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Best gaming headsets of 2021

Best Gaming Headsets SteelSeries Arctis 7P
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Whether you're a gamer on a budget or a millionaire trying to sneak in a World of Warcraft raid (looking at you, Henry Cavill), you'll need a gaming headset to get the most out of the experience. Cheaper headphones might be OK for casual gamers, but anyone invested in competitive titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War or Valorant will want something more appropriate. Or if you need to get immersed in the incredible music found within games like Doom Eternal, you’ll want a headset that can match your expectations.

If you’re looking for a high-quality gaming headset, look no further — we've selected headsets for players depending on their console of choice, budget, and whether they prioritize something like comfort or design.

If you're on the lookout for hardware to match your new headset, take a look at our best gaming laptops of 2021 list. We also have roundups of the best laptops and tablets of 2021. 

What are the best gaming headsets?

The best gaming headset we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P. It's currently the ideal sound audio system to use on PS5, as it was built to take full advantage of the console's Tempest Engine 3D audio. It can also connect wirelessly the Nintendo Switch, PC, Android devices and the Google Stadia controller. There's also the SteelSeries Arctis 7X, which is essentially the Xbox equivalent to the 7P. It's a bit worse, especially in its microphone, but it boasts equally solid audio quality otherwise.

However, if you're willing to spend twice as much when compared to the previous two, we highly recommend the JBL Quantum One. It's a bit heavy and is made of plastic, but the sound quality is the strongest we've seen on any recent gaming headset. It also comes with premium features such as active-noise cancelling and 7.1 surround sound. And if you're looking for a great wireless headset for the Xbox Series X, we highly recommend the affordable Xbox Wireless Headset.

There's also the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro, which is the comfiest headset of the lot. It uses a wonderfully soft Flowknit memory foam for its headband and earcups. It also has crisp and loud audio, along with a sleek all-black design. However, it must be connected to a USB 3.0 port for optimal quality. Another contender for comfort is the Corsair HS75 XB Wireless, although it being an Xbox only headset might give some consumers pause. Otherwise, you can expect great audio performance that immerses you into every encounter.

And finally, if you're on a tight budget, we recommend the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless. This comfortable headset is not only under $100, but its connectivity is seamless and the audio is high quality. Unfortunately, the design of the headset itself is a bit cheap, and it lacks EQ settings for an optimized experience

The best gaming headsets you can buy today

1. SteelSeries Arctis 7P
2. JBL Quantum One
3. Xbox Wireless Headset
4. Razer Blackshark V2 Pro
5. SteelSeries Arctis 7X
6. Corsair HS75 XB Wireless
7. HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless

Steel Series Arctis Pro Best Gaming Headset

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1. SteelSeries Arctis 7P

The best PS5 gaming headset

Specifications
Connection: 3.5mm/Wireless
Noise Cancelling: No
Drivers: 40mm
Reasons to buy
+Premium audio quality+Sleek and comfortable design+Long battery life+Noise-cancelling microphone
Reasons to avoid
-No EQ settings-No USB Type-C charging

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is the best gaming headset you can currently buy regardless of what platform you’re on. It’s particularly excellent for gamers looking to utilize the PS5’s Tempest Engine, which provides immersive 3D audio. For $149, you’ll get premium audio quality, long battery life, and an excellent noise-cancelling microphone, all tucked inside of a comfortable and sleek exterior. 

The headset is advertised as being optimized for the PS5, but it can also connect wirelessly to the Nintendo Switch, PC, Android devices and the Google Stadia controller. And you can even connect it to the Xbox Series X using the 3.5mm audio jack. 

However, the headset lacks EQ settings, meaning you can’t get software-based assistance if it’s giving you trouble. Additionally, it lacks USB Type-C charging and it isn't great for listening to music. Regardless, it’s still the best gaming headset you can buy for its price.

See our full SteelSeries Arctis 7P review

Best Gaming Headsets JBL Quantum ONE

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2. JBL Quantum One

The best premium gaming headset

Specifications
Connection: Wireless/3.5mm
Noise Cancelling: Yes
Drivers: 50mm neodymium
Reasons to buy
+Strong sound quality+Super comfortable+Active-noise cancelling+7.1 surround sound
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive yet made of plastic-Too heavy

If you’re willing to invest a good bit of money, the JBL Quantum One is one of the most sonically powerful gaming headsets we’ve ever tested, and one of the best options you can buy right now. However, it is going to cost you $299, and for a price this high, we’d expect the exterior to be made of something higher grade than plastic.

If you can look past these flaws, the Quantum One delivers solid performance for both gaming and music; the headset does a great job of balancing highs and lows to provide an immersive experience filled with accurate treble and bass. It also boasts tons of premium features like active-noise cancelling, 7.1 surround sound, and software that drastically improves the experience by providing a slew of customization options. It is a bit heavy, but that’s made up for by incredibly comfortable earcups. 

See our full JBL Quantum One review 

SteelSeries Arctic 9 Best Gaming Headset

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3. SteelSeries Arctis 9

The best PC gaming headset

Specifications
Connection: Wireless
Noise Cancelling: No
Drivers: 40mm neodymium
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable+Plenty of EQ options+Long battery life+Smooth lossless wireless experience
Reasons to avoid
-Limited to PC and PlayStation-Some tuning required

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 offers plenty of great features for $199. It's one of the best gaming headsets out there, especially for those on PC, although it can also be used with PlayStation consoles. It provides a comfortable fit thanks to the black elastic strap that wraps around your head, which makes it feel like the top of the headset isn't even there; the padded ear cushions are also quite soft.

The battery life is quite impressive; the Arctis 9 is advertised as lasting 20 hours, which is about as long as it lasted for us when we tested it. It also boasts an onboard mute mic button, and the microphone itself did quite a good job at translating our review's softer voice. You'll also get access to customizable software that lets you pick and choose how exactly you want the headset to sound; with some minor tweaking, our reviewer was able to perfect the audio quality.

See our full SteelSeries Arctis 9 review

Xbox Wireless Headset 2021 Best Gaming Headsets

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4. Xbox Wireless Headset

The best wireless gaming headset

Specifications
Connection: Wireless
Noise Cancelling: No
Drivers: 40mm
Reasons to buy
+Immersive audio+Great surround sound+Solid battery life+Inexpensive
Reasons to avoid
-Uninspired design-Mediocre microphone

The Xbox Wireless Headset surprised us with its immersive audio and solid battery life, especially at such an affordable price. Typically, if you’re looking for the features found in a headset of this quality, you’ll be expected to pay anywhere from $150 to $200. However, Xbox has managed to fit all of this into a $99 package.

The Xbox Wireless Headset is also easy to set-up, as holding the green pairing button for four seconds next to an Xbox Series X does the job. We were also able to connect it to Windows 10 and a Samsung Galaxy Note Ultra utilizing the same method. You can even pair the headset to multiple devices simultaneously, and although it can be a bit overwhelming, the audio is equalized between devices surprisingly well. And with 15 hours of battery life, the headset will certainly survive even the most dedicated gaming sessions.

Unfortunately, the microphone possessed a noticeable echo and it made our voice sound a bit distant. We also weren’t a big fan of its design, as the matte black color scheme and oddly placed Xbox logo feel uninspired.

See our full Xbox Wireless Headset review

Best Gaming Headsets Razer Blackshark V2 Pro

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5. Razer Blackshark V2 Pro

The best comfy gaming headset

Specifications
Connection: USB/3.5mm
Noise Cancelling: No
Drivers: 50mm titanium
Reasons to buy
+Crisp and loud audio+Sleek design+Comfortable fit
Reasons to avoid
-Short signal range-Micro USB charging

The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro is a great gaming headset for those looking to experience high-quality performance while gaming or listening to music. The headband and ear cushions are made out of Flowknit memory foam, which feels soft and comfortably wraps against your head. It also boasts a sleek all-black design with a subtle accent of Razer’s signature green hue alongside the mute mic button.

However, the headset possesses a terribly short signal range; it beeps uncontrollably when we stepped outside of our room and has occasional connection issues. You’ll also need to have it connected to a USB 3.0 port, otherwise, it will perform less reliably. If you can look past these issues (and the fact that it doesn’t have USB Type-C charging), it’s quite a great headset, and it even has a convenient volume knob!

See our full Razer Blackshark V2 Pro review 

Best Gaming Headsets SteelSeries Arctis 7X

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6. SteelSeries Arctis 7X

The best battery life on a gaming headset

Specifications
Connection: 3.5mm/USB
Noise Cancelling: Yes
Drivers: 40mm
Reasons to buy
+Solid sound quality+Long battery life+Comfortable+Many EQ settings
Reasons to avoid
-Sensitive microphone-Requires some tuning

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X is a great headset for those looking to game on the Xbox Series X. It boasts solid audio quality, although it does require some tuning to make it perform optimally, which can be done utilizing its many EQ settings. Unfortunately, its microphone is a bit sensitive, meaning it isn't the best option if you're looking for a high-quality mic.

However, with 24 hours of battery life, you’ll have more than enough time to enjoy this headset's full wireless capabilities. We used it throughout an entire day without needing to charge. It also has an impressive steel exterior in combination with soft ear cushions for those needing a comfortable fit.

See our full SteelSeries Arctis 7X review 

Best Gaming Headsets Corsair HS75 XB Wireless

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7. Corsair HS75 XB Wireless

The best Xbox Series X gaming headset

Specifications
Connection: Wireless
Noise Cancelling: No
Drivers: 50mm neodymium
Reasons to buy
+Great performance+Comfortable ear cups+Unique design
Reasons to avoid
-Mediocre microphone-Xbox only headset

The Corsair HS75 XB Wireless headset is another solid gaming headset made for the Xbox Series X, but unfortunately, it only works on this console. It can also be used on a PC with an adapter, but that will cost extra money beyond the $149.99 cost of the headphones. Additionally, it possesses a microphone that made our reviewer sound muddy, loud and sort of like a robot.

Otherwise, the headset boasts excellent audio quality for both gaming and listening to music. With Dolby Atmos and 50mm neodymium audio drivers, you’ll feel immersed in every encounter as the bass surrounds your senses. It’s also designed to look unique and possesses comfortable ear cups. And unlike some other headsets, it actually uses USB Type-C charging.

See our full Corsair HS75 XB Wireless review 

Best Gaming Headsets HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless

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8. HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless

The best affordable gaming headset

Specifications
Connection: Wireless
Noise Cancelling: No
Drivers: 40mm
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Comfortable ear cups+Seamless connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Cheap design-Difficult to adjust

Gamers who value the safety of the cash in their wallets will appreciate the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless. This solid wireless headset may lack punch in the bass and treble, but the audio is crisp and clearly presented for both music and gaming. However, it’s only compatible with PS5, PC, and PS4. You’ll have to look at some of the other headsets if you’re a Nintendo Switch or Xbox One/Series X player.

Additionally, there is no way to customize the headset due to a lack of EQ features, and the uncomfortable design can get a bit annoying. But if you can look past these issues, expect a high-quality yet affordable gaming headset, especially compared to the other entries in this list.

See our full HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless review