Best gaming chairs 2021: premium and comfy seats

Discover the best gaming chairs money can buy, for any budget and any body size

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T3's best gaming chairs guide for 2021 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 as well as doing so while testing out the best office chairs, we first and foremost 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. 

Our gaming chair buyer's guide does not just include hyper-expensive gaming thrones that only the very richest gamers can afford. It also features 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.

After all, what's the point in buying one of the best gaming monitors, as well as a great gaming laptop and brilliant gaming headset, if you're fundamentally let down by the chair you sit in? The same is applicable in terms of buying the best gaming mouse for you – you need to be comfortable and supported properly to use it.

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.

The best gaming chairs 2021

best gaming chairs 2021 secret lab titan softweave

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

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1. SecretLab Titan SoftWeave Fabric Gaming Chair

The best gaming chair for most people

Reasons to buy
+New SoftWeave fabric available+Top-tier all-round build quality+Elite neck, arm and back support

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 the 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 the top spot in our best gaming chairs of 2021 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 it 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.

Find out more: SecretLab Titan SoftWeave Fabric Gaming Chair guide

Best gaming chairs 2021 noblechairs icon gaming chair

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2. Noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair

The best gaming chair for a professional, mature design

Reasons to buy
+Understated, executive design+Quality build+Real leather covering
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

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.

best gaming chairs 2021 Brazen Phantom Elite

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

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3. Brazen Phantom Elite Gaming Chair

The best gaming chair for those shopping on a budget

Reasons to buy
+Smooth and silent wheels+Six colour options+Totally adjustable 

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 color 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.

best gaming chairs 2021 Secretlab Omega

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

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4. Secretlab Omega

One of the absolute best gaming chairs for style, comfort and features

Reasons to buy
+Premium build quality+Tilt mechanism supports better posture+Wide variety of designs

Unlike the Secretlab Titan above, the Omega is the maker's more lightweight, streamlined design. It's ideal for those who want a premium gaming chair package, but don't need quite as much real estate as the Titan and Titan XL. 

The Omega gaming chair is available in PU leather, real NAPA leather, and Secretlab's new SoftWeave fabric. It also 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 a load of different colorways, too, including 5 base flavors as well as a plethora of eSports and special editions, too.

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.

We'd still recommend the Secretlab Titan over the Omega to most gamers, but for smaller gamers or for those shopping with a slightly smaller budget, then the Omega is a really classy pick.

Best gaming chair Noblechairs Epic


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5. NobleChairs Epic Series Real Leather Chair

The best gaming chair when budget is not a consideration

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 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.

Best gaming chairs 2021 Vertagear SL5000

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

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6. Vertagear SL5000

The best gaming chair for ensuring a correct posture

Reasons to buy
+Superb neck and back support+Easy and fast to assemble+Available in different colours

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 resilient foam. The seat boasts a covering of extra soft vegan-friendly PU leather, too, meaning that it feels as good as it looks.

Best gaming chair SECRETLAB TITAN NAPA

Luxe Napa leather make the Titan Napa a hyper-premium choice.

7. SecretLab Titan Napa

The best gaming chair made from luxe 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 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 2021... even if it will set you back quite a chunk of change.

Best gaming chair VERTAGEAR RACING SERIES S-LINE SL4000

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

8. Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL4000

A cracking gaming chair with a 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 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.

Best gaming chair CORSAIR T2 ROAD WARRIOR

This top gaming chair is Mad Max approved...

9. Corsair T2 Road Warrior

A superb gaming chair for gamers wanting premium comfort

Reasons to buy
+Impressive lumbar support+4D armrests

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 best gaming chairs 2021

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10. AKRacing Core EX-Wide Gaming Chair

An excellent gaming chair for anyone who needs a wider model

Reasons to buy
+More room to sit+Solid construction and lots of adjustment+Long manufacturer warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

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 price 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 aluminum 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 180-degrees and you can adjust the armrests, back angle, lumbar cushion and headrest. 

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Best gaming chairs 2021: 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 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 make 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.

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 2021: 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 2021: leather or fabric upholstery

Today there 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 from 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.

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 to be warmer than fabric, and also tend to not be as breathable – which can contribute to sticky back, behind 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 down to what each gamer prioritizes.

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.