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 reviewed over 350 headphones so far and below are our top picks for the best gaming headsets under $100 to buy in 2019. For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best gaming headsets under $50.
The best gaming headset under $100 that we’ve tested so far is the Logitech G533. They have a typical gamer-centric design with large, well-padded ear cups, and are pretty comfortable. They feel fairly durable and have a decent control scheme for gaming, with a mappable button that you can set to trigger specific commands in the Logitech G Hub software.
Out-of-the-box, these headphones sound impressively well-balanced with great imaging, so you should be able to hear where your enemies are coming from with ease. You may find their default sound profile a bit different from what we measured, though — thankfully, you can use the EQ in the G Hub software to tweak the way they sound. It also features an auto-off timer, customizable surround sound features on PC, and adjustable mic levels for a highly personalizable gaming experience.
Though their 17-hour battery life is good, they take nearly 4 hours to charge, which is quite long. They're also a bit plasticky and have a rather bulky design. The Corsair HS70 feel much better-built with a more casual look, and take nearly half the time to charge. Neither headset can be used wired or with the Xbox One, and the Corsair are less customizable than the Logitech, so if you’re a PS4 or PC gamer looking for a feature-packed wireless gaming headset under $100, the G533 are a solid choice.
If you're looking for wireless gaming headphones under $100 to use with your Xbox One, then consider the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. They're less customizable than the Logitech G533, but they deliver sound a lot more consistently and have great audio reproduction. Their mic is decent and the Xbox One variant connects directly to your console without need for an additional dongle, which is practical. They have a 16-hour battery life with an auto-off timer to help save power and charge in just under 2 hours, which is great. Unfortunately, they feel pretty cheaply made and their controls don't offer very much feedback. They're lightweight and comfortable, though, which is nice during long gaming sessions.
Get the Logitech if you game on PC or PS4 and want a wireless headset with more customizable features, but if you're an Xbox One gamer looking for a good wireless headset under $100, you'll want to go for the Turtle Beach.
If you play a lot of online multiplayer games like Fortnite or Apex Legends and are looking for good wired gaming headphones with an excellent microphone, then get the HyperX Cloud II. They're impressively well-built with a sturdy metal design and feel very durable. They have well-padded faux-leather ear cups that are very comfortable and a straightforward plug-and-use design that’s relatively easy-to-use.
Their boom microphone is outstanding and sounds clear and detailed, even in very noisy environments like a gaming competition. It’s even detachable, so if you’re playing a solo campaign and don’t feel like having it in your way you can remove it. Since these headphones have both a regular audio cable and a USB adapter, they can provide audio and microphone support on the PC, PS4, and even the Xbox One. Keep in mind their control module, which includes surround sound and channel mixing functions, only works on PS4.
Although they have great bass and a good, neutral mid-range, their treble performance is sub-par. This is a bit disappointing considering they're not customizable, but your listening experience depends on the way they fit your head and whether you can get a decent seal, so your experience may vary. All things considered, the HyperX Cloud II is the best wired gaming headset under $100 we've tested and one of the best PS4 headsets under $100. It is a good choice for console gaming thanks to its great build quality and excellent microphone.
If you like the wired design of the HyperX 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 compared to the Cloud II, 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.
If you’re looking a headset that you can use not only while gaming but casually as well, then get the Logitech G433; it's the most versatile headset under $100 we've tested. It comes with various cables and adapters for compatibility with different home theatre set-ups and devices and can even be used with your smartphone when you're on the go.
These headphones have a remarkably balanced frequency response and outstanding microphone performance. You can customize their default sound profile with the Logitech G Hub software and control mic levels as well. Their boom mic is among the best we’ve tested to date and can be detached for use on-the-go. One of their cables even has an in-line mic and controls, so you can still take calls with the headset while you’re out and about.
Unfortunately, they deliver sound very inconsistently across users, so you may not experience the same neutral sound profile that we measured. In addition, they don’t feel as well-built as other gaming headsets we’ve tested at this price point. Thankfully, you can easily customize the way they sound and they also come with additional ear cup padding. Overall, they're one of the best headsets under $100 and they're a solid choice if you're looking for gaming headsets you can use casually as well.
If you like gaming headphones with a low-profile look but want them to feel built to last, then get the Corsair HS60. They don’t come with as many accessories and connection options as the Logitech G433, but they feel much more durable. They’re comfortable with well-padded ear cups and have a detachable boom microphone which makes them suitable for use while out and about. They sound great and can be customized for PC gaming with Corsair’s iCUE program. Unfortunately, they don’t have an in-line mic or detachable cable like the Logitech, so you’ll need to answer calls directly on your smartphone if you use them casually without their boom microphone. That said, they’re generally less expensive and feel like more premium headphones.
Get the G433 if being able to make calls with your headset is a must, but if you don't mind picking up from your smartphone directly and want something that feels more durable, then go for the HS60.
If you're looking for good gaming headphones that also support Bluetooth, then get the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition. They're not customizable like the Logitech G433, 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 the Arctis 3 in particular 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.
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 headphones that are good for gaming. 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.