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 400 headphones so far and below are our top picks for the best gaming headsets under $100 to buy in 2020. For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best gaming headsets under $50. See also our recommendations for the best gaming mice and the best gaming keyboards.
The best wireless gaming headset under $100 that we've tested so far is the Logitech G935. This wireless gaming headset can be used with PC or PS4 with the included USB dongle, or can also be used wired to plug into your Xbox One controller, which is great if you game on multiple consoles. They're quite comfortable thanks to their pleather padding, and they feel well-built. Their battery isn't the longest, but at just under 13 hours, it should be long enough for most gaming marathons before needing a charge.
Their sound profile is quite well-balanced, with only a slight emphasis in the bass-range which adds a little bit of thump without being boomy. There are three additional buttons on the left ear cup that can be mapped to anything you want within Logitech's great G HUB software, including macros. Unfortunately, the boom microphone isn't detachable so they may not be the best choice to use casually outside of the house, but on the upside, their mic has a decent recording quality and does a good job at handling background noise, so your teammates should have no problems hearing you even in noisier environments.
Unfortunately, the headphones are quite bulky and do a poor job isolating background noise, though this shouldn't be an issue if you just use them to game at home. If you want something similar but don't care about the additional programmable buttons or the ability to use them wired, consider the Logitech G533, though for a few bucks extra, the G935 give you a lot more functionality. Overall, these are a good pair of gaming headphones that can be used wired or wirelessly and are compatible with the G HUB software for a ton of customizability options.
If you game on an Xbox One and want a pair of wireless gaming headphones, get the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. They aren't nearly as customizable as the Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset, and they don't look or feel nearly as premium, but they'll connect to an Xbox One with a USB receiver, and their frequency response is much more consistent among users. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced, and their microphone is decent overall. Their battery will last just over 16 hours on a single charge, which is great, and they should be comfortable enough for most gaming marathons. It's worth noting that we tested the PS4 variant of these headphones, though they also make an Xbox One version that we expect will perform similarly.
If you game on a PS4 or PC and want a decent pair of wireless gaming headphones under $100 that give good customization options, go with the Logitech. However, if you're an Xbox One gamer and are worried about the sub-par frequency response consistency on the Logitech, go with 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, 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 compared to the HyperX 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 best gaming headset under $100 that gives you excellent versatility is the Logitech G433. These wired gaming headphones are good to use with your gaming rig, but are also a good choice to take around with you as your daily headphones as well. The boom microphone is detachable, and the removable audio cable can be swapped out with one that has an in-line microphone, in case you get a phone call during your daily commute.
Their microphone quality is excellent and your voice will sound clear, full-bodied, and easy to hear even in noisy environments. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced, and you can customize it via a graphic EQ in Logitech's good G HUB software. Unfortunately, their frequency response consistency is disappointing, and people with glasses or long hair will likely experience their bass response differently. You may also adjust them on your head slightly to achieve the same treble performance every time.
Unfortunately, while they're versatile enough to use in day-to-day use, they do a bad job at blocking background noise and they leak a lot of audio. This means they won't help to block out the engine rumble of a bus or train, and coworkers will likely hear your music if you listen at higher volumes. Overall, however, if you want a good pair of wired gaming headphones but don't want to have to buy a second pair to use out of the house, these are versatile enough for both.
If the durability of the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset concerns you, you may want to consider the Corsair HS60. Corsair is well-known for their build quality, and these headphones are sure to last for years. They have a clean, minimal design with a detachable mic, so they can be used as a regular pair of headphones. Outdoor use may be a bit more challenging, as they have poor isolation and the cable doesn't have an in-line remote or microphone for phone calls. The default sound is good, but the bass can be a bit boomy and the frequency spike around 8-10kHz can produce some sharpness in certain tracks. If the default sound profile doesn't suit you, it can be easily adjusted through Corsair's iCUE software.
If you want a headset that can be used on-the-go, go with the Logitech, but for a headset that can take a few tumbles, the Corsair are a good choice.
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 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 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.
03/20/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
01/20/2020: Replaced the Logitech G533 with the G935.
11/20/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
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.