There are a ton of great gaming headsets out there, but they’re not all created equal. From HyperX to SteelSeries to Sennheiser to Astro, every gaming headset has something different to offer — so it can be tough to find the best gaming headset for your situation.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide: to help you get a better idea of which gaming headset you should buy, and which is the best gaming headset for you.
Best gaming headset
After testing dozens of gaming headsets in modern times, we’ve come to the conclusion that the single headset that offers the best value for money has to be the SteelSeries Arctis Pro. There are plenty of reasons for this, chief among them being the fact that the headset is extremely comfortable, which is perfect for those long gaming sessions.
Of course, a high level of comfort isn’t the only reason the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is the best gaming headset out there. On top of being highly comfortable, the headset also sounds absolutely awesome, boasting plenty of bass, a well-tuned midrange, and a very detailed high-end. The Arctis Pro is actually available in two versions too — the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC, or the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. As the name suggests, the wireless version connects to a base station wirelessly, while the GameDAC version is wired and offers support for high-res audio.
Best surround sound gaming headset
Kingston, which has morphed its gaming division into HyperX, is another well-known headset titan in the gaming industry. The company has been making excellent headsets at reasonable prices for years now, and among the best of its new gaming headsets is the Hyper X Cloud Revolver S.
While the Astro A50 does offer surround sound, it’s a very expensive headset — and that’s why, when it comes to value for money, we think the best 7.1 surround sound gaming headset on the market is the HyperX Cloud Revolver S. These don’t just have great surround sound though — they’re also extremely comfortable, look pretty cool, and offer a decent microphone. In general, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is the full package, and at half the price of the Astro A50 headset too.
Best gaming headset for audiophiles
There are plenty of gaming headsets out there that sound great, but if you’re looking for a headset that doubles as a great pair of cans for audiophiles, then the Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X headset is probably the right choice for you. Not only does the headset offer a top level of comfort and a pretty good microphone, but the headphones themselves sound great too.
We also really liked the design of this headset. It’s not as angular or different than the likes of the Astro A50, but the grill-style ear cups and split head band sets the headset apart from the rest. When it comes to sound quality, the headset offers a natural yet deep bass, well-tuned mid-range, and a crisp, clear high-end.
Best gaming headset under $100
SteelSeries is perhaps a little more versatile than other brands on this list, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t build excellent products in each category. In fact, it does — and we think it builds the best gaming headset under $100 — the SteelSeries Arctis 5.
The SteelSeries Arctis 5 sounds great and is excellently comfortable, but the best thing about the headset has to be its comfort-level. Not only are these headphones among the best comfortable gaming headsets out there, but they’re among the most comfortable headphones we’ve ever tested. That’s an important consideration to make for those that game for more than an hour or so at a time.
Best gaming headset under $50
This is the second HyperX headset on this list, but there’s good reason for that — the company builds awesome products at great prices. Specifically, if you’re looking for a good option on a tight budget, then we thing the HyperX Cloud Stinger is the best choice for you.
Sure, the headset doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles the likes of the Astro A50 has, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth buying. The headset offers a decent design and sound-quality, but again the best thing about the headset is its top-tier comfort-level.