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Best Gaming Chair Of 2018

Best Gaming Chair Of 2018
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You've probably spent time and money buying the right gaming keyboard and gaming mouse for your PC, and maybe even have other accessories that you hope will give you the edge (not to mention the gaming PC itself). Few people put much thought into their chair, though.

Gaming chairs are becoming more and more popular, and we've rounded up a selection of the latest and best models on the market in 2018. 


Gaming chair buying guide
In most respects, gaming chairs are no different to a regular desk swivel chair. They have height adjustment, castors for smooth movement across the floor and armrests. However, as with a lot of gaming hardware, gaming chairs are more stylish than your standard office chair and typically take inspiration from the bucket seats in racing cars.

What is and isn't stylish is down to your personal taste, but what should you look for when buying a gaming chair?

Ergonomics
Basic chairs tend to have only height adjustment, but it's well worth going for a chair that has a reclining back and adjustable armrests, too.

Ergonomics are really important, so you need a chair that supports your spine properly and offers enough adjustment to fit your body, rather than forcing it into a bad posture.

It's rare to find chairs that follow the 'one size fits all' philosophy, so it's crucial to make sure the seat height adjustment range will suit you. If possible - and it probably isn't - try to find a shop where you can actually sit in a chair before you buy.

Whether or not a chair is comfortable for you will depend on how well you fit in the chair. We've tested the chairs here with tall and short people, and both large and slim builds, but we can't guarantee that you will find it comfy.

You won't necessarily get a more ergonomic chair if you spend more, so good ergonomics don't have to be expensive.

Some chairs come with removable cushions for lumbar (back support) or for a headrest. An ergonomic chair shouldn't need these, but some people might find they're needed for the best fit and comfort.

Longevity
What you will get if you spend more is better quality materials and build. Although the price of some chairs may make you wince, a good-quality chair should last years, if not a decade or more.

At entry level, the cheap foam may feel ok to start with (some manufacturers use recycled foam scraps), but it might lose its structure and therefore its support before long, while high-quality foam will retain its shape and also support heavier users. A chair's specifications should always state the maximum weight they can handle.

Talking of materials, the most common is PU leather, also known as faux leather or vegan leather. Essentially, it's plastic with a leather-like texture. It's not a bad choice: it's reasonably hard wearing, easy to clean and not expensive. Real leather costs a lot, but should last considerably longer.

Some chairs use a suede-like material (or even real suede leather). This isn't as easy to clean, but has a softer feel which some people will prefer.

Warranty
Since gaming chairs have a gas strut for height adjustment, plus other moving parts, it's feasible that something might fail. Obviously, a longer warranty is better, but always check what the warranty covers.

Best gaming chairs 2018

Secretlab Titan
The Secretlab Titan is, as the name suggests, the largest in the company’s collection. And as Spider-man may or may not have said, ‘with great size comes great comfort’. In any case, it’s definitely true when talking about the Secretlab Titan. Don’t get us wrong, it’s pricey at £329, but the quality and comfort of the chair is worth that and more.

The Titan features a taller backrest and wider seatbase when compared to other gaming chairs as, like the Ewin Flash XL, the Secretlabs Titan is designed so that the larger-than-average person doesn’t have to squeeze into it.

Boasting a car seat-like design, the chair is covered in the highest quality ‘Prime PU’ leather we’ve felt on a gaming chair, backed up by cold-cure foam that provides near-on perfect cushioning and support. It’s like sitting on an ergonomically shaped cloud. It also offers 85-165 degree recline, and 4D adjustable armrests.

The crowning jewel of the Titan? It features integrated adjustable lumbar support, so no need for those annoying lumbar pillows. The mechanism is built directly into the backrest of the chair, and a simple turn of the knob on the side of the chair provides granular control over the level of support you feel.

It’s a feature that should, nay, needs to be in every gaming chair.

But while the chair itself is amazing, the velour head pillow completes the premium experience. The pillow is the softest we’ve felt, made of soft stretch cotton and covered in a velvet velour. When it comes to taking a little rest, there’s nothing better to put your head on.

  • Arm rest adjustment: 4D
  • Maximum load: 130KG
  • Two-year warranty
Secretlab Omega
If the Secretlab Titan is a little bit too much for you, consider the Omega. It’s not as large as the Titan, making it a perfect fit for smaller bedrooms, but still provides great comfort and support with a distinctive look.

The prominent backrest wings are a welcome addition to the Stealth, providing additional support to the shoulders and back – ideal if you spend long hours at a time on the computer. That’s not all though, as it features a single thick layer of cold-cure foam around the steel frame that provides a solid feel while still molding to the shape of your body. That’s covered with premium PU leather which is amongst the softest we’ve felt on a gaming chair. It’s durable too, at 1.5mm thick.

It’s time to get technical. As well as being comfortable, the Omega features spacious four-directional armrests that are incredibly easy to adjust – just hold the appropriate button and push/pull. It also offers an 85-165-degree recline, and, for those that like to take a more relaxed approach, it features a tilt mechanism with lockout to keep it rocked back at the perfect angle. The seat height ranges from 46-55cm and is recommended for those between 160-180cm (5ft 2in to 5ft 10in), though we’ve found it comfortably supports those up to 6ft 2in.

As well as providing a beautifully soft velour memory foam head pillow, Secretlab also includes the new velour lumbar pillow. It’s just as soft as the head pillow and provides much-needed support for the lower back. Our only complaint? We wish it had an elastic strap of some kind to secure it to the chair, as it tends to slip/fall forward when we get up. 
  • Seat height: 46-55cm
  • Arm rest adjustment: 90mm height, 70mm front-back, 20mm left-right, 3x angle adjustment
  • Maximum load: 110kg
  • Two-year warranty
Ewin Flash XL
At £322, the Ewin Flash XL is a little on the pricey side – but for good reason. It’s available in either black and blue or black and red, and comes with two matching ergonomic pillows for lumbar and neck support.

We usually discard of lumbar pillows fairly quickly, but the included pillow is firm enough to provide support without being too bulky.

Beneath the PU leather cover, you’ll find high-density moulded cold foam that is softer than what’s on offer with cheaper chairs. As you sit down, you feel slight adjustments in the large seating area as the foam moulds to your body. It’s comfortable, and more noticeable than in other chairs that feature the same material.

It also features 4D armrests, allowing you to adjust just about every aspect of the armrests.

That’s backed up by a durable steel frame and large, five-star base that means anyone up to 150kg can comfortably sit in the chair with no worry.

And that’s who this chair is aimed at; those of us that are a little larger and don’t find standard gaming chairs comfortable. It has a wider and longer seat than many gaming chairs, along with a wide back rest that doesn’t dig into your sides.

It also allows for reclining between 85- and 155 degrees. Oh, and you can get a 15 percent discount by using our exclusive code TA on the Ewin Racing website. 

  • Dimensions: 66 x 60 x 137-149cm (W x D x H)
  • Seat height: 53-65cm
  • Arm rest adjustment: 4D
  • Maximum load: 150kg
  • Two-year warranty
Nitro Concepts S300
Priced at £229.99 from Overclockers UK, the Nitro Concepts S300 is the next step up from the £145 C80, also featured in this roundup. The first thing you’ll notice about the S300 is the material it’s made from; while many gaming chairs are made from leather (or pleather), the S300 features fabric upholstery.

The use of fabric gives the chair a different feel from other gaming chairs, and once you get over the fact that it attracts cat hair like a magnet, it provides a soft, comfortable seating experience. It’s available in seven colours, and the embroidery will even match the strips on the chair’s base. It’s the little details that make the S300 shine.

Beneath the fabric upholstery you’ll find moulded cold foam, which is softer, more breathable and should be much more durable than the foam scraps used in budget gaming chairs from the likes of Amazon.

The S300 offers 130mm of height adjustment along with 14 degrees of rocking, allowing you to rock gently in the chair using your body weight. It can also recline to 135 degrees, providing an easy way to have a quick nap during lengthy gaming sessions.

It features 3D armrests that, as the name suggests, allows them to be moved in three directions – up and down, forwards and backwards and inwards and outwards. While it allows you to find the perfect position for your setup, the arms don’t lock into place and will often slide forwards/backwards with a bit of pressure from leaning.

It comes with two ergonomic supporting cushions for the neck and lumbar regions, but we found the chair to be much more comfortable without the latter present.

Overall build quality is decent, although the arm rests do rattle a bit when knocked. Oh, and beware of the white colour option as, being fabric, it’ll get dirty fairly quickly.

  • Seat height: 48-61cm
  • Arm rest adjustment: 3D
  • Maximum load: 135kg
  • Two-year Warranty
Secretlab Titan Napa
Following the success of the Secretlab Titan and Omega, the company has released the pinnacle of luxurious gaming chairs: the Secretlab Titan Napa, crafted from soft calf leather for a stunning finish. But here’s the painful part; the Secretlab Titan Napa is the most expensive gaming chair in the company’s line-up, and costs £350 more than the already-premium Secretlab Titan (£349) at £699 in the UK, or $799 for those in the US.

With such a high price point, the Secretlab Titan Napa has to offer something pretty remarkable over the standard Titan, right? It does: Napa Leather.

Described by Secretlab as the ‘pinnacle of luxury upholstery’, the leather is used in high-end cars and boutique bags because of how incredibly soft and smooth it is. We were already impressed with the PU leather on the standard Titan, but the Titan Napa takes comfort to a new level. It’s soft and cool to the touch, and features a microfiber lining along the sides of the chair for a nice contrast.

Beyond the sheer comfort the Napa leather brings to the Titan, the midnight blue colouring of the leather separates the chair from the rest of the Secretlab line-up, and it looks stunning. Coupled with blue embroidery on the front and rear of the chair, it really does scream high quality – and it should, at just under £700.

It features a large, ergonomically shaped backrest with flaps that reach around to support your sides without being uncomfortable. When combined with the soft leather, it feels like you’re being hugged from behind. The Titan Napa also features our favourite feature of the standard Titan – integrated, adjustable lumbar support.

The backrest doesn’t only offer ergonomic support though; the combination of a tall, wide backrest and the ability to recline to an almost bed-like position makes the chair perfect for relaxing when watching films or videos on YouTube (or if you wanted to take a mid-session nap, there’s no shame!).

And, like with other Secretlab products, the Titan Napa comes with one of the most comfortable velour pillows we’ve ever felt – seriously, it’s the height of pillow luxury.

  • Seat height: 50-59cm
  • Armrest range: 90mm height adjustment, 70mm front-back, 20mm left-right
  • Maximum load: 130kg
  • Two-year warranty
Noblechairs Icon
The Icon is essentially a follow-up to the Epic, and noblechairs says it has incorporated feedback from users to make the Icon even better.

In terms of the overall design, it’s less 'racing car bucket seat', more executive office. The style is much more understated and refined with less branding and should appeal to those that don’t want anything garish.

To this end, the colour option applies only to the signature diamond stitching, and you can opt for black if you really don’t want any colour.

We tested out the non-leather version which has 1.5mm PU fabric. That’s thicker than the cover you’ll find on most chairs, though the Icon is proportionally more expensive for it.

If you go for one of the leather options you get the choice of more colour. It's available in black, midnight blue and – for the cigar-smoking gamer - cognac. You’ll get 2mm-thick hide, and an even more premium price of £519.95.

Similarly, the Icon’s internal steel frame is 2mm thick, whereas most rivals use 1-1.5mm. It’s paired with a sturdy metal base and oozes quality.

As with the Epic, the foam is cold cured and not recycled. The 55 percent density may feel initially hard, but this also means it retains its shape and doesn’t sag after months of use.

In terms of ergonomics, the back has been improved over the Epic and you probably won’t need to use the included lumbar cushion. There’s also pillow for your head.

The back reclines and you can unlock the chair’s rocking mechanism and set the resistance to match your weight.

Armrests are adjustable in four dimensions, but unlike the Epic’s they don’t rotate. The darker chrome finish looks better, though.

Although it's a gaming chair, it’s just as good if you want a comfortable chair for working all day at a desk: it’s certainly one of the best we’ve seen yet.

  • Dimensions: 68 × 60 × 127-140cm (W × D × H)
  • Seat height: 48-58cm
  • Armrest range: 90mm height adjustment, 50mm front-back
  • Maximum load: 180kg
  • Two-year warranty
SpeedLink Regger
  • RRP: $265.99
The Regger is one of the few chairs that doesn't offer any colour options: it's black-and-red or nothing. Build quality and finish are pretty good, and we're fans of the combination of faux leather for the sides and rear and a softer suede-like material for the seat base and back rest.

The red stripes are part of the seat back, and not separate belts on which the removable lumbar cushion moves (it has elasticated black straps which clip together). The 'swoosh' logo is embroidered with a subtle black thread, but the SpeedLink logo in red on the back is much more conspicuous.

Assembling the chair is easy and takes around 30 minutes: the armrests come already bolted on.

Seat height ranges from 46-53cm, which is a smaller range than some chairs. SpeedLink recommends the chair for people between 170-190cm (5ft 7in to 6ft 3in) but we'd say it's fine for even shorter people down to around 5ft 2in.

A lever on the right lets you recline the back from 90-165 degrees, but unless you're catching a few winks you won't even need half of this range.

Comfort obviously depends on your body size and other factors, but we found it very comfy to sit on all day. The arms have six positions for height adjustment, and also swivel inwards (good for typing or keyboard-based games) and outwards (we're not sure why this is useful) as well as click into a straight-ahead position.

  • Dimensions: 65 × 69-131 × 124-132cm (W × D × H)
  • Seat height: 46-53cm
  • Armrest range: 70mm height adjustment
  • Maximum load: 150kg
  • Two-year warranty
Vertagear SL4000
Considering its price, the Vertagear SL4000 is exceptionally well made. You can buy it for £269.99 from Overclockers UK. Build quality and finish are exceptional, and there's an aluminium - rather than plastic - foot. This is actually a revised version of the SL4000 that now doesn't have any plastic covers on the sides where the back joins the base. Instead, brackets slide inside the back so only the nice-looking screw heads are visible.

There's a good range of colour options, although not many of them appeal to us. We were sent the black version with white highlights, which most of our testers thought looked great.

As with most others here, you get a removable lumbar cushion and pillow: only one of our testers liked the former. Everyone else preferred the chair with no additional cushions.

Most people were convinced it was a leather chair, but it isn't. The PU material is good quality, and the foam is fairly hard: the SL4000 isn't as soft to sit on as the Nitro Concepts or Speedlink Regger, but could be more durable in the long run.

The back reclines and the armrests are fully adjustable. They look identical to those used by the noblechairs they also swivel which is a bonus. Initially, we were sent the wrong gas lift which was too tall and meant the seat was over 500mm from the ground, but a shorter replacement reduced this to 470mm, making the SL4000 usable by shorter gamers, down to around 5ft3in. 

Our only complaint about the SL4000 concerns the side bolsters. These aren't merely foam: there's a hard frame inside them which some of our testers complained was too uncomfortable when sitting for long periods in the chair. Others, though, said it was supportive and had no such complaints.

  • Dimensions: 67 × 60 × 121-128cm (W × D × H)
  • Seat height: 47-54cm
  • Maximum load: 150kg
  • Two-year warranty
  • Armrest range: 90mm height adjustment, 50mm front-back
Noblechairs Epic
Germany-based noblechairs has only been around for a year or so, but has already produced some stylish and well-made gaming chairs. The Epic s the latest model and comes in two versions: PU leather and real leather. The former costs £299.99 from Overclockers UK, while the latter is £479.99. That's a steep premium for real cowhide, but it's also supremely good quality.

There are a few colour options with the PU version which only affect the stitching - all the chairs are black with black faux suede stripe around the edge. The leather chair comes in either all-black or black with a white leather stripe, white stitching, and red highlights.

Under the covers is "cold foam with 55 percent density". This is noticeably firmer than on most chairs, and some might find it a little hard. However, it should be durable.

In addition to height adjustment, the Epic also tilts back up to 14 degrees and has a lever to lock it in position. There's also a reclining back. The armrests are more customisable than most with height, sideways and forward-backwards adjustments. Plus they also swivel in and out - initially, we thought they didn't but they're just very stiff.

Another reason for the high price is a metal base into which the castors and hydraulics fit; cheaper chairs have plastic bases.

It doesn't take long to put the chair together, but we'd recommend using a proper screwdriver as the bundled Allen key/screwdriver isn't up to much.

If you can stomach the high price, the leather version is fantastic but for everyone else, the non-leather model is very nearly as good.
  • Dimensions: 69 × 60 × 130-140cm (W × D × H)
  • Seat height: 48-58cm
  • Armrest range: 90mm height adjustment, 50mm front-back
  • Maximum load: 180kg
  • Two-year warranty
Nitro Concepts C80 Comfort series

  • RRP: £159.99
At £144.99 from Overclockers UK, the Nitro Concepts is one of the cheaper gaming chairs around. It's still more expensive than the plethora of similar offerings available from sites such as Amazon and eBay which typically cost around £70.

However, you get a choice of accent colour including orange, red, white blue and green. Or, if you prefer, all black.

Also, beneath the PU leather cover is moulded cold foam, similar to that in the noblechairs Epic. It's softer and should be more durable than the foam scraps used in many cheaper chairs.

There's 70mm of height adjustment and 15 degrees of rocking, plus the usual spring adjustment so you can comfortably rock backwards using your weight. Unlike the noblechairs EPIC, there's no lockout to keep the chair rocked back.

A bigger problem is the lack of a recline mechanism: the arms secure the seat base to the back, so it's fixed in position (as are the arms). Some might find it perfectly comfortable, but we felt it needed to be more vertical. You can add your own lumbar cushion to give you the back support you need, but none is included in the box.

Build quality and finish isn't as good as the SpeedLink Regger, but the lack of adjustment is the C80 Comfort's main shortfall: it's comfortable if the armrests and back are in the right place for you.

  • Dimensions: 65 × 60 × 114-122cm (W × D × H)
  • Seat height: 47-54cm
  • Arm rest adjustment: None
  • Maximum load: 120kg
  • One-year warranty

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