With the amount of time Joes spend gaming – on average around 3 hours a day according to some studies – we say it’s about time you invested in a decent chair to prevent the usual gamer’s back and backside ache.
With the growth in social gaming on platforms such as twitch and of course the absolute blow-up of YouTube gamers such as PewDiePie, gaming really hasn’t been more popular than it is right now. With that in mind here’s some of the best gaming chairs around on the internet!
The Swopper by Aeries might not be the first design you think of when you think of a gamer’s chair but it’s an ergonomic seat like no other. With conventional features like arms and back rests on the scrapheap, the patented 3D technology allows the seat to pivot from the base, not just in the conventional backwards and forwards motions, but also sideways.
This technology allows for natural balance when sitting, relieving backache and tension while strengthening your core. The Swopper Classic Seat is available in a ton of different bold colours to suit you gaming set up. Prices start at the £420 mark.
The BraZen Spirit Bluetooth chair, or 2.1 Bluetooth Surround Sound Gaming Chair to give it its catchy full name, is probably more what fellow geeks out there may have in mind when it comes to a seat for gaming. Both stylish (?) and functional, the BraZen Spirit has all the gadgetry you’d want with two quality speakers and a subwoofer to generate awesome audio.
It also comes complete with a separately controllable vibration motor which gives ‘rumble’ feedback. The BraZen Spirit connects to your console either by Bluetooth or hard wired, with prices for the juggernaut starting at a very reasonable £160.
If you want your gaming chair to a part of the permanent collection at the New York Museum of Modern Arts then somehow you’re in luck! The Aeron Chair by Herman Miller is renowned for its pioneering features and ergonomic design. It’s engineered from a weave which stretches in two directions, providing support and comfort but with none of the bulky foam you’ll find in an ordinary chair.
The backrest suspension system on the Aeron Chair is adaptable for all shapes and sizes, and gives the body support whilst working. This Herman Miller seat is most definitely for the more discernible gamers out there and as such the price reflects it with the Aeron starting at £496 with a load of optional extras.
If you’re looking for something on the cheaper and more cheerful side of town, trust Ikea to offer you something functional while still contemporary cool. The Patrik is simple enough with back and side support as well as adjustable height.
The frame itself is made from steel so you know it’s built to last, and the adjustable tilt tension allows Joes to adjust the resistance to suit their movements and weight. The castors on the Ikea Patrik are rubber coated to run smoothly on any type of floor. The Patrik chair costs £100.
The Humanscale Freedom Chair has such a pedigree that it’s won 10 design awards and an estimated 1 million Joes and Janes use it worldwide. Put simply, it’s one of the best ergonomic chairs in the world and therefore perfect for gaming!
Unlike most ergonomic chairs, the Freedom Chair has a distinct lack of endless adjustment options. Intelligent support mechanisms mean that just four basic adjustments – seat height, seat depth, back height and armrest height are all that’s needed to set up the Freedom. Prices start from £438.
There we have it whether it’s hours in front of the screen playing WoW or it’s a more social thing with Twitch, one of these chairs should suit both you and your gaming palace. Seen something else that’s even crazier, let us know on twitter – @averagejoesblog.