Are you a console or PC gamer in need of a gaming chair, but on an absolute shoestring budget? Well, how does $50 or less sound for a chair sound?
Yes they do exist, and no, they’re not made of cardboard.
In this guide I’ll show you the best gaming chairs you can get for under $50. While they won’t have all the niceties of a full blown gaming chair, they are still miles ahead of sitting on the floor, or that wooden chair you may have been using for gaming that leaves you with that terrible back and neck pain afterwards.
- 1 ONIVA Ventura Portable Reclining Seat
- 2 bonVIVO Easy III Floor Chair
- 3 Mainstay Faux-Fur Saucer Chair
- 4 KingSo Gaming Floor Chair
- 5 NNEWVANTE Floor Gaming Chair
- 6 Different Types of Gaming Chairs
My #1 pick for a gaming chair that costs less than $50 is the Oniva Reclining Seat, a highly portable gaming and stadium chair whose two killer features are the 6 levels of backrest recline and armrests. Put it anywhere in your house or take it with you to a friend’s place and start gaming with your entire torso properly supported.
Use the chair when playing at home, or lay it flat and carry it to outside to game in a park or at your friend’s place. One happy owner says the chair is “worth every penny” with the excellent arms and back support.
6 levels of backrest recline: Unlike many portable gaming chairs that come with a fixed backrest, the one on the Oniva can recline and lock into 6 different positions. This lets you relax your back and game in whatever position feels most comfortable to you.
Thickly padded: The Oniva chair is thickly cushioned all around, from the seat, armrests to the backrest to provide a seating experience similar to that of an office chair.
Awesome Colors and Designs: It comes in 9 colors and 2 designs to fit any room or decorum.
Folds up flat: The chair folds up flat and can be carried like a backpack.
- Robust backrest with 6 levels of recline.
- Generous cushioning and anti-slip bottom.
- Can be carried around like a backpack
- Over 12 different colors to choose from
- Depending on color, can cost over $50 price
- Chair is rather bulky when carried around.
You can check out how the Ventura works in the video below. Video
Easily bring your gaming chair with you to play with my second pick for best gaming chairs under $50. With the integrated handle, the bonVIVO Easy III folds up and can be carried like you would a suitcase. At just 6 lbs, think of it as lightweight version of the Oniva chair above.
The backrest doesn’t have an adjustable recline. What it does, however, is lock at 90° with a slight give of up to 100°. This, along with the memory foam padding and stable construction, provides adequate support and flex if you’ll be sitting upright most of the time in the chair.
Body-Hugging Memory Foam Padding: Game in style and comfort with supportive memory foam padding that’s upholstered with a stain-resistant synthetic fiber in a blue and beige color combination.
Easy to Carry: The wide handle and lightweight foldable construction makes the Easy III easy to transport.
Space-Saving: It folds flat, making it suitable for homes with limited storage space.
- High backrest offers stable support
- Highly portable by folding up flat with integrated handle.
- 100% toxic free as certified by the European Union
- Size perfect for gaming, meditation, TV watching etc
- Backrest is only lockable in one position
- Material is a magnet for lints and dirt.
Looking for a cheap gaming chair with legs for your teenager or children with some height? Unlike floor chairs, the Mainstay Saucer chair lifts small users up around 12″ so they are more eye level with the screen. Costing well below the target $50 (at last check), it’s perfect for any room and dorm that needs a casual sitting chair for younger adults.
Soft and Plush to the Touch: The fur polyester upholstery looks great and feels cozy.
Comes in an Array of Festive Colors: Available in vibrant solid hues and a zebra design, you can pick according to your child’s taste or to match the room decor.
Wide and Comfy: At 28” wide, the Mainstay is big enough for kids and young adults to curl up in while playing their favorite games.
Wood Flooring Friendly: The bottom bars of the alloy steel frame come with rubber guards that prevent your floor from getting scratched.
- Foldable legs that raise the user up 12″
- Soft cozy faux cover
- No assembly required
- Great for kids and tweens
- Seat area too small for adults
The KingSo reminds me of Oniva gaming chair above, but with plusher cushions and no armrests. Not everyone needs armrests in a chair, and if that’s you, the KingSo is an excellent alternative to the Oniva for a cheap gaming chair that also reclines. It costs just a hair over $50 at last check.
Inside the Kingso is a combination of PE foam and filling that supports your body while remaining plus and extremely soft.
Conforms to the Body: The chopped foam filling conforms to the body, giving ample support where it’s needed.
Wide and Comfy : I love the spacious 21.5” wide seat which makes finding a comfortable gaming position easier.
Lockable at Different Angles: Complementing the wide seat is a 5-point adjustable backrest that you can tweak according to your preference.
Easy Care and Maintenance: One of the best things about the KingSo is its cover which can be removed for washing.
- 5-point backrest recline offers plush support in a variety of positions
- Plush yet supportive PU foam that doesn’t go flat easily
- Removable cover can be washed for easy cleaning
- Limited color options, only available in brown and pink
If you often have a sweaty back after hours of gaming, I recommend checking out the Nnewvante Floor Chair. This budget gaming chair has a hollow lower back which allows air to circulate and cool you off whenever your games get too intense. Plus, just like the KingSo, I love that you can remove the velvet cover and throw it in the washing machine for cleaning.
Like some of my other top picks, the Nnewvante chair’s backrest is also reclinable, all the way to a flat 180 degrees! Combined with a 3″ thick cushion, and you’re ready to game for many hours on end in comfort. Not bad for a gaming chair that costs below $50.
Well-Ventilated Back: The backrest of the Nnewvante has an arc-shaped cavity for improved breathability.
Angle-Adjustable Backrest: From 90° to 180°, you have 6 backrest angle options to support you in a variety of positions.
Durable Base Material: The bottom cover of the seat is both scratch-resistant and waterproof so you can confidently play indoors or outdoors.
Washable Velour Cover: The velvety blue cover can be removed whenever you need to wash it clean.
- Hollow lower back improves ventilation
- 6 level recline-able backrest
- Removable cover can be washed for easy cleaning
- Available only in blue color
To see how the Nnewvante’s backrest is adjusted, watch the video below. Video
Different Types of Gaming Chairs
We’ve talked about the floor gaming chair being like a bean bag and rocker hybrid. But, what exactly are your other options when it comes to gaming chairs?
Most ultra cheap gaming chairs in the $50 range are floor gaming (aka stadium) chairs that do not come with legs. Depending on your budget, however, there are obviously other types of gaming chairs for you to consider.
Bean Bag Gaming Chairs
Bean bags are great for short term gaming or reading, though since they lack a backrest, can start to feel uncomfortable after a while. They’re fun, squishy, and malleable but won’t provide adequate support for long periods of gaming.
A decent adult sized bean bag will easily cost over $50. Expect to pay around $150 or so.
Rocker Gaming Chairs
The rocker chair is for restless or console gamers that often find themselves moving their legs and tapping their fingers a lot. As its name suggests, with this type of gaming chair, you can rock back and forth as much as you want while playing.
Rocker chairs don’t have wheels or a standard base. Instead, they sit on the floor with a broad, heavy base.
More expensive versions of the rocker also come with built-in speakers, vibration motors, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Pedestal Gaming Chairs
A pedestal gaming chair is a variation of the rocker. Unlike the rocker, it has a back and forth and swiveling motion similar to that of a bobblehead.
Pedestral gaming chairs usually cost more than their plain rocker counterpart, and well over $50. Expect to pay north of $200 for a decent pedestal gaming chair.
Armchair Gaming Chairs
Just like the standard armchair, an armchair gaming chair is stationary, well-padded, and often comes with a footrest. Of course, since it’s for gaming, it sometimes comes with features like a sound system, lights, and sporty aesthetics. Others take it to another level in terms of comfort with a reclining backrest and massage function.
A cheap armchair gaming chair can be had for around $150.
Racing Gaming Chairs
For PC gaming, the most common type of chair used are racing chairs that have the same wheelbase and form as standard office chairs. It typically has a 5-caster base and a gas cylinder for height adjustment.
Out of all the different types of gaming chairs, this is the most supportive thanks to its high back, integrated headrest, and lumbar support.
The cheapest racing style gaming chairs cost just under $100, though depending on function and durability can easily cost many times that.