There are a lot of gaming headsets out there, and it can be hard to choose the best one for your needs. Latency is an important factor to consider when looking for gaming headsets, especially if you play multiplayer games. It can be crucial to make sure you can hear what’s going on in your game exactly when it’s happening. For this reason, lots of gamers opt for wired headsets to eliminate latency. But wires can be a hassle, especially if you game from your couch. Thankfully, there are a bunch of great, low-latency wireless gaming headsets out there. Most of them use a wireless transmitter that you hook up to your PC or console, but some are Bluetooth-compatible as well.
We’ve tested over 350 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets to buy in 2019. If you’re looking for gaming headsets with a specific gaming system in mind, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
The best wireless gaming headphones that we’ve reviewed so far are the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They’re comfortable, well-built headphones that can connect to your PC or PS4 via their USB wireless transmitter and support Bluetooth for compatibility with mobile devices. They have a complete, efficient control scheme and can mix audio from both wireless sources simultaneously. Their transmitter has lots of connectivity options too, so they’re great wireless TV headphones as well.
These headphones come with two swappable batteries that you charge directly in the base transmitter, ensuring you never run out of power. They have a very good, neutral audio reproduction which makes them well-suited for not only video game soundtracks and effects, but for listening to music and watching movies too. You can customize the way they sound with the SteelSeries Engine and access EQ presets directly on their transmitter.
Although they deliver a feature-packed experience, they’re a bit expensive. You may want to consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition if you’re looking for a similarly designed headset that doesn’t cost as much. However, if you use your smartphone a lot while gaming or want something with more inputs to set up with a more complex home theatre system, the Pro Wireless are the best wireless headset.
If you’re a PC gamer looking for a highly customizable gaming headset, then go for the Logitech G933. It doesn't have the same great dual-battery system of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but provide san even more customizable gaming experience thanks to three programmable buttons on the left ear cup. You can map each button to trigger virtually any function in the Logitech G Hub software, from specific in-commands to EQ or lighting presets. On the downside, the headphones feel a little cheap compared to some of the other premium models we’ve tested, and also have a very bulky, obviously gamer-centric design that won’t be for everyone. The newer Logitech G935 sound a bit better out-of-the-box, but come with fewer accessories and connectivity options, so the upgrade might not be worth it for everyone.
Get the Arctis Pro Wireless if you want a wireless gaming headset that comes with a feature-packed base transmitter you can set up with your home theatre system, but if you care more about customizability and are looking for something that you can personalize to meet your needs, the G933 are the way to go.
If you’re looking for wireless gaming headphones with a more low-profile design, then get the HyperX Cloud Flight. They're not Bluetooth-compatible like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have a more casual and less gamer-centric look. They sound good and their microphone performs remarkably well too. They're a bit slow to recharge, but they have an outstanding 30-hour battery life. Unfortunately, they don’t have any customization options, which is particularly disappointing for a wireless headset, but they still provide good value for their price.
Get the Arctis Pro Wireless if you want a more feature-packed headset that you can also use wirelessly with your mobile devices, but if you prefer something with a simpler, more casual design that still has an excellent microphone, then go for the Cloud Flight.
If you like the design of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless but don’t feel the need to have so many active features, the best wireless headphones in the mid-range category are the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition. They don’t support Bluetooth, so they cannot connect with mobile devices, but they’re cheaper and have better microphone control than the Pro Wireless.
These headphones sound great and have a very good microphone for gaming. Their battery system is different than the other SteelSeries, but is still very good. They don’t have a removable battery, so you charge the headset directly via USB. Their charge time is a bit long at 3.5 hours, but their battery life is 24 hours, which will last you for multiple days of gaming.
Unfortunately, these headphones don’t have wireless microphone compatibility with the Xbox One, so you’ll have to plug them into your controller for chat support. Although they don’t have the same great wireless transmitter as the Pro Wireless, they’re a worthwhile lower-cost choice with additional customization options in the SteelSeries Engine, like mic level control.
If you’re an Xbox One gamer who prefers comfort and ease-of-use, then get the Astro A50 Wireless. They don’t support Xbox Wireless or Bluetooth like the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless, so they come with a wireless transmitter, but it doubles as a neat charging stand and they have a more ergonomic, comfortable fit. They deliver sound more consistently across users and are more comfortable to wear for longer periods. Unfortunately, they take nearly 6 hours to charge and you can't use them with a regular audio cable. Thankfully, they support audio while charging via USB, so you can continue gaming while they charge – you might just need a longer charging cable.
Get the SteelSeries if you only game on the Xbox One, or don't mind getting a separate dongle for PC compatibility. However, if you want your headset to just work across both platforms without the need for additional accessories, the Astro are a better option.
If you’re looking for a decent wireless gaming headset that won’t break the bank, the best budget wireless gaming headphones we've tested so far are the Corsair HS70. They don’t have quite as many features as some of the more premium options on this list, but they still perform fairly well overall. They’re comfortable, well-built gaming headphones with a sleek, casual design that’s easy-to-use.
They have a very well-balanced default sound profile that lends itself well not only to video game soundtracks and effects but also movies and music. With the iCUE software, you can customize the way they sound on PC and adjust their mic levels as well. They have a good 15-hour battery life and charge in under 2 hours, which is pretty quick for gaming headphones. They also have an auto-off timer that you can adjust in the app, which helps save power too.
Although their microphone performance is decent overall, they don’t have as good of a microphone as some of the more expensive options like the HyperX Cloud Flight. They're also not compatible with the Xbox One and can't be used at all with a regular audio cable. That said, if you’re a PS4 or PC gamer who doesn’t need the utmost best in microphone performance, these headphones provide great value for their price.
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 gaming headphones. 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.