5 Best Gaming Chairs We Tried In 2021

To date, my team and I have tested over 30 gaming chairs!

After trying them out and ranking them, I narrowed down our selection to our 5 favorite gaming chairs.

Please note that since this is a review of the best models, the prices are quite high. In this article, I’ll briefly explain how we picked these chairs. But remember, these are the most comfortable gaming chairs we’ve ever tried.

So, if you’re looking for cheap gaming chairs, please take a look at one of our other guides instead.

1. Secretlab Titan 2020 / Evo 2022

Features:

  • Maximum load: 290 lbs
  • Supported height: 5’9″ – 6’7″
  • Armrests 4D
  • Recline: 85°-165°

This is the chair I personally use and even after trying many other high-end models, none of them convinced me enough to retire my SecretLab Titan.

Members of my team, including Clément and Noah, very much share this feeling and use this chair daily.

The Titan and its newest version Evo 2022 are therefore benchmarks in terms of comfort and ergonomics. The chair remains comfortable even throughout intensive use (8 hours a day, 7 days a week).

The built-in lumbar support is much better than the separate lumbar support cushions typically found on most gaming chairs. The Titan EVO improves this feature by including height adjustment mechanisms. This is, in my opinion, the biggest innovation of this model.

I also really like the shape of the seat base, which is relatively flat and allow my legs to rest in whatever position feels best.

The build quality is excellent, and even after using it for over 2 years, the chair shows no signs of fatigue or wear.

So I highly recommend this chair if you want the best of the best.

Read our full review of the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022. We also publish a detailed comparison between the Titan 2020 model and the new Evo Series.

Pros:

  • Build quality: Great, the best on the market
  • Features: 4D armrests, recline
  • Comfort & Ergonomics: the most comfortable gaming chair I’ve ever tried
  • Many models available
  • 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • PU leather is not micro-perforated
  • Frustrating assembly

2. Noblechairs Hero

Features:

  • Maximum load: 330 lbs
  • Supported height: 5’9″ – 6’7″
  • Armrests 4D
  • Recline: 90°-125°

The second-best gaming chair is Noblechairs Hero I used this chair for 5 days and was quite impressed! Here’s why:

First of all, I found the Noblechairs Hero as comfortable as my Secretlab Titan except for one thing which I’ll address later on.

This chair also has an integrated lumbar support cushion which fulfills its role as well as the Titan’s cushion.

Another big feature of this chair is the micro-perforated upholstery. On a portion of the backrest and on the seat, the upholstery has small holes to let the air through.

Note that the PU leather used in all of the gaming chairs is relatively waterproof. This causes heat to build up where the seat is in contact with the body, which, in a hot environment, is quite unpleasant. The micro-perforations allow for better airflow and thus prevent this problem.

It’s not as effective as fabric upholstery, but you can still feel a difference compared to non-microperforated leather.

The only fault I could find with this chair is the shape of the backrest which is too straight, in my opinion. In practice, this means that without the head cushion, I find the chair quite unpleasant to use. Without the head cushion, my head is in a rather unpleasant backward position. Fortunately, the head cushion is included so it’s not really a problem.

In any case, the Noblechairs Hero is definitely worthy of a place on this top 5.

Here is our full review of the Noblechairs Hero.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable and spacious seat base
  • Build quality: excellent
  • Integrated lumbar support and lumbar cushion included
  • Micro-perforated upholstery
  • Good design

Cons:

  • Good maximum load
  • Backrest unusable without the head cushion

3. Vertagear PL6000

Features:

  • Maximum load: 350 lbs
  • Supported height: 5’9″ – 6’8″
  • Armrests 4D
  • Recline: 80°-140°

Designed for medium to large size builds, the PL6000 has emerged as one of the best gaming chairs I’ve tried.

While not as comfortable as the Hero or the Titan, I was able to use the PL6000 for a full day without feeling any discomfort.

The PL6000 chair uses a cushion for lumbar support. It lacks a little padding to be 100% effective, but it supports the lower back quite well.

The seat base’s padding is maybe a little firm for my taste but you get used to it over time.

The PL6000 doesn’t particularly innovate in terms of features, but it’s well done.

The build quality is very good, and I didn’t see any manufacturing defects or anything that looked cheap.

If I had to give you a con, it would be the armrests. Sure they are 4D, but I found that the mechanism is much too stiff.

Finally, the armrests are not padded at all, which makes them stiff and not very comfortable. 

Here is our full review of the Vertagear PL6000.

Pros:

  • It’s ultra-fast and easy assembly.
  • It’s both neutral and gaming aesthetic
  • Many features (rocking chair, tilt, 4D armrests, etc.)
  • Very quiet castors
  • Quality of the structure, upholstery and finishes

Cons:

  • The armrests are too rigid and their adjustability needs to be improved
  • Sitting cross-legged is a bit difficult

4. Razer Iskur

Features:

  • Maximum load: 299 lbs
  • Supported height: 5’6″ – 6’2″
  • Armrests 4D
  • Recline: 90°-139°

The Razer Iskur is Razer’s first gaming chair. The company move straight to the top and compete with the best gaming chair manufacturers.

The first thing I liked about this chair was the innovative lumbar support.

There is a kind of cylinder in the backrest that pushes on the curved part of the backrest so you can adjust the intensity of the lumbar support.

The mechanism seems rather strange at first and not very ergonomic, but after trying it I was really surprised to see how efficient it was.

The lumbar support succeeds in naturally reproducing the curve of the human back. It is much more effective than the simple lumbar cushion found elsewhere.

The other big highlight is the upholstery with the faux snake skin which I find particularly convincing and which gives the chair a unique look.

Besides the lumbar support, the seat is also very comfortable. I just wish the seat base didn’t have wings as it prevents you from spreading your legs.

But the major flaw of this chair is the price, it is the most expensive of this selection. The lumbar support system is certainly innovative and nice, but it doesn’t justify the price, especially when you compare this chair to the Secretlab Titan.

Read our review of the Razer Iskur.

Pros:

  • Very inspired design; faux snake skin
  • Build quality and good materials
  • Comfortable seat base
  • Multiple adjustments (backrest; seat; armrests; lumbar support)
  • The ergonomic lumbar support is very well thought out

Cons:

  • A lot of money for one innovation
  • Noisy chair (upholstery, wheels, mechanical, etc.)
  • The seat is not very wide
  • Limited warranty compared to competitors

5. Secretlab Omega

Features:

  • Maximum load: 240 lbs
  • Supported height: 5’3″ – 5’11”
  • Armrests 4D
  • Recline: 85°-165°

I also had the opportunity to try the Secretlab Omega and to compare it with the Titan.

Although the Secretlab Omega is technically too small for me, I decided to try it anyway.

SecretLab uses almost the same materials in the Omega and the Titan including the same cold foam.

So the seat is comfortable even after long periods of use, but with those dimensions, it was pretty clear that the Titan was the one that would work best for me.

Besides the design and dimensions, there are two main differences between the Titan and the Omega.

The Omega’s seat has wings on the seat like most gaming chairs. The Titan has a much flatter seat base. If you like to have your legs relatively wide apart when you sit, then the Titan will probably be a better choice for you.

Finally, the lumbar cushion isn’t attached to the chair. The cushion is of a fine quality, and large enough to offer real support.

But as it is not attached to the chair, as soon as you get up it falls off and you have to put it back on often. I much prefer the Titan’s integrated lumbar support cushion, it’s more practical and just as effective.

That said, the Omega’s cushion can be placed exactly where you need it.

With the launch of the Titan 2022 and its different sizes, the Omega will probably disappear.

Here is our review of the Secretlab Omega.

Pros:

  • Excellent build quality
  • Very comfortable seat
  • Quick and easy to assemble
  • Huge number of available adjustments
  • Less expensive than the Titan

Cons:

  • Quite small: made for medium to small builds
  • Lumbar cushion, effective but not practical to use.

Honorable mentions:

Here are 5 gaming chairs that we tried but couldn’t fit in this top 5.

They are still excellent classics and I invite you to check out our detailed reviews if you want to know more.

Our test methodology

All our tests evaluate 5 criteria in order to give a final grade to the product:

  • Comfort & ergonomics
  • Build quality
  • Design
  • Assembly
  • Packaging and unboxing
  • Price

The number one criterion for our selection was therefore comfort and ergonomics. This is, in my opinion, the most important criterion in choosing your gaming chair.

All of the gaming chairs you have in this selection have received high marks in this category. We test the chairs for several days before giving our verdict. If a chair gets a very good score for comfort and ergonomics, it means that we had no trouble using it for days on end.

The build quality was also a key factor. All the chairs in our selection have an excellent build quality. These are products that have a premium feel to them. This is what is expected of this type of product given their price which is quite high.

Design, assembly, packaging and unboxing are secondary criteria in our choice.

Since design is subjective, it is difficult to say objectively which chair has the best look.

Finally, the assembly and packaging/unboxing are important. But since you only unpack and assemble your chair once, this wasn’t a major criterion in our choice.

Carl Chamoiseau

Owner of Topgamingchair.com and PC Gaming enthusiast, I review gaming chairs (and office chairs) since 2018. I have worked with some of the biggest brands in the industry: Secretlab, Noblechairs, Vertagear, DXRacer, AndaSeat to test new products and provide feedback.

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