T3's best gaming chairs guide for 2020 has been created to help gamers, no matter what their budget or body size, find the perfect gaming chair for them.
We spend large portions of each and every year playing games, both on PC and consoles, and we do this while testing out the very best gaming chairs on the market.
We get sent the best chairs for gaming from each of the world's most respective manufacturers – from Secretlab to Nobelchairs, and GTOmega to Vertagear, among many others. We've built and gamed on the best gaming chairs out there, so you can be sure that the seats listed here are quality.
To be very clear, though. Our gaming chair buyer's guide does not just include hyper-expensive gaming thrones that only the very richest gamers can afford, but also budget bargains and brilliant, mid-price all-rounders. We also have included gaming chairs for different body sizes, as well gaming chairs for younger gamers, too.
This is because a quality gaming chair is an essential part of any gaming setup – you want to feel your best when gaming, be that during an epic single player RPG or action-packed multiplayer frag fest, so absolutely shouldn't be let down by poor comfort levels and a lack of beneficial features.
As a result you'll find plenty of PC-focused chairs in this guide as well as top picks for the best gaming chair for PS4, the best gaming chair for Xbox One, the best gaming chair for Nintendo Switch and more, too.
Each gaming chair in this guide comes approved by T3 and we're confident that they will not disappoint.
Lastly, beneath our list of the top gaming chairs available, we've also included some handy tips and information about what to look out for when lining up an upgrade.
Gaming chairs during Black Friday 2020
When it comes round to gaming chair discounts, the best Black Friday deals are often where the lowest prices are seen each year.
Almost all gaming chair makers run special gaming chair discounts on their seats and this means discounts at major retailers throughout the Black Friday and winter holiday season sales.
And, the good news is that many of these sales are already live. Black Friday as an event is being stretched out this year throughout all of November by many retailers, with retailers looking to tap into the fact more people than ever are now working from home and shopping online, too.
The traditional doorbuster sales of past Black Fridays aren't happening this year for obvious reasons, and that means retailers are pushing more of their discounts online and doing it earlier.
As such, if you're currently looking for a gaming chair upgrade, we advise you to start browsing now, as quality chairs for gaming will already be discounted.
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The best gaming chairs 2020: T3's top gaming chair picks
The best gaming chair for most people
Reasons to buy
Let's keep this simple – for most gamers, with a decent budget to spend, the SecretLab Titan is the best gaming chair on the market today.
This chair not only looks and feels superbly premium, but it also delivers absolutely top-tier support for your entire body, with every aspect of it customizable to your specific preference.
Seat height, tilt, and rotation are all excellent, as too the manoeuvrability of the Titan's 4D armrests, which can be raised, lowered, rotated and tilted.
More than any other gaming chair that T3 has ever tested, the SecretLab Titan also comes with a truly game-changing setup experience and package. Crystal clear instructions as well as a dedicated included tool kit mean that going from chair-in-box to chair completed takes no more than 20 minutes.
There's also a wide-ranging selection of material finishes to choose from, including PU leather, NAPA leather, and the maker's awesome new SoftWeave Fabric, which can be seen in the image above.
Oh, and it also comes in a Titan XL variant, which offers even more real estate.
Overall, there really isn't anything that disappoints about the SecretLab Titan, and with the level of comfort, customisation and style it delivers, it should be the number one chair that any gamer looking for an upgrade should consider.
2. Noblechairs Icon
The best gaming chair when budget is not a consideration
Reasons to buy
If you are shopping with a princely budget and want a premium PU leather gaming chair that will look just as good in a boardroom or office setting, then the Noblechairs Icon is well worth checking out.
The build quality on this gaming chair is exceptional, and thanks to its alloy steel frame, has a planted, robust presence. The soft PU faux leather is wrapped around 55% freshly moulded cold foam to ensure comfort and breathability.
In terms of design the Noblechairs Icon is inspires by luxury sports car interiors, with it laced with premium stitching and a luxe debossed logo. Naturally, it has been been sculpted for maximum ergonomic comfort.
In terms of manoeuvrability the Icon can be reclined up to 135 degrees and its armrests can be adjusted in 4 different dimensions, too. The weight limit on the Icon is a generous 330 lbs, too, and it features 2.4-inch PU casters which are ideal for both soft and hard floors.
Overall, the Icon is a gaming chair that is simply dripping with premium, and it comes at a premium price point. There's no doubting, though, that it delivers across the board and will be a worthy investment for years to come for any gamer or professional.
3. Brazen Phantom Elite Gaming Chair
The best gaming chair for those shopping on a budget
Reasons to buy
A British brand that champions product quality over its marketing budget, Brazen's Phantom Elite gaming chair offers affordable comfort and snug support in a relatively subdued palette of predominantly black with a pop of colour in one of six options to line the trim.
You're rarely going to get subtlety when it comes to logos on such furniture pieces, and BraZen is no different, with the company logo embroidered onto both halves of the chair, along with the neck and lumbar support cushions.
For such a low price, the Phantom offers plenty of room, and its smooth PU leather is wrapped around a sturdy steel frame, bolstered with quilted foam padding, making for a firm but comfortable seat for marathon gaming sessions that won't have you cramping up after a few hours.
Comfort is one of the features that allows the Phantom to double up perfectly as an office chair. Kitted out with a Class 4 gas lift, adjustable armrests, nylon casters, neck and lumbar support cushions, and a butterfly mechanism that allows for height and tilt adjustments, you can go from sitting stock straight, neatly slotted under your desk (thanks to those armrests), to almost a full recline.
If you're looking for something that can transition from work to play to a quick snooze, the BraZen's Phantom is it.
4. Secretlab Omega
One of the absolute best gaming chairs for style, comfort and features
Reasons to buy
Unlike the Secretlab Titan above, the Omega is the maker's more lightweight, streamlined design. It's ideal for those who want a premium gaming chair package, but don't need quite as much real estate as the Titan and Titan XL.
The Omega gaming chair is available in PU leather, real NAPA leather, and Secretlab's new SoftWeave fabric. It also provides great cushioning and support with cold-cure foam underneath the top layer and comes with velour pillow for extra softness.
Style-wise it manages to straddle the line between a racing car chair that looks like it's designed solely for gamers, and an executive office chair. It comes in a load of different colorways, too, including 5 base flavors as well as a plethora of eSports and special editions, too.
The memory foam in the lumbar and head supports help make long gaming or streaming sessions a comfortable experience, while the tilt mechanism ensures this comfortable leather throne moves with as you shift in its seat.
We'd still recommend the Secretlab Titan over the Omega to most gamers, but for smaller gamers or for those shopping with a slightly smaller budget, then the Omega is a really classy pick.
5. Vertagear SL5000
The best gaming chair for ensuring a correct posture
Reasons to buy
The Vertagear SL5000 gaming chair is among the very finest gaming chairs available today in terms of ensuring you sit with a great posture while gaming, with loads of support for your neck and back.
The whole backrest is adjustable, too, (by 170 degrees) while the armrests can be moved in terms of height and width, meaning that no matter your build or height, you can be totally supported.
The build of the chair, as you would expect from a seat that retails firmly in the mid-range, is very strong, with a sturdy steel frame and slabs of high density resilient foam. The seat boasts a covering of extra soft vegan friendly PU leather, too, meaning that it feels as good as it looks.
6. Corsair T3 Rush
A great gaming chair for fans of fabric finishes
Reasons to buy
If your budget doesn't stretch to the Secretlab Titan in its Softweave finish, then the Corsair T3 Rush is well worth a look as it delivers a similar aesthetic and fabric upholstery, but does it for less money.
The Rush is not just a looker, either, with the seat inspired by performance motorsports and comes loaded with a contoured backrest, padded neck cushion and foam lumbar support, as well as 4D armrests which allow them to be moved in any direction.
The seat's build quality is also very high, with an embedded steel frame granting it a planted, solid presence. As you would expect from a Corsair gaming chair, it also delivers strong seat height adjustment as well as reclining angle (100mm and 180 degrees respectively).
Overall, the Corsair T3 Rush is a very strong gaming chair with fabric upholstery.
7. SecretLab Titan Napa
The best gaming chair made from luxe Napa leather
Reasons to buy
If you thought the Titan from SecretLab was premium, you haven't seen anything yet.
Welcome to the world of ultra premium upholstery, courtesy of the Titan Napa’s biggest selling point – napa leather. Usually found in sports cars and boutique bags, this super soft material makes sitting in the chair the closest you'll ever get to gaming in a bubble bath lined with silk.
You can recline the chair so far back it almost turns into a bed, so whether you're streaming on Twitch or just having a quiet night in with your favourite new game, it's one of the comfiest and best gaming chairs you can buy in 2020... even if it will set you back quite a chunk of change.
8. Arozzi Verona Junior
A top gaming chair for kids and younger gamers
Reasons to buy
If you're looking for a great gaming chair for kids then the Arozzi Verona Junior is a brilliant pick. Not only is this chair super stylish and available in a range of four sharp colourways, but it is purposely designed for users under 5ft 2in, meaning that for smaller gamers support is first rate, both in terms of body sculpt and included back and head cushions.
The Verona Junior is easy to assemble, too, and it can recline to an angle of 165 degrees. You don't get real leather, but the faux leather finish looks nice and is soft to the touch, and you can also adjust the arm rests and seat height.
9. Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL4000
A cracking gaming chair with a striking white design
Reasons to buy
One of the most striking gaming chairs on the list, the SL4000 from Vertagear comes in a white and black design that makes you feel like you're in a space ship.
It may look like it's got a leather layer, put it's PU leather, which is one of the reasons it's a little more affordable than other options on our best gaming chairs 2020 list.
This is a model that'll keep you comfortable for long periods of time, too, and every element is adjustable to suit your needs. At the price it retails for, we don't think you can ask for anything else.
10. Corsair T2 Road Warrior
A superb gaming chair for gamers wanting premium comfort
Reasons to buy
Corsair has been a force to be reckoned with in the world of PC components and peripherals, and it's brought that same sense of premium, high-end quality to its new gaming chair models.
The T2 Road Warrior might be name-dropping two famous sci-fi films in its name, but this plush furniture is far from fictional. Ergonomically designed with cushions in every conceivable place, you get everything from 4D armrests (which can move in any direction) to a solid steel skeleton for a robust spine that won’t break or shift.
It also comes with a princely price tag, but with these many luxury features, it's not hard to see why.
Best gaming chairs 2020: what to look out for
When buying a gaming chair, look out for the differing levels of comfort and support included with each model, like the ability to make adjustments to height, arm rests, and the way the chair reclines too. Detachable cushions are a bonus as well, for that extra layer of comfort.
You should also find out what discipline or gaming genre the chair might have been tailored for, if any – some of the best gaming chairs on the market have been designed with racing or flight simulations in mind, for example, though there are plenty of general, all-round gaming chairs available too.
What's the best gaming chair?
There are many different gaming chairs tailored towards PC gaming, as well as playing games on Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, with size, build material (such as leather), and feature sets differing.
The best gaming chair is therefore, first and foremost, the one that is most suited to your particular gaming setup and intended usage scenarios. Certain gaming chairs, for example, are built for use in simulation games such as racers and flight sims, while others specialise in supporting gamers in MOBA or FPS titles.
Naturally, you should also consider the look and style you're going for when choosing one the best gaming chairs currently available in 2020. Everyone's tastes differ a little in this department.
Fortunately, most gaming chairs are suitably stylish and tend to resemble leather-clad racing car seats, but you'll obviously want to pick a style that goes the best with your gaming room decor, as well as a colour that won't annoy you or your partner hours into your latest gaming marathon.
After all, picking out a top-quality gaming chair can make a big difference to your gaming performance, just like your choice of monitor and input devices. Don't take your buying decision lightly, or you could end up with a seat that lets you down in a key area, affecting your comfort or gaming ability.
Remember that different gaming chairs can lean towards one specific genre of game, such as seats that work best in multiplayer FPS like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or others that are perfect for MOBAs like DOTA 2 or League of Legends. And that's saying nothing of dedicated gaming chairs for racing sims.
Getting the best gaming chair for PC or console means getting a better chance of hitting those enemy targets or those high scores you've been chasing, and that makes it a no-brainer to take some time picking out the absolute best gaming chair for you.
Best gaming chairs 2020: the best gaming chair makers
When you're picking out the best gaming chair money can buy, it's also absolutely crucial that you pick one up from a premium, respected chair maker with a proper heritage – or, alternatively, a new brand that comes well recommended by others.
With a lot of new entrants in the market just lately, the waters are now well and truly muddied, making it hard for the uninitiated to tell if a gaming chair has the build quality to go the distance.
The makers that follow here are approved by T3 to be gaming chair producers of the highest quality: Nitro Concepts, Secretlab, GT Omega Racing, EWIN, Noblechairs, X Rocker, DXRacer, Vertagear, Corsair, Brazen, and Songmics.