Upgrade your gaming throne.
Updated: October 2017
As gamers, we’re incredibly devoted to the hardware supporting our hobby. Consoles, graphics cards, peripherals—let’s be honest, we’re kind of obsessed. But despite all the time and attention spent acquiring the best gear, one simple but important component is often overlooked: where to rest our butts. Though we used to be content sitting in a generic office chair, these days gaming and PC chairs come in all kinds of styles and price points so there’s no reason to settle on something boring. If you’re planning to expand your Twitch empire or just want to kill a few hours with your Switch, there’s a chair built just for you. Here’s a handy rundown of some of the best options on the market today.
Vertagear Racing Series SL4000
YouTube stars, Twitch streamers, and eSports athletes all seem to be rocking the racing-style gaming chairs these days. While there’s a crazy amount of racing chairs available because of their high visibility, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better option than the Vertagear SL4000. While the cushioning is a bit firmer than that found on other chairs of its ilk, we prefer a chair with more of a solid cushion as opposed to being mushy. Assembling this beast will probably require the help of a friend, but you’re going to look great afterward in any of the nine color options.
(In the UK? See it on Amazon UK)
Furmax Ergonomic Racing Chair
If you like the look of a racing chair but don’t want to go whole hog, the Furmax Ergonomic Racing Chair strikes a satisfying aesthetic balance. It’s part racing chair, part office chair, and is really affordable too. It’s even available in several outlandish color schemes if you want to liven up the look of your office a bit.
X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal 2.1
When it comes to rocker-style gaming thrones, X Rocker still leads the pack. The Pro Series Pedestal is our favorite of the line, thanks in no small part to the fact it would look right at home on the bridge of a starship. But beyond its cool design, the X Rocker features two speakers and a subwoofer all hooked up to a wireless transmitter to avoid unsightly cords strewn about the floor. The wireless transmitter works with RCA out, so depending on your setup you might need an additional adapter which costs around $30.
Big Joe Dorm Chair
Big, expensive gaming chairs aren’t for everyone, especially if you live in a smaller space. For anyone currently grinding through games in front of a TV in a modest pad, the Big Joe Dorm Chair is made just for you. It’s filled with dense beans that conform to your shape, has handy pockets for your controllers, and is available in a variety of colors to match your room’s aesthetic. Also, while this chair is affordable at just $30, it’s not junk and sports quality double stitched seams and even has a handle on the top so you can easily drag it from room to room. Sit down, relax, and save your money for what you really want to spend it on: more games.
Modway Articulate Mesh Office Chair
Sometimes you just want a basic, comfortable office chair without any bling or a luxury price tag, and that’s what you get with this humble model from Modway. It sports a mesh back for breathability, height adjustable back and armrests, and it’s available in an array of colors too including blue, red, and a lime green that looks suspiciously like it was made by Nvidia.
Herman Miller Aeron
Herman Miller’s Aeron chair is a classic, and for good reason. It’s one of the most well-designed chairs in modern times, and is adjustable in so many ways it is literally impossible to not get it setup just the way you want it. The genius of its design is once you have it configured you feel like you’re essentially floating in the chair, as the tension-based adjustments keep you in the perfect ergonomic position. It’s expensive, but this is the type of chair you buy and use for a decade if not longer, then pass it on to your kids when they get into gaming. It’s available in three sizes, so be sure to consult Herman Miller’s size chart before you make the plunge.