Wondering whether you should finally swap your worn and torn desk chair for the best gaming chair around?
The answer follows simple logic: if the amount of time we spend in bed each day is reason to invest in a good mattress, the amount of time spent gaming each day (and night) is more than enough to warrant the most comfortable and game-enhancing experience possible.
If you wouldn’t dream of sleeping on an inflatable mattress every night, you shouldn’t dream of spending hours looter-shooting while contorted in your dad’s old office chair.
To help you find a fit-for-purpose investment we’ve tracked down the best gaming chairs the internet has to offer. All gamers considered:
What does a gaming chair do?
It may sound obvious, but bear with us. To start, gaming chairs offer more support and comfort to those likely to spend hours in sedentary combat.
In fact, their market creator – a company called DXRacer – originally manufactured luxury sports car seating for comfort and permanence. That luxe-led durability actually remains a major selling point for gaming chairs.
Beyond this, a gaming chair’s customisation capabilities means you get to play exactly how you want to. Even if it’s at a 165-degree angle. You can adjust the backrest (which is typically much higher than a normal office chair), lumbar support, tilt, headrest, armrests and more. And that’s all before the tech-y extras.
For full game immersion, many people look for a gaming chair with speakers – surround sound, specifically – as well as synced vibration motors and USB ports.
This is the Throne of Games (see what we did there?). The Devon-based company’s gaming chairs repeatedly outrank the best of their competitors in reviews and the Titan is no exception. As its name may suggest, the super-sturdy Titan is their largest and most feature-packed gaming chair to date. It boasts a taller backrest, wider seat base, thick cold-cure foam for extra comfort, integrated adjustable lumbar support (the same you’d find in high-end car seat), 4D adjustable armrests and more. The Titan has your back… and then some.
If you like the classic X Rocker pedestal chair, you’re going to love the X Rocker Evo Pro. The new and improved gaming chair is a veritable dream for console gamers; it includes Bluetooth-connected 2.1 Wireless audio, dedicated vibration motors, and even RGB LED edge lighting which allows gamers to change their style as they like. An analogue wireless transmitter can also help connect your Evo Pro X Rocker to your TV via 3.5mm connector.
This large floor rocker is the perfect gaming chair for gamers who want to keep their feet on the ground (both literally and figuratively). For less than other chairs in its class, the Mayhem Max 2.1 includes a headrest-mounted stereo system (subwoofer included) and RA analogue audio connectivity. The supple faux leather gaming chair even folds in half for easy storage between stints.
This is the perfect little gaming chair for those of us who like to kick back and relax. Though it isn’t as large as some of the other chairs on the list, it can fit tall frames comfortably and is one of the cheapest quality gaming chairs on the market. No frills (bar the foot rest) but excellent overall comfort that switches between flat and upright with ease.
Just when you thought the Mario Kart experience couldn’t get any better, Playseat come along with gaming chair developed (and used) by professional racing drivers. Modeled after actual racing car seats, this foldable gaming chair is not only stylish and functional but takes up less room than you might think when not in use. It’s also compatible with any steering wheel or pedestal you might already have and works with all modern consoles, PCs and Macs.