Gaming chairs are becoming increasingly popular among gamers. Here are our picks for the best PC chairs on the market in 2018. Reviewed and tested.
We have a tendency to look at gaming gear that actively enhances your performance as a gamer. However, sometimes that is not all that matters. Sometimes we just have to remember to have a good time and feel good. On that note, we will take a look at some fantastic gaming chairs.
The thing that really inspired us to make this list is a number of gaming chairs that we have personally used, and the amount that is actually of a very poor quality and has a tendency to break after a couple of months.
So this list will have a high focus on quality, comfort, and design. With design being by far the least important, even though it is tempting to just buy that really cool looking gaming chair.
Note: If you are looking for a console chair, it is on the bottom of this list.
Top 6 PC Chairs for Gaming
6. Homall Ergonomic Gaming Chair
The simplistic choice for budget gamers
This Ergonomic gaming chair is a modern classic, and a great pick for gamers on a budget.
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This chair from Homall completely and beautifully fit the modern-day design. What makes it a classic is that it is built with the old virtues in mind, which means it clearly has a strong focus on quality and real comfort. You might think that this is how every chair is built, but no. It would be easy to find a ”cooler” looking chair and it would probably be more expensive, but in most cases, it would actually be of a very lower quality.
In modern days there is a very high focus on superficial design over quality and that is why this chair beats most modern gaming chairs on the market.
- The chair is built with PU leather, on both the base chair and armrests.
- 360 degree and multi-directional swivel.
- Size Dimension: 20″ X 20″ Back Rest Size: 20″ X 28.7″ Adjustable Seat Height: 18.1″-21.2″.
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5. Merex Fantasy Series
A budget take on the high-end eSports styled chair
A surprisingly cheap racing chair, which has a lot of resemblance to some of the most high-end gaming chairs.
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Merax Racing chair is another good Leather chair on our list. The chair, like the Kinsal, is super easy to assemble. The Armrest is something we really liked in the Merax as it is a bit closer and much more comfortable.
The chair has a feature where you can complete recline to a laying down position and not fall off. This is pretty cool however, it does have a shortfall or two which we will touch on.
The back support is very strong. This is quite subjective, if you are the type that likes a softer back support then this might not work for you.
The major downside with the Merax is the fact you can’t simply lean back. Whilst you can recline there is no lock in for simply leaning back. Leaning back is part and parcel of anyone’s gaming, let alone workspace habits.
The other issue a lot of users have reported is that the chair tends to creak and squeak after some time. They have also reported instances of poor quality control with respect to the screws and bolts. The chair is much lighter than some of the others on our list and is not quite a sturdy option. In short, the chair is not the greatest for the price but could work well for younger folks who weigh less.
- Reclining locking system
- Padded armrests
- Weight: 38 pounds
- Weight limit 225 lbs
- Size: 50 (H) x 29 (W) x 29 (L) inches
4. Executive Office Chair
A timeless classic that just works
This office chair is probably by far the least cool on this list, but at the same time, it is by far the most qualitative and comfortable of its price range.
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It is clear when you sit in this chair that it is made to last and to please. That can generally not be said about gaming chairs since it’s all about having that ”gaming look”. But in my experience, it is those chairs that will break a few months into using them, while the more boring looking ”office chairs” can be passed down to your kids in 20 years and still stand strong.
Since this is officially an executive officer chair and is built to be comfortable for at least 8 hours of use, making it fantastic at long gaming sessions.
The comfort is subjectively very nice, it has a very soft and comfy feel. We feel this makes it one of the most comfortable on the list, but if you prefer a more hard and firm chair, then this might not be for you.
- Made of bonded leather
- 360-degree swivel turning
- Padded seat and back
- Size Dimension: L 29.13 by W 25.59 by H 41.34 to 45.08 inches.
3. Vertagear S-Line SL2000
A slightly overpriced but phenomenal gaming chair
Now, this is the slightly cheaper but still high-end alternative to the DXRacer chair.
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A lot of the same things apply, it is also one of the few modern ”gaming look” designed chairs that actually don’t suffer from low quality and durability. It is not entirely as comfortable but it is pretty damn close, and that is very impressive.
Personally, I prefer this design over the DXRacer, but that is obviously objective. Something worth noting is that it has a stunning 10 different color designs, and all look quite amazing.
This is undoubtedly one of the very best computer chairs on the market, but we can’t help but feel that it is a little overpriced. The price is a little too close to the superior DXRacer chair and is higher than an equal chair from Kinsal. This is the biggest drawback with this chair, and why it didn’t rank higher.
- Fully upholstered with PVC leather
- Adjustable back angle, 170 degrees.
- Steel chair frame
- Anti-tilting function
- Customized soft-glide wheels
- Comes in 10 different color designs
2. Kinsal Computer Racing Chair
This newly updated chair from Kinsal is the best of its price range
At first glance this chair from Kinsal can seem overwhelmingly big, however, the size also brings a lot of comfort and quality. Making this chair a worthy pick for any gamer.
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The Kinsal is a pretty eye-catching gaming chair once assembled. For all its mean looks it’s certainly left us with a positive feeling despite a few things we didn’t like. This is quite an inexpensive option if you are a gamer looking for something comfortable. The new version is quite stable and comfortable with the lumbar support particularly fulfilling. The updated version also comes with a wider base and better padding which was a big positive.
Like we mentioned earlier this chair is certainly has a couple of downsides. The stitching is not too great and looks like it could give way despite it having a sturdy feel overall. The major downside is related to the arm rests. They are a bit low for people around the 6-foot mark. Despite their adjustability, they can be quite uncomfortable. Otherwise, the big and tall chair really works well.
The build quality of the leather and the overall ergonomics of the chair are top-notch with a comfortable feel. Putting the chair together was also quite easy. Since the chair is made of leather its breathability is not too great. Check out the guide below to make sure this is exactly what suits you. Overall, we feel the updated kinsal is miles better than the older narrower version which was far less sturdy.
- Size of the seat: 22 x 23 inches
- Back Size: 26.6 x 22 inches
- Headrest and lumbar cushions
- Weight: 46.3 pounds
- 360-degree swivel
- 90 to 180-degree backward movement
Note: This is the updated Kinsal Racing Chair, which we highly recommend. But make sure you are not ordering the older version, as it had a lot of issues.
1. DXRacer Racing Series Newedge Edition
Our favorite, as well as the favorite of most major eSport events
We were extra excited to try out the DXRacer, mostly since it is the one they use at many of the major eSport events. Luckily, it did not disappoint.
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This ergonomic racing styled gaming chair from Vertagear, is not kidding around. It is the exception to the rule I mentioned earlier, in that it looks amazing, modern and really do pull off that gaming look, but at the same, it is insanely comfortable. In other words, it has the entire package, but that obviously comes at a price.
It is by far the most expensive PC gaming chair on this list, but it is also by far the best in every aspect. It is up for debate whether or not it worth the extra money, and that is really up to you. But if you want the best of the best, the DXRacer is a chair fit for a king.
We can easily see why this is the preference of a lot of major eSport tournaments and events around the globe. It is likely the best gaming chair on the market as of 2018.
- Ergonomic design
- Lumbar cushion and a headrest cushion
- Made from some of the same materials as a real racing car seat
- Very high neck/backrest.
- Special adjustable armrest
- Quality aluminum base
Console Gaming Chair
As a gaming site, we have a high focus on PC gaming in general. But we thought it was worth mentioning our pick for the best console chair since it is an entirely different product.
X Rocker Pro Console Gaming Chair
Console gaming is generally a little more comfortable than sitting at your computer. But this console chair takes it to the next level, and make your average gaming sessions into heavenly treats.
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Oh MY GOD is this comfortable. This is the one place where console gaming beats PC gaming, in my opinion at least, comfort. Since you ain’t tied to a desk, there is more freedom. And the X Rocker console chair takes full advantage of just that. First of all, it is wireless, which grants a lot of freedom and choice to your gaming position preference. The chair actually has 4 speakers for total surround sound and that includes a powerful subwoofer, and this really grants a fantastic feeling of immersion. It also has a built-in vibration motor, which makes your gaming sessions a full body experience and also adds to the immersion fantastically.
The product is overall perfect, but perfection regrettably comes with a big price tag. It is very expensive and I’d only recommend it if you are really looking to perfect your gaming sessions, but then again, it is up to you whether or not you have that amount of money to spend.
- Built in speakers
- Built-in vibration motor, that coordinates with your game/movie.
- Wireless connection.
- Works with any source with RCA outputs
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Buying Guide for Gaming Chairs
Gaming chairs need to be scrutinized to the same level of every other gaming component you decide to buy. The criteria in terms of how we determine what is great and what is not for chairs is on the simpler side compared to say a gaming laptop. Here are some of the things we think a great gaming chair should possess.
This is the first and probably the most important aspect of a gaming chair. Protection for your back, especially your lower back is important and your chair should allow you to make adjustments to help accordingly. In the case of gaming chairs, it’s important not to be stingy since the more customization options you have the better.
Look for a chair that can protect your lower back by providing different levels of support you desire. The shape of the chair itself plays a huge role here. Look for chairs that have an option of locking your backrest in a particular position. The varied levels of pressure and tensions that are applied by the chair and by you can be controlled with this. Another aspect that is vitally important is an option to stiffen or loosen the backrest itself. We are not always in a static position and the amount we lean back can vary at any given time, and this feature certainly helps.
This is a feature that is not common in a lot of chairs but can be quite important if you have a large gaming rig setup. The level of the monitor relative to your eye line will determine the angle of your neck. A neck rest comes in handy when the former scenario is in play. If you feeling like surfing YouTube or taking a time out between gaming sessions this will really come in handy and help you relax.
Height adjustment capability
This is a feature that has become the staple of every good office or gaming chair so ensure the chair you choose has it. A good gaming chair will provide a wide level of height adjustment that keeps you comfy even when you are relaxed.
Armrest & seat customization
A feature that is making more of an appearance amongst the newest gaming chairs, as armrests that are fixed can cause quite a bit of discomfort. Different people have different upper body lengths and it’s quite important to keep your arms in a comfy position so that you can game longer. Similarly, a feature found on more expensive chair options is the ability to slide the seat pan relative to the backrest. Its importance is sometimes quite underestimated.
Usually, chairs are either made from leather or mesh. Your tendencies and body temperature will help you decide what to buy. If you are the sweaty kind than opting for the mesh. The breathability aspect will certainly help you feel comfy. If you want something to keep you warm than leather chairs fare better. This is very much subjective.
The aesthetics and the build quality come into play here. The most aesthetically pleasing chair is not necessarily the best one. Make sure you look for something that feels strong and sturdy. And make sure the chair doesn’t creak every time you sit or make any adjustments. As you can see from out list, the design of the chairs can range a lot. For the best results, combine your subjective appeals with essential ergonomic elements and enjoy a long gaming career.
Community Q&A on PC Chairs
A roundup of the best and most common questions asked by our readers
Q: What chairs are used at eSport events and tournaments?
A: At most of the major tournaments they use the DX Racer series. It is used at LCS, WCG, Major League, LCK and many more. The Chair is also the official seat and sponsor of teams such as Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas and SK Telecom. On top of all this, it is also our favorite by far, with the only let down, being its price tag.
Q: Is there a big difference between the PU leather that cheaper chairs use and the real deal?
A: Yes, even though PU leather is a nice replacement, and it can feel quite similar to the unknowing. Real leather is more durable when it comes to general use and also feel a lot better on the skin. Problems can occur with the real deal as well, however. It will shrink if exposed to a lot of beverage, but this does not mean you cannot spill on your leather chair. It takes a LOT of water for leather to actually shrink, and it only means you cannot wash it in the washing machine.
Q: Is a gaming chair really worth the extra money compared to an ordinary office chair?
A: In general, no. A very large percent of gaming chairs on the market has a tendency to break after a few months, because they have a much larger focus on aesthetics than on actual quality. So in regards to quality for the money, you will usually get a much better deal when you buy a simple office chair. However, chairs like the ones from DX, Kinsal and Vertagear are simply next level quality and comfort, which a regular office chair cannot compete with.
Q: I have a tendency for pain in my lower neck after long gaming sessions, what can I do?
A: This is a very ordinary problem, actually up towards 40% of all gamers experience back pain at one time or another. What you need is some additional support for the lower back, to help with your posture. I would recommend any chair that has an adjustable back cushion. You can even start by buying a simple round cushion for your current chair and try that for a while, but if that doesn’t help. You should probably look into a very adjustable chair with a lot of back support. Also, a good idea to sit more straight in general, your spines worst enemy is a sloppy posture.
Q: After gaming for a couple of hours I tend to feel a lot of neck pain, any tips?
A: Yea, neck pain is among the most regular injuries from gaming and office work. For most people, getting a chair with great neck support(maybe with a cushion) will do the trick. If this doesn’t help, however, it may be a problem with your vision or your general gaming setup. Make sure you don’t have to look up or down at your screen, but that it is straight in front of you at your desk. If none of these things help, we recommend you get your vision checked, since people with worse vision has a tendency to lean forward when sitting at their computer. Which very often cause neck and back pain.
In order to make the best article possible, we used the following websites as part of our research.
DXRacer, about DXracer on their official site, information of the DXracer chair and where it is used in pro gaming.
na.lolesports, League of Legends LCS and esport blog post, an informational site on League of Legends eSports.
Spine-health., how to reduce back pain, an informational site on regular injuries to the spine and more.
Spineuniverse, how to remove neck pain at the office/computer, website different kinds of neck and spine pain.
Appartmenttherapy, why a good office chair is so important, a blog post about the importance of having a good PC chair at your desk.