We've tested 13 Turtle Beach headsets. They make a variety of gaming headsets available at most price points. They tend to have some unique features, like active noise cancelling, Bluetooth, dedicated amps, or even in-ears with a detachable boom microphone. Overall, their microphones typically have a good recording quality, even with their budget options.
The best Turtle Beach headset for wired gaming we've tested is the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. These wired gaming headphones are very comfortable thanks to their thick ear padding, deep ear cups, and flexible and well-padded headband. They're available in either a PS4 or an Xbox One variant and feature a large 'SuperAmp' knob that connects to your console via USB and allows you to easily mix and control audio while gaming. You can also connect them to your phone via Bluetooth, so you can mix in your music. That said, they can only be used wired, so they won't work as Bluetooth headphones while on-the-go, which is a shame.
Unfortunately, they're quite big and bulky and do a poor job at blocking out background noise. On the upside, their microphone is excellent, and your voice will sound full-bodied and easy to hear, even in noisy environments. Their sound profile is also fairly well-balanced, so they're well-suited to mix in a variety of music genres to your games. Due to their bulky design, they're quite inconsistent across various users, so you may experience their sound reproduction differently if you wear glasses or have long hair.
The best Turtle Beach headset for wireless gaming that we've tested is the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless. These well-built Bluetooth over-ears come in both Xbox-compatible and PC/PS4-compatible variants. Their 16.6-hour continuous battery life is suitable for multiple long gaming sessions without a recharge, which is nice. Out-of-the-box, they have an excited, v-shaped sound profile with an extra emphasis in the bass range that helps you feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed scenes. There's even a graphic EQ and presets available in the Turtle Beach Audio Hub companion app so you can customize their sound profile. Their flippable boom microphone has a great recording quality, making it easy to communicate with your teammates while you're gaming.
Unfortunately, like many gaming headsets, they have poor noise isolation, so you may be distracted by background noises if you're gaming in a lively home environment. They also leak a bit of sound, which can be annoying for those around you. And while they're decently comfortable, due to their tight fit, you may start to feel a bit of fatigue during longer listening sessions. However, they're still a satisfactory choice for wireless gaming with some impressive sound customization options.
The best Turtle Beach headset in the budget category we've tested is the Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P. These wired-only headphones have a gaming-oriented design, though their boom microphone is also detachable if you want a more casual look. Their mic has an amazing recording quality, and your voice sounds clear and full-bodied to your teammates, even if you're gaming in a noisy environment. These headphones have a fairly balanced, though slightly cluttered sound profile, with an extra punch in the bass range that can bring action-packed scenes in your favorite games to life. Thanks to their wired-only design, you don't have to worry about latency issues while gaming.
Unfortunately, like many headphones in this price range, they have a cheap, plasticky build, and their stiff ear cups may not fit comfortably for all listeners. Also, the overemphasis in the mid-range can make vocals and lead instruments sound a bit cluttered and muddy, which isn't ideal for fans of neutral sound. If you want a budget Turtle Beach headset with a more balanced sound profile, you can check out the Turtle Beach Recon 70, though their microphone performance isn't as impressive as the Recon 50X.
While SteelSeries headsets are generally more expensive than most Turtle Beach options, they often look and feel much more premium and high-end. Most SteelSeries gaming headphones feel durable and well-built and have good microphones and well-balanced sound profiles.
Astro gaming headphones generally have well-balanced sound profiles and look and feel well-built and comfortable. They offer some budget options that can compete with headphones from Turtle Beach, as well as some higher-end options designed to compete with more premium brands like SteelSeries.
Overall, Turtle Beach gaming headphones are decent and often have unique features that make them a bit more versatile. Their inclusion of Bluetooth in many of their headsets makes them more convenient for casual use, so you can use your gaming headset as your daily driver headphones when on-the-go. Unfortunately, their build quality is often a bit lacking compared to some other brands like SteelSeries or Corsair. While the majority of their lineup feels plasticky and cheap, some of their higher-end options, like the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas and the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2, feel decently well-made.
Mar 01, 2021: Minor changes to the text; no changes in product picks after verifying accuracy and availability.
Turtle Beach makes gaming headphones at a variety of price points that are generally decently affordable. Their headphones often offer unique features like Bluetooth capabilities, ANC, and even unique earbuds like the Turtle Beach Battle Buds, which are wired in-ears with a detachable microphone. These features make Turtle Beach headphones a good choice to double as your day-to-day headphones. Unfortunately, their build quality is generally lower than similarly priced headphones from other brands like SteelSeries and Corsair, and their app is lacking in customization options and can be downright frustrating to use at times. However, if you're looking for a single pair of headphones that you can use while gaming at home as well as on-the-go connected to your phone, then Turtle Beach may just be the right brand for your next headset.