If you ask for recommendations online when looking for a new gaming chair, chances are you’ll be told at least once that all “racing” style chairs (named after they look like the bucket seats that the found in race cars) are hot garbage and that you should buy yourself a Herman Miller instead.
These coveted luxury office chairs have gained a cult following thanks to their true ergonomic design, and despite an asking price that would bring anyone to tears, people seem more than happy to bend over backwards to get one. , save for as long as it takes to find used models.
They are certainly impressive and the love they receive is far from undeserved, but they have one glaring problem which means I’ll probably never buy one – they’re hideous. I’m upset that many calls asking for help selecting a chair also name popular models used by the gaming community such as Secretlab, which might be a better indication of what they’re actually looking for.
Sometimes people really want style over substance, and especially among young people, the level of ergonomics of Herman Miller products is less necessary. There are plenty of options available on either side of that fence, with garish gamer aesthetics and stuffy professional-looking chairs both appealing to different demographics, so we’re hardly short of choices no matter what you’re looking for. .
Spending money on ugly furniture ain’t it
I’ve had the pleasure of testing quite a few gaming chairs in my time, and I’ve never had any back issues even after sitting on them for about 12 hours a day (thanks to the pandemic, my desk is also my play space). It’s very unhealthy of course, but it has definitely tested the comfort of these chairs over long periods of use and I have rarely found them to be unsuitable, especially since many brands also claim to have an ergonomic design.
I should point out that I’m a 28 year old overweight male, so I fall somewhere in between the age demographics for both chair styles, perhaps leaning closer to the colorful and punchy designs loved by young people that the need for improved back support offered by the over 35s. And I’m in no way saying that Herman Miller is inferior – in fact I’d say the folks pushing the health benefits of its design are right, and if you suffer from back pain or have a few extra years behind you, then it’s a fantastic purchase.
I also believe people’s claims that they can find racing style chairs to not offer enough back support, or at least to be less than what Herman Miller can offer, although I have a lot of skepticism as for the number of people on social networks, they only repeat what others say, without having acquired their own experience. The way some people talk about racing-style gaming chairs, you’d think they’re made of broken glass and Lego, meant to leave your back in worse shape than Batman after a run-in with Bane.
Not everyone needs to worry about high-end ergonomics as soon as they start getting involved in gaming, especially since for most young people a gaming chair is an expensive purchase. for a setup. Spending up to thousands of dollars on a chair to get…well, something that looks like it came out of an IKEA flat pack would definitely leave me feeling a little deflated.
It’s all a matter of personal preference
Many people take pride in their play space and how they decorate their surroundings. Just take a look at spaces like YouTube and TikTok to see people talking about how to theme their devices together, what desk accessories to buy to add extra pizzazz, and, occasionally, products that match. to their favorite games or shows. With people on social media showing such love for color co-ordinating their spaces, I greatly appreciate the resulting market demand to have products in tones other than black, white, and gray.
It’s a space where other brands excel, with Secret Lab offers designs inspired by things like The Witcher or CyberPunk 2077, and AndaSeat is launching a series of Marvel-themed products, like this fun Spider-Man model. Razer has also developed its own lines of chairs in recent years, with impressive snake-inspired designs and a pink variant to match its line of Pink Quartz gaming peripherals and gear.
Place these funky chairs next to what Herman Miller has to offer and it’s no contest to me. Even the Herman Miller “gaming” chairs suffer from a case of ugliness, looking no better aesthetically than the rest of their product catalog, and despite my weight, I’m healthy enough not to worry about my back. , so the only outlet (as far as I’m concerned) arguing them for the outrageous asking price is irrelevant to me.
If Herman Miller released another line of gaming chairs to appeal to a younger demographic I might have a newfound interest in dropping a small mountain of cash on one but for now I’m sitting in a blissful comfort in what some would warn you is a terrible, uncomfortable racing-style seat.
If you’re young and healthy, just pick something that you like the look of and is within your budget, as long as it has decent reviews and doesn’t fall apart. As The Dude would tell you, it will “really tie the room together.”