T3's best gaming chairs guide for 2020 has been created to help gamers, no matter what their budget or body size, find the perfect gaming chair for them.
We spend large portions of each and every year playing games, both on PC and consoles, and we do this while testing out the very best gaming chairs on the market.
We get sent the best chairs for gaming from each of the world's most respective manufacturers – from Secretlab to Nobelchairs, and GTOmega to Vertagear, among many others. We've built and gamed on the best gaming chairs out there, so you can be sure that the seats listed here are quality.
To be very clear, though. Our gaming chair buyer's guide does not just include hyper-expensive gaming thrones that only the very richest gamers can afford, but also budget bargains and brilliant, mid-price all-rounders. We also have included gaming chairs for different body sizes, as well gaming chairs for younger gamers, too.
This is because a quality gaming chair is an essential part of any gaming setup – you want to feel your best when gaming, be that during an epic single player RPG or action-packed multiplayer frag fest, so absolutely shouldn't be let down by poor comfort levels and a lack of beneficial features.
As a result you'll find plenty of PC-focused chairs in this guide as well as top picks for the best gaming chair for PS4, the best gaming chair for Xbox One, the best gaming chair for Nintendo Switch and more, too.
Each gaming chair in this guide comes approved by T3 and we're confident that they will not disappoint.
Lastly, beneath our list of the top gaming chairs available, we've also included some handy tips and information about what to look out for when lining up an upgrade.
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The best gaming chairs 2020: T3's top gaming chair picks
The best gaming chair for most people
Reasons to buy
The first reason you're going to feel drawn to the SecretLab Titan SoftWeave gaming chair is the gorgeous (and very comfortable) SoftWeave fabric, which feels as premium as leather but adds a completely different aesthetic to the looks of the chair. It looks a real stunner, and we're pleased to report that the looks of the chair are matched by excellent build quality.
Throw into the mix superb support for your entire body, one of the best setup guides that we've seen and a toolkit included in the box, and plenty of adjustment options when you've got the chair actually constructed, and it's not difficult to see why this has earned top spot in our best gaming chairs of 2020 list.
In fact the chair is already proving so popular that SecretLab has a backlog of orders that it needs to work through. It has an awful lot going for it, and stands out both in the overall looks and the fit and finish of the Titan SoftWeave. Admittedly it is hardly a budget chair to ring up, but we're certain that you're not going to end up disappointed in your investment.
2. Epic Series Real Leather Chair from NobleChairs
The best premium gaming chair
Reasons to buy
The Epic series gaming chair from Noblechairs is all about combining luxurious leather, best-in-class quality and a classic style reminiscent of high-end racing car seats. It's an easy pick for one of the best gaming chairs of 2020, and we'd recommend adding it to your shortlist if you've got a healthy budget.
This leather-clad beauty is easy to set up and has a high-density cold foam upholstery for maximum comfort – and it's robust too, so it should last you a long time after you've bought it. Be warned, it's one of the bigger chairs in our list, so it won’t do for tight spaces, though.
Overall, if you are shopping at the premium end of the gaming chair market then the Epic Series Real Leather Chair from NobelChairs should be at the top of your list.
3. GTPlayer Gaming Chair
The best gaming chair for affordability
Reasons to buy
If you're shopping for a great gaming chair upgrade on a small budget then the GTPlayer Gaming Chair is a fantastic choice.
Firstly, it is incredibly cheap. Some of the other chairs in this guide cost 3 or 4 times as much, something that really highlights is value.
That value does not mean janky or poor build quality though, or a lack of core features. You get a stylish design finished with smooth bonded leather, added seat and headrest pillows, smooth-rolling casters and excellent manervurability.
The seat itself can swivel a full 360 degrees, while the seat can recline and rock between 90~150 degrees, too, meaning if you want a quick nap between gaming sessions then you can.
The GTPlayer Gaming Chair is available in 5 stylish colourways, too, including White, Blue, Green, Grey and Red. Setup is straightforward as well and each chair comes with a 30-day return guarantee.
Overall, a really strong budget gaming chair package.
4. GT Omega Pro Racing Gaming Chair
A great gaming chair pick for style, comfort and affordability
Reasons to buy
One of the most affordable and best gaming chairs on the list, yet also one of the best-looking, too, the Pro Racing chair from GT Omega is designed with ultimate support in mind.
The back of the chair hugs your back, there's a cushion for lumbar support, and the shoulder support minimises the chance of aches and pains after a day of gaming.
Like most of the chairs in this guide it has a built-in reclining system, which can tilt back to 85 to 160 degrees, as well as position adjusting options for quick naps and modifying the height of the chair too. This multi-purpose chair would work in an office too, but its focus on comfort makes it ideal for gaming.
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5. Secretlab Omega
One of the absolute best gaming chairs for style, comfort and features
Reasons to buy
When it comes to choosing the best gaming chair of 2020, you need to be sure you're getting the right balance between function and comfort. It needs to have the kind of build quality that lasts, but not a price that'll send you into debt. The Secretlab Omega ticks all of these boxes, and more.
The Omega gaming chair is made from PU leather, which makes it a little more affordable than other options, but just as durable, flexible and waterproof. It provides great cushioning and support with cold-cure foam underneath the top layer and comes with velour pillow for extra softness.
Style-wise it manages to straddle the line between a racing car chair that looks like it's designed solely for gamers, and an executive office chair. It comes in black, white, orange and blue, but these colours are accent colours, so even the brighter shades look subtle.
The memory foam in the lumbar and head supports help make long gaming or streaming sessions a comfortable experience, while the tilt mechanism ensures this comfortable leather throne moves with as you shift in its seat. Considering its quality, getting this for less than $359 / £300 is an absolute steal.
6. Vertagear SL5000
The best gaming chair for ensuring a correct posture
Reasons to buy
The Vertagear SL5000 gaming chair is among the very finest gaming chairs available today in terms of ensuring you sit with a great posture while gaming, with loads of support for your neck and back. The whole backrest is adjustable, too, (by 170 degrees) while the armrests can be moved in terms of height and width, meaning that no matter your build or height, you can be totally supported.
The build of the chair, as you would expect from a seat that retails firmly in the mid-range, is very strong, with a sturdy steel frame and slabs of high density resiliant foam. The seat boasts a covering of extra soft vegan friendly PU leather, too, meaning that it feels as good as it looks.
7. GT Omega Element
Simple, streamlined comfort for your gaming sessions
Reasons to buy
The latest Element chair from GT Omega is a real star. Solidly constructed, very comfortable to sit in and made from reassuringly premium materials, the GT Omega Element is just jaw-dropping to behold. And as for the looks, those are just god-tier.
The wide and easily adjusted arm rests are a highlight, too – you can get them exactly right for your particular sitting style, and the same goes for the chair height and tilt as well. Back and shoulder support is good as well, hitting a well-judged balance between providing support and providing a chair that you can still sink into.
As you can see from the image above, the GT Omega Element goes for a sleek and minimalist design. It's subtle and understated, and we like the way it looks – however you've got your gaming desk or den set up, this is a chair that's going to fit right in.
You get extra head and lumbar support cushions included with the chair if you need them, and the price is reasonable too. The way the GT Omega Element is built, you get the impression that this is a chair that's going to last years and years, and you can rely on it to keep you well supported during your gaming adventures.
After prolonged testing we noticed no problems or issues after spending several hours being sat in the Element, and it radiates a confidence that it is going to perform the same amazing job for years to come.
The T3 Awards 2020 judging panel was also wowed by the GT Omega Element and proceeded to bestow upon it the much-coveted Best Gaming Chair award. This really is a quality gaming chair.
8. Brazen Phantom Elite Gaming Chair
A great gaming chair pick for those shopping on a budget
Reasons to buy
A British brand that champions product quality over its marketing budget, BraZen's Phantom Elite gaming chair offers affordable comfort and snug support in a relatively subdued palette of predominantly black with a pop of colour in one of six options to line the trim.
You're rarely going to get subtlety when it comes to logos on such furniture pieces, and BraZen is no different, with the company logo embroidered onto both halves of the chair, along with the neck and lumbar support cushions.
For such a low price, the Phantom offers plenty of room, and its smooth PU leather is wrapped around a sturdy steel frame, bolstered with quilted foam padding, making for a firm but comfortable seat for marathon gaming sessions that won't have you cramping up after a few hours.
Comfort is one of the features that allows the Phantom to double up perfectly as an office chair. Kitted out with a Class 4 gas lift, adjustable armrests, nylon casters, neck and lumbar support cushions, and a butterfly mechanism that allows for height and tilt adjustments, you can go from sitting stock straight, neatly slotted under your desk (thanks to those armrests), to almost a full recline.
If you're looking for something that can transition from work to play to a quick snooze, the BraZen's Phantom is it.
9. Corsair T3 Rush
A great gaming chair for fans of fabric finishes
Reasons to buy
If your budget doesn't stretch to the Secretlab Titan Softweave gaming chair above, then the Corsair T3 Rush is well worth a look as it delivers a similar aesthetic and fabric upholstery, but does it for less money.
The Rush is not just a looker, either, with the seat inspired by performance motorsports and comes loaded with a contoured backrest, padded neck cushion and foam lumbar support, as well as 4D armrests which allow them to be moved in any direction.
The seat's build quality is also very high, with an embedded steel frame granting it a planted, solid presence. As you would expect from a Corsair gaming chair, it also delivers strong seat height adjustment as well as reclining angle (100mm and 180 degrees respectively).
Overall, the Corsair T3 Rush is a very strong gaming chair with fabric upholstery.
10. SecretLab Titan Napa
The best gaming chair made from luxe Napa leather
Reasons to buy
If you thought the Titan from SecretLab was premium, you haven't seen anything yet.
Welcome to the world of ultra premium upholstery, courtesy of the Titan Napa’s biggest selling point – napa leather. Usually found in sports cars and boutique bags, this super soft material makes sitting in the chair the closest you'll ever get to gaming in a bubble bath lined with silk.
You can recline the chair so far back it almost turns into a bed, so whether you're streaming on Twitch or just having a quiet night in with your favourite new game, it's one of the comfiest and best gaming chairs you can buy in 2020... even if it will set you back quite a chunk of change.
11. Noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair
The best gaming chair for a professional, mature design
Reasons to buy
A step up from the Epic series of gaming chairs, comes the Icon from Noblechairs.
The Icon's quality construction and leather surface makes it similar to the Epic, but it's a much more understated design that looks like a fancy office chair rather than racing seat, making it ideal for those who need to maintain an office aesthetic, while adding in premium gaming comfort and features.
This gaming chair also comes in a cheaper, non-leather version made from PU fabric, which is going to appeal to those on a tighter budget.
12. Umi Essentials Gaming Chair
A budget gaming chair with bold design
Reasons to buy
Amazon's own-brand gaming chair, the Umi Essentials, does exactly what you would expect an Amazon brand to do: offer a lot of value around a budget price. If you want the best gaming chair at a decent price, give this one a look.
While it doesn't quite match the premium materials and build quality of some of the other chairs on this list, it's by no means a disappointment – it's still very comfortable to game in, and it's going to last you too.
While, blue, green and red are your colour options, and with adjustable arm rests and the ability to recline the chair up to 150 degrees, there's plenty of flexibility here too. Most of the chair is fabric, with some leather details.
Most of all, though, you just can't argue with the Umi Essentials price point, which is super affordable and approachable to all gamers. As such, if you're shopping with a tight budget, it is the obvious choice.
13. Arozzi Verona Junior
A top gaming chair for kids and younger gamers
Reasons to buy
If you're looking for a great gaming chair for kids then the Arozzi Verona Junior is a brilliant pick. Not only is this chair super stylish and available in a range of four sharp colourways, but it is purposely designed for users under 5ft 2in, meaning that for smaller gamers support is first rate, both in terms of body sculpt and included back and head cushions.
The Verona Junior is easy to assemble, too, and it can recline to an angle of 165 degrees. You don't get real leather, but the faux leather finish looks nice and is soft to the touch, and you can also adjust the arm rests and seat height.
14. Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL4000
A cracking gaming chair with a striking white design
Reasons to buy
One of the most striking gaming chairs on the list, the SL4000 from Vertagear comes in a white and black design that makes you feel like you're in a space ship.
It may look like it's got a leather layer, put it's PU leather, which is one of the reasons it's a little more affordable than other options on our best gaming chairs 2020 list.
This is a model that'll keep you comfortable for long periods of time, too, and every element is adjustable to suit your needs. At the price it retails for, we don't think you can ask for anything else.
15. Corsair T2 Road Warrior
A superb gaming chair for gamers wanting premium comfort
Reasons to buy
Corsair has been a force to be reckoned with in the world of PC components and peripherals, and it's brought that same sense of premium, high-end quality to its new gaming chair models.
The T2 Road Warrior might be name-dropping two famous sci-fi films in its name, but this plush furniture is far from fictional. Ergonomically designed with cushions in every conceivable place, you get everything from 4D armrests (which can move in any direction) to a solid steel skeleton for a robust spine that won’t break or shift.
It also comes with a princely price tag, but with these many luxury features, it's not hard to see why.
Best gaming chairs 2020: what to look out for
When buying a gaming chair, look out for the differing levels of comfort and support included with each model, like the ability to make adjustments to height, arm rests, and the way the chair reclines too. Detachable cushions are a bonus as well, for that extra layer of comfort.
You should also find out what discipline or gaming genre the chair might have been tailored for, if any – some of the best gaming chairs on the market have been designed with racing or flight simulations in mind, for example, though there are plenty of general, all-round gaming chairs available too.
What's the best gaming chair?
There are many different gaming chairs tailored towards PC gaming, as well as playing games on Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, with size, build material (such as leather), and feature sets differing.
The best gaming chair is therefore, first and foremost, the one that is most suited to your particular gaming setup and intended usage scenarios. Certain gaming chairs, for example, are built for use in simulation games such as racers and flight sims, while others specialise in supporting gamers in MOBA or FPS titles.
Naturally, you should also consider the look and style you're going for when choosing one the best gaming chairs currently available in 2020. Everyone's tastes differ a little in this department.
Fortunately, most gaming chairs are suitably stylish and tend to resemble leather-clad racing car seats, but you'll obviously want to pick a style that goes the best with your gaming room decor, as well as a colour that won't annoy you or your partner hours into your latest gaming marathon.
After all, picking out a top-quality gaming chair can make a big difference to your gaming performance, just like your choice of monitor and input devices. Don't take your buying decision lightly, or you could end up with a seat that lets you down in a key area, affecting your comfort or gaming ability.
Remember that different gaming chairs can lean towards one specific genre of game, such as seats that work best in multiplayer FPS like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or others that are perfect for MOBAs like DOTA 2 or League of Legends. And that's saying nothing of dedicated gaming chairs for racing sims.
Getting the best gaming chair for PC or console means getting a better chance of hitting those enemy targets or those high scores you've been chasing, and that makes it a no-brainer to take some time picking out the absolute best gaming chair for you.
Best gaming chairs 2020: the best gaming chair makers
When you're picking out the best gaming chair money can buy, it's also absolutely crucial that you pick one up from a premium, respected chair maker with a proper heritage – or, alternatively, a new brand that comes well recommended by others.
With a lot of new entrants in the market just lately, the waters are now well and truly muddied, making it hard for the uninitiated to tell if a gaming chair has the build quality to go the distance.
The makers that follow here are approved by T3 to be gaming chair producers of the highest quality: Nitro Concepts, Secretlab, GT Omega Racing, EWIN, Noblechairs, X Rocker, DXRacer, Vertagear, Corsair, Brazen, and Songmics.
Best gaming chairs 2020: leather or fabric upholstery
Today their are two main types of gaming chair upholstery, leather (both real and man made) and fabric. And, what's more, many of the gaming chair ranges at the world's best makers (such as SecretLab, Vertagear and Noblechairs) are available in different finishes when ordering, which raises the question of which is better.
Now, look, the first thing we would say is that the material your gaming chair is finished in has an affect on the eye first, and beauty is in the eye of each gamer. As such, we say don't be pressured too much by thinking about what you should buy, and instead just get the gaming chair finish that appeals to you most. After all, this is the gaming throne that will sit at the heart of your setup for years to come – so make sure you like the look of it.
Of course, past aesthetics then comes the pricing factor. Fabric finishes tend to be cheaper or on par with fake leather, but there are degrees of quality, with SecretLab's SoftWeave fabric a cut above many entry level chairs but costing more. Next comes premium faux leather finishes, which tend to dominate the market right now, and then top of the pricing scale is genuine leather, with Napa finishes the most sort after.
In terms of properties, leather chairs tend be warmer than fabric, and also tend to not be as breathable – which can contribute to sticky back, bum and legs. Leather, and especially real leather, is supremely soft and comfortable, though, and also has a really smart and premium finish.
Fabric finishes tend to be more breathable, and therefore are good for staying cool, but in most scenarios don't offer the smoothness of finish or premium looks of leather seats (again, we'd say SecretLab's SoftWeave fabric is an exception). So it is often a toss up of what each gamer prioritises.
Of course, the ethics of sourcing real leather is also considered by many gamers today, which is why vegan leather chairs are also now produced by many makers.