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. 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, also see our recommendations for the best gaming mice and the best gaming keyboards.
The best wireless gaming headset under $100 we've tested so far is the Corsair HS70. These gaming headphones come with a USB receiver to ensure a low-latency wireless connection, and look and feel very premium and well-built. They have a well-padded headband and ear cups, and are quite comfortable even during long gaming marathons.
These headphones have a very well-balanced sound profile that gives a bit of extra kick to gunshots and explosions, without it being overpowering. You can also customize the way they sound with a graphic EQ and presets through the Corsair iCUE software. Unlike most large over-ear gaming headphones, they have good frequency response consistency, so different people will experience their sound reproduction similarly, which is great.
Unfortunately, the recording quality of the microphone is only okay, and your voice will sound fairly thin and bright. They can't be used wired, which is a bit of a shame, so you can't connect them to your phone to use as your day-to-day headphones as well. They're also only compatible with PC and PS4, and there isn't an Xbox variant available. That being said, overall these are a good pair of wireless gaming headphones and are among the best wireless gaming headsets we've tested.
If you game on an Xbox One and want headphones that'll pair directly to your console, get the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. They don't feel as well-built and aren't as customizable as the Corsair HS70 Wireless, but they connect via Xbox Wireless technology for a low latency connection without the need for a USB receiver. They have a very well-balanced audio reproduction and their microphone's recording quality is quite a bit better as well. They're quite comfortable, but unfortunately, they look and feel much cheaper and plasticky than the HS70. It's worth noting that we reviewed the PS4 variant of this headset, but we expect the Xbox One variant to perform similarly.
Overall, 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 Corsair. However, if you're an Xbox One gamer, go with 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 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 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, 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 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 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.
06/12/2020: Updated text for accuracy and clarity; no changes to product picks.
05/15/2020: Changed some picks based on new pricing of some products. Minor text and structure changes.
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 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.