You don’t always need to open up your wallet and pay a premium price to find a great gaming headset. Even budget headphones can be packed with features and be perfect for your needs. You should be looking for good sound quality and great comfort, especially if you’re a more hardcore gamer who plays for many hours every day. If you also play multiplayer games, a good microphone can be very important to communicate with friends and online teammates.
We’ve reviewed 303 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. Their price does fluctuate a bit, but they are often on sale for less than $100. This wireless headset has a typical gamer-centric design with large, well-padded ear cups. They are pretty comfortable headphones but aren’t very stable considering they fit a bit a tightly. They’re fairly well-built, though, and have a decent control scheme for gaming.
What makes the Logitech G533 stand out from other gaming headsets in this price range is their great sound. They reproduce audio impressively well and will do justice to your favorite soundtracks. They also have great imaging, so you’ll be able to hear where your enemies are coming from with ease. They have a decent boom microphone with average recording quality but great noise handling. Speech recorded and transmitted with this headset will sound thin, but won’t have an impact on intelligibility, even in noisier environments like a gaming competition. They have a good battery that lasts for 17 hrs and a power-saving feature which can be activated in the Logitech Gaming Software that also offers a ton of customization options for the sound.
On the downside, they don’t isolate noise very well and leak quite a bit of sound compared to the slightly more expensive Logitech G933. That said, the G533 are a great deal and offer more bang for your buck.
If you’re looking for a more budget headset than the Logitech G533, we suggest the Corsair Void RGB. The iCUE software might not offer as much customization options as the Logitech Gaming software. However, they have similar comfortable ear pads that are comfortable and breathable but barely isolate. They also have RGB lighting you can control inside the software and have a good microphone. They last about 12 hours, so it should be enough for long gaming sessions.
On the downside, they are only compatible with PC and PS4 and don’t have a great control scheme on the ear cups. If you’re looking for a headset under $100 for Xbox One, we suggest taking a look at the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Xbox variant.
If you want a more casual and straightforward plug-and-use headset, get the HyperX Cloud II. They might not be wireless like the Logitech G533, but they are better-built and more comfortable for most people, and the Cloud II have a better microphone, which can be useful when playing online multiplayer games.
These headphones have metal hinges that give them solid build quality and the microphone is detachable, so they can also be used as simple headphones outside thanks to their more low-profile design. The ear cups and headband are very well-padded which is great for long gaming sessions.
However, they might feel a bit tight on some heads and can get fatiguing for some. Their treble range is also below-average, and vocals lack details. Your listening experience is also dependent on if you can get a decent and airtight fit. If you’re looking for something that performs like the Cloud II but like the idea of an app for some presets options on PC, take a look at the Creative Sound BlasterX H5.
If sound quality is your highest priority, then get the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas. The HyperX Cloud II have a more complete control scheme with channel mixing, but the Elite Atlas sound much better. Though the Cloud 2 have overall decent sound, their treble response is quite mediocre. The Elite Atlas reproduce audio more accurately in the treble range and sound better overall.
Unfortunately, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas have rather disappointing isolation performance. The HyperX Cloud II is a better gaming headset overall, but they are both very comfortable and impressively well-built wired headsets for the price. At the end of the day, if sound is what truly matters to you, then go for the Elite Atlas.
If you’re more of a casual gamer and are looking for a more casual and straightforward headset, get the budget Corsair HS60. They have a good sound quality and are surprisingly well-built for that price range. They have a very low-profile look, but the earcups grill adds a more premium feeling to the headset.
These headphones are wired so you won’t have any latency issue, but won’t have the freedom of wireless gaming headsets. The boom microphone of the HS60 performs decently, and it is also compatible fully on all consoles and PC. It has a 12-hour battery life that is enough for most gaming sessions.
Unfortunately, they don’t isolate much, so be sure to game in a quiet environment. The bass delivery varies across different users, so they might not be the best choice if you have glasses. On the upside, you can detach the microphone and use them outside quite easily thanks to their simple design.
If the other headsets on this list are too expensive, the best budget gaming headset under $100 are the HyperX Cloud Stinger. For about $40, you get great value with these comfortable, decently well-built headphones that have a good sound signature.
The Cloud Stinger have a great microphone, and people will hear your voice very clearly and detailed. They are compatible with every console and PC, which makes them quite versatile. They also isolate a bit more than other headsets on this list thanks to their tighter fit than average.
On the downside, they don’t have any app for additional customization options and their control scheme is pretty limited on the ear cups. On the other hand, they have a metal reinforced headband, and you won’t have to worry about battery life and latency issues with this wired headset. If you prefer a retractable boom microphone to use your headphones outside as well, go with the Cougar Immersa instead.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming headsets to buy under $100 for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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.