Best Gaming Headsets 2019

Product Use case Rating
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Best Overall 4.5
HyperX Cloud Stinger 4.5
Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro 4
HyperX Cloud Alpha 4
Razer Thresher Ultimate 4
SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth 4
PDP LVL50 Wireless 4
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 4
SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC 4
Victrix Pro AF ANC 4

Whether you're looking to hear enemies coming in The Division 2 or want to be immersed in the bone-crunching action of Mortal Kombat 11, finding the best gaming headset is essential for any serious gamer.

After testing tons of models from multiple brands in different price ranges, our top pick is the SteelSeries Arctis 7. This headset offers an incredibly comfortable fit along with rich sound for both games and music, and is compatible with every major platform.

If you're looking to spend less than $50, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is our favorite value pick, thanks to its cozy earcups and impressive audio quality for the price. But there are plenty of great options in-between, from wireless headsets to high-end PC models with surround sound and tons of customizable settings.

Here are the best gaming headsets to buy right now.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 (Credit: SteelSeries)SteelSeries Arctis 7 (Credit: SteelSeries)

1. SteelSeries Arctis 7

The best gaming headset overall

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4, Xbox one, Switch, mobile, PC | Drivers: 40mm | Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz | Wireless: Yes

Pros: Great sound; comfortable fit, reasonable price; seamless wireless

Cons: Fine-tuning music takes some work; clunky phone and speaker functionality

The $149 SteelSeries Arctis 7 is the complete package, offering great sound, consistent wireless performance and a comfy, attractive design at a reasonable price. The headset’s 2.4-GHz wireless connectivity keeps you glued to your game without any lag or interference, while its S1 speaker drivers pump out crisp directional sound that lets you hear the competition coming.

With a stylish, subdued look in black and white, the Arctis 7 is the rare gaming headset you’ll actually want to use as your daily headphones. The device is incredibly comfortable, too, thanks to an elastic headband that adjusts to your dome and a pair of soft, lightweight earcups. Factor in a clear microphone, a 24-hour battery, compatibility with most major platforms, and lots of customization options, and you’ve got the best gaming headset overall for the money.

Read our full SteelSeries Arctis 7 Review.
 

HyperX Cloud Stinger (Credit HyperX)HyperX Cloud Stinger (Credit HyperX)

2. HyperX Cloud Stinger

Big sound on a budget

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4, Xbox one, Switch, mobile, PC | Drivers: 50mm | Frequency Response: 18 Hz - 23 kHz | Wireless: No

Pros: Very comfortable design; handy controls, affordable price

Cons: Sound gets blown out at higher ranges

The $50 HyperX Cloud Stinger proves that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort when you’re on a tight budget. The Stinger’s sturdy, feather-light frame and soft, faux-leather earcups make for one of the pleasant budget headsets we’ve worn yet, and its handy on ear controls and solid microphone certainly don’t hurt either.

The Stinger also offers very solid audio quality for the price – though things can get a bit blown out at max volume. But if you’re looking for good sound within a superbly comfy set of cans for less than $50, the Stinger is one of the best gaming headsets in its price range. And if you want to enjoy the Stinger’s excellent design without wires, the $99 Cloud Stinger Wireless is a good alternative.

Read our full HyperX Cloud Stinger review.
 

Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro (Credit: Astro Gaming)Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro (Credit: Astro Gaming)

3. Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro

The total package for pros and streamers

Rating: 4/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4/PC or Xbox One/PC | Drivers: 40mm | Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20k Hz | Wireless: No

Pros: Excellent sound; intuitive amp; comfortable fit; good for both PC and consoles

Cons: Not great for living room setups; expensive

The Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro is a premium gaming headset package built for serious gamers who want tons of controls at their fingertips. The A40 itself remains one of the best gaming headsets around, thanks to its durable, lightweight frame and soft, plush earcups as well as the excellent positional sound that pumps out of its 40-mm drivers.

But it's really the MixAmp Pro and the headset’s included software that takes things to the next level. The MixAmp makes it easy to adjust game and voice chat levels as well as switch between audio presets, and there are enough ports for serious audiophiles and streamers to connect to their favorite high-end hardware. The Astro Command Center software is incredibly robust, allowing you to tweak all sorts of audio and microphone settings in order to create a great stream or simply communicate clearly with your team.

Read our full Astro A40 + MixAmp review.
 

HyperX Cloud Alpha (Credit: HyperX)HyperX Cloud Alpha (Credit: HyperX)

4. HyperX Cloud Alpha

Superior style, sound and value

Rating: 4/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, mobile  | Drivers: 50mm Dual Chamber | Frequency Response: 13 Hz - 27 kHz  | Wireless: No

Pros: Sleek, premium design; soft and cushy ear cups; iImpressive audio quality; versatile cables

Cons: Earcups can feel snug; microphone picks up some noise

In terms of style and sound for the money, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is hard to beat. This headset’s premium design belies its sub-$100 price, thanks to a sturdy metal frame, a slick red-and-black paint job, and some of the most comfortable leatherette earcups out there.

The Alpha’s proprietary Dual Chamber drivers deliver big on sound, offering thick bass, sharp treble and strong directionality. With its world-class comfort, impressive audio and a suite of cables for use on just about any platform, the Alpha truly lives up to its name by offering the best gaming headset value under $100.

Read our full HyperX Cloud Alpha review.
 

Razer Thresher Ultimate (Credit: Razer)Razer Thresher Ultimate (Credit: Razer)

5. Razer Thresher Ultimate

Wireless greatness

Rating: 4/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4/PC or Xbox One/PC  | Drivers: 50mm | Frequency Response: 12 Hz - 28k Hz | Wireless: Yes

Pros: Extremely comfortable; fantastic music and game audio; easy-to-use surround sound; long battery life

Cons: No 3.5-mm audio jacks; large, potentially unwieldy hub

The Razer Thresher Ultimate lives up to its namesake and then some, delivering excellent wireless performance within an extremely comfortable design. This mammoth of a wireless headset has big, plush earcups that feel great for hours on end, backed up by consistent, cord-free performance and a long,16-hour battery.

It also helps that the Thresher Ultimate sounds great, with surround-sound support and a nicely balanced soundstage. If you need a wireless headset that will last you all day in terms of both comfort and battery endurance, the Thresher more than fits the bill.

Read our full Razer Thresher Ultimate review.
 

SteelSeries Arctis 3 BluetoothSteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth

6. SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth

A gaming headset for daily life

Rating: 4/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, Switch (wired only) mobile, PC (wireless) | Drivers: 40mm | Frequency Response: 20-22k Hz| Wireless: Yes

Pros: Excellent design; Bluetooth adds a lot of versatility; comfortable and lightweight; impressive audio quality

Cons: Much more expensive than standard model; doesn't work wirelessly with consoles

All SteelSeries Arctis headsets double as great daily headphones thanks to their unassuming designs, but the Arctis 3 Bluetooth is especially useful when you’re out and about. Thanks to its titular Bluetooth support, this gaming headset will work wirelessly with your phone or tablet without a hitch.

It’s also especially ideal for Nintendo Switch, as you can connect to your console via the 3.5-mm cable while staying connected to your phone via Bluetooth for seamlessly voice chatting on Discord or Nintendo’s online app. The Arctis 3 Bluetooth retains everything that makes the original Arctis great, including a feather-light design, a comfortable ski-goggle headband, and solid sound for music and games, all while adding in some nice wireless versatility.

Read our full SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth Review.
 

PDP LVL50 WirelessPDP LVL50 Wireless

7. PDP LVL50 Wireless

Wireless freedom on a budget

Rating: 4/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4 or Xbox One | Drivers: 50mm | Frequency Response: N/A | Wireless: Yes

Pros: Relatively comfortable ear cups; lightweight design; noise-cancelling microphone; solid music and gaming performance; good battery life

Cons: Could be louder; limited equalizer options

The PDP LVL50 Wireless proves that you don’t have to pay a ton to game without wires. For just $80, this wireless gaming headset offers a comfortable, lightweight design complete with all-day battery life and a noise-cancelling microphone.

The LVL50’s audio quality for both games and music is very solid for the price, and it comes in both PS4 and Xbox One variations. You won’t get the booming volume or rich customization of more expensive wireless sets, but you will get great overall performance for a great price.

Read our full PDP LVL50 Wireless review.
 

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 (Credit: Turtle Beach)Turtle Beach Stealth 700 (Credit: Turtle Beach)

8. Turtle Beach Stealth 700

Xbox wireless done right

Rating: 4/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4 or Xbox One | Drivers: N/A | Frequency Response: 20 - 20K Hz | Wireless: Yes

Pros: Effortless wireless functionality; impressive sound quality; lots of customization features; Bluetooth functionality; clear microphone

Cons: Can get a little too bassy; not as cozy as competitors

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is great regardless of which platform you get it for, but it especially shines on Xbox One. The Stealth is one of the few headsets with built-in Xbox Wireless, meaning that you can pair it directly to your console without the need for any pesky dongles or hubs.

That makes it especially easy to enjoy the headset’s crisp audio quality, long battery life and rich customization options via a companion app. The Stealth 700 also has Bluetooth support, allowing you to connect your phone to take calls or listen to podcasts while you game.

Read our full Turtle Beach Stealth 700 review.
 

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC (Credit: SteelSeries)SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC (Credit: SteelSeries)

9. SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

Audiophile sound for gamers

Rating: 4/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4, PC (with GameDAC), Xbox One, Switch, mobile (analog)  | Drivers: 40mm | Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 40 kHz | Wireless: No

Pros: Superb design and comfort; hi-Res audio support; great overall sound quality; lots of customization options

Cons: Expensive; made for the desk, not the couch

SteelSeries’ Arctis Pro + GameDAC brings audiophile-grade features to the already excellent Arctis design. As its name suggests, this headset includes a DAC (digital-to-analog converter), which allows it to deliver high-resolution 96-kHz/24-bit audio. The GameDAC also allows for a wealth of customization options, whether you want to fine-tune sound via an equalizer or customize the headset’s subtle RGB lighting.

We found that the Arctis Pro sounds great for hi-res audio files, and is notably louder and crisper than the traditional Arctis line when it comes to games. If you’re willing to pay a premium for high-res sound support and a ton of features, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is one of the best premium gaming headset combos available.

Read our full SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC review.
 

Victrix Pro AF ANCVictrix Pro AF ANC

10. Victrix Pro AF ANC

A uniquely exorbitant esports headset

Rating: 4/5 stars

Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, mobile  | Drivers: 50mm | Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz | Wireless: No

Pros: Attractive design; supremely comfortable; impressive gaming audio; solid active noise-canceling

Cons: Fuzzy microphone; Pricey

One of the most unique gaming headsets we’ve ever tested, the Victrix Pro AF ANC is an awesomely exorbitant set of cans built specifically for competitive gamers. The headset’s standout feature is its titular active noise-cancelling, which does a good job of drowning out outside noise whether you’re at a LAN party or a big tournament.

The Pro AF also features a built-in cooling mechanism that lets you open up the earcups to let air in, which is ideal for long gaming sessions that could otherwise get sweaty. Factor in its rich all-around audio performance, and you’ve got a slick, premium headset that’s ideal for serious competitors.

Read our full Victrix Pro AF ANC review.

How We Test Gaming Headsets

In order to find the best gaming headsets out there, we typically test each peripheral with a mix of shooting, fighting and action/adventure games. Games such as Fortnite: Battle Royale and Soul Calibur VI give us a sense of how each headset holds up in a competitive setting, while titles such as Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 help us evaluate how well each peripheral captures a game's atmosphere.

We also listen to music and watch movies with each headset in order to size up its usefulness for consuming multimedia. For wireless headsets, we keep a log of how long the peripheral lasts before the battery completely drains. We use voice recordings to evaluate each headset's microphone, as well as listen back to any Twitch broadcasts we've conducted with them on.

We generally wear each headset for at least two full days to assess comfort level. We almost always get a second opinion from someone else on staff, as what's comfortable to one gamer could be unbearable to the next.

What Gaming Headsets Cost

A decent wired gaming headset will run you anywhere from $30 to $100, depending on the level of quality you're after. The best wireless gaming headsets typically start in the $100 to $150 range, though you'll be paying between $250 to $300 for a high-end surround model with all kinds of bells and whistles, such as the Razer Thresher Ultimate or Astro A50.

Compatibility and What to Consider

Any headset with a 3.5mm audio jack can hook up to your PC, PS4 controller, Xbox One controller (newer models have a headphone jack, older ones require an adapter), mobile device or Nintendo Switch. Certain headsets, such as the SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth and HyperX Cloud Mix, feature both Bluetooth and analog connections, allowing you to enjoy game sound on Nintendo Switch while still chatting with friends on Nintendo's separate Switch Online phone app.

Some PC-based headsets only connect to your computer via USB, while others have optional USB dongles that provide physical volume-control buttons.

If you love to tweak every last setting, you might lean toward USB-based headsets that are powered by software such as Logitech Gaming Software or Razer Synapse. Folks gaming on Xbox One or Windows 10 can utilize features such as Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic for Headphones, which allow you to enjoy virtual surround sound even on a stereo headset.

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25 comments
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  • mario8319
    I just want to commend the author of this article. After scrolling through at least 50 or so articles in the past few months on gaming headsets, none of them are as well written and intuitive as this one. Seriously thank you
  • Jndrabe
    What about best ps3/ps4 headset? I can only trust this site for this type of information, you guys are the best! But you didn't review best ps3/ps4 :(
  • Vlad Rose
    Man, no major headphone brands for the review. I would have loved to see how the Sennheiser or Audio Technica gaming sets compare; especially since they're in the price range of the Astro and Steel Series units reviewed.

    Other than that, a well done article with the units you had to compare with.
  • uglyduckling81
    I've had the Astro A50 for about a year I think. The battery life has diminished substantially. I get maybe 2-3 hours out of them before I need to plug in again. They really need a replaceable battery.
  • UNATCO-PC
    I was actually going to purchase a pair of Siberia Elite Prisms until I read about the numerous problems it has, such as the fualty audio cards and bad mics. Is this true?
  • MikeAndronico
    Quote:
    I was actually going to purchase a pair of Siberia Elite Prisms until I read about the numerous problems it has, such as the fualty audio cards and bad mics. Is this true?


    We've had no such problems with the Prisms so far, but if they pop up we will certainly update the review to reflect that
  • MikeAndronico
    Quote:
    Man, no major headphone brands for the review. I would have loved to see how the Sennheiser or Audio Technica gaming sets compare; especially since they're in the price range of the Astro and Steel Series units reviewed. Other than that, a well done article with the units you had to compare with.


    Thanks for the feedback Vlad. Working on getting review units for those brands as we speak.
  • Wima
    What about razer tiamat 7.1 or chimaera 5.1?
  • chanrpnq
    Working on getting review units for those brands as we speak.
  • Ernest_2
    Serious question. What would you recommend for a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Gamer? I recently got an Xbox One Headset the XO ONE from Best Buy Black Friday. I've been using the one ear head set that came with the Halo Edition Xbox One and it was alright. But seems like it was better for listening to other people chatting vs the xo one set. I'm not looking to waste money on something that works for hearing. I need a loud set reasonby priced. The highs like whistling I can't hear those pretty much. I wear hearing aides which help, but even with them it's like someone who has a mild hearing loss. I don't want to buy and try it out then end up returning because it's not loud enough for me. I definitely do not want to become familiar with the returns dept at best buy. So any info help would be appreciated. If possible. Email me at thanks
  • Laura_11
    What about best wireless for someone gaming with a Mac who also wants to use it to listen to iTunes music on her Mac and pair with her iPhone?
  • Luis Felipe
    Sennheiser GAME ONE or SENNHEISER GAME ZERO They are excellent too
  • khingkhaz
    I purchased the astro a50 over a year ago and I was impressed. I gave it away recently and am ready to buy a next pair. Wireless is the way to go for me but as I see you didn't include the a50 are you saying that it isn't good? I have been looking at reviews and was leaning towards another pair of a50's. How soon do you think you can review and compare them? PS4 gamer.
  • StopTheNewWorldOrder
    Don't get Tiamats, the earcups wear out in about 1 year and they don't offer any replacements, I hacked mine to make them work but the PCB in the volume controller just died and have no power. They are also fairly flimsy. Thinking of going for a wired set like Sennheiser G1's.
  • Engar
    Personal experience suggests Logitech is very hit or miss. Get a bad set and you may wish you had never heard of them. I used them for almost fifteen years, but my G930 headset is in the garbage right next to their brand name.
  • Codex77
    Khingkhaz - Did you read the article? ;)

    The Astros won the best high-end award! :)
  • Hector_sachiman
    I want to buy some headsets but I do not decide between the G933 and the steelseries arctis 7. I recommend guys.
  • JediJon
    the best hands down is the Audio-Technica ATH-AD900X Audiophile Open-Air Headphones w/ Large 53mm Driver. 100 percent the best if u compare responses this is 36k others are 22k even game one which i have isnt as good for the same price. on ebay new for 130.00. your welcome
  • JediJon
    Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000X Open-air Dynamic Headphones
    These are the best headphones
  • BQ_Satria
    Please make a post about "Best Gaming Speakers 2017" I need some references
  • rgd1101
    2495385 said:
    Please make a post about "Best Gaming Speakers 2017" I need some references


    Read the article.last updated was May 18, 2017.
  • nofzac
    I've been using LucidSound LS40s and love them. I've got thru TB Stealth 500s, PDP Afterglow (Nur and AG9s), SkullCandy Plyr 1 - One thing i see ignored in a lot of articles is that some of the wireless headsets only do 5.1/7.1 on PC, but Stereo Only on consoles. Say what you want about simulated surround being true or not, but it does add more depth than stereo.
  • okcnaline
    Why not just get audiophile headphones...
  • fusedspine33
    The Steel Series Arctis 7 series suffers from severe limitations for PS4 gaming. The headsets block 90% of outside noise and the mic does not monitor causing you to feel like you are not in the coversation or need to yell. The chat mix dial does not work on PS4. The volume dials face rearward and have no tension on them causing them to rotate with the slightest touch on the collar of a shirt or hoodie. The mic was low even at the highest input settings. After installing the latest firmware update wireless functionality disappeared and the headset would only work when plugged into the headset. These maybe great for pc gaming but they were awful for PS4 gaming. Customer support was unable to help resolve the issues. Documentation with the units needs improvement and the website support doesn’t offer much to assist setup or troubleshooting for console gaming.