Best Gaming Chairs

Best Gaming Chairs
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Gaming chairs really weren’t a thing and everyone made do with regular office chairs or armchairs. That is until 2006 when the company DXRacer introduced the first gaming chair.

Why should I buy a gaming chair? Isn’t my current chair sufficient?

Yes and no. It really depends on your preferences and habits. If you don’t spend the majority of time sitting and only play maybe a couple of hours each day, your office chair/armchair/sofa will be just fine. However if you sit for prolonged periods of time, either due to work or gaming (or both!), it’s better to get a chair that was designed for it.

Most office chairs weren’t designed as such and often show signs of wear pretty early on if used regularly. Gaming chairs were designed to make prolonged sitting comfortable and prevent back pain.

Gaming chairs have a high backrest, supporting the spine from neck to low back. Most of them include lumbar support, whether it’s a pillow or an inside mechanism, and a neck pillow.

What to consider before buying a gaming chair

  • Comfort – This should be the first and foremost thing to consider. Bear in mind that the first few weeks, it may feel uncomfortable because your body is used to sitting in a wrong position from your old chair(s). Make sure to get the type of chair that’s appropriate for your build.
  • Materials – Do you prefer fabric or leather? If you don’t want stains and waterproof design, go for the leather option. Fabric gaming chairs are often cheaper than their leather counterparts, so also choose according to your budget.
  • Size – Gaming chairs come in various sizes, most common is the one for PC gaming. If you have bigger room, you can also purchase an “armchair/recliner” kind of gaming chair.
  • Price – Is a big factor. Gaming chairs are not cheap but they will last you a long time.
  • Design – Gaming chairs usually come in a wide variety of colors and styles, although the racing seat style is more prevalent. If you have a certain color scheme in your room, it’s more likely you can get a matching chair.
  • Features and accessories – You can have a basic gaming chair with neck and lumbar support pillows but you can also get a chair with inner lumbar support you can fine tune. Some gaming chairs even include in-built speakers!

These are the top 3 gaming chairs

  • DX Racer Formula series (click to check current price on Amazon) – One of the most popular gaming chairs will be great for anyone. Please note that the Formula series is for a person of small to average build, larger people will need either the Classic, King or Tank series. I personally use this chair, a lot of streamers use it too (for example Jacksepticeye, Jenna Marbles or Julien Solomita)
  • Clutch Chairz (click to check current price on Amazon) – This is a very popular chair, comfortable, well built and easy to assemble. This brand is used by Pewdiepie among others.
  • SecretLab Omega (click to check current price on Amazon) – This chair is extremely comfortable with sturdy construction, 4D armrests, and comfortable head and lumbar pillows. The Omega chair is suitable for people up to 5′ 9″ but SecretLab also offers Titan, which is more suitable for larger people.

Great budget option

My #1 pick of a gaming chair

In the past I used to just use any kind of office chair but kept replacing it almost every 2 years (or less!) as they kept falling apart. When I found out about gaming chairs from DXRacer early 2016, I did a lot of research before purchasing. I wanted a quality chair that would last me a while.

Specifications

  • Model: DXRacer OH/FE08/NY (Formula Series)
  • Dimensions: 45 x 25 x 20 inches (height x width x length)
  • Seat dimensions: 19 x 15 inches (depth x width)
  • Material: PU leather, metal frame, 5-star aluminum base
  • Seat padding: high-density foam
  • Color: Black with yellow accents
  • Accessories: Neck pillow, lumbar support pillow, adjustable armrests
  • Suitable for people up to 5’8″ and up to 200lbs, might not be suitable for broad shoulders

Why did I choose DXRacer Formula chair?

At the time I bought it, it was one of the most popular gaming chairs. I’ve seen many people use it, I’ve watched plenty of reviews. The price tag was a little bit out of my budget but I decided to save up and let me tell you, it’s probably the best investment I’ve ever made. I’ve never sat on a more comfortable chair that wouldn’t get uncomfortable after long periods of time.

It’s very easy and quick to assemble. Just be aware that since the construction is all metal, the chair can get heavy.

I’m 5’6″ and the chair is perfect for my build. There are days where I can sit for 12 hours, mostly working and sometimes gaming but I don’t have back pain, numb butt or anything like that. I definitely wouldn’t want to go back to regular office chairs.

My re-upholstered DXRacer

The one problem I had with my DXRacer

The DXRacers comes in two outer material options – PU leather and fabric. The fabric is cheaper but I wanted something that wouldn’t stain, and the company advertised it as being waterproof. So I chose the PU leather.

Unfortunately a year or so later, my little niece tried to climb up the chair, digging her little nails in and scratching the vinyl. Not long after that the top layer started peeling in the place of the scratches. I tried fixing it temporarily by using a car leather spray paint, hoping the frayed edges would “stick down”.

That didn’t work for long and the chair happily continued peeling. It was really frustrating because of the mess it made around the room and at one point I had to place a cloth on the seat to keep the little pieces from sticking to me or just falling off the chair.

In the end, I called up a car/furniture upholstery and brought the seat in. They reupholstered it easily with black PU leather and it cost me only about $30. While it doesn’t match the backrest but I don’t really care. I’m just happy there are no more black bits falling off.

Pros

  • great quality materials
  • easy to assemble
  • the seat doesn’t get deformed after 3 years of usage
  • can tilt back up to 135° without tipping over

Cons

  • price
  • can be initially uncomfortable
  • it’s pretty heavy
  • if not careful, material can start to peel
  • might not be able to test it out in a store


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