Best Headset for Gaming Under $50 (2020)

We spent hours in discovering which gaming headset is the best that costs less than $50. And so, we selected the Razer Kraken is the greatest among the top 5 best gaming headsets under $50. Take a look at the rest of the gaming headsets below.

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Top Pick
Razer Kraken Gaming Headset: Lightweight Aluminum Frame - Retractable Noise Isolating Microphone - For PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch - 3.5 mm Headphone Jack - Green
HyperX Cloud Stinger - Gaming Headset – Comfortable HyperX Signature Memory Foam, Swivel to Mute Noise-Cancellation Microphone, Compatible with PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile Devices
RUNMUS K6 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset, 3D Bass HD Headphones Over Ear, Active Noise Cancelling Microphone, Comfortable Protein Earpads, Mic&Volume Control, Cool LED Light for Xbox one, PS4, PC
NUBWO N20 Stereo Gaming Headset with Detachable Noise Canceling Mic, Work from Home Headphones with mic for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Lite, PC, Laptop, Mac
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wired Gaming Headset – Detachable Clearcast Microphone – Lightweight Steel-Reinforced Headband – for PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and Lite, Mobile
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Razer Kraken
HyperX Cloud Stinger
ONIKUMA Gaming Headset  
NUBWO N20
SteelSeries Arctis 1
Prime
Item Dimensions
7.87 x 6.69 x 1.55 inches
9.5 x 10.75 x 3 inches
8 x 4 x 8 inches
2.4 x 1.3 x 2.8 inches
7.43 x 7.27 x 3.43 inches
Top Pick
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Razer Kraken Gaming Headset: Lightweight Aluminum Frame - Retractable Noise Isolating Microphone - For PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch - 3.5 mm Headphone Jack - Green
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Razer Kraken
Prime
Item Dimensions
7.87 x 6.69 x 1.55 inches
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HyperX Cloud Stinger - Gaming Headset – Comfortable HyperX Signature Memory Foam, Swivel to Mute Noise-Cancellation Microphone, Compatible with PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile Devices
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HyperX Cloud Stinger
Prime
Item Dimensions
9.5 x 10.75 x 3 inches
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RUNMUS K6 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset, 3D Bass HD Headphones Over Ear, Active Noise Cancelling Microphone, Comfortable Protein Earpads, Mic&Volume Control, Cool LED Light for Xbox one, PS4, PC
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ONIKUMA Gaming Headset  
Prime
Item Dimensions
8 x 4 x 8 inches
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NUBWO N20 Stereo Gaming Headset with Detachable Noise Canceling Mic, Work from Home Headphones with mic for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Lite, PC, Laptop, Mac
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NUBWO N20
Prime
Item Dimensions
2.4 x 1.3 x 2.8 inches
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SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wired Gaming Headset – Detachable Clearcast Microphone – Lightweight Steel-Reinforced Headband – for PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and Lite, Mobile
Title
SteelSeries Arctis 1
Prime
Item Dimensions
7.43 x 7.27 x 3.43 inches

Best Overall

Costing just below $50, the Razer Kraken takes the top spot for best gaming headset overall. Displaying the classic neon green color and packed full of high-quality features, you might just forget how this top-tier gaming headset costs so little for functionality that provides so many?

Pros:
  • Superb surround sound
  • Elaborate visual appeal
  • Good mic quality
Cons:
  • Quite large for smaller users
  • Ear cups not too comfortable

The Razer Kraken is a sure-fire win in the brand’s releases. Considered as one of their best-sellers, the Kraaken shows off the signature light green color. In appearance alone, it looks quite big but it should suit any head size nonetheless. The Razer Kraken’s 7.1 surround sound alone is great which provides total game immersion. Among the features include a noise-cancelling omnidirectional microphone that you can retract, and a custom 50mm directional driver.

Best Value

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is chucked with so many great features for an inexpensive price. It may not be grand but this high-profile brand manages to make a budget gaming headset feel like high-quality from top to bottom.

Pros:
  • Great stereo sound
  • Highly affordable
  • Decent microphone quality
Cons:
  • Design may be too simple
  • Some struggles with head frame adjustments

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is an all-around stereo gaming headset that does not cost much. For its price, there is a lot of value that you will gain from it. It includes an adequate microphone with swivel-mute action, full-on stereo speakers, 90-degree rotating memory foam earcups, a sturdy braided cord and 50mm directional drivers. It is one of HyperX’s best-sellers thanks to its overall worthy value you gain from. However, it is arguably one of the lesser visually appealing gaming headsets available.

Best Surround Sound

You may not know about it but the ONIKUMA is a behemoth in both sounds and appearance. It boasts a clear and crisp 7.1 surround sound quality and a whole bag of features, making this a sleeper hit in the pro gaming scene.

Pros:
  • Unbelievable surround sound
  • RGB Lighting
  • 4D Displacement virtual speakers
Cons:
  • A bit on the fragile side
  • low-quality microphone
  • Earcups not too comfortable

According to gamers in Reddit and other gaming forums, the ONIKUMA Gaming Headset is a peripheral that many competitive players are missing out on. Arguably, it has clearer surround sound than most high-profile gaming brands and provides very effective sound controls that may give you a full edge during a heart-pounding moment in multiplayer. Of course, the 7.1 surround sound speaker is undoubtedly good but everything else is superb with the ONIKUMA Gaming Headset: RGB lighting, 4D displacement virtual speakers, and a noise-cancelling microphone.

Most Ergonomic

Do you need a gaming headset that feels so relaxing to wear but without the high price? That’s where the NUBWO N20 comes in. Furbished with fabric mesh, memory foam and a lightweight frame, the NUBWO N20 is your ticket to ergonomic headset paradise.

Pros:
  • Good stereo sounds
  • Very comfortable padding
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • not-so-decent microphone
  • Minimal driver configuration

The NUBWO N20 isn’t that well-known nor is it that appealing to look at. However, you may be missing out on one of the most comfortable budget gaming headsets ever made. The NUBWO N20 does not just deliver good stereo sounds – it provides sound ergonomics too. By that, I mean the comfortability of this headset can rival an audiophile’s mid-range headphones. Is it THAT comfortable? According to its customers, yes it is. The cups and headband are rotatable and finished with memory foam along with the fabric mesh coating. The overall weight is very light too. Oh, and the noise-canceling microphone is detachable too.

Strongest Build

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is widely considered a very strong headset according to many discussions in forums. Known for its heavy-duty design and boombastic sound quality, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 should not be taken lightly; a great gaming headset for the serious gamers.

Pros:
  • Beautiful appearance
  • Soft earcups
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • Underwhelming stereo
  • Detaching mic has some troubles

The wired SteelSeries Arctis 1 packs a lot of punch in different fields: the visuals, the build and the sounds. Quite frankly, this could easily topple any gaming headset within its price range were it not for just using stereo sounds. However, everything about it looks like an apex headset disguised behind a cheap price. Its 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. Why opt for an edgy look with low quality sounds when you can do the exact opposite, right?

What We Would Buy

It is no doubt that the Razer Kraken is the overall best gaming headset under $50 because of the sheer number of features and the appearance. But if you prefer something more convenient and straight to the point without cashing out a lot, do get the HyperX Cloud Stinger instead. Need something more convincing with the stereo sounds? Try out the underrated ONIKUMA Gaming Headset – laced with RGB lighting goodness. But if you want a highly ergonomic headset, we very much recommend the NUBWO N20. And if you are tired with fragile gaming headsets and want one that is both clear and strong, then the SteelSeries Arctis 1 is a top choice.

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.