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 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 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 and 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 SteelSeries if you want a wireless gaming headset that comes with a feature-packed base transmitter you can set up with your home theater system, but if you care more about customizability and are looking for something you can personalize to meet your needs, the Logitech are the way to go.
If you’re looking for wireless gaming headphones with a more casual design, get the HyperX Cloud Flight. They don't have Bluetooth capabilities like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have a less gamer-centric look and last much longer off a single charge. They're comfortable headphones that don't feel too tight on the head and have a great, detachable microphone. Their sound reproduction is decently well-balanced, though they do have a bit of extra thump. Unfortunately, their frequency response consistency is sub-par, so different people will likely experience their sound profile differently. They also don't have any customization options, but they still provide great overall value for their price.
If you want a more feature-packed gaming headsets that will also work with your phone or mobile device, get the SteelSeries, but if you prefer a more straight-forward, casual design, go for the HyperX.
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 SteelSeries 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 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, get the Logitech G533. They're comfortable gaming headphones that feel quite well-made and look more premium than their price point would suggest. They have a two-tone matte and glossy finish that looks high-end and isn't as flashy as some other gamer-centric headphones. They're compatible with the Logitech G-Hub software that allows you to customize the sound profile, as well as program the customizable button on the headphones themselves.
Out-of-the-box, these headphones' sound profile is well-balanced, though unfortunately vocals and lead instruments may sound a bit muddy. Due to their fairly large ear cups, their frequency response consistency also isn't great, so different people will likely hear different sound reproduction depending on the fit they can achieve. On the upside, their microphone is good and does a great job at separating your voice from background noise, which is great if you tend to game in a loud environment.
Unfortunately, they leak quite a bit of audio, and don't isolate background noise well, so they may not be great for gaming with other people in the room. However, their 17-battery life is great and they turn off automatically to help conserve battery. Overall, if you don't want to spend too much, they offer a lot of features and a good customizable experience without breaking the bank.
If you're tough on your headphones and want something that feels more durable without spending a ton more, get the Corsair HS70. They don't have as many customization options as the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset, but they feel more durable and offer much more consistent sound reproduction between users. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is slightly bass-heavy, but they also have companion software that gives you access to a graphic EQ or presets to customize the sound to better suit your personal preferences. Unfortunately, their 15-hour battery life is a bit shorter than the Logitech, but they charge much quicker and it should still be long enough for most gaming marathons. They have a straightforward design that isn't too flashy, and are quite comfortable thanks to their well-padded ear cups and headband.
If you want a good pair of budget gaming headphones that has better software with more customization options, get the Logitech, but if you're more concerned about build quality and want something that should be able to withstand a few more accidental drops or bumps, get 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.
1/02/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
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.