Best gaming chairs in NZ: buying guide

How do you choose the best gaming chair for your set up? Our NZ buying guide takes you through the top considerations.

Last updated: 25 September 2023

For many Kiwis, gaming is more than a hobby; it’s a lifestyle. One that demands the right gear. At the heart of the setup? The gaming chair. Not only does it provide comfort and functionality during those marathon gaming sessions, but it also adds style. 

Here we take you through the most important things to think about when choosing a gaming chair. From types and styles to budget and key features, by the end of this guide, you'll be well-equipped to make the right decision.

Types of gaming chairs

Before diving into the specifics, let's get to know the various types of gaming chairs available in the market.

1. Racing style gaming chair

These are the quintessential gaming chairs, designed to mimic the seats found in race cars. With their sleek, sporty design, they provide excellent lumbar support and are often equipped with adjustable armrests and backrests. Brands like DX Racer and Playmax offer popular options in this category.

Browse our full range of racing style gaming chairs here.

2. Ergonomic gaming chairs

Designed with ergonomics in mind, these chairs prioritise comfort and support for extended periods of use. They often come with adjustable headrests, lumbar pillows, and customisable armrests.

Check out all the best ergonomic gaming chairs here.

Rocker gaming chairs

Perfect for console gamers, rocker gaming chairs are low to the ground and designed to sit directly on the floor. They provide a more relaxed gaming experience, allowing you to feel the game's vibrations directly through the chair.

See the best rocker gaming chairs available.

What's your budget?

While a higher price tag usually means more features and better quality, rest assured, there are awesome options for every budget.

New vs. used gaming chairs

One of the first decisions you'll need to make is whether to go for a brand-new gaming chair or a pre-owned one. Both options have their advantages. New chairs come with the latest technology and full warranties. However, opting for a used gaming chair can be a smart move if you’re wanting to cut costs. Just remember to inspect the condition and ask for a demonstration from the seller.

Key features to look for

When it comes to choosing a gaming chair, certain features can significantly impact your comfort and overall gaming experience. Here are some to keep in mind:

1. Ergonomic design

Look for chairs with an ergonomic design that supports your natural body posture. We’re talking lumbar support, adjustable armrests, and maybe even a reclining feature.

2. Material and padding

What kind of fabric do you like to sit on when you’re gaming? Leather is easy to clean and keeps you cool. Fabric is soft and often more affordable. Just make sure to pay attention to the quality and density of the padding, so you have maximum comfort whatever the fabric.

3. Adjustable features

A good gaming chair should offer height adjustment, tilt angle, and customisable armrests. These features allow you to fine-tune the chair to your specific preferences.

4. Styles and aesthetics

Choose a chair that complements your gaming setup and personal style. Whether you prefer a sleek racing-style chair or a more understated, professional look, there’s an option to suit.

5. Weight capacity

Make sure the chair can comfortably support your weight to avoid any potential structural issues down the line.

6. Additional features

Some chairs come with bonus features like built-in speakers, vibration feedback, and integrated USB ports for charging devices. They may not be essential, but these extras can really elevate your gaming experience.

Our top three gaming chair picks

Looking for some guidance on the top gaming chair brands to consider? We provide our top three picks below.

1. Secretlab Omega

Known for its sleek design, premium materials, and a range of striking styles, the Secretlab Omega is a standout choice for gamers wanting top-notch comfort and durability. With its high-density cold-cured foam and customisable lumbar support, it offers a plush yet supportive experience. It’s also equipped with a multi-tilt mechanism, meaning versatile adjustments for various gaming styles.

Check out our Secretlab Omega listings here.

2. DXRacer

Probably the most classic pick, the DXRacer has truly earned its reputation for quality. Designed with an ergonomic racing-style shape, it provides excellent back and neck support. This chair is highly adjustable, allowing users to find their ideal position for extended gaming sessions. And with a sturdy aluminium base and durable materials, it's built to last.

Browse our DXRacer options here.

AKRacing Masters Pro

A heavyweight contender, perfect for gamers who demand top-tier features. The AKRacing Masters Pro boasts a steel frame and high-density foam for longevity and comfort. It also comes with tonnes of adjustable elements, including 4D armrests and a reclining feature. This chair combines robust construction with a premium aesthetic, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a luxurious gaming experience.

See our AKRacing listings here. 

Accessories to improve your gaming setup

To take your gaming experience to the next level, why not invest in some accessories that complement your gaming chair? Check out these cool options:

1. Gaming headsets

High-quality audio is essential for an immersive gaming experience. A good gaming headset can improve your audio cues and communication with teammates. Here are some great options available on Trade Me.

2. Gaming desks

A dedicated desk for gaming gives you a stable and spacious surface for your peripherals and some more storage options. Have a look through some options for new vs. used gaming desks on Trade Me.

3. Monitor mounts

Adjustable monitor mounts mean you can position your screen at the right height and angle for better posture and comfortable viewing. Great for those extended gaming sessions. Here’s what we have available at the moment.

4. Cable management

Keep your gaming area tidy and organised by preventing tangled cords and reducing clutter. Here are our best cable management listings.

5. Lumbar pillows

Additional support for your lower back can help alleviate strain and make your gaming chair even more comfortable. We have lots of lumbar pillow listings here.

Happy gaming!

Choosing the perfect gaming chair is a decision that goes beyond aesthetics. It's about finding a chair that caters to your specific needs. Whether that's superior ergonomics, sleek design, or budget-friendly options, you’re now well-equipped to make the right decision. So, go ahead and level up your gaming experience — your next victory awaits.

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