AndaSeat Kaiser 3 is magnetic – both literally and metaphorically. Not only is it the first gaming chair I’ve used with magnets, but you can’t help but be drawn to sit on this comfortable throne.
In every element of this chair, you can see that AndaSeat has taken previous criticism to heart to deliver something special. And while it’s not perfect, it comes damn close, making it an easy choice for a place among the best gaming chairs.
So, what does the Kaiser 3 bring to the table to deserve such high praise? And is it worth the rather high price tag for gamers and those looking for a decent desk chair? Let’s find out.
AndaSeat Kaiser 3 prices and configurations
The Kaiser 3 is available in two sizes from AndaSeat (opens in a new tab): large (supports people between five and six feet tall) and extra large for those six feet and over. The smaller model is $499, while the larger option will set you back $549 in the US, and it comes in a ton of colors across either fabric or PVC leather.
For those in the UK you can pick one up at Currys for £399 (opens in a new tab). These are some steep prices for a gaming chair, but as my intro gives away, it’s worth every penny.
AndaSeat Kaiser 3 design
Like many gaming chairs, the racing bucket seat aesthetic isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m a fan of the refined look and feel.
This mix of soft fabric for the seat and PVC leather on the back, along with the metal mounts for the armrests and premium plastic covering the side screws, means it will look right at home in your setup – no matter how gamer or pro. is.
This king-size seat doesn’t wrap a space-age external frame around its back and scream “look at me, I’m a gamer!” It’s a nice option that can resonate with the home office crowd as well as the gaming community.
AndaSeat Kaiser 3 comfort
With the Kaiser 3, AndaSeat has finally cracked it. My experience with this company’s chairs in the past, incl T-Pro 2 and Jungle 2made me feel a bit like Goldilocks: one chair was too soft, while the other had a rock hard head pillow.
AndSeat Kaiser 3 gets it right – thanks to the two sizes that make this available to everyone. The fabric covering the chair is much softer than previous iterations, and the foam padding, with a density of 65 Kg/M3, is nice and soft to park your bum on, while also dramatically reducing cushion failure.
In addition to this, you will also find dramatic improvements to the lumbar support, with a much wider seat base for more sitting positions and a 4-way adaptive lumbar system. There are two rotatable knobs that adjust the height of the internal lumbar support and how far it protrudes.
This integrated solution is much slimmer than just an extra pad, and it offers a far greater amount of customization. It is a system reminiscent of Boulies Master Series chairbut offers much more granular control.
The 4D armrests and 160-degree recline make this a highly customizable chair that can be adapted to your exact construction. The steel frame also makes it feel solid and premium, so expect it to last a long time.
Let’s talk about the pillow. Normally you are stuck in one position: the top of the chair to which you can attach it, but this is where the magnetic solution really shines. The pillow has a soft quality while not being spongy to the point of not providing real head support.
The magic comes from the fact that it is magnetically attached to the head of the chair. Not only that, but AndaSeat has put a line of magnets on the back so you can adjust the height of the cushion perfectly. It’s such a small innovation, but it makes a huge impact.
Kaiser 3 has stumbled upon a greatness that will make the big boys like Omega Labs sweat a little.
AndaSeat Kaiser 3 assembly
This chair is pretty hefty at a whopping 75 pounds, so putting this thing together will require some strength or the help of a partner to support some of the weight.
But the assembly steps themselves are an absolute doddle – it takes me about 20 minutes from opening the detailed manual to parking my butt on the chair. And much of the time savings comes down to (yep, you guessed it) magnets.
Instead of the usual 12-16 screws you have to use all over, the chair back to the base only needs 8 screws after you attach the piston and rocker mechanism. The side covers are attached with magnets and there are no straps for pillows to attach, thanks to the headrest magnet.
In addition, these magnetized armrest covers unlock an interesting market of accessories, including the ability to attach a table top to be closer to the laptop or rest the smartphone in a better position.
AndaSeat Kaiser 3 warranty
AndaSeat’s warranty provides UK lifetime coverage for the steel framework and integral parts of the Kaiser 3, such as the backrest, base, steering wheel, piston and armrests. Everything else is covered for 2 years, and it does not cover wear and tear on the fabric.
In the case of the USA, you get 2 years of coverage on all functional parts of the chair, without coverage of aesthetic elements or the fabric.
The bottom line
AndaSeat has learned a lot about gaming chairs in recent years, and the Kaiser 3 really benefits from this knowledge. But through this methodical approach, the team ended up creating one of the best gaming chairs you can buy.
With excellent comfort and a well-thought-out design that provides a greatly increased level of functionality, this is a fantastic throne that will last a long time, thanks to its robust, premium build quality.
It can be expensive, but like all furniture, this is a long-term investment. If you can afford it, and you’re a fan of the racing bucket seat aesthetic, the AndaSeat Kaiser 3 is a force to be reckoned with.