Best Gaming Chair 2019

Top 12 Best Gaming Chairs of 2019

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.

If you need help understanding what to look for in a chair and how I chose my favorites, JUMP TO THE BUYING GUIDE that will walk you through everything you need to find the perfect chair.

If you just want to see my favorites, check out the picks for each type of chair:

Or, if you are interested in what I had to say about a specific model, jump to the review here:

Here are the top 12 best gaming chairs of 2019:

Product

Style

Material

Price

Racing Style

PU-Leather, Genuine Leather, Fabric

PU-Leather, Genuine Leather, Fabric

$$$

Racing Style

PVC  Leather

$$$

Racing Style

Mesh or PU-Leather

$-$$$

Racing Style

Mesh

$$

Office Style

Leather/Cloth

$$$$$

Office Style

Leather/Cloth

$$$$$

Office Style

Mesh

$$

Pedestal Style

PU-Leather and Fabric

$$

Rocker Style

PU-Leather

$$

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.

1. Omega Series by Secret Lab

Pros:

  • Numerous Color Options
  • Special options to rep favorite esports teams
  • Two Velour Memory Foam pillows for lumbar support

Cons:

  • None

Features

  • 4D Armrests
  • Three Upholstery options (PU Leather, Napa Leather, SoftWeave Fabric)
  • Three Special Editions (Team Secret, Cloud9, Newbee)
  • Three sizes (Omega, Throne, and Titan)
  • Multi-tilt
  • Supports up to 240 pounds

Our Take

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 2019. 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.

Pros:

  • Extremely easy to assemble
  • Versatile armrest mechanisms
  • Great for larger gamers

Cons:

  • Looks a bit too plump for an office
  • Some have reported wear and tear

Features

  • Premium Synthetic Leather
  • PENTA RS1 Caster
  • Adjustable 4-Point Armrest
  • Steel Frame
  • High Density Resilience Foam
  • Racing Style Design
  • Reinforced 5-Star Base

Our Take

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.

3. DXRacer Racing Series - The Best Chair for Streamers

Pros:

  • This brand of chair really helps you look like a professional streamer
  • Solid product with a good reputation
  • Excellent customer service
  • Large variety in sizes and options

Cons:

  • Unclear naming conventions
  • Can’t really bring to the office

Features

  • Racing style design
  • Numerous color options
  • Comfortable high density mold shaping foam
  • Star-base design
  • Vinyl, Mesh, and PU Leather options
  • Multi-functional tilt

Our Take

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.

4. Respawn 200 - Best Budget Gaming Chair

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Five great looking color options
  • Offers enough customization and ergonomic support for a starter chair
  • Great customer support

Cons:

  • Price range is close enough to the Omega to maybe skip this

Features

  • Breathable Mesh
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Five Color Options (Blue, Red, White, Gray, Green)
  • 2D Armrests
  • Integrated Lumbar Support
  • 130 Degree Recline

Our Take

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. 

Pros:

  • The best Office Chair on the market
  • Moves with you with amazing support
  • Iconic look and feel that’s been compared to high-art
  • Very durable and long-lasting
  • Loads of research went into the Aeron

Cons:

  • Pricey

Features

  • Top of the line in chair technology
  • Three sizes
  • Posturefit SL
  • Eight Zone Pellicle Technology
  • Three Color Choices
  • Cooling technology in the design

Our Take

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.  

6. Steelcase Gesture

Pros:

  • Office Chair design with insane customization options
  • Top-quality leather options
  • Very simple ordering process

Cons:

  • Pricey

Features

  • Fabric or Leather options
  • Over 30 color options
  • Carpet and Hardwood wheel safe options
  • Additional lumbar support option
  • Stool and Chair options

Our Take

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.

7. Office Star ProLine II - Best Budget Office Gaming Chair 2019

Pros:

  • Great look for an office setting
  • Less expensive than top-tier gear with all the right feel

Cons:

  • Has a cheaper plastic feel on some parts

Features

  • Iconic office feel
  • High-back and mid-back options
  • Breathable Pro-Grid back with Lumbar Support
  • Seat Slider

Our Take

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. 

Here are the best best gaming chairs for consoles of 2019:

8. X Rocker Audi 2.1 Wireless Pedestal - The Best Pedestal Style Gaming Chair of 2019

Pros:

  • 2.1 Sound is fantastic from the chair
  • Very comfortable for television based gaming
  • Wireless options are really neat
  • Foldable design makes this a super simple chair to store

Cons:

  • Compatibility with newer and newer technology is becoming questionable

Features

  • Racing style design
  • Unique low-to ground proportion
  • Armrests
  • 2.1 Wireless Audio
  • Ergonomic seating design
  • Vibration capable
  • Easy-Clean seating surface

Our Take

At first the X Rocker Audi seems out of place. The pedestal design is a bit antithetic to the thought that rocker chairs hug the ground and remain low for better tv setups. Upon using the Audi though, you’ll find it’s a pretty comfortable and enjoyable little chair. The wireless 2.1 speakers work flawlessly and it even folds in half for storage (A must for small console spaces). The height is actually perfect for a large portion of common entertainment centers rather than too tall like a typical office chair.

So what niche does this chair fit? A lot actually. The wireless audio is great for those playing older consoles that weren’t pushing wireless tech at the time. Rather than running cords or attempting to get audio from the controller, streaming audio to this is a fantastic option. You can also use headphones and all the traditional audio devices. It’s really for those who want a sturdy, solid chair for gaming but don’t want to be too high. College dorm rooms, living rooms short on space, there’s a fair amount of specific places this can be used. It practically folds in half as well for very easy and simple storage. That means it can actually be slid under a desk or table in a small living space.

The biggest con for the Audi (And the Shark V) is that the lack of adoption of console chairs has stymied innovation a bit. While we don’t know yet, connecting these to the Xbox Successor or PS5 may be impossible if X Rocker doesn’t innovate or make them adaptable. At the same time, classic ports will always work. There is the fear with news like Stadia and newer consoles on the rise that they’ll become obsolete. Cords never go out of style and it works flawlessly for now!

9. X Rocker Shark V - The Best Rocker Style Gaming Chair of 2019

Pros:

  • Great sound option for those who like surround sound but don’t want to wake the house
  • Shrinks very small for storage purposes

Cons:

  • Not for everybody
  • Looks bizarre

Features

  • 2.1 Wireless Audio
  • Foldable for storage
  • Padded flip up arms
  • Connects to almost any audio source or console
  • Unique rocker style design

Our Take

Rocker chairs are a somewhat strange item to find in homes. They sit on the ground, are comfortable enough to enjoy, offer features most of us didn’t ask for, and yet they aren’t all that bad. Since most television sets are pretty low, even a desk chair can be too tall to game on. The rocker design gives the comfort of a padded seat without making you look down from great heights at your screen. It’s really good for the one off basement man cave, the college dorm, or the entertainment center that’s suspiciously low to the ground.

Shark V is the best rocker chair we’ve seen in quite some time. Some of the best features in Rocker chairs are the unique ones like 2.1 audio. Instead of blaring a television screen across the room, you can have the audio right in your chair. For those who love to game and get migraines from headphones or live with a full household, it’s a life saver. It’s also good as a low-key bluetooth speaker in the background. Rather than toting bizarre pockets for controllers and attempting to do too many things, this chair leans into the strengths of rocker style chairs. It is low, comfortable for most people, has awesome sound, and folds super small. You can basically stash it under a bed or table in moments. Fantastic design.

The drawback to this style of chair is actually two-fold. First, it’s very specific. If you don’t want this style of chair. You’ll know it. They need to be low to the ground and can actually be a workout for larger people. The second drawback is that console gaming chairs look really immature to the wrong crowd. Many gaming items due, which is unfortunate, but the Rocker chair is so dedicated to it’s oddball design that it can’t feel like a normal chair. It looks toyish, and in the wrong setting may feel a little embarrassing. Perhaps that’s why they prioritized the amazing folding capability.

10. XRocker Pro H3 - Best Console Gaming Chair 2019

You can’t go wrong with the XRocker Pro H3 unless you can’t stand black.

It has 4 built-in speakers and uses the company's AFM technology to create vibrations based on the volume and bass of the game you are playing.

If you have an RCA sound system in your house, this chair also comes with built-in receivers and transmitters to hook everything together.

Connects to PS4 and Xbox One with no additional cables and you can hook up a pair of headphones directly into the chair as well as connect any MP3 device.

It is wider than the rest of the chairs on the list and is rated for up to 275 pounds of weight which make it perfect if you have an above average size.

While I use a PC gaming chair since I need to get my League of Legends fix, this chair stands above everything else when compared to the other rocker style chairs.

11. XRocker Surge

If you are looking for a minimal rocker chair that can double as a great place for reading, writing, and playing on your console, the Surge is perfect for you.

This is the only option if you are interested in a USB connection that you can use to charge your devices while you are sitting in it.

It features two speakers in the headrest and includes a subwoofer so your sound experience will be better than the XRocker II. It also has bluetooth connectivity with up to a 30ft range so you don't have to deal with a mess of wires.

The H3 Pro can be bulky for some people and not everyone has enough space for one. If you are looking for something a little more minimalist, the Surge is the right choice.

12. XRocker II

If you need something with adjustable arms or the Pro H3 doesn't fit your style, the XRocker II is another choice.

It has some of the features as the H3 Pro above, but in general, it is a limited version of the Pro with a slightly different color scheme.

It only has the two speakers in the base of the chair and doesn't include a vibration mechanism or subwoofer. If you planned to game with a headset anyway this isn't a big deal.

I have noticed that it runs about the same price as the Pro, so I only recommend this if there is something on the H3 you can't live with.

What To Look For In A Gaming Chair

On the surface, Gaming Chairs may seem just like ordinary Chairs (Some in fact are) or ridiculous cash grabs using the word gaming and outrageous color schemes (Some are as well) but like most gaming gear, what started out as a purposeful distinction has led to a market filled with fantastic options and not so great knock-off items. When looking for a gaming chair there are some key features to consider that make the distinction between office chair and gaming chair worth it. A good chair will help you game comfortably for hours, protect your floor, change depending on your needs, and feel amazing.

Material

Synthetic Leather

It’s not actually leather. Synthetic leather has the same look as leather from far away, but is actually made from a synthetic plastic. The material is easy to clean and as long as you catch the spills quickly, you won't have any staining. Exposed to time and sun, cheap older synthetic leather can sometimes fracture and peel off, exposing the material below. High-quality synthetic leather usually lasts a very long-time without much maintenance. Synthetic leather can rip and tear just like standard leather so it’s important to still be gentle and keep it away from sharp objects. Synthetic leather can also be a tad hot in the sun as it absorbs heat really well so keep that in mind if you live in a sunny climate.

Genuine Leather


This is a pretty rare find in the Gaming Chair world but some manufacturers offer genuine high-quality leather made from real animals. Some of the benefits to leather is the ability to treat it and maintain it over years. Good leather can last a very long time. They also have a unique feel, texture, and colorization that makes the leather surfaces look sharp. Every leather piece comes from a real animal such as a lamb or cow hide, meaning that imperfections will be on the leather. This gives a unique character to the chair as well. You can expect to pay a lot of money for real leather as it’s a lot harder to produce.

Cloth or Cotton


Traditionally a cheaper option, less expensive gaming chairs are usually going to be made from cloth or felt materials. Despite being more affordable, cloth chairs aren’t widely recommended unless they are cleanable. Cloth soaks up spills, stains overtime, easily keeps odor. So marathon gaming sessions where an intense match leaves sweaty palms and perhaps a sweaty back, may leave your chair moist and pungent. Add to this that cloth can mold indoors without proper care and you’ll want to make sure at the very least, any cloth material is somewhat removable for washing.

Weaving and Mesh


Most of the top office chairs have mesh or weaving as their material. It is very breathable and molds to the shape of the person sitting in them. While synthetic leather chairs need molded foam to give support, the mesh chairs use tension and gravity to find the best ergonomic balance. If you are looking to get an office chair, I recommend getting one with mesh.

Casters

Dual Caster

This is the most common type of caster that will come with your gaming chair. It spreads out the load between both wheels which protects the wheels and floor from a single point of pressure.

Hardwood Caster

There are two common types of casters for use with hardwood floors. The polyurethane and rubber wheels will ensure that your chair doesn't scratch the floor or put unsightly dents in it as you are rolling around. If you buy from a well-known chair manufacturer, they will offer multiple options for your casters. Opt for the soft-wheeled type if you can.

Carpet Casters

If you are rolling around on carpet, you are going to want a hard wheeled caster. This will help cut through the carpet fibers and won't tangle. In my home, I also use a plastic chair mat underneath my chair that helps it roll easily.

Arm Rests

Fixed

Budget chairs often have fixed arm rests and specifically they try to target the most common sizes. If you dislike arm rests being at a specific height or placement, look for a chair that allows adjustment or even removing the arms. If you really don’t like armrests, arm free chairs are available and can actually be cheaper. In general though it’s risky to buy any chair that offers minimal adjustment and will undoubtedly be a disappointment in comfort, ergonomics, and design.

Height Adjustable

Height is generally the most important feature for those looking at arm rests. Height adjustable allow you to lower and raise the rests as needed and most users will be fine with just this adjustment layer. It’s commonly supported and any chair that is worth buying should offer some basic armrest adjustment. Those needing more freedom can opt for 4D Adjustable chairs. They are way better for customization but usually cost more.

4D Adjustable

The most advanced arm rests basically allow users any movement they’ll need to be comfortable or for unique gaming needs (Such as joystick or steering wheel usage). While 3D movement makes sense, the fourth dimension may be a stretch. Basically 4D refers to arm rests that also allow for tilt control, this is useful for a variety of reasons including unique desks such as writing desks that are angled. In general, 4D armrests are as flexible as arm rest can be. Although the term is cheesy and a bit confusing, it’s a pretty nifty feature and can make your experience way better.

Head Support

Head support comes in a variety of forms with gaming chairs. High backed chairs will often be stiff and allow you to fully lean back in the chair, sometimes they’ll offer a pillow as well for additional support. Some chairs are designed for ergonomic support as well and have unique parts that contribute to healthy gaming. This is usually tied closely to the height of the gamer, so make sure you have a chair that isn’t too tall or impractical to use for your needs.

Lumbar Support

Lumbar support refers to a design that helps keep your back in a healthy and fit condition. Chairs offer a variety of different support features from minimal to all encompassing padded backs. Lumbar support is actually a really important thing for Gaming Chair owners as they often sit for multiple hours a day. Today almost every chair touts some level of Lumbar support so it doesn’t really seem like a feature that stands out. Truth be told you’ll want to research how truly healthy and ergonomic every chair is for your situation. Lumbar support is very important. Don’t go cheap if you value your back.

Manufacturer and Warranty Coverage

You get what you pay for and a lot of the discount you get from budget chair manufacturers comes through in the form of limited warranties, cheap materials, and unavailable customer support.

Warranty

How long is the warranty? What does it cover? How do you get a replacement? Make sure you understand the answer to these questions before you shell out the money on your new chair.

Customer Support

While it may seem a bit overkill to some, it’s important to know if your company offers good support. This may come in the form of warranty and part replacement or even in just being accessible if a problem occurs. Most often this will matter when the chair is purchased as even a really educated guess can’t replace the confidence you have picking up a chair in store. Despite the best research, you may get a chair that just doesn’t feel right. Good customer service will help you fix that problem pretty quick.

What are the main types of gaming chairs?

Gaming Chairs come in three different formats (There are more but these are the important ones) Console, Office, and Gaming. The distinctions get greater amid these chairs as well with different console chair types, colorful bright chairs, and somewhat professional looking office designs.

1. Gaming Chairs or Racing Style Chairs

Gaming Chairs are similar to office chairs and often practically indistinguishable beyond branding. Some of the unique gaming chair features range from practical and game-changing to bizarre and weird (Such as vibrating chairs to shake you around and simulate gameplay in shooters). The biggest difference is usually a mixture of comfort, materials, and sizing. It’s assumed that a DXracer customer will use the chair frequently and concerns such as materials that don’t smell, comfortable foam, and interesting art are often involved. A racing style chair usually looks like the chairs found in modern F1 dragsters or Muscle cars. They’re designed to look fast and action packed. This can be exciting for those playing competitive games and involved with esports, or jarring for those trying to tie a room together into something professional looking. Often the branding helps you as a streamer and sometimes sponsorship requires using specific gear.

Office Chairs

There isn’t much explanation required for Office chairs, they can be minimal and small or large executive chairs. Some Gaming Chairs mimic office design so that they’re useable in a variety of contexts. Office chairs don’t offer all the specific features of really unique Gaming Chairs but they often do what you need. They keep you comfortable, last for a long time, and have a variety of materials. They probably won't’ help you become famous on Twitch though.    

2. Console Gaming Chairs

This is a controversial group. Console gaming chairs tend to be designed in a patronizing manner with control holsters or a low to the ground rolling appeal. That’s not to say they don’t have a place, it’s just that they’re not really what every person dreams about when purchasing a chair. Some console gaming chairs are less a good chair for gaming, and more what someone who doesn’t games, idea of a chair for gaming is. That being said, they do have some unique features. For instance gaming chairs are often pretty low to the ground. This is because most console setups are at the same level as an entertainment center and console gamers often sit pretty close to the TV. Another perk is that some of them have on-board sound options, that some users love. We covered our two favorites and still believe they have a place in the market, but console gaming chairs are definitely not for everyone.

Features Unique to Console Chairs

So what do console gaming chairs do better? Some things they offer may scratch the itch that a certain market has. They’re not for everybody but a few of us love the console gaming chair format.

Storage and Pockets

Some models of console gaming chairs have a variety of storage options that you can use for controllers, extra cords, headsets, and battery packs. There are a ton of console accessories and these chairs are perfect for storing them all. This helps reduce clutter, especially if you have a setup in a small bedroom or studio apartment. Most coinsole chairs also fold really small. For those living in a studio apartment, it’s a godsend.

Built-in Speakers

Console chairs often have speakers built. All the ones we included do. This is useful for a variety of reasons from making noise management easier to keeping headphone free (Those things cause headaches!). Just another stellar feature to think through.

Vibration

There are a few of these chairs that also vibrate based on volume and bass coming from your console. This gives you a similar feeling to the controller rumble function, but with your entire body. If you want a fully immersive experience, use the vibration feature along with the built-in speakers for something unique. It takes a special user to like this feature because it can almost feel like the chair is trying to bully you. Still nothing beats the vibrations during massive explosions in COD. Just be aware that watching movies in a chair like that can be quite jarring.

3. Rocker and Pedestal Style

Console chairs come in two major styles, rocker and pedestal. The advantage is that both are quite low to the ground meaning that using an entertainment center is generally a good experience. The pedestal is firm and a bit better for most people (It feels more stable) while the rocker is really good for those with a small space or low tv. Both of these models often fold up as well for amazingly small storage. They’re options for those who want a unique form-factor.

F.A.Q.

Do I really need a better chair for my health?

It’s surprising how often we spend using a chair per day, regardless of gaming or not. Office workers, students, travelers and all manner of professions deal with constant sitting. Science has been recently talking about the negative effects and also been showing ergonomic chairs can greatly improve health while preventing muscle strain and trauma. So yes, you do need a good chair, and you’ll be glad down the road if you picked one up.

What is the best console gaming chair?

We recommend picking up one of the two console gaming chair options if you tend to play a console with a low-to-ground setup. So a short entertainment center or perhaps a television that isn’t raised to average table height. Not only is is more comfortable, it’s easier to game when you aren’t towering above your television set from a bar height Steel Gesture chair. Console chairs are designed for those situations where your monitor or television is lower than usual. If you have a relatively raised console setup though, we’d comfortably recommend any of our gaming chairs as well.

What would be the best chair for lumbar support for gaming?

You can’t beat the Herman Miller or Steel Gesture series for lumbar support. Simply put these chairs are very expensive and designed to give the most comfortable and healthy experience possible. It’s a lot of money to pick up an Aeron but may save you from medical bills and chiropractor visits later. For those unable to spend that much, we recommend the Omega Series. We feel it was the most comfortable gaming chair on the market and has additional lumbar support. In addition make sure the size is correct for your needs as the Titan is often better for taller folks.

What is the best gaming chair for the PS4?

I really like the XRocker Pro H3. For the other contenders, see our dedicated console gaming chair section.

What is the best gaming chair for the Xbox One?

Check out the XRocker Pro H3. It is my favorite rocker chair and is built specifically for console gaming.

What is the best gaming chair for big guys?

All of the chairs we cover in this guide are built for people under 350 pounds. If you need something a little bigger, I would check out the DXRacer King or DXRacer Tank chairs. They are wider and built for larger gamers.

If you are just a bit taller, look for a chair with a high-back frame that is tall enough to support your head. Most chairs have adjustable pillows, but if it isn't tall enough to start with, you don't have an option.

What is the best gaming chair for adults?

All of them! Seriously, all of the chairs in this guide are great for gamers of all ages. If you are looking for something with a bit less style and more function, check out our section on the best office style gaming chairs. They can be used for gaming and work.

What is the most comfortable gaming chair?

If you are looking for comfortable as in "I want to take a nap", go with the Vertagear. It reclines quite a bit and is made of high-quality material and foam.

If you are looking for comfortable as in "the best for my back", you should go with the Aeron. It is made of ergonomic mesh that puts your back in the perfect position. It is also priced very well considering the other options in the list.

Do gaming chairs help with posture?

Used correctly, a gaming chair is a great way to improve your posture in front of the computer. You’ll definitely want to check whether or not you have an ergonomic gaming chair as that means your chair has been designed with health in mind. These days, nearly all the office style and racing style chairs you’ll find both provide adequate lumbar support and many include additional lumbar pillows. But, the tools are only as good as the user. You will still need to take an active role while in the chair to improve your posture, none of that slouching or sinking into the chair that is common. It’s also important to make sure it is the appropriate size and weight class for your needs.

What is the most popular gaming chair?

DXRacer is still the most popular gaming chair brand due to the advertising by streamers. That’s because it is seen in countless Twitch streams and used pretty often in the competitive gaming scene. They offer a wide variety of options and really nail the branding aspect of gaming chairs (Sponsored teams and all)

Thanks for Joining us!

Gaming Chairs are a unique and somewhat new tool in the arsenal of gamers everywhere. While they haven’t been around for a long time, they are starting to come into their own and offer features that gamers love. We always appreciate it when you take the time to read through what we have to say on GameAuthority. It’s our goal to help you buy the best gear for your needs. Whether it’s plopping down a load of money for the Aeron or buying that sweet, life-changing Omega, we are stoked to see gamers fall in love with the best gear around. We hope you’ll come back soon for more articles on the gear you love, and the gear you need to have!

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Friv says

I am very confused in selection of a gaming chair. You talk alot about many chair but there’s no editorial type listing where I can choose the right one. Also what’s your experience and do you like rocker chair?

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    Jacob says

    Hey Friv,

    I’m not sure what you mean by editorial-type listing. I have split out the different chairs into their styles and use cases. If there is another feature that you would like to learn more about please let me know and I can update the article for future readers.

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