Looking to complete your gaming set-up with a flourish? You're probably considering one of the best gaming chairs out there, to provide you with comfort while you're steering Spidey around your fancy 4K TV, or you're settling down for an all-nighter on Shadow of the Tomb Raider with your high-end gaming PC. But gaming chairs can be expensive beasts, so you need to think carefully before making an investment. The following guide is designed to help you make the right choice for you, as not all gaming chairs are created equal.
Obviously, the best gaming chairs all offer varying degrees of comfort - what's the point if you can't actually sit in the thing for hours? But some give support for your back, and offer firm cushioning, whereas others allow you to lean back more and really chill out. Some are styled like racing seats, making them idea for driving set-ups, while others provide special features that allow you to augment your gaming experience with gizmos and novelties. Whatever you're looking for, you'll likely find something to suit your tastes in the guide below. And if you're looking to pair your chair with racing wheels, for a full driving set-up, here are the best Xbox One steering wheels and the best PS4 steering wheels.
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
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.
2. AK Racing Gaming Chair
Sturdy and long lasting
Dimensions: 56 x 54 x 14.2 cm | Seat height: 126-135cm | Maximum load: 91 kg
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.
3. 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 | Maximum load: 180 kg
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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4. 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
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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5. 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
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.
6. Songmics Mesh Office Computer Chair
Best for a budget
Dimensions: 49 x 50cm x 101-109cm | Seat height: 101-109cm
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).
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