Most gaming chairs come with a high degree of recline, making a footrest the perfect companion to complete the experience. Whether you want to take a quick nap, play on your phone, or just take a moment for yourself, a footrest can make all the difference in allowing you to basically lay flat for a while.
In this guide, we look at the very best ones out there in terms of build quality, features, and to some degree, price. Let’s go!
Best Gaming Chairs with Footrest at a Glance
- KCREAM Gaming Chair – Best Overall
- GTRacing GT890MF Gaming Chair – Best with Bluetooth Speakers
- AutoFull Gaming Chair – Thickest Seat Cushions
- FantasyLab Big and Tall – Widest Seat for Big Folks
- Gymax Gaming Recliner – Best Recliner
- Ficmax Pink Gaming Chair – Best for Girls
- SIHOO Ergonomics Office Chair – Most Breathable
- AKRacing Footstool – Best Independent Footrest
KCream Gaming Chair – Best Overall
The KCream Gaming Chair took us by surprise when we reviewed it, and it’s easily become one of our favorites since. It does well in almost every aspect, and considering that it’s so affordable, we clearly got ourselves a winner:
To start, assembly is quick work since most of the bolts are already in place and only needs tightening.
In terms of build quality, it can hold its ground against gaming chairs twice its price. It’s sinfully comfy with 5” thick cushions and a spacious seat. Plus, there’s none of that ungodly squeaking that often comes with budget chairs. Even the 3D arms (up/down and pivot in/out) are impressive – slightly soft and ultra wide.
What about its recline function and footrest? Well, the recline mechanism is better than on most gaming chairs. It can go almost horizontal at about 170° if you include the 15° tilt. We especially love the ease at which the backrest rocks at the lowest tension setting.
There’s nothing special about the retractable footrest but it does what it’s supposed to do.
Just like any product, the KCream is not without faults. The armrests are too short so it’s hard to reach them when you’re reclined. There is a massage lumbar pillow, but like most of them on the market, it’s just an annoying vibration. Nothing to get excited about.
Still, at the end of the day, what shines on the Kcream is the superb build quality, extremely generous padding, and squeak free sitting. In those respects, it’s better than almost all sub $200 gaming chairs we’ve tested.
- Highly adjustable height and angle
- Can slide external keyboard underneath
- Extremely sturdy and stable
- Seat too deep for < 5’7” users
- Arms too short to offer support when reclining
- Unsatisfactory massage function
GTRacing GT890MF Gaming Chair – Best with Bluetooth Speakers
- Unit Weight: 50 lbs
- Maximum Capacity: 300 lbs
- Max Backrest Recline: 170 degrees
An immersive gaming chair at an affordable price – these are what the GT890MF promises to deliver with its combination of two Bluetooth speakers, a high degree of recline, and a functional footrest.
The upper backrest houses a Bluetooth speaker on each side. This surround sound system is clear and loud. Your computer must have a built-in Bluetooth function to connect to the GT890MF. Otherwise, you can buy a Bluetooth USB dongle. Charging the speakers will require a USB cord that can go from your computer to the GT890MF’s backrest. A 3-hour charge will give you about 6 hours of music time.
One buyer raved about how it gives him a vivid gaming experience. What’s more, he said he uses it to play zen music when he’s reading a book or relaxing while reclined. Just lock the backrest anywhere from a 90° to a 170° recline, whip out the footrest, and lounge in comfort. We also find the rocking function useful for when you feel restless during play time.
Our least favorite part of the GT890MF is its arms. While they are height-adjustable and pivot in and out, they don’t lock into place. We also find the sound quality of the Bluetooth speakers to be a bit flat and lacking in bass.
Still, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. As a sub $200 budget chair, the GT890MF is a great deal. We’re not surprised that it has thousands of positive reviews on Amazon.
Click here to read our review of the original GTRacing chair, which is in fact one of our favorite budget gaming chairs.
- Bluetooth speakers enhance user experience
- High degree of recline
- Lockable recline and rocking function
- Very budget friendly
- Footrest extends far enough for 6’1” and below gamers
- Flat sounding audio
- Arms don’t lock into place
- Chair squeaks a little
AutoFull Gaming Chair – Thickest Seat Cushions
- Unit Weight: 47 lbs
- Maximum Capacity: 400 lbs
- Max Backrest Recline: 155 degrees
For cloud-like comfiness, look no further. The AutoFull Gaming Chair is stuffed with around 5.1″ of high-density sponge in the seat, the thickest out of all the bunch here.
The 5.1” thick foam is way thicker than what you normally get at this price range. It’s highly supportive and will cradle your body to keep you pain-free during long gaming sessions. A happy buyer said that he especially recommends it for RPG lovers since these are farming intensive. Even napping is just pure bliss with the beefy padding, kick out footrest, and height-adjustable external pillows.
We’re also a fan of the upholstery on the Autofill chair. It’s made of a carbon fiber and PU leather mix that’s a lot stronger and more resistant to tearing than the material found on standard gaming chairs.
The combination of the thick padding and great upholstery has one ower exclaiming that this is simply the most supportive gaming chair he’s ever owned.
The two things we’d love to see in future upgrades of the AutoFull are lockable armrests and a deeper backrest recline. It’s annoying to find that sweet spot for the armrests, only to mess it up with a slight bump. It’s also regrettable that the backrest can’t go back more than 155°, especially with the plush cushioning and pull-out footrest.
If a gaming chair with ultra thick padding and a retractable footrest sounds like a dream come true for you, there’s no doubt about it. The AutoFull is your perfect gaming partner.
- Super thick 5.1” seat padding
- Pull-out footrest
- Extra large lumbar pillow
- Easy assembly thanks to pre-installed screws
- 2D arms don’t lock into place
- Backrest recline limited to 150°
FantasyLab Big and Tall – Widest Seat for Big Folks
- Unit Weight: 56.2 lbs
- Maximum Capacity: 400 lbs
- Max Backrest Recline: 165 degrees
The FantasyLab is our pick for the big guys and gals. Boasting a towering backrest, a spacious seat, extra large pillows, and a tanky construction, it’s the best budget option for large folks looking for a gaming chair with a footrest.
This king size chair has a 21” wide and 20” deep seat that’s padded with 5.1” of memory foam. What makes the FantasyLab extra spacious though is its flat seat design without the restrictive side bolsters that gaming chairs often have. According to one large gamer, it’s perfect for a 6’2” tall man with wide hips like him.
Measuring 33.5” tall, the backrest provides full back coverage and encourages good posture with extra large external pillows that actually feel supportive. It’s far better than those barely-there teeny weeny lumbar pillows found in a lot of gaming chairs marketed for big and tall users. The backrest can be locked anywhere from 90° to 165°. When you pull out the footrest and recline, the sleep-inducing comfort is similar to a La-Z-Boy recliner.
There’s not a lot to dislike about the FantasyLab. Just like with the KCream, the massage function of the FantasyLab is more of a gimmick than an actual massage. Also, the armrests move with the backrest but are not adjustable.
For the big and tall, the FantasyLab has your back when it comes to your above average needs.
- Flat, 21″ wide seat with thick memory foam padding
- Large, height-adjustable lumbar pillow
- Tall backrest with lockable rock and recline function up to 165°
- Tanky metal construction
- Padded arms
- Pillow massage function leaves a lot to be desired
- Non-adjustable armrests
Gymax Gaming Recliner – Best Recliner
- Unit Weight: 59 lbs
- Maximum Capacity: 330 lbs
- Max Backrest Recline: 160°
For console gamers, a gaming recliner like the Gymax is a better option than a sofa in terms of comfort and ergonomics. The Gymax is also a lot more affordable than a full blown recliner.
The 3-point locking backrest on the Gymax goes back up to 160° for when you want to watch TV or take a nap. The footrest conveniently moves together with the backrest when you recline. A mom who bought it for her teenage son hit the spot when she said that the Gymax is a tremendous deal given the price.
There are many thoughtful features located across the chair. There are side pockets where you can store your favorite gaming magazines. There’s also a small pocket at the back where you can place the remote for the massage function in the lumbar pillow. And of course, there is built in massaging in the lumbar pillow with a remote control to boot.
Speaking of the massage function, compared to the other massage pillow found on some PC gaming chairs, this one is a bit more useful since it has 8 modes and a timer. There are a lot of buyers who like it but it’s more of a novelty for us. At this price point, don’t expect much from it.
One thing to keep in mind is the Gymax is not made for large folks. If you’re 5’9” and above, the 19” wide and 21” deep might not be enough for you to really sink into.
All in all, if the main thing you’re looking for is a massage function, you’re better off investing on a genuine massage chair. But, if comfort while console gaming or lounging is your priority, the Gymax hits the spot.
- Decent massage function with timer
- Plush neck and lumbar pillows
- 3-point locking backrest recline up to 160°
- Affordable and easy to assemble
- Wide footrest that moves with the backrest
- Only suitable for gamers with an average build
- Some buyers got defective products
Ficmax Pink Gaming Chair – Best for Girls
- Unit Weight: 45 lbs
- Maximum Capacity: 250 lbs
- Max Backrest Recline: 180 degrees
The FIcmax Pink is specifically geared towards female gamers with its racecar style seat in a cute combo of white and pink. The femine and adorable look is sweetened with an extremely budget friendly price.
The Ficmax looks like an adorable cloud formation with pink highlights. Speaking of clouds, you’ll really feel like you’re floating thanks to the chair’s backrest that reclines all the way to horizontal. According to one girl, it’s so comfortable, you can sleep on it without any worries.
While you’re playing, you can take advantage of the height-adjustable external pillows and arms to maintain a good posture. Even the bigger girls can have fun on the Ficmax since it has a backrest that looms 31.7” high. Don’t get confused with the incorrectly labeled measurement chart though. The seat is actually 21” wide, not 13.6”.
As usual, the massage function barely feels there. Even when you switch between the two modes, the intensity just feels the same. Meanwhile, the arms, on top of not being able to pivot in or out, feels rather hard. You’ll need to buy a padded armrest cover to prevent sore elbows.
Needless to say, the Ficmax is a great buy for the girlfriend, teenage daughter, or for yourself as an entry level gaming chair with a footrest.
- Backrest reclines all the way to 180°
- Comes in an adorable white with pink accents
- Height-adjustable neck and lower back pillows
- Decent 3.9″ thick seat cushion
- Well-built, steel construction
- Arms only go up and down
- Useless massage function
SIHOO Ergonomics Office Chair – Most Breathable
- Unit Weight: 44.1 lbs
- Maximum Capacity: 330 lbs
- Max Backrest Recline: 125 degrees
Do you get sweaty and sticky during long gaming sessions? If this sounds familiar, then a high degree of breathability in your chair is what you need. To that end, what works best is actually a mesh office chair, in which the Sihoo is one of the best in terms of ergonomics, price, and with a footrest.
Instead of the non-breathable PU leather that is often found on gaming chairs, the Sihoo’s backrest is made of mesh which encourages good air circulation. The seat is padded and covered with fabric. This mesh and fabric combo will leave you feeling fresh even after hours of sitting, according to one satisfied buyer.
Breathability, check. But, what about comfort? Well, the Sihoo comes with a wide footrest plus a super comfortable headrest. To complete the spine support, it sports a lumbar pad that is both height and depth adjustable.
If there’s one thing that could make the Sihoo better, it’s a higher angle of recline. Currently, it can only be pushed back up to 125°. The other issue is not really a drawback, more like a restriction. The Sihoo is best for users 6’1” tall and below.
No one ever said you can’t use an office chair for gaming. It might not have the flashy looks of a gaming chair but the Sihoo can give you the refreshing feeling you need when you’re too warm from prolonged sitting.
- Breathable mesh has the right amount of taut firmness
- Functional pull-out footrest
- Height- and angle-adjustable headrest
- Height- and depth-adjustable lumbar support
- Waterfall edge seat design
- Arms do not pivot in and out
- Not suitable for very tall users
- Maximum recline angle is quite low
AKRacing Footstool – Best Independent Footrest
If you already have a good gaming chair but it’s missing a footrest, why not opt for an independent footrest instead? The AKRacing Foot stool does everything a footrest does and more.
To start, it has wheels so you can easily move it out of the way after use. The wheels come with locks, enabling you to keep them steady when you’re resting your feet on the footstool.
Unlike the footrest that comes with your chair that’s usually quite flimsy, the AKRacing stool lets you rest your entire lower body on it with confidence. With a dimension of 24.4 x 23.6″, it’s also as large as a gaming chair seat to give you all the wiggle room you need for your legs and feet.
Another great thing about a dedicated footrest such as the AKRacing one is that it can double as an extra stool when needed. To give you an idea, one buyer mentioned his 190 lbs sibling sits on it without any issues. The foot stool is padded with cold cured foam and upholstered in black PU leather, just like the seat on a premium gaming chair.
Overall, for a sturdy, adjustable footrest that would match most gaming chairs, the AKRacing Footstool is a good choice.
- Casters can be locked in place
- Much sturdier than a gaming chair footrest
- Large resting area
- Premium PU leather upholstery
- Some owners got faulty locking casters
- A bit overpriced
What to Look for in a Gaming Chair with Footrest
These are the things that you need to consider when shopping for a gaming chair with a footrest.
- Footrest quality– The footrest found on most gaming chairs are unfortunately just midcore at best in terms of build quality. They are not meant to rest your entire body weight on. If you need something more sturdy, consider getting a dedicated foot stool instead.
- Padding – It should have the perfect balance between firm support and soft comfort. Look for at least 3’5″ of padding in the seat.
- Upholstery – The upholstery of your choice will depend on your preference. Choose genuine leather if you want a timeless look, mesh or fabric for breathability, or PU leather for a cheap, vegan substitute for real leather.
- Size Rating – You’re chosen gaming chair should be suitable for your height, build, and weight.
- Aesthetics – If your gaming setup is built with a certain theme in mind, the color of the chair you pick should fit right in.
- Extra Features – Some gaming chairs come with features like USB ports, audio input, cool lighting effects, and a massage function.