Last updated: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Laying waste to wave after wave of your enemies is all the more fun when doing so from a comfortable perch. Gaming chairs not only look cool, they can help save your back and the rest of your body from the aches and pains of sitting for long periods of time. Whether its a gift to someone else (or yourself) you can’t go wrong with one of the best gaming chairs. It is a welcome treat and something that will get a lot of use over the years.
No doubt about it, human beings are spending greater portions of their day in the sitting position — school, work, commuting, and now at home as well with activities like watching TV or gaming. We encourage our readers to find a quality chair, and if they can afford it, going for one that has some ergonomic features.
Below you’ll find our comparison tables of the best chairs for gaming for each respective price range.
Best Gaming Chairs Under $100
|Crew Furniture Video Rocker Chair||Console||2 Color Options, Leather|
|Mid Back O12 Computer Desk Office Chair||PC||3 Color Options, Mesh & Fabric|
|Cohesion XP 2.1 Gaming Chair with Audio||Console||1 Color Option, Fabric|
|AmazonBasics Mid-Back Office Chair||PC||3 Color Options, Leather|
|Flash Furniture Mid-Back Computer Chair||PC||4 Color Options, Fabric|
|Ace Bayou Wireless V Rocker SE Gaming Chair||Console||1 Color Option, Leather & Fabric|
|Giantex High Back Race Car Style Gaming Chair||PC||4 Color Options, Leather|
|Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Chair with Triple Paddle Control||PC||10 Color Options, Mesh|
|Homall Racing Style Bucket Seat Gaming Chair||PC||4 Color Options, Leather|
Best Gaming Chairs $100 – $400
|X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal Gaming Chair||Console||1 Color Option, Leather|
|Merax Leather Racing Style Gaming Chair||PC||2 Color Options, Leather|
|X Rocker II Gaming Chair||Console||1 Color Option, Leather|
|X Rocker Pro H3 4.1 Wireless Audio Gaming Chair||Console||1 Color Option, Leather|
|Flash Furniture White Leather Executive Office Chair||PC||1 Color Option, Leather|
|Flash Furniture Executive Office Chair with Red Pipeline Border||PC||1 Color Option, Leather|
|X Rocker Surge Bluetooth Gaming Chair||Console||1 Color Option, Leather & Fabric|
|SPACE Seating Professional AirGrid Chair||PC||3 Color Options, Mesh & Leather|
|X Rocker Triple Flip Storage Ottoman Chair||Console||1 Color Option, Leather|
|Arozzi Enzo Series Gaming Racing Style Chair||PC||6 Color Options, Leather|
|DX Racer Formula Series Gaming Chair||PC||10 Color Options, Patented Race Car Seat Material|
|AK Racing Nitro Series Racing Style Chair||PC||5 Color Options, Leather|
Best Gaming Chairs $400+
|DXRacer King Series eSports Chair||PC||5 Color Options, Patented Race Car Seat Material|
|Ergohuman Mesh Hi Swivel Chair||PC||6 Color Options, Mesh|
|Herman Miller Mirra 2||PC||10 Color Options, Triflex Polymer Mid-Back, AireWeave Graphite Seat|
|GM Seating Ergolux Executive Chair||PC||3 Color Options, Genuine Leather|
|Aeron Chair by Herman Miller||PC||15 Color Options, Mesh|
|Steelcase Gesture Chair||PC||34 Color options, Fabric|
|Embody Chair by Herman Miller||PC||16 Color Options, Patented Dynamic Mesh Material|
8 Types of Gaming Chairs
There are a number of gaming chair categories you should be aware of when shopping for the right gaming chair for you. Each type excels in certain departments and comes up short in others. While the main distinction is chairs that are designed for sitting in front of the TV versus those that are designed for sitting at a desk, there’s still some sub categories to be aware of.
1. Bean Bag
The bean bag chair has been around for quite some time and is not a new category by any means. Nonetheless, the bean bag gaming chair is essential to include in our list of gaming chair types. It is a versatile seating option that allows the gamer to change their posture in any manner of ways and conforms to the body offering plenty of support. These are also great for movie night — heat up a bag of popcorn and hop into your bean bag chair for a good time.
An inflatable chair or lounge is a great alternative to bean bag chairs. If you don’t like the forgiving nature of the bean bag chair (where you sink in and sometimes get eaten by the chair) an inflatable chair will provide a rigid surface. An inflatable gaming chair such as the Intex Chair seen in the featured image even comes with an ottoman for full body comfort. The upside to this type of chair is easy storage as you can fold it compactly. The main complaint with inflatables is they are prone to punctures and losing air.
The rocker gaming type chair is indeed like the fidget spinner of the chair world. If you find your legs restless and going a mile a minute when your sitting, you will probably like a rocker chair. You can rock back and forth to your heart’s content, during, between, and after matches. X Rocker is a big name in this category and has a wide number of offerings that are top notch. Some of these chairs even have audio built in which will make your favorite titles even more immersive. Most rocker chairs feature arm rests, though some of the less expensive models such as the Cohesion XP do not.
A variation of the rocker gaming chair is the pedestal gaming chair. Though you don’t get to a full range of rocking motion that you would with a rocker, these chairs sort of bounce back and forth much akin to a bobblehead motion. The X Rocker brand is also extremely popular in this category as well. The upside of these chairs? They get you up off the ground a bit more like a traditional chair. However, they usually are pricer than the chairs in our first three categories.
5. Arm Chair
The arm chair gaming type chair is a stationary chair. Unfortunately, no rocking or bouncing in these chairs. Some of these chairs such as the X Rocker Triple Flip chair have extremely well thought out designs. That particular gaming chair has an under-seat storage compartment and you can even fold down the back to make it into a footrest. If you are not a fan of dynamic movement of rocking type gaming chairs, this is an excellent alternative.
The standard PC gaming chair generally incorporates the wheelbase design with 5 casters. PC gaming chairs are the best for sitting for long periods of time. Many manufacturers have incorporated ergonomic elements into these chairs to aid the user in maintaining a healthy posture. Wheelbase type gaming chairs were not often used for TV gaming, but it is becoming more popular to use one of these chairs for console gaming. Some of the most expensive chairs can be found in this category such as the DXRacer brand of chairs. These are modeled after a race car style seat. They look flashy and some of their top models even recline. This makes it possible to take a little cat naps in between bouts of gaming.
Simulator gaming chairs are popular with racing and flight simulator enthusiasts. There aren’t as many chairs in this category. Some of them are built with steering wheel or flight joystick holders, racing pedals, monitor racks, and the like. There are many different custom options depending on the game you intend to play. The one commonality between this type of chair? They are all very pricey. Obutto and Volair are two of the biggest names in this category.
Indeed, this category could be the future of gaming seating. Call them what you want: pods, workstations, futuristic robot chairs, these guys are very cool and usually come with a slew of extras. The options for the time being are extremely expensive and in most cases prohibitively so. But as this category grows in popularity the cost of these chairs will likely start to come down. An example of a chair in this category is the J20 Gaming Computer Workstation and the MWE Lab Emperor Series. It has a monitor rack that lifts and lowers, massage features, lighting zones, and a handheld control panel to operate everything.
Top 3 Things to Look for Before Buying a Gaming Chair
Do your due diligence before hitting that buy button, your back (or if you’re buying a gift, whoever’s back the chair is going to) will thank you later.
The number one most important thing to look for when you’re on the hunt for a new chair is comfort. Gaming is a time intensive hobby and most of us gamers like to put in more than an hour or two when we’re sitting down for some serious gaming time. If you purchase something that is sparsely padded or poorly designed it’s not going to do you any good. Don’t like arm rests getting in your way? Find arm rests that flip up or are 3D adjustable. Taller and wider individuals need to make sure their chair can comfortably accommodate them. Another pro tip: choose your material type based on your natural body temp. If you run a little hot, maybe stay away from leather and go for a mesh material. If you run cold, leather or PU leather is a great option.
This one goes hand-in-hand with comfort but it is important to note the distinction. Some chairs have plush padding and feel wonderfully comfortable when you first sit down. Then, over the long haul the aches and pains comes a knockin’. A chair that is designed ergonomically may not feel nearly as comfortable as something you sink in to for example, but it will aid in keeping your back and spine healthy. These kind of chairs prevent slouching and help you maintain a confident looking posture. Sometimes ergonomic chairs will even feel uncomfortable at first, as they force you to sit up straight. Most chairs will let you slouch (which naturally happens when you are fatigued) and hence your spine curves which can cause a lot of problems down the road.
You going to drop some decent money on this chair. Why get something that is an eyesore? That doesn’t make any sense. Now, truthfully, appearance of the chair and what looks good and what doesn’t comes down to personal preference. We think the rule of thumb here is to try and match the chair to its surroundings. If you’ve got an entertainment room that is used mostly for gaming and movies a X Rocker chair is going to look great there. On the other hand, it’s not going to look at home in a living room that has a lot of upscale furniture. Plus, the missus might not be so happy about that one either. In the end, there’s a little something for everyone available these days — whether you dig the flashy race car style seat look or something more neutral like a traditional black.