Best gaming chair 2021: the best PC gaming chairs

The best gaming chairs are worth the hype, trust us. Although there are hundreds of gaming chairs out there, many of which are more about showcasing a gamer aesthetic than delivering comfort to its users, there are a few excellent ones that are just as advertised and worth every penny.

What exactly separates the best gaming chair from an OK or overhyped one? There are a handful of factors to consider. Check the recommended height for any gaming chair as this will not only affect how low its pneumatic base can go, but also the depth of the seat. You’d want one with a Z-shape base stem as well because this lets the seat and backrest tilt backwards, making it comfortable enough to take naps in.

You should also consider what the chair is made of. Look out for memory foam if you want ultra-soft padding. Real leather is used to cover some higher-end gaming chairs, but synthetic leather from these chair manufacturers is hard-wearing and feels good. Fabric gaming chairs are less likely to leave your back sweaty, although are less easy to wipe down if a burrito's filling spills out onto the padding. And for the breeziest feel, consider a mesh back chair. 

Tips all in, let’s take a look at a bunch of 2021’s best gaming chairs. You’ll find a stack of tried and tested thrones that will deliver excellent comfort for long sessions with the best Steam games and the best PC games – enough that they’ll work well as an office chair – and last you for years. If you're looking for even more gear for your gaming PC, make sure to check out our best graphics card, best gaming mouse and best gaming monitor roundups.

Secretlab Titan best gaming chair

(Image credit: Secretlab)

Secretlab Titan

Plush comfort

Dimensions: 29.5 x 27.5 x 57 inches (W x D x H) | Seat height: 19.5 - 23 inches (minimum to maximum) | Maximum load: 290 pounds

Extra large seat
Adjustable, integrated lumbar support
Limited height adjustment

The SecretLab Titan is always a go-to recommendation. Its racing seat style design looks good but is not as provocative as many. It fits in well as an office chair too. And while the price may initially look high, what you get for your money is great. The SecretLab Titan has an advanced base that allows for tilt of the seat pan as well as the back. You get a soft memory foam neck pillow. And lumbar support is built in and adjustable, so you don't need another distracting foam add-on to keep your posture in check. 

Check out our full Secretlab Titan review.

noblechairs Epic Real Leather best gaming chair

If you’re looking for a no-compromises gaming throne, the noblechairs Epic Real Leather is it. (Image credit: noblechairs)

noblechairs Epic Real Leather

A leather-clad beauty

Dimensions: 84 x 38 x 70 cm (W × D × H) | Seat height:: 131 - 141 cm (minimum to maximum) | Maximum load: 180kg

Uses real leather
Extensive adjustabliity
Premium quality
Easy to set up
Plastic arm rests
Will prove too large for very small rooms

The Noblechairs Epic Real Leather is a real contender for the best gaming chair crown. From the cross-thatched embroidery to the real leather of its name, if you’re looking for a no-compromises gaming throne, this is it. Plus, it’s surprisingly quick and easy to set up. And once you're done the Epic Real Leather is a dream to sit on. You can customize your position however you want. Just do us a favor, and read the instructions while you’re setting it up. Synthetic leather is also an option if you want to save some money.

Autonomous ErgoChair 2 best gaming chair

The ErgoChair 2 has a very modern and stylish aesthetic to it that will appeal to anyone. (Image credit: Autonomous)

Autonomous ErgoChair 2

Gaming with class

Dimensions: 47 x 27 x 20 in (H × W × D) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 18 - 20 in | Maximum load: 300 lbs

 Comfortable 
 Stylish 
 A little expensive 

If you’re looking to sit back and play games all day in comfort, but you don’t want a chair that looks like a gaming chair, you’ll want to take a look at the Autonomous ErgoChair 2. Marketed as an office chair, the ErgoChair 2 has a very modern and stylish aesthetic to it that will appeal to anyone that doesn’t use RGB as a personality trait. It’s not all style, either, as the ErgoChair will also let you adjust basically every part of the chair, so that no matter how your body is built, you’re guaranteed to be comfortable while gaming. The mesh back is also far more breathable than a leather one.

  • This product is only available in the US at the time of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Respawn 115 

SecretLab Omega 2020 best gaming chair

The SecretLab Omega 2020 doesn’t just rely on looks alone. (Image credit: SecretLab)

SecretLab Omega 2020

Floating on sublime comfort

Dimensions: 27 x 27.5 x 53.5 inches (W x D x H) | Seat height: 18 - 21.5 inches (minimum to maximum) | Maximum load: 240 pounds

Extremely plush neck and lumbar pillows
Reasonably priced
Neck and lumbar pillows don’t stay in place

Incorporating that sleek, Mad Men-level sophistication with that SciFi gaming look, the SecretLab Omega 2020 is simply stunning, especially if you opt for the PU leather or high-end Napa leather models. But, the SecretLab Omega doesn’t just rely on looks alone; one of the best gaming chairs of 2021, this one comes with a head pillow and a lumbar pillow – both memory foam – and offers even better support than its predecessor. That’s not to mention the improvements over the 2018 model, like the metal support on the armrests, that makes the SecretLab Omega 2020 feel so much more robust. So expect, after a grueling gaming session, to just go straight to napping for a couple of hours without moving an inch – without having to worry about the chair falling apart on you. 

Razer Iskur best gaming chair

(Image credit: Razer)

Razer Iskur

A solid first effort

Dimensions: 66.55 x 74.55 x 137.11 cm (W × D × H) | Seat height (Minimum to maximum): 174 to 181 cm | Maximum load: Less than 136kg

Premium construction
Firm but comfortable
Not great for larger gamers
Can't sit cross-legged

Razer is no stranger to gaming peripherals, but this is the first time it’s entered the gaming chair market and we must say, it’s certainly a solid first effort. The Razer Iskur is a high-quality gaming throne that rounds out your Razer-filled set up quite nicely. However, even if you’re not fully invested in Razer, it’s still an appealing proposition, delivering comfort and build you won’t find in cheaper gaming chairs. Is it pricey? It might be out of reach for many, but if you can afford it, you will love that you bought it.

Read the full review: Razer Iskur

Corsair T2 Road Warrior best gaming chair

The Corsair T2 Road Warrior is covered top to bottom in breathable PU leather. (Image credit: Corsair)

Corsair T2 Road Warrior

Comfort from the masters of gaming

Dimensions: 50 x 56 x 80 cm (W × D × H) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 51.5 - 60 cm | Maximum load: 136 kg

Easy to assemble
Comfortable
Expensive

Corsair is known for making popular and high-end PC components and gaming peripherals, and now it’s making a mark in PC gaming chairs. This has resulted in one of the best gaming chairs we’ve ever sat in. The Corsair T2 Road Warrior is covered top to bottom in breathable PU leather with neck and lumbar pillows wrapped in microfiber, you’ll be able to game in both comfort and style. And, with its rollerblade-style wheels, you can move it around on any surface without having to worry about scratching up your floor. 

noblechairs Icon best gaming chair

The noblechairs Icon gaming chair is more affordable than the flagship Epic Real Leather. (Image credit: noblechairs)

noblechairs Icon gaming chair

A luxury gaming chair

Dimensions: 87 x 37 x 70 cm (W × D × H) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum): 48 - 58 cm | Maximum load: 180 kg

Premium materials
Very comfortable
Bolster support pillow unnecessary

Noblechairs is well known for crafting some of the best gaming chairs out there – and the Noblechairs Icon makes it clear why. While it’s more affordable than the flagship Epic Real Leather, it’s still extremely comfortable and one of the best PC gaming chairs out there. This is thanks to its nice lumbar pillow, which you can easily remove if you don’t like it.  The Icon is Noblechairs's least aggressive design, which may appeal if it will double as a day-to-day home office chair.

Edge GX1 best gaming chair

Rather than sticking to a form factor that’s designed to limit your movement, the Edge GX1 instead aims to give an ergonomic experience. (Image credit: Edge)

Edge GX1

A gaming chair that puts ergonomics first

Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 480 – 590 mm | Maximum load: 150kg

Premium design
Very adjustable
Very expensive
Even more expensive to ship

The Edge GX1 is a gaming chair that actively avoids the popular racing style that is increasingly popular with modern gaming chairs. Rather than sticking to a form factor that’s designed to limit your movement, the Edge GX1 instead aims to give an ergonomic experience, where comfort is the priority – while also providing a premium chair. And when we say premium, we mean it, with the Edge GX1 costing £800, a huge amount for a gaming chair. It’s hand-crafted in the UK, and there’s some great touches, such as inflatable lumbar support. It’s a huge asking price, but we’ve been using it for a while now, and it is very comfortable. You’ll have to adjust a bit, but once you get it right, it’s worth the high price. It ships worldwide from the UK, but US and Australia readers should beware the high shipping costs.

You can only buy this chair direct from Edge

AndaSeat Fnatic Edition

The Fnatic Edition offers some higher-end features at a reasonable price.  (Image credit: Anda Seat)

Andaseat Fnatic Edition

Luxury in comfort

Dimensions: 16.14 x 14.96 x 19.29in (W × D × H) | Seat height: (Minimum to maximum: 19.20 - 24.5 in | Maximum load: 160kg

Ultra-comfy
Great recline feature
Roomy seat
Fnatic branding may actually limit the appeal
Not perfect for shorter people

We have reviewed a bunch of Andaseat gaming chairs. The Fnatic Edition is our current fave, worth considering whether you like esports team Fnatic or have no idea who they are. This is a real throne of a gaming chair, with a large seat, plush memory foam padding and an ultra-soft lumbar support pillow covered with synthetic velvet. It's about as plush as they come, but doesn't cost a devastating amount because it uses PVC synthetic leather across its surfaces. Big on comfort. Great for the larger gamer. Probably not the right choice for short folk. 

Corsair T3 Rush best gaming chair

Corsair T3 Rush is extremely comfortable with its breathable soft fabric exterior and memory foam lumbar support. (Image credit: Corsair)

Corsair T3 Rush

Understated beauty

Dimensions: 34.8 x 27.2 x 14.8 inches (W x D x H) | Seat height: 17.5 - 21 inches (minimum to maximum) | Maximum load: 264.5lbs

Affordable
Comfortable
Gaming aesthetic subdued

Unlike its biggest rivals, the Corsair T3 Rush lacks that over-the-top gaming aesthetic. In fact, it almost looks like any computer chair out there, albeit the more premium kind – beyond that starship pilot’s look it's sporting at the headrest area, that is. But, what this gaming chair lacks in gaming aesthetic hoopla, it makes up for in comfort with its breathable soft fabric exterior, memory foam lumbar support and extremely customizable backrest position.

  • This product is only available in the UK at the time of this writing. US and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Noblechairs Icon (listed above)

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