Last Updated on
Let’s face it. Teenagers find racing gaming chairs with flashy colors, low price (because, you know, they’re often made in out of low-quality materials) and thicker padding cool. We’ve all been there with $100 in your pocket looking for a gaming chair.
However, the really remarkable gaming chairs – the ones PROs use – are not crazy flashy and don’t look (and feel) cheap. These are usually the gaming chairs us guys in 20s or 30s get because we know a thing or two about the importance of ergonomics and style.
No teenager ever gave one thought about the health of their back; it’s all about KD ratios and headshots. Nonetheless, having an ergonomic gaming chair that won’t break your back is obviously of extreme importance.
The best gaming chairs are specially designed with these key metrics in mind:
- Ergonomics. No one loves having a hutched back.
- Durability. You don’t want to buy a $500+ gaming chair to last just one year. The top-tier chairs are properly built with steel reinforcements and sometimes even genuine leather upholstery.
- Performance-driven. Remember, PROs use these chairs to enhance their gaming skills.
- Fatigue-resistant. Gaming can be tough work but sitting while gaming shouldn’t exhaust you.
In order to give you an idea of how really great gaming chairs look like, we hunted down the best of them and put it together in the neat list:
List Of Top 9 Gaming Chairs (Specs And Style-Based)
1. noblechairs ICON Real Leather Gaming Chair (The Best Of The Top-Tier Chairs)
Here the scoop: I’ve sat on and reviewed on more gaming chairs that I can count. I know which ones felt comfortable, which ones were ergonomic, which ones really relaxed me and kept me fresh even on those 10h+ long Sunday gaming sessions.
I’m just excited to tell you about this iconic gaming chair. I could start with the real top-grain leather that feels, well, noble, or the 55% freshly molded cold high-density foam that lies beneath the genuine leather. But it’s just a small piece of the puzzle.
The whole feeling when sitting on the noblechairs ICON is like – I’m lost for words here – It’s like sitting on your own Iron Throne of Westeros and commanding Civilization V armies.
Basically, I feel like a supreme commander of my own little world. I’m completely immersed in the World of Warcraft and I feel unstoppable even after the whole weekend of gaming.
I really have to give it to the noblechairs ICON – it was a huge part of why I wanted to even share some experience with gaming chairs. Without further adieu, here’s a glimpse peek at how the ICON looks like:
It was really designed to look like the interior of sports cars. It’s like a cockpit of certainly and maneuverability I have when I’m gaming.
And it’s not all about achieving that KD ratio on booming headshots left and right. It’s about the noblest of details; for example, just look how noble the logo embroidery looks like:
Even the real leather upholstery (they use top-grain leather) is beautiful to behold:
Gaming is my world and at the center of this world is my PC and my ICON. I just can’t imagine sitting on the cheap racing gaming chairs again and feeling my backache after an hour of playing.
I’ll try to cover some features that are just a class of their own when it comes to gaming chairs design. For a more in-depth review, you should check the noblechairs ICON real leather chair review here.
The top-notch features include the 4D armrests (it’s very important to focus your hand perfectly in FPS games), Class 4 SGS-certified lift and solid steel frame.
The superb built materials make the ICON durable and robust. I mean, I’ve been sitting on it for more than 1 year and gaming (too?) heavily and I haven’t even scratched the leather once. It’s in the same prime condition as it was on the day that it was delivered.
I can’t 100% say this is the best gaming chair on the planet because, honestly, I haven’t sat on every gaming chair ever created.
However, something tells me that if I would have to opportunity to test every chair that ever way, I would ultimately place my bottom on the noblechairs ICON and feel all the nobility and command that goes with this meticulously designed and beautiful chair.100% best chair I ever used. Real top-grain leather upholstery that won’t fade or scratch. It’s beautiful to behold. The logo embroidery, nobility of leather, it’s…it’s beautiful! The whole chair is made to be comfortable and ergonomic. Superb materials: 4D armrests, Class 4 SGS lift, solid steel frame. It’s a gaming throne that I wish everybody could afford. It does cost more than $500 (obviously, real leather and nobility doesn’t come cheap).
2. Secretlab Titan 2020 With PU Leather (The Big New Brand On The Rise)
Secretlab company is the new cool kid on the block; on the block of gaming chair companies. They’ve really started to make an impact on the gaming industry with the introduction of what Forbes calls ‘sublime fabric comfort’ of their overall beautifully designed gaming chairs.
They are already establishing their new line of the best 2020 gaming chairs but for now their shinning flagship chair is the 2020 Secretlab Titan gaming chairs. And, believe me, the great reviews it’s getting are well deserved.
The Secretlab Titan 2020 took a bit of inspiration from racing car seats when they’ve made a blueprint for this comfortable and yet ergonomic gaming chairs.
The complete weight distribution was thought out and, as you can see from the photo below, the Titan even has some advanced lateral supports (looks like wings on the left and right side of the chair):
One really advanced thing they have included (and I don’t know why every gaming chair doesn’t come with this) are the XL rubber coated casters. Having big casters is great in itself; you can move around easier.
However, the true gold here is the rubber! Every surface will love the touch of rubber casters the Secretlab Titan 2018 version includes. I really don’t know why almost every other chair (even noblechairs ICON) has PU casters.
Needless to say, the Secretlab is going to lead the charge in the 2020 gaming chair industry and their flagship 2020 Titan is already one of the best gaming chairs money can buy.Secretlab company makes phenomenal chairs. Very comfortable and ergonomic. Prime PU leather upholstery (durable and skin-friendly). XL rubber casters (finally some rubber!). Hands down one of the best gaming chairs in the world. The Secretlab Titan 2020 version is a bit better than 2018 version (yet comes with a price boost).
3. Arozzi Verona V2 Advanced Italian Gaming Chair (Viva L’Italia)
Italians had always had a good taste for design; their sports cars like Ferrari and Lamborgini are a great testament to that. Of course, when they’ve decided to design gaming chairs, that spirit of Italian design was ingrained into the chair; and, voila!, the Arrozi Verona V2 chair was born.
To make the V2 chair comfortable it uses the high-density foam which is quite responsive to movement. Together with the double lumbar and high-back support, it makes the Arrozzi Verona V2 chair fairly ergonomic:
The V2 chair is a true testament how to incorporate a balance between a comfortable and ergonomic gaming chair while at the same time keeping the design simple. Usually, we see comfortable gaming chairs with an absurd amount of padding and ergonomic chair with an absurd amount of moving adjustable parts.
This Italian chair manages to encapsulate the gamer while also providing him or her with extra features such as 180-degree recline and rocking function.
Here are the pros and cons of the Arozzi Verona chair:Very good comfortability/ergonomic balance. Minimalistic Italian design. 180-degree recline function for comfy naps. Not as expensive as premium racing chairs. It is (and feels) a bit lightweight. Not for heavy people. Overall, it is not the most comfortable gaming chair on the list.
4. AKRacing Masters Series Gaming Chair (It’s All About Gaming Performance Enhancement)
Some guys buy top-tier gaming chairs to sit comfortably while gaming; others just want to enhance their skill and lift that KD ratio. For the latter group, the AKRacing Masters Series chair is a perfect way to become better at gaming.
The PROs who use AKRacing chair value how comfortable and ergonomic this gaming chair is in long-hour sessions. However, the No. 1 point always goes toward how performance-driven is the chair.
The 4D armrest is a perfect example of how to increase shooting accuracy. You can customize the armrests up and down, left and right, back and forward and you can even rotate it to one or the other side.
As you can see from the photo of AKRacing Masters Series chair below, this is truly a gaming chair for PRO gamers:
When it comes to long-term performance, you always have to look at two things chair for gaming can offer:
- Stability. You have to be as solid as a rock sitting on the chair to minimize the response time.
- Fatigue-resistant. You don’t want to start missing those headshots after 3 or 4 hours of gaming. Feeling comfortable and having ergonomic support for all of your weight gain you major points as far as keeping the KD ratio is concerned.
Of course, AKRacing went the extra mile to accommodate both stability requirements and to address fatigue.
In order to have a rock-solid chair, the AKRacing Master Series chair is made out of a metal frame. This is the backbone of a gaming chair that can hold up to 330 lbs and ensure that the chair won’t radically move (or even break) when you radically move on the chair (think unforeseen BAM! headshots).
Because the primary focus of AKRacing chair is to make you better at gaming, it doesn’t include superior ergonomic features. That means that it doesn’t cost as much as those expensive Herman Miller chairs because performance-driven gamers really want a full focus while gaming and don’t really want to pay $1000 for a gaming chair.Makes you focus for long hours and enhances your gaming skill. 4D armrest adjustment can give you those extra milliseconds faster response time for higher KD ratio. +30% higher density of cure cold foam in order to keep your gaming skill high even after 3 or 4 hours of gaming. A very affordable price (below $500). Not as ergonomic as other $1000 office chairs.
5. RESPAWN-900 Gaming Chair (The Most Comfortable Gaming Chair)
Do you even phantom how hard it is to find a semi-decent gaming chair with a cupholder? I’ve written a post about my frustration with cupholder chairs a while ago and came to a conclusion there is no such chair out there.
With the RESPAWN 900, now there is 1!
A cupholder is all I could ever wish for in a gaming chair and yet the RESPAWN 900 has so much more to offer.
For starters, it’s a RESPAWN chair. This is an American company with a superb reputation; they even provide gaming chairs to NACE and HSEL who help high school and college kids fulfill their gaming potential. Not to mention the caliber for the gaming teams they support; people blasting Fortnite Competitive Season used RESPAWN chairs.
Now, the real eye-catcher is the uniquely designed footrest. You know those extendable gaming chair footrests are are kind of ok? Well, the RESPAWN 900 doesn’t have one of those. Instead, it has one of these neatly prolonged and all-in-one footrests:
I really can’t decide if I’m more excited about finally finding a gaming chair that has a cupholder, or about this footrest. I just love that RESPAWN 900 model has both of these features to offer.
The chair is very well built as well; having a pedestal, the RESPAWN was very careful about balancing the chair just right for maximum performance.
Of course, with the cupholder and impressive footrest, one way of looking at the RESPAWN 900 is as a comfortable Gatorade ready relaxing gaming chair, right?
However, on the other hand, this is a gaming chair that PROs use to win Fortnite championships. It might look comfortable, it is comfortable, but it was designed will a single purpose in mind: performance-enhancing!
You got to give it to RESPAWN; with the 900 model they’ve really created a superior gaming chair with unheard-of extra features that will work with you to enhance your gaming skills.It’s RESPAWN; all RESPAWN chairs are top-notch. Has a cupholder! Finally a Gatorade-ready chair. Unique footrest design. RESPAWN supports high schools and colleges; go gamers! Most importantly, focused on enhancing your gaming skills with every part of the chair. Not the cheapest gaming chair on the planet. Has a 275 lbs maximum weight capacity.
6. Vertagear SL2000 TSM Original Gaming Chair (State-Of-The-Art Sleek Design)
If you’re a gamer and have done your research about the best gaming chairs, you must’ve stumbled on the Vertagear SL2000 chair. This is the iconic Vertagear chair that introduced the “slide-in” design for a quick gaming chair assembly process.
The purple edition is the SL2000 has scored the #1 on the list of best purple gaming chairs.
The Vertagear chairs are known for their use of superior materials; for example, the upholstery is PVC leather (not the PU leather). To create that most satisfying comfortable feeling, the Vertagear SL2000 uses the ultra-premium resilience foam (the high-density sort, not the cheap low density or medium density one).
In the end, it really matters how the chair looks and you can judge from the photo below is the Vertagear SL2000 is really the coolest looking gaming chair ever:
The secret of why it looks so sleek is because it’s ultra-thin. Normally, ultra-thin would mean less stable at best and a complete disaster at worst.
You can read more about the evolution of Vertagear gaming chairs here.
To even add to the comfortability, you get extra lumbar and high-back support pillows. These do make the Vertagear SL2000 chair a bit thicker (less sleek) but more comfortable. You can choose to add those or use this premium chair without them; it’s really sleek vs. comfortability compromise here.
It’s really difficult to include all the pros of the Vertagear SL2000 chair here, but lets give it a try:Made by Vertagear, a company known for it’s proficiency in gaming chairs design. Look sleek as f*ck. Premium PVC leather upholstery and steel frame. Premium high density resiliance foam for ultimate comfort. Extra lumbar and high-back pillows are included in the package. Easy “slide in” installation. Premium brand = Premium price.
7. noblechairs HERO Gaming Chair (Choose Between Faux Leather And Real Genuine Leather)
If you’ve read my review of the #1 top-tier gaming chair – the noblechairs ICON – you know how much I love that chair. However, I have to admit I haven’t sat on the noblechairs HERO just yet because currently I own just my one and only noblechairs gaming chair.
If you look at noblechairs HERO vs. noblechairs ICON, you can see they’re quite similar inbuilt materials and features. The main difference is the overall design.
For one, the HERO chair has a wider backrest which might be a better choice for guys who have broad shoulders. Me with my scrawny shoulders, I prefer the ICON with its slim backrest.
Here is how wide the noblechairs HERO backrest is:
The back support, as you might imagine, is fantastic. The noblechairs gaming chairs were designed in the same way as luxury car seats and offer similarly comfortable and, above all, an ergonomic place to sit.
The only thing that you really need to decide when buying noblechairs ICON chair for gaming is what kind of upholstery you’re going to choose. You can pick between:
- PU faux leather.
- Real leather.
Now, normally everybody would prefer the real leather upholstery (which is pleasant to the skin) but you might consider the PU faux leather purely because of the finances. The noblechairs are not cheap; they have an exquisite design and look rich.
However, if you would want to add real leather, you’re looking at more than $200 boost in price. The real leather is more durable and if you’re buying a gaming chair that will last for 5+ years, the real leather is an obvious choice. However, the PU leather may not be as durable but is pretty skin-friendly and, you know, you can save more than $200 by choosing it.That noblechairs nobility comes with the gaming chair. Broader design than the ICON for guys with big and broad shoulders. 4D armrests for increased shooting accuracy and steel frame for gaming stability. You have the option to add real leather upholstery. Real leather does cost $200+ more than normal PU faux leather.
8. GT Throne Immersive Vibrating Gaming Chair (Chair That Gives True Game Immersion)
You know that feeling when you’re so much into the game that you forget about the world? That’s what the GT Throne chair is all about.
The Throne uses dynamic vibrations, connected to your gameplay, that work great for immersing your whole body (not only the mind) in the game. It’s the only one to use Tremor FX technology to achieve very physical synch between the game and your chair.
Don’t worry though; you only feel the falls or G-forces, not the literal bullets and crashes.
The whole GT Throne is covered with PVC leather and has some finely stitched in logo embroidery:
One advantage is that it can easily serve as a console gaming chair. It can connect with your PC and laptop for all the vibrations, of course, but it can also be hooked up to Xbox or Playstation. As such it offers a whole range of gaming options along with the unheard-of immersive gaming experience.
The base of the chair is comprised of a steel frame and supported by the 5-star aluminum base with 5 big XL casters (these measure full 3 inches, not your average 2.5 inches).
All in all, the GT Throne gaming chair is a must for everybody who really needs to be physically in the game. The real-time game processing is shooting your chair with realistic vibrations and you can really feel like you’re walking on the battlefield itself.Vibrating chair that immerses you in the game. Uses patented FX tech to drive the vibrations in real-time gameplay. Can be hooked up to Xbox and Playstation. Solidly built and durable. The vibrations might not be as intense as some would wish.
9. Cougar Armor Titan Gaming Chair Review (Top-Notch Durable Chair)
You can deduce that this is one badass chair just from its nickname “The Titan”. Cougar Armor is a well-established European gaming chair company known for chairs like Cougar Armor One and Cougar Armor S Luxury. The top of the line chair from Cougar Armor is called, you guessed it, “The Titan” for a reason.
It is made out of steel. Gaming chairs with incorporated steel are known for their durability and providing strong back support. However, what usually goes first is the upholstery. The Cougar Armor Titan uses a thick version of PU leather that is incredibly durable and looks pretty badass:
The really impressive thing about the Cougar chair is its seat width. Ordinarily, gaming chairs have a seat width of about 20 inches; big guys sure don’t find them very comfortable. The Cougar Titan has a 23.5-inch wide seat. That makes for one comfy gaming chair.
Currently, it has an amazing 4.5+ rating on Amazon and the reviewers absolutely adore the Titan.
Given the top-notch use of durable materials such as steel and PVC leather, combines with the explosion-proof gas piston and an amazing 4D armrests, the cost of the Cougar Armor chair is higher than for most of the racing gaming chairs on the list.
Nonetheless, its sheer size and excellent durability make “The Titan” one of the best gaming chairs money can buy.
Here is a summary of pros and cons for Cougar Armor Titan chair:One of the most durable racing chairs. Sturdy design with steel and PVC leather. Pretty much every reviewer absolute loves The Titan. Amazing 4D armrests. Not appropriate for small guys. Does cost $300+.
Which Is Your Best Gaming Chair?
There are a lot of guys out there that own several gaming chairs. Sooner or later, pretty much any gamer has his or her best choice of a gaming chair in mind.
If you have one in mind and would like to share your thought, you can state the chair and give some pros/cons in the comments below.