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Best mesh-back gaming chair 2022

RESPAWN-205 Gaming Chair
RESPAWN-205 Gaming Chair (Image credit: RESPAWN)

The best gaming chairs have traditionally been made out of leather and foam padding. Still, in recent years, mesh gaming chairs have seen a rise in popularity since they are incredibly supportive and comfortable. In addition to that, they're also very breathable because air can circulate through the mesh and cool you down during intense gaming. There are tons of different mesh gaming chairs on the market. Still, at the end of the day, we think that the RESPAWN-205 takes the crown as the best mesh gaming chair because of its extremely comfortable design, very adjustable nature, stylish gamer-themed aesthetic, and good price.

Best overall: RESPAWN-205 Gaming Chair

RESPAWN-205 Gaming Chair

Source: RESPAWN (Image credit: Source: RESPAWN)

In our minds, the best mesh gaming chair out there is the RESPAWN-205. Featuring a half-mesh, half-cushion back, you'll be getting the benefits of both designs while you play. On top of this, the chair also comes with a detachable headrest pillow and lumbar support for further comfort. Another great thing about the chair is that it's incredibly adjustable, as you can adjust the height of the seat and the armrests. Additionally, the back can be tilted between 90 and 130 degrees and locked in position. In terms of weight capacity, the chair is excellent too, as it can hold up to 275 pounds. The cherry on top is the striking angular aesthetic that plenty of gamers are sure to enjoy. There used to be an issue with the chair's mesh breaking, but the manufacturer has stepped up and rectified the problem. Lastly, the chair has a good price that's nearly on par with budget-level chairs, meaning that it's got a stellar amount of value for the money even if it is a little pricey.

RESPAWN-205 Gaming Chair

The king of the hill

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly comfortable
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Super adjustable
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Looks awesome
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Great weight capacity
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Amazing price

Reasons to avoid

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A little pricey

Best full mesh design: Hyken Mesh Task Chair

Hyken Mesh Task Chair

Source: Staples (Image credit: Source: Staples)

If you're after a chair that is completely covered in mesh from top to bottom, then the Hyken Mesh Task Chair is ideal. Unlike most mesh chairs that use a combination of mesh and cushioning, this one uses mesh and nothing else. Some may dislike this because it won't be as soft as chairs that incorporate padding, but others will prefer it since it promotes maximum breathability. Overall, it's up to personal preference. Aside from its all-mesh design, the chair is just as adjustable as the RESPAWN-205 is since it comes with the same adjustment features. It can also support 275 pounds and comes with height-adjustable lumbar support behind the back. Lastly, compared to the RESPAWN-205, the Hyken Mesh Task Chair features a low-key office style that you may prefer over the former's flashy and angular look.

Hyken Mesh Task Chair

Enjoy a traditional seat

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly comfortable (if you like all mesh)
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Super adjustable
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Looks low-key
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Great weight capacity

Reasons to avoid

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A little pricey

Best mid-range: Funria Mesh Office Chair

Funria Mesh Chair

Source: Funria (Image credit: Source: Funria)

This chair is an excellent choice if you want something a little less expensive than the RESPAWN-205, but not a seat that's in the lowest quality tier. It's just as adjustable as the previous two chairs are, but it notably comes without a headrest of any kind, which may bother people with neck problems. Additionally, the lumbar support is rather small, and you can't move it. Lastly, it's capable of holding 275 pounds. Overall, it's not as comfortable as previous options, but it's still great.

Funria Mesh Office Chair

Middle of the road

Reasons to buy

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Very comfortable
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Super adjustable
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Excellent weight capacity
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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No headrest
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Lumbar support could be better

Best budget: AuAg Home Office Chair

AuAg Gaming Chair

Source: AuAg (Image credit: Source: AuAg)

The Home Office Chair is a fantastic choice if you're on a budget. The padded seat and mesh back are all of a lower quality than what you'll find on the other chairs on the list, and as a result, the chair isn't as comfortable. However, it's far from uncomfortable, and it's pretty good for what the chair costs. The chair is also lacking in adjustability across the board, though notably, the height can be adjusted. Finally, the chair has a fantastic weight capacity of 300 pounds.

AuAg Home Office Chair

A chair that's cheap

Reasons to buy

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Pretty comfortable
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Excellent weight capacity
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Most affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Can't adjust armrest height
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Chair is less comfortable
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No lumbar support

Bottom line

Mesh back gaming chairs are an excellent way to stay comfortable while gaming, as they are supportive, comfy to sit in, and keep you cool because air can circulate around your body. This has made them popular in recent years, and as such, tons of different mesh chairs are available on the market.

Due to the widespread availability of mesh chairs, it can be hard to know which ones are high quality. In our minds, though, the best mesh gaming chair is the RESPAWN-205 due to the fact it's incredibly comfortable, super-adjustable, and that it looks fantastic.

If any of these chairs does not tempt you, and you're still in need of a quality gaming chair, we highly recommend the Secretlab SoftWeave Black³. In his SoftWeave Black³ review, my colleague Dan Thorp-Lancaster said that "If you want one of the most comfortable gaming chairs out there with an excellent aesthetic, it's hard to go wrong with the Secretlab Black³."

For more excellent options, check out our roundup of all the best gaming chairs.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.