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Gaming chair under $300
Finder's team checked out gaming chairs available for Australians to buy to find the best options for anyone from tall folks to those needing extra back support. We searched through numerous professional and user reviews plus product pages to ensure we could help you confidently choose your next chair.
Typically for any tech product, especially in gaming, you'll find a variety of review opinions differing. It's no different for gaming chairs – except for which model is the absolute king of the hill.
Independent professional reviewers and consumers all agree that the current gold standard in gaming chairs is the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022.
So what makes it stand out above the rest of the pack? It's a combination of high-end factors from the excellent and highly regarded lumbar supports, easily adjustable 4D armrests and a massive range of design and colour options.
Whether you favour bold and brassy or want something a little more subdued, there's a model of the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 to suit your style, including numerous branded "special edition" chairs.
The Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 comes in a range of sizes, although the larger models do cost a little more if your frame is more on the ample side. At this price, it's well worth matching up the right-sized chair for your needs to make the most of it.
However, the price is the determining factor. At well over $650 (or more for some variants and sizes) at the time of writing, this is a serious investment in gaming furniture. But if your wallet can bear the strain, your back will thank you.
Okay, so maybe your budget can't quite stretch to the sheer luxury of the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022. That's where more affordable mid-range fare comes into play, with chairs such as the ThunderX3 TGC12.
It only just squeaks in under $300, but for that money, you get a chair that certainly looks the part. Indeed, many reviewers praised it for its design, with some noting that it can nicely double as a straight office chair instead. Many gaming chairs are very in your face, and if that's not a style that suits you, the ThunderX3 TGC12 might be a better fit.
The ThunderX3 TGC12 is a well-built chair. As with most gaming chairs, you do have to assemble it yourself, but this is reportedly quite easy for the most part.
There are not a lot of configuration options in terms of armrest variation or support shifting to speak of, but it's said to be a robust option even for larger gamers. Reviewers noted the smooth operation of its gas lift, a useful feature if you're sharing the ThunderX3 TGC12 with other people who need to shift its height frequently.
Is there any furniture space that Swedish powerhouse IKEA won't turn its hands and flat-pack expertise towards? Of course there isn't, with the company offering a range of gaming-centric furniture including chairs.
One of the bigger benefits of going with an established furniture brand like IKEA is that you get better warranty support. IKEA provides a 3-year warranty for the Utespelare, alongside your standard Australian consumer law rights. For this price, you should be able to game for a good long time on the IKEA Utespelare without worry.
The Utespelare covers the basics well, if in a basic style. So you get solid but rudimentary armrests, tilt and height adjustment and not a whole lot more. You're also not awash with colour choices, with the choice between "Bomstad Black" or "Bomstad Grey". Again, though, if you want a gaming chair that doesn't scream "gamer" in neon hues, that could have its appeal.
The IKEA Utespelare is a basic chair, and reviewers did note that it's not as heavily padded as many of its competitors. That could be a challenging prospect for larger gamers or those who intend to sit down and game for extended session times.
If you're on a tight budget, scoring a gaming-specific chair can be a real challenge. The Typhoon Pursuit Gaming Chair with Back Tilt for sure isn't fancy, but it will get the job done at that critical sub-$100 price point, even if only just.
What you get for your money is a chair that at least looks the part of a gaming-suitable chair, with a bright colour scheme that somewhat hides its very cheap origins. You also do get tilt functionality, although little else of this gaming is actually adjustable. Headrest? Fixed. Armrests? Fixed. Lumbar support pillow? Not actually fixed, but that's only because there isn't one.
One nice feature of the Typhoon Pursuit Gaming Chair with Back Tilt is that it's made with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) verified wood, which means it's more environment-friendly to a degree than other gaming chairs.
The lack of competition in the sub-$100 space means that there are few online reviews for the Typhoon Pursuit Gaming Chair with Back Tilt, but those that are out there note its incredibly low price as the key selling point.
Comfort is a key part of any chair. Nobody wants to sit down and feel uncomfortable, whether that's right away or after many hours of pounding your online foes into submission.
Noblechairs' ICON seat doesn't immediately scream "gaming cred" thanks to its premium build features and design, but that's more of a reflection of the fact that so many gaming chairs go for tacky designs over being decent-looking chairs – or comfortable ones for lengthy gaming sessions for that matter.
Comfort also extends to material choices, with synthetic leather or actual leather, or fabric wrap choices. That's a matter of your style as well as comfort. If you get hot and heavy in gaming sessions then fabric may work better than leather, but the latter is likely to be more hard-wearing over the longer term.
The biggest strike against the Noblechairs ICON is that its price is on the serious side of the equation. Some reviewers preferred the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 in this price space, and that's also a worthy consideration if you're after a comfortable gaming chair.
At last, a Razer product without RGB lighting built in. Hang on… are we sure that this is a Razer product? Can it ever make a product without garish lighting as standard?
Turns out it can, and according to online reviews, the biggest highlight of the Razer Iskur is its exceptional lumbar support which is sculpted into the actual chair. Many gaming chairs go for sliding lumbar support pillows which promise adjustability but often end up slipping too low to be of real use.
The rest of the Razer Iskur is also very well built, with a focus on a firm seating experience. If you favour a genuinely soft gaming chair that might not suit, but firm seats are also ones that should last the distance if you're a heavy-duty gamer – or just a little on the heavy side.
Speaking of heavy, the Razer Iskur isn't exactly an inexpensive gaming chair, so again it's worth weighing up your alternatives at its serious price point.
If your frame stretches up more than the average, it can be challenging to find the best gaming chair to fit. Many premium models (including, again, the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022) come in XL sizes, but if your budget can't stretch quite that far, consider instead the AndaSeat Kaiser 3 XL.
The larger version of the AndaSeat Kaiser 3 features the same easily adjustable frame that should accommodate all but the tallest of gamers. There's a range of colour options to pick from, even in the XL size. Reviewers noted that the AndaSeat Kaiser 3 was one of the easier chairs to put together, largely thanks to an easy guided frame for the rear of the chair.
Adjustment beyond height is also simple and was widely praised as was the magnetically attaching headrest, so even if you do reach up into the skies, height-wise, you should be able to fit comfortably into the AndaSeat Kaiser 3 XL.
The downside here besides it being a chair that logically won't work as well for smaller gamers if you do have to share is that the AndaSeat Kaiser 3 XL is pricey. XL models of most popular chairs attract a price premium – but that might be a price that's easier to pay than stuffing up your spine.
The chair needs of console gamers are subtly different from those of their PC counterparts. Less need to have a keyboard within easy reach, for a start. Nobody's going to call the X-Rocker Pro Series cheap by any stretch of the imagination – seriously, when you're making the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 look like a bargain, you're in rarefied air – but you do get a lot of chair for your money.
It's a pedestal-style chair for a start, which should suit the in-front-of-the-TV style of most console gamers. Reviewers noted its solid build and comfort as definite plus points, but what really tipped them over the edge was the inclusion of built-in speakers that provide audio and a level of vibration immersion that you won't find in other non-powered chairs.
The downside here beyond the hefty price point is that it's necessarily quite a big chair that will visually and physically dominate any space it's placed into.
Most gaming chairs follow a pretty similar design style, with (generally) faux leather sitting on solid backs and variable lumbar and headrest supports as standard.
The Cougar Argo isn't like most gaming chairs. Instead, it more closely resembles a classic office chair. That means you get breathable mesh padding in place of those solid backs of a standard gaming chair. Still, the very obvious Cougar logos on the headrest and lumbar support mean that you're not giving up all gaming style – or that it'd fit into every office, either.
Its office stylings mean that it's considerably more adjustable than most gaming chairs, and that aids it in picking up our award for the most ergonomic gaming chair. I mean, if you can drop the price of a classic Aeron that would also fit the bill, but then you're typically getting into stratospheric price brackets. By comparison, the Argo is just very expensive.
Reviewers appreciated the ergonomic style of the Cougar Argo a lot, noting its simple "waterfall" edge making for more comfortable legs. The support offered by that mesh back is equal to or better than many premium gaming chairs. The Argo wants to encourage healthy sitting habits, and that does mean it's not quite as comfortable for slouching in if that's your style. Which it shouldn't be, because slouching is really bad for your back.
You can race from any chair, naturally enough, but if you want to really get into your driving sims, you're going to want to immerse yourself as completely as possible with a dedicated racing rig.
The sky's the limit in how much you can spend on this kind of gear, but for more everyday users, there's arguably more utility in a set-up that can be there when you need it but not all the time. Not everyone has space for what amounts to a stripped-down car chassis in their living room all the time, after all.
Enter the Next Level Racing GT Lite Foldable Simulator Cockpit, an easily stored racing rig that reviewers liked for its easy installation and wide compatibility with a range of steering wheel and pedal set-ups from major manufacturers. It also sits on the more affordable side of racing rigs, which could make it more acceptable to your wallet.
The only major downsides some reviewers noted were that the seat could get a little uncomfortable if you favoured very long race sessions, although that's likely to be the case for any racing chair. While it's easy enough to stow away, some reviewers also noted some issues with the initial build process, although most managed to struggle through eventually.
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We checked out gaming chairs on the market in Australia from the brands listed below to help you decide which seat to buy for your set-up:
To decide on the final selections for this list, we looked into each chair's main features and characteristics. The best models were chosen based on comfort, design, build quality, materials, warranty and value for money. We also made sure to only select seats that are easy to buy right here in Australia.
Following our in-depth research into these chairs and after careful analysis of both professional reviews and customer feedback, we picked out what we think are the 10 best gaming chairs for those wanting to level up their set-up.We value our editorial independence, basing our comparison results, content and reviews on objective analysis without bias. However, Finder may receive compensation when you click some links on our site. Learn more about how we make money from our partners and why you can trust our guides.
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