Should you even care? It’s just a chair, right? Sure, some gamers take their choice of gaming throne a little more seriously than others. But the fact of the matter is us gamers put in some long hours in our chairs. It makes sense to find something comfortable and supportive. Beyond that, finding the best PC gaming chair for you mostly comes down to personal preference. If you’re looking to complete a gaming desk setup with a sturdy new computer chair, read on. Below, you’ll find our curated list of the best chairs for PC gaming followed by our buyer’s guide.

Shopping for a chair for console gaming in-front of the TV? Some console gamers prefer using a PC gaming chair, though they aren’t for everyone.

For rocker and bean bag type chairs check out our Best Gaming Chairs for Console Gamers page.

Zoom Out: Comparison Tables of the 20 Best PC Gaming Chairs

Below you’ll find two comparison tables. The first compares the top gaming style chairs and the second the top professional style chairs. For a closer look at HGG’s top computer gaming chairs picks, head to our ‘Zoom In’ section.

The chairs are sorted by price ascending.

Top 10 Gaming Style Chairs

ImageChairMaterialColorsErgonomicsPopularityPrice
Vitesse High Back Racing Style Gaming ChairLeather High-Back; Leather Seat5
Arozzi Verona V2 Gaming ChairSynthetic Leather High-Back; Leather Seat4
Respawn 200 Gaming ChairMesh High-Back; Leather Seat5
DX Racer Formula Series Racing Style Gaming ChairPatented Breathable Race Car Seat Material10
SecretLab Omega Gaming ChairYour Pick: Softweave Fabric, Synthetic or NAPA Leather12
Clutch Shift Series Gaming ChairCarbon Fiber Leather High-Back; Carbon Fiber Leather Seat6
Anda Seat Dark Wizard Series Gaming ChairSynthetic Leather High-Back; Synthetic Leather Seat8
SecretLab Titan Gaming ChairYour Pick: Softweave Fabric, Synthetic or NAPA Leather9
MAXNOMIC Ergoceptor Gaming ChairSynthetic Leather High-Back; Leather Seat5
noblechairs ICON Series Gaming ChairYour Pick: Synthetic Leather or Genuine Leather8

Top 10 Office Style Chairs

ImageChairMaterialColorsErgonomicsPopularityPrice
BestOffice Mesh Office ChairMesh Mid-Back ; Fabric Seat1
AmazonBasics Mid-Back Office ChairSynthetic Leather Mid-Back; Leather Seat3
Flash Furniture Mesh Office Chair with Triple Paddle ControlMesh Mid-Back; Mesh Seat10
Modway Veer Office ChairMesh Mid-Back; Fabric Seat10
SPACE Seating Professional AirGrid Office ChairMesh Mid-Back; Leather Seat3
Lorell Executive Mesh Office ChairMesh High-Back; Mesh-Fabric Seat3
Ergohuman Mesh Ergonomic Office ChairMesh High-Back; Mesh Seat6
GM Seating Ergolux Executive ChairGenuine Leather High-Back ; Genuine Leather Seat3
Steelcase Gesture ChairMesh Mid-Back; Mesh Seat34
Embody Chair by Herman MillerPatented Dynamic Mesh Material16

Zoom In: A Closer Look at the 20 Best PC Gaming Chairs

In our chart above, we’ve selected the most popular chairs from the many options out there. Here, we take an in-depth look at the best-in-class chairs for each respective price range. Surely, you will find something here to take your man cave (or woman cave) to the next level.

Best PC Gaming Chairs Under $150

In this price range, you sacrifice some features but there are a few chairs with good build quality.

1. BestOffice Ergonomic Mesh Midback Task Chair

Ergonomic Mesh Computer Midback Task Chair by Best Massage

The best budget office-style PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: BestOffice | Type: Office | Colors Options: 5 | Weight: 20 pounds | Material: Mesh Mid-Back; Fabric Seat | Price: 💰

Budget buyers rejoice! BestOffice now offers a mesh chair that’s down below $50 with free shipping. You won’t have to make up your mind over your favorite color, it only comes in black.

Frankly speaking, the Ergonomic Mesh Midback Task Chair by BestOffice isn’t going to do your back any favors. But, for around $50 bucks you’re getting one of the best office chairs for the money. As you’d expect with a budget chair, you get the brass tacks: height adjustment, 360 swivel, and tilt control. The standout feature on this chair is the mesh back, which offers better airflow than the more common fabric or leather upholstery.

This is a great chair for gamers who game occasionally and don’t do those marathon gaming sessions too often. While it isn’t the most comfortable chair, it’s sturdy enough to last a couple years until you’re ready to upgrade to your Herman Miller.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Neat looking armrests
  • Mesh back helps you stay cool
  • Cheap office chair, free shipping
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Arms are a one-size-doesn’t-fit-all
  • Your back may get angry after extended use
  • Won’t last a long time, back part is prone to breaking

2. AmazonBasics Mid-Back Leather Office Chair

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The best budget office-style PC gaming chair runners-up

Manufacturer: AmazonBasics | Type: Office | Colors Options: 3 | Weight: 30 pounds | Material: Leather Mid-Back; Leather Seat | Price: 💰

The AmazonBasics Mid-Back Leather Office Chair is very close to the best bang for your buck on the market right now following closely on the heels of BestOffice’s chair above. The black model of this chair is one of the first private label furniture items sold by Amazon. In addition to the black color, they now sell brown and white models. The leather upholstery and professional design aren’t something you’d expect to see in this price range.

True to its name, you only the basics with this chair: pneumatic seat height adjustment and tilt-tension controls. These are simply adjusted to raise and lower the seat and customize how much pressure it takes to rock back in the chair. The smooth back contours provide an acceptable level of comfort and the dual wheel casters are well-made.

For taller individuals, the AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair may be a better fit. Like the mid-back chair, this version of the chair comes in three color variations: brown, white, and black. It is a step up from the AmazonBasics Mid-Back chair in build quality, but is still limited in the adjustment mechanism department. You get the pneumatic height adjustment and tilt-tension knob underneath the seat (allowing you to make it easier or harder to rock back in the chair) but that’s it. Nevertheless, the bonded leather covering sufficient padding, sturdy casters, curved contours, and well-built arms makes this chair a nice value proposition at the near $100 price point.

AmazonBasics also offers this mid-back chair in a mesh version, at a slightly reduced cost. The mesh model is actually the best selling version of the AmazonBasics office chair line. The mesh option is a wise idea for those gamers who do not prefer the warmth of leather. The arm rest design gives the chair a less sturdy look, but overall this chair is just as capable as the leather mid-back edition.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Price is right
  • Fast shipping, Amazon private label item
  • Exceptional build quality, comfortable padding
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Limited color options
  • Not ideal for big and tall gamers
  • Tilt mechanism has to be adjusted just right

3. Vitesse High Back Racing Style Gaming Chair

Vitesse High Back Racing Style Computer Chair

The best budget PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: Vitesse | Type: Gaming; Racing| Colors Options: 8 | Weight: 45 pounds | Material: Leather High-Back; Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰

Vitesse currently offers one of the best budget racing style gaming chairs. The Vitesse High-Back Racing Style Gaming Chair comes in eight color styles so you’ll have no problem matching your gaming space.

For just over $100, it’s kind of nuts what you’re getting. Recline up to 180 degrees, PU leather, neck and lumbar pillows, wide seat and back, and a stylish looking chair to boot. Please note that only their more expensive model (Color Nb-Black) has adjustable armrests. The build quality isn’t quite as robust as a DX Racer, but it is nothing to sneeze at.

  • USERS LIKE
  • 8 colors
  • Wheelbase and casters look cool
  • Great price for a well-built racing style chair
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Not breathable, can get pretty hot
  • Padding not as plush as it appears, might be too stiff for some
  • Armrests on lower-cost models not adjustable and could use improvement

4. Flash Furniture Mid-Back Chair with Tripple Paddle Control

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The most well-rounded office style chair for gamers

Manufacturer: Flash Furniture | Type: Office | Colors Options: 13 | Weight: 37 pounds | Material: Mesh Mid-Back; Mesh Seat | Price: 💰💰

The Mid-Back Black Mesh Chair with Triple Paddle Control by Flash Furniture is a chair that does everything well for a reasonable price. It has enough adjustment mechanisms that it is virtually one-size-fits-all (unless your a big and tall gamer then we wouldn’t recommend it). The ventilation offered by the mesh is welcome and will help keep you comfortable through extended bouts of sitting.

If you’ve been doing a little research on your next chair purchase, you’ve probably found that Flash Furniture makes a wide array of chairs and is responsible for some of the top ergonomic office chairs on the market. If you’re looking for other ergonomic designs Flash Furniture has several other terrific options — you’ll find a few more under our pros and cons section below.

Flash Furniture has a sizeable chair lineup. Here’s a few other models to take a peek at.

If you love leather, the Black Leather Executive Office Chair with Triple Paddle Control is the mesh’s chairs leather equivalent, features a slightly higher back, and is well worth a look. It features the same comprehensive customization as the mesh version with the extra-large paddles. The extra high back (adjusts up to 21 inches tall) is a nice treat for big and tall gamers. The contoured design adds a nice professional polish to this Flash Furniture offering.

If you’re on the hunt for a side and/or guest chair (or just want a chair without wheels) the Flash Black Leather Guest Chair fits the bill. It has a classy black finished frame and the seat cushions come in four color variations. The cushions are contoured and textured enhancing the aesthetic nicely. It is lightweight making it easy to move around your desk or to another room. The cushions are thick and the arm-rests are padded to provide maximum comfort. For about $60 you will receive a professional-looking, sturdy, comfortable office chair that will please any co-pilot or spectator.

Flash Furniture is the creator of the Wooden Ergonomic Kneeling Posture Chair. This unique design by Flash Furniture is highly spoken of by chiropractors. It’s also one of the best sellers on Amazon. Clearly, this odd looking contraption has been delivering results to some folks. If you really want to take care of your back, or are already experiencing persisting back pain, it’s a great secondary chair to have alongside your main office chair to utilize every so often.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Extra thick seat padding
  • Extra-large paddles make adjusting easy
  • Great one size fits all chair: very adjustable & 10 color options
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Backrest fabric not very comfortable
  • Armrests can be too tall to fit under lower desks
  • Difficult to assemble, caster wheels hard to attach

5. Modway Veer Mid-Back Office Chair

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The best breathable budget PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: Modway | Type: Office | Colors Options: 8 | Weight: 29 pounds | Material: Mesh Mid-Back; Mesh Seat | Price: 💰💰

The Modway Veer Office Chair hangs out just around the $100 price mark. It’s got a mesh back for excellent breathability. If you run hot when you’re in the thick of the action, you’ll want to consider this chair. Modway offers the Veer in eight color options, so you can get the right one wherever your color preferences lie. The waterfall seat design aids you in maintaining a healthy posture. The arms are also adjustable, allowing you to customize them to your height.

If you’re willing to compromise on the adjustable arm rests you can save yourself about $20 by going with the Modway Ardor model chair, which is also an able gaming companion.

  • USERS LIKE
  • 9 color options
  • Competitive price
  • Ventilated backrest
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Seat padding is thin
  • Back rest is fixed, no leaning back
  • Adjustment knob sometimes gets stuck

Best PC Gaming Chairs Under $400

These chairs offer a practical balance of price and features.

6. SPACE Seating Professional AirGrid EcoLeather Chair

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The best mid-range professional style PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: Space Seating | Type: Office | Colors Options: 1 | Weight: 24 pounds | Material: Mesh Mid-Back; Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰

The Professional AirGrid Back Chair by SPACE Seating is a solid, well-put-together chair that looks great in any office set up. Adjustable arms, tilt tension, and height facilitates healthy sitting posture. Soft arm-pads and industrial-strength wheels round out this chair nicely.

The leather seat with mesh back provides a wonderful combination of comfort and breathability. At around $150 it is a great value proposition. At that price point we honestly think Air Grid is the best chair at this price point. And most people agree: Office Star’s chair is one of the top 5 best-selling office chairs on Amazon.

If you are looking for a matching guest chair the SPACE Seating Professional AirGrid Visitors Chair is a great option. It is fairly costly for a guest chair, but for a professional-looking office it makes a lot of sense. Plus, your spectators will be happy to have a quality buddy chair to watch you annihilate your opponents.

  • USERS LIKE
  • 4 style options
  • Quality parts, firm feel, and easy to adjust
  • Leather padding on seat feels wonderfully soft
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Armrests seem a little flimsy
  • Backrest may feel a bit too firm for some
  • Mesh material wears down relatively quick

7. Lorell Executive High-Back Mesh Chair

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The best mid-range executive office gaming chair

Manufacturer: Lorell | Type: Office | Colors Options: 3 | Weight: 48 pounds | Material: Mesh Mid-Back; Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰

Now this one doesn’t look too snazzy, but hear us out. The Lorell Executive High-Back Mesh Chair strikes the balance between features and price and it does that very well. Three lever control, seat height, and tilt adjustment help you position this chair optimally and customize it to your body type. The armrests are well designed too, they actually allow you to adjust width-wise (in addition to height) which is a cool ergonomic feature we haven’t seen on another chair.

Furthermore, this chair will keep you cool even when you’re the last man alive on your CS:GO team. The mesh back and fabric/mesh seat hybrid offer excellent climate control. The downside is Lorell does not offer any other color options other than the black.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Ergonomics for a fair price
  • Mesh design offers good ventilation
  • Armrests can be adjusted in width and height
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Not very flashy
  • Seat isn’t well-padded
  • Back top edge flares out, can knock things off your desk if you like to spin around

8. Respawn 200 Racing Style Gaming Chair

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The best mid-range racing gaming chair

Manufacturer: Respawn | Type: Gaming; Racing | Colors Options: 5 | Weight: 51 pounds | Material: Mesh Back; PU Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰

A unique looking chair, the Respawn 200 comes in significantly lower than most quality PC 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, but Respawn decided to incorporate mesh in the high-back unit whereas most manufacturers use the standard PU leather. For someone who runs a little on the warmer side, this is a welcome feature.

In addition to these fresh design elements, there’s 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 a new things in a space that sorely lacks innovation.

For more information about this chair, head to our full page review.

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

9. Arozzi Verona V2 Gaming Chair

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The best PC gaming chair for teens

Manufacturer: Arozzi | Type: Gaming; Racing | Colors Options: 7 | Weight: 48 pounds | Material: PU Leather Back; PU Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰💰

Swedish company Arozzi had mixed feedback with their Verona chair and they decided to listen to their customers. Arozzi redesigned their Verona chair and launched V2, increasing the recline to a full 180 degrees, adding 0.6 inches of width to the seat, and made the base more heavy duty by incorporating a nylon composite material. Arozzi also manufacturers gaming desks and accessories, so if you end up digging their chair, you can go all-in with a matching setup.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Quick assembly
  • Quality build and pillows
  • Great for average height and weight individuals
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Limited availability in other colors
  • A little small for big and tall gamers
  • Armrests are too easy to move side-to-side

10. DXRacer Formula Series Gaming Chairs

DXRacer Formula Series Racing Gaming Chair

The best PC gaming chair eSports brand

Manufacturer: DXRacer | Type: Gaming; Racing | Colors Options: 2 | Weight: 49 pounds | Material: PU Leather Back; Mesh Seat | Price: 💰💰💰

The DXRacer Formula Series Gaming Chair is a sharp-looking chair that comes in many styles and color variations. This chair is perfect if you’re looking for something that looks more sporty. The chairs can be purchased with vinyl, cloth, or a patented race car seat upholstery which is a luxurious, breathable option. These chairs are big in the eSports world, particularly over in Europe. That’s no surprise — DXRacer makes some stylish chairs while keeping ergonomic design in mind.

All of their chairs have a high straight backrest. Most come with detachable, adjustable lumbar, and neck pillows. The chairs have s a flexible back with up to 180-degree adjustment, fully adjustable armrests, tilt mechanism, and adjustable height gas spring. These are solid chairs weighing in at around 70 lbs. An added benefit: you feel like you’re sitting in the seat of a high-performance race car. If these chairs don’t get your motor started, we don’t know what will.

Starting at about $300, and reaching up to around $450+ for the King Series chairs, your wallet will definitely take a hit if DXRacer has successfully managed to woo you.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Wonderful reclining feature
  • Awesome looking design, material looks and feels high quality
  • Many unique size and style options, armrests and backrests fit gamers of all sizes
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Can feel somewhat stiff until broken in
  • Some models are not ideal for taller gamers
  • Basic model doesn’t have many bells and whistles

About DXRacer Chairs

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DXRacer Chairs began as a manufacturer of race car seats and eventually expanded into the gaming market. Their dedication to quality, fresh styles, and ergonomics have been well received by gamers. They are now a major player and respected brand in the gaming community. They feature some of the most popular high-end PC gaming chairs used by gamers worldwide.

1. Supports eSports. If you’re into the competitive gaming scene, you’ve probably seen their chairs at major gaming events such as IEM and Dreamhack. While this one isn’t on everyone’s list, it is certainly a factor for some deliberate shoppers.

2. Designed for work and play. This is something that DX Racer really emphasizes. Frankly, if it’s comfortable for 8-hour gaming sessions you can safely bet it will be okay for office work as well. The point though is that they are a proponent of health-conscious computer use. These chairs are designed to be as ergonomic as possible. In the event that you are spending long hours in your new DX Racer chair, your back and extremities will be well taken care of. You’ve got a head pillow, lumbar pillow; full armrest, back, height, and seat controls along with full spine support. You’re getting your money’s worth in terms of ergonomic value.

3. Models and styles. Sure these chairs are pricey, but they do offer a few starter models that are a bit more reasonable. The thing to remember is that all these chairs are made with durable high-quality materials. You’re still going to have to dish out for the less expensive models. Also, if you have a favorite eSports organization you may be able to find a chair with your team’s colors and logo. DXRacer offers more color options than nearly any other chair manufacturer. If you want a hyphey green they’ve got that. If you want a passion pink they will happily provide and won’t pass judgment either. No matter what type of game room or theme you’re putting together you can find a chair that matches and is up to par in terms of the coolness factor.

4. Reclining feature. These gaming chairs recline! If you’ve put in a solid four hours and need to kick back for a break, no problem.

Quick Reference Guide

There are subtle differences in the types of chairs DX Racer offers.

  • O-Series: O for Origin. Least expensive with mesh, PU leather, arms not adjustable.
  • F-Series: F for Formula. Step up from Origin with adjustable arms.
  • R-Series: R for Racing. Taller backed version with more features. Taller, slim to average user.
  • K-Series: K for King. Deluxe series, “4D” adjustable arms, aluminum base, larger casters.
  • S-Series: S for Sentinel. For big and tall users.
  • T-Series: T for Tank. Do you have giant’s blood in you? You better buy this one.

11. Secretlab Omega Gaming Chair

Secretlab Omega Series Gaming Chair

The best PC gaming chair with the most style choices

Manufacturer: Secretlab | Type: Gaming; Racing | Colors Options: 30+ | Weight: 66 pounds | Material: PU Leather, Fabric, or NAPA Leather | Price: 💰💰💰

The Omega is Secretlab’s best-selling, flagship chair. We love how much you can customize the Omega using Secretlab’s slick website. Furthermore, you can choose a more subtle styling or you can go all out — mild or wild it’s your choice. Their 49-day refund policy, quality components, and quick delivery have quickly boosted brand Secretlab in terms of popularity. They now have a legitimate claim to the throne and may indeed one day rule the gaming chair kingdom.

You can get the Omega (and Secretlab Titan further down this list) in your choice of NAPA Leather, SoftWeave Fabric, or PRIME 2.0 PU Leather. NAPA leather may sound familiar. That’s right! The same NAPA leather featured in many luxury car seats as well as some boutique leather goods like designer bags and wallets. It may be a bit of a stretch to classify NAPA leather as a need in the whole need vs. want classifications. But hey we’re talking gaming chairs here! And it sure does roll off the tongue nicely.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Industry-leading design
  • Lots of customization options
  • Great customer support and website
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Thin head and neck pillows
  • No adjustable lumbar support like the Titan
  • Not great for individuals over 5 foot 9 inches

12. Clutch Chairz Shift Series Gaming Chairs

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The best long session PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: Clutch Chairz | Type: Gaming; Racing | Colors Options: 5 | Weight: 64 pounds | Material: Leather High-Back; Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰💰

Clutch is attempting to make a name for themselves in the gaming chair arena. They’ve got their work cut out for them, no doubt. You’ve got a ton of options to choose from when it comes to racing style gaming chairs It makes sense to look for options where your dollar stretches the furthest.

On average, a quality racing style gaming chair runs about $300 these days. For about $80 more, the Clutch Shift Alpha Series checks all the boxes and features a high-quality build. The only thing it really lacks is a footrest to match the full reclining ability. How are we supposed to sleep and stay by our computers round the clock!? One easy (or not so easy) payment of $380 and it’s yours.

We’ve got a comprehensive review of the All Black Alpha Edition of the chair you can find at the destination of that very link.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Full recline & zero gravity
  • All black version looks clean
  • Robust build with thick aluminum base
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • No footrest
  • Restrictive return policy
  • Lumbar pillow low quality

13. Anda Seat Dark Wizard Series Gaming Chair

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The best gaming chair and ergonomic headrest

Manufacturer: Anda Seat | Type: Gaming; Racing | Colors Options: 1 | Weight: 62 pounds | Material: PVC Leather High-Back; PVC Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰💰

Anda Seat is one of the leading gaming chair brands in Asia. They’d like to replicate that success in the US and European markets. The Anda Seat Dark Wizard chair will be right up your alley if you have a penchant for extra pillowy seating such as La-Z-Boy recliner type chairs.

The unique head pillow that comes with this chair is very accommodating. A matching lumbar pillow will support your back, while a padded seat with dense foam will take care of your cakes. 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 — a sleek all-black style with a premium look and feel won’t disappoint.

We have a full review of the chair here, if you want a closer look at all the details.

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

14. SecretLab Titan Gaming Chair

SecretLab Titan Gaming Chair

The best big & tall PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: Secretlab | Type: Gaming; Racing | Colors Options: 19 | Weight: 77 pounds | Material: PU Leather High-Back; PU Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰💰

The Titan is a chair of godly proportions. It has a maximum load of 6’6 and 290 pounds. In our opinion, it is still ideal for taller gamers 5’7 in height and above. Secretlab also offers this chair in an XL version for even bigger and taller individuals. The Titan is one of the most polished gaming packages we’ve seen. It exemplifies Secretlab’s keen attention to detail. From the robust 77-pound frame and aluminum base to the precise stitching and fluid adjustment knobs, the build quality of this chair is top tier.

One stand out feature is the integrated lumbar adjustment system knob. Twist the knob located on the side of the backrest. You’ll find that the lumbar zone of the chair protrudes or recedes accordingly — sort of like a built-in adjustable lower back cushion. As one may expect, the Titan sports an eye-popping regular price of $500. We encourage our readers to look for it on sale during the holiday season. Secretlab will sometimes get pretty aggressive with their promotional prices and we’ve seen up to $150 discounts on some of their chairs.

We have a full-page detailed review if you’d like to read up on more specifics.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Lumbar adjustment knob
  • Red stitching with black is lovely
  • Titanic 77 pound chair (also could be a con)
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Only available in 3 color styles
  • Doesn’t work for individuals under 5’7
  • Cost, time to sell some of those bitcoin gains

Best High-End PC Gaming Chairs ($400+)

These chairs have a hefty price tag, but come backed with manufacturer warranties that sometimes stretch beyond 5 years.

15. MAXNOMIC Ergoceptor Series Gaming Chair

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The best MAXNOMIC PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: NeedforSeat | Type: Office; Racing | Colors Options: 5 | Weight: N/A | Material: PU Leather High-Back; PU Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰💰

The first chair in our $400+ computer gaming chairs category is the MAXNOMIC Ergoceptor. MAXNOMIC By NeedforSeat has an expansive range of over 40 gaming chair models. The Ergoceptor is one of their latest additions and it is a doozy. This chair features an aluminum reinforced five-star base, a durable class 4 cylinder, multi-layered buttery-soft PU leather, and is comprehensively adjustable with a dedicated lumbar support knob (à la the Secretlab Titan) and 4D armrests. The unique stitching patterns help the chair stand out and give the chair some interesting texture.

Check out our full page review of the Ergoceptor here.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Very ergonomic
  • Stitching pattern
  • Lumbar adjustment knob
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Colors aren’t for everyone
  • Price is higher than some comparable chairs
  • “Office” chair model is much more expensive than “Casual”

16. noblechairs ICON Real Leather Gaming Chair

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The best leather PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: noblechairs | Type: Office; Racing | Colors Options: 4 | Weight: 62 pounds | Material: Leather High-Back; Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰💰💰

German gaming brand noblechairs makes some exceptional equipment for gamers. The big standout feature with the ICON Series Chair is the glorious genuine leather upholstery option.  If you’re not a fan of the oftentimes gaudy looks of some of the racing type chairs, noblechairs’ ICON is an excellent option. The chair’s quilted pattern on the backrest and metal accents throughout both looks and feels professional. Their line-up of chairs are beautifully crafted chairs and designed with world-class ergonomics and components. Read more about noblechairs in our hands-on review of the ICON Real Leather Midnight Blue & Graphite model.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Genuine leather is premium quality
  • Classy looking quilted pattern on backrest
  • Choose from Nappa, Top Grain, or PU leather
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Premium quality = premium price
  • Neck and lumbar pillows aren’t great; lacking in lumbar support
  • Your bun-buns might get cold when first plopping down on the leather

17. Ergohuman Mesh Ergonomic High-Back Chair

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The best mesh PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: Ergohuman | Type: Office | Colors Options: 6 | Weight: 66 pounds | Material: Mesh High-Back; Mesh Seat | Price: 💰💰💰💰

The Ergohuman Mesh Ergonomic Chair is a premium office chair that has a price to match. This chair takes the word ergonomic to new heights with its unique three modules for full spine support. If you are tired of black, it comes in a variety of colors which all look fresh and appealing. The full mesh design makes this the most breathable chairs we have looked at to date. It also comes in full leather if you can’t go without the leather feel. With its multiple support points and sleek design, it looks pretty futuristic.

Eurotech backs this chair with a 5 year warranty on the upholstery and foam as well as a lifetime warranty against part defects. This chair is very adjustable, the arms are height adjustable, the armpads pivot and slide back and forth. The back angle tilt lock features four different positions. It has a very high back that delivers support all the way up to the neck support module.

The bottom line? Your back will feel like its floating on clouds at all times. The lowest price we found for this chair is a seller through Amazon who had it priced at $560.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Extra high backrest, good neck comfort
  • Polished aluminum looks nice, top notch construction
  • All levers can easily be reached and respond smoothly
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Seat unit cannot be tilted up or down
  • Putting it together is not fun, smells for awhile
  • Mesh is durable and thick, may feel too hard for some

18. GM Seating Ergolux Executive Chair

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The best executive PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: GM Seating | Type: Office | Colors Options: 3 | Weight: 66 pounds | Material: Leather High-Back; Leather Seat | Price: 💰💰💰💰

The GM Seating Ergolux Executive Chair is gorgeous. The highlight? Genuine, soft, top-grain leather that lasts an eon. For this modern, stylish chair you’ve got two color choices: cream white or standard black.

GM Seating packed a lot of other features into this package. 3D armrests, seat slider, lumbar support system, headrest height and angle adjustment, and synchro-tilt mechanism just to name a handful. You match that genuine leather with all the ergonomic features and voilà you’re looking at about 7 big ones for this chair.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Genuine top grain leather
  • Comprehensive ergonomics
  • Black and white styles look modern and sleek
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Seat is not padded enough
  • Takes some time to get it adjusted just right
  • Cream white color is not as age proof as the black

19. Gesture Chair by Steelcase

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The best office PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: Steelcase | Type: Office | Colors Options: 10 | Weight: 78 pounds | Material: Fabric Mid-Back; Fabric Seat | Price: 💰💰💰💰💰

The Steelcase Gesture is a worthy rival to Herman Miller Embody for the title of the best of the best office chair. Steelcase is another prestigious brand in the office chair category. It has been rumored that there is a living spirit in the Gesture, waiting to lovingly embrace your spine upon impact. The seat and back are a synchronized system, moving to support you as if they were of one mind.

PC Gamer praised it as a godsend and the best high-end office chair for gamers. Steelcase studied 2000 people from 11 countries to figure out what the posture requirements are of the human body. The result is the Steelcase Gesture.

Another Steelcase chair of interest is the Steelcase Leap. Our managing editor Benjamin uses the Steelcase Leap chair and believes it is responsible for curing his back pain. Wirecutter named it the best office chair of the year in 2013. The Leap is Steelcase’s best selling chair and since it has been out for longer it is less expensive than the Gesture above. It uses a technology called Liveback. This term describes how the chair automatically conforms to your seating position, much akin to its successor the Gesture.

  • USERS LIKE
  • Swiveling arm design is best in its class
  • Premium look and build quality, comes fully assembled
  • Synchronized support system means no longer worrying about making the right manual adjustments
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Dat price tag
  • No adjustable lumbar support
  • Some may not like angular aesthetic

20. Herman Miller Embody Chair

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The best luxury PC gaming chair

Manufacturer: Herman Miller | Type: Office | Colors Options: 16 | Weight: 52 pounds | Material: Fabric Mid-Back; Fabric Seat | Price: 💰💰💰💰💰

If you want Herman Miller’s best it’s going to cost you — the full-featured Herman Miller Embody Series Chair oscillates around the $1500 price point. It’s a big investment. But if you have already sunk a few $1000 into your office, what’s another $1500 right? The graceful, organic curves will make your heart flutter whenever you lay eyes on it.

Herman Miller claims it will improve your focus, enhance your health, and responsively accommodates your every move and posture shift. This chair was designed with the key principle in mind that the human body needs movement. Being sedentary doesn’t do any good for our bodies or long term health. This is one of humanity’s best attempts to minimize the damage done when sitting for over 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 (which is not to say this can’t be achieved without spending $1500).

  • USERS LIKE
  • Responsive ergonomic support
  • 12 year warranty, Herman Miller support unparalleled
  • Gaze down upon the peasants with contempt — you have secured the best throne
  • USERS DISLIKE
  • Sell your kidney or car to afford
  • Replacement parts are expensive when no longer covered by warranty
  • Forces you into a healthy posture — not the most pleasant habit to acquire

More Herman Miller

There are a couple other chairs worth checking out from Herman Miller.

The Mirra Chair by Herman Miller is quite simply one of the most beautiful ergonomic office chairs on the market. The pioneers of the ergonomic chair market, Herman Miller exclusively supplies premium quality office chairs. The Mirra Chair looks like something you would see in a New York law firm office.

It features a beautiful sleek look, with high-tech mesh fabric that keeps you cool even through extended use. There are seventeen color options available. The material is patented by Herman Miller, which not only serves to keep the chair breathable but also to distribute your weight evenly. The waterfall seat edge further promotes ergonomic posture.

The PostureFit Aeron Chair runs for around $900. For that price, you’ll get a chair that makes you look and feel like a CEO. It is globally ergonomic, with a multitude of adjustment mechanisms. Furthermore, it will spontaneously adjust to your posture when you shift or change positions in the chair. With a 12-year manufacturer warranty that covers everything, this reaches into the “buy it for life” category. It is obviously constructed to last a very long time. Herman Miller supplies extra parts on their website. So, for example, if after 20 years a caster wheel goes out or the armrests just aren’t working as they used to new ones can be purchased to replace these with minimal difficulty.

If you want a chair that’s going to last forever and take care of your back, any of the options from Herman Miller are highly capable.

PC Gaming Chair Guide Part I: General Thoughts on the Right PC Gaming Chair for Gamers

Deciding between an update for our rigs or a new office chair is an easy decision. The PC component usually wins out every time. We get it, the chair typically doesn’t even factor into the decision making process. Who’s to blame? That new Nvidia graphics card needs to find its home in your PC. But consider this: a good office chair could last you over a decade. Furthermore, your comfort level is an essential part of successfully ascending to gaming utopia.

If you’re spending a lot of time in front of your monitor it makes sense to look beyond the basic models. It’s like a mattress, if you spend a lot of time using it, you may as well get a nice one.

Health considerations also factor into the picture for many a pragmatic gamer. Even if you’re younger, your health shouldn’t be an afterthought. A recent study in the UK found 4 out of 5 workers are afflicted by back pain, which was responsible for more than 15 million lost work days in 2013.

Sitting for long periods of time in a chair could also potentially carry long-term consequences. We don’t have to look farther than people who have spent their careers working in call centers or trucking for evidence. Who wants to be that guy walking around stooped-over at the age of 40? Your chair and desk work together to aid you in maintaining good posture and preventing something like that from happening.

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It’s important to remember that even with an ergonomically designed chair it’s still a good idea to periodically get up and move around in between matches or levels. If you can mix some jumping jacks and yoga in there, even better. OK, most of us probably won’t go there. The important thing to remember is that movement is the best counter to the pains and aches of sitting too long. Supplement an ergonomic chair with the simple habit of short breaks. It will go a long way in taking care of your body and maintaining a healthy posture.

Of course, no product discussion would be complete without talking about cost. A good rule of thumb is to buy according to your own personal gaming and work habits. Obviously daily computer use of our readers runs the whole spectrum. Ranging from casual to hardcore, differences in hours logged is substantial.

Some gamers spend time in their chairs working in addition to gaming. These days, more people are setting up arrangements with their employers to work part-time from home. If you’re one of these lucky folks who have established one of these new economy working arrangements you’ll be spending even more time in your chair. If this is the case, it’s worth considering investing a bit more in a higher-quality computer chair.

If you’re a casual gamer who only spends a dozen hours or so a week gaming, you can get by with something less expensive.

PC Gaming Chair Guide Part II: 3 Most Important Computer Gaming Chair Features

PC Gaming doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. A well-built office chair is nearly as comfortable as a plush recliner. You can also count on it to last at least a few years. The key is finding a manufacturer that actually incorporates ergonomic designs in their chairs. Some manufacturers just use marketing buzz words but don’t follow through on the design to cut costs.

Here are the top 3 features worth considering before purchasing a new office chair.

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1. Ergonomics. For gamers, ergonomics is important. The best PC gaming chairs will help improve your posture. They’ll provide lumbar support, arm support, and numerous controls to make adjustments. This allows you to customize your chair to your height and body type. To get something that covers all the bases, you’re going to have to shell out a lot of cash (at least a couple hundred dollars). Anything less and you’ll have to make compromises. Here are the main adjustment features to look for:

  • Height control. A standard function for nearly all office chairs.
  • Armrest height control. Not as common as you’d think. A great idea as fixed height armrests can cause discomfort.
  • Tension control. Allowing you to stiffen or loosen the tension level in the backrest. This affects the amount of pressure you need to apply to lean back.
  • Backrest lock. Sometimes chairs will also allow you to lock the backrest in place in addition to controlling tension.
  • Seat pan slider. This enables you to slide the seat of your chair forward or backward in relation to the backrest.

The general rule of thumb is the more ways you can adjust the chair, the better. Check out the video of the SteelSeries Gesture chair below, arguably the most innovative chair released to date.

2. Material. Most quality office chairs are either leather or mesh. You want a chair that is a good match for your body temperature. The wrong choice could lead to your comfort level heading south for longer gaming sessions. Some gamers get sweaty and others descend into a cold reptilian-like state. It’s a good idea to make your purchase accordingly. Mesh material is highly breathable. It is a great asset for those of us who run a bit on the warmer side. Leather is effective at retaining heat and is suitable for those gamers who run cold.

3. Style. We’d be lying if we said looks aren’t important. The chair doesn’t need to be an aesthetic masterpiece. However, nobody wants something that looks like it’s about to fall apart next time someone enthusiastically plops their seat in it. There’s a lot to be said for a sturdy, well-designed chair. Depending on your preference, something flashy such as a racing themed chair may be the perfect fit for your gaming space. On the other hand, some people appreciate the look of all black leather which may be a more appropriate match for their office area.

PC Gaming Chair Guide Part III: Types of Casters & Caster Replacement

Office chair casters aka office gliders are the five wheels that carry the heavy burden. They roll you to and fro with little complaint. Just as with chairs, not all casters are made the same.

A common occurrence with office chairs is a broken caster or one that has just had about enough of the rolling business and not moving like it used to. Certainly, they are a part of the chair that takes a heavy beating. Furthermore, some chair manufacturers don’t exactly opt to install heavy-duty casters (more expensive parts) when they are mass producing their product.

There are a few things you should be aware of when buying replacement casters for your chair. First off, there are two main types of casters: hardwood floor casters and carpet casters. Hardwood floor casters are made with a polyurethane material that is softer and won’t scratch your floor. Carpet casters use a hard plastic that rolls just fine on carpets and mats but will leave lots of little marks on a wood floor. Another thing you want to be aware of is whether you need casters with pintle (stem) or without pintle. If you don’t know pop one of the casters off your current chair. If it has a metal stem on it you want casters with a pintle.

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Rubber Casters – Good for Hard Floors
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High Ground Perspective: Sitting Disease and Other Trunk & Back Pain Concerns

Before we end this article, we’d like to talk a little about the risks of sitting for long periods of time and the impact this has on our bodies. As the story goes, humans are now spending more time than ever sitting. We sit to eat, to commute to class or work, at work or in the classroom, on the way back from class or work, then maybe do some gaming/watching TV/movies where we are sitting again. You get the picture.

Evolution to Sitting in front of a Computer

If you look at human history through a wide lens, it is relatively recently that we’ve started putting our bodies through this sort of daily practice. In large part, the human species has performed as hunter-gatherers often running or walking over 10 miles a day. Everyone had to work for that lunch. Now, thanks to paradigm shifts such as the industrial and digital revolutions things have changed for all of us in a big way.

Computers are a staple of nearly all work environments and it doesn’t look like that trend is going to change anytime soon. If you’re a gamer you may not only be sitting for play but also for work. We gamers are at a very high risk for some in the medical community refer to as ‘sitting disease’ (ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle) and back disorders.

Our editor Benjamin had ongoing issues with lower back pain. He said it was like having half a dozen angry gremlins beating on his lower back all hours of the day. Writing and gaming for 14+ hours everyday probably wasn’t the healthiest schedule. He was using a $50 chair from the local office supply store then he finally pulled the trigger and upgraded to a Steelcase leap chair. He has nothing but positive things to say about the chair and his chronic pain has been reduced. Of course, this is a sample size of one. And we don’t think you’ve got to drop a $1000 bucks on a chair to avoid the worst of back pain (you can sometimes find refurbished Leap chairs on Amazon for about $400), but he is now a proponent of getting the best chair you can afford.

Back pain is still a mysterious issue in the scientific community. There are many causes and many body types. Furthermore, the spine and the nerves surrounding it are an intricate network. Some people even show herniated or bulging discs in x-rays but are pain-free, while others experience severe pain. While the waters remain murky, we know after aggregating the results of many studies that there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk.

The top suggestion we can give you is periodically moving around. Movement counters inactivity. It sounds simple, but this activity helps muscles relax and recover as well as compresses and uncompresses the intervertebral discs. The result is a better circulation of fluids around the cores of the discs. All that is a fancy way of saying it gets things moving and resets your system. Getting the right chair helps too. When purchasing a chair, the top things to look for are height adjustment, depth adjustment, adjustable arms, and lumbar support height. This will allow you to customize the chair to your unique physical makeup.

Good luck & Happy Gaming!