Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Computer games have long evolved from simple eight-pixel arcade games into something completely unimaginable, which has formed several industries at once. For many, esports is not just fun, but a serious area of activity that brings in no less serious money. In this vein, every detail becomes important, and even such a seemingly minor accessory as a player's chair. Today's rating review from is devoted specifically to gaming chairs, their features, important points and the most successful models.
- How to choose a gaming chair
- Design and ergonomics
- Design / color
- Additional options
- The cost
- Rating of the best gaming chairs
- Best inexpensive gaming chairs
- AeroCool AC120 AIR
- ThunderX3 TGC12
- TetChair iCar
- The best mid-range gaming chairs
- Vertagear S-Line SL4000
- DXRacer Drifting OH / DF73
- ThunderX3 TGC31
- The best premium gaming chairs
- DXRacer Special Edition OH / RE126 / NCC / NIP
- Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake GT Comfort GTC 500
- DXRacer King OH / KS06
How to choose a gaming chair
To begin with, let's figure out what are the key features of gaming chairs that make them playable, as well as what should be guided by when choosing a particular model.
Design and ergonomics
It seems obvious, but it's worth emphasizing that a gaming chair should be comfortable. And in this case, it should be convenient not just to sit in it, but to play. Plus, given the many hours of marathons with streams on YouTube and Twitch, the chair should be banally safe for the health of the gamer. All this implies the correct design: anatomical seat and backrest, headrest and armrests, as well as the ability to adjust the position of the most important parts, that is, customization.
Even a simple, cheap office chair is equipped with a gas lift that allows you to adjust the height, thereby adjusting to the height of the person. As for the gaming chair, it is important here that the more parameters you can adjust, the better: seat height, backrest angle, armrest height, headrest position. It is also highly desirable that the chair be equipped with a rolling mechanism, optimally with the ability to be fixed in an arbitrary position.
In the store, the chair can look chic and behave great on 'test drive'. But if it is made at least partially of low-quality or inappropriate materials (for example, where metal would be appropriate, even strong, but plastic is used), over time all its advantages will come to naught. The joints will start to squeak unpleasantly, the clips will become flimsy, the filler will fall off, the paint will peel off, the upholstery will crack. In a word, troubles can develop rapidly until the chair is completely unusable. And we do not exaggerate – there are many such cases. Also, do not forget about the casters – if they are made of a hard and rigid material without a reliable soft coating, any floor covering will not withstand such a load and will quickly become terrifying.
Design / color
Everything seems to be obvious here – everyone chooses what they like. Let's just say that there is a small stereotype that all gaming chairs are necessarily made in aggressive contrasting, sometimes 'acid' colors. This is far from the case. The assortment of armchairs is large enough, and you can pick up almost any color, up to completely discreet and monochromatic.
Another important point – individual 'gadgets', suitable for the convenience of the player. Someone needs a special container for a glass of coffee or a can of an energy drink in the chair, someone wants to periodically massage the 'sirloin parts' with a vibrating massager, someone needs a whole set of stands and stands for a mouse, gamepad or whatever. Also, a gaming chair can have special backup mounts, thanks to which you can install a steering wheel, pedals, a monitor, etc. In principle, having set a goal, you can find yourself a chair with any functionality. But the next, final point follows from this.
Here, experts remind you that not everything that is expensive is necessarily good, and not everything that is inexpensive is necessarily bad. Almost identical chairs of different brands can differ in price at times. It's another matter if you are a streamer and it is important for you to 'shine' a fashionable logo at the camera, emphasizing your own success. Then, it would be strange to take a gaming chair 5 thousand more expensive than the other, moreover, the difference between them is only in the presence of a cup holder. If possible, we recommend that you test the chairs personally, study reviews of real users, read reviews of authoritative resources before shelling out a certain amount for the chair.
Rating of the best gaming chairs
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Best inexpensive gaming chairs||1||AeroCool AC120 AIR||RUB 13,690|
|2||ThunderX3 TGC12||RUB 13,090|
|3||TetChair iCar||RUB 12,990|
|The best mid-range gaming chairs||1||Vertagear S-Line SL4000||RUB 21,990|
|2||DXRacer Drifting OH / DF73||RUB 28,990|
|3||ThunderX3 TGC31||RUB 24,990|
|The best premium gaming chairs||1||DXRacer Special Edition OH / RE126 / NCC / NIP||RUB 38,990|
|2||Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake GT Comfort GTC 500||RUB 31,890|
|3||DXRacer King OH / KS06||RUB 32 420|
Best inexpensive gaming chairs
Now let's go directly to the rating, and start with the most affordable category of gaming chairs.
AeroCool AC120 AIR
Let's start with an interesting model of the Taiwanese brand AeroCool. The chair is made in a characteristic predatory design with corresponding aggressive colors. Designed for a maximum load of 150 kg – this bearing capacity is provided by a hydraulic drive of the highest 4th class.
The dimensions of the chair are as follows. The width and depth of the seat are equal and amount to 53 cm. The height of the backrest is 81 cm. The height of the seat position, depending on the adjustment, is from 43 to 51 cm. The total height of the chair is from 124 to 132 cm. The weight without packaging is 20 kg. Seat depth and backrest height are not adjustable.
The upholstery of the gaming chair is made from breathable artificial leather, made using the patented AIR technology. The basic background color is black, the designer inserts are available in the following colors: black, white, blue, green, orange, red. The back wall is black with a carbon fiber look.
The frame and cross-piece of the gaming chair are metal. The armrests are made of sturdy plastic. The seat is filled with polyurethane foam with a density of 50 in the seat and 45 in the back. The semi-soft rollers are made of nylon, the size is 65 mm.
The functionality of the gaming chair is as follows. The armrests can pivot horizontally and move up and down. The chair can swing from 3 ° to 18 ° thanks to the butterfly mechanism, and the force required to tilt can be adjusted by means of a spring mechanism located under the seat. The backrest can be locked in any position or reclined altogether by 180 °, thereby turning the gaming chair into a mini-couch for restorative sleep. The headrest is adjustable in height and angle.
The manufacturer provides a one year warranty for this model.
- pleasant, balanced upholstery material;
- spectacular design;
- a large selection of colors;
- high stability;
- good assembly kit;
- quality level, as for such a price, materials;
- creaks appear quite quickly in different places;
- the turns of the armrests are poorly fixed.
Now, as part of the rating of the best gaming chairs from, consider another inexpensive, but noteworthy chair. This model is in many ways similar to the previous one in a number of parameters, and this is not surprising, since the manufacturer is actually a division of AeroCool Advanced Technologies.
As with the previous model, this gaming chair is designed for a maximum player weight of 150 kg. The dimensions are as follows: seat width – 53 cm, depth slightly less – 50 cm; seat height, depending on the adjustment – from 42 to 50 cm; total chair height – from 124 to 132 cm; backrest height 82 cm. Seat depth and backrest height are not adjustable. The chair weight is 24.85 kg.
For the upholstery of the gaming chair, the manufacturer uses high-quality faux eco-leather made of polyurethane. The base color, as in the previous version, is black, the available colors of design artifacts are blue, red, orange, green and black.
Most of the parameters of this model are almost completely similar to the chair described above. There is an adjustable headrest and lumbar support, the armrests are also adjusted up and down and around their axis, the exact same 'butterfly' mechanism allows you to swing from 3 to 18 degrees, the height adjustment is provided by a higher class 4 gas cartridge, corresponding to the standard Germany 4550-2004. The wheels are also made of non-scratching nylon, only here they are slightly larger – 50 mm. The filling is polyurethane foam RIM (Reaction Injection Molding) with a density of 50 for the seat and 46 for the back. The whole structure is supported by a reliable steel frame with a steel crosspiece.
One important point is that the manufacturer emphasizes the orthopedic properties of this model and the beneficial effects on posture, although structurally the chair is not much different from the AeroCool AC120 AIR.
The manufacturer's warranty is valid for 12 months from the date of sale.
- spectacular design;
- carbon fiber inserts;
- quality of materials;
- according to reviews, it really supports correct posture;
- armrests are poorly fixed;
- rigid swing mechanism.
And the final point in terms of the rating of budget models of gaming chairs from we will consider another characteristic option. The specificity here is that it is supplied to the Russian market by the domestic company TetChair, which specializes in the supply of furniture from the countries of Southeast Asia. Accordingly, one cannot speak of a 'world-renowned manufacturer' here, and in a number of moments the chair loses to the two previous models. But on the other hand, it is cheaper than everyone else, acceptable in quality, and quite suitable for a not particularly demanding player.
The gaming chair is designed for a maximum load of 120 kg. Its dimensions are as follows: total height, depending on the adjustment – from 125 to 136 cm; seat – 51×55 cm; backrest height (not adjustable) – 80.5 cm; seat height – from 44 to 55.5 cm.
The seat depth, like the backrest height, is also not adjustable. There is a lumbar support and an adjustable headrest (only up and down on harnesses). There are plastic armrests, adjustable up and down and rotate horizontally. The base and the cross are plastic. There is a synchronous swing mechanism that allows you to adjust the rigidity and fix the backrest in any position. There is a function of turning 180 degrees into a 'lying' position.
The upholstery is made of polyurethane leatherette. Foamed polymer also acts as a filler, but the supplier is modestly silent about its properties. From what the rollers are made, it is also impossible to say for certain, presumably it is polyamide, and you should use the chair on a 'gentle' flooring with caution.
The gaming chair is available in three color options: Black / Red, Black / Blue, and Black / Orange.
- the most affordable price in the group;
- in terms of nominal declared functions, it is not inferior to other, more expensive chairs in the group.
- not the highest quality materials and not the most accurate manufacturing;
- plastic crosspiece.
The best mid-range gaming chairs
Now, within the framework of our rating, experts present three models of gaming chairs that are more expensive than the previous group and, accordingly, have a number of advantages that justify the increased cost. We will look at three different brands of gaming chairs – the American Vertagear, the Taiwanese ThunderX3, and the most 'mainstream' American DXRacer.
Vertagear S-Line SL4000
To begin with, consider a worthy product from the young American company Vertagear. For the sake of fairness, it must be said that the direct production of this brand's armchairs is still carried out in China, but under the strict control of the company's representatives.
Let's say right away that the gaming chair even visually looks more impressive and weighty than all three previous inexpensive options. It is calculated for 150 kg of weight and its dimensions are as follows: seat width – 52 cm, depth – 45 cm; seat height – from 42 to 52 cm; back height – 78 cm; total chair height – from 120 to 130 cm; weight – 25 kg.
Different materials are used as upholstery in this model, and this is dictated by the manufacturer's careful approach to the player's comfort. For example, part of the surface is covered with high-quality leatherette, and the part of the back that is supposed to be in direct contact with the player's back is made of a complex multi-layer material, which ensures that the back does not sweat even after hours of hot battle.
Also, this model contains all the important elements and functions that all the chairs described above have: headrest, lumbar support, armrests, swing mechanism, and more. But here everything is noticeably better, thinner and more tightly fitted, more reliable and more durable. In addition, the armrests are more 'mobile' – the height, depth, angle and distance between them are adjustable. This seemingly not the most significant detail has added many advantages of this model in independent reviews and reviews.
The only moment in the solid advantages is that the chair can be turned by a maximum of 140 degrees, that is, it cannot be turned into a 'couch'. This upsets part of the audience, but insignificant.
The entire structure is built using the patented 'Slide-In' technology, and is extremely simple for self-assembly by one person.
- solid design;
- ease of assembly;
- ample opportunities for adjusting the armrests;
- quality materials;
- cannot be rotated 180 degrees (maximum 140).
DXRacer Drifting OH / DF73
And now in our ranking follows a chair from the manufacturer, which today confidently holds the lead in terms of marketing promotion. A hefty percentage of streamers 'shine' into the camera with the DXRacer logo.
It must be said that the gaming chair is really worth the attention. Made in the refined 'Recaro' style, it provides lumbar support, lateral support for the back and cervical spine. Now about everything in more detail.
So, the dimensions of the product are as follows: seat width – 52 cm, depth – 53 cm; seat height – from 41 to 51 cm; back height – 84 cm; total chair height – from 125 to 135 cm. Weight with packaging – 26 kg, without packaging – 22 kg. An important point that many gamers put this model in the negative – the chair is designed for a maximum load of only 90 kg and a maximum player height of 185 cm.
Leather-styled vinyl is used as upholstery. The frame is steel, the cross is made of high-strength aluminum alloy. Semi-soft rollers are made of polyurethane.
As for the equipment, there is a height-adjustable headrest, a lumbar support, armrests adjustable in height and horizontally. There is also a synchronous top-gun swing mechanism that can be locked in any position. Seat depth and backrest height adjustment are not provided.
This series is made in three color options: black and white, black and gray, black and brown. The manufacturer's warranty is 12 months.
- elegant design;
- good service in terms of replacing elements, including for an upgrade;
- fashion brand;
- reliability and durability;
- quality materials;
- insufficient load limit.
And the third point in the group of rating of gaming chairs from we present another product from the AeroCool Advanced Technologies division – ThunderX3. But, here already, in comparison with the younger model, the 'picture' is much more attractive. At the same time, the cost is the most affordable in the group of 'medium' seats.
The dimensions of the gaming chair are as follows: seat width 56 cm, depth 54 cm; seat height – from 56 to 64 cm; back height – 79 cm; total chair height – from 135 to 143 cm. Chair weight with packaging – 26.15 kg. Designed for a maximum load of 150 kg – the highest class fourth gas cartridge and complies with the Germany 4550-2004 standard.
The upholstery of the gaming chair is made of matte black eco-leather, the basis of which is polyurethane. There is only one color scheme in the assortment – completely black. Filling – polyurethane RIM (Reaction Injection Molding) with a density of 50 for the seat and 45 for the back. Unlike the junior model of the same supplier described above in the previous group, there are already solid steel bearing elements, and the crosspiece is also metal, not plastic, 35 cm in size. The wheels are good, nylon, semi-soft. All these are undoubted advantages.
Now a few words about the functionality. The armrests of this model are adjustable according to the 3D principle, that is, you can adjust the angle, depth and height. The depth of the seat and the height of the backrest are not adjustable, as with all models described above. The built-in butterfly mechanism allows you to comfortably swing with an amplitude of 3 to 18 degrees and at the same time adjust the swing stiffness. The backrest is fixed in any position. There is a headrest and lumbar support.
Let's emphasize an important point – this is the only gaming chair in this group that can turn completely 180 degrees, allowing the player to take a nap.
- turn 180 degrees;
- the most affordable price in the group;
- 3D armrests;
- large wheels;
- only one color is black.
The best premium gaming chairs
And finally, on to the fun part – the coolest premium gaming chairs. When choosing candidates for the rating, experts still focused on premium models, but still on those that can be bought, and not on those whose cost is comparable to the annual budget of a small country. As expected, the list included two gaming chairs from the 'star' brand DXRacer and one more from Thermaltake.
DXRacer Special Edition OH / RE126 / NCC / NIP
Let's start with the special model of the DXRacer gaming chair, which is special because it is the Special Edition. It will be of extreme interest to fans of the Swedish esports organization Ninjas in Pajamas (the abbreviation NIP in the model's nomenclature means just that), but for an ordinary gamer it will be an honor and pleasure to sit on such a famous handsome man.
The chair is designed for a maximum load of 150 kg. The dimensions are as follows: seat width – 51 cm, depth – 52 cm; seat height – from 40 to 52 cm; back height – 82 cm; total chair height – from 122 to 134 cm; weight – 26 kg.
This gaming chair uses the best, highest quality materials, and the technological process itself is under strict control. The upholstery is made of soft to the touch, but strong and durable polyurethane-based compound. The supporting elements are made of durable aluminum alloy. The filler is high pressure polyurethane foam. One color solution is offered – black and brown, the manufacturer's logos and the Ninjas in Pajamas symbols are applied on the front of the back.
All the functionality typical for the top DXRacer armchairs is fully present here: armrests adjustable in angle, height and depth; adjustable headrest; lumbar support; built-in synchronous swing function with adjustable rigidity; fixing the back in an arbitrary position; 2 '' nylon floor-safe casters. As with all models in the series, the seat depth and backrest height are not adjustable.
- high quality materials and workmanship;
- high level of service;
- reliability and durability;
- a special series featuring Ninjas in Pajamas symbols;
- fashion brand;
- does not rotate 180 degrees.
Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake GT Comfort GTC 500
Next in the premium group of the rating is an interesting armchair, which was designed and created within the walls of the famous Taiwanese company Thermaltake. Even outwardly, it differs markedly from most of the above models.
The dimensions in this case are as follows: seat width – 50 cm, depth – 52 cm; seat height – from 48 to 58 cm; back height – 84 cm; total chair height – from 132 to 142 cm; weight – 27 kg.
As an upholstery, the manufacturer uses a special composition that imitates leather, but of increased strength and is not afraid of direct sunlight. The overall emphasis is placed on the 'exterior' of the gaming chair. All supporting structures, of course, are metal, made of durable alloys. The steel frame is 22 mm thick, that is, no one, even the most well-fed player, and even with the sharpest movements, will not be able to break it. Polyurethane foam as a filler – increased density, partly for reasons of durability.
Compared to the above models in the group, this gaming chair has a fully adequate functionality. There are adjustable armrests – horizontal rotation, up-down adjustment, angle, distance between the pair. There is also a lumbar support and an adjustable headrest. There is seat height adjustment, backrest fixing in any position, rolling due to the multifunctional Z-system and other functions. Large 3-inch casters provide a smooth and pleasant ride.
The only important point is that this gaming chair can rotate 160 degrees. Although this is not 180, it still allows the player to relax without leaving the monitor.
The manufacturer's assortment includes the following colors (with a black base) – light green, red, blue, black.
- original design;
- multifunctional swing system;
- 3-inch castors;
- thick and sturdy frame;
- materials designed for durability;
- poor ventilation.
DXRacer King OH / KS06
And at the end of the ranking of the best gaming chairs from we again turn to the 'king of the market' DXRacer, especially since even the word 'King' is contained in the model nomenclature. And there is a secret here too – this is the only gaming chair in our entire review that is capable of safely supporting up to 180 kg! Now let's get down to the details.
The dimensions of this chair are as follows: seat width – 58 cm, depth – 57 cm; seat height – from 38 to 46 cm; back height – 85 cm; total height of the gaming chair – from 123 to 131 cm; weight – 25 kg.
This model inevitably is almost a 'sibling' of the previous one in terms of the quality of materials and functionality. Here there are all the advantages of the GT Comfort GTC 500, only to them is added a very solid and impressive appearance.
The functionality is quite wide: the swing mechanism is a multiblock with the function of adjusting the rigidity and fixation; you can adjust everything in exactly the same way as in the previous example. Even the rollers here are exactly the same size – 3 inches, made from a semi-soft polymer that is safe for flooring.
There are quite a few colors available in the assortment. Base color – black, artifacts: black, white, blue, orange, green, red.
- swing mechanism – multiblock;
- quality of service;
- high quality and reliable materials;
- expressive appearance;
- withstands up to 180 kg;
- not marked.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.