Gaming Chairs – What You Should Know Before You Buy

Finding The Best Gaming Chair For You

If you’re interested in buying a gaming chair but you’d like to have a few questions answered first, then you’ve come to the right place!

Before making a decision to spend your hard-earned money, you want to get the best bang for your buck, while finding the right fit and preferences.

There are 3 important factors to consider before purchasing a gaming chair:

 1. Types. You will learn why defining your gaming needs will naturally lead you to the model, style, and size that’s right for you.

 2. Features and options.  Every chair has its own set of cool things about it that can increase your level of enjoyment and game interaction.  

 3. Frequently asked questions. Find out the answers to the most common questions asked by those about to purchase.

We are confident that with this inside knowledge, you can locate the best gaming chair for you.

Why Buy A Gaming Chair?

A teenager plays Video console games on his television

 Is it really worth it to invest in a game chair?

Some people will tell you that you don’t need a special chair just for gaming.

What’s wrong with sitting on the couch, the floor, or in a regular office chair?”, they might say. After all, isn’t that what everyone does?

But wouldn’t you agree that sitting on the floor or in a standard boring office chair can get a little tedious after a while?

Isn’t that the reason why many movie theatres upgrade their seats?

Gaming requires long periods sitting in one position, so things like ergonomics play an important role in your comfort and well-being.

This is where gamer chairs can offer many benefits like the ability to enjoy playing your favourite game without being interrupted by back spasms.

You want to look for things like comfort, lumbar support, a reclining, and or rocking option.

The seat, headrest, armrest, upholstery, and frame should be important factors when finding a chair for gaming. Look for quality and durability.

Not to mention some amazing features like built-in speakers, wireless technology, vibration and massage capabilities, and much more.

All available in order to intensify your gaming experience.

Types Of Game Chairs

Your choice of video gaming chair will probably have a lot to do with where and how you prefer to sit. Whether you’re at a desk or need more of a console gaming chair. 

Likewise, your age, height, weight, and of course budget will also be deciding factors in your selection. Speaking of age, read our section on adult gaming chairs for those with such needs.

There are a variety of types of cool gaming chairs to choose from including:

1. Racing seat office chair. These are similar to regular office chairs having caster wheels, a handle-toggle for adjusting tilt/height, etc..

When looking at the different office type chairs available, these are the best computer chairs for gaming due to their style, colours, and high head rest. Designed specifically for PC gaming at a desk.

DXRacer chairs, for example, were inspired from a race car driving seat that reclines, making them more fun than your average office chair.

2. Rocker gaming chair. These are also great chairs for gaming if you prefer to sit closer to the floor. Maybe not the best choice for PC gamers, but they can be very comfortable. Read x rocker reviews here.

You can literally rock like being in a rocking chair (a real gaming chair rocker) while having all the lumbar support for your back muscles.

Many of these come with speakers and other great features to enhance your gaming time.

3. Bean bag style gaming chair. If you’re looking for a more casual seating while you are in a gaming session, then a bean bag chair may be all you need.

They usually don’t come with a whole lot of bells and whistles or posture support, but they are fun and relatively comfortable.

Note: They’re not much good for PC gaming.

4. Racing simulator cockpit. This type of gamer-chair is basically a specialised computer chair and monitor stand that comes with a steering wheel and pedal supports.

Giving you the feeling like your in the cockpit of a plane or race car.

5. Pedestal gaming chair. The chair itself is similar to a recliner, but it rocks and rotates on a pedestal base rather than on wheels or legs.

Normally they include fancy options like built-in speakers and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as great lumbar support and arm rests.

Game Chair Features & Options

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 Depending on the amount of money you want to spend, there are some pretty decent options that come with specific styles of game seats.

> Built-in speakers & AFM technology. Many of the video rocker and pedestal style chairs come equipped with 2 speakers and a sub-woofer.

They incorporate AFM or Audio Force Modulation technology which uses the hollow volume of space inside the chair and its frame to amplify and vibrate, thus providing greater multi-sensory entertainment value.

> Wireless receiver/transmitter. Connects to an assortment of video and audio players with Bluetooth capacity. it also Acomes with RCA stereo outputs; optional RCA cables included.

> Vibration motors that sync to your output bass frequencies and the audio from the game associated with explosions, gunfire, crashes, and other kinds of impact which are translated into vibration signals and sent to the motors vibrate the chair. 

> Cup holders & side pockets. Many of the v rocker and pedestal style gaming seats come with storage compartments and placeholders for controllers, drinks, etc..

 > High-quality padding and pillow cushioning for greater relaxation and support, promoting proper posture and blood flow when sitting for long periods of time.

> Massage and Heating Pads. Both the executive and race car style chairs may include built-in massage motors and heating pads to relax your back during extended gaming sessions.

Questions To Consider Before Buying

Q. What type of gaming will you be involved in? 

This can greatly affect your choice of options whether you will be sitting at a desk, in front of a television or prefer racing or flight simulator games.

Q. Will the electronics be compatible with the gaming system I am using?  

Selected chairs will easily connect to a PS4, Xbox One, or Wii U. But in some cases, you may require some sort of optical to RCA adapter.  

Q. Does size make a difference?

We could answer this question in 2 ways:

The first involves your size, weight, and age. You’ll want to make sure the chair is best suited for your body. If you’re over 6 feet tall, clearly a child size chair won’t do.

The second involves the size of your room and storage space. Obviously, a small bean bag chair would be easier to store than a racing simulator cockpit.

Therefore, make sure to do all measurements before purchasing.

Q. How comfortable will the seat be?

Again, keep in mind the amount of time you will be in the chair. Especially after a new game release (if you know what I mean).

Comfort can come with a price, but it’s well worth it to find a chair that comes with an adjustable backrest and lumbar to provide maximum support for your neck and back while encouraging good circulation.

Q. How can I find the best price without sacrificing quality?

You’ll simply need to decide what you want and what you are willing to pay for. Don’t worry, you have plenty of options to choose from.

Whether you have very basic needs or want all the thrills and frills, with a little research, there’s bound to be a chair that you can make your own.

Q. Will it require major assembling and set-up?

Depending on the type of chair you choose, there will be some set-up time required. You can usually put one together in 20 minutes or so.

There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube with step by step instructions, so there’s no need to fear a box of bolts and a small print instruction manual.

 Q. How heavy are these chairs?

Typically their weight can range anywhere from 2 pounds to 500 pounds depending on which chair you select. 

The average weight, however, is about 50 pounds.

Q. Why are style and materials so important? 

To some, style and the materials making up the chair are irrelevant.

But for the most part, you’ll want a chair that complements your office or gaming space’s colours and decor.

If you tend to sweat a lot, a breathable mesh type fabric may be a better choice over leather. Also,

Remember that most of the time you get what you pay for. If you plan to use the chair extensively than you will need to invest in better quality.

  Q. How much do gamer chairs cost?

The average cost for a decent chair will run you around $200 to $400. On the lower end, you’re likely to pay under $100.

Q. Where can I buy a gaming chair?

There are a variety of places to purchase a gaming chair. 

Purchasing locally can sometimes be a challenge as many department stores will not carry a lot of stock.

Although you can’t “try it before you buy it“, purchasing online is a great option for those who do not have access to big box stores in their area.

With secure online shopping and free shipping from mega-stores like Amazon, it makes it much easier to have your new chair delivered to your door within days, with little hassle and much convenience.

Finding Your Game Chair

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Hopefully, by now you are much more informed as to your choices when selecting a new gamer chair.

You’ve learned about the many types that are available, as well as some of the cool technology included with them.

 We’ve also examined some of the questions that someone who is considering purchasing should be aware of.

Please feel free to browse around and choose from specific brand reviews we have prepared and locate the gaming chair that’s best for you!

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