The Best Gaming Headsets Reviewed

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.

Our Testing

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

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Polk Audio Striker Pro Zx

  • Compatible with Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, PC, Mac, tablets and smartphones
  • Build quality was the best of all the headsets featured in this article
  • The over ear cups are extremely comfortable
  • Best in class audio quality
  • Custom Xbox One wireless headset adapter which is better than the standard adapter
  • Perfect for gamers using various platforms and frequently using headphones for movies and msuic

Sennheiser PC363D

  • Excellent build quality, with a well protected cord
  • Most comfortable of the headsets tested
  • 7.1 surround sound makes for high end 3D audio, perfect for gaming
  • Whilst only promoted as compatible for PC, can be used with PS4 simply with included USB sound card
  • Xbox users require a mix amp

Astro A40 TR

  • Fantastic headset for gaming, listening to music and watching movies
  • Extremely comfortable to wear for long periods
  • Surround sound perfect for shooter gaming
  • Excellent mic that is also detatchable
  • Models are specific to platform - PS4 or Xbox One

Best wireless headsets

The finalists: Logitech G930, Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450, Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X

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Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450

  • Compatible for PC wirelessly using a dongle, consoles require an adapter to work
  • Best in class audio with 7.1 surround sound, delivering an outstanding experience
  • Foam earcups give comfortable feel for long gaming sessions
  • Gamers with large heads may wish to avoid as they are a snug fit
  • Averaged 10 hours of game time and usage on a single charge

Logitech G930

  • Incredible battery life of over compared to all other headsets tested
  • Very comfortable for wearing for several hours of gaming
  • Wireless range is perfect for gamers frequently moving around who want to keep their comms going
  • 7.1 surround sound makes for great audio for the price point
  • Not compatible for PS4 or Xbox One - PC gamers only

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X

  • Fully wireless headset for Xbox One, can work with PS4 with adapter
  • Ability to control audio and chat directly on the headset
  • Excellent battery life - over 10 hours of usage on a charge
  • Solid, lightweight build with relatively good comfort
  • All round performer delivering good value for money

Best headsets under $100

The finalists: HyperX Cloud II, Logitech G430, Razer Kraken Pro

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HyperX Cloud II

  • USB 7.1 Connectivity for PC & Mac. Stereo compatible with PS4, Xbox One adapter required
  • 7.1 virtual surround sound offers low cost entry into top end audio experience
  • Incredible memory foam delivers excellent comfort which is as good as any headset on the market
  • Nice carry bag included for use on the move
  • Overall value for money is fantastic making this our favourite headset under $100

Logitech G430

  • Brilliant Dolby 7.1 surround sound for an immersive experience, feel like it’s an advantage to have for shooters!
  • Good mic for gaming, adjusting mic volumes recommended to reduce playback of your own voice during play
  • Delivers a comfortable experience with foam head cups, that don’t leave you feeling warm after hours of play
  • Beautifully braided cable with 3.5mm jacks and USB sound card feels strong and premium
  • Our recommended option for those looking to spend a little a bit more than $50

Razer Kraken Pro

  • Clear and precise mic that performs consistently well
  • Quality audio, capable of high volume playback
  • Good build quality but not quite as solid as HyperX Cloud II or Logitech G430
  • Amazing green design which we loved to wear out during testing!

Best headsets under $50

The finalists: Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X, Tritton Kunai, Logitech G230

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Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X

  • Compatible with Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, PC, Mac, tablets and smartphones
  • Build quality was the best of all the headsets featured in this article
  • The over ear cups are extremely comfortable
  • Best in class audio quality
  • Custom Xbox One wireless headset adapter which is better than the standard adapter
  • Perfect for gamers using various platforms and frequently using headphones for movies and msuic

Tritton Kunai

  • Excellent build quality, with a well protected cord
  • Most comfortable of the headsets tested
  • 7.1 surround sound makes for high end 3D audio, perfect for gaming
  • Whilst only promoted as compatible for PC, can be used with PS4 simply with included USB sound card
  • Xbox users require a mix amp

Logitech G230

  • Compatible for all consoles computers and mobile devices
  • Cool angular design, like more expensive Logitech headsets on the market
  • High quality audio and folding mic are convenient
  • Comfortable to wear but not for as long as other budget headsets