There are few things worse than standing up from a marathon gaming session and realizing your back, legs and body are in total pain because you’ve been hunched over a controller for hours at a time. Sure, you can play games on your couch or in a standard office chair, but investing in a dedicated gaming chair is both a practical and effective way to play.
Gaming chairs are a bit more oversized than your standard computer chair, providing complete lumbar, head and neck support during those intense sessions of Warzone or Fornite. Made from premium leather or even breathable mesh, they’re meant to cushion and support you throughout hours and hours of games so that you avoid that aching feeling. And they’re typically done in a more sporty style to match the futuristic look and feel of either your console or PC.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best gaming chairs on the market across all kinds of prices and with all types of gamers in mind, so there’s an option for every need and budget. Our picks, below.
1. Secret Lab Titan Gaming Chair
You’ve probably seen a Secret Lab chair in your favorite Twitch streams without knowing the brand. The brand is almost ubiquitous with hardcore gamers for a reason: it’s far and away the best on the market. Secret Lab sent us a unit to test and we found its incredibly sturdy construction to provide not only day-long comfort but a real commitment to quality that rivals Apple and other high-end brands. While it’s certainly a bit of an investment, it’s worth it to have your whole body supported by its plush foam, fully reclinable back, and customizable armrests and height adjuster. In short: it’s worth every penny to have a chair you’ll have (and use!) for years and years.
2. GTRACING Gaming Chair
If you’re in the market for a quality gaming chair that won’t break the bank, look no further than this option from GTRACING. The chair is fully customizable, including the height of the armrests, the angle of the chair back, and the height of the chair itself. Additionally, the chair comes with dedicated head and lumbar cushions to provide optimal support for extended play sessions. Plus, GTRACING’s chair is effortless to put together, which means you can get back to doing what matters: chasing that new high score.
3. Vertagear Racing S-Line Gaming Chair
BEST FOR LONG PLAY SESSIONS
Getting ready to hunker down for a day’s worth of Warzone or just another day at the (virtual) office? This gaming chair from Vertagear is designed to be almost lived in thanks to its construction. Ultra Premium High Resilience (UPHR) foam used in the chair has a higher density, which prolongs the lifespan of the chair and gives unparalleled support and cushion when you need it most. Additionally, the chair has plenty of support, thanks to its lumbar and neck cushions. Other customizable features allow you to hone into your specific needs, which is great when you’re reaching the multiple-hour mark of a gaming session.
4. Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody Gaming Chair
This Herman Miller and Logitech collaboration is pricey but is meant to fill a particular void in the market. Miller has been crafting luxury products since the early 1900s and understands what it’s like to build something that’s made to last a long, long time. The Embody is reflective of that philosophy, providing a chair you can purchase once and never need to replace; the science-backed ergonomics will support your spine no matter how you end up sitting in the chair while also keeping you cool thanks to their specialized foam. But most importantly, the Embody helps to actively reduce back pressure and pain, which is a godsend for those who already have issues. If you can move past the initial sticker shock, you’ll be buying a chair that will quite literally last you a lifetime.
5. Respawn 200 Gaming Chair
BEST MESH CHAIR
As comfortable as leather chairs are, sometimes sitting in them for long periods can cause your back to sweat. Which is where a mesh-backed chair can be a great alternative. If you’re someone that runs a little hot, a mesh back provides fantastic breathability without sacrificing any of the sturdy support you’d come to expect in the best gaming chairs. With all kinds of adjustable portions, it’s bound to fit you in all the ways you need it to do so.
6. Corsair Road Warrior Gaming Chair
With a slightly wider seat, deep cushion and sturdy construction, this gaming chair from Corsair is made for the gaming warrior. That is to say, one who doesn’t want to have to sacrifice their comfort while they play their favorite game. The leather construction is perforated (both for better airflow and as a nod to the “Road Warrior” product name). At the same time, the reclining functionality allows you to kick back and relax between sessions. However you plan to game, know your booty and body will be cozy while you do so with this chair.
7. Respawn 9000 Recliner Gaming Chair
BEST FOR CONSOLE GAMING
Gaming chairs shouldn’t be just for PC gamers or even a console gaming system tied to a desk. If you want to kick back and relax with a round of Halo, this recliner style chair from Respawn makes for an excellent option. The chair has all kinds of options to make it even easier to kick back and relax like a side pouch for quick access to accessories, a dedicated drink coster, an independently operated back recline and footrest and more.
8. OFM Essentials Racing Gaming Chair
With over 10,000 reviews for an average 4.5-star rating, this racing-style gaming chair from OFM essentials has the unique honor of being an Amazon’s Choice selection. With great comfort in a striking design, you’ll not only look good but feel even better as you game the day way. Fully adjustable with height adjustment and center-tilt control, the chair is upholstered in a durable leather to provide plenty of comfy support.
9. COUGAR Argo Gaming Chair
BEST ERGONOMIC CHAIR
We know this is one of the more expensive chairs on this list, but you can’t put a price on investing in the health of your back. To wit, this ergonomic gaming chair from COUGAR is a clever combination of gaming aesthetics and smart lumbar support. Breathable mesh helps to allow air to cool down your body and provide a near weightless feel as you sit in the chair. Fully adjustable (down to even the seat’s ability to slide!), you’ll be able to dial in the exact comfort level desired.
10. Furmax Gaming Chair
If you’re looking for a gaming chair that will double as a good starting point for your journey to later investing in a more expensive chair, this option from Furmax is likely going to be a nice upgrade over whatever existing option you’re using. With features like dedicated lumbar support and even a headrest, Furmax’s approach provides a comfortable chair that won’t break your budget. Other additional highlights include breathable leather and height adjustment to round out one compelling package.