The 10 Best Gaming Chairs

Updated December 20, 2017 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 41 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Just because you play fighting games doesn't mean you should feel like you've gotten your butt kicked afterwards. So if it's difficult to sit through long sessions, then it's time to upgrade your gaming chair. The options below offer incredible support, comfortable padding, and adjustable settings, letting you focus on what truly matters: trash-talking that 12-year-old who keeps taking you out. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best gaming chair on Amazon.

10. X Rocker Surge

The X Rocker Surge can receive signals from almost any Bluetooth-enabled device, letting you enjoy a fully immersive experience without getting wrapped up in wires. But you'll still have to put up with some cables, as it has to be plugged in and connected to the TV.
  • good option for mobile gaming
  • racing-inspired modern style
  • padding doesn't hold up very well
Brand X Rocker
Model 5172601
Weight 43.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Wensix Gaming

This high-backed selection from Wensix Gaming errs on the side of spinal support more than cushioned comfort, so don't expect to feel like you're sitting on a cloud — but don't be surprised if you stop having random aches and pains after long matches, either.
  • good choice for heavier users
  • material doesn't breathe well
  • footrest isn't very useful
Model pending
Weight 55.8 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Merax Lazy Man

It's not high-tech, but the Merax Lazy Man will keep your rear off the cold, hard ground. This is a fantastic, no-nonsense solution for anyone who's simply looking for comfort and doesn't want to pay through the nose for a bunch of unnecessary bells and whistles.
  • great for reading too
  • easy to move from room to room
  • difficult to clean
Brand Merax
Model WF008059
Weight 12.2 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

7. X Rocker Pro H3

Any gamer who doesn't like getting their headphone cables caught in the arms or under the rockers of a chair will prefer the immersive 4.1 audio layout on the X Rocker Pro H3. Now when you tell people you didn't hear them calling you, you'll finally be telling the truth.
  • vibration motors add to bass
  • sleek gun-stock arms
  • sits low and is hard to get out of
Brand X Rocker
Model 5125901
Weight 50.3 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Merax Gaming

If you want elite performance at a middle-of-the-road price, this offering from Merax Gaming has most of the support and functions you'll find in more expensive options. It leans really far back, so it stays comfy even when you lose yourself down a YouTube rabbit hole.
  • removable lumbar and head pillows
  • extremely easy to adjust
  • armrests tend to wobble
Brand Merax
Model PP033082JAA
Weight 54.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. DX Racer Iron Series

The DX Racer Iron Series features a 360-degree swiveling base and three-inch double casters for easy mobility. Be careful when you're rolling around in it, though, because it's incredibly heavy and your toes won't appreciate getting caught underneath it.
  • stable base is good for leaners
  • doesn't creak during movement
  • cushions may be too firm for some
Brand DX Racer
Model DOH/IS166/NR
Weight 75 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. SeatZone Smile Face

If you're looking to plant yourself in front of the computer for marathon sessions, the SeatZone Smile Face has breathable mesh upholstery that will keep you from sweating and sticking to the seat when you get up. You are planning to eventually get up, aren't you?
  • good for taller users
  • easy to assemble
  • provides plenty of head support
Model pending
Weight 20 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. OpenWheeler Advanced

While driving simulators have become incredibly realistic, they can't replicate the feeling of being in the driver's seat — until now. The OpenWheeler Advanced can be set up with your gear shift, steering wheel, and pedals of choice, for the ultimate racing experience.
  • reclines like a regular car seat
  • easy to customize
  • sturdy and durable construction
Brand OpenWheeler
Weight 70 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. BirdRock Home

If you need something that can transition easily from "Halo and kill" to "Netflix and chill," this option from BirdRock Home has 14 different positions, including completely flat. It's great for watching TV or reading, if you ever feel like putting the controller down.
  • made of plush memory foam
  • excellent back support
  • good lower-priced selection
Brand BirdRock Home
Model 5150
Weight 14.4 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. DX Racer NewEdge

Having correct posture is extremely important — and very hard to remember. Luckily, the DX Racer NewEdge helps make it easy to sit properly, as the pads hold your spine in alignment, ensuring that the only person hurting after your session is that noob who challenged you.
  • wheels roll smoothly on carpet
  • comfortable enough to nap in
  • excellent for fidgeters
Brand DX Racer
Model DOH/RW106/N
Weight 57 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

The Royal History Of The Chair

While the chair is common today in nearly every house and office around the world, this was not always the case. The use of the chair goes back thousands of years; extending to many civilizations in written history.

Ancient Egyptians were the first culture known to utilize the chair for stately purposes. Chairs in ancient Egypt were made of ivory or rare woods like ebony. These chairs were often coated in gold, with legs shaped like those of a beast in the wild. This is because Egyptians believed anything created by man needed to represent something in the natural world, or the balance of the universe could be lost.

The first Greek representations of chairs were not for humans at all. Zeus, king of all Greek gods and goddesses, is portrayed sitting on a throne ornamented with the legs of a sphinx in as early as the seventh century BCE. The Romans shared this affinity for the sphinx, and their early throne-like chairs were also adorned with sphinx legs and carvings.

The ancient Aztec culture held a similar custom of building chairs for royalty. Their version, known as the icpalli, featured an ornate high back. The icpalli was reserved for royalty and guests of honor.

Medieval-era chairs saw a shift away from the use of thrones explicitly for royalty, but they were still considered noble artifacts. Emperors, cardinals, knights, and those of superior standing in the culture sat on various chairs of wood, marble, brass, and ivory.

It wasn't until the Renaissance in Europe that the chair became a common addition to any home which could afford one. Since that time, the chair has gone through many stylistic changes, with very few structural changes.

How Sitting Posture Affects Health

While correct posture has most often been related to the idea of being uptight, posture is actually vitally important to the body's health. A correct sitting posture not only keeps the spine in alignment; it keeps every function of the anatomy in working order. As such, the use of a gaming chair extends beyond its game-enhancing functions. Keeping the correct sitting posture is especially important for long hours of questing or vanquishing foes on the virtual battlefield.

Good posture means the bones of your back and torso are aligned and upright, with no undue pressure on your neck, shoulders, or back. Not only does this position keep your bones and connective tissues from degenerating, it actually improves muscle function. When the posture is corrected, the muscles are not gliding over the bones incorrectly or being pulled at odd angles by the ligaments.

This straightening out of the bones and muscles then impacts the function of the vital organs. The lungs can fully inflate and deflate, which brings more oxygen to the bloodstream. This increases the oxygen in your brain, which causes a reduction in stress levels and promotes mental clarity. When spending long periods of time gaming, mental clarity is tantamount to success.

Without correct posture, your body can wear down over time. The first signs of incorrect posture are generally fatigue, aches and pains in the neck and shoulders, and joint stiffness or pain. Over time, these symptoms can become severe, leading to chronic pain and degenerative joint diseases like osteoarthritis

When searching for the right gaming chair, you have to first think about how you feel sitting down. It is important to give your low back firm support, keep your keyboard or controller at elbow height, and take frequent breaks. Breaks from gaming help to rest your eyes, stretch your body, and keep you at your gaming prime.

Will Playing Video Games Make You Violent?

The most notorious video game myth is that people who play violent video games are more likely to commit violent crimes. This claim stems from the fact that humans are empathetic, and generally immerse themselves into the games they are playing. In a first-person shooter, this would mean the player identifies with the character; if they make the player shoot someone, they feel as though they have completed the action.

The evidence supporting the claim that playing violent video games will make you a violent person is somewhat lacking. There is no hard evidence to support the claim; though metadata analysis of 74 studies showed a casual link between the two. This casual link may be flawed however, as many studies involved no control for other factors which can create violence: family history of violence, upbringing, education levels, etc.

The United States Secret Service actually looked into these claims by studying people involved in mass shootings. They found that while 27% of them were interested in violent movies, only 12% showed an interest in violent video games. The report noted that though these attacks cause lasting effects in the communities in which they occur, they could find no reason to link violent video games to their occurrence.

While gamer's are officially in the clear, violent video games have been stigmatized in popular culture. No matter what kind of video game is played, though, it is important to enjoy regular breaks, to give your eyes and body a well deserved rest.

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Last updated on December 20, 2017 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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