When buying a sick gaming rig, the last thing on my mind is a gaming chair. I mean, who cares about what you sit on when playing Call of Duty? That’s why I always choose a dirt cheap gaming chair (saving for my next RAM upgrade)!
I’ve been called a n00b for as long as I can remember and there are things about my mom that 12-year old players told that I didn’t even know. Is my father even my father? Slim chance of that, according to those guys.
But thus far no one insulted my cheap gaming chair for less than $100. It seems like people don’t actually care even if you have the best gaming chair in the world.
I could be sitting on the Iron Throne of Westeros and people would still prefer to ask about which graphics card I’m using and how much RAM I’ve got in the junk. So in short:
“Nobody cares about your gaming chair.” (Me, a n00b)
That’s why I decided I’m going to get the cheapest gaming chair (that’s at least fairly decent – below are the Top 5 money-saving gaming chairs) for my computer. Why?
I could be getting $1000 gaming chair with a racing bucket and ergonomic pillows and all that. But you know what? I would much rather upgrade my computer setting with a Geforce GTX 11GB Waterforce graphics card for the same price.
An affordable gaming chair for $100 will have as much effect on my Call of Duty lag as a gaming chair with a $1,000 price tag. Absolutely none!
But better graphics card? Or an extra monitor? Don’t let me start with packing some extra RAM. I would rather spend my money on things that matter as far as gaming performance goes.
Why $100 Cheap Gaming Chairs?
How much should you spend on a gaming chair if you’re looking for a cheap version?
I decided I’m not going to spend $1.000 on a gaming chair. Even $500 is too much money for something I just sit on while gaming. $200 sounded about right, but hey, if I’m buying a gaming chair for cheap, I’m not spending more than $100.
A friend once bought GeForce GTX 1060 3GB graphics card (the one with double fans) for $100 from Craigslist. Haggled it from $150. So I decided $100 should be the line.
If a cheap gaming chair costs more than a 3GB GTC card, it is not one of the cheap gaming chairs at all and it’s not worth buying.
I like my computer to purr, I don’t care much about my ass. I only care about handling the asses of those 12-year olds who talk sh*t about my mother (gosh, that sounded weird, I meant in a game, you know, flash those campers and show them what’s what).
That’s why we’ve decided to make a Top 5 list (as it is Top5er’s tradition) of gaming chairs for cheap.
Top 5 Best Cheap Gaming Chair Reviews (For Less Than $100)
The common denominator here is the price. Every gaming chair for PC costs less than $100 but, honestly, it’s everything between $50 and $100. Why?
For less than $50 can get squat. Quite literally. It would actually be easier to squat than to sit in one of those.
Here is a quick review of the best cheap gaming chairs for playing computer games (and console and other stuff, of course):
|Gaming Chair:||Racing Car Gaming Chair||Homall Bucket Gaming Chair||BestOffice White Gaming Chair||Coavas Leather Gaming Chair||Merax Devil's Eye Gaming Chair|
|AKA:||"Captain Kirk"||"Brienne The Beauty"||"Littlefinger"||"The Mountain"||"Meraxes"|
|Color:||Red or White||Red or Blue, with Black||White, Red or Blue||Whole Bunch of Colors||Same here, but Orange rocks|
|Top5er status:||Best-Rated and Best-Overall||Best Budget (but one ugly mo******)||Best For Sleeping In||For Tall And Big Guys||Most Stylish And Dragon-Like|
|Availability:||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
#1 Racing Car Gaming Chair Review – Best-Overall Cheap Gaming Chair
It’s actually difficult to find a branded name for all these cheap gaming chairs, so lets call this one the ‘Racing car style gaming chair’.
The name is ‘racing’, yes, but that doesn’t mean you can only play Need For Speed: Most Wanted on it. Far from it. Almost every gaming chair, especially the cheap ones, can be used to play any kind of games (you get the racing pedals and other nonsense with the expensive gaming chairs anyway).
The Racing car style chair for gaming is the best rated and best overall cheap gaming chair. And, what’s more, it even looks a bit like Captain Kirk’s chair on Enterprise:
With this chair for gaming you can’t go wrong. We’ll go into a bit of detail about the characteristics of the gaming chair but the three most important things here are:
- Looks great.
- Is under $100 (even under $99.99!)
- …will leave you some money to spend on new processor, RAM or graphics card
Ok, a bit of detail – with any chair, gaming or not, we’re talking about ergonomics of it. People usually sit on chairs quite often and for hours on end. Do you know how long does a single game of Civilization V last? Yeah, I would be worried about my back as much as Attila or Shaka backstabbing me.
I would say that chair ergonomics is as important in gaming chairs as much as with the office chairs (if you like office chairs (and a bit of leather), you should check out the Best Leather Office Chair reviews).
The difference? Office people care more about their backs – because they sit for 8 hours per day, etc.. Well, guess what, I’ve been known to play games for more than 8 hours and for now I don’t concern myself with the posture and back but…
…there will come a time when I’ll want to have a LAN party in a retirement home. And I know that my spine will be working better if I’ll be gaming on one of the ergonomic gaming chairs.
To cut to the chase, Racing Car gaming chair has a really well developed ergonomic profile. High-back support and the bucket seat style is something that office people dream of, and Racing Car chair has both.
Joe Bryant, a college student, reviewed this gaming chair quite well and obviously loved the price of it (click to enlarge):
If you’re spending $30,000+ on student loans, you are quite happy to get a good gaming station and getting an extra expensive chair with it is a bit redundant. Who knows what will happen to your gaming chair? It’s college, things get puked upon all over the time.
Having a cheap gaming chair that’s also easy to assemble and appropriate for guys over 6 feet is great as well (I bet all those tall guys play ‘dwarfs’ in World of Warcraft).
Here is a quick summary of pros and cons of buying this cheap chair for gaming:
- Best-Overall gaming chair
- Way cheaper than a decent graphics card
- Looks like Kirk’s chair on Enterprise
- Great ergonomic support with high-back and bucket style seat
- Best price performance
- Built from high-quality durable materials
- Easy to assemble
- Even appropriate for tall people (‘The Mountain loves this chair’)
- No racing pedals for racing games
- No real leather (but hey, is less than 100 bucks)
- If you sweat, you’ll stick to it
- Can take a stain (maybe important for college guys?)
#2 Homall Gaming-Office Chair Review – Best Budget Overall (Closest To $50)
The Homall chair has this problem of not knowing if it’s a chair for gaming or for office.
However, one thing about this chair is for sure:
If you’re looking for the best budget gaming chair, you’ve found it. Nonetheless, you should know that making so cheap gaming chairs does involve some cutting-corners.
The Homall is overall a fine chair, but it is built from lower-quality materials (that’s not a genuine leather, if you’re wondering that). The cushioning and the back support are pretty basic as well.
This is a prime example of a chair a guy who doesn’t care about how his or hers (we have female gamers as well) gaming chair looks like. Think curtains shut and leftover pizza boxes in the corner – feels like home. Nobody will question you on aesthetics of the chair, because honestly, it doesn’t look like the most beautiful gaming chair out there:
Just like Brienne, however, the Homall chair has some positive qualities. It won’t help you find and defend Sansa Stark, mind you, but it will partly look after your back when you’re gaming.
For how cheap the Homall chair for gaming is, it does roll quite nicely around the office. That’s very useful when rage-quitting. You don’t want to get stuck in your place behind the computer desk when a camper! quick-scopes your ass.
It even has the 360-degree swivel wheels, enabling you to roll to the fridge and back if you feel able (and unable to stand up).
Here’s a review by Mr. Heem (is that a gaming name?). He seems to be quite ok even with the looks of this cheapest gaming chair:
The price and the looks of it are ok, but what Mr. Heem points out is true – for a guy over 6 feet, this is not the best cheap chair.
If you’re not like The Mountain, however, and are looking for short-term cheap gaming chairs, the Homall is the cheapest choice.
- Best Budget chair (almost as low as $50)
- Nice and functional wheels
- Some back support and cushioning
- Easy to assemble
- Perfect for college guys with slim budget
- Lower-quality materials (needless to say, leather is not genuine)
- Is ugly
- No real leather (but hey, is less than 100 bucks)
- Not appropriate for tall people (over 6 feet)
#3 BestOffice White Gaming Chair Review – Best Cheap Chair For Sleeping In
I’m going to call this one ‘Bran Stark’. BestOffice white gaming chair is great for gaming but you can also lie in it.
On the other thought…lets call it ‘Littlefinger‘. Because you can lie in it. Get it? So, if you want to lie like Littlefinger, this would be the Iron Throne of your choosing.
What am I talking about? Let me show you:
Other than taking a nap it in, you can also do some hardcore gaming.
The BestOffice chair may be cheap but it’s not cheaply built. The cushioning is especially well designed and durable. This is a chair you buy once and don’t have to think about getting another for the next 5 years.
Above all, the BestOffice gaming chair was designed for stability. You can have it at 90-degree position (unholding pose like Ned Stark), the 180-degree position (lying position or ‘The Littlefinger) and anything in between. Because sometimes there is a bit of movement when things don’t go your way in Call of Duty or GTA, the chair, albeit being cheap, has to take care of all the movements. And even though you are between 90 and 180 degrees, it does that stability test well enough.
Let’s let a female gamer Jennifer Bowling do a bit of review of the BestOffice cheap gaming chair:
Sturdy is the name of the game here. The high-quality makes this cheap gaming chair durable for years on end. This is obviously great because the computer components are evolving very quickly and if you’re a serious gamer you have to get some new gear every year.
It’s great that the ergonomic chair technology doesn’t evolve that quickly. If you get one like the ‘Littlefinger’ here, you can be assured that in 5 years time, you will still be able to use it without a problem. Imagine using 5-year-old graphics card – lag would literally kill you.
Here is a summary of pros and cons for buying the BestOffice’s cheap gaming chair:
- High-quality materials
- It’s actually quite stylish gaming chair for this price
- You can lie in it like Littlefinger
- Great ergonomic support with high-back and bucket style seat
- Apropriate for tall people
- Gaming chair does cost $99.99 – below $100 but barely
- The chair is not very wide
- Some reviewers report low-quality materials (especially arm rests)
- Not designed to be as comfortable as other cheap gaming chairs
#4 Coavas Leather Gaming Chair Review – Best Cheap Gaming Chair For Tall And Big People
The Coava chair is similar to the one by BestOffice. It even has the white and black leather look. There is one big difference:
It is bigger.
Most of the gaming chairs for cheap have a capacity of 250 pounds. With all the flexible adjustments, you can be a bit taller than 6 feet and you’ll have no problem setting up a comfortable gaming position.
Nonetheless, what if you’re 8 feet tall like The Mountain? Well, and 7 feet tall as well. And what if 250-pound gaming chair weight capacity isn’t enough? But you still want to pay no more than $100 for a gaming chair.
Well, this ergonomic gaming chair for cheap is for you. I call it ‘The Mountain’:
The Coavas leather gaming chair has a weight capacity of 280lbs. Now, mind you, that is not significantly higher than 250lbs other chairs have but it was built to accommodate bigger men.
This means that no matter how cheap the gaming chair is, it still will be able to hold quite a lot of weight. The highback support is great as well.
If you ever wanted to buy a leather gaming chair, this might be the one.
Here is a review of Coavas gaming chair out of leather by Rashad Faison:
The important thing to notice is that get the neck support with the Coavas chair. In fact, there are several reviews that tell the same story – this gaming chair is not really for the tallest of people.
I do hope this is because they don’t use the extended neck support. On the other hand, I’m rethinking about renaming it from ‘The Mountain‘ to ‘Sandor Clegane‘.
What is more, the armrests are not adjustable as well. If you’re a little fellow and want to flex the chair to your liking, you’ll find problems with that.
All in all, I have to say that Coavas gaming chair is cheap and ergonomic but for very tall people? I think you should go look for another chair, with an already built-in neck support.
- A 280lbs weight capacity
- A bit taller than other cheap computer chairs
- Great ergonomics support with high-back
- White and black leather are quite stylish
- Not as tall that we would have hoped for
- Arm rests are not adjustable
- Can start wobbling over time
- Not exactly comfortable
#5 Merax Devil’s Eye Gaming Chair Review – Most awesome Of Cheap Gaming Chairs For Dragon-minded Gamers
I want to say ‘the best for last’ because, honestly, Merax gaming chair looks pretty much the best out of all 5 cheap gaming chairs.
It is named “Meraxes”. Meraxes was one of the biggest Targaryen’s dragons. The Merax Devil’s Eye gaming chair does look like something a dragonlord gamer would sit on:
And style is not the end of the story with this cheap gaming chair.
Do you see the extra padded armrests? That’s a great feature that none of the previously reviewed cheap gaming chairs had. If you’re gaming all night long, some padded armrests might do your hand good.
The seat height is also fully adjustable – full 4 inches up or down- so it’s appropriate for tall as well as short gamers. The base is sturdy to say the least. This is one compact and well-looking gaming chair for cheaps.
The cover is PU leather – this is basically a standard with all low-priced gaming chairs – and if you don’t like the orange color, you can check out other colors as well (here’s one in pink for the gaming ladies).
Don’t take it only from me, SaipanRick was also pretty enthusiastic about the Merax’s gaming chair:
Yeah, this is my opinion exactly.
If I had to buy a cheap gaming chair right now, I would choose the Merax’s chair in violet color (Made Windu fan right here!) because it just looks so good!
But in the end, the choice is yours.
- Looks damn good!
- Fully adjustable with 4 inches up and down
- Extra padded arm rests for longer gaming
- Several colors to choose from
- Great price for performance
- Perfect for people who are really into cool cheap gaming chairs
- Not the best quality
- Difficult to install the chair
- Missing screws here and there
- Some reviews report a bit weird smell
Any Other Ideas About Which Gaming Chairs To Buy On The Cheap?
Here’s where you gamers come in. Share some experiences in the comments.
If you’re a college student and you have a ‘someone puked on my gaming chair’ story, go right ahead.
Just don’t brag about your graphics cards or Call of Duty streaks.
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