The best gaming chair can make all the difference when it comes to playing games, working at a desk, or even just lounging around and chilling in your PJs. No, really - well, maybe not the PJs bit. Alongside supporting your spine and encouraging better posture (because back pain sucks), they'll make the time you spend on your backside infinitely more comfortable. These are arguably some of the most important gaming accessories you can get, so it's wise to do your research and pick a good one. Which is where we come in, of course.
Our team of experts have rounded up what they think are the very best gaming chairs, and we've been careful to include something that'll suit every budget. Because here's the thing; you don't need to spend a fortune to get your hands - or butt, I suppose - on a great seat. Seeing as the style will only carry you so far (you need more than racing stripes and a bucket-seat design to make a good chair), this guide also recommends nothing but the cosiest, most adjustable, and supportive seating. Most allow you to change everything from tilt to seat depth, and they're made from premium materials that aren't going to fall to bits at the first opportunity either. In other words, they'd make awesome additions to any home or office.
The best gaming chair for back support
If you're in the market for a premium chair from a top gaming brand then the Razer Iskur could very well be the best gaming chair for you. It's the company's first foray into seats but it's a tremendously good one that pays for every bit of its price tag.
The Iskur has a relatively familiar shape and form to it but some distinct differences are present that help it stand out from the crowd. First of all, and what will be the clincher for some, is the adjustable, built-in lumbar support. This is a trapdoor-like mechanism that features a cushioned and curved lumbar support which can be flipped out from the back of the chair to varying degrees depending on how you prefer the support. Instead of a one size fits all shape, or separate cushion, this elevates the chair to another level - particularly given that area's habit to be a troublesome area for those who work and play at desks. The shoulder support is good, and doesn't thrust them forward uncomfortable, and the overall adjustability of the seat, back, and arms is excellent so you'll easily find a setting that you'll like.
The aesthetic is what we'd call 'slightly understated Razer'. There's no RGB lighting, but the black with green detailing is very Razer featuring the brand logo once on the back and once on the front. It's very stylish in reality, and one of the team isn't embarrassed about it being in the corner of their living room at all.
A great chair from a great gaming hardware maker - this is a premium but quality option.
The best gaming chair on a budget
Looking for the best gaming chair that won't break the bank? Most Brazen chairs will fit the bill nicely. The Puma is one of their top options with a lot to love, and it's very affordable too. That doesn't mean it's cheap and nasty, either - like most Brazen products, it's of surprisingly high quality.
Although it's a little shorter than you might expect, that doesn't take away from the Puma's comfort. Fitted with a blend of pleather and fabric mesh over foam, it's cosy for long periods of time regardless of whether you're gaming or working. After extensive testing in the GamesRadar+ office, I can personally recommend it. In fact, I found it more comfortable than some premium options.
What's more, it's straightforward to put together and easy to adjust - the Puma was much easier to build than other, heavier alternatives we've used. OK, so the branding is a bit in your face. But if you can see past that, the Brazen Puma is one of the best gaming chairs for those wanting to save money without compromising comfort.
Perfect for gaming and office work
If you want higher quality in your gaming chair and are too willing to pay extra for it, the Noblechairs Hero is a sound choice. Designed to work as a standard office chair and a gaming one, it's got comfort in spades thanks to superior building materials. Avoiding garish colour and a racing-style bucket seat helps it feel elegant, too.
Offering a firm back and seat to encourage better posture, the Hero is exactly what you need if you're going to be spending countless hours at your computer or console. It's comfortable for long periods of time, and the armrests can be adjusted to suit you.
If you're looking for a flashy chair with lots of gimmicks, this might not be it. But for someone who fancies a dependable, well-made chair that'll last you for years and help out your back? This is arguably the best gaming chair available.
The best gaming chair for staying cool
Long gaming sessions can get hot and stuffy at the best of times due to the heat pumped out by your console or PC, and even many of the best gaming chairs make that worse with pleather upholstery which traps heat. Not so with the Corsair T3 Rush. This is a seat designed to keep you cool even after hours of play, and that's a godsend in summer.
It's pricier than budget-level entries, sure, but the Racing Core is worth spending extra cash on if you can spare it. The build-quality is a few steps above cheaper models, and it includes that all-important lumbar support. This model looks great as well with a slightly more subdued, professional appearance. What's more, you can choose between black, white, red, and blue accents to go with its pleather surface.
As with many other suggestions amongst our picks for the best gaming chair, the Racing Core also features adjustable armrests and the means to alter height, tilt, and the seat. That means you can tweak it to suit you.
The best mid-range gaming chair
You don't have to spend a fortune to get your hands on the best gaming chair. The AK Racing Core Series EX proves that point. A sturdy metal frame and cosy foam means that it's built to last, and this seat should still be going strong years down the line. AK is a well-respected brand when it comes to gaming chairs, too - you know you're getting a good product you can rely on.
Thanks to a soft fabric exterior, the T3 Rush is very breathable - it doesn't retain heat in quite the same way as leather (or imitation leather) alternatives. That means you can stay frosty in both senses of the word. And because Corsair are behind the product, you know it'll last. They're some of the best in the business when it comes to PC gaming peripherals.
'4D' armrests that can be adjusted in any direction don't hurt either, of course. The memory foam cushion and lumbar support is equally welcome. In short, this is a high-quality product from a very respectable name.
A great chair for customising
Vertagear is a new but well-respected brand when it comes to picking out the best gaming chairs, and the SL4000 - despite a name that makes it sound a bit pretentious - is one of the best for customization. It allows you to tinker with seat height, different armrest settings, 170 degrees of choice for the back, and more.
It's customisability sets the best gaming chairs apart. No seat is perfect the first time round, so being able to fine-tune it to suit you is important. It's definitely worth the faff of setting up this particular model, anyway (we'd suggest getting help if possible, as the backrest can be fiddly to screw in). And although there's a newer SL5000 model now on the market, we're still big fans of this cheaper alternative. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
What's more, the build-materials are excellent. Fitted with a PVC leather exterior that's stain-resistant and easy to clean, it's incredibly sturdy and feels substantial. It looks fantastic as well. The classy Vertagear logo and lines of neat stitching on the back make the SL4000 feel much more expensive than it really is.