Gaming Chairs Explored
Buying a proper PC gaming chair can ensure longer and more comfortable gaming sessions. Here’s our pick of the best.
It’s all too easy to look past a chair when building a benchmark-busting gaming setup, but don’t forget this crucial bit of kit – after all, you’re going to sit there for hours.
Comfort is imperative, which is why it’s worth spending a bit of cash on a proper gaming chair. The market is loaded with top-notch products, which is why we’ve put together this guide to suit all budgets.
Get a Boost with Nitro Concepts
There’s no need to break the bank to give comfort a boost. Our range of Nitro Concepts chairs offer outstanding comfort without costing more than £200 – and the low price doesn’t mean they lack polish or features.
The C80 Motion costs just £144.95, but it’s got the design chops to compete with chairs that cost twice as much.
For starters, it’s got premium stitching – and the thread can match the vast range of colours we offer on this two-tone chair, which mixes a black base with a multitude of inserts that are available in white, red, green, orange and several other colours. That’s not the only area where colour makes an impact – the C80’s wheels are finished with casters in the same shade.
The smooth, smart PU leather is attached to cold-moulded foam, which means it’s freshly-moulded at the factory – not cobbled together from scraps recycled from other products. The C80 is the only chair in this price bracket to use proper cold-foam moulding, and that means it’s more comfortable than any rival.
The C80 doesn’t just win on aesthetics. It’s got folding armrests that can be switched out of the way if required, and the seat base is wider for comfortable use.
Elsewhere, the C80 has a PVC rear with a carbon design, and the steel frame and nylon base make it supremely sturdy. It’s got 360 degrees of rotation, height adjustment, and a 15 degree rocking mechanism.
Spend a little more for the Nitro E200 and you won’t be disappointed. This unit is inspired by motorsport, with small winged sections on the backrest and the seat. That’s not the only good-looking bit of design: the seams can be ordered in a multitude of colours, and the headrest has a smart Nitro logo. The fixed armrests swing around from the rear and are constructed from sturdy plastic.
The E200’s breakneck looks are complimented by impressive features. It’s got a cold-foam moulded design that provides exceptional comfort, and it’s coated with smart PU leather that’ll draw admiring glances from friends and rivals.
This chair has the steel frame and nylon base that makes other Nitro products so sturdy, and it’s got swivel, height and and adjustability.
The C80 and E200 are both stunning, but there’s more available in the Nitro range. The Pure series impresses thanks to its perforated PU leather coating and cold-moulded foam, and the Comfort range has extra-thick foam and a soft, luxurious PU leather finish.
The E220 Evo stands out with its two-tone design and hybrid cover hewn from PU leather and breathable fabric. It’s got the same race-inspired shape as the E200, and still costs less than £200.
Get in to Vertagear
If you’ve got more than £200 to spend, though, delve into Vertagear’s broad range of versatile gaming chairs.
One of our favourites is the SL2000, which packs lashings of race-inspired design into a chair that costs a tempting £209.99.
This all-rounder offers ample ergonomic features. It’s got four-point adjustable armrests and an adjustable backrest, and it comes with lumbar and neck support cushions.
The SL2000 is built with high-density foam and comes coated with a PVC leather exterior, and the open-cell structure of the underlying material makes the entire unit breathable – perfect for extended gaming sessions.
This chair is bolstered by an aluminium alloy base and a steel frame, and it’s got all of the usual features like height and angle adjustment and a swivel base. You won’t find many chairs that are this comfortable and adjustable.
The SL2000 pairs strong features with great looks. It’s available with black and white as base colours, and its accents can be red, white, blue or even pink – so your chair can match your room or your rig.
Vertagear’s SL5000 continues the good work started by the SL2000. It’s got many of the same ergonomic features, including adjustable backrests and armrests and those two support cushions – perfect for keeping your back and neck in top shape for long sessions.
This chair has a race-inspired design with stylish wings down either side of the unit, and it’s build from high-density foam with an open-cell structure, which provides a keen balance between comfort and heat dissipation.
The SL5000 is coated with PVC leather and comes with a stylish carbon-style finish, and this no-nonsense unit has an all-black design that looks smart and subtle. There aren’t any build quality concerns, either – it’s got a sturdy steel frame and aluminimum alloy base.
Power Play with noblechairs
If you’ve got cash burning a hole in your pocket, look to noblechairs – a premium brand that offers chairs with an unbeatable combination of features, comfort and aesthetics.
The EPIC PU retails for £319.99 and is stunning: its discreet, smart design encompasses stylish patterns, a wrap-around shape and a debossed logo on the headrest, and it’s available in black with a range of different coloured threads – perfect for subtly adding personalisation to your new seating.
The PU leather used on this chair is 1.5mm thick, which is 25% thicker than the material used in rival products – and it’s perforated in key areas for increased aeration. The PU material is finished with a luxurious texture to emulate real leather, and the same fabric is used to add a bit of sheen to this chair’s quintet of 60mm casters.
Beneath the PU leather is a cold-moulded foam base with a 55% density level and an open-cell design for improved comfort and breathability.
The EPIC PU doesn’t just wow with its looks. The unit sits on an aluminium base and a steel frame, and the backrest and armrests are all adjustable. The chair has 360 degree swivel, and its height and tilt adjustments can be locked – so there’s no need to worry once you’ve found the perfect gaming position.
This chair comes with removable lumbar and neck support pillows, which improves posture and lowers the risk of health problems borne from long hours sitting down.
The EPIC PU helps noblechairs get off to a great start, but the EPIC Real Leather range is even more bombastic – no surprise, considering these units costs a mighty £489.95.
The high price is justified by luxurious real leather. The stunning material feels comfortable beneath the fingers, and it’s finished with diamond-patterned stitching in the backrest and a debossed logo at the top.
The leather is aerated, and the 55% density cold-moulded foam beneath uses an open-cell structure to achieve a perfect balance between comfort and heat distribution.
The real leather is expertly stitched and has coloured seams, and this chair comes in four different flavours. There’s a plain black model, and one with white and red accents. The third model is brown with black stitching, while the fourth is brown with beige thread.
No matter which one you choose this chair is going to look stunning – and build quality is top-notch, too. That’s no surprise – these chairs are built to pristine standards using automated methods inspired by the luxury car industry.
The luxurious leather design is paired with unbeatable versatility. The armrests have 14 degrees of tilt and the backrest has different angles and tension levels, and the chair can swivel through 360 degrees. The height can be altered, and the level of tension in the chair’s tilting mechanism can be adjusted. And once you’ve found your perfect gaming spot, the entire chair can be locked into place.
Wings down the side of the chair add to the comfort levels, and the steel frame and aluminium base ensure rock-solid operation. There are even removable lumbar and neck support pillows included with stitching and colours to match your chair.
Best of the Rest
We’ve highlighted our favourite chairs from three top brands, but there’s more choice if those products don’t suit.
DXRacer is one of the biggest names on the market, and it’s easy to see why. Its products have bright colours and aggressive design, and the firm pairs its gamer-friendly looks with soft, comfortable materials and plenty of versatility. Prices only start at a little more than £200, so you don’t have to break the bank to get one of these products in your gaming den.
AKRacing is another big game with a top-notch reputation. Its chairs start with prices below £200 and serve up bright colours with race-inspired design and ample adjustability. They’re available in darker shades, too, which means they’re perfect for the office as well as after-hours gaming.
There’s never been a choice like this when it comes to finding the best gaming chair, with products out there to fit every kind of budget and design choice – and you’re assured of comfort no matter which seat suits. We’ve picked out our favourites, so now it’s up to you: what’s going to be your chair of choice?
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