A gaming chair is specifically designed for serious gamers who want something special for one of their most important accessories. The top gaming chairs of 2017 come with welcome benefits like ventilation, durable designs, and extra-high backs – along with some seriously impressive designs.
If you’re looking for a chair designed specifically for professional gamers or people who want to be involved in eSports – well, that’s sort of the specialty of DXRacer, which makes a variety of equipment for truly hardcore gamers. This Iron series chair is no exception: In fact, it’s the most durable and complete gaming chairs we’ve every see. The full-size frame is supported by a German hydraulic system that provides both protection and the ability to shift the height and angle of the chair in careful degrees to your exact needs.
Additionally, the chair has that welcome extra-high back and cooling holes around the headspace that let you know it really is designed for gamers. The larger-than-usual side wings are also excellent for comfort and support, while the base is specifically made as a great location to rest your footpads while place.
The only caveat we want to mention for this gaming chair is that the material, while smooth and well designed, may not be the most durable when exposed to moisture. However, if you are looking for a gaming chair with extra size and support, that’s a minor quibble that’s easy to avoid with proper care.
Vertagear is another company known for making great gaming-oriented chairs. This model is a little simpler than our DXRacer pick, but it’s also significantly more affordable. The chair features a resilient type of foam that doesn’t cave easily, and that extra-firm support means this chair possess extra durability (the steel frame adds to the weight, but also helps in this respect). Adjustable features include a tilt that allows you to fine tune the resistance, and a locking system for the arms, height, etc.
When it comes to head and neck support, the S-Line also gets top marks. It comes with that welcome extra-high back and cooling air holes right around the head/neck level, which are handy, but there’s also a support cushion for neck (or potentially, lumbar) support that works very well for preventing some of those aches and pains that come along after a long-term gaming session.
We will note, however, that on the seat of the S-Line has an interesting divide in the center that slopes down to either side. It appears to be designed for easier, more comfy leg separation and better posture (many desk chairs have a feature like this, although not so obvious). It didn’t bother us, but if you know you dislike features like this, it’s worth consideration.
For those who like to game around their TV screen instead of the computer but don’t really have a place to sit, the X Rocker has the answer – a pedestal-based, low chair that’s ideal for any type of console or TV gaming. It works especially well in a dorm or an odd-shaped living room. The seat includes a subwoofer and two speakers that you can hook up wirelessly (wired options are also included) for extra immersion if you don’t already have surround sound. It’s also remarkably comfortable and adjustable at multiple levels, including tilt. You’ll want to be careful around it (too much roughhousing could damage the chair base), but otherwise this may be just the chair you are looking for!