Today, we’re going to break down 10 of the most popular gaming headsets for you, so you know exactly what to buy, and how much you should be spending on them.
After testing countless different headsets, the ten featured have deemed themselves worthy of our recommendation.
- 1 The Best Overall Gaming Headset Currently Available
- 2 Best Budget Gaming Headsets – Under $100
- 3 Best Wireless Gaming Headsets
- 4 The Best 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
- 5 The Best Xbox One and PS4 Console Gaming Headset
- 6 Best Noise Cancelling Gaming Headset
- 7 The choice is yours…
The Best Overall Gaming Headset Currently Available
There can only be 1 best.
When it comes to gaming headsets, the best possible means perfectly matching audio quality, design, comfort, ease of use, and durability.
When all of these factors come together, you can comfortably enjoy hours of gaming without constantly adjusting your headset, the settings, or wishing you had bought something else.
As far as the best overall gaming headset goes, we haven’t found one that can compete with the build quality, sound quality, and comfort that Kingston has put into their HyperX Cloud line of gaming headsets.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver
Kingston built the HyperX Cloud Revolver headsets specifically with gamers in mind.
As soon as you put them on, you’ll realize how much time and money went into perfecting the design, from the amazing audio quality of the comfortable ear covers and head strap.
The design features a classic black headset with red ear covers that feature memory foam technology to perfectly mold around your ears and give you hours of uninterrupted gaming.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver is built with a durable steel frame that’s perfect for taking tons of abuse, so if you tend to get more aggressive in your gaming, and have been known for throwing a headset or two, the Cloud Revolver will withstand your punishment.
With memory foam and an auto-adjusting headband, the headset will also fit perfectly onto most sized heads, regardless how big they get from killstreak after killstreak.
This is where the Revolver set itself apart from the pack.
It’s built using dual 50mm drivers to provide a huge range of sounds, from tiptoeing in the dark and stalking your enemies in Destiny to the high strung jets in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
During testing, the headset provided a full range of sounds and didn’t miss a beat. You’ll hear, in crystal clear definition, everything that the game designers wanted you to hear, and have a true edge over the competition.
The Revolver is compatible with PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and uses a 3ft long 3.5cm audio cable, which makes them perfect for nearly every setup.
Even if you prefer to use wireless headsets when you attach the extendable audio box to the Revolver, and then listen to the sound quality you get compared to a wireless set, you won’t have a problem hooking the cable up to your machine.
With the features you get in the Revolver, coupled with the comfortable memory foam ear pads and auto-adjusting headband, you’re going to have a hard time finding a better headset at this price range.
When you want only the best, crystal clear audio in a bulletproof package, the Revolver should be your only consideration.
Best Budget Gaming Headsets – Under $100
If you’re on a strict budget, you have even more headsets to choose from.
Unfortunately, the lower end of the spectrum is polluted with headset models that claim to be the greatest but fall completely short of the mark.
There are, however, a few models that are worth considering when you want to stay under the $100 price range but not necessarily forego some of the options and features you’ll find on higher-end headsets.
All four headsets listed below are relatively comparable, regarding features, sound quality, microphone quality, and comfort, so the one you choose could be based primarily on the design and finding one that you like more than the others.
Kingston HyperX Cloud II
Simplistic design meets high-end features to bring the Kingston HyperX Cloud II to the top of our best budget gaming headset list.
Many of the Cloud II’s competitors put money into lights, decals, and flashing colors, where Kingston chose a classic brushed metal design to keep costs down while making up for it in the feature department.
The faux leather memory foam cushions provide comfort all day, while the modular design allows you to take off the microphone to provide an output-only device.
A built-in USB sound card helps provide amazing clarity and depth, with extra controls on the headset for volume, microphone, and surround sound.
The only area that concerned us about the Cloud II is that the surround sound only works with PC computers, and will not function properly on Xbox or PS4.
Even costing less than $100, the audio quality provided by the Cloud II is comparable to some more expensive headsets.
The microphone quality is good enough for most uses and features noise cancellation to prevent background noise from making it through to your team chat.
You’re going to have a hard time finding a better headset than the Kingston HyperX Cloud II in the same price range.
Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50P
If the Cloud II isn’t your style, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50P is another great budget headset that keeps the flash and flares to a minimum, in exchange for providing clear audio, a decent microphone, and separate control buttons.
It’s built with a plastic frame and 40mm drivers that provide ample volume without distorting, so you can hear footsteps in the distance, and separate the voices in your team chat.
The detachable microphone has active noise cancellation to reduce background noise and zero echoes. Coupled with the tighter fitting 40mm drivers, it’s hard to hear was is happening in the outside world when you’re wearing the Ear Force Recon 50P.
One of the biggest perks of the Recon 50P is the plastic headset. While most people see it as a downfall, the lightweight frame on this makes it comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions, without wanting to constantly adjust it or take it off to let your ears breathe.
For budget priced headsets, the Ear Force Recon 50P is an excellent addition to our list, providing crisp and clear sound, a great microphone, and exceeded the expectations we had when we first opened the package.
Steelseries Siberia 150
When it comes to budget headsets, SteelSeries has their act together with the Siberia 150. It’s been featured in many different professional gaming events and has a sleek design with tons of flashing lights.
This is one of the more beautiful looking (if headsets could look beautiful) budget headsets we’ve tested. It isn’t loaded down with branding, but when you plug it in, the fireworks begin by lighting the ear cups up. The lights fluctuate in intensity as your gaming intensifies.
Even though the Siberia 150 is a budget headset, the audio quality hasn’t been sacrificed. The included software can be adjusted at will. The sound range is impressive, and you’ll notice small details in your games that you probably never seen before.
While it isn’t on the same level as a $200 or $300 headset, the microphone and earbuds that you get for a sub-$100 headset with the Siberia 150 are relatively impressive.
Logitech is making a name for themselves with their G-series line of gaming headsets. The biggest downside to their G series line, though, was the hefty price tags that accompanied most of the models being produced.
However, Logitech listened to the players and set out to release a model that was friendlier on the budget, and accomplished their goal with the G35 budget gaming headsets.
One area that Logitech never fails to deliver is in the design category. The G35 doesn’t let down and has been perfectly balanced. Even though it’s not one of the lightest headsets we’ve tested, the balancing makes it comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.
The headband features an integrated control panel that’s easy to reach, lined with premium feeling buttons, and a volume control dial. The microphone is not detachable but does fold out of the way when it’s not in use.
Logitech drives the G35 using Dolby Digital, giving you incredible directional sound and noise cancellation, with zero background noise or echo.
There’s a switch built in to allow you to turn the surround sound on or off, depending on your need.
They also opted for a USB connector over the traditional 3.5mm jacks, for increased clarity, making this one of our favorite budget gaming headsets.
The pairing of high-end surround sound with a ton of options, a classy design, and a competitive price, this could have taken the #1 spot if we had more time to play with it.
Best Wireless Gaming Headsets
Tired of wires holding you back and getting in your way when the action heats up?
We get it. There are times when the wires just aren’t cutting it, and you need a wireless headset to get the most from your gaming and perform at the highest level.
We’ve found two different wireless gaming headsets that are worthy of a recommendation, because they deliver the same sound quality and options that their more top end wired competitors provide, without forcing you to manage the cord.
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum
The G933 Artemis Spectrum from Logitech is the clear winner in the wireless category, even if it is slightly pricier than the next leading competitor.
It’s built with a broad range of options, top-notch wireless sound quality, and a beautiful design, looking like it’s been pulled straight from a science fiction novel.
The ear cups are pentagon shaped instead of the traditional circular and oval shapes, which helps give it a unique look. The battery is stored in the right ear cup with the control panel and easy-to-access buttons, volume control dial, and a micro USB port.
It also features a 3.5mm audio line-out so you can guarantee crystal clear microphone performance with zero background noise or echo.
Being wireless, this is one of the few headsets featured on our list that can use on every platform, from PCs and Macs to the Xbox One and PS4. You will need to use the included RCA jack to get it functioning with your PS3 or Xbox, though.
The sound is delivered using both Dolby 7.1 and DTS digital surround for PC usage, but functions in stereo mode on consoles.
The G933 is our preferred pick for best wireless gaming headset.
SteelSeries Siberia 840
Not one to be outdone, SteelSeries answered Logitech’s call from the G933 with their Siberia 840 line of wireless headsets.
The included high-capacity battery lets you run up 20 hours of consistent gameplay before requiring a charge, giving it a few more hours than the G933 delivers.
It’s been designed with a classy, matte black and gloss silver finish, using lightweight alloy to keep it comfortable even during longer gaming sessions. The retractable mic easily hides away when you’re not using it.
Button controls are built into the earcup, giving you access to the power switch, wireless model, and a volume dial.
The 840 also works on consoles and computers but was designed specifically with smartphones in mind.
If you’re a gamer that likes to take your music and movies on the go, the attractive appearance of the 840 mixed with the smartphone compatibility makes it an excellent choice.
Even being wireless, the 840 delivers incredible sound definition, clarity, and direction, fully immersing you into the battlefield and almost causing you to look over your shoulder at times, wondering if someone is standing behind you.
This is one of the top picks in the wireless headset category if you’re not going to get the G933.
The Best 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
When only the best will do, you need true Dolby 7.1 and DTS Digital Surround Sound.
If you’ve spent any amount of time searching for one, you’ve probably realized that there are quite a few different options, but you know as well as we do that there can be only one real winner.
In the Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound category, we have found that one winner. It’s, hands down, better than the remaining competitors, and the only headset we can recommend for the money you’re going to spend on it.
SteelSeries Siberia 350
That headset is the Siberia 350 by SteelSeries.
They’ve struck gold with the Siberia 350 line of 7.1 headsets, creating a PC gaming beast that is setting the bar for every other manufacturer in the category.
Before we get started, this headset isn’t compatible with your consoles or smartphones. Sorry folks, it’s a PC-only headset.
If you’re a PC gamer, though, you’re in luck. The gorgeous design, super-high quality audio, extreme comfort, and powerful performance mean this is well worth the price tag.
Behind audio quality, the design was critical to SteelSeries, and you can tell. The 350 features an automatic adjusting headband, with LED lighting in the earcups that increase in intensity as your gaming intensifies.
It’s built using a USB connector with a single power button and a volume wheel. You can mute the mic and change volume as needed, but other than that, the Siberia 350 features a somewhat minimalist design.
It’s lightweight, and the surround sound with noise cancellation helps deliver a premium experience and allow you to immerse yourself into your gaming fully.
If you feel like it, you can turn off the DTS and receive one of the best quality stereo speaker arrangements that you’ll ever experience.
For the price and functionality, you aren’t going to find a better 7.1 Surround Sound headset than the SteelSeries Siberia 350. We fell in love with it during testing, and know that if you’re an audiophile like us, you will fall in love with it, too.
The Best Xbox One and PS4 Console Gaming Headset
We don’t want anyone to feel left out, so we tested a broad range of console-specific headsets to find the best experience possible.
After extensive testing, only one of the headsets currently available left an impression on us, making it worthy of the sole slot in the Best XBOX One and PS4 console gaming headset category.
Turtle Beach Elite Pro
A great design that’s proven timeless, coupled with incredible audio and numerous additional features helped the Turtle Beach Elite Pro secure the top spot.
It’s built with 2-way 3.5mm jacks, 50mm drivers, along with optional upgrades to the controllers and microphone to help pull the ultimate sound from your console’s audio hardware.
The Elite Pro is built with an indestructible frame, making it able to withstand some of the most brutal punishment, which does add a bit to the bulk, but it’s still lighter than some of the other headsets featured on this list – specifically, the Kingston HyperX Cloud II.
It is one of the most comfortable console-specific headsets that we’ve tested, and after hours of gaming, we didn’t realize that we were wearing it still.
If you wear glasses, you’re going to love the frame, because it’s built to reduce pressure on your glass frames.
The Elite Pro provides some of the best audio quality that we’ve experienced on any console-specific headset, and we’ve tested quite a few different models.
It also features true 7.1 Digital Surround Sound to help immerse you into the action.
Overall, the Elite Pro from Turtle Beach is a fantastic headset that outperformed every other console-specific headset to claim the only recommendation we’re giving out in this category.
Best Noise Cancelling Gaming Headset
If you’re always dealing with distracting background noise or keep getting complaints from your teammates to lower the volume so they can hear themselves think.
Then you need an actual noise canceling gaming headset.
Sennheiser PC 373D
During our testing, Sennheiser delivered in the noise cancellation category with their PC 373D line of gaming headsets.
It provides one of the best sounding gaming headsets we’ve ever experienced, with ultra-clear and crisp 7.1 surround sound, and a microphone that can drown out even the loudest of background noises.
With the price you’re paying, you are also getting one of the most elegantly designed headsets we’ve seen.
An oversized boom mic can be moved out of the way when it’s not being used, but fully captures your voice when you’re using it. When you flip the mic out of the way, it’s automatically muted, so you don’t have to fight with finding a button.
The ear cups are comfortable, and even though the Sennheiser PC 373D is on the heavier side, you don’t realize that you’ve been wearing it for hours at a time.
The premium quality in the PC 373D does come with a premium price tag, though.
For the money you’re spending, you cannot find a better headset. And if you do, let us know, we’ll review it, and see if our opinion matches up with yours.
For true audiophiles, though, we believe the Sennheiser PC 373D will be the last gaming headset you ever buy.
The choice is yours…
If you’re going to play at the highest level every time you sit down, you need to hear what’s going on around you.
Let’s face it.
Nothing sucks worse than getting knifed from behind because you couldn’t hear the footsteps when the guy that just knifed you heard you from a mile away.
Or getting deep into a League of Legends game, trying to focus on hitting your skill shots, and listen to your teammates at the same time, only to realize you can’t hear them clearly and you hang around the battle longer than you should — after your mates have already backed out.
The headset you play with makes all the difference in the world, and if you’ve never played with a high-end headset, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.
Thankfully, though, high-end doesn’t have to mean high-priced.
Some of the best headsets we’ve ever tested are in the middle of the road, as far as pricing goes, and most people are going to have a hard time telling the difference between the super high-priced gear and the mid-range headsets that are manufactured with quality and gaming in mind.
Depending on your budget, the features you’re looking for, and the platform you spend a majority of your time gaming on, there are options available at every level.