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 560 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 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 aren't a fan of gaming-inspired aesthetics, take a look at the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. These headphones aren't Bluetooth-compatible like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless and have a less stable fit, but their premium-looking design is less likely to stand out in most environments, especially when you take their removable boom microphone into account. They're comfier than the SteelSeries and feel even better-built, and their audio delivery is less sensitive to their fit and positioning on your ears. Their default sound profile is quite well-balanced, but it can be customized in-depth via presets or a graphic EQ in the feature-packed Logitech G Hub companion software. The software's BLUE VO!CE feature also provides you with a wide range of microphone adjustment options, though the mic itself offers excellent overall performance out-of-the-box. Unfortunately, these headphones are quite bulky and don't support any wired connections, so you can't use them for passive audio playback once their roughly 24-hour battery life runs out.
Get the SteelSeries if you want Bluetooth-compatible headphones, but take a look at the Logitech if you prioritize more conservative looks and more premium build quality.
The best wireless headset for Xbox One that we’ve tested is the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. These wireless over-ears come with a base station that functions as both a recharging dock and as a receiver for low-latency audio. They supply over 17 hours of battery life on a single charge, which should be enough for a couple of extended gaming sessions.
They're impressively well-built and very comfortable, with generous amounts of padding and a headband that distributes their weight evenly. They have a very well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and have a companion app that features a graphic EQ and audio presets to let you fine-tune your listening experience. Their boom microphone makes your voice sound full-bodied, natural, and mostly free of background noise, so teammates should have no trouble understanding you.
However, they don't support any wired connections and aren't Bluetooth-compatible, so you can't stream music off your phone while remaining connected to your console. Otherwise, their comfortable fit and rich feature set make them a great choice if you're looking for premium gaming headphones.
If you'd like your headphones to connect to your Xbox console without the need for a bulky base station, get the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. While they aren't as comfortable as the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 and don't deliver audio as consistently, they use Xbox Wireless technology to connect to compatible devices, much like an Xbox controller, so you don't have to worry about plugging in a dongle to use them. They're also Bluetooth-compatible, allowing you to chat with friends or stream music from your phone as you game. Their battery life of roughly 28 hours is also considerably longer than the Astro, so you shouldn't have to worry about charging them quite as often. That said, their non-Bluetooth audio latency is somewhat high for a pair of gaming headphones.
Get the Astro if you prioritize comfort, but consider the SteelSeries if you like the idea of not having to use a base station and want Bluetooth compatibility.
The best wireless gaming headset under $100 that we've tested is the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless. These wireless over-ears have a sturdy build, and they are decently comfortable, with a lightweight design and a headband that can be adjusted to fit a wide variety of head shapes. Their roughly 16-hour battery life should also last you throughout a couple of long gaming sessions, and their USB-A dongle transmits audio with little in the way of latency.
Out-of-the-box, they have a well-balanced sound profile that should add a bit of extra boom to sound effects in action-heavy games without totally overwhelming more delicate dialogue. If that isn't to your liking, their companion software features a couple of different audio presets as well as a graphic EQ. Their flexible boom microphone also delivers very good performance overall, as it makes your voice sound full-bodied, natural, and mostly free of background noise.
Unfortunately, their audio delivery is very sensitive to their fit, seal, and positioning on your head, so your listening experience may vary noticeably every time you wear them. They're also quite bulky, which can make them a bit of a nuisance to carry around when not in use, and their ski-band headband loosens quite easily. Otherwise, if you're looking for feature-packed wireless gaming headphones at a relatively affordable price, these are a good option.
If you want a more comfortable fit, consider the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset. These gaming headphones have higher wireless latency than the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless and inferior microphone recording quality, but their conventional headband design allows for a more consistently comfortable fit. They supply roughly 17 hours of continuous playback time, which should be sufficient for a couple of extended gaming marathons, and their Logitech G HUB companion software offers a wide range of configuration options. They have more virtual soundstage features than the ROCCAT, such as room ambiance presets and an adjustable speaker modeling function. Unfortunately, they struggle to deliver audio consistently and don't offer any sort of Bluetooth connectivity.
Get the ROCCAT if you want lower wireless latency and a better overall boom mic, but consider the Logitech if you want a more comfortable fit.
Feb 23, 2021: Added Audeze Penrose Wireless to Notable Mentions. Ensured that other main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.
Jan 25, 2021: Renamed 'Best Budget Wireless Gaming Headset' category to 'Best Wireless Gaming Headset Under $100'. Replaced Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset with ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless. Replaced Corsair HS70 Wireless with Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset. Added HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless, Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless, and Corsair HS70 Wireless to Notable Mentions. Replaced Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless with Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless in Notable Mentions. Removed LucidSound LS31 Wireless from Notable Mentions due to current availability.
Dec 21, 2020: Added Razer Kaira Pro Wireless and SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Nov 27, 2020: Replaced Hyper X Cloud Flight S Wireless with Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset.
Oct 02, 2020: Added the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset to Notable Mentions.
May 06, 2020: Took out the Logitech G933 as it's getting discontinued.
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.