If you’re a PC gamer spending hours in front of your PC, then you need an ergonomic gaming chair. Period. Your neck, shoulders, back, and hips are depending on you, and you’re depending on them.
I wrote a previous post about the importance of a good gaming chair. If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer playing PC games then your back is going to need some tender loving care to keep it healthy.
A good gaming chair is no replacement for getting up and stretching, or otherwise moving around a bit and taking a break from gaming, but who has time for that when there are so many games to play and only 24 hours in a day? I kid, I kid.
By the way, you don’t need to be a gamer to need an ergonomic chair. Anyone that spends that much time in front of their computer at a desk needs a good chair, but this is especially important for us gamers since gaming tends to be a second life.
Examples of Ergonomic Gaming Chairs.
Believe it or not, the best chairs for sitting in front of a PC for long hours aren’t necessarily labeled as “gaming” chairs. Ergonomic chairs tend to cost more and have several customizable components that allow the chair to be individually tuned to your body’s specific needs.
The chair at my work office is actually not a gaming chair, but if I could afford one I would pick it up in a heartbeat.
That chair is the Herman Miller Aeron and is around 1200 USD, give or take, depending on the exact sub-model you get. It’s well worth it, but I’ve actually found a brand of gaming chairs that sells a slightly more affordable ergonomic chair that is completely comparable to the Herman Miller chair.
That brand is Vertagear and their “gaming series” models are pretty freakin’ sweet. Check out my review of the Vertagear Gaming Series 275, 350, and 350 SE and decide for yourself.
These are by no means the only options available that can be considered ergonomic, they just happen to be models that I really like, and if it were a perfect world and we all had large amounts of money to throw around then I would recommend these to everyone.
If you value your PC gaming health, and have the money to spend, any one of the aforementioned chairs is absolutely a valuable, worthy investment when you spend so much time at your PC, gaming.
The Best Ergonomic Chairs Provide Customization.
All the chairs mentioned above share common attributes in that they are highly customizable gives them the uncanny ability to be made to feel perfect for your own individual needs.
All office chairs have adjustable height, and most recline. Many have arm-rests with adjustable height, but ergonomic chairs take customization a few steps further, allowing for adjustable lumbar support, back support, arm-rest positioning (in addition to height), locking recline position, and seat depth.
With so many options, one chair can be made to work for just about anybody type, making them superior to all other chairs. That said, the main drawback of these chairs is the cost, making them more of an investment for your health rather than a standard purchase.
What Are Racing-Style Chairs?
Chances are, if you do a generic search of the internet or Amazon for gaming chairs, then you’re going to see many that are in the “racing” chair style. These are typically high-backed chairs similar to what you might find in a race car.
Racing chairs typically have cushioned seats, headrests, and sometimes have lumbar support. In racing, or sports cars, these types of chairs are designed to hold you in tightly to prevent your body from moving around during high-speed cornering.
Racing-style chairs also tend to be more affordable, and are typically mid-range in terms of price but are a bit less ergonomic(okay…a lot less), generally speaking.
Like most computer chairs, they’re height is adjustable, which is important because you need your feet to be able to be flat on the floor for good posture. Some have adjustable height arm-rests, though not all, and potentially other features as well (like a cup-holder).
To throw my opinion out there, I don’t like this style as much (okay…I don’t like them at all) as I feel a bit constricted in a high-backed chair. You aren’t taking high-speed turns while gaming, so I find this style to be unattractive and uncomfortable.
Are There Cheap Ergonomic Chairs?
There are absolutely cheap ergonomic chairs, though arguably you will get what you pay for. The Autonomous ErgoChair 2 is an affordable, ergonomic office chair that would be perfect for gaming, for example, however unlike Vertagear’s chairs, you only get a one-year warranty.
Vertagear’s gaming series chairs come with a 10-year limited warranty! They’re solid chairs and come backed with a solid warranty so they truly are an investment that you can count on. Herman Miller’s chairs come with a 12-year warranty!
You really do get what you pay for, so I highly recommend a high-end gaming chair from a reputable company like Vertagear as they’re a bit more affordable than the Herman Miller chairs. Herman Miller is marketing towards businesses whereas Vertagear is marketed towards the individual, so you’ll save a bit for comparable quality.
Treat Your Seat to an Ergonomic Treat.
Your PC Gaming Health is important if you’re going to be sitting down gaming for many hours at a time every single day. There are many options out there, but the best ones will cost you a fair amount.
The best ergonomic chairs also come with a long-time warranty that can help you in justifying such a high cost. It’s absolutely worth it in the long run.
If you can’t swing the high price yet, then there are more affordable models out there that are still considered “ergonomic”. Racing chairs are not those, so avoid them if you can, but that said, there’s personal preference involved here. If you like racing chairs, then by all means, go for it.
In the end, you cannot go wrong if you get a Vertagear Gaming Series chair, or something even higher-end than that.