The Best Cheap Gaming Headsets (Under $50) on Amazon in 2018

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 selling on Amazon for less than $50. If you're willing to spend between $50-$100, consider these level-up models from Razer and HyperX.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset - Lightweight Design - Flip to Mute Mic - Memory Foam Ear Pads - Built in Volume Controls - Works with PC, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One, Xbox One S (HX-HSCS-BK/NA)

Avg. Price: $48 | Bargain Price: $33

HyperX's Cloud Stinger headset is light and comfortable, according to several Amazon customers who were also pleased with the headset's cross-platform capabilities and sound quality. Some negative reviews were critical about the headset's cord length and audio jacks.

[Newest 2019] Gaming Headset for Xbox One, S, PS4, PC with LED Soft Breathing Earmuffs, Adjustable Microphone, Comfortable Mute & Volume Control, 3.5mm Adapter for Laptop, PS3, Nintendo

Avg. Price: $35 | Bargain Price: $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. 

BlueFire 3.5mm PS4 Gaming Headset Headphone with Microphone and LED Light Compatible with Playstation 4, Xbox one, PC (Green)

Avg. Price: $22 | Bargain Price: $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.

RUNMUS Gaming Headset Gaming Headphones Compatible with PS4, Xbox One (Adapter Needed), Nintendo Switch etc. PC Gaming Headset with Stereo Surround Sound, LED Lighting & Noise Canceling Microphone

Avg. Price: $23 | Bargain Price: $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.

ALWUP Stereo Gaming Headset for PS4, Xbox One Headset, Lightweight Noise Cancelling Over Ear PC Gaming Headphones with Anti-Noise Mic, 50mm Drivers, Surround Sound, Soft Memory Earmuffs

Avg. Price: $26 | Bargain Price: $20

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