The best gaming chairs to buy in 2018

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Looking for the best gaming chair to finish off your home set up? There's a lot to choose from in terms of size, comfort, lumbar support and more. It can be difficult to determine why one chair is so much more expensive than another, and why terms like 'cold-pressed foam' and 'rocker motion' are so important. Which is why we've got together a few of the best to try out and deliver some practical buying advice - in fact, I'm sitting on the GT Omega Pro right now.

There's plenty to consider when making a choice - price is obviously a key factor, but what about size? Cushion firmness and support? Do you care about the finish? Take a look at these options and see if anything grabs your attention.

GT Omega Pro Racing Office Chair

Compact and supportive

Dimensions: 68 cm x 70 cm x 1.3 m | Seat height: 124-132cm | Maximum load: 120kg

Sturdy and supportive
Quick to build
Slim seat might not fit all
No slouching allowed

Quick to build (you should be able to move from unboxing to sitting within 25 minutes) and sturdy, this is a compact and efficient gaming chair. It fits the same sort of floor profile as a more ordinary office chair (hence the name, presumably). It's a very focused sitting experience as the shape of seat and back contouring are very supportive, so it's not one to slouch into. Although you can remove the lumbar cushion to make things a little more relaxed. However, it reclines to practically flat and you can adjust the seat tilt and pressure, as well as arm rest angle, separation and height, so if you can't get comfy with all that maybe chairs just aren't for you. It's a very slender seat, though, and shaped for a thinner frame which is worth bearing in mind.

Best for... A high level of a support, and for smaller people. 

Secretlab Titan

A large and robust seat

Dimensions: 54 x 70 x 175 | Seat height: 175-200cm | Maximum load: 130kg

It's a big seat
Build in lumbar support
Little plain looking
Size makes it a touch harder to assemble. 

As the name suggests, the Titan is a big chair. So much so that office testing revealed some of the shorter team members (sub 166cm) couldn't sit in it properly and put their feet flat on the floor. The main benefits of that size though are a large, fairly flat seat that should comfortably fit most average-to-larger size adults - the lack of strong conturing means it won't restrict your body shape. There's also adjustable, built in lumbar support for your back. It uses quality materials to create high end finish but the larger, unshaped seats can makes it look a little plain.

Best for... People who want a larger, less contoured chair. 

Noblechairs EPIC Series Real Leather

When only a luxurious leather throne will do

Dimensions: 54 x 56 x 141cm | Seat height: 131-141cm | Maximum load: 180kg

Genuine leather
Ultra-comfortable
Great spine support
Don't set it up alone
Plastic arm rests

There are few gaming chairs out there as just plain luxurious as Noble's premium line. With genuine leather - yes, it does smell and feel lovely - the EPIC series comes in a variety of colours with an attractive stitched hatching on the seat back. Most importantly though is just how solid and comfortable it is while you're sitting at your PC and practically everything is adjustable. You can raise and lower the arm rests, the backrest can be moved to just the right angle and if you fancy a snooze mid game, you can recline it all the way back to 14 degrees. Bliss. 

There's always the drawback of the premium price but the EPIC looks and feels incredible once you've got it all set up and, let's face it, you're going to be in this chair for a long time. Look at it like buying a mattress; you deserve to be comfortable while you play. While it doesn't take too long to build, you should definitely grab a friend to make it easier as the backrest is a little tricky to secure with only one person. Speaking of the back rest, the double spinal and head cushions seal the comfort deal and make everything that little more supportive. You won't believe how much your back has needed that adjustable pillow until it's there. A throne among gaming chairs. 

Best for... Luxurious comfort for those with no budget restraints 

View item: Noblechairs EPIC Series Real Leather Black/White/Red, Overclockers UK, £439.99

GT Omega Master XL Racing Office Chair

A well build, larger seated chair

Dimensions: 52 x 59 x 147cm | Seat height: 131-141cm | Maximum load: 150kg

Wide seat and back
Good for shorter people
Quite flat cushion shape
Cheap finish 

Another larger seat with a wider, flatter seat and cushions. Unlike the Secret Lab Titan this is not quite as tall so better for shorter people who might want something bigger to play games in. It's a little cheaper feeling than the Titan as well, with a more PVC car seat finish compared to the other's PU Leather, so it can feel a little sweaty when things are warm.

The foam cushioning is very firm and, combined with the flat seat and back, might be a matter of taste as to how comfortable you feel - its broadness means it doesn't feel as shaped or supportive a some chairs on this list. It's still a good quality, sturdy piece of furniture however, that's easy to build and feels like it'll last many a late night session. 

Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL4000

Great support and comfort with an eyecatching design

Dimensions: 52 x 53 x 140-149cm | Seat height: 140-149cm | Maximum load: 150kg

Comfortable
Striking design
Needs 2 for set up ideally

If you want to make a decor statement with your gaming chair, consider the SL4000 as a striking message to the IKEAs of the world. An ultra-comfortable racing-style seat, it comes in a variety of colours if blue doesn't fit in with your style - the white and black is particularly attractive - and everything is adjustable. Whether it's seat height, four different arm rest settings or the 170 degrees of choice for the back rest, this is a brilliantly customisable offering. 

It does take a little bit to get used to the cushion of the seat with its racing sensibilities but the lumbar cushion support is exceptional and you'll never want to go back to a standard office chair again. Like the Noble chair, we would suggest you set it up with a friend as things can get a bit fiddly when screwing in the backrest but once it's built, you can wheel and spin away on a sea of comfort. Plus, as an aside, the PVC coating is easy to clean. We definitely didn't spill coffee on it....

Best for... Those who want to customise everything on a mid range budget. 

Nitro Concepts C80 Pure Series

Gaming comfort at a great price

Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 117-124cm | Seat height: 47-54cm | Maximum load: 120kg

Well priced
Comfortable
Difficult to put together
No back cushions

Ideal for when you want your gaming throne to be disguised as an office chair, the Nitro Concepts C80 is well priced and comfortable for long all night sessions.  It manages to both look and feel like a far more expensive too with a stylish design and good cushioning. While it's not quite as adjustable as the others on this list, it makes up for with supportive and comfortable back and arm rests. 

Again, it's not the easiest to set up - get two people - and doesn't come with the lumbar cushions of the more luxurious chairs but its foam back support will keep your spine happy and you'll still feel like a super villain as you spin around. There's also the benefit of a perforated seat covering to prevent everything getting too warm in the hotter months. We didn't notice a noticeable difference but it definitely stays comfortable for seriously long Skyrim sessions. 

Best for... Disguising as an office chair but still meaning gaming business.