Best Gaming Chair [2019]

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Best Overall: AKRacing Core Series EX-Wide
Our favorite gaming chair is the AKRacing Core Ex-Wide. It’s reasonable priced, comfortable, ergonomic (lumbar pillow support for back and neck) and most importantly, it’s what the pros use. You’ll find it on many esports events, from League of Legends to Fortnite, as well as in the homes of countless of Twitch streamers, that spend up to 12 hours on it everyday.

Budget Pick: DESINO Racing Gaming Chair
When you want a good gaming chair without a high price tag, the DESINO Racing is the way to go. It gives you a lot of features without pounding you with a heavy price tag. Sure, there are some trade-offs and it won’t be as well built as a $200+ chair, but for the budget-minded, those trade-offs are worth it and it’ll easily beat your average office chair in terms of comfort.


DESINO Gaming Chair

  • Budget-Friendly Pricing
  • Three Different Color Options
  • Multiple Adjustability Options

Premium Pick: Vertagear S-Line 5000 Model VG-SL5000
If you don’t mind spending a little more for comfort, we definitely recommend the Vertagear SL5000. It’s incredibly comfortable, made from quality materials and is perfectly adjustable to your needs (4D armrest etc.). Literally everything on this chair is high class and it should easily last you for years. On top of that it’s probably the most comfortable thing you’ll ever sit in.

Best Gaming Chair With Sound: X Rocker Pro Series HD Model 51259
With 4.1 audio and a shaker module, this has one of the best sound platforms in a gaming chair we’ve ever seen. The speakers face out to give you a full surround effect. If you don’t have a great sound system in place already, this is a great chair for your gaming rig.

How We Picked

Have you been on the fence about getting a gaming chair?

Gaming chairs have become popular over the past few years. In fact, gaming chairs are actually starting to replace traditional office chairs. But, which gaming chair do you choose?

We’ve looked through hundreds of gaming chairs to find the best ones for you. The ones we’ve found are built for hours upon hours of use while providing immense comfort. They are considered “budget-friendly” and they look pretty darn good.

Today, we’re going to show you what we believe are the best gaming chairs for 2019.

#1 X Rocker Pro Series HD Model 51259

X Rocker Pro Series HD Model 51259

Specs:

  • Style: Rocker
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Weight Capacity: 275 Pounds

The first gaming chair we’re going to look at today is the X Rocker Pro Series HD. This chair is produced by a company called Ace Bayou who creates gaming equipment built to perform.

X Rocker Pro Series HD Model 51259 in living room

This is a rocker-style chair that comes equipped with 4.1 audio (four speakers plus a subwoofer). But, they didn’t stop there, finding a way to include an additional shaker to really add the extra depth to your gaming experience. Audio can be received using RCA audio cables, a 3.5 MM headphone cable, or through the built-in wireless receiver. You can connect a set of headphones to the chair as well, but it will disable the vibration effect.

X Rocker Pro Series HD Model 51259 folded

The gaming chair comes fully assembled so you can take it from the box to your gaming station immediately. It is wrapped in a black (only color) faux leather with gray trimming strategically placed for accent lines. The armrests are extremely durable and fold down for portability. It is not outlandish in design and will fit in most environments.

X Rocker Pro Series HD Model 51259 side

What We Like

For starters, this chair is loaded with speakers. With four dedicated speakers and a subwoofer, this is one of the best sounding gaming chairs we’ve ever heard. The added vibration module really takes it to a whole new level, making explosions more realistic than ever.

Overall

If you want a gaming chair that is extremely comfortable, extremely durable, built for long, grueling sessions, looks great, and sounds great, then the X Rocker Pro Series HD should be on your list. While it doesn’t have a USB or HDMI connection, it has plenty of alternatives that will work for most gaming systems.

#2 X Rocker II Model 5143601

X Rocker II Model 5143601

Specs:

  • Style: Rocker
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Weight Capacity: 275 Pounds

Now, if four speakers, a subwoofer, and a shaker module are a little too much for you (is that possible?), then you’re going to love the X Rocker II.

This is another Rocker style chaired that comes with 2.1 audio (two speakers plus a subwoofer). Unlike its bigger brother, this one does not come with a shaker module. Also, the speakers fire forward from right behind your ears rather than from the side like the X Rocker Pro Series HD. Even without the shaker module, the subwoofer puts out more than enough bump for most users. As far as audio input options go, nothing changes from the previous big brother to this unit.

X Rocker II Model 5143601 arm rest

This gaming chair also comes fully preassembled and ready to go right out of the box. This chair is wrapped in a black (only color) for leather with black stitching. The base of the chair and the armrests are chrome/gray. Again, the armrests are extremely durable and they fold-down, and the chair itself also folds up for easier storage. This chair may stand out in some environments as it is a little wider than normal with a color scheme that might clash in a non-modern environment.

X Rocker II Model 5143601 controls

What We Like

even though this chair does not come with as many speakers, the front facing design helps to overload your senses. The subwoofer is still very strong, providing more than enough thump for most users.

Overall

The X-Rocker II Model is essentially a smaller version than its bigger brother and comes with less features for a smaller price point. The high quality black leather construction and 2.1 audio are the main standouts.

#3 X Rocker Extreme III Model 5109201

X Rocker Extreme III Model 5109201

Specs:

  • Style: Rocker
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Weight Capacity: 275 Pounds

The last two rocker chairs that we reviewed sat on the floor, but this next one sits on a pedestal.

Again, this is another rocker style chair that is equipped with 2.1 audio (two speakers plus a subwoofer). This one does come with the shaker module included to enhance your gaming experience. The speakers are nestled in the headrest and the subwoofer is located in the back of the chair. When using the symbol for a loan, you will notice that it lacks the depth some of the other chairs have. But, the included shaker module will easily make up for any loss from the included subwoofer. Again, this chair is equipped with RCA audio inputs and 3.5 MM audio inputs as well as a wireless receiver. It does not have HDMI or USB connections, so you may need to use an adapter/converter if your gaming system does not have the other audio outputs.

This gaming chair does not come preassembled and it will take about 30 minutes to put it together. When assembled, the chair should be a little over 1 foot off of the floor. Now, the X Rocker Extreme III is a visual masterpiece. The chair is primarily wrapped in a black leather with gray accent pieces and a red centerpiece from mid back to the butt. The headrest is a deep black mesh material that is extremely comfortable. The armrests are black and they do fold up. Because of the design, this chair is not foldable (or portable).

What We Like

Adding the pedestal to a rocker is one of the best ideas ever. Rockers are already extremely comfortable, but giving it a pedestal turns it into a full-fledged chair. The color scheme is a visual masterpiece.

Overall

Sometimes, the right gaming chair is just an accessory away. In this case, adding a pedestal is all you needed to make this one of the best gaming chairs you can buy. While it would have been nice to have 4.1 audio is set of 2.1 audio, there’s not a lot else that we can find wrong with this chair.

#4 Vertagear S-Line 5000 Model VG-SL5000

Vertagear S-Line 5000 Model VG-SL5000

Specs:

  • Style: Racing
  • Speakers: No
  • Weight Capacity: 330 Pounds

Now that we’ve had a chance to look at several amazing rocker chairs, it’s time that we look at a few racing chairs. Racing chairs are designed to cradle your body like the seat of a car. Most of them do not come with speakers and/or shaking modules. Instead, they are normally considered the crème de la crème of the gaming chair industry.

Vertagear S-Line 5000 Model VG-SL5000 reclined

The S-Line 5000 is a racing style chair that immediately jumps out at you as a performance chair. It is wrapped in a black and white faux (fake) leather with a high-resiliency/high-density foam to provide comfort for hours of use. The base is built out of a heavy-duty duty aluminum alloy with five points of contact set on 65 MM casters. For added comfort, you can even add additional headrest support and or lumbar support cushions. It also has the ability to recline (between 80° to 140°) in case you want to relax for a few minutes. Plus, the armrests are adjustable and for directions (front/back, left/right, up/down, and left/right rotation). Even the tilting mechanism is adjustable -pretty much, you can adjust everything.

Vertagear S-Line 5000 Model VG-SL5000 and gaming setup

While this chair does not come preassembled, it has a patented “slide-in” hardware system that makes putting this chair together a breeze. In most cases, a user can put together one of these chairs in under five minutes.

Vertagear S-Line 5000 Model VG-SL5000 backrest

You can purchase this gaming chair in multiple color options including black/blue, black/camo, black/carbon, black/green, black/red, and black/white.

Vertagear S-Line 5000 Model VG-SL5000 cushion

What We Like

The high-density/high-resiliency foam makes this one of the most comfortable chairs on the market today. With the ability to adjust so many of the chair’s features, it’s easy to find the perfect configuration for your body.