- SteelSeriesArctis 7
The best gaming headset overall
Compatibility: PS4, Xbox one, Switch, mobile, PC | Drivers: 40mm | Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz | Wireless: Yes
- Great sound
- comfortable fit, reasonable price
- seamless wireless
- Fine-tuning music takes some work
- clunky phone and speaker functionality
The $149 SteelSeriesArctis 7 is the complete package and best gaming headset overall, offering great sound, consistent wireless performance and a comfy, attractive design at a reasonable price. The headset’s 2.4-GHz wireless connectivity keeps you glued to your game without any lag or interference, while its S1 speaker drivers pump out crisp directional sound that lets you hear the competition coming.
With a stylish, subdued look in both black and white, the Arctis 7 is the rare gaming headset you’ll actually want to use as your daily headphones. The device is incredibly comfortable, too, thanks to an elastic headband that adjusts to your dome and a pair of soft, lightweight earcups. Factor in a clear microphone, a 24-hour battery, compatibility with most major platforms, and lots of customization options, and you’ve got a winner.
- HyperX Cloud Stinger
Big sound on a budget
Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, mobile, PC | Drivers: 50mm | Frequency Response: 18 Hz – 23 kHz | Wireless: No
- Very comfortable design
- Handy controls, affordable price
- Sound gets blown out at higher ranges
The $50 HyperX Cloud Stinger proves that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort when you’re on a tight budget. The Stinger’s sturdy, feather-light frame and soft, faux-leather earcups make for one of the best gaming headsets on a budget we’ve worn yet, and its handy on ear controls and solid microphone certainly don’t hurt either. Finding a comfortable fit is arguably the most important thing you can look for in a gaming headset, and the Cloud Stinger doesn’t disappoint on that front.
The Stinger also offers very solid audio quality for the price – though things can get a bit blown out at max volume. But if you’re looking for good sound within a superbly comfy set of cans for less than $50, the Stinger is a fantastic value. And if you want to enjoy the Stinger’s excellent design without wires, the $99 Cloud Stinger Wireless is a good alternative.
- Razer Blackshark V2
Razer’s best headset yet
Compatibility: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One | Drivers: 50 mm | Frequency Response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz | Wireless: No
- Excellent sound
- Comfortable earcups
- THX profiles
- Hard to get a good fit
- Not many THX-supported games
The Razer Blackshark V2 is probably the best headset that Razer has ever made — and that’s saying something. This mid-range wired headset provides fantastic sound for both games and music, particularly thanks to its innovative THX profiles. The famous film audio company has lent its expertise to make the Blackshark V2’s surround sound realistic and nuanced — especially for a handful of games like Apex Legends and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which have their own optimized profiles.
Unlike some of Razer’s bulkier headsets, the Blackshark V2 is extremely sleek and comfortable, making it easy to transport to esports tournaments. Getting it to fit properly can be a bit of a pain, however, and the Razer software is tedious to navigate at times. Still, at less than $100, the Blackshark V2 offers a great value, and some innovative audio options for your favorite games.
- Logitech G Pro X
Built for tournament play
Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch | Drivers: Hybrid mesh Pro-G 50mm | Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20K Hz | Wireless: No
- Excellent sound quality
- Comfortable build
- Hard to get a good fit
- Not easily portable
The Logitech G Pro X delivers tournament-grade performance for a reasonable $130 price. The headset’s distinguished black design sets itself apart from the competition, in no small part thanks to its flexible headband and supremely comfortable foam and leatherette earcup options. Simply being comfortable isn’t enough to recommend a product as one of the best gaming headsets, but it’s arguably the most important quality we evaluate. If you can’t wear a headset for more than a few minutes at a time, it’s not very useful.
The Go Pro X delivers rich, direction-accurate sound out of the box whether you’re playing on PC or console. It’s also the first gaming headset to sport a built-in Blue microphone, allowing for extra-crisp voice chat whether you’re practicing with your Apex Legends squad or streaming to your online fans. Also worth considering is the Logitech G Pro X Wireless variant.
- SteelSeriesArctis 1 Wireless
Stellar wireless under $100
Compatibility: PS4, PC, Switch, Mobile (USB-C wireless), Xbox One (wired) | Drivers: 40mm | Frequency Response: 20 – 20K Hz | Wireless: Yes
- Excellent wireless connectivity
- Compatibility with almost everything
- Decent sound for gaming and music
- No elastic headband
- No iOS compatibility
Getting good wireless performance has never been this seamless — or affordable. Thanks to its high-speed, discrete USB-C dongle, the SteelSeries 1 Arctis Wireless allows you to instantly enjoy wireless game audio from your Nintendo Switch, Android phone, PS4 or gaming PC, with none of the convoluted pairing or interference that comes with Bluetooth-based headsets. It’s worth mentioning the Nintendo Switch functionality again, as it’s hard to get a wireless headset for Nintendo’s handheld hybrid.
The headset sports the same sleek, understated design as the standard Arctis 1 complete with a removable mic, making it perfect for playing some Switch games on the go. It also features the same powerful drivers and crisp ClearCast microphone as SteelSeries’ higher-end headsets, allowing you to get immersed and play competitively with confidence. If you’re looking for a best wireless gaming headset under $100, the Arctis 1 Wireless is the new gold standard.
- Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero
This is wireless greatness
Compatibility: PC, PS4 (Wireless); Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile (Wired) | Drivers: 50mm Nanoclear | Frequency Response: 12 -20K Hz | Wireless: Yes
- Comfortable fit
- Fantastic gaming and music sound
- Compatible with many systems
- Crowded controls
- Could use a few more presets
If you’re looking for a comfortable, highly customizable high-end headset that’s especially ideal for PC, the new Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is one of the best gaming headsets out there. This premium headset packs an incredibly comfortable pair of gel-infused ear cushions, which are also designed to play well with glasses. The Aero’s 50mm speakers sound great out of the box, and it comes with a solid noise-cancelling microphone to boot.
But where the Aero really shines is in its plethora of software and customization features. You can remap the headset’s on ear controls, activate immersive 3D audio, and tweak a ton of EQ settings to find the perfect balance for your favorite game. Factor in a long 30-hour battery for PC and PS4 and an included 3.5mm cable for use on any other device you own, and the Aero is one of the most versatile wireless gaming headsets out there.
- HyperX Cloud Alpha
Superior style, sound and value
Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, mobile | Drivers: 50mm Dual Chamber | Frequency Response: 13 Hz – 27 kHz | Wireless: No
- Sleek, premium design
- soft and cushy ear cups
- Impressive audio quality
- Earcups can feel snug
- Microphone picks up some noise
In terms of style and sound for the money, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is hard to beat. This headset’s premium design belies its sub-$100 price, thanks to a sturdy metal frame, a slick red-and-black paint job, and some of the most comfortable leatherette earcups out there. This is a headset that you can transport with you anywhere and connect to almost any system, without ever having to worry about it breaking.
The Alpha’s proprietary Dual Chamber drivers deliver big on sound, offering thick bass, sharp treble and strong directionality. With its world-class comfort, impressive audio and a suite of cables for use on just about any platform, the Alpha truly lives up to its name by offering the best gaming headset value under $100. There are cheaper headsets on the market, sure, but few that offer the same bang for your buck.
- SteelSeriesArctis Pro + GameDAC
Audiophile sound for gamers
Compatibility: PS4, PC (with GameDAC), Xbox One, Switch, mobile (analog) | Drivers: 40mm | Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 40 kHz | Wireless: No
- Superb design and comfort
- Hi-Res audio support
- Great overall sound quality
- Made for the desk, not the couch
SteelSeries’ Arctis Pro + GameDAC brings audiophile-grade features to the already excellent Arctis design. As its name suggests, this headset includes a DAC (digital-to-analog converter), which allows it to deliver high-resolution 96-kHz/24-bit audio. The GameDAC also allows for a wealth of customization options, whether you want to fine-tune sound via an equalizer or customize the headset’s subtle RGB lighting.
We found that the Arctis Pro sounds great for hi-res audio files, and is notably louder and crisper than the traditional Arctis line when it comes to games. If you’re willing to pay a premium for high-res sound support and a ton of features, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is one of the best gaming headset combos available. And if you already have a pair of headphones you really like working with, it’s possible to buy the GameDAC separately.
- SteelSeriesArctis 9
Streamlined wireless design with Bluetooth
Compatibility: PC, PS4, Switch (docked), mobile | Drivers: 40 mm | Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz | Wireless: Yes
- Comfortable fit
- Compatible with many systems
- Excellent mic
- Subpar music performance
The SteelSeriesArctis 9 is a worthy — albeit more expensive — follow-up to the SteelSeriesArctis 7. Like the Arctis 7, the Arctis 9 connects to PS4, PC and docked Switch via a wireless dongle, as well as Xbox One and handheld Switch via 3.5 mm audio cable. But unlike the Arctis 7, the Arctis 9 also works beautifully with mobile devices, thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity.
With a long battery life, effortless wireless connectivity and good sound quality for games, the Arctis 9 is an easy recommendation. Just be aware that music doesn’t sound great, at least not unless you’re willing to dive into the SteelSeries Engine software and do a little manual tweaking. Having three separate wireless connection profiles is also a little convoluted, particularly when compared to the effortless USB-C dongle in SteelSeries’ own Arctis 1 Wireless headset.
- Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2
Console-centric wireless sound with Bluetooth
Compatibility: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, mobile | Drivers: 50 mm | Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 22 kHz | Wireless: Yes
- Good sound quality
- Two kinds of wireless connectivity
- Great mic
- Tight fit
- Inconsistent volume levels
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is one of the best console headsets on the market, particularly if you want a wireless model. This peripheral boasts great sound, plush earcups and two kinds of wireless functionality. The PS4 version can connect to either PS4 or PC via USB dongle; the Xbox One version can connect to the Xbox One right out of the box. Both versions can connect to mobile devices and PCs via Bluetooth. It’s an extremely convenient feature, especially since very few gaming headsets offer Bluetooth functionality.
The only real caveat here is that the Stealth 700 Gen 2 has an extremely tight fit, so you’ll have to either break it in, or get used to some pressure around your ears. Volume levels can also be a little inconsistent, so it’s best to start with the volume turned down and slowly work your way up, when possible.