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The Five Best Heavy Duty Office and Gaming Chairs, According to Our Readers

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When I sat down to read your comments for our latest group project (in the same chair I can’t wait to replace once I can afford one of these expensive ass recommendations you gave me), I didn’t realize I’d get such a polarizing response to my use of the phrase “Pooh-sized.”

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Some took offense ...

I think I’d rather be called fat than “Pooh-sized”. - Brian_KA

Others embraced it wholeheartedly ...

Look, if we’re going to start calling ourselves The Poohs, then we have to commit. The real question here is this:

What’s the best chair that passes the ‘Oh Bother’ test?

For me, the answer is “rearrange your life to attach everything to a 65" TV and use a nice Ashley Furniture sectional” because that’s how I roll. And because my back is so shot I need to lie down a lot. Stupid metal rod ... - Almechazel

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And this one just straight up decoupled themselves from all things Disney ...

I’m Gabriel Iglesias sized, and I find one of these to be the best gaming chair.

I couldn’t find a link to mine exactly, but this is close. A loveseat. Cushy, test one out if you can before you buy. - Wilken42

To that last soldier: Hey, there are no rules to this here thing. The late, great Sister Mary Clarence helped me achieve a life-changing mindset that can manifest righteous growth in all areas of your life:

Let me mangle the original intent and meaning a bit to spread an important message to those who would disqualify that nomination: If you plop your ass onto something for gaming and work long enough to leave a print, then dammit, that’s your gaming and work chair.

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Unfortunately, we did err on the side of traditional wheel-laden butt stumps for the purposes of this article, so without further ado, here are the best heavy duty gaming and office chairs as decided by the Co-opulace!

Herman Miller Aeron | $1,395

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I think I’d rather be called fat than “Pooh-sized.” As for chairs, I can’t take racing chairs seriously in an office environment, especially where they’re bright green and covered in COD stickers. If I had a grand to spend on a desk chair, I’d try to pick up a secondhand Herman Miller or Steelcase office chair. - Brian_KA

I have a Herman Miller Aeron chair that I got as a hand-me-down. It is pretty much perfect, and still in great shape at almost 20 years old. - Spectralveil

On the high end is (perhaps obviously) a Herman Miller Aeron — the size C holds up to 350 lbs. It’s one of the most comfortable long-sitting chairs I’ve ever sat in. But it’ll set you back ~$1,400 new, so you’ll be making a commitment ;-) - Apocalypse Cow

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Nightingale CXO 6200D | $1,049

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If price is no concern, I highly recommend Nightingale Chairs. Specifically the CXO 6200 series (6200D - 350lbs support, 6200TI - 350lbs support, or 6200hd-D - 450lbs support).

I’ve owned the 6200D for nearly a decade now and it’s comfortable enough to sleep in, even now. No issues, no real wear/tear that’s noticeable and I’m using it for upwards of 8-12+ hour stretches on a near daily basis. My workplace uses Herman-Millar Aerons and the 6200D blows it away in my opinion. Cost was just under CAD$1500 (taxes in) at the time. - Kami

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Alera Merix Series Big/Tall Mesh Chair | $273

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I’m 6’8” and quite pooh-sized. This chair is comfy, very well built, very wide and holds 450lbs. I’ve had mine for two years now and it’s still great. I did, though, buy some upgraded wheels when I bought this so I cannot attest to wheel quality. - Stormcrow

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Realspace Torval Big/Tall High-Back Chair | $280

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Just bought this chair for the home office now that I will be working from home for the foreseeable future.

Less than $300. Very large seat and the arms flip up out of the way. - Hans Todd Christiansen Anderson

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Steelcase Gesture | $965

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Just get the real stuff, none of these fiddly gaming chairs. Steelcase Gesture, just a little under 1000 bucks, supports 400 pounds, and with a 12 year warranty it’ll last longer than your overstrained heart. - Mikemil

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Associate Editor. I'm trying to be the very best like no one ever was. To play every game in the world is my real test. Finding the time to is my cause.

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