DXRacer review: are these luxurious gaming chairs worth it?
DXRacer is among the most well known companies making gaming chairs. The company has a long list of sponsors & affiliates in professional gaming, but that’s not where they began. Check out all we have to say in this DXRacer review.
Roots in luxury
The company started in 2001 as a luxury sports car seat manufacturer. And, if you’ve ever sat inside a luxury sports car, you know this background holds merit.
When turning their focus to gamers, DXRacer wanted to make no sacrifice in terms of quality and comfort. Directly from their website:
“…we take great pride in the quality of every product we make. We design our chairs with ergonomics in mind and elevate them with racing flair. The result: Extreme comfort for healthy gaming.“DXRacer FAQ
So, how did they do? How good is the quality of the DXRacer gaming chairs?
Three years ago, I purchased a DXRacer chair. I estimate an average of 3-5 nights per week that I sit in the chair while gaming & working at my desk. Generally, I will spend 4 or more hours working and/or gaming.
After 3 years of consistent use, the chair’s condition is still like-new. There are no rips, tears, or scratches in the fabric, and the color has not faded. I think it’s also worth noting that my Australian cattle dog will sometimes jump up onto the arm rests for attention, and there are still no scratches.
The materials used are not cheap or flimsy. DXRacer appears to have chosen high quality fabrics and other materials to ensure durability of their chairs which is exactly what you want in any product from any company.
Postural and ergonomic support
- Posture: the position you hold your body while standing or sitting
- Ergonomics: relating to or designed for efficiency and comfort
How does a DXRacer chair support your posture? Are DXRacer chairs ergonomically designed?
Seat (the piece you actually sit on)
The cushion of DXRacer seats are firm, yet comfortable. A firm cushion means your body doesn’t sink into the seat, and this helps prevent slouching or other imbalances in posture.
With a softer cushion, your pelvis and thighs are not full supported. If your weight is not evenly distributed, one side of your body will sink further. This will add additional strain to your hips, your pelvic bones, and your spine; it also strains muscles unnecessarily.
In some of their chairs, there is a raised V-shape in the cushion. This design helps guide your legs and keep your pelvis on the back portion of the cushion.
The DXRacer chair also includes a tilt mechanism enabling the backrest to be lowered to any angle down to 130°, with the ability to lock in place at any point.DXRacer chair features
The recline feature on these chairs is excellent. Reclining the backrest decreases compression force on the discs in your lower back. In long term, this will reduce your risk of lower back degeneration and pain.
The backrest set with the same type of firm cushioning as the seat. The backrest is also a bucket-seat style—certainly a carryover from DXRacer’s former luxury car design—which provides incredible comfort and support.
The bucket-seat design prevents leaning of the trunk which may otherwise create abnormal strain on your trunk muscles, core muscles, and spine.
Unfortunately, to date, the DXRacer chairs do not provide adjustable lumbar (lower back) support—a feature that seems to be becoming the industry standard for car seats.
Instead, the chairs come with a lumbar pillow. However, a pillow is a “one size fits all” feature for support. Since everyone’s body is different, this approach is not optimal for helping prevent back pain.
Similarly, the chair comes with a neck pillow, but this is another one size fits all solution. Neck pillow aside, the headrest is slightly recessed into the chair, and this allows for an appropriate neck position when seated.
The arm rests are equipped with two adjustment mechanisms. One to move the arm rests higher or lower and a second to turn the arm rests inward or outward.
The height adjustment has 6 levels, so you should be able to find that sweet spot where your arms lie on the arm rests without pushing your shoulders to your ears.
The rotation aspect helps provide support for different types of activity. For example, using a mouse & keyboard will usually angle your forearms differently than holding a controller in front of you.
Lack of padding
The arm rest padding—or rather lack thereof—is my only real complaint with DXRacer chairs. The arm rest padding is so rigid! There are times where my elbows are actually sore because the padding is so stiff.
I’ve used towels or other pieces of clothing to create my own pads to combat the uncomfortable arm rests. However, with the amount of cushion and comfort in the seat and backrest, it’s an unfortunate surprise that the arm rests were not more comfortably designed.
Our DXRacer review and conclusion
Overall, these chairs are amazing. DXRacer is one of the biggest ergonomic solutions for gamers and streamers, and I am very pleased with the quality of their chairs.
At some point, my current DXRacer will wear out. When this happens, I will definitely be getting another DXRacer for my gaming set up.
Esports Healthcare approves and recommends DXRacer for postural and ergonomic support.
I’ve looked at their newer chair designs, and while the adjustable lumbar support still isn’t available yet (DXRacer, if you’re reading this…), the arm rest designs seem to have changed. Hopefully, this change includes better padding.
What chair are you using? Do you have a DXRacer? We would love to hear your feedback to provide more reviews and recommendations for you!
If you have any questions about gaming chairs, posture & ergonomics, or anything health or wellness related to gaming, please email me!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a DXRacer gaming chair worth it?
Simply stated, yes. The price of a DXRacer gaming chair is modest compared to other gaming or computer chairs. However, the quality does not suffer due to the attractive price. The DXRacer gaming chairs are durable, comfortable, and ergonomic; in other words, DXRacer gaming chairs are worth it.
How much is a DXRacer chair?
At the time of this post, the cheapest DXRacer gaming chair retails at $299 USD with a price cut to $209.
The most expensive DXRacer gaming chair is listed at $799 USD with a price cut to $719.
Most of the chairs sold on the DXRacer website are in the range of $250-$400 USD.
How long do DXRacer chairs last?
Each person’s experience may differ. Without puncturing, cutting, or otherwise damaging the materials with sharp objects or other accidental trauma, it would be reasonable for you to expect your DXRacer chair will last at least 5 years. With proper care, you could certainly continue to use your chair for as many is 10 years.
However, some reviewers report your DXRacer chair will only last 2-3 years. In our experience, Dr. Jordon’s DXRacer chair has lasted ~7 years. In the last 3 years, the use on his chair has been 4+ hours 3-5 days per week, consistently.
What is the best DXRacer chair?
The “best” chair would be difficult to report without being too subjective. However, DXRacer has a Top 10 Best Seller list on their website: https://www.dxracer.com/us/en-us/special/top10bestselling/
Where are DXRacer chairs made?
DXRacer sells & ships their chars all over the world, but they operate from their headquarters in Michigan, USA.