A proliferation of seats marketed at gamers have begun properly flooding the market the last few years, so finding the best gaming chair can be something of a struggle. New manufacturers are regularly entering the field, and established companies are continually turning out new models or updating their current product stack in a desperate effort to grab or maintain a share of what's become a really lucrative sector. But fear not, you don't need to fire blindly in the dark, or wander all over creation trying to find seats to test in person (and wasting your valuable time) - we've tested tons of the top models and curated a list of the very best of the best, the cream of the crop of gaming and office seats in 2019.
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So what makes the best gaming chair? Naturally, the most important determining factor is how comfortable it is to actually park your human husk in for long periods of time - the real test of a seat is whether it still feels cozy after a marathon session of the latest battle royale. After assembling and testing a huge range of chairs, we've determined that the two main factors that contribute to how comfortable a seat is are materials and adjustability. You want something that's plush enough to conform a bit to your body as you settle down into it, but also supportive enough to cradle your spine in a natural position and keep you upright in something approaching proper posture. And while even the cheapest chair will let you change surface factors like seat height or the recline of the backrest, a truly premium option will you go deep into customizing stuff like the angle or height of the armrests or the depth and angle of the seat.
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
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
2. GT Omega Pro Racing Office Chair
The best gaming chair for comfort and price
Dimensions: 68cm x 70cm x 1.3m | Seat height: 124-132cm
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 14.2cm | Seat height: 126-135cm
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.
The most professional looking gaming chair available
Dimensions: 69 x 60 x 112cm | Seat height: 103-112cm
If you're not the type of gamer who needs all of their accessories bedecked with RGB lighting and 'gamer' aesthetics, the NeueChair might be just the seat for you. It's a very professional looking (and very professionally constructed) chair that would suit a corporate office as easily as a PC gaming rig. And it's heavy duty, as well, solidly constructed in a way that immediately imparts that it's industrially engineered to last, and the taut mesh fabric is virtually impossible to stain. It's not an inexpensive chair, certainly, but it is the kind of seat that will last you for a very, very long time.
Best for...anyone who values a classy, understated look over bling and flash
5. DXRacer Classic Series
The best chair for bigger frames
Seat type: Office chair with racing touches | Recline: 135 degrees | Weight capacity: 300 lbs | Weight: 66 lbs | Available colors: Black, Black and Grey, Black and Gold
If you're searching for a big, cozy chair you can really surround yourself with (but that's still just stiff enough to support proper posture), the DXRacer Classic is a fantastic option, and the seat I on the daily at our New York office. For larger frames or anyone who just wants a big cozy chair, it's one of the best available.
It's a perfect example a manufacturer that realized one size doesn't actually fit all, a chair that's wildly adjustable (though I do wish the armrests had a slightly higher height ceiling). And it's constructed of really high quality materials that are designed to be comfy but also to be truly durable - this is a seat built to justify its price tag by surviving for years and years, possibly even through the searing apocalypse impending global climate change will visit upon us in the very near future.
6. Noblechairs Hero gaming chair
A great chair that loves to mix work and play
Dimensions: 55 x 52 x 141cm | Seat height: 131-141cm
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.
7. Anda Seat Dark Knight
The best gaming chair for large frames
Dimensions: 28" x 26"x 54.8" | Seat height: 50" to 55"
Anda Seat's Dark Knight chair is a big, comfortable seat perfectly suited to gamers with larger/taller frames. It's build from top quality materials and is as sturdy and durable as its eponymous legend, and was a breeze to unbox and assemble.
It's also remarkably adjustable, so even if it doesn't perfectly conform to your body out of the box you can customize it to suit you. Aesthetically it's very pleasant, all muted blacks and attractive angles, the sort of chair you'd envision Bruce Wayne settling into in front of a massive bank of displays to monitor the streets of Gotham in his subterranean lair. While I found the included neck pillow protruded a bit too aggressively from the back of the chair, it's easy enough to remove it and the chair is plenty comfortable without the additional support.
Best for… larger gamers or anyone who enjoys luxuriating in a massive chair
8. 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
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.
9. Nitro Concepts S300
Gaming comfort at a great price
Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 117-124cm | Seat height: 47-54cm
Ideal for when you want your gaming throne to be disguised as an office chair, the Nitro Concepts S300 is well priced and comfortable for long overnight 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.
10. Arozzi Verona Junior
The best chair for smaller frames
Seat type: Racing seat | Recline: 165 degrees | Weight capacity: 130 lbs | Weight: 40 lbs | Available colors: Black, Blue, Red, White
While gaming has truly become a hobby for people of all ages, there are still tons of kids to play games, and plenty of adults with smaller than average frames, and for that under-served market, Arozzi has an excellent gaming chair solution.
While smaller people can always curl up cat like in larger chairs, it's not a natural seated position, which leads to painful and sometimes damaging stress on joints and extremities that can in turn cause serious long term problems. A chair like the Verona Junior, on the other hand, gives children and smaller adults the option of maintaining good posture without sacrificing support or comfort. The shallow form factor of the seat back lets you to sit all the way back in the chair, adding support for the hips and other joints, and the Verona Junior also reclines to an impressive 165 degrees, so you can nap in style.
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