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The Best Gaming Chairs for Under $300 (That Don't Look Bad, Either)

Whether it’s an all-night WoW sesh or you just want some arch support from nine to five, these cheap gaming chairs (literally) have your back.
Ian Burke
Brooklyn, US
May 18, 2021, 5:37pm
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Put down the headset, my jabroni, and look around: Is this truly the best gaming grotto you could imagine for yourself? How can you aspire to perform your Call of Duty, achieve Mario Kart enlightenment, finally get good at Warzone (do people still play Warzone?), or lock down a girlfriend in the market of Old School Runescape if you keep playing the game from a chair built for babies? No more. Today, we’re going to find gaming chairs that will support your ambitions (and back), without breaking the bank, so you can blow more of your money on Razer headsets or Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. 

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Now, for those of us who aren’t into video games, gaming chairs might seem like an unnecessary (and possibly even garish) purchase. Thankfully, these days, not all gaming chairs look like the abs of the aliens in Men In Black II—which is a look that we’re often into, for the record. But if you’re in the market for a chair that fits the whole Young Professional vibe you’ve got going on, we’ve got those too. Plus, gaming chairs are literally made with support and comfort in mind, since lots of gamers tend to put in some serious hours in them.

It’s time to ditch the IKEA-adjacent spinny chair you’re currently rocking—your spine will thank you. 

The Rolls Royce of chairs in which to game

… Or work, or play, or contemplate your meager existence. This model from Vertagear features surface-layer Ultra Premium High Resiliency (UPHR) foam, which responds and contours as you sit. It also has an industrial-grade class-4 gas lift, which sounds sick.

Zoom in style

This sleek and simple gaming chair by Inbox Zero is an excellent choice if you need a professional accent piece to offset the large pile of unfolded laundry on your bed in the background of your Zoom meetings. It features integrated steel frame technology, padded armrests, and a 360° swivel. 

Inbox Zero

High-Level Office Gaming Chair

The gentleman’s bean bag 

Are you having flashbacks? We’re reminded of the Cool Kid’s house—you know, the one who had older brothers and a Game Cube, and was inexplicable good at Smash? (It must have been the chair.) Plus, who needs wheels and a stand? 

The Crew Furniture

Crew Classic Video Rocker Gaming Chair

Things are gonna get meshy 

Which will help head off any gaming-induced back sweats. Your clothes—and chair—will thank you.

Respawn

RESPAWN 205 Racing Style Gaming Chair

Your lumbar deserves luxury 

… So stop denying it! This racing-style gaming chair features a built-in extendable footrest, 130° reclining control with an infinite angle lock, and adjustable headrest and lumbar support pillows. As one reviewer explained, “I am the envy of the staff as I have the coolest chair.” We can’t argue with that logic. 

No thoughts, just vibes

The only bad thing about spending all of your laundry coins on the massage chairs at the mall is that you can’t game simultaneously. Enter: the at-home, vibrating massage gaming chair. Its massage lumbar support vibrator comes with a remote control and can connect to a USB interface. (Massage-induced pleasure moans are also much more acceptable at home.) 

Has this been crash tested more than most cars?

The answer is no, but yes. (For legal reasons: NO.) That being said, this chair has over 18,000 reviews on Amazon praising its 46.4 mile caster durability, 300-pound drop test, and 100,000-times-tested tilt mechanism strength. It sits on you. And you like it. 

OFM

OFM Racing Style Bonded Leather Gaming Chair

Space Mountain

Well. Knowing that this chair exists feels, somehow, a lot like watching someone play air guitar at a dinner party. Or waking up from a nightmare that you married the dude who claps when the plane lands. Really, though, we’re just jealous. This is all the drama of Chuck E. Cheese, Back to the Future, and “exit the plan in the event of an emergency” funneled into one piece of petroleum-derived material. (Of course it also has a massaging lumbar pillow.)

Costway

Ergonomic High Back Massage Gaming Chair with Light and Handrails

Give your feet a break

After all, they could use one. This gaming chair features a retractable footrest, so you can kick back and relax while you’re supposed to be working.

See you at Level 5.


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