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Best gaming chairs 2022: tested for work and play

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If you're looking for the best gaming chair then look no further, you'll find that in the current market there are more options than ever. There are multiple factors you need to consider and fear not, we've taken them all into account. These can include comfort, design, material and budget. We've tested a wide range of options and have complied this list of our tops picks where we have considered all of the above factors.

Some of the more premium chairs present features such as 4D armrests, magnetic accessories and a thick and sturdy frame which will ensure that the investment you put into picking up the best gaming chair is worth it. However, it is worth noting that some of these chairs can come in at around or even over $1,000 which is not budget friendly at all. Rest assured that we have considered many different budgets when compiling this list, so there really is something for everyone. 

It can be quite hard to find seats that provide you will all of the best features but are still affordable which is why we have collated all of the best cheap gaming chair deals so you can get your hands on a bargain. 

In recent years, it has also become easier to find gaming chairs in a range of designs and colors meaning that it is easier than ever to personalize your set up. It also means that many of these chairs pair nicely with some of the best gaming desks so you can be sure that they will provide you with a cohesive and beautiful set up. 

Best gaming chairs in 2022

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The best gaming chair

Specifications

Seat depth (S /R/ XL): 18.9-inches / 19.3-inches / 19.7-inches
Seat width (S /R/ XL): 17.7-inches / 18.5-inches / 19.3-inches
Height (S /R/ XL): 50-52.8-inches / 51.2-54-inches / /53.1-56.9-inches
Max weight: 285 lbs / 285 lbs / 395 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Adjustable magnetic headrest
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Class-leading build and materials
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4-way lumbar support 

Reasons to avoid

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No memory foam lumbar cushion
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More expensive than older chairs

If you're on the market for a new gaming chair then you've likely heard of the iconic Secretlab Titan and Omega models. This new Titan Evo combines the two to create the ultimate gaming chair - which is why it took our top spot straight after trying it out. You can pick it up in three different sizes (small, regular and extra-large) so it caters to more people than before. 

We also found that when testing the new integrated adjustable lumbar support it could be adjusted not only outwards, but also up and down, too, with the help of a magnetic headrest to attach at several heights. This meant that we could have a personalized level of comfort accommodating us, which is something that some other chairs can't always rival.

Cool, stylish, well-built, and now sporting an improved, built-in lumbar support system and a magnetic headrest that's bound to attract more converts to the not-so-secret success of a Secretlab gaming chair

Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 review

4D armrests (with swappable magnetic ones coming very soon too), a full-recline mode, quality build materials and a wide range of styles to choose from ensures you'll be able to find one you love whether than be in the smooth leatherette finishes or one of the softweave models (now more durable than the previous-gen chairs). With a warranty lasting up to five years, you can be assured it's a worthy investment.

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2. Homall Racer

The best gaming chair under $100

Specifications

Length: 20.9-inch
Width: 23.7-inch
Height: 52.2-inch
Max weight: 260 lbs (117.9 kg)

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic visual design 
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Easy adjustability 
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Broad bucket seat

Reasons to avoid

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Small armrests
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Fairly narrow

There's no accounting for taste, but we think that the Homall S-racer looks particularly fetching with its embroidered back design and multi-color aesthetics. It's also adorned with prominent colored stitching all around the edges and lengths of it, which is a noteworthy touch we have enjoyed in more expensive chairs in the past.

The racing-style seat here ensures that you're suitably secure without the feeling of being hemmed in, or pinched in the sides, which would otherwise prove uncomfortable over long periods. 

The Homall S-racer is also forged from a 1.8mm steel frame and high-density foam over synthetic leather, meaning it should last through many play sessions to come. Given that this chair retails for around $100, there isn't much more you can ask from it for the money. 

This is a great budget option for those who are on the hunt for the style and design of a gaming chair but don't want to spend the high prices that some companies are asking for. 

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The best premium gaming chair

Specifications

Seat depth: 15-18-inches
Seat width: 29.4-inches
Height: 42-45-inches
Max weight: 300 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly comfortable ergonomic design
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12-year warranty
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Robust design and build

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly limited armrest movements
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Dearer than most gaming chairs

Furniture giant Herman Miller and gaming behemoth Logitech collide in this variant of the Embody chair. And the results are spectacular.

In its blue colorway (black is also available) it sort of channels the spirit of Dead Space's Isaac and his engineer's suit - but inverted with the luminous light blue and industrial-looking finish and structure on the chair's rear. It is a cool look, for sure, and the rest of the chair in black, but accentuated in that blue tone, finishes the aesthetic. This doesn't look outlandishly 'gamery' too and is neat and tidy at any work desk.

The chair doesn't require any construction - a means to ensure quality, surely - and is easy to adjust and knockabout into your desired position with intuitive controls and simple but noticeable changes. And when you do have it in position, then you will be treated to ergonomic brilliance and supreme comfort. The seat is probably the most comfortable one we've ever tested, the back is supportive - there is no headrest but the back still supports the shoulders - and the arms are positioned perfectly.

It could just be all the gaming chair that you'll ever, ever need

Herman Miller x Logitech Embody review

It has a slightly wider footprint and wheelbase which is something just to be aware of, but is no major factor - in fact, it adds greater stability, weight distribution, and balance. The other 'downside' and elephant in the room is the price tag which puts this chair at the same price point as some pretty competent PCs and laptops. However, Herman Miller has long stood by the fact that your physical health and posture are worth investing in, and premium ergonomics are the means to do so. After testing this chair we might well agree - this really is an advert for gaming chairs being somewhere you should definitely save for and spend on when considering a whole gaming setup.

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The best Razer gaming chair

Specifications

Length: 23.6-inches
Width: 25.2-inches
Height: 50.4 - 54.3-inches
Max weight: 299 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Striking design 
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Very comfortable 
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It's cheaper than the first one

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks adjustable lumbar support 

The Razer Iskur X comes in significantly cheaper than its predecessor and lacks the adjustable lumbar support while keeping the same striking design. With that omission considered, though, we still think that the Razer Iskur X is one of the best gaming chairs you can get for any Razer fan, especially factoring in the level of comfort on offer here for its $399 / £399 asking price. Keep in mind that nowadays this model is frequently on sale for a substantially cheaper rate. 

Aesthetically, there's very little that separates the Razer Iskur X from the flagship model, as this more affordable gaming chair is rocking the same gorgeous visual design and stellar build quality that the brand is known for. Everything is accounted for with the PVC leatherette to the snakeskin backrest, and lean green stitching which adorns every jagged edge here. In our testing, we've found this chair to be incredibly comfortable and still one of the chairs that we find ourselves usually frequently. 

A remarkably comfortable gaming chair that both looks and feels exceptional

Razer Iskur X review

The standard Razer Iskur X model accommodates a decent range of sizes, with a max claimed height and weight of 6ft2 and 299lbs respectively. We've found in our testing that people standing both below and above this quoted rate still felt supported by the chair due to its taller backrest, but if you are someone pushing 6ft3 and up, you may want to turn your attention to the XL model.

Still one of the best gaming chairs around

Specifications

Seat depth: 24-inches
Seat width: 26.7-inches
Height: 48.8 - 53.5-inches
Max weight: 242 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Extensive adjustability
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Work and play in comfort
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Discounted to make way for the new Titan Evo

Reasons to avoid

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Will eventually be phased out

The Secretlab Omega is still one of our all-time favorite gaming chairs, but expect it to be phased out now to make way for the revamped Secretlab Titan Evo 2022, which will cover the Omega's size category. 

That does mean you might get lucky and get the Omega at a much cheaper price than usual. We've spent a lot of time in these chairs, working by day, then pulling that recline lever to chill out in front of the TV or staying put at our desk for some gaming. Height settings, 4D armrests, and a range of recline and rockback features make this one of the most versatile gaming chairs on the market for work or play.

The Secretlab Omega is the most versatile gaming chair on the market

Secretlab Omega 2020 review

Unlike the newer chairs, all Omega's come with the excellent memory foam lumbar support cushion which we still enjoy using every day. The plush memory foam headrest still holds up too. However, the newer model - which has topped our list - does come with built in lumbar support. 

You'll also find that Secretlab offers a wide range of colors and designs, including collaborations from the likes of licenses like Batman, Game of Thrones, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Cyberpunk 2077, and more. These are all amazing premium embroidered designs rather than just printed on too. 

6. Brazen Puma

The best gaming chair on a budget

Specifications

Length: 27.1-inches
Width: 27.1-inches
Height: 43.3 - 47.2-inches
Max weight: 264.5 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Sturdy and supportive
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Easy to build
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Shorter than some other chairs

If you're looking for the best gaming chair but don't want to break the bank, Brazen is an excellent place to start. Besides offering more affordable seats than most, Brazen deftly balances price with quality. They don't feel cheap or nasty, and they provide a surprisingly comfortable experience no matter whether you're working at home or gaming. 

The Brazen Puma is no different. Even though it's on the short side, it's excellently made and passes the comfort test with flying colors. Because it's fitted with pleather and mesh over foam, it's also cosy over long periods of time - more so than a few pricier alternatives we could name, actually.

Best of all, it's easy to construct. The Puma took far less time to put together than the likes of an AndaSeat or Noblechairs unit, and that's a welcome bonus.

Alright, so the branding is a bit much. But if you can see past that, the Brazen Puma is one of the best gaming chairs for those wanting to save money without compromising on comfort.

The best mesh gaming chair

Specifications

Length: 25.8-inches
Width: 27-inches
Height: 53-inches
Max weight: 275 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Cooling mesh
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Low-profile design
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Lumbar support is excellent

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to construct solo

The Respawn Specter is our top choice for the best mesh gaming chair that you can get right now and this is for several key reasons, namely the level of ergonomic comfort on display and the aggressive $299.99 pricing of this model. 

One look at the design of the Respawn Specter and you've pretty much got the mesh chair all figured out. While we won't go so far as to call it elegant, we found that this model married up an equal level of practicality with its decidedly minimalist design. However, it's in the physical build of the chair that our one major criticism comes into the fold; weighing in at just shy of 50 lbs, this is far from the lightest gaming chair that we've had to assemble in our time which made the build process a little less than ideal in places with a few troublesome screws creating a little frustration here and there. 

A low-profile gaming chair that looks as good as it feels

Respawn Specter review

Powering through the process, however, you're greeted with a comfortable gaming chair that essentially cradles your body, as opposed to the PU leather seats and thick backrests of more traditional models.

That mesh design also meant that the Respawn Specter kept cool, too. So there's no worry of being stuck in the same way that leather (real or fake) can do to you. If you're after an understated chair that performs as good as it looks, then this one could be for you.

The best low profile gaming chair

Specifications

Length: 26.3-inches
Width: 27.1-inches
Height: 50.1 - 53.5-inches
Max weight: 330 lbs

Reasons to buy

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A refined-looking chair
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Perfect for gaming and office work
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Excellent quality

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks a few premium features 

Unlike some other of the best gaming chairs, the Noblechairs Hero keeps things classy and stripped back. This is a solid, low-profile gaming chair that forgoes many of the features of some other models, such as cup holders and footrests, instead of choosing to focus on posture. In our testing, we found that this decision was ultimately for the best as the Noblechairs Hero is still one of the best on the market for those after something a little more reserved. 

You're looking at around 40 minutes to put the Noblechairs Hero together, which is on par with some of the other best gaming chair models from premium manufacturers. However, if you're new to building units like this, then we would generally recommend setting an hour aside, and having help from a friend or family member if available. We found the instructions to be very clear, coming with its own tools, too. 

The Noblechairs Hero is a damn good chair, but it certainly won't be for everyone

Noblechairs Hero review

The 4D armrests immediately stood out to us, far elevating the Noblechairs Hero above the standard office chair, along with the height adjustment with the higher than average backrest. The Noblechairs Hero keeps things simple, so don't expect flashy designs or overtly 'gamer' themes here. If you're after something that can pull double duty for both work and play, looking the part in both respects, then this model is an easy recommendation in our opinion.

How we test gaming chairs

With what seems like more options than ever on the market from both up and coming as well as established brands, our testing helps to separate the best from the rest.  When we review gaming chairs, we take into account the build quality, as well as the time, spend assembling the units as potential buyers would. Most critically of all, is the value for money proposition, as we wouldn't recommend a gaming chair that we would not buy for ourselves. 

We spend a lot of time testing gaming chairs both at work and in our downtime, too. While first impressions are of course important, a chair that feels comfortable initially may not provide as much support as it did at the start. This is why we take our time with our chair coverage in order to provide an encompassing, accurate, and well-rounded account of what it's like to use the chairs every day. 

You can find out more about how we test gaming chairs in our full hardware policy.

Best gaming chairs - Frequently asked questions

While we'd heartily recommend all of the above chairs, we have to admit many of the prices are pretty steep on some of our favorites. For a comparison on the cheaper end of the scale, check out our roundup of the latest gaming chair deals as you'll find plenty of budget options. They aren't always models we've tested for ourselves, but we've picked out ones that have strong user-review scores from a larger number of buyers.

Is there a point to gaming chairs?

Gaming chairs are typically considerably more expensive than their office equivalents but bring with that added cost a suite of features lesser seen in more traditional furniture. The most pressing difference is the emphasis on ergonomics with many gaming chairs being sculpted in such a way to accommodate for long play and work sessions. This is achieved through thicker padding on the seat (usually made out of high-density foam) as well as much taller backrests leading to greater levels of support over longer periods of time. 

Are gaming chairs better for you?

Gaming chairs are purpose built to support for back, neck, and shoulders in a way that some office chairs just can't live up to. Many gaming chairs feature high backrests which curve naturally to align with your spine resulting in far better sitting posture, which can reduce lumbar pain and aches. Due to said higher backrest, the user is propped up straighter reducing slouching and lazy posture which can occur in seats that are far smaller in this area by comparison. 

What are the best gaming chair brands?

Gaming chairs have come a long way in recent years, with more brands pitching their own seats than ever. That means there's more competition out there these days, with some pretty high price tags sometimes accompanying brand new features and designs. The best gaming chair brands, from what we've seen in our testing, are SecretLab, Noblechairs, Andaseat, and Corsair, with brands like Respawn, Brazen, and AKRacing offering some of the best gaming chairs on a budget. 


We've also rounded up the best gaming chairs for PS5, PS4, and Xbox. However, if you're looking for a full setup we'd recommend checking out the best gaming laptop and best gaming monitor models around. We're also rounding up all the best gaming mouse options and best gaming keyboards as well.  

Hardware Editor

Currently a Hardware Editor at GamesRadar+ and in charge of all things PC after graduating from University with a degree in Politics and International Relations in 2022. During my time at University I managed to obtain a platform on social media - specifically TikTok - where I reviewed tech and gaming hardware and produced creative and innovative gaming content. My platform allowed me to be an advocate for females in gaming and within the tech industry as a whole. I'm primarily a PC gamer and have been for over 8 years now and with no specific genre I enjoy, I have been able to play and love many titles from the past decade. I would label myself as a Nintendo Fanatic and also am extremely interested in VR and hoping to follow it closely in upcoming years. 

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