A gaming chair is a good idea for anyone who plays games at a desk rather than draped over a couch. Or if you work from home and don't want a bland looking throne.
These gaming chairs have many of the same characteristics as an office chair, but also have slightly different priorities.
Gaming chairs tend to hand high backs, letting you lean into them and get support across your neck and head, not just the lower part of your torso. And masses of tilt/recline is the norm in everything but entry-level models.
Many are modelled after the bucket seat of a racing car. Part of this is for the look. But the shape also lets you sit back in a relaxed position more easily — handy if you'll sometimes play with a gamepad instead of a mouse and keyboard.
Top makers of gaming chairs include Secretlab, noblechairs and Andeaseat. You'll find top picks from them, and others, below. And they have all been tested by our team of reviewers.
What are some of the top things to consider? Taller folk should look for a seat with a deep seat pan. Buy a chair with a tilting back and seat bottom for the most comfortable recline angle. And hunt down one with memory foam padding for a soft, luxurious feel.
Top tips out of the way, let's look at the best gaming chair you can get in 2021. Alongside one of the best gaming desks or the best standing desks, you'll soon have the perfect setup to play on, whether you want the best PC games, the best free games, or the best free games on Steam.
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Best gaming chairs at a glance
- Secretlab Titan
- noblechairs Epic Real Leather
- Autonomous ErgoChair 2
- SecretLab Omega 2020
- noblechairs Hero gaming chair Black Edition
- Corsair T2 Road Warrior
- noblechairs Icon gaming chair
- Edge GX1
- Andaseat Fnatic Edition
- Corsair T3
The SecretLab Titan is always a go-to recommendation. Its racing seat style design looks good but is not as provocative 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 great. The SecretLab Titan has an advanced base that allows for 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.
Check out our full Secretlab Titan review.
The Noblechairs Epic Real Leather is a real contender for the best gaming chair crown. From the cross-thatched embroidery to the real leather of its name, 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 you're done the Epic Real Leather is a dream to sit on. 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.
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 basically 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.
- This product is only available in the US at the time of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Respawn 115
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 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 – and 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 – without having to worry about the chair falling apart on you.
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 set up 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 that you bought it.
Read the full review: Razer Iskur
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.
Noblechairs is well known for crafting some of the best gaming chairs out there – and the Noblechairs Icon makes it clear why. 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.
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’s 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 Australia readers should beware the high shipping costs.
You can only buy this chair direct from Edge
We have reviewed a bunch of Andaseat gaming chairs. The Fnatic Edition is our current fave, worth considering whether you like esports team Fnatic or have no idea who they are. This is a real throne of a gaming chair, with a large seat, plush memory foam padding and an ultra-soft lumbar support pillow covered with synthetic velvet. It's about as plush as they come, but doesn't cost a devastating amount because it uses PVC synthetic leather across its surfaces. Big on comfort. Great for the larger gamer. Probably not the right choice for short folk.
Unlike its biggest rivals, the Corsair T3 Rush lacks that over-the-top gaming aesthetic. In fact, 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.
- This product is only available in the UK at the time of this writing. US and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Noblechairs Icon (listed above)