Best gaming chairs (May 2018)

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When you're looking through the selection of gaming chairs available you're probably judging three things: price, comfort and does it look cool? Whatever you're after depends on where the sliders end up for those three. Luckily we have something for just about every combination. 

Of all the gaming chairs out there, our top pick is still the GT Omega Pro Racing Office Chair. It's a sturdy, form hugging chair that's comfortable and nicely designed, and at a good price point for build/cost and reliability. But, depending on what you're after, then we have more budget level considerations like the Songmics Mesh Office Computer Chair, or proper luxury options like the Noblechairs Epic Series gaming chair. 

Take a look at these options and see what you think. And, if there's nothing there that takes your fancy let us know - we'll update the list if you have any good suggestions. 

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1. GT Omega Pro Racing Office Chair

The best gaming chair for comfort and price

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. 

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AK Racing Gaming Chair

Sturdy and long lasting

Dimensions: 56 x 54 x 14.2 cm | Seat height: 126-135cm | Maximum load: 91 kg

Strong metal frame
Long lasting foam cushions
Not an obvious quality jump for the price

The AK gives you a small increase in quality for a small increase in price. It's not a huge leap up from the Omega Pro in terms of initial appearences but the metal frame and foam quality means it's built to last. If you have a few extra bucks to throw around and aren't planning to change or upgrade your set up for a few years, this should see you through. It's got the usual lumbar and head support cushions and also has a fabric finish if you fine leather and plastics a little too squeaky. 

Best for... People who want to spend a little more, but not much.

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Noblechairs Epic Series Real Leather Chair

Dimensions: 56 x 52 x 141 cm | Seat height: 131-141cm | Maximum load: 180 kg

A more refined looking chair
Expensive

This is a perfect chair if you want something a little more subdued or refined to replace the usual primary colours. The vegan friendly PU leather might add a little to the price bit it's perfect if your gaming set up is a little more grown up. As well as suiting a more sophisticated gaming room (or blending into a living room without screaming I PLAY GAMES) this is a roomy chair with plenty of room. The perforated PU leather stays cool without getting sticky, handy if you're going to be sitting there for a while. And if you're worried about spending a little extra there's a 2 year warranty to cover anything potential... incidents. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Songmics Mesh Office Computer Chair

Best for a budget

Dimensions: 49 x 50cm x 101-109cm | Seat height: 101-109cm

Good budget option
Mesh back keeps things cool
No frills
Limited positioning and adjustment

Basic doesn't have to mean bad and this computer chair is comfortable, cheap and and more than up to the job of keeping you comfy without breaking the bank. 

The cushioning in firm so you shouldn't get too restless if you're there for a few hours of Fortnite, and that mesh back will stop things getting too hot. It's got a 101 cm to 109 cm height range, with a 49 x 50 cm cushion, adjustable arm rests and is the very definition of 'gets the job done'. 

Best for... looking like you mean business (and saving money).