Welcome to the last buying guide you need in your search for the best gaming chair. I’ve spent my life as a gamer and put my blood and sweat into this guide to help my readers find their perfect companion. We spend a lot of time in our chairs and it is important to find something that fits our style and budget.
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PU-Leather, Genuine Leather, Fabric
PU-Leather, Genuine Leather, Fabric
Mesh or PU-Leather
PU-Leather and Fabric
I'll start with the best overall gaming chairs for each category. If you have a specific use case, just browse down this list and you will find my favorite.
Best Overall Gaming Chair
Secret Lab Omega Series
The new king of gaming chairs is incredibly comfortable, extremely customizable, and looks good in front of a webcam or behind an office desk.
It’s not often a Gaming Chair will dethrone another chair, after all, Chairs have been around for thousands of years without a revolutionary change in purpose. How good can they honestly get? Secret Labs took the challenge to heart and created the best chair of 2020. This is the best PC gaming chair. The Omega series is Secret Labs midrange chair and it nails everything that a gaming chair should be. First off, it looks professional. One problem with Gaming Chairs is the inability to look classy. Despite keeping the angled racing design, the Omega series just looks sharp. Rather than tacky or too “Gamey.” There are many different options for color as well but they all look sharp.
The Omega Series overcame the loud vibrant style of it’s peers with two very professional leather form factors that actually use real leather. They’re gorgeous adaptations of the Gaming Chair formula and will last a long time. The Napa Leather has a fantastic looking Red that feels like a classy Muscle car instead of a Formula 1 Car. The blue version just looks like a sci-fi prop from a space drama. It’s just great design. In fact it has full reclining capability which is so rare in professional chairs.
The Omega series itself is extremely adjustable, with the oft-touted 4D armrests. It is simply the most comfortable gaming chair around. 4D armrests are very customizable. They can go up, down, left, right, forward, back, and tilt. You’ll be comfortable no matter what. Despite being one of the most enjoyable sitting experiences on the market, Secret Lab still throws in two memory foam pillows that make your gaming experience even more enjoyable. Short of an Aeron, chair technology just doesn’t get better. One of the bigger problems with chairs is that the hydraulics never feel strong enough. There is a firmness to the Omega that feels great. Rather than feeling like you slowly sink over the day, it just holds you up steady and strong. There are some caster options but expect rubber casters that are great for hardwood at first.
We couldn’t really find a flaw. It’s an excellent price and just has feature after feature. This is the best chair you’ll find today without throwing thousands at a Herman.
Runner Up (Overall)
Vertagear S-Line SL5000
We liked it more than the DXRacer and it has plenty of color combinations and adjustable features to keep you gaming for longer.
Only recently did the Vertagear S-Line SL5000 slow down to our second place pick. While a new chair has moved in and taken the crown, the Vertagear S-Line SL5000 was not only our favorite chair of 2018, it still stands as one of the best options on the market. We loved it then and love it now but it has lost a bit of the original appeal. What does it do right?
The SL5000 immediately starts off winning points by using the patented ‘Slide-in’ design that has made it near effortless to get built and assembled. Despite being just a chair, a large portion of Gaming Chairs are bizarrely difficult to assemble without extra help. Vertagear solved this by making a chair that is easy to assemble solo! Nothing is worse than ordering a chair only to find out you need a PHD in engineering to construct it.
The SL5000 also is made with fantastic dimensions and materials. The chair itself is covered with high-quality synthetic leather. A current favorite material amongst gaming chair manufacturers. The SL5000 is pretty generous in size meaning larger gamers can use it unlike some of the smaller chairs currently on the market. Tall gamers and particularly heavy gamers will still be able to comfortably use the SL5000.
So why did it get dethroned? First, durability. While we didn’t experience a problem, review after review online highlights the lack of durability some users have found. The materials are top notch but some consumers have felt the construction itself wasn’t up to a high-enough standard. This is by no means a large portion of the consumers but it is worth noting. Secondly, it’s a little wonky looking. In an office setting, the jet black version of this looks good but it doesn’t look like an office chair. We love the design and materials but it doesn’t really have a classy option for those who need to mix work and play. You’ll love it regardless of the look, because the design is awesome.
Best Chair for Streamers
DXRacer Racing Series
A name everybody knows and an indistinguishable style makes the DXRacer a great choice if you are streaming on Twitch or YouTube.
Rarely do we recommend a product for gaining street cred or looking flashy, but here we are. Twitch has a culture that demands you make noise. The DXRacer chairs do that. Not only are they pretty generous with sponsoring gamers, DXRacer gear isn’t shy about saying “HERE I AM!” IF you are a serious streamer, a DXRacer chair helps you look the part. Even newer streamers seem a bit more “Professional” having gear of this nature. A normal looking Office Chair basically says, “This isn’t my real job.” We chose the DXRacer Racing series because there are many many combinations of color and style, all with basically the same format. You can change materials, look, and even some basic features but the racing chairs are racing chairs at DXRacer.
DXRacer makes a great chair. It’s comfortable, it’s clear branding, it’s top notch. Where they shine is the long list of fantastic creature comforts on display. They also offer unparalleled customization. The nomenclature of DXRacer is pretty oblique meaning you’ll have to wander through tons of meaningless acronyms (Who knows the difference between the OH/RW106/NE and the OH/RV001/NB?). These acronyms can make finding the best chair challenging but the customer service is top notch and DXRacer can help you make an informed decision. They also offer chairs for larger gamers, smaller gamers, and those wanting top-tier features (4D Armrests, Vinyl and PU Leather). So those needing big and tall gaming chairs or desiring to have the utmost comfort, you’ll find a good option at DXRacer. Often confused with the competitor Maxnomic, we wrote a guide for those who want to know more about DXRacer.
So what may keep you from bringing home a DXRacer chair today? Well, the most obvious thing would be that even the jet-black editions look a little too edgy for an office setting. This is not only one of the most well-known gaming chair lines, they don’t try very hard to look any other way. We wrote a guide on DXRacer that can walk you through all the fantastic features and options on display but you can bet you’ll be satisfied with whatever you pick up from them.
Best Budget Gaming Chair
We love the Respawn. We actually selected it as our favorite for the best budget gaming chair because it is cheaper than most but still a high-enough standard of quality that you’ll feel you’ve got a decent gaming chair. It’s flexible and highly adjustabl
We love the Respawn. We actually selected it as our favorite for the best budget gaming chair because it is cheaper than most but still a high-enough standard of quality that you’ll feel you’ve got a decent gaming chair. It’s flexible and highly adjustable.
The positives are that the Respawn 200 comes in five different colors, feels awesome, and gives enough freedom to move it into whatever position you like. While it only offers 130 degree reclining, anything more feels a bit insane and likely to topple over. It’s a pretty good reclining point, especially for this price. The breathable mesh is fantastic and does keep you cool while putting hours in ARK. Respawn is a smaller company and it’s pretty clear they’ll make something of themselves in the coming years. That includes newer and higher quality models. Keep an eye on this company. Despite being small though, they offer amazing customer support and can help you through any problems. They also tout a limited lifetime warranty. That generally covers most wear and tear while protecting them against defenstrators.
The elephant in the room is the price. With gaming chairs, going cheap is a bad idea. Beyond causing painful spine injuries, a cheap chair just won’t last. Respawn hits the bottom rung of entry level gaming chairs without feeling like a knock-off from a cheap fake company. It’s a solid design, but it’s also in the neighborhood of our best chairs. At two thirds of the price of the Omega, it’s clearly a great option, but it may be wiser to save up for that luxury chair.
Best Office Style Gaming Chair
Herman Miller Aeron
With the amount of time we are spending sitting down it is important to sit in the most ergonomically advanced chairs possible. If you don't need the flair, this won't let you down.
Your health is important. That’s one of the reasons chairs like the Herman Miller Aeron exist. In fact this chair is so amazing that it has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. That’s some reputation! In 2016, Herman Miller decided to do a refresh as well and improved upon the iconic office chair that took the world by storm in 1992. It revolutionized comfort and ultimately health as one of the first truly ergonomic office chairs. So it has a pretty strong pedigree. We usually don’t give historical lessons on our recommended gear so the fact that a chair gets a history lesson means that the Aeron is doing something right.
The Aeron is closer to bespoke gear, a type of symbol of the office. It envelopes you as you sit and looks fantastic in almost any office. We don’t have a negative thing to say about the chair itself. It comes in three classy shades that boil down to black, grey, and light grey. The Aeron also has amazing technology that is hard to describe but amazing to feel. As you move, the chair sort of wraps around you, calculating how it should support your spine and body. What you get is an amazingly comfortable and healthy sitting device that feels high tech despite being fully mechanical. It moves with you and has to be experienced to truly understand how revolutionary that is to the sitting experience. We would boldly say that the Aeron is basically flawless as a chair.
The reason that it hasn’t taken the top spot is simply price. Most of us don’t have the means to plop this kind of money down on a chair. Just like those dedicated PC Gamers using the Titan V or buying ahead of the curve, the Herman Miller is THE best chair. But it’s a bit too pricey for the average person. We do include it though because it should be the goal of every serious gamer to get a chair this glorious someday! It’s also an awesome option for your home office or even silicon valley workers decking out a new workspace.
Runner-Up Office Style Gaming Chair
Runner-Up Office Style Gaming Chair
Extremely expensive, but if you want the best technology has to offer, be sure to check it out!
Going head to head with the legendary Aeron is the Steelcase Gesture. A bar-raising standard of perfection, the Steelcase Gesture is an amazing product with outrageous amounts of customization. The Steelcase Gesture is designed much like the Aeron with a synchronized movement system that helps you feel good all day while remaining active. It’s also highly adjustable. There is an option to order the gesture in a stool format instead of chair format. This adds an additional metal ring to rest your feet on as well as increases the height to be used at bar table sized desks. This is great for those who want to stand and occasionally sit, something challenging to do without a standing desk. For those who need a big and tall gaming chair, the stool option is a good choice.
One awesome way that Steelcase stands apart from the other chairs on this list is simply being very easy to order from. Rather than guess and fumble through unknown terminology (Do you want rubber dual-casters or plastic?) they simply ask whether you want wheels for hard floors or carpet. This sort of simple and very understandable approach to office furniture is a breath of fresh air and makes ordering chairs a bit less risky. You don’t need to know everything about them to get the chair that works for you. They have a dizzying amount of color options as well meaning you’ll never have to worry about style with Steelcase.
You probably can guess what makes this chair stay out of the running for head honcho. The gesture is expensive. It’s really expensive. It doesn’t fit most gamer budgets and is better suited for someone with a lot of cash. That being said, those with health issues who want an amazing chair designed to help them sit for hours comfortably and without strain, they could definitely take a chance on the gesture.
Runner-Up Office Style Gaming Chair
Best Budget Office Style Gaming Chair
Office Star ProGrid
If you are on a budget, this chair has the most adjustability for the best value.
The Office Star Pro-Line doesn’t flirt with strange form factor or fancy colors, it simply imitates a great, affordable office chair. It comes in black, it looks good at home or in a bedroom, it is just a solid office chair. One of the best aspects of the Pro-Line II is the lack of fluffy unnecessary features. It does what it does well, and without apologizing.
If you are on a budget, this chair has the most adjustability for the best value. The Pro-Line II is a great option if you don't have the budget for an Aeron, but you still want to make sure you look out for your back. They aren't the most beautiful chairs available, but Office Star provides a wide range of options without the huge price tag. It comes with a surprisingly comfortable mesh back and the cushion is well made and retains its shape during long gaming sessions. It does have a large amount of adjust-ability, though, and once you spend enough time getting everything perfect you will be able to find the sweet spot for comfort.
We found the worst aspect of the Pro-Line II was the lack of quality materials. The arms are going to be a little cheaper and the overall build quality will be less due to the type of materials used. Primarily, the use of plastic instead of steel. It’s sturdy and designed well but doesn’t have the weighty quality feel of the other steel office chairs on this list.
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