Whether it’s for work or play, many of us spend a good portion of our lives in front of a computer monitor. The best gaming chairs should provide long-term comfort and support to make your gameplay more enjoyable. Your needs may vary, but if you like to knock out a few hours of game time after a long day, the right gaming chair will carry you through in comfort and style.
We’ve spent hours researching and testing the best gaming chairs on the market for a variety of factors, including comfort, customization, ease of assembly, and adjustability to find out which can support you through gaming and working for hours at a time. We’re confident the AKRacing Core EX Gaming Chair(available at Amazon for $359.00) is the top choice thanks to its adjustability and long-term comfort.
If you want a premium experience, we recommend the SecretLab Omega (available at SecretLab), and if you're looking for a more budget-friendly gaming chair, we recommend the Homall PC Gaming Chair (available at Amazon). There are also several other great chairs on our list, so you can find the perfect option for your setup and budget.
These are the best gaming chairs we tested:
AKRacing Core EX
Homall PC Gaming Chair
Anda Seat Phantom 3
GTRacing Pro GT099
BestOffice PC Gaming Chair
AKRacing Core Series EX
Material: Fabric upholstery. Frame, including legs, are made from steel.
It’s all in the name. The AKRacing Core EX gaming chair looks like a bucket seat in a race car, not something you’d see behind an IKEA desk. But unlike some of the other gaming chairs we tested, the quality doesn’t just stop at aesthetics. This was the most comfortable chair that we tested, and one of only two that our tester considered buying.
The AKRacing Core EX has just about every adjustability option that you need to find a comfortable fit. Height-adjustable and removable neck and lumbar support pillows keep your spine aligned with enough softness that they cradle your body instead of pushing against it.
The separate recline and tilting functions give a much wider range of sitting options than either can alone. For those who work leaned forward, this chair provides quality lumbar and neck support because it comes up to 90 degrees.
When it’s time to game, you can recline somewhat. When the football game comes on, you could recline even further and tilt back far enough to comfortably get your feet up on the desk.
The armrests are likewise adjustable in almost every direction. They move forward and backward, up and down, and can swivel in and out. The chair even has bolts on the bottom that allow you to slide them left and right to tighten them to your body.
The only real issue with this chair was the fabric that comes with the baseline model. There’s nothing wrong with it, as it’s high quality and almost as easy to clean as the PU or PVC leather chairs.
However, it definitely started to warm up while sitting in it. It holds onto more of your body heat than the faux-leather upholsteries do. On a 90+ degree day, it could get uncomfortable quickly.
That said, AKRacing makes plenty of chairs with more breathable PU leather upholstery. So, if it’s in the budget and you like everything else about the AKRacing chair, it might be worth that upgrade. A sizing chart available on their website will help ensure that you get a chair that will fit your body type.
The AKRacing Core EX is a high-quality, comfortable chair at an upper mid-range price point that our tester kept using long after testing.
As the second-least expensive option that we tested, the Homall PC Gaming Chair was a pleasant surprise. While certainly not perfect, it was comfortable, with many of the adjustability options some of the higher-priced gaming chairs offer.
The recline was deep and stable, with the added benefit of the tilt feature. The recline comes all the way up to 90 degrees, supporting users even when leaned forward with their back against the neck and lumbar supports. The lumbar and neck support pillows broke in over the course of about an hour, and settled into a reasonably comfortable position.
The biggest knock against this chair is that the arms are not adjustable at all. And, unfortunately, they simply aren’t placed well, preventing our tester from dropping their elbows onto them in a natural typing position. At the natural height for the chair, the armrests hit the top of the test desk, and couldn’t actually slide under the desk at all without lowering to a less optimal height.
At the price point, this is a solid choice. Overall, it was quite comfortable. There are just a few minor inconveniences that keep it away from the top.
As the most expensive chair that we tested, the SecretLab Omega sets itself apart right from the start with the packaging. Unboxing isa carefully-managed brand experience complete with welcome letters, a massive 2’x3’ instruction card, and an offer for an extended warranty if buyers post a picture on social media. Even the foam packaging in the box is higher-quality than any other chair on this list.
When the actual chair components came out, it was clear that we were on a different level from most of the other chairs we tested.
The steel frame is heavy-duty, with standard casters and arms that are fully adjustable in four directions: up and down, side to side, sliding in and out, and angling in and out. There are no plastic parts or mechanisms that will fail over time—every hinge on the chair looks to be sturdy, long-lasting construction and fits solidly in place.
In a pure head-to-head comfort test, the AKRacing Chair has a slight edge. Combined with the difference in price, the AKRaciung easily takes the top spot. That said, the SecretLab Omega is very comfortable.
The seat itself is firm but supportive, with separate tilt and recline functions. It took only a few seconds to adjust the chair, and the little tweaks made over the next few hours made it fit like it had been owned for years.
The crown jewel of comfort for this chair is the construction of the lumbar support and head pillows. They are a soft memory foam wrapped in suede. The pillows are of high enough quality that they could improve the comfort of every other chair.
SecretLab set themselves apart aesthetically as well. We tested the Omega Stealth model, which is one of their more understated designs. It’s black with tasteful red stitching on the seams, and a gold Omega symbol stitched into the backrest. If you have some room in the budget, they have a wide variety of design upgrades to choose from, including many licensed from video games or television. There are plenty of design options to choose from to make this chair reflect your personality and interests.
If you have the budget for it and you love their aesthetic, this is an excellent upgrade. It’s one of those products that was hard to return when testing was over.
The Vertagear SL5000 Gaming Chair is another one of the chairs that we kept using after the official testing was over. Like the Corsair below, it’s made from high-quality PVC leather instead of PU leather, with intricate stitching and accent fabrics.
It features a wide range of adjustability options, including separate recline and tilt, and fully adjustable arms. The Neck pillow fell at just the right height after tweaking those options.
The only drawback with this chair is that the lumbar support is a bit thicker and firmer than some may prefer. It’s likely made of higher quality materials, so it didn’t soften up as much as some of the other chairs did over the few days of testing. That’s simply a matter of preference, so it may not be a drawback to you.
The Vertagear SL5000 Gaming Chair also has a unique option—LED accent lights. While we didn't test this feature, if creating a visual pop in your gaming room or office is important, then those lights can add a unique aesthetic.
Quality often comes at a premium, and if that premium fits your budget, then this is a fantastic option for any gaming room.
When unboxing the Corsair T2 Gaming Chair, the material quality immediately stood out. Based on Corsair’s reputation, that was not at all a surprise. The wheels are roller-blade style with a metal base frame. The cushioning was deep and supportive.
The faux-leather is PVC rather than PU leather, which is a much higher quality fabric than most of the other chairs we tested. The intricate stitching in the back and seat were a visual reminder that the upholstery is a step above. Even the neck and lumbar pillows were an improvement, made of a suede-like material instead of the typical PU leather.
Sitting in it after assembly continued the higher quality feel. It was comfortable, with a full range of adjustability options. The vertical height covers a lot of range, the arms are fully adjustable, and it has tilt and recline on separate controls.
It also has a unique tilt-lock feature, which allows the chair to be set at a certain tilt angle. While a great idea, it was finicky to use and a bit difficult to disengage.
There was only one comfort issue with the Corsair T2. It’s advertised as having a tall back, and it was a bit too tall for our tester’s comfort at 5’7”. The neck support pillow could be pulled down into position, but wouldn’t stay put.
For someone just a few inches taller, this likely wouldn’t be a problem. While this is the most expensive chair we tested, if you’re looking for a premium gaming chair, you can’t get much better than this.
The Anda Seat Phantom 3 may be firmer than a lot of its competition, but its rigidity is in service of upping your posture game. This well-crafted chair will stop your slouching while still remaining relatively comfortable both in the short term and over time.
While we think the Phantom 3 is best for those who are looking to sit up straighter, its high reclining range certainly helps when it’s time to take a load off and relax, making this chair more versatile than many other posture-promoting options we’ve seen.
This is a chair that improved over time. On first use, everything was stiff and uncomfortable. Our tester’s legs kept falling asleep, and they couldn’t find a comfortable position. But over the course of about an hour, everything softened up and it got better. Never truly comfortable, but workable.
Sitting in it for 6-10 hours isn’t recommended, but if you’re looking for something for an hour or two sessions at a time, this could be a good option. It also happens to be one of the lowest-priced gaming chairs we tested.
The GTRacing Pro Series features all of the major adjustability options. It has moveable and removable neck and lumbar supports, separate tilt and recline, arms that go in and out, up and down, and a solid range of height options. The fabric is durable and easy enough to clean, and while the base and wheels are made of plastic, they seem to be of decent quality.
This is one of those solid, middle-of-the-road budget options. This wasn’t a particularly comfortable chair, but it wasn’t actively uncomfortable.
Aesthetically, the Arozzi Milano fits the gaming chair model to a T. We tested the black and red version, which was sleek and eye-catching. The pleather upholstery didn’t trap heat the way fabric can, was easy to clean, and didn’t show any sign of damage after scratching it with a fork.
Unfortunately, those positive qualities are mostly superficial. When it came to the most important thing—comfort—the Arozzi Milano Gaming Chair simply didn’t measure up. We never found a configuration that was comfortable, as the chair isn’t all that adjustable.
There are other chairs on the market that are inherently comfortable without needing a lot of adjustability features. The Arozzi Milano, unfortunately, is not one of them.
The lumbar support can go up and down, but the thick, firm pad pushed against the back instead of supporting it. Although it is a high backed chair, there’s no neck support to speak of.
While the chair did tilt solidly and easily, the lack of a true recline function made it hard to get comfortable when pushing against itk. It became uncomfortably painful after the first half-hour.
The BestOffice PC Gaming Chair is the cheapest gaming chair that we tested, and it shows. The adjustment options are limited, and the seat itself is flat, hard, and uncomfortable. The seat did break in a bit over time, but never enough to be called comfortable.
The biggest disappointment was the integrated neck and lumbar support. A chair that didn’t rely on pillows for support was a welcome change, but we ultimately found that we preferred the pillows.
The lumbar support on this chair had no adjustability whatsoever, and our tester gave up on it before the end of the three-hour testing period after experiencing back pain.
This is a barebones chair with a barebones price tag. If you’re looking for a more comfortable chair at a better price, we recommend the Homall PC Gaming Chair instead.
Jean Levasseur is a product tester for Reviewed, writer, woodworker, and avid gamer. Almost every full-time job he’s had has involved sitting for most of the day in front of a computer, so between that, his writing, and gaming, he has spent a lot of hours butt-in-chair.
Testing the above chairs, Levasseur primarily played COD: Warzone, Spellbreak, and Baldur’s Gate 3, which he’s been waiting for for a VERY long time.
How We Test
Testing gaming chairs is a long process, but pretty straightforward. First is assembly and setup. Our testers unbox everything, set a timer, and put the chair together.
Once assembled, the chairs were maneuvered to the testing area. From there, our tester sits in each chair until they find a relatively comfortable starting position for the real trial: sitting and playing video games.
Whether gaming or working, we try out all of the different features of each chair. That includes reclining, leaning forward, tilting, and moving up and down. We try to sit in each chair for a minimum of three hours over the course of a day, though a few are sometimes too uncomfortable to make it that long.
We make notes about comfort and adjustability, and how the tester’s body feels overall after an extended period of time.
From there, we put each chair through a few basic wear tests. The first of these was a scratch test, which included dragging a fork over the fabric of each chair a few times, not trying to puncture, but with some pressure.
Then crumbs and yogurt were spilled on various parts of the chair, let sit, and cleaned it up. We tracked any damage to the chair, how easy the fabric was to get clean, and whether there were any noticeable stains left behind.
How to Choose the Best Gaming Chair for You
There are so many different styles of office/computer chair that it can be difficult to know what you’re even looking for. When it comes to gaming chairs, here are a few key features that you should look for:
First and most important is ergonomics. Gamers often put in long sessions and need a chair that can keep their backs free from aches and stiffness over multiple hours.
Most computer chairs on the market have at least some level of lumbar support. A gaming chair should take that to the next level. Whether it’s a memory-foam lumbar pillow or fully-adjustable lumbar support, your back should feel completely taken care of.
But a great gaming chair should also provide ergonomic support all the way up to the head and neck. When getting up from a great gaming chair after a few hours of Call of Duty, players shouldn’t hear any creaking or complaints from their bones.
The second necessary feature of gaming chairs is adjustability. Depending on the game and the input (controller or keyboard and mouse), each person is going to sit in a different position, and needs a chair with the flexibility to accommodate that.
Adjustable ergonomics are the gold standard, but many gaming chairs offer a wide range of height, tilt, and recline options. Some of our favorite chairs even had fully adjustable armrests. The most comfortable gaming chairs have recline and tilt as separate functions rather than one or the other. The more the chair could be tuned to a user’s body, the longer their sessions can go.
The last feature that we felt defines gaming chairs is aesthetics. A gaming chair should ideally look the part. No simple leather rectangles stacked on rectangles.
Gaming chairs should make you look and feel like you’re sitting in a race car or spaceship. If someone doesn’t walk into your office and say “wow, that’s a cool chair,” is it really a gaming chair?
Our final piece of advice is that the best way to test a gaming chair is to go to a store and try one, even if you can’t find the exact model you want already assembled in a store. They feel very different on your body than a traditional office chair does, and it’s not a form that works for everyone. So make sure that the style is for you before committing hundreds of dollars.
Jean Levasseur became a professional writer over a decade-long career in marketing, public relations, and technical writing. After leaving that career to stay home to care for his twin boys, Jean has continued to write in a variety of freelance roles, as well as teaching academic writing at a local university. When he's not reviewing tools or chasing toddlers around the house, he's also an avid fiction writer and a growing woodworker.
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