Best gaming chair in 2022 for every price range: Budget, premium and more

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Looking for the best gaming chair in 2022 is incredibly difficult, with multitudes of options to choose from across a range of budgets and brands. So, take our hand and let us show you the way to comfort.

Whether you’re using a gaming chair for those hefty sessions at a PC, or if you’re looking to complete that influencer look, a gaming chair is crucial to your setup. With Prime Day coming up, it’s time to consider getting a treat for your butt, so we’ve gone through all of your options for the best gaming chair in 2022.

The best gaming chairs in 2022

To start, let’s talk about the best chairs we’ve had the pleasure of leaning all the way back into. Of course, we’re not just here to say ‘it’s really comfy’, but to give you those real ins and outs as to why you might want one. At the top of our best gaming chair list is the Secretlab Omega 2020.

Secretlab gaming chairs

Secretlab Omega
Secretlab
The Secretlab Omega might be a couple of years old, but it’s well worth it.

These chairs are, without a doubt, one of the comfiest things I’ve ever had the good graces to sit in. It’s not only a joy to place yourself into, but the smooth wheels mean that you won’t be struggling to slip down your desk to grab something or turn around to have that inopportune chat as you’re inevitably killed in whatever game you’re playing.

While there are the Titan EVO 2022 editions, the last remaining stock of the Omega 2020 versions shouldn’t be ignored. These chairs are still of supreme quality despite being two years old. Secretlab’s ergonomics are no joke either, with the backs of these chairs keeping you upright as best they can.

Although you won’t be able to grab one with just a regular, non-branded pattern as of right now, these are still one of our top choices to go for. Be sure to check out the different sizes they have available too, to find the perfect one for you.

Secretlab Titan Evo 2022

If, however, you’re up for the latest and greatest, you might want to consider the Titan Evo 2022.

Our review of the Titan Evo from Secretlab sung its praises, with our own Dylan Horetski saying that everything from top to bottom is sublime for your backside. The chair even arrived mostly preassembled and seemed easy enough to get into action.

A neat feature is the magnets inside the different bits and bobs. You’ll never lose the various pieces (like the pillow) and removes the need for the cumbersome straps that come with a lot of these chairs. Also if in a few years the chair arms are getting a little worse for wear, you can just pop them off to replace them too!

Key features:

  • Full lean back action
  • Tilt tension control for rocking
  • Lumbar support depth control
  • Four-axis armrests

Pluses:

  • Legitimate premium feel across both chairs
  • Wide choice of designs to choose from
  • Tonnes of customizable controls for maximum comfort
  • New Titan XL Evo has magnets for sticking cushions on

Minuses:

  • Omega’s cushions don’t come with magnets
  • On the expensive side, think of it as an investment

Best budget gaming chairs

X Rocker Nimbus
X Rocker
On a budget and play on console? Maybe consider the Nimbus.

Budget gaming chairs are very hit and miss as far as we’ve found. If you’re willing to take the risk on some of the brands on Amazon, be our guest, but you’ll find that some of them aren’t up to scratch.

X Rocker rules the roost in this regard, with their floor-based rocking chairs. However, you will never get up if you’re riddled with back issues. They’re also not practical if you’re wanting to game on PC.

GTForce Gaming Chair

We’ve previously extensively tested the GTForce gaming chair, which comfortably inhabits the budget gaming chair space.

It has a nice footstool that slides out from underneath, as well as a great reclining mode if you want to catch a few winks as you watch your favourite streamers. The fake leather is serviceable, as well as the build quality, having survived numerous encounters with toddlers, adults and the elderly alike.

If you want that sense of owning a gaming chair, without any of the cost, the GTForce gaming chair is a decent option. If you’re in America, where they appear to have stopped being distributed on Amazon, you can see our other recommendation for a similarly priced, budget gaming chair.

Key specs:

  • Fold away footstool
  • Adjustable arm rests
  • Luxury looks, low price

Pluses:

  • The footstool is actually a great idea
  • Leans back pretty far
  • Comfortable cushions

Minuses:

  • Can feel a bit cheap in comparison to those with higher price tags
  • Do not lean forward too much with the footstool, unless you’d like to recreate a level of Angry Birds
  • Armrests feel a bit tacky

X Rocker Nimbus

Okay, you got us. This isn’t really a chair, but it is a really comfy beanbag. The X Rocker brand is usually associated with those floor-level chairs with no sides, and there’s no way we could really condone anyone over the age of 20 sitting in one.

However, the Nimbus isn’t so much a gaming chair as it is a gaming beanbag. It can also be found at sub-$100, and anyone can comfortably sit in it. While not practical for anyone on PC, this is ideal for those on console who want to sink into their game as much as they do the beautiful beans. If you’re a parent, also consider this for your younger kids, because finding a gaming chair that fits them comfortably isn’t going to happen until they’re done sprouting.

Key specs:

  • Nimbus comes with a backrest in the beanbag
  • A little pocket for storage on the side

Pluses:

  • Perfect for kids and console gamers to lounge around on
  • Backrest means you won’t be hurting from awkward positions
  • Great price point

Minuses:

  • Not really a suitable replacement for a proper gaming chair
  • Not very durable

Best gaming chairs under $400

Corsair T3 Rush
Corsair
Corsair T3 Rush looks pretty swish

Didn’t we just do this? No. No, we did not. Budget and under $400 mean a world of difference. You’re going to be opened up to so many more options than just higher-quality gaming chairs. These chairs come from brands like Razer, OSP and Corsair, offering superior quality and comfort, but not draining the bank account in one go.

Razer Iskur

Razer’s chairs often go on sale for as low as $250, which is where we’re going to start. Where opinion can be split with regards to their peripherals, the chairs they do are especially good.

Boasting solid build quality and supremely comfortable to sink into, the Razer Iskur is one of the better gaming chairs on this list. It also has that distinct Razer look, without the overbearing RGB and blinking lights dotted all over it.

Key specs:

  • High-quality frame
  • Comes in two sizes
  • Fits in well if you’re invested in the Razer ecosystem
  • Regular holds up to 130kg/286lbs, XL size holds up to 180kg/396lbs
  • Regular – 66.5 x 137 x 74.5 cm (WxHxD)
  • XL – 77.5 x 133-145 x 75 cm (WxHxD)

Pluses:

  • Razer aesthetic
  • Sturdy, well-built chairs
  • XL is the perfect chair for the bigger person

Minuses:

  • Razer aesthetic
  • XL version is expensive outside of sales

Corsair T3 Rush

Corsair? The people who make your RAM, made a chair? It’s more likely than you think.

Corsair’s T3 Rush is a solid, well-built chair that comes from a company that values quality. What I’m saying is, if you trust Corsair to not set fire to your house with components, you can trust them to hold you in their gaming chair for a few hours.

The T3 Rush often gets overlooked due to the looming shadow of Secretlab, Noblechairs and AKRacing, but this chair is comfortable and offers something different than the hundreds of fake leather chairs out there.

If you’re after something that’s not your typical ‘gamer’ looking chair, but still fits the bill of providing that extra level of support while you click away, this is the one for you.

Key specs:

  • Soft fabric material
  • Can hold up to 120kg/265lb in weight
  • 170-degree tilt
  • 56 x 66 x 137 cm (WxHxD)

Pluses:

  • Fabric over faux leather
  • Sturdy, well-built chairs
  • Fairly big, great for all sizes

Minuses:

  • Fabric and spillages? A nightmare waiting to happen
  • On the expensive side
  • Memory foam cushion is going to be really uncomfortable for anyone who uses it after you

OSP Influx

Not everyone is a fan of the gamer style. Sometimes you want a chair that doesn’t look like it’s part of a Megazord or that you’re about to race around the Nürburgring. Sometimes you want a normal-ish-looking chair that will just do the job.

That’s where OSP appears to be gunning for with the Influx brand. While you can get them in various colors, they won’t stick out like a sore thumb if you look at the various others on this list. Sleek, to the point and fairly cheap, these offer a premium feel without having to fork out all the money to go along with it.

Key specs:

  • Thick cushioning all over
  • Multiple color choices
  • Padded, adjustable armrests
  • 69 x 59 x 111.8 cm (WxHxD)

Pluses:

  • Slick aesthetic in all black
  • Fairly cheap, but reliable frame won’t fall apart any time soon
  • Cushioned all over rather than just added pillows

Minuses:

  • Can look ugly in different colours
  • Only available in the US

Best premium gaming chairs over $400

Arozzi Torretta
Arozzi
The Arozzi Torretta

AKRacing Laguna

AKRacing’s Laguna seat is a premium, one-piece all-white body, with some luxurious material encasing it. This is for those that want comfort as well as looks. The arms snap outwards and inwards, so if you’re like me and like to lean into one arm while you play, this is probably the way to go.

It’s just a solid chair, with comfort and looks at the forefront. While it doesn’t have the fancy magnets like Secretlab’s 2022 chairs, the chair is just supreme all the way from top to bottom – as long as you don’t spill your dinner. This prime white chair is going to be one of our top picks for a long time.

Key specs:

  • The all-white version looks divine
  • Adjustable arms shift around to get out of the way
  • Can take up to 150kg/330lbs
  • 45 x 54 x 120 cm (WxHxD)

Pluses:

  • Faux leather adds a premium feel
  • Perfect for any size
  • Have you seen how nice that white is?
  • A large, heavy frame means it’s not going to tip over
  • Comes in multiple sizes

Minuses:

  • Costly on account of its branding
  • Amazon sellers don’t indicate which size they’re selling sometimes
  • Small is really small

Arozzi Torretta

A lot of these chairs come in leather or similar material, which sometimes isn’t always the best to be sat in for a long while. Of course, the premium end of these gaming chairs isn’t going to run into that issue, but sometimes you just don’t want that sort of thing in your house.

The Arozzi Torretta looks as fancy as the name is. This gaming chair is covered in a comfortable material, with all the features you’d expect from a high-end chair. Not only does it have that solid frame, but the two cushions are sublime to lean into. It won’t be for everyone in terms of looks but is highly recommended for those with partners that don’t want the gaming aesthetic clogging up their house.

Key specs:

  • Strong material instead of faux leather
  • Adjustable armrests
  • Supports weights up to 100kg/220lbs.
  • 52.1 x 67.9 x 135.3 cm (WxHxD)

Pluses:

  • Excellent material is a great alternative to the faux leather
  • Comfortable cushions for back and head
  • A great choice if you want to get a gaming chair without angering a partner with the usual aesthetic
  • 165-degree tilt

Minuses:

  • That material is going to get gunked up if you spill something on it
  • Not especially well suited for heavier individuals

Noblechairs Epic

Noblechairs aren’t your usual go-to for high-end choices, with Secretlab pretty much being the king of the castle. However, these chairs aren’t only great for sitting in, but the one size fits all mentality behind them really means it doesn’t matter who you buy them for.

A weight capacity of around 120kg/265lbs means that whoever decides to plonk themselves into this chair is going to be comfortable regardless of how long they’re playing for. The reclining action also makes it perfect for those that are people of leisure, sipping their drink by the TV.

Key specs:

  • Luxurious faux leather
  • 135-degrees of reclining
  • 265lb/120kg weight limit
  • Solid ergonomic frame
  • ‘4D’ armrests (they turn in, out and up and down, as well as push and pull)
  • 54.5 x 131 – 141 x 56.5 cm (WxHxD)

Pluses:

  • Great for bigger audiences
  • One size fits all
  • Faux leather is a great touch
  • Multiple color options

Minuses:

  • Needs time to soften up
  • Upgrading to real leather is very costly

 

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