July 2022

Gaming Chairs: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Gaming Chair rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2022.

Summary

As of 30 Jul 2022, Secretlab Titan Evo takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed gaming chair with 6 expert endorsements. 5 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 gaming chair' this month. It is followed by SecretLab Omega and Razer Iskur , with 5 and 5 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - July 2022 Ranking

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Rank Price Gaming Chair
CNET
PCMag
PC Gamer
Tom's Hardware
Tom's Guide
techadvisor
IGN
The Strategist
TechRadar
T3
1
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Secretlab Titan Evo
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2
1
-
-
1
1
1
-
1
2
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SecretLab Omega
10
-
2
1
1
-
-
-
7
-
3
$449
Razer Iskur
5
-
-
7
5
-
-
-
8
4
4
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Anda Seat T-Pro 2
-
3
-
4
4
-
-
-
5
-
5
$1899
Herman Miller X Logitech Embody
6
6
3
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
6
$739
Noblechairs Epic Real Leather
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
4
2
7
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Andaseat Fnatic Edition
2
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
10
-
8
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Secretlab Titan 2020 Series
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
9
$1000
Mavix M9
-
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
6
10
$539
Noblechairs Icon
-
-
-
-
-
7
6
-
9
-
11
$550
AndaSeat Kaiser 3
-
-
5
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
14
$337
Corsair T3 Rush
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
15
$519
DXRacer Master
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
16
$556
Mavix M5
-
4
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
17
$559
Secretlab Titan XL
3
-
-
-
-
-
13
-
-
-
18
$400
Razer Enki
-
-
-
8
-
-
5
-
-
-
19
$1095
Xchair X3 ATR Mgmt
7
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Secretlab Titan Evo #1 in July 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
  • Out of those, 5 experts ranked Secretlab Titan Evo as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for a Comfortable and Clever Design / Editors' Choice

Pros
Excellent build quality
Comfortable
Several clever design elements
Easy assembly

Cons
Magnetic head pillow can be nudged off
Faux leather is vulnerable to cats

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PC Gamer

The best gaming chair made even better

Pros
Magnetic cushion and covers
Very comfortable
Everything we want in a gaming chair feature-wise

Cons
Pricier than older Secretlab chairs
3-year warranty isn't a match for some ergo chairs

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techadvisor

Best overall

Pros
Refined, comfortable design
Superb built-in lumbar support
Magnetic elements

Cons
Expensive

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IGN

Best Gaming Chair

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The Strategist

Best overall gaming chair

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T3

The best gaming chair for most people

Pros
Quality selection of upholstery finishes
In-built 4-way lumbar support system
Magnetic memory foam head pillow
Magnetic swappable armrests
Seat base has excellent ergonomics

Cons
More expensive than the 2021 Titan
There's only one design, so you better like it
Arm rest struts may need adjustment out of the box

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We ranked SecretLab Omega #2 in July 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked SecretLab Omega as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Snug, secure, subtle

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PC Gamer

The more affordable Secretlab chair

Pros
Velour memory foam pillows
Versatile tilt mechanism

Cons
Lacking height adjustment on head pillow

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Tom's Hardware

Best Gaming Chair

Pros
Padding is supportive but not stiff
Backrest has good range

Cons
Hard armrests
Backrest lever occasionally gets jammed

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Tom's Guide

The best gaming chair overall

Pros
Reasonably priced
Very comfortable
Design that is tailored to your height

Cons
Can take a long time to ship
No adjustable lumbar support

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TechRadar

Luxury and comfort in a stylish gaming chair

Pros
Extremely plush neck and lumbar pillows
Reasonably priced
High-quality construction and design

Cons
Neck and lumbar pillows don’t stay in place

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

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Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Gaming Chairs, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for July 2022 ranking

We ranked Razer Iskur #3 in July 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best gaming chair for Razer superfans

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Tom's Hardware

Best Lumbar Support

Pros
Versatile Lumbar Support
Well-sculpted backrest
Supportive, firm, comfortable padding

Cons
Backrest level can be stiff
Not ideal for gamers with wider frame
Lumbar support mechanism highly sensitive to screw tension

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Tom's Guide

The best gaming chair with adjustable lumbar support

Pros
Comfortable, firm back support
Inventive lumbar device
Controls within easy reach

Cons
Loud design in black and green
Inconsistent head support

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TechRadar

A solid first gaming chair from Razer

Pros
Premium construction
Firm but comfortable
Built-in adjustable lumbar support

Cons
Not great for larger gamers
Can't sit cross-legged

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T3

Razer's top gaming heritage shines through

Pros
Excellent build quality
Incredibly stylish lines
Quality upholstery

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Anda Seat T-Pro 2 #4 in July 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for a Fabric-Covered Seat / Editors' Choice

Pros
Excellent build quality
Comfortable
Simple assembly

Cons
Fabric could potentially stain
Foam padding isn't the absolute densest

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Tom's Hardware

Best Gaming Chair for Big and Tall

Pros
Fabric covering doesn’t get as sweaty as faux leather alternatives
Excellent, supportive recline

Cons
Hard armrests
Not good for shorter gamers

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Tom's Guide

The best gaming chair for tall people

Pros
Impressive build quality
Classy design
Excellent lumbar support

Cons
Designed for tall users
Slightly fiddly setup

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TechRadar

Great for work and gaming

Pros
Premium materials
Sturdy construction
Supportive ergonomic shape

Cons
Not built for shorter folk
Accessories feel uncomfortable
Fabric could stain

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We ranked Herman Miller X Logitech Embody #5 in July 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best high-end gaming chair for the home office

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PCMag

Best for Luxurious Style and Ergonomics

Pros
Arrives fully assembled
Very comfortable
Many adjustable elements to personalize the feel
Lengthy 12-year warranty

Cons
Extremely expensive
Fairly low-key look for such a pricey chair

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PC Gamer

The best ergonomic gaming chair

Pros
Stimulates blood and oxygen flow
Unrivaled back support
12-year/24hr use warranty

Cons
Jaw-droppingly expensive compared to most
No headrest to speak of

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The Strategist

Best luxury gaming chair

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We ranked Noblechairs Epic Real Leather #6 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best vegan leather chair

Pros
Vegan Leather
Harness holes for sim rigs
Great air flow

Cons
Thick lumbar pillow
Firmer than other chairs

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TechRadar

The best real leather option

Pros
Uses real leather
Extensive adjustabliity
Premium quality
Easy to set up

Cons
Plastic arm rests
Will prove too large for very small rooms

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T3

The best premium gaming chair

Pros
Solid design and quality construction
Seriously comfortable
Plenty of adjustment options

Cons
Princely price point

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We ranked Andaseat Fnatic Edition #7 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best large gaming chair for a minimal price

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techadvisor

Best for larger gamers

Pros
Bright Fnatic branding for fans
Comfortable
Adjustable

Cons
Oversized XL design
Relies on cushions for support

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TechRadar

Great for bigger gamers

Pros
Ultra-comfy and supportive
Great recline feature allows for napping
Roomy seat means you can cross your legs

Cons
Fnatic branding may actually limit the appeal
Not ideal for shorter people

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We ranked Secretlab Titan 2020 Series #8 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Secretlab Titan 2020 Series as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best reclining gaming chair

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TechRadar

The best gaming chair overall

Pros
Extra-large seat
Adjustable, integrated lumbar support
High-quality design and construction

Cons
Limited height adjustment

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We ranked Mavix M9 #9 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for High-End Ergonomics

Pros
Comfortable and well-built
Many adjustable, ergonomic elements
Attractive, minimalist design

Cons
Expensive for a gaming chair
Finicky height adjustment mechanism

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TechRadar

The best premium gaming chair, hands down

Pros
Incredible seat comfort
Dynamic lumbar support
Premium wheels

Cons
Expensive
Some parts not as premium as others

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T3

Extreme comfort and style in a gaming chair

Pros
Extremely comfortable
Highly adjustable
Wheels roll smoothly

Cons
Eye wateringly expensive
Elemax had short battery life

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We ranked Noblechairs Icon #10 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
techadvisor

Best for home office

Pros
A choice of materials
Understated design
Comfortable

Cons
Expensive
Hard arm rests

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IGN

Best Leather Gaming Chair

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TechRadar

A luxury gaming chair without the luxurious price

Pros
Premium materials
Very comfortable
Unique backrest design

Cons
Bolster support pillow unnecessary
Flat base doesn't offer much support

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We ranked AndaSeat Kaiser 3 #11 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

The best gaming chair for a larger frame

Pros
Adjustable lumbar support
4D armrests
Large seat size

Cons
Placement of the lumbar support knobs isn't ideal

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Tom's Hardware

Best Gaming Chair Alternate

Pros
Extremely adjustable
Recline, rock, or tilt
Choice of linen or faux leather
Large and extra large sizes

Cons
Pricey
Heavy

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We ranked Corsair T3 Rush #12 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PC Gamer

A simple gaming chair with style

Pros
Breathable soft fabric
4D armrests
Memory Foam Lumbar Pillow
180-degree recline

Cons
Not for the tall or large-framed

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TechRadar

A highly adjustable affordable option

Pros
Affordable
Comfortable, plush support
Can support a surprisingly heavy load

Cons
Gaming aesthetic subdued
Frame is plastic, not metal
Wheels are also plastic and cheap looking

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We ranked DXRacer Master #13 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best chair that doesn't require a desk

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The Strategist

Best office-appropriate gaming chair

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We ranked Mavix M5 #14 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Affordable, Elegant Ergonomics / Editors' Choice

Pros
Comfortable and highly adjustable
Solid build
Elegant, unassuming design

Cons
Expensive
Finicky height adjustment mechanism

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IGN

Best Ergonomic Gaming Chair

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We ranked Secretlab Titan XL #15 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best big chair

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IGN

Best Big and Tall Gaming Chair

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We ranked Razer Enki #16 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Hardware

Best Traditional Razer Chair

Pros
Simple assembly
Everything except lumbar support is very adjustable
Strong lumbar support in a traditional build

Cons
A bit expensive
Can be stiff

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IGN

Best Racing-Style Gaming Chair

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We ranked Xchair X3 ATR Mgmt #17 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Gaming Chairs” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best for protecting your floor from wheel marks

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Tom's Hardware

Best Gaming Chair Splurge

Pros
Extremely customizable and adjustable
Heat and massage option

Cons
Expensive
Warranty not as robust as some competitors

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