Best Headsets For Gaming Under $100 (2020)

We reviewed countless gaming headsets that are worth less than $100 and narrowed them down to the 5 best gaming headsets under 100 dollars. As such, we decided that the HyperX Cloud Alpha is simply the best among the 5 selected gaming headsets. Read more below to see our reviews of the top 5 gaming headsets that cost less than $100.

Image
Top Pick
HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset - Dual Chamber Drivers - Award Winning Comfort - Durable Aluminum Frame - Detachable Microphone - Works with PC, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One, Xbox One S (HX-HSCA-RD/AM)
Razer Kraken Gaming Headset: Lightweight Aluminum Frame - Retractable Cardioid Mic - For PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch - 3.5 mm Headphone Jack - Classic Black
Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset with Pro Grade Mic for Pc, PC VR, Mac, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch
Sennheiser GSP 300 Gaming Headset with Noise-Cancelling Mic, Flip-to-Mute, Comfortable Memory Foam Ear Pads, Headphones for PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Smartphones
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset – USB-C – Detachable Clearcast Microphone – for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Lite, Android – Black
Title
HyperX Cloud Alpha
HyperX Cloud Stinger
Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset
Sennheiser GSP 300
SteelSeries Arctis 1
Prime
Item Dimensions
9.2 x 8.25 x 4.65 inches
9.4 x 9.1 x 4.7 inches
8.93 x 3.78 x 8.5 inches
8.82 x 4.33 x 9.44 inches
7.43 x 7.27 x 3.43 inches
Top Pick
Image
HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset - Dual Chamber Drivers - Award Winning Comfort - Durable Aluminum Frame - Detachable Microphone - Works with PC, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One, Xbox One S (HX-HSCA-RD/AM)
Title
HyperX Cloud Alpha
Prime
Item Dimensions
9.2 x 8.25 x 4.65 inches
Price
Image
Razer Kraken Gaming Headset: Lightweight Aluminum Frame - Retractable Cardioid Mic - For PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch - 3.5 mm Headphone Jack - Classic Black
Title
HyperX Cloud Stinger
Prime
Item Dimensions
9.4 x 9.1 x 4.7 inches
Price
Image
Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset with Pro Grade Mic for Pc, PC VR, Mac, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch
Title
Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset
Prime
Item Dimensions
8.93 x 3.78 x 8.5 inches
Price
Image
Sennheiser GSP 300 Gaming Headset with Noise-Cancelling Mic, Flip-to-Mute, Comfortable Memory Foam Ear Pads, Headphones for PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Smartphones
Title
Sennheiser GSP 300
Prime
Item Dimensions
8.82 x 4.33 x 9.44 inches
Price
Image
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset – USB-C – Detachable Clearcast Microphone – for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Lite, Android – Black
Title
SteelSeries Arctis 1
Prime
Item Dimensions
7.43 x 7.27 x 3.43 inches
Price

Best Overall

The HyperX Cloud Alpha has been awarded multiple times for nailing all the right stuff that just costs below $100. With dual chamber drivers and memory foam ear cups, this gaming headset sits on a throne of quality.

Pros:
  • Dual chamber drivers
  • Good microphone
  • Memory foam ear cups
Cons:
  • Almost tacky design
  • Only uses stereo sound

The HyperX Cloud Alpha includes features you need when playing your favorite video games – especially in the competitive scene. So, what do dual chamber drivers do? They give you more configuration settings to allow for better audio clarity and enhanced sound effects – best for games where sound is one of the key factors. It also has a detachable noise-canceling microphone and naturally-shaped ear cups supported by memory foam. After all, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is a choice in the pro leagues. But there is one flaw that we cannot seem to move on from: the HyperX Cloud Alpha only uses stereo sound – not surround sound. Nevertheless, it is still quite a good gaming headset.

Best Value

Ah, the Razer Kraken: a highly-reputable gaming headset for packing lots of features without the expensive cost. This is why we put the Kraken in the Best Value category: because you get so much from this headset and it is leagues cheaper than other competing peripherals.

Pros:
  • Top-notch surround sound
  • Affordable Razer hardware
  • Good mic quality
Cons:
  • Quite large for some peopel
  • Gel earcups aren't that helpful

The Razer Kraken is a gaming headset of wonders. First of all, the Kraken is the cheapest among the gaming headsets on this list. And second, it is packed with so many features that put more expensive gaming headsets to shame. It includes a 7.1 surround sound pair of speakers, gel-supported ear cups, alloy frames, lightweight, retractable gaming microphone, OTG volume control and full adjustability on the headband. It is large in size too but it is very wearable for any head size. The Razer Kraken also includes a 50mm customizable driver – a much-needed option if you need to tinker with the sound clarity and amount of bass.

Best Microphone

Considered as the flagship gaming headset of the brand, the Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset is one of the most used peripherals in the esports world of League of Legends and Overwatch. Thanks to its clear mic quality and amazing sounds, it gives any gamer – whether pro or casual – that competitive edge.

Pros:
  • Very simplistic design
  • Amazing mic quality
  • Good stereo
Cons:
  • Could have been surround instead
  • Needs lots of G driver configurations
  • Earcups are slightly thin

The Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset is one of the most popular gaming headsets in existence. Now fully improved with G PRO driver support, the Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset lets you personalize it with your own brand of settings such as sound clarity, bass and mic quality. Speaking of mic quality, the Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset is the best with communications thanks to its studio-like standards and very low latency. The sounds are quite good too but would have been made better with surround sound.

Most Ergonomic

The Sennheiser GSP 300 proves to a lot of manufacturers that ergonomics and high quality sounds will come hand in hand at a price that is below $100. The brand is highly known for their superb sound quality and it shows in the GSP 300; what we never anticipated was how comfortable it is.

Pros:
  • Superior surround sound
  • Great padding
  • Split adjustment headband
Cons:
  • Par microphone
  • Not ideal for outdoors

The Sennheiser GSP 300 is a beautiful closed-back gaming headset. Built like an audiophile’s dream but for gamers, the GSP 300 is a highly ergonomic headset full of great surprises – particularly with the pads and the overall sound delivery. If you haven’t known by now, Sennheiser is a widely-known sound company that specializes in everything that involves music output. But do they make great gaming headphones – let alone headsets? From how the Sennheiser GSP 300, we’d say yes. However, another best thing about the headset is how it feels. It retains that booming sound quality, but, oh lordy, that memory foam padding and adjustable split headband are something else.

Best Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is widely regarded a very reliable wireless headset for competitive gaming and even casual play sessions. Known for its heavy-duty yet light design and remarkable sound quality, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 should not be taken lightly; a great gaming headset for the serious gamers.

Pros:
  • Lossless 2.4 GHz wireless
  • Soft earcups
  • Long battery life
Cons:
  • A bit heavy
  • Can't be used while charging
  • Has some odd response issues with Xbox

If you know the descriptions of the wired SteelSeries Arctis 1, then you know about its wireless alternative. Overall, we would not put the SteelSeries Arctis 1 on our list if there were any high latency issues or short battery life. Instead, the wireless feels much like its wired counterpart and only a man with animal-like sense can find the millisecond difference between wired headsets to wireless. How do they do it? They use a lossless 2.4 GHz wireless technology – resulting in nano speed response times. As for the rest of its features, the Arctis 1 earcups are woven with the finest fabric, the headband is flexible, the microphone is clear and detachable and the weight is very light. It sports a nice all-black low-profile design to make it look simple yet so powerful. If you need a good example of how good a wireless gaming headset can be, it’s the SteelSeries Arctis 1.

What We Would Buy

For real, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is the best in so many ways – make it your priority buy. However, if you want something more affordable yet so valuable, the Razer Kraken is your best shot with its fully-loaded features. Meanwhile the Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset is the best if communication is of utmost importance and you need to communicate with your team clearly. But, if what you are looking for is ergonomics and top quality sounds at the same time, that is where the Sennheiser GSP 300 comes in. And if you really do not like wires but want to retain that same less-than-$100 quality gaming headset, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 is an absolute best option.

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.