Best gaming chair 2018: the best PC gaming chairs

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There’s nothing quite like the best PC games, but no one wants to walk away from them crouching over like Igor from Young Frankenstein. If you really want to bring your gaming and sitting experience to a new level, you can kick back and get comfy in one of the best PC gaming chairs. Because, at the end of the day, if you’re immersed in your favorite RPG, saving the world and everything – you should be comfortable while you do it.

That’s why we set out to compile a list of the best PC gaming chairs you can buy today. While some might look like your dad’s office chair, with all black ‘real leather’ designs – others fully embrace the gamer aesthetic with RGB lighting and loud, clashing colors, making you look like a cybernetic race car driver.

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner with deals on the best gaming chairs, there’s never been a better time to find the perfect throne for your gaming setup. We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve done our fair share of sitting in our time, and have become intimately familiar with the best PC gaming chairs. So, sit back and relax – we’re about to dive into all the best gaming chairs on the market in 2018.

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

Uses real leather
Extensive adjustabliity
Premium quality
Easy to set up
Plastic arm rests
Will prove too large for very small rooms

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

 Comfortable 
 Stylish 
 A little expensive 

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. Respawn-300

Mesh is the best

Dimensions: 28 x 27.5 x 55 in (W × D × H) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 18.75 - 22.25 in | Maximum load: 275 lb

Breathable mesh material 
Lumbar support 
No frills 

Leather and fabric have their advantages, namely to comfort and texture, but sometimes a mesh office chair is best – especially if you live in a warmer climate, where breathability is of utmost importance. The Respawn-300 combines the racing-seat design and lumbar support and mesh material from some high-end office chairs. It really does take comfort to another level and is one of the best PC gaming chairs you can buy today. 

  • 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 Epic Real Leather. 

4. 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

Easy to assemble
Comfortable
Expensive

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. 

5. 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

Premium materials
Very comfortable
Bolster support pillow unnecessary

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.  

6. Vertagear Gaming Series Triigger 350 Special Edition

Luxury in comfort

Dimensions: 26 x 21 x 34 in (W × D × H) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 40.7 - 44.3 in | Maximum load: N/A

Extremely comfortable 
Aesthetic 
Very expensive 

There’s a certain subset of the PC gaming community that needs to have the absolute best of everything, at whatever the cost. These people are going to be absolutely enamored with the Vertagear Triigger 350 SE. It features over 350 individual components with a mix metal, mesh, leather and high-end plastics to create the ultimate PC gaming chair. If you have the money to spare, and you can’t stand to have anything less than the best, you might want to give this chair a look. 

7. 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

Elegant low-key design
100% vegan-friendly
Plenty of adjustment options
Not real leather

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.

8. 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

Striking design
Smooth wheelbase
Odd lumber pillow position

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.

9. 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

Sturdy
Affordable
Tricky to put together

The Nitro Concepts C80 is a gorgeous, comfortable gaming chair that could easily blend in in an office environment – it looks more expensive than it is. Nitro Concepts made one of the best gaming chairs by keeping the price down, while keeping compromises to a minimum – like using polyurethane instead of leather. And, no compromises were made in the build quality, either – this is an impressively sturdy gaming chair. Just make sure you get a friend to help you put it together – constructing this thing 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 

10. 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

Sharp look
Lifetime warranty
Lumbar support isn't ideal

Racing stripes, RGB lighting and loud color palettes aren’t for everyone – some people just prefer something more subdued. 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 with an exterior style that works for the office too. The only problem is that the lumbar support isn’t connected to the chair in any way, which means you’ll have to readjust it every time you move. Regardless, this is still 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