Truth is, there are all kinds of excellent gaming chairs out there for about $100 or less, and that’s what this handy list is all about. Spend the extra dough on what really matters: games or hardware.
The best cheap gaming chairs share one thing in common: they’re cheap, but beyond that styles fluctuate wildly. There are traditional racing-style gaming chairs, beanbag chairs for console gaming, and even office chairs if you want something more conservative. Now, technically any chair can be a “gaming chair” if you’re using it right, but these cheap gaming chairs are comfortable, affordable, and attractive. Also, I want to be clear that in this case cheap equals “affordable,” not poorly made, necessarily.
TL;DR — These are the Best Budget Gaming Chairs:
- GTRacing Gaming Chair
- OFM Essentials Racing Chair
- Devoko Ergonomic Gaming Chair
- AKRacing Core Series EX
- Respawn-200 Gaming Chair
- Ace Bayou X Rocker Pedestal Chair
- Merax Adjustable Floor Chair
- Homall High-Back Racing Chair
1. GTRacing Gaming Chair
Best Budget Gaming Chair
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There’s a ridiculous amount of racing chairs out there for gamers to choose from, and some of them cost more than a high-end GPU. But the GTRacing Gaming Chair borrows its looks from some of its more expensive competitors at a much more affordable $130 price.
The GTRacing Gaming Chair also features a full array of adjustable ergonomics including an adjustable neck pillow, lumbar support, and armrests. It’s available in seven color combinations, and some of them even have some trim on the casters too, which looks pretty slick.
2. OFM Essentials Racing Chair
Best Ultra Cheap Gaming Chair
If the Furmax chair isn’t your thing, don’t worry—this 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 armrests—strangely missing from several chairs at this price point—so 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
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
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
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. Ace Bayou X Rocker Pedestal Chair
Best Cheap Chair For TV Gaming
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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: you’ll want to grab an optical to RCA adapter if you’re using a PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro with this chair. Also, this model goes a teeny bit over my $100 price point threshold, but it’s still considerably cheaper than similar models, and $125 isn’t that much to pay for such a loaded gaming throne.
7. Merax Adjustable Floor Chair
Best Cheap Beanbag Chair
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Bean bags actually make pretty amazing chairs for gaming on the floor, but the best ones are surprisingly expensive and they don’t always offer much versatility. Enter the Merax floor chair with its soft, micro-fiber cushioning and a steel frame is hidden inside for support.
You can pull the back up and adjust it to five different positions, depending on just how chill you want to be while gaming. You can even lay the whole thing flat and just stash it under a bed when you’re not using it, which is pretty awesome. I wish it included some type of storage pockets for controllers and remotes, but at just about $65 it’s still a great value.
8. Homall High-Back Racing Chair
Best Budget Big and Tall Gaming Chair
Finding an affordable big and tall gaming chair is, well…a tall order, but thankfully E-Win has stepped up to the plate. With a 21.7-inch wide seat and a 400-pound weight capacity, it should be able to support almost any user.
The E-Win Big and Tall Gaming Chair looks like the spitting image of the Secretlab Titan, not that we’re complaining, after all, this is a very handsome gaming chair. This model also has large lumbar and neck pillows, for its large support areas.
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 definitely 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 @baggingspam