Best gaming chairs in Australia 2020
Keen to take your gaming to the next level? We've analysed hundreds of customer reviews to determine the best gaming chairs for PC and console.
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Best gaming chairs 2020
- Best gaming chair for comfort: noblechairs EPIC
- Best gaming chair under $200: Alfordson Gaming Chair with stand
- Best gaming chair for posture: ThunderX3 TGC12
- Best premium gaming chair: CORSAIR T2 Road Warrior
- Best gaming chair for consoles: X Rocker G-Force 2.1
- Best racing chair: Playseat Evolution REM00006
How did we pick this list?
Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on actual customer reviews. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters. We also compared our choices with reviews from reputable tech sites to further confirm the overall quality.
Best gaming chair for comfort: noblechairs EPIC Series
Why we chose it
The noblechairs EPIC was the highest-rated gaming chair as chosen by over 1,200 Amazon, Kogan and eBay customers, with an average score of 4.7/5. Customers gave positive feedback about the build quality, sturdiness, elegant design, assembly process and comfortability. Some users criticised the chair's height for being too high off the ground, however.
The chair is reclinable to 135 degrees, with 4 adjustable armrest heights. The cold foam upholstery purports to be highly breathable and deformation-resistant, with multiple reviews raving about the high levels of comfort. (Two removable cushions are also included in the package.) The frame is constructed from solid steel with an integrated rocking mechanism that can be locked via a side-mounted lever.
Unlike some gaming chairs on this list, the design is well suited to the office and other business environments. It has a weight limit of 120kg, which is something to keep in mind if you're a larger gamer. It comes with a two-year warranty. A genuine leather version is also available, albeit at a significant premium.
Best gaming chair under $200: Alfordson Gaming Chair with stand
- Ergonomic "S-curve" design
- Five-year warranty
- Padding might not last
- Difficult to assemble
Price (RRP): $179.90Buy at Amazon
Why we chose it
The Alfordson Gaming Chair with stand is the highest-rated budget gaming chair as chosen by more than 200 Amazon and eBay reviewers. It received an average score of 4.3/5. Customers gave positive feedback about the affordable price, solid chrome base, comfiness and variety of colours. Some reviewers complained that the upholstery began to wear out over time, although the company reportedly has a good returns policy (as evidenced by the five-year warranty.)
The Alfordson Gaming Chair's back can be reclined 150 degrees while the seat height can be adjusted from 42cm to 52cm. The recliner can be locked into position at any point. The all-metal frame can support a maximum weight of 150kg, which isn't bad for a budget gaming chair. The S-curve design comes with detachable lumbar and neck cushions. It also has a retractable padded footrest.
The chair is available in a wide variety of two-tone colours, making it easy to match the rest of your gaming set-up. There's no "just black" option sadly, although the black-and-grey version is suitably understated if that's what you're after. You may need a second person to assist with assembly.
Best gaming chair for posture: ThunderX3 TGC12 Gaming Chair
Why we chose it
The ThunderX3 TGC12 Gaming Chair was the highest-rated ergonomic gaming chair with an average score of 4.8/5 from more than 300 Amazon and Google reviewers. Customers gave positive feedback about its durability, the quality of the materials and its comfortable back and neck support.
The chair's design follows the popular racing seat template in a range of bright colour schemes (a basic black version is also available if that's more your style.) The chair extends all the way past your head, with firm padding around the neck for lengthy play sessions. Overall, the design is sleek and comfortable.
The armrests are adjustable to cater for different play styles, be it mouse and keyboard, gamepad or steering wheel/flight stick. The chair can be tilted back 180 degrees, although we're not sure what purpose this would serve (some lazy gaming on a Nintendo Switch, perhaps?) For the asking price, we think the ThunderX3 TGC12 Gaming Chair is an excellent option that provides comfort and versatility.
Best premium gaming chair: CORSAIR T2 Road Warrior (CF-9010007)
- Genuine leather
- Steel skeleton frame
- Hard armrest design
Price (RRP): $599Buy at Amazon
Why we chose it
The CORSAIR T2 Road Warrior was the highest-rated premium gaming chair as chosen by over 900 customers on Amazon. It received an average score of 4.5/5. (Note: This was slightly lower than the noblechairs Real Leather Gaming Chair, which averaged 4.6/5. However, the noblechairs model costs over $1,500, so we gave the win to CORSAIR.)
Customers gave positive feedback about the roomy seat, comfortable cushions, high level of adjustability and stylish leather finish. It is particularly well suited to tall and heavy gamers, according to multiple reviewers who self-identified as such.
Unlike some chairs we could mention, the CORSAIR T2 Road Warrior keeps the "EXTREME GAMER" elements to a minimum. With its understated colour scheme and imitation leather finish, it can easily double as an office chair. The armrests aren't padded, which may cause discomfort when used over extended periods.
Best gaming chair for consoles: X Rocker G-Force 2.1
Why we chose it
The X Rocker G-Force 2.1 was the highest-rated console-friendly gaming chair with an average score of 4.1/5 from more than 500 customers on Amazon, Mwave, JB Hi-Fi and Google. Customers gave positive feedback about the practical form factor, attractive design and inbuilt sound system.
The chair has a narrow, legless design, which makes it ideal for gaming in front of the TV. (To ram this point home, X Rocker makes console-branded variants for PlayStation and Nintendo although we prefer the black faux leather version pictured above.) The foldable design is also a big plus as it means you can keep it tucked out of sight between gaming sessions. This is especially handy if you're buying it for your offspring and want to keep the house tidy.
On the downside, the flip-up arms don't look particularly sturdy, and it can't be used with a desk as it sits just a few inches off the ground. If you're looking for a gaming chair that can also be used in the office, you definitely need to look elsewhere.
The X Rocker G-Force 2.1 comes with an inbuilt 2.1 audio system complete with a backrest mounted sub-woofer. The quality of the wireless speakers received positive feedback from customers. It's compatible with Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as some retro consoles. The chair also benefits from wipe clean material, making it a good choice for youngsters and gamers who like to snack while playing. There's also a kid's version available that combines two smaller seats into a single chair.
Best racing chair: Playseat Evolution Racing Game Seat
- Supports most third-party wheel and pedal sets
- Fully adjustable for wide range of heights
- Not suited to desktop gaming
- Endurance racing may become uncomfortable
Price (RRP): $349.95Buy at Amazon
Why we chose it
The Playseat Evolution was the highest-rated available racing chair on Amazon, with an average score of 4.6/5 from more than 520 reviews. Customers gave positive feedback about the attractive aesthetics, sturdy steel construction, highly adjustable frame and included peddle rest.
The chair can be fixed to most wheel and pedal sets, including best-selling models from Fanatec, Logitech, Thrustmaster and Mad Catz. It is compatible with PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the previous generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Some customers found the firm seat design to be poorly suited to endurance racing (over three hours), but this should only affect a small subset of gamers.
Best gaming chairs chosen
- Our editorial team compared more than 80 gaming chairs from 20 brands sold by Australian retailers and reputable online stores.
- We based our findings on real customer reviews across multiple websites, including Amazon, eBay, Product Reviews and Kogan.
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
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