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 gaming headset.
If you’re a PC gamer looking for a highly customizable gaming headset, then go for the Logitech G933. Their battery doesn’t last as long as that of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they provide an even more customizable gaming experience thanks to their programmable buttons and compatibility with the Logitech G Hub. You can map each button to a specific command or EQ preset, and they have game-specific profile commands too.
Although they seem like pretty durable headphones, they feel a little cheap compared to some of the more premium gaming headsets we’ve tested. They 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 they come with fewer accessories and connectivity options, so the upgrade might not be worth it for everyone. Overall, these are among the best gaming headsets for PC that we’ve tested so far and they provide pretty good value overall.
If you’re looking for a gaming headset that you won’t mind wearing casually outside, then get the HyperX Cloud Flight. They’re not customizable like the Logitech G933 nor do they feel as premium as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have a more mobile-friendly design with a detachable boom microphone. They’re a bit slow to recharge, but their battery lasts for nearly 30 hours of continuous playback, meaning you could spend nearly an entire weekend gaming before needing to charge them again. They have very good sound quality and can be used wired with all your mobile devices.
Unfortunately, they don’t have a companion app, so you can’t customize the way they sound. Their build quality is also a little disappointing compared to the cheaper, wired models in the HyperX Cloud lineup, like the HyperX Cloud II or the HyperX Cloud Alpha, which feel more durable. That said, if you play a lot of online multiplayer games and need a wireless headset with an excellent microphone but still want something you can use on-the-go, they’re a great choice.
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, 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 don’t support passive playback. This normally wouldn’t be an issue, but they take nearly 6 hours to charge. Thankfully, they support audio while charging via USB, so you can continue gaming while they charge but you may need a longer charging cable. The SteelSeries have a much better battery and can be used passively as well, but you’ll likely need a dedicated wireless adapter if you want to use them on PC. If you want your headset to just work across 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 wireless headset in the budget category is the Corsair HS70. These headphones 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 app, 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. The Corsair, like most wireless gaming headsets, also aren’t compatible with the Xbox One. 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.