Should you even care? It’s just a chair, right? Do you really need one of the best gaming chairs? Sure, some folks take their choice of gaming throne a little more seriously than others. But the fact of the matter is, between work and play, us gamers put in some long hours in our chairs. It makes sense to find something comfortable and supportive.

If you’re noticing your back hurting during gaming or even after you get up, it might be time to seek aid. I myself switched to a quality chair a couple of years ago, and I’ve never looked back. Now, the new chair didn’t completely eliminate my back pain. But alongside the habit of taking regular breaks, the pain has diminished to the point that it’s not taking up valuable headspace (and gaming time) anymore.

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There’s no practical way to test out every chair before you find “the one.” So we’ve laid the groundwork for you. Below, you’ll find our list of the 20 best gaming chairs followed by our things to look for and chair buying guide.

Zoom Out: Top 20 Gaming Chairs Comparison

For a closer look at HGG’s top console and best gaming chairs picks, head to our Zoom In section below.

1. SecretLab OmegaRacing Seat2166 lbsBest chair overall💰💰💰
2. GTRACING GT099Racing Seat750 lbsBest value chair💰
3. Respawn 900Swivel Recliner549 lbsBest living room gaming recliner💰💰
4. SecretLab TitanRacing Seat1977 lbsBest high-end chair💰💰💰💰
5. X Rocker Pro Series H3Baseless Rocking Chair117 lbsBest rocker chair w/ speakers💰💰
6. OFM Essentials Racing StyleRacing Seat937 lbsBest around $100💰
7. noblechairs ICONOffice Chair462 lbsBest office gaming chair💰💰💰💰
8. AmazonBasics Racing StyleRacing Seat341 lbsBest cheap racing chair💰
9. Anda Seat Dark WizardOffice Chair173 lbsMost comfortable chair💰💰💰💰
10. Arozzi Verona JuniorRacing Seat440 lbsBest small gaming chair💰💰
11. Corsair T2 Road WarriorBig & Tall Racing Seat554 lbsBest big gaming chair💰💰💰💰
12. Homall High-Back RacingBig & Tall Racing Seat742 lbsBest value big gaming chair💰
13. Respawn 200Racing Seat551 lbsBest mesh chair💰💰
14. Flash Furniture Articulate MeshTask Chair1637 lbsBest office chair for gaming💰💰💰
15. DXRacer Iron SeriesOffice Chair264 lbsBest leather chair💰💰💰💰
16. MAXNOMIC ErgoceptorOffice Chair5N/ABest lumbar support💰💰💰
17. Big Joe Dorm Bean BagBean Bag Chair65 lbsBest bean bag💰
18. Steelcase LeapTask Chair646 lbsBest ergonomic chair💰💰💰💰
19. Respawn 110Racing Seat1052 lbsMost popular chair💰
20. Embody by Herman MillerTask Chair1652 lbsBest splurge💰💰💰💰💰

Zoom In: A Closer Look at the Top 20 Chairs

Now let’s take an in-depth look at the TV and PC gaming chairs from the section above. Surely, you will find something to take your man cave (or woman cave) to the next level.

1. Secretlab Omega 2020

Secretlab Omega Series 2020 Edition

The most popular gaming chair

Manufacturer: SecretLab | Type: Racing Seat | Material: PU or Genuine Leather | Weight: 66 lbs | Weight Capacity: 240 lbs | Recline: 165° | Colors: 21 | Price: 💰💰💰

The Omega is Secretlab’s best-selling flagship chair. Our favorite part? You can customize the Omega to your heart’s content using Secretlab’s slick website. We’ve got a hands-on review of the chair right here.

Choose a more subtle styling, or go all out — mild or wild, it’s your choice. Quality components, quick delivery, and up to 49-day returns have further elevated Secretlab’s Omega (and their other models) in terms of popularity. They now have a legitimate claim to the throne for the King of gaming chairs.

You can get the Omega in your choice of vegan PRIME PU Leather, Softweave Fabric, or luxurious NAPA leather. NAPA leather is featured in many luxury car seats as well as high-end boutique leather goods like designer bags and wallets. We wouldn’t necessarily classify NAPA leather as a need in the whole need vs. want debate, but hey, we’re talking gaming chairs here. And honestly, it does roll off the tongue quite nicely.

  • Industry-leading design
  • Great customer support and website
  • Cool Game of Thrones and superhero editions
  • Thin head and neck pillows
  • Too small for individuals over 6 foot
  • No adjustable lumbar support like the Titan


The best value gaming chair

Manufacturer: GTRACING | Type: Racing Seat | Material: PU Leather | Weight: 50 lbs | Weight Capacity: 300 lbs | Recline: 170° | Colors: 7 | Price: 💰

Many a gaming chair is paired with an eye-popping price tag. Not this one! For gamers on a budget, GTRACING found a way to offer a feature-rich racing style gaming chair for under $150. Quality PU leather, neck and lumbar pillows, adjustable armrests, and reclining from 90-170° round out this chair nicely. Add that all together, and you’ve found our pick for the best gaming chair for the money.

It isn’t a slouch in the looks department, either. The GT099 model features stylish racing stripes, matching pillows, and colorful accents on the five-star base. Plus, GTRACING offers this gaming chair in 10 color styles, so you’re sure to find one that looks sweet with your setup. Another nice feature? The GT099 can rock back and forth — making it the fidget spinner of chairs.

  • Neck and lumbar pillows
  • Best looking chair under $150
  • Attractive design offered in many colors
  • PU leather can get warm
  • Not much in the way of ergonomic features
  • Plastic parts, stitching, upholstery not super durable

3. Respawn 900 Recliner

RESPAWN-900 Racing Style Gaming Recliner

The best gaming reclining chair for the living room

Manufacturer: Respawn | Type: Swivel Recliner| Material: PU Leather | Weight: 49 lbs | Weight Capacity: 275 lbs | Recline: 135° | Colors: 5 | Price: 💰💰

The Respawn 900 Gaming Style Recliner is Respawn’s latest model. In our humble opinion, the absolute must-have feature on this chair is the cup holder built into the left arm. Another round of drinks, you say?

In addition, there’s a removable side pouch that hangs off the left arm that’s easy to access too. And Respawn didn’t stop at 135 degrees of recline — they’ve also built in a fully extendable footrest for ultimate comfort while gaming. It doesn’t get better than the Respawn 900 for comfortable, laid back play sessions.

  • Fully extendable footrest
  • Available in black, grey, blue, red, white
  • Reclines up to 135 degrees and swivels 360 degrees
  • Limited warranty
  • Lacks lumbar support
  • No right side cup holder

4. Secretlab Titan 2020

SecretLab Titan

The best high-end PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: SecretLab | Type: Racing Seat | Material: PU or Genuine Leather | Weight: 77 lbs | Weight Capacity: 290 lbs | Recline: 165° | Colors: 19 | Price: 💰💰💰💰

A chair of godly proportions, the Secretlab Titan is ideal for larger gamers 5’7 in height and above (maximum load of 6’6, 290 pounds).

This gaming chair package is one of the most polished we’ve seen and exemplifies Secretlab’s keen attention to detail. From the precise stitching to the fluid adjustment knobs, to the robust 77-pound frame and aluminum base, the build quality of this chair is top tier.

We also dig the integrated lumbar adjustment system knob. By twisting this knob located on the side of the backrest, the lumbar zone of the chair protrudes or recedes to your preference — sort of like a built-in adjustable lower back cushion. This chair has received one of our best review scores to date. At an eye-popping regular price of $500, we encourage our readers to look for it on sale. Secretlab will sometimes get pretty aggressive with their sales, and at these times, we’ve seen some of their models up to $200 off.

  • Lumbar adjustment knob
  • Red stitching with black is lovely
  • Titanic 77 pound chair (also could be a con)
  • Doesn’t work well for shorter individuals
  • Some users do not like the firmer padding
  • Cost — time to sell some of those bitcoin gains

5. X Rocker Pro Series H3


The best rocker gaming chair with speakers

Manufacturer: X Rocker | Type: Baseless Rocking Chair | Material: PU Leather | Weight: 17 lbs | Weight Capacity: 275 lbs | Recline: N/A | Colors: 1 | Price: 💰💰

The X Rocker Pro Series H3 is hands-down the best all-purpose gaming chair for the living room.

The four integrated front speakers and 4-inch subwoofer offer plenty of oomph. Supplement that oomph with the vibration motors that sync with the audio’s bass tones, and you have a force to be reckoned with. Another neat feature about this model is that you can connect this to other X Rocker chairs and play in multi-game mode. It’s sure to be a smash hit at your next LAN party.

  • Great sound quality
  • Rocking motion is nice when gaming
  • Vibration makes games and movies even more immersive
  • Slight latency with the wireless audio
  • Chair is pretty heavy and hard to move
  • Users say vinyl upholstery can fade in direct sunlight

6. OFM Essentials Racing Chair

OFM Essentials Collection Racing Style Bonded Leather Gaming Chair

Best gaming chair around $100

Manufacturer: OFM | Type: Racing Seat | Material: PU Leather | Weight: 37 lbs | Weight Capacity: 275 lbs | Recline: 125° | Colors: 9 | Price: 💰

If you must find a gaming chair under $100, we’ve got one you need to check out: the OFM Essentials Racing Style Chair. With a whopping 9 colors to choose from, they’ve likely got your favorite color calling your name. Notably, some colors are priced higher than others — we’ve seen the green color as low as $65. But in most cases, this chair will leave you around $80 lighter.

The two-tone design and contoured padding are aesthetically pleasing. It may not deliver the same number of style points that a full racing style chair does, but there’s no denying its got some flair.

  • Armrests flip-up
  • Sub $100 price
  • Looks sharp for a cheap chair
  • Few ergonomic features
  • No lumbar or neck pillow
  • Armrests aren’t height or width adjustable

7. Noblechairs ICON

noblechairs ICON Real Leather Gaming Chair

The best office gaming chair

Manufacturer: noblechairs | Type: Office Chair | Material: PU or Genuine Leather | Weight: 62 lbs | Weight Capacity: 330 lbs | Recline: 135° | Colors: 4 | Price: 💰💰💰💰

German gaming brand Noblechairs makes some exceptional equipment for gamers. If you’re not a fan of the oftentimes gaudy appearances of some of the racing type chairs, Noblechairs’ ICON chair has an understated and elegant look. The chair’s quilted pattern on the backrest — and metal accents throughout — both exude style and professionalism.

In fact, Noblechair’s entire line-up of gaming chairs is beautifully crafted and designed with world-class ergonomics and components. One prominent standout feature worth mentioning in the ICON Series Chair is the genuine leather upholstery option. Get real top grain leather or go all-out luxurious with Nappa leather. Read more about Noblechairs in our hands-on review of the ICON Real Leather Midnight Blue and Graphite model.

  • Genuine leather is premium quality
  • Classy looking quilted pattern on backrest
  • Choose from PU, top-grain, or Nappa leather
  • No padding on the armrests
  • Premium quality = premium price
  • Neck and lumbar pillows aren’t great

8. AmazonBasics Racing Style

AmazonBasics Gaming Racing Style Office Chair Review

The best cheap racing gaming chair

Manufacturer: AmazonBasics | Type: Racing Seat | Material: PU Leather | Weight: 41 lbs | Weight Capacity: 275 lbs | Recline: 120° | Colors: 3 | Price: 💰

Amazon’s private-label brand, AmazonBasics, dives into the gaming chair waters with a reasonably priced chair. Of course, with a sub $150 price, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles. But Amazon delivers the chassis in a surprisingly stylish package.

The combination of PVC materials on the sides and bottom, soft PU leather upholstery, and a nylon base is a formula for success in the gaming chair world. Amazon followed this formula well and found a way to offer the goods for a fair price. This AmazonBasics Chair is a serious contender for the best racing-style gaming chair for the money.

Interested? You can read our full review here.

  • Easy assembly
  • Adjustable arms and backrest
  • Better than average poly leather
  • Narrow seat and armrests
  • Wiggle/play in the backrest
  • Material doesn’t breathe well

9. Anda Seat Dark Wizard

Anda Seat Premium Gaming Chair Dark Wizard Series Chair

The most comfortable PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: Anda Seat | Type: Office Chair | Material: PU Leather | Weight: 73 lbs | Weight Capacity: 400 lbs | Recline: 160° | Colors: 1 | Price: 💰💰💰💰

Anda Seat is one of the leading gaming chair brands in Asia, and they are making their move on the US market. If you have a penchant for extra pillowy seating such as La-Z-Boy type chairs, Anda Seat’s Dark Wizard chair will be right up your alley. We should know. One of our team members uses this chair on a daily basis, and they now turn up their noses at the sight of lesser chairs. It is easily one of the best gaming chairs under $400.

One of the highlights of this chair is the included neck and lumbar pillows with extra cushioning. The unique deluxe neck pillow that comes with this chair accommodates the neck and head exceptionally well. A matching lumbar pillow will care for your back, while a high-density foam padded seat unit takes care of the rest.

It is a shame that they decided to skimp out on the armrests, which unfortunately don’t feature any padding. That didn’t stop it from making our list — the sleek all-black style with a premium presence and feel won’t disappoint. We have a full review of the chair here, if you want a closer look at all the details.

  • Pillowy neck and lumbar cushions
  • Carbon fiber leather and black color is sleek
  • 30 day trial period + 18-month comprehensive warranty
  • Very heavy
  • No armrest padding
  • Lesser known brand

10. Arozzi Verona Junior

Arozzi Verona Junior Gaming Chair

The best small gaming chair

Manufacturer: Arozzi | Type: Racing Seat | Material: PU Leather | Weight: 40 lbs | Weight Capacity: 130 lbs | Recline: 165° | Colors: 4 | Price: 💰💰

For women and men of shorter stature, there are pretty slim pickins when it comes to gaming chairs. Swedish company Arozzi decided to fix this problem with the one-of-a-kind Verona Junior.

Most gaming chair manufacturers design chairs for men and seem to think the bigger and heavier the chair, the better. If you’re on the shorter side, say under 5 feet 2 inches, and you want a high-quality gaming chair, this is it. It’s assembled in minutes and boasts fantastic craftsmanship for petite folk.

  • Quick assembly
  • Quality build and pillows
  • Great for shorter individuals under 5’2”
  • Pricey for the size
  • 130-pound weight limit
  • Armrests are too easy to move side-to-side

11. Corsair T2 Road Warrior

Corsair CF-9010006 T2 Road Warrior Gaming Chair

The best gaming chair for big individuals

Manufacturer: Corsair| Type: Big Racing Seat | Material: PU Leather | Weight: 54 lbs | Weight Capacity: 400 lbs | Recline: 170° | Colors: 5 | Price: 💰💰💰💰

The ultra-tall back and wide seat of the T2 Road Warrior is suited for the big dawg gamers. With a weight limit of 300 pounds and accommodating heights over 6 foot 6 inches, even the Dr. Disrespects of the world will be happy as a clam in this chair. A solid steel chassis will handle everything you throw at it, and the perforated PU leather and matching seat cushions offer comfort in style.

Plus, Corsair is renowned in the gaming world, and their customer service is top-notch. Expect reliable performance and overall quality with the T2 Road Warrior.

  • Trusted gaming brand
  • Rollerblade wheels are super fast
  • Contoured padding is comfortable
  • PU leather isn’t very breathable
  • Five-star base constructed with plastic
  • Users say the armrests are uncomfortable

12. Homall High-Back Racing Chair

Homall Gaming Chair Office Chair High Back Computer Chair

The best value gaming chair for larger individuals

Manufacturer: Homall | Type: Big Racing Seat | Material: PU Leather | Weight: 42 lbs | Weight Capacity: 300 lbs | Recline: 180° | Colors: 7 | Price: 💰

This High-Back Racing Style Chair from Homall is a plus-sized gaming throne. It may not have all the bells-and-whistles, but heavyset gamers will be hard-pressed to find a gaming chair that’s better for the money.

What kinda features are we talking? The Homall Racer has an upgraded Class-3 gas lift verified by SGS that supports up to 300 pounds. Homall also offers this chair in multiple colors — even pink and purple! It doesn’t have much in the way of ergonomics, but you can recline the backrest up to 180 degrees for a mid-match catnap.

  • Under $150
  • Supports up to 300 pounds
  • Stylish big chair in 7 colors
  • Nonadjustable arm rests
  • Seat and back need more padding
  • Users report the chair is top-heavy and prone to tipping

13. Respawn 200

RESPAWN-200 Racing Style Gaming Chair

The best mesh gaming chair

Manufacturer: Respawn | Type: Racing Seat | Material: Mesh Fabric | Weight: 51 lbs | Weight Capacity: 275 lbs | Recline: 130° | Colors: 5 | Price: 💰💰

A unique looking chair, the Respawn 200 comes in significantly lower than most quality gaming chairs that hover around the $300 price point. Not only does it have a flair of its own — with the side panels bolstering the headrest part of the chair — Respawn also incorporates mesh in the high-back area. For gamers who run a little on the warmer side, the boost in breathability will be a welcome feature.

In addition to these fresh design elements, there’s also an integrated lumbar support unit. We hadn’t seen this type of lumbar support in a chair yet. It is difficult to adjust, but it does get the job done. Indeed, the chair isn’t flawless, and the look may not be for everyone. But give points to Respawn for trying new things in a space that sorely lacks innovation. For more information about this chair, head to our full-page review.

  • Unique appearance
  • Dedicated lumbar support
  • Mesh backing helps you stay cool
  • Not the best for shorter individuals
  • Adjustment levers are hard to reach
  • The width of the armrests cannot be adjusted

14. Flash Furniture Articulate Mesh Chair


The best office chair for gaming

Manufacturer: Flash Furniture | Type: Task Chair | Material: Mesh Fabric | Weight: 37 lbs | Weight Capacity: 250 lbs | Recline: 125° | Colors: 16 | Price: 💰💰💰

The Mid-Back Black Mesh Chair with Triple Paddle Control by Flash Furniture is a fantastic one-size-fits-all chair. It has enough adjustment mechanisms and ventilation to keep you comfortable through extended periods of sitting. And it’s one of the most well-priced ergonomic office chairs on the market.

If you love leather, the Black Leather Executive Office Chair with Triple Paddle Control is the mesh’s chairs leather equivalent, and it features a slightly higher back that’s well worth a look. It features the same comprehensive customization as the mesh version with the extra-large paddles, but the extra-high back (adjusts up to 21 inches tall) is a sweet treat for larger gamers. The finishing touch? Flash Furniture’s contoured design adds a nice professional look that you simply can’t pass up.

  • Thick seat padding
  • One size fits all chair and 10 colors
  • Extra-large paddles makes adjusting easy
  • Backrest fabric not very comfortable
  • Armrests can be too tall to fit under lower desks
  • Difficult to assemble, caster wheels hard to attach

15. DXRacer Iron Series

DXRacer Iron Series Full Grain Leather Gaming Chair

The best leather gaming chair

Manufacturer: DXRacer | Type: Office Chair | Material: Full Grain Leather | Weight: 64 lbs | Weight Capacity: 275 lbs | Recline: 135° | Colors: 2 | Price: 💰💰💰💰

DXRacer is the OG of gaming chairs and the most popular brand in the eSports community. Their new Iron Series lineup is definitely worth a gander, as it’s loaded with top-notch ergonomics, including a multi-directional design backed by 10 years of research. It also comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and a two-year warranty on parts. That shows just how much confidence DXRacer has in this model.

If money is no object, you may want to scoop up the full-grain leather edition of this chair. The soft and supple leather (and perforated design) look absolutely gorgeous in any gaming setup.

  • Luxurious full-grain leather
  • Robust ergonomics for a gaming chair
  • One of the best warranties in the industry
  • Leather feel somewhat stiff until broken in
  • Full-grain leather version is an eye-popping $800
  • Your buns might get cold when first plopping down

16. Maxnomic Ergoceptor


The gaming chair with the best lumbar support

Manufacturer: Maxnomic | Type: Office Chair | Material: PU Leather | Weight: N/A | Weight Capacity: 220 lbs | Recline: 140° | Colors: 5 | Price: 💰💰💰

The first chair in our high-end computer gaming chairs category is MAXNOMIC’s Ergoceptor. MAXNOMIC by NeedforSeat has a large range of over 40 gaming chairs. The Ergoceptor is one of their latest additions, and it’s quite a doozy. This chair features multi-layered PU leather, an aluminum reinforced five-star base, a durable class 4 cylinder, and is fully adjustable with 4D armrests and dedicated lumbar support knob (on par with the Secretlab Titan).

One of the coolest features is the unique stitching patterns that help the chair stand out and give it some interesting texture (and extra padding). We’ve got a comprehensive review of the Ergoceptor you can find at the destination of that very link.

  • Very ergonomic
  • Lumbar adjustment knob
  • Attractive stitching pattern
  • Colors aren’t for everyone
  • Big price jumps between sizes
  • Price is higher than some comparable chairs

17. Big Joe Dorm Bean Bag Chair

Big Joe Bean Bag Gaming Chair

The best TV gaming chair for gamers

Manufacturer: Big Joe | Type: Bean Bag Chair | Material: SmartMax Fabric | Weight: 5 lbs | Weight Capacity: 250 lbs | Recline: N/A | Colors: 6 | Price: 💰

Large and heavy gaming chairs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Enter the humble bean bag chair, great for smaller spaces and TV gaming.

This bean bag from Big Joe is available in a variety of colors and even has pockets for your game controllers and water bottle. It also has an internal zipper seal, which enables you to refill this bean bag as needed (bean bag beans compress over time). Big Joe sells the ‘UltimaX’ refill beans online so you can be sure your bean bag chair will never fail you.

  • Cup and remote holders
  • Can be refilled when it starts to go flat
  • Very portable, easy to store when not in use
  • Some users report it going flat quickly
  • Some colors more expensive than others
  • Seat size is pretty small, not comfortable for most adults

18. Steelcase Leap

Steelcase Leap Chair Black Fabric

The best ergonomic gaming chair

Manufacturer: Steelcase | Type: Task Chair | Material: SC Fabric | Weight: 46 lbs | Weight Capacity: 400 lbs | Recline: 120° | Colors: 6 | Price: 💰💰💰💰

The Steelcase Leap is the winner of numerous awards, including Wirecutter’s best office chair of the year, and it is Steelcase’s best selling chair. One of our team members has used this chair daily for over a year, and he thoroughly recommends the Leap as a sturdy companion. He even goes so far as to say it was the vanquisher of his back pain woes.

What makes this one of the best PC gaming chairs? The Leap uses a technology called Liveback. This term describes how the chair dynamically adjusts to your seating position. If you’re looking to invest in a chair with sound ergonomics, look no further. Thankfully, it is a little less expensive than some of their newer models, and it’s even available refurbished at a significant discount.

  • Live back technology
  • Padded arms, telescoping arms adjust smoothly
  • Silver Cradle to Cradle Product Certification from MBDC
  • Some users say the seat cushion is too thin
  • Takes time to dial in the back rest tension setting just right
  • Not great for wider individuals; contact points of the seat and back will dig into sides

19. Respawn 110

Respawn Fortnite RAVEN-Xi Gaming Chair

The most popular gaming chair

Manufacturer: Respawn | Type: Racing Seat | Material: Bonded Leather | Weight: 52 lbs | Weight Capacity: 275 lbs | Recline: 155° | Colors: 10 | Price: 💰

The Respawn 110 Series is a trendy gaming chair that comes in a bunch of fun styles. There are even two Fortnite themed models (but they do come at a hefty $60 premium)!

The standout feature on this chair is the footrest. Nearly all gaming chairs around this price point don’t offer that feature. Combine that with the reclining backrest, and you’ve found yourself a gaming chair that doubles as a cat napping recliner.

  • Extendable footrest
  • 2 cool Fortnite styles
  • Lots of features for a chair at the sub $150 price
  • Strong chemical odor lasts for a couple weeks
  • Some users report that the armrests feel flimsy
  • You have to lean uncomfortably to adjust the chair

20. Embody by Herman Miller


The best computer chair for gaming when money is no object

Manufacturer: Herman Miller | Type: Task Chair | Material: HM Fabric | Weight: 52 lbs | Weight Capacity: 300 lbs | Recline: 120° | Colors: 16 | Price: 💰💰💰💰💰

If you want Herman Miller’s best, it’s going to cost you. How much, you ask? Well, the full-featured Herman Miller Embody Series Chair flutters around the $1500 price point. Yowza!

It’s a significant investment, yes. But if you’ve already sunk a few $1000 into your office, what the hell, right? The graceful, organic curves will make your heart flutter whenever you lay eyes on it. And, Herman Miller claims it will improve your focus, enhance your health, and responsively accommodate your every move and posture shift.

The Embody is one of humanity’s best attempts to minimize the damage done when sitting for over 6 or even 8 hours a day. Couple an ergonomic chair with short breaks in between bouts of gaming/working as well as daily exercise, and you’ll be on the path to sustainable wellness. All it costs is $1500.

  • Responsive ergonomic support
  • 12-year warranty, Herman Miller support unparalleled
  • Gaze down upon the peasants with contempt — you have secured the best throne
  • Sell your kidney or car to afford
  • Replacement parts are expensive
  • Forces you into a healthy posture — not the most pleasant habit to acquire

Guide Part I: 5 Most Popular Chair Types

Technically, any chair used for gaming is a gaming chair. But some chairs excel in providing comfort for specific types of gaming sessions. Listed below are the 5 most popular variations.

Types of Gaming Chairs


MAXNOMIC ERGOCEPTOR - Example of a Racing Style Gaming Chair
Image Credit: Maxnomic

When you think of gaming chairs, what comes to mind? If you’re like me, it’s racing-style gaming chairs with high ‘executive’ backs, large wheelbases, and flashy color palettes (though the MAXNOMIC is a notable exception).

Over the past decade, racing chairs have become synonymous with the PC gaming scene. This reputation is largely begotten by excellent marketing campaigns from brands like DXRacer, Secretlab, and Maxnomic, who produce quality ergonomic chairs for players around the world.


Example of a Rocker Style Gaming Chair
Image Credit: XRocker

Rockers are less than ideal for PC gaming, and much more suited for the laptop and console gaming scene. Why is that? Their frames sit perfectly on the floor, ideally resting in front of a large TV or monitor. This design isn’t so much a limitation as it is a feature. When situated on the floor, rockers gently arc to and fro, providing better blood flow, less fatigue, and increased comfort while gaming. A major win!

Be on the lookout for rocker models that feature built-in extras like speakers and vibration, and you’ll be rocking out in no time.


Steelcase Leap Chair - Example of an Office Style Gaming Chair
Image Credit: Steelcase

Ah, the tried & true office chair. When PC gaming first became a thing back in the 90s — and up until the early to mid-2000s — office chairs were the only PC gaming chairs.

Why? Racing chairs weren’t a thing yet, and people were already using office chairs at their computers. Not to mention, office chairs are usually pretty cheap and ergonomic. Think about it. You can adjust their height, move them around, and swivel in your seat. To this day, they’re still a natural fit for PC gaming.

Bean Bag

Example of a Bean Bag Style Gaming Chair
Image Credit: Big Joe

Bean bags are the quintessential gaming chair: big, comfortable, easy to move around, and perfect for lounging. What more could a gamer ask for?

It’s true — they’re not particularly ideal for full-size desks. But if you’ve got a laptop, or a few friends over for some console co-op action, there’s no better gaming seat around.


RESPAWN-900 Racing Style Gaming Recliner - Example of a Pedestal Style Gaming Chair
Image Credit: Respawn

What’s so special about pedestal chairs for gaming? Honestly, pedestal chairs provide the ideal foundation for semi-permanent setups that need something durable and ergonomic.

Although they look rather funky, those large bases mean there’s little risk of falling over — something that can’t be said for racing and office chairs. Not only that, but pedestal chairs make quite the statement in front of a TV or PC monitor. Our favorite way to use them? Pair the pedestal chair with a lap desk or TV, then kick back, relax, and play away.

Guide Part II: 3 Most Important Gaming Chair Features

No matter which type of gaming chair you opt for, there are certain features to keep in mind.

1. Ergonomics

It’s the age-old adage: ergonomics are essential.

Okay, I just made that up. But they really are. 


Ergonomics refers to a chair’s overall design and how it relates to the human body. This relationship takes into account the chair’s features (like recline and adjustability), comfort levels, and how simple it is to use.

Naturally, snagging a gaming chair with superior ergonomics is a smart choice. Look for options with better height control, tension control, headrest & lumbar cushioning, armrest adjustability, and backrest tilt. Every little feature adds up to offer better support and provide a healthful gaming experience. Trust me — your body will thank you for it.

2. Materials

The best gaming chairs come equipped with various types of materials. Depending on the model, you may encounter natural fabrics, mesh, vinyl, suede, faux leather, genuine leather, and/or a mix of different coverings. Choosing the right one can be tricky.

Our recommendation? If you tend to run hot, a fabric or mesh gaming chair is ideal. If you run cold (or you live on the frozen tundra), opt for a thicker material like vinyl or leather. Also, keep in mind durability. Thicker materials are usually more durable and resistant to wear. A happy balance between all the materials is PU leather, and you’ll find many gaming chairs using it.

3. Style

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What’s the point of an epic gaming setup if it doesn’t have a little swag? 

Fortunately, gaming chairs come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, meaning you can find the perfect fit for your unique style.

If you’re into flashy colors, a racing seat or bean bag is probably the way to go. They often feature bright blues, neon yellows, and colors of that nature.

Meanwhile, you’ll find that pedestals and rockers tend to be a little bit more neutral, making them ideal for shared spaces.

But what if you’re more a suit and tie kinda guy? Office chairs deliver the best of both worlds. Business underneath, party up top.


Our Process

For this guide on the best gaming chairs, our writers periodically update the list based on new models being released. Over the course of creating the original list and subsequent updates, our team has spent over 30 hours researching the most popular gaming chairs from more than 75 brands big and small (not to mention over 100 hours spent testing gaming chairs from our reviews section). After comparing this data we then read user reviews (both positive and negative) and narrow down our selection to the top chairs on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

We hope you’ve found the perfect model for your setup.

Happy Gaming!

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