The best gaming chairs 2017: no PC gaming setup is complete without an 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 chair. After all, if you’re going to be sat down for hours on end, you’ll need a decent gaming throne that’ll keep you comfy and supported to match the rest of your envious set-up.

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. Although some look better than others, gaming chairs also tend to be more stylish than your run-of-the-mill office chair and are built for providing best-in-class back and neck support for long gaming sessions.

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.

10 best gaming chairs 2017

1. EWIN EUROPE FLASH XL SERIES

For racing car seat style

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

2. OMEGA FROM SECRET LAB

PU leather luxury

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

The Omega 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.

3. 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 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.

4. NITRO CONCEPTS C80 PURE SERIES

An affordable chair that looks the part

Reasons to buy
+One of the cheapest options+Looks smart+Comfortable
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It’s one of the most affordable options 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.

5. ICON GAMING CHAIR FROM NOBLECHAIRS

A professional-looking design

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

6. VERTAGEAR RACING SERIES P-LINE PL6000

Great for gamers looking for extra space

Reasons to buy
+Added width and height+Dramatic design+Solid structure
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This striking chair from Vertagear is designed to provide ultimate comfort for those who need a seat that’s a bit bigger than some of the other options on the list. Given its larger design, the base of the PL6000 is seriously solid, yet still affords users with a good range of movement. It comes in a huge range of colour options, from subtle black all over to black, orange and white or even black and camouflage.

7. EPIC FROM NOBLECHAIRS

The Epic chair, but vegan

Reasons to buy
+Great-looking black and red design+Made from faux leather+All the best bits of the Epic
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It’s the Epic chair we featured above, but with a 100% vegan faux leather cover, which the brand is keen to shout about for those who don’t want to splash their cash on leather yet still want the design and functionality of the good-looking Epic chair. There are minimal design touches and a simple style that’s bound to appeal in offices as well as gaming rooms.

8. VERTAGEAR RACING SERIES S-LINE SL4000

Striking white design

Reasons to buy
+Dramatic look+Super comfy+Stable and built for long gaming sessions
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One of the most striking 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.

9. TITAN FROM SECRETLAB

The Titan of gaming chairs

Reasons to buy
+Integrated lumbar support+Ideal for larger gamers+4D adjustable armrests
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As the name Titan would suggest, this is Secretlab’s bigger 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.

10. X COMFORT AIR 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
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One of the newest and most ambitious 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.