Modern office workers and gamers spend huge amounts of time sitting in front of a computer. But not everyone can afford an expensive ergonomic chair. Luckily, the best cheap gaming chairs provide everything you need for comfortable computing. What’s more, they all cost less than $200.
So what’s the difference between cheap and expensive gaming chairs? What do you lose out on by paying less? If you try out both types in a showroom, the likely answer is “not much”. Both come with dedicated neck and lumbar pillows, bucket seats and height-adjustable armrests. They also share similar reclining and rocking functions.
But with extended time using a cheap or expensive chair, differences become clear. Expensive chairs use better quality padding and leather. They also offer more features and adjustment options. That makes them better for full-time use.
In contrast, cheap chairs can flatten under full-time loads. After six months or so of full-time use, cheap chairs will start to get uncomfortable.
Summary: for full-time use, pay more for an expensive chair. For part-time use, cheap chairs provide adequate padding and healthy sitting ergonomics.
Cheap gaming chair overview
This section sets context before moving on to review the best cheap (compact) chairs.
Three types of cheap gaming chairs
On the Amazon best-seller list, the top-100 selling gaming chairs all cost less than $200. All of them are also compact models, best suited to slim adults and kids.
But slim-fitting chairs aren’t the only cheap options available. As a result, we’ve split our cheap chair reviews into three articles.
- This article covers the most popular sellers. These are all compact models that fit kids and slim adults.
- Wide cheap chairs: if compact models are too tight, check out article two. That covers the best cheap gaming chairs with extra-wide seats.
- Footrest gaming chairs: article three covers the best gaming chairs with footrests. These are most popular with console gamers because they can double as a living room recliner. The best footrest gaming chairs also cost less than $200.
Cheap gaming chair sizing
Small chairs use less material, which keeps costs down. That’s why most cheap gaming chairs are a better fit for smaller sized users.
All chairs reviewed in this article fit users between 5’3″ and 5’10”. Most models tout support for up to 300 pounds.
In reality, people over six feet tall or over 300 pounds will be too large to fit in these chairs. If you have wide hips, check out these extra-wide cheap chairs instead.
Typical cheap chair features
The chairs reviewed in this guide support good posture as well as more expensive chairs. They are cheaper because they use lower quality padding. Cheap chair padding won’t remain as resilient for long. If you use these chairs full-time, expect the padding to flatten within a year.
That means these models will do the job as full-time office chairs, but for shorter periods than expensive models. But with lighter use, these chairs offer excellent value for money.
Keep these feature notes in mind as you browse our featured chairs:
- Armrests: fixed armrests are the least desirable. 1D armrests adjust up and down. 2D armrests also move forward and backwards. Learn more about armrests.
- Recline: some cheap chairs have deep recline to 180°. That’s nice, but not necessary. Upright working recline should be between 100° to 110°. For reading or watching movies, 135° is ideal. Learn more about gaming chair recline.
- Padding: most cheap chairs use high-density memory foam padding. That offers good resistance for part-time use. Learn more about gaming chair padding.
- PU leather upholstery: cheap chairs use lower quality blends. These are less durable than premium faux leathers.
Best Cheap Gaming Chairs (compact size)
This section reviews the best-selling cheap gaming chairs on the market. Every model is compact, best suited to small bodies with slim hips. Each costs less than $200. Our ranking criteria uses three factors:
- Top-100 seller: the chair ranks on Amazon’s gaming chair best-seller list.
- Quality of the chair: analysis of features and value for money.
- Company reputation: customer service reputation and customer feedback.
Company reputation is important because cheap manufacturing standards are in play. Mistakes can happen. Knowing that the company you’re buying from honors their warranty is important. That’s why our top seven chairs all come from trusted brands.
Homall Classic Gaming Chair
Current price: $132.98
Homall is one of the oldest gaming chair brands. The Homall Classic is their flagship model. It’s the #1 selling gaming chair on Amazon. At the time of writing, the Homall Classic has over 8,500 reviews with an average 4.5-star rating.
That’s without any promotions. Homall doesn’t have a website or even a Facebook page. The Classic sells well because it provides reliable comfort and posture support. It’s a simple formula that works. It’s also the blueprint that inspired every other gaming chair in this article.
The Homall Classic has a narrow seat with ridged edges. This keeps the legs constricted, which helps to support good posture. If you have wide hips, this model may be too tight along the sides.
- Seat width & depth: 20.5″ (W) x 19.8″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 30.5″ (H), 22.5″ (W)
- Size rating: people 5’4″ to 5’10” tall; up to 300 pounds
This chair has basic features and a solid build. Key parts of the build are a steel frame, thick padding, and decent ergonomic features. For the price, the features blow away most office chairs on the market.
- Functionality: fixed armrests; recline to 180°; rocking function with lock.
- Comfort: high density foam padding; neck and lumbar pillows.
- Warranty: one year on parts; 30 days return policy.
Since Homall doesn’t have a website, the best way to get support is through their Amazon storefront page.
Each color model has a different price on Amazon. The white version is the cheapest at $132.98. The all-black edition is the most expensive at $299.99. Across the whole price range, the Homall Classic is a solid entry-level gaming chair.
Two things stand out. First is obviously the price. Second is the ergonomic support. The neck and lumbar cushions support the muscles against the high backrest. This keeps your spine in healthy alignment while you sit. This chair works just like expensive gaming chairs do.
Buy the Homall Classic White on Amazon for $132.98.
GTRacing Classic Pro Series
Amazon price: $155.99
GTRacing is almost as old and as well-established as Homall. A year after the Homall Classic came out, GTRacing came out with their own model. The GTRacing Classic GT099-RED is their flagship chair and best-seller. That model is part of GTRacing’s Pro Series. Pro Series chairs are all variations of the Classic Red, with different color schemes.
All Pro Series models are more expensive than Homall Classics, costing between $145 to $160. For the extra price, you get slightly larger dimensions, better features, and an extended warranty option.
The GTRacing Classic gaming chair is a bit roomier than the Homall. It stands lower to the ground but has a deeper and wider seat. Check detailed sizing info.
- Seat width & depth: 21.26″ (W) x 22.8″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 32.5″ (H), 21.5″ (W)
- Size rating: people 5’4″ to 5’11” tall; up to 330 pounds
Also available on Amazon for $155.99 with a 1-year warranty. Buy direct from GTRacing for extended 2-year warranty.
Features on the GTRacing Classic exceed those on the Homall Classic. You get 2D armrests instead of 1D, plus support for heavier weight. Sitting in this chair feels solid and well-padded. The GTRacing Classic is snug, comfortable and built like a tank.
Buying from Amazon gets you a 1-year warranty. Buying direct from GTRacing gives you the option of an extended 2-year warranty. Whether you get the extension or not, it’s a good indicator that the durability is on-point.
- Functionality: 2D armrests; recline to 170°; rocking function with lock.
- Comfort: high density foam padding; neck and lumbar pillows.
- Warranty: one year on parts; 30 days return policy. Buy direct from GTRacing and get an extended 2-year warranty.
The Classic GT099-RED is a better chair than the Homall Classic, but more expensive. For around $25 more, the GTRacing Classic Red model gives you roomier dimensions, better features, and an option for a longer warranty.
If you like the features of the GT099 but not the colors, there are many other models to choose from. The best ones are laid out in our GTRacing Pro Series Review.
Devoko Racing Chair
Current price: Price not available
This is the upgraded version of Devoko’s ultra-cheap Classic Gaming Chair. The Devoko “Racing Style” chair has a mundane name but a fresh look and impressive feature set.
Devoko Racers come in black with white, red or blue trim. Standouts on this chair include 2D armrests and diamond-shaped cross-stitching on the seat and backrest.
The Devoko Racing Style chair is like the other models in this review. It’s a snug fit with a narrow seat and backrest. The build is super-sturdy, rated up to 330 pounds, but few people that heavy could fit in these chairs. For small, slim bodies, this model provides attractive, steady support.
- Seat width & depth: 21.5″ (W) x 21″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 32.5″ (H), 21″ (W)
- Size rating: people 5’2″ to 5’9″ tall; up to 330 pounds
The Devoko Racing chair stands out with 2D adjustable armrests and full 180° recline. Note that deep recline sounds nice on paper, but in reality, it’s only useful for napping. The biggest minus is the short 6-month warranty. That’s reasonable for the price, but less than what competing chairs come with.
- Functionality: 2D armrests (up and down); deep recline to 180°; rocking function with tension adjuster.
- Comfort: high-density memory foam padding; neck and lumbar support pillows.
- Warranty: 30 day return window; 6-month warranty
The Devoko Racing Style chair’s biggest negative is its limited 6-month warranty. It’s also a bit more expensive than the top-rated Homall Classic. Beyond that, this is an excellent low-cost gaming chair.
Devoko is a proven brand, having made their mark with the Devoko Classic, rated #7 on this list. The Racing Style is a solid upgrade over the Classic for around $20 more. The extra price gets you 2D armrests, solid Devoko reliability, and a fresh inspired new look.
Killabee 8272 (internal lumbar)
Current price: $139.99
The Killabee 8272 is a smart-looking gaming chair. It has two features that make it like a budget version of the pricey Secretlab Titan. Like the Titan, the 8727 differs from conventional chairs with a flat (instead of ridged) seat.
Another Titan-inspired feature is a nifty internal lumbar support system. Instead of a lumbar pillow, there’s a dial on the side of the backrest. Turn that to increase or decrease the depth of lumbar support.
The Killabee 8272 is also available on Amazon for $139.99.
The 8272 is one of the medium-sized chairs in the Killabee collection. This model should be a good fit for most average-sized adults.
- Seat width & depth: 21.3″ (W) x 21.3″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 20.5″ (W) x 31.9″ (H)
- Size rating: people 5’8″ to 6’2″; up to 300 pounds
Beyond its standout features are basic ones. Armrests are only 1D, while you can only recline the backrest to 135°. Expect a very comfortable but basic chair. It does the job, but won’t blow you away like expensive chairs will.
- Standout features: internal lumbar mechanism, flat, wide seat.
- Functionality: 1D armrests (up and down); recline to 135°; rocking function with lock.
- Warranty: 1-year warranty; returns accepted within 30 days.
Killabee is one of the oldest and most well-established gaming chair brands. Their products are famous for their comfort, quality of back support and low prices. The 8272 model differs from other Killabee chairs with its office-style design. The internal lumbar also provides more precise back support than lumbar pillows.
If you like the design and don’t have much to spend, this is a safe pick. As a computing or gaming chair, it’s comfortable, adjustable enough and good for your back.
Respawn 200 Gaming Chair
Current price: $177.52
The Respawn 200 Gaming Chair looks like it came from the future. It has a breathable mesh back, integrated lumbar and sleek spaceship style design.
Office chair purists might get scared off by the bold looks. Seasoned gaming vets may find its unique features a refreshing, creative option.
The Respawn 200 has one of the narrowest seat and backrest combinations. Only choose this model for people on the smallish side.
- Seat width & depth: 20″ (W) x 20.5″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 31″ (H) x 21″ (W)
- Size rating: people 5’10” tall; up to 275 pounds
The Respawn RSP-200 comes with integrated lumbar support. That means support comes from inside the backrest, rather than from a back pillow. The neck pillow the only detachable accessory.
- Unique features: breathable mesh back, innovative integrated lumbar support.
- Functionality: 2D armrests; recline to 130°; rocking function with lock.
- Comfort: high density foam padding; mesh backrest; neck pillow.
- Warranty: lifetime OFM limited warranty (details).
The Respawn 200 provides excellent value for money. It’s more expensive than most other chairs on this list, but the extra features are impressive.
The mesh backrest, integrated lumbar and 2D armrests stand out. This is a unique, attractive pick. Learn more about the RSP-200 in our detailed review:
Devoko Classic Gaming Chair
Current price: $124.99
The Devoko Classic Gaming Chair brings us full circle. It’s pretty much the same chair as the #1-ranking Homall.
Homall ranks #1 because it’s Amazon’s best-selling gaming chair. Devoko ranks #6 on our list because it compares with Homall and is also popular. But it has less reviews.
Like the Homall, the Devoko is a compact chair best for kids and slim adults.
- Seat width & depth: 19.8″ (W) x 20.5″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 30.5″ (H), 19.8″
- Size rating: people 5’5″ to 5’10” tall; up to 300 pounds
If you want to get blown away by features, check out the best expensive chairs. If you want a solid gaming chair at rock bottom prices, the Devoko delivers.
- Functionality: fixed armrests; deep recline to 180°; rocking function with lock.
- Comfort: resistant foam padding; neck and lumbar pillows.
- Warranty: 6-month warranty; free return or refund within 30 days.
It’s cheap, looks good and supports the back. If you are on a very tight budget, the Devoko Classic will give you decent value for money.
Note that this model costs more than the Homall, with a shorter warranty of only six months. As a long term chair, the Devoko Classic is a weak choice. As a short-term starter chair, it offers solid ergonomics at a great price.
BestOffice Gaming Chair
Current price: $89.88
Ranking #7 is a comfy office-styled chair with over 3,200 reviews on Amazon. The BestOffice gaming chair features a fusion design. It looks like an office chair but borrows some gaming chair elements.
Like a gaming chair, the BestOffice comes with a removable neck pillow. Instead of a removable lumbar pillow, it has a fixed one. It also has a fixed backrest. The result is a unique hybrid with conservative styling.
Compared to other chairs, BestOffice PC Gaming Chair has an extra-wide and deep seat. On the flipside, it has a shorter backrest and lower total height. It also supports less weight than other chairs, with a limit of 250 pounds. That makes it roomier in the seat but smaller overall.
- Seat width & depth: 24″ (W) x 24″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 28″ (H), 23.2″ (W)
- Total height: people 5’3″ to 5’10” tall; up to 250 pounds
Like the other chairs, this is a safe pick for kids and small-sized adults. The difference with the BestOffice gaming chair is that you get more legroom.
A key missing feature is no recline – it has a fixed backrest. It also has unique 1D armrests that swing upwards.
Those are useful if the armrests don’t fit under the desk. Swing them up and then slide your chair closer to the desk.
- Functionality: fixed backrest (no recline); 1D armrests; adjustable height.
- Comfort: standard padding; removable neck cushion; integrated back pillow.
- Warranty: 90-day warranty.
BestOffice chairs have different prices for different colors. On Amazon, the Classic White (the top-rated version) costs $89.88. The Red edition is one of several that costs Price not available.
These are decent prices for chairs of this quality. This hybrid offers cheap ergonomics for those who don’t like the styling of gaming chairs. It sneaks in ergonomic support with a built-in lumbar cushion and neck pillow. The wide seat will fit most sizes, although this is a small chair. If you want gaming chair benefits that blend into an office undetected, this is the option.
Cheap gaming chair buying advice
Here are some tips to help you make an informed decision when buying a cheap gaming chair.
Who should by a cheap gaming chair?
There are two key points to consider. First, cheap gaming chairs are for part time use. If you need to sit full-time, a cheap gaming chair will get very uncomfortable after a few months. With part-time use of a few hours per day, cheap gaming chairs will last over a year.
Second, these chairs fit people of average height and moderate waist size. Part-time users of moderate size start with adolescent students up to slim adults.
Many students and adults spend all day at school sitting in cheap chairs. Coming home to a gaming chair gives them solid ergonomics in their bedroom or living room. It’s a comfortable way to wind down their day while gaming or computing.
In summary, when used part-time, cheap gaming chairs offer great value for money. They enhance computing with comfortable ergonomic features that support good posture.
Cheap gaming chairs vs office chairs
If you’re used to sitting in office chairs, any of the chairs on this list will blow you away. They’re comfortable, perfect for computing and support good posture. But they’re not only for gamers. Despite the low prices, these models blow away the simple ergonomics of traditional office chairs.
While gaming on a PC, these models give plush comfort and support good posture. That makes casual gaming fun, comfortable and good for your back.
But office workers sit for longer periods than gamers. Many sit on cheap office chairs. Back pain and chronic fatigue are common.
Instead of an office chair, office workers should choose a cheap gaming chair instead. For less than $200, benefits include improved posture, greater vitality and increased productivity.
For a detailed comparison, check out our Gaming Chairs vs. Office Chairs feature article.
Cheap vs expensive gaming chairs
Both cheap and expensive gaming chairs support proper posture while sitting. Both are very comfortable. Even after a few hours of sitting, it’s hard to tell the difference. Expensive models come with better features like 3D or 4D adjustable armrests. They also have superior padding and upholstery.
The difference becomes clearer after a few months. Cheap chair padding doesn’t stand up as well to heavy daily use. That’s why most cheap chairs come with shorter warranties.
The limited armrest adjustability in cheap chairs can also be a problem. Armrests help absorb the weight of the arms. Sitting full-time with armrests out of place removes a key point of support for your body. After a while, wrist pain may crop up.
Summary: if you plan to sitting in your gaming chair full-time, pay more for an expensive gaming chair. If you only need a gaming chair a few hours a day, a cheap model will hold up well and provide better value.
Cheap gaming chairs are not as luxurious as expensive models. But they fill a definite need in the market. Even cheap chairs are a big upgrade over office chairs. That’s because gaming chairs are good for your back.
If you’re used to sitting in office chairs, any of the chairs on this list will blow you away. They’re comfortable, perfect for computing and support good posture. They’re also like a gateway drug to more expensive chairs. Expensive gaming chairs give similar features, with greater adjustability, better padding, and more pure luxury.
In other words, once you buy a cheap gaming chair, you’ll never be able to work in a cheap office chair ever again.