The 10 Best Gaming Chairs of 2019

These chairs are specifically designed for long, comfortable gaming sessions

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Executive Chair: Homall Executive Swivel Chair

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This racing style gaming chair strikes the perfect balance of performance and value, delivering a versatile chair that is great for gamers. The ergonomic body-hugging high back provides lumbar support and naturally fits your shoulders, head and neck. The orthopedically friendly design includes a tilt locking mechanism with up to 180 degree angles of adjustment. That means you can tilt back and lock for resting or relaxing, or even lay the chair flat if you need a quick nap. Move around your room with 360-degree swivel and five multi-directional wheels, or adjust the height with a gas spring cylinder. Finally, you can enjoy the look of the sporty two-tone gray and black quality PU leather.

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Best with Massage Feature: Ficmax PC Gaming Chair

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Ergonomic design and extra padding only do so much. If you need a little bit more relaxing prowess out of your chair, you’ll want massage functionality. That’s where this Ficmax high-backed ergonomic chair comes in. It is built with a padded executive racing style design, complete with headrest pillow and lumbar pillow, but reinforced with a free USB electric massager. The implant massaging function activates along the side of the chair and in the lumbar cushion, giving you soothing pulsation to relieve cramps and increase comfort. A retractable footrest also makes the chair ideal for napping, while adjustable armrests give added options. 

Best Rocking Chair: X Rocker II

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The X Rocker II is designed to immerse you in your games with interactive audio control. This rocking gaming chair packs two forward-facing speakers with a powerful subwoofer. Control the sound with an easily accessible panel that gives you access to volume and bass control, even including a headphone jack if you don’t want to wake anyone up. The subwoofer helps you actually feel the music and audio effects from your gaming platform, creating an engrossing experience.

The chair is also very comfortable, built with an ergonomic design that features full back support for extended gaming performance. It is made with a heavy duty vinyl black cover that feels good to the touch and is easy to clean.

Best Budget Price: Crew Furniture Classic Video Rocker

If you’re short on space and cash, then this classic rocker by Crew Furniture is the perfect solution. The rocking gaming chair goes great in dorm rooms and studio apartments, weighing just 12 pounds with dimensions of 32 x 21 inches. The modern and ergonomic frame is built from sturdy wood that is buffered by padded polyurethane foam. Its covered in a faux leather vinyl and mesh with a host of color options, allowing a bit of customization if you order a few for your guests. The compact seats are both portable and easy to clean, just a quick wipe down and they are good to go. The chair also comes fully assembled, so you can start gaming as soon as you get the box.

Best Mid-Range Price: DXRacer Racing Series Gaming Chair

No matter what style of game you prefer, you'll love to play it from the comfort of the DXRacer Racing Series gaming chair. It's designed to provide plenty of neck and back support with headrests and lumbar cushions to keep you comfortable and unfatigued during lengthy gaming sessions. Even the armrests are comfortable for long periods of time. Sized to fit people of different heights and weights, this particular model is recommended for anyone up to 6' 3" tall and up to 220 pounds.

Available in six different color combinations, the DXRacer looks as good as it feels. A sleek design and tall back give it a kind of "captain’s chair" feel. The chair height can be adjusted from 50 to 53 inches, and you can also adjust the back and armrests for optimal comfort. The DXRacer lineup has one of the best warranties in its class, with a lifetime warranty on the frame and 24 months on parts.

Best Splurge: noblechairs ICON Gaming Chair

If you value comfort above all else, there are few gaming chairs that will top the ICON from noblechairs. Offered as both a premium chair for the home office and for gaming, it looks and feels like luxury. Even the top-grain leather was designed to mimic the look of a luxury car interior. Throw in a sturdy steel frame covered with 55% density molded cold foam and you may never want to stand up.

In terms of adjustability, the ICON offers 135-degree recline and 4D armrests that can adjust to four different positions for optimal comfort. A hydraulic lift moves the seat from 18 to 22 inches so you can find the perfect position for gaming. With a maximum user weight of 330 pounds, the chair is built to fit people of a variety of shapes and sizes.

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Best Mid-Back Chair: Flash Furniture Mid-Back

Ergonomically built to fit gamers of all sizes, the Flash Furniture mesh chair features a multitude of adjustment options, including the ability to move the back height a full two inches up or down and adjust the height of the padded armrests. Repositioning the chair's seatback angle and seat height are all done with the easy-to-reach paddle mechanisms underneath the seat, plus a tension adjustment knob to increase or decrease the amount of force required to rock or recline back (which reduces strain on the neck and shoulders). The Flash Furniture chair's nylon base and dual wheel casters allow the chair to roll easily along any non-carpeted surface, and the breathable mesh back incorporates built-in lumbar support for coolness and comfort during long gaming sessions.

Best Compact: Best Choice Products Adjustable Gaming Chair

Get a totally customizable memory foam gamer chair that is portable and comfortable, perfect for setting up in your living room and then putting away after the guests leave. It has ultra plush memory foam that is great to the touch and is also supportive. The chair can be adjusted to 14 positions, from 90 degrees to completely flat, with varying levels in between for you to find your perfect comfort. You can completely flatten the chair to store under your bed or in the closet if you are tight on space, making it an attractive option for apartments.

Best for Kids: ECR4Kids Soft Rocker Chair

The ECR4Kids Soft Rocker Chair is the best gaming chair for kids due to its durable construction, ergonomic design, as well as soft and comfortable cushioning. You won’t take up too much space with it either, as its specifically intended for floor use and measures only 28.5 x 17 x 33 inches.

With colors coming in blue, black, red and green, the ECR4Kids Soft Rocker Chair offers a wide selection to suit your kids’ personal taste. Its design is made for low seating to watch movies or play games, so there’s no worry of devastating falls or uneasiness. The chair’s button-tufted upholstery is made of a soft and durable fiber that is easy to wipe up for any unexpected messes such as OJ or soda spills.

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Best with Speakers: X Rocker 51396 Pro Series Pedestal 2.1 Video Gaming Chair

Connect multiple chairs for a wireless gaming experience with the X Rocker Pro, the ultimate chair for gaming dens. Get your whole crew synced up together with the built-in wireless receiver and wireless transmitter that will connect to Ace Bayou’s Audio Force Modulation Technology. It incorporates speakers and subwoofers to immerse you in the action and magnify sound quality. The elevated chair allows you to tilt and swivel for hours in ergonomic comfort, while a built-in control panel gives you separate volume and bass controls. Input and output jacks give you the option to put headphones in at night. The dark padded black chair and gunstock metal arms and pedestal have a modern and sleek look.

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How We Tested

We bought three top-rated gaming chairs and our reviewers tested them for 36 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these gaming chairs, from their ergonomics to their special attributes (like built-in speakers). We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Gaming Chair

Ergonomics - When you play a lot of games, a comfortable gaming chair is essential. Unlike regular office chairs, most gaming chairs have a reclining function, and some are highly adjustable to provide the most ergonomic experience possible. If you mostly play games on a console in your living room, it’s also worth taking a look at rocker gaming chairs.

Built-in audio - Some chairs include built-in speakers, which is great if you’re gaming on a computer or television that doesn’t have the best audio quality. Usually, gaming chairs with built-in audio will also have a headphone jack so you don’t disturb anyone in your house during late night gaming sessions.

Immersion technology - Many video game controllers have built-in vibrating motors to help create a sense of immersion, and some video game chairs include a similar feature. This feature usually works based on bass tones in a game’s built-in audio (and is therefore compatible with all games).

Test Results: Homall Executive Swivel Chair (Best Executive Chair)

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What We Like

  • Sleek design

  • Comfortable

  • Looks expensive

What We Don't Like

  • Part of assembly was frustrating

  • Stiff when tilting back

Homall Executive Swivel Chair
Homall Swivel Chair
Homall Executive Chair
Homall Chair
Homall

“The Homall Executive Swivel Chair is a perfect entry point into the world of dedicated gaming desk chairs,” raved one of our testers. “It remained comfortable after extended gaming and writing sessions.” One reviewer also thought it “looked like seats that cost twice as much.” On the other hand, according to one tester, “attaching a few of the plastic, cosmetic pieces at the end of assembly was very frustrating.” Also, the chair's ability to tilt back was “stiff and limited,” one reviewer noted.

Test Results: Ficmax PC Gaming Chair (Best with Massage Feature)

3.2

What We Like

  • Comfortable massaging lumbar cushion

  • Cushions hold their shape

  • Relatively easy to assemble

What We Don't Like

  • Armrests not adjustable

  • Leaning back feels wobbly

Ficmax PC Gaming Chair
Ficmax Gaming Chair
Ficmax PC

Although one of our testers liked that this chair was “relatively easy” to assemble and that its cushions held their shape after weeks of use, his favorite part about it was its massaging lumbar cushion: “It’s very comfortable,” he observed, “and its gentle vibration feels quite nice and relaxing.” The downsides, according to one reviewer, were that its armrests weren’t adjustable and that, when leaning back, it feels slightly wobbly: “Though it hasn't tipped over, it doesn’t give me great confidence,” he said.

Test Results: X Rocker II (Best Rocking Chair)

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What We Like

  • Quick to assemble

  • Great built-in speakers

  • High-quality construction

What We Don't Like

  • No ergonomic adjustments

  • Doesn’t accommodate taller people

  • Must be plugged in to use speakers

X Rocker II
X Rocker II gaming chair
X Rocker II chair
X Rocker chair
X Rocker gaming chair
X Rocker

Assembling this chair was quick, easy, and painless, according to our testers. One reviewer also thought that “the sound quality and dynamic range of the speakers were excellent, the construction was sturdy, and the padding was soft and inviting.” On the other hand, our testers wished that this chair allowed for ergonomic adjustments. One reviewer also didn’t like that it “doesn’t easily accommodate people who are taller than 6 feet” and that it “must be plugged in at all times to use the speakers.”