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 346 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. These wireless headphones do fluctuate a bit in price, but they’re often on sale for less than $100. They have a typical gamer-centric design with large, well-padded ear cups, and are pretty comfortable. They feel fairly well-built overall and have a decent control scheme for gaming, with a mappable button that you can set to trigger specific functions.
What makes these headphones 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 and very low wireless latency, which is great for multiplayer gaming. They have good 17-hour battery life and an auto-off timer which can be activated in the Logitech Gaming Software; this also offers a ton of customization options for the mic and sound.
Although they don’t feel like cheap headphones, they’re still a bit plasticky and don’t feel quite as well-built as the cheaper HyperX Cloud II or the Corsair HS60. They also can’t be used wired and don’t have a detachable microphone, so they’re not suitable for casual use. That said, if you’re a PS4 or PC gamer looking for a good wireless gaming headset under $100, the Logitech G533 are the way to go.
If you’re looking for a cheaper wireless gaming headset than the Logitech G533, we suggest the Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless. The Corsair Utility Engine (iCUE) software doesn’t offer as many customization options as the Logitech Gaming Software, but these headphones have better microphone performance than the Logitech. Both headphones have comfortable, breathable ear pads and a gamer-centric design, but the Corsair have RGB lighting you can control inside the software.
Like the Logitech, the Corsair are only compatible with PC and PS4. If you’re looking for a headset under $100 for the Xbox One, consider the Xbox variant of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. The Turtle Beach have impressive sound and a great battery but don’t feel like durable headphones. If the Corsair suit your needs, they’re decent gaming headphones overall and are worth considering.
If you play a lot of online multiplayer games like Fortnite or Apex Legends on console and are looking for headphones with an excellent microphone, then get the HyperX Cloud II. They’re not wireless like the Logitech G533, but they have a sturdier metal design and feel better-built overall. They have well-padded faux-leather ear cups that most people find more comfortable and a straightforward plug-and-use design that’s relatively easy-to-use.
They have an outstanding boom microphone. Speech recorded and transmitted with their microphone 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 they have both a regular audio cable and a USB adapter, they can provide audio and microphone support on PC, PS4, and the Xbox One.
Although they have great bass and mid-range responses, their treble performance is sub-par. However, your listening experience is also dependent on the way the headphones fit you and whether you can get a decent seal. All things considered, the HyperX Cloud II is the best PS4 headset under $100 and a good choice for console gaming thanks to their great build quality and excellent microphone.
If you like the wired design of the HyperX Cloud II but prefer a more balanced sound profile, then get the SteelSeries Arctis 5. Their microphone doesn’t perform quite as well, but they sound better overall. 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.
They come with a small channel mixing dial that works on PS4 via USB but not the Xbox One, unfortunately. These headphones can be plugged into your PC and customized with the SteelSeries Engine software, which is nice for PC gaming since you can change the way they sound, but their EQ settings don’t carry over to consoles, unfortunately. That said, if you’re looking for gaming headphones that sound good out of the box, they are a decent choice for console gamers.
If you’re looking a gaming headset that you can use not only while gaming but also casually as well, then get the Logitech G433; it's the best headset under $100 for casual use. These headphones have a versatile, modular design that adapts well to different uses. They come with various cables and adapters for compatibility with different home theatre set-ups and devices.
These headphones are very good for gaming thanks to their great neutral sound and outstanding microphone performance. You can customize the way they sound on PC with the Logitech G Hub software via USB, and control mic levels as well. Their boom mic is among the best we’ve tested to date and can be detached for use on-the-go. One of their cables has an in-line mic and controls too, so you can still take calls with this headset while you’re out and about.
Although they performed very well in our sound tests, they have poor frequency response consistency, which means you may not experience the same neutral sound profile that we measured. In addition, they don’t feel as well-built as other gaming headsets that we’ve tested at this price point. That said, they come with additional earcup padding, both mesh and microfibre. Overall, they’re a solid choice for anyone looking for gaming headsets that can be used casually as well.
If you like gaming headphones with a low-profile look but want them to feel built to last, then get the Corsair HS60. They don’t come with as many accessories and connection options as the Logitech G433, but they feel much better-built and have a great build quality that feels very durable. They’re comfortable with well-padded ear cups and a detachable boom microphone which makes them suitable for use while out and about. They sound great and can be customized for PC gaming with Corsair’s iCUE program.
Unfortunately, they don’t have an in-line mic or detachable cable like the Logitech, so you’ll need to answer calls directly on your smartphone if you use them casually without their boom microphone. That said, they’re generally less expensive and feel like more premium headphones. All things considered, they are versatile gaming headphones that are decent not only for gaming but casual use too, as long as you don’t need an in-line mic.
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.