Buying a top-of-the-line gaming chair is a big investment, so it’s important that you know if the one you’re looking at will provide you with everything you need — particularly when it comes to comfort. Luckily, many new ergonomic gaming chairs have been coming out, providing options that offer superior comfort.
We enjoyed their Dark Wizard and Dark Demon gaming chairs when we’ve tested them in the past, so we were thrilled when Andaseat contacted us for a fair and unbiased review of the Kaiser 3. Here’s what we found.
Zoom In: Specs
- 2 Sizes: Large and XL
- Upholstery: PVC Leather, Linen Fabric
- Re-Dense molded foam cushions
- Wide seat base
- Magnetic head pillow
- 4-way lumbar support
- 4-dimensional armrests
- Removable magnetic arm pads
- Range of incline: 90–165 degrees
- Price: $499 (L), $549 (XL)
Building the Kaiser 3 was a fairly straightforward process compared to many other gaming chairs. There were only ten bolts that needed to be attached with a hex wrench. It was an otherwise completely tool-less assembly. The only issue I had with the build was that I found it extremely difficult to line up the bolts with the threads when attaching the back of the chair to the seat. The threading on the bolts didn’t seem to match up, and they kept wanting to go in at an angle. I did manage to get them in eventually, but it seemed more difficult than with most gaming chairs.
Other than that, the rest of the chair went together quite easily. Several of the pieces attached magnetically, saving time and effort. The instructions were clear and the whole process took about twenty minutes.
Build Quality and Comfort
The build quality of the Kaiser 3 is exceptional. The PVC leather upholstery is one of the better variations we’ve seen. It’s comfortable on the skin even after long gaming sessions and appears more durable than most PVC leathers. It’s also quite attractive, (though I’m personally not a fan of the orange stitching.) It isn’t stretched as tightly as some chairs we’ve tested, however.
The cushioning is great as well. It strikes a fantastic balance between being firm enough to offer adequate support without being so firm as to be uncomfortable. The magnetic armrests are removable and have a firm but comfortable foam padding. Likewise, the magnetic head pillow seems to be made of memory foam coated in a soft velour.
The only thing I didn’t like about the design was the plastic cutouts (which were added to give the chair the “race-car” look), as they sometimes rubbed uncomfortably on my shoulder blades.
Ergonomics and Adjustability
Far and away the best things about the Kaiser 3 are the ergonomic options — particularly the four-way adaptive lumbar support. This can be adjusted by the dials on either side of the seat, which raise and lower or adjust the depth of lumbar support inside the back of the chair. I cannot over-emphasize how much better this system is than the lower-back pillows that come with most gaming chairs.
Then there are the four-dimensional armrests. These are a little wiggly, but they rotate from side to side and can be adjusted to move up and down, forward and back, and out and in. This allows users of all sizes to ensure they can move them into a comfortable position.
In addition to all of these special features, there are also a few more standard adjustability features. There is height adjustment, a 90–165-degree range of recline, and a lever that allows the chair to switch between being locked in place and rocking freely when you lean back.
Is the Kaiser 3 Worth the Money?
As you might expect for a premium gaming chair, the Andaseat Kaiser 3 is not cheap. It MSRPs at $499 for the Large and $549 for the XL. This is significantly more expensive than most gaming chairs, but it is actually marginally cheaper than its closest competitor, the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 Series.
These two chairs share many of the same features, and although the Titan Evo has a slightly better build quality in my opinion, the Kaiser 3 offers more comfortable cushioning and a wider seat. For this reason, we feel that the Kaiser 3 is a competitive option in today’s market.
Zoom Out: Verdict
The Andaseat Kaiser 3 is a high-end gaming chair with a high-end price tag. It is a comfortable and ergonomic option that is ideal for those seeking a large, premium gaming chair with plenty of ergonomic options.
- Four-way adaptive lumbar support offers superior ergonomics
- Cushions are comfortable and supportive
- Large seat offers plenty of room
- More expensive than most gaming chairs
- Plastic cut-outs can be uncomfortable on the shoulders
- Not available in smaller sizes