The best gaming headsets not only immerse you in your favourite games. They can help you play better by allowing you listen to where upcoming opponents are coming from or allow you to focus on the on-screen action when there are distractions around you. Equally, a gaming headset is perfect for immersive audio when you cannot have the TV and surround sound turned up!
Gaming headsets are not all made equal. They differ in comfort to wear and are made to different specifications based on target audience.
At the high end of the budget range, highly customisable designs and an explosive surround sound audio experience mean gaming headsets can easily double up as conventional headphones for watching movies and listening to music in style.
For those buying on a budget, there are many versatile headsets that can offer great quality audio at an affordable price.
As part of this review we’ve tested dozens of products, from a wide selection of brands and at a variety of price points to come up with our recommended headsets to suit every gamer.
We’ve tested all of these headsets on a mix of shooting and action-adventure games to get a good understanding of the headset’s directionality accuracy and ability to deliver atmosphere/impact. Titles such as Battlefield, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Halo have been used during the testing process.
As mentioned earlier gaming headsets can often be used as headphones too. So we’ve also tested them out listening to music and watching films on Netflix to see how versatile they are for all your media consumption.
With the wireless headsets on the market, we’ve tested them until the batteries are completely drained to see how long they last in use.
For testing comfort we’ve tested each headset out for a full day, and in the interest of fairness, we’ve got a second opinion from some regular gamers to ensure our favourites are genuinely considered comfortable by a range of users.
The Best Gaming Headsets On The Market
To cater for all gamers we’ve chosen the top three headsets overall, the best wireless devices, and the top peripherals for under $100 and $50 for gamers on a budget.
The best overall gaming headsets are the best three headsets over $100 that we tested from. These really are the best on the market in terms of sound quality, comfort and features offered. These are great for those looking for the perfect setup and those who love crystal clear, surround sound quality audio with a build quality to match it.
The best wireless category charts – you guessed it – the best three headsets available without cabling on the market at the moment. Some of these headsets also have the ability to be wired to support compatibility for some consoles for extra versatility. The shortlisted headsets are great for those who are often on-the-move or perhaps wish to keep their setup tidy whilst gaming for many an hour!
The best under $100 category has three solid headsets that represent great value for money for those looking for a little more than the basics done well. This category’s winner is a great choice for those looking to get a bit more in terms of features and audio quality than those at entry level.
The best under $50 category lists the three best headsets we found that have excellent performance with audio and comfort. These really are good value for gamers on a budget or perhaps tipping their toes in the headset market for the first time.
Best overall headsets
The finalists: Polk Audio Striker Pro Zx, Sennheiser PC363D, Astro A40 TR
Best wireless headsets
The finalists: Logitech G930, Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450, Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X
Best headsets under $100
The finalists: HyperX Cloud II, Logitech G430, Razer Kraken Pro
Best headsets under $50
The finalists: Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X, Tritton Kunai, Logitech G230