Wireless technologies have greatly improved over time. Consequently, it's now possible to pick a great wireless gaming headset that has low enough latency that you're not bothered by delay when playing your favorite games. If you play multiplayer games, a nice sounding microphone ensures that your teammates and friends can clearly hear you. Some of them are even Bluetooth-compatible, so you can either mix in your music while playing or use the headset as day-to-day wireless headphones.
We’ve tested over 520 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headphones to buy. If you’re looking for headsets with a specific gaming system in mind, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for PC, the best Xbox One headsets, and the best PS4 gaming headsets.
The best wireless gaming headset that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. These well-built headphones offer a lot of customization features thanks to their dedicated wireless transmitter, making it easy to adjust and tweak your audio experience. When every moment counts, its transmitter also provides a very low latency wireless connection, so you don't have to worry about audio delay.
They're comfortable for multi-hour gaming sessions, and you can connect your mobile devices to them via Bluetooth so that you can mix music or team chat while you're playing. Their microphone also does a very good job of reproducing voices, even in noisy environments like gaming tournaments, and your teammates (or enemies) should hear you clearly. You're never out of the game too long due to low battery life, as they come with two swappable batteries. One battery can be charged in the wireless transmitter while you're using the other one, and you can easily switch them out as you need.
Unfortunately, they don't isolate noise well and are better suited for quiet spaces. They also have a poor frequency response consistency, which means you may not hear the same audio reproduction each time you wear them due to fit, seal, and position. You can even noticeably lose bass if there's a gap in the seal of the ear cups, like if you wear glasses or have thick hair. However, the transmitter has a built-in graphic EQ, so you can really customize the sound to suit your needs.
If you're looking for a pair of gaming headphones with a more conservative appearance, take a look at the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, these bulky over-ears aren't Bluetooth-compatible and lack media playback controls, but they look and feel more premium, with a steel-reinforced headband, leatherette-lined padding, and stylish metal accent plates on their ear cups. Their boom mic is also detachable, which gives them a slightly lower-profile design. They also have a more comfortable fit, longer battery life of just under 24 hours, and companion software with a broader range of configuration options. Their wireless USB dongle yields low audio latency on PC and PS4 consoles, but unfortunately, they don't support any wired connections.
Get the SteelSeries if you want a pair of Bluetooth-compatible gaming headphones, but consider the Logitech if you prioritize build quality and comfort.
The best wireless headset for Xbox One that we’ve tested is the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. These wireless gaming over-ears come with a charging dock that doubles as a base station when plugged into your console, allowing for low-latency audio. They feel quite well-built, with a dense, high-grade plastic construction, and are comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time.
They have a mostly well-balanced sound profile with just a hint of added bass, giving sound effects in your favorite action-heavy games a bit of extra kick without overwhelming in-game dialogue or music. They supply about 17 hours of continuous battery life, so running out of charge at a crucial moment shouldn't be a problem. Their boom microphone does an excellent job of making your voice sound full-bodied, clear, and mostly free of background noise.
Unfortunately, due to their reliance on their base station and bulky design, they aren't really meant to be used in your day-to-day life. They also block out very little ambient noise, so they're best-suited for gaming in a quiet room at home. Overall, if you're looking for a comfortable pair of gaming headphones to use with your Xbox One console, they're one of the best Xbox One headsets that we've tested.
If you'd like your headphones to easily connect to your console without a docking station or a dongle, get the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. They might not be as comfortable as the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, but they connect to your Xbox One just like your controller does, which is very convenient. They're also Bluetooth-compatible, so you can easily connect them to your phone and play music, and they can also be used wired. They sound well-balanced, but some might feel like they're a bit light on bass, especially since, just like the SteelSeries, their frequency response consistency is sub-par. On the upside, they have a great microphone, a very long battery life, and can be customized on a PC before being used on Xbox.
If you game for long hours and want the most comfortable headset, get the Astro. However, if you care more about battery life and like the idea of not having an extra dongle or dock station, go for the SteelSeries instead.
The best wireless gaming headset we've tested at a budget-friendly price point is the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset. These gaming headphones have a dense plastic construction that feels like it could endure a couple of drops and bumps, and they're comfortable enough to wear throughout extended gaming sessions. They have a battery life of roughly 17 hours, so you shouldn't need to worry about charging them too often either.
Out-of-the-box, they have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that should emphasize sound effects in action-heavy games but may generate a little bit of excess boominess in some mixes. Thankfully, they're compatible with Logitech's G Hub companion software, which grants you access to a graphic EQ to adjust their sound profile to your liking, not to mention configuration options for their DTS 7.1 virtual surround sound feature. Their boom microphone allows teammates to understand you clearly, even in fairly loud environments.
Unfortunately, they're quite bulky and aren't Bluetooth-compatible, which makes them a poor fit for commuting and traveling. They also let in a lot of ambient noise and leak a lot of audio, so they may not be the best option to use in a crowded setting. Otherwise, these are a good option if you're looking for a pair of customizable truly wireless headphones at a relatively affordable price.
If you're looking for a more solid, stable pair of gaming headphones on a budget, consider the Corsair HS70 Wireless instead. While they're a bit more expensive than the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset, the metal hinges on them feel more solid and durable, and they're better-built overall. Like the Logitech, they have a somewhat bass-heavy sound profile, but their audio delivery is much more consistent across different users. The Corsair iCUE companion software lets you customize the sound profile and adjust the microphone settings to your liking, though it isn't as fully-featured as the Logitech's companion software. Unfortunately, they also have poor noise isolation performance.
If you're on a tighter budget and want more customization options, consider the Logitech, but if you want a more durable pair of headphones, check out the Corsair instead.
11/27/2020: Replaced Hyper X Cloud Flight S Wireless with Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset.
10/02/2020: Added the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset to Notable Mentions.
05/06/2020: Took out the Logitech G933 as it's getting discontinued.
04/06/2020: Changed the Cloud Flight for newer Cloud Flight S.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless gaming headphones to buy for most people in each price range. 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 wireless headphones, ranked by their suitability for wireless gaming. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones and your personal taste, gaming preference, and playing style will matter more in your selection.