Top 5 Best Gaming Chairs Reviews (PC & Console)

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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

This is the best PC gaming chair in the market. If you are ready to spend over a thousand dollars for the most comfortable gaming chair, this is your stop. Aside from comfort, it also boasts other features that you would only find in a Herman Miller Embody.

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

The Herman Miller Embody just takes it to the next level. At a glance, it looks like a regular office chair but the moment you sit on it, it’s the closest thing to heaven you could ever be. It is ergonomically designed to enhance your health, improve your overall focus, and provide you with the best ergonomic support as you sit and play games for hours.

Tank Pick
DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

Best computer chair for the big guys

If you’re big or perhaps you’re tall, this is the perfect gaming chair for you. Its design is specifically tailored to provide big and tall guys the most comfortable sitting experience. It is loaded with a lot of functionalities and can hold up to 425 lbs or 204.1 kg - even if used for long hours every day.

DXRacer is a well-known manufacturer of quality racing gaming chairs. It’s so popular that it offers a wide variety of gaming chairs to accommodate all types and sizes of the human body.

The DXRacer DOH/TS29/NB is a Tank Series racing chair perfect for gamers with a larger body size. The frames inside are made up of highly durable metal that is welded with high standards in mind. Out of all the gaming chairs we tested that’s designed to accommodate bigger body sizes, this is the best. Learn more about the specifics in the review section.

An Average Gamer’s Pick
Vertagear S-Line SL2000

Vertagear S-Line SL2000

Best gaming chair for the average-sized gamers

A racer series gaming chair by Vertagear. It’s specifically designed to mimic the design and comfort of racing chairs. It is a popular choice made by many gamers because it offers the same level of comfort as DXRacer and AKRacing gaming chairs but at a relatively cheaper price.

If you have an average-sized body and you specifically want a racing chair, here's the best you would find in the market.

Make no mistake, it offers the same level of comfort and experience as premium gaming racing chairs - even the lumbar support, varying sets of color selection, and ergonomic design. The only difference you’d see is the price. Read more about the details of the Vertagear S-Line SL2000 in the actual review section below.

Console Pick
X Rocker 51259 Pro H3

X Rocker 51259 Pro H3

Best gaming chair for console

It’s a rocker-type gaming chair for console players that you set directly on the floor. It offers not just an outstanding level of comfort and experience but it also comes with speakers to immerse you deeper into the game. Learn more about the product details in the review section below.

If you’re a console player, this is the best gaming chair you could get your hands on.

The X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 is a rocker-type gaming chair that offers more than just comfort because under the fabric is where you would find the 4.1 sound system. All you need to do is hook up your TV audio output to the chair and you’re bound to a more immersive gaming experience. Check the full details and review of the chair below.

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

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

Best budget gaming chair

Like the rest of our budget picks, this one doesn’t come short. For the price of less than $100, you get a gaming chair that offers more than just being comfortable. It is loaded with features that even higher-end gaming chairs don’t have.

This is not just a cheap gaming chair, this is the best budget gaming chair.

For the price of less than $90, 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 that you can tuck 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

It’s true that there are office chairs claimed to be better than gaming chairs but we want to make sure we’re dealing with the best.

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

But brand aside, we want to see which gaming chairs provide an outstanding rating in the following aspects:

  • Comfort
  • Durability
  • Performance
  • Functionality
  • Value

We spent an entire day of research and initially boiled down to 15 gaming chairs. After an in-depth comparison, we are left with 10 that we want to test ourselves.

These chairs are specifically hand-picked and they perform best in what they are intended for. So if you want to see the TL;DR version of the test, see our How We Tested section and The Comparison section.

If you want to see what makes the 5 unique and why they made the cut in our top 5 picks, then go ahead and browse The 5 Best Gaming Chairs section.

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.

Weight Limit

This is arguably the most important. Ideally, you want to buy a chair with a weight capacity that’s 20 lbs or more above your own weight. This will mean that the chair can comfortably handle your weight and you don’t need to worry about wearing down and breaking it too quickly.

For heavier people, in particular, it’s important to make sure that you aren’t straddling the weight limit since a chair break and the resulting fall could be particularly injurious.

Height

Second most-important! How tall are you? 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 or not the chair will work out for you at all: the third determines your level of comfort. Fortunately, pretty much all of the chairs we’ve selected should have good quality materials for your comfort. The Racer chairs will also offer cushions for extended periods of time spent gaming or relaxing.

How We Tested

To make sure we’re evaluating the chairs right, we intended to have 6 testers to try the chairs out.

We have:

  • 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. Although we are more inclined towards testing the chairs for gaming, we also watched movies to further test the limit of the chairs.

Everyone is required to test each chair at least 1 hour so they could get intimate with the chair and make personal evaluations.

The games we tested range from different genres. Among the games were like PUBG, CS:GO, Fortnite, Overwatch, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, and among other console games.

We were surprised that some (2) of the gaming chairs were just straight up uncomfortable, so we had to eliminate them immediately to save time.

After the actual test, personal evaluations were then shared. After an in-depth comparison of all the personal experiences, we then came up with our top 5 best gaming chairs.

Make sure you check The Comparison section as we included the other 3 that didn’t make the cut there and even pointed out their pros and cons.

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

The 5 Best Gaming Chairs 2018

Details Our Rating
Our PickHerman Miller Embody

Herman Miller Embody

  • covering material: Fabric
  • type: PC
4.8/5
Tank PickDXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

  • covering material: Polyurethane
  • type: Racer
4.5/5
An Average Gamer’s PickVertagear S-Line SL2000

Vertagear S-Line SL2000

  • covering material: Faux leather
  • type: Racer
4.5/5
Console PickX Rocker 51259 Pro H3

X Rocker 51259 Pro H3

  • covering material: Fabric
  • type: Rocker
4.2/5
Budget PickFlash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG

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

  • covering material: Mesh
  • type: PC
4/5
#1

Herman Miller Embody

When it comes to investing in gaming chairs that cost over a thousand, comfort is not your priority anymore. But rather, you aim for features that you would find in a Herman Miller Embody chair. This is because this is the best gaming chair in 2018.

The overall build is just unique. The ergonomics of the chair even outperforms the comfort of DXRacer, AKRacing, and even Maxnomic racing chairs. This isn’t just about being the most comfortable gaming chair anymore.

Herman Miller has gone past that idea and decided to take on the more important factors. Sitting on Herman Miller Embody chair is not a feeling but it is rather an urge that your body finds satisfying.

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 is designed to improve your health, focus, and gives you the best comfort possible even if you wish to sit on it for hours.

Looking at the front of the chair, you’d mistake this as a regular office chair but at the back is where you’d see the first thing that makes it different. This has an innovative design that functions to make sure that your back is provided with the best support and utmost comfort all the time.

Aside from the skeletal support design, one thing that also stands out is the spine-like structure. This functions and mimics like 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. But there’s one teeny tiny problem we found that everyone could handle. We’ll talk about this shortly.

also correct bad sitting habits

As long as adjustments are concerned, there are plenty. This can be adjusted not only to fit your sitting behavior but to also correct bad sitting habits.

The arms are fully adjustable and can be adjusted in many ways. You can adjust the height or have them close to or further away from you. You could even choose not to install them if you don’t fancy armrests at all.

You can adjust the amount of recline in 2 ways.

The knob further back on the right side adjusts the rigidity of your back. The knob near your right leg functions in two ways. The black knob can be adjusted to reduce or increase the amount of recline that you get with your back while the clear, smaller knob is for height adjustment.

Further back on the left side is another tilt adjustment that you can also lock to support and promote your spine health.

These adjustment mechanisms are also the downside of the chair.

It has so many adjustments that it usually takes about a week until you get the sweet spot. But once you find the right adjustment, everything is golden.

The material is made of fabric but it guarantees comfort nonetheless.

So if you are ready to spend over a thousand for the best PC gaming chair, here’s your stop. With all these in a gaming chair, it’s no wonder this made the cut as our top pick.

#2

DXRacer Tank Series DOH/TS29/NB

One thing you’d notice with the DXRacer Tank Series is the wide sitting area. It’s because this is made for the big guys.

It’s not your ordinary DXRacer racing PC gaming chair (wow, that’s a mouthful) because this can hold up to 450 lbs! What’s great about this is the fact that you.get.what.you.pay.for.

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

  • Reclining back
  • Adjustable height
  • Different Color Selection

One thing that makes this apart is the footrest. They have a flatter base that’s actually a good thing since you can rest your feet.

2. DXRacer Tank Series DOH:TS29:NB unboxing

It’s not only designed for the big guys but rather, it can also accommodate gamers whose height are over 6 feet. But keep in mind this sacrifices comfort a little but still doable, nonetheless.

When it comes to material, this boasts a PU or polyurethane that’s designed to mimic the feel and seat of a race car. However, it does come with a flaw. We’ll cover this in detail shortly.

You won’t have to worry about reclining the seat at all because the frames were ergonomically made to support up to 450 pounds of weight. And 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

The intention to accommodate big guys was on point after Kenny and Clara (our big guy testers) tried it out.

There’s one problem, though. The polyurethane material may give you a premium feel but remember that this is a material that isn’t really breathable - unlike mesh. So chances are that you’d sweat bullets sitting if used in a non-airconditioned room.

Overall, it’s a personal recommendation from the guys at WePC.com if you’re a big guy looking for the best computer chair for big guys.

#3

Vertagear S-Line SL2000

Some of you may go with DXRacer, AKRacing, or even Maxnomic chairs but let me introduce you to the Vertagear S-Line SL2000 - offers the same premium performance and feel but at a cheaper price.

Make no mistake, the Vertagear company is slowly making a name in the gaming chair industry and the S-Line SL2000 is no exception.

It made our cut and placed 3rd on our list. So, what’s with the SL2000, then?

Build and overall feel is just like the rest of the popular racing gaming chairs - lumbar support, and reclining features. But it’s the fact that it’s relatively cheaper that won the hearts of our testers.

3. Vertagear S-Line SL2000 pillow

You also have a neck pillow and lumbar support like popular racing gaming chairs but this has a different feel that might be a problem for some. We’ll discuss more about this below.

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 is not an issue with the SL2000 since this is made of stain- and water-resistance PVC leather.

Gaming on this chair gives you the support you need if you wish to play games in a very comfortable position - even in long hours.

Now for the flaw…

This may have the same lumbar support and neck pillows like any other racing gaming chairs but they are somewhat harder and that might cause a problem for some.

Even though it’s cheaper than most premium gaming chairs, it still offers a very similar feel and experience.

Nonetheless, it’s still a great option for average-sized gamers. If your primary goal is to play games as comfortably as you can, this is for you.

#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 that this has a lot of speakers. To be precise, this has 4 speakers and 1 powerful subwoofer.

This lets you listen to any background music in a more immersive manner. Aside from the quality music, you also have a vibration setting that allows you to be fully immersed in the game.

The armrest is something you can’t complain about as they are placed comfortably on each side.

You have the controls conveniently located on the right side of the chair. From here, you could control the bass levels as well as the vibration levels conveniently. Furthermore, it has a 3.5mm audio out jack so you could have the privacy of listening to the in-game audio if you want.

4. X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 unboxing

We found the sound quality to be a great way to immerse yourself deep in the game but it isn’t that great. It does, however, do the job fairly well, nonetheless.

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 PU or polyurethane material, this gets a little warm after some time of use so we recommend placing this in an air-conditioned room to avoid the inconvenience.

Moreover, the wireless sound setup may be great but we found that it caused a lot of mobile interference so we decided to stick with the wired setup instead. Not to mention that 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. It also comes with a locking mechanism (pin) to make sure the chair stays in place.

Among the rocker gaming chairs that we tested, this is the best. Everything about this rocker gaming chair is outstanding. The ergonomic build, quality materials, and the entire audio and control system are what makes it worth getting.

#5

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

A budget pick that offers outstanding performance for the price.

The Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG comes with a built-in lumbar back support to make sure you’re provided with the best comfort and sitting experience.

It also has a breathable mesh material to make sure you have quality airflow going in and out. Unlike the rest of the premium and popular gaming chairs, sweat isn’t a thing if you sit on the chair.

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

If you don’t like a mesh seat cover, this also comes with a leather seat to match your preference. Or if you’re taller, you have the option and get the mesh chair with a high back.

As long as adjustments are concerned, there aren’t many. You have a tilt tension adjustment knob as well as a pneumatic seat height lever to adjust the height of the chair.

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

You can guarantee that it would hold up to 250 lbs since this is made of quality and durable material. Furthermore, the base is also made of heavy-duty nylon base 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. But the moment we dove into the details of the Herman Miller Embody, we were just blown away. Of all the other premium chairs that we tested, these two stood out and but we declared the Embody as the best PC gaming chair.

Unfortunately, for the Aeron, the Embody offers a more intricate support system that provides the most convenient sitting comfort in the premium category.

As for DXRacer’s Tank Series, DOH/TS29/NB, we also looked at other competitors in this criteria. 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, which can also hold up to 440 lbs.

To make sure every big guy is accommodated, we didn’t take any chances and went with the best gaming chair for big guys - DOH/TS9/NB, which can hold weights of up to 450 lbs! Surprisingly enough, as we tested it, it did support Kenny’s 398 lbs body 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 the best gaming chairs under $200 and even the best gaming chairs under $300. If you’re going to look at the prices, the SL2000 is the cheapest but it offers very similar features and comfort as a whole.

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.

At the end of the day, there are no such things as best gaming chair for everybody because it all depends on your sitting behavior and preference.

No matter the case, all of these are handpicked by the team to give you the option to select the best for your gaming needs.

Final Words

Buying a gaming chair isn’t all about “Maxnomic vs DXRacer Gaming Chair: Which is Better?

But 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 very 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 very 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 is 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.

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  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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