When it comes to your gaming setup, a comfortable, efficient gaming chair is as important as your actual computer’s specs. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best gaming chairs available to help you decide which one is best for you.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Gaming Chair
The amount of time you spend in your gaming chair, even just browsing the internet, means you should have a chair that suits your needs. To do so, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Support and comfort: Naturally, as is true with most chairs, how it feels to sit in it is key. Your gaming chair should have support for your back and, ideally, the entire body. Back support is often indicated as “lumbar support” and helps reduce the stress and strain on the lower back. This also helps promote better posture through the support of the curve of your spine. One that is adjustable and can lean back is also a good choice.
- Build-in features: Meant to be as unique as your gaming setup, you can also find chairs with many additional features incorporated into them. Some are for comfort, like a pop-out footrest. Other features can be for conveniences, such as built-in speakers or inputs for Bluetooth and headsets.
- Materials: You want to be sure your chair is going to outlast many uses to come. While the textiles and fabrics are important, so are the frame and the chair’s base, including the wheels.
Best Gaming Chairs 2021
1. Secretlab Titan
Why We Love It
The Secretlabs Titan is a sleek and comfortable chair in equal measure. It is designed to be sturdy and long-lasting, and that excellent construction is easy to see. The chair is designed with a high-strength aluminum base that is reinforced with gussets and ribs for stability. When it comes to the gas lift, the adjustability is made possible through the KGS cylinder for effortless up and down motions. The PU leather upholstery has a premium feel that doesn’t feel like plastic but is unique because its PU leather is resistant to peeling and cracking than standard PU.
The Titan features premium lumbar support and armrests that are ultra-thick and supportive and can be adjusted easily in all directions. It reclines back to a rather steep angle, often being compared to a gravity chair. No matter which way the chair is positioned, it has a comfortable, firm seat ready to support you.
It is reported that some people find it difficult to get the proper seat height for their needs. Some say that it doesn’t sink as low as they’d like it to, which could be a problem for those on the taller side or lower desks.
2. EasySMX High Back Gaming Chair
Why We Love It
The EasySMX High Back Gaming Chair emphasizes style with its racing-level inspiration. It uses upscale PU leather that feels and looks sleek. It is easy to keep clean, thanks to its waterproof design, so as you care for your gaming setup, you can also care for the chair. It has a high-density and fully fixed shape that give you the utmost support, as well as a sponge seat cushion that is equally as firm. The result is a seat that won’t wilt and sag no matter how often you sit in it.
The chair is built to last due to its premium metal frame. No matter which way you rotate the chair with its 360-degree rotation design, you can enjoy the same stability level. The removable headrest and lumbar cushion are adjustable to ensure a more customized fit.
Due to the chair’s build, some users report that you can feel the metal bar in the back. This depends on the way you are sitting, however, so it is not guaranteed that this is an issue you will have.
3. Joseph and Casey Victor Gaming Chair
Why We Love It
This Joseph and Casey Victor Gaming Chair is designed with your comfort in mind from top to bottom, and that’s something you can see just by looking at it. This chair hugs the body and provides exceptional support along the back and sides, complete with a removable and adjustable lumbar support pillow for your lower back.
The neck rest features a unique shape with a dip along the top to give your head somewhere comfortable and natural to rest, while the armrests are curved to fit the natural way your arms sit when you play. There is the ability to lay back with the reclining feature, and while you’re sitting up, you can gently rock back and forth at the same time. This gives you total comfort and supports no matter which way you prefer to sit and keeps you comfortable for hours on end.
While it provides adequate support, the seat cushion is a bit thin, which could be a turnoff for some. It also does not have a truly dynamic height range and can leave quite tall or quite short, feeling uncomfortable.
4. Razer Iskur
Why We Love It
Whereas some gaming chairs tend to focus on the support of only the lower back, the Razer Iskur takes the entire torso into account. From the mid-back just beneath the shoulders down to your hips, there is curved support that naturally fits the shape of your spine. This Razer chair has a well-sculpted backrest that helps keep you comfortable and supported for longer periods of time, no matter how long your game campaign goes on.
The Razer gaming chair features a sleek design that you’ll love to have as a part of your gaming station, as well as its decorative stitching, vibrant logo, and sleek silhouette. All of this is supported on a durable frame complete with adjustable levers that allow you to move the chair to the perfect height and angle with ease. This is all made with ergonomics in mind to keep your posture correct when playing for long periods.
The lumbar support is difficult to adjust due to the sensitivity of the screw tension mechanism. The lever for adjusting the backrest can be a bit stiff, and for gamers who are shorter, the levers may be difficult to reach for at all.
5. Predator x OSIM Gaming Chair
Why We Love It
This Predator x OSIM gaming chair stands out immediately because of its dynamic appearance and because it takes the comfort of gaming chairs one step further: this chair comes complete with a massage mechanism. The OSIM’s massage technology is easy to access and control by pulling back the right armrest to allow you to choose the button to adjust it. There are presets you can choose, or you can directly take control of the way it massages. You can also choose whether you want it to focus on the upper or lower back.
All of this is supported by the Predator gaming chair’s durable frame, promising stability and support whether you’re relaxing with the massage on or leaning forward in the middle of a, particularly intense game.
The lumbar pillow included for back support does not have straps that attach it to the chair. This could cause it to slip around and be difficult to work with. Even so, it is this way not to get in the way of the chair’s massaging mechanism, so this may be a small price to pay.
6. Hbada Chair by Xiaomi
Why We Love It
The longer you sit in one place, the more body heat you give off, which can be stored in the chair and make you uncomfortable. The Xiaomi Hbada Ergonomic Chair aims to change that with its mesh backing instead of most chairs’ typical leather. In this way, the chair is more breathable and will keep you cooler for longer as you game.
The mesh headrest is subtle and provides just the right amount of support without feeling bulky when you’re not actively using it. As for the shape, the back’s curve delivers unmatched support from shoulders to hips to bring total spinal support. This sleek and durable chair is comfortable enough to sit in for eight hours straight without feeling any tightness and tension in the back and is sure to outlast the years due to its premium material composition.
Due to the chair’s design, the back can feel a bit wobbly and even creak a bit when you lean back in it. For those who are tall, the leg rest that comes included may also feel too short of taking up an ergonomic position properly.
7. Secretlab Omega
Why We Love It
The Secretlab Omega 2020 gaming chair is designed specifically for those who have a smaller build, providing support that is often foregone for smaller individuals when they sit in wider chairs. While it is designed for use by those who weigh less than 80 kg and are shorter than 1.75m, it is sturdy enough to support heavier users, all the same, thanks to its premium sturdy frame.
The chair not only looks good due to the PU leather upholstery that does not easily trap body heat and therefore will not become hot and uncomfortable. The PU leather provides a sleeker feel as you sit in it. Beyond that, the Secretlabs Omega boasts unique armrests adjustment that allows you to personalize your comfort whether you’re typing, gaming, or browsing the web. These premium armrests can be adjusted in four different ways to promise the proper support no matter what you’re up to.
Though the lumbar pillow is quite supportive, it is not attached to the chair itself. The result is the potential for a lot of slipping and sliding when you adjust the seat or simply change the way you are currently sitting in it.
8. Tesoro Gaming Chair: Zone Balance
Why We Love It
This Tesoro Zone Balance seems to be more than just a gaming chair. It provides the ability to lie back fully and completely as you would in a gravity chair, and its supportive headrest and lumbar support cushions support the curve of your spine. This is good for taking a break during long gaming sessions to keep you feeling your best. Throughout the chair, the padding and the cushioning are soft and give the right amount of support without the risk of compression. Adjustable armrests allow you to position your arms in the most comfortable position possible no matter what you’re doing—typing, gaming, or reading. Finally, a sturdy steel frame supports the entire chair to ensure stability, even when shifting locations on the strong caster wheels.
The Tesoro Zone Balance gaming chair can easily tip forward if you are not careful where you sit, meaning you will always need to sit as far back against the chair as possible to prevent this. It also allows you to adjust the height but only within eight centimeters, which might not be ideal for taller or shorter ones.
Gaming chairs are an important part of your computer’s setup; if you’re not comfortable, it doesn’t matter the specs of your computer—you won’t be able to get your head in the game. In this article, we’ve taken a look at eight of the best gaming chairs in 2021 to help you find which one best suits your needs.