The best gaming chairs are about two things; style and comfort. If your day-to-day involves long sessions of sitting around at a computer or a gaming console, why not make sure you’re sitting in something that looks cool and won’t destroy your back? These handpicked gaming chairs are a good way to treat your butt well.
When looking for the best gaming chair, you should always make sure that it will look after your spine. Your body is a delicate flesh temple that needs to sit on a sturdy foundation, or you’ll suffer some structural damage. OK, that’s a bit dramatic, but you should look at which chairs provide the best support for your back and spine. Consult a doctor to see if you require something extra like more lumbar support, neck pillows, or, I kid you not, built-in back massagers (opens in new tab). A good chair isn’t cheap, so make sure the one you get gives you every ergonomic benefit (opens in new tab) to protect your neck, back, and spine.
At first blush, some of the best gaming chairs might seem like a bit much in terms of design. Some resemble race car seats, while others are covered top to bottom in satanic runes (opens in new tab). If you need a chair for work, some of these styles really won’t look good on your morning catch-up at work. We also added in more low-key yet stylish office chairs that offer the support you want out of a gaming chair just without all the gaming aesthetics like the Herman Miller X Logitech G Embody (opens in new tab), the envy of all Silicon Valley.
I’ve tested dozens of gaming chairs from today’s most reliable companies and every single chair in this guide has passed under our collective butts. And while you could always go the cheap gaming chair route, why not treat your posterior to something special.
Best gaming chairs
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The Secretlab Titan is the benchmark by which we judge all other gaming chairs. To earn that role it ticked all the boxes you could ask of gaming furniture: it’s comfy, supportive, and importantly looks great too. None of that has changed with the new Secretlab Titan Evo 2022, either, though it does pack a few great new features to keep ahead of the pack.
Rather than tread old ground, let’s get right into the new stuff. Secretlabs is posing the new Titan Evo 2022 to a wider audience this time, with three new available sizes of the Titan Evo 2022 available. These are small, regular, and extra large. The benefit of this being you’ll no longer need to look to a different model of chair to find the right fit—the Titan Evo 2022 should cover most bases.
On a similar note, Secretlab has added a minor curve to the seat base that it says is to keep you in a healthy sitting posture. It’s kind of hard to say whether such a gentle curvature is really doing much to keep me locked securely in place throughout the day, though the seat is plenty comfortable all the same with plenty of foam padding.
User-friendly ergonomics make the Titan Evo 2022 a great fit for long nights gaming or eight hours tapping away for work, and that comes down to its superb built-in back support. It’s highly adjustable, which means you can nail down a great fit with ease. There’s also something to be said for the 4D armrests, comfortable seat rest, and magnetic head cushion.
You read that right, a magnetic head cushion. A simple solution to fiddly straps, the Titan Evo 2022 does away with all that with a couple of powerful magnets.
A big part of the Titan Evo’s high level of comfort is the adjustable lumbar support, and it’s a pretty neat system it offers. It works by extending and retracting an internal support both in and out and up and down, through the use of the two dials on the side. So not only are you not relying on an awkward pillow to prop up your back, you can actually tweak the Titan Evo’s lumbar support while you’re still sat on it. This makes it exceptionally easy to get just right.
The chair is also upholstered immaculately. While there’s still something to be said for the SoftWeave Plus fabric we’ve rated best for durability and comfort all these years, I have to say I’m quite taken with the look of the leatherette, and especially the bright red stitching.
I’ll have to get back to you on actual durability when I’ve had longer with the chair, perhaps when the Titan Evo 2024 comes out I can tell you if it truly stands the test of time. Still, I can note how surprisingly airy and cool the leatherette fabric feels over the course of a day, and it certainly looks absolutely stunning.
As an amalgamation of both Titan and Omega gaming chairs, the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 feels the better of both in every regard. What each chair has done so well, the Titan Evo 2022 manages to equal or better. It is slightly pricier than its predecessors at $449 ($499 for the XL model), but I feel that the upgrades it delivers are genuinely worth the higher price tag.
Read our full Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 review (opens in new tab).
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I know the Secretlab Omega is not a mattress, but bear with me. When it comes to mattresses, most people are willing to spend a little bit more for a quality product. That’s because they know they’ll be spending a sizeable portion of the 24-hour day laying in it. If the recent influx of gaming chair manufacturers is any indication, gamers have that same mentality when it comes to outfitting their PC setup with a chair.
The Secretlab Omega is one of the most finely constructed chairs we’ve tested. Although it has largely been replaced by the Titan Evo 2022 above, the higher price tag of that chair might see the Omega remain a popular option for those looking to save a little cash.
From the casters to the base, the lift mechanism, armrests, and seat back, Secretlab has used some of the best materials available. The Omega was upgraded with Secretlab’s 2020 series of improvements, which includes premium metal in the armrest mechanism, making it silky smooth to adjust and even more durable, and adding the company’s ridiculously durable PU Leather 2.0.
The chair features a high-quality, cold-cured foam to provide support. It feels a little firm at first but gets more comfortable after extended use. The Omega stands out from the crowd with its velour memory foam lumbar and head pillows. These are so comfortable that we could smoothly fully recline the chair and take a nap if we wanted to. Though that’s not a great look in the office… If you’re looking to treat your body with a chair that will genuinely last, the Secretlab Omega is worth every penny.
You may not allocate as much of your rig budget as you would to a nice graphics card, but the best chairs for gaming can easily outlive your components and last a decade or more.
The Omega is an extremely tough and sturdy piece of foam built to last. We’ve spent several months in the Secretlab Omega now, and the seat cushion feels just like it did when it was new. The one drawback with this is that the seat sacrifices some of its softness to support heavy usage over the years.
Secretlab’s not-so-secret formula for success involves cutting out the third party. The company sells directly to customers rather than dealing with retailers and distributors. This allows it to pass its savings on and offer a premium product at a very reasonable price. It also removes at least one extra shipping trip from the equation, reducing the likelihood of damaged goods.
Read our full Secretlab Omega review (opens in new tab).
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Perhaps you’ve heard of the Herman Miller Embody. It occupied a top position in our best office chair roundup for a long time, but that has come to an end. Not for lack of comfort or acclaim, simply because the famed chair manufacturer has partnered up with Logitech to create something tailor-made to our gaming rumps.
For the most part, the Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody actually isn’t a complete departure from the Embody of old. A tried, tested, and widely recognized design, the gaming Embody comes in a new black and blue colorway, with plain black also available if you’re going for a more sober/edgelord look. There’s also a small Logitech G brand toggle on the rear, that doesn’t serve any purpose that I know of and a Logitech G logo across the upper band of the backrest.
I’m not sure the Logitech collab is bringing a lot to the party, but the branding is notably light touch next to the racing style gaming chairs that we’re used to as PC gamers, and it feels classy as a result.
It’s not so much the changes that make the Embody stand out as one of the best gaming chairs going. It’s what’s been kept the same. The tried and tested Embody design is simply one of the best chairs for office work or gaming. It’s incredibly comfortable over prolonged use, supports an active and healthy posture, and is easily fitted to your frame.
Yet I wasn’t sure what to expect of the Embody before it arrived. I certainly hadn’t envisioned such a massive box turning up on my doorstep. First impressions, then, entirely focused on how I was going to get said box up two flights of narrow steps leading up to my apartment.
That massive box hides what is perhaps one of the Herman Miller’s best features. After deciding that I had to cut the chair out of the box with a knife in my hallway, I discovered a chair fully assembled and wrapped in little more than some clever cardboard. There’s absolutely no fussing with screws or throwaway tools required, which is something of a pet peeve of mine. (‘m amassing third-rate Allen keys from cheap flatpack furniture and I can’t help but feel there’s got to be a better way.)
The most immediately noticeable trait of this chair: You can sit in it all day and not feel a moment of discomfort beneath your tush. You may shift around your top half into all sorts of absolutely not ergonomic positions during the day but your bottom half tends to stay stuck in place at a desk, so it’s important to get that just right. Thankfully, the Embody does.
The warranty, too, is a standout feature. At 12 years, including labor, and rated for 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.
Read our full Herman Miller Logitech G Embody review (opens in new tab).
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If you’re the sort of person who prioritizes functionality over flash, the NeueChair is an excellent option. This isn’t to say it’s not stylish—quite the opposite; the NeueChair comes in a sleek, muted obsidian or flashy chrome/silver, both with bold, sweet curved supports on the back and an attractive black mesh.
But, more importantly, the NeueChair is built to last, with a heavy, sturdy industrial construction. Even the chair’s weight in the packaging indicates a solid piece of carefully constructed industrial art: it’s heavy and substantial.
Assembling it is a breeze, as it comes in two discrete pieces and is simply a matter of inserting the casters and then pushing the two parts together. Almost every aspect of the seat is adjustable, from the armrests to the lumbar support system that lets you change the height depth of the backrest.
It’s one of the best office chairs I’ve ever had the pleasure to sit in, and if you can afford the admittedly steep price tag, well worth the investment.
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The Kaiser 3 XL is a fantastic chair for anyone looking for a little more wiggle room than your usual gaming seat. The Kaiser 3 comes in two sizes: large and extra large. The large accommodate gamers 4’11 to 6’2’’ (150-190cm) and the extra large is for gamers 5’11” to 6’9” (181-210cm). The one I have the pleasure of experiencing is an extra large.
The width of the extra large is for medium to XXXL, so whether you have a gluteus maximus or a gluteus minimus this chair will fit.
The Kaiser 3 is really into giving options. This chair is available in two types of materials, premium PVC leather and linen fabric. The premium leather comes in seven different colors, including orange, pink and blue. The linen fabric comes in two colors; carbon black and ash gray. The chair I’ve been testing is the premium PVC leather elegant black which resembles the Jungle 2. The Jungle 2 is seen with orange accents.
All of these things are cool, right? It’s great that the Kaiser 3 reclines to 165 degrees, it has two levers, one controls the tilt, the other controls the height of the chair raising it about three inches. These things are all great for comfort.
What I really want to get into is the Kaiser 3’s really cool features that add to maximum comfort like the 4D armrests. The first thing I noticed about the armrests is they are magnetic, much like the Secretlab Titan Evo chair we love. They pop right onto the armrest and are made out of a PU foam that makes it easy to lean on. There are three buttons on the armrest, the one placed on the outside of the armrest controls the height of it. The button on the inside of the chair near the tip of the armrest allows it to go forward and backward and pivot left to right. The last one located underneath the armrest moves it left to right.
I love a 4D armrest, especially when the chair reclines backward and tilts forward because it allows me to adjust the armrest for the position I’m sitting in. Nothing makes me more nervous than dangling elbows. It’s like leaving your foot hanging off the bed at night.
You just know something is going to grab it.
Continuing with the magnetic theme is the neck pillow, another stellar feature. This one is a game changer, I can’t even lie. I am amazed at this magnetic neck pillow. That means no straps, no struggling to clip it through the backrest. BAM! Slap that baby on the chair like you’re in a Flex Tape commercial and it stays. Beyond it being a really cool feature, its helpful if you are shorter than the 5’11” that’s recommended for this chair because it’s easily adjustable further up or down on the chair.
It being magnetic doesn’t take away from its comfort, either. The neck pillow is made with memory foam and has cooling technology to maintain comfort.
Notice anything missing? Maybe a lumbar support pillow. That’s the cool thing! There is no lumbar support pillow, but there is lumbar support—it’s built into the chair. And controlled by two knobs placed on the left and right sides of the chair.
As far as accessibility goes, they’re not placed in the best positions. But the knob on the left controls the lumbar support moving up and down. Which is, again, a great function depending on your height. The knob on the right side of the chair determines the firmness of the lumbar support and how much it protrudes out of the chair. When I turn the knob toward me I get more lumbar support. The lumbar support recedes into the chair when I turn it away from me. Neat.
Seriously, I can sit in this all day. Plus there’s a feature being released in June, a magnetic tray table panel that snaps into the armrest. A portable desk sounds dope, well a lot more dope than a gaming high chair, which it also looks like.
Read our full Andaseat Kaiser 3 XL review (opens in new tab).
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When buying a gaming chair, it’s easy to forget your health. After all, most are advertised as luxurious, cushioned thrones that soothe your every ache as you smash the crap out of your foes in Apex Legends. But that isn’t true, and for some, it’s important to pick a chair that takes back support seriously.
With some of the team having used it daily for almost a year, we can thoroughly recommend the Noblechairs Hero in uPVC leather. While not the most exciting of chairs, or the sportiest, it certainly does a good job of taking care of your back.
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.
Honestly, the sheer presence of the Hero gaming chair is staggering. The seat’s cold-cure pressed foam means it’s firm yet comfortable. You don’t sink right into it, which helps with posture, and it will soften over time, but it certainly complements the aesthetic (hard look = brutal). But that base support means it’s still good for long gaming sessions—or working from home in your heathen temple. Either way, what it lacks in softness, it makes up for in support.
I love the pivoting armrests, so you can jimmy them out of the way when you want to use a gamepad, and they’re fully height and width adjustable too, which is great for us little people. Also having such a wide armrest is great, but I find myself leaning on the corner a lot, not making full use of them, and at the same time tiring my elbow out. I’d personally prefer padded armrests, but at least they don’t get sticky or slippery when you’re attempting to flex on your favorite horror FPS franchise.
The chair is height adjustable (as should all chairs be), the backrest has a ‘rake mechanism’ so you can adjust the angle with its handbrake lookin’ contraption, and a completely independent ‘lock tilt’ mechanism so you can rock freely, or lock yourself almost horizontally for a good nap if all that hardcore gaming has tired you out. It also doesn’t spring forward and crushes you when unlocked, which is always nice.
Read our full Noblechairs Hero Doom Edition review (opens in new tab).
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Corsair’s latest addition to its lineup of premium gaming chairs, the T3 Rush, has gotten a much-needed facelift. The T3 Rush is an insanely comfy chair thanks to its memory foam lumbar pillow but, more importantly, uses a breathable soft fabric in place of faux leather. This is because it retains less heat, keeping you fresh and comfy instead of sweating in your squeaky pleather.
I don’t have the heart to try it, but my main concern about a fabric gaming chair is how easy it cleans stains compared to leather and faux leather? So, it’s something to consider if you’re a notorious eater of foods and a spiller of liquids at your desk.
Appearance-wise, the Rush leans more towards office-chic than a professional gamer. It comes in gray or black and avoids outrageous design choices that might look a little embarrassing on a work call. It’s a chair that looks more expensive ($300) than it is. If you were looking for a little more personality, DX Racer and Secret Labs have many designs and colors if you’re tired of black or gray.
The Rush also reclines to a ridiculous 180 degrees if you want to lie back and take a comfy cat nap before taking on another marathon streaming session of Apex Legends or CS: GO.
The only major downside of the T3 Rush is for smaller-framed users. If you require a smaller seat, the T3 will be an uncomfortably tight fit. So, if you’re over 6 ft tall or larger than 200lbs, you’ll need to look elsewhere unless you’re buying this for a kid. However, the lack of any fun colors might turn them off.
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Cut the cord…
The DXRacer Craft Series will appeal to those gamers that want their gaming setup to be more than a drab collection of black objects. There are heaps of colors and designs to choose from, including many with surprising artistic flair and grown-up tastes. The best bit, though, is that you don’t have to settle for a sub-par chair to get the looks nailed down: the DXRacer Craft Series is well-made and comfy, too.
The design of the DXRacer Craft Series resembles a lot of our favorite gaming chairs. It has 4D armrests, lumbar support, a removable head cushion, and two paddles to adjust the height and whether or not it can recline. Everything works smoothly; nothing hitches or creaks. The lumbar support in particular is a nice addition that my previous chair didn’t have.
You can adjust the chair as much as you want and it doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart, which is a boon for something you’ll probably own for years. That said, all of the functions are largely the kinds of things you’ll adjust once and leave that way, but it’s nice to have the options if you say, play an instrument that requires more room for your arms.
The chair itself is covered in PU leather or polyurethane leather. Nothing about the material feels uncomfortable, especially with the foam padding inside, but it’s hard to accurately tell whether or not it’ll peel or crack with extended use given my limited testing window. Other gaming chairs made with the same material tend to do this, so it’s a real concern if you want your chair to look nice many years after you’ve purchased it. Typically, you want something that’ll last longer like mesh fabric.
The whole package doesn’t cost much more than Secretlab’s Titan Evo 2022 series which comes with many more color options, including branded looks like the League of Legends Jinx design. The Secretlab is a better chair, but the DXRacer Craft Series isn’t so much worse that it’s not worth investing in one if you find any of the designs pleasing.
That said, this chair is a bit pricier than we’d like for the features on offer. It doesn’t offer the feature set of the Secretlab Titan Evo, and it’s not quite as clean-cut, but if you want something with a bit more out-there flair, this is absolutely an option that won’t let you down.
Read our full DXRacer Craft Series review (opens in new tab).
The best gaming chairs FAQ
Are gaming chairs actually bad?
Between recent articles about the effects of sitting down (opens in new tab) on your body and our experimentation with standing desks (opens in new tab), you might think PC Gamer has fallen out of love with the humble chair.
That could not be further from the truth.
As gamers and office workers, we spend a significant chunk of each day sitting on our money makers in front of screens. Given that most of us don’t plan to change that anytime soon, it only makes sense to do so in a great chair. So that’s what I set out to find.
We wanted to find chairs that maximized comfort, support, and value. We spoke with Melissa Afterman, MS CPE (opens in new tab), a Senior Principal Ergonomist with VSI Risk Management & Ergonomics (opens in new tab), Inc., who specializes in workstation setups.
“Absolutely, chairs are still okay,” she told me. “Yes, we know that sitting too long is bad for you. The reality is that standing too long is just as bad for you, so the answer is movement. Taking breaks, getting up at least every hour and moving, or changing your position from standing to sitting every hour so that you’re not standing too long either.”
“If you’re typing and working at the computer, you really want more upright support so that you can maintain neutral spine posture and let the chair hold you up,” she said. “But when you switch to a gaming mode, you may want to recline a little bit to relax your lower back while still having good support in that position. So a locking backrest and/or some tension control is important.”
Another feature to look for, though it tends to be found on more expensive models, is a seat pan slider. This enables you to slide the positioning of your butt forwards or backward relative to the backrest.
Are gaming chairs really worth it?
The best gaming chairs will complete your PC setup, not just from an aesthetic point of view, but because you will likely be spending hours sat in front of your machine, they will give you the support needed to keep your spine healthy too.
Is a gaming chair better than an office chair?
Nope! You can find good or bad examples of both, and believe us there are plenty. That said, some office chairs are great for gaming and vice versa, and there are ‘office chairs’, like the Herman Miller Embody, that blend the line between both.
Really it’s about finding what’s right for you, and a lot of the time that’s a gaming chair because, let’s be honest, you like the look of it. That’s a perfectly good reason to make that decision, just make sure you’re not sacrificing comfort and ergonomics for style and flair.
A cheap office chair can be a great pick if you want to save cash and be comfy.
Are gaming chairs good for your posture?
The best gaming chairs look out for you and your back. When it comes to chair design, lumbar support is vital. The first thing you should look for in a new gaming chair is whether it has any built-in support to help your body maintain an ideal posture. Some even come with lumbar support pillows that work to some extent. Multi-adjustable arm-rests, upholstery, and general style are also important; note these features aren’t cheap.
Does every gaming chair fit every body type?
Different chair models accommodate different heights and weights, so make sure to check your fit. Look at the width and depth of the seat, too. Some chairs claim that you should sit cross-legged, but that depends on your size and legs’ length.