Gaming chairs are a matter of personal preference. However, when picking a chair, there are some important considerations to take into account, such as the weight it can support, height requirements, adjustability, armrests and durability, among others. This is because comfort should be your main consideration, as it’s where you’re going to be spending most of your time.
Therefore, no matter how cool a chair may look, it may not be the best fit for your body’s requirements. The best way to assess the best type of chair for you is to try out the different chairs in a brick-and-mortar store to see which specs and designs best suit you. If those match up with the chair that your favorite pro-gamer or streamer uses or is produced by your favorite brand, then go for it.
It is also important to note that gaming chairs of certain brands are currently in short supply due to production constraints of small parts caused by the current epidemic.
1. Herman Miller Embody
The Herman Miller Embody chair is probably one of the most popular (and expensive at ~$2,960 USD) gaming chairs used by top streamers. It has an ergonomic design inspired by the research of ophthalmic neurobiologist Budd Tucker. This research has been applied to a design that balances pressure distribution, encourages natural alignment, and provides support for healthy movements and body positioning.
In order to ensure that this applies to all body shapes and sizes, it has fully adjustable arms and carpet casters. It also has backfit adjustment to allow you to position the backrest so that it aligns with your spines natural curve.
Material: Plastic with synthetic fabric cushioning.
Color: Berry Blue, Black Balance, Black Rhythm, Carbon Balance, Charcoal Rhythm, Green Apple Rhythm, Iris Balance, Iris Rhythm, Mulberry Rhythm, Peacock, and Twilight Rhythm.
Dimensions: 71.1 x 71.1 x 62.2cm (28 x 28 x 24.5”)
Weight limit: 136kg (300lbs)
Warranty: 12-year, 3-shift
2. MAXNOMIC Team Liquid 2.0 (Medium)
The MAXNOMIC Team Liquid 2.0 is a partnered venture between NEEDforSEAT and Team Liquid. It has an ergonomic design that allows for a lot of flexibility. It is set at 90° and has a lockable tilt mechanism that can recline at 56° and be leaned forward at 7°. The height is adjustable from 127 – 136.9cm (50 – 53.9″), its armrests from 67.1 – 83.3cm (26.4″-32.8″) and its inner bottom cushion is at 14.1”. Furthermore, it has a high backrest that includes a removable lumbar pillow that can be used to either support the lower back or neck. The armrests feature 4D adjustability.
It features premium armrests that include with finger-rests. It is cushioned with durable cold cured foam covered in a high-quality leatherette fabric. This fabric is meant to be resistant against flaking, sweating and peeling. It is available in three sizes: small, medium and large.
Material: Heavy-duty steel frame and PU leather-covered cushioning.
Color: Black and white
Dimensions: Height: 127 – 136.9cm (50 – 53.9”), armrests 67 – 83.3cm (26.4-32.8”), bottom cushion including side bolsters 42.1cm (16.6″), backrest: 84.1cm (33.1”) tall, widest part of backrest: 56.9cm (22.4”), part of backrest: 32.8cm (12.9”), ground to top of seat bottom 47 – 56.9cm (18.5” – 22.4”)
Weight limit: Small – 50 – 79.8kg (110-176lbs); medium – 79.9kg – 99.8kg (177-220lbs); large – 99.9kg – 129.3kg (221-285lbs)
3. noblechairs Epic Gaming Chair
The noblechairs Epic Gaming Chair is another ergonomic gaming chair that is contoured to fit the body. It is padded with high-density foam to ensure that it retains its shape, while simultaneously distributing your weight so that they are comfortable and do not sink into the upholstery. It also features 4D armrests that can be adjusted horizontally, laterally, vertically and are also tiltable.
It comes with two removable lumbar cushions, thereby providing both a neck and lower back rest for added comfort. It further offers an integrated rocking mechanism complete with locking function that allows you to find the most comfortable seating position for you.
Material: Alloy steel frame, aluminum foot cross, with either PU Hybrid Leather/PU Faux Leather/Real Leather
Color: Black or Black/Red (Amazon). More options available through their website.
Dimensions: 67 x 71 x 140cm (26.38 x 27.95 x 55.12”); Seat width (contact): 34.29cm (13.5″); Seat depth (contact): 49.53kg (19.5″) and Seat height: 48.26 – 58.42cm (19″ – 23″)
Weight limit: 120.2kg (265 lbs)
Warranty: 2-year limited
4. Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL2000
The Vertagear S-Line SL2000 is an ergonomically designed gaming chair that is set on a reinforced five–star base made from reconstructed with heavy-duty alloy material. Each leg rests on a custom 6.5cm (2.5”) racing stylist caster that is coated with PU to ensure that they glide smoothly on any surface.
It comes with a detachable, leatherette-covered memory foam headrest pillow and lumbar support cushion to offer extra comfort over longer gaming sessions. The armrests are also cushioned and contoured to fit the shape of your arms. They are also adjustable.
Material: Steel frame and resilience foam covered in PVC leather.
Color: Black/Blue, Black/Carbon, Black/Green, Black/Purple, Black/Red, Black White, TSM, White/Black. White/Blue, White/Purple, White/Red
Dimensions: 58.42 x 55.88 x 132.8cm (23 x 22 x 52”), back as 80° – 140° adjustability, floor to seat – 43.2 – 52.1cm (17 – 20.5”) armrests from floor – 57.15 –74.93cm (22.5 – 29.5”)
Weight limit: 150kg (330lbs)
Recommended height: Up to 193cm (6’4”)
Warranty: 10-year limited
5. Herman Miller Aeron
The Herman Miller Aeron is another pricey addition to the list at around $2,550 USD. It comes in sizes A, B and C, all of which are available in three color options. Here, we will be focusing on size C. It is a high-end office chair with and ergonomic design. It features built-in adjustable PostureFit/Lumbar support that can be adjusted to fit the contours of your back. This is to ensure comfort and correct posturing over extended periods of use.
This chair is also height adjustable, both in terms of floor to set, as well as seat to armrest. Furthermore, the armrests can be moved outward. If bought directly through the site, many of the additional features can be removed to reduce the price to $995 USD.
Size A has dimensions of 97.79 x 65.4 x 37.47cm (38.5 x 25.75 x 14.75”), while size B has dimensions of 104.14 x 68.58 x 41.15cm (41 x 27 x 16.2”) and size C has dimensions of Size C: 47 x 71.6 x 109.2cm (18.5 x 28.2 x 43″).
Material: Recycled materials, including but not limited to aluminum, steel, and zinc.
Color: Carbon, graphite or mineral
Dimensions: 109.22 x 71.76 x 47cm (43 x 28.25 x 18.5”), seat height adjustment 40.64 – 52.07cm (16”-20.5”), armrest adjustment 17.27 – 27.43cm (6.8 – 10.8”) above seat, seat sliding 6.35cm (2.5”), pivot 15° outward and 17.5° inward
Weight limit: 158.78kg (350lbs) – all sizes
Warranty: 12-year, 3-shift
6. noblechairs ICON
The noblechairs ICON chair has an ergonomic design that was inspired by luxury car seats. It features high-density 55% cold foam cushioning that is breathable and deformation resistant. This means that it will be able to retain its shape over continuous, long-term use. Furthermore, the fabric is durable, low maintenance, UV- and moisture resistant seat to prevent it from wearing down quickly.
It has height flexibility, as well as armrests that are adjustable across four dimensions. It has a rocking mechanism that operates up to 11°. It has a five-arm aluminum base set on 2.4” caster comprising of nylon cores with a PU coating. It also comes with two cushions for neck and lumber support.
Material: Steel alloy frame, cold foam cushioning that is covered in either 1.5mm-thick nappa leather, PU faux leather, real leather or PU hybrid leather fabric and an aluminum cross foot
Color: Black, black edition, black/blue, black/gold, black/white, black/red, blue/graphite, cognac/black, white/black
Dimensions: height adjustment 128 – 138cm (50.4 – 54.3”), ground to seat 48 – 58cm (18.9 – 22.8”), backrest angle 90° – 135°
Weight limit: 150kg (330lbs)
Warranty: 2-year limited, 30-day free trial
7. DXRacer 275LB King KS06
The DXRacer 275LB King KS06 is ergonomically engineered and stuffed with higher-density mold shaping cold foam. For further comfort, it comes with a detachable headrest cushion and lumbar cushion. In addition to having height adjustment options thanks to its Class 4 gas lift, it also offers a backrest angle adjustment of up to 135°. There is also a 15° rocking mode. The armrests are adjustable by four dimensions to help relieve wrist pressure and muscle strain.
Aside from the frame, its components have been certificated by TÜV LGA, ANSI/BIFMA (by SGS), and ISO9001 for extra safety and durability. Additionally, it features casters that can swivel 360°.
Material: Full-metal frame with cold foam padding.
Color: Black/blue, black, black/gray, black/red or black/white
Dimensions: 71.12 x 71.12 x 137.16cm (28 x 28 x 54”), height adjustment 48.26 – 55.88cm (19 – 22”) from floor to seat, backrest angle of 90° – 135°
Weight limit: 124.7kg (275lbs)
Warranty: 2-year warranty on parts & lifetime warranty on frame
8. CORSAIR T2 ROAD WARRIOR
The CORSAIR T2 ROAD WARRIOR is ergonomically designed for gaming. It can recline up to 170°, meaning that you are able to lean completely back and can be tilted. The armrest is 4D-adjustable, meaning that it can be altered in terms of up/down, left/right, front/back, and swivel positioning. They can also be completely removed with the Allen key provided. The height adjustment is supported by the class 4 gas lift for durability.
It also comes with removable cushions for neck and lumber support. Both of them can be adjusted, so as to provide greater comfort. The casters are able to roll smoothly over a variety of surfaces.
Material: Solid steel skeleton frame, aluminum chair base, PU leather-covered cold foam padding, class 4 gas lift
Color: Black/red, black, black/blue, black/ yellow, or black/white
Dimensions: 60 x 50 x 88cm (23.6 x 19.7 x 34.6”), height adjustment 51.5 – 60cm (20.2 – 23.6”), backrest angle of 90° – 170°, seat tilt up to 17°, seat size 50cm x 56 cm (19.7 x 22 “)
Weight limit: 120kg (264.5lbs)
9. Humanscale Freedom
The Humanscale Freedom chair is an ergonomic office desk chair that comes with a choice of either soft hard floor casters or standard carpet casters. They automatically lock in place when you are seated and are attached to a five-arm base.
The headrest is dynamic, cradling the head and neck during recline, and moving out of the way when in an upright position. Similarly, the contoured backrest also automatically adjusts to the needs of the spine. The cushioning is designed to maximize weight-distribution. It also comes with a coat-hanger attachment but does not come with extra cushions.
Material: Graphite or polished aluminum with graphite trim
Color: Sage, black, blue, cayenne, graphite or navy
Dimensions: 69 x 63.5 x 51cm (27.25 x 25 x 20”) height: 85 – 105.5cm (33.5 – 41.5”) + headrest: 12.5cm (5”) adjustment, 20° seat tilt
Weight limit: 45.4 – 136 kg (100 – 300 lbs.)
Warranty: 15-year limited