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 480 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headphones to buy. 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, the best Xbox One headsets, and the best PS4 gaming headsets.
The best wireless gaming headset that we've tested so far 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 these headphones 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 wireless gaming headphones with a more casual design, get the HyperX Cloud Flight S. They may 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. However, 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, 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 wireless headset for Xbox One that we’ve tested so far is the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. These wireless gaming headphones are very well-built and feel comfortable enough to wear all day, while their 17.5-hour battery life should cope with several long gaming sessions without too much of a hassle. They come with a charging dock that doubles as a relay for low-latency wireless communication with your console, so you shouldn't experience much in the way of noticeable audio delay.
Their default sound profile is well-balanced but can be further adjusted through a graphic EQ or audio presets in their dedicated companion app. It also contains some virtual surround sound configuration options that generate a fairly immersive listening experience when combined with their spacious soundstage. Their boom microphone does a good job of making your voice sound full-bodied and mostly clear of background noise.
On the downside, they're quite bulky, let in quite a bit of ambient noise, leak a lot of audio, and can only be used with their docking station, so they're best suited for a dedicated gaming setup in a quiet room. With that in mind, these are a good choice if you're looking for a pair of premium gaming headphones, as they're among 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 Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset is the best wireless gaming headset that we've tested in the budget category to date. These comfortable over-ears can be used wirelessly with your PC or your PS4, and they don't have a lot of latency. Their 17-hour continuous battery life is ideal for long gaming sessions.
Overall, they have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that lets you feel the deep rumble and thump from explosions and action-packed scenes. If you like a different sound, there's a graphic EQ available via the G HUB companion software. Using this software, you can also adjust the microphone settings, map the controls, and access a 7.1 virtual surround sound mode.
On the downside, these headphones don't isolate a lot of background noise, and they leak a lot of sound, but this shouldn't matter if you're gaming in a quiet environment. Like many similar gaming headsets, their audio delivery isn't very consistent, so you may get a different sound depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. However, if you're looking for a more affordable gaming headset with lots of features, these headphones are a solid choice.
If you're looking for a more solid, stable pair of gaming headphones on a budget, consider the Corsair HS70 instead. While they're a bit more expensive than the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset, the metal hinges on these headphones 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. On the downside, 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.
09/04/2020: Minor updates to text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
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.
02/06/2020: Swapped SteelSeries Arctis 9X and Astro A50 Gen 4.
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 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.