We now live in a world where there are seemingly a million different brands of gaming chair so what on earth do you choose? We know there are the big boys such as Secretlab knocking our premium gaming chairs for eye-watering amounts of money but what about the next step down?
Well, Killabee from Von Racer has been making a bit of a name for themselves of late so let’s have a look at the models of gaming chairs they have on offer at the moment.
Our Top Picks
Massage and play
Ideal for big and tall folk
We haven’t featured many chairs before that massage you while you play and all of a sudden Killabee pops up with several models. It all depends on your definition of ‘massage’ however – this one will happily vibrate a cushion behind your back if that’s your thing.
This is a half-decent budget-end offering, and by half-decent, we mean about half the price of the premium chairs that are sweeping the market currently. It also has a footrest and a massage option if you are happy to plug it in. I guess it feels quite nice but some might find it annoying.
This chair comes with an impressive lumbar support massager to really help you relax and stay comfortable in those long gaming sessions.
With a massager and a footrest, this chair comes with features that may struggle to find elsewhere, especially if you are a bigger gamer. Still, comfort should always be the first port of call and thankfully this chair also delivers that.
Featuring the same electric massager and (slightly unstable) footrest as the other models, this chair still comes in at considerably less than half the price you would have to cough up for a premium seat.
It’s important to realize here that you are going to be buying a piece of furniture that will hopefully last you many years, and, more importantly, provide you with a level of comfort while you are sat at your PC, that you might not have previously had. Therefore, before you click Buy, spare a thought for the following.
The cost of gaming chairs can vary quite dramatically. the big-name companies are all going to be charging considerably more for their wares but there is a reason for that. generally, the materials used are of much higher quality, this is how the cheaper manufacturers can trim down their price so much. With this trimming down also comes a reduction in comfort. Extra support cushions aren’t included, the foam used in the seat and back sections won’t be as high quality and may lose its shape quicker than you would like. The seat itself might not recline or even feel as sturdy.
What we are saying, and we certainly don’t always suggest you go for the higher ticket items, but when it comes to gaming chairs you generally get what you pay for. It all depends on how happy you are to compromise.
The last couple of years have definitely seen a move away from the huge gamification of gaming chairs. No longer are we only different bright green chairs with orange lightning bolts emblazoned across them but you can now get high-quality gaming chairs that do not look out of place in any corner of your home. You need to decide whether you want one that’s more akin to a big padded ‘bosses’ office chair or stick with the racing-style so popular in years gone by. It’s also worth considering you may redecorate before your chair reaches the end of its life so that bright yellow racing chair may not fit in so well in the future.
The weight limit on most of these gaming chairs is less of a concern than on a traditional office or computer chair. That’s because these chairs are already based on the floor, and therefore aren’t likely to collapse if they have a sturdy frame.
The only real exceptions to these rules are the Intex Inflatable Chair and the X Rocker Pedestal Chair. The Inflatable Chair is much more strict about its weight limit since it risks popping if you go over it, while the Pedestal in the other chair may give away if you stress it too much for too long.
Besides those chairs, though, you’re probably just fine being 350+ lbs and using these chairs on the floor. They should be reasonably comfortable, too, but you can also check the measurements on them if you’re particularly wide.
Get A Chair That Matches Your Size
Gaming chairs have a height and weight capacity like any other chair.
Most of them can only support up to 250 lbs while some can handle weights of up to 400 lbs. Similarly, some chairs are smaller and can only accommodate heights up to 5’5” while some have high backrests that can support over 6’ in height.
Choose a gaming chair that can at least support 20 lbs more than your current weight. And since it’s unlikely you’ll shoot up another foot anytime soon, just go with a chair that’s close to your height or a little slightly above.
Determine Your Desk Height And Width
One thing many people forget when buying a chair is that it needs to be small enough to fit close to their desk. This means you should have a good idea of just how tall and wide your chair is.
Features are another big thing, but the main one at play here is audio.
For whatever reason, most people expect gaming chairs to have built-in speakers for an immersive gaming audio experience. If this interests you and you don’t mind a few extra steps of setup, you should probably opt into it.
If this doesn’t interest you, though, don’t waste your money. Focus on buying a comfortable chair instead.
Best Killabee Gaming Chair
Massaging lumbar support
Not really a “massage”
Need to plug it in obviously
Let’s get this out of the way. This is not going to give you a relaxing massage after a hard day at work. It will, somewhat noisily, vibrate the lumbar support cushion if you plug it on. It doesn’t feel bad particularly but it’s not exactly light up some cables and relax either. Assuming you dispense with what is a bit of a gimmick and never use it, you actually have a pretty decent chair that comes at a good price.
It sits somewhere between a racing and office style chair which won’t suit every decor, It’s not too bad when it comes to assembly and feels as though it is built to last. You can tell it’s aimed more at the budget end of the spectrum, but that’s not a bad thing if you don’t have upwards of $400 to spend on gaming furniture. A good option for those with more limited purse strings for sure.
Great if you are a large human
Massaging lumbar support
Variety of colors available
Footrest doesn’t seem sturdy
The Killabee Big and Tall 350 lb massage memory foam gaming chair– try saying that five times fast– is packed with features that you don’t usually find in other affordable gaming chairs. Specifically, two of the most notable features of this chair are the electric lumbar support that massages your back and the retractable footrest.
The retractable footrest is just that. There’s not much to say about it except that it’s, oddly, not very sturdy. Be careful when using it, especially if you’re one of the bigger guys this chair is marketed toward. It does have a variety of color options you can choose from as conciliation, though.
The reclining feature only reclines 155 degrees, but honestly, that’s enough for most users. Under the polyurethane material is memory foam padding. Pair that with the massager lumbar support that you can attach via USB port and you still have a chair that offers above-average comfort in spite of a sub-par footrest and reclining feature.
We have to set our expectations here. We have already mentioned that this seat comes in less than half the price that the big boys charge, you can pick it up for considerably less than $200 from the Killabee Gaming website, so corners are going to have to be cut. Is it as good, as comfortable, as durable and as, well desirable as a chair from Secretlab or Anda Seat? Nope. Obviously, but if you are looking for an upgrade on the rubbish chair you currently use at your PC it may well just do a job for you and leave you with $200 in the pocket to buy some more games to play while you are sat on it.
The footrest is a bit of a gimmick for me, not many PC players have room to stretch out while playing, but it might be you want to use it for console gaming, or just to have a cheeky nap in, in which case it serves a purpose.
You just need to set your bar appropriately and either decide to save up that bit longer for a premium chair or know, in the back of your mind, that this has saved you some hard-earned cash and you can live with that even though it’s not the best of the best.
For us, a good gaming chair is a complete necessity. Finding the right one can be determined by several key areas. The following is a list of the areas which we consider most important when selecting a quality chair:
- Ergonomic Design
- Chair Functionality
- Lumbar support
- Build materials & quality
Ultimately, if the chair you’re looking to buy can tick off a few of these fundamental criteria, you’re more than likely onto a winner. However, finding a chair that houses all these qualities can sometimes be expensive and challenging, meaning you have to spend endless amounts of time researching numerous different options.
This is where WePC comes into the equation. Our team of dedicated computer enthusiasts spend their days researching and testing the best hardware offerings on the market and have focused their energy on this guide on finding the best gaming chair.
As far as chairs in the budget sector go you can do pretty well out of picking up a gaming chair from Killabee. The branding is cool enough, the chairs, while definitely not premium, manage to find a decent middle ground, and if you are looking at these, I’m pretty sure it will be an upgrade to what you are sat on while you are reading this page.
Are you going to always wish you had waited and saved up more? Well that’s down to you I guess but picking one of these up at around $200 is still not an insignificant purchase on a seat. Will you be happy with it? I think you will, they are good seats and should last you a good while, just don’t expect them to be perfect and you will be happy you saved some cash.