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Best cheap gaming chair right now

Three of the best cheap gaming chairs on a grey background
We're casting our eyes over the goods on offer to those with a limited budget for a gaming chair. (Image credit: Future)

Cheap gaming chairs are a dime a dozen. Okay, they're not quite that cheap, but you get the idea. The issue isn't finding a cheap gaming chair, it's finding one that's worth sitting in. Even if you can't afford to spend the $500–$1,000 that the best gaming chairs demand from your wallet, you still deserve a seat that will look after your behind. And your back, don't forget your back.

We're limiting ourselves to a maximum of $200 here, aiming for closer to the $100 mark. When you're spending under $200 on a gaming chair, you're not going to get the refined throne that companies such as Secretlab and Herman Miller can offer, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo any luxuries for your derriere.

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You do, however, want to make sure that a cheap gaming chair is going to be comfortable enough for you to sit in for hours on end. Remember, it's all about support when looking for a cheap gaming chair. Get it wrong, and you'll know about it.

Ergonomics can be one of the first things to go out of the window when you go for a cheap gaming chair over a more expensive option, so make sure you get a chair that isn't doing your back more bad than good. If you suffer from back issues or poor posture, you should consult your doctor about what you should be looking for in a long-term seat. 

You may also find that cheap gaming chairs come in mid-height variants too, shaving a few dollars off the sticker price by, well, giving you less chair. Ideally, you want a full-height backrest that will support the spine throughout a gaming session.

In this snapshot guide, we've used our experience and expertise to nail down the best cheap gaming chairs on offer right now. And, while they won't necessarily be ones we've tested personally, we've sat our gamer butts on enough gaming chairs to know what we're looking for and what to avoid at all costs. 

The best cheap gaming chairs

GTRacing Pro Series | Adjustable armrest | Neck pillow | Lumbar support | $179.99

GTRacing Pro Series | Adjustable armrest | Neck pillow | Lumbar support | $179.99 $99.99 at Amazon (save $70)
These chairs look the part and pack many of the features of gaming chairs which cost twice the price. They're comfortable, have five-star ratings across the site, are adjustable, and will definitely do the job.

Killabee gaming chair | Adjustable armrest | lower-back cushion | head cushion | supports 350lb | $169.99

Killabee gaming chair | Adjustable armrest | lower-back cushion | head cushion | supports 350lb | $169.99 $99.99 at Newegg (save $70)
This gaming chair fits the bill for what you might want at this price. It has both head and lumbar cushions, plenty of adjustability, and it's a little stealthy in its all-black getup. It has good reviews over at Newegg, so appears a good way to get a gaming chair under $100.

$149.99

Homall Gaming Chair | Lumbar pillow | Headrest | $149.99 $94.89 at Amazon (save $55.10)
The Homall Gaming Chair has resoundingly good reviews on Amazon and looks to be a regular gaming chair with little else added. That's probably a good thing at this price, as you want the basics done well with nothing too flashy to suck up your budget. 

Dowinx gaming chair | lumbar and head cushions | PU leather | Adjustable armrests | $239.99

Dowinx gaming chair | lumbar and head cushions | PU leather | Adjustable armrests | $239.99 $189.99 at Newegg (save $50)
This gaming chair has bountiful reviews on Newegg, and an average score of 4/5. It's claimed to be a comfortable and firm, with some reporting it most certainly looks the part.

Ficmax gaming chair | Lumbar and head cushions | Adjustable armrests | $199.99

Ficmax gaming chair | Lumbar and head cushions | Adjustable armrests | $199.99 $125.99 at Newegg (save $74)
The Ficmax has some decent reviews on Newegg, and largely looks a familiar beast to the other chairs in this guide. That said, it offers a slightly different style, a retractable footrest, and is reportedly plenty comfy.

Should I buy a cheap gaming chair?

If you're after the racing aesthetic, then a cheap gaming chair will absolutely deliver that, but it's what's underneath that faux leather exterior that really counts. Going too cheap will mean you get a frame that can't stand the enthusiastic exertions of a heated gaming session or a seat with padding that either offers no support or melts away within months.

Alternatively, if you're not desperate for the streamer look, then you can find decent office chairs, with far more ergonomic designs, for less than the sticker price of a serious bucket seat. This, of course, if you don't mind going for something less flashy. 

Good furniture is expensive but should last you a few years, so consider it an investment. 

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.