To make things easier for you, we singled out 7 of the best gaming chairs that are worth looking into. But before that, let’s go over the basics first.
What is a gaming chair?
To oversimplify, a gaming chair is a specially designed ergonomic chair made for people who spend a lot of hours sitting. Last checked PC gamers fall into that category. There are different types of gaming chairs. Even chairs marketed primarily for office workers can be used for PC gaming. The most popular type of gaming chair is the racing-style gaming chair, which looks like an actual racing car seat, hence the name.
Why buy a gaming chair?
We all know having a sedentary lifestyle poses a lot of health risks. Sitting for long hours can easily lead to neck and back pains. It can also cause spine damage and joint stiffness. Gaming chairs help in making sure your body is always postured correctly, especially during 12-hour gaming marathons.
Gaming chairs are also more durable than regular chairs and can last several years with minimal wear and tear. They are easier to clean, too, courtesy of the materials used on the padding and cushions. Almost all gaming chairs come with a headrest, a lumbar support pillow, and padded armrests to give you maximum comfort. And they can also recline much further than regular chairs. Some can even recline to a flat 180 degrees.
What should I look for when buying a gaming chair?
The most important thing to consider is comfortability. A good gaming chair shouldn’t make you feel uncomfortable after just two or three hours of sitting. You won’t be able to focus on gaming if you have to constantly re-adjust your sitting because your chair is too firm or tight.
It should also be able to support your movements, like dramatically reacting to a last-second defeat in Overwatch. You should be able to freely move on your gaming chair without fear of it toppling over. Racing-style gaming chairs are very good at this.
Lastly, you also need to consider the price. Gaming chairs are expensive. But like with gaming headsets, there are many overpriced gaming chairs that don’t really give you the best value for your money. This is where we come in: to point you in the direction of the best value gaming chairs.
Here are our picks for the best gaming chairs. We came up with a good mix of racing-style and non-racing-style gaming chairs to give you options.
The SL5000 is a lot more comfortable than the SL4000, offering generous servings of both comfort and support. Since it’s a racing-style gaming chair, its primary job is to hold you in place while you flail around in frustration after dying for the 5,397th time in Dark Souls 3. The cushion’s firmness may not be for everyone, though. There are other gaming chairs out there if you want softer and more comfortable cushions.
It also comes with two additional pillows for neck support and lumbar support, giving you the flexibility to adjust your comfort level on-the-fly. The backrest can be reclined up to 140 degrees and the seat itself can be adjusted as well. Both features are key to making sure you have the optimal body posture while gaming for 12 hours or more. The four-directional armrest offers excellent support as well.
Though the SL5000 looks sophisticated, it’s actually easy to put together. It has the so-called “Slide-In” design that makes assembly a breeze, allowing you to immediately deploy it less than an hour after opening the package.
If you can stomach its expensive price, the SL5000 is one of the best gaming chairs that you can buy. It’s made of durable PVC leather with water and stain resistance and is supported by a steel frame and aluminum alloy base that can support up to 300 pounds. It comes in different colors too, which is always nice.
The SL5000 is our pick for the best overall racing-style gaming chair. We definitely recommend that you give it a try.
The Homall Gaming Chair is as simple as it gets. No fancy designs or gimmicks. It just gets the job done, which is to make sure you stay as comfortable as possible during long gaming sessions. It is made of durable, premium PU leather material that can support up to 280 pounds of body weight and hurt feelings after playing League of Legends.
It comes with an adjustable head pillow, which you can remove if you think your head is too cool for head support, and a lumber cushion to help keep back pains at bay. The chair also rocks back and forth, in case you need to relax for a minute or two after a particularly intense multiplayer match. Just don’t try to go overboard, as it doesn’t go full 180 degrees.
Supporting your weight is a sturdy, five-armed metal base equipped with wheels that don’t get stuck while you move around in your room. One downside is that it can take up to an hour to fully assemble product, though the instructions aren’t too difficult to understand.
Apart from that, the Homall Gaming Chair is a great choice for a below-$100 gaming chair. It’s simple, cheap, and comes with a lifetime replacement warranty.
The X Rocker 51396 is made of soft cushions that will make you feel warm and cozy while you dish out the meanest moves in Street Fighter V and the most improbable shots in whatever shooter game you’re playing. With its build, it actually looks more like a seat in an airline first class cabin, instead of a gaming chair. Minus the footrest, obviously.
Unlike all the other gaming chairs on this list, the X Rocker 51396 is a pedestal type. This means it will stand firmly in place, giving you the license to swivel and tilt it to your heart’s content without worrying about toppling over. Needless to say, though it may look like a comfy armchair, don’t try and jump on it. No matter how happy you are that your CSGO team finally got a win after 50 tries.
The highlight of this gaming chair is the pair of built-in wireless speakers and a subwoofer with 2.1 Audio Frequency Modulation (AFM) Technology hidden in the headrest. The sound quality is superb and immersive, with a great-sounding bass that feels just right. And the volume can get really, really loud. If you mainly play single-player and thus never really needed mics, the X Rocker 51396 is a good alternative to a pricey headset.
Speaking of price, it’s actually cheaper than the Vertagear SL5000. If you’re looking to buy a high-quality gaming chair without breaking the bank, the X Rocker 51396 is a good pickup. It’s super comfortable, easy to set up, and well-designed.
But which DXRacer gaming chair is the best? Ask a group of gamers which model they think is the best and you’ll probably get at least five different answers. For us, it’s the all-black Formula Series DOH/FD01/N.
It’s designed to minimize neck and back pains, a common issue among gamers who spend too much time sitting. It has an extra high backrest that can accommodate tall gamers, though anyone taller than 6 feet might feel a little discomfort due to the tightness. Gamers not blessed with height might also feel that the backrest is a little too much. But as long as you’re between 5-foot-6 and 6 feet, you should be fine.
The DOH/FD01/N also comes with an additional headrest pillow and lumbar cushion for further neck and back support. You can easily attach these two add-ons anytime, allowing you to make adjustments even while you’re in the middle of a competitive match. The armrests are also fully adjustable for more comfort.
And if you need to simply take a break and relax for 30 minutes or so, the backrest can be lowered to allow you to lie back and take a breather. Though DXRacer advertises a 135-degree maximum recline, the backrest can actually go down to almost 180 degrees. Which is what the doctor just ordered after playing with particularly stressful, hate-filled teammates in Overwatch or Dota 2.
You can’t really go wrong with the DOH/FD01/N. Or any other DXRacer gaming chairs, really. They’re more expensive than similar products in the market, but you get what you pay for.
The AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair is all about function rather than style. You can easily mistake it for just a regular office chair, actually. But it shines where it counts, which is to provide the most comfortable experience during extra-long gaming sessions.
It is made of bonded black leather and PVC to provide an elegant yet simple design. It has a contoured backrest to make sure your body is aligned properly to avoid experiencing back pains at the end of the day. It has a sturdy frame that can hold up to 250 pounds and has a padded seat and armrests to allow you to fully relax.
For a customized experience, the chair has a pneumatic control handle underneath the seat that allows you to easily adjust the height of the seat. The handle can also control whether it would rock back and forth or not when you tilt the chair. Close to the handle is a knob that gives you further control on the chair’s rocking mechanism.
The AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair may not be the first product that comes to mind when talking about gaming chairs, but it’s definitely one of the best. You could even argue that it’s more comfortable than racing-style gaming chairs. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a non-racing-style gaming chair that gets the job done at a very affordable price.
Featuring a high backrest, the Kinsal Gaming Chair is designed with both comfort and style in mind. It has an ergonomically sound design that helps in keeping your body as comfortable and well-postured as possible for long hours, like when doing a live stream marathon on Twitch.
It comes with two extra pillows for head support and lumber support. Both of which can be removed if the chair’s default setup is good enough for you. The backrest can also recline up to a flat 180 degrees with minimal effort, allowing you to take a quick nap right in front of your gaming desk. Quite handy while waiting for match queues in League of Legends, which can sometimes take more than 30 minutes in higher ranks.
It’s made of PU leather and is supported by a steel frame and the usual star-shaped base with smooth casters that look like car wheels. The chair can bear a maximum load of 280 pounds, which is just about the same as most racing-style gaming chairs. Though it doesn’t come with a well-known brand name, the Kinsal Gaming Chair is a great choice if you’re in the market for a slightly more affordable racing-style gaming chair.
The Gesture was designed to adjust to the way your body moves while performing different tasks. The backrest automatically adjusts to whatever sitting position you take. Even if it’s a bad position, the Gesture will prevent you from slouching, which could’ve resulted in back pains. The seat is big enough to allow you to freely cross your legs without feeling discomfort and is flanked by flexible armrests that can also be fully adjusted.
It can be customized according to your needs using two controls just to the right of the seat. You can adjust the height and depth of the seat as well as the tension and the variable back stop using these two easy-to-reach controls. The Gesture can also recline pretty well, just like most gaming-focused chairs.
If you want to nitpick, the chair doesn’t have a headrest. You will need to buy one separately, which should be a tough pill to swallow considering the Gesture is already expensive enough as it is. And compared to other gaming chairs, it is lacking in style. The latter is understandable, considering it’s an office chair first and foremost. But you’ll quickly forget these “problems” as soon as you spend your first 12 hours sitting on the Gesture. Seriously, it’s one of the most comfortable chairs out there.
Made with premium materials, the Gesture is built to last. It’s a truly excellent long-term investment if you want nothing but utmost comfort during the longest of gaming sessions. If you have the money, don’t think twice about getting the Steelcase Gesture. It’s more than worth it.
As mentioned, picking out the best gaming chair isn’t as difficult as putting together your gaming PC. It’s all about comfortability, and no other gaming chair comes close to the Steelcase Gesture when it comes to that. But if you don’t want to break the bank, we recommend the X Rocker 51396 Pro Series and the AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair. Both offer excellent value for their prices.