Best PC gaming chair 2018: the best gaming chairs to play in comfort

Are you tired of ending your PC gaming sessions looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame due to hunching over your desk while gaming? Well, there’s a solution: you can kick back and get comfy in one of the best PC gaming chairs you can buy today. Because, if you’re sitting at your throne dominating the leaderboards, shouldn’t you be royally comfortable? But we get it, it’s easy to grow complacent with your old clunker of a seat rather than take the time to shop for one of the best PC gaming chairs.

And, that’s why we’ve assembled this buying guide just for you – in classic TechRadar fashion. To be honest, there are a ton of gaming chairs out there. Some are disguised as more traditional office chairs, donning all black, ‘real leather’ designs, like our number one choice, the noblechairs Epic Real Leather. Others fully embrace the gamer aesthetic, and intend to make you look like some kind of race car driver, which is awesome – even if you are just playing DOTA.

Whatever your personal style and fashion taste, you can trust our opinions on the six best PC gaming chairs around. We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve done our fair share of sitting, and we’ve done so in all of the following gaming PC chairs at that. After hours of deep contemplation, you will find our top picks below. From the biggest names in video game-centric seatware, including Nitro and Vertagear, you won’t find anything out of place. 

The king of gaming chairs, noblechairs’ flagship Epic Real Leather lives up to its name, as it is both epic and is mostly made of real (rather than faux) leather. If you’re looking for a no-compromises gaming throne that looks, feels and even smells expensive, this is it.

From the cross-thatched embroidery adorning the lower back position to the red logo on the seat, it’s the fine details that will make you want to drag strangers walking past outside into your home just to show it off.

This fine piece of German engineering is surprisingly quick and easy to set up considering the trouble we had putting some of the other chairs on this list together, which is owed to its quality parts and solid construction from top to bottom.

Just be very careful not to put your hands anywhere near the metal seat mechanism before the back rest is attached, as one accidental press of that lever and it’s capable of slicing off a finger or two. Read the instructions thoroughly, folks.

Once set up, the chair is a dream to sit on. A combination of durable leather, a sturdy metal frame and high-density cold foam upholstery all add to its comfort levels, whether you’re sat bolt upright or reclining back at its full 14-degree position.

If we have any complaints, they’re directed at its polyutherane arm rests which feel a little substandard considering the premium quality found everywhere else. Oh, and make sure your room is big enough to give the Epic Real Leather room to breathe – this sizeable gaming chair isn’t suitable for cubicle-sized dens.

Corsair is known for making popular and high-end PC components and gaming peripherals. It’s only fitting, then, that they dip their toes into the gaming chair game – and they may have made one of the best gaming chairs yet. Covered top to bottom in breathable PU leather with neck and lumbar pillows wrapped in microfiber, you’ll be able to game both in comfort and style. And with its rollerblade-style wheels, you’ll be able to move it around on any surface without having to worry about scratching up your floor. 

  • This product is only available in the US and Australia at the time of this writing. UK readers: check out a fine alternative in the noblechairs Epic Real Leather 

It’s a testament to noblechair’s ability to make fantastic gaming chairs that two of its products occupy the top spots in our list of the best gaming chairs. The Icon gaming chair is more affordable that the flagship Epic Real Leather, but it’s still a premium gaming chair, and easily one of the most comfortable seats we’ve tested.

The luxury materials and attention to detail makes the Icon range of gaming chairs look – and feel – superb, and the additional headrest pillow that slips over the top of the chair, adds to this comfort. The Icon gaming chair also comes with a bolster support pillow that rests against the bottom of your back. However, we actually felt the seat was more comfortable without it. Luckily, it’s easily removed, and it’s a nice extra if you do need that support.

The chair comes in separate parts, with all the nuts, bolts and tools you need to set it up. Easy to follow instructions makes building the noblechairs Icon pretty simple – though like the Epic Real Leather, keep your fingers away from the metal seat mechanism while building!

Once built, the noblechairs Icon gaming chair feels wonderful to sit on. The adjustable arms, along with the height adjustments, allow you to set the chair up to be as comfortable as possible. It’s clear that noblechairs has put a lot of thought and time into designing the Icon gaming chair, and it’s certainly paid off, as this is one of the best gaming chairs money can buy. If you have the budget, we strongly recommend you treating yourself to this luxury item.

The white and blue edition of Vertagear’s Racing Series S-Line SL4000 Gaming Chair is definitely one of the more striking chairs we’ve had the pleasure of testing. 

In fact, it’s now become a common occurrence for people walking through the office to comment on it, and to ask whether its occupant has won some sort of prize. 

During the setup of the chair, finding a screw hole within the chair’s back was something of a challenge, and lead to the whole process taking around an hour, but once the chair was together it feels sturdy and well made, and is comfortable to sit in for long periods. 

It certainly looks nice when you first get it set up as well, but you’re going to have to be prepared to clean it regularly if you want its white leather to stay white over time, since this chair is a magnet for dirt. 

But if you’re prepared to pay the price for a sleek white chair, the SL4000 from Vertagear is a great option. 

The Epic Gaming Chair from noblechairs is the best choice for the classier gamer. It features a faux leather covering inspired by car seats combining both comfort and a high-end look to make one of the best gaming chairs money can buy. It looks low-key and the black design is far more elegant than some of the other brightly colored options on this list.

While it’s a leather design, it’s 100% vegan friendly so anyone can buy this chair and use it for their gaming on a daily basis. Even those of a larger height will find the Epic Gaming chair a comfortable seat while gaming for long periods of time and the fully adjustable height and position will allow you to sit back and relax while also being ready to strike in those decisive gaming moments.

For those looking for some extra space in their seating arrangement the Vertagear Racing Series PL6000 is a must-have.

Specially designed to provide both added width and height, it’s a delight for those with larger frames with a solid base and impressive range of movement.

The wheelbase is smooth and responsive on both carpet and hard floors, while the adjustable headrest provides additional comfort for the neck. One week point to the design comes in the form of the lumbar pillow, which doesn’t have a proper way of attaching over the rear of the chair, which means it sits right at the base of your spine.

Assembly wasn’t relatively straightforward, but we’d advise that it’s a two-person job – so grab your co-op buddy for some real life two player action.

The C80 Pure Series Gaming Chair is a great-looking, comfy gaming chair that could easily double up as an office chair. It looks more expensive than it actually is – this is all because of some decent design flourishes. For instance, the look of the C80 has been inspired by a racing car seat but instead of leather it uses polyurethane.

And so as not to max the price out by using carbon, a carbon ‘look’ has been created. The chair is sturdy, though it lacks precision in the adjustments it offers. But it’s comfy and breathable too – thanks to the use of ‘moulded cold foam’ –  allowing for long hours of gaming without discomfort. A word of warning: assembly nearly had us tearing our hair out. It’s definitely a two-person job.

Or three, if you can rope another friend in to set fire to the instructions. We ended up ignoring the accompanying guide and putting it together using our own judgement. This added time but at least it meant the chair was built and not destined for the scrapheap.

  • 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 

It can be hard to find a gaming chair that always matches the … uh, decor of your room. Racing stripes and loud color palettes might be perfect for some tastes, but sometimes a more subtle look may be the route to go. If your gaming area is the same location that you do your business work when you're at home, Respawn's Respawn-115 Racing Style Gaming Chair is the happy compromise. It has the basic sculpt of traditional gaming chairs including lumbar support padding, reclining back and adjustable arms, but has an exterior visage that works for offices, too.  The only small gripe we have with the chair is that the lumbar support isn't connected to the chair in any way which means you'll need to re-adjust it every time you leave your seat. Small problems aside, though, this is a fantastic-looking gaming chair for the more mature gaming audience.

  • 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 noblechairs Icon 

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