While many want to save money and put it all into their machine, a good gaming chair is more important than you may think.
Sure, you could use a dining room chair. You already own it, so need to go out and buy something new, and it’s in your dining room! However, while it might be comfortable for 20-30 minutes during dinner, after sitting in one for hours on end you’ll soon change your mind.
Gaming chairs, on the other hand, are designed with gamers (and their habit to sit for long periods) in mind. Gaming chairs have back, lumbar, and neck support, not to mention a ton of adjustment options. Oh, and they look pretty cool, too.
Best Gaming Chair Under $100 In 2021
Excellent lumbar support
Easy assembly has 5 pieces
Hydraulic lift falls over time
Fragile bottom paneling may crack
The chair is made from soft leather, something that’s uncommon in this price range, but which adds a nice touch, and makes for a comfortable experience. This is assisted by the superb lumbar support. The padding does, however, seem to be the thinnest in the main seating area. So, while your back might not be achy after long gaming sessions, your ass very well might.
While we like the classic, all black leather design because of its subtlety, there are more traditional gamer colors. That being said, be careful when you are choosing different colors; some of the “colors” are actually slightly different versions of the chair. Namely, they have less padding for your head and thighs, less sloped armrests (which might be an improvement) and less intricate stitching, which makes it look a little more plain in our opinion.
The 5-star base has 360-degree swivel wheels, so you don’t have to worry about it getting caught in things on the floor. Furthermore, the adjustable back seat has a wide range of motion, letting you put it far back for when you want to relax, or forward when you need to concentrate.
Assembly is also easy. The Furmax comes in 5 pieces and only requires a screwdriver to put together. The bottom paneling of the chair is a bit fragile though, so be careful putting in the screws so you don’t accidentally crack the wood.
The chair’s armrests are adjustable, but they tend to come loose after a while. In addition, the chair’s height is adjustable, but if you’re sitting in the chair for a long time it may begin to sink, meaning you’ll have to readjust the height. This is probably one of the chair’s biggest downfalls (literally) as it can be rather annoying.
Nevertheless, this is definitely the best gaming chair under $100 in terms of performance (comfort?) per dollar.
Adjustable lumbar and head support
90-180-degree backseat swivel
Good warranty and customer support
Top heavy; might flip over if you lean too much
PU leather can get smelly if not cleaned regularly
The Homall Gaming Chair has all the looks and functionality of a high-quality racing chair at a fraction of the price. Its quick assembly is relatively pain-free, and doesn’t require any heavy duty tools or prior experience.
This chair’s thick 1.8mm steel frame is covered by a high-density foam, making it comfortable and sturdy. The chair’s gas hydraulic lift is capable of withstanding up to 300 lbs.
In terms of adjustment, you can rotate the back seat from 90-degrees upright to a completely laid out 180-degrees. It’s also worth noting there are other colors of this chair, but they are slightly more expensive and do end up pushing it out of our target price range.
A couple of drawbacks though: First, the chair is pretty heavy and kind of bulky so it may not be a good option if you are tight on space. Second, the chair is a bit top-heavy, so it may tip if you lean too much. Lastly, the bolts on the frame will most likely require some regular tightening.
Luckily, this chair comes with a 1-year warranty for replacement parts in case you have any issues.
Small and light, doubles as a suitable office chair
Not as much back support
The OFM Essentials Racing Style Gaming Chair is a good option for a casual to moderate gamer who wants a gaming chair that can be used for work as well as play.
The OFM is lacking the adjustable lumbar support and headrest of the previously covered chairs, which is definitely one of its major drawbacks. This is at least somewhat compensated for with its thick padding, though.
The armrests are also retractable so you can get them out of your way when you’re not using them. This is one of our favorite features about the chair, besides how comfortable it is to sit in for extended periods of time.
The chair is rated for up to 250-pounds, and has an SGS certified hydraulic lift. Moreover, the OFM comes with a lifetime warranty so you never have to worry about not being able to replace it if it breaks.
Adjustable/removable lumbar and neck support
90-180-degree adjustable backseat
Wheel design avoids getting caught on carpets
Seat bed is a bit narrow
The Devoko Racing Style Gaming Chair is a great entry level option for those who want to sit atop a gaming throne on a budget. This visually pleasing (yet affordable) gaming chair has a comfy, ergonomic design complete with two adjustable pillows for lumbar and neck support. You can even completely remove the supports if you are more comfortable without them.
The chair’s back can be adjusted anywhere from 90 to 180 degrees, so you could lay it down and take a nap or just relax while watching some Netflix. Unfortunately, the armrests are non-adjustable (you can leave them off when putting the chair together if you want, but we can’t promise that’d look good). Some users have reported that the screws for the armrests may come loose over time, but this is an issue we’ve seen arise with a lot of gaming chairs, honestly.
Lastly, the 30-inch back panel may be a bit short for taller gamers, and the seat is a bit narrow as well. You know what, if you’re a bigger person, you may want to look elsewhere– this chair is best suited for those of “average” height and weight.
Built-in speakers and Bluetooth connectivity
Small and portable
Can’t adjust height (you’re on the floor)
The XRocker Surge is a bit different than the other gaming chairs covered so far. Instead of a wheel/hydraulic base, the XRocker sits directly on the floor. The sloped cushioning provides good back and neck support, and it is great for relaxing.
The real defining feature of the XRocker is its interactive audio features. The chair has built-in speakers near the headrest; you can even connect your phone via Bluetooth to play your favorite music while you’re gaming. RCA jacks allows you to connect non-Bluetooth devices as well, and there is a control panel on the side that allows you to adjust the volume– and bass!– without having to reach for your phone.
Since this chair sits directly on the ground, you can’t use it at a desk (unless your desk is really low to the ground, I guess). Rather, this chair is best for console gamers who like to kick back, relax, and game the night away in a comfortable, reclined position.
Though the chair is comfortable, it doesn’t have any adjustability features like other chairs on this list. Instead, the manufacturers went for a “one size fits all” approach. I found it to be quite comfortable, and I’m slightly above average height.
What To Look For When Buying A Gaming Chair
Before you buy a gaming chair, there are a number of things to consider. Some are pretty basic, like budget (since you’re looking at our sub-$100 list instead of, say, our absolute best list, I’m going to assume you already have an idea about this point). But others are slightly more technical. Don’t worry though, these are just gaming chairs; there’s nothing too complex here.
Size & Weight
First thing’s first: You need to figure out how big of a chair you’ll need. This includes seat width and back height, as well as height from the ground. It’s frustrating to find a chair you like only to realize it is too tall for your feet to reach the ground or so short your legs feel cramped.
Most gaming chairs out there have around a 4-5” adjustable vertical height so take that into consideration before you buy. As for weight, it is pretty straightforward.
The next thing you should ask is how adjustable you want the chair to be. If you’re planning on using the chair for several hour-long gaming sessions then you probably want something that is extremely adjustable so you can make fine-tuned changes while playing.
This aspect is doubly important if you also plan to use it as an office chair. In general, the more bells and whistles the chair has, the more expensive it will be. However, if you just need something for casual gaming or a nice computer chair, you can go with something simpler. Additionally, the lack of moving parts in less adjustable chairs means they are less likely to break.
Style: Gaming Or Office
In general, there are 2 major styles of chairs: gaming and office style chairs. (Rockers exist too, but are so different that you already know how you feel about them). Gaming chairs often have bucket seats and more elaborate designs. Some also differentiate gaming chairs from racing chairs, but they are very similar so we’ve lumped them together.
Office chairs often don’t have the same types of features, like a footrest, neck and back support, or certain rarer novelties, but they’re also usually less gaudy. That being said, it’s easy to generalize. Some office chairs have started to blend across the lines with gaming chairs since there is a niche market for one chair that can look professional while also being used for gaming.
Your chair doesn’t have to be plated in gold and made from indestructible titanium, but it is a good idea to buy something made of quality materials that will last.
In terms of materials, you should probably go with either mesh or leather. Keep in mind, however, that on a budget like this, you won’t be able to find a chair with genuine leather – instead, most gaming chairs at this price point have PU leather, which is still comfortable, durable, and good-looking.
Leather chairs tend to hold in heat more than mesh chairs, so if you are the type of person to sweat easily, or you just get really hot while gaming, you should purchase a mesh gaming chair. It doesn’t retain heat as well and provides better airflow.
Make sure the mesh isn’t too thin, though, or it might break after prolonged use. You want to make sure your gaming chair can withstand the test of time, even on a budget like this. On the other hand, if you are always getting cold, a leather chair is a better choice.
Ultimately, you’ll want to make sure to look at product reviews before purchasing, especially if it’s a budget chair. Often budget chairs may use quality materials, but they may not be reinforced, or they might be inferior versions, etc. It’s also always worth verifying and understanding the manufacturer’s warranty.