Canadians who expatriate to Asia (like this writer) will enjoy a vastly superior lifestyle for a lot less money. The cost of living is very low and the consumer technology scene robust.
A key factor that's led to a huge digital nomad scene is the cheap internet. For example, the price of an 8Mbps internet connection in South Korea costs $24, which is 44% cheaper than the equivalent in Toronto. In Cambodia, an unmetered 6Mbps home package costs $12 per month.
Fast, cheap internet in Asia has helped nurture a massive gaming, e-sports and luxury technology market. In terms of gaming chairs, 44% of global gaming chair growth is expected to come from Asia over the next five years.
Most gaming chairs are made in Asia - all the top brands are readily accessible.
In sharp contrast, the gaming chair scene in Canada is weak. There aren’t big technology malls like there are in Asia, nor easy access to gaming chairs on display for you to try out in person.
Across Canadian retail outlets, expect minimal information for first-time buyers about the key factors to consider: sizing, price, upholstery options, ergonomics, special features.
This article fills the information gap for Canadians wanting to buy a gaming chair for the first time. It breaks down all options in Canada. This will put you in an informed position to get the best value for your gaming chair investment.
Gaming chair showrooms in Canada
Gaming chairs are big and heavy, while Canadian transport costs and retail space is expensive. Thus, there are few places to check out gaming chairs in person. Google maps shows just a few official brand showrooms in the country:
- DXRacer showroom in Windsor Ontario
- Anda Seat showroom in Richmond Hill Ontario
- PulseLabz (Canadian gaming chair company) HQ and showroom in Richmond, BC
In contrast there are plenty of gaming chair showrooms and displays across South Korea and most of Southeast Asia. As one example, check out our video review of the Secretlab Titan, taken during a tour of Secretlab's Singapore showroom:
Worst place to buy a gaming chair in Canada
Although these are both technically brick-and-mortar walk in shops, few gaming chairs are on display. If you choose to order one, the clerk will happily take your order, but not be able to give much insight into your purchase.
In other words, these services work like Amazon - with less reviews and user feedback and some shady practices that will confuse first time buyers.
Both outlets stock a few bluechip brands like DXRacer and Vertagear chairs, and a whole bunch of no-name brands. Pricing is all over the place.
Check out BestBuy’s featured racing chairs - all of them are generic no-names with inconsistent pricing:
Meanwhile Staples shows their quality by selling meaningless service packages with chairs that already come with manufacturer warranties - shady business!
Best place to buy a gaming chair in Canada
Unless you live near one of the gaming chair showrooms, the best places for Canadians to purchase a gaming chair are directly from the manufacturer, or via Amazon.ca. Amazon exceeds both BesyBuy and Staples by listing all the best brands with plenty of user feedback and direct access to manufacturer warranties. In many cases free shipping is included.
What to consider before buying
The first thing to understand is the purpose of a gaming chair, which is essentially to support good posture for long hours of gaming or working. For more information, check out our gaming chair user manual, gaming chair sizing guide or summary of gaming chair benefits.
Once you get your head around those concepts, there are four basic classes of gaming chairs to consider (all are available for sale in Canada):
Best gaming chair brands for Canadians
As an extra piece of research, below are some of our favorite gaming chair brands. If buying a gaming chair in Canada, these are all trusted brands with proven products and excellent after-care direct from the manufacturer.
Founded in Singapore, Secretlab is widely regarded one of the top premium gaming chair manufacturers. The Secretlab Titan 2020 Series is our pick as the top gaming chair in the world, while the Secretlab Throne is our top-ranked chair for small sizes.
To provide the best experience for users, each Secretlab chair cuts out the middleman - chairs are produced in a Secretlab facility and shipped by Secretlab direct to your door. All chairs come with a rock solid 5-year warranty, with after-care by a very sharp support team that will handle all of your concerns with friendly efficiency.
DXRacer is the original gaming manufacturer that first launched racing style bucket seats with excellent ergonomic support. All models come with a lifetime warranty on the frame and a 2-year warranty on parts.
This writers has owned two DXRacers and enjoyed both. The Drifting Series is a gaming chair designed for office workers, while the Formula Series is a slightly roomier chair best suited for gamers. DXRacer offers a range of options, all of which are high-end products that make excellent choices for first-time users.
Anda Seat is a Chinese company with their headquarters based in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Anda Seat makes some excellent premium gaming chairs, such as the Anda Seat Dark Demon, one of our top-rated luxury models. In addition they offer some of the highest quality budget chairs on the market.
Both types of Anda Seat gaming chairs come with a lifetime warranty. Given that this company is based in Canada, these are well worth considering for Canadians.
Founded in 2015, Vertagear is an American company that produces a number of reasonably priced premium gaming chairs. All come draped in ultra-durable PVC synthetic leather in a wide range of stunning color options.
All models boast solid premium features and come with an impressive lifetime warranty on the frame and 10-year warranty on parts.
Arozzi is a Swedish manufacturer of luxury gaming chairs, gaming desks and other gaming accessories. Arozzi product lines include entry level, luxury and extra large options.
Their flagship model is the Arozzi Vernazza Series Super Premium Gaming Chair. It's available in six color variations and stands out as an excellent high-end gaming chair with solid features and excellent durability.
Our best-selling budget gaming chair brand, Homall is highly regarding for offering excellent value with some of the lowest prices in the industry.
Homall chairs tend to emulate higher priced executive gaming chairs, cutting corners on padding and upholstery to justify the low prices. For example, unlike the lengthy warranties offered by higher priced models, Homall's warranty covers free replacement within 30 days and just one year coverage on parts.
Canadians looking for the cheapest chairs have plenty of options - both Bestbuy and Staples stock many cheap no-name models. However, sticking to a trusted brand like Homall will help to ensure that you get the best value for your money.
GTRacing is an up-and-coming Chinese company headquartered in Shanghai, China. They produce a range of excellent budget-priced gaming chairs including classic models plus alternatives with footrests, Bluetooth speakers and USB-powered massage units. Like Homall products, GTRacing chairs come with 30 day free replacement and one year warranty on parts.
Like Homall, GTRacing is a proven brand with excellent customer service. Thus, Canadians looking for a budget chair from a reliable manufacturer should keep this brand at the top of their list.
Canada doesn't have many gaming chair showrooms, so it's difficult for first-time buyers to browse models in person to get a feel for the pros and cons of different brands.
While Canadians can easily purchase a gaming chair at BestBuy or Staples, both outlets will do little to inform you on the best choices for your needs. Both sites don't offer proper sizing details which leaves short and tall users at risk of investing in an ill-fitting chair.
Thus we suggest doing your homework - browse ChairsFX gaming chair reviews and buying guides. Those will help you to find the perfect gaming chair for your needs. Once you're chosen your model, purchase directly from the manufacturer or else on Amazon.ca.
Buying on Amazon gives you the widest range of products, free shipping in most cases, direct access to manufacturers for after care and plenty of verified user feedback.