The Best Cheap Gaming Headsets of 2019

A gaming headset is a pair of headphones with a microphone.

Gaming headsets are convenient for voice chat. They're also a simple way to narrate gameplay if you're streaming on YouTube or Twitch. However, a headset mic doesn't sound as good as a desktop microphone. Think of a gaming headset as a jack-of-all-trades but master of none. 

If you don't need a microphone, don't get a gaming headset. Traditional headphones sound better (especially for music) and they cost less money. 

If the convenience of a headset is worth it for you, consider a lightweight model that wears comfortably for hours. Also, make sure that the headset is compatible with your platforms (e.g. PS4, Xbox, PC, etc.).

There are rumors that gaming headsets cause hair loss. That’s nonsense, but any kind of headphone can cause hearing loss if played at an unsafe volume. Game wisely.

Here are the best-reviewed gaming headsets that have sold for less than $50 in the last 12 months. If you're willing to spend between $50-$100, consider these level-up models from Razer and HyperX.

Good Price: $34 | Great Deal: $30

Several Amazon customers praised the way TBI Pro's gaming headset looked and sounded, but many of these reviews are couched with a statement like "for the money." Critical reviews regarded fit, comfort and the placement of wires. 

Good Price: $22 | Great Deal: $18

BlueFire's gaming headset is light, comfortable and works well across all platforms, according to several Amazon reviews. Tread carefully. Many reviews (even positive ones) mention some build-quality issues that surfaced after a few months, but thankfully, BlueFire seems quick to replace defective headsets.

Good Price: $25 | Great Deal: $16

Runmus' gaming headset gets high marks from many Amazon reviewers for build-quality, looks and comfort. Some customers complained that the headset's 6-foot long cord is too long.

Good Price: $27 | Great Deal: $21

Alwup's gaming headset has a great microphone and effective noise cancellation, according to several Amazon customers. Some of the reviewers think the cord is too heavy or found the headset to be uncomfortable after extended wear.


John DeFeo