Headsets are great. Wireless headsets are better. Here are the best we've tested, for all sorts of price points and feature sets.

Why choose wireless?

Wireless headsets of yesteryear were plagued with signal issues and poor battery life, but in 2018, those problems are firmly in the past. Quality modern wireless headsets don't suffer from distorted transmissions, and they outperform their wired cousins in convenience; dealing with cables can often be an annoyance.

When choosing a wireless headset, there are a few key features to look for. You'll end up paying more for a headset that supports a 7.1 surround sound solution, but the experience can often be more immersive, and indeed, benefit you in a competitive way, allowing you to pinpoint enemy movements more easily. Additionally, I find myself choosing headsets that have a mic monitoring option for voice chat, which allows you to hear yourself when you're speaking and that helps you regulate how loud you project your voice. Some people don't like it, of course, it's all up to you.

All of the headsets on this list meet our high standards for comfort and durability, regardless of price point. Where they diverge is primarily in the overall sound quality and "non-essential" features, such as mic monitoring and 7.1 surround.

Best value

Turtle Beach Stealth 600

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 packs a huge number of features into a cheap and cheerful price package. True wirelessness, decent sound quality and materials, a comfortable design, and great battery life. The Stealth 600 also packs mic monitoring and Turtle Beach's "SuperHuman Hearing" sound preset, which emphasizes enemy actions. It doesn't have 7.1 surround, however, but the stereo experience is decent. See our full review.

$85 at Amazon

Best of the best

Astro A50

The best of the best, if you can afford it. The Astro A50 is a 7.1 surround headset complete with its own charging dock, crystal-clear sound, mic monitoring, and immense comfort. There's little more to say about this headset, this is what you buy when you want the best without compromise. See our full review.

$300 at Best Buy

Astro A50's little brother

Astro A20

The Astro A20 packs many of the core features of the A50 including mic monitoring and a comfortable design, but it ditches the base and 7.1 surround for a more affordable price point. It's more expensive than the Turtle Beach 600, but has it firmly beat on audio quality. This is probably the best wireless headset for its price range. See our full review.

$150 at Best Buy

Dolby Atmos and big battery life

Plantronics RIG 800LX

The 800LX is probably the best wireless headset for its price in terms of raw sound quality, although you'll lose mic monitoring for the privilege. Boasting a comfortable modular design and truly incredible 24-hour battery life, the RIG 800LX is a wireless headset purchase you won't regret. It also comes bundled with a Dolby Atmos software surround license. See our full review.

$150 at Best Buy

Bring the Bluetooth

Turtle Beach Stealth 700

While it rocks practically all of the same features of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600, the slightly more expensive Stealth 700 comes with an added bonus: Bluetooth. Using Bluetooth, you can mix in music or mobile phone sound into your headset, adding Discord or voice Skype chat from your phone while gaming on Xbox. It's a little niche, but it's a nice addition for those who are looking for more versatility. See our full review.

$130 at Amazon

Ditch those cables

All of these headsets will liberate you from the confines of a wired headset, with enduring battery life, great comfort, and solid audio. The more you pay, the better overall experience you'll get. But you might not need the more "advanced," features like 7.1 or mic monitoring, for example.

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