TL;DR – These are the Best Gaming Chairs:
1. Secretlab Titan 2020 Series
Best Gaming Chair
There are plenty of gaming chairs that offer some little touches to differentiate, but few can stack up to the Secretlab Titan 2020 Series (read our review). This chair commands a premium, but it’s not even close to the most expensive gaming chair on the market. What you get for the price is a sturdy, adaptable seat that will work for a wide range of users. It can support users up to 290 pounds and six-foot-seven.
The Secretlab Titan 2020 Series chair comes in a few different finishes, so you can go for the soft and cozy SoftWeave Fabric or the leather-like Prime 2.0 PU Leather. There’s even a true NAPA Leather option. The seat has a decent height adjustment range, and it includes a built-in, adjustable lumbar support and a neck pillow filled with cooling memory foam. The armrests adjust in four directions and the seatback offers a deep recline, so you can find your ideal gaming position.
2. GTRacing Pro Series Gaming Chair
Best Budget Gaming Chair
The coolest gaming chairs can come with some gnarly prices, but affordable options like the GTRacing Gaming Chair can let you live the gamer’s dream while saving money at the same time. Despite costing only $130, the GTRacing Gaming Chair looks the part of any other high-end racing-style seat.
Beyond looks, the cushions are soft while the pads offer firm support, so you’ll feel comfortable in this budget gaming throne. It even has full ergonomic adjustability between the armrests, head pillow, and lumbar support.
3. OFM Essentials Racing Chair ESS-3085
Best Ultra Cheap Gaming Chair
If you absolutely have to stay under a $100 budget for your gaming chair, the $75 OFM Essentials Gaming Chair should do nicely. it might look more like a regular office chair, but it definitely has the flair of a gaming throne with its sculpted racing lines and dual-tone colors.
The OFM Essentials’ contoured padding offers plenty of plush and breathable comfort. In terms of ergonomics and customizability, users have a pair of flip-up armrests and a recline function.
4. Cougar Argo
Best Ergonomic Gaming Chair
Racing stripes and stunning colors are cool and all, but you should definitely make sure you’re also getting a good level of physical support with your chair as well. If you’re working or gaming in your chair for long hours each day, proper support for your head, neck, back, and arms can go a long way toward warding off pain and repetitive strain injuries. The Cougar Argo is designed to let you tune it to your seating needs for just this purpose.
This chair features 3D-adjustable armrests that let you get a smooth transition to where your keyboard and mouse sit on your desk. The headrest and lumbar support are separate from the backrest, so they can move to fit the shape of your back better. And, you can slide the seat forward or backward for a better position. Don’t worry – all these ergonomics features didn’t come at the cost of some serious gamer style.
5. Razer Iskur
Best Racing-Style Gaming Chair
If you want a racing style gaming chair to give you that slick pro gamer look, then the Razer Iskur has you covered. This gaming chair will support a wide variety of gamers, as it’s designed for users from 5.6 feet to 6.2 feet and can hold up to 299 pounds.
Once you settle into the Razer Iskur, you’ll enjoy comfort provided not only by the high-density molded foam throughout the construction of the chair but also by a sculpted lumbar cushion that can offer your back a bit more support than the basic pillows you can often find on racing-style chairs. The seat is wrapped in a stylish looking PVC leather, and Razer has even put its snake stylings onto some of it with snake-like scales. You’ll also find 4D adjustable armrests you can position to your liking. The only thing that feels like it’s missing is RGB lighting, and that’s only because Razer is so oft to include it.
6. Secretlab Omega 2020 Series
Best Leather Gaming Chair
You don’t so much sit on the Secretlab’s Omega 2020 Series chairs as you become one with it. Between the velour head pillow and a memory foam lumbar support cushion, every part of this gaming chair is designed to mold itself around you, providing you with the best comfort possible.
That said, this isn’t a beanbag, you get the ergonomic support you deserve from a premium gaming chairs such as this. Comfort and durability also take center stage here—closely followed by style. The Secretlab Omega is also adjustable in ways your back and shoulders will thank you for.
7. Corsair T3 Rush
Best Fabric Gaming Chair
Leather gaming chairs are a dime a dozen, but those upholstered with fabric are much rarer. To our knowledge, there are exactly two manufacturers that make fabric gaming chairs: Secretlab and Corsair. While the former offers gaming chairs closer to $400, the Corsair T3 Rush goes for less than $300 making it the better, more affordable pick.
The Corsair T3 Rush also has a generously large seat and backrest to support most users as long as they weigh under 270 pounds. You also get a full suite of ergonomic adjustment with 4D armrests as well as a neck and lumbar pillow.
8. Vertagear Triigger 350 SE
Best Mesh Gaming Chair
Mesh chairs are great for keeping you cool since the whole thing is breathable. They’re popular in offices but there’s no reason you can’t have the same comfort while you game. Vertagear must have been thinking the same thing when it came up with the Triigger 350 SE, a gaming chair that features both a mesh back and seat.
It’s made out of Reinforced DuPont TPEE Mesh if you’re worried that this chair’s netting material won’t stand up to everyday wear and tear. And everywhere else that isn’t made of mesh, you get the soft feel of calfskin leather. Of course a gaming chair this nice is going to cost and it’s pretty expensive at $1,000 for the special red edition.
9. Respawn 205
Best Budget Mesh Gaming Chair
Respawn doesn’t want you to overheat while you’re gaming, so its Respawn 205 gaming chair is built with a mesh backrest for a higher degree of breathability. Mesh doesn’t mean a lack of durability though, as this chair is constructed on a steel frame and can support up to 275 pounds. That frame is encased in a molded foam for comfort. You’ll also get a wide seat with a decent range of height adjustment, making this a viable option for tall and short gamers alike.
The Respawn 205 gaming chair offers some basic adjustments beyond height. For one, you can raise and lower the armrests, letting you better position your arms for ergonomic use of a keyboard and mouse. It can also recline back to 130 degrees, and can lock in three positions. Attached lumbar and neck pillows also allow you to position cushion where you need it. All that in a sub-$200 package makes for fairly compelling value.
10. Cougar Ranger
Best Gaming Arm Chair
Our ultimate dream is to have a racing style gaming sofa and while we’re not there yet, at least Cougar has given us a racing-style armchair. The Cougar Ranger is a reclining armchair engineered for gaming. It features padded lumbar and neck support, while the padding of the actual chair is a little stiffer than you would find in a lazy boy.
In its standard configuration, the Cougar Ranger basically has you sit up at attention. Of course, like a recliner, you can lie back in this chair as well and it’ll tip all the way back to 160-degrees for when you can just relax and watch live streams or Esports matches.
11. Big Joe Dorm Chair
The Bean Bag Option
Big, expensive gaming chairs aren’t for everyone, especially if you live in a smaller space. For anyone currently grinding through games in front of a TV in a modest pad, the Big Joe Dorm Chair is made just for you. It’s filled with dense beans that conform to your shape, has handy pockets for your controllers, and is available in a variety of colors to match your room’s aesthetic.
Also, while this chair is affordable, it’s not junk, and sports quality double-stitched seams. It even has a handle on the top so you can easily drag it from room to room. Sit down, relax, and save your money for what you really want to spend it on: more games.
12. Respawn 900 Gaming Recliner
This Gaming Chair Recliner is a Dream Come True
We’ve just taken a look at a gaming chair rocker and big armchair, but what if you were to combine those two things into one? A gaming recliner, which is just what the Respawn 900 (read our review) is. Dreams do come true folks.
Unlike gaming chairs, you’re not really meant to pull up to your computer desk with the Respawn 900. Instead, it’s meant for more sedentary life in your living room, letting you kick back as you play your Xbox One X or PS4 Pro—or a gaming PC you have hooked up to a TV. It even has two cup holders and pockets for snacks so you really won’t need to get up for a while once you get comfortable.
13. Thermaltake CyberChair E500
The Best Office Chair for Gaming
The only hint that the ThermalTake CyberChair E500 has anything to do with gaming is the brand. Beyond that, you’re looking at a sleak combination of aluminum and black mesh for a seat that can serve as an office throne. But, comfort transcends the office and gaming, and the Thermaltake CyberChair E500 is designed with that in mind.
You’ll find a nice wide seat and a tall backrest all covered in breathable mesh that supports you while keeping you from getting too hot during tense gaming situations. Highly adjustable arm rests will support you so you’re not overburdening your shoulders while using your mouse and keyboard. And, the lumbar and headrest on this chair will help ensure you’re supported and can lean back and relax in this chair just as much as you can lean in and take your opponents to school.
14. Secretlab Titan XL 2020 Series
Best Big and Tall Gaming Chair
We already liked the Secretlab Titan enough for it to be our favorite gaming chair and it seems just right that the XL-version of the very same chair is our top pick for the best big and tall gaming chair. The Secretlab Titan offers all the same plush comfort and softness as its smaller compatriot, but it’s built on an even sturdier frame that allows it to hold up to 390 pounds of weight.
Everything about this chair has been biggie-sized with an enlarged seat and taller backrest. The Secretlab Titan XL offers a variety of upholstery options, but we like the SoftWeave Fabric since it adds just that extra bit of softness along with better breathability.
15. Homall High-Back Racing Chair
Best Budget Big and Tall Gaming Chair
Big and tall gamers can stay on budget just as easily thanks to options like the Homall High-Back Racing Chair. This plus-sized gaming throne only costs $90 and yet it’s designed to support up to 300 pounds. This gaming chair also has a tall backrest measuring 30.5-inches that should accommodate most users.
Homall had to make two small sacrifices to meet costs. Unfortunately, the chair’s seat is fairly narrow at only 14.5-inches and it sits low to the ground. Still, though it’s hard to argue that this gaming chair doesn’t come at a bargain.
Where to Get the Best Gaming Chairs in the UK
Upgrading your gaming setup with a brilliant gaming chair is always a good idea. Not all the chairs we’ve mentioned in this article are available in the UK, but there are still plenty of great chairs ready to order. This includes some of our favourite choices from Secretlab, such as the Titan, Omega, and Titan XL gaming chairs.
What to Look For in a Gaming Chair
There are plenty of reasons to invest in a chair dedicated to gaming, but the biggest one of all comes down to comfort. Gaming can be an incredibly sedentary lifestyle, not moving anything but their thumbs and forearms for hours at a time. Sitting on a lumpy chair for a few minutes is already uncomfortable and if you stay there for a long gaming session, you’re going to be in a world of hurt.
Chairs designed with gaming in mind help support your back, neck, and arm positions in ways non-gaming chairs don’t. This is largely thanks to the tall backs found on gaming chairs, which end up supporting your back and shoulders better than a short office chair. At the same time, the best gaming chairs should stop you from slumping over and falling into other bad postures with neck and lumbar pillows.
Between the tall back and support pillows, you should almost feel like you’re being forced to sit up straight. The best gaming chairs should feel almost a little challenging and uncomfortable to sit in. That might sound counterintuitive to how chairs are supposed to be just comfortable, but it’ll help save you from a lifetime of lower back pain and developing other gaming-related health complications like repetitive strain injury.
That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton on a higher-end chair to reap the comfortable rewards. But it makes a noticeable difference. Ultimately, it all comes down to how comfortable you want to be while you’re playing games.
There are other benefits to a gaming chair outside of comfort and a sturdy build. Pretty much all dedicated gaming chairs, from the cheapest ones on Amazon to the highest-end pro-gaming thrones, look awesome. Seriously, they’re called racing chairs because they look like the chairs you find in a high-speed touring car. Factor in the loud colors, aggressive angles, and eye-catching shape and there’s no question as to your chair’s intended purpose.
If you already have a high-end PC with a top-end graphics card or a dedicated PC gaming desk with a crazy 144Hz gaming monitor on top, do you really want to sit in a folding chair you picked up at Goodwill?
Since the majority of gamers play on console, a gaming chair might not suit your needs. But a chair for gaming is still a good investment. Whether it’s a beanbag chair like the Big Joe Dorm Chair or something wild like the X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal 2.1, console gaming still requires a level of comfort. Well, at least until things get heated and you have to lean in.
No matter which type of gaming chair you choose one thing you’ll definitely want is good, adjustable ergonomics. When I say that I mean a chair with customizable lumbar support, adjustable armrests, levers to tilt and height, and a movable headrest. For the most part, all the gaming chairs on this list include at least one to all the points of adjustability I just mentioned and you’ll want to take advantage of them.
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