Why you need a special chair for gaming
When you’re really into your favorite games, you will likely spend hours at a time playing them. To stay comfortable during these long gaming sessions, you need the right chair. A proper gaming chair has special features that will ensure long-term comfort and support as you fight zombies, search unknown worlds, or create one of your own. These features include a high padded backrest for neck and lumbar support, plus include some cushions to increase your comfort. They also have large comfortable seats with thick padding. Reclining functions and adjustable armrests also help create the perfect position to keep you comfortable for hours at a time while you enjoy your gaming sessions.
Another great thing about these chairs is that they can be used for office work as well as for gaming. You can also relax in them to watch a movie, read a book or newspaper, or even take a nap. This versatility means you only need to buy one chair for various activities, saving you some money in the long run.
Features to consider when choosing a gaming chair
Before you buy the best gaming chair for under $300, there are a few features that you may want to look at. Doing so will ensure that you’re getting the right chair for your specific size and personal needs.
The backrest height is one of the more important features since this is the area that gives you the back, neck, and shoulder support you need during your gaming sessions. A normal office chair will have you slouching over, which causes pain in all of these areas after a while, especially if you’re using them every day.
A higher backrest on a gaming chair includes an ergonomic design that molds to the shape of your back, keeping you upright at all times. They prevent your back from curving forward, which helps improve your posture rather than letting your back curve awkwardly and causing a great deal of pain.
These chairs even seem a bit challenging to sit in at first since you may already have improper posture, and they are forcing it to correct as soon as you sit down. Over time, they will correct the shape of your spine and reduce any gaming-related health issues that could otherwise form when using a short-backed, unsupportive chair.
The dimensions of the seat are another important feature to look at in a gaming chair. The seat width needs to fit the size of your bottom and thighs in order to be comfortable. If it`s too tight, you`ll get squished between the arms or the wings on the sides of the chair, making it hard to sit in it for any length of time.
As well as the width, you need to check the length of the seat. Short people can fit in a chair of almost any length, provided they can still bend their knees over the edge of it. Taller people will need a bit more room, or they will feel like their sitting on the edge of the chair, so they won`t be able to relax during their game. If the chair reclines, they will slide forward even further, reducing their comfort level even more.
Luckily, there are a few different seat sizes to choose from in the best gaming chairs. This allows you to get the right chair for your specific size. It`s a good idea to actually sit down in a few of them before you buy one if possible, so you can find the one with the perfect fit. If you can`t try them out, be sure to check your measurements and buy a chair with seat dimensions that are your size or even a bit larger to give you room to shift as you game, work, or relax in your chair.
If there’s a massage function
Though this isn`t a feature every chair has to offer, a massage function is handy to have to relieve those sore back muscles. The massage function could be included in different ways. For instance, some models have the massage function built right into the back of the chair. Other models put their massager into the lumbar pillow, so you can use it when you need it and remove the pillow when you don’t.
Another handy thing about the massage functions in the chairs that we`ve reviewed is that they don`t use any switches whatsoever. They include a USB port that allows you to plug them into a power bank, a computer, or use an adapter to plug into a wall outlet if one is nearby. This way, you only use the massager when you need it and can remove the cable and put it away when the massager isn`t in use.
Another feature to look for in the best PC gaming chair under $300 is the height adjustment. This is located beneath the seat, raising it or lowering it as needed to fit the length of your legs as well as the height of the desk you`re sitting at. The more range the chair has in the height adjustment, the easier it will be to fit it into your lifestyle. If the chair is too short, your knees will be too high, lifting your legs off the seat and reducing your comfort level. A chair that is too high will have your feet off the floor or won`t fit nicely in the chair hole of a desk, so you`ll be sitting too far back to reach the keyboard or you won`t be using the chair at all.
You should also check to see how the height adjustment is made. It should be easy to do, with a simple switch or mechanism that allows you to adjust it quickly to the right height. It should also be a smooth adjustment, with no squeaks or rough places that can catch and make it hard to adjust it to the height you need it at.
There are a few things to consider when looking into the upholstery material of the best gaming chair under $300. The first is the durability of the fabric used to cover the chair. Some materials are stronger than others, so will resist tearing and fading. PU leather is this type of material, so it will look great for a long time, plus it’s easy to clean with a simple damp cloth if you should happen to spill on it while you`re gaming.
Fabric isn`t as easy to clean, though it does have some benefits that leather can`t compete with. For instance, most fabrics are much more breathable than a solid material like leather. If you happen to run warm or are sitting in the chair on a hot day, you may want something that is breathable to release the heat and keep you cool. Leather won`t do this. Instead, it will start to stick to your skin, making it hard to shift or even get up after a long gaming session. You`ll sweat more in a chair like this, too, making you even more uncomfortable.
Some chairs add a mix of material, like the KARNOX BK Gaming/Office Chair, which uses PU leather on the majority of the chair but has suede on the back and seat to make it a bit softer and more comfortable against your skin.
Gamers can vary in weight just like they can vary in height, so you need to find a chair that is built for your specific size. Some chairs are built for the smaller members of the gaming world, like the DXRacer Formula Series OH/FD01/NR, which has a maximum capacity of about 200 pounds. These chairs are great for the average-sized person.
Standard gaming chairs support a bit more weight, usually ranging from about 240 to 300 pounds, depending on the chair itself. These are built with more durable materials and stronger frames to support the extra weight.
There are also heavy-duty chairs on the market, which are built of the strongest frames, such as one-piece steel and durable bases. These chairs can have a maximum weight limit of up to 450 pounds, so you don`t need to be a supermodel or spend your life at the gym to be able to use one of these chairs. The Blue Whale Massage Office Chair is one of these models, with a weight capacity of 400 pounds, and it is built well to support this weight limit for years to come.
When you’re sitting at a desk and typing on a computer, you want your chair to be upright, supporting you so that you can maintain the proper spinal posture. Of course, this isn’t the case for some of your other activities. For instance, the HEALGEN Back Massage Gaming Chair has a reclining range of 90 to 155 degrees, so you can set it however you need it for the maximum amount of comfort when gaming, reading, watching a movie, or taking a nap.
Other models, like the AKRacing Core Series EX-Wide Gaming Chair, has specific reclining modes instead of just a general recline, so there is no guessing at which position it should be in for any of the activities you do while seated in this chair. It even specifies which mode is best for each activity, giving you the perfect recline for whatever you like to do.
Though the features described above are the main ones to look for in a quality gaming chair under $300, there are a few extras that can make these chairs even more worthwhile. One of the main extras to look for is the armrest. These should be comfortable to use, especially if you`re using the chair for long periods of time. Another handy feature of most of the armrests in our reviews is adjustability. These armrests can be moved forward or back, to either side, and up and down. Some of them can even rotate, so you can position them exactly as you need them for the maximum comfort possible.
Another feature to look for in a gaming chair is a gas-lift function, which allows you to adjust the height of the chair in the way we described above. The gas-lift function is found between the seat and the base of the chair. There are different classes of gas-lifts, including Class 2, Class 3, and Class 4. The higher classes are quite durable and last much longer than a Class 2 would. The higher the class, the more weight capacity the chair will have as well, so be sure to consider this when choosing your new gaming chair.
A chair that can move as you need it to is another handy extra for a good gaming chair. That`s why many models include caster wheels on the bottom of the chair. These allow you to move it wherever you need it, even if you`re rolling it under the desk. These wheels should roll smoothly, plus they should have some type of coating on them to prevent any damage to the floors as you roll the chair.
The design of these chairs is also quite specific in most cases. The seats and backs are designed to look and feel more like the racing chairs used in many game simulators or like the bucket seats in a race car. Except for the X Rocker Pro Series 2.1 Gaming Chair, all of the chairs in our reviews have this modern design, which looks cool and is comfortable to sit in for long gaming sessions.
As well as the design, you may also want to look at the color of the chair you`re purchasing. A regular office chair is usually designed with earth tones and dark colors. A gaming chair has a bit more flash to it, even if they are mostly black. The contain accents of bright red, blue, yellow, or a variety of other colors, so you shouldn`t have any trouble finding one that suits your personal style and the other décor in your gaming area.
The warranty is extremely important for every product you buy, and your gaming chair is no different. If your chair shows up missing pieces or with faulty ones that don`t work as they are supposed to, you shouldn`t have to pay to have these issues remedied. The longer the warranty and the more it covers, the more peace of mind you`ll have when using the chair on a daily basis.
How to maintain your gaming chair
Even if you`re gaming chair doesn`t cost you a fortune, you`ll still want to keep it looking like new and working perfectly for as long as possible. The following tips will help you do so.
- Avoid eating in the chair to prevent spills or crumbs from soiling it
- Dust the chair regularly using a soft cloth or brush, including the seat, back, arms, legs, and visible mechanisms
- If a stain has formed, deep clean the chair using the cleaning products recommended in the user manual
- Flip the chair over, remove any clumps, and vacuum the casters regularly
- Do not exceed the weight capacity to prevent damage to the frame, cushion, and base
- Add a chair cover to keep the chair clean and prevent wear and tear from ruining the fabric of the gaming chair.