To a gamer, the right chair is as important as the right pair of shoes to a professional athlete. It’s one of the ways they ensure they get the most from their talents. Gamers tend to put in long hours on the throne and because of that, the chair they choose has to be not only high functioning but really comfortable as well. While personal taste will play a part in selecting your gaming chair there are also a slew of objective criteria involved, including build quality, ergonomics, compatibility and more. With that in mind, the following represents the best gaming chairs in 2019.
The Best Gaming Chair
Functional and refined are two words that come to mind when you spend some time in the noblechairs ICON gaming chair. It’s extremely comfortable and fully adjustable in the armrests and seat back. The PU leather upholstery is smooth and firm, just the way you want a gaming seat to be. And when you need to take a break it reclines to 135 degrees. The profile of the chair is lifted from high-performance luxury automobiles and is void of some of the more needlessly ‘extreme’ touches you’ll find in other gaming chairs. As such this puppy will look as good in your office as it does in front of your 3 oversized gaming monitors.
This is a professional gaming chair with a weight limit of 330 pounds. It rolls around on tough but quiet PU casters and features a dependable pneumatic gas lifting mechanism. While there is nothing here that is particularly groundbreaking what’s remarkable about this chair is that it provides such a high level of comfort with such outstanding build quality for a fraction of what some other, less comfortable, less ergonomically pleasing gaming chairs cost. As such it’s our Best Choice. You can combine this with one of the best gaming desks from our list.
Cold foam deform-resistant core.
Fully adjustable arm and backrest.
Pneumatic gas lift vertical adjustment.
Accommodates up to 330 lbs.
Durable faux leather upholstery.
PU casters for hard or soft floors.
- Weight61.7 pounds
The X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 is a classic rocker-style computer gaming chair that features immersive 4 speaker audio, a high degree of platform compatibility, soft faux leather upholstery and integrated motors that sync up to the subwoofer and really rattle the hell out of you during times of peak action. There’s a built-in wireless receiver and transmitter as well as a pair of RCA ports. Audio is fully adjustable and those vibrating motors built into the chair can be toggled on and off as you like.
From a comfort perspective, the upholstery is generous without being too squishy. The high back gives you plenty of head and neck support. The armrests, while not padded, are perfectly positioned for most average sized gamers and the back folds completely over for easy storage. There are more expensive rockers out there and ones with HDMI compatibility rather than RCA. But the audio experience created by the 51259, when combined with the high degree of compatibility and the comfort level makes this an excellent choice if you’re a budget-conscious console gamer.
Accommodates up to 275 pounds.
Compatible with PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox, PSP Vita and more.
Integrated wireless receiver.
Full head and back support.
4 speaker audio for immersive sound.
RCA cables included.
- Brand X Rocker
- Weight50.3 pounds
With this chair, DXRacer makes an argument for themselves as one of the top gaming chair manufacturers out there. The RW106 feels great the second you plop down onto it. And 8 hours later it still feels great. That’s a testament to the designers who put an emphasis on lumbar support and promoting good posture. The chair features 3D adjustable armrests, an extra tall seat back for outstanding head and neck support and mesh/PU leather upholstery that cradles you while it breathes.
Build quality is excellent throughout with a 5 point steel base providing stability. The 2 inch PU casters are durable and quiet and the back reclines when you need to take a break. About the only downside here is the weight limit, which is a fairly modest 200 pounds. But that aside anyone whose weight is south of 200 pounds is going to love the firm but the forgiving way the chair embraces you when you sit back. After 6 or 8 hours you’ll also really appreciate the support provided by the lumbar cushion. Make sure you also check our selection of the best gaming mouses.
Sleek, edgy profile.
Headrest and lumbar cushions.
Mesh and PU seat cover.
Tubular steel frame.
Full height and backrest adjustment.
Cold core foam padding.
Limited lifetime warranty.
- Weight49 pounds
The Vertagear SL2000 is sleek, comfortable and effective. It sports one of the most comfortable faux leather finishes we’ve ever felt, a solid steel frame that won’t give way when the action gets hot and heavy, memory foam pillows for head and back and a pneumatic vertical adjustment mechanism that’s quick and dependable. If you close your eyes you might think you’re in a really comfortable office chair. And it certainly has lots of office chair DNA. But it’s more than just a gaming office chair.
It will accommodate up to 330 pounds, swivel 360 degrees and large PU coated casters let you glide across the floor without driving the people downstairs nuts. The base is wide and solid and the seat back extra tall. That back reclines to 140 degrees and will handle anyone up to 6’ 4”. The cherry on the cake is that it can be put together in less than half an hour and costs less than your monitor.
2.5” PU coated casters.
Memory foam headrest.
Assembles in minutes.
Adjustable resistance and back lock.
Supports up to 330 pounds.
Optimal neck, shoulder and back support.
PVC faux leather cover.
- Weight51 pounds
When we saw the price on this Homall Gaming Chair we had to do a double take because the chair has so much to offer. From the dependable pneumatic lift mechanism to the firm but comfy high-density foam padding to the supple PU faux leather upholstery and the ultra-quiet rubber casters. But that’s not all. The seat back reclines a full 180 degrees, those casters are rated to 1,000 miles of use and the chair will accommodate up to 300 pounds.
From a comfort level, there’s everything you need here to sink in and relax. The padding as we mentioned is firm but comfortable. The armrests are well-situated while the lumbar and head pillows are welcome accessories. You get 360 degrees of swivel to celebrate your victories and the robust steel frame ensures structural integrity no matter how many digital battles you fight. The rocking function is another nice touch that can be engaged or disengaged with the twist of a knob and the overall look is many a gamer’s dream. Add it all up and you get our Best Value.
Pneumatic gas lift adjustment.
360-degree swivel capability.
Ultra-quiet rubber casters.
Reclines up to 180 degrees.
Lumbar and head pillows included.
Accommodates up to 300 pounds.
- Weight42.1 pounds
If we were going to choose a gaming seat based solely on looks most of our testers would be taking this puppy home. It has an ultra-compelling profile that’s both fun and functional, heavy and airy, edgy and logical. The really great thing about the Ergohuman High Back chair is that it’s way more than just a pretty face. The back features 3 tilt and lock positions, the pneumatic lifting mechanism is uber-responsive, there are 360 degrees of swivel and both the seat and back adjust so you can always find your happy place.
The downside here as you can probably guess is the price. But when you take time to appreciate the attention to detail, the quality of the materials, the effortless way the chair glides to and fro and the way it gently insists on promoting good posture you’re going to realize that it’s not even a little overpriced. Which is why it was our unanimous choice for Premium Pick.
Adjustable seat back with 3-position tilt-lock.
Vertical adjustment via pneumatic cylinder.
Synchro-tilt seat adjustment.
Adjustable seat depth.
Plenty of lumbar support.
Leading edge design.
- Weight64 pounds
DXRacer makes another appearance on our list of best gaming chairs with their handsome and comfortable, (if not particularly feature rich), DF73. Adjustments here are basic: the seat back reclines a bit and the armrests slide forward and backward. And that’s about it. But while we weren’t bowled over by the bells and whistles (because there weren’t any) we were bowled over by the sheer ergonomic comfort of the chair.
If you’re the type of gamer who doesn’t think 8 or 10 hours straight is too much gaming you’re going to love this chair. When you finally rise you’ll likely feel as good as when you first sat down. And the real trick is that DXRacer accomplishes this feat strictly by adhering to tried and true principles of good seat design. The fabric is comfortable. The padding is firm but forgiving. The design gently enfolds you as you sit back without pinching your shoulders. And the extra high back provides lots of head and neck support. Amazing what a few well-considered touches can do.
Breathable PU covering.
Adjustable, extra-high seat back.
Headrest and lumbar cushions.
Ideal for long gaming sessions.
Wide 5 point steel base.
- Weight49 pounds
Ace Bayou calls this an “X Rocker” but it really falls into the category of pedestal chairs because it doesn’t sit on the floor. That minor quibble aside there’s a lot to like here. From the multi-platform compatibility to the integrated stereo speakers, to the subwoofer that’s going to rock your world, to the easy-to-reach and use control panel. And that’s just from a technical standpoint.
From a comfort standpoint, the PU faux leather is soft and agreeable, the integrated headrest is just right, the seat is large enough to allow you to easily fold your feet up under you and the rocking motion is not so much that it’s going to distract you or disrupt your balance. The arms flip up out of the way if you want more room to spread out and, unlike with true rockers, you can swivel to your heart’s content.
Compatible with Xbox, PS, Wii, Nintendo and more.
2 speaker wireless audio.
Generous lumbar support.
Easy access side control panel.
Built in subwoofer.
Swivels like a standard rocker can’t.
Easy, one person assembly.
- BrandAce Bayou
- Weight44 pounds
We love the Ficmax Massage Gaming Chair for a lot of reasons beginning with that integrated massage feature and continuing on through the adjustable footrest that flips out to help you take a load off. The upholstery is high-quality PU leather that’s soft but durable, the level 4 pneumatic height adjustment mechanism is smooth and dependable, the 2-inch casters are some of the quietest out there and the chair can accommodate up to 300 pounds.
The padding here is thick but not squishy, the armrests can be adjusted for height, the seat back reclines a full 180 degrees and the base is wide and stable. That’s a lot of great things for one chair to have going for it. If it has a downside it’s that if you have wide shoulders they’re going to feel a bit pinched by the side panels on the seat back, the rocking function lock can be tricky and you just know that at some point the massage feature is going to stop working. Overall though it’s a very comfortable, satisfying gaming chair.
Durable PU faux leather cover.
Pneumatic gas cylinder vertical adjustment.
Rugged steel frame.
Integrated USB powered massage function.
Dirt and fade resistant material.
Accommodates up to 300 pounds.
- Weight55 pounds
This is an adult gaming chair that’s going to cost a pretty penny. The only real question is “Is it worth it?” Well, there’s certainly nothing here to argue against it. The chair adjusts every which way but loose and does so in the calm and orderly manner you’d expect for the price. Support in the seat and back is excellent. The armrests can be raised or lowered and tilted out or back. The casters are smooth as silk and quiet as a dormouse and the graphite frame is extremely tough and lightweight.
The Embody is the epitome of luxury gaming (if there can be such a thing). It’s maybe the most comfortable gaming chair on our list. So much so that it could even be a distraction to some people. But if that’s a problem it’s one we’re willing to put up with. But the question remains: Is it worth the price? If you want a chair that offers precise control, that effectively promotes proper posture, that feels every bit as good as it looks and that will likely last for years then yes, if you can swing it, it’s worth it.
Adjustable seat depth and armrests.
Graphite frame and base.
Ships fully assembled.
Pneumatic vertical adjustment.
Tilting seat back with limiter.
Outstanding lumbar support.
12 year warranty.
- BrandHerman Miller
- Weight51 pounds
While we weren’t crazy about some aspects of the design the GT Racing Gaming Chair is undeniably comfortable and well-built. We appreciate the way the chair promotes good posture, enjoyed the supple PU leather upholstery and found the reclining action to be smooth and dependable. The 5 point base is wide and stable, the casters fairly quiet and smooth and the lumbar and head cushions provide support in critical areas when you need it.
The chair can accommodate up to 300 pounds, the rocking function can be locked out if you find it distracting and the armrests can be brought up or down to where you are. There’s nothing revolutionary here. It’s just a dependable, affordable, comfortable piece of gear that will enhance your gaming experience without breaking your bank.
Reclines to 170 degrees.
5 point steel base.
Accommodates up to 330 pounds.
Removable headrest and lumbar cushions.
Ergonomic gaming chair design.
Extra high seat back.
If you’re someone who enjoys embracing all aspects of the gaming experience you’re probably going to love the Respawn-200 Racing Chair. The design of the 200 doesn’t take any prisoners. It’s angular and strangely beautiful with gothic overtones and a compelling color scheme. But it’s more than just gaming eye candy. It’s highly functional, highly adjustable and really comfortable even after several hours on the hot seat.
The 200 enables you to easily adjust the height, the armrests and the angle of the seat back so you can craft a perfect match for your physiology. The mesh back lets you stay cool and dry under pressure, the durable steel frame provides a rock solid platform for going off during your game while the lumbar and head pillows are the proverbial icings on the comfort cake.
2D adjustable armrests.
Adjustable lumbar support and headrest.
Breathable mesh seat back.
Edgy race car styling.
Reclines up to 130 degrees.
Extra high seat back.
Durable quiet casters.
- Weight50.7 pounds
The E-Win Ergonomic Gaming Chair is another value winner on a list that’s full of them. The E-Win features highly breathable PU faux leather upholstery, high-density foam core that the company develops themselves specifically for their chairs, a seat back that reclines 155 degrees and a silky smooth class 4 pneumatic gas vertical adjustment mechanism.
This is extraordinary comfort and versatility at a price most gamers can afford. In addition, it’s remarkably easy to assemble because all of the functional hardware elements are already set up. Beyond all that, the PU faux leather is soft and agreeable even after hours of sitting, the seat back is easy to adjust with just a flip of the side lever and the casters are sturdy and quiet.
Tilts to 155 degrees.
Durable, comfortable PU leather.
Firm, high-density foam throughout.
2D adjustable armrests.
Gas loaded vertical adjustment.
Rust proof coating.
Limited 10 year warranty.
- Weight50.8 pounds
The last item on our list of best gaming chairs is this spare but stylish and comfortable entry from Furmax. The office DNA is strong with this chair and that’s fine because most all wheelbase chairs are directly descended from office chairs anyway. This particular chair, with its padded but static armrests, its tilting (but not too far) seat back and its clean, faux leather upholstery effectively straddles the line between business and pleasure.
The wide cast iron 5 point base and steel framing tell the tale that the Furmax is not just another affordable gaming chair that’s going to fall apart in a few months. It’s well-built, easy to assemble, reliable and tough. And best of all the firm but welcoming upholstery and multiple adjustment points mean you can craft it to fit your body like a glove. Or pretty close to it anyway.
Faux leather finish.
Adjustable seat back.
Pneumatic vertical adjustment.
Rocks back and forth.
Steel 5 star base.
Quiet, durable PU casters.
- Weight35.1 pounds
Gaming Chair Buying Guide
How Do We Choose Our Selection Of Gaming Chairs
Our product review experts apply a number of different criteria to every chair we test including:
In addition, we’ll note anything beyond the scope of that list we believe to be particular strengths or weaknesses, evaluate what we think of the chair aesthetically then compare notes to see if we can reach a consensus. The only chairs that make our list of best gaming chairs are those that achieve the highest ratings from all of our testers.
Features To Look For In Gaming Chairs
Ergonomics - If you are a console-only gamer and a fan of bean bag chairs then none of these criteria will apply to you. If however, you are a desktop gamer you’re going to want to consider all of these factors when looking for a good gaming chair.
- Height control - Any decent computer gaming chair is going to provide you with the ability to adjust the height. This is important because different people are different heights while desktops tend to be one standard height (usually about 30” from the floor). This means your gaming desk chair needs to adjust to the desktop.
- Armrest height control - Any real professional gaming chair will offer adjustable armrests. If you are of average height this may not be such an important consideration. But if you are either below or above average height chances are you’re going to want to adjust the armrests to your particular physiology.
- Tension Control - The tension in question here is the amount of tension you feel when you try and lean back in the seat. If you want the backrest to give way easily when you lean back then ease up on the tension control. If you want the back to stay in a particular position then max out or lock the tension control.
- Seat pan slider - Some but not all gaming chairs will let you slide the seat forward or backward relative to the seat back. While many people find this feature kind of superfluous others like to have the option of adjusting their position this way.
- Backrest lock - Some gaming chairs will allow you to lock the backrest in place once you find a position that floats your boat.
Most gamers are of a mind that the more ways you can adjust a seat the better. And we wouldn’t argue with that notion.
Design - Design is where practicality takes a step back out of the spotlight and you, the gamer, get to assert your individuality. Once you’ve determined the right kind of chair from a functional standpoint you’re free to order that chair in red or black or teal or any other color that floats your boat. You can order a chair that looks like it came from the Alien universe or a chair that’s as dull as dishwater. It’s up to you. Load your chair up with extras or strip it down to the bare essentials. Just remember that design considerations shouldn’t enter the picture until after you’ve weighed all the practical considerations.
Materials - Most every good gaming chair these days uses PU leather. It’s a type of synthetic leather that looks and feels pretty much like the real thing. Underneath the PU leather upholstery is some form of foam padding. Different manufacturers use different types of foam that have different densities. So one PU chair will feel firm while another may feel soft and cushy. (If money is no object you may want to opt for a real leather gaming chair.) Some chair backs are little more than a durable plastic mesh that keeps your back cool and is good for posture but doesn’t provide much by way of comfort. While others offer thick, soft padding in the seat back.
Armrests - It’s important for armrests to be adjustable so that you can find the perfect position. If your friends have gaming chairs try theirs on for size and see how you like the different armrests. Or go to an office furniture store and try some office chairs on for size. They typically have armrests that are very similar to those on gaming chairs. Beyond that, this is one time when it may be helpful to skim through customer reviews as well to see what people are saying. If no one is talking about the armrests that’s actually a good sign. That means that, at the very least, they’re not a problem.
Compatibility - Console gamers will want their rocker or pedestal chair to be compatible with the gaming system. The thing is not all game compatible chairs have adopted HDMI yet. So when looking for a chair that’s compatible with your Xbox One, 360, PS 3 or 4 or your PC make sure you check the connector types so you won’t have to buy some sort of adapter later.
Space Needs - Those big, honkin’ rocker chairs can be quietly seductive but keep in mind you still have to fit whatever chair you purchase into your space. As such it’s a good idea to measure out your available space before you begin looking for a chair and then use those dimensions to inform your purchase.
Types Of Gaming Chairs
Bean Bag - The bean bag chair has been a stoner favorite for as long as there have been stoners. But fans weed are not the only ones who appreciate all that the humble bean bag has to offer. It turns out the bean bag chair also makes a great video gaming chair. Why? Because it’s really comfortable, that’s why. Nothing is without a downside though. And with bean bag chairs that downside is that there isn’t a bean bag in existence that you can realistically use as a desk-oriented PC gaming chair. Which means they’re strictly for console gaming. In addition, you won’t be able to swivel and chances are after a while you’re going to wish you had armrests.
Rocker - If you’re a console gamer and you like the idea of the bean bag but want some armrests to consider the rocker chair. A rocker chair sits directly on the floor and allows you to gently rock back and forth while you game to work off some of your nervous energy. You can get rocker chairs today with built-in audio capability (speakers in the headrest). And you won’t have to worry about a cup holder with this type of chair since you can place your drink directly on the floor next to you. If there’s a drawback here it’s that you’ll be paying real money for a chair you can’t use as a gaming desk chair.
Pedestal - The pedestal chair is essentially the rocket lifted off the floor. The pedestal chair tends to be one of those you either love or hate. Some gamers swear by them and their ability to enable both console and desktop gaming. While others feel that if you’re going to do desktop gaming just go get a wheelbase chair and get on with it. Pedestals are not typically as popular as other types of gaming chair but, as we said, there are definitely gamers out there who won’t use anything else. Find one and try it out before you either buy it or dismiss it.
Wheelbase - The wheelbase chair is the direct descendant of the standard modern office chair. They’re the most popular type of gaming seat for a lot of good reasons. The height, back, and armrests are fully adjustable, you can twirl to your heart’s content, the wheels mean they’re mobile and many of them provide excellent back support. Which is important when you’re sitting still for hours.
Gaming Chair FAQ
Q: What Makes a Chair a Gaming Chair?
A: If you surfed through our choices for best gaming chair and were a little confused by seeing the term “office chair” occasionally attached to some of them keep in mind that today’s pro gaming chair evolved directly from the office chair. In the early days of gaming, most dedicate gamers sought out the best office chairs and appropriated them for gaming purposes. Furniture manufacturer’s eventually caught up with this trend and, after seeking feedback from gamers, began to produce offshoots of their best office chairs modified specifically to accommodate the needs of gamers. Over time, chair manufacturers took things even further by producing gaming chairs that replicated the seats you’ll find in high-performance automobiles. These are today’s racing chairs.
What separates most gaming chairs from office chairs is that they have a higher back than you’ll find on an office chair. Most also have adjustable backs and armrests. All of these are intended to allow you to obtain the optimal relationship between yourself and the monitor. Another thing that separates the gaming chair from the office chair is the design. A pro-gaming chair will often have designs that feature slashes of bright color. In addition, many have what can only be described as “gothic” features that don’t serve any particular functional purpose but give the chair an air of serious dread. Finally, whereas a decent office chair might cost you $100 a good adult gaming chair might run you several times that much.
Q: Are gaming chairs good for posture?
A: In the early days of gaming not a lot of time or consideration went into dealing with things like posture. But in recent years designers have wised up a bit and today, most gaming chairs are designed to help you maintain good posture while you wage war in the digital realm. Different chairs put different emphasis on supporting the lumbar spine and encouraging good posture. But all the top chairs are designed to help to some extent and a few make posture a priority. In addition, many of today’s best gaming chairs are designed to optimize blood flow to your lower legs. This is important because sitting too long in most chairs can shut down the flow of blood and lead to dangerous conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Q: Can a Gaming Chair Improve my Gaming Ability?
A: A good gaming chair in and of itself isn’t going to improve your natural skill set. But what it will do is enable you to get the absolute most out of the talents and abilities you have. It’s the same with anything. For instance, even if you are a natural at basketball you’re going to have a hard time playing up to your potential if you’re wearing sandals. On the other hand, a first-class pair of basketball shoes are going to enable you to push the envelope and make the most of the talent you have. And that’s true too of the gaming seat. It won’t make you a great gamer by itself but it will remove barriers that could hold back your ability.
Q: Should I consider my height when buying a Gaming Chair?
A: Most chairs are designed for people of average height. At this time in history, that means somewhere between 5’ 6” and 5’ 10”. That said all of the chairs on the above list are fully adjustable for height. Many will also allow you to tilt the seat forward or backward and others have seat backs that can be adjusted to please your particular physiology. So the notion that you may have some sort of problem establishing a comfortable relationship between yourself and the monitor if you are either shorter or taller than average is a bit over the top.
Q: Should I choose a racing or office style gaming chair?
A: Of course, the style of gaming chair you select will be entirely up to you. However, if you are into racing games there is definitely something to be said for getting a big comfy racing chair. They’re purpose-built to provide long hours of comfort and support. And because their designs are intended to emulate the look and feel of the seats in high-performance automobiles they go a long way toward selling your subconscious on the notion that you’re actually operating the vehicle in your game. This type of body/mind/game sync can help optimize performance. If you are not into racing games, however, there are many office style chairs that should serve you well. And remember, there is a lot of design wiggle room within that category of the chair as well.