Do you need a gaming chair? If you're going to game you might as well be comfortable. You have several options. I set them all out here.
We broke down and bought the Nintendo Switch. Friends of our oldest son were getting it and so that he’s in the loop, we bought one too.
Turns out our youngest particularly likes it, especially the Mario games.
It also turns out I’m a fan, especially Mario Kart. Who knew? It’s been years since I played video games. Growing up we had the first generation Nintendo player.
I also work in front of a computer a lot and while typing isn’t the same as gaming, I’m somewhat familiar with computer chairs having recently invested $1,800 in a Herman Miller chair.
One thing I know is true and that is when it comes to sitting for long periods, it helps to be comfortable.
As Rachel Presser says, “You Laugh at Gamer Chairs but Your Back with Thank You.”
She puts forth an irrefutable argument in favor of investing in gamer chairs.
The next question is what are the different types of gamer chairs?
Scroll on down below to find out. I’m all about comfort whether typing, gaming or otherwise.
The starting point for buying the best gaming chair is choosing a design based on your game set up. Basically it’s desktop computer vs. gaming console.
I love console games because I like lounging on the floor. However, I’m just a dad who plays casually with his sons. I’m not an esports enthusiast and never will be.
Here’s the list….
Desktop Computer Gaming Chairs
Tweaked out desk chair
This is the most popular type of gaming chair. They’re built for ergonomics and usually include many adjustment options such as:
- Adjustable arms
- Reclining function
- Adjustable seat height
- 360-degree swivel
- Additional mobility with caster wheels.
Frankly, it’s a suped-up desk chair. Yes, it could definitely be used for regular computer work.
Price-wise you’re looking at $150 to $350 which isn’t much considering I dropped $1,300 on a desk chair. Yes, my Herman Miller Aeron chair would be fine for gaming.
The money spending doesn’t stop there. You can blow more than $2K on something like the following:
The above is one snazzy-looking gaming chair. I’m not sure you get $2,000 worth of additional benefit from your run-of-the-mill $200 gaming chair.
You’d need a lower computer set up or use this with a console game on a television. These are fantastic gaming chairs offering solid support in a reclined position. Kids love them too.
It’s solidly set on a pedestal base.
You can swivel as well as adjust the tilt.
If it’s the full audio experience you want, you’ll be glad to know that this sucker incorporates wireless audio transmission, 2 speakers near the headrest and subwoofer positioned to pound your back with bass-heavy sounds intensifying your game, movie, or music.
Video Game Console Chairs (Floor Chairs)
The right floor chair for gaming includes sufficient support, doesn’t require leaning up against a wall, and sits on the floor.
This is what I’m interested in since we have a console gaming machine and we play on the floor in front of the TV.
The above rocker style chair would work perfectly, but you do have other options. Here goes.
The Floor Rocker (with armrests)
Remove the pedestal and you get a true floor rocker with armrest, solid back and neck support and overall one excellent floor gaming chair experience.
If the armrests get in the way you can buy armless versions such as the following:
Floor Rocker (armless)
Not only do our Bluetooth audio rockers make for great gaming chairs, they are also good for the music listening aficionados given the built-in speakers.
Kids Gaming Recliner
For the kid that has everything, you can buy a gaming recliner like this. It includes some ergonomic features such as headrest, back support and padded arms. Clearly it’s comfortable. In fact, it’s not easy finding recliners for kids so here you go.
Foam Bean Bag Chair
I’m liking the look of this. It’s huge but then I’m 6’3″. When it comes to bean bag chairs, go big because they work for kids and adults.
While we’ll call this a bean bag chair, it’s actually foam and not beans.
I could totally drown into this thing and play Mario Kart with my kids.
Don’t laugh. This works great. I know because we have one. It has just enough of an incline to have a great view of the TV. In fact, it’s a fight whenever we play as to who gets the wedge.
What I’m not interested in for gaming chairs…
I’m not interested in the stoic style chairs such as meditation chairs or anything that is small or flimsy.
I play games to relax so I want to be comfortable.
I want full back and neck support.