Best gaming chairs of 2021

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Over the past few years, gaming chairs have taken over the computer chair market. That means figuring out which gaming chair is right for you can be an overwhelming task.

Calling the market oversaturated would be an understatement. Just try typing in “gaming chair” on Amazon and you’ll find a plethora of brands you’ve probably never heard of. The market has grown so much that there are well over 100 companies offering gaming chairs on the website all claiming they’re the best.

Finding the appropriate chair can require a heavy amount of research. We’ve compiled a few premium choices that cover a wide variety of needs to help you with your task to find the one. 

If you have local stores around you, we recommend going there and trying the models available in person. This, naturally, will give you the best idea of what models work for you and on your preferred measurements.

Cougar Argo Gaming Chair

If you consider yourself a person who sweats too easily, then even the most breathable fabric may feel like pure leather to you. Mesh chairs are more breathable than any other material on the market since there are gaps on their surface to provide maximum airflow.

The only drawback of mesh chairs is that they can be a little uncomfortable if you’re sitting on them with shorts. The seatings may leave pressure markings on any part of your leg that isn’t covered by a piece of clothing, but you can lay down a shirt or sheet to work around this problem.

Supporting a maximum weight of 330 pounds, the Cougar Argo has a back length of 22 inches. The armrests are adjustable in three dimensions, and the included lumbar/headrest supports allow you to fine-tune your seating position.

If you’ve tried gaming chairs before but weren’t satisfied with their overall breathability, Cougar Argo may be able to change your mind. Mesh chairs can have slightly higher price tags than the rest of their competition, but the overall comfort makes them well worth the investment, and heating up will be an issue of the past when you get used to a mesh chair.

Autonomous ErgoChair2

This one is a bit out of the ordinary. It looks different because it’s marketed as an office chair. If you don’t like the look of a gaming chair, ErgoChair2 basically offers everything a decent gaming chair has to offer while looking super professional.

The chair supports up to 350 pounds and is fully adjustable. Its back is built in a way that allows amazing airflow and will surely help you keep your body temperature down during hot summer months. Autonomous also offers a 30-day trial period, which lets you try out its chairs up to 30 days. And if you aren’t satisfied, you can just return it for a full refund.

Even though the chair features a frame made of durable nylon plastic, it may not be as durable as the steel ones and might be a deal-breaker for those looking to buy a chair with a steel frame.

Secretlab Titan Series

Though each brand offers different models, none match the number of customization options that Secretlab offers. Not only can you choose the color of your Secretlab chair, but you can even pick its material.

Secretlab Titan may seem expensive at first, but it even rivals the super-ergonomic office chairs you can purchase for more than $1,000 when it comes to comfort. It can support gamers up to 290 pounds and 6.7 inches. While Secretlab’s take on PU leather feels quite fine, and the standard choice for most buyers, the SoftWeave Fabric option will be something to consider. This fabric finish adds a lot of breathability to the equation, reducing your overall body temperature and preventing sweating during intense moments.

Note that the available customization options will decrease if you switch to other materials since most are exclusive to the PU leather chairs. Regardless of the material, each chair from the Titan series has armrests that are adjustable in four directions and a decent recline. The adjustable lumbar support and the neck pillow makes sure that you find that optimal gaming position. These extra pieces are also filled with cool memory foam, meaning that they’ll be extra comfortable while trying to keep you cool.

Secretlab Omega Series

Your size and weight matter a lot while picking out a gaming chair. If you end buying a chair that is too small or big for you, you may experience back pains or other discomforts after prolonged gaming sessions.

While the Secretlab Titan series covers a broad spectrum when it comes to height and weight it supports, it may end up feeling like a large throne to more petite gamers. The Omega series is the perfect choice for anyone who’s shorter than 5’11 inches and lighter than 240 pounds. The sizing might be slightly different, but the Omega series offers everything you can find on the Titan models.

You can pick from the three different upholsteries, Prime 2.0 PU leather, SoftWeave fabric, and NAPA leather. The leather options will be easier to clean and maintain in general, but the SoftWeave fabric may increase your comfort levels, especially in hot climates.

Respawn 900 Gaming Recliner

If you work all day in front of a computer and prefer gaming in the comfort of your living room, Respawn 900 may be the best choice for you.

The chair was essentially designed with console gamers in mind. It supports up to 275 pounds and has everything that you may want in a living room setting. 

Respawn 900 offers a cup holder, footrest, an ergonomic pillow, and a side pouch to keep your essentials close. It can also recline up to 135 degrees and is covered by Respawn’s limited lifetime warranty. Unlike the rest of the chairs on our list, Respawn 900 doesn’t have any wheels but moves around quite easily with a little bit of force.

Corsair T3 Rush

Some prefer fabric over leather because fabric breaths more and helps you keep your body temperature down. 

T3 Rush is covered with a soft fabric that supports up to 264 pounds. It’s quite an ergonomic choice since it comes with a fully adjustable neck and lumbar pillow. Adjustable armrests are also there with a 180 degrees recline to ensure a quality mid-day nap.

Even though the build quality isn’t up there with the others, because of its price, T3 Rush is still a great choice if you’re looking to get a gaming chair for the first time. It also features unique matte colors that can definitely give a different vibe to your room.

Noblechairs Epic Black edition

While comfort is a vital factor by itself while shopping for a gaming chair, you should also consider durability. Considering everyone will want to get the most out of their gaming chair investment, your purchase must last through countless gaming sessions.

Noblechairs Epic Black edition may look like every other gaming chair in the market, but it features one of the most durable PU leathers and foaming available. Noblechairs’ efforts on making the most durable gaming chairs were rewarded by the European Hardware Awards in 2017, 2018, and 2020, crowning the Epic series in the “Best Gaming Chair” category. The full-steel frame of the chairs also adds to its overall durability.

The chair has a weight capacity of 264 pounds and features armrests that can be adjusted in four different dimensions. Though there will be different covering options, the new vinyl/PU-leather hybrid makes up a breathable alternative while costing significantly less than the other alternatives.

One thing that separates this chair from its competition is how easy it is to set it up. The guidelines are quite thorough, and the pieces require significantly less force while putting them in their places.

Cougar Ranger

Cougar Ranger is different from the other gaming chairs on our list since it’s actually a “Gaming Sofa.” 

It has a retro look, is covered with breathable premium PVC leather to prevent you from getting hot, and comes with a wide ergonomic pillow. The chair supports up to 352 pounds and can recline up to 160 degrees.

If you enjoy gaming in your living room with your feet in the air, this can definitely be the choice for you. But since it doesn’t have any wheels, you may have difficulties moving it around if you also have a carpet.

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