Best gaming chairs 2022

The best gaming chairs for budgets and bodies of all shapes and sizes

The SecretLab Titan Evo is the best gaming chair for most people
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The best gaming chairs need to be comfortable, supportive and budget-appropriate for gamers out there. Whether you game on console or PC, a good chair for gaming is essential not just to your health but your gameplay performance.

Over time, bad posture paired with an unsupportive chair can lead to all kinds of issues including back problems, chronic aches and much more. So it's essential that you find the right gaming seat for your body type and setup.

Since no two gamers are alike, we've constructed our guide for gamers of all types. Every age, body type, personal style and size is covered in our guide to the best gaming chairs of 2022, from the high-end to the budget-friendly options. Each chair in our guide has earned the T3 seal of approval, and we're confident you'll find an option that's right for you.

Best gaming chairs 2022

SecretLab Titan EVO review (2022)T3 Best Buy Award badge

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

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The best gaming chair for most people

Specifications

Max load: < 290lbs (130kg)
Height: 5'9" - 6'7" (175 - 200cm)
Upholstery: Fabric
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Recline: 85-165 degrees
Package size: 33.5 x 28 x 14.5in (85 x 71 x 37cm)
Warranty: 5 years

Reasons to buy

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Quality selection of upholstery finishes
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In-built 4-way lumbar support system
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Magnetic memory foam head pillow
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Magnetic swappable armrests
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Seat base has excellent ergonomics

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than the 2021 Titan
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There's only one design, so you better like it
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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. 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.

In our full Secretlab Titan EVO review (opens in new tab), we comment that "SecretLab has rolled its existing Titan and Omega chairs together into a single offering that delivers the best of both, while also evolving the gaming chair product in a bunch of small but smart and refined ways."

The seat base has also been redesigned in collaboration with ergonomic experts, and it's 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.

Noblechairs Epic Series Real Leather review: Luxury gaming comfort and supportT3 Award


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The best premium gaming chair

Specifications

Max load: < 265lbs
Height: 19" - 23"
Upholstery: Real leather
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Recline: 90 to 135 degrees
Foam: Deformation resistant cold
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Solid design and quality construction
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Seriously comfortable
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Plenty of adjustment options

Reasons to avoid

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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 2022, and we'd recommend adding it to your shortlist if you've got a healthy budget.

In T3's Noblechairs Epic Series Real Leather review (opens in new tab) we state that "the Epic Series real leather chair from Noblechairs might be just the speed boost your gaming set up needs."

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 feature 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.

The GTPlayer Gaming Chair in black and whiteT3 Award

Want the best gaming chair under £100? That's the GTPlayer Gaming Chair.

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3. GTPlayer Gaming Chair

The best gaming chair under $150

Specifications

Max load: < 1300lbs
Dimensions: 19.68x20.86x53.15 in (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

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Smooth bonded leather finish
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90~150°reclining and rocking action
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Extra back and neck pillows
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Incredibly affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Design doesn't stand out
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No fancy features

If you're shopping for the best gaming chair under $150 then the GTPlayer Gaming Chair is our top choice.

Firstly, it is very, very affordable. 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. You get a stylish design finished with smooth bonded leather, added seat and headrest pillows, smooth-rolling casters and excellent maneuverability.

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 colorways, too, including White, Blue, Green, Grey and Red. Setup is straightforward as well and each chair comes with a 30-day return guarantee. Yes, you don't get any fancy features like hidden adjustable lumbar support, magnetic head pillows, 4D armrests and heating, but at this price you just can't complain.

Overall, a really strong ultra-budget gaming chair package. You can spend a little more, too, to get a model with a footrest if you wish, which can be nice if you're got very long legs. Compare this chair to a more premium model in our SecretLab Titan SoftWeave vs GTPlayer Gaming Chair (opens in new tab) comparison feature.

Razer Iskur at deskT3 Award

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Razer's top gaming heritage shines through

Specifications

Max load: < 299lbs (130 kg)
Recommended height: 5'6" - 6'2"
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

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Excellent build quality
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Incredibly stylish lines
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Quality upholstery

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

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.

As our Razer Iskur review (opens in new tab) states, this "is undoubtedly one of the best gaming chairs on the market." 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 colorway, 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 bodyweight of the chair is 299lbs.

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.

Secretlab Titan XSS reviewT3 Approved badge

The best gaming chair for children? That's the Secretlab Titan XXS.

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The best gaming chair for children

Specifications

Max load: 70kg (154lbs)
Weight: 21kg
Height: 160cm (5’2”)
Upholstery: Neo Leatherette, SoftWeave Plus Fabric
Armrests: Height-adjustable
Hydraulics: Class 4
Recline: Not listed
Foam type: Memory foam with cooling gel
Warranty: 5 years

Reasons to buy

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Perfect size for kids
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Identical quality to full-size Titan
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Three upholsteries to choose from

Reasons to avoid

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It's expensive for a child's seat
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It's obviously for children only

Interestingly this product started off as an April Fools' Day prank by Secretlab, but due to demand for it, the maker went ahead and made it a reality.

The Secretlab Titan XXS is a 1:2 half-size Secretlab Titan (the chair that top's T3's best gaming chair buying guide), and it is designed for children primarily, although pets and even Totoros can sit in it.

As it is for children it has a recommended maximum weight of 70kg (154lbs) and a maximum height of 160cm (5’2”), so if your child falls under those figures then you're golden.

What's so impressive about the XXS, which stands for "Extra Extra Small", is that it really is just a miniaturized Titan, with the same build quality and upholstery options available to shoppers.

You lose a few features of the full-size chair, including a magnetic head pillow (the XXS comes with a strap-on variety), and the armrests aren't quite as maneuverable, but overall it is a very high quality, premium product.

The price shows its premium nature and heritage, and no doubt it will put off a lot of parents from buying (it costs more than some high-end adult gaming chairs after all), but as T3's Secretlab Titan XXS review says, "If you're a fan of quality gaming chairs and want to buy your child/pet/Totoro a seat to sit on while playing games, then the Secretlab Titan XXS is the product for you."

Mavix M9 gaming chairT3 Approved badge

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Extreme comfort and style in a gaming chair

Specifications

Max load: < 299lbs (130 kg)
Recommended height: 5'6" - 6'2"
Upholstery: M-Breeze fabric
Armrests: 4D
Casters: Locking enabled caster sheels
Foam type: Memory Foam
Adjustable back angle: 127 Degrees
Warranty: 12 years

Reasons to buy

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Extremely comfortable
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Highly adjustable
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Wheels roll smoothly

Reasons to avoid

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Eye wateringly expensive
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Elemax had short battery life

Paying the price of a new gaming computer on your chair may seem excessive but can you really put a price on comfort? Mavix has done with the M9. This is an exceedingly comfortable chair that lacks the bulk of traditional gaming chairs in favor of memory foam and stylish design. It also has some surprises up its sleeve.

As T3's Mavix M9 review (opens in new tab) says, "It offers blissful comfort, high adjustability and a bit of massaging action in a stylish design and luxurious finish that looks just as great in your tasteful home office as it does in your gaming den." 

The addition of the Elemax console (for an extra fee) provides heating, cooling and massage functions to the chair. Sitting on the Mavix M9 is more comfortable than most sofas, but seeing any dedicated gamer will spend every free moment on it, it needs to be. Yes, you can buy much cheaper chairs that are almost as good but if you're going to splurge, this is the chair to do it on. 

Cougar Argo gaming chair reviewT3 Award

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An ergonomic offering that keeps things light and airy

Specifications

Max load: 330.7lbs (150 kg)
Height: 19" - 21.2"
Upholstery: Mesh, PVC leather
Armrests: 4D
Recline: 105 to 130 degrees
Warranty: 1 year

Reasons to buy

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Highly adjustable
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Terrific ergonomics
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Great build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Not a lot of fun features
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Mesh seat leave marks on bare skin

The Cougar Argo forgoes the bulk of most gaming chairs and with the black version could almost pass as a regular office chair. The focus here is ergonomics, making sure you are well supported when sitting for hours in front of the screen. It's highly adjustable to ensure good posture and breathable, thanks to the mesh seat and back rest, and the breathable PVC fabric used for the headrest and lumbar support.

As T3's Cougar Argo review (opens in new tab) says, "what the Cougar Argo lacks in bells and whistles, it makes up for in ergonomics." This is no lightweight either, weighing in at just over 55lbs and can support up to 330lbs. And while the color scheme is a little toned down, the orange version (pictured here) provides a classier look. 

cougar armor pro royal blackT3 Award

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Generous in size and comfort

Specifications

Max load: < 352lbs
Heights: 49.2- 51.56in (125 - 131cm)
Upholstery: Breathable PVC Leather Micro Suede-Like Texture
Armrests: 4D
Hydraulics: Class 4
Castors: 5 nylon non-slip

Reasons to buy

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Highly adjustable
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Robust, high-quality PVC leather
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Great comfort for long hours of play
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More subtle gaming aesthetic List

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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Takes up space
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Headrest not adjustable

The Cougar Armor Pro Royal might be understated in looks but it's brimming with features and generous in size. This big chair can carry larger gamers with ease, or provide room to breathe for smaller ones. The extra-thick PVC leather is comfy and cool to the touch, while the 170-degree recline and 4D armrests allow you to get the position exactly as you like it. 

As T3's Cougar Armor Titan Pro Royal review (opens in new tab) says, "The Cougar Armor Titan Pro Royal goes above and beyond providing comfort." No matter your size, this chair has plenty of room, allowing you to spread out and make it your own. There are also plenty of options for support and adjustability to ensure the setup is exactly as you want it. 

It's not the cheapest chair on the market but it feels really well made and should cope with years of heavy use.  

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

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Simple, streamlined comfort for your gaming sessions

Specifications

Max load: < 330 lbs.
Height: 53 inches
Upholstery: PVC Leather
Foam: Cold moulded
Casters: 5
Head pillow: Yes
Locking mechanism: Yes
Frame material: Steel

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of adjustment options
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Really well built and solid
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Minimal, understated design

Reasons to avoid

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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.

T3's GT Omega Element review comments that "the GT Omega Element is the gaming chair equivalent of a freshly tailored suit, built to make you look and feel good." As you can see from the image above, it 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.

AndaSeat Kaiser 2 gaming chairT3 Approved badge

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Comfortable and flexible

Specifications

Foam type: High Density Mould Shaping Foam
Framework: Steel
Gas Lift Class: 4
Armrest: 4D
Chair Cover Material: PVC Leather
Weight: 73.8lbs (33.5kg)

Reasons to buy

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Good build quality
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Very adjustable

Reasons to avoid

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It’s heavy and large

If you're looking for a gaming chair that first and foremost delivers a really sturdy construction then, this chair is well worth scoping out. T3's AndaSeat Kaiser 2 review (opens in new tab) notes that it is "comfortable, well-made and capable of holding a decent amount of weight." 

It's got a really rock-solid presence when constructed and is 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 its 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. 

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Is a gaming chair actually worth it?

Just like the best office chairs out there, not all gaming chairs are not created equal. Alongside the health benefits of proper posture support, there's not much of a point in throwing down cash on one of the best gaming monitors, a great gaming laptop and a brilliant gaming headset if you're using a sub-par seat.

Comfort and support are both very important. Gaming chairs take both of these factors into account during design, ensuring you've got a seat that provides proper posture support along with a comfortable cushion for extended use.

It also helps to think of your gaming setup overall and how each piece compliments the other. If your gaming chair, for example, doesn't provide proper height and posture support than even the best gaming mouse in the world won't save your performance since you aren't properly setup to use it.

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 ease 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 caliber of its upholstery. Stitch quality is also analyzed, 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 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.

How to find the best gaming chair for you

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.

Naturally, you should also consider the look and style you're going for when choosing one the best gaming chairs currently available in 2022. 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 color 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.

What is the #1 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.

Who makes the best gaming chairs in 2022?

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 (opens in new tab), Secretlab (opens in new tab), GT Omega Racing (opens in new tab), EWIN (opens in new tab), Noblechairs (opens in new tab), X Rocker (opens in new tab), DXRacer (opens in new tab), Vertagear (opens in new tab), Corsair (opens in new tab), Brazen (opens in new tab), and Songmics (opens in new tab).

What type of gaming chair is best? 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.

Deputy Editor for T3.com, Rob has been writing about computing, gaming, mobile, home entertainment technology, toys (specifically Lego and board games), smart home 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.

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