With the rise in esports and live game streaming, racing-style gaming chairs are more popular than ever. And, even if you don’t have a huge budget, there are still options available for you. In this guide, we’ve taken a look at the best gaming chairs under $200.
Who says you need to spend ~$400 to get a high-end gaming chair like the Secretlab Titan? Or, even $250 to get something like the OPSeat Grandmaster? There are plenty of gaming chairs available that come in under $200.
No, they won’t offer quite the same quality as some of the higher-end options on the market. But, if you’re working with a tight budget, there are suitable options available. And, in this post, we’ve provided a list of the best PC gaming chairs under $200.
A Quick Look at the Best Gaming Chairs Under $200
The table below represents our picks for the best gaming chair under $200 overall, our runner-up selection, the best office chair option under $200, and our favorite ultra-budget gaming chair.
Best Gaming Chair Under $200:
Our pick for the best gaming chair is GTRacing’s GT901. In reality, the GT901 is almost identical in features to our runner-up pick, the Ficmax Racing. However, since the GT901 comes in at ~$10 cheaper than the Ficmax Racing, we gave it the edge in ranking.
The GT901 comes in four different color schemes and has a user weight capacity of up to 300-pounds. It has the traditional racing-style design that is popular right now, but it has a few notable features that you won’t find on a lot of other chairs in this price range.
First, while it does have bucket-style seats, its thicker seatbase means that you won’t be as restricted (since the seatbase is at the same height as the bucket “wings”). The other neat feature that the GT901 has is the fold out leg rest. The leg rest allows you to put your feet up when you recline back in the chair.
Along with those features, the chair can recline back up to 170-degrees, has height adjustment options on both the seatbase of the chair and the arm rests, and comes with a lumbar support pillow and a headrest pillow.
Overall, the GTRacing GT901 has all the features of a higher-end gaming chair, but it comes in at a lot lower of a price. Of course, the build quality won’t quite match the quality you’ll get with more expensive models, and it doesn’t come with adjustment features like a built-in lumbar support, or 4D arm rests. However, for under $200, this is probably the best racing-style chair you’ll find.
As we mentioned above, the Ficmax Racing offers all of the same features that the GTRacing GT901 offers. The only real difference between the two is that the Ficmax Racing chair comes with a little bit higher pricetag.
The Ficmax Racing chair is available in more color schemes, though. So, if you’re considering both the GT901 and the Ficmax chair and the Ficmax chair has a color scheme that the GT901 isn’t available in, you’d be perfectly fine to go with the color scheme you want. Again, these chairs are basically the same in almost every way.
The Ficmax Racing has the same 300-pound weight capacity, the same reclining feature (although, the Ficmax chair can go back to 180-degrees), and the same fold-out footrest. The Ficmax chair also has the same thicker seatbase, which will help eliminate the restrictive nature of the winged bucket-style seats.
Ultimately, though, for $10 less you can the GT901, which is basically the same chair. If the Ficmax Racing chair drops in price, though, it would definitely be worth considering.
Top Office Chair Pick:
While gaming chairs look cool and, for the most part are comfortable enough to sit in, for the same price as the two options listed above, you can get a more ergonomic-friendly office chair, like the Ticova Ergonomic.
No, it doesn’t look as cool and none of the top streamers are sitting in it, but if you’re more conscious of your sitting posture and overall back health, then the Ticova Ergonomic iis probably a better option for you.
This mid-back chair has built-in adjustable lumbar support, a breathable mesh covering, adjustable seat height, and adjustable arm rest height. Its seat base is what really sets it apart from traditional gaming chairs, though. It’s not a bucket-style seat and, therefore, won’t be as restrictive to sit in as some of the gaming chairs listed above and below will.
In the end, the Ticova Ergonomic is going to offer a better overall sitting experience. It may not be a significantly better sitting experience in the grand scheme of things, but it will be better nonetheless. So, if the racing-style design isn’t important to you, this ergonomic office chair is probably a better option.
Budget Gaming Chair:
If you don’t have much more than $100 to spend on a new gaming chair, then you might want to consider the OFM Essentials chair. It doesn’t have the typical racing-style design and it’s really just a budget-friendly office chair with some more extreme color scheme options. But, this chair is affordable, has a flatter seatbase (and will therefore be a bit more comfortable than options with bucket-style seats), and will be something that can hold you over until you can afford a higher-end option.
The chair can hold users up to 275-pounds, so it isn’t a great option for larger users. If you are a bigger gamer, check out our guide on the Best Big and Tall Gaming Chairs—although, most of the options on that list are going to come in well over $200.
The bottom line, though, is that if you’re looking for a cheaper chair, the OFM Essentials is at least worth considering.
Honorable Mention #1:
TOPSKY High Back
Another affordable option is TOPSKY’s High-Back gaming chair. This chair is unique because it combines the main features of both a gaming chair and a budget-friendly office chair to provide not only a slightly better sitting experience, but a cool-looking design as well.
The TOPSKY High-back can recline back up to 175-degrees, it comes with a fold-out leg rest, and it can support users up to 300-pounds. It also has a flatter seat base and is available in multiple color schemes.
The downside of this chair, though, is that its arm rests aren’t adjustable and its seat base isn’t very thick.
However, the chair does only cost ~$140, so it isn’t quite as expensive as our top three options. Overall, it’s a worthy option in the $100-$200 price range and if you’re looking for something that can combine an office-style chair with a racing-style chair, the TOPSKY High-Back might be the chair for you.
Honorable Mention #2:
I reviewed the GTRacing GTBEE and, while it was a decent overall chair, it just wasn’t for me. The big problem I had with the GTBEE is its bucket-style seats. Bucket style seats aren’t comfortable to be, as they restrict how far I can spread my legs.
To be fair, though, pretty much all racing-style seats have deeper bucket style seats. And, if you prefer the bucket-style seats, then the GTRacing GTBEE is probably the best option for you in this price range, since it comes in at under $130 and it has all of the features you’d expect out of a racing-style gaming chair.
It can recline back to 170-degrees, its available in 7-different color schemes, it comes with a lumbar support pillow and headrest pillow, and it has the traditional racing-style design.
In the end, I prefer the GTRacing GT901 and the Ficmax Racing chair over the GTBEE, though, because of the thicker seatbase, which removes the limitations of the bucket-style seats.
Honorable Mention #3:
If you don’t have $100 to spend on a chair, one cheap gaming chair option is BestOffice’s Ergonomic PC Gaming Chair. This chair is unique in that, for less than $100, it comes with most of the standard features you’d expect out of a gaming chair.
It can recline backwards, it has a racing-style design (it’s available in 10-different color schemes), its arm rests and its height can adjust up and down, and it comes with a lumbar support pillow and headrest pillow. The “wings” on the bucket-style seats are exaggerated as well, which gives it a flatter seat base.
The obvious downside of this chair, though, is its build quality. It does say it can hold users that weigh up to 250-pounds, but its weaker wheel base design makes me think that might be pushing it. Its seatbase and chair design are a bit on the thin/flimsy side as well.
But, you’re really not going to find a well-built computer chair for under $100 anyways. So, the lower build-quality is to be expected. And, ultimately, while this won’t be a good long-term sitting solution, it will likely serve you well enough over the short-run. And, so it would be worth considering if you’re working with a tight budget.
Which is the Best Gaming Chair Under $200?
None of the gaming chairs in the sub-$200 price range are going to give you an ideal sitting experience. And, if you do have less than $200 to spend, you’d probably be better off just getting a standard office chair.
With that being said, though, there are some decent options in this price range. So, if you’re in the market for the best gaming chair under $200, one of the options above should meet your needs and budget.