Best Budget Gaming Chairs of 2019

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Excessive screen-based sedentary time while sitting in a cheap office chair can develop sloppy posture habits. Poor posture limits breathing, flexibility and blood flow. Combined, these misalignments can add up into chronic health issues.

Budget gaming chair benefits over office chairs

All budget chairs in this article provide excellent ergonomic support

Fortunately, gaming chairs solve the problems created by sitting for long hours. Good gaming chairs from reputable brands are specifically designed to take care of your back, which can be damaged by sitting in the wrong position for long periods of time.

Essentially, a good gaming chair will correct your posture - while giving you a comfortable sitting position for hours on end. Across the entire budget price ranges, gaming chairs from established brands come with standard features. These are engineered to support good posture for long hours of gaming or working:

  1. High backrests
  2. Multiple deep reclining and rocking options
  3. Gas-powered lift
  4. Steel base with smooth rolling caster wheels
  5. Thick padding to comfortably support long hours of sitting
  6. PU leather (synthetic leather) upholstery
  7. 2D adjustable armrests (adjust up and down only)
  8. Removable neck and lumbar support pillows - these keep your neck and lower back in proper alignment while reclining

Gaming chair price classes

Gaming chairs emerged as a technology in 2006. Since then, the industry has developed rapidly and looks set to grow even more. Prices are now stable and predictable enough that we can break gaming chairs down into three price classes: 

  1. Premium gaming chairs: these chairs cost more than $300. They comes with warranties lasting between 2-5 years, luxury features and the highest quality padding and upholstery. 
  2. Affordable gaming chairs: these cost between $200-$300. They offer similar high end features to premium chairs, but the padding, upholstery and durability are inferior
  3. Budget gaming chairs: these chairs are reviewed in this article. All cost less than $200. Many have more features than premium chairs (like footrests, massagers and built-in speakers). However, the durability and quality of materials is where corners are cut. Expect these chairs to generally last for one year at most.   

Best Gaming Chairs Under $200

Our definition of 'budget'gaming chairs includes all models priced less than $200. The cheapest chair is $60, the most expensive one $180. Here the the prices classes that organize our budget gaming chair reviews: 

  1. Best gaming chairs under $200  
  2. Best gaming chairs under $150
  3. Best gaming chairs under $100

Below we start with the best gaming chairs that cost between $200-$150. Among budget options, premium models generally offer higher quality upholstery, thicker padding, 1-year warranties and a few extra features in some cases.

Star ratings: all chairs reviewed also come with a star rating. As these are the best chairs in the price range, the baseline rating is 4 stars. Chairs rated higher or lower than that have something noteworthy on the positive or negative side.


GTRACING Premium Gaming Chair

#1 rated under $200


GTRacing makes an entire line of gaming chairs priced between $140-$180. All are based on the classic model, which supports up to 300 pounds. This line of chairs offer 170 degree tilt lock recline, gas powered lift and ergonomic support pillows to keep your neck and back in perfect alignment.

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GTRacing Premium Model
This model expands on the classic blueprint with higher quality PU leather upholstery and thicker, more resilient padding. It's a solid, luxurious seat.

The GTRacing Premium is an extremely comfortable classic styled gaming chair that feels exceptionally solid. Key features include:

  • Functionality: adjustable height, backrest and recline with tilt lock to any angle up to 170°; 360° swivel
  • Comfort: extra resilient high density foam and very high quality PU leather in black and blue, red, white or orange; the blue and orange are full PU leather while the red and white are leather and mesh fabric combined
  • Support: steel frame, gas-powered lift, heavy-duty 5-point base, smooth rolling casters
  • Warranty: 1 year on parts; free replacement or refund within 30 days

The interesting thing about this Killabee model is that it does not come with a neck support pillow.  That's because the extra-high backrest curves inwards to provide the needed support instead of a pillow. It's an interesting tweak that works really well. 

GTRACING premium gaming chairs

4 color options in full PU leather or leather and fabric combo

Why you should buy this chair

If you want the basics (solid ergonomics and comfy seating) without need for fancy extras, this is our top budget pick. It's a solid, durable high quality chair with classic looks and excellent back support. 


NOTE: this chair gains a 1/2 star because it's built like a tank, keeps things simple and reliably does exactly what a gaming chair is supposed to. While other chairs have more features, this model feels the most solid of them all.

4.5 of 5 Stars

KILLABEE Gaming Chair

#2 rated under $200


Our #2 pick in the $200-$150 range is the Killabee Racing Gaming ChairIt's an impressive budget chair that provides high quality ergonomics and a retractable footrest for La-Z-Boy style reclining. Other standout features include extra thick high density memory foam padding and deep recline to 175°. 

Killabee Gaming Chair
This popular model stands out by offering extra thick high density foam for a luxuriously padded seat. In addition you get a retractable footrest, deep reclining to 175° and support for up to 250 pounds.

The Killabee Gaming Chair is particularly comfortable because of the superior padding, which feels like sitting on a cloud. Key features include:

  • Functionality: adjustable height, backrest and recline locking to any angle up to 175°; 360° swivel, retractable footrest
  • Comfort: extra thick high density foam and premium PU leather in black and red, blue or grey
  • Support: metal frame, gas-powered lift, nylon base and smooth rolling casters
  • Warranty: 1 year on parts; free replacement or refund within 30 days

The interesting thing about this Killabee model is that it does not come with a neck support pillow.  That's because the extra-high backrest curves inwards to provide the needed support instead of a pillow. It's an interesting tweak that works really well. 

Killabee budget gaming chairs

Killabee chairs have extra thick padding, unique styling and excellent ergonomics

Why you should buy this chair

If your back is sore but you need to sit for long hours, a gaming chair is the solution. If you don't have much money to spend 

4 of 5 Stars

Nokaxus Gaming Chair

#3 rated under $200


This is a high quality PU leather gaming chair with thick padding and excellent ergonomic support. It also comes in seven amazing color options and boasts two exceptional features: retractable footrest and USB-powered lumbar massage unit.  

High-end features and ergonomics
This is a very comfortable product with excellent back support, a handy retractable footrest, lumbar back massage unit and amazing color options.

With a sleek design in a range of color options, the Noaxus works well as a gaming chair, but would not look out of place as an office chair. Key features:


  • Functionality: retractable footrest, USB lumbar massager, adjustable height, backrest and recline locking to any angle up to 180°; 360° swivel
  • Comfort: high density foam padding and premium PU leather in seven wild color combinations
  • Support: standard metal frame, gas-powered lift, steel 5-star base and smooth rolling casters
  • Warranty: free exchange for installation problems, damage or missing parts for one year; 24 hour service replies
Nokaxus Gaming Chair Large Size High-Back Ergonomic Racing Chairs

Why you should buy this chair

If you want a model with solid features and striking colors, the Nokaxus stands out. Like the other top-rated chairs, this model supports comfy sitting for long hours.


What makes the Nokaxus Gaming Chair more appealing are the extras: retractable footrest, massage unit and attractive color options. 

4 of 5 Stars

Elecwish Premium Gaming Chair

#4 rated under $200


The Elecwish line of budget gaming chairs come with La-Z-Boy style footrests, support for up to 330 pounds and various reclining modes. Most importantly, all support proper posture for long hours of gaming or working. 

Premium model
Designed for high achievers, the premium model has upgraded PU leather upholstery (looks nicer and is more durable), padded armrests and improved cold foam padding that gives a noticeable splash of luxury on top of the standard model. It comes with free shipping and is available in eight stylish color combinations.

There are four chairs in the Elecwish line: the cheapest is around $130 and the most expensive $175. The premium model reviewed here offers the best Elecwish experience for the money. Key premium features:

  • Unique features: retractable footrest
  • Basic functions: adjustable height, deep tilt lock recline to recline to 170°; 360° swivel, 2D adjustable armrests
  • Comfort: thick cold foam padding; high quality PU leather seat with eight color options 
  • Support: steel frame; 5-star certified base; smooth rolling casters; gas-powered lift
  • Warranty: 1 year limited warranty
Elecwish gaming chairs, four colors

Elecwish makes excellent budget chairs with footrests and extra thick padding

Why you should buy this chair

The Elecwish gaming chair is a great fit for both gaming enthusiasts and computer users. The design looks sharp enough for a Twitch stream, yet professional enough for a video conference. If you’re a gamer, designer, Youtube personality streamer, Elecwish is a solid budget option. 

4 of 5 Stars

Respawn 200 Gaming Chair

#5 rated under $200


Among the budget range, the Respawn 200 is a unique option with breathable mesh back, integrated lumbar support and high-end racing style design. 

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Breathable mesh, basic options
This slick looking gaming chair has basic features yet complete customization control, with support for up to 275 pounds. Adjust the height, armrests, lumbar support, and recline angle to as far as 130°.

The Respawn RSP-200 is a solid gaming chair with decent customization control. The seat cushion is quite firm and both the lumbar support and neck pillow effectively support optimal posture.


Note that the lumbar support is integrated, making the neck pillow the only detachable accessory. Summary of features:

  • Unique features: breathable mesh back, innovative integrated lumbar support
  • Basic functions: adjustable height, recline with tilt-lock to 130°; 360° swivel, 2D adjustable armrests
  • Comfort: breathable mesh backrest and PU leather seat (in black and red, blue, green or grey)
  • Support: steel tube frame (supports 275 pounds), gas-powered lift, retractable 5-star base and rolling casters
  • Warranty: RESPAWN by OFM Limited Lifetime warranty
Respawn RSP-200 Gaming Chairs


Why you should buy this chair

Although it lacks mind-blowing premium features, The Respawn 200 provides excellent value for money. If you're looking for a longer-lasting product and like the styling, this is a highly rated product that's well worth considering.

4 of 5 Stars

Best Gaming Chairs Under $150

With these chairs you can expect similar features to the $200 ones, but lesser lower quality padding and upholstery. If you need to cut corners, these chairs will give excellent back support but less durability than higher priced options.

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Homall Luxury Edition Gaming Chair

#1 rated under $150


Homall's most expensive executive style racing chair comes with high-end embossed PU leather that gives it a stunning finish. In addition, the padding is a little more luxurious. Homall specializes in budget chairs and this model really shows off their workmanship. 

Homall Executive Chair (Luxury Edition)
Homall's premier racing style executive gaming chair uses top-of-the-line PU leather upholstery in three awesome color combinations. The build is meticulous and materials top quality, but otherwise this attractive model has the same standard features as the Premium Model, which is around $20 cheaper.

This is an extremely comfortable chair that comes with free shipping. Key features include:

  • Unique features: embossed design; padded armrests; extra thick seat padding; support for 300 pounds
  • Basic functions: adjustable height; full recline to 180°; 360° swivel, 2D adjustable armrests
  • Comfort: extra thick cold foam padding; carbon fiber PU leather backrest with three color options 
  • Support: steel frame; 5-star certified base; smooth rolling casters; gas-powered lift
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty, free return or refund within 30 days
Homall Luxury Gaming Chair


Why you should buy this chair

This top-of-the-line Homall Executive gaming chair model is only $20 more expensive than the lower-quality Premium Edition. If you like the slick embossed backrest, this is an affordable yet luxurious executive gaming chair. 


NOTE: this chair scores an extra 1/2 star because the embossed back is great and the luxury upgrade only costs $20 more

4.5 of 5 Stars

Homall Premium Edition Gaming Chair

#2 rated under $150


Homall claims the top two spots in our $150-$100 range. The premium model is a tiny step down from the luxury model and around $20 cheaper. It comes draped in pure black Carbon Fiber PU leather that is both stylish and durable. For the price it's got amazingly plush padding, padded armrests and even an upgraded tilt-lock mechanism.

Homall Upgraded Executive Chair
This stunning Carbon Fiber black model boasts a superior PU leather blend that looks great and is much more durable.

  • Extra thick padding in the seat and backrest
  • Upgraded tilt-lock mechanism
  • Generous padding on armrests

This is a great looking executive chair with standard features, a solid feel and free shipping. Key features include:

  • Unique features: carbon fiber style upholstery, padded armrests, support for 300 pounds; heavy duty tilt-recline system
  • Basic functions: adjustable height, full recline to recline to 180°; 360° swivel, 2D adjustable armrests
  • Comfort: thick cold foam padding; high quality PU leather seat with eight color options 
  • Support: steel frame; 5-star certified base; smooth rolling casters; gas-powered lift
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty, free return or refund within 30 days
Homall premium executive gaming chair


Why you should buy this chair

Homall Premium solid executive chair with a commanding presence. It has all the necessary features plus extra thick padding to ensure optimal back support for long hours of serious computing time. 


On the downside a chair this cheap must cut corners. In this case, expect durability to be an issue after several months, especially with heavy daily use. 


If you need solid ergonomics and sleek discrete looks on a serious budget and don't mind the low durability, buy this chair. 


NOTE: this chair scores an extra 1/2 star because of its amazing value for money

4.5 of 5 Stars

GTRACING Classic Model

#3 rated under $150


This model is built the same as the GTRACING Premium Gaming Chair but is around $20 cheaper. If you love the premium but need to cut corners, this chair is for you. 

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Classic Model Summary
Available in black with red trim, this model features a slightly lower quality PU leather blend and also less luxurious padding than the premium model. Given the price and quality, this makes a perfect first gaming chair for young gamers.

The GTRACING Classic is a solid gaming chair with free shipping and standard features. These include:  

  • Basic functions: adjustable height, deep recline to 170°; 360° swivel, 2D adjustable armrests
  • Comfort: standard padding and PU leather in black with red trim, removable neck and lumbar cushions
  • Support: steel frame; heavy duty 5-star base; smooth rolling casters; gas-powered lift
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty, free return or refund within 30 days
GTRacing classic red model

Why you should buy this chair

If you want a simple gaming chair without any flashy extras that simply supports your back for long hours of sitting, consider this model.


The GTRACING Classic gives excellent value for the money and makes a great starter chair for those who are curious but not convinced about benefits of gaming chairs

4 of 5 Stars

Furmax Gaming Chair

#4 rated under $150


This is a very comfortable gaming chair with retractable footrest that supports up to 310 pounds. It's also able to recline at any point from 90 to 180 degrees so that you can sit up straight or catch a nap as needed.

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Furmax Gaming Chair
This impressive racing style chair comes with a retractable footrest and reclines to a full 180° - you can literally sleep in this chair! It’s easy to assemble and looks great. However, like most budget gaming chairs, it will degrade quickly and need replacement within a year.

This Furmax model has a great look and comes in two color options: black with white or blue. Its racing car design provides wonderful comfort for hours of intense gaming sessions. Whether you're working or playing, you'll surely find your sweet spot comfort level with this chair. 

This chair comes with free shipping. Key features of the Furmax budget model include:  

  • Unique features: retractable footrest; support for 310 pounds, specially designed tilt-lock mechanism
  • Basic functions: adjustable height, full recline to 180°; 360° swivel, 2D adjustable armrests
  • Comfort: standard padding and PU leather in black with red trim, removable neck and lumbar cushions
  • Support: steel frame; heavy duty 5-star base; smooth rolling casters; pneumatic gas lift
  • Warranty: 6-month warranty, free return or refund within 30 days
Furmax Gaming Chair High Back Racing Chair


Why you should buy this chair

This is a comfortable gaming chair with footrest that's attractive and able to support 310 pounds, even when in full recline. That said, it's a very cheap chair with only a 6-month warranty. 


If you need a full time chair that needs to take heavy daily use, choose a different model. This one works best as a part time chair. If you need a full featured budget model as a bedroom or study chair, this will work very well.


NOTE: this chair loses a 1/2 star because of its limited 6-month warranty - it won't last long under heavy use

3.5 of 5 Stars

Elecwish Budget Model

#5 rated under $150


The cheapest model in the Elecwish gaming chair line, this yellow and black chair cuts some corners but still serves up a retractable footrest, great comfort and excellent ergonomic support. 

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Budget gaming chair with footrest
The budget Elecwish gaming chair recliner is around $25 cheaper than the premium version. It cuts corners with cheaper quality PU leather, slightly thinner padding, limited recline to 150 degrees no free shipping. Otherwise it provides similar comfort and ergonomic support as the premium Elecwish chair.

This is the most basic Elecwish model. Unlike the premium model it does not come with free shipping. Key features:  

  • Unique features: retractable footrest
  • Basic functions: adjustable height, limited recline to 150°; 360° swivel, 2D adjustable armrests
  • Comfort: standard padding and PU leather in black with red trim, removable neck and lumbar cushions
  • Support: basic steel frame that supports up to 330 pounds
  • Warranty: limited coverage on parts for one year
Elecwish budget gaming chair

Why you should buy this chair

This chair cuts a lot of corners compared to the Premium Elecwish model for a savings of around $25. If you really need to cut corners this is a great chair, but it's missing some subtle extras that make the Elecwish such a loved gaming chair. 


NOTE: this chair loses a 1/2 star because a lot of subtle Premium features are lost for a mere $25 savings

3.5 of 5 Stars

Best Gaming Chairs around $100

Finally we come to the lowest end of the budget gaming chair pricing scale. At this level, expect both limited features and durability. 

If you are looking to fill a whole office with gaming chairs, these rock bottom priced chairs will suffice. In addition, students and people needing part time sitting support can purchase these chairs and get good value for money. 

In our opinion, there are only a few reliable brands in this price range. These will give you adequate comfort and ergonomic support, but shaky performance after a couple of months with heavy daily use. 

Homall Budget Model

#1 rated under $100-ish


Homall breaks the budget paradigm with a bare bones classic chair that's one of our top sellers. It offers everything you need in a gaming chair at a rock bottom price. Free shipping is included and it even comes with a 1-year warranty. Amazing value! 

Best selling budget chair
Here is a rock-solid budget chair that fits the blueprint of everything a gaming chair should be. Enjoy deep recline, support for 300 pounds and excellent features all-round. An amazing value for the price.

Elecwish model. Unlike the premium model it does not come with free shipping. Key features:  

  • Basic functions: adjustable height, full recline to 180°; 360° swivel, 2D adjustable armrests
  • Comfort: standard padding; premium PU leather in white with black trim; removable neck and lumbar cushions
  • Support: basic steel frame that supports up to 300 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty, free return or refund within 30 days
Homall budget gaming chair

Why you should buy this chair

If you need a solid chair but want to pay as little as possible, this model will give you a classic gaming chair experience. That means wonderful comfort plus excellent ergonomic support.


Whether you sit long hours for gaming or working, this Budget Homall Gaming Chair is out top-rated entry level model. 


NOTE: this chair gains a 1/2 star because it is amazing value for money

4.5 of 5 Stars

Devoko Gaming Chair

#2 rated under $100


This is a highly rated gaming chair that looks good and performs solidly. Decent value for money.

Devoko Gaming Chair
This slick red and black racing style seat offers great ergonomic support and well under $100. It's one of the cheapest racing style products out that that's made by an established manufacturer.

Devoko's budget gaming chair comes with very basic features:  

  • Basic functions: adjustable height, full recline to 180°; tilt-lock; 360° swivel
  • Comfort: standard padding; breathable PU leather in black with red trim; removable neck and lumbar cushions
  • Support: basic steel frame that supports up to 300 pounds
  • Warranty: 6-month warranty; free return or refund within 30 days
Devoko budget gaming chair black and red

Why you should buy this chair

It's cheap, looks good and supports the back just fine. If you are on a very tight budget, this is a reliable sub-$100 chair to consider.


NOTE: this chair loses a 1/2 star because it's very basic - for $30 more you could get much better value

3.5 of 5 Stars

Coavas Gaming Chair

#3 rated under $100


We've included this chair to give an idea of what exists at the lowest prices ranges for legitimate gaming chairs. Coavas is legit. Their budget model strips out a ton of features to justify the low price.

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Super basic budget chair
The Coavas Gaming Chair supports up to 280 pounds, is nicely padded and gives decent back support. However the armrests are fixed, there are no support pillows and it does not recline - only a rocking function is included.

This is a super basic chair that's main appeal is the low price:  

  • Basic functions: adjustable height, rocking function (but no recline); 360° swivel
  • Comfort: standard padding; Premium PU leather in grey with white or red trim 
  • Support: basic steel frame that supports up to 300 pounds
  • Warranty: 30 day warranty
Coavas gaming chairs

Why you should buy this chair

There are many great chairs in this guide, but the Coavas isn't one of them. It makes the list simply because it's the most legitimate gaming-style chair available at this price. 


NOTE: this chair loses a full star because it's very basic - the only appeal is the low price

3 of 5 Stars

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BUDGET GAMING CHAIR BUYER’S GUIDE

If you choose to buy a budget gaming chair for under $200, you should count on a less durable product compared to $300+ premium chairs. However, even at budget prices, it's important to keep in mind key features. These include adjustability, height control, design and the materials used in the chair. 

Adjustability

Often, this refers to changes you can make to the chair in order to allow for the ideal amount of comfort. Things like adjustable arms and foot rests are a good idea, as well as the ability to lock into various levels of reclining.

Budget gaming chair reclining feature

All reviewed chairs come with tilt-locked 180 degree recline

Note that while multiple reclining options are very convenient, the ideal working position in these chairs is between 100-100 degrees recline. 

Gaming chair reclining angles

For long hours of working, the ideal angle is somewhere in the green zone

Height Control

Height control is what allows you to be level with the television, computer or other type of screen your attention is on. Most chairs will have this feature, through the use of a pump and handle that allows you to easily adjust the height of the chair.

This is especially important for taller users who may need more leg space, or shorter users who want to be at a high enough level to game efficiently. When you put together your chair, it's a good idea to test it out to make sure it's going to be able to suit your needs.

Design

There's no sense in spending the money on a good gaming chair if it isn't going to look cool. There are so many options out there as far as materials, colors and overall look go.

Take your time to make sure you choose a chair that you like the look of, and that will be able to provide a lot of comfort. Achieving a solid balance between the two will provide you the best possible value for your money. It can also leave friends and other visitors jealous at your style.

Materials Used

All of the gaming chairs on this list are either fully styled using PU leather, or come with it as trimming.

PU leather is made by treating the fibrous part left after making genuine leather with a polyurethane coating. Essentially, PU leather that is less costly than real leather and tends to be easier to clean.

Cheaper chairs using cheaper PU leather blends. In addition, cheaper chairs tend to use less dense padding, while more expensive ones use ultra durable cold foam padding. 

Conclusion

Our entire list of the best budget gaming chairs was split into three price ranges. Summary of our top picks:

  • Best under $200: the GTRACING Premium chair gives basic features plus high quality padding and upholstery 
  • Best under $150: Homall's Luxury Edition Executive Chair gives high-end performance at a steep discount
  • Best under $100: Homall wins again with a solid budget chair that keeps it simple 

Three brands show up often among our top picks. Homall, GTRACING and Elecwish are all China-based manufacturers with solid reputations as budget gaming chair specialists. All have solid warranties, excellent user reviews and proven after-care reliability. 

In conclusion, when shopping for a gaming chair that costs less than $200, we suggest:

  • Pay special attention to proven brands - be wary of brands without proven records
  • Excellent ergonomics is provided by even the cheapest budget gaming chairs
  • If a chair has the features you need, the only thing to consider is the styling. If you like it, buy it

Finally, when you can afford it, make the step up to gaming chairs priced above $200. These range from $220 to $400, and are all summarized in our review of the best premium gaming chairs in the world. Those models offer a big step up in quality, durability and high end features.