Is the best gaming chair right there on the horizon? A small earthquake was felt through the gaming world in early February 2021 when IKEA announced its new gaming chair.
It’s called the IKEA Matchspel. And, sorry folks, you won’t find our mini review below. It won’t launch properly until October, so is probably off the list unless you can wait a long time.
But the bits it does, and doesn’t, have highlight some of the things you need to consider when shopping for a gaming chair. First: a mesh back. If you live somewhere hot or tend to end up with a sweaty back after a few hours of gaming, mesh is your friend.
However, the IKEA Matchspel doesn’t have the ridiculous 160-180 seat tilt you get in plenty of gaming chairs. We love a chair with masses of tilt, for the sheer “I could fall asleep right now” relaxation it provides.
Other parts to check out include what the chair is made of: usually fake leather, real leather or fabric. And the kind of foam it uses. More memory foam means a squishier, softer feel. Reflex foam, the kind used if memory foam is not specified, is much firmer. It’s good for support, but doesn’t have the luxurious feel you may want.
Below you’ll find our favourite gaming chairs to buy in 2021 so far, from leading companies including Secretlab and noblechairs.
Best gaming chairs at a glance
- Secretlab Titan
- noblechairs Epic Real Leather
- Autonomous ErgoChair 2
- SecretLab Omega 2020
- noblechairs Hero gaming chair Black Edition
- Corsair T2 Road Warrior
- noblechairs Icon gaming chair
- Edge GX1
- Vertagear Gaming Series Triigger 350 Special Edition
- Corsair T3
Most gaming chairs try to market themselves as being luxuriously upholstered with leather. Secretlab has shown fabric is the way to go. Between the Secretlab Titan’s SoftWeave fabric exterior and extremely plush padding, you won’t find anything softer or more comfortable than this. This throne of gaming chairs also comes with a larger seat, subdued molding and built-in lumbar support, so it really is unlike anything else on the market. It’s a top option if you want a grown-up looking chair.
Check out our full Secretlab Titan review.
It’s no exaggeration to call the Noblechairs Epic Real Leather the best gaming chair. From the cross-thatched embroidery to the real leather of its namesake, if you’re looking for a no-compromises gaming throne, this is it. Plus, it’s surprisingly quick and easy to set up. And, once the set-up is complete, the Epic Real Leather is a dream to sit on – and you can customize your position however you want. Just do us a favor, and read the instructions while you’re setting it up. Synthetic leather is also an option if you want to save some money.
If you’re looking to sit back and play games all day in comfort, but you don’t want a chair that looks like a gaming chair, you’ll want to take a look at the Autonomous ErgoChair 2. Marketed as an office chair, the ErgoChair 2 has a very modern and stylish aesthetic to it that will appeal to anyone that doesn’t use RGB as a personality trait. It’s not all style, either, as the ErgoChair will also let you adjust basically every part of the chair, so that no matter how your body is built, you’re guaranteed to be comfortable while gaming. The mesh back is also far more breathable than a leather one.
- This product is only available in the US at the time of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Respawn 115
Incorporating that sleek, Mad Men-level sophistication with that SciFi gaming look, the SecretLab Omega 2020 is simply stunning, especially if you opt for the PU leather or high-end Napa leather models. But, the SecretLab Omega 2020 doesn’t just rely on looks alone; one of the best gaming chairs of 2021, this one comes with a head pillow and a lumbar pillow – both memory foam – and offers even better support than its predecessor. That’s not to mention the improvements over the 2018 model, like the metal support on the armrests, that makes the SecretLab Omega 2020 feel so much more robust. So expect, after a grueling gaming session, to just go straight to napping for a couple of hours without moving an inch – without having to worry about the chair falling apart on you.
Razer is no stranger to gaming peripherals, but this is the first time it’s entered the gaming chair market and we must say, it’s certainly a solid first effort. The Razer Iskur is a high-quality gaming throne that rounds out your Razer-filled set up quite nicely. However, even if you’re not fully invested in Razer, it’s still an appealing proposition, delivering comfort and build you won’t find in cheaper gaming chairs. Is it pricey? It might be out of reach for many, but if you can afford it, you will love that you bought it.
Read the full review: Razer Iskur
Corsair is known for making popular and high-end PC components and gaming peripherals, and now it’s making a mark in PC gaming chairs. This has resulted in one of the best gaming chairs we’ve ever sat in. The Corsair T2 Road Warrior is covered top to bottom in breathable PU leather with neck and lumbar pillows wrapped in microfiber, you’ll be able to game in both comfort and style. And, with its rollerblade-style wheels, you can move it around on any surface without having to worry about scratching up your floor.
Noblechairs is well known for crafting some of the best gaming chairs out there – and the Noblechairs Icon makes it clear why. While it’s more affordable than the flagship Epic Real Leather, it’s still extremely comfortable and one of the best PC gaming chairs out there. This is thanks to its nice lumbar pillow, which you can easily remove if you don’t like it. The Icon is Noblechairs’s least aggressive design, which may appeal if it will double as a day-to-day home office chair.
The Edge GX1 is a gaming chair that actively avoids the popular racing style that is increasingly popular with modern gaming chairs. Rather than sticking to a form factor that’s designed to limit your movement, the Edge GX1 instead aims to give an ergonomic experience, where comfort is the priority – while also providing a premium chair. And when we say premium, we mean it, with the Edge GX1 costing £800, a huge amount for a gaming chair. It’s hand-crafted in the UK, and there’s some great touches, such as inflatable lumbar support. It’s a huge asking price, but we’ve been using it for a while now, and it is very comfortable. You’ll have to adjust a bit, but once you get it right, it’s worth the high price. It ships worldwide from the UK, but US and Australia readers should beware the high shipping costs.
You can only buy this chair direct from Edge
There’s a certain subset of the PC gaming community that needs to have the absolute best of everything, at whatever the cost. These people are going to be absolutely enamored with the Vertagear Triigger 350 SE. It features over 350 individual components with a mix metal, mesh, leather and high-end plastics to create the ultimate PC gaming chair. If you have the money to spare, and you can’t stand to have anything less than the best, you might want to give this chair a look.
Unlike its biggest rivals, the Corsair T3 Rush lacks that over-the-top gaming aesthetic. In fact, it almost looks like any computer chair out there, albeit the more premium kind – beyond that starship pilot’s look it’s sporting at the headrest area, that is. But, what this gaming chair lacks in gaming aesthetic hoopla, it makes up for in comfort with its breathable soft fabric exterior, memory foam lumbar support and extremely customizable backrest position.
- This product is only available in the UK at the time of this writing. US and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Noblechairs Icon (listed above)