Let’s face it – a standard stool or a boring office chair isn’t made for gaming.
And while it might be comfortable, it simply doesn’t provide the amount of comfort that necessary for the best possible gaming experience.
A decent chair that is specifically built for gaming will be bigger, allow for a deeper tilt, and will have better support for your back and neck.
Some will even have fancy cushions to help you relax, even when you’re shooting through hundreds of opponents in a game.
That being said, there aren’t many gaming chairs available at an affordable price, so we’ll recommend a few great ‘regular’ seats as well.
If you’re able to, however, we strongly recommend investing in something worthwhile. While your gaming PC or console might be outdated in a few years, a good gaming chair is something that can last you a very long time.
Although the distinction has faded a bit over the past few years, there are specific chairs for PC and console gaming. Console gaming chairs try to emulate the relaxed position of sitting in a couch, and will generally be as low to the ground as possible, while our picks of the best computer gaming chair will be perfectly useable at a desk, or in an office environment.
Some of the console chairs even come with a bunch of additional features, such as a built-in sound solution and vibration motors.
It can be a challenge to find the perfect chair for your gaming activities, which is why we’ve compiled this extensive list of the best gaming chairs currently on the market today. You’ll also notice we make a distinction between some of the more budget options, which include regular office and gaming chairs. We also reviewed a number of console gaming seats.
We go through 11 options below in great detail, and also have a Buyer’s Guide at the end if you don’t know what to look for when making a purchase.
For those of you who want a quick rundown of our top picks, though, here you are.
The best gaming chair of 2016 & 2017 (premium options)
The Swedish brand Arozzi hasn’t been on the market of gaming chairs for a long time but the brand has already made an impact with its products known for their great price-quality ratio. The Enzo Series is one of the least expensive variants in the Arozzi line-up and is an excellent high-quality budget gaming chair.
Featuring six different color combinations there’s definitely an Enzo that fits for you. Unlike other Arozzi products the racing style used here is a bit subtler which adds to the elegance of the Enzo. There are six different color combinations including completely black, blue, green, orange, red and white. The completely black version is particular stands out due to its very subtle and nice orange stitching.
Arozzi uses synthetic PU leather for the both the seat, backrest and the armrests. Considering most other budget chairs choose for plastic on the arms, this is definitely an improvement comfort-wise. Overall comfort is quite high and despite the fake leather there is some room for breathing in the head section which is also very soft. In short, ergonomically this chair performs very well.
The rest of the chair is made out of solid steel and durable plastic, although it’s recommended to be careful while constructing the chair. Assembly can be a bit tedious and it’s important to assembly correctly to make sure the frame doesn’t get damaged. Adjustability isn’t great as you can’t adjust the lumbar support or the height arm rests.
Despite the somewhat subtle look – the Arozzi Enzo could even double as an office chair in terms of design – the base of the chair does take up quite some space, so that’s definitely something to keep in mind. The chair itself can handle a maximum capacity of 270 pounds and it will fit most people just fine. This is our pick for the best computer chair for gaming.
- Great comfort and ergonomics
- High-quality leather finish
- Elegant design
- Will fit the majority of gamers
- Excellent arm seats with nice leather padding …
- … but its height is non-adjustable
- Tricky assembly
If there’s one brand that can be linked directly to gaming chairs, it’s DXRacer. This brand has pretty much built the market for gaming chairs and are among the best gaming chairs available. They’re pricier than most competitors, but that’s usually compensated with a great looking design and the best possible image quality.
The DOH Racing Series Newedge Edition is a perfect example of delivering the best possible quality for a relatively modest price point. With a near three-hundred-dollar price tag, the DOH series can definitely be described as a premium product. A lot of DXRacer products are quite similar and most benefits and caveats apply to all models.
One thing that DXRacer is known for is its excellent ergonomics and build quality. You’ll notice that the backrest is a bit higher than most competing models – this is not only to accommodate larger gamers but is also provides extra support for your neck and spine. The back rest is quite large as well so this definitely is a good choice for some of the larger users.
Build quality is also exceptionally great: everything from the frame to the padding looks and feels great. The base is sturdy and durable. The superior build quality does come at a price as DXRacers (and this particular chair in particular) aren’t very portable and can be a pain to move around. You’ll need a bit of technical knowledge (or a lot of patience) to assemble the DOH Newedge Edition.
Adjustability is truly its forte, you can go ahead and tilt the entire back section, adjust the height of the armrests and you can even fiddle with the seat back settings. DXRacers provides a duo of soft cushions for even higher comfort: one for the head area and the neck and a larger lumbar cushion as well. Ventilation is possible thanks to the openings in the upper back section.
The DOH Racing Series with the Newedge treatment is among the most popular in the range of DXRacer products and you’ll find a bunch of different color options. They all have one thing in common: whatever color you pick, the design definitely strikes out and the colored accents look even better in person.
Quality is one of DXRacer’s largest assets and the brand is not afraid to emphasize this with a lifetime warranty on the frame of the chair – quite remarkable for a static object such as chair. The other parts are covered by a two-year warranty, which is still double of what most other brands provide.
- Excellent build quality
- Extremely high comfort
- Adjustable in almost every way
- Looks great
- Includes two cushions
- Extensive warranty provided
- Can fit larger gamers
- Heavier than most others
- Assembly might be tedious
The Drifting Series is another line of premium gaming chairs created by DXRacer and features a more sleek, elegant, and stylish high-end leather look as opposed to the more aggressive racing style chairs. Although it isn’t pictured in the image above, lumbar and head cushions are included.
These chairs are available in three different color variations and each of one those could be easily mistaken for a regular high-end office chairs due to its unique look and combination of aluminum and leather. In terms of general features, specifics and characteristics, the Drifting Series is very similar to the Racing series above so we don’t go over these again in detail. Versatility, adjustable armrests – everything you can expect from a high-end DXRacer applies to the Drifting Series as well.
What is distinctive about the Drifting chairs however isn’t only the somewhat more eccentric design, but it’s better suited for smaller people as well. In fact, DXRacer recommends these chairs for people under 200 pounds and a maximum height of just six feet. In other words – if you’re looking for a smaller and extremely high-end gaming chair, you may want to check out DXRacer Drifting chairs.
- Exquisite design
- Fantastic build quality
- Very high comfort
- High-end look and feel
- A smaller chair for smaller gamers
- Extensive warranty
- Less ideal for regular sized users and not suitable for larger gamers
- Assembly is bit of a pain
What happens when you mix style with comfort? The SL4000 Racing Series by Vertagear are somewhat similar in design to other racer models from DXRacer and some other brands, but still manages to stand out above the competition with its interesting color combinations and great no-nonsense design.
The Vertagear SL4000 chairs don’t retail for anything less than a couple of hundred bucks, but you definitely get your money’s worth. Build quality of these chairs is excellent and is on-par if not better than similarly priced models from DXRacer thanks to the excellent aluminum alloy. The pneumatic height adjustment is quite powerful and you’ll be adjusting your height with very little effort.
Comfort is another factor where Vertagear has a lot of attention for and the leather padding feels absolutely great and the chair does a great job at being ergonomically ideal. The height is completely adjustable and the vast majority of gamers won’t have any issue fitting in in this Vertagear chair. A great and somewhat oversized lumbar cushion is included and the head cushion conveniently hides the ventilation.
The armrests are adjustable and in more than one way. Vertagear likes to call these 4D-adjustable and while that mainly sounds like a marketing gimmick, adjustability definitely applies to this chair. You can tweak the rests and have them perfectly aligned with your body and the rest of the chair.
In contrast to other high-end racing chairs, the SL4000 series is fairly easy to assemble thanks to the picture-perfect instructions. Vertagear offers this chair in a number of different color combinations that all look great: You can choose between a base color black and red, blue, charcoal, and green accents, and there’s also a black/white combination available. Similarly, white color combinations with red, blue, charcoal and green accents are also an option.
- Fantastic build quality
- Phenomenal comfort
- Great looking color combinations
- Fairly easy assembly
- Extremely adjustable in every aspect of the word
- Can take up a lot of space
The best budget gaming chairs of 2016 & 2017
The LexMod Veer is one of the most popular office chairs on the market and with good reason: you can get a comfortable chair with decent armrests, relatively high comfort, and good height adjustment (essentials for longer gaming sessions) for a very affordable price. Check price on Amazon.
While the Veer isn’t a gaming chair per se, it’s hard to find a more comfortable chair in this price category. You’ll notice that the back of the chair is made out of mesh which makes the chair quite breathable. And while it may sound a bit like a marketing gimmick, the ventilation definitely helps for intensive gamers.
The seat is made out of durable sponge and has been given the identical mesh fabric treatment to maintain the mesh style of this product. It is a bit thin though, so keep that in mind if you’re quite sensitive to that.
The armrests don’t exactly scream excellent quality, but they definitely get the job done. A handy pro is that the armrests can flip up when they’re not in use, ideal if you want to get something more compact or want a little bit of freedom in your movements.
As you might expect from a budget option, this chair isn’t particularly versatile in terms of tilting. The back is fixed but the chair is comfortable to sit in and is pretty lightweight as well. Some technical assembly is required and it might take you a while if you’re not too savvy, but putting the chair together isn’t too much of a hassle.
LexMod offers as much as ten different color options for the Veer chair, including two flavors of black and the more traditional gaming colors such as blue, orange and red. And if you prefer a leatherette seat, LexMod has a very similar chair here on Amazon. It is a little pricier however and doesn’t offer as much breathing room.
- Very affordable price point
- Available in a bunch of different colors
- Flip-up armrests
- Mesh design ensures a ventilated seating experience
- No tilting possible for back section
- Assembly might be a bit tedious
- Relatively thin padding
Amazon isn’t only a distributor of products nowadays – their line of AmazonBasics products generally offer a great price-quality ratio and look fantastic. The High-Back Executive Chair private label chair by Amazon isn’t only the #1 best seller in the office chairs department, it also scores very highly in customer reviews at four and a half stars.
Now, the AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair probably won’t win any comfort prizes but for a chair that costs just a little over a hundred bucks the amount of comfort provided is very impressive. The chair also has quite a high-end look and feel with the chrome and metallic accents and the nice black leather design.
Build quality is fantastic and the chair feels very sturdy and while the Executive Chair definitely is a larger product, assembly is fairly easy thanks to the detailed instructions. This chair is also ideal for taller or larger gamers that require more back and neck support. The seating is also fairly deep and it’s easier to sit in a more relaxed position.
In terms of ergonomics you can’t adjust the armrests, but there is pneumatic height adjustment and you can also adjust the amount of resistance needed to tilt the backrest a bit with the knob underneath the seat.
Being made out of (fake) leather this chair can get warm pretty fast so it’s not the best option if you’re looking for something ventilated. That being said, if you’re on a budget and need a good office chair that can definitely stand out in gaming sessions it’s hard to look past the AmazonBasics Executive.
Two colors options are available: standard black with chrome finishes and brown with a touch of gold.
- Great design
- Very decent comfort levels
- Low price point
- Seat is deep and ideal for a more relaxed position
- Suitable for taller and larger gamers
- Build quality
- Easy assembly
- Can get warm
- Non-adjustable armrests
This nice-looking chair from Homall is one of the more affordable options available and can regularly be found at a massive discount. Its major pro is that it’s a chair that was built for gaming from the ground up and isn’t a glorified office chair. You also notice the Homall has a ‘racing’ style that is often seen on the more expensive gaming chairs.
There are a number of different variations of the Homall Desk Chair. Two of those have a nice Red color, but the model as seen above has fixed armrests and uses more striking leather in its design. The other available models in this series of gaming chairs feature a more distinct and futuristic look with adjustable armrests. Those are available in Blue, Camouflage and another variation of Red.
Comfort Is fairly high and the seat has a really good feel to it. The headrest is also made out of softer leather and will do its best to support your neck.
Do keep in mind that some of the models have a slightly different price tag. The most expensive option is the Camouflage chair while the Red version with the fixed armrests will cost you less.
Build quality is definitely above average and the leather finish feels nice and quite comfortable. It can get a bit warmer if you’re gaming for longer sessions at a time, but that’s merely a characteristic of the leather material. Assembly is quite easy and can be done in just about fifteen minutes. For a product in this price category, Homall definitely impresses.
The Homall is quite a large chair and has a maximum capacity of 280 pounds. Height is adjustable up to 21.2 inches, but this chair generally isn’t recommended for very tall people. The backrest tilts back a little bit but it isn’t fully adjustable like in more expensive chairs.
- Great racing style design
- Solid build quality
- Very inexpensive
- Easily assembled
- (Optional) Adjustable armrests
- Can’t be tilted back extensively
- Pricing can vary
- Not the best option for very tall gamers
Whlie the Merax Racing Style gaming chair is available for a lower price point, it definitely has the distinctive look of a more expensive gaming chair with flashing colors, a healthy mixture of leather and plastic and a head cushion.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that this Merax chair is also a bit taller and offers a sitting height of up to 20.5 inch. The frame of the chair is built out of solid steel with a lot of added PVC elements added such as the armrests. While the PVC feels good, it’s not quite up to par for higher-quality materials and it the comfort of the armrests could definitely be improved. Build quality isn’t fantastic and although it’s best not to expect any wonders from a budget chair, some similarly priced competitors have the upper hand in this.
Merax also includes two cushions: a larger one for the lower back which is great for people who don’t or can’t sit deeply into the gaming chair and another more traditional cushion for the lower head area. It definitely gives the Merax Racing a slight edge above other competitors in this price range in terms of comfort and usability.
Despite using a lot of leather as the padding, the openings in the neck area allow for some much-needed ventilation during the more intensive gaming sessions. Overall, comfort is quite high. The (faux) leather is made of a decent quality and sits very well.
Another major benefit of this Merax gaming chair is the fact that you’re able to swivel it back up to almost 170 degrees which is ideal for more relaxed positions. Unfortunately, Merax does not offer the same amount of versatility for the armrests as they are fixed in place.
In terms of color options your mileage may vary. There are a number of different combinations available which are mostly black with an added secondary color such as blue, yellow, orange or green. There are also a few special editions such as a reverse black-red chair but they’ll retail for significantly more.
- Decent choice for taller gamers as well
- Affordable price point
- Very high comfort
- Fully adjustable back
- Great cushions
- Color options may vary (highly) in price
- Build quality isn’t great
- Armrests are fixed
The best console gaming chairs of 2016 & 2017
Console gaming chairs – although gaming seat or rocker chair might be a better term – offer more comfort that is typical for relaxed gaming sessions on your handheld, Xbox or PlayStation where everything you need to hold is just the controller.
A fantastic rocker chair that is inexpensive but offers a decent quality is the 51491 Extreme III 2.0 by X Rocker. I’m not particularly fond of their naming practices, but the products they deliver definitely impress. The chair is fairly versatile and does feel very relaxed.
As with most gaming rocker chairs, an integrated sound solution is also provided. As the name of the product somewhat insinuates there’s a 2.0 stereo speaker solution built-in directly into this X Rocker chair. It offers a better surround experiences because the sound is produced directly on both sides of the chai, but it’s best not to expect too much in regards of sound quality. The average headset or home cinema will definitely perform better, although it’s a definite improvement over television audio.
A bass is unfortunately lacking and that can make the sound a bit lackluster. You can use the sound via the RCA outputs (the familiar red and white tulip ports) or just a standard 3,5-millimeter jack. Most current consoles don’t offer support for RCA, so this feature is definitely a bit outdated. It might come in handy for retro consoles, however.
In terms of build quality this X Rocker won’t be able to match the chairs with wheels in this overview but it can definitely hold its own. The seating is made out of polyester and a combination of high-quality mesh and foam.
- A decent gaming seat for the price
- Above average build quality
- Included speakers
- Comfortable to sit in
- Subpar sound quality
- Not really suited for longer gameplay sessions
- Takes up quite some space
The market of gaming chairs for consoles is mostly dominated by a single brand and with good reason: they have plenty of options in multiple price categories and they’re all high-quality seats. The Pro H3 is definitely a step-up compared to the previous X Rocker chair in this list and has a better-looking fabric design and higher comfort.
Next to build quality and comfort, there are some other highly important differences. You’ll also notice that X Rocker tries to emulate a leather design, but it’s actually fabric with high quality stitching.
Armrests are included this time for some additional comfort. Luckily, it’s still fairly easy to assemble the gaming chair as you just have to click these armrests in place.
The integrated audio solution has been given a major upgrade compared to the more affordable X Rocker products. There is a total of four speakers installed for a better surround experience and there’s also an included subwoofer in order to provide a decent bass. In terms of connectivity you can choose between RCA plugs or you could just connect via a regular headphone jack.
X Rocker also includes a wireless receiver for the RCA-inputs. As I’ve mentioned above it’s a bit outdated especially when using the chair with the current generation of consoles, which is why the 3,5-mm port will come in particularly handy.
A truly killer feature of this X Rocker 51259 Pro (I’m still confusing why they name these things so confusingly) is the inclusion of vibration motors. They’ll actually sync to the bass tones of the audio system so you actually feel the vibrations in-game: a fantastic feedback feeling for a more immersive gaming immersion.
- Decent comfort
- Has a more high-end look
- Good sound solution with subwoofer
- Fantastic vibration engine
- Features armrests
- Wireless RCA-functionality…
- … which is of little use with recent consoles
What if you could combine the best of the regular gaming chairs with the relaxed feeling and extra comfort that a console rocker chair provides? X Rocker has made this fantasy a reality with the Audi Pedestal Gaming Chair.
The gaming chair is installed on a pedestal for some added support and stability; and that also means that the chair doesn’t have to be laying around. Armrests are also built-in and X Rocker has definitely made an impressive ‘crossover’ chair so to speak.
The design style is similar to racing chairs with the black/red color combination, mesh design and the open ventilation at the top. Thanks to the pedestal, the chair also offers multiple tilt and swivel capabilities.
In terms of audio, the Audi Pedestal performs similarly to the other X Rocker chairs in the same price category. The chair has a built-in stereo solution and an included subwoofer for some much-needed bass levels. The audio is experienced as quite personal due to the placement of the speakers. Alas, there is no vibration engine present.
Connectivity-wise, you can choose between Bluetooth, (wireless) RCA and a regular 3,5-millimeter jack.
If you’re in the market for a console gaming chair on a pedestal – this X Rocker definitely is a solid option. If you can miss the stand however, the Pro H3 provides better bang for the buck.
- Great high-quality design
- Sits very comfortably
- Included armrests
- Decent surround setup
- Lots of connectivity options
- No vibration engine
A buyer’s guide to finding the best gaming chairs of 2016
As you can see in the extensive list of options I’ve provided above, there is a very wide variety of gaming chairs on the market and some chairs will be better suited than others – it depends highly on the situation.
It’s possible to divide these chairs in three general categories: office chairs with the design and functionality that makes them suitable as a ‘double’ for gaming, PC gaming chairs built from the ground up, and console gaming chairs built from the ground up. Some office chairs can double perfectly for intensive gaming sessions, and the budget chairs in particular perform quite well.
There’s also a small market of super ergonomically adjusted office chairs, but they generally don’t provide amount a large amount of comfort for enthusiast gaming sessions. Both the LexMod Veer and the AmazonBasics chair perform well enough in this regard considering their price point.
Ideally, you’d also want a chair that fits your body profile. If you’re a smaller gamer it’s worth checking out some of the less imposing chairs such as the Arozzi Enzo or the DXRacer Drifting Series, while larger gamers will have no issues at all fitting in a Vertagear chair or the regular Racing Series by DXRacer.
For gamers on a budget, both the Homall Executive and the Merax Racing can be recommended. The first is a bit firmer and features a higher build quality, while the Merax is a bit more adjustable and definitely has the look of a gaming chair.
There’s also definitely a market for gaming chairs specifically tailored to console gamers. It’s not hard to recommend the X Rocker Extreme III 2.0 because of its very friendly price point, although more hardcore gamers may find its integrated sound solution a bit too lackluster. The Pro H3 does a lot better in this regard and provides a fantastic and unique vibration motor – definitely a unique selling point and something that can greatly improve your gaming experience. And if you’re someone who prefers the best of both worlds in a gaming chair, check out the X Rocker Audio with an included pedestal.
That’s it for our extensive analysis on the best gaming chairs of 2016. I’ll make sure to keep this post updated so you can make always make an informed decision. After all, a gaming chair is an object that lasts years and years so it’s important to pick a right chair right off the bat.
Do you have any other recommendations for gaming chairs or perhaps you’d like to share your own recommendation? As always, let us know in the comments section right below.
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