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Buy the Best Gaming Chairs of 2018

Updated on January 11, 2018
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Writing Nag is the pseudonym for blogger Patricia Biro. She writes about home, finance, creative writing and anything and everything vintage

X Rocker II Video Gaming Chair
X Rocker II Video Gaming Chair

Affordable Gaming Chairs for Kids and Adults

Gaming Chair gift for yourself or the Gamer in your Life? Buy the Best Video Game Chairs for 2017 here!

The fun, interactive, and addictive computer video computer games we play in 2017 are nothing like the early video games of the first computer games including Pong, Centipede and Pac Man.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's video games were accessed most often in pizza parlors, bowling alleys, movie theaters and game arcades. Decades later, we bring these much improved and technologically advanced computer games into our homes with cinematic graphics, sounds and a desire for comfort and functionality.

Today we are well aware that these computer games aren't just for children. Our new video gaming systems give many adults a reason to spend hours behind the screen and that means having a comfortable gaming chair is a must.

If Call of Duty, Minecraft, Spiderman 3 and Grand Theft Auto V are games you play for hours or yes, even days at a time, having a comfortable space that makes your game and audio more exciting and interactive might be for you. And Black Friday 2017 deals will be here before you know it.

Although I wouldn't consider myself a gamer I do know many people who are obsessed with video games and the gaming world. One accessory that every video game fanatic and/or geek wants or puts on their birthday or Christmas list is a comfortable chair for gaming. This one pictured is for the budget conscious gamer who might consider an ergonomic chair if the price is right. You can purchase one for under a $100.00. What will be the best gaming chair in 2017?

Do you need a Gaming Chair?

Consider Comfort – Long hours will wear on a gamer without the appropriate design and style that supports your body efficiently. Newer chairs feature lumbar support and ergonomic design.

Consider Health – Review the alignment of your body while gaming. How are you supporting your neck, spine and lower back?

Herman Miller Classic Aeron Chair - Size B
Herman Miller Classic Aeron Chair - Size B

I purchased this chair for my office three years ago and it has saved my back. Note I sit 8-10 hours a day on my computer for my work-at-home job. Comfortable, adjustable and if you or your gamer sits at a desk I highly recommend this classic design. These chairs are made to last. If this is in your budget make sure you read the reviews.


Types of Gaming Chairs

  • Bean Bag Style
  • Pedestal Chair
  • Supportive Office/Computer
  • Racing Seat
  • Racing Simulator
  • Video Rocker

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What is a gaming chair or rocker chair?

This is an ergonomic, usually leather, heavy cloth or vinyl chair, that is designed to make video gaming more comfortable and more fun to play. Rocker chairs do what they say...they rock and move to the users movements.

Gaming chairs with speakers have an integrated speaker system so you'll hear everything that the game sound designers wanted the user to hear including the noise of the car crash and all of the other sounds that immerse you in the game. Most of the chairs are low to the ground or on the ground and some are on pedestals and they usually include a high quality speaker system and easy to integrate controller system.

Other chair features can include lumbar support, motion, massage and high quality sound.

While all gaming chairs are similar, if you are looking for a gift or a computer gaming chair for yourself consider the following checklist that has become the internet standard.

  • Is the chair compatible with your or the gamer's system? Different systems have specific requirements
  • What features does the gaming chair have? Are the features unique or common in gaming chairs?
  • How is the sound system? Is the sound system in the gaming chair important to you?
  • Is it affordable? In other words does the cost of the chair fit your budget?
  • Is it the best gaming chair you can afford? For example, have you looked at how an additional $50.00 might get you to the next level?
  • Can it support the weight, size and shape of the user?This is important as there are gaming chairs that are specifically marketed towards kids and young adults and some larger and wider computer chairs that are marketed for adults who have more money to spend and want a roomy comfortable place to place their new PS4!
  • Is it comfortable? This may involve spending some time at your local store to try out one of your friend's game room chairs before you buy
  • Where do you intend on having the chair? Dorm room, kid's bedroom, family room, great room? You should consider the size, material, durability and color of the gaming chair and ask how it will fit in with the rest of the furniture in the room.

Gaming Chairs for Children

When are kids ready for a gaming chair?

If choosing a gaming chair for kids you first should think about where the chair will be located. Generally speaking, kids gaming chairs range from a simple smaller bean bag type chair that is low to the ground to the rockers that I mentioned above. For a child or young adult I wouldn't spend much more than $100.00 because they will outgrow the gaming chair pretty quickly. If you have a child that is a serious gamer they may steer you towards a chair that has the latest and greatest technological advancements in gaming. It may come down to where you want to spend your money. A new PS4 or the top of the line gaming chair.

Is it a necessary gaming accessory?

Game controllers and gaming systems are necessary... gaming headsets are great too! But Gaming chairs are not a necessity to enjoy your system but if you want to take gaming to the next level it's something to consider. Gaming chairs, also called rocker chairs or video gaming computer chairs are all about comfort and making the gaming experience better for the user. Having the speaker system within the chair eliminates the need for surround sound and/or a gaming headset.

I've talked to several people who I know spend a lot of their time playing video games and I asked them do they own gaming chairs?

No, but they all said they could see how this type of chair would add more to the experience. One of my friends uses a low to the ground beach sand chair, another a broken down couch...what they are looking for is a comfortable spot to spend a lot of time with a good sound system. If you've spend any time at all in front of a computer monitor in a wooden chair or an office chair you know how uncomfortable that can be. Take your time in reading through the gaming forums, serious gamers spend a lot of time getting to the next level. If you are looking for a gift you might consider asking the gamer if they don't have a chair what chairs interest them.

I work at home so my office computer chair has taken a beating with the fabric worn down on the right arm and the padding all but disappeared in the seat. The same comforts that you look for in a home office chair but with the addition of new wireless technologies.

Price--Affordability is key!

What are you willing to pay for a gaming chair?

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Can You Find a Chair for the Budget Minded?

Ok, I didn't want to spend a lot of money and this accessory can get very pricey. Consider who the gift is for. An adult that weighs over 200 pounds might break down the chair in a year of heavy gaming. A child or teenager might be better suited for the gaming chairs under $100.00. There is a lot of competition in gaming accessories so take your time in picking out the right gift.

Adds to the experience

The best video games combine outstanding graphics, an interesting story, exciting surprises and a fast pace. In my opinion, the chair just adds to the experience with built-in speakers and sub-woofers. Most rocker chairs allow you to hook up your television, cable, MP3's and of course your favorite gaming system whether it's Xbox, Wii U or PlayStation 4 so that you can really feel like you are part of the game!

If you have a surround sound system already set up in your house you can hear all of the rumbles and nuances that the developers added to the game but if you don't you are missing out on some awesome sound effects. Not only are most of these chairs pretty portable so you can easily move it to the dorm room or the game room but consider the alternative...buying an expensive sound system. For about $200 you can get a pretty decent game chair that will last from your teenagers bedroom through the college years at the dorm.

Best of List

Every year PCWorld and other Game Magazines publish their best of list. The most common complaints on this accessory is that the padding breaks down pretty quickly. Read the reviews online for the best computer accessories but also do your homework, ask your fellow geeks which chair they recommend, and if possible check out the chair in a gaming environment. Geeks want comfort, affordability, great sound, and a computing chair that is easy to put together.

© 2013 Writing Nag

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    • TTGReviews profile image

      TTGReviews 3 years ago

      I got two Xrocker IIs for my kids last year and they've held up pretty well. I agree that it's good.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I love these chairs - I definitely think they enhance the gaming experience - especially if they are nice and comfortable :)

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      dillonfire 3 years ago

      This is a great lens, a great idea! Loved it and i liked it :)

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I never even knew this existed! WOW I started playing video games at my neighbor's house with Pong. Now I play GW2 on my laptop. My couch is indented from it. A chair like this will be a must have for my next man cave!

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      Writing Nag 3 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      @Coffee-Break: Thanks so much! I will have to add your link for gaming monitors!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      My friend is looking for a gaming chair, he came to me for advice for gaming monitors, which I happily provided, but I am no expert in the chairs area. So I will send him the link to you page. Great resource by the way.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      My sons are gamers, serious gamers, one is actually majoring in game development and marketing in Chicago. I've had a couple of these chairs in my house, but only the cheap kind. They can buy the more expensive ones themselves. Good articles.

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      susan369 4 years ago

      My son would love one of these!

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      NicoleRM 4 years ago

      I didn't know that such fancy gaming chairs existed

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      Alyssa DeBoer 4 years ago

      I'm not really sure what these are suppost to do.. but they look so cool! I want one

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      masterofgamespt 4 years ago

      Those look good. My back hurts for so many hours playing games :P

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      ningbabyblog 4 years ago

      The X Cooper looks so cool and fashionable! It will be a great gift for X'mas. Thanks for the info, Writingnag!

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      Sherwin Griffith 4 years ago from Bridgeport Connecticut United States

      Great lens. Excellent.

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      Writing Nag 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      @DeborahDian: Yes they do and if you read the reviews it seems like they are!

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      Writing Nag 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      @WriterJanis2: I would too! Just for relaxing and watching tv.

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      Writing Nag 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      @Jimmy Oliver: thank you!

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      Jimmy J Oliver 4 years ago

      Hi nice lens you got there and ranking well. Looks really comfortable, I could take a nap in that!!

      Have given you a squidlike.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      My kids would love one of these.

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      janey126 4 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lens! Just awesome!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      All these chairs look very comfortable!