TL;DR – These are the Best Gaming Chairs:
1. Secretlab Titan 2020 Series
Best Gaming Chair
Secretlab TItan 2020 Series
The Secretlab Titan 2020 Series (read our review) is the latest and greatest gaming chair that’s come to market recently. Secretlab is one of the few brands on this list that focus solely on producing gaming chairs and for its latest creation it has perfected its armrests to be even more durable and easier to adjust in four directions than ever before. At the same time, this new gaming chair also introduces a cooling gel-lined memory foam neck pillow that helps keep you cool.
The Titan is the company’s largest chair, allowing it to easily support tall and large gamers or anyone who just wants a bigger seat that doesn’t squeeze them in like the other gaming chairs on this list. In terms of comfort, Secretlab’s cold cured foam is among the plushiest materials I’ve ever sat on. But at the same time, the outer layer of Prime 2.0 PU Leather is also durable enough to avoid scuffs that would scratch up other gaming chairs. The Secretlab Titan also has integrated lumbar back support rather than a pillow, which users can adjust by cranking a knob on the side of the chair.
2. GTRacing Gaming Chair
Best Budget Gaming Chair
GTRacing Gaming Chair
The coolest gaming chairs can come with some gnarly prices, but affordable options like the GTRacing Gaming Chair can let you live the gamer’s dream and save some money at the same time. Despite costing only $130, the GTRacing Gaming Chair looks the part of any other high-end racing-style seat.
Beyond looks, the cushions are soft while the pads offer firm support, so you’ll feel comfortable in this budget gaming throne. It even has full ergonomic adjustability between the armrests, head pillow, and lumbar support.
3. OFM Essentials Racing Chair
Best Ultra Cheap Gaming Chair
OFM Essentials Racing Chair
If you absolutely have to stay under a $100 budget for your gaming chair, the $75 OFM Essentials Gaming Chair should do nicely. it might look more like a regular office chair, but it definitely has the flair of a gaming throne with its sculpted racing lines and dual-tone colors.
The OFM Essentials’ contoured padding offers plenty of plush and breathable comfort. In terms of ergonomics and customizability, users have a pair of flip-up armrests and a recline function.
4. noblechairs ICON
Best High-End Gaming Chair
Gaming chairs can look a little samey these days given that they all follow the same basic flared headrest and bucket seat design. The Noblechairs Icon elevates the usual formula with a distinctly more sophisticated look and real leather.
Whereas most gaming chairs are made with artifical PU leather, the Noblechairs Icon is on eof the very few made with the real McCoy. Add the chair’s tall back and this is the closest thing to an excecutive gaming chair.
5. Vertagear Racing Series SL4000
Best Racing-Style Gaming Chair
Vertagear Racing Series SL4000
YouTube stars, Twitch streamers, and eSports athletes all seem to be rocking the racing-style gaming chairs these days. While there’s a crazy amount of racing chairs available because of their high visibility, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Vertagear SL4000.
While the cushioning is a bit firmer than that found on other chairs of its ilk, we prefer a chair with more of a solid cushion as opposed to being mushy. Assembling this beast will probably require the help of a friend, but you’re going to look great afterward in any of the nine color options.
6. Secretlab Omega Series
High-End Style and Comfort at a Reasonable Price
Secretlab Omega Series
You don’t so much sit on the Secretlab’s Omega series chairs as you become one with it. Between the velour head pillow and a memory foam lumbar support cushion, every part of this gaming chair is designed to mold itself around you, providing you with the best comfort possible.
That said, this isn’t a beanbag, you get the ergonomic support you deserve from a premium gaming chairs such as this. Comfort and durability also take center stage here—closely followed by style. The Secretlab Omega is also adjustable in ways your back and shoulders will thank you for.
7. Arozzi Vernazza Series Super Premium Racing Chair
Pillow Premium Comfort
Arozzi Vernazza Series Super Premium Racing Chair
This is another high-end gaming chair, but it doesn’t drop quite as low as others. If you aren’t on the taller end of things, you might not find the amount of comfort you require from a dedicated, high-end gaming chair, but if it does fit your body style, you’re in for a treat.
The Arozzi Vernazza should more than adequate for your extended gaming needs. It’s comfortable, it has a pillow for extra back or neck support, and like any gaming chair worth its salt, it looks like it should be bolted into a Lamborghini.
8. Vertagear Triigger 350 SE
Best Mesh Gaming Chair
Vertagear Triigger 350
Mesh chairs are great for keeping you cool since the whole thing is breathable. They’re popular in offices but there’s no reason you can’t have the same comfort while you game. Vertagear must have been thinking the same thing when it came up with the Triigger 350 SE, a gaming chair that features both a mesh back and seat.
It’s made out of Reinforced DuPont TPEE Mesh if you’re worried that this chair’s netting material won’t stand up to everyday wear and tear. And everywhere else that isn’t made of mesh, you get the soft feel of calfskin leather. Of course a gaming chair this nice is going to cost and it’s pretty expensive at $1,000 for the special red edition. Going with the plain black version of the Vertagear Triigger 350 SE brings down the price to $800.
9. Respawn 200
Best Budget Mesh Gaming Chair
While most racing chairs are made of leather, the Respawn 200 is one of the few to integrate mesh to help keep your back cool. While resting on netting might sound strange, the mesh here is perfectly supportable and a bit like lying in a hammock.
This ergonomic gaming chair also includes adjustable lumbar support that you can move up and down, as well as pitch it at an angle to conform with your body shape. Best of all, it’s priced reasonably at under $200, which makes it more affordable than most gaming chairs and on par with other mesh-backed office chairs.
10. X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal 2.1
Rock On in this Gaming Chair Rocker
X Rocker Pro Series 2.1
When it comes to rocker-style gaming thrones, X Rocker leads the pack. The Pro Series Pedestal is our favorite of the line, thanks in no small part to the fact it would look right at home on the bridge of a starship. But beyond its cool design, the X Rocker features two speakers and a subwoofer all hooked up to a wireless transmitter to avoid unsightly cords strewn about the floor. The wireless transmitter works with RCA out, so depending on your setup you might need an additional adapter. Just a heads-up.
11. Big Joe Dorm Chair
The Bean Bag Option
Big Joe Dorm Chair
Big, expensive gaming chairs aren’t for everyone, especially if you live in a smaller space. For anyone currently grinding through games in front of a TV in a modest pad, the Big Joe Dorm Chair is made just for you. It’s filled with dense beans that conform to your shape, has handy pockets for your controllers, and is available in a variety of colors to match your room’s aesthetic. Also, while this chair is affordable, it’s not junk, and sports quality double-stitched seams. It even has a handle on the top so you can easily drag it from room to room. Sit down, relax, and save your money for what you really want to spend it on: more games.
12. Respawn 900 Gaming Recliner
This Gaming Chair Recliner is a Dream Come True
We’ve just taken a look at a gaming chair rocker and big armchair, but what if you were to combine those two things into one? A gaming recliner, which is just what the Respawn 900 (read our review) is. Dreams do come true folks.
Unlike gaming chairs, you’re not really meant to pull up to your computer desk with the Respawn 900. Instead, it’s meant for more sedentary life in your living room, letting you kick back as you play your Xbox One X or PS4 Pro—or a gaming PC you have hooked up to a TV. It even has two cup holders and pockets for snacks so you really won’t need to get up for a while once you get comfortable.
13. Modway Articulate Mesh Office Chair
The Best Office Chair for Gaming
Modway Articulated Mesh Office Chair
Sometimes you just want a basic, comfortable office chair without any bling or a luxury price tag, and that’s what you get with this humble model from Modway. It sports a mesh back for breathability, height adjustable back, and armrests, and it’s available in an array of colors too including blue, red, and a lime green that looks suspiciously like it was made by Nvidia.
14. Maingear Forma GT
Best Big and Tall Gaming Chair
Maingear Forma GT
Maingear might be better known for making custom gaming PCs and highly configurable gaming laptops, but it knocked it out of the park with its first gaming chair. The Maingear Forma GT is one of the most robust gaming chairs around able to take on 350 pounds. It also has a long backrest and large seat to accommodate even the biggest and tallest gamers.
Of course, this chair is also extremely supportive and it comes with two of the industry’s plushiest lumbar and neck pillows made with a microfiber shell. And with a price of only $350, this is the best gaming chair for big and tall gamers.
If you’re looking for a stronger, wider, or longer gaming chair, we have a separate round-up dedicated to the best big and tall gaming chairs, so check it out if nothing on this list catches your fancy.
15. Homall High-Back Racing Chair
Best Budget Big and Tall Gaming Chair
Homall High-Back Racing Chair
Big and tall gamers can stay on budget just as easily thanks to options like the Homall High-Back Racing Chair. This plus-sized gaming throne only cost $90 and yet it’s designed to support up to 300 pounds. This gaming chair also has a tall backrest measuring 30.5-inches that should accommodate most users.
Homall had to make two small sacrifices to meet costs. Unfortunately, the chair’s seat is fairly narrow at only 14.5-inches and it sits low to the ground. Still, though it’s hard to argue that this gaming chair doesn’t come at a bargain.
What to look for in a Gaming Chair
There are plenty of reasons to spend a little money on a chair dedicated to gaming, but the biggest one of all comes down to comfort. The higher-end racing-style chairs are worlds above the level of comfort you find in a cheap, mesh-back office chair. They’re designed with gaming in mind, and take into account your back, neck, and arm positions in a way non-gaming chairs don’t.
That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton on a higher-end chair to reap the comfortable rewards. But it makes a noticeable difference. Ultimately, it all comes down to how comfortable you want to be while you’re playing games.
There are other benefits to a gaming chair outside of comfort and a sturdy build. Pretty much all dedicated gaming chairs, from the cheapest ones on Amazon to the highest-end pro-gaming thrones, look awesome. Seriously, they’re called racing chairs because they look like the chairs you find in a high-speed touring car. Factor in the loud colors, aggressive angles, and eye-catching shape and there’s no question as to your chairs intended purpose.
If you already have a high-end PC with a top-end graphics card or a dedicated PC gaming desk with a crazy 144Hz gaming monitor on top, do you really want to sit in a folding chair you picked up at Goodwill?
Since the majority of gamers play on console, a gaming chair might not suit your needs. But a chair for gaming is still a good investment. Whether it’s a beanbag chair like the Big Joe Dorm Chair or something wild like the X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal 2.1, console gaming still requires a level of comfort. Well, at least until things get heated and you have to lean in.
No matter which type of gaming chair you choose one thing you’ll definitely want is good, adjustable ergonomics. When I say that I mean a chair with customizable lumbar support, adjustable armrests, levers to tilt and height, and a movable headrest. For the most part, all the gaming chairs on this list include at least one to all the points of adjustability I just mentioned and you’ll want to take advantage of them.
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