Many of us have been gaming more than ever in 2020 – not a surprise considering the ongoing pandemic. And while there’s nothing quite like settling down for a long session with your favourite title, it’s just not the same if you’ve not got a comfy chair.
The gaming chair market is a busy place, though, and there’s a lot to consider before you invest in a new piece of furniture. You’ve got to think about the adjustment options it offers, its shape, the fabric it’s made from and whether it includes neck and lumbar support. They’re all fundamentals that will influence how comfortable you’ll be in any chair.
Beyond that, it’s worth considering the aesthetics – some companies produce subtle chairs that wouldn’t look out of place in an office, while others build wild designs that pay homage to popular game franchises, TV shows, films and esports teams. And then, obviously, there’s the price – you can spend more than £600 on a high-end chair that ticks every luxury box, but you can find good units that cost a quarter of that amount.
We’ve found six of the best gaming chairs, from genuine bargains to extravagant, comfortable chairs, and we’ve even found options that are good for kids.
What’s the best gaming chair to buy?
Our top pick for the best gaming chair right now is the Secretlab Titan (from £399). Supremely comfortable, with versatile adjustment options and a robust construction, it’s also highly customisable.
View the Secretlab Titan from £399 on Secretlab
The best budget gaming chair we’ve tested? That’s the GTRacing Pro (£149). It’s a classic design that makes compromises in all the right places.
View the GTRacing Pro for £149 on GTRacing
And the best gaming chair for kids and petite gamers is Arozzi’s Verona Junior (£198). Recommended for players up to 5 foot 2 in height and 60kg, it’s easy to build and nice and adjustable.
View the Arozzi Verona Junior for £198 on Arozzi
WIRED Recommends: The Secretlab Titan is comfortable, adjustable and beautifully constructed
Maximum weight: 130kg | Frame construction: Steel | Materials available: Leather, PU Leather, Fabric | Armrests: 4-way | Backrest angle: 85-165° | Height adjustment: 95mm | Head and lumbar adjustment: head pillow included, lumbar integrated | Dimensions: 740 x 700 x 1340mm | Weight: 35kg | Warranty: 3yr
The Secretlab Titan is the most expensive chair here – it starts at £399 and rises to £699, depending on the material you choose – but there’s no denying that it justifies the cost with tremendous quality and features.
It’s got broad adjustment options, from four-way armrests to height, backrest and tilt movement, and it’s the only chair in this group to include built-in, adjustable lumbar support. There’s a neck pillow, too. Build quality is fantastic, movements are smooth, and the chair is supremely comfortable: the cold foam padding strikes a fantastic balance between a soft feel and a firmer, supportive construction. It also lacks the more pronounced seat and backrest wings of some products, so you’re less likely to feel hemmed in.
When it comes to day-to-day use, the Titan is outstanding – comfortable, adjustable and robust. It’s recommended for people up to 200mm in height and 130kg in weight, which is relatively generous, and the generosity continues elsewhere – its three-year warranty is good, and it can be extended to five years if you post a picture of your chair to social media.
We’re fans of the comfortable SoftWeave fabric used on this chair and both the PU leather and real leather options are classy. The Titan goes further than anything else in terms of customisation, too: there are four fabric patterns available and a mighty 27 PU Leather options, ranging from different colours to designs based around esports teams, games franchises and comic books. There’s also an XL version that supports heights up to 208cm and weights up to 180kg.
The only slight issue concerns those movement options – you’ll be able to find the odd chair with more backrest and height adjustment.That’s a tiny quibble that won’t affect most people, though. Everywhere else, the Titan leads the market in key categories – it’s extremely comfortable, very adjustable and rock-solid.
Pros: Versatile adjustment options; supremely comfortable; loads of designs
Cons: Expensive; some chairs have slightly more adjustment
Price: From £399 | Check price on Secretlab | Amazon
The best mid-range gaming chair
Maximum weight: 120kg | Frame construction: Steel | Materials available: Leather, PU leather, vinyl | Armrests: 4-way | Backrest angle: 90-135° | Height adjustment: 100mm | Head and Lumbar adjustment: head and lumbar pillows included | Dimensions: 870 x 565 x 1395mm | Weight: 28kg | Warranty: 2yr
There’s not a huge gap between the Noblechairs Epic (£299) and the Secretlabs Titan on the surface. Both are premium chairs, both have similar shapes and both are extremely comfortable – the Epic shares the same great balance of firmness and softness as the Titan.
The Noblechairs unit is easy to build and has great build quality – it’s not quite as robust as the weighty Titan but there’s very little between them and you’ll be easily sated by the Epic. It’s got superb four-way armrests, 100mm of height adjustment and a backrest that leans back to 135° – not quite as far as the Titan, but enough for most people.
Similarly, the 120kg weight limit is fine, but 10kg short of the Titan. The Epic has head and lumbar pillows rather than in-built lumbar support, but that’s easily good enough at this price. If you want in-built lumbar support and a higher weight limit, the Noblechairs Hero costs £349.
The Epic is available in high-quality PU leather, leather and vinyl, with prices differing between the materials. They’re sold in a solid selection of patterns, but you don’t get a fabric option and the Titan had a broader range of designs.
Ultimately, it’s an impressive bit of kit: robust, versatile, good-looking and very comfortable. The Titan may have a bit more in terms of adjustment in some categories, but the Epic is a fantastic and more affordable alternative.
Pros: Superb quality throughout; decent adjustment options; great comfort levels
Cons: Some more adjustment available elsewhere; no in-built lumbar adjustment
Price: £299 | Check price on Currys | Amazon | Overclockers
Arozzi Verona Junior
The best gaming chair for kids
Maximum weight: 60kg | Frame construction: Steel | Materials available: PU leather | Armrests: 2-way | Backrest angle: 90-165° | Height adjustment: 90mm | Head and Lumbar adjustment: head and lumbar pillows included | Dimensions: n/a | Weight: 18kg | Warranty: 2yr
Not everyone needs a full-size gaming chair. If you’re petite or if you’re buying for your kids, the Arozzi Verona Junior (£198) is the best option. It’s recommended for people up to 5 feet 2 inches tall and up to a maximum weight of 60kg.
Outside of its size, the Arozzi features everything you’d want from a high-quality gaming chair. It’s got solid build quality, bold colours, neck and lumbar support pillows and two-day adjustable armrests alongside height and backrest adjustment. It’s comfortable, pretty easy to build, and weighs half as much as some of the biggest chairs on the market. It’s also available in a quartet of different colours, and uses the classic gaming chair design, with wings on the seat and backrest.
There aren’t many big issues here. The lack of a locking mechanism for armrest rotation is irritating, and some of the plastic around the chair feels a little cheap. At this price, that’s hardly a surprise.
If you want to start your kids’ gaming rig off or don’t need a huge gaming chair, though, the Verona Junior is impressive – a neat alternative to full-size seats.
Pros: Ideal for smaller individuals; solid adjustment options; affordable and easy to build
Cons: Some cheap plastic; relatively low weight limit; no armrest locking
Price: £195 | Check price on Arozzi | Amazon
Corsair T3 Rush
The best gaming chair for the office
Maximum weight: 120kg | Frame construction: Steel | Materials available: Nylon | Armrests: 4-way | Backrest angle: 90-180° | Height adjustment: 100mm | Head and Lumbar adjustment: head and lumbar pillows included | Dimensions: 650 x 560 x 1390mm | Weight: 22.5kg | Warranty: 2yr
Corsair’s third chair, the T3 Rush (£249), is the most mature unit in this group, which is why it’s an ideal halfway house between the gaming and office worlds – perfect if you’re working from home and want to enjoy some after-hours gameplay.
The Corsair’s fabric coating is extremely soft, the foam beneath is comfortable, and the mix of charcoal, grey and white designs look smart. The Corsair’s shape is more subtle than most of its rivals, too – the seat is not quite as thick, the wings aren’t as pronounced, and the shape isn’t so angular. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re trying to project a more business-friendly image on Zoom calls during the day, although if you’re a larger user then you may not find this chair as accommodating as some others.
Elsewhere the Corsair has solid adjustment options including four-way armrests and both lumbar and neck pillows, and the more modest design means a relatively lightweight 22.5kg body.
The T3’s £249 price is good, although that does mean that the Corsair pairs its more pared-back design with a plastic base, rather than metal. That’s an easy trade-off to make if you want a chair that looks, say we say, slightly more grown-up than some options. If you need a chair for work and play, this is the one.
Pros: Mature, professional looks; broad adjustment options; comfortable fabric coatingCons: Modest shape; some plastic used; not many design options
Price: £249 | Check price on Amazon | Ebuyer
A high-end alternative
Maximum weight: 110kg; Frame construction: Steel; Materials available: Leather, PU Leather, Fabric; Armrests: 4-way; Backrest angle: 85-165°; Height adjustment: 95mm; Head and Lumbar adjustment: head and lumbar pillows included; Dimensions: 700 x 700 x 1355mm; Weight: 30kg; Warranty: 3yr
The Secretlab Omega starts at £349, which makes it a little cheaper than the Titan, and it’s a more conventional gaming chair – its backrest and seat have more pronounced wings, which make the unit feel like it’s wrapping around you as you’re playing.
The Omega still delivers exceptional quality. It has rock-solid construction, versatile backrest, height and armrest adjustments, and it’s available in dozens of different design configurations, with comfortable SoftWeave fabric joined by PU leather and real leather. As on the Titan, the unit’s foam balances comfort and stiffness. The only sign that this chair is a little cheaper than its stablemate is the reliance on a lumbar pillow rather than built-in adjustment.
The only issue we’d highlight is the maximum weight of 110kg and the maximum recommended height of 180cm, which may stop some people feeling completely comfortable here. Posting a picture on social media can extend your warranty from three to five years.
If you don’t fancy the Titan’s broad shaper and larger construction, the Omega is a superb, more conventional alternative.
Pros: Extremely comfortable and robust; loads of adjustment; versatile design optionsCons: More restrictive size limits; no in-built lumbar support; pronounced wings
Price: £349 | Check price on Secretlab | Amazon
The best budget gaming chair
Maximum weight: 150kg | Frame construction: Steel | Materials available: PU Leather | Armrests: 1-way | Backrest angle: 90-170° | Height adjustment: 30mm | Head and Lumbar adjustment: head and lumbar pillows included | Dimensions: 540 x 530 x 1320mm | Weight: 22kg | Warranty: 1yr
The GTRacing Pro (£149) is the most affordable chair in this group, but this seat still has a good range of features. Its upper weight limit of 150kg is generous, its backrest has loads of movement, it includes both head and lumbar pillows and it’s made of PU leather around cold-cured foam and with a steel frame. It looks like a conventional gaming chair, with bold winged sides and several colours available, and the seat itself is comfortable for long stretches.
Of course, the lower price does mean compromise. The backrest on the GTRacing Pro isn’t quite as comfy as the seat, some of the plastic and fabric used throughout feels a little cheap and custom tilt angles aren’t supported. The armrests have two-way adjustment, rather than the four-way systems included in pricier products. There could also be more height adjustment included.
These are not dealbreakers when it comes to sitting and enjoying a long gaming session, though, and they’re to be expected when this unit costs half as much as others. It’s affordable, with decent design and solid levels of comfort – so it’s a good bargain option.
Pros: Very affordable; solid seat comfort; classic gaming chair designCons: Not as many adjustment options; occasional build quality issues; middling backrest
Price: £149 | Check price on GT Racing | Amazon