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 come with a 'SuperAmp' USB dongle that allows you to mix audio and control volume on the fly. You have to buy either the Xbox One or PS4 variant for it to work properly with your console, but both the amp for both variants is fully compatible with PCs. The Turtle Beach Audio Hub companion software, also available as an app on your phone, can be used to access EQ presets, mic monitoring, a mic noise gate, or surround sound settings. Their mic makes your voice sound clear and detailed out-of-the-box, and it does an excellent job of isolating it from background noise.
Unfortunately, they aren't very breathable, and your ears could start to sweat during longer gaming sessions. Their audio reproduction is also highly sensitive to their fit, seal, and positioning against your ears. They don't filter out much in the way of background noise and leak a lot of sound, which makes them poorly suited for gaming in crowded environments. Otherwise, their on-the-fly adjustability and comfortable fit make them a good option for wired gaming.
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 gaming headphones have a boom microphone that delivers excellent recording quality, as it makes your voice sound full-bodied, present, and detailed. The mic also does a good job of isolating your voice from background noise, so your teammates should be able to understand you even in louder environments. The mic can also be detached, which makes these headphones slightly more casual-looking and a little easier to store in a bag. Their sound profile is a little boomy, which should add a bit of emphasis to in-game sound effects, but can slightly muddy dialogue and music. Consider the Turtle Beach Recon 70 if that's a major concern, though be aware that their mic performance is notably worse overall.
Unfortunately, they lack any sort of sound customization features, like onboard EQ presets or an in-app EQ, to adjust their audio reproduction. These headphones feel quite cheaply-built, with a thin plastic headband and non-removable audio cables. They also do almost nothing to block out background noise, and they struggle to deliver audio consistently. Otherwise, if you're looking for cheap gaming headphones that deliver impressive overall mic performance, these are a solid choice.
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.
May 21, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.
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.