The best gaming chairs 2018

the best gaming chairs in 2018

The secret to gaming in comfort is finding the best gaming chair for you, and there's more choice than you might realise. To help ease your decision-making process, we've fearlessly sat in as many as we could get our bums on, and rounded up our favourites in our expert guide below.

And with the Black Friday sales around the corner, it's a great time to pick one up. We're expecting a flood of Black Friday game deals this year, and some of the best gaming chairs could well be among them, meaning it's your chance to pick up a bargain. Just stick with us to stay up to date.

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1. Secretlab Omega Softweave

The best gaming chair available, with super soft fabric covering

Dimensions: 68 x 70 x 126-136cm | Seat height: 126-136cm

Extremely comfortable and supportive
Soft, textured fabric
Sturdy and durable
Softweave fabric will stain

Secretlab has improved upon their already stellar Omega chair by adding their proprietary Softweave fabric, a smooth, soft weave that makes the seat feel like a proper luxury item. It adds to an already great office/gaming chair design that's very supportive, but not aggressively so, meaning if you want to recline it and slouch comfortably back into it while you binge Netflix shows, the chair will adjust accordingly.

In fact, it's a remarkably adjustable model across the board. Along with the reclining backrest,  you can also tilt the entire chair to further adjust things like the seat height (which is itself separately adjustable) and angle, and slide or reangle the armrests to suit your elbows. The whole package can be modified to an incredible degree to fit practically any body, and rides the perfect line between give and firmness to let you sit comfortably even through marathon sessions.

Best for... It's just the best all-round gaming chair you can buy

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2. 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

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. 

3. AK Racing Core Series EX Gaming Chair

Sturdy and long lasting

Dimensions: 56 x 54 x 14.2 cm | Seat height: 126-135cm

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.

4. Noblechairs Hero gaming chair

A great chair that loves to mix work and play

Dimensions: 55 x 52 x 141 cm | Seat height: 131-141cm

A more refined looking chair
Perfect for gaming and office work
Expensive

We got chance to review the Noblechairs Hero recently, and it's a nice piece of kit. This one is designed to be an office chair as well as a gaming one, so the design is very understated and elegant. It has a firm back and seat, which is better for your posture, and plenty of features - like fully adjustable armrests - to make you more comfy. The downside is that it could be a little dull for some, and if you're looking for something to really slouch in, this chair isn't as accommodating as some others on the list. There are few extra features too, so what you're paying for is a solid, dependable chair that'll likely last you for years AND help out your back. Depends what you want: if you're looking for a flash chair with all kinds of gimmicks, this isn't for you, but if you're a 30-something gamer who wants to look after their body while they play... this is a damn good investment.

Best for... Anyone looking to mix work and play, with a stylish chair that supports their back throughout it all.

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5. 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

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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6. Nitro Concepts C80 Pure Series

Gaming comfort at a great price

Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 117-124cm | Seat height: 47-54cm

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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