Everyone loves playing PC games, but nobody wants to walk away from their gaming sessions looking like Igor from Young Frankenstein. If you want to elevate your sitting experience, you can kick back and get comfy in one of the best PC gaming chairs. If you’re destroying the leaderboards, don’t you deserve all the comfort in the world? We get it though, it’s easy to just get used to your old clunker of a seat rather than taking the time to look for one of the best PC gaming chairs – we just want you to know there’s a better way to sit.
That’s exactly why we’ve made this list of the best gaming chairs for you – in classic TechRadar style. There are tons of awesome gaming chairs out there – some look like traditional office chairs, with all-black, ‘real-leather’ designs. Others fully embrace the gamer aesthetic with RGB lighting and intend to make you look like a futuristic race car driver, which is awesome – even if you are just playing DOTA 2.
Regardless of your aesthetic and personal style, you can count on our picks for the six best PC gaming chairs you can buy in 2018. We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve done our fair share of sitting, and we’ve done so in all of the following gaming chairs at that. So, get your gaming PC and all the best PC games ready, because we’re about to get into the best PC gaming chairs.
1. noblechairs Epic Real Leather
A leather-clad beauty
Dimensions: 84 x 38 x 70 cm (W × D × H) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 131 - 141 cm | Maximum load: 180 kg
It’s no exaggeration to call the Noblechairs Epic Real Leather the best gaming chair. From the cross-thatched embroidery to the real leather of its namesake, 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 the set-up is complete, the Epic Real Leather is a dream to sit on – and you can customise your position however you want. Just do us a favor, and read the instructions while you’re setting it up.
2. Autonomous ErgoChair 2
Gaming with class
Dimensions: 47 x 27 x 20 in (H × W × D) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 18 - 20 in | Maximum load: 300 lbs
If you want to play games all day in comfort, but you don’t want a chair that looks like you’re playing games all day, the Autonomous ErgoChair 2 is for you. 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 lets 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.
- 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
3. Corsair T2 Road Warrior
Comfort from the masters of gaming
Dimensions: 50 x 56 x 80 cm (W × D × H) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 51.5 - 60 cm | Maximum load: 136 kg
Corsair is known for making popular and high-end PC components and gaming peripherals. It’s only fitting, then, that they dip their toes into the gaming chair game – and they may have made one of the best gaming chairs yet. Covered top to bottom in breathable PU leather with neck and lumbar pillows wrapped in microfiber, you’ll be able to game both in comfort and style. And with its rollerblade-style wheels, you’ll be able to move it around on any surface without having to worry about scratching up your floor.
4. noblechairs Icon gaming chair
A luxury gaming chair
Dimensions: 87 x 37 x 70 cm (W × D × H) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum): 48 - 58 cm | Maximum load: 180 kg
It’s testament to Noblechairs’ pedigree that two of its products earn the highest rankings on this list – and the Noblechairs Icon gaming chair demonstrates why. While it’s more affordable than the flagship Epic Real Leather, it’s still one of the best gaming chairs you can buy, and one of the most comfortable seats you’ll sit in. This is thanks to the nice lumbar pillow included with the chair, and even if you find that pillow tedious, you can easily remove it.
5. Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL4000
A striking white chair that might not stay white for long
Dimensions: 54 × 53 × 140 to 149.9 cm (W × D × H) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum): 30 - 49 cm | Maximum load: 155 kg
The Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL4000 Gaming Chair is certainly one of the most striking chairs we’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting in. Not only is this chair supremely comfortable and sturdy, but you’ll get comments from anyone who walks through your office. Just be prepared to clean it regularly – as its white leather is a magnet for dirt.
6. noblechairs Epic
Pure faux leather luxury
Dimensions: 54 × 56 × 131 to 141 cm (W × D × H - minimum and maximum) | Seat height: 49 - 59 cm (minimum to maximum) | Maximum load: 180 kg
Another day, another Noblechairs gaming seat – and the Noblechairs Epic is the best gaming chair for the classier gamer. It features a faux-leather covering inspired by car seats, combining both comfort and a high-end design to make it one of the best gaming chairs you can buy today. And, if you’re the type that shies away from the ‘gamer aesthetic,’ the Epic’s subtle black design is far more elegant than some of the more brightly-colored seats on this list.
7. Vertagear Racing Series P-Line PL6000
Comfortable accommodation for the larger gamer
Dimensions: 53 x 58 x 127 - 137 cm (W × D × H - minimum to maximum) | Seat height: 50 - 60 cm (minimum to maximum) | Maximum load: 200 kg
For the gamer looking for some extra room in their seat, the Vertagear Racing Series PL6000 is a must-have. Specially designed to provide both added width and height, this is the best gaming chair for anyone with a larger frame – no matter how tall you are, the adjustable headrest means you’ll never experience discomfort. However, this is a complicated chair to assemble, so use the buddy system to build this masterpiece.
- This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL4000
8. Nitro Concepts C80 Pure Series
Smart-looking, comfy but a right pain to put together
Dimensions: 50 × 50 117 - 124 cm (W x D x H) | Seat height: (minimum to maximum): 47 - 54 cm | Maximum load: 120kg
The Nitro Concepts C80 is a beautiful, comfy gaming chair that could easily double as an office chair – it looks more expensive than it is. Nitro Concepts was able to keep the price down by making a few compromises that don’t affect the quality of the chair – like using polyurethane instead of leather. And, no compromises were made in the build quality, as this is an impressively sturdy gaming chair. Just make sure you get a friend to help you assemble it – putting it together had us tearing our hair out.
- 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
9. Respawn-115 Gaming Chair
A dignified gaming chair for budding armchair generals
Dimensions: 65.98 × 32 x 83 cm (W x D x H) | Seat height: (minimum to maximum): 47 - 54 cm | Maximum load: 124kg
Let’s start out by saying that racing stripes, RGB lighting and loud color palettes aren’t for everyone – sometimes you just need something more refined. If your gaming area is the same place that you work when you’re at home, the Respawn-115 Racing Style Gaming Chair is for you. It features the same basic shape of traditional gaming chairs, with lumbar support padding, reclining back and adjustable arms, but has an exterior aesthetic that works for the office too. The only issue we have is that the lumbar support isn’t connected to the chair in any way, which means you’ll need to re-adjust it every time you move. Either way – this is definitely one of the best PC gaming chairs you can buy.
- 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 noblechairs Icon