Last time, I did a one-on-one comparison of gaming chairs from 2 phenomenal giants; DXRacer and AKRacing. You can peruse that write-up here if you’ve not done so yet.
In this article, I’ll be making a similar comparison between DXRacer vs Vertagear. So, if you can’t seem to tell which one to choose, consider this a deeper insight into how these 2 brands compare in terms of design, critical features, and value for money among other aspects.
I’ve also included my opinion on who should buy which chair from either of these 2 brands’ collection based on body size and weight.
Doubtlessly the leading gaming chair manufacturer in the world, DXRacer was started in 2001 with the main intention of manufacturing premium car seats for high-end sports cars.
In 2006, this manufacturer started another line that concentrates specifically on modern gaming chairs for esports as well as ergonomic office chairs.
Today, DXRacer has a total of 30 gaming chairs with 17 of them being in the special edition.
DXRacer is headquartered in Michigan, USA. Although it is mainly an e-commerce brand and has an online presence in all the continents, it also has showrooms in Michigan, California, and Ontario, Canada.
Vertagear is based in Chino, California. This company was started in 2015 and it’s, therefore, relatively new compared to DXRacer.
Don’t despise it, though. This company was started by a team of furniture specialists, computer hardware veterans, designers, and gamers. Therefore, you can rest assured that its products are designed purposely to appeal to the gaming community.
Vertagear has a total of 5 racing chairs classified into SL (Slim line) and PL (Plus Line). I have reviewed each of them in this article.
Vertagear vs DXRacer Gaming Chairs Comparison
DXRacer or Vertagear: Design (Base, Wheels)
DXRacer uses a 5-star base for all its chairs. But depending on the weight and height of the intended users, the construction materials differ slightly.
Precisely, DXRacer uses wide aluminum bases for chairs that are meant to support more weight. These are seats that are capable of supporting at least 220 pounds. They also have bigger PU casters measuring 3’’.
Here are the DXRacer series that employ the wide aluminum bases; Tank, Work, Iron, Boss, Classic, Sentinel, and King.
There is an exception, though. This manufacturer’s Drift Series which has a weight limit of 180 pounds is also fitted with an aluminum base. But this one is narrower.
Vertagear uses the same 5-star aluminum base for all its racing seats regardless of the weight limit. When buying a Vertagear chair, be keen to get a model with ‘Rev.2’ in its title if you are considering the SL2000, SL4000, SL5000, or PL6000 models.
Rev. 2 means that the seat is fitted with an improved base made of a heavy-duty alloy that is much stronger than the previous model that was reported to break easily.
With regard to the casters, Vertagear allows you to choose between the standard casters and a premium option which is larger in size and has an auto-lock function- of course, the latter comes with additional cost.
Base & Wheels – who wins?DXRacer has the upper hand with regard to the base especially because it offers you options. On the other hand, it’s quite impressive that you can choose the type of casters with Vertagear. But virtually all gaming chairs allow you to replace the original casters with another set.
DXRacer vs Vertagear: Foam and Materials
DXRacer chairs have less dense or very dense foam depending on the intended weight capacity. For instance, Racing, Valkyrie, and some of Drifting series use foam with a density of 3.12 lbs/ft3.
As you climb up the weight limit ladder, the foam continues gets denser. The Sentinel, Tank, and Formula chairs use foam with a density of 3.25 lbs/ft3.
DXRacer gaming seats that are engineered to support the highest weights; Boss, King, Iron, Work, and Classic have the densest foam at 3.37 lbs/ft3.
With regard to the material, only 6 out of the 13 DXRacer Series offer only 1 material option. These are:
- Boss and Classis Series- leather-like vinyl
- Elite Series- leather-like vinyl and PU leather
- Work Series- PU leather and Perforated Vinyl
- Valkyrie Series- PU leather
- Origin- strong mesh and PU leather
All the other 7 seats offer at least 2 options for the cover material with some such as the Formula coming in 4 types of materials to choose from.
Similar to DXRacer, Vertagear’s chairs also have varying density levels depending on their weight limits and could get as dense as 4 lbs/ft3. This dense foam padding has an open cell structure that allows the circulation of air to prevent heat buildup.
Vertagear chairs don’t offer a lot of options with regard to the seat’s materials. The PL and SL models use high-quality vinyl leather which is perforated to boost air circulation.
The newly released Triiger Line chairs use reinforced DuPont TPEE Mesh for the seat and backrest. They also have premium calfskin leather that adds a luxurious touch.
Foam & Materials – who wins?
Vertagear seems to have the upper hand with regard to the density of its foam. Most of its seats use a slightly denser foam than what DXRacer uses for a similarly sized chair and this is a guarantee of durability.
The difference isn’t so huge, though. And in any case, some of these heavily dense seats have been accused of being quite stiff when new.
DXRacer definitely rules the roost in terms of cover material options.
Vertagear or DXRacer: Color versions
Both of these 2 brands offer their seats in an array of color options. Vertagear’s SL5000 racing seat has the least number of options (5) in this manufacturer’s listing followed by the PL4500 which has 6. Other seat models offer up to 10 color options including the PL6000 and the SL2000.
DXRacer’s Boss and Classic Series offer 3 color options each and are the least performers here. Others such as Drifting, Formula, Racing, and Iron come in 10+ colors.
Color versions – who wins?It’s a tie. Color is a matter of personal preference. The fact that all the seats from these 2 brands offer at least 3 color options means that most gamers might get a color to match with their gaming room easily.
Vertagear vs DXRacer: Features
There are a number of features that are common between chairs from these 2 brands. For instance, all of them allow height adjustment and they also come with 2 pillows; one for the neck, and another one for lumbar support.
They also offer height-adjustable armrests at the minimum although some chairs have 3D and even 4D armrest configurations.
Perhaps the only minor difference is on the tilt angle. While all DXRacer and Vertagear gaming seats allow tilting, Vertagear racing seats allow a tilt angle of 140 degrees while the DXRacers allow 130 degrees maximum.
Features – who wins?These brands score equally on this front too since the type of armrest and tilt angle boil down to personal preference as well. If you prefer a little bit more tilt angle, though, the Vertagear might interest you.
DXRacer or Vertagear: Available Sizes
As you’d expect of top-rated gaming chair manufacturers that aim at impressing the entire gaming community, DXRacer and Vertagear seem to put all stops to offer a seat for all body types and all heights and weights.
If you have a small body type, weigh 150-200 pounds and have a height of between 5’7’’ and 5’10’’, the Formula, Racing (with conventional tilt mechanism), and Drifting (with conventional tilt mechanism) series of DXRacer might interest you.
For those who have an average body size, weigh 200-250 pounds, and are between 5’11’’ and 6’ in height, consider the Racing (with multi-functional tilt), Drifting (multi-functional tilt), Valkyrie, and Classic Series.
Lastly, big gamers weighing 275-450 lbs and have a height of 6’1’’ to 6’6’’ might want to try out the Iron, King, Sentinel, Tank, and Boss Series.
The Vertagear SL2000 is specially designed for gamers with a mesomorph body type, a height of 5’3’’-6’2’’, and a weight of up to 330 pounds. Contrary to what you’d expect, the SL4000 is meant for gamers with a small-to-average size hip, a height of 5’5’’-6’, and a weight of up to 200 pounds.
The SL5000 is for people with a wide hip area and has recommended height and weight ranges of 5’6’’-6’1’’ and 250 pounds respectively.
The PL4500 and PL6000 are meant for plus size gamers weighing even 400+ pounds and heights of between 5’10’’ and 6’3’’.
Available Sizes – who wins?The DXRacer definitely wins in this front. This manufacturer has the widest offer that makes it so easy to get a seat they can fit in comfortably.
DXRacer vs Vertagear: Warranty and Customer Support
All DXRacer gaming chairs come with a lifetime warranty on the frame. All other parts get a 2-year warranty. Note that these warranties are not transferable to second or subsequent buyers of the chairs.
You’ll also have a 30-day window to try the seat and return it for a replacement should that be necessary. However, keep in mind that you have to foot the shipping charges as well as a 10-20% restocking fee.
With Vertagear, the Racing Series (SL and PL seats) has a 10-year warranty for the frame and a 2-year warranty for all other parts.
The Gaming Series (Triigger line) has a 10-year warranty for the aluminum alloy frame, 5 years for the dual spring seat mechanism, 5 years for the armrests, casters, and 5-star base, and 2 years for the gas lift.
In case of any defects, buyers from the USA are advised to return the chair within 30 days after purchase.
Although there’s no mention of restocking fees on Vertagear’s warranty, this manufacturer has clearly indicated that the buyer is responsible for the shipping charges. Vertagear will ship it back free, though.
Warranty & Customer Support – who wins?DXRacer’s lifetime warranty on the frame is quite impressive. But I hardly believe that the foam and armrests could last forever. In that case, Vertagear has my nod here especially with its Triigger Line’s 10-year warranty for the frame and 5-years for the armrests, casters, and star-base.
Vertagear VS DXRacer: Previous Buyers’ Feedback
Both of these manufacturers have had their fair share of positive and negative feedback. Here is a comparison of previous buyers’ feedback on seats that tend to cater to the same group from either brand.
The Racing Series that is meant for gamers weighing 200-250 pounds and with a height range of 5’6’’-6’ is among the best-rated gaming chair by DXRacer and most people including this buyer affirm that it is very comfortable and well built.
An ideal Vertagear alternative for the DXRacer Racing Series would be the SL5000. This seat hasn’t received such a good rating. Although there are several buyers who found it comfortable for their needs, others including this customer found the seat panel narrower for their thighs.
People’s Reviews – who wins?
These 2 feedbacks aren’t enough to make a concrete determination here. However, having reviewed all Vertagear racing seats, I can affirm that a few of its seats don’t always fit the recommended users as expected, for instance, I came across several complaints on this issue with the SL4000. The good news, though, is that Vertagear has a very supportive customer care team.
Although there are a few complaints regarding some DXRacers, these fit most of the time. So, the DXRacer takes the win here.
DXRacer or Vertagear: Best Gaming Chairs With Value For Money
Both DXRacer and Vertagear have several chairs that the gaming community generally feels that they are decently priced for what they offer.
For instance, most gamers seem to be pleased with the value that DXRacer’s Sentinel, Classic, and Drifting Series among others offer and claim that they would buy them again at their respective prices.
On the other hand, there are those who feel that some seats including the King and the Iron don’t offer the value you’d expect for their price tags.
It’s the same case with Vertagear chairs too. Several models such as the SL2000, SL4000, and SL5000 have received a good press from a section of the buyers with regard to value for money. But others especially those that are meant to accommodate higher weights including the PL6000 has the lowest rating on this front.
Value for money – who wins?Judging by the firsthand buyers’ feedback, DXRacer seems to offer the best value for money with most of its chairs and, therefore, takes the lead here too.
Why should you buy DXRacer gaming chairs?
- They offer the best value for money
- They are durable
- They are popular
- Have a good rating and lots of positive feedback from previous buyers
- DXRacer has been in business for long- reliable
Why should you buy Vertagear gaming chairs?
- They are generally cheaper
- Most of the seats have thicker padding than similarly sized DXRacers
- All Vertagear gaming chairs use a similar base and frame that support higher weights