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 343 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 a 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 G533. 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’re a console gamer and like being able to just plug your headphones into your controller and start gaming right now, get the HyperX Cloud II. They might not be 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.
These headphones 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 these headphones 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 are still good gaming headphones thanks to their great build quality and excellent microphone.
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 Turtle Beach sound much better. They reproduce audio more accurately in the treble range and sound better overall. Their boom microphone is excellent and they’re also compatible with PC, PS4, and the Xbox One.
Although they’re very comfortable, these headphones are very bulky design. They also leak more sound than the HyperX, so if you have roommates and generally game in a common room where other people are doing separate activities, you might bother them with the sound from your game. If you game mostly by yourself, this shouldn’t be a problem and these are decent gaming headphones overall.
If you don’t like the idea of having separate headsets for gaming and casual use and would rather have one pair of headphones that do it all, the best gaming headphones under $100 for casual use are the Corsair HS60. They’re surprisingly well-built for their price and have a low-profile look that’s suitable for use while out and about. They’re comfortable with well-padded ear cups and have a detachable boom microphone for added versatility.
These are among our best-sounding headphones and are well-suited to not only video game soundtracks and effects but also a wide range of music genres. Their microphone is decent, and since they have a wired connection with a USB adapter, they’re compatible with PC, PS4, and the Xbox One. When plugged into your PC, they provide access to the Corsair Utility Engine (iCUE) program, which gives you a graphic EQ and lets you toggle surround sound.
Like most gaming headphones, they don’t isolate much noise, so they might not be ideal to use in noisy environments. They also don’t have an in-line mic and their cable isn’t detachable, so if you use them with your phone you’ll need to take them off to answer calls. The Logitech G433 have an in-line mic you can use when their boom mic is detached, which is convenient, but they don’t feel as durable as the Corsair. Overall, these are one of the best PS4 headsets under $100 we've tested that are decent not only for gaming but casual use too.
If you like your gaming headphones to have a more understated design but also like gaming wirelessly, consider the LucidSound LS31. They don’t feel as well-built as the Corsair HS60, but they come with a USB dongle that provides a low-latency wireless connection on PC and PS4. In addition, unlike the Logitech G533 or the Corsair Void RGB, they can also be used wired for added compatibility with the Xbox One and various mobile devices.
Unfortunately, these aren’t the best-sounding gaming headphones. They’re lacking detail, and sound boomy and cluttered overall. They’ll be alright for more bass-heavy music genres or video games with lots of effects, but aren’t ideal for brighter tracks. That said, those who like gaming headsets that look more like casual headphones will appreciate their versatile look.
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.