Wireless technologies have greatly improved over time and 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 is always important so 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 400 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets to buy in 2020. 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 headset we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. These headphones come with a dedicated transmitter that offers tons of customization options right at the tip of your fingers and also provides a very low latency wireless connection. These headphones are also comfortable to wear for hours at once and they're well-built and should last you a while. You can even connect your phone via Bluetooth and mix in music while playing.
Their microphone also sounds very good, and people in your online lobbies should hear you very clearly. They also have very good audio reproduction, although they don't isolate well, so be sure to be playing in quiet environments to get the best experience. The wireless transmitter also acts as a battery charging station. They have a dual battery system where you can charge one in the dock while you're using the other, which is amazing and provides a near-endless battery life.
Unfortunately, these headphones have poor frequency response consistency, which means people might hear different things, especially due to the fit on your head. People with glasses or a lot of hair might feel create a gap in the seal of the cups, creating a noticeable loss in bass. On the upside, the transmitter has a built-in graphic EQ that lets you customize the sound profile to your preference.
If you’re a PC gamer looking for a highly customizable gaming headset, then go for the Logitech G933. These headphones might not have the dual-battery system of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have three dedicated buttons on one of the ear cups which can be mapped to whatever you want. You can set them inside their software, where you can also control the RGB lighting and have access to an EQ. They also have a good-sounding microphone, but their build quality isn't quite on-par with the SteelSeries. They also don't have Bluetooth compatibility, although their looks aren't very outdoor-friendly and if you do get these headphones for playing on a computer, you'll still be able to listen to music easily when playing games.
Go for the SteelSeries if you want a better-built option that has a dedicated transmitter with a dual-battery system, or get the Logitech if you want to save a bit of money and like the idea of having macro keys on your headset.
If you’re looking for wireless gaming headphones with a more casual design, get the HyperX Cloud Flight S. They might not feel as premium as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless and they don't offer as many connection options as they can't be used via Bluetooth or wired, but they're very comfortable and are more budget-friendly. They have an amazing microphone and a tremendous battery life, although they can't be used when charging and don't allow for passive playback, which is slightly disappointing. Also, their latency is higher than the SteelSeries, but most people won't notice a delay when playing games. On the upside, they're Qi charging-compatible and their microphone is fully detachable to give them a more casual look.
If you're looking for the best wireless headset with the best overall performance and amazing versatility, grab the SteelSeries, but if you're on a limited budget and are looking for longer battery life, go for the HyperX instead.
The best gaming headset for Xbox One that we’ve tested so far is the wireless Astro A50 Gen 4. These headphones are very comfortable and are very popular in the gaming community for their overall amazing performance. Note that while the unit we tested the PS4 model, we expect our test results to apply to the Xbox One variant as well.
Their base station offers low enough latency to be able to game without any delays and their wireless design is very well-built. They also sound very well-balanced, and you have access to an EQ in their compatible software. Their battery life should last you a while before you need to charge them, and the overall microphone performance is amazing and people shouldn't have any trouble understanding you.
However, they don't isolate noise well and leak a lot, so be sure to use them in a quiet and calm environment. Also, you need the base station to make them work, so they won't be the most versatile option available on this list. Nevertheless, if you're looking for the best wireless gaming headset for your Xbox One, then these are an excellent choice.
If you would 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 bass-light, especially since just like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, 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, but 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 in the budget category that we've tested so far is the Logitech G533. These headphones are well-built and comfortable, which is great for their price point. They have good battery life and their wireless connection to their USB dongle has low latency that provides a good gaming experience.
Their sound profile is very well-balanced and you can easily tweak it to your preference thanks to the Logitech G HUB software that gives you access to a good graphic EQ. There are also a few more customization options in the software for the microphone or surround sound. Their battery life will also let you game for hours without any interruption, although they can't be used with a typical audio cable, but can be used while they charge.
Unfortunately, their microphone's recording quality is only decent and recorded speech might sound a bit thin when compared to other options on this list. Also, the bass and treble delivery vary significantly across users due to the way the padding is made. People with glasses might notice a considerable drop in bass. On the other hand, their overall performance is good if you're looking for a wireless gaming headset while being on a tight budget.
If longevity is important to you, then check out the Corsair HS70 and their great build quality. They might not have all the customization options that the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset have, but they feel more premium and the microphone is fully detachable as well. They also have more oval-shaped ear cups that might be suitable for a wider range of people, and they perform more consistently across different users. They also have a similar 15-hour battery life, but they take half the time to fully charge, which is great.
If you like having tons of customization options and playing around with all available settings, grab the Logitech, but if build quality is what you care about, the Corsair are the better-built option.
04/06/2020: Changed the Cloud Flight for newer Cloud Flight S. Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy.
02/06/2020: Swapped SteelSeries Arctis 9X and Astro A50 Gen 4.
10/23/2019: Replaced Astro A50 with Astro A50 Gen 4 2019. Changed 'Best Budget Wireless Gaming Headset' to Logitech G533. Changed 'Better-Built Budget Alternative' to Corsair HS70.
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.