Gaming isn’t what it used to be – kitchen chairs and a Monopoly game board aren’t going to cut it anymore, grandma. You’re all about in-depth esports, FPS and RPG games that take you on a wild ride, and have you cringing (and cheering) when you look at your total capped time. However, it’s also going to make you think of all the hours you spent with pins and needles in your leg, the frequent strolls around the kitchen to regain feeling and the fact that your previous chair just wasn’t cutting it. We’ve taken care of the rest: everything you need to know about the best gaming chairs available for purchase online, is all right here.
The Best Gaming Chair
Comfortable, though not the most supportive, the DX Drifting chair comes at an elevated price, but comes with all the bells and whistles. Firstly, you get a lifetime warranty on the steel frame, and two years on parts, just like all other DX Racing products. They’re dedicated to making a taller back to all their chairs, accommodating for just about every height. In terms of their seat, they’ve done something truly remarkable with this models – the unique design of the seat back allows excellent breathability to cut down on sweating.
The armrests are adjustable, and the hydraulic retention makes this sturdy and engineered for comfort, though the “bonus” lumbar support and headrest pillows are very basic. You’re left with a choice between maximum comfort with lower support, or maximum support at the expense of comfort. While you can just pop the pillow in or out at your whim, we would have liked to see higher quality, and these features integrated instead of additional. Overall, DX Racer outputs some of the best gaming chairs we’ve ever had the pleasure of testing.
24-month warranty on parts, lifetime on frame
Bucket style seating offers excellent comfort
High back for taller men
- BrandX Racer
- Weight49 pounds
A lot of components, but super easy to assemble
Unique backing design cuts down on sweat by increasing airflow
The “bonus” lumbar and head cushion are low quality
Known most for their quality, and second, for their acute attention to customer service, Secretlab unleashed the Titan – the best gaming chair in existence. Don’t simply take our word for it; let’s dole-out the features. One of the biggest complaints you’ll see that we have with traditional office (and some gaming) chairs are the armrests. Titan listened to the frustration and outcry from the gaming community and did something about it with padded armrests in 4D PU leather.
You’re paying the top-tier price for this, and as such, you deserve everything that a quality gaming chair should offer. With built-in support to cushion your lower lumbar, you’ll never have to worry about that creaking feeling when you go to sit forward or stand after a long gaming session. It’s adjusted by a crank knob, allowing you to command your comfort levels, but without including an additional pillow for your lumbar. It does, however, include a free velour head pillow with your purchase.
4D PU leather-coated armrests for comfort
Sturdy aluminum base
Steel tube frame for stability and durability
Comes with a two-year warranty straight from the manufacturer; no hoops to jump through (read more here)
Easy knob-turn backrest replaces lumbar support pillows
Some report that the chair is a bit too firm for them
They didn’t just put red in the title for show – this is blood red and charcoal black, reflecting the diehard desire to put you in it, and put the rest of the competition to rest. They really pushed over the limits on the weight capacity (2,000 lbs, which is a bit overboard, but we’ll roll with it). They focused on durability here, constructing the frame out of solid steel, and the base out of forged aluminum for maximum power.
Adjusting yourself in your gaming chair is always a pain – let’s be real, guys. Much like our top pick on the list, Onylight smacked class four hydraulics on this bad boy, enabling you to maneuver to your liking. Armrests are always a heated debate for us at GH, but these guys actually listened to the outrage of stubby, uncomfortable armrests, and decided to do something about it. Position these in three different angles, and lean to your liking for optimal comfort. Clutch Crank Series Gaming Chair comes with a lifetime warranty, too, so get ready to rock.
3D armrests w/ three directions
Supports over 2,000 lbs of weight with forged aluminum base
- ModelCrank Series Onylight Edition
Class four hydraulic gas lift
Durable foam for ultimate comfort and posture control
Despite the monstrous weight capacity, not designed for tall fellows
If you’ve read the guide first, you’re probably surprised to find an office and gaming chair hybrid atop our list. To be honest, we were pretty surprised as well, but decided to give Furmax the benefit of the doubt – thankfully, we did. At one of the lowest prices on our list, Furmax Leather Gaming Chair Hybrid packs a serious punch as a hybrid for regular office work, and flipping on that headset is simple as can be. If you work from home, you’ll appreciate the ability to just kick back, and transition from work to play in a snap.
Apart from the luxury of the comfortable seating, it also comes up with up to 280lbs of weight retention, a 360-degree swivel, and a taller-than-average backing to accommodate you taller gents out there. We’re sad to say that their warranty information is a complete joke; if you get this chair and don’t like it, it’s up to you to handle it swiftly. There’s a thirty-day return policy, and six months on parts, and it all ends there. All in all, this chair shocked us, but don’t take the warranty information lightly if it’s not the right fit for you – they will enforce it.
360 degree swivel
Holds up to 280lbs
High back; better for taller gentlemen
- Weight37 pounds
Doubles as an office chair with gaming capabilities
Warranty/part replacement is severely lacking
Reading our guide first will give you the distinct impression that we don’t care for these particular chair types – you’d be right. However, the pioneers of lounge-style gaming chairs (X Rocker) have been working their buns off, and to be quite frank, we were shocked. After seeing how many folks truly loved this chair, we gave it a spin ourselves. X Rocker makes up for the fact that a lot of gaming chairs don’t come with proper neck and head support for taller gents; this one’s good for at least up to 6’6”.
The sticker is an obvious draw to this, coming in with a budget-friendly price tag, but it’s not the most supportive chair you’ll ever sit in. After a 2-3 hour game session, you’re going to feel it when you jump up. Custom features include armrests you can reposition, as well as X Rocker’s famous built-in sound system that comes with just about all of their chairs. Blast the bass through the subwoofer and immerse yourself in the game without the need for headphones. Budgeters, rejoice – it’s a sturdy, well-built chair that’s not going to give up on you. Make sure you also check our guide to the best kneeling chairs.
Built-in sound system w/ subwoofer for advanced gameplay
Sturdy pedestal setup
Ability to reposition armrests
- BrandAce Bayou
- Weight46.3 pounds
Excellent for taller gents;
Fair price to introduce yourself into console-style gaming chairs
More designed for young adult use; not super supportive on your back
If you’re not into the newest Gran Turismo, that’s okay – this chair is perfect for every style of gaming. Comfortable enough for you to lean back and relax, supportive enough to help you lean forward and get into the game, DX Racer comes as the perfect hybrid for console and PC gaming. Apart from the killer red widow design elements, you get a full lifetime warranty on the steel frame and an additional two years on parts. We’re looking at the taller end of the price range, but with this, you truly get what you pay for.
For most gaming setups, your chair is only going to move on a few inches of carpet or hardwood, but your casters are still extremely important, even if they’re not putting in the miles. The ones on the DX were difficult to install, and also hard to maneuver. Crafted of plastic, they could have required a bit more attention to detail/trimming before being shipped off. If you’re after high-level gaming with prolonged comfort, you’ve met your match.
24-month warranty on parts, lifetime on frame
3D adjustable armrests
Taller back for taller men
- BrandX Racer
- Weight49 pounds
Bucket style seating for maximum comfort during long stretches
Adjustment gear is precise and has enough hydraulic pressure to stay where you want it to
Casters (wheels) are difficult to assemble and move
The hybrid between office and gaming has come to life. Respawn Ergonomic chair came in at #7 on our list because it’s more infuriating to assemble than the others, but offers many of the same benefits and features. This median price allows you to keep green in your wallet while cashing in on one of the most luxurious gaming chairs you’ve ever owned (and backed by the manufacturer direct limited lifetime warranty, to boot).
4D maneuverability and armrest adjustments make this one of the most versatile and adjustable chairs on the list, all without taking the focus away from the comfort and bucket style seating arrangement. Durable casters and a solid frame give you maximum strength, while the unique feature of angled grips along the top of the casters allow you to put your foot against them without slipping. I don’t know about you, but when I’m in an ass-clenching clutch FPS match, I stick to the chair like glue. Quality, red widow design, all with a little frustration during assembly – are you up to the task? Be sure to also check out our list of the best massage chairs for more great items like this.
Ergonomic design to contour to your body and sitting style
Limited lifetime warranty straight from the manufacturer
Angled drips on top of casters for clutch seating
- Weight50.7 pounds
Specifically designed to regulate airflow and reduce back sweat
One of the most adjustable chairs on our list
Assembly is a drawn-out process and often times frustrating
As we climb into the lower-tier chairs on this list, they’re going to come with a few more flaws than the other, though they’re still cuts above the laundry list of competitors we investigated. From the lumbar support to the cushy headrest, AutoFull Breathable Mesh Gaming Chair comes with enough features to be well worth the money. That being said, it’s supportive, but not as comfortable as some of the other chairs on the list. If you’re experiencing back problems more than you’re worried about comfort, the shape and style of this chair will certainly reduce back stiffening. Most of the backing is crafted of mesh, making it durable, and very close to the hard plastic that creates the epic blue arrow backing.
It’s extremely adjustable, allowing you to control a very low height, or pop it up high and maintain the elevation with the hydraulic lift. One of our biggest gripes over gaming chairs comes down to the armrests, and this one sort of falls in the middle. Adjustable? Yes. Comfortable? Not for long periods of time. If you’re a keyboard warrior or a console commander, your hands are going to be elsewhere, but if you want to kick back and watch Netflix, you’re going to run into a comfort issue. With the casters being durable, the unique grips along the top of the wheel frame, and the versatility to glide around the room in ease, autofill is more than worthy of a second look.
Authorized sponsor for WCA, LPL and MDI
360 degree swivel adjustments
Lifetime warranty on frame, 24 months on parts
- Weight68 pounds
30 day no questions asked money back guarantee (no risk in trying this chair)
Extremely adjustable armrests and bottom; low and high height adjustments
Mesh design provides support, but not comfort (headrest pillow is comfortable)
If you’re thinking about Emperor Palpatine’s awesome chair in Return of the Jedi, you’re not alone. This hybrid chair comes with excellent capabilities to switch from professional, straight through to gaming. We loved everything about this chair, except for the sticker price – it’s a bit shocking but well worth the initial cost. Noblechairs also makes it a bit difficult to locate warranty information for this seat, though for the cost, we’re hoping they’ll have a lifetime warranty on the product. With a few cons in the basket, let’s move onward to why we love Noblechairs Icon Edition.
You get a healthy blend of top grain and PU leather to envelope you in luxurious comfort, while still remaining durable and reducing fade. Swivel and tilt options, as well as customization, all make this an excellent seat for numerous activities while giving you maximum support. After a few hours of sitting, the only thing you’ll feel when you stand up is the need to stretch a bit – no pain, no unnecessary aching of the joints. Costly, but effective and comfortable as all holy hell – we have to be corny and ask, are you ready to be an Icon?
Breathable stitched backing for airflow and sweat control
Ultra sturdy aluminum base for maximum durability
- Weight66.1 pounds
Luxurious comfort in top grain and PU leather
Excellent tilt rotation and customization
Highest cost on our list
Instructions are minimal and not very helpful
The next one on the list is Homall. Firstly, we’d like to point out that the casters were graded for 1,000 miles of use (imagine rolling an office chair down the East Coast and proceed to laugh). We’re here to vouch for the fact that the casters are not nearly that good, but the rest of the chair is pretty kick-ass. Reclining and swiveling is the name of the game, and Homall is the player. Versatile and comfortable, they really put their backs into making this 300lb weight limit chair, complete with all the fixings.
You’re going to run into an unpleasant time with assembly (as if anyone has fun assembling furniture, right?), but don’t let that get you down – the hydraulic list is class three, ensuring that you’re not going to lose pressure as the day goes on. Overall, the excellent price and lumbar/headrest support are enough to get your foot in the door with an excellent gaming chair. If you don’t like it, you have a replace and refund policy at your disposal for up to thirty days, and a one-year warranty on parts, installation problems, and damage.
Ergonomic design holds up to 300lbs
Comfortable recline function
Class three hydraulic gas lift
- Weight42.1 pounds
Killer price tag that you’ll love
Lumbar and head support cushions that are actually comfortable
Headrest comfortably seats 6’7” without making you feel squished
Casters look nice but require a jerking motion to move
Armrests are as basic as it gets; they focused on every other element of this chair
Retains an “off-gassing” odor that takes a long time to go away
You need a comfortable companion for new releases, long weekends, and dungeon raids that just won’t end. Even when your eyes are getting tired and telling you to quit, Flicmax still has faith in you. Outfitted for up to 300lbs (though we would recommend imagining a 270lb limit), you get support in numerous areas to help you play on through the night. A cushioned and tightly-designed headrest allows you to lean back, and either utilize the 90-degree tilt option, or simply put some relief on your neck.
From the lower lumbar support to the additional leg cushioning, right on down to the adjustable armrests, you get a lot of control over your support and comfort, with easy fixes so you don’t have to wait until the end of a match to adjust. Before you click through and purchase this one, know this: the bottom cushion looks a lot more, well, cushy in the photos than when you actually sit on it. It’s still comfortable, but not what we expected.
- Weight51.4 pounds
Adjustable armrests with support
Lower lumbar + headrest support
Bonus leg cushioning
Bottom cushion looks thicker than it feels when you sit on it
Rated for 300 lbs, but squeakers/makes uncomfortable noises at 270+
OFM brings us a Racing Leather Gaming Chair that looks fantastic, and comes in multiple colors to conform to your current setup. While the design caught our eye, we stayed for the even support and comfortable armrests that actually fold up to give you more room (if you need it). Quick to assemble and fairy sturdy, we were quite impressed right off rip, but upset to learn that many, many users encounter issues around the 18-month mark. From it feeling misaligned to a little rickety, all without a proper tune-up helping the situation. We can’t attest to their amount of use, but it’s disheartening to hear this.
Rolling on the casters happens, what, about every time you get up or move the chair to run a vacuum? They’re qualified for over forty miles of movement before you run into issues, so you’ll have a smooth time gliding around the office, so long as you don’t go street luging with it. Tilting and spinning are a bit tougher with this model, but overall, it comes with an attractive price, Amazon’s blessings, and a comfortable alternative to your current chair. For more comfortavle furniture check out our guide to the best adult bean bags.
- BrandEssentials by OFM
- Weight37 pounds
Casters are rated to move for over forty miles before showing wear and tear
Fold-up padded arms allow you to control your comfort
Reported issues after 18 months of use
Limited tilt function/difficult swivel
Gtracing doesn’t just know how to make chairs – they know how to make comfort designed for gamers. From the excellent black-and-red design, right on down to the support and comfort from the lower lumbar and headrest cushioning, it is a very comfortable chair that’s used by 330lbs+ gents, all without showing signs of damage or decay. Our favorite part, and something that’s unique to this specific chair, is the cup-like bottom, where the lipped edges envelop you in comfort.
Nothing comes without flaws, and GTracing fell inlign with the common cardinal sin of gaming chairs: the armrests are awkward and uncomfortable. While you’re going to be gaming and hands your hands occupied, we know that’s not the only thing you do – there’s Netflix to be had, and we imagine you’d like to actually rest your arms. Apart from that, leaning back is a bit of a hassle – you need to keep your feet up on the desk or something in order to keep it positioned, as if it were spring-loaded or something. Comfort, minor inconveniences, and a price we can all agree on – that’s the takeaway.
- Weight50 pounds
Fantastic headrest and lumbar support
Chair is designed with a lipped edge, enveloping you in comfort
Outfitted for up to 330lbs
Tilt function requires adequate force; no simple lean back
Armrests are adjustable, but uncomfortable and awkward
Designed with the PlayStation colors in mind, Furmax hit the drawing board and made an ultra comfortable gaming chair that we’re happy to say we own. While it’s shortcomings leave a few things to be desired, the lower lumbar support and headrest of this chair, not to mention the leg rest support, are absolutely comfortable and work as you’d need. However, the bottom cushion is a little thinner than the pictures look, and as a result, a three-hour gaming session is going to give you a bit of numbness in the butt or the beginning of dead leg.
You can fit up to 310lbs, and the bucket seating is wide enough to fit multiple body types and styles. Assembly is going to take roughly thirty minutes, but ensures a sturdy end result with excellent swivel and gliding from the wheels. Between the attractive price and support, with Furmax Ergonomic Swivel Gaming Chair you’re getting a fair amount of support and comfort without being a budget-buster.
- Weight51.8 pounds
Comfortable leg support for days
Lower lumbar support and headrest
Good for up to 310lbs
Armrests are cheap and uncomfortable
Bottom cushioning a little thin; three-hour gaming session results in a little leg numbness
As we dip into our second-tier gaming chairs, we’re going to see some inconsistencies with the first five. You’re not going to get lumbar support of a designated headrest here. What you are going to get, is evenly-spaced comfort and excellent PU leather for maximum leisure. Tilt, swivel or roll (on harder surfaces or a desk mat; the wheels are bad on carpet) to your heart’s content. For a relatively low price, Homgrace Ergonomic Office Chair packs a punch.
You do get dedicated armrests with comfortable cushioning, but you don’t get the option to lift them up like you do on first-tier chairs. It’s outfitted to handle up to 330lbs of weight, and is one of the most simple to assemble (and adjust in mid-match, for that matter), that we’ve ever had th pleasure of owning. Budget-friendly and burgeoning to be your next prime time gaming seat, Homgrace hits the mark.
Outfitted for 330lbs total load weight
Comfortable PU leather with properly-spaced cushioning
Simple to assemble and adjust
No designed lumbar or headrest support
Wheels catch fairly easily on carpet
Mesh-back isn’t usually the choice of gamers, but this chair met us with an exception. It’s a tad bit higher priced than we would have liked, but we had to try it out – we weren’t disappointed. You’re not going to get the same comfort as a padded chair with lumbar support, but CMO Ergonomic Mesh-Back Gaming Chair only falls flat in one area: the wheels. While those seem like a very important component, as long as you’re not running through carpet while applying body weight to it, you’re good to go.
Your adjustable headrest fits the bill perfectly, and the armrests are passable – these T-shaped rests don’t exactly wrap you in luxury, but they’re not uncomfortable like many other models. Adjustments are simple if you can wait until after your match/you’re in a safe spot, and gaming for shorter intervals of time due to the mesh backing is required. Comfort, support, albeit it a little on the pricier side, but worth every penny.
- Weight43 pounds
Designated adjustable headrest, and armrests that are passable
Ready for up to 350lbs
Simple to assemble
Half-bodied wheels make them weak under too much pressure (usually on carpets)
High price for mesh-back
With a high-octane name like that, it can only be epic, right? From the ultra comfortable head and lumbar support, right on down to armrests that don’t suck, HappyGame hits home on a lot of the issues gamers face when they’re in long stretches. One of our favorite aspects to this is the wide construction on the wheels – it allows more support (up to 330lbs of weight) to be evenly-distributed throughout the entire frame. Thanks to the wide back and bucket-style seating, you’ll be sitting pretty throughout the entire game.
As you know, everything comes with a catch, or trade-off, if you will. For HappyGame, they added something that’s ultimately unnecessary – locking wheels. They’re basically just another feature to drive the price up, and can actually work against you if you lock them in, and fall prey to this next grievance: a hair trigger lever. Adjustments are quick and easy, and you can get flick shot-level good at adjusting yourself in the middle of a match, but if you have a dog or toddler bat at it, you could lose your balance fast. HappyGame Formula Racing Chair is comfortable as can be, and gets the job done while supporting you.
- Weight55 pounds
Holds up to 330lbs
Extremely durable frame due in part by wide wheel construction
Lumbar + headrest support
Wheel locks are basically unnecessary, only there to add to the price
Hair trigger adjustment levers
Killabee brings us one of our favorite chairs, with some of the most luxurious features you’ll ever ease into. Tilt it back or swivel it around, this unidirectional chair comes with a customized mechanical movement with an easy-to-alter lever setting. Thanks to the cage-like weight distribution of the wheel alignment, 350lbs of max capacity are spread out evenly amongst the entire frame, making Killabee Big & Tall Racing Leather Gaming Chair one of the most durable on our list.
So why did it rank at #9? There’s a buyer beware we’d like to address. While it’s an excellent chair, Killabee is still a relatively new player in the game, and they’ve had issues with shipping. Customers received two right-side armrests, leaving them a bit screwed, and occasionally damaged components as well. Killabee handles their customer support very well, but we’d all like to avoid these issues from happening in the first place. Excellent chair with the least amount of cons on our list, but a bit of a gamble with shipping.
- Weight56.2 pounds
Outfitted for up to 350lbs
Luxury full-body design with leather and attractive color scheme
Comes with headrest support and lower lumbar cushioning
Shipping issues (damage to duplicate items/deficient items)
Last but not least, we have a medium-priced, medium weight restriction chair comes with some excellent features, and a few flaws. For one, users have had a couple of issues in the past with assembly, and sometimes need to bring their own tools. Personally, we didn’t have any issues assembling our product, so while it’s a potential problem, it is by no means a fatal flaw. The weight support, however, only goes up to 240lbs – a possible make or break deal for some men.
When it’s good, it’s good – Turismo Racing Ancora Series features a comfortable headrest, super supportive lumbar cushion, and a bucket-style seat that wraps you up in comfort, and throws away the key. You’ll be able to lean nice and easy in this chair for six-hour gaming sessions without feeling anything more than the need to stretch. Stylish, comfortable, and easy to adjust – Turismo Racing hit the nail on the head with this one.
- BrandTurismo Racing
- Weight38 pounds
Attractive black-and-red leather design
Bucket-style seating for maximum comfort
Headrest + lumbar support
Only up to 240lbs of support
Requires more items than it includes for assembly
Best Gaming Chair Buying Guide & FAQs
Every bit of information is here, from wheel mobility (yes, we actually cover that), right on down to comfort and posture control. If you’ve been a long-time reader, you’re probably wondering how we break down our selections - that’s also explained. Everything you ever needed to know about gaming chairs, how to pick them, and why we picked ours, are all located below.
How We Chose Our Selection Of Gaming Chairs
It didn’t just come down to price; we’ll outline a few features to look for in a moment (that partially influenced our decision), but we take a deeper look than that. Most of these chairs are personally owned by Gear Hungry staffers, and others have been deeply investigated for numerous factors that positioned them to rank on our list. They include:
- Customer service response rate
- Warranty information
- Price versus value
- Ease of use
- Support features
While not every chair is going to hit each one of these marks, they are the best of the best among what we’ve tested and investigated. There’s only so much room on a narrowed-down list; we brought you the cream of the crop based on these criteria, how they rank, and firsthand experience of these products.
Features To Look For In Gaming Chairs
Not deadset? Still selecting? We feel you. These are the primary features that pop-out and define whether or not what you’re going for is a good purchase. We’ve done our best to explain each individual, valuable component to your purchase decision.
Comfort - This seems like a pretty obvious one, but think about standard office chairs you’ve sat in, and try to remember how crappy you felt when you stood back up. You shouldn’t be sitting there, itching to get up when you’re supposed to be relaxing. When you go on long gaming stretches, comfort is one of the most critical elements, right beside our next reason.
Support - Long spells of sitting equals long-term issues. That is when you don’t have the proper support to keep your body in a stable position. Other chairs enable you to lean forward, screw up your posture and don’t provide you with enough support of how your spine should be aligned, and where your legs should be. Support comes in the form of lower lumbar cushioning, headrests, ergonomic designs, and in some cases, a pillowed leg resting area.
Value - It’s a chair; you want to ensure it’s right for you, but you’re not buying a luxury in-home movie theater sofa set, here. We understand that. Value is important, balanced properly with what you’re getting for it. At Gear Hungry, we’re firm believers in and have rarely found items to the contrary of you get what you pay for.
Mobility - The quality of the wheels (and how they move) is pretty important. If you’re on hardwood or a plastic carpet mat, you’ll want to ensure you can adjust depending on what you’re doing; TV, gaming, simple computer use - they all require a different sense of relaxation, so repositioning your chair should be as simple as possible.
Types Of Gaming Chairs
Everything comes with its archetypes, and gaming chairs are no different. You’re going to run into a few different categories, some of which may not be on this list (for good reason), which we’ve laid out here:
Memory Foam - We all know it, most of us hate it - memory foam has taken to every type of furniture available, including memory foam. There are few exceptions where we would ever recommend it since it’s very easy to create a chair with this material, and not have it be supportive like it needs to be. These are usually branded for children more than adults, primarily because they’re more opted for console gaming, and not PC gaming.
Racer - When you think of a gaming chair, this is usually the design that comes to mind. Bucket-style seating, removable lumbar support cushions for your lower back, and adjustable armrests to put you in control of your comfort and posture. These are the most common type of gaming chair you’ll run into, providing support no matter what your age is, and having plenty of competition to keep prices at a budget-friendly marker.
Bean Bag - There aren’t many of these in production anymore, but we had to warn you of these. The late 80’s and early 90’s decided to keep bean bag chairs with them, albeit with a few exceptions getting out from time to time. Problem is, these are fun but don’t provide support, leaving you with a sore back, and a sour kill streak.
Gaming Chair FAQ
Q: What Is A Gaming Chair?
A: Gaming chairs are traditional office chairs on steroids. They’re designed with more flair, intended to hold more weight and allow you to feel the perfect blend of comfort and support for long gaming sessions. Not comfortable enough to have you nod off while you’re camping in CoD, and support enough to maintain your posture and keep your head in the game, right where it belongs.
Q: What Benefits Do Gaming Chairs Have Compared To Office Chairs?
A: Standard office chairs and gaming chairs are going to have a considerable difference in price, in case you haven’t already noticed. That’s because office chairs supply the basic necessity for a desk chair, without offering optimal comfort and support (most of the time, excluding high-end office chairs that want to empty your wallets). The main benefits that gaming chairs, on average, have over traditional office chairs, are:
Bucket Style Seating - This may seem like a standard little thing, but we consider it butt insurance. When you stand up after a long gaming session, there’s a good chance you’re going to feel pins and needles or dead leg if you were chilling in a traditional chair. With gaming chairs, bucket style seating is created from some serious padding along the edges (don’t worry, there’s a lot under the center too), giving you an area to scoot around in without sliding off.
Lumbar Support - Most office chairs try to get away with giving you the least amount of product, the highest potential cost. If we know anything, it’s that after four hours of dungeon-raiding in Diablo III, our asses get sore, and our backs get this twinge of pain right in the base. Lumbar support does the trick to alleviate pain, allowing you to game for longer without having to call it quits.
Additional Support - Office chairs have a lower average weight limit than gaming chairs; they’re not designed for mono-directional movement. Basically, you’re going to be shifting around and bending the chair a bit, so the components need to be able to hold more weight. We also have a guide dedicated to gaming chairs with higher weight capacities.
Increased Design Elements - You’re going to be sitting in it, so how pretty it looks only matters so much, right? We’d like to think of the intricate design elements that most gaming chairs share as a big up on the boring, bland, all-black office chair. You don’t buy something going, “Oh, it’s really ugly and unappealing, but I bet it functions as intended.” These are designed to match LED light-up computer tower, keyboard, and mouse items you’ll have on or around your desk to give you a sense of completion.
Q: Can Gaming Chairs Improve My Gaming Ability?
A: It depends on your playstyle. As a gamer myself, this writer sticks to FPS and logic games (odd mix, right?) so for the first, I’m leaned forward and really into the game. That being said, I’m still supported by lumbar cushioning and traditional bucket style seating, so I’m not focusing on not slipping off the front of the couch or something. For logic games, I’m relaxed, and that helps me focus. Overall, using one of these chairs does improve focus, and also allows you to have your own gaming zone.
When we dedicate a space to a specific need or interest, you’re exiting the rest of the world (or at least, getting away for a while), all to focus on one specific thing, which is always going to prove more beneficial for our motivation. In short, a gaming chair can be apart of the proper environment to help you focus.
Q: What’s The Average Price Range For Gaming Chairs?
A: Depending on the grade that you want to go with, and the features that you’re willing to compromise on, you’re looking at at least $100.00 to get your foot in the door. Some chairs may come cheaper than that (prices fluctuate, competition changes, and sales commence), but you should expect to start there and end around three to four Benjamins for serious quality.
Q: What About Comfort For Console Gaming?
A: Most setups (that aren’t in the living room) should already be on an elevated shelf, where you have comfortable visibility without having to strain your neck up, or down. We’re not a fan of curved-back, teenage-marketed gaming chairs that you used to see around Wal Mart when you were younger. We know far too much about posture, long-term damaging effects on poor form, and other issues that adult users faced with those style chairs. These can still be as comfortable for console gaming, provided you have the right setup.
We have one X Rocker on the list, however, that comes with a series of stipulations. It’s not resting on the floor (pedestal setup) and was able to win our hearts regardless of not being the preferred style we usually go for. For console gaming, rocking in one of these could be an excellent alternative to traditional straight-back office style chairs.
Q: How Difficult Is Assembling A Gaming Chair?
A: It’s very subjective to your skill level with building furniture for your home. Each chair is going to have its own difficulties, but most manufacturers try to keep the process as simplistic as possible. Common issues with gaming chair assembly (regardless of brand), generally include adjustment mechanisms. Properly attaching these to the rest of the chair (and ensuring they work properly as a result) can be a bit of a chore, but it’s well worth the effort to get it done right. Assembly should take between ten and twenty minutes.
Q: Should I Consider My Height When Buying A Gaming Chair?
A: You really only have to focus on the weight, unless you’re classified as “Big & Tall”. Gaming chairs have notoriously high backs, giving you the ability to lean back and enjoy laid-back games, but also providing lumbar support and allowing you to lean forward when you’re playing FPS. Your height is only so much of a factor, and not one that should be taken as a critical element of your purchase decision.
Big & Tall Gaming Chairs
Wonder what sets these chairs apart from common office chairs with absolute garbage supports? From stem to stern, we’re about to bust it wide open and tell you exactly what to look for in your next gaming chair.
Key Differences Between Standard And Big/Tall Chairs
Standard chairs are built for standard gents, but there’s nothing standard about you-you're after superior comfort, support, and a more stylish chair than the basic $40.00 one from Wal Mart. That being said, you should know the key differences between common office garbage, and your gaming masterpiece.
Weight Capacity - Big and tall chairs are outfitted, much like our top pick on this list, to hold 300 lbs and more. Personally, this writer sat in a standard office chair at 230 lbs and leaned back one too many times - the axis snapped, and I went back into the wall. After that, I went with a big and tall chair.
Support - You’re gaming for four, five, maybe six+ hours in one fell swoop, but that stationary, sedentary gaming style is going to kill your back and your neck. Lumbar support and headrests are designed to let you lean back in comfort, and game in peace.
Swivel and Lean - Many big and tall chairs are designed to swivel around 360 degrees and have a 90-degree (sometimes up to 180) lean radius. We don’t know why you would ever need that much, but hey, to each his own. For some reason, big and tall chairs just seem to come like this.
You’re buying a comfortable chair that’s ready to hold the big and tall beast that you are, but your pals at Gear Hungry still have two golden rules when it comes to picking any product: function, and flair. Certain design elements are going to come out in the features (next section), particularly in support items like headrests, etc. Your gaming setup is important, and there’s nothing wrong with coordinating styles with your wireless keyboards and PC, so long as it meets your personal function requirements first.
At its base, you’re looking at a chair. But if you look a little further, you’ll get a couple of different features that seem to pop out of the woodwork. Those include:
- Padded armrest areas
- Lower lumbar support
- Neck support/cushion
- Full 90-degree angle lean
Other chairs will come with brand-specific features, though these are some of the main ones you’ll want to be on the lookout for.
Average Chair Lifespan
Most places aren’t going to have an average lifespan, just warranty information. They’re not the same thing, not by a longshot. Common sense tells us that when any product has three years of a warranty, they’re betting it’s going to last for six, and so on. Depending on which chair you purchased, double the warranty time (if you’re a regular gamer who spends 3-5 days per week gamer).
That’s the basic rule of thumb. In the grand scheme, you have to take a look at the materials of the chair, stitching, cushions, how much of an angle it bends at (faster, more sudden motion means extra stress on the chair), and you’ll have to take a look at your weight (sorry fellas) versus the weight requirements set in place by the manufacturer.