifications

Let’s start with the chair’s basic statistics, which bring its three less-than-awesome features right to the fore. The seat width is good at 20.5” but falls short of being exceptional, and the seat depth of 18.5” only barely qualifies as big and tall in our view, which is a bit underwhelming in our view.

Those few underwhelming aspects of the design aside though, this is a great chair, and everything else about it is amazing. The seat height range is quite good, starting at 18” and going up to 22”, making it well suited to a broad swath of the big and tall market, although the very tallest of users might want a bit more on that front.

Left Image View of ErgoHuman High Back Swivel Chair
Max Supported Weight

In a similar vein, the chair’s maximum weight limit clocks in at 350 pounds which isn’t bad but does reside at the lower end of what we’d like to see in a big and tall chair.

Seat Height

Those few underwhelming aspects of the design aside though, this is a great chair, and everything else about it is amazing. The seat height range is quite good, starting at 18” and going up to 22”, making it well suited to a broad swath of the big and tall market, although the very tallest of users might want a bit more on that front.

Extras and Add-ons

Hands down, the best and coolest feature this chair brings to the table is the fact that ErgoHuman sells a variety of extras and add-ons that allow you to customize your seating experience in ways that just aren’t possible with any other chair on the market.

This is the reason we included the link to the company’s website because the extras and add-ons aren’t typically offered on third-party vendor sites. If you want them, you’ll have to buy direct from the company, and those additions will add to the already hefty price of the chair. Even so, depending on how you plan to use the chair, they’re well worth the added investment.

Standalone Ottoman

While there are a variety of options to choose from, the most popular is the matching, standalone ottoman which is designed in such a way that it could serve as a low work table if you wanted it to, and the articulated arm.

Articulated Arm

This is an impressive innovation. The arm can be attached to either chair arm and supports a level platform that’s big enough to hold a full-sized laptop, allowing you to work just about anywhere.

Recliner Angle of ErgoHuman High Back Swivel Chair
Upholstery

In addition to that, this chair is offered in fabric upholstery, grain leather (which is significantly better and more durable than bonded leather), or mesh, at your option. You can also select from a variety of color finishes, with the exact color options varying depending on the type of upholstery you select.

Ergonomics

It gets even better though. The ErgoHuman is no slouch where its ergonomic features and ‘extras’ are concerned. Ergonomically, you’ll find an excellent, adjustable lumbar support, a waterfall-edge style seat design that improves the circulation in your legs and makes this model exceptional for long stings of sitting, and a fully articulated headrest for excellent head and neck support.

Lumbar Support

The great thing about the lumbar support is that it can be adjusted to taste without changing the way the rest of the seat back feels because the seat back is broken into an upper and lower segment.

That’s awesome, but ErgoHuman’s implementation doesn’t give you the same kind of whole-back support that a chair like the Leap Plus offers. Even so, you’ll like the chair’s lumbar support system, especially if you suffer from chronic lower back pain.

Armrests

Turning our attention to the armrests, we find that although they are not ergonomically designed, they are height adjustable, and on top of that, they swivel in and out by up to 45 degrees.

Lifetime Warranty

Clearly, the designers put a lot of thought into the chair, which is unique among our finalists in terms of sheer flexibility. There’s nothing else that even comes close. You can order exactly the chair you want, optimized for how you plan to use it, and get it in a variety of colors. Best of all, ErgoHuman offers a lifetime warranty on their products, so if the dimensions of this model work for you, this is literally the last office chair you’ll ever need to buy.

Stylish Design of ErgoHuman High Back Swivel Chair
Easy Assembly

The only other thing to mention here is the fact that if you decide this is the chair for you, it will arrive at your door unassembled and in several large pieces. Fortunately, the assembly instructions are clear, and the production quality is exceptional, both of which combine to make the process of putting it together pretty straightforward.

If you’re assembling the chair solo, expect it to take about 35 minutes, with the only real tricky part being attaching the seat to the seat back which is made slightly easier by virtue of the fact that the seat back comes in two separate pieces, with the bottom-most section dedicated to lumbar support.

If you have a trusty assistant to lend a hand, you’ll find the seat-to-seatback attachment to be significantly easier, and it will probably shave ten to fifteen minutes off the total assembly time.

Overall then, we provisionally recommend the chair, noting that the relatively modest weight limit (by big and tall standards) and the underwhelming seat depth may make it unsuitable for some segments of the big and tall market. If the dimensions work for you, however, and you love customization options, this is an amazing chair you’ll be proud to own.

Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7

Flash Furniture HERCULES Series 24/7 Office Chair
4.0

Recommended For: Anyone who spends several hours a day in their chair. This thing is virtually indestructible.

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Overview

Flash Furniture is an off-brand so it wouldn’t be surprising if you hadn’t heard of them before. As an off-brand though, Flash is in a class by itself. They make incredibly good furniture offered at amazingly low prices, which is why their products are so commonly featured right alongside much larger and better-established brands.

The company’s Hercules lineup of furniture was specifically designed for high-volume call center use. These chairs were intended to be used by multiple shifts operating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. As such, Flash pulled out all the stops here, constructing these chairs with durable, heavy-duty materials and providing copious amounts of padding.

Front Image View of Flash Furniture’s Hercules 24/7 High Backed Office Chair

While this model is a reasonably attractive design, the company played it safe here, opting for a conventional, if oversized aesthetic. The good news about that is the fact that this chair is delightfully unobtrusive which means it will blend in seamlessly with almost any home décor scheme.

The Hercules 24/7 also has the distinction of supporting more user weight than any other chair on our list, mostly owing to the fact that the design team made it a point to use heavy gauge steel in the base and heavy-duty components elsewhere, which combine to make the chair virtually indestructible. It also has the unavoidable side effect of making this an incredibly heavy piece of furniture for an office chair!

Although the padding is conventional block foam, there’s a lot of it, with the exception being the armrests. Although they are padded like the rest of the chair, that’s the one area where the padding is a bit on the skimpy side. Certainly is not a deal breaker, but something to make a note of.

The armrests are ergonomically designed, the chair offers decent ergonomic support in the headrest, and also features good-quality lumbar support. Unfortunately, the lumbar support is not adjustable in any way. While this is another limitation of the design, for most people, it won’t be a deal breaker.

It gets better though. This chair offers an incredibly wide, deep seat and has a massive height adjustment range that starts at 21.5” and extends to 25.5.” That, combined with its incredible maximum supported weight makes this chair an ideal choice for the biggest and the big, and the tallest of the tall.

Since the overwhelming majority of home users aren’t going to be using this office chair anywhere close to 24/7 (which again, is what it was specifically designed for), you’ll find it to be delightfully durable and long-lasting, capable of dealing with just about anything you can dish out.

Right Side View of Flash Furniture’s Hercules 24/7 High Backed Office Chair

The chair does not come assembled, and owing to its size and weight, putting it together without help can be a bit of a frustrating, time-consuming process. If you have to do it solo, expect it to take the better part of an hour. With an extra pair of hands, you can probably cut that time to about thirty minutes, and once you’ve got it assembled, about the only thing you’ll have to do is periodically re-tighten the arms using the included Allen Wrenches.

While many of the other chairs on our list of finalists feature cutting-edge ergonomic features and are much more adjustable, it’s hard to beat this model in terms of price, durability, and basic functionality.

If you don’t have a ton of money to spend and want a rock-solid chair, this one belongs on your shortlist and is well deserving of the “Best Value” award we gave it. Highly recommended. It’s quite possibly the best heavy-duty office chair on the market today.

Note: Although this chair is upholstered in fabric, you can also order a (bonded) leather-clad version. In our opinion, doing so would make this chair less well-suited to heavy daily usage, but if you prefer leather, you have that option here.

Bonus Entry – AmazonBasics Big and Tall

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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Overview

The reason we’re including this chair at the end of this section of our review is that it tied with our honorable mention and best value item, scoring exactly the same.

Given that the two chairs scored the same overall and the fact that Amazon is such a respected company, we didn’t feel our review would be complete if we didn’t give this model a short mention.

In our view, although this model ranks identically with Flash Furniture’s Hercules 24/7, it’s not quite as good as a big and tall chair for reasons we’ll get into below.

First, let’s take a quick look at the basic stats that define the chair:

  • Overall Dimensions: 27.25” x 29.5” x 47”
  • Maximum Weight Supported: 350 pounds
  • Seat Depth: 22”
  • Seat Width: 21”
  • Chair Weight: 44.1 pounds
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 18.75” to 22.25”
Front Image View of Amazon Basics Big and Tall Executive Chair

As you can see, in many ways, this chair is well-suited to the big and tall market it serves, although its height adjustment range isn’t quite as impressive as the Flash Furniture offering. It should be noted, however, that unless you’re exceptionally tall, you don’t necessarily need the full height extension of the Flash Furniture chair.

Also, note that the seat isn’t quite as wide as the chair we just talked about, but the difference is only a single inch, which won’t be a deal breaker for most people.

Unfortunately, this chair only supports a maximum of 350 pounds of user weight, which qualifies this as a big and tall chair based on the selection criteria we talked about earlier, but it’s definitely on the lower end of that spectrum, which means this chair won’t work for people at the top end of the big and tall segment of the market. We prefer seeing big and tall office chairs that support 400 lbs. or more, but those are surprisingly rare.


That one shortcoming aside, however, it’s an unmistakably solid design that is surprisingly full-featured. In our view, the chair’s biggest selling point is the fact that its excellent lumbar support system is height adjustable, allowing you to customize your seating experience for optimal comfort and ergonomic support.

In addition to that, it features excellent head and neck support with a well-designed headrest. The chair arms aren’t adjustable in any way, but they are generously padded. Unfortunately, although the seat seems to have been inspired by the waterfall design, it falls short of being a true waterfall-style seat, which limits its ergonomic use on that front.

Side Image View of Amazon Basics Big and Tall Executive Chair

There are two reasons this model didn’t make our list of finalists, with the first being its relatively low weight limit for a big and tall chair. Given that it was competing directly with a chair that offers nearly double that amount, it was hard to justify its inclusion on our shortlist.

The second reason, though, has to do with the chair’s upholstery. It’s cladded in bonded leather, which, as we talked about earlier, is certainly attractive but not as well suited to or able to stand up to the rigors of heavy daily usage.

Given both of those, we simply felt the chair offered by Flash Furniture was the better choice, but at the same time, Amazon is such a well-respected company that we didn’t feel this section of our review would have been complete without giving it at least a brief mention. It’s the best office chair for big and tall men who are looking for a good leather upholstery option. We provisionally recommend it.

Best Mesh Office Chairs for Big and Tall 2024 

Our Pick
 
 
4.5
4.3
4.3
$1,454.99
$911.00
N/A
28.2” x 28.2” x 43”
26.5” x 29” x 52”
28.1” x 29.1” x 40.5”
43 pounds
64 pounds
45.2 pounds
325 pounds
350 pounds
450 pounds
20.25”
20.5”
23”
16” to 20.5”
18.5” to 22”
18” to 22”
18.5”
18.5”
20”
  • This is one of the oldest, most time-tested office chair designs on the market today, offered by a giant in the office furniture industry.
  • There are an almost unbelievable number of customization options for this chair. Lifetime warranty!
  • Impressive seat width. Independently height adjustable arm rests. Excellent, adjustable ergonomic support. Offered for a song by a great company.
  • In some dimensions, it only barely qualifies as a big and tall chair, which means it may not be appropriate for the biggest of the big and the tallest of the tall.
  • You’ll have to pay extra for the options above, and the chair is already rather expensive. On top of that, while its stats qualify it as a big and tall model, it only just makes the cut, meaning it may not be a good fit for every big and tall user. Available in a broad range of colors and upholstery options.
  • Bare bones. While there are a few notable features, this chair doesn’t do much more than cover the basics.
Honestly, this is the best big and tall ergonomic office chair being sold today. Highly recommended, IF its dimensions are a good fit for yours.
Recommended for users who are interested in maximizing their color, upholstery, and seating options – if the chair’s dimensions work for you.
If you’re struggling to find a chair that’s wide enough for you, and you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this is a great option. Recommended.
Our Pick
4.5
$1,454.99
28.2” x 28.2” x 43”
43 pounds
325 pounds
20.25”
16” to 20.5”
18.5”
  • This is one of the oldest, most time-tested office chair designs on the market today, offered by a giant in the office furniture industry.
  • In some dimensions, it only barely qualifies as a big and tall chair, which means it may not be appropriate for the biggest of the big and the tallest of the tall.
Honestly, this is the best big and tall ergonomic office chair being sold today. Highly recommended, IF its dimensions are a good fit for yours.
4.3
$911.00
26.5” x 29” x 52”
64 pounds
350 pounds
20.5”
18.5” to 22”
18.5”
  • There are an almost unbelievable number of customization options for this chair. Lifetime warranty!
  • You’ll have to pay extra for the options above, and the chair is already rather expensive. On top of that, while its stats qualify it as a big and tall model, it only just makes the cut, meaning it may not be a good fit for every big and tall user. Available in a broad range of colors and upholstery options.
Recommended for users who are interested in maximizing their color, upholstery, and seating options – if the chair’s dimensions work for you.
4.3
N/A
28.1” x 29.1” x 40.5”
45.2 pounds
450 pounds
23”
18” to 22”
20”
  • Impressive seat width. Independently height adjustable arm rests. Excellent, adjustable ergonomic support. Offered for a song by a great company.
  • Bare bones. While there are a few notable features, this chair doesn’t do much more than cover the basics.
If you’re struggling to find a chair that’s wide enough for you, and you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this is a great option. Recommended.
03/30/2024 08:20 am GMT

Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the best non-mesh big and tall chairs on the market today, let’s do the same for the best mesh chairs currently being sold.

Our Pick: Herman Miller Aeron

Our Pick
Herman Miller Aeron Ergonomic Chair
4.5

Recommended For: Anyone. A solid, venerable ergonomic chair.

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Overview

Herman Miller’s Aeron is a venerable design, having been offered by the company for more than two decades. Periodically, Herman Miller’s designers will reel the chair back in and give it a refit and redesign, keeping it up to date with everything the company has and continues to learn about ergonomic design.

Not long ago, the Aeron underwent one of those periodic redesigns, and the latest version of the chair is a wonder.

One thing to be aware of when dealing with the Aeron is the fact that it’s offered in three different sizes, dubbed simply A, B, and C. The “A” chairs are for petite users, while the “B” chairs are for people of average size and the “C” chairs are for big and tall folks.

Before we take a deeper look at everything the Aeron can do and has to offer, let’s do a quick review of the stats in the summary table:

Chair Specifications

  • Overall Dimensions: 28.2” x 28.2” x 43”
  • Chair Weight: 43 pounds
  • Max. Supported Weight: 325 pounds
  • Seat Width: 20.25”
  • Seat Depth: 18.5”
  • Height Adjustment Range: 16” to 20.5”
Front Image View of Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair

There are a couple of important things to talk about here. First and foremost, the chair’s weight limit may be problematic for some big and tall users. Although we’re looking at the “C” model here, which is the largest Aeron made, it’s got a surprisingly modest weight limit for a big and tall chair. 

It works for certain segments of the market, but it clearly won’t work for everyone, which means that it may not be the right chair for you, despite the fact that it ranked the highest overall.

Second, there’s the height adjustment range. While most big and tall chairs have a height adjustment range that starts at 18” and goes to at least 22,” the Aeron starts lower and doesn’t extend as high. Again, this is an important limitation to be mindful of. It’s great for big and tall people up to say, about 6’2” or 6’3”, but if you’re taller than that, then one of our other finalists will just be a better overall fit.

Those two limitations aside though, every other aspect of the Aeron is flat-out amazing. Just be sure to take careful measurements before committing to the purchase, as the Aeron isn’t cheap by any means!

Packed with Features

PostureFit SL

Although the Aeron’s seat back is all one piece, its cunning design still provides most of the biggest benefits of a segmented seat back design.  The driving force behind that fact is the chair’s “PostureFit SL” technology, which serves much the same function as the Leap’s “LiveBack” which we talked about in the non-mesh section.


Here, the “SL” stands for sacral and lumbar, which describes the area of your spine ranging from your lower back to your mid-back. The seat back flexes and moves independently for these two regions, providing dynamic back support, which is more or less equal to the aforementioned LiveBack technology, which gives the chair genuine therapeutic value if you suffer from chronic back pain and makes the chair a lot more comfortable than you might expect.

Mesh + Comfort

One of the shortcomings mesh chairs tend to have on the comfort front is the fact that pure mesh chairs trade padding for increased breathability. There’s a lot to be said for breathability, especially if you spend several hours a day working from your chair, but it’s not a perfect replacement for padding, which is why many mesh chairs adopt a hybrid approach, using a denser, more tightly woven mesh-fabric hybrid in the seat, then stretching this over block foam.

Armrest of Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair

The Aeron takes a slightly different approach. You’ll find some padding along the edge of the chair’s waterfall-edge-style seat, but the rest of the seat is pure mesh. It’s an innovative third-way approach that further enhances the comfort of the chair while maintaining something close to maximum breathability.

Overall, it’s not quite as comfortable as a padded chair, but it’s close enough that you won’t feel any discomfort, even after a full day spent sitting in it. The breathability blended with a bit of extra cushioning for your legs and melded with the Aeron’s dazzling back support come together in a way to create a delightful seating experience that far exceeds just about every other mesh chair out there.

Ergonomic Features

Even better, you can adjust the amount of lumbar support you get by tweaking the tension offered by the lumbar support structure, so you’re guaranteed to get exactly the level of support you need.

The armrests are ergonomically sculpted, well-padded, and comfortable, but that’s just the beginning. You can independently adjust the height of the armrests, move them backward or forward, and swivel them, changing their angle for optimal comfort depending on how you use the chair.

On top of that, in addition to being able to recline in the chair from any angle between 90 and 135 degrees, you can also adjust the tilt limiter so that it leans forward, which is fantastic if you’re going any type of drafting work or leaning over a tablet, rather than looking at a PC monitor.

Side View of Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair
Color Options

Finally, although you won’t find a generous selection of color options here, Herman Miller does offer the Aeron in a few different color and base configurations. These are:

  • Carbon mesh with a carbon base.
  • Graphite mesh and with graphite base.
  • Graphite mesh with a polished aluminum base.
  • Or a mineral-colored mesh with a polished aluminum base.

Honestly, given the Aeron’s unobtrusive design, these four options are more than enough to make the chair blend seamlessly into most home or office environments.

Great News, It Comes Mostly Assembled!

This is a small point, but it’s worth mentioning. While most office chairs come completely disassembled, the Aeron will arrive at your door in just two pieces. It will take longer to unbox the chair than it will to position the seat onto the base and get the chair ready for first use, so if you’re looking for a chair that you won’t have to spend the better part of an hour wrestling to assemble, then you’ll love this model!

Even better, it comes with Herman Miller’s standard 12-year warranty, which is impressive, to say the least.

Room Decoration with Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair

Overall, we love, and highly recommend the Herman Miller Aeron, although we again caution users to take careful measurements and be mindful of the two limitations we talked about at the start (the relatively modest maximum supported weight and the somewhat lower-than-average seat adjustment height). If you can live with both of those things, this is a superb mesh chair you’ll be proud to own. Consistently one of the best-rated big and tall office chairs on the market.

Runner-Up: ErgoHuman Executive Chair

Runner Up
Ergohuman ME7ERG High Back Swivel Chair
4.3

Recommended For: Anyone. This is a solid chair by any reckoning.

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Overview

The ErgoHuman holds a unique position in our Roundup Review in the fact that it is the only chair to appear both in the mesh and non-mesh portions of our review. That’s simply because the ErgoHuman is the only chair that offers all three as upholstery options.

Ergonomic Design of ErgoHuman Executive Chair

Since we’ve already talked at length about this model in the non-mesh portion of this document, rather than repeating that information here, we’ll simply refer you to the ErgoHuman section of the non-mesh review above.

Literally, the only difference between the mesh and non-mesh versions of the ErgoHuman chair is the absence of padding and the material itself.

The mesh version of the chair still features the two-segmented seat back, which allows for highly customized and effective lumbar support without impacting the feel of the rest of the seatback, and you can order the full range of add-ons and extras for your mesh chair.

No matter how you slice it, this is a superb big and tall mesh office chair.

Budget Pick: AmazonBasics Big and Tall Mesh Swivel

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.

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Overview

Despite its shockingly low price, the AmazonBasics Big and Tall mesh chair wound up claiming an impressive third place on our list of finalists. While it lacks the cutting-edge features of the Aeron and doesn’t boast the impressive array of extras offered by ErgoHuman, it’s got the basics very well covered and is a superb choice for anyone on a budget.

Front Image View of Amazon Basics Big and Tall Mesh Swivel Chair

Let’s start by briefly reviewing the basic stats that define the chair:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 28.1” x 29.1” x 40.5”
  • Chair Weight: 45.2 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 450 pounds
  • Seat Depth: 20”
  • Height Adjustment Range: 18” to 22”
  • Seat Width: 23”

As you can see, based on the numbers, Amazon’s offering solves the two biggest problems we had with the Aeron. It supports a generous amount of user weight, and it extends to a height of 22” which is the unwritten industry standard for big and tall chairs.

On top of that, it’s got a delightfully wide seat, which makes it ideal for users who tend to be bigger, whether or not they’re taller. Sadly, that’s an underserved segment of the big and tall market, so kudos to Amazon for filling the niche and offering such a great chair!

Ergonomic Features

In terms of features, there’s much less to talk about here than there was with the Aeron. Its standout ergonomic feature is its well-implemented adjustable lumbar support. While it doesn’t provide the same level of therapeutic benefit offered by the more expensive chairs on our list, its lumbar support is excellent and will serve people who aren’t suffering from chronic back pain very well.

In addition to that, the Amazon Big and Tall mesh can recline up to 120 degrees and the seat is generously padded and comfortable.

Side Image VIew of Amazon Basics Big and Tall Mesh Swivel Chair

It seems clear that the seat was at least inspired by the waterfall-edge design, but it doesn’t quite meet that standard. Even so, it’s comfortable and won’t cut off circulation to your legs, even if you spend several hours working from the chair.

Assembly Required

Unfortunately, unlike the Aeron, this model comes completely disassembled, and if you’re putting it together on your own, you may be in for a bit of an adventure. Given the size of the chair, you’re much better off enlisting the aid of an assistant while you’re putting it together. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself struggling in places, although once you get the chair put together, the only thing you’ll have to do is a bit of periodic re-tightening.

Ultimately, whether this chair is the right choice for you comes down to this: If you suffer from chronic back pain, you’ll probably be happier with the ErgoHuman or the Aeron. The downside to those two chairs, however, is the fact that they cost vastly more.

If you’re just looking for a good mesh office chair that provides solid ergonomic support and you don’t have a lot of money to spend, the models that ranked more highly may be overkill, which makes this a strong contender indeed. We recommend the model without reservation. It’s a good fit for a huge swath of the big and tall market.

Also Great

Flash Furniture Hercules Mesh Executive

Overview

We can’t say enough good things about Flash Furniture, the tiny little off-brand that manages to stand toe to toe with much bigger names in office furniture.

In fact, in this roundup review, Flash has managed to place more chairs on our list of finalists than any other company and the only thing keeping their overall rankings from beating out their larger competitors is the fact that they just don’t have the brand strength that the others do. Long story short, though, they make great furniture, and the Hercules Mesh Executive Chair is no exception.

This chair bears many similarities to the fabric-clad Hercules chair we mentioned in the non-mesh section of our review, but there are some important differences.

Rather than doing a side-by-side comparison of those two models, though, it’s probably more appropriate to compare this model to the Amazon Big and Tall, which narrowly beat it out in the overall score.

Front Image View of Flash Furniture Hercules Mesh Executive Chair

Chair Specifications

Let’s start by reviewing the basic statistics that drive and define this model:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 28.5” x 31.5” x 47.5”
  • Chair Weight: 65 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 500 pounds
  • Seat Width: 22.5”
  • Seat Depth:  21”
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 20” to 24”
Chair Design

One thing that jumps out at you right away when you look at those numbers is the fact that this is a big, imposing chair. Fortunately, however, it’s designed along purely conventional lines, so other than its imposing size, it tends to blend in easily with most home or office décor schemes.

Chair Size

The other thing that is readily apparent is that this chair was built for giants. If you’re on the low end of the big and tall spectrum, this chair is probably too big for you. Short people can’t even sit comfortably in it. If they scoot back in the massive seat, their legs won’t hang over the edge of the seat. If they lean forward so their legs hang over properly, they won’t have any back support, and even at this chair’s lowest settings, their feet are unlikely to touch the floor.

Side Image View of Flash Furniture Hercules Mesh Executive Chair
Height Adjustment

Another thing to note is that when you compare this model to Amazon’s, this one basically picks up where Amazon’s offering leaves off, with the Amazon chair having a height adjustment range that starts at 18” and runs to 22,” and this chair starting at 20” and running all the way to 24.”

If you find that the standard height adjustment range used by the majority of big and tall chairs being sold today just isn’t enough for you, this chair has you covered. 

The Hercules Mesh can support an impressive amount of user weight, owing to its sturdy construction and the use of high-grade materials.

Where most office chair bases are made from plastic or aluminum, the Hercules line of chairs offered by Flash Furniture have solid steel bases and ruggedized gas lifts. These chairs can stand up to just about anything. Sure, the use of solid steel makes them heavier than most office chairs, but they’re built to last, and in our book, that’s a very good thing.

Ergonomic Features 

Another thing we like about Flash is that they don’t try to do too much with their designs. They select a few key features, implement them well, and let the rest go. This chair won’t dazzle you with tons of cutting-edge features. It’s an unassuming model that focuses on the basics, offering excellent adjustable lumbar support and a waterfall-edge style seat as its ergonomic mainstays.

Back Side Image View of Flash Furniture Hercules Mesh Executive Chair

The one “extra” you’ll find here is that the chair’s stubby arms (which are a bit too short for our liking) flip up when not in use. That’s handy given the size of the chair because with the arms down, you’re unlikely to be able to push this one under your desk when you’re not sitting in it. Kudos to Flash for including the feature, which adds a dash of flexibility to the design.

Assembly Required

Like the AmazonBasics chair we just talked about, this one does not arrive at your door assembled, and the assembly process can be a bit daunting, if not downright frustrating if you attempt to do it on your own. It’s just a beast of a chair, and the presence of an extra pair of hands will help things go more smoothly. Not to say you can’t do it solo – sure, it’s possible, but you can expect it to take a good deal longer.

Once you get it put together, though, this chair can handle just about anything you can throw at it. It’s surprisingly comfortable and well-suited to the rigors of heavy daily use.

We’re pretty sure this chair can handle everything up to tossing it into a live volcano, and even then, we wouldn’t be all that surprised if it survived the volcano. This is one tough chair, and if you’re big enough to fit into it, we recommend it without reservation. One of the best mesh office chairs for a big person on the market today.

Manufacturer Support

Flash Furniture Hercules Mesh Task Chair

Flash Furniture Hercules Mesh Executive Swivel Task Chair
3.6

Recommended For: Anyone who doesn’t have a lot of money to spend and is looking for a low-priced, durable chair for moderate to periodic heavy use.

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Overview

Bringing up the rear of this section of our roundup review is the third of three Flash Furniture models to make the cut.  For the right user, it’s a very good chair, but unfortunately, it’s gotten a bit of a bad reputation.

Our view is this:  For the right user, using the chair for the purposes it was designed for, this is a superb, incredibly cost-effective choice.  Use it in any way other than what it was intended for, and you’re bound to be disappointed by it.

Because it tends to be narrowly focused though, it didn’t rank higher than an honorable mention in this section of our review.

Front Image View of Flash Furniture Hercules Mesh Task Chair

Chair Specifications

Let’s start by reviewing the stats that define the model:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 28.5” x 27” x 50”
  • Total Chair Weight: 44 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds
  • Seat Width: 19.5”
  • Seat Depth: 18.5”
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 18” to 22”

From this, you can tell that it’s a big and tall heavy-duty office chair like the fabric-upholstered chair we mentioned earlier, but a closer look at the core stats reveals some interesting differences and limitations.

For example, it’s sturdily constructed and supports and impressive amount of weight, and it utilizes a pretty standard height adjustment range that you commonly see in big and tall chairs but check out the seat width and depth.

Those values are very borderline for a big and tall chair, which makes this a solid choice for tall users, but not a great choice for heavyset users.  The seat width just doesn’t support it in the same way that the Amazon Basics or the Flash Furniture Executive chair does.  That defines it as a niche product, for sure.

Comfort

Then there’s the matter of this chair’s relatively modest padding.  It’s got far less padding than just about every other chair on this list, and in truth, this relative lack of padding has led to more than a few negative reviews of the chair. 

Backside View of Flash Furniture Hercules Mesh Task Chair

The thing is though, this isn’t a chair you’d want to buy if you plan to spend several consecutive hours sitting at a desk.  This is a task chair. 

It’s designed to give active users who are on their feet a lot a comfortable place to sit in between the other stuff they’re doing.

If you’re not spending a ton of time in the chair and your sitting is frequently interrupted, the limited amount of padding isn’t an issue.  It’s perfectly comfortable for an hour or two of sitting and then, you’re on your feet again.  If that’s how you plan on using the chair, this is a great model, and you can pick it up at a super attractive price.

Ergonomic Features

The Flash Furniture Mesh chair has two ergonomic features, one well-implemented and the other not so well implemented.  Let’s start with the good.

Seat Design

This chair offers a waterfall-edge style seat designed, so it doesn’t cut off the circulation of your legs while you’re sitting in it, so when you get back on your feet a bit later, you don’t suffer that annoying pins and needles feeling.  A solid feature and a great addition to this chair.

Lumbar Support

The lumbar support, which Flash typically implements very well isn’t as strong on this chair as we would like to have seen.

In this case, the support is provided by a bar that stretches across the mesh seat back.  That’s not a bad thing, but the bar’s position can be adjusted.  At its lowest position, it provides great lumbar support, but you can move it higher to provide mid-back support if that’s what you need more.

Notes About the Lumbar Support

It’s a great idea in theory, but there are two problems with the way the company implemented the feature.  First, they didn’t bother to include any documentation to let buyers know how to best use it.  That, combined with the fact that most of the pictures you see of this chair show the support bar in the mid-back has led to some complaints and a few negative big and tall office chair reviews.

Side View of Flash Furniture Hercules Mesh Task Chair

Second, there’s no way to tighten the bar to hold it in place.  When you move it, the only thing that keeps it where you put it is the fact that the bar travels in a groove that’s tight fitting.  Over time, the groove will wear down, and the bar will begin to drop down automatically to its lowest possible position.

Again, that’s not a bad thing.  In the lowest position, it provides lumbar support, which is its main purpose.  The company implemented the “groove” system to allow it to provide support in other areas of your back too, at user preference, but the idea, from the start, was lumbar support.

Once the groove begins to wear, if you want mid-back support, you’ll have to get a little creative and rig up a DIY solution to keep it in place.  That’s not a deal breaker, but it does clearly point to substandard implementation, which is unusual from Flash Furniture.

Tilt Limiter

Finally, there’s the matter of the tilt limiter. This is only a problem for people who like to recline in their chairs, but reclining isn’t really a critical function in a task chair.

Most office chairs that have a recline function have several settings you can choose from, usually marked out in five to ten-degree increments, allowing you to, for example, set the angle to 90 degrees, 95 degrees, 100 degrees, and so on.

The Flash Furniture Mesh Chair’s tilt limiter is either on or off. If it’s off, the chair is locked in place at 90 degrees. If it’s on, it reclined back to 120 degrees. There’s no in-between setting, and the only way you can simulate it is to activate the tilt and then use your back muscles to not recline all the way back, which gets tiresome quickly. For this reason, most people either just don’t activate the tilt function at all, or they’ll activate it and just work from the 120 recline angle.

Recommendation

So, who, exactly is this chair for?

In our view, if you:

  • Are a taller person, but narrow enough to fit in the relatively normal-sized seat.
  • Have an active job, or plan to use the chair in short bursts, and are then back on your feet for a while.
  • And are on a budget and a bit of a do it yourselfer anyway.

This is an amazing chair. It also makes a great backup chair if you sometimes have company and need a temporary place for a guest to sit while you’re showing them something.

This is not the kind of chair you’d buy to sit in for more than two hours or so at a stretch though, and if you use it that way, you’re almost certain to be disappointed in it. If you use it for its intended purpose though, you’ll find this to be a great little chair that provides solid value for the money.

Given all of the above, especially the fact that it’s designed for a relatively narrow segment of the big and tall market and the fact that it’s not a true office chair, we provisionally recommend this model for the right user.

Best Big and Tall Office Chairs Roundup Review 2024 Conclusion

So, what’s the best office chair for big and tall on the market today?  Ultimately that depends on you.  Every person who’s looking for one has different preferences, needs, and desires and you may not agree with our top picks in the two categories we’ve explored, which is why we made sure to include the other finalists as well.

If you’re still undecided, here’s a quick summary:

Non-Mesh (Leather / Fabric)

  • If you suffer from chronic back pain and want a chair that can help you put in a full day’s work while being kind to your back, the Steelcase Leap Plus is worth every penny.
  • If you’re a diehard power user planning to spend countless hours in your chair, it’s hard, if not virtually impossible to beat the Herman Miller Embody.
  • If comfort is your main focus and you’re looking for an office chair that is almost as comfortable as a recliner, the Serta Tranquility is the one you want.
  • On the other hand, if you’re looking for a great ergonomic chair with tons of customization options, ErgoHuman does that better than anybody.
  • If you’re on a budget, take a close look at the Amazon Big and Tall Executive Chair.
  • And if you’re a true giant and would struggle to fit into the other chairs, then the Flash Furniture Hercules 24/7 is far and away your best option. A great office chair for long legs, and probably the best office chair for heavy people.

Mesh

  • The Herman Miller Aeron is the best overall, offering a stunning array of ergonomic features.  The catch though is the fact that even the “Type C” Aeron may not be big enough for some big and tall users.
  • If the dimensions of the Aeron aren’t right for you, the ErgoHuman Mesh chair is a great alternate choice, and it has the advantage of having all the same customization and personalization options that the fabric and leather upholstered ErgoHuman chairs offer.
  • The Amazon Big and Tall Mesh Chair is a terrific budget option.
  • The Flash Furniture Hercules is a superb stand in for the Amazon mesh chair if that one is too small for you (this chair really is built for giants!) and is every bit as rugged and durable as its fabric and leather-clad counterpart.  Another of the best office chairs for an overweight person.
  • And the Flash Furniture Task Chair is the ideal choice for people who specifically don’t plan on spending endless hours in their chair, but still need something for periodic, short-duration use.

At the end of the day though, there’s really only one question that matters:  Which of these is the best big and tall office chair for you?

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