The humble gaming chair is perhaps the centerpiece of any setup; after all, it’s where you’ll park your butt when you play all your games and such. Of course, you want it to be comfortable and supportive in all the right places, and there are plenty of specialized options with a racing seat-style aesthetic, as well as being nice to have features like plenty of tilt so you can lean back. or movable arms and seat cushions for maximum comfort.
This is a list of DF’s favorite gaming chairs, and we’ve tested a few of them over the years at a wide range of prices. From ultra-premium options to value heroes, these picks include some of the biggest names in the business plus a few surprises. We’ll see.
Best Gaming Chair: Herman Miller x Logitech Embody Gaming
- Incredibly comfortable with great adjustability.
- The only gaming chair I have used without removing the arms
- Very very expensive
- Without a headrest, it cannot go horizontally and does not roll well on the carpet
- Check out our review of the Herman Miller Embody gaming chair for more details
Herman Miller Embody Gaming is the chair I keep coming back to, no matter how many other gaming chairs I try. Despite a shorter stature than other models and support that only reaches mid-back, the Embody promotes excellent posture and consistently ranks as the most comfortable chair I’ve tested. It sometimes hurts if I forget to take breaks and walk once in a while, but Embody is the most forgiving of my failures.
Adjustability is a key strength here, with the ability to increase the dimensions of the seat itself, as well as independently adjust the top/bottom backrest. The arms are impressive too, with the ability to be pushed down to fit under basically all desks, raised and extended in or out to suit your current position. This is a very different combination than the usual gaming chair fare, and each feature is one I’ve missed in other models. The material used, along with the smaller design, also makes the chair great for use in hot climates, as racing-style wraparound seat designs tend to trap heat around the body. It’s not as good as a mesh chair, like the Herman Miller Aeron or Ikea Markus, but it’s still a benefit worth taking advantage of.
The Embody gaming chair also looks pretty impressive from behind, with its blue-colored membrane and “spinal” design touches. Of course, it’s virtually invisible when you appear in front of a webcam, as the short back is more or less completely eclipsed by your body, so you don’t get that gamer look that might attract attention (positive or negative) during games. Work meetings. Embody also comes fully assembled, so you don’t need to spend time building it.
So is it worth the high asking price? If you are lucky enough to be able to afford it, then yes. It’s super comfortable, cleverly adjustable and looks fantastic, and should last for years and years. You could also consider the non-kit Embody, which has a slightly slimmer seat and more pedestrian look at a lower price. Other Herman Miller and Steelcase office chairs are also worth considering, although I haven’t had a chance to test other units at a professional level yet.
Best value gaming chair: Noblechairs Hero
- Comfortable with integrated lumbar support dial and tilting seat base
- It doesn’t look childish, with a completely black design and resistant materials.
- Check out our Noblechairs Hero Black review for more details.
The Noblechairs Hero Black Edition is the first gaming chair I tested for Eurogamer and it still holds up to half a dozen more chair tests later. I appreciate its aesthetic, minimal branding and black on black, which is dispensed with useless racing style elements, such as holes for the seat belt to pass through. Beyond its looks, the Hero is a large chair that suits taller people like me well, with a real or faux leather option that feels great but can get a little sweaty on England’s few summer days. every year.
Adjustability is good, with the option to tilt the base of the chair, along with the more common height and tilt adjustment options for the entire chair. The Hero also comes with an integrated lumbar support system, which can offer more or less support depending on how far you turn a plastic wheel on the side of the chair. This works much better than the cheap pillows often included in gaming chairs, which tend to get lost or have their straps break. Finally, Noblechairs has been in this game longer than most and has therefore created much better installation instructions that make the building process easier.
Best gaming chair for backrest: Razer Iskur
The Razer Iskur has another take on the lumbar support idea, with a movable rear section that opens to provide more or less support. It gets the job done with aplomb and also has the advantage of being a much more transparent mechanism than that built into the Herman Miller Embody or Noblechairs Hero – you can actually see what it’s doing rather than feeling more or less supported while you do it. turn a dial. This makes setup easier, especially if you share your chair with someone else and need to reset it to your preferred support level.
Aside from this innovation, the Iskur is otherwise a fairly standard gaming chair, but well built with excellent instructions (which are funnily printed on a huge sheet that you can prop up next to the chair while you work on it). ). It looks harmless enough, especially in the black colourway, while the alternative with green accents will appeal to die-hard Razer fans. The size is again one that will be most comfortable for relatively tall people (my RPS colleague Katharine found it a little big), but the height, arm and tilt controls allow for some adjustability, which is nice.
Then the Iskur is worth considering, and if you fancy the idea of a Razer chair without its lumbar support mechanism, the cheaper Iskur X is also available.
Best fabric chair: Corsair TC200
- Comfortable fabric
- Easily rolls up on carpet
- A little warmth in hot weather
If you don’t like the look or feel of leather, whether fake or real, then a fabric chair might be for you, and the Corsair TC200 is our top pick here. Its fabric cover is comfortable and looks great, whether in light gray and white or dark black. The design here is definitely close to the racing-style bucket seat, with a closed design that feels comforting and warm in the winter, but can get a little sweaty on warm days. The chair is tall and suits taller people or just people who like to cross their legs while playing. It is designed as a successor to the brand’s popular T3 Rush, but with taller people in mind, hence those larger dimensions.
Back support is provided by a plush cushion, while the strictly defined “average person” can use another pillow on the headrest. I’m not the biggest fan of this approach (I prefer the integrated lumbar support solutions from Logitech and Noblechairs), but the cushion is at least comfortable. The head cushion itself feels especially luxurious, with a velvet-like texture and firmness that makes it especially supportive. It is secured by buckles, ensuring that it stays well in place as well. Adjustability is good, with the usual ‘4D’ armrests, seat tilt and height adjustment features, and the wheels here are excellent – they can easily roll across the carpet in our offices. Assembling the TC200 was also simple, and Corsair’s experience with PC cases is reflected in clear instructions and well-designed accessories.
The TC200 is the best fabric chair I’ve tested so far, and if you prefer, it’s also available in a more traditional faux leather, as well as being available in a black or gray finish.
Best non-gaming chair: IKEA Markus
The Markus is a worldwide favorite and combines an airy mesh backrest with a comfortable seat with plenty of traditional Ikea value. It’s by far the cheapest option on this list, although it’s still a significant three-figure investment. For the price, you get a seat that can accommodate both big and small people in a wide variety of colors – our intrepid Rich had a blue model, I had an orange one, and more sensible people opt for a more neutral black or gray. In terms of adjustability, the height and tilt angle can be changed; You can also lock the tilt angle, but that’s it. The arms are fixed in position, but can be removed if you don’t feel like using them (I prefer to stick them under the desk and rest my arms there, but this requires a relatively deep desk). Assembly is also very simple and only requires eleven screws, according to a review on the Ikea website. The Markus comes with a ten-year warranty and Ikea isn’t likely to go away anytime soon, so you should take advantage of this one.
- Affordable and widely available
- The mesh back allows for great ventilation.
- Reasonable build quality and 10-year warranty.
Are gaming chairs worth it?
Some are, but it depends on what you’re looking for. As I discussed in the first gaming chair review I did for Eurogamer in 2020, there are a lot of expensive gaming chairs out there; You’ll certainly pay a premium for any chair with the word “gaming” in the title. Office chairs are a great alternative, as the best ones, like Steelcase and Herman Miller, tend to offer a focus on comfort and ergonomics without that racing seat aspect that ultimately isn’t too relevant to the office. long-term comfort. However, there are some chairs that buck the trend and are better value for money than others within the gaming chair category.
At the end of the day, if you value having a chair that looks like a gaming chair and serves as a visible symbol of your membership in the gaming community, then the recommendations above should help you. If you think gaming chairs are stupid, then that’s okay too and we have a couple of recommendations (right now, Ikea Markus and Herman Miller Embody) that we’ve tested and can recommend for gaming.
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What prejudices do you have?
That’s a great and totally real question, and I’m glad you asked it. I’m a relatively tall guy, so my choices here are based on what I’ve been able to test, which has mainly been gaming chairs on the larger end, as RPs are generally reluctant to send chairs they think are too big. to feel comfortable. If you are shorter, I recommend taking a look at the thoughts of someone who shares your body type. For example, my colleague Katharine Castle at Rock Paper Shotgun posted a great review of the Razer Iskur, which should be quite helpful.
I’m also generally okay with “gamer” looking things, so you might find that your own tastes run closer to the office side. Anyway, I’ve tried to approach this topic objectively, so share your own thoughts in the comments below so we can improve this article.