Best Gaming Chair 2017
Buyer's Guide and Reviews
I spent way too long attached to my budget Office Depot gaming chair and ended up with back problems. If you are in the same position, or are looking to buy your first chair and want something that will last you a long time and lookout for your health, you are in the right place. There are a ton of options for gaming chairs out there and, unfortunately, professional gamers and streamers are just going to promote the company that pays them the most. That's why I put together this guide on the best gaming chairs of 2017.
I took all the products and information that I compared when making the same decision for myself in the hopes that it makes it easier for you to find the best gaming chair for your needs. Take a look at my top choices and find the one that fits your budget and style!
Best Gaming Chair 2017
- Herman Miller Aeron - Best PC Gaming Chair
- AKRacing Racing Chair - Best Racing Style Gaming Chair
- XRocker - Best Console Gaming Chair
- Amazon Basics Midback Chair - Best Budget Gaming Chair
1. Herman Miller Aeron - Best Gaming Chair 2017
I recommend, and use, the Herman Miller chair in my gaming room and recommend it as the best PC gaming chair for all of my friends.
While it may not have the style and chic of the other top choices below, the ergonomic qualities and everlasting quality of the Herman Miller chairs won me over. As I mentioned before, I started looking for a new chair after the budget one from Office Depot gave me lower back and shoulder pain after just a few hours in front of the computer. Hopefully, you are here before the issues have started!
It is important to invest in your health if you are going to be sitting for long amounts of time in front of a screen. Aside from investing in a good pair of gaming glasses, the right height gaming desk, ergonomic mice, and keyboards, your chair is an important piece of your gaming setup. I gladly spent the extra money on the Herman Miller chair to ensure I was taking care of myself and if you are comfortable spending a little more for a chair that will last you a long time, strongly consider the Herman Miller series.
The B size was right for me, but they also make an A size for smaller individuals and a C size if you need a little more width or height. They make it really easy to choose the right size and the Amazon page has a lot of questions and answers to help guide you to the perfect chair.
Aside from the size, you can also purchase them with either carpet or hardwood casters so that you don't scratch up (or tangle up) your chair in your floor.
2. AKRacing Racing Style Desk Office Gaming Chair
If you are looking for something with a slightly lower price tag, and quite a bit more flair, the racing style chair from AKRacing not only looks fantastic, but it maximizes comfort for those long gaming sessions. You should only have to get up if you need to use the bathroom or sleep, not because your body is tired from sitting.
The chair itself is made out of leather and has a tubular steel frame, which makes it sturdy and perfect for people of all shapes and sizes. In fact, the class 4 piston that bears all of the weight can handle up to 330 lbs!
In terms of comfort, this chair really delivers, too. The padding is made out of high-density cold cure foam, which can retain its form after years of use. The cushioning is designed to prevent morphing from excessive use, so your chair will always feel like new even after years of use.
Other noteworthy features of this chair are that tilting and rocking function, which allows the user to gently sway back and forth for added comfort or tilt back up to 170° if you want to take a quick nap.
This chair is sporty, comfortable, and comes with a very elegant black and white design with the AKRacing logo embroidered onto the headrest. AKRacing will also throw in a lumbar cushion to give your lower back even more support as your game.
DXRacer should sound pretty familiar and you have probably seen your favorite streamer or professional gamer sitting on one of these. They are one of the most popular brands for a reason and my favorite DXRacer gaming chair is the RV001 Newedge Edition.
It sports an awesome green and black design and, in true racing chair fashion, embraces the comfort of a true racecar seat. Car drivers have to sit for hours at a time while practicing and racing. Those same seat designs are now making it into the gaming scene in these high-tech gaming chairs. If you stream, you will also get a huge DXRacer logo right behind your neck so all of your viewers know what you have.
This chair is made with synthetic leather that overlays a similar high-density cold cure foam. This blend of materials ensures that the chair won’t lose its form even throughout the longest work or gaming sessions. The frame of the F-Series of chairs is built larger and wider in order to accommodate bigger and taller users.
The armrests of this product are completely adjustable and made out of soft padding, which will allow you to get into a position that is ergonomically sound and prevents shoulder and back pain.
The casters (the wheel between the chair and the floor) are made of sturdy plastic with a polyurethane coating to ensure a smooth glide across any surface. Need a lumbar pillow? Free with your purchase just like the AKRacing chair.
This model from DXRacer consists of a racing chair targeted towards the office instead of gaming. While it certainly provides the comfort you would expect from any gaming chair in this price range, the design was created to blend nicely into any workplace, with its neutral colors and conservative amount of features. Consequently, this chair is also one of the most affordable in DXRacer’s lineup.
This product also belongs to the Formula Series (F-Series) of gaming chairs, which offer bigger and wider seats and backrests for the bigger users. The chair itself is equipped with a tubular steel frame and the cushions are made out of soft fabric instead of synthetic leather. The stuffing is made with high-density cold cure foam as well, which prevents it from morphing due to extended use. The armrests are completely adjustable and are made with soft padding, which guarantees comfort for users of any size and shape.
It’s worth noting that this product is the official chair for several professional gaming crews, such as compLexity, Team Dignitas, and Fnatic. The backrest is also adjustable and is touted by DXRacer as being perfect for "power napping" during those 24 hour streams and late night gaming sessions.
This time around, DXRacer dazzles us once again, but now with a chair oriented towards users that are looking for luxury to go with their comfort. The DF73 Newedge Edition sports a very elegant design in tones of black and white, and is made with extra thick leather cushions to give it a professional kind of look. The extra padding itself makes this chair really comfortable and ideal for those that are looking for something akin to a second bed.
This chair belongs to the Drifting Series, which consists mostly of big, burly chairs, aimed towards the bigger users. This one is even large enough to sleep in, a fact which is complemented by its reclining and rocking features, which can lull even the most hardened insomniacs into sweet slumber after a night of gaming.
The armrests are wider than our last two entries, and can also be adjusted into various positions, safeguarding the user from slanting shoulders and other nasty conditions such as shoulder pains and kyphosis, as well as wrist fatigue from having to constantly adjust positions due to the armrests forcing the user’s hands into awkward positions in order to operate the mouse and keyboard.
6. X Rocker Video Rocker - Best Console Gaming Chair 2017
With all the products mentioned above sporting pretty hefty price tags, the Video Rocker by X Rocker offers a welcome respite to your wallet. For only a fraction of what will cost you to acquire any of the products mentioned above, you may indulge in this admittedly simple yet very comfortable rocker style gaming chair. The product is as simple as it can be, consisting of an L-shaped rocker chair which goes directly on the floor, is equipped with a sturdy wooden frame and covered with of faux leather, which is stuffed with polyurethane foam.
As far as seating solutions go, you really can’t go much more simple than this one. But sometimes the answer lies in simplicity and, is this is the case for you, the Video Rocker is the chair for you. At the very least, your wallet will definitely thank you, and you’ll still receive a product which will last you for years without needing a replacement.
AKRacing makes a return with another racing chair. This time around the product is made from soft fabric instead of leather, and features a slightly larger form factor to accommodate taller individuals. Furthermore, the Class 4 gas cylinder incorporated into the pedestal can support up to 396lbs, so if you’re looking for a chair that can haul heavy loads, look no further than the AK-5015.
The Pro H3 by X Rocker is a much more advanced version of the Video Rocker mentioned above. It's a rocker type gaming chair which is set directly on the floor and is made with soft fabric filled with lots of extra padding for maximum comfort. The chair is equipped with a 4.1 sound system which can be used with any device, console or computer, to provide truly immersive HD audio, which is complemented with vibration on the low frequencies. The Pro H3 is perfect for gaming, listening to music, or even watching a movie, as the sound it provides can help transport you to the center of the action.
The Pro H3 is also perfect for small apartments where space is an issue since both the gunstock arms and backrest can be folded for easy storage when not in use.
If you liked the X Rocker above but felt that it’s a bit too expensive for your budget, or that you simply prefer a leather finish instead of vinyl fabric, then this chair is just what you’re looking for. For around half of the price of the Pro H3, the Video Gaming Chair will also provide you with immersive audio, albeit with a 2.1 setup this time around.
10. Arozzi Torretta Series Gaming Racing Style Swivel Chair
If you felt that the racing chairs I listed above are a bit on the expensive side, then Arozzi’s got you covered with their Toretta Series of gaming chairs. This product sports a fabric finish and a design in black and bright green, though you can choose from various colors. The features offered by this one is not really different from the higher-end models mentioned above, though the quality of construction can seem a bit lacking in comparison. Nevertheless, this chair is a great alternative for those that absolutely will not settle for anything less than a racing chair, but don’t feel like spending too much on said product.
11. Vertagear S-Line SL2000 Racing Series Gaming Chair
This racing chair from Vertagear shines for its easy installation that consists of simple “slide-in” mechanisms which can be put together by one person in just a few minutes. Despite its simplicity, this chair does not shirk in sturdiness nor longevity, as it is also equipped with a durable steel frame, and the cushions are filled with a high-density resilience foam which guarantees it won’t morph or lose its original shape even after years of use. Despite looking deceptively thin and narrow, the base is actually reinforced with a heavy-duty alloy set in a 5-Star Base, which ensures maximum stability and no wobbling whatsoever.
Gaming Chair Buying Guide
When it comes to purchasing a gaming setup, the gaming chair is often overlooked. But, not investing in your health with an ergonomic and comfortable chair will cause a world of hurt later on in your life. Too often, people opt for the most inexpensive chair they find at their local BestBuy or Office Depot. It starts falling apart after just a few months and they wonder why their back hurts. Do yourself a favor and understand the risk/reward before you spend money on an inferior chair. I'm not saying that you should go into debt or overspend your budget just for the chair, but consider ergonomic chairs in your decision making.
The gaming chair is basically an office chair cranked up to 11. They are created to enhance the experience of playing your favorite video games while providing the maximum amount of comfort. While office chairs are designed to provide comfort so the worker can focus, video gaming chairs are meant to provide comfort and style as well. They come in different shapes, styles, sizes, and are made out of a variety of different materials. Most importantly, they must prevent an aching posterior after hours of gaming. If you can't tell it is there it is doing its job.
Some chair models even provide addons suitable for pc or console gaming. You might find cup holders, pockets for storing controllers, or even slots for mounting steering wheels or joysticks for the games that require them. Some products even go as far as providing a sound system within the chair itself in order to help the user get completely immersed in the action of their games or movies.
So, whether you’re a pro gamer or weekend warrior, the gaming chair is the best investment that you can make. These days, we are spending more time than ever in front of the screen and you owe it to your future self to take care of your back and shoulders so you don't have to deal with that pain the long run.
What features should I care about when looking for a video game chair?
Like I mentioned above, gaming chairs come in several different styles. Do you want one that is colorful? Or, would you be OK with something that looked like an office chair, but was ergonomic?
How does that style influence the type of chair? Do you need to be in front of a desk when playing? Or, do you prefer to be on the ground in a bean bag or rocker style chair? If you game on your console and PC, you are better off with an office or racing-style chair since you will be spending a bit of your time in front of a desk.
If you are just into consoles and can sit on your floor, consider the rocker style.
Are you going to use the chair for gaming 100% of the time? If not, using a high-quality office chair will give you the ability to swap between work and play using the same purchase.
Gaming chairs are usually made out of synthetic leather, but they can also come in a wide variety of different materials such as cloth or synthetic weaving.
Those of you that are gaming in hot weathers might want to skip on leather chairs, as the heat can make your skin sweat and stick to the material. Go with a weaved chair such as the Aeron or one in a cloth or felt material.
Don't forget about cleaning up either. Synthetic leather and weaving are easy to clean as long as you pick it up right away. Cloth can stain with just one spilled Red Bull.
The castor is the housing and wheels on the base of the chair. Depending on the type of floor that you have in your home or office, you will want to make sure that the castor and wheels match. For most high-quality gaming chair manufacturers, they will include castors for hardwood and carpet. At the very least, they will allow you to configure this option before purchasing the chair or have an add-on that you can buy along with the chair to match your floor.
The position of the armrests can usually mean the difference between a good and a bad posture. If your arms are too high up, your shoulders will have to compensate for the height, which can lead to straining and shoulder pains if you keep the position for too long. On the hand, if the armrests are too low, you will find yourself constantly hunching forward while operating the computer. Always make sure the armrests are adjustable so you can find the right position for your posture. Luckily, any gaming chair worth its weight has this feature.
Console Gaming Compatibility
Some chairs, like the ones from X Rocker or Brazen, feature onboard sound systems which can hook up to your computer or console and act as a playback device for these platforms. If you’re looking to purchase a chair that can provide immersive audio, remember to check beforehand if the devices you’re looking to hook it up to are compatible with the chair itself. And, make sure you buy the right cables if they aren't included.
Gaming chairs can sometimes be a bit bulky and take up a lot of space, especially for those that live in small apartments. Fortunately, some companies like X Rocker account for this by adding a foldable and lightweight design to some of their products. The result is a chair that can be easily stored when not in use and that is light enough so that anyone can lift it without assistance.
This is, by far, the least important factor in this guide. Remember that, when buying a gaming chair, you’re not only investing in comfort and immersion during your sessions, you’re also safeguarding your posture, as well as the overall health of your back. By purchasing a good video gaming chair you’re also saving on future medical bills that can stem from bad posture and uncomfortable positions that couldn’t otherwise be avoided with a generic office chair. If you’re a hardcore gamer or a person that spends most of their day sitting behind a computer, then a gaming chair is more than a luxury for you; it’s a necessity.
What are the different types of gaming chairs?
As we mentioned above, gaming chairs come in various designs as well as styles. The most common types of game chairs are the rockers, racing chairs, and pedestal gaming chairs. When browsing different catalogs of gaming chairs, you will notice that most - if not all - of the products will fall into these three categories.
These are chairs that don’t have a pedestal. Instead, these chairs usually feature an “L” shape and are set directly on the floor. The shape of the product allows the user to gently rock back and forth, enhancing the comfort of the chair itself. These chairs are very comfortable but are not recommended for seniors, as the process of sitting down and getting back up may cause great strain on their bodies. My favorite rocker chair is the XRocker.
Pedestal / Office Chairs
These resemble standard office chairs and give up a little flair in favor of increased ergonomic support for your back, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. They usually site on a pedestal of wheels and castors that help it glide across the floor.
There are some chairs that trade the castors and wheels for a bar-stool looking base. These give excellent stability without the ability to move around.
These chairs are slender, long and, as their name suggests, are shaped like a racecar seat. The racecar style envelops the user and they are meant for extreme comfort over long gaming sessions. If you end up purchasing a racing chair, ensure you check out the amount of padding that is under the leather. Some models are very thin.
What is the best brand for a gaming chair?
If you've made it this far you are probably already sold on purchasing a gaming chair for your home or office. The next step is to make sure you purchase it from a manufacturer that is reputable and that the durability of the chair will last for a long time.
When it comes to looking and video game chair brands, it is similar to choosing the components of your computer; the brand usually speaks volumes about the products themselves. Despite the wide variety of manufacturers and sellers, there are only a handful of companies which produce the best quality chairs. While other manufacturers may produce seemingly awesome gaming chairs, these products won’t usually stand the test of time, and your money will end up down the drain.
When you’re investing in a brand, you’re not only purchasing a chair with tons of features and all the bells and whistles which come with it, you’re also acquiring a product that will serve you faithfully for years to come. If you pick the right brand, you will also get a warranty that will give you a replacement under certain circumstances. Normal wear and tear usually doesn't cut it, but if there is a manufacturing problem you want a brand you can trust.
If you’re one of those people that frequently tunes into gaming streams, or are an avid follower of the latest gaming tournaments, you might already be familiar with more than a few brands of gaming chairs. These products are used by literally every e-athlete ever, and for good reason. Here are the top brands that you can trust when looking for your next chair:
As their name suggests, this company specializes in the manufacturing of racing chairs. Founded in 2006, DXRacer started out as a manufacturer of high-quality seats for actual racecars. By putting a lot of love, effort, and smart decision making into the mix, the company became a world leader in the production of OEM car accessories. Their innovative designs have allowed them to branch out into the gaming chair market and they have gone on to become a major player. Given that DXRacer is a company that produces seats for people who like to go fast, you can rest assured that the quality of their products is more than guaranteed.
It goes without saying that DXRacer focuses mainly on racing chairs so, if this is your style of preference, you might want to browse this company’s catalog; you’ll most likely find a product suited to your needs and preferences.
It’s worth noting that DXRacer is an official sponsor for some major gaming tournaments, and is the official backer of several professional gaming crews, such as Ninjas In Pyjamas, Denial eSports, Na’Vi, Team Complexity, FaZe Clan, and Copenhagen Wolves.
Like DXRacer mentioned above, this brand of gaming chair is focused on the manufacture of racing chairs. All their products are made using the highest quality materials and manufacturing processes in order to ensure their longevity and unerring quality throughout the years. The chairs of Maxnomic are equipped with a certain set of features which are meant to make them stand out among the rest:
- For starters, Maxnomic chairs are equipped with patented 4D-Armrests, which allow them to be adjusted in 4 directions, which is particularly important, given that armrest position can often mean the difference between a good and bad posture.
- These chairs are also equipped with a tilt mechanism which allows the backrest to be set in 5 different positions. The default setting of these chairs is set at a comfortable 11° tilt, which is easy on the back and can also allow comfortable viewing of the computer monitor without constantly having to perform awkward adjustments his or her position. The seat itself can be set to 0°, and reclined back a total of 49°, or lean forward 7°, which gives Maxnomic chairs a total of 56° of adjustability.
- The adjustable lumbar support is present on all the Office-Comfort line of Maxnomic chairs. The support is controlled by a knob on the side of the chair.
- All Maxnomic chairs come fitted with a large safety base. The feet span a 70-centimeter diameter and are built with high-quality aluminum. The size, coupled with the materials used, grant these chairs a sturdy support with plenty of longevity and no pesky wobbling.
Other features common with Maxnomic chairs are the use of class 4 gas lift cylinders, which provide durability and ease of use to the pedestal itself. The casters are coated with polyurethane, which provides a smooth slide through a wide variety of surfaces. Furthermore, every Maxnomic purchase comes with a free head & lumbar cushion which complements the comfort of the chair itself.
This company is a manufacturer of mostly rocker and pedestal gaming chairs, though they also have a few racing chairs, as well as regular office chairs in their catalog. This company is known for its big chairs, most of which feature lots of padding for extra comfort. Furthermore, X Rocker gaming chairs are equipped with several features to improve the playability of the user’s favorite games. For instance, their chairs are equipped with sound systems and are Bluetooth enabled, so that you can pair them with any compatible device such as tablets, smartphones, or even your computer. In this manner you can use the chair to playback audio from any of these devices. You may also follow the “wired” audio setup or use an HDMI converter to plug your favorite consoles into the chair, so that you can take full advantage of X Rocker’s audio and fully immerse yourself in the game.
Gaming chairs can go for a lot of money in most retailers or online stores. Arozzi is a good alternative for gamers that want to enjoy the benefits of a good gaming chair, but don’t have the money to purchase one from high-end brands. The chairs manufactured by Arozzi feature very reasonable price tags for the quality they offer. Though their catalog consists solely of racing chairs - as well as a few gaming desks and gaming eyewear - all include the features that are standard in this category of gaming chairs. They feature plenty of lumbar support and just the right amount of padding to feel comfortable even after the longest gaming sessions. Furthermore, their armrests are fully adjustable and feature big feet to provide the best stability for the gamer.
This isn’t to say that Arozzi doesn’t produce high-end and expensive gaming chairs because they have lots of those on their website. However, their inexpensive alternatives are also a welcome respite to any and all gamers that are operating on a tight budget.
GT Omega Racing
The name of this company certainly leaves little to the imagination when figuring in which type of chair it specializes. The GT Omega Racing brand was established in 2009 and, ever since its beginnings, has been solely focused on the manufacture of racing chairs which any user can use to fully enjoy the thrills and excitements of the racetrack from the comfort of their home. This company shines for its comfortable racing chairs as well as its top-notch aftercare customer support. Though this company is based in the UK, their products can be found in retailers around the globe.
The words ergonomics, design, and functionality are what AK Racing is all about. This manufacturer of high-quality racing chairs has been in business since 2014 and, while you may dismiss them as a wet-behind-the-ears greenhorn company, you will be delighted to know that all their products have years of research and development behind them. AK Racing develops comfortable seating solutions for both veteran and casual gamers, and their product lineup certainly reflects this, as they feature both colorful gaming chairs, as well as elegant chairs which would certainly look great in the workplace. This company is the official backer of Team Dignitas, a well-known professional gaming group, and is also the sponsor of one of Finland’s most talented Counter-Strike streamer, Joona “natu” Leppänen.
A great thing about AK Racing is that they don’t only sell you their gaming chairs; you can also find all sorts of replacement parts such as armrests, wheels, and hydraulic lift gas canisters in their store. That way if their product starts malfunctioning or is in need of a replacement, you will only need to purchase the damaged part, instead of the whole chair.
This is the first company in the list that specializes in both pedestal and rocker chairs. While they also have a couple of racing chairs on their website, Brazen products are focused on heavily-padded pedestal and rocker chairs, some of which feature 2.1 audio capabilities and can be used as a playback device for your computer’s audio. As an important selling point, Brazen notes that all their chairs are compliant with UK regulations, something which apparently is quite rare for most manufacturers in the region. If you checked out X Rocker’s lineup and were interested in their products then you might also want to check out Brazen’s catalog, as they are similar in shape, styles, and features.
This company offers a variety of gaming chairs in the racing and pedestal variant. However, their true area of expertise is in racing chair sets, which come with everything you might need to fully immerse yourself in your favorite racing games. Their kits include everything from steering wheel mounts, gear shift holders, slots for the pedals, and mounts for the TV or monitor. PlaySeat is the go-to manufacturer for racing game fans, as well as those who enjoy other type of vehicle sims, such as flight simulators. It is worth noting that several professional racers such as Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, and Sebastien Buemi are known to use PlaySeat chairs as part of their personal gaming setup.
Products from Vertagear are designed to take gaming to the next level. Their team of skilled engineers and designers are tasked with producing chairs that help ensure the comfort of the user whether gaming or working. Their seats are made with the most premium material and include several ergonomic features to safeguard the posture of the user while they play. But Vertagear’s aim doesn’t end with ergonomics, as their chairs also offer great adjustability so that anyone can find their preferred setting without too much effort. While this organization doesn’t have such an ample catalog, their products are noteworthy and warrant taking a look.
Keep in mind that while we won’t feature products from all of these brands on our list below, you can rest assured that, by investing in any of these companies, you will receive your money’s worth on a good gaming chair regardless of your choice.
It’s always easy to throw caution to the wind and simply purchase the most inexpensive gaming chair and hope for the best. But, in my experience, you will end up searching again in just a few months for something that is more comfortable and doesn't give you back pain. Invest in your own health and get something that not only fits your style, but is also ergonomically sound.
I hope that this article has given you enough information to purchase the right chair for yourself. If you feel that I have missed something or want to share your own story about your purchase and experience feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch.