If you need a cheap gaming headset, in this guide, we’ve rated and reviewed six of the best gaming headsets under $50 for 2021.
While ~$50 won’t land you the best gaming headset on the market, you can at least find a set of gaming headphones for under $50 that will hold you over until you can afford a more high-end option. And, while you might be better off looking at gaming headsets under $100 ($50-$100 price range), if you just can’t quite afford to spend more than $50, there should be a solid entry-level headset in this guide that will work for you.
So, if you’re in the market for a cheap gaming headset, keep reading as one of the options listed below should suit your needs and budget.
A Quick Look at the Best Gaming Headsets Under $50
For a quick look at our top three selections for the best gaming headset under $50, check out our table below. We’ve made our selections for the best headset under $50 overall, our runner-up pick, and our pick for the best gaming headset under $30 as well.
*To read the full overview of each of the headsets listed in the table above, click on “Read Review »” to skip to our rundown on that headset. You can also keep scrolling to see our three honorable mention picks.
Best Gaming Headset Under $50:
HyperX Cloud Stinger
In our opinion, in the under $50 price range for gaming headsets, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is currently the best overall option. No gaming headset in the sub-$50 price range is going to offer an ideal experience, but the Cloud Stinger is about as good as it gets for this price range.
It offers decent sound quality, a decent noise-cancelling mic (with a retract-to-mute feature), and is fairly comfortable to wear, too. However, considering that the HyperX Cloud Stinger comes in right at $50, it is also quite a bit more expensive than the other options on this list.
So, if you’re looking for an option in the ~$30-$40 (or lower) price range, you’ll want to check out the options below. But, if you do have about $50 to spend, my recommendation would be to get the HyperX Cloud Stinger as they will offer you the best overall listening experience out of all of the options on this list.
Our Runner-Up Pick:
At just under $40, the BENGOO X-40 is our runner-up pick. However, it’s not a runner-up pick in the sense that it doesn’t offer as good of value as our top pick, the HyperX Stinger does.
While the BENGOO X-40 won’t deliver quite as polished of an option as the HyperX Stinger (trails a bit behind the Stinger in terms of sound-quality), it does come in at about ~$10 cheaper. And, so, if you’re looking for a decent gaming headset for PC gaming or console gaming and you don’t want to pay over $40 to get it, the BENGOO X-40 is an option you’ll want to consider.
Ultimately, like the other options on this list, the BENGOO X-40 won’t deliver you a high-end listening experience. However, if you’re strapped for cash and you just need a decent headset that has a mic on it so that you can communicate with your teammates, this one will do the trick until you can afford a better headset.
Best Gaming Headset Under $30:
Kotion Each G1000
If you’re working with an even tighter budget and you need a cheap option under $30, the Kotion Each G1000 comes well regarded for the insanely low price it comes in at. For just $25 you can land the G1000 gaming headset and it is compatible with both PCs and consoles (PS4 and Xbox One.) Although, for use on the PS4 and Xbox One, you’ll need to get a separate adapter in order to use the microphone.
The G1000 does come with a noise-cancelling microphone and it also comes with 50mm drivers, and RGB lights. However, you cannot set the RGB lights to a specific color, but rather the lights remain in a “breathing” cycle mode.
Ultimately, most reviewers note how they weren’t expecting a quality headset for the price that the G1000 comes in at, but that that was what they got. So, while the G1000 might not be a high-end gaming headset by any means, for just $25 it offers a listening experience that exceeds what you’d expect to pay for it.
Honorable Mention #1:
One alternative to the Kotion Each G1000 is the Sades A60. Like the Kotion Each G1000, the Sades A60 comes in under $30 and offers a decent listening experience for the price.
It comes in two different color schemes, including blue and black, and white and black. The downside of the A60, though, is that, unlike the G1000, the A60 is not compatible with consoles and can only be used by PC and Mac users (it connects via USB.)So, if you’re a console gamer, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
In the end, the Sades A60 is a decent option for the price and will provide similar sound-quality when compared to the G1000. However, if you’re console gamer, you’ll want to go with one of the other options on this list, as the A60 will not work with the PS4 or Xbox One.
Honorable Mention #2:
Another honorable mention is Logitech’s G430 7.1 DTS gaming headset. Of course, at this price range, you won’t find a “true” surround sound headset, but rather a simulated surround sound that is activated when using the USB dongle. Still, that’s not a bad feature for a ~$35 headset.
There have been concerns over the quality of the microphone and the build quality of the headset, though. And, while none of the options in this price range will have good build quality, the lacking quality of the microphone might deter some from purchasing it.
If you’re soloing on Battle Royale games, though, and you need to pinpoint enemy movement, ths G430s wouldn’t be a bad option for the price with the simulated 7.1 surround. Just don’t expect the world out of the microphone.
Honorable Mention #3:
Finally, we have the Sades SA807PLUS, which is the cheapest option on this list. For just ~$18 you can land the SA807PLUS and it will work for both the PC and on both popular consoles.
The sound quality, build quality, and mic quality will all trail behind the other options on this list, but if you just need an extremely cheap headset either to replace an older one that isn’t working anymore, or just to hold you over until you can afford a new one, the SA807PLUS should do the trick for you.
Which Sub-$50 Gaming Headset is Right for You?
If you’re just looking for a cheap gaming headset that will deliver you a decent in-game listenting experience as well as give you an acceptable microphone that you can use to communicate with your teammates, then one of the otpions above should work for you. Again, though, just note that none of these options will offer a high-end listening experience and so you shouldn’t expect these headsets to blow you away. If you want to check out higher-end gaming headsets, take a look at out Gaming Headset Buyer’s Guide.