The best gaming chairs in 2024 - top picks for play and work

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If you spend any amount of time gaming, investing in one of the best gaming chairs can be one of the most important and most tangible ways to dramatically improve your overall experience. We've spent countless hours testing a wide range of gaming chairs over the years (evaluating important factors like design, price, and any extra features) so we know that a high-quality seat can provide a much greater level of comfort and support over both short and long gaming sessions.

This list outlines our top picks for the best gaming chairs that you can buy right now, considering a wide range of different styles, features, and budgets. We have included a spread of chairs to address specific use cases, a range of budgets, and different demands and needs players might have. However, if a bargain is what you're really after then consider checking out our round up on of the best cheap gaming chair deals. Otherwise read on for our take on the best chairs for gaming and for looking after your posture.

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The best gaming chairs in 2024

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The best gaming chair overall

Secretlab Titan Evo 2022

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The best gaming chair overall

Specifications

Dimensions: 29.5 x 27.5 x 57in / 75 x 70 x 145cm (W x D x H)
Maximum user weight: 290lb / 131kg
Recline angle: max 165° Backrest recline
Warranty: 5 years

Reasons to buy

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Very large seat
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Easily adjustable with lumbar support
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Fantastic construction and design

Reasons to avoid

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Other variants get expensive 
Buy it if

You want premium construction: The Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 is about as high-end as gaming chairs get in this price range. Expect high-quality parts and an easy assembly process.


You want a wide variety of options: The Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 is available in Secretlab NEO Hybrid Leatherette and Secretlab SoftWeave Plus Fabric finishes. There are  also a ton of different colors, designs, and three sizes to choose from.

Don't buy it if

You're on a tight budget: As great as the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 is, it does demand a sizeable investment.

The Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 is our pick for the best overall gaming chair available right now. This is because it offers an unparalleled level of comfort, adjustability, and style in its price bracket which means it still stands tall above the rest even a couple of years after its initial introduction. What's more, now there are more options than ever when it comes to sizes, colors, styles, and materials.

Regardless of which material you choose, the constants remain the same. This means you're getting leading adjustability with the four-way lumbar support combined with some of the most ergonomic designs that we've ever seen from a gaming chair's backrest and seat. Assembly is also a breeze, taking about 15 minutes with the clear instructions included in the box. If you're after a premium feeling chair and a fuss-free build then this is the one for you. 

We've also been consistently impressed with the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 in our many months of testing with various different versions of the gaming chair. Whether it's the tried-and-tested original leatherette model, the larger XL variant, or the fabric SoftWeave version, this chair has provided support that few others can match. 

The best budget gaming chair

Corsair TC100 Relaxed gaming chair

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The best budget gaming chair

Specifications

Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.9 x 57in / 54 x 38 x 145cm (W x D x H)
Maximum user weight: 265lb / 120kg
Recline angle : 90-160° Backrest recline
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Understated aesthetics 
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Plush and decently padded
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Competitively priced

Reasons to avoid

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The building process can be frustrating
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Made from cheap parts
Buy it if

You're after a no-fuss option: This budget chair offers an understated aesthetic for those that want a gaming chair that will blend into any office or home environment more easily.

You're looking to spend a little: As gaming chairs go, the Corsair TC100 Relaxed is on the more affordable end of the spectrum while still offering a quality seated experience.

Don't buy it if

You want something simple to build: The process of building this chair can be frustrating so consider one of our other picks for something that might offer an easier route to comfort.

The Corsair TC100 Relaxed easily ranks as the best budget gaming chair that you can get. This model borrows design cues from its pricier siblings but keeps the overall asking price low with only a few minor concessions made to the product. Overall, it's a well-rounded gaming chair that punches far above its weight.

As expected from its modest price point, the Corsair TC100 Relaxed has a relatively no-frills feature set. You're still getting 2D armrests, a recline of up to 160 degrees, and a wider seat base than a standard office chair here, though. One of the real bonuses of this particular model is the included headrest and lumbar pillows, which are both comfortable and conveniently strapped to the backrest.

While the Corsair TC100 Relaxed may not turn many heads, it passes the most important test of being incredibly comfortable. Owing to its "relaxed" nature, you aren't quite as hemmed in by the angular racing-seat style shape that you would find on many of the more aggressively styled models on this list. This, combined with the pillows, and the height and weight accommodation of 188cm/6ft 2in and 120kg/264lbs make it an ideal choice for those who want a super comfortable gaming chair on a budget. 

The best premium gaming chair

Backrest and seat of the Herman Miller x Logitech Embody

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The best gaming chair for gamers

Specifications

Dimensions: 29 x 29.5 x 45in / 74 x 75 x 114cm (W x D x H)
Maximum user weight: 300lbs / 136kg
Recline angle: 91-105° Backrest recline
Warranty: 12 years

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly comfortable
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Brilliant design, premium build
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Comes pre-built

Reasons to avoid

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Some adjustments are tricky
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Incredibly expensive
Buy it if

You highly value postural health: The Herman Miller x Logitech Embody is well worth its asking price given its incredible ergonomic design and supportive features.

You don't want to assemble your gaming chair: You won't have to get on your hands and knees with all kinds of tools to put this chair together as it's ready to roll straight out of the box.

Don't buy it if

You know you want or need a headrest: As good as the Embody is, it doesn't have a headrest - so if you know you need one, you'll have to look elsewhere.

When we think about top-end premium gaming chairs, the Herman Miller x Logitech Embody cannot be ignored - for me, it's probably the most comfortable gaming chair I've ever tested. While it may carry the steepest price tag of all the models in our roundup, its form factor is specifically designed for those who need who value comfort most, and it oozes Herman Miller's ergonomic pedigree. Plus, posture health is worth investing in - and the 12-year warranty adds peace of mind.

If you're someone who doesn't want to struggle with assembling a gaming chair piece by piece then the Embody is for you as it comes pre-assembled in the box and only has to be rolled out. That aside, you're looking at an incredibly modern gaming chair that forgoes the typical design trappings and features lumbar support which traces your spine and can be easily adjusted through its knobs. 

While the full suite of adjustability features takes a little getting used to, there's simply nothing else on the market quite like the Herman Miller x Logitech Embody. We found the BackFit backrest to be the best of any gaming chair we've used, and the layered hybrid seat (consisting of both foam and springs) to be in a league of its own. 

The best mesh gaming chair

Razer Fujin Pro

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The best mesh gaming chair

Specifications

Dimensions: 26.5 x 27 x 56.75in / 67 x 69 x 144cm (W x D x H)
Maximum user weight: 300lbs / 136kg
Recline angle: max 152° Backrest recline
Warranty: 5 years

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable for gaming and everyday
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Fantastic build and ergonomics
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Straightforward to build

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to get a hold of
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Simple aesthetics
Buy it if

You prioritize ergonomics: Thanks to high levels of adjustability and its smart mesh material, the Razer Fujin Pro can provide a fantastically comfortable experience for most people. 

You need a chair that is great for gaming and everyday use: The Razer Fujin Pro's subtle design means that it can blend into work environments easily while still being comfortable enough to withstand long gaming sessions. 

Don't buy it if

You're looking for something with more style: While we definitely appreciate that the Razer Fujin Pro can blend into an office environment, it's understated finish might not be to the liking of those who want a bit of style or color.

Mesh gaming chairs don't come better than the Razer Fujin Pro. Its breathable mesh, understated design, and superbly high level of comfort make it an excellent choice for both gaming and productivity.

In our hands-on testing, the assembly of the Razer Fujin Pro was completed in approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Although this is quite a long time compared to the setup of a simpler model like the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022, it is still blissfully simple with each part clicking into place and being secured easily with the included screws and Allen key. Once built, the chair is incredibly high quality, pairing an aluminum frame with a malleable mesh material that's easily adjustable via the chair's settings.

When it comes to comfort, the Razer Fujin Pro is almost unparalleled. There's no dedicated cushioning or separate lumbar support, but the mesh has a subtle contour that molds to the shape of your back and rear end, ensuring that a seating position and level of comfort that suits you is easy to reach. The one downside here is that its extremely understated aesthetic means that it doesn't boast an exciting finish - but that might also be what you're after.

The best gaming chair for bigger people

The AndaSeat Kaiser 3 XL gaming chair in an office and gaming space on a wooden floor

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The best gaming chair for bigger people

Specifications

Dimensions: 29.3 x 52.76in / 74 x 134cm (width x max height)
Maximum user weight: 395lb / 180kg
Recline angle: 90-165° Backrest recline
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Wide variety of features
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Very comfortable
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Adjustable lumbar support
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Dimensions and weight tolerance geared for bigger players

Reasons to avoid

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Logos and stitching are just OK quality
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Lacks a professional or office-chic finish
Buy it if

You need extra height and weight capacities: One of the Kaiser 3 XL's main selling points is its ability to cater to larger users. The seat is a top choice for those looking for more width and height while maintaining posture support and comfort.
 

You want a great-value feature-rich gaming chair: Even if you don't need the extra dimensions and specs, the Kaiser 3 XL is a gaming chair that offers exceptional bang for buck value with its premium feature set and terrific finish.

Don't buy it if

You have a smaller setup and lower weight/height tolerances: Given the Kaiser 3 XL is built with the larger person in mind, if you don't need the extra specs here then give it a miss. The chair will also take up much more room than others so won't suit smaller setups.

The AndaSeat Kaiser 3 XL is the best gaming chair for bigger people that we've tested. It achieves this while simultaneously offering a great-value package with a variety of premium features.

All in all, this is a sleek, incredibly comfortable gaming chair, and one that has a robust and larger design perfect for bigger players of up to 395lb / 180kg in weight and 6'8" / 210cm in height. But simply being bigger and stronger with a robust steel chassis and strong castor wheels isn't the only thing that defines the Kaiser 3 XL - it also offers comfort, lumbar support, excellent finishes, an excellent range of adjustability options from the arms to the back, and a well-designed ergonomic seat. It also offers excellent value coming in at the $500 / £500 mark.

Construction is simple with easy-to-follow instructions paving the way for a smooth build process, while particular highlights of the chair's comfort include the integrated lumbar support and impressive cushioning throughout (despite some sub-optimal stitching and logo work). A brilliant chair for those looking for more room. 

The best office chair for gaming

X-Chair X2 K-Sport Mgmt Chair

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The best office chair for gaming

Specifications

Dimensions: 25.5 x 21 x 54in / 65 x 53 x 137 (W x D x H)
Maximum user weight: 275lb / 125kg
Recline angle: 40°
Warranty: 5 years

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic lumbar support
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Various customizable options
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Solid build quality and modern design

Reasons to avoid

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Upgrades can be expensive
Buy it if

You want a chair that can do both: While it's designed for office environments first and foremost, the X-Chair X2 K-Sport Management is ideal for both work and play. 

You want to keep cool: Whether your room gets warm easily or you want something for those summer months, the mesh design of the X-Chair X2 K-Sport Management means it's much more breathable than leatherette and even fabric models. 

Don't buy it if

You want a dedicated gaming chair: For a similar level of functionality purely for gaming, we recommend choosing the Mavix M9 instead. 

What if you wanted to go more up-market than a standard gaming chair but didn't want to sacrifice comfort and functionality? That's where one of the best office chairs comes in, and they aren't much more feature-rich or suitable for gaming than the X-Chair X2 K-Sport Management chair.

With its high-grade aluminum frame combined with its mesh body, the X-Chair X2 K-Sport Management certainly sets itself apart from many office and gaming chairs out there. Out of the box, you've got 4D armrests as well as stunning wheels that could easily glide across hardwood floors and didn't struggle on the carpet either. The X-Chair X2 K-Sport Management also features Variable Lumbar Support which can be easily adjusted to suit your spine.

In our testing, we found that the mesh body of the X-Chair X2 K-Sport Mgmt made for one of the most comfortable and breathable chairs we've ever tested. Unlike some leather or leatherette gaming chair models, there was a light flex to the backrest which kept us incredibly cool at all times. The adjustability of the lumbar support is also a cut above the rest.

Best gaming chairs in 2024 - FAQs

What's the best brand for gaming chairs?

Some of our favorite gaming chair brands include Secretlab, Mavix, Razer, AndaSeat, and Corsair, but there are so many to choose from. Generally speaking, we think Secretlab is the best for most people, with Mavix being ideal for those of you who want more adjustability than a standard racing-style model, and you can't beat Herman Miller for premium ergonomics.

Are gaming chairs better than office chairs?

The Venn diagrams of gaming chairs and office chairs have overlapped more and more in recent years - and now they share an awful lots of the same design principles and features. I've historically thought that gaming chairs offer better value for money, however, so are better in that regard - however the trade off is that you might find the design a bit much and not that subtle.

How to choose the best gaming chair

There's no one-size-fits-all answer for the best gaming chair as everyone is different. However, thinking about a few different factors can help you narrow down your options and pick out the best match for you in a crowded field. 

Think about size and dimensions
You can start by considering your height and build. If you are taller than 6ft 2in / 1.88m and weigh more than 200lbs / 90kg, you're going to want to look at an XL model to ensure you're comfortable. Then, think about the actual dimensions of the chair - will you have enough room for its width and height, not just on its own, but with you sitting on it?

Consider materials
Next, consider how you prefer your chairs to feel, and what you need the materials to do. Generally speaking, we've found mesh and fabrics to be nicer in the warmer months and more comfortable over time compared to leatherette, but fabrics are a bit harder to keep pet hair off and clean.

Always think about the budget
Sadly, a Herman Miller Embody chair will just be permanently out of reach for most, but that doesn't mean you can find great ways to make your money go further and get more than what you thought. However, always having a budget you want to ideally stick to, and one you're willing to stretch to for the right chair is a good starting point. Then you can throw in some ruthlessness about trading off features for lower prices and also consider waiting for sales events like Prime Day and Black Friday where you can always save money.

How we test gaming chairs

We take testing gaming chairs very seriously. After all, it's one of the fundamental components of any gamer's setup, and it's crucial that you find the right pick to aid in your gaming efforts and keep your back from hurting. 

Testing how comfortable a chair is can take some time. A great gaming chair should feel just as good after sitting in it for four hours as it did when we first sat down. Ergonomics is also a critical aspect of comfort as this is what will allow you to adjust it to your liking. This consideration will include how easy it is to adjust armrests and lumbar pillows, as well as how far back the seat goes and any additional features. 

While aesthetics are subjective, it is one of the first things we take a look at. Whether it leans into a gamer aesthetic or is subdued enough for the office is essential for many. This feature also leads to what materials are used and whether they are durable or comfortable. 

The crucial elements of what we consider can be boiled down to the materials used, durability, general comfort, ergonomics, aesthetics, price, and any additional features.

The final aspect which we will consider is the price. It's crucial to take a holistic approach to assessing whether a gaming chair is worth its price tag, so we ensure that we're always considering who may use the product and how it will fair. 

Rob Dwiar
Managing Editor, TechRadar Gaming

Rob is the Managing Editor of TechRadar Gaming, a video games journalist, critic, editor, and writer, and has years of experience gained from multiple publications. Prior to being TechRadar Gaming's Managing Editor, he was TRG's Deputy Editor, and a longstanding member of GamesRadar+, being the Commissioning Editor for Hardware there for years, while also squeezing in a short stint as Gaming Editor at WePC just before joining TechRadar Gaming. He is also a freelance writer on tech, gaming hardware, video games, gardens, and landscapes and is crowdfunding a book on video game landscapes that you can back and pre-order now too.

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