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 560 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 ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless is the best wireless gaming headset under $100. These comfortable headphones use a wireless dongle, which makes them compatible with PCs, PS4, and PS5 consoles. This connection also ensures very low audio latency, so you don't have to worry about being out of sync with your teammates while gaming online.
Although they look a little bulky, they have customizable RGB lighting on the logos found on each earcup. Their boomy sound profile can help emphasize sound effects in your gameplay without completely overwhelming dialogue or soundtrack audio. If you prefer a different sound, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets as well as mic adjustment features. Their boom mic delivers a good overall performance, while their 16-hour battery life should last through a long gaming marathon.
Unfortunately, they aren't compatible with Xbox One consoles at all. They're also very prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or glasses. That said, these headphones offer quite a few customizable features, a great continuous battery life, and low latency, making them a suitable choice for wireless gaming.
If you're looking for affordable wireless gaming headphones that are also compatible with the Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S, try the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless. While they aren't as customizable or well-built as the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless, the Turtle Beach can connect to the Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S using Xbox Wireless. Using this connection, they have fairly low latency, so you can game without too much audio lag. They also have a comfortable fit and last almost 24 hours before they need to be recharged again. Their balanced sound profile has a touch of extra boom too, which some users may enjoy. However, they lack an EQ, channel mixing controls, and any virtual soundstage features. It should also be noted that we tested the PS4 variant, but we expect the Xbox One variant to perform similarly.
If you mostly game on a PC, PS4, or PS5 console and you're looking for wallet-friendly and customizable wireless gaming headphones, check out the ROCCAT. However, if you're strictly an Xbox user and prefer a wireless design, try the Turtle Beach.
The best gaming headset under $100 with a wired connection that we've tested is the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. These wired gaming headphones offer full compatibility with all devices that have an AUX port and are a great option if you don't feel like dealing with the hassle of audio latency or battery recharge times. They also come with a USB dongle that offers controls for channel mixing and Dolby 7.1 surround sound, but only on PCs.
They have a well-balanced, slightly bass-heavy sound profile that should emphasize the thump and rumble of sound effects in your favorite action games, but without overwhelming dialogue or in-game music. They're comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time without discomfort, and they're impressively well-built too. Their boom microphone makes your voice sound clear, full-bodied, and mostly free of background noise. It can also be detached, giving them a slightly more casual look.
Unfortunately, they're quite bulky, so they aren't the most convenient choice for on-the-go use. They also don't have any sound customization features, like an EQ or even audio presets. Still, courtesy of their comfortable fit, great build quality, and high-quality mic, they're a great choice for a latency-free listening experience.
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.
Unfortunately, if you're using them while on your commute or at the office, they do a poor job of reducing ambient noise like 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 four 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 them 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.
Feb 05, 2021: Replaced the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset with the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless and moved the Logitech to Notable Mentions. Removed the Corsair HS50 and HS50 as they are no longer available.
Dec 08, 2020: Slight changes to the text for accuracy and clarity; no change in recommendations.
Oct 09, 2020: Article overhaul; structural changes to help you find better headphones for your needs.
Jan 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.