Every gamer’s secret weapon.
Based on our testing, the best headset for gaming is the Audeze Mobius (See it on Amazon). They’re extremely expensive for a gaming headset at $400, but their sound quality is unparalleled. They’re the only headset on this list that uses planar magnetic drivers, and you can hear the difference. They’re also compatible with every platform thanks to a variety of connection options including Bluetooth, but be aware that their Waves NX head-tracking technology won’t work on all gaming platforms.
We arrived at this conclusion not just by testing this one headset, but by also conducting hands-on (or is it ears-on?) testing of pretty much every gaming headset available in every price category. We’ve tested everything from super basic sub-$50 models to ultra-fancy $400 kits and everything in between. Throughout our testing, we’ve spent countless hours gaming, listened to all kinds of music, recorded plenty of Skype calls to examine microphone quality, and even worn them at local coffee shops to see if other patrons would laugh at us or not.
At this point, we’ve tested enough headsets to deliver the verdict on what we think is the best gaming headset in every price category, from low-end to baller. Whether you’re looking to save some money or you want the very best, these are the best gaming headsets you can buy.
TL;DR — These are our picks for the Best Gaming Headsets:
Best Overall Gaming Headset – Audeze Mobius
As we wrote in the intro, this headset is ludicrously priced at $400 but totally worth it (Read our review). It offers the best sound quality of any gaming headset we’ve tested, and can be used with any gaming platform including mobile thanks to its inclusion of both a 3.5mm cable and Bluetooth. It’s the only headset on this list that uses planar magnetic drivers, and the only headset that offers Waves NX head-tracking, which is designed for VR, but you can use it with anything including games (however it might not work on every game platform). On top of all that they feature top-notch materials and a premium design, are comfortable, and can be used for a lot more than gaming. If money is no object, and you want the best headset around for gaming, look no further.
Best Gaming Headset That’s Not $400 – SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC
If you just want the best gaming headset and you don’t have $400 to spend, get the $250 SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC (Read our Review). This gaming headset is pretty unique in that it includes a small USB “GameDAC” that sits on your desk and offloads the sound processing from your host system to a chip inside it.
The small control center features an OLED display and lets you tweak everything about the headset with simple, intuitive controls. It’s a slick way to handle making adjustments, and the audio output is stellar as well. On top of that you have a super-premium design that’s exceedingly comfortable, customizable, and just feels perfect. The fit and finish are top-notch and it even has RGB lighting (which you can turn off).
The Best Wireless Headset – SteelSeries Arctis 7
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 (Read our Review) is the complete package; a well-made, super-comfy wireless headset with 7.1 surround sound that lets you attach a 3.5mm cable so you can use it with other devices as well. You don’t get the surround sound unless you’re using a PC, but we all know it’s the superior gaming platform anyway **sniff**. It fits snugly on your head with a unique “ski goggle” band, and you can even buy replacements bands with different colors and patterns to customize things a bit.
The microphone is excellent and slides into the earcup when not in use. The icing on the cake is excellent software that lets you customize the sound and even assign profiles to games. All in all, the Arctis 7 has every feature we could ask for in a headset, and it comes wrapped in an understated package that’s both sophisticated and all-day comfortable. When it comes to wireless gaming headsets, at this price it really doesn’t get any better than this. See it at Walmart with free 2-day shipping in the US.
The Best Midrange Headset – HyperX Cloud II
The HyperX Cloud II headset is the best midrange headset because it’s the whole package (Read our Review). Not only does it do the job quite well by delivering punchy, ear-tingling audio, but it has awesome features other headsets lack and goes above and beyond what you expect from a headset for the price. For example, though it’s a USB headset you can simply disconnect its cable from the included 7.1 surround sound dongle and connect it to any device with a 3.5mm jack, including an Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, or phone.
“But wouldn’t that look weird at a coffee shop?” you ask. Yes it would, so HyperX has designed with a boom mic that can be easily unplugged and removed. It also features replaceable earcups in case the oval ones that come with it don’t fit your ears, and it also includes a swank mesh bag to stow the whole kit in when you travel. Put all these awesome ingredients together and you have one righteous headset at a sweet, sweet price.
The Best Cheap Gaming Headset – HyperX Cloud Stinger
The HyperX Cloud Stinger provides surprisingly punchy audio and relatively plush comfort at a very reasonable price (Read our Review). Out of all the budget headsets we tested, this one had the best audio quality and felt the most comfortable for long gaming sessions. Since it uses a 3.5mm jack it’s also a versatile cross-platform headset, but keep in mind its boom mic is not detachable, so you might elicit some stares walking down the street rocking out to your tunes.
Another Excellent Budget-Friendly Gaming Headset – Corsair HS50
If you are on a tight budget and don’t like the look or style of the HyperX Cloud Stinger, you should definitely check out the HS50 from Corsair (Read our Review). They are the same price as the HyperX Cloud Stinger, and extremely close in performance and comfort (for our reviewer it was as close as it gets in these type of comparisons). It’s a stereo headset so there’s no fancy surround sound, but that’s typical at this price.
It is cross-platform though, so you can use it on PC, consoles, and even your phone or tablet. Its large 50mm drivers deliver punchy, clean sound, and the equally large and plush earcups are all-day comfortable, too. Its flexible boom mic also delivered the best sound quality of all the budget headsets we tested.