The 5 Best Gaming Chairs as of 2018

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After spending 32 hours testing 10 popular gaming chairs, we concluded that the Herman Miller Embody is the best gaming chair in 2018 for every type of gamer. It may look more like an office chair than a gaming chair but don’t let the looks fool you. It has more to it than meets the eye. It even outperforms DXRacer and AKRacing gaming chairs in terms of comfort and functionality. Learn more about it below.

Our Pick
Herman Miller Embody

Herman Miller Embody

Best premium grade PC gaming chair

If you are ready to spend over a thousand dollars for the most comfortable gaming chair, then the Herman Miller Embody and its unrivaled skeletal architecture is for you.

Herman Miller is known for manufacturing innovative designs, technologies, and related services that greatly improve the human experience.

At a glance, the Herman Miller Embody looks like a regular office chair, but you’ll realize that’s not the case the moment you sit on it. It's designed to enhance your health, improve your focus, and provide you with the best ergonomic support as you sit and play games for hours.

In fact, FX magazine it with their 2009 International Interior Design award for “Best Workplace Seating”. It also won our “Best Gaming Office Chair” award, which isn’t a real thing, but we would totally invent it just to give it to this chair.

Tank Pick
DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

Best computer chair for the big guys (and girls)

This DXRacer Tank is designed to provide big and tall gamers a great sitting experience. In fact, it can support up to 425 lbs (204 kg).

DXRacer’s popularity has afforded them the chance to offer a wide variety of gaming chairs to accommodate all types and sizes of gamers.

The DXRacer DOH/TS29/NB is one of those chairs. The frame is made of highly durable metal. Out of all the gaming chairs we tested that’s designed to accommodate bigger body sizes, this is the best.

An Average Gamer’s Pick
Vertagear S-Line SL2000

Vertagear S-Line SL2000

Best Racing Chair

Want a chair designed to mimic the comfort of racing chairs, but you don’t want to pay a premium just because the DXRacer or AKRacing name is attached to it? Well, here it is.

Despite it not being one of the more well recognized gaming chair brands, make no mistake: it offers the same level of comfort and options as premium gaming racing chairs. This includes lumbar support, a large color selection, and an ergonomic design. The only difference is the price.

Console Pick
X Rocker 51259 Pro H3

X Rocker 51259 Pro H3

Best gaming chair for console

This rocker-type gaming chair for console players not only offers an outstanding level of comfort, but also comes with speakers to immerse you deeper into the game.

The X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 is a rocker-type gaming chair that offers more than just comfort because under the fabric is a 4.1 sound system. All you need to do is hook up your TV audio output to the chair.

Budget Pick
Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG

Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG

Best budget gaming chair

For the price of less than $100, you get a gaming chair that puts some higher-end gaming chairs to shame.

This is the best budget gaming chair. For less than $100, it comes with a built-in lumbar support for your back and a breathable back mesh material for quality airflow. Moreover, this has a mesh-padded flip-up arm (don’t worry: you can tuck them away easily if you don’t need them). Depending on your preference, you could get the black with a mesh seat or one with a leather seat.

How We Choose

So, we went straight ahead to check forums and see what Twitch streamers and professional eSports gamers are using. There are plenty of brands we stumbled upon: Maxnomic, AKRacing, Omega, and the list just goes on.

Brand aside, we want to see which gaming chairs provide an outstanding rating in the following categories:

  • Comfort
  • Durability
  • Performance
  • Functionality
  • Value

After a day of researching, we’d settled on 15 gaming we’d like to check out. Once we performed an in-depth comparison, we were with 10 that we wanted to test ourselves.

Things to Consider Before Choosing the Best Gaming Chair

When picking a gaming chair, there are a few factors you’ll want to take into consideration.

Height and Weight

No, this isn’t a dating profile, but it is still important.

Ideally, you want to buy a chair with a weight capacity that’s 20 lbs or more above your own weight so that you don’t run the risk of it wearing down, or possibly even breaking which could cause an injury.

If you’re shopping for high-backed chairs, you want something that you can comfortably recline in. If not full back support, at least go for something that can comfortably support your lower back whenever you decide to lean back.

Materials and Cushioning

The first two aspects determine whether the chair will work out for you at all, these determine your comfort level, though. Fortunately, all the chairs we’ve selected are made of quality materials.

How We Tested

To make sure we’re evaluating the chairs right, we had 6 testers try the chairs out:

  • 3 female gamers (small, average, and large in body size)
  • 3 male gamers (small, average, and large in body size)

In the test room, we have 6 gaming rigs along with 2 consoles for the rocking chairs.

Everyone tested each chair for at least 1 hour, so they could get familiar with the chair to make personal evaluations.

We tested everything from competitive games that had us sitting on the edge of our seats-- like PUBG, Fortnite, and Overwatch-- to single player games where we could relax a little more-- like Assassin’s Creed Origins, Fallout 4, and The Witcher 3.

We were surprised a couple of the gaming chairs were just straight up uncomfortable, so we eliminated them immediately.

After the actual test, personal evaluations were then shared. It was the observations gathered from this session that allowed us to create our top 5 best gaming chairs list.

Disclaimer: The gaming chairs tested were purchased and weren't sent or sponsored to make biased opinions or feedback.

The 5 Best Gaming Chairs

ProductDetails
Our PickHerman Miller Embody

Herman Miller Embody

  • covering material: Fabric
  • type: PC
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Tank PickDXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

  • covering material: Polyurethane
  • type: Racer
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An Average Gamer’s PickVertagear S-Line SL2000

Vertagear S-Line SL2000

  • covering material: Faux leather
  • type: Racer
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Console PickX Rocker 51259 Pro H3

X Rocker 51259 Pro H3

  • covering material: Fabric
  • type: Rocker
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Budget PickFlash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG

Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG

  • covering material: Mesh
  • type: PC
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#1

Herman Miller Embody

By time you’ve decided to invest in an ergonomic gaming chair that costs over $1000, comfort is no longer a wish; it’s a demand. Thankfully, the Herman Miller Embody provides this in spades and has been for nearly a decade.

The build is unique. Its ergonomics outperform the DXRacer, AKRacing, and Maxnomic racing chairs. Sitting on the Herman Miller Embody isn't a feeling; it's a sensation that your body finds oddly satisfying. Ultimately, this is what makes it the best computer chair for long hours.

The ergonomics of the chair even outperforms the comfort of DXRacer, AKRacing, and even Maxnomic racing chairs

Everything about it-- lumbar support, plush padding, ergonomics, posture support, and a flexible mechanism are designed to improve your health, focus, and gives you the best comfort possible even when you have to sit for hours.

The front of the chair mostly looks like a regular office chair, but the back looks like a weird exoskeleton you’d see an Iron Man villain wearing. This innovative design functions to make sure it gives your back great support no matter how you sit.

Aside from the skeletal support design, one thing that also stands out is the spine-like structure along the back and bottom of the chair. This mimics a human spine to accommodate your body movements comfortably.

You’re not limited to any movement at all because it’s so flexible that you could recline and lean with ease.

also correct bad sitting habits

This can be adjusted not only to fit your sitting behavior but to also correct bad sitting habits.

The arms can be adjusted in many ways. You can adjust the height or the width. You can even choose not to install them if you don’t fancy armrests at all.

You can adjust the recline in 2 ways. The knob further back on the right side adjusts the rigidity of your back. The black knob just below the right side of the seat can be adjusted to reduce or increase the recline you get while the clear, smaller knob is for height adjustment. Further back on the left side is another tilt adjustment that you can lock to support and promote your spine health.

Did I mention there were a lot of adjustments?

There are so many adjustments that it can take about a week until you get the sweet spot. And don’t even think of letting people borrow your chair; if they touch a knob, then they die! It’s still comfortable either way, but it’s only once you find the right adjustment that you can truly rest easy.

#2

DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

It’s not your ordinary DXRacer racing PC gaming chair (wow, that’s a mouthful) because this can hold up to 450 lbs.

Like any other DXRacer models, this comes with the standard features such as:

  • Reclining back
  • Adjustable height
  • Different Color Selection

One thing that sets this apart is the footrest. They have a flatter base than many racing chairs, which lets you rest your feet.

2. DXRacer Tank Series DOH:TS29:NB unboxing

It’s not only designed for the larger gamers, but it can also accommodate gamers whose height are over 6 feet. This does sacrifice some comfort, however.

When it comes to material, this comfy computer chair boasts a PU or polyurethane that’s designed to mimic the feel and seat of a race car. While the polyurethane material may give you a premium feel, it isn’t breathable, like mesh. So chances are you’d sweat bullets sitting if used in a non-airconditioned room.

Like any DXRacer gaming chair, this comes with a lumbar support and a neck pillow on top of having a comfortable cushioning pads.

2. DXRacer Tank Series DOH:TS29:NB unboxing 2

According to our testers, the chair really does accommodate larger gamers rather nicely. It’s so reliable that our testers can lean further past the farthest lean adjustment without any worries whatsoever.

#3

Vertagear S-Line SL2000

Vertagear is slowly making a name in the gaming chair industry and the S-Line SL2000 is no exception. The Vertagear S-Line SL2000 offers the same premium feel of DXRacer, AKRacing, and Maxnomic chairs but at a cheaper price.

Build and feel is just like the rest of the popular racing gaming chairs - lumbar support, and reclining features. However, they are somewhat harder and that might cause a problem for some.

3. Vertagear S-Line SL2000 pillow

Another cool thing about the SL2000 is the fact that the adjustments are ergonomically placed under the armrest for every user’s convenience. The base also lets you glide easily and functions smoothly like the adjustments under the armrest.

3. Vertagear S-Line SL2000 adjustments

Spilling water or beer all over the chair isn't an issue with the SL2000 since this is made of stain- and water-resistance PVC leather.

#4

X Rocker 51259 Pro H3

Perfect for console gamers looking to up their gaming experience.

Looking at the X Rocker 51259 Pro H3, you’d notice this has a lot of speakers. 4 speakers and 1 powerful subwoofer, to be exact.

This lets you listen to any background music in a more immersive manner. The cables you will need comes with the chair and all you need to do is hook them up from your television input to your X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 chair output.

These are the cables that come with the chair:

  • RCA female to female barrel adapter (2 PC)
  • 0.15m RCA stereo male to 3.5mm stereo male cable (1 PC)
  • 0.15m 3.5mm stereo male to 3.5mm stereo male cable (1 PC)
  • 3m RCA Stereo to RCA stereo plug cable(1 PC)
  • 1m 3.5mm stereo male to 3.5mm stereo male cable (1PC)

Aside from the quality music, this also has a built-in vibration setting that allows you to be fully immersed in the game.

There are also nice, sturdy armrests on each side.

The controls are conveniently located on the right side of the chair. Oh, by the way, there are controls. This lets you control the bass and vibration levels. There’s also a 3.5mm audio out jack so you can have the privacy of listening to the in-game audio if you want.

4. X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 unboxing

While having the sounds come out of the chair-- along with the vibration-- helped immerse us in the game, we would’ve liked if the sound quality was a little better.

Aside from the music and controls, another feature of the chair you’d notice is the high-quality, vinyl material. Keep in mind that like the polyurethane material, this isn’t a very breathable material and you might start listening if you know what I mean.

It also has a wireless sound setup, but it caused significant mobile interference in the form of a high-pitched metallic noise when you are about to receive a text, so we decided to stick with the wired setup instead. Not to mention you’ll be needing AAA batteries on a monthly basis if you do insist on using the wireless.

Tucking it away if you don’t want to use it is easy since it folds up, like most rockers. It also comes with a locking mechanism (pin) to make sure the chair stays in place.

#5

Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG

The Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG is the best cheap gaming chair that offers outstanding comfort for its price.

Unlike the rest of the premium and popular gaming chairs, sweat shouldn’t be an issue with this chair. It also has a breathable mesh material to make sure you have quality airflow going in and out.

The seat isn’t just upholstered in mesh but it’s also padded with CA 117 fire retardant foam. This guarantees it’ll not fire up even if you stare a blow torch at it (which, by the way, is something we highly discourage doing).

There are also some extra options. For instance, if you don’t like the mesh seat cover, this also comes with a leather seat to match your preference. There’s also a high back option for those of us that are taller.

While it comes with a built in lumbar support, there are not many adjustments. You have a tilt tension adjustment knob as well as a pneumatic seat height lever to adjust the height of the chair. Oh and you can lift the arms up, which you actually can’t do on most of our other chairs.

5. Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG unboxing

You can guarantee it will hold up to 250 lbs since the base is made of heavy-duty nylon material to make sure mobility is smooth.

But what makes this chair standout is the fact that the armrest can be tucked away - great to maximize productivity and mobility. Premium chairs may be adjustable but a lot of them can’t be adjusted like this.

If you are on a budget and you want an affordable gaming chair that offers the best value for your money, get Mesh chair by Flash Furniture.

The Competition

The Herman Miller Aeron could have been our top pick in our roundup for the best gaming chair 2018 edition. Unfortunately, for the Aeron, the Embody offers a more intricate support system that lets you fine tune nearly every aspect of the chair to your personal dimensions. Plus, it also corrects bad sitting habit, a reason why it’s the best PC gaming chair.

As for DXRacer’s Tank Series, DOH/TS29/NB, we also looked at other competitors in the XL gaming chair competition. A few of these include DXRacer’s King Series DOH/KS06/NB and DOH/CE120/NB, which can only hold up to 300 lbs, and Vertagear’s P-Line SL6000, a cost-efficient alternative for an XL chair.

To make sure everyone is accommodated, we didn’t take any chances and went with the best gaming chair for big guys: DOH/TS9/NB, which can hold up to 450 lbs! In fact, it supported Kenny’s nearly 400lb frame easily and even did a full recline like a boss.

Going on, we decided to compare Vertagear’s S-Line SL2000 with the S-Line SL4000, along with other DXRacer and AKRacing chairs used by popular Twitch streamers.

Among these include DXRacer’s DOH/RE0/NW, DOH/RE0/NO, RW106/NE, and some of our picks from our best gaming chairs under $200 and our best gaming chairs under $300 lists. Ultimately, all of the chairs were relatively comparable so it was the SL2000’s low price point that pushed it onto the list.

The same idea goes with the X Rocker 51259, where we compared it with the best console gaming chairs, and the Mesh Chair by Flash Furniture. They all perform best in their specific criteria.

Conclusion

Buying a gaming chair isn’t about a stupid Maxnomic vs DXRacer style rivalry.

Rather, it’s all about choosing the right one that fits your game style perfectly. These gaming chairs were the best in what they are intended for. It’s what inspired us to do the best gaming chair 2018 edition roundup.

So if you want the best from the premium grade gaming chairs, the Herman Miller Embody is the best we tested. It offers detailed adjustment features that give you the best experience and comfort.

The DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB is what we personally recommend if you’re a big guy or a 6-foot-tall gamer. This has a durable frame that’s ergonomically designed and made to hold weights up to 450 lbs!

For average-sized users, get the Vertagear S-Line SL2000 racing series gaming chair. It boasts the same features and functionalities as popular gaming chairs like DXRacer, Maxnomic, and even AKRacing but at a price that everyone can afford.

If you play console and you want more than just comfort, then get the X Rocker 51259 Pro H3. It also boasts a 4.1 audio system that lets you immerse deeper in the game.

Finally, don’t get a cheap gaming chair if you’re on a budget. Get a premium-like feel and experience with the Flash Furniture Chair. It's built with ergonomics in mind to give you the best experience for a price that’s under $90. If you don’t fancy the mesh material, there are also other options you would find in the best gaming chair under $100 category.

Sources

  1. Kevin Purdy, The Best Cheap Gaming Chair for Your Living Room, The Wirecutter, February 8, 2018
  2. Terrence Mai, The best gaming chairs, PC Gamer, June 14, 2018
  3. Matt Clark, The Best Gaming Chairs, IGN, May 10, 2018

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