The Overclockers UK Gaming Chair Guide
On first glance, gaming chairs look like some sort of office chair/bucket seat hybrid that wouldn't be out of place on the set of Top Gear or in the cockpit of a fighter jet. On second thought, what's not to love? With aggressive lines and a slick array of colours and materials, gaming chairs are designed to suit your style. In addition, ‘Premium’ models offer superior ergonomic comfort which is known to improve your posture and concentration - vital for extended PC gaming sessions.
Overclockers UK Gaming Chair Guide
How do I choose a gaming chair?
Choosing a PC gaming chair can be a tricky business, which is why we have put together this simple guide. Both gaming chairs and racing chairs refer to a subcategory of office chair. Although the words are used interchangeably we will refer to the chairs in this article as gaming chairs.
Designed to provide superior comfort and ergonomic support, gaming chairs appeal to gamers of all ages. Taking cues directly from famous sports cars and luxury jets they are the epitome of opulence yet come at a relatively affordable price. From basic, cheap gaming chairs to premium leather-upholstered models, there is a chair for every budget and taste.
Let's delve in and take a look at the key points you need to take into consideration when deciding on the best gaming chair for you.
When selecting a gaming chair, the first thing you will likely be drawn to is the design. Doing away with the drab grey aesthetic of the trusty computer chair, gaming chairs offer something new and unique.
A gaming chair should resonate with your personality, all while seamlessly complementing your decor and beautifully crafted gaming PC.
Another key thing to consider before buying a gaming chair is your physique. This plays a considerable part in determining suitability. Always check the specifications and ensure you fit within the limits.
What is your physique?
> I am an average-sized gamer
> I am a larger / taller gamer
As you are slightly ‘larger’ than average it's even more imperative you are ergonomically supported during extended gaming sessions to avoid potentially serious spinal issues later on in life.
Recommended chairs for the ‘larger’ gamer
> I am a little shorter than the average gamer
noblechairs vs generic gaming chair
Budget vs Build Quality
The next thing to take into consideration when choosing a gaming chair is budget vs build quality. As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for” and that is especially true when it comes to gaming chairs. A lower budget will obviously result in cheaper materials which can impact comfort and longevity.
Is Your Gaming Chair fit for purpose?
In testing, we found cheap generic gaming chairs used a wooden frame, poor quality PU, low-density offcuts of foam and cheap flexible plastics. This resulted in a chair that would only be ‘fit for purpose’ for a relatively short period of time. We also questioned if the chair in the test would pass fire retardancy regulations.
Our personal advice is to choose a well-known brand of gaming chair that is at the top end of your budget. Buying from a Trustpilot 5 star rated retailer such as Overclockers UK also adds to your peace of mind. If anything fails, you know it will get rectified quickly.
Each brand has its own unique models which are designed to target and cater for different markets and budgets. Let's delve in and look at some of the key brands stocked at Overclockers UK.
Coming in at the premium end of the market, the award-winning noblechairs use the very best materials available and come in both high-quality faux leather and Nappa leather models. noblechairs are sleek, stylish and built for nobility. They are also used by many celebrities and prominent streamers including Ragtagg, Sweet Anita, Ashens, Lionheartx10, Valkia, Dan Bull, Daz Black, Master Wong, MattHDGamer and many more.
Build Quality ★★★★★
Range of Features ★★★★★
A mid-range brand aimed squarely at the price-conscious gamer. All Nitro Concept chairs come with a variety of premium features and innovative design touches usually only reserved for high-end chairs. ‘Bang for buck’, Nitro Concepts are very hard to beat!
Build Quality ★★★
Range of Features ★★★★
DXRacer has been producing gaming chairs for a considerable number of years and is a well-established name within the industry. DXRacer gaming chairs cater for multiple price points while keeping high-quality materials, comfort, and versatility as its top priorities across all ranges.
Build Quality ★★★★
Range of Features ★★★★
Vertagear is a relative newcomer to the industry, producing high-quality gaming and office chairs. Utilising only the very best materials, Vertagear gaming chairs come in a range of colours to suit different tastes.
Build Quality ★★★★
Range of Features ★★★★
Gaming Chairs Explored - What's right for you?
Ergonomics and Comfort
Millions of us across the globe spend on average five to ten hours a day sitting on an office chair, sparing little thought to the detrimental effect it can have on our bodies. Thanks to the overall ergonomic design of most gaming chairs, you can support your posture which in turn alleviates pressure on your spine and neck thus increasing concentration and overall productivity.
Look out for features such as:
- A backrest with neck, upper back and lumbar support that conforms to the curvature of your spine
- Neck and lumbar cushions to further aid with your posture
- Height adjustability
- Tilt and swivel mechanism
- 3D / 4D armrests
- Breathable fabric
- A metal frame
Gaming Chair Foam Density: Soft vs Firm
All premium gaming chairs come with a mid to firm density foam which ensures an extended product life. Initially, this might feel a little hard but the foam will start to soften up within a couple of months. Cheaper, generic gaming chairs, on the other hand, might feel beautifully soft and comfortable on first use but are in fact bad for your posture and won't offer the correct level of support. Soft foams are inherently low-density and offer poor durability. This will result in a seat that resembles a 'pancake' within a year or so.
In conclusion, If you want a chair that offers great durability, choose a model with a high-density foam.
Unlike many gaming chairs that are available, ours all comply with the various safety and fire retardancy regulations. noblechairs, in particular, are the only gaming chair brand that possesses the widely recognised DIN EN 1335 certification and BIFMA accreditation for office chairs.
Unfortunately more and more unregulated, poor quality and potentially dangerous products are making their way into the country. These are not only a hazard to yourself but members of your family.
Don't be tempted to buy any product that doesn't come certified.
Try Before You Buy
Here at Overclockers UK we recommend trying a range of models before you make the final plunge.
If you do want to ‘try before you buy’, our store in Newcastle-under-Lyme has a multitude available for testing. We also attend many events across the length and breadth of the country including Insomnia and EGX.
If this isn't possible, Overclockers UK offers a 1-month comfort guarantee on all noblechairs. That means in the unlikely event you aren't happy, we will collect the chair and even offer a full refund.
How to sit properly on a gaming chair
To get the most from your gaming chair it needs to be correctly adjusted. On arrival, you need to ensure the backrest and seat height is configured and your seating position is optimised.
To achieve ergonomic harmony, follow the guide below:
- Adjust the gaming chairs height so your feet lay flat on the floor and your knees are at right angles - there should be very little pressure on your knees.
- Sit up straight and keep your bum towards the back of the chair.
- Reclined your gaming chair to approximately a 100- to 110-degree angle. Just be aware your neck and back should always be making contact with the backrest!
- To reduce neck strain ensure your monitor is placed a few inches above your eye level. If it isn't, your setup needs a tweak.
- Sit an arm’s length away from the computer screen and ensure the keyboard and mouse is directly in front of you. If you have to stretch to type, you need to relocate your peripherals.
- Relax the shoulders and take a deep breath. You are now ready to get your game on!
To help select the perfect gaming chair for your particular body shape and size, try to measure the distance from the base of your heel to the back crease of the knee. This will help to correctly determine your ideal seat height.
Top Tip: Correct gaming chair height
For users, that fall outside of the advertised height range we sell a range of different sized gas lifts!
To get the best from your gaming chair, it's time to accessorize!
From noblechairs footrests to upgraded auto brake casters, Let's take a look at the many accessories available to buy at Overclockers UK.
Put your feet up and experience pure comfort with the noblechairs footrest. Engineered with the same passion, aesthetic and premium materials used by the highly acclaimed noblechairs HERO, EPIC, and ICON series. The noblechairs footrest comes with a multitude of features including a 57-degree adjustable recline and is available in a variety of different materials and colour combinations.
If you are looking to increase your gaming chairs ergonomics and comfort, a set of neck and lumbar support cushions are the way to go. The cushions come in a range of different colours and designs that compliment your style, without breaking the bank.
To keep your chair in 'tip-top' condition, consider buying a cleaning kit. These specially designed kits both deep clean and condition the material keeping your gaming chair in pristine condition for years to come.
Coming in various materials, colours and sizes, casters allow you to upgrade your chairs aesthetic or selectively choose a caster specifically designed for your particular requirements or type of flooring.
Complete ‘the look’ with an eye-catching protective floor mat. Not only do these look amazing, but protect your laminate, wood or stone flooring from scratches and scuffs.
The Best Gaming Chairs
If you're hunting for the very best gaming chair, look no further. For your convenience, we have compiled 3 of the greatest gaming chairs 'ever made'.
Best Gaming Chair under £1000
noblechairs EPIC Nappa Leather Gaming Chair
With over 24 awards plus many famous celebrity, esports player and prominent streamer endorsements, it's easy to recommend the noblechairs EPIC Nappa Leather Gaming Chair.
Coming with an all premium construction and upholstered in Napa leather, the EPIC Nappa Leather chair is for those who appreciate the importance of ergonomics, beautiful aesthetics and high-quality materials.
Looking for something a little cheaper?
If you want to save a few hundred pounds but still experience the superior ergonomic luxury of noblechairs, you can forgo the Napa leather and instead opt for the EPIC leather or a PU variant.
- Premium Napa leather upholstery
- Comfortable & breathable cold cured foam
- 4D adjustable armrests
- High-quality rocking mechanism
- Large, quiet 60 mm casters
- Two cushions included
noblechairs EPIC Awards
To sum up, this is simply one of the best chairs I've ever used and that includes several office chairs that claim to be ergonomic too. It's not a soft, kick back recliner - it's a proper chair that's comfortable and more importantly, promotes a good posture and is fully adjustable.
Best Gaming Chair under £500
noblechairs HERO Gaming Chair
Being one of the first gaming chairs to cater for the 'larger' gamer, the HERO gets full marks from us! Coming in a variety of colours, this feature-rich noblechair is not only affordable but is the first noblechairs series to come with adjustable lumbar support and a memory foam headrest.
- Infinitely adjustable lumbar support for your lower back
- Larger surface area for the seat- and backrest, optimised for long gaming sessions
- Enlarged 4D armrests with padding
- Memory foam embedded into the headrest for improved comfort
- Comfortable and breathable padding
- Suitable for users up to 180kg
noblechairs HERO Awards
You’ll struggle to find a better-made gaming chair at this price. noblechairs have been dominating the market for quality for a few years now, and I’m happy to report that trend continues with the Hero.
Best Gaming Chair under £250
Nitro Concepts S300 Gaming Chair
Feature-filled and affordable are 2 ways to describe the S300. Coming in a vibrant array of coloured fabrics and embedded with top ergonomic comfort, there simply isn't a better chair available for the budget!
- Comfortable & breathable cold foam upholstery
- Individually adjustable ergonomics
- Adjustable 3D armrests
- Customisable backrest and rocking mechanism
- Quiet 50 mm castors for a variety of floor types
- Two comfortable cushions bundled in
Nitro Concepts S300 Awards
The build quality is excellent too. Many gaming chairs feature really cheap padding and material. Sure, they look great, but they’ll wear out in a few months and you’re shopping for another. The fabrics and materials used for the S300 are much more durable and long-lasting..
Budget Gaming Chairs Below £200
Even if you are on a tight budget, there are still gaming chairs we can highly recommend including the ever-popular Nitro Concepts E220 Evo. This stylish chair comes in at just under £180 and features a hard-wearing innovative, hybrid PU leather and fabric upholstery. In addition to this, the E220 EVO utilises superior molded cold foam instead of waste foam used in many competing products.
If your budget is a tad lower, why not opt for a Nitro Concepts C80 or Nitro Concepts C100 priced at around £145 and £150 respectively. You won't be disappointed by either option as the price to performance ratio is fantastic.
> Best Gaming Chairs Under £200: Nitro Concepts E220 EVO
> Best Gaming Chairs Under £150: Nitro Concepts C80 or Nitro Concepts C100
Gaming Chair Summary
We really hope this guide has been useful and answered any questions you might have had.
- Choose a gaming chair that resonates with your personality and colour scheme.
- Ensure the gaming chair is compatible with your physique.
- Pick a model that is ergonomic and comfortable.
- Always select a chair at the top end of your budget.
- Double-check the chair utilises high-density foam for longevity and durability.
- Make sure the gaming chair complies with the relevant safety and fire retardancy regulations.
- To improve your experience further, don't forget to accessorize!
That's it, your now ready to head over to the store and pick your perfect gaming chair! If you're still confused or need a little more help why not contact us? Our team is ready to answer any questions you may have.
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