Having one of the best gaming chairs is a smart investment to round off any gaming PC build. If you’ve spent many hours and thousands of dollars picking out the best components for your extreme gaming PC build, you should be giving your choice of gaming chair just as much consideration.
We want to see arms that can be moved up and down, and many of our top picks below have ultra-adjustable “4D” arms. We want a tilting back and base, which let you play in a more relaxed position with a pad.
One of the top choices you’ll have to make here is whether you want a leather or fabric back, or a mesh one that allows for better air-flow. Pick one of the former styles with memory foam for the most luxurious feel. Or mesh if you live in a hotter place.
Note: Nothing on this list will have anything like built-in speakers, but why bother with those when you can always invest in an excellent gaming headset.
These are our top picks for the best gaming desks.
1. Best Gaming Chairs – Secretlab Titan
Seat Type: Racing back, leveled seat base | Recline: 165 degrees | Weight capacity: 290 lbs | Weight: 77 lbs | Available colors: Black, Cookies and cream, Charcoal Blue.
The Secretlab Titan is always a go-to recommendation. It looks good, with a racing seat style design but not as provocative in appearance as many. This lets it work well as an office chair too. And while the price may initially look high, what you get for your money is excellent.
The Secretlab Titan has an advanced base that allows for the tilt of the seat pan as well as the back. You get a soft memory foam neck pillow. And lumbar support is built-in and adjustable, so you don’t need another distracting foam add-on to keep your posture in check.
2. Best Gaming Chairs – Noblechairs Epic Real Leather
Seat type: Racing seat | Recline: 135 degrees | Weight capacity: 264 lbs | Weight: 62 lbs | Available colors: Black.
It’s no exaggeration to call the Noblechairs Epic Real Leather the best gaming chair. From the cross-thatched embroidery to the real leather of its namesake, if you’re looking for a no-compromises gaming throne, this is it. Plus, it’s surprisingly quick and easy to set up. And, once the set-up is complete, the Epic Real Leather is a dream to sit on, and you can customize your position however you want. Just do us a favor, and read the instructions while you’re setting it up. Synthetic leather is also an option if you want to save some money.
3. Autonomous ErgoChair 2 Gaming Chairs
If you’re looking to sit back and play games all day in comfort, but you don’t want a chair that looks like a gaming chair, you’ll want to take a look at the Autonomous ErgoChair 2.
Marketed as an office chair, the ErgoChair 2 has a very modern and stylish aesthetic to it that will appeal to anyone that doesn’t use RGB as a personality trait. It’s not all style, either, as the ErgoChair will also let you adjust every part of the chair so that no matter how your body is built, you’re guaranteed to be comfortable while gaming. The mesh back is also far more breathable than a leather one.
4. Secretlab Omega 2020 Gaming Chairs
Seat Type: Racing seat | Recline: 165 degrees | Weight capacity: 240 lbs | Weight: 66 lbs | Available colors: Stealth, Classic, Amber, Royal, Ash.
Incorporating that sleek, Mad Men-level sophistication with that SciFi gaming look, the Secretlab Omega 2020 is simply stunning, especially if you opt for the PU leather or high-end Napa leather models.
But, the Secretlab Omega 2020 doesn’t just rely on looks alone; one of the best gaming chairs of 2021, this one comes with a head pillow and a lumbar pillow, both memory foam. It also offers even better support than its predecessor. That’s not to mention the improvements over the 2018 model, like the metal support on the armrests, that makes the Secretlab Omega 2020 feel so much more robust.
So expect, after a grueling gaming session, to just go straight to napping for a couple of hours without moving an inch, and not having to worry about the chair falling apart on you.
5. Razer Iskur Gaming Chairs
Razer is no stranger to gaming peripherals, but this is the first time it’s entered the gaming chair market and we must say, it’s certainly a solid first effort. The Razer Iskur is a high-quality gaming throne that rounds out your Razer-filled setup quite nicely.
However, even if you’re not fully invested in Razer, it’s still an appealing proposition, delivering comfort and build you won’t find in cheaper gaming chairs. Is it pricey? It might be out of reach for many, but if you can afford it, you will love it that you bought it.
6. Corsair T2 Road Warrior
Corsair is known for making popular and high-end PC components and gaming peripherals, and now it’s making a mark in PC gaming chairs. This has resulted in one of the best gaming chairs we’ve ever sat in. The Corsair T2 Road Warrior is covered top to bottom in breathable PU leather with neck and lumbar pillows wrapped in microfiber, you’ll be able to game in both comfort and style. And, with its rollerblade-style wheels, you can move it around on any surface without having to worry about scratching up your floor.
7. Noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair
While it’s more affordable than the flagship Epic Real Leather, it’s still extremely comfortable and one of the best PC gaming chairs out there. This is thanks to its nice lumbar pillow, which you can easily remove if you don’t like it. The Icon is Noblechairs’s least aggressive design, which may appeal if it will double as a day-to-day home office chair.
8. Edge GX1 Gaming Chair
The Edge GX1 is a gaming chair that actively avoids the popular racing style that is increasingly popular with modern gaming chairs. Rather than sticking to a form factor that’s designed to limit your movement, the Edge GX1 instead aims to give an ergonomic experience, where comfort is the priority, while also providing a premium chair. And when we say premium, we mean it, with the Edge GX1 costing £800, a huge amount for a gaming chair.
It’s hand-crafted in the UK, and there are some great touches, such as inflatable lumbar support. It’s a huge asking price, but we’ve been using it for a while now, and it is very comfortable. You’ll have to adjust a bit, but once you get it right, it’s worth the high price. It ships worldwide from the UK, but US and Australian readers should beware of the high shipping costs.
9. Vertagear Gaming Series Triigger 350 Special Edition
There’s a certain subset of the PC gaming community that needs to have the absolute best of everything, at whatever the cost. These people are going to be enamored with the Vertagear Triigger 350 SE. It features over 350 individual components with a mixed of metal, mesh, leather, and high-end plastics to create the ultimate PC gaming chair. If you have the money to spare, and you can’t stand to have anything less than the best, you might want to give this chair a look.
10. Corsair T3 Rush Gaming Chairs
Unlike its biggest rivals, the Corsair T3 Rush lacks that over-the-top gaming aesthetic. It almost looks like any computer chair out there, albeit the more premium kind, beyond that starship pilot’s look it’s sporting at the headrest area, that is. But, what this gaming chair lacks in gaming aesthetic hoopla, it makes up for in comfort with its breathable soft fabric exterior, memory foam lumbar support, and extremely customizable backrest position.
11. DXRacer Master Gaming Chairs
Seat Type: Racing seat | Recline: 155 degrees | Weight capacity: 353 lbs | Available colors: Black/Red/Brown.
The DXRacer Master is a chair for people with money to spend, but it justifies the price by being an extremely luxuriant and comfortable chair. What’s more, the DXRacer Master can be customized with modular parts (sold at an added cost) like mesh seat and backrests, leg rests, and even a rotating arm that bolts onto the base and can hold anything from a laptop to your phone.
Choosing not to invest in these extra parts won’t compromise the chair itself, though, because DXRacer went all out on its features. Built-in lumbar support and an adjustable, rail-mounted headrest are great features, along with four-dimensional armrests. The microfiber leather is especially nice, and much of the chair is made of metal, which makes it feel sturdy.
12. Logitech G x Herman Miller Embody
Seat Type: Task chair | Material: Multi-layer fabric | Seat height: 17–22 inch | Weight capacity: 300 lbs | Weight: 51 lbs.
Admittedly, the Logitech G x Herman Miller Embody doesn’t differ much from its commercial cousin. That’s hardly a mark against it, however. The Embody’s cascading back support design and absurdly high quality make a welcome return but now comes with a few more flourishes to win over gamers. Namely, extra cooling material that helps support a more active gaming position.
There’s also a small tag on the rear and a blue and black colorway reserved for this chair alone.
The warranty, too, is a standout feature. At 12 years, including labor, and rated to 24-hour use over that time, it’s a chair that is guaranteed to last you over a decade, if not longer. So while the initial price tag may seem steep, and that it is, the reality is you’re certain to get your money’s worth in the long run. And your back will be thankful for it, too.
13. Noblechairs Hero Gaming Chairs
Seat type: Office chair | Recline: 90-135 degrees | Weight capacity: 330 lbs | Weight: 61.7 lbs | Available colors: Black, Black and Red / Blue / Platinum / Gold
While not the most exciting of chairs, or the sportiest, this certainly does a good job of taking care of your back.
Great for lumbar support, Ideal for larger frames, has a firm seat and back-rest.
The Hero is easy to assemble, except for the bit where you attach the back to the seat, so make sure you have a buddy for that. It’s firm and supportive and extremely sturdy. As a word of warning: it is substantial, so if you prefer a softer chair that isn’t as good for your lumbar, this maybe isn’t for you.
Aside from that, it has a decent recline, can withstand frames of up to 330 lbs, and has fully adjustable wrist-rests. It’s heavy but glides pretty easily on the supplied casters. It’ll look just fine in both an office or gaming setup, so you’re getting a chair that can do both. Not bad, if you can afford it.
14. Arozzi Verona Junior
Seat Type: Racing seat | Recline: 165 degrees | Weight capacity: 130 lbs | Weight: 40 lbs | Available colors: Black, Blue, Red, White.
Whether you’re a kid or just shorter than the average human, Arozzi has got you covered. The Verona Junior’s racing-style chair is made just for individuals under 5-feet, 2-inches tall, which means you can count on this chair molding to the proportions of your body, and you can finally touch the floor with your feet without having to reach upward for your keyboard.
It’s possible to curl up into a larger chair, but sitting for long periods with your body contorted into such a position can put stress on your joints, especially your back. That’s not healthy in the long run. A smaller chair allows shorter individuals to get proper support to their lower back, maintaining a neutral spine posture. The included lower back pillow sits right at your lower back, so the chair helps to hold you up-No no fatigued back muscles from trying to maintain a dancer-like posture for eight hours a day.
15. Steelcase Gesture
Seat type: Task chair | Material: Breathable fabric | Recline: 116 degrees | Seat height: 16–21 inch | Weight capacity: 400 lbs | Weight: 78 lbs.
The Steelcase Leap is one of the most iconic modern chairs with a price to match its performance, but we prefer the newer Steelcase Gesture for several reasons. Foremost of which is, holy smokes, it feels good. If your eyes are still watering at the cost, know this: much as we enjoyed the other chairs singled out here, none of them came close to the comfort of the Gesture.
Imagine your butt and back being perfectly cupped by the giant ever-loving hand of the deity of your choice. That’s what the Gesture is like. Or, as it became known amongst us testing it: ‘the dream chair.’ Anyone that spends a significant amount of time in a chair should seriously consider splurging on this one. The steep price buys you a lifetime warranty and your butt the most comfortable embrace it’ll ever experience.
16. Office Master OM5
Seat Type: Task chair | Material: Polyflex back, fabric seat | Seat height: 14.7–25 inch | Weight capacity: 300 lbs | Weight: 64 lbs.
The Office Master OM5 sounds like the snake oil of seating. The marketing materials describe it as “a self-weighing chair that intuitively responds to a wide range of body weights and sizes without the need for manual tension.” Essentially: don’t worry about all those levers and knobs on the other chairs; this one will magically work out what your butt and back need, no problem. Our skepticism didn’t last long, though, because when it comes to the OM5, sitting is believing.
There are plenty of manual adjustments possible, but all of the magic happens around your back and hip. As you lean back and apply pressure, the seat pan shifts forwards while the backrest reclines in response, articulating smoothly thanks to wheels on runners that function much like the ones in desk draw sliders. It takes a little getting used to, but transitioning from upright work mode to relaxing whilst playing or watching swiftly becomes a cinch. If you want comfort and can’t be bothered with levers and adjustments, the OM5 is one of our favorites. It gives you high-end quality and comfort at a mid-range price.
17. Office Star ProGrid
Seat Type: Task chair | Material: Mesh back, fabric seat | Seat height: 17–20.5 in | Weight: 41 lbs | Available colors: Black.
We like the ProGrid Back Managers Chair a lot because it offers the kind of tweakability usually only found on much more expensive models.
Using its daunting array of levers, you can adjust the chair’s height and tilt, plus slide the seat pan forwards or backward. The backrest can also be shifted up or down, and the armrests raised or lowered and slid back and forth until you find the perfect position. It may take a while, but once you tune it to your liking, the chair becomes incredibly comfortable. With so much customization, the ProGrid is a strong choice and very hard to beat at this price.
These are the best gaming chairs in the market.