The best gaming chairs 2018: no PC gaming setup is complete without a top eSports-grade rocker

Playing PC games on a powerful gaming desktop or laptop is useless unless you're comfortable and ready for action

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If you’ve invested a lot of money into your PC gaming setup with top titles, the best hardware and a dedicated corner of your office or spare room to house it all in, don’t overlook the importance of a specially-designed gaming chair. 

It doesn't matter how much money you've poured into your PC tower setup, if you don't have the right piece of furniture to go with it you won't be able to properly enjoy all that lovely hardware.

In many ways, gaming chairs are similar to high-end office chairs. They often come with ways to adjust the height of the seat, armrests that can also be fine-tuned, wheels so you can move about easily and much, more more. 

Most gaming chairs come with plenty of cushioned supports to help keep your comfortable for long periods, including ergonomic designs to ensure you don't break your back while gaming the evening away.

The main things to look out for when you’re buying a gaming chair are differing levels of comfort and support. Most come with the ability to make adjustments to height, but also look for adjustments to the armrests and the way the chair reclines too, as well as detachable cushions, which enable you to quickly change how your chair feels and how your body feels in it. 

What is 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.

You’ll also want it to look good too. Luckily gaming chairs are quite 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 hours into a gaming marathon.

We’ve collected together some of our favourite gaming chairs for a mixture of tastes and usage scenarios, from luxurious and leather-clad to super-soft and stylish.

15 best gaming chairs 2018: T3's top gaming chair picks

Best gaming chairs

1. GT OMEGA PRO RACING OFFICE CHAIR

Simple design, affordable price tag

Reasons to buy
+An affordable option+Different colours to choose from+Headrest pillow and lumbar cushions

One of the most affordable gaming chairs on the list, yet one of the best-looking, 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 on the list, it has a built-in reclining system, which can tilt back to 85 to 160 degrees, as well as position adjusting for quick naps and height adjusting too. This multi-purpose chair would work in an office, but its focus on comfort makes it ideal for gaming.

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2. NITRO CONCEPTS S300 GAMING CHAIR

A high-tech chair for long sessions

Reasons to buy
+7 different colours to choose from+Comfy, ergonomic design+Integrated H.E.A.T. system

Ideal for long gaming sessions, the S300 from Nitro Concepts gaming chair is fitted with top-of-the-range materials and tech to keep you comfy for hours. It’s got a built-in kind of adjustment technology that combines great design, luxury materials and ergonomics to ensure you feel supported and comfortable. One of the things we love the most about Nitro Concepts chairs is they come in a huge range of great-looking colours. You can get your hands on an S300 in yellow, green, blue, orange, red, white and black.

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3. ERGOHUMAN MESH CHAIR WITH HEADREST

An office chair with ergonomics at its core

Reasons to buy
+Design built for comfort+Ideal as an office / gaming chair hybrid+Lots to customise

Eroghuman doesn’t design chairs solely for gaming, its products can fulfil a whole range of roles, but that doesn’t mean the Mesh Chair with Headrest isn’t a great option for those who want comfort and support above all else. This means it doesn’t really look like a standard gaming chair, but with a design that’s really comfortable and plenty of customisation options, like a tilt mechanism, sliding seat and height adjustment, it gives the rest a run for their money. It’s ideal for those concerned about support, those already with injuries who need to be really careful or those who need the looks of an office chair and the performance of a gaming chair rolled into one.

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4. EWIN EUROPE FLASH XL SERIES GAMING CHAIR

For racing car seat style

Reasons to buy
+4D adjustable armrests+Ergonomic design+High density memory foam

If you want a gaming chair that looks more like a high-end racing car seat than a stuffy office chair, then the Flash XL from Ewin is your best bet. It’s an ergonomic design built for maximum comfort, with a durable frame, pillows for neck and lumbar support, high density memory foam and tilt-tension control. It’s one of the best on the list for making armrest adjustments with so-called ‘4D armrests’, which can be fine-tuned in all directions before holding them in place. It comes in bright blue and black or bright red and blue, ideal for those who are after a colourful chair that packs a punch.

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5. OMEGA FROM SECRET LAB GAMING CHAIR

PU leather luxury

Reasons to buy
+PU leather alternative+Cold-cure foam for maximum comfort+Colourful accents

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 racing car chair that looks like it’s designed solely for gamers and executive office chair. It comes in black, white, orange and blue, but these colours are accent colours, so even the brighter shades look subtle.

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6. EPIC SERIES REAL LEATHER CHAIR FROM NOBLECHAIRS

A luxurious leather chair with style

Reasons to buy
+Solid design and quality construction+Seriously comfortable+Plenty of adjustment options

The Epic series gaming chair from Noblechairs is all about combining luxurious leather, best-in-class quality and a classic style that’s reminiscent of high-end racing car seats. The result is this leather-clad beauty that’s easy to set-up and has a high-density cold foam upholstery for maximum comfort. But be warned, it’s one of the bigger chairs in our list, so it won’t do for tight spaces.

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7. NITRO CONCEPTS C80 PURE SERIES GAMING CHAIR

An affordable chair that looks the part

Reasons to buy
+One of the cheapest options+Looks smart+Comfortable

The Nitro Concepts C80 is one of the most affordable gaming chairs on the list made from a PU leather cover inspired by racing car seats. It’s crafted from moulded cold foam rather than foam scraps, which are found in cheaper chairs and are generally not as comfortable. And thanks to some subtle design choices, it’s a good option for those who want a gaming chair that also wouldn’t look out of place in an office.

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8. GT OMEGA EVO XL RACING OFFICE CHAIR

Ideal for larger and heavier users

Reasons to buy
+Designed for larger users+Ergonomically designed+Lots of adjustments

A high-end gaming chair from GT Omega that combines luxury comfort with a high-performance to rival most of the other chairs on the list. The chair is part of the XL series because it’s suitable for larger and heavier users, but doesn’t scrimp on support and style. It boasts some of the best lumbar support with a back hugging style, as well as headrest and shoulder support with additional cushions. All aspects of the chair are adjustable, including the height, positioning and armrest.

Best gaming chair

9. SECRETLAB TITAN NAPA

Who's up for some napa leather?

Reasons to buy
+Ultra-premium upholstery+Exclusive napa leather+Super comfortable

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 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 a quiet night in with your favourite new game, it’s one of the most comfy chairs you can buy. Even if it will set you back £700.

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10. ICON GAMING CHAIR FROM NOBLECHAIRS

A professional-looking design

Reasons to buy
+Understated, executive design+Quality build+Real leather covering

A step up from the Epic series of gaming chairs, comes the Icon from Noblechairs. According to the brand, it’s listened to customer feedback and made this model even better. Its quality construction and leather surface makes it similar to the Epic, but it’s a much more understated design that looks like fancy office chair rather than racing seat. It also comes in a cheaper, non-leather version made from PU fabric, which is a good idea for those who are on a tighter budget.

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11. X ROCKER VISION PRO 2.1 WIRELESS GAMING CHAIR

It's time to rock out

Reasons to buy
+In-built surround sound speakers+Ergonomic design+Separate bass and volume controls

Plenty of gaming chairs are comfortable - and that includes the X Rocker Vision Pro 2.1 Wireless - but how many of them have speakers and subwoofers built into them as standard? This 2018 model from X Rocker continues the firm’s unique ergonomic design, perfect for gamers with back conditions who want to relax without risking prolonged discomfort. You get two Surround Sound speakers as standard, along with a subwoofer for extra bassy feedback mid-battle/race. It’s also compatible with almost any console or smart device (including your iPhone) so it’s versatile beyond your home console. 

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12. DXRACER DRIFTING SERIES GAMING CHAIR

Comfortable and ergonomic

Reasons to buy
+Eight adjustable positions+Mid-level price+Comfortable foam cushions

Designed to emulate the look and feel of a professional racing driver’s seat, the DXRacer Drifting Series range marries comfortable cushions for the back, head and neck while giving you decent lumbar support regardless of how the chair is angled. Which is pretty useful considering it comes with eight different positions between 90 and 135 degrees. This model comes in a fetching blue and black finish, and with a variety of comfy foam cushions in everything from the arm rests to the head rest. So you’ll be able to avoid a nasty lower back whether you’re playing for 10 minutes or six hours.

Best gaming chair

13. VERTAGEAR RACING SERIES S-LINE SL4000

Striking white design

Reasons to buy
+Dramatic look+Super comfy+Stable and built for long gaming sessions

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 list. It’s comfortable for long periods of time and every element is adjustable to suit your needs.

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14. TITAN FROM SECRETLAB

The Titan of gaming chairs

Reasons to buy
+Integrated lumbar support+Ideal for larger gamers+4D adjustable armrests

As the name Titan would suggest, this is Secretlab’s bigger gaming chair for those who need a bit more width and height from their gaming throne. It has a soft and flexible PU leather outer layer with cold-cure foam cushioning underneath. Combine that with 4D adjustable armrests and different recline options and you’ve got one comfy chair that you can fine-tune just for you. What sets it apart from the rest is an integrated lumbar support that you can control with a knob on the backrest.

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15. X COMFORT AIR GAMING CHAIR FROM THERMALTAKE

World’s first air conditioned gaming chair, kinda

Reasons to buy
+Integrated cooling system+State-of-the-art design+Made with comfort in mind

One of the newest and most ambitious gaming chairs on the list, the X Comfort Air gaming chair from Thermaltake comes with its on built-in cooling system. A 3-fan controller allows gamers to change the temperature of their chair as they play. As you’d expect, the cooling system is built into a great-looking racing car seat style chair with adjustable armrests, mould shaping foam and an enhanced steel framework underneath it all.