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. Few people put much thought into their chair, though. Gaming chairs are becoming more and more popular, and we've rounded up a small selection of the latest models. See also: Best gaming PCs to buy right now

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Best PC gaming chairs UK: buying guide

The recent changes in exchange rates has meant that some chairs have risen in price, with the noblechairs EPIC rising from £289.99 to £309.99. The only one unaffected is the SpeedLink Regger, which is also one of the best value at just under £150.

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 arm rests.

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 an reclining back and adjustable arm rests, 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.

Best gaming chairs

Almost all chairs are 'one size fits all' 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, short perople, 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 head rest. 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 the entry level, cheap foam may feel ok to start with (some manufacturers use recycled foam scraps), but 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. Also see: NES Classic review

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.

Noblechairs Epic

Noblechairs Epic
  • RRP: £289.99 inc VAT (£449.99 inc VAT for leather version)

Germany-based noblechairs has only been around for a year or so, but has already produced some stylish and well-made gaming chairs. The EPICis the latest model and comes in two versions: PU leather and real leather. The former costs £309.99 from Overclockers UK, the latter £489.99. That's a steep premium for real cow hide, 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 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 arm rests are more customisable than most with height, sideways and forward-backward 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
  • Arm rest range: 90mm height adjustment, 50mm front-back
  • Maximum load: 180kg
  • Two-year warranty

SpeedLink Regger

SpeedLink Regger
  • RRP: £179.99 inc VAT

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 in 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 arm rests 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.

For around £150 from MoreComputers, the Regger is comfortable, looks good and is great value. SpeedLink tells us that a revised version with a few build tweaks is being developed and might be available some time later this year.

  • Dimensions: 65 × 69-131 × 124-132cm (W × D × H)
  • Seat height: 46-53cm
  • Arm rest range: 70mm height adjustment
  • Maximum load: 150kg
  • Two-year warranty

Nitro Concepts C80 Comfort series

Nitro Concepts C80 Comfort series
  • RRP: £134.99 inc VAT

Nitro Concepts C80 Comfort series gaming chair

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 arm rests 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

Vertagear SL4000

Vertagear SL4000
  • RRP: £219.95 inc VAT

Considering its price, the Vertagear SL4000 is exceptionally well made. You can buy it for £259.99 from Overclockers UK. Build quality and finish are exceptional, and there's an aluminum - 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 arm rests 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
  • Arm rest range: 90mm height adjustment, 50mm front-back