The 4 Best Budget Gaming Headsets for Under $25
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A few years ago, finding a decent gaming headset under $100 was tough. At best, you’d have to sacrifice tons of features and sound quality for an uncomfortable hunk of junk.

But now there are all kinds of headsets for gamers on a budget, and many of them aren’t that bad—much better than what used to be available, that’s for sure. You just have to know where to look, what to look for, and be willing to settle for less than perfect.

What to Look for in a Gaming Headset

A headset is a pair of headphones with a built-in microphone. There are no practical differences between a gaming headset and a regular headset except physical design and appearance. However, some features are more important than others.

Over-ear vs. on-ear vs. in-ear: For the most part, over-ear headsets are the only ones worth buying at this price level. On-ear headsets tend to cost more due to their refined designs, and in-ear headsets won’t have the sound or microphone quality that you need when gaming. Learn more about headphone terms and considerations 10 Terms You Should Know to Identify the Best Headphones 10 Terms You Should Know to Identify the Best Headphones In this guide we'll cut through the jargon and show you what the key headphone specifications actually mean, and why — or if — they matter. Read More .

Physical weight: A massive headset can feel good… five minutes at a time. Any longer than that and you’ll be dying to take them off, either because they’re pushing down on your ears or they’re tiring out your neck. Light and comfortable is what you want, especially for long gaming sessions.

USB vs. 3.5mm: USB headsets include their own sound cards, which means they’re less prone to radio frequency interference, but 3.5mm headsets are more versatile and better for console gaming. For PC gaming, go with USB whenever possible.

Stereo vs. surround sound: Surround sound in gaming headsets is a sham. Not only do most so-called “surround sound headsets” lack the driver count to produce true surround sound, but surround sound is meant to take advantage of room acoustics—something that doesn’t happen in a headset.

Wired vs. wireless: You won’t find good wireless gaming headsets for under $25. There’s a reason why wireless headphones are more expensive than wired headphones: it’s hard to produce a set that sounds good.

Build quality: At this price, don’t expect anything to feel great in your hands or on your head. Ear pads won’t feel luxurious, metal components will be rare, plastic components won’t be robust, and cables will feel flimsy. Expect these headsets to last 6-12 months, or slightly longer if you can take good care of them Here's Why Your Headphones Keep Breaking (And What You Can Do) Here's Why Your Headphones Keep Breaking (And What You Can Do) How long do your headphones last? If they're breaking too quickly, here's why and what you can do to prolong their lifespan. Read More .

Brand names: You won’t find any Razer, SteelSeries, Corsair, or Sennheiser products this far down the barrel.

So is it possible to find a gaming headset that fits all of the criteria above without spending more than $25? Not really, but you can get close enough. It depends on what you’re willing to compromise on.

Here are the best cheap gaming headsets we’ve found.

1. Mpow 071

The 4 Best Budget Gaming Headsets for Under $25 gaming headset mpow 071

Mpow 071 USB Headset/ 3.5mm Computer Headset Mpow 071 USB Headset/ 3.5mm Computer Headset Buy Now On Amazon $20.99

The Mpow 071 is the cheapest headset we’d ever recommend, whether you’re gaming or doing something else, because it offers some of the best quality and value in this price range. For those on a budget, no other headset offers as much bang for your buck.

Why do we like it? Because the microphone sounds great, the microphone arm can be bent in any direction, the headset comes with both USB and 3.5mm connections, it has inline volume and mute controls when using USB, the ear pads are comfortable for long-term wear, and the headset itself looks great.

Honestly, it’s surprising that a company was able to fit this much goodness into such a cheap headset. Don’t expect it to be magical, of course, but there’s really no better headset for gaming at this price level.

2. Logitech H390


Logitech is one of the most trustworthy and reputable brands you’ll ever come across. They have several “gaming” product lines, but they aren’t a “gaming brand” so to speak. This particular headset is a general-use headset—but it’s good and we recommend it even for gaming.

The Logitech H390 is an on-ear headset that features comfortable ear pads, a rotating noise-canceling microphone, and a volume control with a mute button. And thanks to its understated design, you won’t be embarrassed wearing it in the presence of company. Overall, it’s probably the best option if you don’t want to look like a gamer.

3. BENGOO G9000

The 4 Best Budget Gaming Headsets for Under $25 gaming headset bengoo g9000

Bengoo is a recently-established Chinese off-brand manufacturer of various PC and mobile peripherals. Their wares include external DVD drives, portable fans, selfie sticks, and audio equipment. They make good products—as good as a budget product can be, anyway—and their gaming headsets stand out as one of their best-rated products.

If you’re thinking of getting the BENGOO G9000, be aware that you get what you pay for. In this case, you’re paying for a lack of quality control. It looks good and feels okay, but will it make it to one year? Cross your fingers and hope you get one from a good batch!

Be careful when reading the reviews for this one. According to ReviewMeta and FakeSpot, a bunch of the reviews are fake or suspicious. However, when you exclude the bad reviews and adjust the product rating, it still has 4.2 stars out of 5. Not bad at all.

4. Sades A60/OMG


Sades A60/OMG Headset Sades A60/OMG Headset Buy Now On Amazon $21.24

To this day, Sades remains a hit-or-miss brand. They specialize in budget gaming peripherals, and pretty much all their products can be had for under $30. Even so, their products tend to have surprisingly good ratings—even after adjusting for fake reviews.

If you’re committed to getting a gaming headset in this price range, you’ll probably be happy with this one.

The Sades A60/OMG has a sleek design, sensitive microphone, volume and mute controls, and above-average sound drivers (compared to others in this price range, that is) that produce excellent sound quality for how much you’re paying. The comfortable cups also have a bit of noise isolation.

Consider Saving Up for a Better Gaming Headset

If you’re absolutely strapped for cash, then the headsets listed above will do in a pinch. But really, there’s no point in wasting money on a budget gaming headset if you can wait a bit and save up for a proper one. In that case, we definitely recommend looking into these wireless gaming headsets The Best Wireless Gaming Headsets in 2017 The Best Wireless Gaming Headsets in 2017 The right headset can take elevate your gaming experience without messy, distracting cables getting in the way. But which wireless gaming headsets should you buy? It depends on your budget, the games you play, and... Read More !

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  1. Finn Mclaren
    November 5, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Hello, I just wanted to say that you created a wonderful blog concerning budget gaming headsets. You have touched some good points, but I have a question. Do you think that the price of a headset directly correlates to the quality?. Anyways keep up writing! Finn Mclaren

  2. John Roberts
    September 25, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I just picked up a set of Sades Wolfang's (within the past 90 minutes) and thought I'd let you know that they're now a USB plug as opposed to the headphone & microphone jacks. Great article, I just wish I had read it before buying. I sincerely hope they're not just average because they're damn sexy! best gaming earphone

  3. Lightbulb
    August 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    This gaming headset isn't under $25, but it's really good, being a wireless - the steel series Arctis 7.
    Link below

  4. Zinduka
    August 2, 2017 at 9:37 am

    You need to editorially balance your love of Linux on Dell laptops... Go search and read the reams of !@$*ing disasters that Dell after sales support experiences have given many former XPS buyers, self included. I wonder just on who's pay roll you reside...

    Dell? Well lets just say Friends shouldn't let friends buy overpriced crap, no matter how hyped it is.

  5. Tom H
    May 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    So which one should i pick at of all of them

  6. Orpheus
    April 13, 2017 at 9:50 am

    CREATIVE SB Blaze is a good headset also, it's on ear, very comfy, even if you have big ears, lightweight.
    It no longer has the Fatal1ty signo on it, their contract maybe over or something, but it's the same headset like before with the Fatal1ty name on it, same manufacturer (Creative).

  7. Krusher99
    November 12, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Hey. DO NOT get the sades headset. It's louder in the left ear than the right one and they sound very bad, even for $30. I tried to install the drivers from their website and it didn't even register that I had the headset plugged in and it wouldn't let me install. Also, their "noise isolation" is a huge lie. Every noise I made sounded the same as if I didn't even have the headset on. I've only had it for one day and it's already hard to return.

  8. Lego
    April 10, 2016 at 1:28 am

    I was about to just ignore this article because my brother had the SADES headset and hated it, but then I realized that you called it basically unreliable, and now I trust it again.

  9. Shagwrath
    January 25, 2016 at 2:17 am

    DO NOT get the Sades headset, as someone who has owned that specific set and 2 others of higher quality I can say the quality is poor, they break very quickly (a few months after purchase) and the manufacturer is extremely difficult to deal with in terms of warranty and returns.

    • James
      May 23, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      You are SOOO right mine broke in about 3 weeks and i had kept them in the best place possible (one earphone didnt play sound and the mic stopped working

  10. Anonymous
    November 20, 2015 at 12:53 am

    I'm new to the idea of headsets because I usally use earbuds so I was wondering which one you would recommend.

  11. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 12:04 am

    I've had the first one on the list (Logitech H390 ClearChat Headset) and I had to pay about 60$ for it and it broke in only a week. The USB broke off of the headset so couldn't plug it in my computer.

    • Nick
      January 1, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Yeah I actually had 2 of these logitech headsets, first time the usb broke after a few weeks and the second set had faulty wiring at the audio adjuster. Stay away imo

  12. conner ernst
    June 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Do any of these headsets allow you to hear both voice chat and the actual game sound itself? Thanks guys

    • Anonymous
      July 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      If you are on PC, then yes. All of them do, even regular headphones from your iPhone let you hear both voice and game sound.

  13. DizzeeDGAF
    March 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I just picked up a set of Sades Wolfang's (within the past 90 minutes) and thought I'd let you know that they're now a USB plug as opposed to the headphone & microphone jacks. Great article, I just wish I had read it before buying. I sincerely hope they're not just average because they're damn sexy!

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2015 at 1:34 am

      Thanks for that update. I hope they last a long time for you. Would be nice to know that there's a cheap but reliable option out there.

  14. Bill
    March 10, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Actually the headsets are 23.98 on's own website. Here is the store page:

    • Joel
      March 12, 2015 at 3:58 am

      Wow, I should've checked there instead of Amazon. If that listing isn't just a temporary sale price, that's absolutely fantastic! Thanks for the heads up. I'm itching to buy one now. (I wonder what the Monoprice shipping fees look like?)

  15. Bill
    March 5, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Monoprice 8323's are my choice for gaming. Add any mic to it you wish to make how well you sound. I use an SF-666 Desk mic for voice total about 35-40 bucks 23 for just the headsets and the sound blows away any gaming headset I have owned.

    • Joel
      March 10, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Those are priced at $35, which is fantastic but just a little too much to be included in this article. However, combined with a $10 Zalman and that would be a formidable headphones+mic combo for $45, which is wayyyy cheaper than any gaming headset out there. Definitely worth the savings. Thanks Bill!

  16. WinDork
    March 4, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Great article. Thanks!

    • Joel
      March 10, 2015 at 4:05 am

      You're welcome! I hope it helped. :)

  17. lordmogul
    March 4, 2015 at 6:59 am

    And than is the easy solution of using decent hifi headphones paired with a microphone, which together cost around 25-30$ and will outperform anything called "gaming headset" in the range up to 60$ and more

    • Joel
      March 10, 2015 at 4:04 am

      Yup, made mention of that in the closing paragraph. Zalman clip-on mic is $10 and really good for the price.

  18. KMFDM_Kid2000
    March 3, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I was hoping your article would include a wireless set, but that's wishful thinking on my part. I still do need a wireless headset similar to one like these. Most are a lot more than $25 that's for sure. Any chance of seeing an article like this for wireless sets under $100? That's the most I could spend without the wife making me sleep outside.

    • Joel
      March 10, 2015 at 4:03 am

      Sorry, yeah, I wanted to include at least one wireless headset under $25 but there aren't any good ones that I saw and I wouldn't want to recommend a complete piece of junk. The idea for wireless headsets under $100 could be a good idea, I'll forward it to my editor. Thanks!