The 6 Best Gaming Chairs That Provide Comfort and Support

Gabrielle Hondorp
·7-min read
Photo credit: Staff
Photo credit: Staff

From Popular Mechanics

With most gaming chairs priced between $100 and $400, one is unlikely to be the most expensive part of your gaming setup. And for a minimal investment, you get maximum benefits—the most important being the support and comfort you need to prevent chronic neck and back pain down the road. In the short term, however, a good gaming chair might even give you a leg up on the competition.

Check out quick info below of the top five gaming chairs, then scroll deeper for more buying advice and full reviews of these models plus other high-ranking options.

Gaming Chairs vs. Office Chairs

Not to be mistaken with the chair in your office, a gaming chair is designed to be more adjustable, comfortable, and supportive. Most are shaped more like VR racing seats, with back rests that support all the way up to the shoulders, neck, and head. Think of them as the souped-up version of the desk chair.

Gaming chairs also have the option to recline, allowing to you shift your posture and position over hours of play time. The most obvious difference may also be the color choices. Gaming chairs are often eye catching, with bold colors and designs. But if you aren’t into that or want something a little more sedate for both work and play, there are some neutral options available.

Gaming Chair Features

Cushioning and Support: When it comes to choosing a gaming chair, comfort usually tops the list of must-haves. But that doesn’t necessarily mean more cushioning. While some is necessary, you’ll want enough structure so that the chair can support a healthy posture—even hours into a marathon gaming session. This means choosing a stiffer chair over something more beanbag like.

Adjustability: A decent gaming chair allows you to adjust things like seat height and tilt angle, the position of the armrests, and how far the backrest reclines. A chair on wheels gives you more mobility, while a rocker-style chair—often a favorite for kids—has its seat directly on the floor.

Material: Mesh and fabric are the most breathable but can wear more easily and be difficult to clean. Leather, faux leather, and vinyl are easier to keep clean—a plus if you snack while you play—but can get hot and sticky after several hours.

How We Selected and Rated

We researched 10 expert sources such as Digital Trends, PC Gamer, and Wirecutter, as well as 6,000 consumer reviews to select the top gaming chairs. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of customers who rated the product at least four out of five stars on retail and review sites like Amazon, Walmart, and manufacturers’ websites.

—GAMER AESTHETIC—

Vertagear VG-SL5000_RD S-Line 5000

Consumer Score: 72% gave it 4 stars or more
Sleek and sporty style to get you in the zone

Material: Faux leather | Weight: 67 lb. | Supports up to: 260 lb.

This Vertagear brings both comfort and style to the table. And while the racer design and many color options draw the eye, it has function to match that form. The chair features dual cushions, which help to support the lower back and neck and can help you maintain good posture no matter how long you play. The exterior is a stain- and water-resistant PVC—durable but not super breathable. The one complaint, according to PCGamer, is that while the back has ample cushioning, the seat feels a bit flat comparatively.

—FOR BIG AND TALL PLAYERS—

AKRacing Masters Series Max

Consumer Score: 86% gave it 4 stars or more
Full support and comfort for up to 400 pounds

Material: Polyurethane | Weight: 57 lb. | Supports up to: 400 lb.

Gaming chairs may be sought after for their ergonomics. But they’re notoriously narrow, making it difficult for those of us on the heavier side to find one that’s both comfortable and supportive for long periods of time. This chair is designed with the larger player in mind, with its 15.3-inch seat and wide, curved backrest. The Max is fairly easy to assemble, but due to the size of the pieces, it may require some assistance as it can be somewhat cumbersome. The chair is also suitably designed for people with back issues, as it’s relatively firm save for the back and neck pillows which are softer for comfort. Ergonomically, the Masters Series Max is more than adept, with adjustable armrests and the ability to recline a full 180 degrees—though testers at PCMag warn that it becomes a bit unbalanced in full recline.

—MOST PREMIUM—

Steelcase Gesture

Consumer Score: 69% gave it 4 stars or more
Comfort that’s worth every penny

Material: Textile | Weight: 78 lb. | Supports up to: 400 lb.

This chair is worth the considerable cash. Its sleek design will support you when switching from you’re switching from CEO to RPG modes—and do so comfortably. The seat and back form to your body with thick, compliant padding, and it has intuitive adjustments that control height, depth, tension, and variable back stop, allowing you to personalize it to your needs. Though you can adjust it manually, the lumbar support also adjusts automatically based on whether you’re upright or reclining, increasing or decreasing lumbar support to provide proper alignment. Even skeptical reviewers, particularly those with back issues, found themselves impressed by the Gesture. “I have scoliosis with serious back deformity, so a good office chair is especially important,” wrote one on Amazon. “It’s not just incrementally better than less expensive chairs. This one has a level of support and comfort that is unparalleled.”

—FOR WORK AND PLAY—

Office Star ProGrid High-Back

Consumer Score: 77% gave it 4 stars or more
A simple office design that’s highly adjustable

Material: Polyester | Weight: 51 lb. | Supports up to: 250 lb.

Chances are, if you’re going to spend the money on a new chair, you want it to be versatile. This one may just fit the bill. While the ProGrid is marketed as an office chair, it can also work well for the casual gamer. With its simple black design, it’s modest enough for the workspace but well equipped to prop you up during some gaming. The chair is adjustable, almost to a fault. The reviewer at PC Gamer put it this way: “Using its daunting array of levers, you can adjust the height and tilt of the chair, plus slide the seat pan forward 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.” While it may be a bit of a pain to get the chair adjusted, all the adjustability gives it plenty of range to dial it in just right.

—BEST BUDGET—

GTRacing GT099

Consumer Score: 82% gave it 4 stars or more
A flashy but supportive design for a great price

Material: Faux leather | Weight: 50 lb. | Supports up to: 300 lb.

Looking for something to use exclusively for gaming that won’t break the bank? This is a great option. While it’s definitely on the flashier side, the chair is ergonomic and can support you for hours. GTRacing built it to recline up to 170 degrees and support 300 pounds and gave it a cushion support system with adjustable pillows under the head and lumbar. The one downside is the synthetic leather fabric isn’t the most breathable material and can easily become sticky if you tend to run hot. In addition to the red style, it also comes in a bright blue, gray, and classic black options, so you can coordinate with your current gaming setup.

—FOR KIDS—

Arozzi Verona Junior

Consumer Score: 85% gave it 4 stars or more
Dialed-down size, amped-up support

Material: Faux leather | Weight: 40 lb. | Supports up to: 132 lb.

This mini gaming chair on wheels is sized for kids under 5-foot-2. While they may be content to curl up in a larger chair, hours of playing in a contorted position like that can cause short- and long-term effects on their back and joints. Since the Verona is better proportioned for them, it will fit the contours of a kid’s body and support them properly to encourage healthy posture. Pillows at the head and back provide added support, and the faux leather material makes snack disasters easy to clean.

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