Gaming chairs have become incredibly popular in recent years. Gamers everywhere praise their comfort, adjustability, and overall design.
However, are these chairs really as good as they seem? Or are people just being fooled by the flashy designs and promises of comfort? In this post, I will explore some of the common problems with gaming chairs and why you might not want to buy one.
1) Comfort Issues
The main selling point of gaming chairs is that they are supposed to provide comfort. However, many people find that this comfort comes at a price. Gaming chairs tend to be designed in such a way that the user is forced into an upright position.
This is seen as beneficial by chair manufacturers because it simulates an “ideal” posture for sitting. The problem is that this forced upright position isn’t always comfortable.
For some people, it can lead to back pain because the user isn’t sitting correctly. The lumbar support may not be enough to keep your spine in correct alignment.
Another problem with the design of gaming chairs is that they are so adjustable. Many of them can be reclined, tilted, and rocked. This is beneficial in the sense that you can change positions while you play.
However, some users have found that these chairs tend to move too easily. They will tilt or rock when they don’t want them to. Or they may find themselves leaning back further than they meant to (which can be uncomfortable).
Another common problem with gaming chairs is their questionable quality. They are expensive, but many users find that the materials used in them don’t justify their cost. For example, some chairs use cheap imitation leather or leatherette .
The armrests and neck support may not be up to par either (I’ve seen some pretty bad ones). After all, why would they be? Chair manufacturers invest their money into flashy designs and cool features. Quality materials and comfort are secondary concerns because they don’t really help to sell the chair.
Given that gaming chairs are expensive, you’d expect them to last a long time. However, many users have found that this isn’t always the case.
The materials used in them are often not durable enough for regular use over an extended period of time. Many chairs don’t even have a weight limit listed on their specifications.
Some people have reported broken arm rests , broken back support, or other issues after just a few months . In general, the durability of gaming chairs is usually worse than that of regular chairs.
Lastly, you might not like how a gaming chair looks in your room. I’ve seen many different designs from different manufacturers, but most of them emphasize style over substance.
This means that their appearance will likely be pretty flashy and eye-catching. If you’re looking for a chair that will blend in with your room, then this probably isn’t the one for you (unless it’s all black, of course).
Most gaming chairs tend to come in garish colors and strange designs . Unfortunately, many users feel like they have to buy these chairs if they want an ergonomic gaming experience.
What Is the Alternative?
For people who are looking for quality ergonomic chairs, there are other options out there besides gaming chairs. Here are some of them:
1) Task Chairs
Some gamers try to get by with regular task chairs instead of gaming chairs . They tend to be more comfortable over an extended period of time.
Their designs are simpler and less flashy than gaming chairs. This means they don’t attract as much attention, which is good if you like your gaming setup to be low-key (or if you often game in public spaces).
Unfortunately, there aren’t many good task chairs for gamers because few companies make them. They usually require more space than a typical office chair, and they often prioritize comfort over style (which isn’t ideal for gaming).
2) High-End Office Chairs
If you don’t mind spending more money on a regular basis, you could always try shopping for high-end office chairs . Many people choose these when their budget isn’t too limited. They tend to be much more durable than gaming chairs.
As you can probably imagine, high-end office chairs are much more comfortable over an extended period of time. They’re built with solid materials that won’t fall apart after a few months.
Also, they tend to be much wider and roomier than most task/gaming chairs (you’ll never feel cramped or squished while you’re sitting in them).
3) Lower-End Ergonomic Chairs
If you don’t mind buying a used chair instead of a new one, then some ergonomic chairs might work out for you. These often come from office environments where they’ve been previously used by dozens of different employees.
In general, the average person spends over 50 hours per week in their chair. That’s why ergonomic chairs are designed to be comfortable for an extended period of time.
There are often adjustable features that you don’t see on standard task/gaming chairs, too (such as armrests that can be adjusted up and down or outwards).
All in All
If you’re looking for an ergonomic gaming chair, then you might want to consider some alternatives. High-end office chairs are very durable and comfortable, but they tend to be pricey. Lower-end ergonomic chairs are also a decent choice if you can find one at the right price point.
Task chairs are another good option, but they aren’t great ergonomic chairs (and they’re usually outdated). When you get down to it, though, many people can still enjoy a comfortable gaming experience without shelling out the big bucks for an ergonomic chair.
Do you agree? What experiences have you had with buying and using different types of chairs over the years?
Feel free to share them with me in the comments.