Hi guys! Dave here again. Today big guns. Biggest gaming chair brands on the market: DXRacer vs AKRacing vs Vertagear vs Arozzi.
Which one is the best? What is my opinion about them?
At the beginning a little background.
I remember when I was going to buy gaming chair for me. AKRacing, DXRacer, Vertagear and Arozzi were currently the most popular gaming chairs brands on the market.
It was about a year ago or something like that but now they are still the most popular gaming chairs brands. Both on US and European market.
I was looking at all these fancy gaming chairs and thinking “Damn, I can’t see big difference between them!”.
Yeah, I knew that some of them had PU cover, another were fabric but it was still too small info. I didn’t know why one DXRacer model was worth $250 while another was $400. At the same time AKRacing with similar material and design costed $300.
I’m Google guy so of course I tried to find some good information but even on Reddit people didn’t give me all answers.
Which gaming chair is the best for me? DXRacer vs AKRacing, DXRacer vs Vertagear or maybe AKRacing vs Arozzi?
I wanted to know the best brand and the best model from these brands for me.
At that time there was no single page with quality information which could help me.
But finally after almost 2 weeks of research, checking all official website of AKRacing, DXRacer, Vertagear and Arozzi, Amazon customer reviews, Reddit and much more I found the right chair for me.
I knew that my research can’t be wasted just for one person.
That’s why I created this
big HUGE guide. You will find here everything about DXRacer, AKRacing, Vertagear and Arozzi. Answers to all your questions (or at least the biggest struggle you have).
You will find here answers to questions like: Is it worth to buy gaming chair? Which gaming chair brand is the best? And finally: Which gaming chair is best for me?
Ready? Grab a huuuuuge cup of coffee and enjoy (or should I say: good luck)!
Height & Weight Recommendations & Comparison – Which Brand Offers Widest Size Range?
This part could look boring. You maybe even want to skip it.
But please, don’t!
Can I tell you my biggest mistake which I made at the beginning of my searching for gaming chair?
I looked only on the rates, features and design, not on the chair size recommendation.
I have almost bought DXRacer King because it has 4D armrests! And trust me, it’s not the chair for my body (yep, I’m quite average/small guy).
Don’t make this mistake and at first check which chair is going to be the best for your body type. Then you can go and make fun with design, casters, features etc.
Ok, here we go!
DXRacer Size Recommendation – The Biggest Offer On The Market
If you are wondering which DXRacer chair would fit you most comfortably, check the table below with the recommendations from official DXRacer website.
|Series||Weight Limit||Height Limit||Weight Recommendation||Height Recommendation|
|Origin||180 lbs||5’9’’||150 lbs||5’7’’|
|Elite||180 lbs||5’9’’||150 lbs||5’7’’|
|Formula||200 lbs||5’10’’||180 lbs||5’8’’|
|Racing||With Conventional Tilt Mechanism||200 lbs||6’1’’||180 lbs||5’11’’|
|With Multi-functional Tilt Mechanism||250 lbs||6’3’’||220 lbs||5’8’’ – 6’2’’|
|Drifting||With Conventional Tilt Mechanism||200 lbs||5’10’’||170 lbs||5’9’’|
|With Multi-functional Tilt Mechanism||225 lbs||5’11’’||190 lbs||5’10’’|
|Work||220 lbs||6’1’’||185 lbs||5’8’’ – 6’|
|Valkyrie||225 lbs||6’1’’||180 lbs||5’11’|
|Classic||250 lbs||5’11’’||225 lbs||5’8’’ – 5’10’’|
|Iron||275 lbs||6’2’’||250 lbs||5’9’’ – 6’1’’|
|King||300 lbs||6’2’’||275 lbs||5’9’’- 6’2’’|
|Sentinel||350 lbs||6’6’’||325 lbs||6’ – 6’5’’|
|Boss||450 lbs||6’4’’||400 lbs||6’ – 6’2’’|
|Tank||450 lbs||6’7’’||425 lbs||6’1’’ – 6’6’’|
As you can see DXRacer offers a wide range of models, designed for literally all body types!
You can find a chair for people who are short and small, average in height and slim, short and heavy, as well as very tall and hefty. This is huge DXRacer advantage. Other brands do offer many models, however these chairs have smaller range of sizes.
Recommendation from DXRacer is one thing. The other are reviews of people who tested specific chairs. I did research for you and below are some height and weight recommendations based on customer reviews:
- Origin Series is perfect choice for small and average in height people with slim or average body type (5’3’’-5’9’’, up to 180 lbs).
- Elite Series is designed for small and average sized users as well.
- Formula is mostly used by people from 5’2’’ to 5’10’’, from 125 to 200 lbs. It allows shorter person to keep his feet flat on the floor. For taller and heavier person with wide shoulders or thighs it would be too small.
- Racing Series with conventional tilt is the best option for users from 5’7’’ to 6ft tall and from 140 to 200 lbs. It can accommodate taller and heavier person (6’1’’ and 200 lbs), but only with slim or skinny build, not athletic build and broad shoulders.
- Racing Series with multi-functional tilt is great for a person who is 5’9’’-5’11’’ tall and up to 200 lbs. It’s most comfy for slim or medium build body type. For a smaller user it will be too wide and high, but it can work if you like to sit cross-legged.
- Drifting Series is most suitable for users from 5’8’’ up to 6’1’’, but not heavier than 225 lbs.
- Work is great for users from 5’10’’ to 6’1’’ with wide shoulders.
- Classic Series is most comfortable for people from 5’9’’ up to 6’1’’, as the backrest is long enough. However this model has non-adjustable neck pillow (it is built-in) and it may be too low to a person over 5’11’’, especially if he has long torso.
- Iron Series fits perfectly users from 5’9’’ to 6’3’’ and up to 265 lbs. It’s good choice for people with bigger thighs or those who like to spread their legs during sitting. Users with wide upper body (bigger than size 44) should consider King Series.
- King Series is great for taller users: from 5’11’’ up to 6’3’’. It can fit a heavier person (up to 290 lbs), but because of the tall wings on each side of the seat, it may be too narrow for someone with large thighs.
- Sentinel Series is perfect solution for big and tall person. It’s most suitable from 5’10’’ up to 6’5’’ and up to 300 lbs.
- According to customers, Boss Series is perfect for a tall and heavy person with wide, but not very long upper body.
- Tank Series is the biggest of all DXRacer chairs and it can easily accommodate a user with big and tall frame (up to 6’7’’ and 400 lbs). It’s also very comfy for tall and skinny or average in height but chubby person.
| My score for DXRacer in category “Range of Sizes”:|
AKRacing Size Recommendation – Mostly For Gamer With Average Body Type
First of all, I need to mention that in winter 2018 AKRacing added few series with new chairs to their collection. There are four main series: Core, Masters, Office and Legacy. The Legacy Series includes all old models: K7, Prime, Nitro, Octane, Overture, Player, Premium, Prox and Onyx. They are still for sale at the time I’m writing this, however these models won’t be restocked.
New chairs from Core, Masters and Office Series look like upgraded and improved version of old models. Although the appearance is similar, there are new features. I will tell you more about it in next chapters.
For now, let’s take a quick look at AKRacing chairs sizes.
When it comes to the old models (Legacy Series) AKRacing doesn’t gives us so many information as DXRacer and there are no recommendations for user’s height, weight or BMI which makes choosing one of AKRacing chairs more difficult.
The only information that we can find on the official website is that all chairs have weight capacity of 330 lbs (150 kg).
Below you can find my recommendation, based on my comparison of AKRacing chairs with DXRacer model and dozens of customer reviews on Amazon.
Of course these are only approximate sizes, but based on reviews written by people who have bought and tested these chairs. Sometimes even taller and shorter people may fit well in the chair, because everything depends on body build (e.g. legs and upper body length), but these recommendation refer to most common users’ size.
|Series||Recommended Weight (Best up to)||Recommended Height|
|K7||180 lbs||5’6’’ – 6’ (sweet spot 5’9’’)|
|Prime||180 lbs||5’6’’ – 6’ (sweet spot 5’9’’)|
|Nitro||200 lbs||5’6’’ – 6’ (sweet spot 5’9’’)|
|Premium||250 lbs||5’5” – 6’ (sweet spot 5’9”)|
|Octane||200 lbs||5’7’’- 5’11’ (sweet spot 5’8’’)|
|Player||200 lbs||5’7’’- 5’11’ (sweet spot 5’8’’)|
|Onyx||250 lbs||5’7’’ – 6’1’’ (sweet spot 5’11’)|
|Overture||200 lbs||5’7’’ – 6’2’’ (sweet spot 5’9’’)|
|ProX||275 lbs||5’11’’ – 6’4’’ (sweet spot 6’2’’)|
And again, check what people say about specific model in terms of fit to the specific body type:
- What is noteworthy, AKRacing K7, Prime and Nitro have the same dimensions so they are designed for the same type of users. However, Nitro has seat cover made of PU leather (instead of fabric) which may be stronger and suitable for a bit heavier people.K7, Prime and Nitro are few inches bigger than for example DXRacer Elite, so they are designed for bigger users. They are quite similar to DXRacer Formula.
- Octane and Player have the same dimensions. They are also very similar to DXRacer Work (differences are about 0.5-1 inch).
- Another important thing: Although Onyx is wide (about 2.5” wider than K7) the seat is really bucket-style seat. It means both sides of the seat are raised and there are large wings on each side of the backrest. Because of that person with wide shoulders and hips and large thighs may technically fit in it, but the wings may cause pressure on his legs and arms.
- According to customers none of the AKRacing chairs, except for ProX, is suitable for hefty people with wide hips and upper body. Only ProX is wide enough to accommodate tall and big users. It’s really wide, so even a person with really wide hips and shoulders will fit in between seat wings (but it may be too wide for a tall and skinny person).
All chairs from new series have weight limit of 330 lbs, except for the AKRacing Masters Series Max chair which can hold up to 400 lbs.
Additionally, the brand gives us BMI recommendations to help us to decide whether the chair is right for our body type.
|Chair Model||Recommended BMI||Border|
|Core Series||EX||Up to 29||30-35|
|EX-Wide||Up to 35||36-40|
|SX||Up to 29||30-35|
|LX||Up to 29||30-35|
|Masters Series||Max||Up to 41||42-50|
|Premium||Up to 29||30-35|
|Pro||Up to 35||36-40|
|Office Series||Opal||Up to 35||36-40|
|Obsidian||Up to 29||30-35|
|Onyx||Up to 35||36-40|
New chairs from AKRacing Core, Masters and Office Series don’t have many reviews on the Internet yet, so I cannot tell you what customers say about their sizes. However I did compare these chairs with older models and here are my conclusions.
All chairs from Core Series have similar size to old K7, Prime and Nitro chairs. Therefore these models are definitely designed for short and average users.
However, EX-Wide has wider backrest and seat than other Core Series chairs so it may be a good option for someone who isn’t very tall (let’s say up to 6ft), but has wider hips and upper body.
AKRacing Masters Series Pro has similar dimensions as AKRacing Legacy Series ProX chair. So we can assume it will be a good fit for big and heavy guy.
What is noteworthy, is the difference in chair height settings. The lowest and highest setting on Pro chair is much higher than on ProX, therefore it may be suitable for taller users. This is a big & tall chair.
AKRacing Premium chair similar height settings and additionally this model has deeper seat, so it’s even better for tall people with long legs. However this chair has narrower seat and backrest (similar to EX chair) so it’s rather for slim/average body type. This is rather slim & tall chair.
Third chair from Masters Series – AKRacing Max can not only hold heavier user, but it also has wider backrest for those who have broad shoulders. Moreover, the seat doesn’t have high wings on each side (like the Pro chair), so it will be more comfortable for users who have wide hips and massive thighs. I would say this is a tank chair for hefty, average and tall users (sweet spot: 5’11’’-6’2’’).
AKRacing Opal chair is designed for average in size guys. It may be a good fit for chubby person as well, but not very tall (I would say it’s best up to 6ft tall).
Obsidian model from AKRacing Office Series is also for average in height people. It doesn’t have wings on each side of the seat so it won’t dig into your thighs if you like to sit with your legs spread apart. However, the backrest is bucket-styled, with large wings. If you have wide, muscular upper body it may be less comfortable for you.
It’s the same with AKRacing Office Series Onyx chair which has even more rounded backrest that cuddles you in it. Moreover this model has wings on both sides of the seat.
If you have wide hips and shoulders, or simply don’t want a chair with high wings on sides, choose different model, with wider backrest.
Exact dimensions of all AKRacing chairs you can find on their official website.
| My score for AKRacing in category “Range of Sizes”:|
Vertagear Size Recommendation – 4 Different Chairs For 4 Different Body Types
All chairs from S Line and Triigger Line have weight capacity of 150 kg (330 lbs). PL6000 chair has weight capacity of 440 lbs. Moreover Vertagear recommend S Line chairs for users up to 6’4’’, while the height recommendation for PL6000 is 5’9″ – 6’8″.
Below you can see my recommendation, based on the customer reviews on Amazon and my comparison with DXRacer and AKRacing chairs.
|Chair||Recommended Weight (best up to)||Recommended Height|
|SL2000||250 lbs||5’3” – 6’1”/ sweet spot 5’10’’|
|SL4000||200 lbs||5’5’’-6’/ sweet spot 5’7’’|
|SL5000||250 lbs||5’6’’- 6’1’’ / sweet spot 5’11’’|
|PL6000||300 lbs||5’10’’ – 6’3’’ / sweet spot 6’|
- Vertagear SL2000 has very similar dimensions to DXRacer Racing (with conventional tilt). Moreover it’s great for short and average in height people. The backrest is fine even for 6’2’’ tall users, but this is a bucket-style seat with wings on each side which makes it too narrow for people who are broad in shoulders. So it’s a good chair for tall-ish people, but with average or slim body type.
- According to many customers Vertagear SL4000 is not for muscular people who have bigger frame, wide waist and big legs. Because of the bolster in the middle and big wing on each side, you can’t spread your legs. Lots of users say this model is made for skinny people. *PL6000 has 2’’ shorter backrest than SL2000, but max. chair height is 3’’ higher and the seat is 1.5’’ deeper. So it’s for similar/ a bit higher people, but with longer legs and shorter torso.
- Customers don’t recommend SL5000 for people with wide frames. Person with athletic build will fit in, but it’s not a chair for chubby guy.
- PL6000 is best for people who are average in height and heavy (for example 5’10’’ and 300 lbs) or muscular (170 lbs) as well as tall and chubby (6’4’’ tall and 290 lbs). However it may be too narrow for very tall and big person with wide shoulders (above 300 lbs).
- If you want to read full comparison of all Vertagear models (SL2000, SL4000, SL5000 and PL6000) click here.
| My score for Vertagear in category “Range of Sizes”:|
Arozzi Size Recommendation – You Can Be Sure Weight But Not Height
Arozzi states weight capacity for each chair, however there are no official recommendations for height.
Below are my recommendations, based on customer reviews (of Enzo, Monza, Torretta, Torretta XL and Vernazza) and my comparison of Arozzi chairs to other brands’ models.
|Series||Weight capacity||Height recommendation (best up to)|
|Enzo||190 lbs||5’9’’ – 6’2’’|
|Inizio||231.5 lbs||5’8’’ – 6’1’’|
|Mezzo||265 lbs||5’10’’ – 6’2’’|
|Milano||190 lbs||5’10’’ – 6’2’’|
|Monza||230 lbs||5’10’’ – 6’4’’|
|Torretta||200 lbs||5’6’’ – 6’’|
*For slim & skinny body
|Torretta XL||260 lbs||6’ – 6’5’’|
*Not for wide thighs
|Vernazza||320 lbs||6’1 – 6’5’’|
|Verona V2||231 lbs||5’8’’ – 6’1’’|
|Verona PRO V2||290 lbs||5’8’’ – 6’1’’|
|Verona XL+||352 lbs||5’10’’ – 6’5’’|
|Verona Junior||132.3 lbs||4’9’’|
Arozzi don’t have too many reviews on Amazon and on their website I can’t find enough information to write something more. In the table above you can find the most important information and my recommendation. Hopefully it’s sufficient.
| My score for Arozzi in category “Range of Sizes”:|
My Final Verdict: Which Gaming Chair Brand Offers The Widest Range Of Sizes?
DXRacer offers the biggest amount of models and widest range of sizes than three other brands. You can find a chair that will suit short and skinny person, average in height and slim or chubby user or a big and tall guy. And thanks to recommendation stated on DXRacer official website you can choose the chair that will suit you height and weight the best.
Other brands do not offer such a wide range of sizes and usually chairs made by one brand have similar dimensions.
Most Durable Gaming Chair Brand (Base & Wheel Casters)
At the first glance it seems like all chairs have the same base, however…
…there are some differences not only between different brands, but also between models from one manufacturer.
The major difference is the material that the base is made of and the size of casters.
So let’s begin!
DXRacer Durability Overview – Something For Everyone
All DXRacer chairs have 5-star base which is made of aluminum or nylon. All bases are black or silver and have colored pads on each leg that match the rest of the chair.
Generally speaking chairs with higher weight and height limit have aluminum base. Models with lower weight capacity usually have nylon base (but not always, as you will see later).
Aluminum vs Nylon Base – The Differences (And Which One Is Better For You?)
Are you wondering what are the differences between aluminum and nylon bases or which one would be better for you?
Well, nylon base has matte finish, while aluminum one has shiny finish. Moreover, nylon is available only in black, on the other hand aluminum bases come in black and silver.
Another difference between nylon and aluminum base is that the latter one can hold more weight. This is the main reason why you can find nylon base only on the chairs that are designed for smaller and lighter people, but not on the models that are suitable for heavy users. However, the aluminum base can be found on both smaller and bigger models.
Depending on the model there are few types of the aluminum base:
- Narrow Aluminum Base
- Wide Aluminum Base
- Inlaid Color Bar Base (which have some decorative elements)
The Wide Aluminum Base is the strongest and biggest base of all DXRacer bases and it’s suitable to support more weight. That’s why we can find it on chairs that are designed for heavier and taller users: Boss Series, Classic Series, Iron Series, King Series, Sentinel Series, Tank Series and Work Series. These chairs have weight capacity of at least 220 lbs. They are equipped not only with stronger (aluminum) and wider base but also have bigger casters (3’’ PU casters).
However, not only heavy duty chairs are equipped with aluminum base. Models with smaller weight capacity may have it, but it will a bit smaller. On DXRacer Drifting Series chairs we can find Narrow Aluminum Base with 2’’ PU casters or Inlaid Color Bar Base (which is also made of aluminum, but has additional inlaid decorations) with 2’’ or 3’’ PU casters (depending on the model).
Chairs from Valkyrie Series also have aluminum base, but what is noteworthy – it has completely different shape and looks like a spider (Spider base). Valkyrie chairs are also equipped with 3’’ PU casters.
Elite and Origin Series chairs have nylon base. Both these chairs are designed for smaller user as their weight capacity is only 180 lbs and the height limit is 5’9’’.
Now let’s take a look at the most popular DXRacer chairs – Formula Series and Racing Series:
All chairs from Formula Series have 2’’ PU Casters, however some models have nylon base, while others have Inlaid Color Bar Base, made of aluminum. Despite the different material of the base, all chairs from Formula Series are suitable to hold up to 200 lbs.
DXRacer Racing Series chairs have one of three types of base: nylon base with 2’’ PU casters, Narrow Aluminum Base with 2’’ PU casters or Inlaid Color Bar Base with 3’’ PU casters. The models that have inlaid aluminum base have a bit higher weight capacity – 250 lbs, while other chairs can hold a user up to 200 lbs.
What Customers Think About DXRacer Bases & Wheel Casters?
I went through hundreds of customer reviews on Amazon and it turns out that most of users praise the DXRacer bases.
Let’s start with the Wide Aluminum Base and 3’’ PU casters that we can find on chairs with higher weight capacity.
Customers say this type of base is really big, solid, sturdy and well-balanced. With such a huge base you can feel confident you won’t fall backwards even when you tilt back. Moreover you can be sure this base will last a long time, which is very important if you’re going to use this chair for many hours a day.
People also praise the casters as they are big, stable and move easily. They roll smoothly and quietly. Some people say the wheels may struggle a bit on a carpet, however few other customers mention they roll easily on carpet.
Few customers mention that because this base is so heavy they needed help during assembling. Moreover metal frame and base makes the chair heavy, but thanks to such a big base they feel very stable on the chair and nothing wobbles.
Some people also mention that they receive incorrect base, but the right one was send to them for free really quickly.
I’ve also found a review that stated the design of the base on King Series chairs is not very good, because each leg has sharp front edge which may cause the user to scrape his heels on. I haven’t found any other complains about this issue.
When it comes to 2’’ casters there are different opinions as well.
Most of people say they are high-quality and roll really smoothly on carpet and plastic matt. Few users have replaced them with roller blade casters, while other say the wheels on their chair are loud especially on hardwood floor. Some customers also complain about casters quality.
Other people also mention that few wheels have broken, but they receive a replacement really quickly and even few extra ones free of charge.
And what people say about the aluminum Inlaid Color Bar Base?
Many users praise how strong and stable it feels – they can rock back and forth or recline all the way back without worrying about tipping over. Although this base is also weighty, people are satisfied with it and say it feels well-crafted and sturdy.
Finally what people think about the nylon base on DXRacer chairs?
Well, there are few complains about the colored plastic pieces that are attached to each leg – according to some customers they feel cheap and pop off on occasion (I can confirm that as I’m using DXRacer Racing for over a few months, however it doesn’t bother me that much and doesn’t have an influence on the overall performance).
Generally speaking majority of users are happy with this type of base and its stability as well. Some customers wonder about its longevity.
| My score for DXRacer in category “Durability”:|
AKRacing Durability Overview – Many Positive Reviews But..
Old models (from AKRacing Legacy Series) have 5-star base made of metal and 2.5’’ PU casters, regardless of their weight and height limit.
K7 Series, Nitro, Octane, Overture, Player Series chairs have black aluminum base. The chairs from Premium Series offer white-colored base (Arctica chair) and aluminum base with chrome finish.
ProX Series chairs have color bases (blue, silver, white and red) that match the seat color. Chairs from Onyx Series have aluminum bases with silver finish that adds more luxurious look.
The new chairs from AKRacing have 5-star metal base as well. Core Series (EX, EX-Wide, SX and LX) are equipped with steel base. Masters Series chairs have chrome or colored advanced high tensile strength molded aluminum base. This type is even 10 times stronger than base made of steel!
What is really great, bases of all chairs from AKRacing are covered with anti-corrosive paint. So you can be sure they will last and look great for a long time.
AKRacing Core, Masters and Office chairs come with 2.5’’ PU casters. The only exceptions are Pro and Onyx models which are equipped with 3’’ casters.
All chairs have rounded bases, except for Onyx (from Legacy and Office Series), Max and Premium (from Masters Series).
What Customers Think About AKRacing Bases & Wheel Casters?
Generally speaking there are less customer reviews about AKRacing bases than about DXRacer bases, so it’s actually hard to tell if they are better or worse than DXRacer’s. I found many positive reviews, however there are also quite a lot of negative opinions, especially about AKRacing casters.
Anyway, many people say the 2.5’’ PU caster move easily and quietly. They praise the wheels for smooth maneuverability and good size. Some user say they work on a carpet really well and they are gentle to the floor covering (no traces on laminate floor).
There are however many negative reviews as well: some users say the wheel feel cheap, they work loud (or even rattle) and could use an upgrade. Few people mention that the wheel have broken or snapped off after few weeks.
What people say about the bases on AKRacing chairs? They like the design (especially of Onyx chairs’ base) and praise it’s solid construction. Many people say they feel very stable and expect the base to last for many years. Few people complain about the quality of the base and position of the center of gravity.
When it comes to new models (Core, Masters and Office Series) people praise the superior quality, solid build and durability.
| My score for AKRacing in category “Durability”:|
Vertagear Durability Overview (Before & After They’ve Changed Base)
All Vertagear chairs have aluminum alloy 5-star base.
Recently the bases on S-Line and P-Line chairs have been redesigned and reinforced. There were a lot of complains about the quality of previous version of bases on SL2000, SL4000, SL5000 and PL6000 chairs – they were breaking quickly.
According to many customers they were made of too soft aluminum. The new, reinforced bases (which you can find on all models which have “Rev. 2” in name) are made of heavy-duty alloy material which is stronger and more durable.
Moreover all chairs from Vertagear have built-in Silencer technology in the base.
What does it mean?
Well, if you roll the chair over uneven surface it will move silently thanks to this rubber silencer.
SL2000, SL4000, SL5000 and PL6000 chairs have Penta RS1 casters which are available in few types. First of all, you can choose the size of your casters which are coated with PU: 2.5’’ or 3’’.
Then you can choose standard caster or casters with auto-lock. Thanks to this feature the wheels lock automatically when you’re sitting so the chair won’t move spontaneously when you’re in the middle of your gaming session (of course when you apply significant pressure when the wheels are locked, the chair will budge).
Bigger wheels are of course more expensive, auto-lock is also additional cost.
What is noteworthy is that only Vertagear offers so many types of casters which you can choose from when you are buying the chair or purchase it later and replace the old wheels.
You can purchase casters for AKRacing chairs, but there is only one type. You can’t buy caster for DXRacer chair, however you can contact the customer support if the wheels broke or something.
Of course I’m talking about the original casters here, you can still purchase casters made by other brands that are compatible with those chairs.
What is noteworthy, the new gaming chairs from Vertagear Triigger Line have different design of casters which provides not only smooth and soft rolling, but also longevity. Triigger Line 275 and 350 are equipped with Holtron Hub-less casters (2.5”) with roller bearings. Triigger Line 350 Special Edition has 3’’ casters that are lockable.
What Customers Think About Vertagear Bases And Wheel Casters?
There are quite a lot of negative reviews about Vertagear bases – however most of them are old and refers to the previous version of base.
Many customers mention the base was too soft and pliable, especially on chairs that should hold heavier users. Some people even say the base on their chair have broken very quickly or the legs on the base snapped off (after few months, weeks or even hours!).
There are also quite many negative opinions about casters – some people mention they have fallen off or literally exploded off the base after few days or weeks of using the chair.
The new, reinforced base has more positive reviews. People say it’s sturdy and strong. The wheels are quite and glide smoothly on the carpet and hardwood floors and they don’t make signs on laminate floor. Most of customers praise the new base as it is solid and feels heavy-duty.
I haven’t found negative opinions about the base or casters on the new Vertagear Triigger chairs, however they are new on the market and generally don’t have many reviews yet.
| My score for Vertagear in category “Durability”:|
Arozzi Durability Overview – Less Popular But Worse?
Gaming chairs from Arozzi have two types of 5-star base: made of nylon or made of aluminum.
For example you can find nylon base on Arozzi Enzo, Vernazza, Verona V2 and Verona Pro V2. Aluminum base can be found on chairs like Arozzi Inizio, Torretta, Torretta XL and Verona XL+ (which are designed for heavier users). Despite the difference in material, all bases are black.
Each chair has five twin wheel casters made of nylon. There are few sizes of casters (about 2.36’’ and 2.76’’).
What Customers Think About Arozzi Bases & Wheel Casters?
Arozzi gaming chairs are less popular than DXRacer’s so there are less reviews in general. Moreover there is similar amount of positive and negative opinions, especially about the quality and durability of nylon bases and casters.
Some customers mention that after few weeks or months of use, casters have broken or pop out. Few users also say that the wheels do not roll easily and require using large amount of force to make them moving.
Another complains refer to nylon base quality: people mention some of the legs on the base have snapped off or that the base has bent. Users also say that the decorative plastic pads on legs are prone to fall off. There are also positive reviews about nylon base sturdiness (it’s worth to mention that most users who describe base as sturdy were kids or teenagers).
Aluminum base has more positive reviews and most people say it feels solid and sturdy.
| My score for Arozzi in category “Durability”:|
My Final Verdict: Which Gaming Chairs Brand Offers The Best Bases and Casters?
AKRacing, Vertagear and Arozzi chairs are less popular than DXRacer models and have much less reviews in general, so it’s actually hard to say for sure which brand makes the best bases and casters.
Nevertheless, it seems like DXRacer bases and wheel casters have the lowest ratio of negative to positive reviews.
And even if customers have had some problems (e.g. wheel has broken or the base snapped off) DXRacer’s customer service have been very helpful and responsive.
Most Comfortable Gaming Chair Brand (Foam Density, Material & Users’ Subjective Opinion About It)
Which gaming chair brand offers the most comfortable chairs?
Which models have the best quality of foam and material?
Here I will compare all four brands: DXRacer, AKRacing, Vertagear and Arozzi in terms of comfort.
You will see what foam density and materials on the seat each brand offers and what customers think about the quality and comfort that these chairs provide.
Are DXRacer Chairs Comfortable? If You Choose Correctly Then Of Course
Each chair made by DXRacer features High Density Mould Shaping Foam. You’re probably wondering what is it?
High Density Mould Shaping Foam – What Is It?
Well, this type of foam has ergonomic shape and it molds to user’s body. When you stand up the foam goes back to its original shape. Moreover, this type of foam doesn’t get flat and doesn’t lose its ergonomic shape for a very long time.
Note: The higher the density, the longer the foam lasts and provides comfort.
All DXRacer chairs have foam density of at least 50 kg/m3. You can find it for example on chairs from Racing, Valkyrie and Elite Series. Some of Drifting Series chairs also have foam density of 50 kg/m3, while other models have density of 52 kg/m3. Formula, Sentinel and Tank Series chairs have density of 52 kg/m3. The highest foam density we can find on King, Boss, Classic, Work and Iron Series chairs – 54 kg/m3.
As you can see chairs that have higher foam density are the one that also have higher weight limit. It’s understandable – these models are supposed to hold heavier users therefore the foam needs to be stronger and more durable so it doesn’t get flat when a big guy sits on it!
Now let’s take a look at materials that we can find on DXRacer seats.
Some Series have few models that come with different seat covers (and have different color versions), so you can actually chose the material that you prefer.
However 6 out of 13 DXRacer Series offer only one type of seat cover.
Let’s start with those Series.
Valkyrie Series chairs have seat cover made of PU Leather, Boss and Classic Series chairs have Leather Style Vinyl seat cover, Work Series chairs have seat cover made of Perforated Vinyl and PU Leather, Elite Series chairs seat cover is made of Leather Style Vinyl and PU Leather, Origin chair has seat cover made of Strong Mesh and PU Leather.
Other DXRacer Series offer at least two different materials to choose from (for example Tank, Sentinel and King, which offer not only PU Leather but also Strong Mesh).
Some Series offer even four material (for example Drifting and Iron which offer not only Strong Mesh, PU Leather and Perforated Vinyl, but also Full Grain Leather – which you won’t find on any other DXRacer chair).
The most popular Series: Racing and Formula also give the customers wide choice of materials: the former one has 3 different seat cover materials, while the latter one offers 4 types of covers.
DXRacer is the only brand among these four brands that allow you to choose the seat cover material for most of the chairs (7 out of 12 Series).
What it means for you? If you decide to purchase a chair from for example Sentinel, Iron or Racing Series, you can choose from few different versions that have different seat cover. If you’re not a fan of mesh fabric you can choose PU Leather, if you don’t like Vinyl Leather you can choose Full Grain Leather.
I like to have a choice and most of the people also do, so it’s very big plus of DXRacer.
Keep in mind that the armrests don’t have any fabric or leather cover.
What Customers Think About DXRacer Seat Quality & Comfort?
Generally speaking most of users are satisfied with the quality of foam and seat cover materials. Majority of customers also say that DXRacer seats are very comfortable.
People often ask: “How long DXRacer chairs last?”.
Many users say that the foam (regardless its density) is very solid, durable and remains its shape even after a year. It doesn’t flatten out, even if you sit on the chair for several hours every day (no sagging, no deflation).
I found only few negative opinion which mention the foam has compressed after few months. Majority of customers confirm that the foam is really high-quality and praise its longevity. Some people compare it to their old chairs where foam and padding had deflated very quickly, but it’s not the case with DXRacer chairs (more here).
Most of customers agree that the material is reasonably breathable and doesn’t make the user to sweat – whether it is PU Leather, Strong Mesh or other types of covers. However there are few reviews that mention the material on the seat may get hot and sticky which is irritating if you like gaming/working in shorts. These reviews refer mainly to materials like Leather Style Vinyl (on Boss and Classic Series chairs) and Carbon Look Vinyl + Polyurethane Leather (on King Series chairs).
One person also mention that the material (PU Leather + Carbon Look Vinyl on Racing Formula chair) feels slippery for him and sometimes he slides off the cushion but he was able to change the seat angle (read more in this review).
I personally use DXRacer chair with PU Leather cover on the seat and the material is actually quite breathable. During hot summer days, when I spend on it 8 hours + it may accumulate heat a bit, but it’s not a big deal, it only encourage me to stand up more often.
You Won’t Feel Comfortable In Any Chair Unless…
…you will choose proper chair for your body type.
At the beginning don’t look at the design, color, material and price.
Check which chair is designed for you height, weight and body type and then you can choose from available materials, colors etc.
If you are not sure which chair is best for your body, go back to “Size Recommendation” section.
Most users also agree that the materials (different types of faux leather, mesh fabric and the combination of these materials) are high-quality and soft, but not too soft. The whole seat is thick and firm rather than cushy like a couch so you don’t sink into it, but they like it that way because it’s comfy and supportive during long hours of sitting and gaming.
According to some customers this is a perfect balance between durability, firmness, softness and comfort. Moreover each type of material is easy to clean.
According to customers the Full Grain Leather is also very comfortable, looks high-quality and it’s firm and soft at the same time.
I found few reviews that say the foam is too firm and the material is too stiff, but these reviews were often written by people who were much smaller than the chair height and weight recommendation says (for example if a person who weighs under 300 lbs sits on a chair that is most comfortable for people who weighs 400-450 lbs, the seat may seem too stiff and hard for him – read more in this review or this one). Of course there are also few reviews written by people who have chosen the chair properly and it wasn’t comfy for them, but this was only few reviews and it may be just a matter of preferences.
Most of people who chose the chair accordingly to their weight and body type – agree that the foam and material firmness is just perfect and provides proper support and comfort. Such a firm seat properly supports recommended user’s weight and mold to his body – protecting him from getting numb.
Most people also say that stitches and sewing quality is high. Only few users mention stitching was uneven or had some defects, or start pulling apart after few months. Majority of user agree the quality of materials is really high, only few customers complain about it (one user mention it was loose in some areas). One person who had stitching issue praise the customer support for help (more here).
Generally speaking people like the materials on DXRacer chairs, because they are thick and more durable, highly resistant to tearing and according to many users there are no signs of wear even after few months!
Few customer who have DXRacer chair with PU Leather cover mention about a smell which was gone after few days. One person mention the smell (of PU Leather + Carbon Look Vinyl) was very persistent (read more). Other people don’t mention smell at all.
Even though the armrests are not padded with any fabric, users say they are comfortable and more durable, because they won’t wear out or tear like arms with fabric cover. People only say that armrest are less comfy if they are flat (not rounded).
To sum up – majority of customers are very happy with the quality and durability of foam and seat material, as well as the comfort it provides, especially if the chair is properly chosen according to the user’s height and weight.
| My score for DXRacer in category “Comfort”:|
Are AKRacing Chairs Comfortable? In General, Yes
Similar to DXRacer, all chairs from AKRacing have high-quality cold-cured foam. As I mentioned before, what is great about this cold molding foam is that keeps density and stays in shape for long time.
All AKRacing gaming chairs from Legacy Series have the same foam density on the backrest: 50 kg/m3 and seat: 55 kg/m3, except for K7 Series and Prime Series chairs, which have a bit smaller foam density on the seat: 49 kg/m3.
Each AKRacing model offers only one type of seat cover and you cannot change it for a different material. K7 and Prime Series are the only AKRacing chairs that have fabric seat cover. Other series, except for Onyx, offer PU Leather as seat cover material. It’s not only high-quality but also easy to clean.
Onyx chair comes with pleather on the front and back, while Onyx Deluxe chair has real leather on the front and pleather on the back.
Chairs from the new series: AKRacing Core, Masters and Office, have the same type of foam and the density is 50kg/m3 on the back and 55kg/m3 on the seat (on all of these chairs).
What’s important, the new AKRacing chairs differ in weight of foam, which is basically the amount of foam that you can find in the chair.
For example, AKRacing EX from Core Series has 4.85 lbs of high-quality foam. EX-Wide gaming chair has additional 22% of foam, while LX model has 10% more foam (than EX).
Premium gaming chair from Masters Series has even 30% more foam, while Pro chair has 70% more high-density cold-cured foam than EX model.
When it comes to AKRacing Office Series, Obsidian gaming chair has 30% more foam (in comparison to EX), while Onyx model is padded with 80% more foam!
It’s understandable when we consider that these chairs are designed for bigger users, therefore they must have more foam to provide maximum durability and proper amount of comfort and firmness for heavier and taller person.
Okay, now let’s see what materials AKRacing uses for seat covers.
Briefly speaking, there are two types of materials for the upholstery: polyester fabric and PU leather. What’s important, each model has assigned one type of material and you cannot change it (except for AKRacing Office Onyx – as you’ll see later).
Therefore if you decide to buy AKRacing EX chair you’ll receive a fabric seat cover and you can’t change it for PU leather. This is the biggest difference between AKRacing and DXRacer when it comes to materials (with DXRacer you can choose from few types of materials for each model, at least in some series).
From Legacy Series, K7 and Prime gaming chairs are the only AKRacing models that have fabric seat cover. Other series, except for Onyx, offer PU Leather as seat cover material. It’s not only high-quality but also easy to clean.
Onyx chair comes with pleather on the front and back, while Onyx Deluxe chair has real leather on the front and pleather on the back.
When it comes to new series, AKRacing EX and EX-Wide are the only fabric chairs with polyester upholstery. This fabric is soft and breathable so it’s a good choice for those who live in hot climate or have tendency to sweat.
Other chairs (SX & LX from Core Series, as well as the whole Masters and Office Series) come with high-quality PU leather upholstery which is very easy to clean and looks sharp.
Not everyone is a fan of PU leather cover as it may get hot when you sit on it for many hours, especially on summer days. If you’re a sweaty guy or you live in hot place you may want to consider AKRacing Masters Series Pro gaming chair which has perforated PU leather cover to provide better breathability.
Additionally, AKRacing Office Series Onyx chair can be purchased with top grain leather cover. If you’re not into PU leather or mesh fabric covers, and executive look is you’re thing – choose this chair.
Keep in mind that the armrests on all AKRacing chairs don’t have any cover.
What Customers Think About AKRacing Seat Quality & Comfort?
As I’ve mentioned before, AKRacing chairs (especially the new series from 2018) are less famous and popular than DXRacer’s so there’s less customer reviews and less opinions about comfort and quality. However, most of the reviews are positive and most customers agree these chairs are comfortable.
Customers say the foam in seat is firm and a bit cushy, but it’s not too soft and the user don’t fall into the seat. After a while the seat gets a bit more soft. Most of people say the padding is good and comfy. New series from 2018 also have god reviews and customer say the seat is the right mix of comfort, firmness and support.
When it comes to material, majority of customers is satisfied with it and praise its quality – both the fabric and faux leather. People who don’t like chairs with faux leather cover, prefer models with fabric cover – K7 and Prime Series and say the material is comfortable and doesn’t get hot.
Other customers who bought AKRacing chairs with PU leather seat cover mention the material is a bit stiff at the beginning, but after a while it gets softer and even more comfortable. It feels and looks high-quality and durable. Users also praise the stitching and thoughtful, detailed design.
Users of AKRacing Onyx Deluxe which has real leather on the front are very satisfied with the quality – the stitching is perfect, the leather looks awesome and feels strong and durable.
Only few people complain about the quality of materials (fabric and PU leather) and say it feels cheaply made or that the chair came with torn PU leather cover.
Anyway, although there are not so many reviews, most of customers are happy with the comfort and quality of foam and materials of the seat. Those who bought new 2018 models also say that materials don’t wear quickly and look awesome. Besides the new series are comfortable, someone even says it helps him with back problems (more here).
| My score for AKRacing in category “Comfort”:|
Are Vertagear Chairs Comfortable? Most People Say “Yes”, But There’s a “But” 7/10
Each chair from Vertagear features Ultra Premium High Resiliency Foam with density up to 64 kg/m3 which makes it really durable. Thanks to open-cell structure the foam breaths and the temperature doesn’t get trapped in it.
Vertagear, similar to AKRacing, doesn’t allow you to choose from different materials for seat cover.
S Line and P Line chairs have seat covered with high-quality PVC (Vinyl) leather which is stain and water resistant. This faux leather is additionally perforated to provide better air circulation.
Chairs from the new Triigger Line has reinforced DuPont TPEE Mesh on the backrest and seat which is very durable and doesn’t get hot. There are also small parts made of Premium Calfskin Leather which is handcrafted. It not only has a luxurious look, but it’s also durable and comfortable.
Notice that the arms don’t have any cover.
What Customers Think About Vertagear Seat Quality & Comfort?
Although there are quite a lot of negative reviews about the comfort, especially of SL2000 chair, majority of customers think that Vertagear chairs have good quality and comfortable seats.
A lot of people say the foam and material on S Line and P Line chairs is very firm – some people consider it comfy, while for others it’s uncomfortable. Of course it may be a matter of preferences or maybe those users were much below the recommended weight (for a small person PL6000 cushion may seem too hard). One person complains the backrest lacks padding (more here) and one user mention the headrest, when you remove the pillow, is a bit too hard (read more).
Nevertheless, majority says the seat cushion and material are comfortable, especially if you sit on the chair for a bit and the foam starts molding to your body. The firmness gives good support, the chair is not puffy or mushy and it won’t flatten out over time. Some users say that the seat cover is very comfortable and nice to the touch, especially when we consider it’s made of vinyl leather, and it allows for long gaming marathons.
The PVC leather is perforated so it does breath and according to users it dissipates the heat during long hours of gaming and prevent you from getting too hot. Majority of customers agree the material gives good ventilation, only few users mention they need to lean forward once in a while to let their back cool off.
Some people complain about the material and stitching quality, especially on SL2000 chair. Few customers mention this faux leather has started cracking and tearing after few months (read more). Nevertheless, most of customers say the faux leather feels durable and strong and it seems like it’s not prone to scratch or wear out quickly.
Only few people complain about unappealing smell of faux leather.
When it comes to the new Triigger Line, I’ve found some reviews where people complain about stitching and some defects on the leather. However these chairs are new on the market and there are not many reviews about them in general, so it’s hard to assess their quality and comfort yet.
| My score for Vertagear in category “Comfort”:|
Are Arozzi Chairs Comfortable? Foam Density As Main Disadvantage
Arozzi chairs have Cold Moulded Foam as well, however there are pretty big differences between different models, when it comes to foam density.
What is the most noteworthy – Vernazza and Mezzo chairs have really impressive foam density: 70 kg/m3 on the seat and 65 kg/m3 on the backrest. These are probably gaming chairs with the highest foam density on the market!
Verona XL has density of 55-65 kg/m3 on the seat and only 18 kg/m3 on the backrest. Other models from Arozzi have smaller and less impressive foam density: Torretta and Torretta XL have foam density of 46 kg/m3 on the seat and backrest; Milano: 50 kg/m3 on the seat and 40 kg/m3 on the back; all Verona models have density of 40-56 kg/m3 and only 25 kg/m3 on the backrest.
Inizio has even smaller foam density: 35 kg/m3 on the seat and 30 kg/m3 on the back. The smallest foam density we can find on Enzo and Monza chairs: 30 kg/m3 on the seat and 25 kg/m3 on the backrest. Such a small foam density has of course influence on its longevity and comfort that it provides.
What materials we can find on Arozzi chairs seat?
Enzo and Monza has a seat cover made of synthetic PU Leather. In contrast to that, Inizio has a breathable fabric on the seat.
Vernazza, and all Verona chairs have pleather upholstery, while Torretta and Torretta XL have fabric cover on front and the seat and PU leather on the backrest and on the sides.
All Arozzi chairs don’t have any cover on armrests, except for Enzo, Milano and Monza which have faux leather covers on arms.
What Customers Think About Arozzi Seat Quality & Comfort?
Generally speaking among all Arozzi gaming chairs only Enzo, Monza and Toretta have a lot of reviews, while other models are less popular and have much less opinions so it’s hard to assess their comfort and quality, to be honest. It also show that these chair are less popular than models from three other brands.
Anyway, let’s start with Enzo.
Most of customers agree that it’s comfortable, however many people mention it broke down or became less comfy after few months. I think it tells a lot about its quality. Some people say the seat is too firm, but most customers agree the foam shapes to user’s body after a while and becomes more comfortable (at least during the first few months).
Few people complain the padding on the armrest has worn out or flattened all the way down after about a year (more here and here) and the arm become uncomfortable. This refers to Milano chair as well. There are also complains about the seat foam which deflates quickly as well (read more in this review).
Some customers also mention the faux leather on the seat also wears off really fast. Another issue is that material heats up really fast and make the user stuck to it. This issue also refers to other Arozzi models, e.g. Monza.
Another complain refers to very thin padding on the seat and backrest which may even lead to back soreness (read more in this review). It’s not a surprise that people complain the padding is thin – Enzo has the smallest foam density of all Arozzi chairs (maybe even all gaming chairs!).
Despite so many negative reviews about the foam and material quality, most of users say this chair is comfortable, at least for about a year.
Arozzi Monza chair has even more negative reviews about the quality and comfort. People complain the foam in the seat and armrests flattens out really quickly. Arozzi chairs are the only one, among all four brands that I compare here, that have such a poor-quality foam. Some users even say this chair can be a cheap alternative for more expensive models, but after a year or two you will have to replace it.
Moreover customers complain that the leather only looks good at the beginning, but starts to dry out really quickly and simply peels off (more here)! This refers to the faux leather on the seat and armrests.
Some customers also say about receiving a chair with visual flaws in the PU leather.
Although some people say the foam is too firm, most of users say it’s comfy and supportive, at least while it lasts.
Among all Arozzi gaming chairs Torretta has the best reviews. Many people say it’s very comfortable. The seat is covered with fabric so it doesn’t get hot and doesn’t stick to user’s back and thighs. Customers also say the material is high-quality and looks durable.
Torretta XL chair has also many good reviews and according to users it’s comfy (although some people mention it has broken down after a while). One customer mention the seat cushion has deflated after two months (more here).
To sum up, chairs made by Arozzi have more negative reviews especially about the foam and material quality. Nevertheless, majority of users agree those chairs are comfortable, at least at the beginning.
If you plan on purchasing one of Arozzi chairs you should keep in mind you may need a replacement after few months or a year.
| My score for Arozzi in category “Comfort”:|
My Final Verdict: Which Gaming Chairs Are Most Comfortable And Offers The Best Quality (Foam And Material)?
I think both DXRacer and AKRacing has really high-quality seats and a large majority of users agree they are super comfortable.
Chairs made by these two brands have durable foam that is very durable, firm and supportive (when the chair is properly chosen according to user’s body type). Moreover the materials are breathable and strong, and stitching is fantastic.
Vertagear foam and material are only a bit worse, when it comes to their quality and comfort.
Arozzi chairs have the worst, among all 4 brands, quality of foam and materials – the foam flattens out and the faux leather peels off quickly.
However most of users assess those chairs as comfy, but rather only during first few months. The longevity of foam and materials is definitely worse than DXRacer’s or AKRacing’s.
Which Gaming Chair Brand Has The Widest Offer Of Design & Colors? (And The Most Interesting)
Generally speaking all chairs from AKRacing, DXRacer, Arozzi and Vertagear have bucket-style seat.
However they differ a bit in design and colors so some of them may suit your style and preferences better.
Some models have bigger wings, the other ones more colors to choose from.
Wondering which brand offer the biggest choice?
Here we go!
DXRacer Design & Colors Offer – So Much To Choose From!
Often people ask: What is the difference between DXRacer Gaming vs Office Chairs?
These are two main types of DXRacer chairs: gaming chairs and office chairs. All Series of gaming chairs have the same bucket-style design with two holes on the headrest and wings on both sides of the seat and backrest. The height of wings differ on each model, for example Iron has smaller wings than King which allows the user to spread his legs wider.
Drifting, Iron and Work Series have bucket-style seat as well, but they are office chairs so they have more elegant look. They do not have holes in the headrest (in most cases).
Other Series of office chairs – Boss, Classic and Elite, have a bit different design. The seat is bucket-style as well, but the backrest and the seat have different shape and the wings are smaller. Overall, the design of Elite, Boss and Classic is more executive than gaming.
You can see the differences in design of DXRacer chairs in the pictures above and below.
Each DXRacer chair offers adjustable lumbar cushion. All models have also a neck pillow included in the price. It matches the color of the chair. Keep in mind that there are four types of neck cushion – you can see them and read about them below.
The first pillow on the left (first row) is included with the Origin, Formula, Racing, Drifting, Valkyrie, Iron, King, Sentinel and Tank Series. This neck pillow is adjustable which means you can move it up and down so it could support your neck properly.
The second pillow in top row is also adjustable and you can find it on Work Series and some models of Racing Series.
The third neck pillow is included with Boss and Classic Series. It is integrated with the backrest, which means it’s non-adjustable and you can’t remove it.
The last one, shown on the bottom right, is the neck pillow that comes with Elite Series chairs. It is integrated with the backrest as well and cannot be adjustable or taken off.
DXRacer offers really wide range of colors for their chairs. Some Series, like Valkyrie, Boss or Classic come in 3 colors, while others like Iron, Drifting, Racing and Formula are available in over 10 color versions! Thanks to large choice of colors you will be able to pick a chair that suits your style and looks great in your gaming room.
You probably wonder what other customers think about DXRacer chairs design? Well, most of them are really satisfied with it and say the chairs look sharp and cool. Possibility of choose the color version from such a wide range of colors is a big advantage.
| My score for DXRacer in category “Design & Colors Customization”:|
AKRacing Design & Colors Offer – Not Huge But Big Enough
All AKRacing chairs from Legacy Series have bucket-style seat that looks like a racing car seat. Moreover, each model has two holes in the headrest and comes with adjustable lumbar and neck cushions that match the color of the chair (the old Onyx chair is the only exception – it doesn’t have these holes).
Each Series, except for Onyx, is available in 4-8 color versions. Usually AKRacing chairs are black and only some parts are colored (for example wings) and you can choose the color for that. Prime Series is an exception, because the whole seat is colored (you can choose the color) and only some elements are black.
Onyx and Onyx Deluxe are available in one color – black – and they look a bit more elegant, like executive chairs. So you have only one color, but two materials to choose from.
All AKRacing Legacy Series chairs have the same adjustable lumbar and neck pillows (all have the same shape).
New models from AKRacing Core, Masters and Office Series have bucket-style design as well. However there are three chairs that have bucket backrest, but the seat is almost even (no wings on each side = no pressure on thighs).
I’m talking here about AKRacing Masters Series Max chair and AKRacing Office Series Opal and Obsidian chairs.
When it comes to backrest, all chairs look similar, but some models have bigger wings on the sides, while others have smaller wings (Look at the picture below with LX, Premium and Opal chairs and notice the differences between their backrests).
Most of new chairs have two holes at the top of the backrest which allow you to attach the neck pillow. However, Premium chair from Masters Series and Onyx chair from Office Series don’t have these holes. It means that if you want to attach the neck cushion you need to put the strap around the top part of the backrest.
All these new chairs comes in many color versions – models from Core and Masters Series gives us 4-6 options (usually we can choose from black, red, blue, sometimes also green and white).
Among these chairs AKRacing Masters Premium has most unique design. You can purchase this chair in color versions like Artica, Tri-color or Silver.
Chairs from AKRacing Office Series are available in only one color – black (but with Onyx you can choose from 2 materials for the seat cover).
Design of these models is similar to gaming chairs, but it’s more sophisticated, elegant. They look a bit like executive chairs – to match more conservative office environment.
At the end I’d like to mention differences in neck pillows. All Legacy Series chairs have the same cushions for neck support (the shape is the same). However the new series differ a bit in that matter.
All models from AKRacing Core Series, as well as AKRacing Masters Pro & Premium have the same pillows, that look similar to Legacy Series’.
Max chair from Masters Series and Opal chair from Office Series have bigger pillows that provide extended support.
On AKRacing Office Series Obsidian and Onyx we can find even bigger full-head cushions that give exception support for cervical spine and head.
Most of customers like the design of AKRacing chairs as it is not too flashy. The selection of colors is not overwhelming but allows you to choose a chair that matches your room, which is a big plus.
According to customers chairs from Office Series have nice, elegant look, awesome for home office.
| My score for AKRacing in category “Design & Colors Customization”:|
Vertagear Design & Colors Offer – There’s a Lot To Choose From
All chairs from Vertagear S Line and P Line are bucket-style and come with adjustable neck and lumbar cushions. What is noteworthy, the wings on both sides of the back and the seat are quite tall and big, which may be annoying for some users, especially those who have wide shoulders and large thighs.
Moreover SL4000 has a bolster in the middle of the seat which limit the leg movements.
Vertagear offers quite a wide range of colors: there are 14 color versions for SL2000, 9 for SL4000, 5 for SL5000 and 7 for PL6000. This is a big plus for Vertagear because it allows the user to choose the color he likes and matches his gaming room.
Few customers say some color versions may look a bit flashy, but other people are very happy with Vertagear chairs design, especially those who like chairs that look like sport car seats.
| My score for Vertagear in category “Design & Colors Customization”:|
Arozzi Design & Colors Offer – Big Range Of Colors
All chairs from Arozzi have bucket-style seat with wings on both sides of the backrest and seat. However, Enzo and Monza chairs have smaller wings and they look different – more like office chairs. Moreover, these are the only two chairs that don’t have lumbar and neck pillows.
All other Arozzi chairs have adjustable lumbar pillow that matches the color of the chair.
Now let’s take a look at neck cushions that Arozzi offers. There are three main types, which you can see in the picture below.
Arozzi Milano has built-in neck pillow, that you cannot adjust or remove from the backrest. You can see this pillow on the left.
Vernazza has horseshoe-shaped neck cushion that is adjustable and removable. You can see it in the middle in the picture.
All other chairs have standard pillow, similar to AKRacing and Vertagear. You can move it higher or lower or even take it off if you don’t want to use it. Notice, that Torretta chair has a bit smaller cushion and made of fabric, like the upholstery.
All Arozzi gaming chairs come in 3-7 colors – the chair is black and you can choose the color for some parts (for example wings).
What is also noteworthy, Arozzi Enzo, Milano and Monza are the only chairs from all 4 brands that have padded armrests with PU cover. However many customers complain about the quality of that padding and material, so actually it’s not an advantage.
Some people say that Arozzi Enzo and Monza chairs look flashy, but most of customers say other chairs look cool and aesthetic.
| My score for Arozzi in category “Design & Colors Customization”:|
My Final Verdict: Which Gaming Chair Brand Offers The Best Design & Colors?
Considering only the appearance and design, I would say AKRacing and DXRacer chairs look the best and offer good selection of colors.
Vertagear chairs have also nice look and offer wide variety of colors, but I’m not a fan of those big wings and bolster in the middle of the seat.
Selection of colors & shapes for Arozzi chairs is very big, but the design is less cool, especially on Enzo and Monza chairs. Besides, the material doesn’t look as high-quality as on other brand chairs.
Gaming Chairs Features Comparison (Armrests, Recline & More) Which Brand Offers The Most?
There is one feature that is common for all gaming chairs from these four brands: adjustable height of the chair.
Moreover many chairs offer similar features like adjustable armrests and deep recline.
However there are few differences as well and they may have a big influence on whether the chair will suit your needs.
One example could be 4D Armrests.
Keep reading to check quality (and people reviews) of all features from 4 brands: AKRacing, Arozzi, DXRacer and Vertagear.
Which one offers us the most?
DXRacer Features – Whatever You Want!
Let’s start by taking a closer look at tilt mechanisms that we can find on DXRacer chairs.
There are two types of tilt mechanism: conventional and multi-functional.
What Is The Differences Between Conventional And Multi-Functional Tilt Mechanism?
Conventional tilt mechanism allow you to rock back and forth (tilt angle is 3-17 degrees). In this case the whole chair, seat and backrest, move backward and forward.
Conventional tilt allow you to lock the whole chair so it doesn’t tilt at all. If you want to engage or disengage the tilt lock you need to use a lever that is on the right side, under the seat.
The same lever is for raising and lowering the chair. So with conventional tilt the chair rocks or doesn’t rock at all, but you cannot lock your chair in tilted position.
On the other hand, multi-functional tilt mechanism allow you to tilt back (tilt angle is 1-14 degrees), you can also use the tilt lock so the chair doesn’t rock at all and you can use the tilt angle lock to lock the chair in tilted position.
If you look under the chair that has multi-functional tilt mechanism you will also notice the difference, because the lever looks completely different than conventional tilt mechanism.
On the right side you have a lever than you use only for raising and lowering the chair, while on the left side there is a lever for tilting and locking it.
Conventional tilt mechanism can be found on Formula, Valkyrie, Work, and Elite Series, as well as on some of Racing and Drifting Series chairs.
Multi-functional tilt mechanism is using in King, Sentinel, Classic and Iron Series, as well as on some of the Drifting and Racing Series models.
As you can see Racing and Drifting and the only Series that allow you to choose the tilt mechanism, since some of the models from these Series have conventional mechanism, while other models have multi-functional mechanism.
There is also additional type of tilt mechanism – heavy duty tilt T which you can find on Tank and Boss Series.
The tilt angle is 3-18 degrees, there is also a tilt lock (to prevent the chair for tilting), but it lack the tilt angle lock, just like the conventional mechanism. It means that you can rock back and forth, but you can’t lock the chair when it’s tilted. So this mechanism works just like the conventional one, but it’s stronger, because it is designed to hold heavier user.
The difference between conventional tilt mechanism and multi-functional tilt mechanism on DXRacer chairs is best shown on the video which you can see below.
Regardless the tilt mechanism, each DXRacer chair has also a tilt tension knob (in the middle, under the seat) which allow you to change how difficult it is to tilt back (how much resistance the chair puts).
Apart from the tilt mechanism which is responsible for the rocking function, each DXRacer chair has also a reclining bracket which controls the backrest angle. So you can not only tilt the whole chair, but also recline the backrest independently, just like in a car seat.
To recline the backrest you just need to pull the lever on the side of the chair. The backrest angle is pretty impressive. Most DXRacer chairs allow you to recline the backrest up to 135 degrees. Only three Series have smaller backrest recline – up to 120 degrees: Sentinel, Tank and Boss. It is understandable, because there chairs are designed for bigger and heavier users and bigger recline angle could decrease chair stability.
Another feature that we can find on DXRacer chairs are the adjustable armrests, however there are three different types of them:
- Height-Adjustable Armrests
- 3D Armrests
- 4D Armrests
Some of DXRacer chairs have only height-adjustable armrests which simply slide up and down. You can find them on some of the Formula and Drifting Series models (together with conventional tilt).
The majority of DXRacer chairs are equipped with 3D armrests which slide up and down, forward and backward and pivot from left to right.
On the videos below you can see the difference between 3D and 4D armrests in DXRacer chairs.
3D arms can be found on: Valkyrie, Work, Elite and some of the chairs from Drifting, Classic, Racing and Formula Series.
There are also 4D armrests that adjust in every direction. You can change their height (slide up and down), depth (move back and forth), width (move inward and outward) and angle (pivot from left to right).
Generally speaking 4D arms can be found on big DXRacer chairs like Iron, King, Sentinel, Tank and Boss. However, some models from Classic and Racing Series offer 4D armrest as well (together with multi-functional mechanism), but keep in mind these models are more pricey.
Comparison Of Different Models of DXRacer In Terms Of Arms
|Adjustable Armrests||3D Armrests||4D Armrests|
|Height-adjustable armrests are great if you use your chair only for gaming on your PC – you can set the height of each arm separately and find the most comfortable position for the hand that operates the mouse and the hand that operates the keyboard.||3D and 4D armrest are better solution if you are going to use your gaming chair also for work (like typing or drawing), playing on Xbox or PlayStation (and holding a game pad) or relaxing and watching movie/reading a book. In those cases ability to pivot the armrests is especially useful.|
Another features that are worth mentions are neck & lumbar pillows. All DXRacer chairs offer two cushions that support user’s cervical spine and lower part of his back.
Lumbar cushion is adjustable on all model – you can simply slide it up and down to find the perfect fit to your spine natural curves.
Neck cushions is included with each DXRacer chair as well, but there are 4 different types of it (when we consider its shape). You can read more about it above, in the section about Design.
Most of DXRacer chairs offer adjustable neck pillow which you can attach higher or lower on the headrest so it could support your cervical vertebrae. You can use the elastic band to put the neck pillow on the top of the chair or attach it by using a clip (included!) through the holes at the backrest. The second method allow you to attach the cushion a bit lower which is a great solution for shorter users.
On the video below you can see both method how to install the neck support on DXRacer chairs:
There are however few DXRacer chairs (Boss, Classic and Elite Series) that have non-adjustable neck pillow – it is built into the headrest and you cannot move it up/down or remove it.
Since we all differ in height, body type and upper body length I think adjustable neck pillow is much better solution than a cushion integrated with the headrest.
There’s one more thing that I’d like to mention here. Some models of Classic and Iron Series offer one additional feature that other DXRacer chairs don’t have – a leg rest.
Some people may think it’s just an unnecessary gadget that only makes the chair more pricey, while other may find it quite useful and comfy. If you like to tilt back and relax (during watching a movie, playing on PS4 or reading a book), this leg rest may be actually nice addition.
What People Think About DXRacer Chairs Features?
Feature that customers really like on DXRacer chairs is the deep backrest recline. According to many users it is sufficient and comfortable even for taking a nap or relaxing and watching a movie.
Moreover even when the backrest is fully reclined the chair remains stable and majority of users say they feel confident that they won’t tip backward and the whole chair feels solid. It refers to smaller models like Formula and Racing, as well as bigger chairs like Iron (read full customer review) and Sentinel.
When it comes to armrests on DXRacer chairs there are many different opinions: some people say they are too firm and may cause soreness in forearms, while others think they are comfortable and give good support. What is most noteworthy, there is relatively a lot of negative customer reviews especially about 3D armrest which, according to users, are quite wobbly and flimsy.
Many people complain that armrest don’t have a lock (especially for angle and width) and are very sensitive, so when you put more pressure on them or knock them unintentionally, they shift into different position (for example when user stands up and holds on to armrest or when heavier user put too much pressure on them).
Problems with shaky arms happen on different models, mostly on Racing (more in review #1), Classic (review #2) and King Series (review #3). According to users lock on armrest would solve them (find out more here).
Only height-adjustable armrests usually don’t have problems with wobbliness, however some people say they are less comfortable when you keep your forearms parallel to your arm, because the arm pads are not completely flat, they have slightly curved shape (U-shape), and since you cannot rotate them, the edge digs into your forearm.
Moreover they give you support only in one position – when you keep your arms straight. That’s why most people prefers 3D and 4D armrests and despite these issues with wobbliness, most people like them, because they adjust in many ways (read more here).
And when you’re playing you hold your hands on mouse and keyboard at a different angle than when you’re typing or drawing, that’s why it’s good to have armrests that you can move in few directions (read more for example in this review).
Some people complain that chairs from Drifting and Formula Series have only height-adjustable arms, but they expect more versatile ones at this price point.
Other complains about armrests refer to their height – few people say they don’t go high enough. This refers mostly to Work, Tank, Classic and Boss Series – chairs that are designed for taller users. However I found only few complains about that issue.
Opinions about lumbar and neck pillows are also very different. It’s like you can love them or you can hate them. About half of users say they are very comfortable and give excellent support (read for example this review or this one) or that they got used to them after a while. Others say the pillows are too firm or too big and completely uncomfortable.
I think it really depends on user’s height, body type and personal preferences whether the cushions are comfy or not. Good thing is that you can easily remove the pillow on most of models and people generally say the adjustable pillows are good because you can move them and take them off.
Some people complain about the neck pillow for example on Classic Series, that it is unfortunately non-adjustable (example: review #1).
Some users also complain about the method of attaching the lumbar support and say they have to readjust it as it slides on its own (it refers mostly to Drifting and Racing Series – read more in review #2 and review #3).
And when it comes to leg rest, that is available on some models, most people like it and say it’s actually cool and quite useful (check this review for example), but only when you recline (otherwise it may be hard to balance).
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AKRacing Features – All Most Important Things? Checked
Similar to DXRacer, AKRacing offers two types of tilt mechanism. Names are a bit different, but they work similar. So on AKRacing chairs we can find standard seat mechanism or pro mechanism (on new series it’s called advanced mechanism).
The standard mechanism allow you to tilt back (up to 12 degrees on Legacy Series models, up to 18 degrees on new models). Thanks to this feature the whole chair (seat + backrest) rocks back and forth, you can also lock it so the chair doesn’t rock at all. However you cannot lock it when it’s tilted. Standard tilt mechanism can be found on all AKRacing Legacy chairs (with exception for Onyx and Onyx Deluxe), as well as on new Core Series (EX, EX-Wide, SX and LX) and Opal and Obsidian from new Office Series. The lever also looks similar to DXRacer’s – so there’s one lever that you use to lock/unlock rocking function and lower/raise the chair as well.
Other models have pro mechanism (Onyx & Onyx Deluxe from Legacy Series) which is also called an advanced mechanism (Onyx from Office Series and the whole Masters Series – Pro, Premium & Max).
This type of mechanism, whatever it is called, allows you to tilt back and lock the chair in that tilted position (Rock It & Lock It function). Of course you can also lock the chair so it doesn’t rock at all.
The lever under the seat looks similar to the one that we can find for example on DXRacer King: on one side there is a lever for locking/unlocking tilt and tilt angle (for lowering and raising the seat there’s lever on the other side under the seat).
Of course there’s also a knob for regulating tilt tension – how much resistance you feel when you try to tilt back.
Another feature is common for all AKRacing chairs (from all 4 series): the adjustable backrest angle (like in a car seat). So you can not only rock back and forth on the chair, but also recline the backrest separately (up to 180 degrees!).
Whether you want to relax during a gaming session or take a break from working and typing, you just need to pull the lever on the side of the chair and recline the backrest to your preferred angle. And since the backrest goes down to fully flat position you can even take a nap in this chair!
All AKRacing chairs have adjustable armrest that at least slide up and down. Basic, height-adjustable arms you can find on old K7, Prime, Nitro, Overture, Player, Octane and Premium chairs.
Chairs from ProX, Onyx from Legacy Series have more versatile, 3D armrests that allow you to adjust not only their height, but also depth (move forward & backward) and angle (rotate left to right).
When it comes to new series: AKRacing Core, Masters and Office – all models have 3D or 4D arms.
4D armrests are completely new feature for AKRacing gaming chairs and the biggest improvement that the brand has made for the new 2018 series.
4D arms you can find on all Masters Series chairs (Pro, Premium & Max), as well as on Obsidian and Onyx from Office Series. Other models have 3D arms.
What is noteworthy, AKRacing not only designs but also manufactures their own armrests and marks them with AKD (AKDesign) logo. It also means that you won’t find them on any other chairs.
For PC gamers height-adjustable armrest are usually sufficient, however if you want to use your gaming chair for other purposes as well (like paying on PS4 or Xbox, typing on a keyboard or drawing) 3D armrest are a must-have to prevent wrist fatigue and soreness in forearms.
Another features that AKRacing chairs have in common are adjustable neck & lumbar cushions. All models come with two pillows which you need to attach to the backrest on your own and you can move them higher or lower, depending on your height and body type. Thanks to that your back will be properly supported during long hours of gaming and you’ll avoid lower back and neck pain.
There are few types of neck pillows (they differ a bit in shape and size) – you can read more about it in the chapter 4.
What People Think About AKRacing Chairs Features?
New models (Core, Masters and Office Series) are on the market from Winter 2018 so there are not many customer reviews on the Internet yet. That’s why I mainly refer to reviews of old, Legacy Series.
Nevertheless, new 2018 series already have few positive reviews and gamers really like them and praise their quality, useful features and lots of adjustments.
People like deep recline – you can even nap on the chair. What customers also like is that among new models even the basic ones have nice features like 3D arms.
When it comes to old, Legacy models, generally speaking customers really like the reclining and rocking functions and say the chair feels sturdy and doesn’t tip over even when the backrest is fully flat (read this customer review). I found one customer complaint that the tilt tension is too tense even on the lowest setting, but other users don’t mention this issue.
Most people say the armrest are good, however there are also some small complaints that they are not padded well – they are not soft, but feel more durable (more here). One person says arms on Onyx are too hard and move too easily. I’ve noticed one complaint about armrests on K7 Series being too short, but other customers don’t write about that.
Majority of users like the neck and lumbar pillows and say they are comfortable. Some customers say the lower back cushion even helps with posture (check this review). However few users complain about the neck pillow and don’t use it at all. I also found some complains about the straps, that hold the pillows on the backrest, being too fragile (example: review#1).
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Vertagear Features (New Model With Awesome Feature Soon!)
All Vertagear chairs from S Line and P Line have the same seat angle adjustment (the name is different, but it is the same thing as tilt mechanism on DXRacer and AKRacing chairs) which allow you to rock back and forth on each chair.
To do so, on S Line chairs, you need to use the lever on the right side under the chair (it also serves for raising and lowering the chair). There is also a tilt tension knob in the middle which you need to turn to change how hard it is to rock back. Everything looks similar for example to DXRacer Formula or AKRacing K7.
On PL6000 chair the mechanism looks a bit different (it looks similar for example to DXRacer King and AKRacing Onyx mechanism) – to tilt on the chair or lock it at any position (upright or tilted) you need to use the lever on the left side, under the chair. Tilt resistance adjustment is also located on the side (not in the middle, like in other chairs). On the right side there’s a lever for changing chair’s height.
Apart from the rocking feature, each Vertagear chair allow you to recline the backrest separately as well. To do so, you just need to pull the lever on the side of the chair – it works similar to a car seat. You can adjust the backrest angle from 80 to 140 degrees. When you add the rocking function to that, the backrest may look almost fully flat. It’s sufficient for relaxing and watching a movie or even taking a nap.
Now let’s take a look at the armrests. SL2000 is the only model that has height-adjustable arms which only go up and down. Other chairs from S Line and PL6000 feature 4D armrest which give you the possibility to adjust their height, depth, width and angle.
4D arms are a better choice for those who use their chair not only for gaming, but also working at the desk and other activities during which you don’t keep your arms and hands straight.
All Vertagear chairs, both from S Line and P Line, include two pillows for lumbar and neck support. Good thing is that they are not integrated with backrest, so you can adjust their height or remove it if they don’t work for you. Thanks to adjustable cushions users of different height may find a comfy and supportive position for their back which is essential if you want to spend many hours on gaming pain-free.
Something Extra (New model soon!)
There’s one more thing that is worth mentioning when we are discussing Vertagear chairs’ functions. This brand is soon releasing a new model that is going to stand out from other gaming chairs. The new Vertagear PL4500 has really awesome, unique features like: synchronized wireless system of RGB LED Lighting.
You can choose the color for PL4500 lights and even synchronize it with music on your PC or phone! It’s a fancy feature that some people will find useless, but I know there are also some people who can’t wait for it!
There are no other information about the chair specification yet and we don’t know how much this new Vertagear PL4500 will cost, but we can expect it to be quite pricey.
Vertagear PL4500 is supposed to hit the market in the second half of 2018.
What People Think About Vertagear Chairs Features?
Customer like deep backrest recline and say even the lowest position feels very stable and sturdy and the chair doesn’t fall backwards. People who own PL6000 praise the option of locking the chair in titled position (more here).
Opinions about armrests and pillows vary, just like in DXRacer and AKRacing chairs.
Some people complain they are wobbly and rickety or too firm and uncomfortable, while others say they are very comfy, supportive and durable. Some people say arms on PL6000 should be more sturdy and lock in place when you rotate them, because they have locks for other adjustments (read more in this review).
For some users neck and lumbar cushions are very comfortable (or they get used to them quickly) and they are happy that they were included in the price.
However there are also some negative reviews that these pillow are too stiff and uncomfortable so they have removed it. According to few users lumbar pillow on SL4000 and PL6000 is too big (more here) and the neck pillow sometimes falls off (find out more in this review).
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Arozzi Features – As Good As Competitors?
We can find two different types of tilt mechanism (rocking) on Arozzi chairs – similar to other brands.
So we have a standard rocking function (up to 12 degrees) with tilt lock for upright position (so the chair doesn’t rock at all), but there’s no lock for tilted position.
Lever that you need to use to lock or unlock rocking is on the right side, under the seat (it also serves for adjusting chair’s height). There’s also a tilt tension knob (in the middle, under the seat) which allow you to adjust the tension (how difficult it is to tilt).
This standard tilt mechanism can be found on Enzo, Monza, Inizio, Mezzo V2, Milano, Torretta, Verona V2 and Verona Junior.
There is also second type of rocking mechanism which is more advanced and works similar to multi-functional mechanism on DXRacer chairs and pro mechanism on AKRacing Onyx.
Lockable tilting mechanism gives you the ability not only to rock back and forth or lock the chair in upright position but you can also lock it in one of 5 rocking positions (up to 12 degrees)! Of course you can adjust the tilt tension as well.
The mechanism under the seat looks very similar for example to AKRacing Onyx’s and DXRacer Sentinel’s: there’s a lever on the left side for locking and unlocking rocking function (while the lever for raising and lowering the chair is separate and you can find it on the right side under the seat). You can find this advanced tilt mechanism with lockable rocking positions on Arozzi Vernazza, Verona XL+ and Verona PRO V2 chairs.
Apart from the rocking function (where the whole chair tilts), some of Arozzi chairs have also adjustable backrest angle, so they allow you to recline the backrest like in a car seat. To do that you need to use a lever located on the side of the chair.
The backrest will recline independently from the rest of the chair. Here’s the list of Arozzi chairs that have adjustable backrest angle: Inizio, Mezzo V2, Torretta, all Verona models and Vernazza. The maximum recline angle differs a bit for each model, for example backrest on Mezzo V2 can be reclined up to 165° in increments of 5°, while the backrest on Verona PRO V2 and Verona XL+ can be reclined up to about 160°.
As you may have noticed not every Arozzi chair has reclining backrest. Enzo, Monza and Milano have non-adjustable backrest angle. So on this chairs you can only rock back and forth, but you cannot lower the backrest itself.
Arozzi offers few different types of armrests.
On the cheapest models – Enzo, Monza and Milano we can find non-adjustable armrests which is pretty unusual among gaming chairs. I’m not a fan of stationary arms as you cannot adjust their height for your mouse and keyboard. But I must admit – these three models look more like office, executive chairs than gaming chairs.
Moreover these are the only chairs (from these 4 brands) that have a padding on armrests and cover made of faux leather. They may seem more comfortable than normal non-padded arms, but it turns out it’s less quality than you may expect (as I will show you later, so keep reading!).
Arozzi offer also few chairs that have only height-adjustable armrests – you can find them on Mezzo V2, Verona V2, Verona Junior, Verona PRO V2 and Verona XL+.
Another type are 2D armrests which you can raise and lower, as well as pivot from left to right. These can be found on Inizio and Torretta and Torretta XL.
The most advanced type of armrests that you can find on Arozzi chairs are 3D armrests that move up & down, forward & backward and rotate left to right. The only model that is equipped with 3D armrests is Arozzi Vernazza.
At the end I’d like to discuss lumbar and neck support on Arozzi chairs. Almost all of them come with adjustable pillows for lower back and cervical spine. You can attach them to the backrest accordingly to your body type or you may not use it at all, if that’s what you want.
However there are three chairs that are an exception here. Milano has adjustable pillow for lower back which you can slide up and down, but the neck pillow is integrated with headrest so you cannot adjust it or remove it.
Enzo and Monza don’t include pillows at all. They have slightly curved backrest in the lower part, but that’s it. There’s no additional cushion for lumbar support and there’s no additional pillow on the headrest.
What People Think About Arozzi Chairs Features?
People like the reclining feature and say they don’t feel like they are going to tip over in near-flat position when they are relaxing and watching movies. Some people complain the Enzo chair lacks adjustable backrest angle, good thing is that it at least rocks (read this review for example).
When it comes to non-adjustable padded armrests on Enzo and Monza chairs, there are only few positive opinions about them. However, many people complain the foam flatten out very quickly and the faux leather started to peel off (for example: review #1 and review #2). So although they may seem comfortable at the beginning, they are not very durable.
There are more positive opinions about 2D armrest on Torretta and Torretta XL chairs – they are comfortable and sturdy. However there are also some people that say armrest are flimsy and move on their own when they move the mouse rapidly which disturbs them during the game (read more here).
Most people say the lumbar and neck pillows are great and comfy (check this review), only few users find it awkward and decided not to use it. Majority of customers like the neck and lower back support on Enzo and Monza chairs (example: this review), which actually have only S-shaped backrest and lack the adjustable pillows. There are only few negative reviews about this feature.
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My Final Verdict: Which Brand Offers Best Equipped Chairs?
As you can see all brands offer wide variety of features (DXRacer offer is probably most varied). Thanks to that probably every user will find something that suits his needs, preferences and budget.
Because not everyone needs 4D armrests, right?
Customer Support & Warranty Of Each Brand
Let’s be honest. Not always things go well.
Sometimes you can get a wrong color of the chair or not the design you ordered. Or something may break.
In those cases it is important how the customer support works.
Which brand you can count on when something happens?
Here’s the answer!
DXRacer Customer Support – Responsive & Very Helpful (But These Restocking Fees…)
DXRacer offers a lifetime warranty for the steel frame and 2-year warranty for other parts of the chair (only if you’re original purchaser).
The warranty doesn’t cover for example: wear and tear that is expected to happen over the course of using the chair; products that weren’t installed, used or maintained accordingly to instructions; color-fastness or marching of colors, grains or textures of covering materials.
You can read more about the warranty and exclusions on DXRacer website.
In accordance with DXRacer returning policy you have 30 days from the day of purchase to ship the returning chair and you will be responsible for the cost of shipping.
Once DXRacer has received the chair, they will conduct an inspection of it. DXRacer will waive restocking fees (10% if the package is completely factory sealed and 20% if the package has been opened and/or you have assembled the chair).
If the chair is hasn’t been damaged you will receive the refund (the amount will depend on whether you’re exchanging the chair, returning it and how big is the restocking fee).
You probably wonder what other people think about DXRacer customer support (warranty and returning policy)?
I went through hundreds of customer reviews on Amazon and majority of users who have had some issues with the chairs, agree that customer support was responsive and very helpful – especially when the user received a product with defect or if it broke (for example the casters or arms) soon after purchasing (usually DXRacer were willing to send the new part really quickly).
There were of course few negative comments that the customer service wasn’t helpful, however most reviews about the customer service are positive.
During writing this review I’ve also emailed DXRacer support to get some information and they’ve responded within few minutes!
There is however one thing that people don’t like about the DXRacer returning policy and many users who have wanted to return their chair (or exchange it for another size) complain about having to pay for shipping and restocking fees (read more in review #1 and review #2).
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AKRacing Customer Support – Probably The Best From All
AKRacing America, Inc. offers 5-year warranty for any defects in material and workmanship and 10-year warranty for the metal frame (only if you’re original purchaser).
Keep in mind that AKRacing Europe offers only 2-year warranty for the defects in material and workmanship.
Manufacturer warranty does not cover for example: problems that weren’t cause by defects (for example stains, scratches etc.), normal wear and tear that is expected to happen under normal use, products that weren’t installed, user or maintained in accordance with the instructions.
You can read more about the warranty on AKRacing website.
If the product isn’t faulty and doesn’t have any defects, but you want to return it (because you don’t like it or you’ve bought the wrong size), AKRacing gives you 14 days return policy and in this case you need to cover the cost of shipping.
So you need to return unused chair within 14 days (from the day it came into your possession). And the best part is that AKRacing won’t charge you with any restocking fees!
Keep in mind it must be sent in original package and in the same, unused condition. After AKRacing has received the returning chair they will conduct an inspection to check if the product is in its original condition, miss any parts or have any damages.
There are not many reviews assessing AKRacing warranty or customer support.
Generally speaking users are satisfied with the customer service and the warranty length. Few users mention some issue with their chairs (some defects or some parts have broken soon after purchasing) and they have received the replacement very quickly (more here).
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Vertagear Customer Support – (Mostly) Positive Feedback From Customers
Vertagear gives 10-years warranty for the frame and 2-years warranty (from the day of purchase) for other parts of the chair: armrests, metal base support, wheels, pillows, 5-star base and gas lift.
The warranty covers only the defects that appear under normal indoor use, only if you’re the original purchaser.
The warranty doesn’t cover for example: wear and tear that happens due to normal use, cosmetic damages like scratches or nicks, colorfastness that happens due to aging or exposure to light, normal wrinkles and marks that occur in the material etc.
You can read more about the warranty and exclusions on Vertagear website. If you receive a chair with some defects or those defects appear under normal use, please contact Vertagear customer service first.
Now let’s take a look at Vertagear return policy. You can return the chair within 30 days of delivery date.
If you’re returning non-defective and undamaged product, you need to pay the shipping fees.
Moreover, there is a 25% restocking fee, if you are returning an open product. If you return the new, unused chair in its original box and packaging material the restocking fee will be reduced or waived, after the product has been fully inspected by Vertagear technicians.
If you are thinking about returning your Vertagear chair and need more information about that fee you should contact Vertagear.
What other people think about Vertagear warranty and customer service?
There are few negative opinions about Vertagear customer service, but most of the reviews are positive and people say the support was very helpful.
Majority of users who have had some issues with the chairs say they have received the replacement for the defective chair or the parts that have broken (base, casters, armrests) really quickly.
Moreover, if you have some questions about your chair or need some help with choosing the right model you can contact Vertagear even on Facebook and they response quickly, which I can tell from my own experience (when I need some info while writing this article their answer was quick).
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Arozzi Customer Support – (Too) Short Warranty
Arozzi offers 2-years warranty from the date of purchase and it covers defects in material and workmanship that appear under normal use and maintenance, as long as you’re the original purchaser.
The warranty doesn’t cover problems that are cause by other conditions (not defects), for example: stains, scratches etc.
The warranty doesn’t apply to normal tear and wear or products that weren’t installed, used and maintained accordingly to the instructions.
It doesn’t cover color-fastness or matching of colors, grains, or textures of covering materials. You can read more about Arozzi warranty on the manufacturer official website.
Arozzi return policy is similar to AKRacing’s. You have 14 days (after you came into the possession of the chair) to return the product. If it’s not faulty or defective (for example you changed your mind) you will have to pay for the shipping.
Moreover you need to return the chair in unused condition, in its original, unopened package. After receiving the returning chair, Arozzi will inspect it if it’s in unused condition and doesn’t miss any parts.
I’ve also checked on Amazon what customers think about the Arozzi warranty, return policy and if they are happy with customer support.
It turns out there are quite a lot of negative reviews where people complain the chair or some parts of it have broken or the PU leather started to peel off within the first year or two. Only few of them have contacted customer service, but haven’t gotten any response (read more for example in this review) or had to wait for the response even couple months (more here).
However there are also quite a few customers that are satisfied with the customer service and they have received replacements for the chair or its parts (for example: review #1, review #2, review #3).
Nevertheless there are many reviews with complains about parts of the chair that have broken after few months of use and those people haven’t contacted customer support, but I think it tells a lot about Arozzi chairs quality and durability (more here).
| My score for Arozzi in category “Customer Support & Warranty”:|
My Final Verdict: Which Brand Offer The Best Customer Support & Warranty?
In this category probably AKRacing is the winner. They don’t have restocking fees like DXRacer and Vertagear and their warranty is the longest.
The worst seems to be Arozzi as they warranty is too quick and their customer support is not as quick as other brands.
Price Comparison (Value For Money) Which Gaming Chair Brand Is Worth Your Money?
Gaming chairs are quite expensive.
But with big price you should get high quality.
Unfortunately it’s not the case with some gaming chairs…
Here’s my overview of prices of all brands. Which one offers the best value for money?
Choose smart and don’t regret later!
DXRacer Prices – Expensive But Quality
Let’s be honest, DXRacer is definitely not a cheap brand. Smaller models (like Formula Series) usually cost a bit under $300.
However the price for bigger models may range from $300 to $550 or even up to $799 (for some models of Iron Series)!
There are few factors that have an impact on the price. Usually bigger chairs like King, Sentinel or Tank cost more.
Moreover, models with aluminum or Inlaid Color Bar Base are a bit more expensive than chairs with nylon base.
The third factor is the seat cover material and design. Chairs with cover partialy made of Strong Mesh are cheaper than models with other seat covers (like PU, Carbon Look Vinyl or Full Grain Leather).
The price also depends on features that the chair has (for example chairs with multi-functional tilt mechanism and 4D armrests are more expensive than chairs with conventional tilt mechanism and only height-adjustable armrests).
Some customers complain DXRacer chairs are so pricey, but most of users agree that you get what you paid for. There are only few customers who say these chairs are overpriced but majority of them have received chairs with some defects or have bought the wrong size. Other people agree the design, high-quality and durability of materials is well worth the money.
| My score for DXRacer in category “Value For Money”:|
AKRacing Prices – A Bit Less Expensive But Also Quality
This brand offers few chair that are a bit cheaper than DXRacer’s. The cheapest AKRacing chairs (K7 and Prime) usually cost under $300, while the most expensive model (Onyx Deluxe) may cost even $699!
The price for other models usually ranges from $300 to $550.
Among new series, the cheapest is EX gaming chair, however it’s slightly more expensive than K7 or Prime.
The new Onyx is the most pricey model – it may cost even up to $699 if you choose the version with real leather.
Other models cost usually from $349 up to $600.The price usually depends on the chair size and materials.
The cheapest models (K7 and Prime from Legacy Series and EX from new series) are designed for smaller users and have seat cover made of mesh fabric. On the other hand, the most expensive model (Onyx Deluxe from Legacy Series and new Onyx from Office Series) is designed for bigger person and has real leather cover on the front.
More expensive models (like old ProX and new LX) are also more equipped – for example they have 3D armrests, instead of standard height-adjustable arms.
Only few people regret buying one of the AKRacing chairs or say there are better models at this price point.
Most of customers are satisfied with AKRacing chairs quality and agree they are worth the money, although they are a bit pricey.
| My score for AKRacing in category “Value For Money”:|
Vertagear Prices – Similar Price to DXRacer But…
Racing chairs from S Line and P Line have similar prices to DXRacer models. The prices usually range from $299 up to $440.
The cheapest model is SL2000 and the most expensive one is PL6000 which is the biggest of all four Vertagear racing chairs and it has also more features (for example different tilt mechanism).
The new gaming chairs from Vertagear Triigger Line are more expensive. The prices may range from $600 even up to $900 (for the Special Edition model)!
There are quite a lot of negative reviews about the quality of PL6000 (but most of them refers to the previous version, before the base had been reinforced and improved) and some users regret buying this chair.
Still most of customers say this model is worth the money.
Most of customers are happy with the quality of Vertagear S Line chairs and say they are worth the money as well.
| My score for Vertagear in category “Value For Money”:|
Arozzi Prices – Cheap.. And You Can Feel It
Arozzi offers clearly the cheapest chairs among all these four brands. You can purchase some models (like Enzo or Monza) even under $200!
Models for bigger users like Verona V2, Verona PRO V2 and Vernazza (which has also better functions, for example 3D armrest instead of height-adjustable arms) are the most expensive of all Arozzi chairs and they may cost up to $400.
Customers complain about the quality, especially about Arozzi Enzo chair.
Many people say it’s poor-quality and breaks quickly so it’s not even worth those $200. When it comes to other models, most of customers say they are good quality, not very expensive and worth the money, but some users emphasize that they don’t last very long.
| My score for Arozzi in category “Value For Money”:|
My Final Verdict: Which Gaming Chair Brand Offers The Best Value For Money?
In my opinion, among these four brands, DXRacer and AKRacing chairs have the best value for the money. You can expect that these high-quality chairs will serve you for years.
If you want something for short-term then Arozzi could be good choice.
CHAPTER #8 (BONUS)
Best Gaming Chair For Your Body Type From DXRacer, AKRacing, Vertagear, Arozzi
Ok, probably you already know everything about DXRacer, AKRacing, Vertagear and Arozzi.
You can choose the best chair for you on your own.
But if you want quick answers, no problem.
Below you can find my recommendation of the best gaming chair (from AKRacing, DXRacer, Vertagear and Arozzi) for specific body type.
Of course final decision is up to you but hopefully this following ranking will make your choice easier.
TOP 3 Best Gaming Chairs For Short Person (about 5 ft 9 in and less)
- Thanks to breathable fabric cover it is good for hot days & if you have a tendency to sweat a lot.
- Very long warranty. 5 years for material and workmanship & 10 years for metal frame.
- Perfect for body: 5’6’’ – 6’ (sweet spot 5’9’’) & up to 180 lbs
- DXRacer Formula is one of the most popular and loved gaming chair on the market.
- This model is covered with good looking strong mesh and PU (2 in 1 = no sweating + great design)
- Perfect for body: 5’8’’ (up to 5’10’’) & 180 lbs (up to 200 lbs)
- Thanks to leather style vinyl and PU cover this Drifting Series model looks awesome.
- 3D Adjustable Arms (it’s quite rare feature among smaller gaming chairs)
- Perfect for body: 5’9’’ (up to 5’10’’) & 170 lbs (up to 200 lbs)
TOP 3 Best Gaming Chairs For Average Person (about 5 ft 9 in – 6 ft 1 in)
- High grade of faux leather will make your gaming room design even more cool and your sitting more comfortable.
- Very long warranty. 5 years for material and workmanship & 10 years for metal frame.
- Perfect for body: 5’5” – 6’ (sweet spot 5’9”) & up to 250 lbs
- DXRacer Racing Series is one of the most popular (or maybe even #1) gaming chair on the market.
- This model has 4D armrests & great-looking carbon look vinyle & PU cover
- Perfect for body: 5’8’’ – 6’2’’ (up to 6’3’’) 220 lbs (up to 250 lbs)
- Premium cover: brilliant high quality PVC faux leather (extremely durable and gives the chair a luxurious look)
- 4D armrests
- Perfect for body: 5’6’’- 6’1’’ (sweet spot 5’11’’) & up to 250 lbs
TOP 3 Best Gaming Chairs For Big Guys (about 6 ft 1 in and more)
- It’s hard to find good & cheap gaming chair for big guys. But if your budget is not flexible it’s probably the best option (I’d still go for something more expensive).
- 6 colors to choose from
- Perfect for body: 6’ – 6’5’’ & up to 260 lbs
- Very long warranty. 5 years for upholstery and parts & 10 years for metal frame.
- 3D Adjustable Arms
- Perfect for body: 5’11’’ – 6’4’’ (sweet spot 6’2’’) & up to 275 lbs
Off The Record: Frequently Asked Questions About Gaming Chairs
1. Are gaming chairs good for your back? Or should you rather go with ergonomic office chair?
Although not every person may like gaming chairs design or think it’s too flashy, there are a lot of people who find them very comfortable and supportive.
Some people think gaming chairs are only designed for those who play on PC or PS4 but the truth is that if choose the chair correctly (accordingly to your height and body type) and adjust the supporting pillows properly, the gaming chair may be as comfortable as a good office chair and you can use it every day for many different purposes. I personally have been using DXRacer Formula for over a year, mostly for working on my computer, rarely for gaming.
Of course gaming chairs have different backrest and they support user’s back only with pillows (for neck and lumbar) that are usually included with the chair and are height-adjustable and removable.
Ergonomic office chairs have different backrest design which is usually S-shaped, high-end models offer height- and firmness-adjustable lumbar support and additional headrest.
However the best ergonomic office chairs, like Herman Miller Aeron or Steelcase Leap, cost about $1000 or even more and not everyone can afford them. Good thing is that some models of gaming chairs cost about $300-$400 and may be really comfy and provide good support, just like the high-end ergonomic office chairs.
Of course there are also cheaper office chairs under $200 or even under $100, but often they lack adjustable armrests or neck support and look poorly and in many cases they are simply worse than gaming chairs.
To read more about gaming and office chairs click here.
2. Are DXRacer and AKRacing sister companies?
Sometimes people confuse AKRacing with DXRacer and think that’s one company. DXRacer and AKRacing are not related with each other. Here’s the official DXRacer answer to this question that I found on Reddit:
“Hey there! I apologize for the confusion! AKRacing is not part of DXRacer and there is no affiliation between the two. We produce different chairs with different features than AKRacing.”
3. Are gaming chairs worth buying?
Generally speaking people who like playing games on PC, PS4 and Xbox and spend many hours a day in seated position agree that gaming chairs are worth buying, especially the ones that are high-quality like DXRacer, Vertagear and AKRacing.
Some people say gaming chairs are the best solution for people who go to eSports events because they can adjust them exactly like they do at home (chair height and tilt, backrest recline, armrest height and angle). If they play on a different chair during the tournaments they may feel uncomfortable which of course have an impact on their performance.
Also if you are live gamer, streamer on YouTube, it’s kind of prestige when you are sitting on “pro gaming chair” like DXRacer or AKRacing during live sessions. Yeah, it sounds like cliché but that is like situation looks like..
Therefore if you’re a ProGamer and play live on eSports events, you should definitely consider buying a gaming chair.
4. Are gaming chairs overrated and overpriced?
Some models of DXRacer, AKRacing or Vertagear chairs are quite expensive, but as I show you above in the section “Price” most customers agree they are worth the money.
Usually these high-end chairs are better equipped, have most versatile feature and these brands have better customer support. Of course there are also cheaper gaming chairs (like Arozzi) which also have useful features and some people even find them good alternative for DXRacer.
There are many other cheap alternatives for gaming chairs which won’t cost you an arm and a leg but still may offer you a good quality and cool functions.
There’s no simple answer when you ask me which gaming chair is the best: DXRacer vs AKRacing vs Vertagear vs Arozzi. But I think that my article covered all the most important things when you are going to choose gaming chair from most popular gaming chairs brands.
I don’t want to tell you for example: “Go for DXRacer” because I don’t want to be biased. But I pretty sure that you already know the answer which brand is the best in areas which you care the most.
If you have questions feel free to ask it in the comments!
Good luck with your choice,
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