The 4 Best Gaming Chairs of 2020

These chairs are specifically designed for long, comfortable gaming sessions

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If you're a gamer, you almost certainly spend a fair amount of time seated. So there's no reason why you shouldn't invest in one of the best gaming chairs available. While there are plenty of slick-looking chairs out there, they can vary wildly in terms of price, materials, and adjustment options. It can be tempting to splurge on something that looks really cool, but ultimately you'll want to invest in something that is both comfortable and accommodating to your particular gaming setup, whether that's a desk or simply the middle of the living room.
At the very least, you should look for a chair that offers some amount of lumbar support and some rudimentary adjustment options. You'll also want to pay attention to the relative measurements of each chair and compare that to your desk if you're planning to use the chair in an office environment. There are few things more disappointing than sliding your brand new chair up to your desk only to find that it's just an inch or two shorter than you'd like. But that brings us to the final point, which is return and replacement policies. Spending more on a chair will typically net you more generous policies in case you aren't satisfied with your purchase.

Best Overall: Secretlab TITAN

Easily the most recognizable brand in the gaming chair space, Secret Lab has provided gamers with improved versions of its flagship Titan model every year, with the current 2020 iteration offering the most decked out and customizable version yet. This version of the Titan has adjustment options that rival just about any other gaming chair on the market. With armrests that are height and orientation adjustable, a generous recline, and an integrated adjustable lumbar support you'll have no trouble getting comfortable, no matter what your gaming setup looks like.

The SecretLabs Titan is composed of an aluminum frame that supports a generously padded seat and backrest, covered by your choice of PU or NAPA leather, or SecretLabs Softweave fabric. Besides the seat material, the Titan also features five different color combinations and a multitude of special editions based around famous esports personalities and games.

Top this all off with an extensive 5-Year warranty that covers parts and labor, and a 49-day refund and return policy, ensuring that your ample investment remains protected.

"I've had the opportunity to try a variety of gaming chairs, but Secretlabs has consistently been my top choice for years." Alice Newcome-Beill, Commerce Editor

Best Executive Chair: Homall Executive Swivel Chair

What We Like
  • Sturdy and comfortable construction

  • Great style for the price

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Cosmetic pieces difficult to attach

  • Doesn’t lean back easily

  • Arm height isn't adjustable

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.

Best with Massage Feature: Ficmax Ergonomic Gaming Chair

What We Like
  • Built in massage unit

  • Lower back and lumbar support

  • Retractable footrest

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to set up

  • Bulky and hard to store

  • Massager is USB powered and must be near an outlet

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 Mid-Back Chair: Flash Furniture Mid-Back Office Chair

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.

Final Verdict

It may cost the equivalent of several lesser chairs, but the SecretLabs Titan offers unparalleled comfort and customization. The Titan is what other gaming chairs aspire to be and is an easy recommendation for anyone that spends hours at a time in front of their computer. 

About Our Trusted Experts

Patrick Hyde lives in Seattle where he works as a digital marketer and freelance copywriter. With a Master’s degree in history from the University of Houston and a job in Seattle's booming tech industry, his interests and knowledge span the past, present, and future.

Alice Newcome-Beill has a unique insight into the worlds of tech and gaming. Always keen to try out the latest computer peripherals, she can write a dissertation on the differences between mechanical keyboard switches and is always on the lookout for that next piece to deck out her already overpowered gaming rig.

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).