Upgrade your gaming throne
As gamers, we’re incredibly devoted to the hardware supporting our hobby. Consoles, graphics cards, peripherals—let’s be honest, we’re kind of obsessed. But despite all the time and attention spent acquiring the best gear, one simple but important component is often overlooked: where to rest our butts.
That’s where a good gaming chair comes into play. It doesn’t have to be labeled as such, either: any chair you’re sitting in while gaming technically becomes a gaming chair. That said, the best gaming chairs aren’t just the chaise lounger you play the Nintendo Switch on. No, you want something comfy and supportive for those long hours of gaming and without further ado, here are the best gaming chairs.
TL;DR – These are the Best Gaming Chairs:
1. Vertagear Racing Series SL4000
The Best Gaming Chair
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.
2. Secretlab Omega Series
High-End Style and Comfort at a Reasonable Price
You don’t so mach 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.
3. AutoFull Gaming Chair
Keep Cool with this Mesh-Backed Gaming Chair
The AutoFull Gaming Chair lands in the middle of the gaming chairs on this list in terms of cost, but it has features you might not expect to find in a chair this price. It’s not a bargain chair by any means, but it’s $200 and has 4-position recline (from 170-degrees for “napping” to a stiff and fully upright 90-degrees for “working.”
On top of its range of motion, it also has a mesh-back to help keep you cool during heated gaming sessions. Height of both the chair and arm rests are adjustable, and it looks like it arrived here from outer space.
4. Arozzi Vernazza Series Super Premium Racing Chair
Pillow Premium Comfort
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.
5. Respawn 200
Another Mesh Gaming Chair Option
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.
6. Furmax Ergonomic Racing Chair
The Best Budget Gaming Chair
If you like the look of a racing chair but don’t want to go whole hog, the Furmax Ergonomic Racing Chair strikes a satisfying aesthetic balance. It’s part racing chair, part office chair, and is really affordable too. It’s even available in several outlandish color schemes if you want to liven up the look of your office a bit.
7. X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal 2.1
Rock On in this Gaming Chair Rocker
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.
8. Big Joe Dorm Chair
The Bean Bag Option
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. See it at Walmart.
9. 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 arm chair, 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 of a 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 cup two cup holders and pockets for snacks so you really won’t need to get up for a while once you get comfortable.
10. Modway Articulate Mesh Office Chair
The Best Office Chair for Gaming
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. See it on Walmart.
11. DXRacer Tank
The Best Big and Tall gaming Chair
DXRacer is one of the most well-respected names in gaming chairs, so it should come as no surprise they also make an excellent racing-style chair for big and tall gamers. As the name suggests, this chair is built like a tank, capable of supporting up to 450lbs.
Meanwhile, the back rest can accommodate gamers up to 6’ 7”, making the DXRacer Tank is one of the tallest chairs on this list.In fact, DXRacer only recommends this chair for people at least 6’1” tall.
There’s a number of tilt options, as well as an extra-wide seating base and it comes with not one, but two gas canisters for supporting the frame. Unfortunately, all of those features don’t come cheap as it’ll set you back about $550.
If you’re looking for a different big and tall 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.
Why a Gaming Chair, Anyway?
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.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam