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Best gaming chairs 2021: tested for play and work

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The best gaming chairs combine ergonomic support with easy assembly and, crucially, value for money. In recent years, competition has exploded onto the marketplace, with more brands than ever seeking claiming to offer the best gaming chair. We've put these high flyers to the test, treating our rears to the very latest gaming chairs to find the real winners among the pack. 

Of course, these stylish chairs pair gorgeously with the best gaming PCs and best gaming desks you can get right now, but we've always held the finest gaming chairs up to the mantra of being perfect for both work and play, as it's likely we'll be working in them for just as long, too. 

Given that the best gaming chairs are normally packed with all kinds of features, such as 4D armrests, headrest and lumbar pillows, and reclining functionality, they tend to carry a fairly high price tag to boot. If you're interested in scoring something a little more modest for your money, our picks for the best cheap gaming chair deals should point you in the right direction; there are many options for well under $100/£100

Today's best gaming chair deals

Editor's choice
Secretlab Omega Stealth (2020) | $399

Secretlab Omega Stealth (2020) | $399 $359 at Secretlab
Save $40 - There's no wonder that the Omega has been Secretlab's premier brand for so long; it's fantastic. Because it's received a healthy discount in the Black Friday sale, it's well worth taking a look at what has been one of our favorite seats for years.
UK deal - £319 £284 at Secretlab

Best gaming chairs - our top picks

best gaming chair: Secretlab Titan Evo 2022

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1. Secretlab Titan Evo 2022

The best just got an upgrade

Specifications
Seat depth (S/R/XL): 18.9"/19.3"/19.7"
Seat width (S/R/XL): 17.7"/18.5"/19.3"
Height (S/R/XL): 50-52.8"/51.2-54"/53.1-56.9"
Max weight (lbs): 285/285/395
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable magnetic headrest+Class-leading build and materials+4-way lumbar support 
Reasons to avoid
-No memory foam lumbar cushion-More expensive than older chairs

Secretlab has combined the old Titan and Omega series for the excellent Titan Evo 2022 which now comes in small, regular, and extra-large variants that will cater to a greater selection of body types than before and all sizes come with the same excellent features. The hard and raised edges of the old Omega seat have been flattened out for a much more comfortable seat that doesn't stop you from sprawling out a bit.

A newly-designed integrated lumbar support can be adjusted not only outwards, but up and down too and combine that with a magnetic headrest (no more ugly straps) that will stick attach at various heights, and you can ensure a personalized comfort for your head and back that others chairs simply can't compete with.

4D armrests (with swappable magnetic ones coming very soon too), a full-recline mode, quality build-materials and a wide range of styles to choose from ensures you'll be able to find one you love whether than be in the smooth leatherette finishes or one of the softweave models (now more durable than the previous-gen chairs). With a warranty lasting up to five years, you can be assured it's a worthy investment.

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Secretlab Omega 2020

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Secretlab Omega 2020

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2. Secretlab Omega 2020

Still one of the best gaming chairs around

Specifications
Seat depth: 24in
Seat width: 26.7in
Height: 48.8in - 53.5in
Max weight: 242lbs
Reasons to buy
+Extensive adjustability+Work and play in comfort+Discounted to make way for the new Titan Evo
Reasons to avoid
-Will be phased out for the newer model

The Secretlab Omega is still one of our all-time favorite gaming chairs, but expect it to be phased out now to make way for the revamped Secretlab Titan Evo 2022, which will cover the Omega's size category. That does mean you might get lucky and get the Omega at a much cheaper price than usual. We've spent a lot of time in these chairs, working by day, then pulling that recline lever to chill out in front of the TV or staying put at our desk for some gaming. Height settings, 4D armrests, and a range of recline and rockback features make this one of the most versatile gaming chairs on the market for work or play.

Unlike the newer chairs, all Omega's come with the excellent memory foam lumbar support cushion which we still enjoy using every day. The plush memory foam headrest still holds up too.

Secretlab doesn't just do a few basic colors, either. Head on over to the official website and you can choose from a wide range of styles inspired by licenses like Batman, Game of Thrones, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Cyberpunk 2077, and more. Oh, and those patterns aren't printed on. They're fully embroidered for a classy finish that makes other branded chairs look tacky by comparison.

Secretlab Omega SoftWeave 2020

Secretlab Omega SoftWeave 2020
Comfortable, and crafted with a high-quality, soft, and breathable material instead of leather this is a fine alternative for years of gaming and desk working. You get all the same qualities as the regular Omega of course including the almost decadently delightful memory foam lumbar pillow and headrest. It won't be around much longer now, but that means you can pick it up for far less than the new Evo line.

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3. Brazen Puma

The best gaming chair on a budget

Specifications
Length: 27.1in (69cm)
Width: 27.1in (69cm)
Height: 43.3in - 47.2in (110cm - 120cm)
Max weight: 264.5lbs (120kg)
Reasons to buy
+Sturdy and supportive+Easy to build+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Short

If you're looking for the best gaming chair but don't want to break the bank, Brazen is an excellent place to start. Besides offering more affordable seats than most, Brazen deftly balances price with quality. They don't feel cheap or nasty, and they provide a surprisingly comfortable experience no matter whether you're working at home or gaming. 

The Brazen Puma is no different. Even though it's on the short side, it's excellently made and passes the comfort test with flying colors. Because it's fitted with pleather and mesh over foam, it's also cosy over long periods of time - more so than a few pricier alternatives we could name, actually.

Best of all, it's easy to construct. The Puma took far less time to put together than the likes of an AndaSeat or Noblechairs unit, and that's a welcome bonus.

Alright, so the branding is a bit much. But if you can see past that, the Brazen Puma is one of the best gaming chairs for those wanting to save money without compromising on comfort.

best gaming chairs: Secretlab Titan

4. Secretlab Titan 2020

The best gaming chair for taller people

Specifications
Length: 23.6in (60cm)
Width: 28in (71cm)
Height: 50.3in - 54in (128cm-137cm)
Max weight: 286lbs (130kg)
Reasons to buy
+Wider seat with flatter edges+Excellent build quality+Built-in adjustable lumbar support...
Reasons to avoid
-....but it's a bit hard

The 2020 Secretlab Titan is also on its way out now that the Titan Evo series has landed. The newer version sports an improved lumbar support system that can be moved up and down instead of just in and out. Expect prices to be much lower on this model than the Evo line, but stock might dry up fast now if you want to grab a bargain on what was the best gaming chair for taller folk for a few years. This Titan and the XL model, are still great for larger frames and taller people with a recommended height between 5'9" and 6'7". The wider seat ditches the hard vertical edges found on the Secretlab Omega too and is much better for sitting in more relaxed positions.

You get a removable memory foam head cushion, but unlike the Omega, you don't get a lumbar support one too. Instead, a dial on the side of the chair adjusts a built-in lumbar support. We prefer the cushion in all honesty as this built-in version feels a lot harder, although it still does a great job. Otherwise, the chair is the same as the excellent Omega model with 4D armrests and a fantastic set of recline features that make this a great chair for work and play at the desk and also very well-suited to being rolled out in front of the TV too.

Secretlab offers a wide range of colors and styles to choose from in the Titan range and you can see them on the official Secretlab website. If you need something that will support extra weight and height, then you might want to take a look at the Titan XL range there too.

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Respawn Specter

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Respawn Specter

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5. Respawn Specter

The best mesh gaming chair

Specifications
Length: 25.8in (65cm)
Width: 27in (68cm)
Height: 53in (142cm)
Max weight: 275lbs (124kg)
Reasons to buy
+Cooling mesh+Low-profile design+Lumbar support is excellent
Reasons to avoid
-Difficult to construct solo

Sitting at a relatively affordable price-point (for gaming chairs, anyway), the Respawn Specter emphasizes understated elegance. As well as providing all the support your back needs, it delivers a classy look that stands out. This is a grown-up seat in both design and function.

Comfort is so important to your physical health, and that's what makes the Specter one of the best gaming chairs; it's cosy enough to get you through long gaming sessions but will still support your lower back while you're working from home (plus, it doesn't look too garish with loud colors or edgy patterns). When combined with the attractive mesh back that keeps you cool even in the height of summer, it's an excellent purchase you're unlikely to regret.

Overall, then? You're getting a sleek, low-profile chair that's incredibly comfortable despite an absence of leather-wrapped cushions. It's a must-have.

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6. Corsair T3 Rush

The best mid-range gaming chair

Specifications
Length: 22in (56cm)
Width: 22.8in (58cm)
Height: 34.8in (88.5cm)
Max weight: 264.5lbs (120kg)
Reasons to buy
+Keeps you cool+Reasonably priced+Comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-A bit plain

Long gaming sessions can get hot and stuffy at the best of times due to the heat pumped out by your console or PC, and even many of the best gaming chairs make that worse with pleather upholstery which traps heat. Not so with the Corsair T3 Rush. This is a seat designed to keep you cool even after hours of play, and that's a godsend in summer.

Thanks to a soft fabric exterior, the T3 Rush is very breathable - it doesn't retain heat in quite the same way as leather (or imitation leather) alternatives. That means you can stay frosty in both senses of the word. And because Corsair are behind the product, you know it'll last. That brand is one of the best in the business when it comes to PC gaming peripherals.

'4D' armrests that can be adjusted in any direction don't hurt either, of course. The memory foam cushion and lumbar support is equally welcome. In short, this is a fantastic product from a very respectable name.

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7. Noblechairs Hero

The best gaming chair for work and play

Specifications
Length: 26.3in (67cm)
Width: 27.1in (69cm)
Height: 50.1in - 53.5in (127.5cm - 136cm)
Max weight: 330lbs (150kg)
Reasons to buy
+A refined-looking chair+Perfect for gaming and office work+Excellent quality
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Looking for a higher-quality chair? If you've got the budget to pay for it, this fancy offering from Noblechairs is perfect. Designed to work as an office chair as well as a gaming one, it'll take a day at work or a World of Warcraft session in its stride thanks to superior building materials.  The fact that it avoids garish colors and a racing-style bucket seat helps it feel classy, too.

Offering a firm back and seat to encourage better posture (seriously, your future self will thank you), the Noblechairs Hero is ideal for long stints at your desk. Because the armrests can be adjusted to suit you, it'll also fit into most setups. Just bear in mind that's bigger than you may think. This is a substantial piece of kit, and it gives off a sense of reliable sturdiness as a result.

If you're looking for a flashy chair with lots of gimmicks, this might not be it. But for someone who fancies a dependable, well-made chair that'll last you for years and help out your back? The Hero is arguably the best gaming chair available.

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AndaSeat T-Pro 2 Series review

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AndaSeat T-Pro 2 Series review

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8. AndaSeat T-Pro 2 Series

The best gaming chair for bigger people

Specifications
Length: 23in (58cm)
Width: 23.8in (60cm)
Height: 51.8in - 54.3in (132cm - 138cm)
Max. weight: 441lbs (200kg)
Reasons to buy
+Fabric instead of leather keeps it cooler+160 degree recline mechanism
Reasons to avoid
-Not built for anyone below 5'10"-Lumbar cushion too big

There are a few brand names that dominate the gaming scene; Noblechairs, Secretlab, and DXRacer are the main ones. But AndaSeat has been quietly releasing chair after chair, hoping to catch up to the competition, and the AndaSeat T-Pro 2 Series is the latest in a long line of increasingly successful gaming chairs from them.

While a lot of gaming chairs on the market are leather-based, the T-Pro 2 Series opts for a much cooler fabric, and as a result, offers a few different color options like grey, black, and dark blue. Nothing that will stand out too much, which means this chair would be right at home in an office setting or a non-gaming environment, for any gamers out there currently working from home but don't want to display their ultra gaming chair on Zoom calls with their boss. The AndaSeat logo is hidden behind your back whenever you're sat on it and aside from the racing shape, it's quite a smart design.

The biggest drawback to the T-Pro 2 Series is the fact it's built for tall people, so if you're under about 5'10, you're not going to get the most out of this chair. The backrest height is about 34", which means that the head cushion will be too high to rest on the back of your head if you're below that. The lumbar cushion can also be too large in the 90 degree angle depending on how you sit. It's an expensive chair too, coming in at $550 / £450, but as long as you meet the recommended height, it's one of the comfiest gaming chairs you can use.

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Iskur X

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Iskur X

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9. Razer Iskur X

The best gaming chair for Razer fans

Specifications
Length: 23.6in (60cm)
Width: 25.2in (64cm)
Height: 50.4in - 54.3in (128cm - 138cm)
Max weight: 299lbs (136kg)
Reasons to buy
+Striking design +Very comfortable +It's Cheaper than the first one
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks lumbar support -Still expensive for what you get

We reviewed this chair recently and came away relatively pleased with its design and ergonomics on the whole. It should be noted, the Iskur X is very much the 'cheaper' of the two chairs - though when the asking price is still as high as it is - we're more comfortable recommending this variant - at least at the retail price of $399/£399. 

Razer's commitment to aesthetics is still very much alive and well through the black/green color scheme - which is accented beautifully through the stitching that accents the entire chair. The recommended height is 6'2 and the weight limit is 299lbs - if you fit within that range - and have the money - give it a shot. 

At the same time, this model lacks the coveted lumbar support and 4D armrests of the first edition - which could be a deal-breaker for some. Regardless, the Iskur X is a comfortable chair that does the job it sets out to do, even if it commands a cost. 

Read more: Razer Iskur X review

 

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AndaSeat Fnatic Edition

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AndaSeat Fnatic Edition

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10. AndaSeat Fnatic Edition

The best branded gaming chair

Specifications
Length: 34.2in (86.9cm)
Width: 22.8in (57.9cm)
Height: 52.6"-54.8n (133.6cm - 139.2cm)
Max weight: 441lbs (200kg)
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly comfortable+Wide in the leg+Fantastic lower back support
Reasons to avoid
-Head cushion is too hard-A little difficult to build

If you're looking for a gaming chair that provides comfort regardless of your size, and adjustable memory foam cushions for that ultimate ergonomic support, then you'll want to consider the AndaSeat Fnatic Edition. Made from premium PVC, this is also an impressive-looking chair that uses its orange accents to its advantage. Yes, this is a branded chair, but even if you're not a huge Fnatic supporter, the branding is subtle enough that it's easy to ignore - especially as it's invisible at a face-on view or when you're sitting in it. 

It has plenty of adjustments on offer, too, from 4D armrest movements and back adjustments to a Leisure Mode that lets you unlock the recline for a little more relaxation during those long gaming sessions. Thankfully though, the comfort and ergonomics on offer make this perfect for working from home too. It's a little fiddly to put together, and on the more expensive side, but the AndaSeat Fnatic is one of the comfiest gaming chairs around. 

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11. NeueChair

The best gaming chair for offices

Specifications
Length: 27in (69cm)
Width: 23.6in (60cm)
Height: 44in (112cm)
Max weight: 240lbs (108.8kg)
Reasons to buy
+Attractive but understated+Durable and supportive+Classy
Reasons to avoid
-Inserting casters is a pain

Want a chair that doesn't feel like it'd be at home in an arcade? The Secret Labs NeueChair is exactly what you're looking for. A subtle design gives it a highly professional air, and that's only complemented by the metallic base and mesh back. Secret Labs have done away with racier bucket seats and angular cutouts in this case, and it's a move that really pays off.

Speaking of that mesh back, it's a dream for ventilation. Because you're not resting against a pleather slab that traps heat and melts you into a puddle of clammy sweat, it's comfortable even when gaming or working in the summer.

The NeueChair's classy appearance means it's one of the best gaming chairs that'd fit right in at an office, too. Need a new chair for work or your home workspace? This is an excellent choice, particularly because it also features lumbar support, grippy armrests, and a hard-wearing aluminium frame for good measure.

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12. Corsair T2 Road Warrior

The best gaming chair for long sessions

Specifications
Length: 19.7in (50cm)
Width: 22in (56cm)
Height: 34.6in (88cm)
Max weight: 300lbs (136kg)
Reasons to buy
+Very comfortable+Breathable material+Rollerskate wheels to protect flooring
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

If you're looking for the best gaming chairs, it's likely that you'll be spending a lot of time parked in whatever you choose. And if that's the case, you want something that's still comfortable hours after you sat down. That's where the Corsair T2 Road Warrior excels.

A very handsome number that blends faux-leather with perforated cushioning, textured armrests with 4D movement, and lumbar support covered with microfibre, it's a premium chair without the premium price tag. You can tell that a lot of thought has gone into this one; odd though it may sound, it's a pleasure to sit in. We'd expect nothing less from the likes of Corsair.

The perforated cushioning is also a big selling point. This helps keep you cool and allows the chair to 'breathe', meaning it won't trap heat and reduce you to a boiling, sweaty mess. The rollerblade-style wheels allow the T2 to move across any surface without leaving a mark, too - perfect if you have lino flooring. Additionally, the steel skeleton underneath means it isn't a five-minute wonder. The Road Warrior is built to last.

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13. AK Racing Core Series EX Gaming Chair

A great mid-range gaming chair

Specifications
Length: 19.7in (50cm)
Width: 20.9in (53cm)
Height: 52.8in (134cm)
Max weight: 330lbs (150kgs)
Reasons to buy
+Strong metal frame+Long lasting foam cushions+Comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Not an obvious quality jump for the price

You don't have to spend a fortune to get your hands on the best gaming chair. The AK Racing Core Series EX proves that point. A sturdy metal frame and cosy foam means that it's built to last, and this seat should still be going strong years down the line. AK is a well-respected brand when it comes to gaming chairs, too - you know you're getting a good product you can rely on. 

It's pricier than budget-level entries, sure, but the Racing Core is worth spending extra cash on if you can spare it. The build-quality is a few steps above cheaper models, and it includes that all-important lumbar support. This model looks great as well with a slightly more subdued, professional appearance. What's more, you can choose between black, white, red, and blue accents to go with its pleather surface.

As with many other suggestions amongst our picks for the best gaming chair, the Racing Core also features adjustable armrests and the means to alter height, tilt, and the seat. That means you can tweak it to suit you.

Best gaming chairs - everything you need to know

While we'd heartily recommend all of the above chairs, we have to admit many of the prices are pretty steep on some of our favorites. For a comparison on the cheaper end of the scale, check out our roundup of the latest gaming chair deals as you'll find plenty of budget options. They aren't models we've tested for ourselves, but we've picked out ones that have strong user-review scores from a larger number of buyers.

What are the best gaming chair brands?

Gaming chairs have come a long way in recent years, with more brands pitching their own seats than ever. That means there's more competition out there these days, with some pretty high price tags sometimes accompanying brand new features and designs. The best gaming chair brands, from what we've seen in our testing, are SecretLab, Noblechairs, Andaseat, and Corsair, with brands like Respawn, Brazen, and AKRacing offering some of the best gaming chairs on a budget. 

Why buy a gaming chair?

Whether you're not sure if the aesthetic is right for your space, or you're concerned you won't actually be getting the best ergonomic design, it's easy to wonder whether you should buy a gaming chair or simply pick up an office chair. 

While gaming chairs are, obviously, made for a gaming market though, there are plenty of reasons those working from home or looking to upgrade their office experience could look to the world of racing backs and bucket seats. At their core, gaming chairs are built to withstand long seated sessions while providing as much adjustability as possible. That's a recipe for a particularly comfortable place to rest your rear. 

Office chairs often limit your ability to customize, only offering up and down adjustments on arm rests and a slight tilt on the back rest itself. However, you'll routinely find armrests moving in three or four directions, up to 180 degree seat recline, and flexible head and lumbar support cushions in even the cheapest of gaming chairs. To pick up these features in an office chair would cost far more as well. 

So gaming chairs provide more ergonomic support for less, but we still have aesthetics to deal with. If you're looking to install your new chair into a shared space, or need something a little more professional for video meetings, the bright, bold colors and larger frames of the best gaming chairs might not be suitable. 

There is a growing trend in this space for more subtle designs, so there are more subdued models out there. You don't have to pick up a bright pink gaming chair to get affordable comfort anymore. However, if you are erring on the side of something a little more office-worthy it's recommended that you spend a little extra on something that has the same ergonomic features.

We've also rounded up the best gaming chairs for PS5, PS4, and Xbox. However, if you're looking for a full setup we'd recommend checking out the best gaming laptop and best gaming monitor models around. We're also rounding up all the best gaming mouse options and best gaming keyboards as well. 

You'll also find plenty of discounts up for grabs this time of year, for example this year's Black Friday gaming laptop deals look set to offer plenty of low prices on upgrades, and you'll find a range of Black Friday gaming PC deals on the shelves over the next few weeks as well.

Benjamin Abbott

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to Lego buying guides. I've been writing about games in one form or another for almost a decade (with bylines ranging from Metro.co.uk to TechRadar) and joined the GamesRadar+ team in 2018. I can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.