Gamers tend to get a bad rap for having bad posture. I’ve been guilty of bad posture while gaming too. Sitting on a mediocre office chair for any length of time is not a recipe for a successful gaming experience.
Picking the right gaming chair will dramatically improve posture and your gaming experience. But how much is a gaming chair anyway? How do you choose the right one that fits your gaming style while on a budget?
When buying a gaming chair there are a couple of things to keep in mind while on your search.
Gaming Chairs Versus Office Chairs
Generic office chairs are cheaper for companies to buy in bulk for their employees. They cover basic comfort but with little to no adjustability or back support. Higher quality office chairs could cost as high as $1,650.
Gaming chairs have a design inspired by race car seats. They are built with a focus on neck and lumbar support with adjustable armrests and tiltable backs. Gaming chairs also provide the gamer with the greatest range of movement while seated for longer periods of time. The benefits of a gaming chair far outweigh a generic office chair.
How Much Is a Gaming Chair
The price of most gaming chairs can range from under $100 to around $500. But beware of buying a cheap gaming chair. While it may be tempting to buy the first deal you see, you want to make sure the low price doesn’t mean cheaper quality.
Good quality gaming chairs will average between $200 and $400 depending on the features you’re looking for and the company you buy from. Some higher quality products from more well known brands will be in the $400 to $500 range. Your personal budget will be the biggest decision making factor since you will likely have some added shipping fees.
Stylize Your Seat
Every gamer is different in height, body size and build. The best gaming chair you can buy is one that matches your physical needs.
Most standard backrests are around 30” to 33” tall. I’m a slightly shorter-than-average male, and this sized backrest with a standard seat width works great for me. But, my chair might not be comfortable for someone a foot shorter or a foot taller than me. It’s a good idea to use a gaming chair sizing guide to find the right chair dimensions before buying anything online.
Another styling point not to overlook is color. I chose my gaming computer to be mostly black with scarlet red accents. My ideal gaming chair would match my computer. The dimensions of the chair will be key to its comfort and function, and the color and features will help add to your long term enjoyment.
Where to Start
I recommend taking your time on this important investment. Compare products and prices. Pay a lot of attention to customer reviews. See if there is a product warranty. If needed, contact the seller or company with any unanswered questions.
The bottomline is that your gaming chair needs to be comfortable for you, and you should love how it looks. Have fun exploring your options while on this quest finding the best gaming chair for you.