Now that you know what types of gaming chairs are available in the market, let's see what exactly you should consider when buying a chair:
Keep in mind that when you are seated in your gaming chair, your arms need both lots of opportunities for support and freedom to move.
If you'll spend a lot of time on the gaming chair, we recommend choosing a chair with 4-Directional (4D) armrests that are specifically designed to provide support to your wrists, forearms, and elbows as well. 4D armrests also improve your seating ergonomics and relieve the pressure on your shoulders.
Go for a chair that comes with cold foam padding. If the chair has cheap padding or your knees can feel the steel frame under the padding, you won't be comfortable for long in that chair.
Cold foam padding provides consistent support to your body and it is far more durable too. It offers the firmest yet softest feeling, even if you stay seated all day long.
There are two factors to look for when testing the backrest of a gaming chair: support and adjustability.
When you're out shopping, position the adjustable pillows along the 2 curves in your spine: above your shoulders and at the lower back. Play around with the recline until you find the sweet spot where your entire body feels optimally supported.
To test the adjustability feature, shift the reclining position in a couple of different ways. For example, angle further back for relaxing or reading, and position upright for work.
Ask yourself how you feel after adjusting the chair. Do you feel like you can stay in that position for the entire day?
Interestingly, most of the expensive gaming chairs offer a recline to around 135-degrees, however, the cheap chairs offer 180-degrees deep recline. Why's that? It's because the ideal or recommended angle for using a PC is between 100 degrees - 110 degrees. If you want a chair that supports your back, choose a chair with this range of recline.