You don’t always need to pay a premium price for a good gaming headset. Even budget headphones can be packed with features suitable for your needs. You want to be on the lookout for good sound quality and great comfort, especially if you can game for hours every day. If you play multiplayer games, a good microphone can be very important to communicate with friends and teammates online.
We’ve tested over 450 headphones, and below are our top picks for the best gaming headsets under $100 to buy. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best gaming headsets under $50. If you want to upgrade your whole setup, see our recommendations for the best gaming mice and the best gaming keyboards.
The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset is the best wireless gaming headset under $100 that we've tested. These headphones use a wireless USB dongle for low audio latency. They also have a great battery performance and can last around 17 hours on a single charge, which should be long enough for multi-hour gaming sessions.
These well-built headphones have a good amount of padding, and although they feel a bit tight, they don't put too much pressure on the head, which makes them comfortable to wear. Since they're compatible with Logitech G HUB software, you can tweak their sound using the included graphic EQ. Although we don't currently test these features, there's also a virtual surround feature and an adjustable mic level. If you like to chat with your teammates as you game, the boom mic has a decent recording quality. It also does a great job of separating your voice from moderately noisy environments.
Unfortunately, they're prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery. Their control scheme is limited as they don't have a channel mixing button. Unfortunately for Xbox One users, they can also only be used on PC or PS4. That said, they're also among the best wireless gaming headsets we've tested, and are a good choice if you're looking for a pair of wireless gaming headphones on a budget.
If you're an Xbox One gamer and you want headphones that work specifically with this console via Xbox Wireless, go for the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless. They aren't as well-built as the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset, and they lack many customization features, but you can wirelessly connect them to the Xbox One without a problem. Their sound profile is well-balanced with a bit of extra bass to help bring out the thump and rumble of explosions in your favorite action games. They have low latency, and their boom microphone has a somewhat better recording quality. However, while they're quite comfortable, they have a cheaper, more plasticky look and feel than the Logitech. It should also be noted that we reviewed the PS4 variant of these headphones, but we expect the Xbox One variant to perform similarly.
If you game primarily on a PC or PS4, and you're looking for budget gaming headphones with the ability to tweak and customize their sound, get the Logitech. However, if you only game on the Xbox One, consider for the Turtle Beach.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is the best gaming headset under $100 with a wired connection that we've tested. If you're looking for a low-latency gaming experience, these wired headphones come with a regular 1/8" TRRS cable as well as a wired USB dongle with a control module. These controls offer surround sound and channel mixing, but they only work on PC.
Thanks to their analog connection, they're fully compatible with PC, PS4, and Xbox One, which means you're able to receive audio as well as use their microphone. Their boom microphone captures speech that sounds clear and detailed, even in very noisy environments. Since the boom mic is also detachable, you can easily transition these headphones into more casual use. Although they can feel a bit tight on the head, they're very comfortable, thanks to their well-padded faux leather ear cups and headband. They're also well-built and feel quite sturdy.
Unfortunately, they're very prone to inconsistent audio delivery, and they don't have companion software to help tweak their sound. However, if you're able to get a proper fit and seal, they have a boomy bass with a neutral mid-range, which is great for emphasizing the sound effects in your favorite video games. If you prefer a wired design, they're the best wired gaming headset under $100 that we've tested, and they're even among the best PS4 headsets under $100.
If you like the wired design of the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II but prefer being able to customize the way your gaming headphones sound, then get the SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition. Their microphone doesn’t perform quite as well, but they're compatible with the SteelSeries Engine software for lots of customization options, like a graphic EQ. Like the HyperX, they have both a regular audio cable and a USB adapter for compatibility with all your gaming systems, and their controls are easy-to-use, but their channel mixing dial doesn't work with the Xbox One. They feel a bit plasticky, and they're a bit less comfortable, but they're still pleasant to use during long gaming sessions.
Get the HyperX if you care most about durability and comfort, but if customization is what matters to you, you'll want to go for the SteelSeries.
The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset is the best gaming headset under $100 with excellent versatility that we've tested. These comfortable, lightweight gaming headphones have a removable boom mic as well as a simple design, which makes them fairly easy to pass off as casual headphones. They also have a fairly well-balanced sound profile that's well-suited for a variety of audio content from music to video games.
Thanks to their Logitech G HUB software, you can customize their sound to your liking using the graphic EQ or presets. Their boom microphone does an excellent job of recording voices that sound clear and full-bodied, even in noisy environments like gaming tournaments or train stations. If you don't want to use the boom mic when you're on the go, they also come with a 1/8" TRRS cable with an in-line mic. Although we don't currently test for it, they come with a Dolby 7.1 virtual surround feature too.
Unfortunately, if you're using these headphones while on your commute or at the office, they do a poor job of reducing ambient noise such as the rumble of bus engines or background chatter around you. They also leak a lot of sound, so your coworkers can hear your audio. Still, if you're looking for gaming headphones that can also be used in more casual settings, they're a versatile choice.
If you're looking for good gaming headphones that support Bluetooth, then get the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition. They're not customizable like the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset, but you can use them wirelessly with your mobile devices. They take nearly 4 hours to charge and don't have an auto-off timer, but since their battery lasts a whopping 42 hours, it shouldn't be a problem. Since they can mix audio from a Bluetooth source and their wired connection at the same time, they're a great choice if you game on the Nintendo Switch and use their online voice chat app. They're comfortable, but like many gaming headsets, they have frequency response consistency issues, which is a bigger problem with these headphones since you can't easily customize the way they sound.
Get the Logitech if you don't mind using a wired connection with your mobile devices and prefer customizable headphones, but if you'd rather have access to Bluetooth, the SteelSeries are a good choice.
10/09/2020: Article overhaul; structural changes to help you find better wireless earbuds for your needs.
08/11/2020: Updated text for accuracy and clarity; no changes to product picks.
05/15/2020: Changed some picks based on new pricing of some products.
01/20/2020: Replaced the Logitech G533 with the G935.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming headsets under $100 for most people. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for gaming headsets under $100. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection, especially if you do not care about having a microphone or wireless features.