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Secretlab Titan Softweave

 

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Secretlab Titan Softweave

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Secretlab Titan Softweave

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Secretlab Titan Softweave

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1. Secretlab Titan Softweave

Simply the best gaming chair

SPECIFICATIONS
Seat type: Racing back, levelled seat base
Recline: 165 degrees
Weight capacity: 290 lbs
Weight: 77 lbs
Available colors: Black, Cookies and cream, Charcoal Blue
REASONS TO BUY
+Comfortable temperature regulation+Built-in adjustable lumbar+Up to 5-year warranty
REASONS TO AVOID
Not ideal for gamers under 5’9″

Secretlab’s Omega has sat at the top of our best gaming chair list for the longest time, basically since we first reviewed it back in 2018. But now, the new Softweave version of the Secretlab Titan has slid beneath our butts, we don’t ever want to stand up again.

The Titan is very similar in design to the Omega but has been created for the larger frame. Part of that means you don’t get the somewhat restrictive racing seat that clamps around your thighs and instead offers a leveled seat base. It’s a much more comfortable experience whether or not you’re a larger human and even allows you to sit cross-legged.

Though the ergonomists among you probably recoil at that suggestion.

The Secretlab Titan also includes a built-in lumbar support system, which rivals those you’d find on far more expensive task chairs. Sure, at $429, the Softweave version of the Titan still makes it a pricey place to park your rear, but the extra temperature regulation, and downright luxury feel of the fabric, make it worth the expense.

Read our full Secretlab Titan Softweave review.

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best gaming chair - secretlab omega

 

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2. Secretlab Omega

The best full racing chair of 2021

SPECIFICATIONS
Seat type: Racing seat
Recline: 165 degrees
Weight capacity: 240 lbs
Weight: 66 lbs
Available colors: Stealth, Classic, Amber, Royal, Ash
REASONS TO BUY
+Velour memory foam pillows+Versatile tilt mechanism 
REASONS TO AVOID
Lacking height adjustment on head pillow

The Secretlab Omega is one of the most finely constructed chairs we’ve tested. From the casters to the base, the lift mechanism, armrests, and seat back, Secretlab has used some of the best materials available. The Omega has also been upgraded with Secretlab’s 2020 series of improvements. That includes premium metal in the armrest mechanism, making it silky smooth to adjust and even more durable, and adding the company’s ridiculously durable PU Leather 2.0.

The chair features a high-quality, cold-cured foam to provide support. It feels a little bit firm at first, but our testing became more comfortable after more extended gaming periods. The Omega stick out from the crowd includes velour memory foam lumbar and head pillows.

These are so comfortable that we could smoothly fully recline the chair and take a nap if we wanted to. Though that’s not a great look in the office… If you’re looking to treat your body with a chair that will genuinely last, the Secretlab Omega is worth every penny.

Read the full Secretlab Omega review.

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Herman Miuller Logitech G Embody gaming chair from various angles

 

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Herman Miuller Logitech G Embody gaming chair from various angles

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Herman Miuller Logitech G Embody gaming chair from various angles

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3. Logitech G x Herman Miller Embody

The best ergonomic gaming chair

SPECIFICATIONS
Seat type: Task chair
Material: Multi-layer fabric
Seat height: 17–22 inch
Weight capacity: 300 lbs
Weight: 51 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
+Stimulates blood and oxygen flow+Unrivaled back support+12-year/24hr use warranty
REASONS TO AVOID
Lack of headrestJaw-droppingly expensive

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Herman Miller Embody. It had occupied a position in our best office chair roundup for a long time, but that has come to an end. Not for lack of comfort or acclaim, simple because the famed chair manufacturer has partnered up with a big name in gaming, Logitech, to create something tailor-made to our gaming rumps.

Admittedly, the Logitech G x Herman Miller Embody doesn’t differ much from its commercial cousin. That’s hardly a mark against it, however. The Embody’s cascading back support design and absurdly high quality make a welcome return but now comes with a few more flourishes to win over gamers. Namely, extra cooling material that helps support a more active gaming position.

It’s not so much the changes that make the Embody stand out as one of the best gaming chairs going. It’s what’s been kept the same. The tried and tested Embody design is simply one of the best chairs for office work or gaming. It’s incredibly comfortable over prolonged use, supports an active and healthy posture, and is easily fitted to your frame.

The warranty, too, is a standout feature. At 12 years, including labor, and rated to 24-hour use over that time, it’s a chair that is guaranteed to last you over a decade, if not longer. So while the initial price tag may seem steep, and that it is, the reality is you’re certain to get your money’s worth in the long run. And your back will be thankful for it, too.

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4. NeueChair

The best office chair for gaming

SPECIFICATIONS
Seat type: Task chair
Recline: 85–130 degrees
Weight capacity: 240 lbs
Weight: 64 lbs
Available colors: Silver, Obsidian
REASONS TO BUY
+Ridiculously sturdy and well made+Comfortable and supportive+Highly adjustable
REASONS TO AVOID
Uninspiring design

If you’re the sort of person who prioritizes functionality over flash, the NeueChair is an excellent option. This isn’t to say it’s not stylish—quite the opposite; the NeueChair comes in a sleek, muted obsidian or flashy chrome/silver, both with bold, sweet curved supports on the back and an attractive black mesh. But, more importantly, the NeueChair is built to last, with a heavy, sturdy industrial construction. Even the chair’s weight in the packaging indicates a solid piece of carefully constructed industrial art: it’s heavy and substantial.

Assembling it is a breeze, as it comes in two discrete pieces and is simply a matter of inserting the casters and pushing them together. Almost every aspect of the seat is adjustable, from the armrests to the adjustable lumbar support system that lets you change the height depth of the backrest. It’s one of the best office chairs I’ve ever had the pleasure to sit in, and if you can afford the admittedly steep price tag, well worth the investment.

AndaSeat Kaiser 2 gaming chair in maroon

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5. AndaSeat Kaiser 2

The best gaming chair for a larger frame

SPECIFICATIONS
Seat type: Racing seat
Material: PVC leather
Seat height: 19–22 inch
Weight capacity: 397 lbs
Weight: 73 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
+Sturdy+Perfect for big and tall gamers+Extra large lumbar support and neck pillow
REASONS TO AVOID
BulkyLackluster armrests

If you’re a big and tall gamer, you might have noticed that there aren’t many gaming chairs that can support your unique build. Whether it’s a lower weight capacity or too short, or even feels like it’ll break as soon as you sit in it, finding a chair for you might seem nearly impossible. That’s maybe especially true when trying to find one that looks like something you’d want to sit in.

The AndaSeat Kaiser 2 screams large and in charge, supporting gamers up to 397lbs and 7ft tall. The Kaiser 2 is built on a solid steel frame with oversized bars to provide support.

Covered in premium PVC leather and extra thick memory foam cushioning, the Kaiser 2 manages to look more like a gaming chair for grownups. Available in black and a lovely maroon, no more will have to stuff yourself into a tiny gaming chair hope for the best. The Kaiser 2 manages to do both the function, comfort, and style you want in your premium gaming chair.

Read our full AndaSeat Kaiser 2 gaming chair review.

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6. Noblechairs Hero

The best gaming chair for back support

SPECIFICATIONS
Seat type: Racing seat
Recline: 90-135 degrees
Weight capacity: 330 lbs
Weight: 61.7 lbs
Available colors: Black, Black and Red / Blue / Platinum / Gold
REASONS TO BUY
+Great for lumbar support+Ideal for larger frames+Has a firm seat and back-rest…
REASONS TO AVOID
A bit firmArmrests could be comfier

When buying a gaming chair, it’s easy to forget your health. After all, most are advertised as luxurious, cushioned thrones that soothe your every ache as you smash the crap out of enemies in Apex Legends. But that isn’t true, and for some, it’s important to pick a chair that takes back-support seriously. With some of the team have used it daily for almost a year, we can thoroughly recommend the Noblechairs Hero in uPVC leather. While not the most exciting of chairs, or the sportiest, it certainly does a good job of taking care of your back.

The Hero is easy to assemble, except for the bit where you attach the back to the seat, so make sure you have a buddy for that. It’s firm and supportive, and extremely sturdy. As a word of warning: it is substantial, so if you prefer a softer chair that isn’t as good for your lumbar, this maybe isn’t for you.

Aside from that, it has a decent recline, can withstand frames of up to 330 lbs, and has fully adjustable wrist-rests. It’s heavy but glides pretty easily on the supplied casters. It’ll look just fine in both an office or gaming setup, so you’re getting a chair that can do both. Not bad, if you can afford it.

Read the full review for the Noblechairs Hero – Doom Edition.

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7. Corsair T3 Rush

A simple gaming chair with style

SPECIFICATIONS
Seat type: Racing seat
Recline: 180 degrees
Weight capacity: 265 lbs
Weight: 49.6 lbs
Available colors: Charcoal, Gray/Charcoal, Gray/White
REASONS TO BUY
+Breathable soft fabric+4D armrests+Memory Foam Lumbar Pillow+180-degree recline
REASONS TO AVOID
Not for the tall or large-framed

Corsair’s latest addition to its lineup of premium gaming chairs, the T3 Rush, has gotten a much-needed facelift. The T3 Rush is an insanely comfy chair thanks to its memory foam lumbar pillow but, more importantly, uses a breathable soft fabric in place of faux leather. The benefit of this is that it retains less heat, keeping you fresh and comfy instead of sweating in your squeaky pleather.

The Rush also reclines to a ridiculous 180 degrees in case you wanted to lie back and take a comfy cat nap before you take on another marathon streaming session of Apex Legends or CS: GO.

The only major downside for the T3 Rush mostly fits for smaller framed users. If you require a little larger seat, the T3 will be an uncomfortably tight fit. Other than that, the T3 Rush is an impressive-looking gaming chair that doesn’t need a loud color to make a statement.

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DXRacer Master

 

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DXRacer Master

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DXRacer Master

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DXRacer Master

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8. DXRacer Master

A real money-no-object option

SPECIFICATIONS
Seat type: Racing seat
Recline: 155 degrees
Weight capacity: 353 lbs
Available colors: Black/Red/Brown
REASONS TO BUY
+Modular+Built-in lumbar support+Sturdy and comfortable
REASONS TO AVOID
Headrest lacks much adjustmentAssembly will require help
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Best wireless gaming mouse: ideal cable-free rodents
Best wireless gaming keyboard: no wires, no worries
Best wireless gaming headset: top untethered audio

The DXRacer Master is a chair for people with money to spend, but it justifies the price by being an extremely luxuriant and comfortable chair. What’s more, the DXRacer Master can be customized with modular parts (sold at an added cost) like mesh seat and backrests, leg rests, and even a rotating arm that bolts onto the base and can hold anything from a laptop to your phone.

Choosing not to invest in these extra parts won’t compromise the chair itself, though, because DXRacer went all out on its features. Built-in lumbar support and an adjustable, rail-mounted headrest are great features, along with four-dimensional armrests. The microfiber leather is especially nice, and much of the chair is made of metal, which makes it feel sturdy.

It’s clear that the DXRacer Master was built to last, and its understated look is great if you’re not into the flashy designs seen on most other gaming chairs. But, boy, it will cost you for all this luxury: The DXRacer Master is still $80 more than the Secret Lab Omega, our favorite chair. But it’s worth considering if you want to go all out and get something with all the bells and whistles.