Gaming chairs offer the user much more than just a visual enhancement of their surroundings. These ergonomically perfectly designed chairs come up trumps with the typical features of a sports car seat: side bolsters on the left and right for optimal support, headrest, lumbar support (support in the lumbar region) and armrests.
Especially during longer gaming sessions, the occurring problems are well-known. Starting with constant changes of position, because all joints and muscles hurt after a short time, up to chronic spinal problems.
A remedy and a noticeably better gaming experience is provided by a special gamer’s chair. Based on various selection criteria such as ergonomics, functions and design, the best gaming chairs were chosen and the following gaming chair comparison was compiled. Nevertheless, this is of course a subjective selection.
The 5 best gaming chairs 2021
1. Backforce One Plus – Ergonomics and Design in Perfection
On paper, Backforce has only been around since 2019, which is obviously no age for a chair manufacturer. But the brand did not create itself from 0 to 100, but is part of the company Interstuhl. That can look back on over 60 years of experience in building ergonomic and high-quality workmanship chairs. Those 60 years have gone into building the two models that exist so far, One and One Plus.
The result is two beautifully designed, functionally heavy and handcrafted models made entirely in Germany. At 629 euros, this naturally has its price, but every single cent is well spent. Especially since there is a 10-year warranty on every Backforce chair. If you calculate that down, you end up paying five euros per month for the One Plus.
Features of the One Plus include 5D armrests that fold away, a lumbar support that is flexibly adjustable in both depth and height, a molded wood panel in the backrest (the best thing you can do to your back), and seat depth and tilt adjustment. As for the exterior, finally a gaming chair manufacturer has taken care of the back, adding a plastic shield and a glowing Gamer Plus. The Backforce One Plus is rightfully at the top of the gaming chair Olympus.
There’s also a lot more to it, which our November 2020 review brought to light.
2. Backforce One – Even the first Backforce still beats all others
Backforce is the young gaming brand of the well-known German chair manufacturer Interstuhl, which has over 50 years of experience in chair manufacturing. Unlike most other gaming chairs, the chairs are not manufactured in Asia, but in Germany.
The Backforce One has deservedly made it to the second place in our best list, because it offers the most convincing ergonomic features. For example, it is equipped with a synchronous mechanism, which is particularly good for the back. In addition, the armrests can not only be adjusted, but also folded away to the back, so you can also sit comfortably cross-legged on the chair. The Alcantara and faux leather cover is very comfortable, and the chair can be personalized with interchangeable batches and an LED logo.
3. Gamechanger – Pure individualism with high quality
Gamechanger is also as young as Backforce, but it has already been able to convince many critics and buyers as well. We also understand why: in addition to a perfect ergonomic design and relevant features, the company behind it relies on a lot of individuality. The buyer can choose between different materials, colors, sizes and extras. In the end, you have a chair in your shopping cart that won’t be found anywhere else in the world. Only the shape of the chair always remains the same. However, this high level of individuality also drives up the price; so you should look carefully at what you need and what you don’t.
Away from that, the chairs come with 4D armrests, fiberglass-reinforced base, as well as a synchronized mechanism so that the seat moves in perfect coordination with the backrest. The workmanship, materials and especially the customer service are also very admirable in the case of the Gamechanger.
If you want to know more about the gaming chair, you can find more detailed info in our review of the Gamechanger Cobra Sport Edition:
4. Recaro – Expensive, but with lots of features
And we continue with Made in Germany. Recaro is also a German manufacturer and also entered the gaming chair market in 2019. Since then, the company has been riding a wave of success that we can only understand. Regardless of the high prices it claims for its chairs, Recaros are made from only the best materials and are finished to a high standard. Moreover, the Exo FX and Exo Platinum chairs are made with 5D armrests (an absolute rarity in gaming chairs), a very high backrest, an anti-submarining bar, and a frame built entirely out of sturdy aluminum.
Recaro chairs are accordingly suitable for long, tall and weighty people. However, those who are into individual extras on their gaming chair will not be happy with the manufacturer. You only have the choice between three different colors. In terms of performance, however, a Recaro chair does not have to hide at all.
Our review of the Recaro EXO FX from January 2021 can be found here:
5. SecretLab – The top chair from Singapore
Besides Backforce, Gamechanger and Recaro, only SecretLab makes it into the top 5 as the only company not from Germany. What would have looked different years ago is now dominated by Made in Germany. However, the Singerpur company is rightfully ahead of names like noblechairs or Nitro Concepts.
SecretLab has primarily entered the gaming rooms of this world via the e-sports circuit. There, the company has been considered a reliable manufacturer of gaming chairs for over six years. Organizations like Team Liquid, Astralis or Invictus trust in its qualities. The two founders come from the scene and gave the starting signal for the premium class of gaming chairs in 2014. Since then, SecretLabs have become indispensable from a top 5 list.
Although things made in the Asian region often have a bad reputation, SecretLab doesn’t even fulfill it in the least. Best workmanship and materials, robustness as well as useful extras like 4D armrests and a height-adjustable lumbar support in the Titan models speak for themselves. A well-deserved fifth place, which SecretLab, according to our expectations, will not give away anytime soon.
Bonus Place: DXRacer – The Mother of All Gaming Chairs!
Before any of the former brands hit the market, DXRacer had already sold countless of its chairs, made a name for itself, and successfully infiltrated e-sports. Therefore, DXRacer always gets a place of honor in our top 5 list for this reason alone. However, all of DXRacer’s gaming chair series cannot keep up with Backforce and co. in terms of performance. In terms of price, the chairs are also in the mid-range rather than the premium class.
But if you can’t or don’t want to spend 500 euros plus on a chair, a DXRacer is definitely the best choice. One sits comfortably, and that also for a long time, gets depending on the model 4D armrests and always delivered the ever-popular racing look. So the DXRacer chairs do not represent anything special, but the highest sales figures speak for themselves.
The best gaming chair in 2021: what’s your top five?
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