Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of gaming gear — including the best gaming headsets, the best gaming mice, and the best computer monitors — here, we’ve rounded up the best gaming chairs, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least expensive) gaming chair
This AmazonBasics model wows customers with its sleek racing style, but plenty of reviewers say it works well, too. “Much better than what we had previously purchased,” says one reviewer. “The design is a lot more attractive and the wheels roll better.” It also has a removable headrest and adjustable armrest, which allow customers to customize their chair to their preferences. “It’s comfortable and has nice padding on the base and back of the chair. The lower back support and head support are perfect for me, especially when I’m working from home. It can be adjusted for any part of my lower to upper back so it helps out a lot,” says one commenter. However, one reviewer notes, “This chair kind of forces you to keep your legs closer together if you’re sitting deep into it. It’s comfortable that the chair wraps around you, but the sides are also a bit firm, so if you want to spread out, the side walls can get in the way.” Others find its leather upholstery particularly dreamy: “I have been using it for about a week and I’ve had no problems so far. If I’m too lazy to jump in the bed, I could just recline back the chair and fall asleep right here in front of the computer.”
And now for some micro-picks of every type of gaming chair you might be looking for.
Best gaming chair with footrest
“It’s so comfortable to fall asleep in it,” proclaims one satisfied reviewer. The upholstered leather gaming chair has adjustable reclining positions and an extendable footrest for added comfort. “When angled correctly, I would much rather sit in this chair than my $1000 recliner. I have chronic lower back issues, and this chair is a dream to sit on while playing,” writes one gamer who experienced “no back issues” after playing The Division 2 for 8 hours. Padded armrests and lumbar support pillows give this chair an extra-cushy experience. “The bonded leather is soft, the cushions are well padded, and it feels good to sit on. The chair is also thick and feels good for my large body type and feels sturdy so it’ll last for its price.” Another calls it, “Definitely a winner product for a gamer chair or working from a desk!”
Best big-and-tall gaming chair
Lots of reviewers with a larger build praise this gaming chair. “I’m a six foot one, 220 pound, athletic-build 63-year-old who spends a LOT of time in my home office chair on the phone and computer. Many years of running has messed up my lower back to the point that after a long day of sitting I look a little like Quasimodo when getting up from my previous chairs,” writes one customer who describes this chair as having a “comfortable, solid feel,” and notes that it “adjusts to fit quite nicely.” After taking it for a spin, he reports, “Quasi is NOT in the house.” Another notes the durability of this reasonably priced option: “I was a little scared at first buying one of these gaming chairs for my son who is six foot four, 320 pounds, but after having it for a little over a month it has held up nicely and is very comfortable for him.” And regardless of their size or shape, lots of reviewers say it’s comfortable. One customer with back pain writes, “The lumbar support is extremely comfortable as well as the headrest. The seat itself feels like memory foam and contorts properly to my shape.”
Best gaming recliner
Reviewers can’t believe how comfortable the Respawn gaming recliner is. “The only thing that could possibly make it better is a built-in toilet,” says one pleased customer, adding, “All jokes aside, I can sit in this thing and game all night, and my back never gets stiff or sore at all.” Another agrees: “I can curl up in it, it supports my neck perfectly, and it reclines super easily.” People like that it combines the best parts of a recliner and a gaming chair into one convenient piece of furniture. “The icing on the cake is that it’s also a darn good-looking chair that doesn’t look hideous in my living room,” writes the wife of a gamer with “middle-age back problems.” And its spacious design wins with the hearts of taller reviewers. One commenter writes, “I am six feet tall, 175 pounds, and I have plenty of room. My biggest want was the leg rest and it is awesome. I have had the chair for a few months now and I still love it.”
Best racing-simulator seat
“If you are serious about racing-simulation gaming, you need a chair like this to be in proper driving position,” writes a happy customer. The Openwheeler earns high praise from racing, flight, and VR enthusiasts wanting a more realistic experience. “So far I’ve spent a few hours racing in Project Cars, and even longer flying around in Elite Dangerous, which is really fun. It really feels like you’re piloting a spaceship,” says one, who uses it with a HTC Vive. Many mention that their gear for other systems pops into the seat seamlessly. “This chair in conjunction with the Logitech G920 wheel and pedals (and shifter) have turned a couple of fun games like Forza 6 and Project Cars into a serious addiction. I’ve seriously never had more fun with video games in my entire life than I have racing around in this chair,” a commenter writes. Another was impressed by the company’s good customer support: “The HOTAS mounts for my flight stick were still in development and not yet available for purchase when I first bought this item. I sent them an email and told them what model I had, and within two days they had shipped all the hardware, brackets, and custom-drilled mounting plates. A beautiful, quality product with great customer service. You can’t ask for anything more.”
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