Reviewing gaming chairs is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.
Actually, usually you do. After going through 10+ chairs this year, I’ve gotten uncannily good at accurately judging a chair while all the parts are still scattered across my living room floor.
Well, the KCream chair managed to surprise me.
In this review, I’ll go over everything you need to know about KCream gaming chair (footrest edition), and ultimately, whom it’s best for.
- How We Tested the KCream Gaming Chair
- Overview of KCream Gaming Chair and its Parent Company
- KCream Gaming Chair at a Glance
- Assembly of the KCream Chair
- KCream Gaming Chair Build Quality
- KCream Chair Size and Target Audience
- Chair Comfort and Feel
- Backrest Tilt and Recline
- How’s the Footrest?
- Behold the Massage Lumbar Pillow
- KCream Gaming Chair Final Verdict
How We Tested the KCream Gaming Chair
Like most chairs we test, we went on Amazon and bought the chair ourselves. This minimizes any unspoken pressure to favorably talk about a product.
For the last 30 days, I’ve been using the KCream gaming chair almost exclusively (8+ hours).
Overview of KCream Gaming Chair and its Parent Company
The KCream brand definitely ain’t no household brand, and seems to be a recent entry in the gaming chair market.
Having said that, their parent company is a little more well known, as owners behind the Vanbow and Healgen line of office and gaming chairs.
The KCream lineup seems to target a hipper audience with more flamboyant colors and additions such as a footrest and massage lumbar pillow.
KCream Gaming Chair at a Glance
Here are all the important measurements I took of the chair at a glance. Note that they may differ slightly from the official specs, as they are taken directly by me:
|Chair height (floor to top of seat cushion):||18” to 21”|
|Usable seat width and depth:||16.5” x 22.5”|
|Backrest width and height:||22″ x 33″|
|Backrest tilt and recline:||90 – 165 degrees|
|Armrests||Up/down and pivots|
|Other features:||Massage pillow and footrest|
|Unit weight:||55 lbs|
|Advertised max weight:||300 lbs|
Assembly of the KCream Chair
Assembling the Kcream gaming chair was a pretty standard affair. With the help of a friend who happened to be present at the time, we put it together in around 30 minutes.
One thing I appreciated was that most of the bolts were already resting in their places, such as in the backrest and under the seat . This made it trivial to match which bolts go into which slot when it came to fastening them.
KCream Gaming Chair Build Quality
While I usually discuss build quality towards the end in my reviews, I’m moving this one up to the top for good reason.
Just to put things into perspective, the KCream chair at last check cost $179 on Amazon, This firmly puts it in the sub $200 budget category.
Well, I can tell you it certainly doesn’t feel like a budget gaming chair.
To start, the seat cushion is over 5” thick, with a backrest that is very generously padded as well.
The armrests are ultra wide and comfortable.
Oh, and it passed the squeak test with flying colors. This chair is silent as a mouse, with zero ungodly noises when you rock or recline the backrest.
The KCream reminds me a lot of the AKRacing SX I reviewed earlier this year. That chair cost around $300, however.
KCream Chair Size and Target Audience
In terms of dimensions, the KCream chair is basically a plus size version of the GTRacing chair.
The seat measures 16.5” wide without the wings, or 21” if you include them:
Most people would welcome a wider seat. For comparison, the usable width of the seat on the GTRacing measures 15”.
The seat depth on the KCream is worth paying attention to. It’s rather deep at 22.5, and as such, could be uncomfortable for shorter people.
Notice that even with the lumbar pillow in place, there is virtually no gap between the back of my thighs and the edge of the seat as someone that is 5’8”. If you’re shorter, you might start feeling the seat edge brushing up against your thighs.
The seat height range on the KCream falls between 18” to 21”, measured from the ground to the top of the cushions.
Taking all the measurements into consideration, plus the build quality, here is my recommended target audience for the KCream chair:
- 5’8” or above
- Less than 280 lbs
Chair Comfort and Feel
Like I said earlier, the KCream chair looks and feels like an oversized version of the GTRacing chair. That’s generally a good thing if you’re not petite in stature.
The backrest on the KCream is wider and slightly beefier than the GTRacing’s. My friend who has rather wide shoulders immediately appreciated the difference when he sat down.
And then there’s the seat. With around 5” thick of padding and uniform support across the entire surface, this is one seat I think even heavy folks will have no problem loving. It’s very rare to find such thick padding in gaming chairs in this price range.
The armrests on the KCream are also wider and slightly softer than those found on most sub $200 gaming chairs. They pivot in and out, though do not lock into place, meaning if you bump into them they can shift positions.
On the negative side, due to the depth of the seat, if you have shorter femur bones (thighs), you may find the seat too deep for comfort unless you replace the default lumbar pillow with something more protrusive. See the above section for more details.
The armrests could also be longer to better support your forearms in the reclined position. It’s wide but shorter than those on the GTRacing.
Backrest Tilt and Recline
The hallmark of any good gaming chair is a robust tilting mechanism, and the Kcream fares well here.
The backrest doesn’t recline quite as far back as on the GTRacing, but is still more than most gaming chairs. With the 15 degrees tilt, it goes back to around 170 degrees. On the GTRacing, I can go past horizontal, creating an almost zero gravity feeling.
One thing I like is the ease at which the backrest rocks once you dial the tension knob to the lowest setting.
How’s the Footrest?
In two words- just average. Like almost all footrests I’ve come across on gaming chairs, it’s supported by two metal rods that go into nylon (hardened plastic) housing underneath the seat. It’s not necessarily flimsy, but I certainly wouldn’t want to rest even half my body weight on it.
Having said that, the footrest is certainly functional, and even useful once you start to recline the backrest.
Behold the Massage Lumbar Pillow
I’ll just say this at the very top – I wish gaming chair companies would stop making these ridiculous massage pillows. Nobody needs them. Nobody wants them.
As you’ve guessed, the KCream chair comes with a massage lumbar pillow. Connected via a USB cable to your laptop, it offers two modes of massages.
What are the two modes? It doesn’t really matter. It’s just vibrations that make you want to jump out of your seat in 10 seconds flat.
Ok I’m done ranting.
KCream Gaming Chair Final Verdict
When judging a gaming chair (or any product for that matter), one has to take into consideration the pricing as well.
As a sub $200 gaming chair, the KCream is a damn good chair. I’d put it in the same league as the AKRacing SX, which costs 70% more.
The main drawbacks are the disproportionately deep seat plus rather short armrests (especially since they don’t move back/forth). In most other respect, it beats out all budget gaming chairs I’ve reviewed this year. The build quality and ultra thick padding elevates this to almost a premium gaming chair.
The most direct competitor to the KCream would be the Killabee gaming chair with footrest. Between the two, it’s a no brainer.
- Awesome build quality for a budget gaming chair
- Very supportive 5″ thick seat cushions
- Softer, wider than average armrests
- No squeaking at all after 30 days
- Functional footrest
- Seat depth of 22.5″ may be too much for people < 5'7"
- Massage function on lumbar pillow useless
- Armrests too short to be supportive when backrest is reclined