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Last updated: July 05, 2021
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For some, console gaming must have the right equipment for total game immersion. Therefore, finding the best console gaming chair is paramount to the transformation of the gaming experience. These immersion gamers are absolutely looking at the high-end audio gaming chairs (or they should be) where every pressed button not only effects the screen but makes the gamer feel as though they’re no longer sitting in their living room. However, this is one end of the spectrum; for other gamers the ideal chair is a comfy floor chair which doesn’t cost a fortune. Not only can these chairs be much more affordable, but they’re an easy purchase insuring gamers still have money for further gaming.
It’s important to look at all facets of each chair, and we have to rank them in order on this list. For this review, we’ve scoured the market to find the top 10 dogs. From the functionality of the chair – whether it supports wireless, recline or adjust – to the portability (dimensions and weight), as well as each gaming chair’s materials and warranty. Here we truly have the best of the best.
We went directly to the source every time and dived into product specs, as well as expert and customer reviews. For the gamers’ convenience, our advice has been broken down into the table summarizing our top 10 picks, comprehensive reviews of each product with pros and cons, and a buying guide, each segment providing detailed reviews and suggestions to make easier purchasing of the best console gaming chair for your needs.
For gaming, this chair represents the full body experience, where the player is no longer playing the character on the screen, but they are the character. With built-in vibration motors and bass tones, this chair lets the player feel everything happening in-game from the briefest contact of sword to the rocketing motion of an in-game explosion.
It’s not limited to specific games or devices and is compatible with PS2, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Nintendo. Not only gaming systems however, this chair can connect with the IPAD and IPhone as well as (home theatres) TV, CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. This really is an awesome chair; not a purchase you would regret.
What are its best features?
Compatible with most gaming devices (this also includes PS4 and Xbox 1)
Chair is powered by a cord into an electrical outlet and also has batteries to run the wireless TV
Built-in radio wireless receiver
Can connect with multiple chairs for linked ultimate experience
Free shipping upon purchase
What could be improved?
Pricier high-end chair for experienced gamers
Not Bluetooth compatible, but does have a personal headphone jack
Heavy weight chair 50.3 lbs., making it slightly harder to move than lighter models
May want to retrofit a swivel/roller-base to this chair
If you are a gamer, you need a chair that will feel comfortable and make you enjoy your gaming. Extended playing time can result in neck sprains and body pains if you aren’t seated properly. The Respawn 900 addresses this problem and is a chair made especially for console gamers.
Like most of the gaming chairs on the market, this ergonomic gaming chair looks like something out of a luxury car. The body consists of faux carbon fiber fabric. It might not be the real deal, but it surely looks great in a room. From the top to the middle, there isn’t much that differentiates the Respawn 900 from hundreds of other gaming chairs on the market.
However, from the middle downwards, there is all the difference in the world. First, as a gaming console chair, it is made with your living quarters in mind. Thus, instead of a minimalist bottom; with foldable footrests, this model comes with a footrest made as one unit with the rest of the chair. Therefore, your legs do not dangle but are completely cushioned by the bottom of the chair.
The chair is heavily padded, although there are still some options on the market with even more padding. Nevertheless, throughout the period of using this chair, I did not feel uncomfortable.
It is a recliner, and can be reclined at different degrees. While it doesn’t go far back enough for you to turn it to a bed, it is still highly comfortable.
Apart from that, there are other features that come in handy as well. For instance, you get a detachable pouch on the side of the chair. You can fill it with snacks, remotes, controllers, and more.
It is a lightweight unit as well and comes with 360 degrees swiveling.
Another great option from X Rocker, this gaming chair is similar to the one above minus the fact that it has two less speakers and is mounted on a swivel. Its metal frame is padded with vinyl for optimal comfort and includes head and arm rests for relaxation during extensive game play or even a switch over to extensive work. If you’re the ‘work hard, play hard’ type, this is the chair for you.
This gaming chair is great for playing video games (compatible with Xbox One, 360, and PS4) and is also perfect for listening to music, watching TV, or even reading and relaxing. The sound experience alone – with two speakers built into the headrest and subwoofer 2.1 AFM technology – is reason enough to buy the chair. The experience of the bass and the vibration certainly transforms the gaming experience and brings it to a whole new level of entertainment.
What are our favorite features?
Swivel function makes it easy to play different screens from this chair, or to do work on two linked monitors
Swivel pedestal also allow for tilting forward in chair
Can link with multiple chairs for the ultimate gaming experience
Built-in wireless receiver and transmitter
What could be better?
No Bluetooth capabilities
(Lacks an RCA connection) Requires adapter to connect with the PS4
Weight 57 lbs. and not on a roller, making it more difficult to move around the house
Some assembly required
Still in the wheelhouse (price-wise) of a high-end gaming chair
Gaming chairs have been a thing for a hot minute now, and currently, one of the kings of the hill, is the VIT Gaming chair. This model comes with almost every feature that you’d want from a gaming chair, barring the ability to fly.
It comes with a strong frame that ensures that it can last for a long period. Made from stainless steel and hardwood, this model is capable of carrying up to 300 pounds of weight.
Apart from the ability to carry plenty of weight, this model also sports a quartet of protective foot covers. Hence, your home floor doesn’t have to be scratched up just because you want to have some fun.
Additionally, this model offers support to vital pressure points. You get a back and headrest support. This ensures that despite playing for hours, you do not feel strain on your neck or suffer from back pain.
The footrest on the model can be adjusted. This adaptability also extends to the back. You can adjust it up to 180 degrees. Therefore, the gaming chair comes in handy whether you want a recliner as you watch movies or play games.
The chair is heavily padded which makes it comfortable. The padding is covered by high quality PU leather that improves the lifespan of the chair.
Overall, if you are looking for a highly rated gaming chair for your gaming needs, then you should certainly consider this model.
This sound gaming chair is different than the others not only because it’s cheaper (this is definitely one of the best gaming chairs under $200 that we’ve seen), but also because it supports a built-in Bluetooth receiver and therefore it can connect to your gaming systems (via audio cord), as well as to your devices, such as Laptop computers, iPhones, and iPads. Now not only can you plug into your gaming systems – chair compatible with most gaming systems – but you can also kick back in your new chair and watch a YouTube video on your phone while experiencing full sound immersion.
Gaming chair plug into an outlet and therefore you never have to worry about changing batteries on a weekly basis. This chair also folds for easy storage and transportation when moving furniture around or changing apartments, etc. Very comfortable ergonomic design with fabric upholstery and polyester backing.
Why is it special?
A top quality gaming chair that is very affordable for the beginner to expert level gamer. All will enjoy!
Comes with all the cords and hookups for day of delivery use
Very smooth sounding subwoofer with adjustable bass and volume options
What are the flaws?
Not tall enough for a desktop
Not equipped with a swivel/wheel base
The farther from the TV you want the chair, the longer connecting cord you’re going to need
Requires HDMI converter for gaming systems, such as the Xbox 1
The design of this chair is flannel fabric with high density foam and has six reclining adjustments including flat and upright (90 degrees). This is by far the most budget-friendly chair for gamers, and what you order is what you get. Straightforward, this type of chair is perfect for watching movies or playing games, and it’s one of the most portable lightweight chairs. When done with gaming, chair folds flat for under-bed storage or in a large closet. Material is soft but not necessarily comfortable for those who don’t like the flannel texture. You will, however, be quite content gaming (or watching movies) in it for extended hours.
What are its best features?
It is the budget pick of gaming chairs on this list. Very affordable
Comes in four colors (brown, black, pink, and tan)
No assembly is required, and the chair is easy to store or travel with
Frame is durable iron and can adjust to flat or 90 degrees
Easily and comfortably supports a height of 6 feet
This gaming chair is merely best for its comfort and easy storage
What could be improved?
Very simple design, but sometimes adjustments don’t immediately lock into place
The Homall Gaming Chair is an excellent option if you are looking for a cozy yet affordable chair. While it is affordable, it comes many useful features that make it deliver excellent value for money.
First, at the price it comes at, it is one of the least expensive models on the market. You can get it is three different colors which allows you to choose the theme you want in your playing area.
At first glance, it is clear that this model is made to support your body as you play your favorite games. The curved back fits around the contours and reduces the discomfort to your spine and neck after extended playing periods.
This model allows you to rock and also features a lock that will help you stay stationary as you play.
The downside here is that you cannot adjust the armrests. While this isn’t exactly a major issue, it can be quite inconvenient.
Despite the slim appearance, the Homall gaming chair can take up to 300 pounds of weight.
The padding is decent and it is covered in durable PU leather. The leather is spill-resistance and easy to clean.
Assembly is pretty straightforward as well, with the instructions straight to the point.
The base of the chair features five casters which work on all types of floors. These can also let you change directions easily.
Overall, it offers excellent value for money while giving you good protection.
Free standing, filled with memory foam, and surrounded by plush fabric, this product is ideal for the easy going gamer on a budget, especially if all you’re looking for is comfort! The chair adjusts to 14 different positions for back and neck comfort, and you can easily game or watch movies from it for an extended period of time. Afterward, easy storage is simply laying the chair flat and sliding it under a bed, couch, or tucking it away in the closet. This lightweight product travels well in a car to friends’ houses or even to a drive-in theater, and is adjustable up to a 90-degree angle.
Two young kids can easily share this chair comfortably, or it can fit one adult for when you run out of extra chairs during game night. The product comes fully assembled and ready to use right out of the box.
Why are we impressed?
A very affordable option for gamers
Comes in five different colors (blue, brown, eggplant, gray, and orange)
Free standing and doesn’t have to be propped
What negatives must you be aware of?
Back of chair may support neck but not head of many adults (around 5’8 is the perfect height)
Without immediate cleanup of liquid spills, memory foam will absorb some of the mess and stain
Is mainly a gaming chair for comfort and easy storage when not gaming
The Ace Bayou X Rocker is assembled with the gamers comfort and support in mind, built with an ergonomic design and padded with interior foam and vinyl coverings. Speakers are situated near the headrest and audio can be transmitted wirelessly to the subwoofer sound system. Built-in headphone jacks are included!
With sound you can feel this chair alters movie watching and game playing experiences, making them feel extremely life-like. This chair is compatible with Xbox, PlayStation, Gameboy, and home theatre systems. It will link itself to your television rather than ‘plugging in’ to different consoles, making it a prime candidate for all gaming experiences in your household. At all times, the built-in side panel allows you to control the chairs’ volume and bass effect so that you never have to get up and manually change the settings on your TV.
Why are we impressed?
No assembly required, comes fully ready to use
Wireless audio transmission
Arm rests flip up out of the way for preferred gaming environment
Cords run directly to your television set and transport sound to the chair
What negatives must you be aware of?
Not built on a swivel or wheel system for easy movement around the house
Weighs 45.8 lbs. and may want to be kept in a specific room rather than moved around
No Bluetooth capabilities
Purchasing a 120-volt power adapter is suggested; otherwise chair batteries go dead about every two weeks
The experience this chair lends to gaming, music, movies, and other general comfort (reading a book) is what makes it worth its value. Built on a swivel and tilt system, it’s exceptional for gaming or watching movies the way you prefer, and also has outstanding double speakers and a subwoofer to heighten the experience and transport you outside your house and into the entertainment. This chair supports most gaming systems, including Xbox 1 and PlayStation (PS4).
Made with an ergonomic metal design and comfortable polyester, this chair is perfect for extended game play. It’s durable and attractive, doesn’t overheat from extended use, and really does immerse the gamer in amazing adjustable sound and bass vibration. Moreover, it’s also easily one of the most affordable top quality gaming chairs available.
What are our favorite features?
Arms flip up, chair is on a 360-degree swivel, and it also tilts forward for preferred gaming
Multiple chairs can be linked together for the ultimate gaming experience
Has a personal headset/headphone capability
Chair hooks up to TV output rather than separate consoles
What could be better?
Does not fold and cannot easily be stored away
Polyester fabric is cheaper than but not as comfortable as vinyl and foam designs
Does not support Bluetooth. If you really wanted this feature, you’d have to buy a Bluetooth adapter
Moderate assembly is required
Things to Consider
Knowing what to look for in a gaming chair isn’t always the easiest thing for most people to know off the top of their heads. Often you’ve got to ask yourself a series of questions before making a purchase, such as, “Am I looking for comfort, or am I looking for something which will improve the gaming experience?” Just that one question alone will quickly narrow the parameters of your search; to help you out we’ve included some other questions/common information for your consideration. Hopefully it will lead you to the perfect purchase for your needs.
What are the advantages to a gaming chair? When do you need one?
From rocking gaming chairs to bean bags and ergonomic chairs, there are thousands of models available. The top ten we’ve listed are certainly some of the best and are easy examples of gaming chair advantages.
First and foremost is the advantage of back support and an ergonomic design. If you’re a heavy gamer (5–6 hours a day and more) you’ll quickly realize, that a regular couch, sitting on the floor, sitting up in bed, is already messing with your back. Without the proper support while gaming, you’re actually likely to injure yourself and have a hard time doing other activities. A good gaming chair will support your back, arms, neck, and head, thereby eliminating most pains.
For low-cost comfort consider the Giantex floor folding gaming chair, which doesn’t necessarily change the experience of a game, but does provide optimal comfort and support. When do you need one? You need one if your current gaming setup is uncomfortable and likely to damage your back.
A whole different advantage that gaming chairs bring to the table is a more immersive experience. Many a gamer wishes they could bring their systems into a movie theater and make magic happen, but with the correct gaming chair, a gaming experience at home can even transcend the surround sound of your local theatre. A strong sound experience created by exceptional speakers and subwoofer bass will truly transport you inside a game or movie and make the gamer feel like they’re actually there – an example being the speakers in X Rocker 51396 Pro Series chair.
When would you need a chair with such good speakers and vibration? If you’re a gamer who has tried multiple systems, games, and methods of play, your next new experience is immersing yourself in the game. A professional gaming chair can do this for you, and really up the value of your gameplay.
Other features to consider:
Comfort and volume aren’t everything; these are just initial examples to get you thinking about what product works best for your gaming environment. Below are some other features worth considering.
Your chair type will most certainly depend on your preference as a gamer, so pay attention to how you game, or how a family member games (if you’re buying the chair for them).
Do you prefer to game on the floor? Buying a floor chair means you’ll almost always be looking up at a mounted screen or TV placed on a shelf. If this is the case and you’re looking upward at a screen, look for a chair that reclines or tilts backward without falling. For chairs that only offer comfort and are not fitted with technology, consider the number of adjustments each product has available for leaning backward. A great example of preference and quality is the BirdRock floor chair; here you have a floor chair that is both comfortable and allows adjustment for playing preference.
Do you prefer to game on-level with the screen in a raised gaming chair? If this is your preference, know first that adjustable chairs are always going to suit your preference better than tilting chairs. VIT Gaming Recliner Chairis a great example of an elevated chair which also allows for adjustments, and the feeling you get when using this chair is a lot like that of a zero gravity chair. You’ll find that this particular model can also double up as a great reading chair, for those that like a versatile option! This chair even provides for the gamers legs, which begs the question: do you like to put your legs up? Floor chairs always allow you to rest your legs against the ground, while raised chairs will often leave your legs dangling. Once again, it all depends on your preference as a gamer.
If you’re a gamer who travels a lot to friends’ houses or conventions, you’re probably going to want a gaming chair which is more lightweight. The same is true if you game in different parts of your house, or if you game in one room and watch movies in the other. If this is the case, moving a 50-pound chair all the time is going to get tedious and you might consider something more lightweight. For example, the Merax gaming sofa is a lightweight sofa which can easily fit 2–3 people and is also very light and very portable.
On the other hand, if you’ve got a home theater of specific gaming room, there will rarely be any need to move chairs around. These are the ideal environments to heavy duty raised and ground chairs. X Rocker 51259 chair isn’t the heaviest gaming chair, but it is the type of chair you wouldn’t want to be moving around constantly. Remember, moving around doesn’t only mean lifting for chairs like this, it means plugging and unplugging as well as lifting (this can get tedious). However, in one environment such as a gaming room, heavy pro gamer chairs don’t really need to be portable since they’ll be staying put.
Each chair above has a listed weight rating, and it’s best not to go over this limit and risk breaking your new chair. Once again, this will be a matter of forethought and preference before making your purchase. If you don’t know your weight then go, measure and come back before you make a final decision.
Your warranty on each product is the guarantee you have to return it for repair, replacement, or money back. Most warranties last only a certain amount of days, and for gaming chairs, the warranty lasts from 60 to 90 days.
Before you make your purchase check out each warranty so that you know the period of security you have on a purchase in case something goes wrong. If there is no warranty, then you may very well not want to buy the product. Again, this is a matter of preference.
Hopefully, these suggestions and examples already made of chair qualities and features have helped you narrow down your personal preferences for a gaming chair. Going even further down the list, you can consider extra features which many of the aforementioned products include. An example being: Bluetooth. If you often use Bluetooth in your home, then you very well might want a chair which has this capability. Additionally, consider:
In advance, none of the fabric/foldable chairs will have these hook-ups or capabilities. If you’re looking for chairs compatible with devices (specifically PS4 and Xbox One), the above chairs you want to look at are X Rocker 51259, 51396, and 5143601 chairs (connect to the television and not to the gaming system), X Rocker 5172601 (must manually add AUX in the wireless controller for PS4 gaming system), and X Rocker 5142201. These options are all compatible with the aforementioned systems, and all but X Rocker 5143601 and X Rocker 5172601 require very little setup to get working. High-end floor chairs work just as well as high-end raised chairs when linking to the PS4 or Xbox 1.
Most of the gaming chairs in the above list are high-end gaming chairs and are best used in home theaters or permanent gaming rooms. Some fit very well at a desk. Your best options for easy-to-store chairs are soft floor chairs, because these chairs are either small or they fold in half for easy storage. A great example of a gaming chair which fits multiple people and stores easily is BirdRock because it works in a small room as both a sofa and a bed (for overnight visitors) and can easily tuck into a closet or under a regular-sized bed. If you’re just using this list as examples of what chairs are compact and easy to store, then make sure if you go looking on your own to make sure that the gaming chair you buy can lock in place for each of its adjustments.
For your teenager, you’re going to want to start off small and let them slowly figure out what they like. At first get them a simple reclining or rocking gaming chair at ground level. These chairs are not only more affordable for beginner-level gamers (most teenagers) but will help your teen figure out their preference for gaming. If they’ve gamed before or they prefer to be at eye-level with a screen, try some raised recliners for your teens gaming experience.
Gaming chairs which are going to be the easiest to clean are those made of vinyl, leather, and polyurethane. The softer floor chairs which have foam interiors are going to be the hardest to keep clean long term, this is because dirt and liquid stains slowly seep into the foam and change its texture, color, and sometimes smell. Immediately clean spills on these kinds of surfaces! Vinyl, leather, and polyurethane, on the other hand, don’t retain stain and are easy to clean off and polish dry. Over long stretches of time, high-end gaming chairs will deteriorate slower than cheaper models with second-rate materials.
Our top pick is X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 4.1 Audio Gaming Chair, which by far offers the best speaker system including a state of the art subwoofer, and it will link up to almost all gaming systems including the Xbox 1 and PS4.
If you’re looking for a chair for multipurpose use, the RESPAWN-900 is a great option, especially if you don’t like wires to get stuck somewhere round your chair, because with this model with the continuous surface it will never happen to you.
Not only loved for being the most affordable yet the most functional model of floor gaming chairs, Giantex Floor Folding Gaming Chair also has the best reviews for comfort and body size. It’s perfectly durable for heavier weights, and is tall enough to comfortably seat people six feet and taller.