Gaming chairs are the perfect solution to gamers that don’t want to hit their wallets too hard when they are looking for a new chair. Most of the time, when you do buy a gaming chair it’s because your current desk has made itself obsolete in one way or another. They usually have no speakers, bad gas lift, or just look like crap. A gaming chair is your solution to these problems because they are usually the same price as an office desk, don’t take up too much space, and have speakers built in so you never have to worry about pairing anything together. If you do want to give it a try though, you need to know what makes one chair better than the next.
Things to Look for while buying a Gaming Chair
This is pretty important when you are buying anything, especially something that you’re going to be using every single day. However, I know that most of us would rather pay more money than less money (unless there’s nothing else for sale) so the price is always listed first on the list. In this case, it’s not too important because many of the chairs in this list are below $300 and still have great features.
Unless you’re a giant person, you don’t need to worry about size but just in case I will include some measurements so you know what to expect. Just keep in mind that a bigger chair isn’t always a better chair.
This is pretty important because you don’t want the chair to break while you’re sitting in it. Some chairs have weight limits as low as 220 pounds, but not many of them do so I would keep this in mind when shopping around for the best one.
This is just a small thing that most people would forget to mention when buying a chair, but it’s so important if you are planning on playing any sort of game or sitting at your desk for long periods of time. I know my arms get tired after being in one position for too long so having something to support them is just great.
This one is an interesting topic because not everyone has the same back problems that I do. However, many people have very sore backs after sitting for too long so having a chair that supports your lumbar will always be something good.
You want to have wheels on your chair so you can roll around, but some are better than others. Casters are the best option because they are smooth and glide easily across nearly any surface while glides tend to get stuck or worse yet, break off.
It’s not really a good idea to buy a chair without padding for obvious reasons. You want to get the right amount of cushion so you don’t get sore but also not too much where it’s hard to get up. It’s all about finding that sweet spot in between so I would try to look for something that has just enough if that makes sense.
Materials used to make a gaming chair
There are three different materials that are usually used to make a gaming chair. These include mesh, genuine leather, and PU leather. Each of these have their own individual benefits so I will list them all so you can get an idea of what each one has to offer.
Mesh Pros: Mesh tends to breath really well so you don’t feel sweaty in the summer, it’s also really easy to clean so if you have pets or kids this is a great choice. Mesh also tends to look good for longer periods of time compared to other materials so you don’t have to worry about it wearing out quickly.
Mesh Cons: Mesh can tear depending on how harshly you treat your chair, but this would have to be something you do on purpose because otherwise it won’t tear unless you had some sort of accident.
Genuine Leather Pros: Genuine leather will last for a very long time, especially if treated right by applying leather conditioner every now and then. It’s also easy to clean just in case anything spills on it so that’s yet another benefit.
Genuine Leather Cons: The biggest problem with genuine leather is that it can be very expensive, especially if you want something high-quality. It’s also important to note that if you have pets or kids this probably isn’t the best material for your chair since it will tear easily if their claws scratch against it. This won’t be a problem if you have them on a leash or in a crate though.
PU Leather Pros: PU leather doesn’t cost as much as genuine leather but it’s still just as soft and comfortable as the real thing. It also tends to scratch less than genuine leather so that means less time spent trying to repair it.
PU Leather Cons: One of the biggest problems with PU leather is that it doesn’t last as long as other materials, especially if you own pets or kids. It also has a tendency to get hot really fast compared to other materials so keep that in mind before making your final purchase.
Q: How to clean a fabric gaming chair?
A: This will depend on what type of fabric your chair has, but it’s usually best to use a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Just mix the two together in a spray bottle then spray down your chair, let it sit for like 10-15 minutes then wipe everything off with a microfiber cloth. This should help get rid of dirt and stains without causing any damage to the fabric. I would recommend getting a microfiber cloth and cleaning it that way. It’s also worth mentioning that you shouldn’t use bleach or any other harsh detergents because this could ruin the fabric, especially if it’s one of those fancy high-end chairs.
If your chair is made from genuine leather you should apply some leather conditioner every now and then to keep the color from fading as well as moisturize it so it doesn’t dry out. Just make sure to apply a small amount and rub it in with a microfiber cloth. If you don’t, then the leather will start to crack and that’s something no one wants to see on their chair. Just keep in mind that there are different types of conditioners so make sure to read the instructions before using it and always test it out first on a small hidden area to see if it will cause any damage. If your chair is made from PU leather then it’s still a good idea to apply some type of conditioner like you would with genuine leather, but make sure to do this less often because it won’t last as long and may even start to crack after too much use.
Q: What material is best and why?
A: One of the best materials in my opinion would definitely be genuine leather, but it all depends on your budget and what kind of chair you want. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend then I’d recommend going with PU leather because it’s just as soft and comfortable as the real thing if not better, but it doesn’t last as long so keep that in mind. If you don’t have pets or kids then this material should last for a decent amount of time, and even then if you do end up getting some scratches repaired it won’t cost you much money like with genuine leather. The only reason I would avoid PU leather is because if you do have pets or kids, especially ones with claws/teeth, then the fabric will tear easily and may even get chewed apart.
Q: How often should I clean my gaming chair?
A: This will depend on what kind of material your chair is made from. If you have a genuine leather chair then once every week or two should be fine, but if you have a PU leather chair then once every two weeks should be good. If you’re not sure then I’d recommend checking the manufacturers website for cleaning instructions or even contacting them via email or live chat because this will give you an exact answer depending on what type of fabric your chair has.
Q: What type of chair is best for gaming?
A: This is a question that I get all the time and my answer isn’t always the same because it depends on what you are looking to get out your gaming experience. If you want something inexpensive with decent quality, mesh tends to be the way to go. But if you want something that will last you a long time then genuine leather would be best since it’s very durable.
Q: Is it really important to have good back support?
A: It is not only good for your back, but also helpful while gaming too especially if you are using a keyboard and mouse while playing. A lot of times when you sit hunched over for a long period of time you tend to get neck and back pain, especially if you have poor posture as well. So try to look for something that has adjustable height because those will usually allow you to set the position of the seat which in turn will help out your back and neck muscles tremendously!
Q: I’m looking for a chair with a high backrest, is that a good idea?
A: I would say no because if you have a higher backrest then it’s going to put pressure on your neck and shoulders which isn’t good. It’s also going to make it harder for you to sit up straight as well so having a lower backrest can be much better when it comes down to the physical aspects.
Q: How much money should I spend?
A: That’s entirely up to you but in my opinion, you should spend as much money on your chair as you were going to spend on your PC in order for this to be worth it in the long run because if you don’t treat your chair right it might not last you as long. But if you only want to spend $20-$30 on a chair then that’s fine but just be wary about how long it will actually last and whether or not it will disrupt your gaming experience because there’s nothing worse than having a crappy chair when you’re trying to focus on completing a difficult task for that big promotion.
Q: Would a high-back chair be better than a mid-back?
A: There’s really no answer to this question since it’s entirely up to you and what you think would work best for your specific situation. I will say though, if you happen to have back problems then looking into buying something with a mid to lower backrest would probably be the best thing for you.
If you take into account all of these questions then it should help narrow down what type of chair you are looking for which cuts back on the time that you have to spend looking for one. For example, if your top priority is reducing neck/back pain then mesh would be the way to go, but if you want something that’s going to last you a long time then genuine leather is the way to go. It really all comes down to preference and what you are looking for in a chair, but always take into account your specific situation before buying something.