Gaming chairs might seem like a frivolous expenditure and they’re especially hard to justify when the price tag is $500 or more. But these race seat inspired thrones offer the sort of full back support gamers need for long stints of sitting in place. The good news is there are some great and affordable gaming chairs that won’t make you give up your dreams of buying a PS5 and Xbox Series X console this year.The best budget gaming chairs can cost as little as $200 and even under $100 in very rare cases. You might be afraid of going so cheap and ending up with chair that breaks apart after just a few hours, but you’ll only find quality options below. The chairs we recommend all offer ample cushioning that’s soft to the touch and firm enough to prevent you from sinking into them. The best budget gaming chairs also offer great ergonomics with adjustable headrests and lumbar support, and a tilt that let’s you recline so far you can almost lay flat. So, if you’re ready to get cozy in a gaming chair, check these out.TL;DR These are the Best Budget Gaming Chairs:
1. GTRacing Pro Series Gaming Chair
Best Budget Gaming Chair
Seat Width: 16″ Seat Depth: 22.8″ Backrest Length: 32.5″ Backrest Width: 21.5″ Tilt: 90-170° Ergonomics: adjustable armrests, lumbar pillow, neck pillow Max Load: 300 lbs
You’ve probably seen just how wild chairs can get with their incredible racing style and extensive ergonomic features, and then you’ve probably seen their wild price tags. Well, the GTRacing Pro Series GT099 Gaming Chair (read our review) takes a lot of the considerations and design cues of those premium chairs but comes with a much lower sticker price. For right around $150 (or less with our discount code), you can snag this chair and start gaming in style.It has that true racing chair look with a tall back, and it rolls around on caster wheels for easy mobility. You can recline back to 170-degrees when you want to relax, or you can sit upright to stay focused on the game. Adjustable armrests can be raised or lowered and twisted to help you line them up with your desk for an ergonomic fit. And, though the GTRacing Pro Series GT099 is a bit lacking in cushioning in the back, a lumbar and neck pillow will support you when you want to lean back. If you think you’ll need more cushion or spend long days at your desk, you might check out big and tall gaming chairs instead, as they tend to include more cushion to support heavier users.
2. OFM Essentials Racing Chair
Best Ultra Cheap Gaming Chair
Seat Height: 17-20.25″ Seat Width: 20″ Seat Depth: 19″ Backrest Length: 29.5″ Backrest Width: 19.75″ Max Load: 250 lbs
If the GTRacing chair isnt your thing, dont worrythis chair from OFM is another great option and is also affordable. The seat itself is covered in black leather with some tasteful color accents constructed from mesh fabric. This helps the chair stay cool and the mesh lets the chair to breathe a bit during long gaming sessions.I also really appreciate the flip-up armrestsstrangely missing from several chairs at this price pointso you can get them out of the way if you need to scoot closer to your desk. It’s even offered in four popular colors to match (or contrast with) your gaming setup, and it’s shown here with Nvidia green (or is it lime?).
3. Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair
Best Budget Racing-Style Gaming Chair
Seat Height: 16.1-20″ Seat Width: 20.5″ Seat Depth: 19.8″ Backrest Length: 30.5″ Backrest Width: 19.8″ Tilt: 90-180° Ergonomics: lumbar pillow, neck pillow Max Load: 300 lbs
You really don’t need to spend a fortune to get a chair that looks like a bucket seat ripped right out of a race car. The Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair looks the part of a high-end gaming chair but it only costs $99. While it is cheap, this chair feels comfortable and it’s built on a sturdy frame designed to hold up well against long gaming sessions.You also get most of the usual customizable ergonomics with a movable lumbar and neck pillow. the only thing we find lack on this chair is the lack of padding or adjustability on the armrests. For how little this chair costs, we’re willing to look past this Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair’s few shortcomings.
4. AKRacing Core Series EX
Best Budget Fabric Gaming Chair
Seat Height: 13.4-16.7″ Seat Width: 14.9″ Seat Depth: 19.6″ Backrest Length: 32.6″ Backrest Width: 21.2″ Tilt: 90-180° Ergonomics: adjustable armrests, lumbar pillow, neck pillow Max Load: 330 lbs
Leather gaming chairs are pretty popular, but if you’re looking for something a little bit softer, nothing beats a fabric gaming chair like AKRacing Core Series EX. Pairing high-quality, breathable fabric upholstery with the cold-cured foam padding, this chair will feel as comfy as your sofa.This EX model also gives you an extra-wide seat and backrest, so it is great for big and tall gamers or generally those who like to lean back while gaming. You also get a comfy headrest with the included neck pillow and adjustable lumbar pillow adds some much needed ergonomic support.
5. Respawn-200 Gaming Chair
Best Budget Mesh Gaming Chair
Seat Height: 18.75-22.25″ Seat Width: 20″ Seat Depth: 17.5″ Tilt: 90-130° Ergonomics: adjustable armrests, adjustable lumbar support, neck pillow Max Load: 275 lbs
If a mesh gaming chair sounds appealing to you, but you’re looking for something with more of that racing aesthetic, the Respawn 200 should be the obvious choice. It’s a little pricier at $138, but this gaming chair offers more adjustability with a neck pillow and integrated lumbar support.Almost the entire back of the Respawn 200 is made of mesh with a leather bucket seat underneath, so you get both solid support and breathable comfort.
6. X Rocker 2.1 Wireless Gaming Chair Rocker
Best Cheap Chair For TV Gaming
Seat Height: 11.8″ Seat Width: 21.1″ Ergonomics: lumber and neck support Max Load: 275 lbs
Not all gaming chairs are for PC gamers. If you want to game in front of your TV with your favorite console (or even use a lapboard for living room PC gaming) the Ace Bayou X Rocker pedestal chair is a great option. This connected chair features Bluetooth 2.1, and audio is delivered through its two speakers and integrated subwoofer.If you don’t want to feel a rumble on your rump you can plug in a headset (or charge your controllers) via the side ports. Of note: youll want to grab an optical to RCA adapter if youre using a PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro with this chair. Also, this model goes a bit over the $100 price point threshold, but its still considerably cheaper than similar models, less than $200 isn’t that much to pay for such a loaded gaming throne.
7. Big Joe Roma Chair
Best Cheap Beanbag Chair
Seat Width: 26″ Backrest Length: 26″ Backrest Width: 26″ Ergonomics: Megahh beans
The Big Joe Roma is a bean bag chair that’s grown up a bit to provide better comfort and support. You’ll be able to lean back and lounge while you’re gaming in this heavily stuffed seat.At over two feet wide, the Roma should comfortably seat most. With such a low price, you can grab a set of them to surround your living room gaming setup. Over a half-dozen color options will let you pick a seat that fits your style, too.
8. Homall High-Back Racing Chair
Best Budget Big and Tall Gaming Chair
Seat Height: 17.3-21.5″ Seat Width: 14.5″ Seat Depth: 20.8″ Backrest Length: 30.5″ Backrest Width: 22.5″ Tilt: 90-150° Ergonomics: adjustable armrests, lumbar pillow, neck pillow Max Load: 300 lbs
The Homall High-Back Racing Chair isn’t just a great deal at its price, but it’s also a champ for big and tall users. With its max load of 300 pounds, it can accommodate even heavy gamers.The seat is on the narrower side at 14.5 inches, but it has a tall back, so it’s ready to fit taller gamers. Adjustable armrests and moveable pillows for your neck and lumbar will all help you find a comfortable fit. If you’re looking for a big and tall gaming chair on a budget, this is the one.
9. Respawn RSP-800
Best Budget Rocking Gaming Chair
Seat Height: 15.75″ Seat Width: 19.29″ Tilt: 90-118° Ergonomics: built-in lumbar support, extra head and neck cushioning, flip-up armrests Max Load: 275 lbs
If you don’t need all the bells and whistles of a rolling, deep-reclining, pillow-loaded, gaming chair, then the Respawn RSP-800 offers a solid but simple alternative. This rocker has a stationary base to keep you rooted in one spot, but it has a full, 360-degree swivel. This is more ideal for gaming in front of a TV than at a desk.Of course, rocking is the name of the game, and the Respawn RSP-800 has a 28-degree range of motion, so you get your rock on. You can adjust the tilt tension as well to tune the rocking to your liking. There are plenty of comfort features as well. The chair has armrests when you want them, and they can flip out of the way when you don’t. Built-in lumbar support can help keep your back cozy while extra padding around the neck and head let you really sink in.
Where to Get the Best Budget Gaming Chairs in the UK
Unfortunately, a vast number of gaming chairs on this list are currently either out of stock or completely not available in the UK at the moment. This will likely change in the future and we will update this page accordingly when it does. Right now the only chair on this list that is available to buy in the UK, is the AKRacing Core Series EX which can be found at Amazon. However, be sure to check out our roundup on the best deals for gaming chairs, where you can find an extensive list of affordable gaming chairs that are actually available to buy right now.What to look for in a Budget Gaming Chair
Buying affordable furniture is a tricky thing, but you can trust us that all the chairs above aren’t lemons. But if you rather find an affordable gaming chair on your own, here’s a few things you should look out for.Starting at the base you want a strong foundation for your gaming chair. At this price point most if not all gaming chairs are going to have a base made of plastic, but that’s fine as long as you double-check the thickness of the material for sturdiness.
The next thing you’ll want to look at is the padding and once again, thickness wins here. There’s nothing worse than sitting on a thin cushion and it’s going to make you sore in the long run. Upholstery is another thing you’ll want to check for quality. if it looks like a cheap pleather chair upon first inspection, chances are it is and it’s going to start cracking and peel on you after just a few months (or even weeks) of usage.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspamMark Knapp is a regular contributor to IGN and an irregular Tweeter on Twitter @Techn0Mark