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 nearly 400 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 very premium feeling, comfortable, and well-built wireless gaming headphones with a clean and under-stated look that's a lot less flashy than other gaming headsets. They work via their USB transmitter for PC or PS4, and can also be connected to a mobile device via Bluetooth, making them a versatile pair of headphones that can be used for more than just gaming. They have a great control scheme, including audio mixing, so you can mix in your Bluetooth audio to give your gaming sessions your own personal soundtrack. Their transmitter has lots of connectivity options too, making them great wireless TV headphones as well.
They have incredibly accurate audio reproduction that lends itself perfectly to all genres and content, from explosions in games, to pop music, to podcasts or TV shows. You can also customize the way they sound to suit your personal tastes with the SteelSeries Engine and access EQ presets directly on their transmitter. The headphones are great for marathon gaming sessions as they come with two 15-hour batteries, so you can easily swap in a freshly charged battery if yours dies.
Unfortunately, though these headphones are packed with features, 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, though they don't have nearly as many connectivity options. If you want a pair of extremely versatile headphones that can be used for gaming, watching movies, as well as connecting to your phone and taking with you, the Arctis Pro Wireless are tough to beat.
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 an 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.
The best wireless Xbox One gaming headset that we’ve tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. These headphones are designed specifically for use with the Xbox One and connect directly to the console without need for an additional dongle or wireless transmitter. They support Bluetooth like the Arctis Pro Wireless, so you can mix music or chat audio from your phone or tablet while you game, but are less expensive.
While they don’t have the same great dual battery system of the Arctis Pro Wireless, you won’t need to worry about charging them too often since they still provide nearly 28 hours of battery life. Although they can sound a bit inconsistent between users, they still sound great overall and their microphone performs very well too.
On the downside, if you want to use these headphones with your PC, you may need need to purchase a separate Xbox Wireless Adapter if your computer doesn’t have one built in. You can access the SteelSeries Engine on PC without it, but you’ll only be able to customize the headset. We tested them with the adapter, so although it should perform the same way on the Xbox One, there's a chance that your experience may vary. That said, they still provide a feature-packed experience that makes them easy to recommend overall.
If you’re an Xbox One gamer who prefers comfort and ease-of-use, then get the Astro A50 Wireless Gen 4 2019. 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 five 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. It's worth noting that there are two different versions of the base station, one for Xbox One and one for PS4/PC, and though we tested the PS4 version, we expect the Xbox One would perform similarly.
Get the SteelSeries if you only game on the Xbox One or don't mind getting a separate dongle for PC compatibility, but if you want a more comfortable, ergonomic fit, go with the Astro.
If you want the best wireless gaming headset but are on a tight budget, go with the Logitech G533. They have a high-end appearance and are decently comfortable with large, well-padded ear cups that are covered in a breathable fabric. Their build quality is good and they have a decent control scheme with a programmable button that you can set to trigger commands in Logitech's G Hub software. Their 17-hour battery life is good, and they also turn off automatically when no audio is playing, which will help conserve even more battery life.
They have great well-balanced sound reproduction, though different people may experience variations in the bass and treble range. If you aren't happy with their sound, however, you can easily customize it through their software. Unfortunately, their microphone is only decent and speech recording sounds rather thin. On the upside, they do an impressive job separating speech from background noise, meaning your teammates should have no problem hearing you.
Overall, they're a good pair of gaming headphones that are comfortable and should provide great sound reproduction for most people. However, they're better suited for playing alone as they don't isolate background noise well and have significant sound leakage at higher volumes. That being said, if you're looking for a feature-packed and customizable gaming headset and don't play in an overly noisy environment, these headphones are a good choice.
If you want even better build quality without spending a ton more, go with the Corsair HS70. They're less customizable than the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset, but they offer similarly impressive sound quality which is much more consistent between users. The detachable boom microphone is decent and does a good job at separating voices from background noise, though the recorded audio sounds noticeably thin and bright. While their 15-hour battery life is slightly shorter than the Logitech, this should still be long enough to last most marathon gaming sessions and they can be fully charged back up in less than 2 hours. They're quite comfortable with a well-padded headband that doesn't feel too tight on the head, have a premium look, and feel well-built for the price.
Get the Logitech if you want a well-rounded gaming headset that's more customizable and has better support software, but if you want something that feels a bit more durable and may withstand a few extra bumps and drops, go with the Corsair.
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.
11/22/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
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.