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 450 headphones so far and below are our top picks for the best gaming headsets under $100 to buy. For more options, see 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 Corsair HS70 is the best wireless gaming headset under $100 that we've tested so far. Although they're getting a bit harder to find, they're well-built and are comfortable enough for long gaming sessions thanks to their well-padded headband and ear cups. They also come with a USB receiver with a low-latency wireless connection, which is good if you play games online.
They have a well-balanced sound profile with a touch of extra bass to help bring out the intensity of gunshots and explosions in your favorite action games. It's not overpowering though, and you can even tweak the way it sounds using the Corsair iCUE software's graphic EQ or presets. Unlike many other over-ear gaming headsets, these headphones also have good frequency response consistency, which means that sound delivery is consistent across different re-seats and users. Their battery performance is also very good and they last 15 hours before they need to be recharged.
Unfortunately, if you run out of battery life and your charging cable is out-of-reach, you won't be able to use them passively. They're only compatible with PC and PS4, and they don't come in an Xbox One variant, which some gamers may find limiting. Its boom microphone's recording quality can sound thin and bright but you shouldn't have too much of a problem being understood. That being said, these are an affordable choice for most gamers, especially as they're among the best wireless gaming headsets we've tested to date.
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. They aren't as well-built as the Corsair HS70 Wireless, 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 better recording quality. However, while they're quite comfortable, they have a cheaper, more plasticky look and feel than the Corsair. 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 Corsair. However, if you only game on the Xbox One, go for the Turtle Beach.
The best gaming headset under $100 with a wired connection that we've tested so far is the HyperX Cloud II. These gaming headphones are very well-built and have a very good microphone, which is great if you play a lot of online games with friends. They're impressively sturdy thanks to their 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. 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, this is the best wired gaming headset under $100 we've tested and one of 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 so far. While they're comfortable, lightweight gaming headphones, they have a very simple, minimalist look. They have a detachable boom microphone, so you can easily transition them into casual use.
They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile with just a touch of extra bass. The Logitech G HUB companion software comes with a graphic EQ plus presets should you want to customize the sound to better suit your needs. If you need to take calls while on the go and don't want to use the boom microphone, you can swap audio cables as it comes with another 1/8" TRRS cable with an in-line mic. That being said, whether you're gaming with your friends or chatting with teammates, the boom mic can be a real asset as it can capture full-bodied and clear voices, even in more demanding environments like gaming tournaments.
If you're planning to use these headphones for day-to-day use, they're not well-suited for commuting as they have disappointing noise isolation, and they won't be able to block out almost any low-bass noise like bus or train engines. They leak a lot of sound, so those around you can hear your audio. That being said, if you're looking to only buy a single pair that can double as gaming headphones while still being casual enough for everyday life, these are a good 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.
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 headphones reviews. 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.