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. 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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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A budget-friendly chair

Reasons to buy
+Plenty of colour options+Not too expensive+Comfortable

A budget-friendly gaming chair, the Regger chair boasts lots of freedom to move around as you’re gaming with a 360-degree swivelling seat, fully adjustable backrest and lumbar support. Its performance will be unlikely to match the comfort and high-end feel of some of the more expensive chairs, but it’s great for someone’s first gaming chair. It comes in a range of different colours, including black and red, blue and white, yellow and black and red and black.

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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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Great for gamers looking for extra space

Reasons to buy
+Added width and height+Dramatic design+Solid structure

This striking gaming 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.

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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

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.

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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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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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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.