Best gaming chairs 2021: the top PC gaming chairs we've tested

The best gaming chairs for any budget and gamers of any body shape or size

Included in this guide:

The best gaming chairs hero image showing the SecretLab Titan Evo 2022 Series
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Trust us, you need one of the best gaming chairs. They're an absolutely essential purchase for any gamer because, like the best office chairs, you're going to be spending a lot of time on them – and if you're not completely comfortable and well supported, you're not going to be at the very top of your game. A bad or inappropriate chair can lead to all kinds of painful problems.

And, if preventing pain and ensuring comfort is your number one goal in upgrading your gaming seating setup, then we've got best gaming chair for back pain recommendations right here, along with top picks for every gamer and game type.

If you just want our top 3 recommendations out of all the gaming chairs in our guide then these are three to consider.

The best budget gaming chair we've tested is the Brazen Phantom Elite. There's loads of cheap gaming chairs on the market and most of them deliver compromised, you-get-what-you-pay-for experiences. The Brazen bucks that trend, though, delivering buckets of quality and style at a more affordable price point. There's also 6 different colours to choose from.

If you're leaning completely the other way, though, in terms of spend and want the best premium gaming chair, then you should consider the Noblechairs Epic Real Leather straight out of the gate. This chair is the definition of luxury, with an elegant design, soft genuine leather upholstery and full feature set combining to produce a truly epic gaming chair experience.

Finally, if you have a medium-tier budget to spend and want our best for most people recommendation of all the gaming chairs on the market today, then we highly recommend the SecretLab Titan Evo 2022. This is our number one pick as it delivers state of the art gaming chair technology and design in a package many gamers will be able to afford.

The best gaming chairs we've tested

The SecretLab Titan EVO gaming chair on a white backgroundT3 Best Buy Award badge

The best gaming chair for most people? That's the SecretLab Titan Evo.

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The best gaming chair for most people

Max load:
Weight: 33.5kg
Height: 175 - 200cm
Upholstery: NEO Hybrid Leatherette
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Recline: 85-165 degrees
Package size: 85 x 71 x 37cm
Warranty: 5 years
Reasons to buy
+Quality selection of upholstery finishes+In-built 4-way lumbar support system+Magnetic memory foam head pillow+Magnetic swappable armrests+Seat base has excellent ergonomics
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than the 2021 Titan-There's only one design, so you better like it-Arm rest struts may need adjustment out of the box

This is the brand new chair from SecretLab that follows up on the SecretLab Titan SoftWeave gaming chair that was so well reviewed by us last year. Indeed, that chair was so well reviewed that it went on to win the Best Gaming Chair award at the T3 Awards 2021, beating off all other rivals.

As such, the SecretLab Titan Evo had a tough act to follow this year, but as we detail in our SecretLab Titan Evo review, somehow SecretLab has made the best gaming chair on the market even better.

It's done this by rolling both its Titan and Omega gaming chair ranges together to produce just one design, the Titan EVO. This combines design elements from both (even if it does lean toward the Titan more) as well as features. It also evolves the gaming chair product in a few small but neat ways.

These include magnetic arm rest top plates and a magnetic head pillow (the latter meaning there are no garish pillow straps in sight), as well as a really clever internal lumbar support system. The lumbar support system is controlled by two knobs located on the backrest, and allow a flexible internal membrane to move up and down as well as in and out. This means that no matter the size or shape of the user, they can customise the lumbar support to their needs.

The seat base has also been redesigned in collaboration with ergonomic experts, and its super neat as not only does it naturally guide its sitter to sit in the middle, but the user can also lounge out if desired over its wings as they've been made to be soft and malleable. It's literally the best of both worlds.

Naturally, all the quality that was already on offer on SecretLab gaming chairs is also in residence, such as 4D armrests, quality hydraulics and tilt functionality, as well as a really fine selection of upholstery finishes.

The result is that the SecretLab Titan Evo builds upon the packages offered by the Titan and the Omega, offering gamers a similar but better experience across the board.

Caveats to an instant purchase include its price, which has gone up a bit from last year's models, as too its design, which only comes in one flavor, so if you don't like it then that's that. You can though buy the chair in three different sizes, so even the smallest or largest gamers will be catered for.

Overall, though, this is the best gaming chair on the market today, and T3 wholeheartedly recommends any gamer to check it out before making a purchasing decision.

The Noblechairs Epic Series Real Leather gaming chairT3 Award

If you want a real leather gaming chair, you basically can't do better than the Noblechairs Epic Series Real Leather.

The best premium gaming chair

Max load:
Height: 129.5 - 139.5cm
Upholstery: Real leather
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Recline: 90 to 135 degrees
Foam: Deformation resistant cold
Warranty: 2 years
Reasons to buy
+Solid design and quality construction+Seriously comfortable+Plenty of adjustment options
Reasons to avoid
-Princely price point

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 2021, 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.

Want to compare the top two chairs in T3's best gaming chairs buying guide? Then be sure to check out our SecretLab Titan SoftWeave vs Noblechairs Epic Series Real Leather comparison feature.

We've also got a dedicated features comparing this premium priced chair against a top budget offering, too, so if you're unsure whether you need to spend big, check out our Epic Series Real Leather Chair from Noblechairs vs GTPlayer Gaming Chair comparison feature, too.

Brazen phantom elite in black and violet colorwayT3 Award

Affordable comfort with a roomy, sturdy build — that's why we rate the Brazen Phantom Elite Gaming Chair.

(Image credit: Brazen)

The best budget gaming chair

Max load:
Heights: 110 - 120cm
Upholstery: Faux leather
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Castors: 5 nylon non-slip
Reasons to buy
+Smooth and silent wheels+Six colour options+Totally adjustable 
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly is awkward in places

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.

The Razer Iskur gaming chair shown side with angleT3 Award

The Razer Iskur is a premium gaming chair that boasts stunning lines.

(Image credit: Razer)

A premium gaming chair with great lumbar support

Max load:
Recommended height: 174 cm to 181 cm
Upholstery: PVC Leather
Armrests: 4D
Casters: 6 cm Caster Wheel
Foam type: High Density Molded Foam
Adjustable back angle: 139 Degrees
Warranty: 3 years
Reasons to buy
+Excellent build quality+Incredibly stylish lines+Quality upholstery
Reasons to avoid

Razer only recently jumped into the gaming chair market, but its first effort, the Razer Iskur, shows just how well the firm understands gamers, as well as just how on lock it is when creating gaming hardware.

Firstly, this gaming chair just oozes luxe, with the most stylish backrest we've ever seen (those lines are gorgeous) and fine, quality stitching throughout its smooth and welcoming upholstery. The chair is only available in one colourway, though, which is Razer's distinctive black and green (matte black PVC leather and green stitching). Obviously, if this is a deal-breaker only you can decide.

Cushioning is firm and the sculpt on the seat means the Iskur delivers very much a racing seat fit, with the gamer firmly held in place on all sides. So if you are a larger gamer or one who prefers a looser fit, then that is something to consider. The max body weight of the chair is 130kg.

As one would want on a premium gaming chair, the Iskur comes with 4D armrests, which allow for a wide-variety of configurations, and there is also excellent lumbar support and neck support (there is an included neck cushion), too. Throw in a solid recline angle of 139 degrees and an easy assembly and you start to see why the Iskur is worth considering.

As you can see from the price, this isn't a cheap gaming chair, but for gamers with a large budget and/or who already use Razer's gaming products, this feels like an excellent way to extend any gaming setup.

It is important to note that the Razer Iskur now also comes in an all-black colorway, too – the Razer Iskur Black Edition. The Black Edition, which is also a 5-star rated gaming chair, offers the same package as the Iskur but does so with a more mature aesthetic that is comfortable in both a gaming and work environment. It's well worth checking out by professionals who like to game and are looking for a two-in-one upgrade for their home office.

To see how this chair compares to our number one gaming chair choice, be sure to check out our Secretlab Titan vs Razer Iskur comparison feature.

GT Omega Element gaming chair in leatherT3 Award

The GT Omega Element just drips style and delivers a superb all-round gaming chair package.

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Stylish, streamlined comfort for your gaming sessions

Max load:
Height: 130 - 136cm
Upholstery: PVC Leather
Foam: Cold moulded
Casters: 5
Head pillow: Yes
Locking mechanism: Yes
Frame material: Steel
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of adjustment options+Really well built and solid+Minimal, understated design
Reasons to avoid
-Setup could be easier

The latest GT Omega Element gaming chair 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.

AndaSeat Dark Demon gaming chair in black and redT3 Award

The AndaSeat Dark Demon is a big gaming chair giving you all the space you could need to get comfortable. 

(Image credit: AndaSeat)

A comfortable gaming chair with a large seat

Max load: 200kg
Upholstery : PVC leather
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Recline: 90°-160°
Package size: 38 x 95 x 72cm
Reasons to buy
+Easy to clean PVC leather+Well-supported chair with comfortable neck pillow+Lots of ways to adjust it for your setup
Reasons to avoid
-Two-person job to assemble-It takes up a lot of space-The lumbar pillow makes you sit awkwardly

A large gaming chair suitable for big rooms and big people, the AndaSeat Dark Demon has plenty of space to get comfortable in. It's one of the bigger chairs on this list, but despite that, still manages to have a reasonably compact base to roll around on. 

With a one-piece steel framework, this gaming chair feels solid and sturdy supporting up to 200kg in weight. It's covered in PVC leather which admittedly might get a bit sticky in summer, though for the rest of the year that just means it's super easy to clean. 

Included in the box are attachable neck and lumbar pillows which make this chair comfortable to use over long sessions. It's also nearly fully reclinable so you can lie almost flat if you wanted to. A great mid-range gaming chair to add to the shortlist!

AndaSeat Kaiser 2 gaming chair in red faux leather

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Comfortable and fexible

Foam type: High Density Mould Shaping Foam
Framework: Steel
Gas Lift Class: 4
Armrest: 4D
Chair Cover Material: PVC Leather
Weight: 33.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Good build quality+Very adjustable
Reasons to avoid
-It’s heavy and large

If you're looking for a gaming chair that first and foremost delivers a really sturdy construction then, as we note in our AndaSeat Kaiser 2 review, this chair is well worth scoping out.

It's got a really rock solid presence when constructed and it capable of supporting even the largest of loads, while there are plenty of ways to adjust it, too, meaning it can be tweaked as desired.

This chair is very much marketed as a seat for gaming, but it's design is quite understated and leans towards the executive office chair aesthetic, meaning that it would be a good fit for a home office where both work and play take place.

You also get neck and lumbar support cushions.

Caveats to purchase include its weight, which is significant, as well as its size. This is not a compact chair by any means so if space is at a premium then this won't be a good fit. 

AndaSeat T-Pro 2 gaming chair in grey on white backgroundT3 Award

Taller gamers could consider the AndaSeat T-Pro 2 Gaming Chair.

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A gaming seat targeted at taller gamers

Size: Super King
Armrests: 4D
Frame: Steel
Headrest pillow: Yes
Casters: 65mm
Tilt: 90-160 degree
Hydraulics: Class 4
Reasons to buy
+Premium materials+Very comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Awkward build-Poor tools

The AndaSeat T-Pro 2 Gaming Chair is designed to accommodate very tall gamers, and thanks to its king size dimensions, it is also very comfortable.

Like a few other chairs in T3's best gaming chairs buying guide, it also has fabric upholstery, and the result is that the chair does not scream gamer aesthetic. As such, for those looking for a gaming chair that will fit into an office environment, the AndaSeat T-Pro 2 ticks that box.

And, while the fit and finish isn't quite as strong as we've found on other chairs, it does come with strong adjustability and decent amounts of features, such as extra back and neck cushions.

The chair is recommended for people between 5ft 11 inches and 6ft 10 inches.

The RRP for this chair is high but if you shop around you can bag it for less.

Other top gaming chairs to consider

These are the gaming chairs that T3 hasn't tested but have had strong reviews from gamers in the gaming community.

Play haha gaming chair in black and blue upholsteryT3 Award

The best gaming chair under £100? That's the Play haha Gaming Chair.

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9. Play haha Gaming Chair

Another strong budget gaming chair choice

Dimensions: 69 x 29 x 56 centimetres
Upholstery: Faux leather
Colours: Black, blue, red, purple
Foam type: High density
Max weigth:
Height adjustment: 104-114 cm
Seat height: 46 - 56cm
Swivel: 360 degrees
Warranty: 12 months
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly affordable+Four colours schemes
Reasons to avoid
-Plain design

If you're looking for the best gaming chair under £100 then the Play haha Gaming Chair is a great choice. Don't let the name fool you, as this is a comfortable and super affordable chair for gaming and work that not only supports body weights up to 150 kilograms, but also comes with a robust 5-star base and pneumatic gas lift.

You don't get quite the manoeuvrability in terms of armrests as on some more expensive chairs, but you do get 360-degree swivel functionality, multi-directional wheels and strong height adjustability. The chair also comes in four attractive colourways, including black, red, blue and purple, is filled with high density foam, and finished in soft-touch faux leather.

For the price we think this gaming chair is bargain.

The GTPlayer Gaming Chair in black and whiteT3 Award

Want the best budget gaming chair? That's the GTPlayer Gaming Chair.

(Image credit: GTPLAYER)

10. GTPlayer Gaming Chair

A very affordable gaming chair option

Max load:
Dimensions: 70 x 50 x 136.5 cm
Recline: 90 - 150 degrees
Upholstery: Leather
Foam: Cold-cure memory
Swivel: 360 degrees
Warranty: 2 years
Reasons to buy
+Smooth bonded leather finish+90~150°reclining and rocking action+Extra back and neck pillows+Incredibly affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Design doesn't stand out

If you're shopping for the best gaming chair under £200 then the GTPlayer Gaming Chair is a fantastic choice.

Firstly, it is very affordable 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.

Compare this chair to a more premium model in our SecretLab Titan SoftWeave vs GTPlayer Gaming Chair comparison feature.

Secretlab Omega in black leather on white backgroundT3 Award

The Secretlab Omega is a premium gaming chair with genuine quality.

(Image credit: Secretlab)

11. Secretlab Omega

One of the most comfortable gaming chairs on the market

Max load:
Height: 160 - 180cm
Foam: Cold cure
Upholstery: PU leather
Armrests: 4D
Mechanism type: Multi-tilt
Hydraulics: Class 4
Recline: 85-165 degrees
Package size: 82 x 70 x 37cm
Warranty: 5 years
Reasons to buy
+Premium build quality+Supportive, multi-tilt mechanism+Compact dimensions
Reasons to avoid
-Not for large gamers

When it comes to choosing the best gaming chair of 2021, 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.

The Vertagear SL5000 gaming chair in black and red upholsteryT3 Award

Vegan-friendly PU leather and superb posture correction and support make the Vertagear SL5000 a great gaming chair pick.

(Image credit: Vertagear)

12. Vertagear SL5000

A great gaming chair for ensuring a correct posture

Max load:
Height: 123.5 - 133.5 cm
Upholstery: PUC leather
Foam: UPHR
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Warranty: 2 years
Reasons to buy
+Superb neck and back support+Easy and fast to assemble+Available in different colours
Reasons to avoid
-Average gaming chair aesthetics

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.

The Corsair T3 Rush fabric gaming chair greyT3 Award

The Corsair T3 Rush is a quality gaming chair option for those who are looking for a fabric upholstery.

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13. Corsair T3 Rush

A great gaming chair for fans of fabric finishes

Max load:
Seat height: 44 - 54 cm
Package size: 88.5cm x 69cm x 37.5cm
Upholstery: Fabric
Foam: Polyurethane cold
Armrests: 4D
Tilt: 0-10 degrees
Hydraulics: Class 4
Warranty: 2 years
Reasons to buy
+Fabric upholstery+Large seat+4D armrests
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most padded chair

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. 

Noblechairs icon gaming chair in real leatherT3 Award

The Icon Gaming Chair has a truly special design and a luxe real leather covering.

14. Noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair

The best gaming chair for a professional, mature design

Max load:
Seat height: 46.5 – 56.5 cm
Upholstery: PU leather, real leather, vinyl/ PU hybrid leather
Hydraulics: Class 4
Foam: Deformation resistant cold
Armrests: 4D
Max tilt angle: 11 degrees
Warranty: 2 years
Reasons to buy
+Understated, executive design+Quality build+Real leather covering
Reasons to avoid
-Wallet raider

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.

White and black VERTAGEAR RACING SERIES S-LINE SL4000 gaming chairT3 Award

A classy racing seat with striking white design, the SL4000 is a top gaming chair pick.

15. Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL4000

A cracking gaming chair with a striking white design

Max load:
Overall height: 1200-1300 mm
Upholstery: PU leather
Foam: Cold cure
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Backrest tilt angle: 80 - 140 degrees
Neck cushion: Yes
Warranty: 2 years
Reasons to buy
+Dramatic look+Super comfy+Stable and built for long gaming sessions
Reasons to avoid
-Those looks won't be for every gamer

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 2021 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.

The CORSAIR T2 ROAD WARRIOR gaming chair in black leatherT3 Award

This top gaming chair is Mad Max approved...

16. Corsair T2 Road Warrior

A superb gaming chair for gamers wanting premium comfort

Max load:
Seat height: 51.5 - 60cm
Upholstery: PU leather
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Seat back max tilt: 170 degrees
Seat max tilt: 17 degrees
Foam: Polyurethane cold
Neck pillow: Yes
Warranty: 2 years
Reasons to buy
+Impressive lumbar support+4D armrests
Reasons to avoid
-Leather material feels thin

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.

AKRacing Core EX-Wide Gaming Chair in blue and blackT3 Award

(Image credit: AKRacing)

17. AKRacing Core EX-Wide Gaming Chair

An excellent gaming chair for anyone who needs a wider model

Max load:
Dimensions: 65 x 60 x 150cm
Armrests: 3D
Upholstery: Fabric
Foam: Cold cure
Frame: Extra wide
Reasons to buy
+More room to sit+Solid construction and lots of adjustment+Long manufacturer warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Got to like the racer aesthetic

If you’ve been struggling to find a chair that isn’t too snug a fit or that’s comfortable to sit in cross-legged, you’ll be pleased to see that AKRacing makes a wider version of its standard EX series chair. The RRP is only £20 more than the standard EX and this version supports up to 330lbs (150kg).

The EX series is quite heavy thanks to its sturdy steel frame. The base is black aluminium with large 2.5-inch casters for easy movement. It’s upholstered in hardwearing polyester fabric on top of high density foam and you can choose from solid black, black with red or blue accents or red with black accents. 

The EX is tiltable from 3 to 18 degrees and has a tilt lock; you can recline up to 180º and you can adjust the armrests, back angle, lumbar cushion and headrest. 

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How to choose the best gaming chair for you

No matter what kind of chair you get it's crucial that it makes you feel good when you're playing: it should be comfortable during even the longest gaming session, and you should be able to adjust it easily so it suits your body and your preferred sitting style. There's not much point in splashing your cash on one of the best gaming monitors, a great gaming laptop and a brilliant gaming headset if you're going to sit in front of them with a sub-standard seat. 

Comfort is so important here as it affects everything else. Think of every part of your gaming setup as a member of your squad: if one of the team isn't up to the job, they'll bring everybody else down. It's the same with your setup: if you've bought the best gaming mouse but have a chair that doesn't let you use it comfortably, you're losing the very thing you bought the mouse 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, armrests, 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.

Naturally, you should also consider the look and style you're going for when choosing one the best gaming chairs currently available in 2021. 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.

What's the best gaming chair? There are many different gaming chairs tailored towards PC gaming, as well as playing games on Xbox Series X, PS5, and Nintendo Switch OLED, 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.

The chairs here are for every kind of setup – desktop PCs and laptop gaming, PS5, Xbox Series X and S, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and mobile gaming, too. Each chair has the T3 seal of approval and we're confident that they'll keep you at the very top of your game.

Are gaming chairs really worth it?

Yes, gaming chairs are absolutely worth it. A good gaming chair will complete your gaming setup both from a style point of view and from a health one, too. Remember, you'll spend hundreds of hours sat down while gaming, so it makes total sense to own a quality gaming chair.

However, if you already own a good office chair, then the comfort and health elements of this equation are already covered, leaving you potentially with just the aesthetic factor to consider. In this circumstance the financial outlay for a gaming chair becomes harder to justify, as you're really just buying it as it looks good. 

Are gaming chairs good for your posture?

Again, this is a resounding yes. Good gaming chairs are great for your posture, and are specifically designed to look after your back, neck, head, arms, wrists, hands, legs and - of course - your derriere.

Many of today's top gaming chairs, such as the SecretLab Titan Evo and Razer Iskur, come with lumbar support systems (for properly supporting your spine), 4D armrests and sculpted seat and backrests, too.

A gaming chair is often superior in terms of posture correction and support than many office chairs, making them a smart choice for gamers and non-gamers alike.

Does every gaming chair fit every body type?

As a general piece of advice this is a no. Most gaming chairs will fit most gamers, however, if you're particularly tall, wide or heavy then you'll likely need to opt for an XL-variant.

Luckily, most gaming chair makers today make these XL gaming chairs, and each maker also lists each chair's maximum weight allowance as well as dimensions. Other things to consider is how sculpted a chair's backrest or seat is, as some chairs feature more racing car tightly sculpted fits, while others are more open.

Before making any purchase we recommend gamers to measure themselves and consult each chair's specifications and design.

Who makes the best gaming chairs?

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.

Razer Iskur gaming chair in an apartment at night

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Should I buy a leather or fabric gaming chair?

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.

Razer Iskur Black Edition close up image

The Razer Iskur is the best gaming chair for back pain.

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What is the best gaming chair for back pain?

Back pain is a serious issue for anyone who spends a lot of time at a desk, and gamers are no exception. When you're spending hours in a virtual world then you need to be as comfortable as possible, and sitting on a chair that is not designed for that is a great way to give yourself RSI as well as serious back, arm and neck pain.

Every gaming chair in this guide offers great levels of support, but if you're specifically looking for the best gaming chair for back pain relief, then you should check out the Razer Iskur or Razer Iskur Black Edition before any other. The reason for this is that it has the best lumbar support system we've seen to date on a gaming chair, with the sculpted ergonomic back rest actually built into the chair and adjustable with a quick flick of lever.

The lumbar system works very much like a tilting seat mechanism – pull the lever and the back rest moves away from from the chair back, while pulling it and leaning against it will cause it to recess again. This system is great as it allows for various angles of back support to be opted for.

The Razer Iskur also comes with a neck cushion, too, which combined with the lumbar support system means it is one of the very best chairs for preventing back pain and ensuring prolonged comfort while gaming.

X Rocker floor gaming chair shown in room

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What are floor gaming chairs and are they any good?

Floor gaming chairs (like the one shown above) are more casual alternatives to full-blown gaming chairs, and are a great option for console gamers, especially so if they are playing casually. They don't have any casters, or often armrests, and sit directly on the floor, typically with a high degree of lean on the backrest so that gamers are well reclined when sat in them.

Floor gaming chairs are good, too, as they tend to be lighter and more compact than full-blown gaming chairs, and some even have features like built-in drink and snack trays, as well as RGB lighting and even speaker systems that their large companions do not.

The key thing you need to decide when thinking if a floor gaming chair is good for you is how you're going to be gaming most of the time, and how relaxed or not in body position you want to be. If you're a Call of Duty champion then you'll likely want to be gaming on a proper gaming chair with armrests and close to the screen, while if you're just chilling out playing Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch then a floor gaming chair could be ideal.

We think the ideal gaming room setup would have both a gaming chair and floor gaming chair, but we realise most gamers can't afford both. Floor gaming chairs do tend to be cheaper than standard seats, though, and there are a range of models at major retailers like Amazon and Walmart. So they're well worth considering, especially if you also have younger children who game.

SecretLab Titan Evo range of gaming chairs in a line

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How we test gaming chairs

T3 reviews a lot of gaming chairs and, as we want to deliver the most authoritative best gaming chair buying guide on the market we have a rigorous three-stage testing process for each seat.

The first stage is chair setup, and this involves us charting exactly how easy it is to assemble a gaming chair when it is delivered. We're looking out for easy of assembly as well as things like how clear the instructions are and if there are any tools included in the box.

Once the chair is assembled we then evaluate its build quality and the calibre of its upholstery. Stitch quality is also analysed, as that is where many lesser gaming chairs fall down, as well as any included extras such as neck and back cushions. How adjustable the chair is is also tested at this point.

The final stage then involves actually sitting in and using the gaming chair to play games, work and stream content from Netflix and YouTube. A variety of games are played, with a specific focus on FPS and RPG, and overall long-term comfort is discovered.

After those four stages are complete, we then compare the chair to the rest of the market and judge it on its value for money in our eyes. Only then do we bestow a score on the gaming chair, with 5 stars the maximum score any seat can attain.

SecretLab MAGNUS Metal Desk with gaming chair

The SecretLab MAGNUS is a great gaming desk to partner with a top-rated gaming chair.

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What gaming desk should you partner with a gaming chair?

One aspect of a PC gaming setup you absolutely shouldn't ignore is the desk you use. Using a poorly constructed desk or table for gaming is counter-productive to the experience in many ways, from the aesthetic look and build quality, and through ergonomics and cable management, and onto comfort and accessory storage. As such it makes sense to invest in one of the best gaming desks that is built specifically for the purpose.

Of all the gaming desks on the market today there is one that stands heads and shoulders above the rest, and it is one that T3 has covered in detail in its SecretLab MAGNUS review. This gaming desk is the perfect partner for a top-rated gaming chair and it offers everything a PC gamer could wish for from such a product, with an all-metal build delivered along with a stylish future-industrial aesthetic, best-in-class cable management system, a selection of smart magnetised accessories, and even room for a LED lighting system.

If you're picking up a gaming chair from this guide then we recommend checking out the MAGNUS as it will be a great partner for it. There are of course other gaming desks on the market, with Amazon stocking a selection of products, but if you want the best gaming desk then the MAGNUS is it.

X Rocker gaming chair with boy sat on it gaming

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X rocker gaming chairs: what's the deal?

If you spend any amount of time online looking for a gaming chair then you're likely going to find yourself stumbling upon a brand called X Rocker.

X Rocker gaming chairs are numerous, with the brand selling its products through its own store as well as through major retailers such as Amazon.

X Rocker produces different types of gaming chair, but what it is most known for is high-tech seats with built-in RGB lighting, speaker systems, wireless comms links such as Bluetooth, as well as numerous on-chair ports.

A good example of X Rocker's output is its Evo Elite 4.1 Neo Motion Gaming Chair, which comes with RGB lighting, 4.1 multi-stereo speakers, a built-in sound-reactive vibration system, wireless and Bluetooth functionality as well as plenty of physical ports.

In terms of design X Rocker gaming chairs tend to lean more toward a casual reclined setup, with a lot of floor gaming chairs in their range, but the firm does make some traditional upright gaming chairs, too.

The quality of X Rocker chairs is good in T3's mind and we feel that they are ideal for console gamers especially who want to play in front of a large TV screen or on a portable console like the Nintendo Switch.

Overall we feel that X Rocker is an established brand that console gamers should absolutely check out, if not PC gamers, who will find find a greater range of traditional uprights elsewhere. If you're an RGB lighting fanatic, though, then there's basically no better firm.

SecretLab gaming chair Titan Evo model Jinx League of Legends

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The latest gaming chair news

8 November, 2021 – League of Legends fans are going to lose their minds when they see the brand new SecretLab X LoL crossover, which has seen the firm release a Jinx edition of its Titan EVO gaming chair.

The chair, which can be seen in the image above, is themed after Jinx and comes with a very distinctive upholstery featuring Jinx's famous loose canon shark. This upholstery is the SecretLab NEO Hybrid Leatherette, so it's not real leather but absolutely top tier in terms of look and feel.

The Jinx Titan EVO 2022 is available right now to pre-order for £429, but deliveries aren't scheduled to happen until 23 February 2022.

19 October, 2021 – Huge gaming chair news for fans of virtual built-'em-up Minecraft as SecretLab has unveiled its latest collaboration – the SecretLab Titan Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition.

The SecretLab Minecraft Edition is based on the iconic Creeper character from the game, and mimic it in terms of colorway. On the chair's backrest there is the Creeper's characteristic blocky face, too.

The Minecraft Edition is based off Secretlab's award winning Titan Evo gaming chair, and is available in its SoftWeave Plus Fabric upholstery in small, regular and XL size units.

This special edition chair costs more than the standard Titan Evo, ringing in at $529 / £449. The chair is available to pre-order now, with chairs estimated to ship out by 29 December, 2021.

05 October, 2021 – SecretLab has gone and announced its next Warner Bros. collaboration, which is another DC superhero tie in set of special edition gaming chairs.

SecretLab Superman and SecretLab The Flash are based on the Titan Evo 2022 gaming chair, and offer upholstery themed around the two famous superheroes.

Here's how SecretLab describe the two chairs:

"Secretlab Superman Edition

Pay homage to the greatest Super Hero in comic book history. Upholstered in a moody storm blue, the Secretlab Superman Edition chair renders the House of El shield in metallic red and silver accents for striking contrast. A timeless design for a hero that transcends the ages.

Secretlab The Flash Edition

Celebrate the fastest man alive with the Secretlab The Flash Edition chair. Clad in a deep garnet red and detailed lightning accents, the chair is a perfect fit for fans of the fast-talking, timeline-altering, and multiverse-saving speedster."

Both chairs are available in Small, Regular and XL sizes and available now at SecretLab's official store.

22 September, 2021 – SecretLab co-founders Alaric Choo and Ian Ang have conducted an interview with Yahoo! News talking about their quest to make the perfect gaming chair.

The two started the company back in 2014 for S$50,000 and now the firm is one of the most successful and popular in the world, with SecretLab shipping millions of gaming chairs all around the world.

And the firm's dedication to the art of the gaming chair is clear, with Ang stating that:

"Our entire company is wholly focused on developing the best chairs. Everyone on the team is specialised in either making gaming chairs, selling gaming chairs, or servicing people who have gaming chairs, and we've been at this for years. It’s a matter of life and death. To stagnate is to acquiesce, to decline."

Here at T3 we've highly rated SecretLab gaming chairs for years now, with the maker consistently pushing out new seats that raise the game for the entire industry. Here's hoping we see even more quality from SecretLab in the years to come.

17 September, 2021 – Some related gaming chair news here from the maker of our number one gamer throne pick, SecretLab. The maker has joined forces with Warner Bros. to co-release an all-new Dark Knight Edition MAGPAD Desk Mat for its award winning MAGNUS gaming desk, along with matching cable management accessories.

The new Dark Knight Edition is one of the first co-branded Desk Mats we've seen for the MAGNUS, which allows its user to switch its top leather mats in and out as desired to switch up their aesthetic.

The Dark Knight Edition MAGPAD is available for pre-order now in the UK for £89.

SecretLab also has a Dark Knight-themed gaming chair in the form of its Titan Evo 2022 Series Dark Knight. This chair shares the same aesthetic as the special edition MAGPAD, with the famous Batman logo emblazed in black on the seat's backrest. Combine the two products and the Joker won't stand a chance!

16 September, 2021 – Big news in the gaming chair world comes courtesy of AndaSeat, who are hosting the AndaSeat Esports Festival from today, September 16, right through to October 7th, 2021.

The event runs on both the USA and UK AndaSeat websites and along with chances to win plenty of free swag such as Footrest Charis, Foot Massage Stools, Chair mats and Lumbar Pillows, there's going to be a huge store-wise super sale.

This means that AndaSeat's gaming chairs, gaming desks and accessories will have large discounts applied to them. According to AndaSeat there's up to $449 off products in the US for example.

The free gaming chair goodies come courtesy of AndaSeat's Lucky Wheel Spin. This works by entering your email address and then spinning the said Lucky Wheel to see what you win. Gamers can spin the wheel once per day, too, giving them loads of opportunities to win free stuff.

Here at T3 we see AndaSeat very much as an up and coming gaming chair maker, so we think anyone currently looking to upgrade their setup should check the AndaSeat Esports Festival out. More information about AndaSeat can be found on its official website.

2 September, 2021 – Some very exciting gaming chair news comes courtesy of Razer, with the gaming firm confirming that it is launching a fabric upholstery version of its Iskur seat.

T3 reviewed both the Razer Iskur and Razer Iskur Black Edition, and gave both chairs a maximum score of 5 stars on review. However, an obvious gap in terms of the Iskur's offering was that the range did not include a fabric upholstery option, which firms like SecretLab have been cleaning up with as of late.

The Razer Iskur Fabric, as it is officially dubbed, is described by Razer as being "made of ultra-soft, spill resistant fabric, for a plush yet durable finish" and that its "densely woven yarn material provides an incredibly soft feel, yet is tough enough for everyday use and is resistant to water, oil and dirt."

In addition to the Fabric, Razer has announced it is also introducing an XL-size version of the Iskur into the market as well. This XL version is 15 per cent larger than the standard seat, so should be good for larger gamers.

Pricing on the Razer Iskur Fabric is as follows:

£499 GBP / $499 USD / €549.99 EUR

While pricing on the XL-size is:

£599 GBP / $599 USD / €649.99 EUR

More information about the Razer Iskur Fabric and XL models can be found at the maker's official website.

25 August, 2021 - UK gamers who have bought a gaming chair but are still looking to upgrade their setup will be pleased to hear that the SecretLab MAGNUS gaming desk is now available to buy in the UK.

As T3 reported on, the desk has been on sale in the USA, Europe and Singapore over the past few months since its initial launch, but not in the UK. This is most likely due to Brexit.

Whatever the reason, though, the MAGNUS is now available in the UK and can be bought on SecretLab's official website. We called the MAGNUS "the ultimate gaming table for PC and console gamers", and think it is a great companion for a SecretLab gaming chair.

Right now we consider the ultimate gaming chair and gaming desk combo to be the Titan EVO with MAGNUS.

The MAGNUS is available in two different sizes, too, for UK gamers, and there's a selection of cool magnetic accessories, also.

19 August, 2021 - SecretLab has announced its latest special edition gaming chair collaboration, with the top-rated seating firm partnering with the League of Legends Championship Series to produce the SecretLab LCS Edition. The LCS Edition is available in SecretLab's new Titan EVO 2022 configuration in both regular and XL sizes.

Speaking on the partnership, Ian Alexander Ang, who is Co-Founder and CEO of SecretLab said that:

""Partnering with the world’s most premier esport to provide seating for their global tournaments is exactly what we set up Secretlab to do—creating the ultimate seating experience for gamers through the highest-caliber engineering and using materials of the highest grade. We are incredibly proud to provide our ultra-comfortable chairs to support the standards required by the most skilled League of Legends professional players in the world"

Here at T3 we see this as yet another special edition chair from a maker that now dominates the market in terms of offering gamers unique upholsteries to choose from. For fans of the League Championship Series it will no doubt be very popular, and we're sure we'll see plenty of pros sat on these very soon.

15 July, 2021 - The guys over at SecretLab have released a video fronted by Vincent, the firm's Head of Industrial Design, that goes behind the scenes to break down all the different features included in the brand new SecretLab Titan Evo 2022 gaming chair.

The video shows off how the chair's dynamic 4-way L-ADAPT Lumbar Support System works, as too its proprietary pebble seat base and magnetic head cushion. The video also shows off the three different sizes the chair is available to buy in, as too its new upholstery finishes, which include a fabric SoftWeave Plus and a new NEO Hybrid Leatherette.

For those interested in taking a closer look at where the magic happens, the video also gives you a good look inside SecretLab HQ. All in all a video that is well worth checking out if you are in the market right now for a new chair, as the 2022 SecretLab Titan Evo is the number one gaming chair that we recommend today.

Robert Jones
Robert Jones

Deputy Editor for, Rob has been writing about computing, gaming, mobile, home entertainment technology and more for over 15 years. You can find Rob's work in magazines, bookazines and online, as well as on podcasts and videos, too. Outside of his work Rob is passionate about motorbikes, skiing/snowboarding and team sports, with football and cricket two favourites. Feel free to contact him with any related products, events, and announcements.